AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The fortnightly meeting of the Akaroa Borough Council was held at tbe Chambers on Wednesday Present His Worship tho Mayor and Councillors—T Penlington, A. R Munro, W W. Williams, E Noonan, C W Leete,- W. H. Henning, C. Cantrell ana P. Fyfo. COKKKSI'ONDENCE. Inward correspondence was read — From Williams, Coward & Co., London, enclosing circular re gas, electric light power, etc , and offering services in the way of reporting on new lighting, heating apparatus, etc.
Or Cantrell moved tho letter lie on tho fctiblo for a fortnight.
Seconded by Cr Penlington and car riod.
From Mrs Sbearwood, Rending, England, thanking the Counoil for their letter of .sympathy in the death of Private Shearwood, who was killed at tbe Dardanelles, and was at one time Akaroa Borough electrician.
Tbo lottor was received. A communication from the Belgian Rwlinf Fund was received.
A circular from tbe Government ia regulations ns to pensions for em ployeos was received. From tho Mayor of Christchurch, re destruction of band instruments destroyed at Lomnos for which £113 was requirod to replace the Canterbury Rogimenfcs' share. Ho asked if tfc-e Akaroa people would holp.
Tbo matter was loft in the hands of tho Mayor.
Letters were received from H. Mottram discontinuing use of tailors' iron, Mrs Cantrell discontinuing use of ft kpttle, and Mr J Pool house lights in WiliMm Street. Mr Pool wanted ligh's in Percy street. The applications were granted From Akaroa County Council ask ing for £47 12-, tbe Borough Council's share of tbe licencing expenses. From Anderson's Ltd , advising the Council to buy an engine for twelve months, rather than to hire one. Tbe 21h.p oil engine was available if the Council couid not make arrangements to hire another one. Mr L. Haylock, hon. sec Akaroa Fire Brigade, wrote asking for expen ses to attend the annual conference of delegates at Westport. Tbe letter was referred to tbe Fire Brigade Committee. From Read, Bundell and Lemon, solicitors for tbe Mlilwater Brick Co , to effect that they had for sale a 40b.p engine, which they would sell for £165. Or Munro moved the letter be re ferred to the Lighting Committee to report to next meeting. Seconded by Or Henniug, who said he hoped that local (alent would be | employed. I
Or Munro pointed out local talent could not be employed ia this case in the way of inspection of an engine at Dunedin.
Or Henning withdrew his seconding of the motion.
Or Williams seconded the motion which was carried.
The foreman submitted a report of the wabr reservoir, and breaches of residents in using hose?, etc.
The Mayor said that the Council bad been put to a good deal of ex pense in employing the foreman to look after the water alone. He thought strong action should be taken.
Or Henning moved that all de faulters be suad, aDd that the Town Clerk take th« ca?es into court.
Seconded by Or Cantrell and car ried.
The caretaker of the Baths wrote complaining of the behaviour of boys in not keeping the regulations of the Bath 3 Sometimes they stayed in three or four hours, a ( nd when spoken to they were very rude to ber.
Cr Henniug said the caretaker had spoken to him several times very bitterly, said that she must give if up unless some alteration were made. Small boys took charge, and would not allow visitors any dressing room When the caretaker spoke to these boys they only ignored her
The letter was referred to the Baths Committee
The Mayor moved the formal re solution enabling the Mayor, Town Cleik, Crs Leete and Munro to oper ate on tbe bank nccounc.
Secooded by Cr Fyfe and carried. Cr Munro, chairman of the Re serves Committee, moved the adoption of the following report : —
"The Reserves Committee recom mend that tbe pound be put into good repair, new posts and rails to be put where necessary, and the work to be done under tbe supervision of tbe foreman ; the regulations to be ptinti-d'on calico, framed and varniched "
Cr Munro said he did not agree with the report as be was in a minority, Cr Henning said that Cr Muuro had not put in a correct report. Cr Wil hams was a practical man in fencing, and bad made a suggestion which thpy had decided to adopt Or Munro said Cr Henning wanted to get rid of the ranger and pound keeper, and tbe other members of the committee had not agreed. Cr Williams said he had suggested they should do the same as the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board had dono with their pound, and it would make a good Job. The Mayor said he thought the Akaroa pound wan in a had condition. Cr Cantrell said he did not think Crs Henning and Williams had' any rio-ht to bring a report It was the chairman's business. The report was referred back to be reconsidered by the Reserves Committee. LIGHTING- COMMITTEE. Cr Loote, chairman of the Lighting Cotuniittee moved the adoption of the following report. " The Lighting Committee beg to recommend tbat ihe Council procure sufficient double throw switebss so that all power for heating be cutoff whilst energy for lighting was being used, and that the, switches bo installed afe the OouQQil'e espense." J
. Cr Lae'e said a* winter approached tbe Counoil would not have enough power to supply heating and light together. The double throw switch enabled a resident to use heating alone or lighting alone. Or Henning said be could not see wbafc the use of power was when ppople oould not use power.
