AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
A meeting of this Council was held on Saturday; present—Messrs J. D. Bruce (chairman), E. Hay, C. B. Thacker and J. Newbegin. MINTJTE3. The minutes of the previous meet ing were read and confirmed. CORRESPONDENCE. Outward correspondence was read and approved. Inward correspondence was read— METAL.
The chairman reported having paid Mr Shepherd a progress payment of £12, and Mr A. Hunt a cheque for £7 10s, there not having been sufficient metal in the latter contract to warrant a payment of £12, Auctioneers' licenses were issued to Messrs R. Latter and H. Matson & Co.
From Treasury, to effect that £180 of the £250 grant to the Flat road was available.
From Barry's Bay Factory, to effect that the directors had agreed to spend £10 on the roof of the Duvauchelle's wharf fehed.
From Hon. R. H. Rhodes, enclos ing memorandum from Minister of Marine as under: —
"Adverting to your memorandum of tbe Bth instant on the subject of a vote being taken for the erection of a wharf at Robinson's Buy, Akaroa, I have to inform you that the.sum of £150 for the purpose has been voted by Parliament. I would suggest that the wharf should be erected by the County Council, and that that body should maintain it after its erection. If the Council.is willing to do this, and submits plans of the proposed structure in duplicate for the approval of the Governor in Council as required by section 150 of "The Harbours Act, 1908," and also a plan of the site, the Marine Department wilt be prepared to defray the cost of the wharf up to an amount not exceeding the sum voted.—F. M. B. Fisher,"
The chairman reported having inspected the road with the engineer, and reported that the road work was satisfactory, with the exception of the metal, which should be blinded and rolled. He thought that the contractor should not charge for the roll ing, in consideration of tbe fact that that Council had let him off crushing the metal. With regard to the trolley, the chairman read several quotations for trolleys and wheels. The chairman read the engineer's report and balance-sheet asunder: — "Re Unawe flat road and wharf, I have to report haviDg, in company with your chairman, inspected this road, which is now completed, on. December 81st. The work has been well done, and I have passed it, The following extra work has been authorised :—Rolling, £3 ; walling of Barry's Bay flat, £20 ; 200 yds of extra filling at Is to raise the level of Barry's Bay flat, £10. You will remember that these items were purposely left out of the contract, so that the money available could be expended to better advantage as the work neared comple tion ; straightening road through gap, £1 10s. Wharf—l examined and passed the wharf on January 18th, subject to painting fence and erecting iron railing. Wharf shed-This building is now nearing completion. The Barry's Bay Dairy Company has agreed to contribute £18 to pay the extra cost of providing a tiled roof, as some doubt ba3 been expressed that this is a fair charge for the work I have gone into tbe cost again with an outside carpenter.
Our figures seemed to show that the difference in value is £18 lis lOd. I propose to provide the Dairy Company with tbe figures when the work is completed. There will be an extra, as 1 explained at your last meeting, for I'dising the floor to 2ft. The cost t f this has not yet been fixed. I may mention that I have induced the Koad Board to put three men and one dray on tbe road from the hotel to the old jetty for six days. The work done has greatly improved this section. len close a balance sheet, and correspond ence ro trolley and rails. You will notice in the balance a large item for timber, which we did not contem plate. In tbe years this work has been left unfinished this timber must have drifted away in various ways. There is no information available as to what was actually delivered."
£ s. d. Contract 1450 0 0 Timber... ... ... 69 18 0 Shed 150 0 0 Extras 34 10 0 Raising floor 10 0 0 1714 8 0 Commission 40 0 0 1751 8 p!
O.'st ana ii> etest ... 60 0 0 Kxtb ojrft • 30 12 0 1845 0 0 £ s. d, Loan ... ... ... 1200 0 0 County Council ... 200 0 0 Road Board 150 0 0 Government ... ... 250 0 0 Balance old leans ... 38 18 10 Cement sold ... ~ 6 0 0 1844 18 10
Mr T. LeComte sent a letter, asking that the Council keep back £i 13s of Mr McCartney's contract, that amount being due to him.
From the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board re overflow of creek from Robinson's Bay Valley crossing, main road, and asking tho Council to put in culvert to carry away overflow.
The chairman said that the Council could only maintain County roads (the main and Summit roads). This is a district road me ailed and maintained by the Beard for forty years. When the Road Board was in occupation of the Chain reserve, that portion was under their control,
In answer to Mr Hay, the chairman said that it was not the culvert under the main road which was blocked, but it was tbe ditch extending a chain or so above the main road. The culvert always carried the water quite easily.
The chairman moved that tha Counci cannot see its way to accede to the request, holding that it cannot legally do so. Seconded by Mr J. Newbegin, and carried.
From Commissioner of Crown Land 3re blockhouse site, German Bay, to effect that the purpose of the reseivd would be changed from that of a blockhouse to a recreation reserve. The letter was received. CRUSHER.
The crusher engineer reported as follows:—
" Since our last report we have finished crushing in Okain's, and shifted up and begun work on the
Summit road. Owing to the scaroity of men, or to the fact that men were not looking for that class of workj we have not made tbe headway we ought. The local men would not take the work on, and the town men could not stand the dust. We tried four of them, and finished up with men who were waiting for the harvest. I would be glad if your Council would reconsider the question of wages. We crushed 170 yards for the Road Board and 157 yards for the Council, and
finished up on the 12th, making 327
yards. We took a week off at New Year time, as we were shorthanded. We took off the governors from the engine, as they needed remodelling, and sent the manhole lid as a pattern for a new one."
The chairman said tbe amount turned out this month was very small, owing to tha lack of men.
