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WAIREWA. COUNTY COUNCIL.

The ordinary meeting of the Wairewa County Counoil was held on Tuesday last Present: Messrs J, 0. Coop (chairman), J. C. C. Gebbie. J. Johnson, J ' , Buchanan W. F. Parkinson, T. Thompson and T. Feather.

Mr Thos. Wh'te, senr., waited on the Council asking an enquiry to be held ns to some rumour which appears to be in circula'bn that the surfaceman on the Kinlooh road has been charging for time as having worked on the road when he had not so worked.

Mr Thompson Eaid that Mr White spoke to him about this. He told him ns far as his recollection seived, he hnd heard nothing of it before until the charge was made in the Council Hβ did not see bow they could take any notion. The chairman said tbe only thing was a compiaint about sledging on the roads at Kinloch * Mr Parkine-on said they could not take any notice of hearsay. Mr Gabbie proposed that as no oharge.hail been made to the Council, the Council could take no action. Seconded by Mr Parkinson and carried Quotfitions for sign posts in\connection with motor bylaws were received.

Tbe Government subsidy amounting to £548 14a 6d was reoeived. The auditor wrote re accounts for various ridings to effect that each mu3t bo kept separate. The clerk snid that they had always kept the accounts separate. Mesers H. Matson * Co. wrote re sale of horses, which realised £32 odd.

The chairman reported that Mr Thompson, the clerk and himself had waited on Messrs Booth, MoDoDald & Co., and they egreed to take £14 10s tff their account to which tbey consented. ~■■,. ■

The Banks Peninsula Rabbit Board wrote re a large area of gorso on old saddle road beyond Gebbies. and also large amount on the Waihora estate. They asked the Coun. oil to dear away same as the gorse harboured rabbits. •

The chairman said tberrCwis a bad piece on the County's own road at Ataahua.

Resolved that notice be given to owners to clear away gorse. , ' * Messrs Booth, McDonald & Co. -wrote re' repairs of grader, and suggesting that some member of the Council should'give them explicit instructions re work required to be done. .

A rate of s<Bd in tbe £ was struck. From Office of Minister of Defence asking for assistance towards Expeditionary Force.

The chairman reported that ten days ego he had called a. meeting of the Little River residents. They bad a good mcc; ing. Nine borses were offered m tbe room &nd £160. Since then some more horses bud been promised, and the funds were up to £250. One trooper, Mr L. J, Smith, bad left, and they had decided to give him an outfit, saddle and bridle, and value of a horse as be already had one.

Mr Parkinson reported that they bad very successful meetings at Eaituna and Motukarara. They bad collected £210 in the room beeides horses and food. Tbey bad decided to take round collections for all the lands, and aliow the people to give to the one they preferred.

From Wanganui County Council, euggest> ing 20 per cent of the local bodies revenue be devoted to purchase of food stuffa, eto., to relieve the awful distress at Home. They wanted the Government to pass a bll enabling the local bodies to devote 20 per cent of their revenue towards tbe object.

Resolved that the Council is in favour Of the Government passing a Bill enabling local bodies to spend up to 20 per cent in trying to alleviate distress .

Mr Parkinson end he would like to add tbat the ladies at Eaituna bad been sewins for days to provide shirts, hold alls, end hon-ewtves, and they were being srnt up to Christohuvch next day.

From Paparoa County Council, asking the Council to eend two delegates to a meeting on September 30th to consider tbe formation ol a Canterbury Counties , Association.

The chairman said Mr Thompson and himself bad attended tbe preliminary meeting. They appointed a committee to draft a letter asking all Council! to eend two dele , gates to this later meeting, Mr Thompson said the trouble was tbat all tbe Councils had not been invited, and it was decided to invite all. '

The chairman and Mr Thompson were appointed the Council's d legatee,

From Mr Stephens, notification of sale to Mr Harris.

The clerk said the roll bad been amended in tbat direction.

It was decided to apply for £50 from the North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board for the district dootor's fund,

From tbe Postmaster, General, Wellington, eaying tbat the people of Little River would be wise to accept tbe additions to their post office.

Tbe chairman said he had sent the following telegram to the Postmaster General:— "Be addition ty Little River post office, Bug gest consideration before work is gone on with, as the building would not satisfy the public." Mr Rhodes replied as indicated.

The chairman proposed they write again, and ask the Postmaster-General to put off the work of additions to the post office till the war was over. They would rather w-iit and have a decent building, and let the money to be expended be devoted to tne war fund. The post office addition was no good to the people of the district. Seconded by Mr Johnson and carried

From Canterbury Automobile Association enclosing designs of various sign posts adopted by the Association. Mr Gebbie considered the old one with the red diso was better than those forwarded.

Besotved the Canterbury Automobile Association be thanked for designs.

