AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
The monthly meeting o? the. Akaroa County Council was held at Duvauohelle on ■Saturday; present-Messrs J. D. Biucp (chairman), J R. Thacker, F. Wiliiams, C. B Thacker and J Newbegin. The chairman's statement was read and considered as under :— The chairman reported' upon certain matters as follows: — " Onawe Wharf Shed.—There were com , plaints that 'the shed was monopolised by the Barry's Bay Factory. I wrote to the chairman on October 13, pointing out to him that it was stated the shed was filled with casing, salt, etc, which made it difficult for others to use the Hhed, asking him, if ; this was correct, to have the stuff shifted. I received no reply, but learnt that some of the stuff had been shifted. It will probably be necessary to impose a stoiage charge." " Eeceived a letter from the Canterbury Automobile Association, asking permission to hold a ! hill climbing competition on the German Bay portion of the main road Heply. — I regret that 1 have no power to grant your request to hold your bill climbing competition on our main road unles3 ycur competitors comply with our bylaws as to sfeed, etc. If they do that, of course, there can he no objection. Had your application come in time for our meeting I would have put it before the Council, who would, of course, have considered it, but we do not hold our next meeting until after the 26th. The matter of enforcing our by-laws is in the hands of the police, with whom 1, of coursp, cannot interfere." " A letter from the Postmaster General, to the efieofc that, if we still required tbe loan of £000, it is now available. I wrote on the 14th that we did want it, and was very pleased to know that it was available. When in Wellington I called on the Publio Works Department, and that ot the Marine, to try and find out the cause of the delay with-the plans. I found tha| they wsre not in Welliogton I wired down here, and found that they were in the Cbristcburoh Office. They were sent up, I understand, within a few days. A letter, dated the 24th, will be read, aeking that certain steps should be taken. \W wired back that it had been done a month or more before; Wβ should hear very soon that the plans have been ftp , proved, when tenders can be called for .the work." ;
" Crushing.—On the Monday following our lust meeting the! wheelers refused to turn to on the terms offered by the Council. [ interviewed them and told them that I had no power to alter a resolution of the Council, that I thought that it was a fair offer, and idvised them to try at any rate for a month This they finally agreed to do, but as you wiil see by A. Brown's report, two of them bave gone off." "Mr C. Thacker and I attended the meeting ■at Christohurch to consider the question of starting a Canterbury branch of the N.Z. Association. It was decided to form one, and a committee was appointed, of ■vhich I was elected chairman, to draw up rales, etc. I attended last Wednesday, when these were drafted for submission to a nenferal meeting, to be called early io January. I also attended a meeting at Wellington of the County Executive to con> sidsr the proposed Grants and Subsidy Bill. We interviewed the Minister." The chairman also read the crusher en , yneer's report which is as follows:— "I beg to report that, owing to the exieeiingly fine weather experienced during he month, we have got through a fine lot of work, having crushed 1337 yards, and only lost half a day in five weeks, We finished at she Hill Top today (Thursday), and go to '•ittle Kiver in the morning to get the new pinion on the engine. The following are the amounts crushed during the month:— County Council (Akaroa), 328; County Council CM Shepherd's heap), 208; County Council (A. Hunt's heap), 190; 5 yards for 3- Morgan, German Bay; Akaroa and Wainui Road Board (M. Shepherd's heap). 