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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.

A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday evening. Present— His Worship the Mayor, and Crs Lewitt, Fyfe, Walker, Cantrell, Munro and Leete.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE, Leave of absence was granted to Cr Vangioni. MINUTES. The minutes of the previous meet ing were read and confirmed CORRESPONDENCE. Outward correspondence was read and approved. Inward correspondence was read-— From returning-officer Akaroa Borough Council re result of electric light loan poll. The Mayor said that the Council appreciated tbe vote, as it did not only show confidence in the electric light scheme, but in the members of the Council themselves. He appre ciated tbe vote himself, as he considered it was another step in the pro-! gresa of Akaroa. The communication was received.

Mr W. H. Henning wrote to the Council re improvement to the wbarve3 in Akaroa. He alluded to the tendering of the excursion boats, and said tbat this waste of time would spoil the excursions altogether. Ho drew attention to tbe fact that the wharf had been built twenty six years j ago to accommodate vessels of 750 tons. Now tbe Wahine was 5000 tons, and yet no step was taken by the Council to improve the wharf. Mr Henning enclosed a letter from the General Manager U.B.S. Co. re the excursions to Akaroa, to effect that same must be abandoned unless the Akaroa Harbour Board would improve their wharves. The Mayor said that be could not see bow tbe Council could lengthen the new wharf. It would be a good

thing to lengthen the wharf to accommodate larger vessels, butin their state of finances they could not see their way to lengthen the wharf. He hoped to> see the wharf lengthened in the near future, but it was out of the question now. Cr Mumo moved that the letter be., referred to the Wharves Committee to report to next meeting. Cγ Lewitt seconded the motion. In speaking to same, he would like to say he agreed with the letter. He alluded to the expenditure on Daly's wharf of £800, which might have been spent en the new wharf extension, and more vessels would have called. He believed the launch people did cot want Daly's wharf to be re built He had heard that the U.B.S. Co, intended to run regularly if the wharves were in> proved, He hoped the Wharves Committee would give the letter a favourable report. They were going behind in their attitude regarding wharf im» provements, Cr Munro said that the loan on tbi*j new wharf would expire shortly. If they could improve the wharf so that larger vessels could berth here, it would be a big help to Akaroa, ThA outside portion ought to be made threir feet higher, The expenditure on Daly's wharf was not at ail a neces sity. ! Cr Leete said he agreed with the previous speakers about the improve* menfca to the new wharf. If they thought a lot of Akaroa being a good port, they should spend more money there To his mind, instead of spend- s ing £800 or £900 on Daly's wharf, they should have spent the money on. the new wharf, which was the im-T portant one of the town. They might attract better boats boats by having their wharves improved. He alluded to Tiraaru's progress, due to outlay on their wharves. Cr Fyfe said he was o£ opinion thati the oew wharf should be lengthened.'!! The Mayor said that be took ex'M ception to the remarks of some of then late speakers in connection wicbl| Daly's wharf. The wharf was builMJ for people who had acoommodationP bouses at the north end of the tpwrji Is was nut right for councillors, raise this end against end spirit; - Hβ; was sure most of the ratepayers would) agree that Daly's wharf was a necessity, Both ends of the town should c. be considered. He agreed that, ill their finances allowed, the new wharf should be lengthened, but, if they* were only getting an excursion boaftj down twice a year, io was hardly , worth the outlay. \.s. The motion was carried. jgj Mrs Jane Peter 3 was granted '% J i hawker's license. John Staples, asking tot/ transfer of property to Mr Henry Newton and alteration on roll. From trustees late Mra Bell, asking for transfer on roll to Mr T. W. Lawrence, occupier, Both applications were granted. From treasurer Borough Council ,\ re IO per cent, on rates "due by..V^t ratepayer. sl lp Resolved the Town Clerk notify the> , ratepayer that the ten per cent, musty 'ba paid, or it would be sued for. x.«&.ij The Town Clerk notified tSlff Council that several ratepayers had altered and added to their buildings without giving the notice in accord* anee with the by laws. Cr Munro said he considered the '{ charge for building was too high. He'"*' thought that plans and spscificationfp: should be laid before the Council, £4 for £1000 building was too highy when one considered that the buildqflt. had also to pay rates on valuation. He was going to do biV:' best to have that clause of the struck out. * "^Wx-J

Thi. ■*•■:,.=.>• .-.,... .. ... .. ~ ..' -. :,: - Cotmnnnii".nm< r»' -i-ow-d, . 'i i future *.b»> by laiv.s h<-> >-rif.-no'.'d. Seconded by Cr Carnal, and carried.

