AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
A meeting of the Counoil was held on BaUuday, Present;— Messrs J. P. Bruoe (chairman), 0. B. Thaaker. T. Conway and E. Hay.
Mr J E. Tbacker sent an apology for bis absence.
The Mount Herbert County Council wrote advocating that local bodies be empowered to strike a patriotic fund rate.
The chairman pointed out that the local bodies were already em powered to donate sums to the war funds by the War Validation Act.
The letter was received,
In connection with the Laverick'e cemetery, Mr Tbacker reported that the land bad been vested as a ceme tery.
The chairman moved that Mr J. It Tbaoker be appointed trustee of Laverick's Bay cemetery under section 5 of tbe Cemeteries Act.
Seconded by Mr Hay and carried.
Messrs Meares and Williams wrote giving tbe procedure necessary to declare the Flat road, Onawe, a main road, aod to coo vert tbe road from tbe smithy over the bill to the Somer set Hotel into a district road. Mr Hay moved that a special meeting be called for the passing of a special order dealing with the transfer of roads. Seconded by Mr Conway and carried. Letters from the Public Works Department and Wbangarei County Council yd votes for construction of roeda aod bridges were received. The crusher engineer's report was read as under:—
"Since the last Council meeting we
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have finidbed (be crushing on tbe Hickory road, shifted tbe plant to Duvauobelle, end also brought tbe 'oiler from Ihe Hnrainik road We foavp t»l?o done a few days repairing tbe mnobinery The wbare required new weatberboardp, end c new ooat of paint inside and out, Tbe whole amount crushed for Gougb's Bay and Hickory was 1508 yards."
Mr Tbacker reported having en gaged R. Baillie to work on the Sum mit road.
It was decided to call tbe ranger's attention to tbe cows straying on the main road, particularly in Barry's Bay
Mr Hay reported that Mr Goodwin and himself bad canvassed Pigeon Bay to disouss what support tbe Lake Coleridge scheme would receive at ibe prices mentioned by Mr Birks. Nearly ereryone bad promised to take light and power.
Mr Goodwin, who waited on tbe GouDoil, said be bad tested the cost of candles and kerosene in comparison with electric light. A Rochester lamp burnt 1 pint of kerosene in 40 minute?. At an average of 3$ houre a night at 10s 6d a oase 348 pints were burnt in a year. This cost £2 17s annually. With the cost of candles and lamp globes it would amount to £4 6s 6d. The canvass of the bay was most successful, only one man refusing to take the light. The shear ing and Xmas caused tbem to be a little behindhand. Tbe canvass included £216 a year, and this would be inoreased to £300 a year when a full canvass was made Tbe extreme amount would be about £400, and the power would come in afterwards. They considered that 50b.p. would supply the requirements of the Bay for some time to come. He suggested that the Tounoil employ Mr Templin to estimate the cost of wiring, etc., and that they take out the Council's expenses and offer the balance to tbe Government, &s they wanted no profit. Mr Hay was willing to put the light in for bis tenants aud charge 6 per cent on the outlay
The obairman moved Mr Templin be employed to examine the infor motion supplied by Messrs Goodwin and E Hay and entimate the cost of reticulation of Pigeon Bay and report as to the praotability of the scheme
Seconded by Mr 0. B. Thaoker and carried.
The chairman said the whole Coun cil owed a debt of gratitude to Messrs Goodwin and E. Hay for the work they bad done. He moved a vote of thanks to these gentlemen, which was carried by acclamation.
Mr Hay eaid they had excellent support in Pigeon Bay to judge by their partial canvass, and yet it would take them all their time to pay their way. Aβ far as they could see if it did not pay to take the current to Pigeon Bay it amounted to this, that the Government were making it pro* hibitive to take the Lake Coleridge current, if the private person oonld erect posts at less cost than the Go vernment could. The bringing of the main line to Duvauohelle was quoted at £15,000, and he considered that it could be done for £10,000 by exercising economy. It was the Govern rnent part that was going to hill the scheme if it did not pay. It was better to buy a lump amount of horse power, and retail it out to euppliere. Mr Goodwin pointed out that the line from Duvauehelle to Pigeon Bay would bring in a number of residences in Duvauchelle, and that' had to be considered in many oases.
The meeting adjourned to January 29th
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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3506, 21 December 1915