199; County Council (Hill Top), 407; total, 1337 yards. Two men have left the machine, whose places are not yet filled." The Hon. B, Heatoa Rhodes wrote regarding war contributions that certain contributions could be made. The letter was received. - The Mt, Herbert County Council wrote as follows;— " At a meeting of the above Council held on Monday last, October 5, 1914, the chairman moved the following resolution, which was carried unanimously, and I was instructed to forward a copy of the same to all County Councils throughout the Dominion, urging their approval. Will you Kindly submit the same to your Council at its next meeting, and Ehould it meet with your Council's approval, will you kindly forward it to the Member for your dietrict, requesting him to give it his support? Resolution: ' That, in the opinion of this Council, the best and most equitable means of raising the revenue is to urge the Government to impose a war tax to meet the large add'p tional expenditure which the country is unfortunately called upon to bear in dee' patching the Expeditionary Forces to the Motherland and elsewhere., A copy of the above to be forwarded to the Premier (the Right Hon. W. F. Massoy) and all the County Councils in the Dominion." The chairman said he did not think it was necessary to ask the Government to impose a tax, as it would do that if it was necessary. The letter was reopived The Department of Internal Affairs wrote agreeing to.altering the date of the County election to Nov. ]Bth The Valuation Department wrote advising that the Government subsidy of £568 12s 6d would be paid by the Treasury. The subsidy is as follows for tha differenl iddiugs:— Akaroa and Wainui Eoad District, £201 9s 8d; Lβ Bon's Eoad Board District. £117 2s IOd; Okain'e Bay Boad District, £125; Pigeon Bay Road District, £125. The Canterbury Automobile Association wrote as follows: —"At a meeting of the executive committee of this Association held last nigbt, it was suggested that our annual hillclimbiDg competition should take place on the 26th of the month (Labour Day), and I was instructed to write and ask you for kind permission to hold this event on the Akaroa side of the German Bay Hill. This road was chosen as being particularly suitable for our purpose as almost a straight run for the care could be had all the way up. thus completely obviating any risk of accident through having to negotiate sharp corners whioh occur on most other roads on the Peninsula. It is not suggested for one moment that we would monopolise this road in such a manner that regular traflio would be impeded, as satisfactory arrangements would be made by my committee to obviate any interference. Our bill climbs have al. ways been conducted in the past in an orderly and safe manner,, and the fact of our never having experienced a single mishap of any kind either to fhe competitors or other users of the road ehould be a suffi cifitit recommendation as to the event's safety. The competition should not occupy '•■re than an hour or an hour and a half to complete, and we would ruggest commencing it immediately after lunch when the traffic would be at its minimum." The chairman said no chairman could override a bydaw, so he wrote to the Auto* mobile Aseociation to that effect Hβ took it that speed was neoes&ary in these trials. They do not want a lot of cars on the road as it would but them up badly at this time
ol the ytar, , Tbe chairman's action was approved. The annual balance sheet was considered . and adopted. £A' Ihe cbtiirman said in reference to the F\ demand ot the wheelers working on the '[■' crusher for higher wises, that he thought •j the Council bad.'treat j -d them f&jrly,, (?! , * „ The olerk said the bonus lor the men dur|kf',' ing the month amounted to about 7d per day extra. The metal at the Hill Top was hard, and there tad been practically no ■ii : bonus there at all The nhairman said two of the men had ' ' gone off, as they were dissatisfied with the *. bonus system. jgv' It was decided to let the bonus system oonlinue for anbtber month. . The ohairman said tbe queation of imposing a storage rate at Wainui and Davauohelle rpught to be gone into. . Mr Newbegin said that the ehed was very ' often used by those who were outside tbe rating area. The ohairman reported that he and Mr C, B. Thicker bad attended the meeting to form a Canterbury Counties' Association. He still thought that it was not neceeeary to have a branch Association, as it was addir tionul rxpense to the Canterbury Counties. No tenders were received for spawl ing metal on tbe Summit road. It was decided to instruct A. Hammond, one of «bn Council's men, to spawl metal at the knob in the big bend at the head of Bobineon's Bay. The olerk was authorised to alter the rnte . roll in adcordanoe with advice from the • Valuation Department. The ohairman, in reviewing the work of the county during the three years term rei ported that the following bueiness had been j curried out — W Onawe Wharf and Flat Roal-Govern* "' ment grante amounting to £500, expended and received; local body grants amounting i to £350, expended and reoeived ; loan body i grams amounting to £1200, expended at 4£ ■ per cent for 36i years. Wainui