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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3409, 26 March 1915
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
p I __, The ordinary meeting of the abmv j Counoil was held on Wednesday ; present < Hia Worship iho Mayor, in the chair, and \ Cra Munro, Cantrell, Fredericksen, Fyfe, I Williams, and Lewitt. LKAVE Ol' ABSENCE- j Leave of absence was granted to! Cra. Leete, V&ngioni and Walker. ' MINUTES. " | Tbe minutes of the previous special j and ordinary meetings were confirmed i CORKESI'ONPENCE Outward correspondence was read ' and approved. BELGIAN FLAG ' The Mayor said be wonld like to ' present; to the Akaroa Borough Coun ' oil tbe Belgian Flag auclioned by Mr < Alpers. He tbougbt tbe Council ' would like to have it as a memento of the great day held last Thursday, when tbe Belgian fete realised &uch a < large sum. Everyone admitted tbat J it was the greatest doy ever held in ' Akaroa They had tried to help a ' nation which had fought for freedom, < " and tbey could all take it that the flag he held represented freedom. On ' this flag the names of tbe Mayor and * Councillors and Town Clerk would be -• inscribed, and tbe flag bung in the " Council Chambers. The Belgians f made a world-wide bid for sympathy 1 on account of their suffering. In "" Akaroa whre the Eng'isb and French E lived Bide by side in harmony, they c felt the call especially. He asked tbe — Council, on his behalf, to accept the * flag Cr. Lewitfc said he was sure they would be pleased to accept tbe Aug. [ » He'knew that in thanking the Mayor »■ for the gift he was voicing the feeling; ° of the Council Last Thursday was a the greatest carnival ever held in j Akaroa, and it was for a most deserv > ing object. The Belgians had lost all a in their battle for freedom. Had it a not been for the bravery and self- sac f rifioe •of this people Europe would b w bave been run over by tbe Germans, ° who could only be called Huns. On ° % behalf of tbe Council he thanked tbe '< Mayor foi" tbe gift of the flag. He moved the gift be accepted with - thanks. f|
Or. Fredericksen seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously, Tbe Mayor said that his daughter would work the nsmes on the flag if they would have them written in by a good writer. From Public Health Department, re "V Borough Council's plumber, and ask iog what certificates he held. Tbe Mayor said tbat there was no plumbler especially employed by the r Council. The local plumber did other work in the Borough as well. ll< moved tbe information be supplied, «(;. Seconded by Or Fyfe and carried. From Messrs W. D Wilkins & Sons asking tbe Council to relieve them of r the lease of the wharf.
The town clerk said tbat the lease did not terminate till 1917Cr Munro moved the lease be ter ruinated and fresh applications be called, the lessee to pay all coats of
the advertising, etc. ' Beoonded by Cr Williams and car ried
From postmaster, Akaroa, and Mr Alfred Rhodes, Balgueri street, apply ing for crossings, three for the Postal Department and one for Mr Alfred Rhodes
The applications were referred to tbe Works Committee with power to act.
From Public Trustee, Wellington, thanking the clerk for info mation re electrio light loan, and asking bow a certain sum was allocated between the various loans.
Cr Munro moved and Cr Lewitt se conded, the information te supplied. Carried;
From Deputy Publio Trustee re sinking fund, £8 due on March Ist, and to be paid annually. The amount was placed on the pay sheet.
From Mr W, R. Tucker, Ashburton re plana of bouse on Dromore Reserve.
From A'karoa Fire Brigade, complaining that boots recently supplied bad not been made according to specifications, and to effect that the men could not get the boots on. Cr Cantrell moved tbe boots be re turned, and tbat Mr Whitley cd asked to supply boots according to sample and of proper sizes. Seconded by Cr Williams and carried.
An application for a transfer on the valuation roll of the Borough from M. Bi. Wolfreya to A. J. Turner of section 68, Akaroa, was granted. An application for electric energy for two 16 c.p and 82 c.p. lamps was received from the Akaroa and Peninsula Miniature Rifle Range. Or Lewitt moved the application be granted. \ Seconded by Or Cantrell and car ried, Crs. Lewitt and Fyfewerea ppointed to sign the application. WORKS COMMITTEE. Cr Fredericksen moved tbe adoption of the following report: —
The Council's men are engagtd kerning and channelling Balgueii street. ]>, will probably take two or bree wetks to complete the work
At- a meeting of the Works Com mictee it was decided to appn v< o tho pans nnrl specifications for r
miniature r\iU range on Mr Turner'? property, providing hurdles with wire netting be placed in tbe open Fpace to keep tho public? from getting too to Ihe line of fire
The District Health Officer's report ie foul smelling drainage from the grass seed cleaning plant and shed i ecu pied by Messrs W, D. Wilkins ~ud Sons, was considered, and it was r.--solved tbat tbe recommendations p,de by the Health Officer should be ct: forced
An application from tbe Council's in.v to take for their own use brok n • •:■; 1 decayed timber pulled out of the
.i kerbing, has been granted on ndition tbat only useless timber be r r.a.
Tbe Mayor said the District Hea! h
. icer had been down and over tie i; emises. There was some rotfn ■.Hitter thrown down which percolated ioto the gutter, and the dust from tie seed came th ougb in pieces.
The report from the District Health Officer was t I, and advised tbe fol lowing cou . :-(l) Tbe removal of refuse from i'-.a yard ; (2) Tbe clarifi oation of water from dust wash by means of a baffled tank. Tbe report was adopted.
