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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL.

The monthly meeting of the Wai rewa County Council was held at tbe Chambers, Little Kiver, on Tuesday last. Present—Messrs J. F. Buchan an (chairman), J. O. Coop, J. C. C. j Gebbie, T. Feather, W. F. Parkinson, and J. Chapman. The chairman moved the following resolution :—That the Council convey to the Catholic community in the district its sympathy for the loss sustained in the death lof the late Bishop Grimes. Mr Buchanan said the late Bishop Grimes bad taken the keenest interest in all matters affecting the community.

Seconded by Mr Parkinson. The motion was carried, all the members of the Council steading. The Council considered the pro posed vehicular and motor by-laws. Mr Coop moved the question of fees to be charged under the by laws be held over until next meeting, and in the meantime enquiries be made concerning fees. Seconded by Mr Gebbie and, carried It wa3 decided the clek and Mr Coop see the Council's solicitor about tbe matter. Mr Harry Lee wrote offering to .-jpawl 300 yards of metal at Fuaba for 8s a yard. 1 The Akaroa and Wainui Road Board seat a. contra account of £28 Os 3d for maiutenance of the Wainui boundary road an against tbe Coun cil'a account of £71 149 with a cheque for the difierence. The clerk pointed out he had written for particulars of this account, and his action was approved. The Hospital and Charitable Aid Board wrote asking the Council to apply for a grant towards medical -attention. ' It was dpcided to apply for the usual grant of £50 towards the doctor's fees at Xjittle River. Six of the Council's employees wrote applying for a rise in wages wbilo the necessities of life were above nrxtaa! ' Me Chapman said he thought it wuuid be a just thing to raise the waged as 8$ a day was not enough to live on. The men had to provide themselves with either a horso or a bicycle. Mr Gebbie said he agreed with Mr I Chapman in the case of married men. Mr Chapman moved the wages of the Council's men be raised Is a day while the present high prices were ruling. Seconded by tbe chairman. Mr Gebbie moved as an amendment that married men only be paid Is extra, Seconded by Mr Feather. Tbe amendment was carried, Messrs Parkinson, Feather and Gebbie supporting it while Mr Chapman and the chairman voted on the motion. The Runanga Council's circular re advanced prices in foodstuffs was received. The North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board wrote ra district ; nurses as follows :—■ "Eβ District Nursing. If the Kesidents of your Connty will subscribe the sum of £84 in donations, the Board oan obtain £100 sab sidy from che Government. It is estimated that this amount will pay lor a District Nurse for one year, i.e., salary, living and ' travelling Should the expenses exceed £184, the excess could bo met out of the fees earned. Any balanoe of fees remaining at the end of the year would be used to reduce the amount of the contributions and subsiuy releqaired for the next year. i The Nurse would be under the control and supervision of Nurse Maude, who is in charge of the District Nurses in Christohurch and suburbs It is estimated that with a igood horse or motor cyole the Nurse oould easily operate over the full extent of your Country. ! I will ask Nurse Maude to visit Little Eiver to confer with your Council's repraI sentativea or a Committee of ladies if you can arrange for a meeting, so that the matter may be fully discussed and understood. I eneloao for your information the Sohedule of Duties under whioh the Nurae would work. I am very hopeful that in the near future all the distant districts may be linked up with a chain of Nurses as I am sure it would be of immence benefit to those in the country districts who require killed attention. There would a so be the added advantage of having a trained woman in and out of the homes of 'he residents, who advise parents re. garding the many ailments which develope in young childrec, and which at the time ap< pear too insignificant for a doctor to be called in. I do not mean that she would take tbe place of a doctor, but would be in a position to judge as to when c docter should be consulted," It was resolved nothing be done in the matter at the present time, as it was not considered a nurse was necessary, The Akaroa and Wainui Road Board wrote stating that according to the Akaroa » ounty Council's crusher books 1777 yards of metal had been broken in the Puaha district for the metal loan. The clerk said the Board had ac knowledged metalling 126 cbaina of road, which bo estimated would cost £248 19s, Mr Coop proposed tbo Council write for particulars of tbo metal loan proposal to tbe loaue to Local Bodies DflDftl tmfint;. WollincrKnn. n.nrl ftlcn nolr

the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board to forward a copy of the loan proposal and minutes relating to same. -■ Seconded by Mr Feather and carried The Public Works Department wrote asking for particulars of authorities granted by the Government and not yet forwarded an expended. The, clerk reported having replied giving the desired information. The Government forwarded an ex tract from the N.Z. Gazette re dosing of ehopa in the Council's district at 6 p.m. each evening as provided in the new Act. The letter was received. The chairman reported having sold two shingle trucks for £70. His action was approved Mr Coop proposed the Public VVork3 Christchurcb, be ap proached with a view to extending the Lake Coleridge scheme to Little River Seconded by Mr Gebbie and carrjed.