Wharf—The wharf has been kept in repair, £28 having been epeDt on it during the three years. The loan will be paid off in 1917. Robinso 'c Bay Wharf—Steps have been taken to raiee a loan of £900 for constructing n wharf end road to same in Bobinson's ■ Bay, A Government grant ol £250 has been Toted towards the work, and the Council has voted £50. Lβ Bon'a Bay Wharf—The Council has voted £50 towards cost of improving tbe Le Bon's Bey Wharf. Okain'sßay Wharf Road-Owing to heavy Beas, the road was badly damaged, and the Council voted £50 towards repairing same. German Bay Domain—Tbe Council re-, queeted the Government to change the pur- *~ pose of the old Blockhouse Reserve to a wk domain and it tins now been vested in the Crown as a domain, and a Domain Foard appointed. Praba Severance—ufc the request of the <• ratepayers in the Puaha district, tbe Council ~ agreed to that portion of the County severing liom the Akaroa County and amalgamating with the Wairewa County. The adjustment of the aocbunts, as required by the Counties' L Act, ha 3 not been fully eettled yet. Oborlton. Culvert—The Council to assist tbe Okain's Bay Road Board by paying part of the cos of rep&irfng the ferro oonerete culvert at Ohorlton which had been put in as an experiment. Lyttelton Harbour Board Representation - A proposal made by the Chrietohurch City Council to alter the representation bad been discussed at a conference of representatives ef local bodies. The proposal, which gave more |rfpresentatives to tbe city and surrounding district, was defeated. Metal—the Council has expended £200 for spawling metal for the main road £200 for the Summit road during the las* three /\ years. This expenditure represents , nearly 3500 yds of metal, most of wh'oh ta3 been crushed and put on tbe roads. Crusher—Nearly yarde trashed since the plant was procured, many thousands of yards being crushed at en average cost of alout 2e 6di per yard, The result is that had the earnings been paid into a eeperate account there would have been sufficient money in hand to purohase a new plant. This is not heoessary, as it is still in fair order and good for some years yet. The effect of this has been to reduce the amount of rate necessary. The chairman went on t~> say that Dβ Had been a member ot the Council since 1199, when tbo County comprised the Mt. Herbert County district as far as the Selwyn river and Rapaki, including Port Victoria, end also the Wairewa County district. In 1902 he was made chairman of the Coonty, and bad held the position ever since. The Council had now become a Council ot six rnem u bers, whereas when ■ the Mt. Herbert and " ' Wairewa Counties were included there was a membership/ of eleven. The chairman further said hia thanks were due to the mem bers who bad obosen him as chairman, and for tbe support they had given him. He hoped they would stand again. Hβ eaid he had teen on the Council for fourteen or fif ■> teen years, and thought he was entitled to a rest. If soma one experienced enough would come forward be would retire. He was much obliged to the Councillors for their fupport. He liked cri iciem and plain speaking, and be thought they had had that during their term of office. 1 Mr C. B. Thacker said he had always hem treated fairly, by tbe chairman, and he hoped the chairman would reconsider bis deois-on to stand down, and would stand again. He pointed out the work done by the ohairman, and hoped he would still continue on the Counoil. He thanked him for his eonrtesy. Mr John Thacker said he had only been on the Counoil a short time, but he appreciated the way tne business had been carried on. It should be very satisfactory to the ratepayers. He himself bad gained much benefit from his term en the Council. The ohairman. in reply, said exparienee came after 30 years of local government work. He had had atough time during the severance, but the ratepayers as a whole had always supported him. ' The ohairman said he was sorry Mr New begin wss leaving the district, and wished him every success in his new life.
Mr ftev«btgin thanked the chairman, and said he was' eoiry to leave the Council after th* first term The chairman eiid he had also to thank the cleik for the way he had carried on the Council's business He had done his work accurately and well, and could be relied on tabsolutely. The clerk thanked the cbnirman for hie kind remarks. The meetiDg then olosed.
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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3449, 3 November 1914