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The monthly meeting of the Wairewa County Council wa: held at the Chambers, Little River on Tuesday, presenl Messrs J. F. Buchanan (chair man), J. Chapman, T. Feather J. C. C. Gebbie, T. Thompson. Apologies for absence were received from Messrs W. F. Parkinson and J. 0. Coop. The Public Works Department wrote for information of the roads in the County, whethei bridle tracks, formed roads, 01 metalled roads to assist the Department in preparing a map of Canterbury in course of prepai'ation. The Department also asked for the position of all bridges in the County. It was resolvedthat all available assistance be given by the County engineer. The Levels County Council wrote enclosing a resolution re speed of motor cars and cycles within the South Canterbury district and asking the opinion of the Council on the subject. It was resolved that the Levels County be informed that a- limit should be placed on the speed of motors on all public roads. The Land Board notified the the transfer of an L.I.P. property from F. Gread to S. R. Nutt. The Southbridge Timber Coy., wrote quoting for blue gum timber. The letter was received The Department of Agriculture wrote stating that the [February number of the "Journal of Agriculture" contained all particulars of Goat's Rue, which had recently been added to the Third Schedule of the' Noxious Weeds Act. Mr A. Goodwin wrote as follows :—"lt's about two years ago now since I waited on your Council and urged the members to improve the two sharp clay points on the River hill road below Keenans. No doubt you arc all aware of the collision which occured a few days ago on one of the above points. Fortunately there was no seriousresults.

We drivers from this side are in constant dread when rounding these points, so please excuse me again asking you to remove the top off both (so that drivers can see across) in the same way as our horse-shoe bend was so successfully dealt with here, of which you have a photograph. It was resolved this matter be held over until a few other urgent works already passed were completed. Mr W. H. Montgomery forwarded particulars of lands recently sold in the estate of the late Hon. W. Montgomery. The clerk reported having forwarded particulars to the Valuation Department. The Public Trust Office wrote asking for an explanation re payment and refund in the estate of the late Robert Fei'guson, deceased. The clerk reported having attended to the matter , The Police Department wrote stating that they would take action against unlicensed owners of vehicles under the Wairewaj County Council Vehicular Bylaw, 1915. The clerk said the cases had been adjourned as the Magistrate could not deal with the cases last court day. An application for the transfer of a property at Puaha from Mrs. B. Chapman to H. T. Chapman was referred to the valuation Department. The District Health Officer wrote urging the Council to make a house to house inspection owing to the prevelance of Infantile Paraalysis. Mr T. Thompson moved the Hospital and Charitable Aid Board be asked to send an inspector into the district. Seconded by Mr J. C. C. Gebbie and carried. The Akaroa County Council wrote re the Puaha severance differences as follows :—Regard-

ing your letter with reference to the adjustment of accounts in connection with the Puaha Severance, I am instructed to inform you that the Council agrees that it is time the matter was settled. To facilitate matters, the Council some months ago, agreed to accept your valuation of the Council Chambers, viz:— £375, but -with regard to the other matter in dispute, it is unable to give way; the amount was put on the 1912/13 estimates for metalling part of the Summit Road and tenders were let for spawling the metal before the severance occurred, therefore the Council considers that it is justified in treating the amount as a liability. Mr J. C. Gebbie moved the matter of the £207 liability in dispute be referred to the N.Z. Counties Association for' an opinion. Seconded by Mr T. Thompson and carried. Messrs Harper, Son and Pascoe wrote stating that they would take proceedings as instructed against unlicensed vehicle owners under the ' Wairewa County By-law, 1915, plying for hire in the County. The Chairman stated that he had seen Mr Tavender about securing metal from his property for sprawling-and he would meet the foreman in a few days time. Mr Gebbie said as one of the oldest members of the Little River Road Board and Wairewa County Council he wished to move a vote of condolence with the relatives of the late H. D. Buchanan. The late Mr Buchanan had been his tutor in local body affairs and he looked back at the pleasant times he 'had •spent with the late Mr H. D. Buchanan. He moved the Council pass a vote of condolence to the widow of the late Mr H. D. Buchanan. The motion was carried, the nembers of the council standing. Mr Jas. Chapman said there >vere two sharp points on the Valley Road. He said on

several occasions milk cartsHiad * nearly collided and the points were dangerouh. Both points were just below Mr J. Smith's crossing. The road was f very . x narrow. It was about a week's v ■ work for one man. It was resolved the wojjk be done. " , " '' Mr Thompson said Mrs Van-' < ' stone's road should be metalled. * ' The clerk said the difficulty' -r was to get the metal, but he thought this could be arranged. The work would be done as soon " as possible, The National Recruiting: Board wrote urging the Council action in helping to raise their quotas in their district. ' „*" Mr J. C. C. Gebbie said'he was not in favour of the movement, though he would not give 'anybody in patriotism. 3%re ', were 700 men posted as temporality unfit and they had gone and were lost, most of thenrsm account of not having their Jeeth attended to. He said he was not altogether in favour of local camps but he thought provision should have been made at Trentham or elsewhere to keep these men until they were fit. Hefcaid even in his district alone there were 40 or 50 ploughmen" short to do their work and he could not truly' say he would be£, in favour of recruiting such men. He could not conscientiously help the Council, especially when, he was employing an eligible "man himself. • s ;*✓ Mr Thompson said the GoveSh- J ment had done their best toiget ' I recruits but he was manifestly ' sorry that Mr Gebbie would Vot assist them. If the Government ,- wanted men he thought they should sink their own wishes and do all they could to help to obtain recruits. The chairman said he was thoroughly prepared to help the Government. He thought however that conscription was the fairest way of raising the reinforcements. Mr Chapman said he was not altogether in favour of t|u» v Government policy and' he was ■ V not personally in favour of ca# '" I vassing the district and he couw * not see his way to give any assk- ' •"' ' tance. He was in favour of conscription. ~ *< Mr Feather said he was pre- " pared to assist the Government ' in taking round recruiting cards. It was decided to discuss the matter at a full meeting of the ' ■ council. , Accounts amounting- to £370 12s 2d were passed for payment. The clerk reported that £129 in rates and the -, £33 llsid 1106 at thG bank Wasj •■ ; The meeting then adjourned. 5:>;:,

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3528, 17 March 1916

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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3528, 17 March 1916

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