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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3402, 2 March 1915
AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
; « «, A meeting of this Council was held on Saturday, present—Messrs Bruce (chairman), F. Williams, 0. B. and J. K. Thacber, E. Hay and T. Conway. MINUTES, The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. OOEBESPONDENCK. Outward correspondence was read and approved. chairman's statrmbKt. The Chairman's statement was read and considered as under :— From the Superintendent asking for information for National Provident Fund. Mr Conway moved the information he supplied. , Seconded by Mr Hay and carried. From Mr F Hubbard sobmitting prices for oats and chaff. The Chairman's action in purcbas ing 6J tons chaff and necessary oats for a year from Mr Hubbard was aproved. MOTOR BYLAW. The Chairman asked Mr J. R. Thacker to move his notice re amending the motor bylawMr J. R u Thacker said that he un derstood at the last meeting of the Council it had been decided that each ' member should go round his district, and ascertain the feeling of the people When he went ronnd Le Bon's he found a petition from the Chairman preceded him everywhere, Hβ understood he was to consult the people he , represented, and not the Chairman
It was quite a surprise to him that, there was a petition against theampnd went circulated beforehand He (?aw Mr Dalgliah, who said that the peti tion had been put into his hands from fcbe chairman. When he'went round fcbe district himself he found two thirds of the ratepayers were in favour of allowing oars to travel at night, though thpy varied in their ideas as to when they should run. Speaking for himself, he did not wish to itupo-e
upon people a state nf things to which they objected. lie really wanted to get the opinion of the bulk of the rate payers. Tbe chairman Bt\iu that, he came to DuvauchelloP, last Sale Day and found tha petitions ready to be circulated. Hβ considered that if they were being sent out they should go to proper person. He was quite as anxious to have an expression of opinion from fchß ratepayers as Mr Thaokar, All they were anxious about at the Council was to get an expression of opinion from the whole district. As far as send
ingj them round, he simply advised who should tnke tbe petitions roimd in tbe various bays. He had no feel ing against Mr Thaoker in the mat ter at all. Tbe petitions were there and be thought they should be taken round by qualified people. Tbe Akaroa end had been neglected entirely. Hβ saw a few of the leading Akaroa people who where opposed to tbe charge. Mr Conway said be weqt to the last meeting with little or nc interest in the matter. Tbe opinion of ibe people i a his district was against Iha charge. There was more opposition in the byroads which were bo narrow. People using these byroads were afraid of cars at sights, He had been accused of fathering tbe motion, which was not true.
* Mr 0 B. Thacke. , &aid he went round bis district, and asked every ratepayer hie opinion for and against. There was a majority in favour of it in Little Akaloa and Okain's. Mr Hay said be was going to leave a petition at the etore, asking rate payers to express an opinion, but found the other petition there, and so had taken no steps in the matter. Mr J. R, Thaoker considered residents should not have' been mentioned in the beading to the petition, as they , were answerable to ratepayers alone, pc read the beading of the petition against the amendment of the by-law, and said people bad no way of signify ing if. they were in favour of the charge. Quite a number who had signed the ~first petition signed the petitiun for amending the by-law. DEPUTATION. Messrs J. Pettigrew and T. E. McEenzie waited on the Council re the by-law. Mr MoKopzie said that they had come to ask the Council not to amend
the by-law at present to allow motors to travel at night. There were two why they considered the by law should not bo amended. One reason was that they considered there was no need for people to use cars at night on ihn Peninsula. It was not a commercial place, and there was no need to ba running about after dark, Also the gfiople who owned cars were w&U to do, and had plenty of time at tbeir disposal. The second reason was that the danger was too great, owing to the roads being; so narrow. Then for the tourist traffic there was
