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ROAD BOARDS.

AKAROA AND WAINUI.

A meeting of this Board was held on Saturday. Present—Messrs G. Armstrong (ohairman), W. W. Williams, and R. A. Pettigrew Mr Pettigrew said he bad inspected tbe Duvauohelle's pound with Mr McKay, and found that the rails were rotten where morticed into the posts. He said tbe pound should be practically rebuilt. The old rails could be used if shortened Mr T. X. Barwick was appointed poundkeeper temporarily. He moved tbat the pound be dismantled and rebuilt with tbe old timber. . , Seconded by Mr Williams and carriedMr Pettigrew reported having in speoted tbe drain at Wainui. It was about 4ft deep and should be piped. Mr Hawker would put in the culvert if tbe Board provided tbe pipes, and gave tbe assistance of one man. He moved tbat tbe creek be piped pro ; vided the Board has legal authority to do tbe work. . .Seconded by Mt Williams and carried.

COMUSSPONDENOE. Correspondence was read— From Mr A. Goodwin, Pigeon Bay, under:— "I wish to draw your attention to iwc >st dangerous points oa the roads wbie| a oontrol. The one Is a tem____tffp t ad Mr WilMnien thi____e__^^ vl * W9

other below Mr Dacks on the Pigeon Bay road. While passing througft Duvauohelle last Saturday I left ray nrdel of the point dealt with on th. Pigeon Bay bill, a photo graph of wh'ofi ia on the wn'l of tho Council. As an experienced driver I am of opinion that •yen tbe most must ooltide if they me. t at the point, I need not write further on the matter aa you have the model and photo fc which speak for themselves, and some of the rn"rth.rs have seen the real work itself. SfSt ing. sirs, that you will see your way gad nink fit to deal with the two • above _, moat dangerous corners as soon a. possible." i| The ohairman moved tbe matter be left in tbe hands of Messrs Pettigrew and McX .y to deal with. He said that it was a good plan to improve *- these bad corners Another thing ■whioh Mt Goodwin, impressed upon J tbe people was the necessity to lower the crown of tbe roads, round corner. | as it made it harder to turn. Mr Williams said he had always » advocated improving bad corners on their roads. It was not only for tho motor cars, but for all traffic. He seconded the motion, wbich was carried. Messrs Meares and Williams wrote "" in answer to the Board, giving prooedure necessary for taking over the " Main County road. Mr Pettigrew moved the Akaroa County dour.oil ba asked to declare - the Main road from Wilson's corner in Barry's Bay to tbe Somerset Hotel a distriot road, Seconded by Mr Williams and -* carried

The olerk reported the audited balance sheet bad been returned from the auditor without a tag. The ohairman moved a meeting of ratepayers be held next meeting to oonnider tbe balance sheet, Seconded by Mr Pettigrew and carried. Tbo clerk reported tbat the subsidy amounting to £197 7s 6d had been received from tbe Treasury. FORBMENS' REPORTS.

«- Since' last meeting have carted horse *" feed to Gougb'a Bay, dug out a hole

to get water for tbe crusher, redecked

two culverts that broke in witb tbe _ crasher, finished crushing W. Phillips' etone at Gougb's Bay, and there were 651 yards in it. We are now crashing McLeod'B stone at Hickory —W.

Since your last meeting we finished

tbe top end of Okain's road, and dug

water trough out on the Old Pigeon Bay road, cleaned off black pine tree on tbe top end of Piper's Valley, and we are now working in tbe French Farm quarry breaking metal.—H. Dacfc.

MWAKCrAL STATEMENT

Receipts since last meeting, £202 53 Sd; dr balance £555 7s 3d; accounts presented, £118 19s Bd, cash in band, £1119s Id; total debit, £657 7s ioa.

Tbe foremen's reports and financial statement were adopted.

KAIK ROAD

Mr Pettigrew said that Messrs Porter Bras. Bpeke of two broken culverts on the Kaik road, which bad been gone for some time, Tbey were wooden culverts, and wanted renewing. He moved tbat tbe, matter of these culverts be referred to the foreman.

Seconded by Mr Williams and carried.

Mr Williams said the Bobin.on's Bay Wbarf road wanted metalling. Ho moved that tbe Board make an application to tbe County Council to band tbe road over to tbe Board.

Tbe chairman said tbat it seemed to him tbat tbe residents of Robinson's Bay should have made a definite request that tbo road be metalled. Mr William's said that if the Robin, eon's Bay people bad not understood tbat tbe Board would metal the road, tbey would have borrowed a larger sum of money. ***-.

Tbe chairman said the Board ehould have been approached about tbe matter.

Mr Pettigrew said no doubt tbe Board would have made a grant to tbe road if tbey had been approached.

It was deoided tbat a deputation of tbe Hobinson's Bay people wait on the Board at its next meeting. Mr Williams moved the Akaroa County Council be asked to band over tbe Bobinson'a Bay Wbarf road to tbe Road Board.

