WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL.
The ordinary meeting of the Wairewa County Council was held on Tuesday last Present: Messrs J, 0. Coop (chairman), J. C. C. Gebhie. J. Jobnaon, J. F, Buchanan, W. F. Parkinson, T. Thompson and T. Feather. Inward correspondence was read— From Measrs Harper, Son and Pasooe as (plows: — "Mr George Han-is has seen us w ; th refer' ence to the Puaha severence and the pro , posed purchase hy your County from the Akaroa and Wainui Rnad Board of the 4J acres at the rate of £30 per acre, and we have suggested to him that he should pro ceed to draw np some clauses and have them insertfid in Ihe WBshing.TJp Bill if there bo one during the present session, for the pur pose of enabling your Council to purohise this property, pay the money and have it transferred to the Council. You will recol , lect that we advised that it was Crown land,' bnt we presume that you wish to have it aotually vested in the Council, but for what purpose? Would you kindly let us know this. It may not be necessary to state the purpose in the Act, but wo suggested to Mr Harris that it should be transferred absolutely to the Connoil."
"Rβ allocation of loan of £6000 between the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board and the Wnirewa County Council with reference to that portion of the Akaroa and Wainui Road District whioh wae severed from it and transi ferred to the Wairewa County Connoil, Mr Harris has also Been us about the allocation of this loan between the two looal authorities and he bas shown us some correspondence with reference to the same shewing the pro. portion of the loan to be allocated to your Council, and the relative rateable values of the County and of the part that wbs added to it. Will you kindly instruct us with refer., ence to this matter as we ore not aware that we have ever been communicated with by you on the auVj°ct."
The cleik said he had waited on Mr Harris re the metal loan, and bad asked him for a full statement regarding it. He bad told Mr Harper that the Council wished (o purchase the reserve.
Tbr Chairman said the Council wanted the land handed over to the Council
It was resolved that the Council pay for the Eeeerve if a, legal way of doing so was shown.
From the Postmaster General enclosing the sketch of the postal additions to the Little River railway station.
The clerk reported I aving returned the plan, stating that the building was already up. From the Canterbury Patriotic Fund pointing out the objects of their funds, and
asking the Council to organise funds for the Canterbury fund, which would provide for those who are disabled at the war or for pro vision of dependants in ihe oaee of a death.
Two transfers were ajprn-pri for property 'm the County, H, Smith to B Wright nnd sare to H. C. Baine«.-
A telegram was read from the Hon. It H. Rhodes, Fayini? he thought it was unnecessary for Mr Quealy to go to Wellington to see Ministers concerning tbe Kinloch road grant of £200 and the £ for £ subsidy for the erection of the Puaha bridge.
The eleik reported having written about these matters to the Minister of Public Works and the member for the district.
The following replies were read :— "I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of jour letter of the 28th inst. with reference to the subject matter of the deputation which waited upon me from your Council on the 13th of January last. I am quite prepared to give (ff ct to my promise then made, but your Council must also carry out its part of the bargain. Aβ soon ac you have arranged with my district engineer to give a certificate that your Cojnoil has spent £330 in metilling a portion of the road, quite distinct from that part on which the £312 has beea certified fnr, then authority for £200 will 0e forward* dto you.—l have, pfc, W. FitiPER, Minister of Public Works."
•'Before receiving your letters of yes'.erday's date, 1 hid Been the Minister of Public Works with reference to the promise he made to the deputation that waited on him at Little Eh c." respecting a grant for roads in tbn Kmlooh settlement. Mr Fraser informed me that be is quite prepared to carry out the prcmi3s, but that he is waiting for your Board to obtain a certificate from the Public Woks engineer to effect that the money has been spent on tba roads. Hie letter to you will explain this more fully. If you will look up the "Akaroa Mail" of the 10th January last, you will see that in ihe course of his reply he made his p-omise con ditional on your obtaining such a certificate from the engineer,— Youre faithfully, R. Heaton Rhodes."
The ole k said since they had received thp lost subsidy from the Government £549 had been spent in metalling on the X nlocb r-Hds.
It was decided to forward a statement showing what money hai been spent en the Kinloch reads to the Public Work* Deport ment.
From the Minister of Agriculture re gazetting spiderwo.t es a noxiou" weed.
It was decided to write to Mr J. G. Scott, district inspector, askiog if there was any spideiwort in the d , strict.
A copy of. the War Contribution Fund Indemnity Bill was received.
Mr (iebbie mov)d the Prime Minister be written to asking him to extend the scope of tbe Bill so that local bodies- ovid vote money towards the Food for Britain, I eiand, Belgium and Canterbury Patriotic Fund 3.
The motion was seconded by Mr T, Thompson and carried >
From Akaroa County Council, statin? that the Council could spawl metal for the crusher at the H 11 Top quarry.
Mr C. Lavtrs wrots, asking the Council to transfer bis traction engine license to Mr of Prebbleton.
It was decided to reply that a transfer was i.ot necessaryi
ENOIN'EEU'S REP3RT. " Since last meeting the men and horses at Little R'ver have been mostly working raising parts of the main road and metalling, where ith&d been injured by timber carting from Caton's Bay, and this could, with advantage, ba continued if the Council desire tn retain the men. The metal being ■ napped by Mr Shroder should bo also carted j with a view to give the contractor snace to stack as otherwise he cannot complete his contract. Trie quarry man employed by the Council could not be induced to continue work as soon as he got first payment, but the work has been continued with very good results, or the sharp points between Price's Valley aud the Kaituna railway station, and the fimds allotted are iust about exhausted on this work. The Kiituna men have been effecting very much needed repairs on the Ahuriri Saddle road, which wai indeed unfit for any sort of traffic, ateo cleaning water- , tables on parts of ihe main road near the Springs County bonndary, and are at preFent at work on the Waibora road to the north of McGurr's Valley I bave waited on Meßsrs Booth, Mactlonald & Co. re rfpairs to crusher, and pointed out the needful repairs, a copy of which will be laid bffo c you, Thpy intimated they could not give me any idea of the cost. Some time since you agrefd to take one of this firm's graders on trial, and thej wished to know if they may Fend it out with your machine. The timber ordered from Mre Bird'ing is ready for inspection by (hose appointed by the Counoil to do so. The dr. balance is £1420 7s 6d."
It was decided to metal Buchanan's road and bl'nd it.
The following work, which has been passed, it was decided to finish at once, viz.:—Metalling the main road along the lake, cart metal on to Kinloch road, widen the Te Oka road, Barclay's road improvement, improve Mr Wynn.Williams's culvert, put up Lewthwaite's footbridge and Keenan's bridge.
Mr Thompson said bo thought that the clerk should prepare a report as to the amou't of gorse', which w&e at present on the -County roads. He said since the last notice a good deal of gorse had been cleared, but he would like to know exactly how much gorse there was on the County roads. It was decided the report be prepared. Accounts, amounting to £268 16s 4d, were passed for payment. Mr Parkinson moved Lake Forsyth be let out at once.
Seconded by Mr Johnson, and carried. 1 ! Mr Oebbie dissented because he thought it would be too expensive at the present time.
The engineer said the lake was low and the bank was very high.
The meeting then adjourned
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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4428, 11 September 1914
WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4428, 11 September 1914
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