AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
A meeting of this Council was held on Saturday, Present —Messrs E. Hay, (chairman), J. B. and C. B. Thacker, and Cooway. LEAVE OF ABSENCE. Leave of absence was granted to Messrs J. D. Bruce and F. Williams. MINUTES. The minutes 'of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. HOSPITAL AND CHARITABLE AID BUILDINGS The Clerk said that the Chairman, Mr J, D. Bruce, bad been unable to go up to see the North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid buildings. Mr Williams had gone up, and he asked the speaker to make a short re port for him. He was surprised at the number of institutions under the management of the Board, and at the excellent manner in which they were run.
The Clerk reported that he had made enquiries re the Pigeon Bay Reserve and found it was a metal reserve, but it was not vested in the Council or the Pigeon Bay Road Board. He had asked about the matter, and been informed that upon application to the Commissioner of Crown Lands the reserve could bo vested in the Council. He had written accordingly DAMAGED FENCE. The clerk said he bad seen Mr Hoyward re repairing fence on reserve, and the matter was being attended to. CORRESPONDENCE. Outward correspondence was read and approved. chairman's statrment. The Chairman's statement was read and considered as under :— Mr T. Ware, Okain'j Bay, wrote thanking the Council for the use of roller. The Chairman wrote re breach of motor by laws caused by Mr F. Williams' son having to be taken up to Cbristchurch at a minute's notice for an operation. Mr Williams said there had been a good dealof comment about the car going ■up at night, and be would be pleased if the Council took action. The chairman considered as the case was so urgent that no action should be taken..
Mr 0. B. Thacker thought this proved bis case that the bylaws wanted amending. Mr Bruce spoke of the thin edge of the wedge some time ago, and this is what this meant. The acting-chairman said that Dr. Gutbrie had been fined when travelling at night to an urgent case,
Mr Conway was of opinion that doctors should be exempt altogether.
Mr J, R. Thacker said that he was of opinion this proved the need for some alteration in the by-laws. Even under these circumstances they could be obliged to take action or admit their by laws were a farce. He was of opinion that as this was a matter of life and death they should not enforce the by law, He proposed the Council take no action in the matter.
Seconded by Mr Conway
The acting chairman said those people who were criticising the action of Mr Williams, who was a member of the Council, would surely do the same in the like circumstances.
The motion was carried
The chairman, Mr J. D. Bruce, wrote re trawling regulations about the Peninsula, and trawling in Akaroa harbour.
The acting-chairman said thai; there was nothing to stop trawlers fishing in the Akaroa Harbour, so fishermen assured him.
Mr J. R. Tbacker moved fcha trawlers be. restricted fiora eas: Okain's head to Lake Forsyth. Seconded by Mr Conway and car. ried.
I Mr T. W. Wiikins, et»gineer, wrote to effect that Mr Powrie bad done about £100 worth of the Robinscn's Bay road, and that a progress payment of £70 could be paid on the
work. Hβ unflerstood Mr Powrie wanted an extension of time, and tbin could be granted, a* the wbarf wou'd not be , finished before the road was ready, j
Tbe aoting cbairmerr that a Progress payment of £70 b" granted Se<,ondtd by ,Mr 7ha and cai. ried.
Mr Powrie interviewed tbe Council <-c extension of two months He Paid that his contract expired on April 15. Uβ was unable to attend last meeting, 05 be would have aeked for the exten won then. He did not start the work till about a month ago, as tbe letter V;i Or T 8 h jro he had tbe contract ZkT Sn 'u He had started tb'e work a month ago last Monday. He also asked ,f tbe Council would* return b« S deposit of £12 10a now that the Council had plenty o f security in the work he had done. In most building contracts tbe deposits were return*! as soon as enough work was done. He retired after thanking the Council for a courteous hearing, Mr 3. R. Thacker said apparently bis time was up on April 15th, an 3be bad already bad over a week The penalty was £5 per week for lengthening the contract. He moved that the extension of time be one month from April 15. Ho was willing to allow Mr Powrie for the month's delay owing to tbe letter re contract not reaching him.
