The ordinary monthly meeting of the Wairewa Oounty Council was held at the Chambers, Little River, on Tuesday last. Present—Messrs J, O. Coop (chairman), J.
J ihnstnn. W. F. Parkinson, T. Feather, J 0. C. Gfhlu". and J. F. Buohanan. An upo ogy w.is received from Mr Tbomraon
Corespirdence was read from Public Works yi-jineer tbat he would inspect metal on Xinl'Ch rontte in about a-week. On the report of the engineer it wa" r i solve i that the road through Mersey stre , CooDtown, be taken over by the Council. iFrom Stock Inspector, that he did not know the weed spider wort, I" 1 ' was making enquiries Find will report later From Acting Consul for Belgium, asking if any funds are collected for tbe Belgium Relief Fund. It was resolved tbat as a meeting had been held in the district and funds collected, the Council bad no money on its hands, From the Council's Bolioitor, enclosing a letter from the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board's solicitor re road metal loan at Puaha a* follow*; — "Re appointmf nt of road loan, I have seen my clients with reference to your letter of the 28th ult, and they have asked rre to advice tbem as to your clients' liability for portion of the loan. On looking into tbe matter, I do n'\t' think that your clients can reliove themselves of liabili'y by the payment for the actual milenße of road m nailed >n tbe district which jubsequ-fly me-Ted in the Wairewa County o>.jn<i> It >sim», 1 understand, that theG- vernm-r t nortrihuied a certain amount of met at. I ■u« il this metal hnd rot been contributed by tbe Government a bigiter loan would have been necessary The provisions of "The Local Bodies Loans Act, 1913," section 73, appear to me to trans fer a liability with the area merged in tho new local authority nnd under sub-section 4 of section 73, the Governor may, upon the application of my client, direct that the County Council shall pay an annual sum to my client during the currency of the loan, such proportionate part to be calculated on the rateable value of all rateable property in tbe whole of the area and in the part po merged. The Act provides that the parties may agree as to the proportion and filing agreeme t the Governor will direct. I am instructed by n-y clients tbat when the loan whs raised it was raised for the whole (>f the Akaroa i nd Wainui dist ict, nnd that portion which was merged in the Wairewa County Council is benefitted by tbe use of the Government metal on roads, even if none of tbat metal was rsed in the district wbiob is now merged in the County Council. Ish -11 be Klad tn hear from you in the matter if yoj think-that the Local Bodies Loans Act bears any other construction " It was resolved ihat Messrs Harppr & Co. be ngain consulted on the subject matter of th's loan.
It was reaolvpd tbat the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board bs asked to FUpply this Council with an account of the quantity of mefcr.l placed on tbe Puaha roads under its loan.
Mr Isaac White wHitsd on the Council and resigned as foreman in the Kinlcmh district. It wrs resolved that ihis be accepted. It was also decided that Mr M. Condon be appointed in lieu of Mr White at 93 per day of eight hours.
From Mrs Vanstone, asking that some metal be placed en tbe road leading to her house
Mr Parkinson proposed that tbe cleik visit and report at next meeting. Seconded by Mr Johnston and oarried.' A ps-rmit wis asked by Mr Mills, Waikuku, to take timber by traction engine to Little RUer, and the clerk replied refusing to grant euch permit. The Council approved of the clerk's action.
The Postmaster General wrote as follows " Referring to your letter of tbe 18th instant suggesting that the mon-y authorised to be expended in providing additional of flee accommodation at the Little River railway station be paid to the War Fund, I regret to Eay that I am not prepared to adopt-the suggestion. Arrangements have already been mudo to proceed with the work, and when it is completed the accommodation will fully meet the requirements for the present. A separate post office building will no doubt be required in time to conu, but as provis'on cannot be made for it at prf sent, and it cannot be wanted for stme years at least, the additional accommodation at the railway station will off rd relief in the meantime."
