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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4383, 31 March 1914
AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
A meeting of this Council was held on Saturday ; present—Messrs J.-D. Bruce (chairman), F, Williams, JNewbegin and J". B Tbacker. Leave of absence was granted to Mr C, 1.3. Tbacker. Tbe chairman's statement included the following business:— ONAWE WBABF AND ROAD. Tbe chairman said he bad seen Mr R. McCartney, contractor for tbe Onnwe Flat road, re the charge of £3 for* roiling, and he willing withdrew it. lie bad also been through Messrs W, D. Wilkina & Sons engineering i.ccounfc, and agreed the cheque should be paid in full, as the firm had really undercharged. He had called a meet ing of Duvaucbelle and Barry's Bay residents on Friday to decide when the opening ceremony of the wharf and road should take place, and they decided to defer it until a later date until the road was in good order and tit for traffio GERMAN BAY liECREA.TJ.ON GROUND, The chairman reported that a meeting bad been held at German Bay on Thursday, March 26, when he ex-
plained the steps to be taken to form a domain board. The following gentle men had been appointed a domain board to control tbe German Bay blockhouse reserve .' — Messrs G. Arm strong,-J. Brown, H. Harrington, W. Sunckcii and T. M. Shepherd, It was decided to call tbe Domain tbe German Bay Domain. The first meeting of the new Board would-be held at the German Bay Cheese Factory Office at a date to be fixed fcaler, " Tbe Lands and Survey Department had written as follows re tbe matter; "In reply to your letter of tbe 4th icst., I bave to state that thi3 Department will be pleased to receive the full names tfnd addresses of (say) five suitable gentlemen for appointmeut as i Domain Board to control the above. Tbe persons nominated should be selected at a public meeting of residents ; or, alternatively, the nominations should be endorsed with the approval o£ the member for the district, information is also required (for insertion in the Orderin-Oouncil of appointment) regarding the time (day tnd hour) when, and place (building) where the Board will meet for the .ransaction of business." The chairman said the new Board tfould have to be gazetted and act as a jermanent Board, The report was accepted. bobinson's bay wharf. The Public Works Department ,vrote a3 tollows:— ' " I have the honour to inform you ;hat there i 3 an unauthorised balance >f £100 on the vote for the abovenentioned work, the expenditure of vbich it is proposed to entrust to your ouncil. This information is furnished o enable you to make the necessary ar„ •angements preliminary to carrying )ut the work in question, It must, jowever, be distinctly understood hat this letter is no authority to proved with the work, or to incur any iability whatever in respect thereto ifter proposals have been submitted o the Department's local engineer, he question of issuing formal monetary authority will be considered according to the urgency of the work, i md as funds are available." The Chairman said at the last meeting it was arranged he should meet ;be Robinson's Bay residents about ;he loan money. He bad seen the Minister, and asked him to get the money on the old terms, namely, 6 per cent, interest and sinking fund if possible. He had had no reply, but it was still difficult to get the money at the rate required ' MISCELLANEOUS. Mr F. Hubbard wrote, quoting chaff £3 53 and oats at Is lid. The chairman reported the Council i bed ordered the year's supply. The action of the chajrman in procuring horse feed was approved. i Mr R. MacCartney wrote re Le Comte's claim under the Workers' £ Compensation Act, and that he would i pay the amount claimed if forced to do t 30, a.nd give the Council a guarantee 1 to that effect.
It was decided to pay the amount claimed, via, ££ lßg 6d,gheld back by the Council. It wa3 decided to appoint Mr E. E. Lelievre tbe Council's representative on the Peninsula Technical Association, and Mr G, W. Thomas on tbe Akaroa High School Board. BOBINONgS BAY CULVERT, The chairman said Mr Geo. Armstrong, chairman of the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board, had spoken of the Council's action in refusing to
repair the liobinsoa'g Bay calvort as splitting straws, but he thought they bad acr.ed in thU matter as,a matter of principle. The culvert was un doubtediy under the control of tbo Board He had himself lived in Eobioßon's Bay, and had seen tbe road mailing'" alongside tho culvert, frequently repaired by tbe Akaroa aud Wainui Koad Board, and that it was under the Board's control was undis puted. He was sure tbe Council's le g4j position was right, and.that the road up the valley was a bye road under the control of the Board as it always nad been. He could not see where * the Council were splitting straws. The Council need not "take any steps. The matter was a most trivial one. Tbe Council could not
legally undertake this work. It was Road Board business and always had been; ■' • '
Mr J. R. Thaoker said he had not been present when this matter had been discussed. He asked if the Council did not in some cases metal and repair bye roads where they joined the main road. The chairman eaid some trifling work had been done on tbe byeroads.