Cr Fredericksen moved that a copy of tbe recommendation from th* District Health Officer i t forwarded to the proprietor of the seed cleaning mechine, and he be asked to comply with some. Seconded by Or Cantrell and car tied. FINANCE REPORT. Amount received since last meeting —Rent £H0 12s Gd, water Bupply £3, electric connection 12s Gd, drainnge 10s 6d, walnuts ss, total £145 Os Gd Bank account—Electric light loan account, cr., £148 Gd 61, district fund Recount, £663 M- Gd, in band £3. Accounts amounting to £202 os lOd were passed for payment. BOROUGH LIGHTING. Cr Cantrell asked about the lighting in the Borough. He said it was most inconvenient having the power cut "ff half tbe time, and it was causing a lot of dissatisfaction. He would like to ask the chairman of tbe Light* ing Committee if the Counoil wae supplying more power than they hi fl at their disposal, and if tbey all had to suffer inconvenience because of the butter factory. He was sure it could never go on as people would be tired of putting up with so much discom fort". ;
Cr Lewitt eaid it was the old trouble —not enough water. Aa to the butter factory, in his own mind be quite be lieved tbey were unable to supply them with the power. At the time it seemed a fair thing to give them the power, but events have shown other wise. He believed they would have been shut up very littie but for tbe butter factory. Of course, tbey had had the driest season on record. It was just a point whether they should put up with a little inconvenience and more power or devote the scheme chiefly to domestic purposes Personally, be would rather have personal irconvenience. He assured Or Cant i (II that the plant was run to the last Ainute. It would never do to let the r servoir get below a certain level
Ie said that in his own household bare was a lot of inconvenience
tough the power being cut off. He liled that tbe Council could not cut he butter factory off at present, but
nst see them through tbe season.
Cr Cantrell said he would like to know if the butter factory could be supplied next year or not. He thought they mig' be warned or in formed in me to make prepsnMons for utilisicrj rtber power next season It bad be, unfortunate striking a very dry re.-on, but he was pure (hat tbey could not give tbe factory the power they required.
Cr. Lewitt said tha 1 was hh own private opinion.
Cr. Cantrell said h, was in favour of takiDg tbe malter in band at once.
Cr. Lewitt said seeing they were now goiDg out of office, he thought tbe matter should be held over. If tbey had the power he would he in favour of supplying tbe factory ; but it was his private opinion they bad not enough to supply tbe factory.
Cr Williams said be did not know i if tbis Council had any particular set ' against the factory; but tbey seemed ] to always blame tbe factory for every thing The butter factory was quoted every time anything went wrong. There were other things which absorbed power as well as the factory. The butter factory was mentioned every time there was trouble, Cr Munro said he believed in put ting in a gas engine as those buying power wonld pay interest for a gas engine. He considered the power ought to be supplied if possible. The Mayor said Cr Lewitt was quite right in shelving tbe matter to the new Council to decide as to the electric light scheme. The first care was to supply householders with light j and power, and if they were giving j outsiders too much power they should cut it off. He was not particularising at all, but householders should be considered first. It was for tbe new Council to decide the matter. In the meantime tbe engine was doing its best, and he hoped soon the matter ] would be fixed up satisfactorily. He had heard of the Lake Coleridge scheme being utilised here, but it would prove too expensive, Cr Lewitt said that with regard to
the Akaroa Batter Factory he took exception to Cr Williams' remirks. The abufejrhe had received over the butter factory was incredible, and he nould see no reason for it. Tha di reefcora of tbe fac f ory were always talking about bow badly the Chairman of the Lighting Committee was treat ing tbetn. It would bave been more to tbe point if he had been told that the Chairman of tbe Lighting Com mittee bad cut off tbe rest of tbe town for the butter factory, Now the rest of the Borough was objecting, and he did not blame them. The butter factory bad never considered them at all in the matter. He had tried to meet them in every way, but tbey consider ed no one else.
Cr Williams asked what about the people supplied outside the Borough. If tbe factory were to be cut off tbey should be.
Cr Lewitt said the Council bad raised tbe scoeme for domestic pur poses originally, and no other power bad been lot outside the Borough
Cr Lewitt said there waß a new light for the street, a half watt lamp. This lamp would give tbe same light for half current. He moved tbat the Lighting Committee be empowered to enquire into cost of bilf watt lamps for street lighting Seconded by Cr Munro and carried. WASHINGS ON FOOTPATH. Tbe Mayor moved tbat tbe butter factory must not in the future sweep heir washings on to the footpath* Seconded by Cr Fredericksen and carried. POWER RETURNS Cr Munro moved that a return of income- from machinery run by elec trio light be laid on tbe table be'ore next meeting, Seconded by Cr Williams and carried. Cr Fredericksen said the foreman had spoken to him about tbe new shed on the quarry reserve. Tbe Mayor moved the matter of the shed be left in the bands of the VVoiks Committee. The mavter was held er till more urgent work was done. SMITH ST RE Cr Fredericksen said te drains in Smith street would soon ua put down and the street wis not down to its pro| c ■ grade. He thought thpy could do without a i2ft cutting and yet have a gocd grade Cr Munro moved an application be made to Mr Williams for £25 for Smith street. Seconded by Cr Fyfe and carried. The Council then adjourned
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3409, 26 March 1915
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