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ORDINARY MEETING., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 30 January 1914
An ordinary meeting was then held. Present—The same gentleman and Ora. Cantrell, Walker, Leete and Newton. MINUTES.
The roinuteß of the previous meet ing were read and confirmed. COBRE£X>ONDEKCE, •
Outward correspondence was read and approved. Inward correspondence was read — From Mr Q. Harris, solicitor, Christchurcb, offering to act aa borough solicitor. He had always locked after the borough work himself personally. Cr Munro moved, and Or Vaogioni seconded, that Mr G. Harris be ap pointed solicitor for the borough. Carried. Fiora Mr Amos, of Ashburton, en closing cheque for rent, and informing the Council that he had disposed o; hia interest in fcbo reserve to Mr 0, Digby. The lofctor was received. From Lands and Deeds Itpgistry Office, Christchurcb, asking that the Council produce at fheir office certi/1 cate of title volume 255, folios 16 and 17 to enable Pornpalliar and Viard streets to be exempted from the pro visions of section 117 of the "Public Works Act, 1908." The Mayor said the request had been complied with. From Mr E. Noonan and Serg. antMajor Glanville, to effect that they were discontinuing their electric light. From Mr A. Gray, secretary Peninsula Technical School, at king the Council to make usual donation. Cr Leote moved the usual donation of £10 be granted to the school. Seconded by Cr Lewitt, and earned. From the secretary North Canter, bury Education Board, asking the rown Clerk if Lavaud street was e x
emplea from ILβ s<ollll i>f iLt Works Act. He al?o asked if Pen lington street was exetupled. The following is the letter:— " Could you let me know by return post whether Lavaud Street is one of! the streets that have been exempli d frcm the provisions of the Act dis allowing the sub division of land for sale unless tbe land is set back in ordei to widen the road. The street at tbe back has been exemped from this pro vision, but I am not sure ebont Lavuad street. The chairman would also like to have same information with regard to Penlington Street, which forms the south eastern boundary of the Board's sections on which the cew school is being built. It is proposed to cut up the back portion of the new site in to three or four sections, and to ask your Council to have that portion of Penlington street lying between Muter street and the Counci.'s reserve formel (a distance of nearly 5| chains)." The Mayor said tba , ; the name of the street was Rue Coßrbonnier t It was a by road. The Mayor added the information had beeu supplied.
The letter wa3 received.
From P-stmasfcer, Akaroa, asking for particulars of all charga3 for elesfc ric energy.
The Mayor Baid the particulars bed been supplied, and the letter was receive 3,
From Messrs W. D. WiiHag & Sons applying for an auctioneer's license m tbe borough. The application was granted. Prom Messr.3 \Y. D. Wilkias & Son?, Akaroa, to effect that large quantities of benzine were being stoied on Fisherman's wharf, and asking the Council to take action in tba matter,
Councillors agreed it was a very dangerous proceeding. Cr Oantrell moved that the bylaw which allows a private person to store only 8 gallons of benzine be enforced. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried.
From Akaroa Fire Brigade, to effect that fireman W. Pool had completed hia five years' service, and was en titled to the usual medal, aud that other members had completed two years' service.
Cr Lewitt moved the service medals be procured. Seconded by Cr Walker and carried.
From Akaroa Boating Club, applying for electric light current, aod asking for contract conditions given to other public buildings. The application was granted.
Cr Lewitt said the Oddfellows' Hall, Akaroa, was given £16 worth of light for £12, and he thought £8 5s would be a fair thing for the A.B.C. to pay for £12 5s worth of lighting. The lamps were used mostly in the summer, He moved that the Akaroa Boating Club be given the light for £8 53 per annum. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried. A schedule from the General Labourers' Award was received.
