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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3413, 9 April 1915
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
Tbe ordinary meeting of tbe Council was held on Wednesday evening. Present—Tbe Mayor, Crs Lewitt, Vangioni, Munro, Williams, Fyfe, Cantrell and Fredericksen. LEAVE OF ABSENCE. Leave of absence was granted to Crs Leete and Walker. MINUTES. The minutes of the previous special and ordinary meetings were confirmed CORRESPONDENCE. Outward correspondence was read and approved. Inward correspondence wbs read— From Mr L. Bi k?, electrical en gineer, re Lake Coleridge current charges to effect that be would have to make a survey of the district, and see what prospects there were of extending the current before giving a definite answer.
From Akaroa Butter Factory, ap plying to have Messrs P. Cunningham and L. Brocherie on tbe valuation roll to represent the factory, the one for tbe factory building and the other for tbe private residence.
The Mayor read the section quoted in application Cr Lewitt moved tbe applications be granted. Seconded by Cr Cantrell and car ried.
From the North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, asking tbe Mayor and Councillors and Town Clerk to pay a visit of inspection to tbe Board's buildings.
The letter was received
From Mr R. Bird, Ashburton, re house for Mr Digby on the Dromore Reserve, enclosing tenders. Cr Vangioni moved that the tender of A. R. Thomas at £325 5i Gd be &c----cepted. Seconded by Cr Lewitt and carried.
Mr 0. Digby wrote suggesting tbat tbe Council should build on the old site, as it would be more central for working tbe farm.
Cr Mnnro moved the building be erected on the old site.
by Cr ,; "Canfcrell
Cr Vangioni thought it would be better for a member of the Council to go up and inspect the site, as the tenant had changed his mind again about the site. The Council was going to a good deal of expense, and it would
be as well to have tbe house in the best place,
Or Fyfe said it would be fooli?h to move the building, as it took a long time to get a new plantation
The Mayer paid he bad been up and knew tbe place, and he considered tbat the old site was the most central, and best in every way.
Cr Munro's motion was carried.
Tbe Mayor said be had seen Mr R W. Shepherd re the request from the Council for £25 for Smith Strett, and ie siiil Ihat when tbe road was com pleted "the Council would be paid tbe same.
From Virginia E Lelievrp, Benoit street, application for electric energy.
Tbe application was granted.
From Akaroa Butter Company, to effect tbat' tbe Dairy Inspeotor bad been down lately, and bad spoken of tbe bal condition of the footpaths about the factory. The Company also tisked tbat tbe orossiog be built.
The Mayor said that in regard to tbe letter, the Butter Company was to blame for tbe report of tbe Dairy Inspector, as tbey bad allowed dirty water to lie about, and it was not policy of them to write such letters to the Council. With reference to the crossing, it would be as well to tell tbe factory managers that when the other crossing* were being put in theirs would be.
Cr Fyfe said it would not be much use for tbe crossing to be put in before tbe dairying season closed.
The letter was received. From Julius Knight Dramatic Club, asking permission to bold a sacred concert on Easter Sunday.
Tbe Mayor said tbe town clerk bad shown bim tbe letter, and be bad granted the necessary permission, He thought it was a small thing, and not worth calling a meeting for. From Mrs A. Lang to the effect tbat she bad been unable to make use of her electric heater when she wanted it. Under the circumstances sbe asked the Council to make a rebate of £2 103 a year.
CrLewitt said it . 'be impos eible to make this rel as all otber consumers would want s -bate. Tbe conditions on the back < f tbe form signed relieved the Council of all responsibility. He was sorry for Mrs Lang, but they had no control over the circumstances which were very unusual.
Cr Vangioni said he agreed with Cr Lewitt.
Cr Lewitt moved Mrs Lang be informed no rebate could be made.
Seconded by Cr Vangioni and carried.
From Mr G. W. Dale, enclosing plans and specifications of two veran dabs for Mr J. Glynan, Bruce Terrace, and Mr A. J. Turner, Jolie street, north
Tbe Mayor moved tbe applications be referred to the Buildings Com mittee.
Seconded by Cr Munro and carried ELECTRIC LIGHT POWER.
Cr Lewitt read tbe following report re electrio power supplied as under ;—
The following is list of power consumers and amount paid by each for 6 months:—
Butter Factory Co. £U 1? 6d, Davis £1 Os 3d, Mrs Laing £7 ia Mann 26 weeks at 8s £3 18? 01 Mora about £2 10', Tay'or £3 6', Total £61 18s 3d.
FINANCE REPORT, Receipts sines last meeting, £306 1* lid.
Bank account: Electric light loan account, cr., £17 193 4d; District Electors' List, dr., £523 6s 9d.
Accounts amounting to £79 14s Id, were passed for payment,
CARTING. The Mayor moved tandera be called for carting for ensuing year Seconded by Cr VaDgioni and carried. WATER RATES The Clerk reported tbat a number of people bad not paid their water dues.
