AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
A meeting of this Council, was held on Wednesday evening. Present— Hia Worship the Mayor, and Ore Walker, Cantrell, Munro, Lewitfc, Vangio&i and Leete,
The Mayor was installed in the Mayoral chair, lor the ensuing year,
His Worship the Mayor thanked the Councillors for their kind remarks, and said he bad received many j letters of. . congratulation from the ratepayers and others upon bis being returned' Mayor for the eleventh ierrn, He very much appreciated a teUgram, from the Hon., R. H. Rhode?, which he had received', > -," A petroleum iicsnee was granted to Mr Li. J. Vangioni. ; - .'.'„_' The Municipal Association of New Zealand wrote, stating that,the biennial conference would be held in July, land-inviting-the Council to submit I remits. -
Thß letter was received., A letter was read from the Treasury as follows:— ... ,■ I "With reference to the inscribed debt of your Council, I have to inform you that,' as twentyveii, yeara have elapsed since your Council inscribed its debt of £402 3s'lod, yielding half, yearly interest amounting to £9 -Is/ under the "Government Loans to i Local Bodies Act, 1886," this amount hasi : ' been -deducted from,, the total indebtedness of your Council. Your account in the register, in consequence of the above reduction, reads aa fol-lows:-Total debt,;. £9659 10s; balfc year's interest, £175.4s 5&" S>- \ r The letter was, read .:
Tbe Department, of Internal Affairs wrote, acknowledging receipt 'of the clerk's letter re the election of Mayor. The letter was received;
The Akaroa County Council wrote as follows :=—"ln reply to your.letters regarding the cost of erecting the electric lamp at the Borough and County boundary, I have the honour to inform you that this Counoil baa decided to adhere to the arrangement made by the chairman, viz, to pay half cost of erection,,' , . .
The Mayor said he was very sorry so much friction had ocourred over the matter. He thought the members of the Council knew all about the resolution they had passed, and he drew exception to tbe 'County Chairman's remarks. • :
Or Leete said he thought it was all a The County Council 6 or 8 years ago had made an agreement to erect the kerosene lamp, each to pay half the cost. Now the Council had gone in for electricity the County Council thought, the new lamp would be erected on the same terms. The chairman bad said he would not mind paying the whole coet of erection, He (Or Leete),' thought the light was mainly for the convenience of tbe Borough. The Mayor. njioved the letter,barer eeived. . •■,.
Cr Lewitt said be was emphatic up on the condition that the County was tp pay for th c whole erection: The lighting eoElir£& 10s p.er the County: would, not pay. for the erection, he thought the : lamp (ehoiild be taken, ' Why Ishojald. the, - Borough. pay £2 10% current aiidl the v County! objeotto pufcfup-tbe,, tight:?. ;He secbnded ithe motion tbat the letter; .'be )^oeivßd,>a f ndvmoved;ibaii: I^tfae',:pourit^ fpr■? trie' erectioni of: the r? tauop the MgbJ ,?.W-'-' ■v".' : ;B^tti^iij^ tbld hini that he ; JE6r; the jeriectioiaf himself / was jdr Bruoe'sHwbrd against the chairman of the lighting committee, "arid jhe in : tended backingup Gr Lewitt. r ' It i was a pity local bodice kept fighting about such matters. The Borough might, say they' maintained \he wharves in the harbour for thevbonvenience of County ratepayers, and the arguments would be never ending Thfey should all work for the advantage of the district on all local bodies, and not be small minded in these ■matters;- •;. .- " .'• ;■';. V :"' ■■■ '■'■'. U Messrs Oraddpck & Co. wrote, "asking .the (JJouncil to return electric lamps, ' fittings,-•■ .eto.'i which they understood the Council, would take over. The amount was £12 15s 8d for thia material. '•''•• ■ , Tbe matter ' was referred; to the Lighting Committee to report*. Messrs W. l>. Wilkins & Sons wrote, applying for two props for carts weighed on the weighbridge. It was decided to grant the applies tion. ■ ■ . '
• The police wrote,, stating that they bad' discovered the'young men' who broke the pavilion window, and asking if they would' take action. The young men were willing to ''replace the window. The Mayor said he thought this would make those using the pavilion more careful in'i. future. Hβ moved the letter be received, and. that the Council would not prosecute in this case, but would in any future case, /.Seconded, by Cr Yangioni, and oarried. * ■.-.'■'.■ Mr 3. Vangioni wrote as follows :— "I am contemplating erecting a planing machine and circular saw bench, which is a much felt want in Akaroa, as a large quantity of already dressed timber is yearly imported, and the money for dressing goes away to millers in other districts ; whilst, if it were dressed herej the local labour would receive the benefit, and it would
encourage" local industry,; Tyhafc;l am asking bfyou, gentlemen, 'is that you supply me with 10 horse power at 2d per unit, as I am going to make an [ experiment, and cannot see my way to pay 8d per unit, which is too high. In support of my contention I give the Dunedin charges, which are from 3d downwards to id per unit, so that my offer is reasonable enough. The power is now going to waste, and £10 to £15 per year would be better than nothing. If your Council will give a favourable consideration, and let me have the power at 2d per unit, I wil supply a meter at my own cost, but, if the Council otherwise insists on charging me 3d per unit, I will bave to drop the enterprise altogether, as I consider 3d excessive, and I cannot ccc my way to risk the outlay." The letter was referred to the Light ing" Committee to report at next meeting
The Town Clerk reported the death of Or Martin Daly. The Mayor moved a letter of condolence be seat to the relatives of the late Mr Daly, expressing the Council's respect for the late Councillor, and (heir sympathy with the relatives. Seconded by Or Walker.