Mr T. W. Wilkins waited on the Council re road of Narbey'a. He said be bad been thinking over the matter, and thought the Council might reccn ider the position, The main difficulty was that Walnut Avenue was not feasible as a main road, as there were such poor frontages along it.. The expense of making a toad up Walnut Avenue was very big indeed. The ov\D3rs had decided to put a road up the open paddock parrallel to Walnut Avenue. The diffbuHy was to make the outer footpath on the filling, They would have to have a wall all the length five feet high, and the cost of building it up to make the footpath would b8 absolutely prohibitive. To make the road twenty feet wide they would have to have it seventeen feet on the solid, and putting the cost of cutting at Is per yard the amount of cost would be £140. The kerbing and channelling of 21 chains at £5 53 a chain would bring the amount up to £110, and the cost of asphalting would be another £87. These rems [ would bring the cost up to £475 for one footpath for the 21 chains of road In addition there would be the coat of culverts, etc. If the Gouocil iusieted on the other footpath being put in, there would be another £100~forkerb ing and £138 for asphalting, and £40 more for cutting. This would bring the coat up to £763 without the extra amount for the wall. It was an immense expense for 19 chains of road, and the i sections could not be sold at a price to make up this amount. He thought it was possible the Council would reconsider the position aud accept much the same conditions as in Grehan Valley road, Percy street, Bruce Ter race and elsewhere ia the borough where there was only one footpath. The owners might subdivide if the cost of roading was only £475. In answer to Cr Leete, Mr Wiikins said that the new road would continue from Selwyn street for two chains, and then go parallel with Walnut Avenue.
Ci , Gantrell asked whether the Council had any opportunity of saying what class of road they would accept , He asked if their position was not clearly defined, and they were obliged to ask for certain condition?,
Mr Wilkins said that the difficulty had been overcome iv other places. Iα WelliLgton there were many parts of the town where new settlement had been made and only one footpath been asked for. He said that he disagreed with Cr Canfcrell'a opinion as to the rouucil's hands being tied. He had had a good deal co do with subdivision in variouß towng In Greater Wellington they never asked for footpaths at Miramar and in Kiibirnie, they
bad only one footpath, Hβ suid that it would not be worth while makirg the subdivisions if the cost was going to be so excessive. Cr Newton said it was a serious matter and wanted some consideration. " He would not like to give an answer right away. Hβ thought if the Council could meet the owners fairly * in the matter they should so. Hβ moved that the Council visit the locality on Thursday, February Stb; at 6 30 p.m. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried. Cr Cantrell said he would like the Town Clerk to obtain a legal opinion as to the Council's position. Cr Munro moved that Mr Wilkins procure a legal opinion ,as to the borough's powers to take over the iroad.
Seconded by Cr Walker and carried.
The Mayor moved that the. Council also write to Mr Martin for bis opinion on the matter. Seconded by Cr Newton and carried WOKK3 COMMITTEE. & Cr Newton, chairman of the Works Committee, moved the adoption of (be following report:—"The committee l 4 have examined the plans submitted by ' :J| Messrs Joseph Phillips and H: R, ''"'" Newton, and we-beg. to recommend that they be approved," Seconded by Cr Oantrell and carried. -■..'"
BATHB COMMITTEE, Cl , Munro, chairman of the Baths Committed, moved the adoption of the following report:—"The above committee recommend that dressing rooms be erected on each side of bridge with gable roof, and two dressing rooms be erected on the foreshore to connect with the above, one for boys and one for girls under 16 years. Plans and specifications be prepared." Cr Munro said it should provide from 18 to 20 extra dressing rooms, and should answer all requirements for many years to come. Seconded by Cr Vangioni. Cr Munro said that as to lighting these rooms skylights could be fixed on. "t. Cr Lewitfc said it would be as well to get an estimate to have some idea o the cost before the Council called tenders for the work. Cr Munro said that there was a big agitation for these extra rooms. Hie " idea was that the cost of the extra'•"' rooms would be about £100. The Mayor said they could not :. spend too much on the baths this year - Tiiey wanted to spend £400 on the - kerbing and channelling that year. 1C the work could be done for £100 ifrshould be put in hand. Cr Munro said that the timber would not cost very much as they ' could use the old timber from Daly's wharf. Cr Daly said he considered thai the work should cost less than £100, They had the timber from Daly's wharf aod there was plenty of timber from the . old Akaroa post office they could get, t ' so that it would only be a questions! > labour. It would be as well to findpjjg out the cost before going any further.^? Cr Munro deleted the portion of the - report dealing with calling for ten- ;.,' ders. . S^jjj The report, as amended, was " : adopted, Cr Walker dissenting. Cr Munro moved the adoption of the following report:—"That a plat* form be erected across the front of the •-, baths, and a plank be placed along the ": . ■ fence on the side occupied by ladies.".^ Seconded by Cr Vangioni. - * The Mayor said that a platform bad' been erected previously. He thought ~.' the ladies should have the same faoilities as men. - : <.> In answer to Cr Newton, the - said the cost would be small. '<fjfii~The report was adopted. "^^ ELECTRIC CURRENT. Cr Lewitfc, obairman of the Ligfa
ing . (.'unnii:: 11 c, : < \> ■ -t- <~.t' the electric current, to Mi Piiwris foi driving tlip :: onkoy on Daly's wharf at Is an hour.