From the Land and Income Tax Depart rnent asking for returns for inoomes of em pioyeee, etc

The olork said the returns had been forwarded. A letter was received from Minieter of Publio Works re assistance towards metalling JSinlooh roads, to effect that the grant would be considered with the Estimates. • -?£n Baidthat the Minister had pro»n,!i? ,l°° '*"■ l 0D 3 as ,he Council did not require the money before March. *i«V moved lhat «»e clerk inter Hon R e H M^ s * Works, and the

Public Work. enginZ ?°±J ,nt 0 th ? to would not pafs fi iffJ^A Mr Buchanan added to his mnt'mn , .• . ** Quealy bring up any £2?*°aJ/«l Mr portance as the subsidy and bridge Seconded by Mr Feather? and Messro H.,Matson & Co. IS' m . n»B3ioß,on 88le 8| of. reserves, to effect SSt the leasts were really for too years.

It was resolved that the firm .be informed that us most of ihe Ipp.sps wure for five ypat-f, <hp cnromipsion charged was too high. The deik eiiid only one lease was for ten years.

From Springs County Council, aocptinp: the-Oouneii's offer of five trucks of shiugle for the road.

Tbn chairman aid members drew attpntion to the bad condition of the roads about thft Springs County.

From the Banks Peninsula A. and P Aeeooiation, aekinf? the Council for the use of the Council Chambers for judges' Jun cheon.

The clerk drew attention to the fact that the footballers u?ed the tap at the Council's offioe, and emptied the to ak.

i Relative to pipes used at a private orossing off Main road, near Gebbie's Valley, it was resolved that an account be scut for p ; pe=. There was Pome disoussion with regard to MrCant's bridge Mr Cant conld put in th" ford and do the work himself. It was only a small matter.

Resolved Mr Cant be a»ked to make the ford himself.

Mr W. Aitken waited on the Council re amounts collected for the War Fund, and reported that up to the present £240 wes ?n band, with some lists to come in, and without the Lady Liverpool Fund.

Mr Feather nndertrv k to tnk , a list, and see what he oould do in thu' Xi yon did trio*. .

Mr fiebbio moved that, if the Council his power to do sn. the Council donute £50 to the Mayor of Ohristchurch Patriotic Fund, and £50 to the Food for Briain Fund.'

Seconded by Mr Thompson and carried unanimously.

Aooounts amounting to £389 were passed for payment.

In answer to Mr Gebbie, the oleik said there were eight mfin on at Little Itiver, three at Einloch and three at Kaituna. engineer's HKi-onT. "The ordinary meeting to be held on Ihe. llih was by order of the chairman a-irl members postponed till to.day. In compli. anoe with the notice advertised, ii will be ne.oessary to levy a genera! rate trd >y of 5 8d in the £, and it is nec-ssary that she rate books shall be sinned by two members of Ue Council. During the month two men hnve been blustin- , fff come of the poini on th» main road, and are getting on slowly, bat a good job has been done si far ns ihey have g.ine. The co-t so far has bepn £18 The mmi at Little Buer huve been finishing cart ing shingle, and are at pneent racing part of the crown on Lake Fors-yth road, and at Kaituna fioiehicg the shingling, and at pre' sent are onrting metal on pnft of Gi-bbin's Viilley road, and crowning up Aburiri hill read to the County boundary. I have bor rowel tome drills from the Railway Department for stone blasting, but more are necessnri, as there h not a blacksmith convenient to get them pointed. I believe the Public Work* Department would lend some. I'bave been Over all the Kinl' oh rends during the month, and have io report they are all in first class order, with the single exception of about 20 chains from Mr.AfcGuiri'e gate to Mr Irvine's which is a lot wheel worn, and I have left word with Mr White to attend to this. Thave peen the site of the proposed bridge asked for by Messrs Cant Midgley and Irvine at Hikoraki, and am of opinion that the expenditure would not be justified, as there seems to be vfry little iraffic to go that way, and I would suggest that a ford be made instead, which I consider would be suitable for the requirements. 1 have seen the chairman of the Akaroa County Council, who intimated that the Hill Top quarry is ready at any time for quarry ing by our men, and also offered to let this ( ouncil have the use of the Akaroa County roller, almost at any time it may be required .Some drain pipes laying on the roadside at Gebbies Valley have been taken, and have used as a private gateway along the main road So far as I know tb ere was no authority for this action.

The sum of £548 15j 6d has been notified as Government subsidy for rates 1913 14.

-The dr. balance is £1030 9s sd, pay sheet, this day £389 Is 91, total debit £1419 11s 2d," -

Ihe n'eeiiDg then emanated,

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WAIREWA. COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4423, 21 August 1914

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WAIREWA. COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4423, 21 August 1914

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