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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3469, 29 June 1915
AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
A moating of this Council waa held on Saturday; present— Messrs Bruce (chairmen), F. Williams, 0. B. and J. B Thacker, E. Hay and T. Con way.
Mr J. R. Thftck&r moved ft vote of sympathy with the chairman in his recent bereavement of his sister.
The vote was carried in silence, the members of the Council standing.
The chairman's statement was read
sad the following business considered: The chairman said be had been instructed to order the new furniture for the Council Chambers'
Tbe olerk said he bad ordered the linoleum, end gave a price for having the Counoil table cut; down. The ( larger chairs would make it difficult to get round the room. Hβ had not ordered a carpet.
The chairman said he bad ordered the chairs, and they would arrive soon.
Tbe chairman reported having framed the rules for the storage in the Wainui and Onawe wharf sheds on lines similar to those ruling for tbe Akaroa wharf.
Mr Conway said be thought a fcrt night should be allowed for outward cargo storage. Mr Conway reported that Mr L. Wright had immediately taken away the grass seed stored in the Wainui eh e<3 when he received notice from tbe Gout •!!.
The chairman moved tbe adoption of the rates for tbe two wharves Tbe Council could not make any difference for tbe use of the wharf and sbed for thoee using them outside the wharf rating area. Mr Oonway seconded the motion after an amendment had been made that the'regulations should apply ta all the wharves and sheds under the control of the county. j
The chairman gave notice of motion to move in the direction of having the wharf rates confirmed by special order.
The clerk explained the position between the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board and tbe Council re rental of tbe Chambers
The -ikaroa and Wainui Road Beard wrote agreeing to pay £5 10s a year for the past 14 years as overdue rent for tbe Council Chambers.
The chairman said at the previous Council meeting they bad only the £8 a year agreement to go upon, but the witten agreement that £5 lCs should be paid by the Board was a later arrangement, and be thought the Council should accept it. If the Council thought that the annual rental of the Board was not high enough they could alter it for the future. The Council had been very lax in not sending in the account every year. He moved the Council accept the Board's offer. Seconded by Mr Hay.
Mr J. B. Tbacker said he thought the Board should be charged a third (or the telephone rental The chairman said be thought; the £5 103 covered this amount. The motion was carried. Messrs G. Armstrong and W. Sunckell waited on the Council as a deputation from the German Bay Domain Board
Mr Armstrong said be came to ask the Council for a donation. They had taken over the old blockhouse reserve! at German Bay as a i'omain, and there were no funds to put the domain in order. The Board wanted it fenced and a few trees and shrubs planted there. It also required levelling. The Akaroa Borough Council maintained the Akaroa Domain entirely out of their fund. If the Council granted a £ for £ subsidy to the Board to the extend of about £20, he thought the domain could be put in order.
Mr W Sunckell endorsed Mr Armstrong's remarks, and said about 10 chains of fencing were required and 60 loads of filling. Mr Conway said if the Council subsidised this request it would create a precedent. The deputation thanked the Council for a courteous bearing. The chairmaa said this was an ex■' ceptionally bard case, but there was the danger of setting up a precedent, and the Council might have other claims. Mr Conway said he did not know how many domains there were in the County. . Mr 0. B. Thackor said it appeared that, there were only 10 chains of fencing to be done and 60yds of filling A working bee could put the whole ground in order for a small sum. Mr Hay anid he thought that the matter should be held over until the end of the war as if the Council subsidised the Board the people would have to pay half cost, and they bad many calls at present, and it was a matter that oould wel! stand over.
Mr JR. Thacker said be would be quite willing to help tbe BoaH if they bad raised money and were doing something themselves Mr Hay moved the deputation be informed that tbe application will te held over until alter tbe war, &a tbe Council does not consider the present time suitable for making a grant of this kind.
The motion was seconded by Mr Conway and carried.
The chairman said he bad not gone into the question o£ the alteration to
the Council's motor bylaws to inolude La Bon's in the speed limit area, but the dark had cofmilted the solicitor The clerk eaid that he had consulted Mr Williams, the solicitor. Mr Wil liama said the Board were protected by the Motor Regulations Act, and hn thought that was sufficient, He hi a never pro3ecnted under the Council Bylaws for excess of speed limit, a<3 he did not think they were reasonable. The oast of alterinn the bylaw would be from £i to £6. Mr J. B> Tbacker said be bad spoken to the chairman of the La Bon's P.oad Board, and he thought that the Board would not go on with the mai ter if the cost was a great one. The chairman moved the Lβ Bon's Road Board be written to pointing out that the cost of amending the bylaws would be from £4 to £6 Seoonded by Mr J. B, Thaeker end carried.
Messrs Armstrong Bros, wrote applying for permission to lay a water pipe across the main road at German Bay from one paddock to another. The application was granted. The Akaroa and Wainui Boad Board wrote saying that they were willing to pay half cost of grubbing the gorse at the junction of Hickory and the Summit road, and asking the Council to carry out the work. The Council agreed to have the gorse grubbed at a suitable time. The Bed Cross Association, Christ church, wrote a,i follows:— "We wish to bring under your not-
ice the fact that tbe Depot bas been opened next tbe G.P 0. in Cathedral Square, for tbe purpose of receiving anything saleable be it produce or other goods of any description the proceeds will be used for succouring our wounded soldiers. The premises will be open daily for so long as they are available, probably for many months, so we require a continuous supply of saleable articles. Wβ trust that you will form a local committee in your district to further our efforts. Goode collected bad better be packed and consigned to tbe Red Cross Depot Cathedral Square; make railage payable forward. Wβ will require to be advised of anything coming. Live stock to be consigned to Bed Cross Addington. Wβ have a strong committee running the depot and hope that it will be the meanr of raising very necessary funds to provide com forts for those who have suffered in fighting our battles. Tbe chairman said be thought tbe idea was a good one, but no action was taken.
