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MAYORAL PRONOUNCEMENTS.

TO THE EDITOR,

Sir, — One electric installation having been for months past most nneatistaotory, I wrote twice lately to you. but both letters were held over till they would have been nseleis, and I therefore withdrew them. HaviDg failed to gain a hearing in this way, I arranged a deputation to the Lighting Committee, comprising Messrs Bell (Metro, pole) Robinson (Bruce), and myself (Ilfra* combe). Councillors Leete and Noonan were good enough to give us half an hour, in which Complaints and their remedies were discussed; certainly muoh more satiefaotority than if we had waited on the Council, and been bowed out in about three minutes with tbe nsnal intimation that our representations would be ooneidired. Cr Jjeete, S3 chairman, reported at next meeting, when, aooording to your repert, tbe Mayor said "The deputation should have waited on the Council, ac tbe committee bad no ofßoial standing " If there is one, ibis beyond doubt, it isjthe "offioial stand* ire" of all committees. In order to cope efficiently and expeditiously with tbe multi> farious matters coming before them, all public bodies sort up their numbers (according to personal fitness) to serve on com-" mittees: that these may digest details and pave time at tbe fortnightly meetings by presenting reports, with recommendations Another and serious aspect of the Mayor's alleged views is that it belittles all tbe councillors to be told that they are incapable of the simple work of meeting a deputation; and certainly Is not the to train: them towards efficiency and to take an intelligent interest in their work; Appended ia extract from a Cbristoburoh paper show ing that tbe City Counoil thus works its committees. Its advantSßes, indeed, from every point of view, are co obvious, that I prefer to think that your reporter must have misunderstood Hia « orehip.

I must not close without taking exception to Cr Leete's curt report that tbe whole Rouble as to domestic and street lighting i> due iff .shortage of water from dry weather. The members of the deputation strongly denounced this { Ml oondemnipg the Council's granting of motor power (especially tbe factory ootopns), for which the installation was never intended.—l am, etc, W. H. HBNNINO. Ex "The Press." of 9th December, 1915. "At the meeting last night of the Can"bury Automobile Association, the pro"jjeaution of motorists for "speeding" "wia diejauseed. Messrs "Clarkson, Johnston, Ofimie and James "ware appointed a deputation to wait "on the Council's By-law Committee on •■December 15th next."

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MAYORAL PRONOUNCEMENTS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3504, 14 December 1915

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MAYORAL PRONOUNCEMENTS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3504, 14 December 1915

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