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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4376, 3 March 1914
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. R Thacker.
An apology was received from Mr J. Newbegin,
The chairman's statement as read included the following business:— The Lands and Survey Department wrote re the control of the blockhouse reserve at German Bay as a recreation reserve as under:—-
"Sir,-Section 189, block IV, Akaroa, B.D.—Referring to your letter of the 17th August, 1912, asking that tbe above section, which was set apart as a site for a blockhouse at German Bay, be vested in the County Council as a Recreation Ground, I have now to inform you that the purpose of the reservation has been changed as de sired by section 74 of the " Reserves and Other Lands Disposal and Public Bodies Empowering Act, 1913." It is not usual to vest recreation reserves in the local body, and it is now pro posed to bring tbe land under the provisions of part II of tbe " Pub lie Reserves and Domains Act, 1908," aud vest the control thereof in your Council as a Domain Board. - If the Council agrees, will you kindly for ward information (for insertion in the Order-in Council of appointment) re garding the time (day and hour) when, and place (building) where, the Council will, when appointed, meet a3 a Domain Board for tbe transaction ol business. I would also be obliged il you would suggest a suitable and dis tinguishing name by which to call the domain,—l am, etc., F. T. O'Nbill, Assistant Under Secretary." The chairman said the Council did not anticipate that they would have to appoint themselves a domain board. He thought that tbe German Bay residents would have to buy a little more land to make the ground large enough, He suggested that, if this was done, the whole should be vested in the Council as a domain board. The Council could appoint some of tbe residents to take control of the ground
Mr E. Hay said he was not in favour of the Council controlling the recreation ground.
It was decided the clerk see the
Commissioner of Crown Lands in Dhristchurcb, and suggest a domain board, consisting of residents of the bay, should be appointeV to control the ground. The Government Insurance Department wrote as follows re the Robinson's Bay wharf road loan :— "I have to acknowledge tbe receipt of your letter of the 10 b inst., and note your remarks. It bas occurred to us ihat you may be under the impression that the whole of the loan will be liquidated by the sinking fund instalments by the end of thirty five years, and I think it right to mention that in the case of loans from the Department the siuking fund payments of 1 per cent, per annum will not affect this. The payments of sinking fund will require to be made to the Public Trustee as commissioner, and, if the present rate of interest allowed by him thereon is maintained throughout the term, tbe accumulations will amount to about £662 17s 5d if a lo*n of £900 is required, «n ! about £883 16s 6d if £1200 is re quired, at tbe end of the thirty five years, when the balance of the loan will require to be paid by the County Council, or other arrangements made in respect thereto." The chairman explained that in a previous letter the Insurance Depart ment had agreed to give a loan of £1200, with interest 5 per cent and 1 per cent sinking fund for a term of 35 years. While in Christchurch he saw the Department, and they wanted 5| per cent, plus sinking fund. Mr J. R. Thacker said he thought negotiations should be stopped with tbe Insurance Department Mr Hay said he thought that it would be more satisfactory to borrow the money, and rate the ratepayers to pay off 30 much each year. He did not think they should go in for a loan of 35 years' term, and he thought the ratepayers should be consulted again. It was decided to write to the residents, and consult them upon the matter again. Mr Wm. Thacker wrote applying for a refund on his rates, j The clerk said the difference was £1 l7d. j It was decided to refund lha overI paid rate 3. Messrs Meare3 & Williatns wrote re tbe signing of two of tin Council's leases.