no benefit to the people ia tbe bays If the cars were allowed to travel, thosa who owned horses would not I 3 game to go out at night at all. m Ut Pettigrew said he thought there was real danger, especially on the byroads, it cars were allowed to travel at
night. It may bo , only a matter of lime before cars came, but they did not want them. As to the Peninsula itself, there were very few that owned
cars in proportion to the population.! r The. glaring lights were worse than, 0 the dimmer ones of other vehicles. | , Mr McKenzie added that be would ( r like to mention that from sunset to 10 p.m. was too short a time. The police stated that after 8 o'clock in summer, which was sunset to 10 p.m., was too abort a time. Mr J. B. Thacker eaid he believed that. Messrs Mclienzie and tettigrew did not know that a number who signed these patitions were not ratepayers. AI3O a great number who bud signed tbe petition had signed the petition in favour of amending tbe Mr Con way asked Messra Mcliensue stod Pettigrew if they did not think that a motor car after 11 p.m. would be lose dangerous than at day time He considered all horse traffic would be off the roads by that time. Mr McKenzie said after socials they were, often on the roads up to 2 a.m. The deputation withdrew, after tlianking tbe Council for a courteous Mr <J. K. Tnao'ker. said as to the time which motor cars could run he would like the hour to be fixed at o'clock. Hβ moved that the motor bylaw be so amended that motor cars
and motor cycles ba allow ed to tiavel ths roads any night after m-dnigbt. Beconded by Mr C. B. Thacker. Mr Hay said personally be wae in favour of tbe change, and though!; the innovation would do no h*rm How ever, be believed that the feeling in bis district waa against the reform. The ratepayers had put him in the Council and he could not go against their wishes. Mr Conway eaid he waa obliged to
oppoae the chaDge, though, person ally, he waa in favour of it. In face of the expression of the Road Board and the residents in French Farm and Wainui, he roust vote against the motion. Mr Williams eaid he was against the motion. The motor car drivers did not keep the byiaw now, and if this amendment was carried they would take possession of the roads altogether. If the motor cars kept the bylaw better there would have been lees opposition to the change. Mr C. B. Thacker said he went
round his district and took the advice of the people, and found the bulk were in favour of the obange. That was his reason for seconding the motion. Tbe chairman said Mr C. B. Thacker waa quite right. As to the change, tbe bulk of the opinion here was opposed to it yet, and they could not make tbe change He did not canvass his district or ask a eingle soul. He wanted to be ablo to hear the discussion and keep an even balance. Tbat was the stand he bad always taken. He considered tbat when they brought these bylaws into operation at a cost of nearly £100 they should not alter them without consulting the ratepayers. Mr J. R Thacker said tbat .on tbe strength of the canvass be bad made in the Lβ Bon's district he was going on with the motion- Had he found
the opinion against it in Lβ Bon's be would have abandoned tbe whole thing. The chairman said tbat be believed tbat the change would render the bylaws inoperative, as if night travelling were allowed this could hardly be called a dangerous place, Mr J. }J, Thacker pointed out tbat no proper canvass had been made ex cept by bis brother and himself If j all the- Councillors bad done the same and found who were for and against atcong tbe ratepayers they would have a better idea of the general opinion. Mr 1 Hay said he raised the point whether this bylaw was unique in tbe Dominion at last meeting. The chairman eaid in one or two places cars were not allowed at ail. Mr J. R Tbacker's motion was lost by four votes to two, BELGIAN I'UND. Mr J. R. Tbacker'a notice of mo tion re grant of £50 was considered. Some discussion ensued as to tbe
position the Government would take in regard to voting money. The matter waa left over for a future meeting. From the Returning Offiasr, Elleg mere, re Licensing Committee election, and asking for a progress payment, The chairman said the Council bad right to complain that not sufficient notica was given of the election to enable thorn to take any steps in the matter. Mr C. B. Thacker raid that they worn in another electorate.