Mr Tbacker said he thought the Council should certainly havesContrql of tbe full chain road. The chairman said this was not an
ordinary chain road, as it was really under the control of the Marine Department. The particular section of the road in question was one and a half chains. Tbe road only was formed, metalled and maintained by the Council. It was a small question, but a main road was a main road and a branch road a branch road If work bad been done by tbe Council on this road it bad been done illegally. Mr Williams said tbe Board bad done a lot of work on this road. CRUSHER. The chairman said the Okain's Road Board wanted tbe cnisber to go to Okain's. It would be nearly a month before tbe crusher could get to Chorlton with the work at present in hand. j Mr Thacker said that the.crusher i would not be required more than a week at Chorlton. j It was left with tbe chairman/to decide about the crusher going to Cborlfcon after the rolling of tbe flat road. SUMMIT ROAD METALLING. Mr J.. R. Tbacker said the contractor Bad not bad enough mejtal for the summit road, and he had put on another man to get metal at the same price as the other coutractor. His action was approved. 3IOTOR BY LAW BREACHES. The chairman reported there bad been two prosecutions at tbe Akaroa Court for breaches of the motor bylaw. One motor for travelling after sunset and a motor cyclist for not blowing bis horn. The Council had secured a prosecution in tbe motor car case. Another case would be heard next court day against a motor cyclist for not blowing his-horn. There was * tremendous lot of evasion going on, and be bad heard there were a whole stieim of cars on the Pigeon Bay road after dark recently. The motor cyclists wanted rounding up. METAL SPAWLING. The chairman said be bad arranged to have metal spawied at the Akaroa Borough • Council's quarry. The metal had to be blasted and secured by day labour under the Council foreman. The chairman's action was approved. VEHICULAR LICENSES. The chairman reported that a number' of people had not licensed their vehicles. He moved all owners of 1 vehicles plying for hire be proceeded against if not licensed before tbe end of the next week. Seconded by Mr J. R. Thacker and carried, Licenses were granted to 3t. Pilkington, five motor cars; P. Priest, Okain's, mailman ; J, Davies, Pigeon Bay, mailman; J. Phillips, Le Bon's, mailman. Mr Thacker said he would like to see 1 better arrangements made in connection with the carting at the crusher. If the Council bad ano ber cart ho thought id would make the working much better. He thought the engineer should be in charge of the whole crusher staff, including tbe carters. It was decided to give the crusher engineer full charge of the carters en the Summit road, - The engineer reported as follows :— -The crusher was breaking metal on tbe Summit road, bur. misty weather had made it impossible to work when accompanied by a high wind. Since commencing they bad broken 613 yards. They had bought 3| cords of firewood and collected tbe rest along the road. Nearly 500 yards more metal was required to be quarried to join that portion of the Summit road, The machinery was running well, but he had ordered a new screen. The report wa3 approved. The chairman said a motion bad been passed, authorising the Council to get another dray, but it had not been secured. Mr Tbacker moved a new dray be procured. Seconded by Mr Mewbegin, and carried. NOXIOUS WEEDS. 1 Mr Tbacker said a good deal of the time of the man on the .Summit road at;Leßon'a was taken up grubbing gorse. He thought the adjoining owners Bhould grub this The gorse wa>s right on the formation It was decided to send notices to tbe adjoining owners. -p.lv Williams said the Council 3hduld clear the weedy flower in German Bay from the bridge to tbe cut iing. Xd was not a noxious weed, but le thought it should be cleared. It was decided to instruct the forenan to clear this weedORUSHER WAGES. The chairman said that the bonus lad been granted the crusher men according to tbe resolution passed at j ast meeting. There bad been two lalf days, and this had been estimated s a whole day. In eleven days «13 ards had been crushed, and the onus earned by the wen £2 14s 9d, r 9s 9d each man, for the eleven aya, which meant about lid per day icreaae. The crusher had averaged
56 yard? per day. FINANCE REPORT,
Rseeipts since lass meeting, £516 16f Id , cr. balance, £32 Oi id ; caab in hand, £71 7* 2d , accounts pres«D'eJ, £232 Oi 8.1; or, balance, £129 7s 2d, ■ , • The report was adopted; It witH decided to procure another dray horse for the Council, and it was lefc to Mr Williams to procure oneTbe chairman said he thought tbat | the fence between the ■ ouncil's pad[dock in Duvaucbelle and tho adjoiuing owner should be renewed, He moved steps be taken to renew the* fence, and the adjoining owner be asked to .pay half cost of erecting same. Seconded by Mr Williams, and carried, Mr J. Tbacker promised to give the Councii the posts required for the fence.
The Council then adjourned.
AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4383, 31 March 1914
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