Tbe Marine Department wrote as follows:—
"Adverting to your letter of the 26&h and tbe Minister's reply of the 29th ultimo, on tbe subject of pro bibiting steam trawlers from trawling on tbe coast line extended round Banks Peninsula from tbe East head Okain's Bay to Lake Forsyth, includ ing Akaroa Harbour, such area to extend one mile from the coast, I have been directed to inform you cbafc after consideration of the matter the Mm ister does not see his way to prohibit trawling outside the harbour, in fact, there is really no need for it, as tbe rooky nature of the coast within one mile of the chore renders it impose ible to trawl in that area. It has been decided to prohibit trawling inside Akaroa Harbour and the ne oessary order in Council for this will shortly be issued." Mr J. R. Thaoker said he thought Le Bon's Bay should be included in tbe prohibited area. Hβ moved tbe De partment be asked to include Lβ Bon's Bay in tbe prohibited trawling area. Seconded by the chairman and carried
Mr T. W. Wilkins, engineer for the Council's Robinson's Bay wbarf and road construction reported as follows:
"This ia to oertijy that I have iespected Mr Powrie's Kobinson'e Bay wharf road coni traot to da? Tbe work is completed to my eutire satisfaction and in conformity with the plans and specifications, and I bave pa?"ed \hi work. There are three extras which Mr Powrie is entitled to be faii lor — 1. To living the following oulverts :—1 Oin.and 5 12in. pipes enth 15 feet £3 0 0 2. To tilling bog wi'h stone (authorised by Mr Williams and tbe wrwer £1 14 0 3. Xo increasing height of wall near main road £17 0 Thooorv.net is for £250 0 .0
leas 25 per cent to be retained 62 10 0
187 10 0 Extra 3 and deposit 17 11 0 £205 1 0 Paid to contractor HO 0 0 JE9S 1 0 Due to contractor £96 1 0 Penalty 10 0 0 £86 1 0
The chairman said he had inspected the road, and be thought b was a good job. There waß, however, a little finishing to be done to the concrete wall.
Mr Williams said he thought tbe work was well done except for tbe concrete wall, in which there were two small holes.
The ohairman said that the orer seer's salary on tbe work was £22. Mr J. K. Thacker said he thought tbe Council should inflict a penalty of £10 in accordance with the terms of the eontraot at tbe rate of £5 per .week. The contractor's time had been extended by the Council once. Mr Hay said he thought it was more for tbe prinoiple than anything to prevent slackness in the Council's contracts. He thought one week's penalty was enough. Tbe chairman said he thought that tbe contractor's penalty should cover the extra time for the payment of the overseer on the job. Mr J. R, Thacker moved the contractor be penalised for one week and a half at a cost of £10. Mr Hay asked if tne Council were quite safe in claiming the week and a Mr Tbacker said according to the men on the job the extra culverts put Jin by tbe contractor tbe contract would only have been extended by three day 3. . The chairman said he thought the Counoil ought to be on the safe eide, and apply for a week's penalty only.
Mr Hay said be thought the penalty should be inflioted as five extra weeks oad been granted the contractor, and th&t had cost the Coutioil £14 for the overseer. Hβ was agreeable to charg ing a weak extra only. Mr C B Thaoksr seconded the motion, wbiob was orried unanimously. CRUSHER. The crusher engineer reported as follows :—
"I Lava to report having finished the crushing on the flat road, taken the where on to the summit for the stone contractors as instructed, and brought back the road roller, and am now rolling in the metal. Since the rains the road ia very suitable for the work. The smaller amounts crushed each day are accounted for by the very large amount of small stone in the quarry, it being wet and sticky, and <vould not -readily fall through a sor dinaty stone does. The wheeling was also steep. Aβ Mr F, Hahn was filling bis wheelbarrow, a stone rolled fr>m the top of the heap and struck his wrist, and he has oot been to work since. We crushed since last re port 565yd5." The chairman said Habn bad put in for insurance and had a bad band. The engineer would take a week off, and go over to Gough's and Hickory Bay Roads to see that the metal was stacked in the proper places for the crusbef.
The chairman paid he bad arranged to have the boatslip at Akaroa put down for £10. He had ordered the iron work for the cradle, but the extra tira ber would exceed the grant, A winch was also required. He thought the Council should apply to the Marine Department for an extra £25, as this wa& required to have the cradle built and to purchase a winoh. It was decided to apply to the Marine Department for an extra £25 to finish the work.
It was deoided to consider tbe esfci mates for the year at next meeting of tbe Council.
, Mr Hay gave notice of motion fo movp—That a rate of £d in tbe £ be struck.
Slaughtering licenses were approved for Messrs B. G Mora and C Mann, of Akaroa. FINANCE REPORT. Receipts since last meeting, £139 9a 9d , dr. balance, £784 12s; accounts presented, £418 lls lid; total debit £1203 33 lid, cash in band £49 8s id ; debit balance £1153 15s.
Tbe Council adjourned 31st.
AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3469, 29 June 1915
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