The clerk reported that Mr R. Moffat travelled along tbe main road from Balewell bridge and along Kaituna Valley, on Sept. 29th and Oct. 6th with three and four trucks of building material .and without a license or permit with a traction engine. It was decided to write to the Council's solicitor, Mr Geo. Harper, and iottruot him to proseoute Moffat if he would not take out a license in compliance with the Counc l'S Heavy Traffic By.law No. I, 1914. The Prime Minister wrote, in reply to the Council's letter, enquiring if they oould vote £50 to the Poor of Britain and Belgium Canterbury Patriotic Funds, as follows;— ' Replying to your letter of the Bth inst, I beg to inform you tbat it is not proposed for the present to introduce legislation extending the provisions ot the War Contributions Validation Act to cover votes by public bodies to funds such as those mentioned in your lett<r. There is, however, no objection to'local bodies making donations to the Em pire Defence Fund and having the money earmarked for any particular object." It wan resolved this matter be held over i in the meantime
Mr Geo. Harper wrote erclosing tbe clause empowering the Council to pay to the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board for the reserves acquired by tbe Puaba severance, the clause to be inserted in the Washing-Op Bill this session. He suggested that th- expenses in connection with this payment should be borne by the Akaroa and Wainui Road Brard.
The chairman said it was agreed tbe Akaroa and Wainui Road Board would pay the legal expenses. The letter was rec ived. Mr W. M. Taituhu wrote, asking the Council to grant a license for a billiard room he was erecting in Little River.
It wbb decided to reply that the Council bad no power to grant a license. Mr J. MacKay waited on the Council and asked if they would metal his road on the Okute Valley to the Hill Top for half a mile
as he'in ten red n ilking next srasun. ~ ie was plenty i f me'a! on tho ro .d. It was resolved the Little Xiv ir members and the clerk inspect the road and report to the ne>t mee-inp ofthe Tounoi!. The Assistant Under-Secretary telegraphed asking if tho Crun"il wished to postpone tbe County elec'i >rs frcm Nov. nth until Nov. 18th. Tbe clerk reported having replied agreeing to this, and his action was approved. It was decided to hold the 'next meeling of the Council on Nov. 3rd, Mr H, Blyth, olerk of the Peninsula Rab bit Board, wrote stating that Mr J. C. C Gebbie had gorse on his property which harboured rabbits. The chairman proposed tbe matter be held over as Mr Gebbie was clearing the gorse cff his property. Seconded by Mr Feather and carried. The clerk said it was no use s rsina a notice to clear gorse off private property ns the Council had not declared it a noxious weed. Mr Gebhio-stated that he had had a man on clearing gorse on his properly for the Inet six months. There were no rabbits on hi* property. The Akaroa County Council wrote askinc tbe Council for their electors' roll nri'l a list of the polling booths in view of their coming electron for a member on the North Canterbury Hospital and Chnritnble Aid Board to lepipseni; the Counties of Akaroa, Wairewa and Mt. Herbert The clr-rk reported having forwarded tbe necessary information. It was decided to on.ll applications for tho position of citfcle ranger fo;- the ensuing year. k.nginerk's iiepoht. "Since last meeting the greater part of the time the teams hive been at work letting out L*ke Forsyth, namely, from 14th September to 24tb, when the lake was running out and increased to 80 feet wide by over 3 feet deep, but blocked on Saturday night. 2fith. Another start was made on Mohday, 28th inst, wuh two teams-, and continued wiib four temna to Saturday, October 3, when the liikelw.is once morn running, ami ran to 60 feet wide by 3 feetrC inches deep, but again blocked on the fol lowing Monday night. The sbing'e bank to lie cut thro gh was about 10 chains long, with nn average height of from 8 to 9 feet, and this, together wUh t> c fact that the water was 3ft below the lowest level of tbe road and seas, fully accounts for the partial unsuccess. Nevertheless the lake whs lowered by over 18 inches. The total cost without allowing pay to the teams of the Couno 1 is £107 53. and by usual pay to the Council's team £141 ss. The teams and men are now carting metal on Okute road from Osborne's quarry, ' and after it is finished will finish carting on main road by Lake Forsyth. The road grader has been brought back from Messrs Booth and Mac. Donald's, and she appears to be in good order and has worked welh I have to report that Mr R. Moffat travelled along tbe main road from Halsweli bridge and along Eaituna Valley on September 29 and October 6 with three and four trucks of building mate is!, and without a license or permit, with a traction engine The position of cattle range will beeomo vacant on 12ih November prox. Dr. balance, £1562; amount of rate collected; £100 4, 2d; pay-sheet this day, £308 8s 2d.
The report was adopted. The chairman reported that Mr Johnson and himself had taken delivery nf about 4000 feet of bridge timber from Mrs Birdling's sawmill at Little River, The timber was stacked at the foreman's bouse.
Accounts amounting to £303 8s 2d were passed for payment,
The cost of letting out the lake WB3 £107 10s.
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WAIREWA, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3446, 16 October 1914
WAIREWA Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3446, 16 October 1914
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