•Tbe clerk said (bat the expenses of the election were more than paid out of the revenue of the hotels They did not have to contribute to tbe Lyttelton Licensing expenses, aa there were no hotels in their district. Mr J. R. White wrote, agreeing to
terms of lease of Hill Top reserve at £1 per acre rent, and asking for lease of smaller reserve close by. It was resolved that the Coucou
etain use of smaller reserve for their )wn horses. Messrs Meares and Williams wrote re recovery of rates, and suggesting that, as the defaulticg ratepayers bad received a number of letters before the matter was put in tbe eolicitor's bands, the lawyers prosecute at once without notice, It was resolved that the preliminiry letter from the lawyers be dispensed with Mr J. G. Scott, of the Agricultural Department, wrote as under : — "1 beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter with reference to the noxious weed 3 question In reply, with your Council I think both that tbe Act has already met with a fair measure of success, and that a further enforcement of it would be desirable, I understand that in tbe future provision would be made to allow an officer of this Department to visit tbe Peninsula more frequently than has lately been the case. Meanwhile I will co operate with the members of your Council in the endeavour to bring about a fuller compliance with tbe Act." BATES. Some discussion ensued re 10 per cent, penalty on rate 3.
'Ail' I'j. ii..U!f)l I) Jriii-h iUd imposed od rates unpaid by April 8 ISecondt'd by Mr J. R Tb'tck" , >n ! carried. KOBIMHON'S BAY WHARF The cl.Hik ?»<« 'hv- 1500 twt of nobs?! - bad arrived in Lyttflcoo. Th piles had not yet oorae round from byt'tttlcon. The chairman suggested that some qualified person should pa's the timer tir. Lyt'Celton. ; Mr .1, R Thack'er moved" that the ■ujioear ba advised to have the timber wsed before being shipped at Lyfc . elton , Seconded by Mr Conway, and carried. j It was decided to allow Mr Powrie up to April 15 for the completion of the road by Robinson's Bay Wharf Mr 0 B moved the chairman and Mr Williams sign the contracts for the road and wharf at tvobinson's Bay. Seconded by Mr Hay, and carried. The secretary Peninsula Technical Association wrote, asking for ft contribution to the Association. The chairman said they had voted money in the paat. The Teobnieal School should be better patronised. It ought to be a good thing, and the appliances, etc, were good and up to date Mr J. R. Thacker moved £6 6a be voted, and that the Association be infojmed that unless the attendance at classes improved the Council could make no further donation, Seconded by Mr Conway, and carried. AKAROA BOAT3LIP. The plerk reported that Anderson's bad sent down the iron for the boat slip at Akaroa The specifications came down from Wellington, and notified that tlaey bad to use totara sleepers to run the boats down to the water. He wrote, asking if they could use jarrah instead, as the latter was procured so much more easily. The Department wrote in reply that totora was better, and that plenty was available at the mills in the North Island. In answer to Mr Hay, the chairman said the sleepers had to be 8 x 5 and 9 feet long. CANTERBURY COUNTIES' ASSOCIATION. Mr Cooway moved tbe matter of joining tbe Canterbury Counties' Association be deferred still further. Seconded by Mr Bay, and carried. CRUSHEB. The chairman said the crusher was going to start next week. . It was left in tbe bands of Mr J, H. Thacker to arrange re metal to complete summit roads. About '100 yds were still required. FINANCIAL 3TATEHENT. The financial statement as under was adopted:— Receipts since last meeting, £291 6s 6d ; dr. balance, £986 10s 8d ; accounts presented, £250 4s 2d ; total debit, £1236 14 1 8d ; cash in hand £66 23 Id; debit, £1170 12s 7d. The meeting then adjourned to March 27th. The Recent Epidemics ot Smallpox and Diphtheria Would certainly not hare attained such pro portions if the hygienio fact ■ were more generally known that the dieinfeotion of the mouth by ft reliable end harmless antiseptic is a great protecting factor against all ail. ments where the infection is through the throat or respiratory tract. By putting three drops of SANDER'S EUCALYPTI EXTACT, on a piece of loaf-eugar, and allowng it to dissolve in the mouth, that cavity ie thoroughly disinfected. The volatile nature of SANDER'S EXTRACT makes it penetrate every crevice. BANDER'S fcXTKACT ie not nauseous nor depressing like tbe common; eucalyptus, end possesses. great anticeptic power. By using SANDER'S EATRACT yon avoid tbe uncertain composition of the lozenge; yon have the benefit ef the strongest antiseptic that oan be used with safety, and the result is protection from all infeetior,.
AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3402, 2 March 1915
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