AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
since the L'lle and Arras fights have we gone to bed with greater hope and confidence for the morrow.
A meeting of the Council was held ! on Wednesday evening; present — The Mayor, Crs. Lewitfc, Vangioni, Oantrell, Munro, Leete, Walker, Fyfe, Fredericksen and Williams. MINUTES. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. COBBKSPONDENCE. Outward correspondence was read and approved. Inward correspondence was read— A communication from Mr Diepy re Dromore reserve at Ashburton, The letter was received. From Mr M, J. Millar, to effect that he had crane for raising cream on to Daly's wharf. He thought it would be small. Tbe letter was received, A letter was read from Mr G. H. Buchanan re damage done by the gale to the Drorndre reserve rented by Mr 0. Digby, and advising the Council to send someone to iaspect tbe same.
The Town Clerk, who made s visit of inspection last week, made a report on tbe reserve.
The Mayor said ho was afraid they were going to be put to a good deal of expense. The house must have been very old, and he thought it should be replaced. Also the new bouse might be placed in a better position and nearer the road. Hβ considered the matter was a big one, and should be referred to the Reserves Committee to report to next meeting.
Cr Walker said he thought that tenants were expected to band over buildings in same condition as they took them over.
It was explained that tbe gale bad destroyed the house, and this must be called an act of God. ■
Cr Lewitt moved the report be referred to the Reserves Committee to report to next meeting.
Seconded by Cr Leete, and carried. From .Auditor General, to effect that Daly's wharf loan account bad been paid into the general account, and demanding an explanation of this act, which was an illegal one. The Mayor said tbe matter was a simple one. Tbe strike had caused delay in the forwarding of tbe timber, and that was the reason why the money bad born paid into tbe general account for tbe time ' being. Hβ moved that tbe Town Clerk explain the position to the Auditor-.General. Seconded by Cr Munro, and carried.
From Mr G. Harris, enclosing resolutions which must be passed by the Council in connection with the £1000 loan for electric light.
The resolutions were duly carried by the Council. DEPUTATION. A deputation from the Akaroa Co op. Dairy Factory waited on the Council , Mr A, J. Turner, chairmen of directors, acted as spokesman, The Company found it could not possibly afford the cost of tie electric light power It was chiefly because they bad heard that electricity would be as cheap in Akaroa as anywhere else in the Dominion that they bad put in their plant. If the Council could not charge the same prices as in Cbristchurob, Dunedin and elsewhere, they would have to give it up. Mr Micbell said the Company could not continue to use the current at the present rates. In Christchurch the cost since 6th May last bad been Ifd per 1000 units, reducible to Id if paid before a certain date. If tbe current was used on a large ecale the charge was lowered to W per unit. In Akaroa tbe scale was 3d per unit for tbe first 1000 and 2d for every extra unit. The factory wished to work with the Council, but asked for a reduction if possible. Some two years ago the Council was approached by a ratepayer and asked to rebate tbe charges, That ratepayer had abandoned electric current, After giving it a month's trial they found it was impossible to continue to use tbe power. They bad used the plant for a month.
The Mayor said it was hardly fair to blame the Council for their acquisi tion of the plaut. The Council was never approached about the charges before the factory put in its plant- Mr Vaogioni applied for a remit from the charge of 3d some time ago, and they bad refused it, If they lowered the charge of electricity for one they must do it for all,
Or Lewitt, chairman of the lighting committee, said the dairy factory people knew the charges before they put the plant in. He bad taken (be
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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3447, 23 October 1914