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The Akaroa County Council met at Duvauchelle on Saturday, when there were present—Messrs J. D. Bruce (chairman), (X B. Thacker, F. Williams, J. R. Thacker and J.Newbegin,

, CONDOLENCE. t The chairman said they were all i sorry to bear of the death of Mr Geo. I Maeon, who bad for many years been 1 a member of the Council. He moved < that a letter of sympathy be written < fo Mrs Mason and family. Seconded by Mr J, R, Thacker and carried. • • ' < Tbe chairman's statement was read, I and tbe following matters considered. BAD PATCH OF GORBE, The chairman said he bad made enquiries about the gorse near tbe junction of the Long Bay and Summit roads, but was unable, to find exactly who was responsible for the clearing of tbe same. The original ad* joining owner, Mr W. -Rhode*, stated that when a deviation of the Hickory Bay road was made an agreement was come to between himself and tbe Akaroa and Wainui Road Board, and be thought tbe Board undertook to clear the gorse on this, no man's land, while he had to clear a certain amount along his boundary. He also saw Mr Keegan, whose property was near the gorse, but be stated be bad no frontage on the Summit road, his boundary being on the Hickory road only. He thought, by examining the titles of the adjoining owners above and below the road, they might be able to clear the matter up, but he had not got to tbe bottom of the matter yet. He bad seen the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board chairman, and he was quite agreeable that the Road Board and County should do half each of tbe clearing. The adjoining owners would also have to do their share by clearing their boundaries. 1 Mr J. R. Thacker said Messrs Moore Bros, were under the impression that the. section of gorse belonged to tbe Road Board, but they were 1 willing to grub their share. , IHE DIVIDED LIGHT. The chairman said he "was exceedingly sorry to have to again mention

the clispuifcd agreement betwebu t.ti. Borough and County Councils regarding the light at the town boundary. He could not pass o- A " r Ciutrell'sre marks at the last AUroa Borough Council's meeting, and ho objected very strongly toCr Cantrell's remarks re "sharp practices" of the County Council. Or Cantrell was a new member of tbe Akaroa Borough Council, and as he was inexperienced in local body work, his remarks did not carry any weight. What Cr Cantrell said about having all such agreements in writing was however perfectly correct, and they should all be in writing. His other* remarks were so glaring, however, he could not pass them over, and they were even actionable, but he thought they could to ignore them all together. It was Cr Cantrell's motion that bad originally stopped any further negotiations be tween tbe two Councils, otherwise, perhaps, they could have come to an ejiitable understanding over the matter.

Other members of the Council stated that tbey agreed entirely with the chairman's remarks. THE PUAHA SEVERANCE, The Woirewa County Council wrote as follows :—"Could you kindly intimate if the disputed item on your liability account, namely £207 10-5, haß'been adjudicated on by tbe Audit Inspector, Mr Eames, and, if not,what steps it is proposed to take in tbe matter; and also relative to disputed valuation of County property."

It was decided to write to the Auditor General again about this matter, and a?k the Wairewa County to write aleo to the Audit Department.

The Chairman said that be and the Chairman of the Wairewa County Council bad been deputed to settle the valuation of tbe Akaroa County Cham bers for the Puaba peverance eett'e ment, and tbey bad power to call in a valuer. Ho bad »not settled this matter with the chairman of the Wairewa County, but thought as tbe difference in value put on tbe chambers was only some £25, and would make some £2 more that they would have to pay the Wairewa County it would be beter to save tbe expense of calling in a valuer, nnd let tbe Wairewa County Council have "their valuation of tbe building?.

This was agreed to.

The Wairewa County Council aUo wrote aeking the Council if tbty would break from 200 or 300 yards of metal at the Hill Top quarry for that Coun cil.

Mr C B Thacker proposed that the Council offer to break tbe metal at 2/6 per yard, the Wairewa Council to have the rreal spaw'ed.

Seconded by Mr F. Williams, and carried.

The chairman said the spa'wling of tbe metal would cost about; 2/6 per yard. RAILWAY CROSSINGS. The M.inieter for Railways wiote re cautions at railway crossing. j The let'er was received. MOTOR REGISTRATION, \ The Department of Internal Affairs; wrote enclosing extract from N.Z. Gazette appointing tbe Council as a registering authority under the "Motor Registration Act, 1908" The distinguishing letters were AO 1 to 500, slaughterman's license. Mr C. Mann's application for a slaughterman's licensd was approved. ONAWK FLAT ROAD GRANT. Tbe Treasury forwarded £70, the balance of the Onawe Flat flat road grant. The inspector of vehicles under the Council's vehicular bylaw reported that he bad granted licenses for two vehicles to E. J. Cusdin, and one mot«>r to Mr R. Roberts, of Okain's Bay.