Crs Leete and Munro were appointed to sign Mr Fergus's contract for the baths..

Mr Fergus wrote and said that be followed out the Council's instructions to the letter with regard to tbe children's hours. He asked tbe Council to supply tickets for tbe school children,

The letter was received

A telegram from Mr G- Harris, thanking the Council for appointing him borough solicitor, was received. Applications for electrical eneigy were made by Mi3S Davidson and Mr Cbas. Mann.

The applications were granted, and signed by Crs Lewitt and Fyfe. Mr Courtier, of the Government Orchard Department, wrote as follows :—

■' About fifteen or eighteen leading fruitgrowers and farmers, including the Chairman of tbe Canterbury Fruitgrowers' Association, and one or two members of the Waimari County Council, will accompany me over to Akaroa on Saturday, February 14. We will arrive by Pilkington's mail coaches, and intend to put up at the Metropole. We will be staying until Monday morning, and would like fco have a good look over your town, and discuss its possibilities as a fruitgrowing centre, etc. I would esteem it a great favour if your Council would see its way clear to meet us_ on arrival. Thanking you in anticipa tion "

Cr Leele moved the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor to arrange. Seconded by Cr Lewitt, and carried, The Mayor said that he would do his best to further the fruit growing industry in Akaroa. He considered Narbey's estate would make an ideal site for fruit growing If tbey could get tb.9 industry started in Akaroa, it would be an excellent thing for the vessels carrying away fruit. From Crown Iron Works re pipes for extension cf pipe line up Grehan to effect that Mr Laurenson would meet Council and measure pipe line. Cr Lewitt moved that MrLauienson be written to. and his offer be accepted. It would take a month or six week 3to get pipeg after they were

ordered

Seconded by Cr Fyfe, and carried

From Mr Herbert F. Allen, apply ing for a plumber's license in tte borough.

The application was granted. From Public Works Department, Christehurch, applying for drainage permit in connection with the Akiroa post office. The application was granted. FINANCE REPORT

Amount rpceivpd pinca last meeting —Rates, £114 10s 6d; rent, £60 7-s 8d; piping, £10; building fee, £1 103; electric connection, £1 6*; drain age, £1 Is ; license and dog fees, lSa; sundries?, 3s 6d ; total, £189 119 9d Bank Account—Daly's wharf loan, cr. £796 17s; district fund account, dr. £861 14s 7d ; in hand, £3 Is 9d. Accounts amounting to £78 17s lid were passed for payment. FIXE BRIGADE STATION. Cr Leete said that one of the local painters had asked him about the painting of the Fire Brigade station. The work Bhould be done at once. Cr Lewitt said he had been trying to fix the matter up, but all the painters bad been away grass-seeding. Cr Leete drew attention to tbe approach to Stanley Park. He asked if a pretty walk could not be made up to Stanley Park from the road past the new school. N He moved the matter be referred to the chairman of tbe Keserves Committee with power to act. Seconded by Cr Lewitt and carried. Cr Lewitt moved a tester be procured for tbe electric light plant. Seconded by Cr Fyfe and carried.

Cr Cantrell asked whether the Borough would acquire the school site He thought it was a pity to see tbe section go, as it would make an excellent site for municipal buildings and town hall,

Cr Leete said tbe Council should be requisitioned by the ratepayers to acquire the site,

The Mayor agreed the site was a good one, and if tbe ratepayers would sanction the necessary loan he thought the land would be a good asset. Personally, he thought there was do hope of tbe loan being carried. Tbe Major brought up the matter of binding the copies of tbe "Akaroa Mail." They had copies from its in ception in 1876, which were all jum bled up in an outhouse.

Cr Leete moved the " Akaroa Mails" be sorted out and labelled, but so binding be done. Secondei by Cr Leete.

Cr Wa'ker moved, as an amend roent, thit tbe "Mail's" be placed in boxes with tin lids, *

Cr Walker's amendment was not seconded, and Cr L9ete's motion was carried.

The meeting then adjourned.

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4371, 13 February 1914

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4371, 13 February 1914

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