AKAROA BOROUGH ELECTRIC SCHEME.
. ♦ MEETING OF RATEPAYERS. A meeting of ratepayers was held on Monday evening to discuss the electric light scheme and to consider the purcase of an oil engine. The Mayor presided over a large attendance, and explained "that tbe members of tbe Akaroa Borough Council bad passed a resolution to buy an oil engine, and bad then decided to refer the matter back to the ratepayers He explained that tbey oould not very well negotiate tbe purchase of the engine oat of ordinary revenue, and they bad to get a special Order in Council to pass a loan Under these oircumstanoes it seemed wisest to call a meeting of ratepayers. Some disoussion ensued as to the capacity of tbe plant, etc. Mr T. E. Taylor said tbe Council was faced with a great difficulty as they huta a plant of 30 kilowatts, and they had laid themselves open to supply 117 kilowattq. They were practically loading up the machine to.four times its capacity. He was a great advocate of tbe Lake Coleridge scheme, and boped to see it here. It would probably take a long time to oome under tbe most favourable conditions. He was not a believer in cutting off any power, as tbey wanted to bold on to ail they bad. The more current they sold tbe better it would 'be when tbe Lake Coleridge scheme .oame along. In tbe meantime tbey were faced witb a difficulty which was acoentuated by tbe dry weather. He had bad an opportunity tbat afternoon of obtaining some figures, through the 'offices of the Town Clerk, who gave him some figures which surprised him He found tbat the revenue from tbe current for six months ending Maroh 81st, 1715, was £391 2s. The income for the following ,six months up to September 30tb, was £838 with re funds tbe revenue for the year ending March 31st, 1916, would be £834 lOs sd. Since that estimate was made out extra connections would bring in the Council a revenue of £60, or £884 10.' 5d per annum. Those figures were very satisfactory as far as the ' ouncil was conoerned, but not as far as ratepayers were concerned. Working out tbe expenses against this revenue, be
nO'>C<i't •(.<-)► >•>>• pv *i v'BLit P' depreciation <»i Pi plmi. i i>' yfi:r>t< tbis be nu«d»< 'b« exp'nsep 4*610 -*h ving a credit P £172 He considered tbat in face <f that it w»f very necessary to ioßtal a temporary machine, Tbe items of tbe revenue were :—£69 12s, revenue from motors?; £62, domestic iron. £12, radiators; £5, plnf.es; £173 12s being tbe total revenue from power ; £120, for Ptreet lighting; £26 103, for wharf lighting , £454 8d sd, from tbe householders ; total, £610 for lighting alone. 82 5 kilowats were ÜBed for power and beating, 9 motors used 25.5 kilowats lighting only used 34 6 kilowats. An oil engine producing 75 amps would carry them through. He believed tbe suction gas engine was much cheaper for running It really rested witb the people to get Lake Coleridge for the Borough. He thought there would be no difficulty if they all worked to gether Tbey would lose £800 on the sale of tbe oil engine, but they would more than gain it in revenue. Tbe Mayor said Mr Lane attended a meeting some time ago and told them a 80 b p. engine would be no good, and. would not solve the difficulty. Mr Lane said tbat what be said was that a 30 h.p. engine would only tide them over, and be of no use if tbe Counoil did not anticipate obtaining Lake Coleridge later. Mr L J Vangioni asked Mr Lane whether a 25 h.p steam engine would not be better than a SO h.p oil engine. Mr Lane said it all depended on the efficiency, etc, of the steam engine Mr Vangioni considered Mr Lane bad stated 50 h.p would not be enough. Mr A J Turner asked tbe Mayor what prospects there were of Lake Coleridge coming to Akaroa The Mayor said by keeping all tbe power on tbey would be more likely to get Lake Coleridge. The County Chairman, Mr J D Bruoe, would be able to give tbem some information. Mr Bruce said that there seemed e7«ry prospect of Lake Coleridge coming to the Peninsula, and tbe Government were offering better terms than at first. The County Council was expecting the Akaroa Borough to conserve all its power for Like Ooler idge. The County was only too willing to bring tbe scheme on to tbe Peninsula They could not expeot the light here under twelve months He considered the thanks of tbe meeting were due to Mr T E Taylor for tbe information be had given tbe meeting. Tbey were fatally overload ing the machine most unduly, and the plant must suffer. In taking up tbe power be did not believe tbe Council realised tbe limitations of tbe rnachin cry. The original idea was to provide the town witb lighting only, but. those responsible bave taken on power and they must supply it now He con sidered that tbe ratepayers would be diffident as to the purchase of an oi l engine, but tbey would agree to hire an engine if tbey could and run it with the water. If tbey went mr.o tbe other scheme it would mean a loan, which would be rejected. If they could borrow tbe 21 hp engine he was sure tbe ratepayers would be satisfied.
