The Akaroa Mail TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1915. PUAHA SEVERANCE.
The settlement of severance disputes local bodies be most trying to the kcsl body rcembors who try to arrive at an equitable fettle ment. In fact, th« fairest way foi the representatives of local bodies concei'ued and the ratepayers they represent would be to leave the whole question to the solicitors of each body, who could, no doubt, settle the question of assets and liabilities bo that both bodies were treated abso lutely impartially and fairly. On Saturday last, a deputation from the Wairewa County Council waited on the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board regarding the allocation of the Board's metal loan liability raised in 1904 to all the roads in the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board District. It ia kniwn that the Puaba District, which has been taken into the Wairewa County District had no?, received its fair share of metal, as according to tb< loin proposal at the time only £400 odd of metal was put on, or was to be n'jt on Puaba road 3, and yet the rate able r*lue of the Puaha District en titled them to ;£6OO worth of metal. Now the Wau'ewa County Council consider that, as the money expended in the Puaha District was only £400, Wairewa County should not saddle hp. £GOO liability of thu loan. Ac ending to the solicitor of the Boß r d li; could make this concession to t,be Wairewa County t ouncil by means of an Order in-Council. As the loan has been running for ten years, the ratr. payers in the Puaba District have already paid off about £230 of the principal of its £600, so that »here still, remains £370 to be paid C#. Al fc se ema only equitable that, a* -W« Puaha District at the time of raising <*c loan anier ' took to shoulder £600, they should still carry that on, rest of the ratepayers in the Wairewa County should not be made to bear any of the liability. But there is another item which came into the Puaha severance which should be taken into consideration, and that is the purchase of the four and a half acre's reserve, situated at Puaha, by the Wairewa County Council- In the ordinary course of events, this reserve would have passed into the possession of the Wairewa Council after the Puaha district was severed, but the Wairewa Council paid the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board £80 per acre for this reserve. This they did against the edvice of their solicitors. It seems only fair, then, that the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board, when fixing the liability of the Wairewa County in regard to the metal loan, should take this fact into consideration. A far more equitable way of settling the whole matter • would be to place the whole matter in the hands of tbtBoard's and Council's solicitors, and then a settlement would be arrived af that would be absolutely fair to ail concerned.