CRUSHING. The obairman said since last meeting of the Council the crusher plant bad finished on the Summit road, nnd tbe metal had been carted and screenings put on the road. Tbe plant had gone to Cborlton, and bad shifted eight time?, 570 yards having, however, been broken during the moi to, which he considered very good, aB the. weather bad been very broken The crusher engineer stated that some of tb6 heaps of stone had not been ph ced well for the working of tbe crusher, He (the speaker) was sorry he had not of late been able to inspect the places where metal was being spalled and pointed out where it was best to pace the heaps for tbe crusher. The crusher was now working at the bottom of the valley in Little Akiloa, where there were about 400 yardj to be broken. After the crusher had finished on that side of the hill it would go to the Hill Top and then on to German Bay and Akaroa.

DRAUGHT HORSE. Mr Williams reported having purchased a five year old horse for £40 for the Council. A motion of thanks was passed to Mr Williams for securing the horse. Robinson's bay culvert. The chairman said the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board had secured a legal opinion as to which body was responsible for the Robinson's Bay culvert. He thought the opinion was probably at fault, as so much depend ed upon how the matter of the ci cum ; stances was placed before the Folici tors. Tbe whole question at issue had been ignored, viz , tbe responsibility of the Road Board to keep the by roads that joined the County road Tbe solicitors evidently at this point assumed the Valley road was under the Council's control, but it never bad been, He did not think this had been pointed out. The chain reserve bad always been under the Road Board's control, and never had been vested in tbe Council since the Council took over the main road from the Road Board, It was an absurd position for the Road Board to take up. He thought, if the matter bad been put before the solicitor properly, the decision would have been different. He was just as convinced as he was at first that tbe Council were »ot liable in this case. It was a big thing if the Council had to look after these byroads. At tbe saleyards buildings at Duvauchell6 the Council had subsi dized tbe putting of the drain under 'the building and across tbe road, | because it was cheaper to do what ! it did than to put in a pipe from where the drain ran along tbe west end i of (be building right across tbe road.

fle did not t ink the Council would be doing its duty by admitting Hi responsibili y of any hing off tbe metalled road. Eaoh local body that wanted to use any part of tbe chain reserve could dj so. The chain was still under the control of tbe Marine Department. The Road Board must form the cross and byroads to meet the main County road.

Mr Williams said the drain in Robinson's Bay. overflowed further up tbe drain, and not in the County boundary at all. SUMMIT BOAD METALLING. Mr J. R. Thacker said 400 yds more metal would probably join up the gap that required metalling at the top of Okain's Bay on the Summit road. About 400 yds more metal on the Summit road at the back of Robinson's Bay and Le Bon's would complete the metalling of the Summit road. The chairman said if ttere was not much to do he thought the Council should make one job to finish the metalling right along the Summit road. RATE. Mr J. Thacker movel a notice cf motion that a rate of 8 16d in the £ be struck at the next meeting of tbe Council.ONAWE WHARF. The chairman moved an Order in Council be applied for vesting the management of the Onawe wharf and road in "the Akaroa County Council. Seconded by Mr Newbegin and carried, lebon's cemetery boabd Mr J. R. Thacker said Mr C. J Symes had asked him if the Le Bon's Bay Cemetery Board could put ibeir records in tbe Council's strong room. It was decided to give consent. OKAIN S BAY WHABF ROAD. Mr C. B. Thacker asked if the Coun cil would give a small subsidy to the: Okain's Bay Road Board to fix up lh9 wharf road, which had been washed away. He would like to leave it in tie chairman's hands. The repairs had cost £100.

The chairman said he went over and inspected the damage done. They bad to make the cement wall very solid, so that if would not be washed anay. He thought that if any part of the district was entitled to help Okain's was. He thought tbe work would stand alrigbt now, as it was very well done. He thought the matter as to the grant to be made by the Council could be beld over until next meeting.

Mr Tbacker promised to supply the Council with details of the cost. CHORLTON CULVERT. Mr C. B. Thacker said the Chorlton culvert had been repaired. Tbe staging had been* built underneath of solid timber to support the (erro concrete. The chairman said the Council was liable for half the cost of these repairs. FINANCE REPORT. Receipts since last meeting £138 16s sd. Dr. balance £148 6a lid, accounts presented £294 17s 3d, cash in hand £14 Os Bd, total debit balance £431 2s 6d, The finance report, was adopted, and tbe Council adjourned. :

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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4408, 30 June 1914

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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4408, 30 June 1914

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