ENGINEER 8 REPORT. "Since last meeting of tue Council the fol lowing work has been • done:—ln Kaituna riding the Kaituna Valley road has been gone over with the grader, and watertables cleaned, etc., and in Little Biver riding Price's Valley road, Birdling'B Valley road and parts of the Main road has been similarly treated, and the grader is at present at work on Gebbie's Valley back road, and before leaving there will also treat the main valley road and McQueen's Valley road. In reference to Kaituna vailey road, some shingle or stone will be required for a length of about two miles from near Mr Page'f house to Mr John Parkinson'3. and some would aleo be wanted for Gebbie's Vallej road. The p'ece of road from Devil's Knot towards 90 mile beach referred to at laei meeting, has been levelled with tbe grader at instructed, bat I am of opinion much gooc will not be accomplished unless the greatei part is clayed, and this would be a fairly bif order: whereas the grader work is verj slight. Mr McKay's road in Okute Vallej has occupied the Little Biver gang's time foi some ten days and has been completed. Th< men are now doing up Port Levy road and thence to Vanstone's road, or TeOka road As the girders for Puaha bridge have to be obtained from Sydney, a delay has occurred but they may now be hero any day, when the work will go on. Tbe Council's accounts foi the year have been in the h nds of the auditor for thefpast fortnight, and will be read; any day hence. The dr. balance at bftni on 31st March was £311 Is 3d, and amounts have since been collected, reducing the amount of dr. to approximately £60. The receipts consist of: Bents £20, sale of twe trucks £70, Akaroa and Wa'inui Boad Board £43 13s 9d, rates £76 35." Mr Coop proposed forty tracks of shingle be sent to Kaituna Vallej road, and twenty trucks for Gebbie'E Valley. Seconded by Mr Parkinson and carried. Mr Gebbie said be would like to see the back road afc Gebbie's Vallej metalled after grading for about a mile and a half. There was some good metal handy. There was a lot of traffic on the road. The clerk said there was about £SOC outstanding in rates. Mr feather said the bend ie Tumbledown Bay badly wanted fencing. It was decided to have this work done during the month. ! Accounts amounting to £193 6s 3d were passed for payment. Mr Parkinson moved the Council pay £100 towards the Britain and Bel gian fund, and the amount be paid towards purchasing tickets for tbe Peninsula candidate of the Queen ol the Carnival: Seconded by Mr Coop and carried. The chairman reported as follows : Messrs Gebbie, Chapman, the clerk and himself attended at the invitation of the North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, and visited the various institutions of the Board. After a thorough inspection, he was of opinion that our ratepayers' money had been well spent, Tog patients were all WBll cared for, and it was a pleasure to see how tbe Hospital and Charitable Aid Board had looked after tbe sick and poor. Mr Gsbbie s % aid though the rates were heavy, the care given patients in tbe Board's institutions quite warranted this expenditure, and the district should not grudge its contributions. The Board was going very steadily for two years, which met with their approval. The money required by the Board was very well spenD. "MrQuealy, clerk and engineer for the County, said he wished to band in bis resignation, as be had only agreed «o fill tbe position until March 31st, 1915 Tbe chairman slid be hoped Mr Queaiy would reconsider his resign* tion, as he did not know who co/ild replace ' him a<? both clerk and on gineer. Mr Partinonn aai/1 Mr Olieaiv WHS

an engineer as well as a clerk, and he]

£ bad done a great deal of good work J >c the Council. His retirement would be a distinct loss toHbe County I* 3 he ke P' down expense?, and bad paid * great deal out of his own pbeKfet. Mr Chapmen said he thought Mr Quealy was bard tq replace Hβ •would like to see Mr Quealy retain bis position. Mr Gebbie said it had been a pleaa are to work with Mr Queaiy during tne many years he had been on the old Koad Board and Council, and be Council 6 bad tbe CoDfidenee of the Mr Feather ca j d he hoped Mr Quealy would retain his position. Mr Coop said Mr Quealy wa9 well respected in the whole distriot for hie generosity He hoped Mr Quealy would reconsider his resignation. Mr Quealy said he was willing to reconsider bis resignation, and said be IT Wll, l g retain th * Position until < be end of the present Council's term. Tb.g was accepted by the Council with acclamation. * The Council then adjourned.

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3451, 16 April 1915

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3451, 16 April 1915

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