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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL.

A meeting of this Council was held >n Tuesday last. Present—Messrs J 3. Ooop (chairman), J. G. C. Gebbie, I. Johnson, W. F, Parkinson, T. Feather, J. F. Buchanan and T. Thompson. Messrs W. J. Whatman and H. i Lewthwaite waited on the Council as j a deputation from the Little River Coronation Library Committee, ask i 'g tb.e Council to give the Library Committee power to let the old library buildings. • The chairman explained that the Council were still in communication with the Department about this matter, but that the Council would give the Library Committee permission to let the building in the meantime, provided ii; was insured, and they would band the building over as soon as possible. An application for.a slaughterman's license to Mr R.\Dyer was approved, The Lands and Survey Department wrote as follows regarding tße old Library site: — " Little River Library Site,—ln reply to your letters of February 3 and April 7, I have, to inform you that I am of opinion that the library trustees do not hold any title, either to the new site nor to the old one,.and I would suggest that the fprmer site be vested in your Council For the information of my head office will you kindly advise me who erected , the buildings, I presume it was the Council.—T- E, Greenfield, for Commissioner of Crown Lands." The clerk reported having replied to the letter, and having seen the Commissioner about the matter. > It was resolved to aek the original trustees of tbe old library to resign. ■Vμr. T. ■ Gjddens, Gebbies' Valley, wroW asking the Council to repair a bridge leading to his property. ■" It was decided the engineer inspect the bridge and what was required. Messrs H.. Matson & Co. wrote, stating that they would clear the wil lows adjoining their saleyarda at Little River. From the Paparua County Council asfollowB;— . "Before the last Counti Conference the Paparua County Cbun sent forward the following remit: 'That the conference take into consideration 1 the desirability of forming 1 branch ! ass6ciations in the several provinces, or one each for the North and South , Islands.' Our remit did not get, much support, but It was noticeable that one of the executive who spoke against the proposal, in subsequently reporting, to his Council, stated be thought that the trend of opinion was in the direction of separate as j the interests'of the Noith and -South ■.■islands were at variance.*! iam a directed to write to you, and ask your ;CouDcil!s on the matter. Do you think it would be advantageous to have a local Association tfß well as tbe a : New Zealand one> or that it would be i 'better to:break away from the parent V- In thatevent * ;<io!:j(ou; $ Jobal^iA ssbciti* I I- r would 1 •reiuUi:^ i gatef 'ironY iV'&r dis J %uas;tfeißalteri—Yours faithfully, G " , " )'■''■ 'Mr Pfttkinebn moved reply ibe forwat'ded to the Pdpftrua County 3 (iouncil that this Council, whilei:con- ' Hiderjng the impoitance of the ques tion asked, does not wish to make any definite proposition, But 1 thought it desirable a meeting of the various County Councils of Canterbury should be con veiled ak C» ristchurch a<; eoroe near.satf to considet: tbe ■matter, and also tnoJor trtfffio Secoodtid by Mr Jobotoa, and carried. ...•■•• A letter was read from Messrs Wood & Co., offering crushed oats at 2s 3d per bushel, • ■• It was decided some of these oats be procured. . '.\ '>■ It was rpgolved-that Messrs Feather and Gebbie be ;deputed to purcbafe tbfeV suitable horses for the Council. Mr ;W. A. Sillifunfc, Little Hiver, J wrote that ha bad received notica from the Wnirewa ' ounty Council to e'eaij the stream where it abutted on tbn c Council's holding of obstructions to (h free flow of water. He failea to find :'oy obstruction, but po? B ib!y f,be no ticw aofßrrftd to on Native reserve 887 where tbe willows bad col Ifcted a glofc of "soil, He would have the willows on his section long ago for firewood, but for the fact that they Roii'pelled the bees to fly high over the Akaroa road, and this considerably lessened the risk of anyone being stung. . ..... • . 1 Tbe chairman, Mr Thompson and tbe clerk .were deputed to visit the river and see what obstructions there were to be removed. The Canterbury Automobile Asso ciation , wrote as follows :—"At a meeting of my. committee held on the Ist April, it was resolved that we write and ask you to place a danger sign going, round the Kaituna corner, and that a regulation should be made for all motorists and motor cyclists tc blow their horn when approaobing this corner." Mr Thompson eaid the Councii should make a motor bylaw which would control motor traffic. Thi County/Cou'noils throughout New Zea land bad motor bylaws. The clerK explained that there wen notices everywhere along the road. Mr Gebbie thought that a red disi with danger written on it would at tract motorists' notice. It was decided the chairman, M Parkinson and tbe clerk inspect thi signs on the road with a view to im proving tbe signs, and to put up disc as euggpsted by Mr Gebbie The Native Land Commiseione wrote stating that the transfer of th land on which the Council Chamber stood would be effected in a shor time.

