AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
' ' The Akaroi County Council met at £)uvauobelle on Saturday, when there f were present—Messrs J. D. Bruce I. (chairman), J. R. and C, Tbaeker, J. 1- Newbegin and P. Wiliams. |L MINUTES. W The minutes of the previous meet , k ing were read and confirmed. m CORRESPONDENCE. r '\ Outward correspondence- was read , and approved. chairman's statement. i The chairman's statement was con--1 as under: — •A letter from the Marine Depart j#naeni;, to effect tbafc the Onawe wharf } t had been vested in the Council. r From Wanganui County Council /- β-enclosing resolution, asking the '\ ' ftGrovernment to validate the gift of h I one-twentieth of a local body's re ? •> venue in food for the poor of Great \, ' Britain and Belgium. - l\ 1 The cbsirm&n moved, and Mr C. t'. 'B. Thacker seconded, that this . Council approves of the Wanganui |V Council's resolution. Carried. 'M~ The Hon R. H. Rhodes wrote to ■f'-jtb.e effect that the Robinson's Bay wharf grant of £900 would bave to be $v withheld for the present. The Council's engineer applie fc for *!' a progress payment of 60 per pen ' of ibis work in connection with the Robinßon'e Bay wharf and road. ', The chairman said the plans bad ; been drawn up, but not finally ap- '. proved of. f Mr Williams said that the work could hardly be called completed till the plans were approved. The clerk said the plans were held up on account of the fact tbat the Department wished to see the exact quantity of reclamation. There had been a good deal of correspondence about the matter. They approved of the plans otherwise. It was decided to defer the application till nest meeting. '•' • . CRUSHER. The crasher engineer's report was , adopted as under :— } -v\ "I•■beg- to report having crushed gfc the stone at the Waterfall. 395 yards. fi/Tben after rolling it shifted to the ;I|U. Akaroa quarry, where we have crushed $P»-462 yards, making in all 857 for the month. This stone is all broken to a w, fine guage. Although the weather has been perfect for crushing, it has been too dry for road rolling purpoees, and we could not make as good a job as might have been made under f" other conditions. Wβ will commence
on tbe County Council's stone tomorrow, keptember 25. Everything is running well " , The chairman said' they bad started on the 'Akaroa Borough Council's mt-tal, and were putting in through fine screen, fnd crushing it very fine indefd There would be «n rxtra charge for this. The orusber would woikite way back from 'Akaroa to tbe Little River Hill Top. where tbe metal would be crushed for the Wnirewa Council. He added that be bud stopped the men putting tbe metal on tbe Council's road from Akaroa to German Bay, a 8 the road was too dry, and it would be scattered. Unless
they bad a water cart it was ueelesß to put it on at the present time. Not only would they loge a great deal of metal, but they would never make Eueii a good job of the road. Mr Williams moved the chairman's notion ns regards putting metal on the road be approved. Seconded by Mr J. R. Tbac'cer and
canifd. The chairman said that the Lβ Bon's Bay Koad Board applied for another 1000 to 1200 yards of crushed metal, and asked the crusher en gineer to go over and select the best places for stacking tbe metal. He, the speaker, had gone over himself, li was up Dalgliah'e road, and a bnd road, but they had selected the most, puitable places for stacking the trieta , . He added that after tbe crusher had finished at tbe Hill Top it would come along tbe Summit road and finish what was wanted there. Ii would le down at Le Bon's nfter grass rm d. Mr Thacker said it would be ntc-s----sary to call tend era for metal behind Robinson's Bay About '500 yds would be required. In answer to the chairman, Mr Tbfickv'- said 800 to 900 yds would be rtqnired to complete tbu whole of tbe rond.
Mr J. Tbacker moved tenders be called for sufficient metnl to eomplfcte the Summit poad metalling.
Heconded by Mr C. Thacker and carried.
The chairman spoke concerning the Local Grants and Subsidies Bill. He said tbat the Bill pet up a Board of ■Works consisting of three men ap pointed by the Governor, and pro vided that all application should bo referred to them, they to take in to consideration the necessities of tbe Cftße —sparse settlement, large areas of unoccupied Crown land or Native land, and difficulty in procuring suitable material for metalling roads and allot-, tbe money voted for grants nc cordingly. Subsidies were provided much as at present, but in addition a further sum, one fourth of tbe amount voted, is paid to the Board, and to be used to assist works in districts as described in clause 3 of tbe Bill. Fees from motor vehioles were to be also paid to the jßoard, and expended in rca'ls and bridges for tbe benefit of motorists. The /iiJoard had also to &peartain and report as to what roadg should be declared main arterial roads. This report bad to be sub mitted to Parliament, who might appropriate money for their maintenance.
WAGES. The'staffiof the crusher applied'for a rise in wages of the wheelers up to 9d. The application was made as tbe fine screen spoilt their chances of a bonus.
Mr J Tbaeker moved that the num ber of yards above which the men ob tain a bonus be 46yds per day. The arrangement is tbat the men receive a bonus of 6d for every yard above 46yds. The limit previously was SOjds per day. Seconded by Mr Williams and carried. ELECTION. The chairman moved tbat appli cation be made to have tbe date of tbe election altered to Wednesday, November 18tb.
Seconded by Mr J. Thacker and carried.
Mr C. Thacker said tbat portions of tbe Summit road wanted cleaning out with the grader. It was not a very big job. Hβ said that in several bad places the water poured over the road.
Resolved the work of cleaning out the Bide-channele be carried out as soon as possible. FINANCE BEPORT. Receipts since last meeting, £186 4s lid ; dr. balance at Bank, £1064 15d 6d ; accounts presented, £256 4s sd; cash in hand, £33 17s; total debit, £1287 2s lid. The report was adopted, and tbe Council adjourned to October 81.
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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3441, 29 September 1914