BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME.
TO THIS KI.ITOE,
Sir,—Should a special meeting of ihe Council be held on Wednesday, Dea 8:h, to consider the procuring of an 6n< iae, I think it would bn useful to our councillors if they truly take interest in those tbey represent to read Seduta Stanfce. my complaints and -n• •*■> marks which I have made Known through the oolumns of our local* paper of Tuesday, November 23rd, J915. for which I am n-adv to stand for the consequences. At the prill we voted for electric lißht and not eleotrio horse power—guaranteed to meet a debt of a few thousand pounds and relative interest; besides, praotioally everyone had installed the plant for e'eotiio libt* in their houses and got rid of the lamps, kerosene, etc, while those using the local eleotrio energy for horse power in tbe day time, they alone Set nil tho ben _t without responsibility oi paying the debt, interest, breakages, wear and tear of the electric plant. The paltry payment tbat tbe Borough receives from the Butter Factory certainly is not in proportion to the benefit the company gets from the Borough eleotrio light plant, and even so, is it just, honest and fair to rob tbe residents of what belongs exclusively to them to patronise an absolutely private concern at the expense of tbe public our councillors represent. Months ago, I wrote first to the Chairman of the Lighting Committee. After a letter of mine re the electric light ajjain appeared in the "Akaroa Mail" of Tuesday, May 11th, 1915, the Council of Akaroa, in tbe ordinary m .ting h .d on Wednesday, 19th May, discussed and considered my letter of April 20th last. Cr Dr Cantrell said he thought the letter should be replied to, saying that the Counoil hoped to supply the light regularly. He moved in that direction. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried. I have reoeived the letter. From what above I, on behalf of the residents,' gavo the warning I call the atteption of the Borough to the injustice of what was being done to tho ratepayers and notwithstanding all this, wo, theiesidents of Akaroa have to suffer again through the bad management o! oar representatives, though we ars called upon to pay and pay all the time. What is responsibility if not a state of being responsible? Do the residents of Akaroa have to pay for others' blunders, and always be drained ? Within the last few years, by order of ths Council, some trees were cut down and a house destroyed. Action was taken, and tbo Court decided against and ordered the Borough to pay costs and damages. Who paid for this, those v. ha gave tbe order or tbe ratepayers ? -Through the carelessness of hunters for honours and rights and cot responsibility and duties. Some years ago, somebody got hurt in our publi« baths, and the fault of ft had been remedied only after a youngman got killed, A few weeks ago a dear little boy, as we all know, got killed also, because thoße in antbority had not attonded in due time to a dangerous place. Yes! Some do not mind my remarks for I am only a priest. Not to take too much space in your paper, I return to my subjeot ro electric light, trying to alarm tho residents of Akaroa before it is too late. If lam not n istaken, in the opening ceremony of the eleotrio light power, house, His Worship the Mayor s id that the reservoir, when filled, would run the engine for nearly one week, which should supply the necessary light for tho same length of time In fact, as long as there waß not a private company using our electric energy for horse power we always had plenty of energy for lighting, and no one ever dreamt of an extra engine ote, at the expense of tbe residents of Akaroa at others' benefit Yes ! Only those interested directly or indirectly in the said private business have reason to support and Keep alive the idea to expect the Borough to buy a " Taogye to Tangle." Why wait for a fortnight's time to give us back wnat tho Mayor knows belongs to us ? Cr Munro gave the re.sonip the meeting of last Wednesday. Be 'aid the Council would be liable for compensation if they cut off the power. If so, are not the residents of Akaroa entitled also to compenention ior being robbed of tbo electric li.bt Why i-s somebody so anxious to mis together private interest wth public interest?-I m-i, etc , FATHER STEPHEN BONE-TO,
Parish Priest, Akaroa, December 6th, 1915.
[We puhlish the above letter in full. At the same time, we consider the criticism of the members of the Akaroa Borough Counoil most unfair, and do no* see how they are responsible for the seek dents enumerated. It seems to the outsiner that only tha same few men are willing to give tbeir time to the municipal work, and that others who have bet er opportunities of helping on their town in J;his way refuse to take up office, but criticise strenuously tha efforts of those who come forward. The Council is faced with a Berious pro' bletn in the electric light scheme and cannot take any decisive action without considering the matter from all point*! Were the Council ill advised enough to follow tho promptings of some of their critics, they would fiod themselves in a worse position than befora.—Editor "Akaroa J.lail."
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BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3502, 7 December 1915