It was left in Mr C. B, Thacker's hands to raise the contractor's price for the metal between Little Akaloa and Okain's threepence a yard, as they were not making wages at the lower price.
NOTICE OF MOTION,
The chairman gave notice of motion that the question of wages to thp crusher's hands be considered nexr meeting, and also tbe question of grass seed leave to men working on the main roads.
CRUSHER FOREMAN'S REPORT.
" I agreed to go round the tops and see what headway was being made with stone on the Thursday evening, vut we worked a little later that night to finish up, and we were nearly perished with a cold north east wind, so I drove round the next day and picked up the swags and parts needing repair. The next day (Saturday) I was driving my sister to Little River, and took the things over and con signed them myself, so they are gone I found H Tibbots has about 90 yards quarried above Le Bon's, and there is a very long strip to be metalled. Above Little Akaloa the men have finished one heap about 75 yards, and are now quarrying in Thacker's pad a little further down the road, where they have about 50 yards loosened up. We stepped the distance to join the metal, 38 chains, so allow ing 8 yards to tha chain will give 304 yards required to join the metal.—A. Brown,"
robjnson's bay wharf.
In answer to the chairman, the clerk said that tbe petition had not been handed back to the Council.
An application for a license for a gig was received from Mr Jos. Phillips.
Mr C. Thacker said that while on the subject of traffic on the roads he would like to ask if the Council intended to enforce their by law with regard to overcrowding motor cars. He was informed that the cars were continually overcrowded, and nothing was ever said. '.I he Council prevented the coaches from overcrowding, and should treat tbe motors as tbey did the coaches.
The chairman said he had been to the motor proprietor about this mat ter. He had not seen much over crowding, and did not think there was much.
Mr C. Thacker said that he heard many complaints, and one to effect that the County Chairman rode in an overcrowded car himelf.
The chairman said he certainly did not remember travelling in an over c ovded car, and the 0 juncil would treat tbe motor cars exactly the same as the coaches. It was decided to appoint the clerk
uspector of vehicles.
PIGEON BAY RESERVE.
Mr Hay srid that tbe lease for the Pigeon Bay reserve bad not yet been signed by Messrs Duxbury Bros. aa they objected to a,clause with regard to the fence. The agreement was originally that Messrs Duxbury Bros. should be able to remove fence at the end of the lease.
It was left to the chairman and Mr Hay to draft a letter from the Council.
holmes' bay bridge.
Mr Hay read a report re Holmes* Bay bridge for the information of the Council. The timber used amounted to 2499 ft, and the cost was £128 03 6d Mr Hay said be had been round that morning to see the "bridge which was completed. The two approaches were cemented up, and the wing walls were stone worked only, as cement was not consieered necessary. The Bills were 14 x 8, and the decking of 8 x 4 timber. The uprights were bolted, and there were handrails, the top oie 5x5 and the other one 4x2. All the timber was well tarred.
It was decided the chairman go over and inspect the bridge,
Mr Hay said tbe Pigeon Bay Road Board wanted permission to take metal off reserve No. 1386.
The application was granted.
An application made by Mr 0. Thacker for Messrs Preston & Co. to give an extra ?d a yard for the 125 yds of metal at Little Akaloa summit was granted.
The payment of Messrs Tibbots and Haines was left in tbe hands of the chairman and Mr C. B, Thacker.
The chairman said it would be best to complete the Summit road immediately after grass-seed was over and while the summer lasted.
COCKSFOOT ON BOADS In answer to Mr Newbegin, the clerk said Mr King had given £610s for the right to out cocksfoot to the Hill Top;
Tbe chairman reported having sold tbe Akaroa road to Mr W. Sbadbott for 355, and Mr' Thacker having sold an Okaiu'droad for £2 10s.
The clerk said Mr McCartney had .received £400 od the wharf and road contract, not taking into account the shed
Mr Hay moved that a settlement be made with Mr McCartney at the proper time, the Council to enquire first about the question of rolling the metal and taking off the corner at the Gap. Seconded by Mr Newbegin, and carried.
Mr Thacker reported that the Council bad taken down one of Mr Ware's fences for the crusher, and one of his beasts had been pounded. It was only a fair thing if the Council paid the fine and repaired the fence. It was resolved that this be done.
Mr Hay gave notioe he would resign at the February meeting, as be was leaving for a .nine months' trip to the Old Country.
£ s. a. Receipts sinoe last meeting 91 16 8 Dr. balance 121 19 11 Accounts presented ... 277 ~5 11 Cash in hand ... ... 37 3 3 Dr. balance ... ... 362. 2 7
foreman's report. The foreman's report was adopted as under :— " Since last meeting two men have been on the Summit road a few days forming up road ready for metal, of - which we have put on three dayg crushing. I also put two men on the Summit road between the Hill Topand Pigeon Bay Saddle bjinding rough places. We have also put in an " eio-bteen inch culvert on main road at ;"& Taker's Gully, and have blinded naa'n -rO road through from Akaroa to the Hilj
Top. The road is in good repair.— - 1 , Giddena." i:ABBiT HATES-
Some disomy >'i d the sula ratepayers paying their rabbit rates into the Aktro*'Oomty C'-ek.
Mr Bay said it wis very Hi.noli to a postal note to the Jjaubifc Uoard's Gisrk .
The Chairman said that some of
the ratepayers considerel the rabbit fenae a fa'Ci.
Mr Thacker said it was no farce, I and the Peninsula people did not realise what a boon thejjfence was. Mr Hay agreed that the fence was an absolute neaessity, and tbe people ... would not grudge the small rate if they f realised what a help it was. The finance report was adopted, and the Council adjourned to February 28.
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