AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The ordinary meeting of the Akaroa Borough Council was held on Wednesday evening, Present—His Worship the Mayor; .and Crs Lewitt, Vangioni, Walker, Newton, Cantroll, Munro, Daly, and Leete. Leave of absence was granted to Cr Fyfe The Plumbers Board wrote re registration of pUmbers under the Act doing sanitary plumbing. Tbe letter was received. The Mayor said he had ordered a trowel suitably engraved to present to the Hon* Mr Bhodes on the occasion of his laying the foundation stone of the Akaroa post office. * The Mayor's action was approved, A hawker's license was granted to Mr C, T Burgess, and a license was granted to Mr MoMabon for the holding of a circus. A plumber's license was granted to T. E. Lock and a petroleum license for 400 gallons granted to Taylor and Go. The Akaroa County Council wrote re the electric light pole outside the Borough boundary to effect that the County Council had not agreed to pay for erection of pole. The Mayor said the Borough Council must do away with ihis light if the County would not pay for its erection. Cr Cantrell moved the lAht be disconnected unless the County Council Daid for lamp and post. Seconded by Cr Lewitt and oarried. The Borough Inspeotor of Nuisances reported that he had inspected a fowlhouea in the town, and had given the owner notice to comply with the bylaw by shifting it the requisite distance from the street. The report was received The Town Clerk reported that the action brought against C. W. Leete for not comply ing with Borough bylaw No. 2, had resulted in his being fined 10s and costs. Mr C W Leete wrote asking the Council to state their reasons for not approving of the plans submitted.
The letters were received. Messrs Meares & Williams wrote aa follows re the same matter:—"Referring to the Counril's prosecution of Mr Leete for having committed a breach of the Borough bylaws in adding to a building without having previously obtained a permit, we do not know what further action it is proposed to take, but before anything ia done we should like to know whether it is not possible to arrange a settlement which may be satisfactory to all concerned. With that object in view we beg to'advise you that Mr Leete has instructed us to approach the Council and ascertain whether it is not possible to improve the appearance of the present building so as to make it conform to what the Council con. siders it should be. If so, we should like to know whether the Counoil would prefer Mr Leete to submit a proposal or whether it will indicate what its requirements are Personally we think the latter course would be the beat. Mr Leete regrets very much that it should bave been necescary for the Counoil to take action against him, and also that his action in the matter has been oonctr'ued as a defiance to the Council. We think a good deal of tbe trouble is attributable to the fact that the Council considers it h*s power to refuse a permit if it does not approve of the design of tt building which otherwise complies with the bylaws of the Council as to building, etc. We would therefore humbly. suggest tbat a, legal opinion should be taken to ascertain what ths Council's powers in this respeot are," The Mayor said he did not think the Council should take any ac ion, but just carry out the bylaw. Cr Newton said he thought the Council should submit their building bylaw to the Municipal Association's counsel for ia report. Be thought that, if Mr Leete could submit alterations whioh would make the building satisfactory. The Council could hold . the matter over until the opinion was received. He moved in that direction, but there was no seoonder. Cr Leete said be had been as law abiding as possible. In this case he had a great deal of trouble, owing to the Counoil meeting being put off for a week. He spoke to his builder about the plans and specifications. He had no idea it would be an objeotionable building. He failed to see any great objeo tion to it as it was. He had not done any. thing in defiance of the Council.
The Mayor said the plans and specifications should have bean approved before the building was started.
The motion that the letter be received was
carried, Cr Newton dissenting
Mr C W Leete wrote that the new Anglican. Vicarage would be built on the north side of the section instead of the south.
The letter was received. The Alsaroa Football Club wrote, asking the Council to drain the Recreation Ground. The Mayor said there was more urgent work required to be done Cr Munro said it had been suggested the men working at the quarry under the super vision of the foreman should be put on to
lay tbe pipes, He moved arrangements be made to have the work done as soon as the quarrying was finished
Cr Newton seconded the motion Cr Cantrell moved the proper three inch pipes be used
Seconded by Cr Daly Cr Newton said ha thought that Gin pipes should be used.
The amendment was carried on the Mayor's casting vote
Transfers of town Bectioas and property from E E Lelievre to A J Turner, and from the trustees of the late Mrs McClure'e to A 3 Turner were granted
Tbe Minister of Defence wrote re conscientious objectors
It was decided to reply supporting the Minister of Defence's proposals
I Constable Shepherd, E E Lelievre and J H Williams, Mrs Anne E Lelievre, Mr A J Turner wrote asking that Smith Street should be formed. Constable Shepherd of fered £25 towards the work. Mrs Lelievre and Mr A J Turner stated their intention of building on seotions in this strett
Cr Newton moved all the letters be referred ;o the Works Oommittee to report i* econded by Cr Daly.
The Mayor said he thought the Works Committee should give a rough estimate of the cost aud the grade of the street.
It was decided to put the Engineer's namton the plate at Daly's what f,
Amount received since last meeting—Bent £56 2s 9J, rates £3 7a lid. licensa fees £1 10s 6d, electric light connections £4 63 6d, wharf dues £50 lis «<J, insffilraeut wrmrf office £9 os 4d, bylaws 3s, dos fees 10*. electric current £37 3s. total £162 18s 8&"
Bank Account—District Fur.d Account Ar £281 14s sd, Daly's Wharf loan account < r £296 17s C" 7 -** °WM Accounts amounting to £171 were passed for payment, and the report adopted. Cr Vangioni moved tbe Chairman of the Wharves Committee be empowered to procum ring bolts for Daly's wharf, also two fenderß to cover protruding bolts at the stage Seconded by Cr Munro and carried _ The Mayor said on several ocoafions the locks on the pavilion doors had been broken, and lights burning there at night It was very eilly to have candles burning in the building He moved that a lock and bolt be procured and put on the door Feconded by Cr Leete and oarried Cr Newton moved tbat the building bylaw be submitted to Mr Martin, couasel to tbe Municipal Association, for his opinion as to the Council's power to remove buildings, also that the removal of Mr Leete's buildiDg be delayed until the reply ia received Cr Lewitt seconded the motion The Mayor said the bylaw would be earned cut regardless of personal feeling Cr Newton amended his motion, leaving out reference to Mr Leete's building, an d it was carried The Mayor moved a landing platform be placed on the south side of the new wharf. Seoonded by Cr Leete, an"d carried. The Ma/or said Mr Barrett offe'ed to supply spawled metal to the Council for 3s a yiird. Cr Newton said tbe metal spawled at the quarry cost about 3s per yard. It was decided to refer the matter to the Works Committee, with power to act. The Mayor moved the question of improving the footpath in Viard street be referred to/the Works Committee to report. Seconded by Cr Newton, and oarried* Cr Lewitt asked the Mayor again to stand for the Mayoralty, and congratulated him npon his previous activity. Cr Vangioni supported Cr Levvitt's proposal. * . . The Mayor, in reply, thanked the Council' lors for the honour done bira. He was wil ling to retire if any Councillor would accept nomination. It had been a pleasure to work with his colleagues, and he would consent to again Btand. (Applause.) Tbe meeting then adjourned
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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4386, 10 April 1914
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4386, 10 April 1914
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