In answer to tbe chairman, the olerk said tbe wbarf would not be com pleted for three months.
In answer to Mr Conway, the clerk said the road would be ot little use except when tbe wharf was erected.
Mr J. R Tbacker said the Council must show some backbone. They made regulations about motorcars and broke them. They never enforced penalties regarding late payment of rates.
Mr J. R. Thacker's motion was se conded by Mr 0. B. Tbacker.
Mr Conway moved, as an ameni ment, that under the extenuating cir cumsfca&ces the two months' extension be granted He explained that the letter not reaching Mr Powrie, he might have taken other work, which meant a delay of two months.
The chairman seconded Hr Conway's motion on the ground that Mr Powrie'had taken other work. Also it would be of no advantage to force him to finish the work in a fortnight's time. If they granted the two months asked for they would lose nothing thereby.
The amendment was put, and car
ried on Ibe chairman's castiDg vote. Mr J. R. Thacker moved as an nmeßdmeDfc tbat tbe contractor be granted two months extension of time provided be pays tbe cltik c£ he works in charge of the iob for. tbe work from April 15th, The amendment was not seoonded.
Mr Conwfty thought tbat it oaghk fco be ascertained how much extra timi the clerk o£ works would be employed beyond his original contract. The olerk siid t.h.11 the job was supposed to be a tea waek*' one. and he had gpantfour waelei alre ndy. It would be due to him to have tbe clerk of works for another six weeks.
Mr J. K. Thacker moved as an amendment that the contractor be granted six weeks' extension of time frem this date in which to complete his contract,
Seconded by Mr 0. B. Tbacker and carried,
Tbe amendment was put us a sub stantive motion, and carried unani mously.
Mr J. B. Tbacker moved tbe Council bold tbe £12 deposit till tbe job was completed. Seconded by the chairman, wbo thought tbat they had paid him a a reasonable progresp payment.
The motion was carried
Mr J, D. Bruce was re elected as a representative of tbe Council on the Akaroa High School Boa-d.
The foreman tind surfacemen ap plied for a rise in wages owing to the high price of food. Mr Convay moved consideration of the increase in wages be held over for a fuller meeting,
Seconded by Mr C. Tbaoker and carried.
A letter to Mr J. D. Bruce from Mr Jas. Hay re Lyfctelfcon Harbour election was read to the effectfc that Mr J. R. Webb was the non canal member '*
The chairman said all those against the canal could only come forward and vote for Mr Webb at the election next Wednesday, CRUSHING. Tbe orusher engineer's report was read,ag under: — I have to report having made good progreea during the month, owing to tbe continued dry weather. Dalglish's Hill road is completed, and we are at present working on the wharf road, and expect to .finish Lβ Bon's in a week's time. We have crushed 929 yards, besides shifting from the Summit and setting up in some very awkward positions. Wβ purpose coming back down the Long Buy Road, crushing for tbe Akaroa and \Vainui Boad Board. Everything is working well. FINANCIAL STATEMBNT. Rpceiptt* since last meeting £'148 8d; dr balance £593 18s 9d; accounts presented £182 Os 3d; .cash in band £66 18s 4d ; total debit £67.8 183 Bd. Tbe financial statement waa adopt cd.
Mr J. R. Thacker reported that he bad let the metal on the Summit road at 2s par yard to Mr Tibbots. It was about 500 yards in all He thought Mr Tibb ts should sign a contract of some sort.
The chairman moved that Mr Tbecker's action in letting tbe 500 yds to Mr Tibbots at 2s a "yard be tipproved. Seconded by Mr Conway and car ried.
Mr O. B. Tbacker eaid that tbe water trough on the summit road close to the Hill Top leaked on io the road He thought the foreman's attention should be called to same. Resolved the matter be attended to. WAINUI WHARF 'Mr Conway reported that tbe Wai nni wharf was being repaired. Mr 0 Tbacker said that tbe Okain's Road Board wanted the hire of the grader for the Little Akaloa section. Resolved the grader be let out on usual terms. Tbe meeting adjourned to May 29th. ______
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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3454, 27 April 1915
AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3454, 27 April 1915
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