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The ordinary meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday evening. Present—The Mayor, Crs. Lewitt, Vangioni, Munro, Leete. Williams, Fyfe, Cantrell ana Frederieksen. Leave of abaaace was grantel to Cr Walker. The faon. secretary of the Huntly Mine Disaster Relief Committee wrote, acknowledging receipt of £5 towards the relief fund forwarded by the Council. - Me T, D. Haviaan, Borough solicitor, wrote re the application from j lessee of Wright's estate regarding water io Greban Valley creek. The Council went into committee to consider the letters. Upon resuming, the Mayor reported that there was every likelihood that the matter would be settled in an amicable manner, as the trustees had agreed to meet the Council in seeing that a fair agreement was come to. The Mayor farther reported that Mr G, Cbeckley, one of the trus. tees, had suggested that a halfinch pipe be taken to a concrete drinking trough for cattle, and with a ball-cock to stop any wastage. He thought this ft good suggestion. The Council would meet the trustees in a fair manner. The Public Trustee, ag sinking fund I Commissioner under the new Act,; wrote asking the Council to forward a i copy of the resolution of the Council i in reference to the sinking fund of the electric light loans. . \ The neceßßary resolution was passed ; in accordance with the request, and it j was decided to forward the necessary information. The Spreydon Burgesses Assooia tion wrote asking for information in reference to the Borough's sewerage system. It was decided to forward the infor mat ion. • Mr G. W. Thomas, town clerk, wrote stating that there was a shortage 4 of seating accommodation at the Council Cbftmberß for public meeting* held at the Chambers. Crs. Cantrell, Munro, Leete, Van gioni and Lewitt spoke strongly against providing any sealing accoru modation other than tbat required by the Council as they thought the I Chamber was only let as a favour for public meetings and free of cost. The Mayor pointed out in many ' cases that the meetings were of * public nature and for the good of the j town. At a meeting of the Belgium Carnival Committee there had been a shortage of chairs. j Or Cantrell moved the Council could j not Bee its way to provide seating j accommodation other than that re j quired by the Council. j The motion was seconded by Or Vangioni and carried. The transfer of a lease of 17 per-1 ches of land in Lavaud street from A. J. Turner to D. H. Curry, Greban Valley, was approved. The plans for alterations to a building in L&TOud street, submitted by A. J. Turner for the Council's approval, were approved by tbe Council, Cr Frederioksen was appointed act-ing-chairman of the Works Commit tee of the Council in place of Cr Walker, chaivman, who was unable to act owing to illnees. FINANCE REI'OKT. Beceipts sioce last meeting, £14 12s Dd; electric IJght loan account, cr., JBHB Ga 6d; district fund account, dr., £607 83 5d ; cash in band, 163 2d. Accounts amounting to £87 Is oi were Dassed for payment. Cr *Leete asked what other stree-tg the Work 3 Committee were going to lay down with the concrete kerbing and channelling. After Uniting Johe street, he thought a stretch should be

done in Balguerie street, a<? tbafc was one of the principal Btreets in the town. Tbe Mayor saiij be thought; that each street should be completed on both sides, and the Counoil fully intended to carry out this idee. He thought that Balgueri street should be done, as the side' ohannala badly required attention, Grs Lewitt and Munrb spoke io favour of doing the main street; ilrst Cr Munro moved tbe main strpet be done from the Bank to tbe Bruce Hotel Seconded by Or Lewitt. Gr Leets moved, as an amendment, Balguerie street be done as far as Muter street. 3r Lewitt, in seconding the motion, said that he bad no feeling in the matter , ! but people were all talking of the Council doing side streets when tbe main street was not done. Gr Vangioni said he thought tbe streets done should have been done, He was in favour of completing Balgueri street before doiDg tbn main street. (The Mayor said tha footpath ad joining tbe old school ground was not yet laid off properly, and it would not be possible to proceed with this portion until the Council knew where the path would go. ' • Cr Munro said there was a plan in the office, and it was absurd to say there wn.R no plan. Cr Lewitt said tbe plan was prepared for the concrete kerbing and channelling two years agO| and the work could ba gone on with. He thought the main street should be done at once, Cr Leete said the reason why he was so strongly in favour of Balguerie street being done was that there was a bad drain in the street, and the fore man bad pointed out to him tbe bad state of the present channel. The Mayor said there had been several cases of sickness caused by this drain. There was splendid drainage all along tbe Esplanade, while the Balguerie channel was a cesspool. He was certain that a gieatdeal of ?icknes3 came from this quarter, and he put health before any other claim in thia matter. One person had bad ayptheria in the street caused by the drain. Cr Fyfe said he considered the drain very unhealthy. He seconded Cr Leete'e amendment, which was put and carried, Crs Cantrell, Lewitt, and Munro voting in favour of the motion. Tbe Mayor said it would be neces sary to close Lavaud street during the replacing of a culvert for two days, Tbe Council granted the necessary authority to close the street. It was decided to close the'Kecration ground on March 16th, so that a charge coald be made on the pavilion for tbe Belgium Carnival. Cr Lewitt, chairman of the Lighting Committee, asked if he could get the consent of the Council to get advice from tbe counsel of tbe Municipal As eociation asking if any person could manufacture electricity in the borough from tbe borough supply or in any other way. Permission was granted. Cr Munro said he thought advice should also be obtained from Mr Mar tin asking'if a land transfer could Dβ granted for a part of a street where it bad been in tbe occupation of a person fir a "'eat numbpr of years He said iho through engineer bad etnted a transfer would be granted in such a case. Is was decided to re£ur the matter to Mr Martin for his advice. Cr Williams asked if the Counoil bad made any provision for the failure of tbe water power for-the electric supply in thß borough. Hβ bad heard | many complaintp, and he thought they should carry out their contracts of sup plying ratepayers with light and power when there was a shortage of water. The Mayor said the Council bad done their beat, and it waa a question of what tbey should do in tbo future. If tbe Council bought a gas engine it would be lying idle probably for years. Cr Williams said he knew a traction engine could be procured in cases where there was a shortage of water. Cr Vangioni said he thought that the Council should cut down the power and use tbe water for light. When Mr Parry reported on tbe ecbeme, he was very much in favour of providing for lighting alono, as nothing paid better than house light JDg in comparison with the power charges. The Council made a mistake in lettirjg so much power, He moved tbe Lighting and Waterworks Committees meet and go into the question of the water supply and electric power and lighting. Cr Lewitt, Chairman of tbe Light ing Committee, said the water could not be controlled in a dry season like tbe past. In an ordinary year the load on tbe machine was not too heavy—in faot, tbe load could be made heavier. Tbe U3e of a traction \ engine wa3 impossible, as it would wreck tbe machine and would not be powerful enough to drive tbe dynamo at the nece33ftry speed. The Lighting , Committee had gone into tbe question,

and bad eonaj to he ooaom-<i.>.> ihafc ■ producer gas engine, cos ing £75 would bo tbe best means of pruvidia the necessary auxiliary power. Th Council would have to put in extr plaot if the elpotrio fcherns much more. H» thought; if thay pro cured this engine, and anoint dynamo, cosing £300, fcbey would nave a complete auxiliary plant in of "mergencyi Hβ though!; ttn people shou"! b-ar a little .of the double caused by the shortage of water. The lommittee bad away* made lighting the first consideretioo. Tbe light had only been out for two hours since tbe plant was installed. Cγ Vangioni'a motion was carried. It was decided to procure a timeswitch for Daly's wharf. Tbe Council then adjourned.

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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