The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1915. AKAROA ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME.
At Wednmlay nigbt'n tnfefing of the Akaroft Borough Council the position of the Eleotrio*! Sobemn w>i» again full; difcuastd, though: tb<> essential point, viz, that ofr the financial working of tbe soherae was not. tonebi'd npeo at ail Tbe obai/ trottn of tbn Lighting Committee re coratunoded ihn employing of an expert to report as to the bust mmne of supplementing the plant to see tbe Conoeil tbroagb the present oriwis enuoed by lack of water. Thia pro posal was rejected. The Mayor also proponed tbat ell power ebouid b6 cut off in a fortnight. It appuare tbat en expert's opinion ia hardly neoeseary Aβ the Oounoii oould by eecuring en oil engioe or enocion gas plant supply the power dating tbe day and thus save tbe water for night running. The only thing necessary would be to Connect up tha power wirea and procare tbe accessary motive power and extra generator. Tbe Mayor oaio said ttso Council conld not stand tbe extra expense of a supplementary plant, but if tbe Ooa oil do not at once take tetJOQ tbe Akaroa Batter 00, and other power consumers in tbe town will besot off find the revenue accruing therefrom loit which would be approximately £200 to £880. Tbe Batter Factory ere n\no consideriog installing steam, e> (hat they wouid be permanently lost ap consumers An iovestiearion of the finanoial part of tbe eobeme i interesting and points Oat tbe Council's only courea. In 1914 tbe revenue was £595 10= dd, Md tbe expenditure £810 id., and a loss was made of £214 10s 7d. To the end of March 1915 tbe reveuoe wee £608 4a 9d and tbe pxpenditure £799 fi' Id and a loss of £106 0 4d was made. Tbia on tbe previone year's Una wee £10810 a 8d to tbe good, and
in laat year's expenditure there was up permanent improvement made wbich j co a t over £100 in tbe installing i,£ a new.circuit wire^ leading to the south end of the town. Wβ have obtained t from the Town Clerk an estimate of * the new businesa dons by the Council since March Slat this voa-, wbicb " shows that the revenue for this yenr | will be inoreased to the extent of actually £148 10a If, a losq of £106 was made on last year's working and there waa a non rpcurring expenditure of £100 on a new circuit wire, which should go to the capital account of the scheme, then no loss wrs actually made laat year, and the increased revenue since March Slat this ye*r will be an actual profit of £143 103, These figures are very re> i
assuring, and should , enable fcbe Council to inorease their capital outlay in supplementing the plant, and instead of the Roberae being an actual drng on the General as it has been i*".R innenHon, it will pay for itself. The £150 profit; showing for *bifi year would justify the Council in a further expenditure of £2500 at 6 ncr cent, allowing for interest and a "inking fund, and the sooner they undertake the supplementing of the plant 'ho Mter. At the present time fcbe consumers are certainly receiving onrrent under tnoat trying conditions, but it is tbe best supply tbe Council can give with their present water! power. Wβ are pleaded to report, however, tbat yesterday tbe Council received the offer for the free use of Mr Vangioni'a 20h p oil engine, and r,be Chairman of tbe Lighting Oom mittee waa in communication with the l «ngineera in Ohristchurch for a suitable generator. It is proposed to have 'he pupplementary plant installed at once, and the new generator connected up with tbe power wires. Tbe Ooan oil will only have to pay the running of tho engine, and tbe situation will be actually saved. It would be tbe greatest pity if the Council were to fail in their effoit to supply consumers in tbe terras of their ngreement and to lose such a big consumer as tbe Akaroa Butter Company Besides tbat, there are a cumber of motors in tbe town which would be ■"topped, and this would mean a conlossu ' Even if the Counci showed a loss tbey are in honow bound to meet tbe emergency, and from the figures we give above cherp is no reason why there should be any 1098 shown at the end of tbe year.