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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.

A meeting of the Co mcil was held on Wednesday cv niug; present— His Worship the Mayor, Crs. Lewitt, Williams, Cantrell, Munro, Fredericksen, Leete, Fyfe, and Walker.

LEAVE OF AB?EKCE. Leave of absence was granted to Cr Vangioni. MINUTE 3. The minufce3 of the previous special and ordinary meetings were read and confirmed. CORRESPONDENCE. Outward correspondence was reed and approved. Inward correspondence was read— From Mr Geo. Harris, solicitor, Christchurch, notifying tbe Council re tbe damages, etc., in case Leete and Mitchell v. Council.

Mr Harris also forwarded a copy of judgment given by tbe Magistrate at Christchurcb in this case.

The judgment which we have pre-, viously published was read. The Mayor said tbe Council considered they were -Justified in what tbey had done. When tbe plans were refused tbe Council bad two alter natives. Tbey either could pull tbe building down or tbey could sue Mr Leete every court day for not complying with the bylaws. They thought in good faith they were doing their duty. Tbey were proved to bave been wrong, and also in not. giving three legal days notice. There was no feeling in the matter at all.

The letttr was received. From Mr Geo. Harris re tbe Coun oil's action action against Mr W. J. Burke, and enclosing tbe judgment, which was read. The Mayor said that be thought the whole matter would be settled very easily. . . The letter was received. INTERVIEW Mr B. Powrie waited on tbe Coun oil re charges for electric power on Daly's wharf. He stated tbat Mr Sbear'wood, tbg electrician, told him tbat tbe eledtifl current would be charged for at the rate of 3d a unit. Mr Thomas, the town clerk, also wrote him to tbat effect. Later be was informed that the Council was charging bim 8s per day. He said tbat there were many days he did not use the current at all,

The letter sent to Mr Powrie by tbe tewn clerk was looked-up, and it was stated there that the current would be charged at the rate of 3d per unit. Mr Powrie considered £2 was quite enough for amount of current used. Cr Lewitt said that Mr Powrie had not brought .down a meter, and had sgreed verbally to pay ls per hour. Mr Powrie was informed of the charge and undertook the new contract. Mr Powrie said the reason he did not object before was that he was afraid tne current would be cut off Cr Lewitt paid that, if Mr Powrie wanted the 3d per unit charge, he should have provided a meter. He did not do so, and so the Council bad to make a different charge. He ad mitted it was higher than at tbe rate of 3d a unit.

Mr Powrie said tbat £2 might eeem too little for tbe work, but it cost bim a lot for tbe iron and machinery. He thought; tbat in allowing for forty bours tie was making a fair return. Cr Lewitt, Chairman of tbe Lighting Committee, said the facts of the case were that when Mr Powrie came down it was decided to charge him 3d a unit, but he did not wish to bring down a meter. Tbe borough elec trician assessed tbe cost of tbe machine at ls per hour. He waß using the machine off and on for thirty days. Mr Powrie made no de mur till tbe job was finished.

Mr Powrie then withdrew. Tbe Mayor said he considered £6 was a very email charge.

Cr Leete moved the Council could not see its way to reduce the chargeSeconded by Cr Walker, and car ried.

• Tbe application of transfer of lease from Mr J. J. Walker to Mr Joseph Phillips was granted. Messrs Haylock and Newton ap plied for permission to erect a fireescape for Mr Piper for the Madeira Hotel. Plana were enclosed.

Tbe plans and specifications weir referred to tbe BuildiDga Committee-

FINANCE REPORT. Amount received since last meeting —Rates £118 12s 4d, dog fees £1, water supply £1 19s 9d, electric connection 14s 6d, rent £5 15s lid, total £123 2s 6d. / Bank Account —District-, fund account, dr. £548 4s Bd~^A Accounts amounfe<g" to £64 13s 8d were passed for payment. BUILDINGS COMMITTEE. Cr Walker, Chairman of the Buildings Committee, reported tbat the committee met and approved of the plans of tbe garage for Mr Pilkington i with a few alterations.

Cr Walker said that Mr Phillips spoke to bim about the formation of a path up by Stanley Reserve, It was not a big matter.

The Major asked if new steps wore placed yet at the Akaroa Boating Club's sheds' fire-escape. Tbey were ordered some time since by ihe Council, Cr Lewitfc said that the order was given at onoe, and the steps had only just arrived. They were beiDg erected at present. The meeting then terminated.

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4421, 14 August 1914

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4421, 14 August 1914

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