Tbe chairman of the Kaituna Lib r&ry Committee wrote as follows: — "It was decided at a wall attended public meeting on Tuesday, May ytb. that a public library be formed at Kaituna, and as chairman I was asked; to write to tbe Wairewa County CounOil and aek for assistance. Tbe

acb of us being a very small com nunity and your well known liber, ility in the matter of grants to libraries, leads us to hope that you will favourably consider this request It was decided to let this matter 3tand over until next meeting of the Council. Mr R. J. Fleming, Port Levy, wrote a3 follows:—"I beg to draw your Council's attention to the unsatisfactory state of the Little EiverPort Levy road, especially from •Denny's to the top. There is a hole a little below the.gate, which is dangerous, and there are several ruts which should be filled up. Now that the mill i 3 shifted there ought to be some chance of getting the road in batter order. I should also like to draw your attention to the unsatisfactory trucking arrangements at the railway. This being election year, I j think we ought to agitate for a second trucking yard; There has been over 92,000 sbeep trucked this year, and I feel certain that there will be from four to five thousand more from Port Levy, next year.. As it is at present sheep, cattle, and pigs are all trucked through the same race, which causes a great deal of delay." \The engineer stated that the road had been repaired, and the latter bad been put Oefore the Minister with regard to the trucking yards. The Kinlock foreman wrpte applying for more pipes for the Kinlock roads. It was decided to send pipes over to the Kinloch foreman. The Little River foreman, Mr P. McManus, reported as follows: — "Since last meeting we have finished Reynold's gully, put three culverts in, cleaned up Okute Valley road to Buchanan's bridge, cleaned up Port Levy road; put two, culverts in, cleaned up Stanbury's road right down Western Valley, road to Mr Harris's corner.'. We are at present working on Mr S. Barclay's road, also cleaning out ditches on Okute Valle road going up by the junction to Mr J. F. Buchanan's." , !tfr T. Feather said the Tumbledown road badly wanted metalling. There was a good quarry on the road, and the metal could' be hand broken and put straight on the road. It was decided the Clerk arrange for two men to go over to Kinloch and help the Kinlocb foreman break metal for Tumbledown Hill road. Mr Tbompaon proposed steps be taken to form motor bylaws. Seconded by Mr T. Feather and carried. Mr Thompson eaid the Waipara motor bylaws were very complete. It was decided to again write to, the Public Works Department .re their grant to the Puaha valley bridge, engineer's beport. "Since last meeting the uieri;at the Little River end of theiCounty have been clearing up, repairing, and clean ing water tables along Reynold's road, Port Levy road, and on several, of the local roads, and it will itake the •best part oflfae;currGnt month to compjete montbXto: complete';.;,;• the;V cleaning s&g M .tja,e yia ;A.friKar Vana^^^ pn: : ;Moiiukara*a v ;f2;Th^^ supplied - l twenty ■■t?viis^B^ia;^B^dUrig. ? s , Fiat pity and-the ■ coasts carted on the main road between, Geb bio's and McQueen's Valieys,"and I am of Opinion that it wilt take another sixty trucks ta,coroplete s the■ wprk to Kaituna. In addition the larger ruts had to be filled in with broken stones, and v?hen the centra length is com-, pleted it will be, necessary to grade in the sides «to prevent the shingle being cast off by motors. I have visited the Mount Bossu improving work placed in the hands of this Council by ihb Akaroa and, Wainui Eoad Board, aid urn quite that all that" had baeu intended is very satisfactorily car pied out,-but.em of the opinion that sotoe 60 feet of 9' inch drain pipes are wanted to satisfactorily complete the work. The cost so far ha 3 been £56 17s S M, including explosives, being in excess of the original estimate £6 17s 4d. Relative to the proposed sale by auction in June of the lease for 5 yeaif of the several reserves, the Council "should draw up x conditions of lease and apply reserve prices if it thinks fit. Mr French applies for about 90 feet of 9 n pipes for side of main road opposite h;| ialacksmith's shop, Little Kivec. h«= paying cost price therefor." It wus decided the clerk and Messrs Thompson and Parkinson arrange the upset values of the reserves to be offered for sale in June, The chairman,''".', oierk and Mr Buchanan were appoipted to draw up tbe conditions of the leases offered^ It was decided" to put in a drain near Mr French's smithy Mr W, F. Parkinson said there were a lot of loose stones on the Kaituna Valley road. : It was left ■with fche clerk and Mr Parkinson to improve this road and Mrs J. Coop's road, Waihora. Mr Thompson moved tenders be ( called for spalling 500 yards of metal , at Osborne's quarry, Little Biver, Seconded by Mr Parkinson, and ' carried. ( Accounts amounting to £258 ,103 r 8d were paseed for paymeni;. ' Mr Parkinson moved that steps be ■ taken to improve the rocky points on j the Main road near Stoney Point at a i cost not exceeding £50, Seconded by Mr Buchanan, and carried. 3 The Council then adjourned. o r c s r c B •t

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4396, 15 May 1914

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4396, 15 May 1914

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