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The ordinary monthly meeting of the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board was held at Duvauchelle on Saturday. Present—Messrs G. Armstrong (chnirman), W. W; Williams, B. A. Pettigrew, D. MoKay and W. D. .Macphail. Correspondence was read— From Mr Geo. Harris re the Puaha Keserve as follows :—

"With reference to my conversation with Mi" O'Oall.nghan. I have seen Mr Harper, ths solicitor to the Wairewa County Council, and provided the latter body agrees to eland by the verbal arrangement made, which was to the effect that the County Council should pay your Board at .the rate of £30 per acre, I do not think there wi'l be any difficulty in get ting tho clause inserted in the washing-up Bill to protect the County Council. Mr Har) er is now in communication with tbe County Council on the niattf r." Mr Hanifi aleo wrote as follows regarding the Board's metal loan :— •'I have received a letter from the solicitors to the County Council stating that the Council would prefer to pay the Board for the actual matal used in metalling the road, and they request me to supply them with parti cu'iirs of the mileage of the roads metalled and the number of yards of metal used. They say that they are instructed that some j of the roads were metalled by the Govern* , ment." The clerk staged that ho had explained the uosition of the Board's metal loan to Mr Harris, viz, that the Road Board district as a whole bore the expenee of the loan, and not the portions where the road was metalled, Mr Harris had feplied later as folbws :— "With reference to the propo : al of the Wairewa County Council that they should pay f r the actual amount of metal us d in the district, which is merged imo the Wai rewa County Council dom the Aka-oa and Wninui Road I have, in accordance with your inductions, considered the portion carefully, and I am of opinion that the Wairewa County Council cinnr>t re ieve themselves of liabi'ity for their proper P ro portion of tho loan by the payment for the actual mi cage of roads installed in the dis. trict which subsequently merged in the Wai rewa County Council, not withstanding the fact that it is admitted that the Government qontribued a certain amount of metal which was ustd on the roads at the time tbe lcm was obtained. Under the provisions of the Local Budies Loans Act 1913 Section 73 where a loan exists before * the merger of a portion of a district which subsequently hesomes merged in a new Local authority, the Governor may uoon the nppl>cation of the original Local authority that is your Board, direct the oounty Council sha'l pny an annual sum to the original Local authority during the cnrjrency of tlie loan and. he.-will do bo i* application is made by your own Board. The Act also p'ovides that the parties may agree as to the proportion to be borne by the new Local authority and failing agreement the Governor after making inquiries will direct. I may say that I have advised Mr George Harper, solicitor to the County Council, that I am giving you this % opinion and I have a letter from him stating that he agrees with my construction of the Act and he is communicating with hia client with a view to coming to an agreement." The chairman said that this letter embodied the understanding, come to between the Board and the Wairewa County Conroil. Hβ said the appointment of the loan had nothing to do with the matter, and the Puaha district was liable to its share of the burden of the loan regardless of the amount of metalling done in that district. The letters were received. The Department of Agrioultnre wrote saying that spiderwort was anorous wred under the third schedule. Mr Pettigrew moved the Board write to Mr Scott, infpector of noxious weeds for the district, asking him if thero was any spider* wort in the district.

Srconded"by Mr McPhail and carried. One the Board's surfaoemeD, Mr T. G Phillips, wrote asking that his wages should be raised to 9s per day. Hβ stated that the Board's employees had to ride over the hills to their work, and were paid 8=) 6d per day, whereas the Akaroa Borough Council im. ployees received 9.9 4d per day. Mr W. Kearney, another of the Bonrd's employees, also asked for two week's leave. Both stated that if their request* were not granted they must leave the Board's employ.

Mr Pettigrew moved both letters be received and apphoationa be called for surfacemen and foremen all over the district to be in by next meeting. Seoonded by Mr Williams and carried, rOBKMEN'S REPORTS.

Amos Arnold. Wainui foreman, reported as follows :—"Sinoe lass meeting have beeh working.on Jubilee road, which is in good order from top to the foot of the road ; clean ing out drain on main road, Bnd alfo watertake by the whavt shed We have been working at the bridge, which is finished, all but cemeniing underneath where the wash' of the creek ie, and also widening creek on ibe top side of bridge, Wβ are wantiDg explosives if wa could get a"y." Mr Macphail said the Wainui foreman had reported to him that the Wainui Valley read bridge was ursvfp, and he had consulted 'members of the Board, and it was deoided to renew the bridge at once. The bridge had been rebuilt, and. the foreman had made a really good job ot it. It wns decided to procure 200 running feet of V.D.L. timber for the Wainui fore-

man. Mr Maophail said Mr Arnold bad asked for a week's leave, and he moved leave be given, Mr Arnold was going to Bee his son n the Palmerston North Camp, and thought

under the circumstances leave should be given.

The m .tion was seconded by Mr Williams, and cirried

H. Dack reports: "Sinceyour last meeting we put in a week breaking metal on the old Pigeon Bay road, p.nd tbe reel of the time we have carted out 102 yds at French Farm quarry and 102 yds at Tikao Bay quarry and blinded it."

W. Shadbolt reports: "Since last meeting I have finished dressing up the Le Bon's Bay voad, also dressed watertable on Hartley's rood nnd filled in ruts on that road ; cleaned watertnbles on old French road from the beach to A. Lelievre's house, and repaired a culvert on A, Sunckell's road that wbb broken in ; also grubbed gorse off the reserve where we keep the Board horses and quarried stone for Buckland's road. lam now working on the Flea Bay road." FINANCIAL STATKMENT. Receipts since last meeting, £11 143 4d ;* dr. balurce, £734 0s 2d; accounts prpFentnd, £123 12:-. sd; cash in hand, £15 17s lid; total, £841 149 Bd. It wns deoided to pell the cocksfoot on tbe roads at, next Duvauchelle monthly sale. The Bna'rl ndjourned to October 10.

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AKAROA AND WAINUI., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4429, 15 September 1914

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AKAROA AND WAINUI. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4429, 15 September 1914

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