AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The ordinary meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday evening. Present—-The Mfliyoiy Crs. Lewitt, Munro, Williams, Fyfe, Leete, Cantrell, Penlington Fredericksen and Vangioni.
3 The Rev. Father Bonetto wrote under date April 20th asking bow g long consumers of electrical energy g were to be deprived of tbe current j. they paid for. When the scheme was started consumers were told that there would be more energy than the consumers required for light, but if the Council could get rxiore than they re- :, quired for lighting, then he thought o the Council would be able to sell d power to a private industry. Everyt one thought the energy was to be r utilised for light first, and he thought the reservoir should be allowed to fill 3 during the day. f Cr Cantrell said ije thought that ' the letter should be replied to, saying * that the Council, hoped to Supply the light regularly. He moved in that direction. 3 Seconded by Cr Leete and, carried. 3 Cr Lewitt said he bad seen Father ' Bonette about tihis matter, and he thought he had sufficiently explained the position to him, therefore, bad not handed the let ter into the Council when he received it. Messrs W. D. Wilkin3 and Sons wrote as follows:- - !' We have your memo of the 23rd inst , and beg to h lform you that we have not used the water in connection with the dust box. ,-at our seed-cleaning shed since the end of February. We intend discontinuing use of water in this connection for the future. Tbe accumulation of. organic matter complained of was not on our premises, but in any case.it was removed some two months ago. We return herewith your account for dSB for extra-1 ordinary water supply for 1915." Tbe letter was received. The Devonporn Borough Council E wrote as follows: — "I have the honour fey direction to inform you that the following resolution was unanimously passed by my Council at its last meeting:—"That the Government be nfcroogly urged to remove the restrictions governing the
fißhmg industry to enable of fish being purchased at a reasonable prioe." My Council, in passing the above resolution, was of opinion that tbe present method of procuring fish was obsolete I and inadequate, and consequently ap proved of trawling for same. In this way the cos* of catching fish could be reduced considerably, teeing that the work of seventy or eighty men en gaged , n Ime fi ßhiljß 00ul / be Qarried out by seven or eight men in a fcraw?«ii.a» o °cal autl >°"fcy further IS tr £ Po,m ° Ut that tho P« Ce 0f fish at the present time is prohibitive, £nn«T reß Pectfully solicit your ■OoanoiU support in approaching the
Thß Mayor said this view mas not ;he one that the local fishermen favoured, as trawling would spoil the fishing. The letter was received. The transfer of a property in Balstreet from executors of Wright's eatnte to Mr S C. Lelievre was ap. proved,
The Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Miniature Rifle Club wrote asking if .he Council would supply light to the club's range free of charge. The c'.ub was teaching young and old how to shoot. The Mayor moved the request be granted. Seconded by Or Fredericksen and canied. Messrs Blackbourne Smith' and] Co. wrote giving a quotation for cement. Cr Leete moved the letter be re-' ferred to the Works Committee. Seconded by Cr Penlington and carried. An application was made by Mr A. Read, Beach road, for a petroleum license.
The inspector reported that the proposed petroleum'store was too close to adjoining buildings. Cr Cantrell moved the application be not granted, as it did not comply with the bylaws. Seconded by Or Leete and carried Supply of electric energy was granted to Messrs Robinson and H. Parkin (Bruce Hotel), and Mr 8. 0. Lalevre, Balgueri street. Messrs Meares and Williams tele graphed to the Council as follows— •'Referring to Wright's estate, your offer is satisfactory provided a proper easement is given and one olient's.costs are paid as previously requested." I The Mayor moved the Council's solicitor be written to asking for advice as to the payment of costs. Seconded by Cr Williams and carried.
WORKS COMMITTEE REPORT Cr Frederiekseu, chairman of the
Work 3 Committee, presented the fol
lowing report: - "Since last meeting a numbar of Councillors mefit in Smith street to decide what wo<k should be done. It wa)3 unanimously decided that the street phould be graded and formed to near the big gully. A plan and specification wil! be submitted for the Council's approval or otherwise. The handrail on Wat kin's? bridge has
been temporarily made secure, and,
will be fixed up when rome of tho /*hjpre pressing work has been done. When the kerbing and channelling in Balgueri street have been completed, the committee recommends that the
kerbing from Bank corner to Benoit street be done first, as it will make it easier to determine tbe level and width of the" street on the other side near to the entrance to the bittH, It was decided that tbe weather board in front of the Council Chamber should be renewed and painted, and that tbe railing on the sea front from Hammond's oorner to old wharf be repaired " The report was adopted. * WHARVK9 AND RESERVES COMMITTEE Cr Munro, Chairman of the Wharves and Reserves Committee, presented the following report ;•—-That wharf shed and fence be repaired and painted and two posts be placed at the steps io place of the two washed away, tenders to be in by next meeting. That fence round Britomart reerve be painted, also fresh applications be called for the lease of the Recreation ground for two years and nine months The report was adopted. ELECTRIC LIGHT COMMITTEE,
Or Lewitt, chairman of the Lighting Committee, reported as follows: — "That the Borough solicitor be informed that the Council already have license for street lines and easements for water lines. All that the Council Beck i 8 an Order in Council in regard to obtaining water from Balgueri,and Grehan valley streams. That the matter of the Council's control over the generation of electricity outside •the Council's work 3 be referred back to the solicitor for further particulars. That there is nothing in Adams' stock that the Council require. That one extra lamp be put in Jolie street near old vicarage, and the one at Walnut avenue removed lower down towards Oddfellows' hall. That a watt meter be prooured for the power house." The report was adoptei. ' FINANCE COMMITTEE. Cr Lewitt," chairman of tbe Fin ance Committee, reported as follows: ••The report of position of the Council's sinking funds with tbe Public Trustee be received, lists being cor rect." Tbe report was adopted. • FINANCE BEPORT. Amounts received sinoe last meet ing—l'rainage £8, water £8 03 3d, dog fees £11 17s 6d, total £22 17s 9d. Bank account—Eleotric light loan account £32 19* 4d. District Fuod aaoount dr £425 5s 103 Accounts amounting to £148 19s 2d were passe"d for payment. Cr Frederioksen, chairman of the Works Committee, read tbe specifics tions for the formation of Smith street.. Tbe specifications were approved, Cr Frederioksen moved tenders be called for tbe work. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried. Tbe Mayor said that carts were driven over the Council's channels, aDd be moved that some obstruction be put up to prevent carts beibg driven over tbe channels at tbe corners. Seconded by Cr. Lewitt and carried The Council then rose.
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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 21 May 1915