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A special meeting oE tha Akaroa I orough Council was held on Tues niy evening to consider the question (t supplementing tbe Akaroa electileal installation, which, for some time p is. bas been considerably handicap pd by the shortage of water. His Worship the Mayor presided, and t!i9te were present—Crs D. Fyfe, A. I;. Munro, W. W. William*, 0. Fred eiicksen, 0. W. Leete and Cantrell.

Mr L J. Vangioni wrote giving the Council permission to use the boiler nnd engine at the Akaroa brick yards, v, bich would develop 25 h.p , free of cost for six months.

His Worship tbe Mayor moved Mr Vangioni be thanked for his generous cl&r

Seconded by Cr Williams and c .rned

Cr Leete, chairman of the Light* iig Committee, said he bad written [_r quotations for a Tangye engine fincelaßt meeting, and had a reply. I[e had also got a quotation for a ganerator. After conferring with tbe Mayor, he had communicated with Messrs Anderson's Limited, of Christ church, to send an engineer dewn and /report on Mr Vangioni's plant. Mr Brooking, of Messrs Anderson's i Limited, then read his report, which stated tbat the plant was capable of developing 25 h.p. It needed a thorough overhaul, and would not ba an economical unit with which to develop power. It would require a condenser, feed pump, and feed beater, and to connect with water main, &c, would co3t £180. The generator switch board, erection of poles and wiring would cost £245, so tbat tbe whole installation would Co3t £425 The running cost for a certificated engineer, coal and oil would be 24s per day. Mr Brooking said he had to base his report on calculation, as the plant was not running. He did not think it would be a paying sobeme for

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a six months' "right. He would suggest putting an oil engine in the power house to help the present plant. It would be tbere to be called upon at any time then. jHe thought in a week he could get a plant, A new oil engine would cost £370 and with tbe generator £450 Tbe present switchboard could be utilised if the new plant was not run with the other plant. . The Mayor said they wanted to do their best for all concerned. The Council could not borrow money without authority unless by consent of the Governor. They could work on their overdraft.

Cr Munro said there .would be no difficulty in getting tbe consent The Mayor said Mr Vangioni's offer was a good one, but would be too expensive to run. Mr Brooking said many plants had been thrown out in Christchurch on account of Lake Coleridge. He would suggest the Council utilising nothing less than 25 h.p. His firm could not supply a new engine within three months, but be could secure a second band oil engine. In answer to Cr Leete, Mr Brooking said be could get a plant in position

in two or three weeks. Mr Lane said the lighting load above was equal to tbe full capacity of the present plant, and in tbe winter tbe peak load was beyond the present plant Cr Leete said it would be a very retrograde step to cut off all power. It was not only a question of having enough water to supply the light but it was also wise to have a duplicate plant in case of accidents. The Council had supplied power, and it would be folly to cut it off now especially if they prided tbemselues on being up to 1 date. 1 Cr Williams said to think of run, j. oing one plant only was absolute [11 madness Tbey would be taking a i back track to cut out power. Cr Cantrell said it would be a great mistake to buy a plant with the war on to supply irons, kettles and dairy factories They should do wi'b what they bad, which was only a lighting scheme, and wait for Coleridge power. Cr Fredericksen said it would be too expensive to supplement the plant. Cr Munro said ratepayers had bought the apparatus. The Council should never have supplied the fac tory. Irons and kettles were part and parcel of the original scheme, and tbey should see that the power was supplied. The Council could not make a dead loss on tbe engine even if Lake Coleridge came. Cr Fyfe said he did not believe in cutting off tbe power. The Mayor said tbe people of the Borough had been put to a lot of expense in buying power appliances Tbe Butter Factory would get other means for power, and tbey would be lost as consumers, Another big point was, as Mr Lane said, tbey had not enough power for the lighting alone If it did not exceed £500 tbe oil engina would tide them over the difficulty, and tbey could retain their consumers Since tbe electrical installation they had had the driest years in the history of the place, and there was not much prospect of rain for two or three months. They could utilise the present building, and be thought it would be money well spent. Cr Leete said they should take steps to keep faith with the contracts they had made. There had been a good deal of talk about the Butter Factory penalising the rest of tbe con eumers, but it was not the Butter Company's fault but the Council's in guaranteeing to supply them. A great point was to have a standby plant. In answer to a question Mr Brook ing said oil engines were always property. Engineering firms could not supply them quick enough because there were not the men in the country owing to heavy enlistments He thought it was tbe proposition for tbe Council especially as Mr Lane said the machine was overloaded An oil engine was easily worked. He con sidered a standby plant was necessary and in Christchurch the Government had an agreement witq tbe Tramway Board to supply current in the event of Lake Coleridge supply breaking down.

Mr Lane said the revenue of tbe Akaroa scheme for current was £383 from March to September 30th, £391 for the six months ended March 31st As the factory current was puppiied up to March it showed that the revenue bad considerably increased. He said be thought the offer to tbe Council for a suc'ion'gas plant for £300 should be investigated. After further discussion Cr Leete moved Messrs Anderson's Ltd. be re quested to make enquiries for an oil engine of 25 h.p and report to the Council within a week. Seconded by Cr Williams and carried, Crs Cantrell and Frederickson dissenting.

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AKAROA ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3503, 10 December 1915

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AKAROA ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3503, 10 December 1915

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