• Cr Leete said that it was not a question of whether the reservoir was full or not, but the plant could not take ou the extra load put on. Tbe Mayor said be objected when the lighting went out of the town, yet they were told there was plenty of power, eto. The whole of the Council voted against him and he was alone, It appeared to him they bad been muddling along in the dark as to the amount of current and power they bad at their disposal. Cr Henning said the electrician should not have gone on putting in more and more connections.
Cr Noonan said they could not blame tbe electrician in view of the terms under which he was employed.
Cr Noonan said there was a serious shortage now, but people had been put on with tbe idea that the plant would be extended. The previous chairman of the Lighting Committee was aware that the plant was being taxed, but he understood thej machinery would ba supplemented,
Cr Leete said he did not know till recently the true state of aft'-tirs, Their electric plant was very much over taxed, and tbe proposal in bis report was to help them out of their difficulty. The Mayor moved the report sub mitted by Cr Leete be held over till nest meeting. Seconded by Or Henning and carried.
In answer to the Mayor, Cr Leete, chairman of the Lighting Committee said the idea of tbe report was practically to prevent people using the power at night
Or Leete read the following report from the electrician re electric light reservoir:—
Reservoir—This stands at a little more than half full, and in order to retain tbe present level not more than four hours can be run under present weather conditions.
Traction engine—This hag been got into position aod started running at 3 p.m to day, and with minor alterations can be made satisfactory.
Hours of running-In accordance with my last report" I would suggest that whatever hours are decided to he run by the ensioe that tbey be con current with the water.
The Mayor said he considered the electric light wag run in a peculiar manner. Last the town was in darkness with 4ft of water in the reservoir, Mr Rhodes had mpas ured the water on Wednesday evening and found 4ft of water there. There was enough water to run the town for three or four hours, and it should have been done Since then the power had been running from 6pm to 12 p.m at • ight for no reason. He could not the system at all. To day they were told they" could only run three or four hours per day. His opinion was that they should try and define the hours tbey ran so that people would know when the power was on. He hoped that the Council would regulate the hours. No one knew when the irons wou d be on, and it lead to much ConfjsioD.
Cr Penlington said he look it the engineer put on the power himself
3r Noonan said tbat he agreed that they should regulate the hours for power in the day time. As to the amount of water in tbe reservoir on Wednesday last he wondered if MiRhodes bad measured it correctly He went up in the company of the engineer at 4 p.m, and there wa3 only 2ft 6ins of water, There were 4ft Sins at 8 a.m next morning. Cr Leete said that a day like tbe present one tbe creeks shrank right away and there was practically no water.
Cr Munro said he could not see why the Balgusri creek should run and tbe Grehan Valley oreek not at all Cr Penlington said the Greban Valley creek was lower that day than he had ever seen it,
The Mayor moved tbat the lighting be from half an hour after sunset to 11 p.m every night and irons from 2 to 4 p.m on Mondays and Wednea days.
Seconded by Cr Henning. The motion was put and carried by 5 votes to i.
Or Cantrell moved the letter from the oaretaker of tbe baths be referred to tbe Baths Committee to report to next meeting.
Seconded by Cr Henning, who ohjeoted to Cr Munro's statement that be held over tbe letter because the Mayor could not be present at the Baths Committee meeting Ele waa glad to seethe Mayor at the committee meetings, but Cr Munro should not ignore tbe other members of the committee. FINANCE REPORT. Amount received since last meeting —Rent £152 6s lid, rates £24 Is Id, Accident Insurance compensation, including 20.6 medical expend £4, drainage block 10s 66", total £180 18a 6d. Banking Account—Electric light loan account No. 2, cr., £32 19•> 4d ; District Fund account, dr., £1002 18s U. Accounts amounting to £333 lis 3d were passed for payment. Or Leete said that in other seaside resorts there was some care taken to improve the beach. At Akaroa what with tins, etc , the beach was most unsightly Tbe beach was a great asset, and the Council should keep tbe stretch of sand in better order. The foreman should go round with a cart and take up the tins, etc. He moved it be a recommendation to the Works Committee to have the beach cleared from the baths to Hammond's corner twice a week.
Cr Henning agreed with the motion bat thought that tbey should start from Waeckerle's Hotel, and clear the whole beach. Cr Henning withdrew his seconding
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the motion if they mentioned twice a week, as it was Dot n^ces^ary.
Cr ('antrell moved the beach be cleaned up when necessary. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried. Cr Munro moved tbat persons using the baths during bathing hours must not remain in tbe bath 3 more than an hour, this rule to be strictly enforced, notices to be printed and put up by order of the Council. Seconded by Cr Williams. Cr Henning objected to the action of the chairman of the Reserves Committee in not calling a meeting of tbo committee. The motion was carried, Cr Henning dissenting. The Mayor moved that the police be instructed to take proceedings against people cleaning fish on the wharves. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried Or Leete moved aod the Mayor se oond-d and was carried unanimously, tbat 10 per cent be added to all rates unpaid after six months and fourteen days from demand thereof The meeting then termated.
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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3517, 28 January 1916