The motion was carried, the Coun
cil standing. Or New top wrote as follows: —"I bpg to tender my resignation as a member of the Akaroa Borough Coun cii. Iα doing so, I must.'express my hanks to His Worship the Mayor and my fellow „Councillors for the courtesy that has always been ex tended, to me while I have had the honour of sitting at the Council table I shall always take'a.keen interest in the work of the Borough, and trust its policy will be progress with stability." The Mayor said no man in latter years had taken more interest in, the Council than Cr Newton, .He-tried to avail upon him to stop*on the Council, but Or Newton suffered from deafness, and could not follow the business. Everyone knew .Or, Newton as a quiet and unassuming Councillor Being a practical roan, he had done many years good service on the' Council. Personally, he would miss him very much. Cr Newton had been. on the Council since 20th February, 1901 He moved that a'.resulution be placed in the minute book regretting the resignation of Cr Newton and Cr t)aly> death. : - \ '..■:■'■'■■' Beconded by Cr Vangibni. " ' . Cre Leefce and Lewitt endorsed the Mayor's remarks. ! ■ Or Lewitt said he would like to see added to the resolutionrthe good work done by both the councillors. This was agreed to, ana the motion carried. V ' :
Mr Hi Hay ward asked for a transfor of borough water supply to Mr J. Suncfeell. ...' . -• - The transfer was granted, ; A. carrier's license was ■, granted to Mr T.Lawrence. : - ; Applications for electric light and current were granted to Messrs G. Pilkington, Frank Taylor (6J h.p. motor), J. McLenagban (water heater), R. A Dearsly (deptal motor), and' B. G. Mora (7£ b.p. motor). Cr Lewitt, Chairman of the Lighting Committee, said these applications must be considered, and contracts for the motors arranged. The applications were granted, sub jeot to the Lighting Committee fixing 1 the price. Mr Basil Henning's tender of 7s per yard for sand and shingle from 1 the punt on beach, regardless of royalty, was accepted. Mr"T. Lawrence's tender for carting was accepted at the following rate: —Single horse and dray,, with driver, 133 per day; extra horse and dray, 8s; single horse and dray for part day,ls,9d per hour; when", lead ing horse is required, 6d per hour extra. Cr Munro reported for the Wharves and Works Committees that they had accepted Mr Powrie's contract for the staging on the New wharf;The report was adopted Cr Cantrell moved tenders be called for the erection of the landing stage, and that the Mayor and Chairman of the Wharves Committee accept same Seconded by Cr Walker, and carriqd. Tbe Mayor read Cr Newton's port for tbe Works. Committee on the forming of Smith street, '' '/ ' ' The' report also recommended a rise in the foreman's wages. Cr Munro moved the matter'be re 1 ferred again to the Works Committee, and the Mayor be appointed chair-1 man of the committee. Seconded by Cr Yangioni, and! carried.
Receipts since 'last: meeting, £180 103 lid;•■':aocounts passed for payment, £99 9s Bd. ■■f ; --i f^; /^ : h" i -:'-\
It was decided to call teadera for 8£ cords, of firewood*/ : ■ Cr'Munro moved the hew wharf lights be put on a time-switch, c Beconded by Or Lewitt, and carried.
It was decided the foreman be instructed to ■ have the street lamps oleanedi •■.- '- ' . '••.,■ ■ ■■;<■■'■:.,:
The ;Miyor ? moved the matter: of inor'easing the foreman's wages be re ferred to the Woiks Committee. ;' The motion was/darried.
," The, Mayor asked Cr Leete to retire while the Council considered the action to be taken ml the bylaw .case, 0. W. Leete and NMitohell v. the Borough Council;": ■ v";'-.: ■ - ■-.■'■ ; ' '.■■•■ : ' - - "-. ; "
The Council went into committee, and upon resuming the Mayor reported that it bad been moved by Or Vangioni that the Council defend the claims made for damages by C. W. Leete for' £iO for removal of his building in Beach road and Nimrod Mitchell £25 for trespass and damage to material, and that the Mayor be empowered to employ the Council's counsel in the case. v
The motion was seconded by Or Lewitt and carried. ',:[■:. The Council then adjourned.
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