Messrs J. R. Thacker and E. Hay signed the leases. The chairman reported re tbe Polmes' Bay bridge that there were two alterations to bo made. With those two exceptions tbe work was very well done indeed. Mr Hay agreed to have the alter ations made that were required. The chairman moved the notice of motion standing in his name -"That the question of wages paid to the crusher staff be taken into consideration ; also the question of grassseeding leave for maintenance staff." Mr J Thacker seconded the motion. The chairman went into the question of the crusher men's wages. He said the men complained very much that their monthly earnings were far shorthand whereas in five months a surfaceman earned £42 10a, a crusher employee earned only £26 19s. This averaged les3 than £6 per month, and he thought it was far too little. There was very much broken time, and the work was dusty and difficult. It would be hard to get the men to work tbe crusher unless the wages were raised. Regarding the Council having men on tbe roads during grassseeding, he thought it was necessary to have two permanent members on the staff on account of the increasing motor traffic. He thought 'at least the Council should give the crusher's men was 8s 6d per day. The argument against raising the wages was that the Council set up precedent in raising wages. These men travelled all round the district, and married men bad to keep two homes going Tbe wages averaged out at less than 303 per week. Mr Thacker asked why four wbfel ers were required at one lime and five
another. The chairman said he could not tell, but when the metal was small more men were required. Mr J. R. Thacker suggested granting the whole staff a bonus on all the metal turned out above 50 yards a day. He thought the Council should try giving Id per yard for each man of the staff over and above 50 yards. Mr E. Hay was not in favour of raising the wages, as it meant raising the wages all over the district. Mr JR. Thacker said he would like to offer the men what they were worth. He suggested a month's trial of the bonus scheme, but, if tbe Council thought it was not enough, they could adjuat it at the end of the
month. He proposed the wheelers be paid 8s per day, and the Council pay a bonus of fid for every yard broken over 60 yards per day. Seconded by Mr Hay, and carried, i Mr Hay said he thought cars' should be taxed. He thought recommendation should be made to the Government that cars be taxed, and tbe taxation taken for maintenance of road 3. Mr J R. Thacker moved that the foreman and one Burfaceman be kept on all through the year to look after tbe Main and Summit roads. •. Seconded by Mr Hay, and carried. j Mr Hay suggested a salary for aj foreman. He said in the North Island j this was done, and tbe foreman was i given a house conveniently placed. i The chairman said tbe difficulty j was taxing the cars and bow the tax ! should be distributed. The matter ;
had come up for discussion before fc he Counties' Association. The Minister had said that the taxation que*. lion would be embodied in a Bill. One suggestion was that the t»x should be paid into tbe hospital red charicablej aid funds. The ma'.ff owners objeoted, and said the money should bj spent on the roads. He thought they should spend the money on the roads. The only way to solve the problem was to hand over the main arterial roads to the Government.
Mr Hay said the cars were taxed at Home for the maintenance of roads. He moved that it be a recommendation to the Government that motor cars should be taxed and the money spent on road maintenance.
Tbe suggestion of a toll gate situated at tbe Hill Top Hotel was discussed. The chairman said this might affect Akaroa's tourist traffic. Mr Hay said Akaroa-was in its infancy as far as motor traffic was concerned, and in ten years'time there would be thousands of cars running to Akaroa.
Mr J. Thackar seconded the motioDj which was carried.
The secretary of the Peninsula Technical Association, (Mr A. Gray), wrote asking for a subscription from the Council.
The chairman said tbe Association had been unable to arrange for veterinary classes, but hoped to arrange for them during the next session.' Mr E. Hay moved the usual grant of £6 6s be made to the Technical School.
Seconded by Mr C. B. Thacker' and carried.
Mr E. Hay said he would resign from the Council, as he would be away in England for nine months. The chairman said there was an application for the final payment for the Onawe Fjat road, wharf and' shed
The financial position was as fol lows:—
It was decided to pay Mr R. McCartney, tbe oontractor, for the Onawe flat road, wharf and shed, the final payment of £606 I6s 6d. I Mr E. Hay was granted leave of ! absence for six months. ! The chairman and councillors ; wished Mr and Mrs Hay a good trip. Mr J. R Thacker said the culvert i should be lengthened in the first gully : up Barry's Bay. I The chairman said this was to be | done as soon as possible. It was decided to pay £12 10a progress payment to the contractor for the Summit road metal. FINANCIAL STATEMENT. Accounts presented £84014s lid, receipts since last meeting £788 10a 4d, or. balance (general account; £473 13s 4d. Cr. balance £367 Is 7d. The Council then adjoured.
£ s. d. i The contract 1450 0 0 Timber ... 69 18 0 Extra 34 10 0 i Shed • ... 150, 0 0 Raising Boor 12 0 0 ■ Engineer's commission 40 0 0 Interest 81 19 0 Cost of raising.., ... 25 0 0 Estimated cost trolley and rails .. ... 80 12 0 Total expenditure ... £1848 19 0 Assets. ■ . £ s, d. Loan 1200 0 0 Balance old loans ... 88 18 10 Government grant ... -250 0 0 Akaroa and Wainui Road Board and Council grants ... 850 0 0 Cement sold 7 14 0 __________ I Total £1846 12 10
AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4376, 3 March 1914
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