Cr Leete said it was generally con I sidered wise to have an extra plant in case of a breakdown. If tbey iv' tended to go in for one it was wise to get one that could take tbe full load. The engineer said tbat in winter from 4 to 6 tbe peak load was very high Ho considered tbat they should have a 50 h.p plant to meet all re quirements. Mr Bruce talked of £1000 loan, when they showed a profit of £170 per annum
Mr Turner moved that tbe meet ing affirm the desirability of hasten ing Lake Coleridge power to Akaroa.
Seconded by Mr Leete and carried unanimously.
-The Mayor said be considered the purohase of a 30 h.p. engine was a big item. Tbey bad not tbe money to pay for it from an overdraft and a loan would not be carried.
Mr Leete said tbe engine could be resold later.
Rev Father Bonetto spoke very strongly about the way the ratepayers had been taeated and the Oouncil had sold power to the Butter Factory which should never have been sold He considered the Council had done a very unjust thing and that some strong
arkp* »h<inld he taken in the way of cuffing ' ff all p n wer Th'- Mnynryaid that Father Bonette did not understand tbnt those in charge of 'be electric scheme said tbat there was plenty of p< wer to spare and bad lead tbe Council to believe tbat tbey could pell power outside the Borougb. He opposed the sale outside Ibo Borough. Tbey were hongingon fer Lake Coleridge and in the meantime tbe Council wanted to meet tbe difficulty as well as tbey could. Mr Shepherd asked whether a farthing bad been paid as a special rate in tbe electric light loan.
Tbe Mayor paid nothing had been paid at all in the way of rates. Mr Munro objected to Father Bonetto paying tbe Councillors bad gone about begging people to take power and said tbey had never done suoh a thing. Mr Bruce said that tbe Lake Coleridge eobeme would fill tbe gap when it came and be run witb tbe present plant Mr W H Henning said he under stood tbe general temper of tbe meet ing was tbat they should supplement tbe present plant, following tbe plan of such places as Duuedio, eto., where a supplementary plant was kept in case of breakdowns. He moved that tbis meeting depieoates the purchase of a 30 h.p. engine and favours the hiring of an engine temporarily to tide the present planfover the dry season.
Seconded by Mr Bruoe,
Mr Taylor suggested the ratepayers should try and work together till tbe Lake Coleridge scheme came
Mr Bruoe said they must all put up witb inoonvenienoes in the meantime.
Mr Taylor, strongly advised the Counoil not to cut off any power at all.
Tbe Mayor said tbat every effort would be made to conserve tbe power.
The motion was put and carried unanimously.
Mr Htnning moved that tbis meeting thinks it desirable to provide as early as possible full engine power for street lighting, household and motor purposes, suoh power to serve per manently as a stand by plant after tbe Coleridge power shall have been in stalled
Tbe motion lapsed for want of a seconder
Tbe meeting terminated witb a vote of thank* to the chair.
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AKAROA BOROUGH ELECTRIC SCHEME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3509, 31 December 1915