Or Vangoni moved that Mr Powrie be charged 8/ a day. for whole work ing days tieconded by tbe Mayor and earned. BATH 3
Cγ Walker said that he would like to say that after the Council had sp<m £900 in building a handsome baths ehed, they would be very foolish to use the timber out of the old poat office. Mo3t of the timber was not worth carting away, and the addition to tbe baths would be an absolute ryesore, and spoil tbe appearance of the whole building. He thought it would be a great pity if the Council did not recon eider building a shambles in to tbe baths. It would be much better to wait till they could fill it np properly and cirry out the original design. They could fill in bathing boxes behind rooms
Or Munro paid that the Baths Committee had no idea of putting up a shambles at all, and did not intend to use the timber from the old poet office;
Cr Vangioni said the Wharves Committee had intended to use some of the timber from Daly's wharf, which was as good as the day it wa= put into the wharf. He moved that the Council invite designs aod price for a stated number of dressing room?, the Council to supply all timber up to and including the floor. Cr Newton seconded the motior. He agreed with Cr Walker that it would be madness to rmfc up old timber in the additions. The old totaia decking of Daly's wharf would be very useful, The motion was carried. Cr Laete asked the Chairman of the Baths Committee if the shelter was included in the motion Cr Munro replied that the tender in c'udcd the children's shelter. FINANCE HKPOHT. Amount received siDce last meeting —Betes; £48 4* 4.1 ; rent, £110 3s2d; auctioneer's license, £40 ; wharf due?, £89 33| weighbridge fee?, £3 33 8d; dog fees, 10i ; pundriea and electric connection, £3 2s 4d; total, £294.6* 6d. . ;,
Bank Account-Daly's wharf loan, or. £796 17s; district fund account, £812 18a; in band, £8 15s. Accounts amounting to £244 63 63 were passed for payment. Or Vangioni said that before Daly s wharf was completed they should make arrangements to have a W.O. on the end,of the wharf, and the shed should be altered to suit this. The Mayor moved this matter be re ferred to the Wharves Committee to report next meeting. Seconded by Or Lewitt, and carried. BATHS BY LAWS.
The Mayor paid tboie bad been c good deal of discussion about the charge for school children. The by law stated specifically that all school obildren should be free, Cc Leeta said that his children had to pay twopence, though they were school children. The Mayor moved tba attention of the caretaker of the Batbs be cilled to his charge for school children. Seconded by Cγ Newton. Oc Leete said the caretaker had been told about this clause in the bylaw, and should really refund money col leoted from school children. He moved, as an amendraeut, that a letter be written to tba caretaker to ask him | why he had charged school children contrary to the bylaws. Seconded by Or Lew it. Cγ Daly drew attention to the fact that if all the school children could get in free there would be no room at all for grown ups in the Baths. The amendment was put and lost. The voting was—For the amendment, .Crs Munro, Lewitt, Leete, Cantrell, andFyfe. Against—The Mayor, and Crs Vangioni, Nawton, Daly, and Walker.
The Mayor gave his casting vote against the amendment, and the orig inal motion wa3 carried.
Cr Daly said that the Fire Brigade shed badly'wanted a coot of paint, and it would be a good opportunity to put it on now in readiness for the Fire Brigade Conference. He moved the matter referred to the Fire Brigade Committee with power to act. Seconded by Cr Newton and carried
The Mayor called attention to the bad state of the drain past Mr Whitley's. The stench was very offensive. The Chairman of the Drainage Com rnittee undertook to sea to the matter
Mr Daly said the Fire Brigade ladder was taken away and lent to private people. It was a bad principle, as the ladder might be missing when they wanted it for. a fire He thought there should be a bard and fast rule that the ladder was not taken away from the station for fire brigade purposes.
Hβ moved to that effect, Beconed by Cr Fyie and carried The meeting then adjourned.
ORDINARY MEETING., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 30 January 1914
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