AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
A rreeting of this Council was held on Saturday, prpgpn t -Messrs Brnce (cbairrain), F. YVillinmp, C. B. and J. E. Thacktr, E H«y and T. Conwiy. CtrAlKMAv's FTATRMKNT. The Cbuirtnnn's statement was read and as under: — The' Kunanga Borough Council wrote re nrlvance in foodstuffs and tbe increased eot of living. The circular was rectived. The North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board wrote bp follow* :—
" I have the honour by direction of the Chairman to invite you with tbe members of your Coancil to meet him at this office at 10 30 a m. on Thursday, Bth April, the obieot being to give members of the various contributing local authorities an opportunity of visiting suoh of the Board's institutions as are within easy reach of Christchurcb, and thus enabling tbe various couucils to understand tbe work that is being carried out by the Board. I shall be obliged if you will kindly let me have a reply at an early date stating bow many are likely to be in your party.—W. H. Wbarton, Secretary." It was decided to reply thai; pro* bably two members of the Council would inspect tbe institutions.
Messrs H. Matson wrote re sales of Council's lease.
The letter was received.
The Belgian Harvest Festival Committee of Christchurch wrote re date of Carnival, and asking the Council to make tbe same known in the district.
It was decided . display posters forwarded.
The Chairman referred to the Pen* insula Festival held at Akaroa on March 18th, and said be thought the district had contributed very band somely in raising a sum of £765. The Canterbury Automobile Association wrote thanking the Council for agreeing to erect warning notices to motorists in their district.
The letter was received
The Canterbury Fire Underwriters Association wrote re the storage of petrol and explosives, and suggesting that the Council should frame by laws to couln.l tbe storage of same, Mr Conway said be thought tie only risk in storing petrol and exploiive3 which concerned tbe Council would be in wharf sheds on County wharves.
It wag decided not to take any action in the matter.
The clerk explained that in check ing the timber for Robinson's Bay Wharf it was found that the timber forwarded was short of the order, and in conjunction with tbe engineer he had written about the matter, Tbe Jarrnh Timber Company replied that tbe timber bad been short shipped in Western Australia, but the Company would supply the shortage from their store in Chrislchurch The Company also stated that tbe timber for Wainui wharf would be forwarded.
Mr G. H. O'Callaghan, inspector of vehicles, reported that the following applications had been made for ye bicular licenses under the County by laws .— G Pilkington, Akaroa, 7 motor vehicles; W, F. Priest, Little Akaloa, gig, J. Phillips, Akaroa, g'g-
The licenses were granted. Tbe Chairman reported that be had looked into the matter of the Council's lease to Mr Lyall, of Pigeon Bay. Tbe titles of tbe lease had been de> posited with Messrs Beswick and Harris, and Messrs Meares and Wil liams wrote that tbe title did not mention anything about tbe removal of firewood, but they were of opinion tbe lessee bad no right to remove firewood.
Mr Hay reported that be bad inter viewed Mr Lyall about the removal of wood from the reserve, and the latter understood he could remove firewood.
Tbe chairman moved that the clerk search the titles again when in Christ church, and fiad out whether some additional two acres could be invested in tbe Council.
Tbe chairman said be thought a charge should be oiade for all wood removed off the Council's reserves.
It waa decide , ! ibe chairman go into the matter wu the lessees of tbe Council's reserves and report to next meeting of tbe Council. The crusher engineer reported that H. Tibbit's metal heaps on tbe Sum mifc road, less 30yds, had been crushed, making a total of '138 yds for Tibbots. Weather permitting, the crusher would be in Le Bon's on March 26:h.
The chairman said that the crusher would go to Lβ Bon's Bay, where there were 1000 yds, or perhaps more to break, The Akaroa and Wainui Road Board had dOOyds to break on the Long Bay road, After crushing this metal, the metal required on the Flat road would be crushed. He also proposed that after all this crushing was done that metal on the main road should be put on and rolled in when it was put on. Mr Hay said be bad heard a great many complaints about the heavy blinding of the Summit road. The wet weather had made the road in a very cauddy state. Mr J. R. Tbacker moved Mr Hay ward be written to asking him to re pair bis fence where the metal had been spawled, road on the Summit and the contractor be debited with the cost of the repairs. Seconded by Mr Williams and carried, It was decided to repair Mr Kay's fence where metal bad been spawled.
I It wa3 decided tbak the UoiiDcil should not join the the Canterbury
Counties' Apsociation. The chairman said be thought; tbii Aspociafcion was an unnocessary body md tbe N Z Counties' Association was all tb*t was required. He 'hnught H would be a great d»al oi and that tbe Canterbury Oountifip would not aoorue any benefit by forming an Association. Tbe chairman said the Wainui wharf would have to be repaired. Hβ had inspected it in company with Mr Conway. He said the question of im po-ing a storage rate at Wainui should be gooe into. The Barry's Bay frofory bed left materials stored at the Duvauobelle wharf sbed for six months. This was unfair to the rest of tbe district, as grass-peed going out bad no storage room. Luckily there was little grasa seed this year. He was of opinion that tbe ratepayers in tbe wharf districts ehould not be al lowed to store goods or produce in the 'bed for more than a week or so. This pear grass seed bad been put on the Ouvancbelle wharf, so that it was mpossible to get along it. It should Dβ stored in the shed, Tbe same rouble bad occurred at Wainui, where on some occasions people out fide the wharf rating district bad nonopolised tbe wharf sbed for long seriods.. There certainly should bu tome bylaws regulating storage at the wharf shtda. After discussion, it was decided the :bairman draft regulations or suitable )ylaws to present to next meeting of be CouncilMr Conway said he thought the ■egulations ehould ba printed and placed on the wharves Mr Conway reported complaims had )een made about cattle on tbe roads n Wainui and Barry's Bay. All tbe Councillors reported that be roads were being grazed in their iistricr, and it was decided to notify rbe ranger concerning this matter. Mr C. B; Tbacker said Mr T Ware iad asked for the use of tbe Council's oiler for a few days at Okain's. It was decided to write giving per nission provided tbe roller was re urned in good order and an/ damages epaired. Mr F. W Williams said be had ieard complaints of a trawler trawling n the, barbour and in Robinson's Bay. Iβ thought that pome steps should be aken to p e>enb this as i~. was not a air thing for tbe local fishermen. He uoved that complaints be made to the Postmaster at Akaroa as Harbour naster, and that he be asked to pre* rent tbe trawler operating in the larbour. The motion wa3 seconded by Mr Hay and carried Mr C. B. Thaeker moved that a loiice be inserted in tbe " Akaroa Mail " that anyone removing wood off ihe County roads or County reserves would be prosecuted Seconded by Mr Williams end B&rried. Mr Tbacker explained that a considerable amount of wood hod been taken from tbe Buromit road. FINANCIAL STATEMENT. Receipts since last meeting, £488 15a 6d ; accounts presented, £290 11s 9d ; tota) debit; balance, £977 8s lOd. Tbe jjeport was adopted and ac counts passed for payment. It was decided the Chairman and Mr 3. R. Tbecker meet the Chairman of tbe Akaroa and Wainui Road Board and inspect tbe gorse at the junction of the Summit and Long Bay roads, and come to an arrangement about having the gorse grubbed. It was decided to obtain some new furniture for the Council Chambers. The Council then adjourned.
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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3410, 30 March 1915