WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL.
The ordinary monthly meetina of the Weirewa Ounty Council wns held at the Chambers, Little Biver on Tue ß <Jay. PreBent—Messrs J, F. Buchanan (ohairman), T. Thompson, J. 0. Coop, J. C. C. Gebbie, J. Chapman, W. F. Parkinson and T. Feather.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. cobukspokdence. Outward correspondence was read and approved. Inward correppondenoe was read — From Mr 0. T. J Alpere, to effect that entertainments were being arranged to be per* formed in country districts in nid of the Belgian Fund, and with an idea of stimulating reoruiting. If possible, they would visit Little River, and give an entertainment The chairman said he believed a local committee had been formed. , It was resolved to refer the letter to the local commute". From Whakatane County Council, asking the Counoil to support a motion, giving s rebate to those paying local bodies rates before a certain date. The letter was received. Further correspondence from the Belgian Fund Gcmmittee was referred to the local committee. , An opinion from Mr G. Harper was re t ceived, to effect that Natives were liable for the dog tax. Another opinion from the samo souroe was given to the effect that the Council could vote sums of money, eto , to the Belgians. Mr Geo. Harper also wrote to effeot that nntees toll gates were erected no motor taxed could be collected. The erection of toil gates would mean a good deal of routine. Mt Harper also pointed out that part of the County road from Birdling's Flat to Motukarara had not yet gazetted a main County road. It was resolved to have the road gazetted as a main road. Mr G. Harper also wrote re tb.9 Akaroa and Wainul Road Board's metal loan adjustment. Legally, the portion of ratepayers who had seceded from the Board and joined the Wairewa Council were "liable to pay their proportion according to the valuation of their properties whatever amount was epent on metal on their roads. The matter oould be adjusted, of course, on an equity basis. ~ ~ . Mr Coop said it seemed extraordinary that people should be liable when the full amount was not spent on their roads. The Board, when the loan was carried, guaranteed to spend so muoh in the Puaha distriofc. Mr Chapman said the Board had only a rough estimate of the cost before the loan was oarried. The cost of the metal was found to be much more severe everywhere, It was lesolved to hold the matter over, pending a reply from the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board. ISTERVIBWi Mr H. Lewthwaite asked for permission to out a pipe into a spring on the tide of the Lake road, about 200 yards beyond Caton'a Bay. and put it over the railway into an old hut on his own property. As to the stock travelling on the road, there were two other SDrings close by which would be of use. Mr Coop moved, and Mr Parkinson seconded, that permission be granted to Mr Lewthwaite to pipe the spring, subject to the engineer's approval. Carried. A letter was received fr.Mti th.; Valuation Department, aakirjg what rates wore due on the property of Mr T. Hamilton, htely sold to Mr W. H. Montgomery. The oWk said no rates were due. A voucher of £200 was receive! f oni the Government lor metal on the Kinloch roads. A oiroular from the Metropolitan Beard ol Water, Sydney, re sewerage pipes, eto , was The clerk explained tbat the applicatior for changing the half-holiday fr- m Thursda: to Saturday was sent to the Department o Labour. It arrived too late, and Thursday had been gazetted as tbo weekly half holiday. He had written again on tin matter. , , ~ ... Mr Coop proposed the clerk s action n writing to the Department of Labour r statutory half holiday be approved. Beoonded by Mr Thompson and earned.