Seconded by Mr Pettigrew and carried.

Tbe chairman said Mr L. Kay spoke to him about a drain whioh disobarg.d on tbe beaoh from tbe Barry's Bay Factory.. He had been to several local bodies on tbe matter.

The ohairman said he considered that it was the Harbour Board which had the matter under its jurisdiction Their Board had-no control.

ORA.a-SEED ON ROADS

! The obairmdn reported tbat Mr Kennedy had bought a road at Wainui for wbioh he paid £1 last year, and would give the s.ame price- this year. He had accepted the offer. The Wai nui Cemetery road bad been sold to Mr J, Haylock for 10a, Both these people asked for leave to pound stock, and Mr J. Kennedy was giving part prooeeds of his seed to the Patriotic Fund.,

The clerk reported Mrs Hawker offered 5s for Bossu road.

Mr Williams moved the prices be approved.

Seconded by Mr Pettigrew and carried.

Mr Williams asked about the gate across Tizzard's new road in Robin son's Bay. He asked who should have the gate.

The chairman moved Mr Williams dispose of tbe gate to the best ad advantage.

Beoonded by Mr Pettigrew and carried,

Mr Pettigrew said Mr P. Shadbolt complained of scrub on French Farm road beyond tbe wharf on tbe way to Barry's Bay. He moved tbe foreman be instructed to clear same as it obstructed tbe view.

Seoonded by the obairman and carried.

The ohairman moved the sales of grass seed on the roads be notified next sale day. Seconded by Mr Williams and carried.

EMPLOYEES ACCUSED,

Messrs T. LeOorate and H. Daok waited on tbe Board in connection with the report tbat tbey had given vent to pro German Bentiments.

Tbe ohairman said tbat tbey all knew tbat these two employees had been accused of making statements detrimental to tbe British Empire,

and suoh a thing could not be toler ated if true. Tbe Board was not going to be unfair, but let the men come and answer the charges. He believed they had not contributed to any patriotic fund, but tbat was tbeir own business, ' He would take no ao tion on hearsay, and wanted to have a definite statement Oh Sale Day Messrs E. E. Lelievre and G. Checkley called him over, and asked whether he was aware tbat tbe Board was employing two men wbo openly spoke against the Empire, and sympathised with the Germans. Mr Checkley went away, and- brought Mr C. F, 0. Wilson, of Tikao Bay, who said he bad beard tbem utter pro German sentiments. He beard also tbat Mr M, Shepherd, of Akaroa, stated tbat one employee of the Board said the Germans were in the right, or words to that _ff_ofc. Tbe Board was not going behind the two men's backs, and be bad asked tbem to attend tbat day. He wrote to Mr Wilson the same day, and asked him to be present j He read an answer from Mr Wilson to effect tbat he was at Riccarton that I day, and suggesting tbat Mr P. Shad bolt would be a good substitute. Mr Shadbolt bad been spoken to, and declared be knew nothing of tbe matter. At the present time tbey were trying to aim at a united Empire, and, see ing tbe depredations made by the Germans, tbey could not tolerate any sympathy with tbem. The Lusitania, Misa Oavell case, and other horrors were fresh in tbeir minds. What he was going tp propose was that before next meeting be would put an adver tisement in the paper asking those men to come forward who bad made the charges, and if they did not appear tbe two men should be completely cleared of all blame.

Mr T, LeComte said be admitted having said be would not fight, as it was a capitalists or commercial war.

Mr Dack said he did not say any bing at all.

| Mr T. LeComte said that be must | pay tbat if any man stated he said anything detrimental to tbe Empire, it was contrary to fact. The ohairman assured Messrs Daok and JjeOocnte tbat they would have every chance to meet their accusers.

Mr LeComte said he argued tbe point witb regard to subscription lists, and would do so again, but he bad a right to do so.

I Mr Williams said he considered that tbe ohairman took the proper course, and he quite upheld bim. He thought tbe ohairman would do tbe square thing, and tbe men should be given a chance to meet tbeir ao ousers.

Mr Pettigrew said tbat when people spread reports tbey were not men if j they did not come face to face to sub stantiate tbem. Tbe chairman said it seemed to him tbat the Board must have definite proof before dismissing men. They could not pay any attention to bear say.

Mr L.Com.G repeated that in tbe matter of refusing to subscribe be might be called a pro German As for uttering anything detrimental to tbe Empire, he bad never done so at all.

The ohairman moved that tbe clerk advertise in two issues of tb. paper before next m acting tbat any person wbo had heard these men utter* pro German sentiments attend tbe meeting and declare same.

Seconded by Mr Williams and ear ried.

Tbe Board then adjourned to De comber 11th, 1915.

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ROAD BOARDS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3503, 9 November 1915

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ROAD BOARDS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3503, 9 November 1915

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