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The monthly meeting of the Wai rewa County Council was held at the Chambers, Little Kiver, on Tuesday last. Present—Messrs J. F. Bucban an (chairman), J. 0. Coop, J. C. C. Gebbio, T. Feather, J. Chapman, and T. Thompson.

Correspondence was read from the Audit Department asking if the method of contribution towards the Belgian relief was under legal advice.

The Rev. Father Bonetto wrote returning thanks for the vote of sympathy on the death of the late Bishop Grimes.

Messrs Harper Son and Fascce wrote as follows:—

Rβ Vehicle Bylaws.—With refer ance to the Bylaws which we seat to you for perusal by the Council, deal ing with the proposed licensing of vehicles (including motor cars) we have to advise that there is no power conferred upon a County to levy a direct tax on motor cars and vehicles using the county roads, but the Coon* oil has power to make Bylaws providing for the licensing of vehicles of all descriptions, including motor cars, which ply for bii'e in the County, and to charge an annual license fee for such lioenae. This power is conferred upon Counties by '*The Counties Act" and the 4th Schedule of that Act. enabling Councils to make Bylaws for the licensing of all vehicles. The annual fee which the Council is empow eied to charge for a license is nou fixed by the Act, but such n fee could be charged as would be held to be reasonable under the circumßouncea It must be left to the discretion of the Council as to what would be v reasonable fee. We notice that thu Akaroi County Council charge £1 pei annum. for all vehicles and 10s re newal fee The Chriutoburob Oit> Council charges 15s and 5s reppec lively."

Mr Gebbie proposed the matter ol taxiDg motor cars be deferred unti, after the the Oanteib.iy Counties' AesooiatioD, and that a remit dealing with tbe matter be fo.warded to tbe Association mtetiog. beeonded by Mr Feather. The motion was lost, Messrs Tbomp son, Chapman, Coop, and khe chau- ,- raan dissenting. Mr Thompson then moved that the annual license on all motor vehicles plying for hire in the County be £5 per vehicle and that passenger motor vehicles passing through the County pay an annual license fee of £2 10' per annum. The motion was seconded by Mi Coop and carried The unmarried emplryees of tbe Council , a surfacemens' staff applied to the Council for a rise of Is pet day, BS they considered they were just &B much entitled to tbe rise es fcae maided men. They did nofc think it was fair that they should have to woik alongside the married men at a lower wage. After discussion, Mr Chapman moved the three single men applying ioc the rise of la per day ba granted the rise Seconded by the chairman. This niotioD was withdrawn, as the chairman ruled it was not in order. Mr Coop gave notice of motion that he would at tbe next meeting of the Council move to rescind the motion passed at last meeting of the Council granting Is extra pay for married men employed by tbe Council, and that all tbe employees of the Council Lβ paid £1 a month extra for the next six months provided each man works full working time. Mr Chapman then gave notice of motion to move at next meeting that the previous resolution be rescinded, and that the Council's employees be paid 9a per day during the high price

ruling for necessities. Mr Blanche, the Council's tmant of the old Koad Board office at Kaiturm, wrote aeking the Council to build n [shelter for a w^nbouse. It was decidi d Mr Coop ard tbe clerk inspect and report to tbe Coun cil a*; next meeting. Tbe Union Batik of Australnsia wrote re overdraft for tbe coming year.

It was decided to apply for an over draft of £2250. The Canterbury Counties' Association wrote regarding the appointing of a delegate to the Association's meeting io May. It was decided to appoint the chair man the Council's delegate at the meeting. The Minister of Public Works wrote re tbe Council's application for information concerning the Lake Coleridge electric power scheme, that tbe engineer, Mr Birks, would visit the die tricfc in a fortnight's time. it was resolved that tbe engineer be asked to communicate with tte chairman some days before his visit. ■ The Minister of Public Works wrote re applications for grants for road and bridge construction.

It was decided to apply for grants for metalling one mile of road at Tumbledown cutting, Kin loch, four miles Reynold's road, Kinloch, three miles Port Levy road.

The Minister of Railways wrote re placing rotices at kvel crossings as follows:—

" I am instruoted that yone Council is willing to maintain lev ! crossing signals in accordance witb c design accompanying tbe memoru .urn from the Minieler of Railways i ttcd May 12th, 1914. I am no,w prepared to erect these signals, and I shall be oblig3d if you will inform me as to the crossings at which you wish them erected."

It was decided to bava the signals erected at '-tanbury's road, Lake For sytb Arin3 Hotel, Smith's, (Little River), Devil's Knob, Beach Road, Shingle Pit near Mr Jones', and 8a 1 j's Buy.

The Southland County Council for warded the following remit to tbe Council :

"That this Council is of opinion r,bftt motor vehicles should be taxed, and considers that the only equitable way of levying a tax is on tyrea, That this Council ia also of opinion that the Government should collect'the tax and distribute it pro rata between local bodie?, ft larger proportion to be paid to county councils and boards than borough councils."

It was decided not to support tbe remit, but to state that the Council was in favour of taxation by local bodies.

The North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board wrote etat ing that the Little River Doctor's guarantee fund would be paid through tbe Council.

The clerk said the Audit Depart raent had tagged the balance eheet _ objecting to the Council handling the B fund. ENGINEER'S B51P0BT: "Since last meeting the following work haa been carried out, The road from Western Palley to Port Levy has heen attended to, and come parts widened. Nekton's end a Barolay'e roads were also c'eanpd np and w the ba'and 141 yarde o! metal broken at 03* . homo's quarry and catted out, nnd a start • made at widening pail* of Tekoa road, i 0 Gebbie's Valley road and oross road have R been regraded, and that part of the main valley road from the <tfuroh to foot of the hill. Ai pcesent the > harp corner on the ( I main road at Gebbie's Valley blaokeroith's in • eing improved The Counoil's accounts up lo 3lßt Maro'i - have been audited, and a copy is on the table j They have not, however, yet received the sanction of the Controller General at Wellington. The dr. balance on Maroh 31st at Bank was-Gounty Account dr. £1470 17e - lid leas Lake Foreyth Endowment Account £644 16s Bd, leaving a dr. balance a. Bank ~f £826 Is 3d ' Reoeipt3 since Ist April £238 l£s 7d I £557 4e 8d Expenditure, April £219 6b 3d Balance £776 10s lid Dr. to Lake Forsyth Endowmt £644 lGs 8d Dr. £1421 73 7d Pay sheet this day £289 Hβ 9d £ 111 10s 4d The dog ranger reporte s follows : "I hereby beg to ann<. cc that I , have concluded my work s collector , of dog taxes for this year. In all, I , have collected 377 taxes, of whicn 13 came from the Maoris. Every tax has been paid, and the collars have been distributed. Of these 25 were sold at lOs. the remaining 852 for 2" 6d each, making in all a total of £56 10. I have already deposited £35 7e i)d in Mr Quealy's hands, the remaining £21 2s 3d I enclose herewith. Any turner data you may require will be promptly furnished. Trusting this report will meet with your approval " The report was considered very satisfactory. It was deoided the Little Biver members and the chairman inspect -he Main road to the Hi 1 Top and find suitable sites ."or quarrying stone for metalling the road. The clerk stated that the top of tbe road shad been provided for, as the <\karoa County Council had undertaken to break the metal. The Treasury wrote re particulars of the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board metal loan, giving details of bow the loan was raised. The meeting then terminated.

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3459, 14 May 1915

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3459, 14 May 1915

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