Or Munro moved that defaulters be given 14 days notice, tbat unless their dues were paid the water would be cut off.
Seconded by Cr Fyfe and carried. BRITOMART RESERVE. Cr Munro said some of tbe seats on tbe Britomart Reserve wanted painting badly. Cr Lewitt moved that the seats on tbe Britomart Reserve be painted in wet weather Seconded by Or Williams ond carried. ELECTRIC CURRENT. Cr Lewitt said that there had been much discussion abrit the electric lighting. He had : interviewed tbe manager of the t' butter factory and told bim that i: ours for cutting off the electric L:d been altered. The manager bad no say in the mat ter, and the other members of tbe factory had objected to tbe current being cut off. He was going to bring tbe matter before the Council and see what could be done Taking into consideration the butter factory, they must meet them as well as they could He thought tbe butter factory would
j i-gree that, i wi a best to eon c to some j 'eims tbat wo> Id suit all consumers, i Mot a Courjc-'o- had anything againsti 'be facto y, be bim-elf did ro>. wish to fee the factory injured in any wtiy They seemed to think that tbo fac'-.iy was not btiDgoon-idered, but up to the I la-?t three months the rfs>. of tb9 con sumers b'd bad to give way to the jfac l ory. He bad plan tied a working j«g cement, which would keep the I Reservior from being 'etmti d» : Tae hjurs would be as loiiows:—
iVlonaay, 11 a.m to Ba.m. Tuesday Tuesday, 1 p.m to 8 a.m Wednesday; Wednesday, 11 am to 8 a.m Tburs day; Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 am Friday; Friday, 11 am to 3 am Saturday ; [Saturday, 10 a m Io 3 a m Sunday; Sunday, 3 p.m to 3a m Monday. Tbe turning off of tbe power at 3 a.m was a matter of inconvenience to the engineer, but that cou'd not be helped. Tbe people who bnd irons could nee tbem on Monday, Wednps Friday and Saturday in tbe morn ings. It would give tbe people who bad irons and kettles an opportunity to use them A warm dry night like tbat night would mean tbat less water would go into tbe reservoir. He thought the Council should adopt tbe hours, and then tbe people would know when tbpir irons could be used It might be awkward for the factory, but it would only be on Tuesdays and Thursdays tbat they could not churn in the mornings
.He moved that tbe Council adopt these hours as long as the dry weather lasts. He thought tbat these con ditions were unique, as it was the driest season tbey had bad on tbe Peninsula. If they only used a little consideration on all sides, tbey would get the trouble over.
Or Vangioni seconded the motion, ashe thought it would be fair to all sides.
Tbe Mayor said tbat when Ibe Council took on the butter factory they engaged to give them the current and they should do so. Everyone that bad anything to do with a factory knew what a very perishable article cream waa. He was willing tbat they should consider tbe butter factory as much as possible. If tbey found tbat tbe factory could not be supplied they had no right to take them on anolbfr year ; but for tbis year tbey should meet tbera in every way They should try and make both ends meet. Yes terday morning he had been inter viewed by tbe chairman and secretary about tbe matter. He was up at tbe reservoir last Sunday morning, and there was a fair amount of water in the reservoir. Tbe engineer was up there also, and said that the reservoir would be full about 4 o'clock. It appeared to him that there was plenty of water for all purposes. If tbey denied themselves for a few hours in the afternoon it would be quite satisfactory.
Cr Williams said tbat he agreed with tbe Mayor's remarks. He thought it would be a great injustice to the butter factory to cut off the current in the mornings.
Cr Vangioni said tbat hearing what tbe Mayor said be would aFk Cr Lewitt's permission to withdraw tbe motion. It was only a little time be fore the factory would be closed, and it was as well to consider the factory's interests as much as oossiblo.
Cr Cantrell said it was only a little while in any case. They might have rain at any time,
Cr Lewitt said that he was quite agreeable to withdraw bis ojofcion He said it was because tbe rest of the con-
sumers approached him and complained tbat be suggested asking tre factory to alter their hours. Seeing tbat tbe weather was cooler, and not fo much cream was going there, he thought they could work tbe factory at hours more reasonable for other consumers He agreed with wbat the Mayor said, and he did not wish to let the factory suffer at all, As chairman of the Lighting Committee he was not putirg any opposition in the way of the factory. He bad been approached by nearly forty of the sixty ironing people and asked to have the power on in the afternoon. Ihe hours bad to be fixed, as tbe plant could not run tbe 24 hours
The Mayor said that the butter fac tory people wanted the power in the morning, He was sure the Chairman of the Lighting Committee wanted to meet all parties,
The Mayor moved that the water be cut off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day to next Council meeting. Seconded by Cr Cantrell
Tbe Mayor said that he thought the Akaroa people would fall in when they knew tbey could have the power at certain hours and help the Council out of the difficulty.
Tbe Mayor's resolution was carried, and the meeting adjourned.
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3413, 9 April 1915
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