From Canterbury Fire Underwriters" Asv Bociation asking the Counoil it they had any bylaws regarding storage of petrol, and to the effect that a set of bylaws would be forwarded for adoption by tba Council. From Public Works Department to eftect that the plans and specifications of the Puaba bridge had been approved It was stated that acoounta for same muat be kept to Mr Gebbie, the Clerk said the timber was not to hand yet. Bβ had asked for quotations from vanoua Christ, church firms, The Public Worka D partment also wrote authorising the work of the Puaha bridge to begone on with. A £1 for £1 vote up to £200 would be made. Mr J. Chapman said that they should leave a Grossing on the lower side for stock. He euggested also that some of the timber of the old hand bridge might be used to build up portions of Barman's Track Farther correedondence re Queen of tne Carnival and stalls from the Christchurch Beldian Fond Committee was received, and it was resolved that the Cbristchurch Committee ba Informed that the people in the County are giving a monthly contribution. From Messrs Williams, Hunt & Co. asking the Council if they were floating any loans, and offering to negotiate same. Mr Coop moved that Mr Harper be asked to include a olause in the bylaws, whereby sll vehicles plying for hire in tbe County
could be tax°.d. Seoojded by Mr Thompson and carried. Mr Feather said he saw Mr White re men'e where, and he refused to sell any land for same. He also saw Mr Tom White, junior, about putting up a gate on the road and he had no objection. Mr Feather added that the 4 Counoi) could build the whare in bia paddock if the gate were put up. There wbb plenty of water and iirewood. Someone could oorae over and inspect the site. He only made one stipulation, and that was that no dogs should be allowed, Mr Coop moved Mr Fea'ber's offer be ro cepted wi'h thanks. Second by Mr Park'nsoo nnl carried. Three applications were received for thj position of dog registrar. Mr Parkinson propose , ! that Mr V IT Litie be appointed dog registrar for the muing year, Beoonded by Mr J. Chapman and earn .1 An application for work was ooneidep \ and it was resolved to leave the matter to the engineer. KNGINKEIt'S REPORT. "Pinco laat meeting mo3t of the Iridgs railings have been painted with one coating, but another coating would really be necessary. The Distriot Public Woiks Engineer has approved the plans and speoifioatiom of proposed Fuahtt bridge, and the Public Works Department has consented that the work of erection miy be gone on with. The men have been at work on Fuaha road from top end of ojeainery oleaning ditches and (ffeoting improvements to the sharp and narrow corners ordered by the Council. The number o( men on the Little Kiver seotion has been reduced by two, the number now on being fix, for whom there will be more than sufficient work. The eupply of horee feed is nearly exhausted, and a frceh is needed, from 10 to 12 tons. Total rates collected for ourrpnt year to dite £1739 03 9d, amount outstanding about £500; dr balance £1000 approx." TIUBER Mr Thompson said he had been told by a sawmill owner that the Council could have blue Rum timber up to 12 x 12 on trucks at Southb.idse at lie per 100 ft. The timber was from McMillan's old place, and the trees wero 40ft in height, A truok load of timber could be seen at the Little River station Mr Coop proposed the Council order a truck load of h art of bluegum as sample, Bx4 (ll>ft), to be approved by Mr Chapman and the mover. Seaonded by Mr Feather and carried. CHAFF
It was resolved that twelve tons of chaff be procured at £0 per ton. Mr J. Chapman asked if the engineer had any idea what work would be required to be done in the winter months. He suggested turning the Council's horses out into a paddock. Two might be turned out. Mr Feather said more than two ho'EOB would be required on the TeOka road tie did not believe in grazing horses out. Mr Thompson said ;hey could not graze out their horses cheaply this winter. It would cost 5s a week to starve them. Mr Thompson said Mr MoKay'3 road should be done ftt oner. The work was urgent. It was resolved to make this the first job to be done. Mr Thompson said that the Western Valley road needed attention from Londrjgan's to the dairy. Hβ said the road wanted repairing in patches. He added that he had been asked if the Counoil would put some clay on the Hill road. Id answer to Mr Coop, tho engineer said the grader oould not blind the road as well as clean out the gutters. Mr Chapman said the stuff taken out of the side ohanneh could not be put on-the road. It would be quite usele?e. Accounts amounting to £203 18s 9d were passed for payment, Mr Parkinson said he would like to see the grader put down tbo Beach road to clean it out The road was used a good deal. A. coup ;d ! could b« done first to show whether was a good one. Mr Coop moved that the piece ot the road from railway, twenty chain 3in all, b> clayed . Eeccnled by Mr Thompson, and onrried The meetiDg then adjourned.
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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3405, 12 March 1915