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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3530, 24 March 1916
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The ordinary meeting was held on Wednesday. Present his Worship the Mayor, Crs Munro, Hayiock, Williams, Penlington, Fyfe, Henning and Noonan. Leave of Absence.
Leave of absence was granted i to Crs Cantrell and Leete. Correspondence. i Correspondence was read, extract from N.Z. Gazette re license of plumb&r& The notice was received. From the District Health Officer, Dr Chesson drawing attention to the stench on the beach caused by decaying garbage. This nuisance should be removed at once. The Mayor said, that as soon as possible he gave this letter to the Town Clerk who asked the foreman to attend to the matter ! at once. "The Town Clerk said that the 1 matter had been attended to The Mayor said that the Dis-, trict Health Officer had also; j spoken to. the police about the 1 dirty street channels ans the: amount of manure left in thg\ streets. He said that it would' be better to put an old man onj to do the work. He moved this; letter be referred to the Works j Committee with power to act. Seconded by Cr Henning and: carried. _ j From Municipal Association to effect that the annual .con? ference would not be held this year. There would be a full; meeting of the Committee and they would deal with all remits which must b«j jn by May Ist. The letter was received. From G. N. Henning submitting plans and specifications of proposed alterations to his house (in Lavaud Street, and asking for, .'permission to erect a scaffolding! over the footpath. The matter was referred tp the building Committee. Reserves Committee, Cr Munro, chairman of the re* serves committee said the pound had been done up, 48 new rails were put in which only cost the labour of getting. The total cost of the p,ound repairs was £3 15s. He moved the adoption of the , report. Seconded by Cr Haylock and carried. The Mayor said he had looked 1 at the pound and the foreman ; had made a god job. Lighting Committee. i
Cr Noonan read the following report from the Electrical en* gineer. Engineer's Report. I beg to repoi-t as follows :— The engine has been running on three days only during the pastfortnight, occasional showers of rain allowing the plant to be run more frequently than in the past. Since 9 a.m. on the 18th it has only been necessary to close down for 5 hours (on the 19th) and since then there has been sufficient water to allow the plant to run continuously, however there is very little more than present requirements. Cr Noonan read the following report of the Lighting Committee. In the absenec of the chairman it has been left to me to bring; down our report. We had a meeting last Wednesday and no pains have been spared to try and bring all lighting and motors into line. Some of the motors
are paying a very small per-| centage to what others are. The| churches are not on an even footing at all, one church is pay-1 ing £6 for 782 c.p., while another! ,is "only paying £3 for 498 c.p. Clause 1 — Akaroa Butter Factory. We are of opinion that the Akaroa Butter Factory should be cut off a month from date, our reason for recommending this is that with the present plant we cannot supply them with power and keep the irons and lights supplied as well. Clause 2—Lighting. We rerecommend that all shops pay the ordinary rate for lighting. Clause 3—Halls. The halls should be put on at two thirds of ordinary rate 1 . Clause 4—Churches and Sunday Schools. That churches and Sunday schools pay one third rate.
Clause s—lrons. Lost. That! irons should not be used at peak load time, and to prevent this we recommend that half-throw switches should be installed. Should our suggestion be carried we recommend that irons remain at present rate. Clause 6—Reduction. We would like to see a reduction of ten per cent on house lighting for the current half year to try and make up in a slight degree for the inconvenience people have been put to. I might state that a reduction of ten per cent [would amount to about £20.
Clause 7—Picture Motor. This is charged for by meter at 6d per unit and runs for two hours weekly and the reveune exceeds £10 per annum, we think this a fair charge.
Clause B—-Bakehouse. This is also by meter at 3d per unit and is allowed for on the peak load, the ,reveune from this is not sufficient owing to the poor load factor it runs at minutes per day This should be charged £5 per annum, the meter to be left on and the owner to be given notice to affix a time switch which will be set to allow of the motor being run at the discretion of the engineer, providing it does not overlap the peak load. If
this motor should show the number of units to exceed two hundred for the half year, the charge to be per unit.
Clause 9—Butchers' Motors. These motors are assessed at 3d per unit on the assumption that they run 6 hours per week, we do not think thsy exceed this therefore we do not think the price should be altered providing that motors are not used during the peak load hours.
Clause 10—Fan. We think this should be charged £1 per annum as it is similar to the one used by the dentist which is being paid for at per annum.
Clause 11—Mail Office. This is a quarter h.p. charged for by meter at 3d per unit, as this motor comes under the heading of all other motors under 5 h.p. it should be charged for as per the po'iingil's resolution, that all motors under 5 h.p, be contracted for, And should pay a minimuni of £5 per annum.
Clause 12—Motors. All motors up to 5 h.p. shall be contracted for at 3d per unit on their maximum demand by the hours of running on condition that they do npt overlap flye peak load. Any motor over 5 h.p. to be dealt with specially by the Council,
Clause 13—Radiators, At present these are charged for at £3 per 2 light radiator. This is not right and we suggest £4 per K. W. year as the price for the current.
CUuHtt To be. charged for at similar rates that is £! per K;W. year. These hot plates are a good deal out of line and it will seem very hard on one man when he is charged for current used so as to bring him on I[jig sapje fpptiflg as the others RfeV£Nl)£'
£33 13 0 He moved the adoption of the clauses re factory. Sponded by Cr Henning. Cr Williams said it seemed to him that the one factory was bein.r made a scapegoat for the rest of the power users. He wou:d like to see everyone cut off j)" the factory was to be cut off. He could not see why the factory should be treated differently from anybody else. If they cut all the power off he would vote'for the motion. Cr Henning said he had often spoken against the factory. The question of increasing their plant was quite out of the question. When the Butter Co. started they had a guarantee from some of the Councillors that they would get the electric power This was not correct at all. The factory was just a commercial concern. As to Cr Williams, he was a director of the factory and as such, under the act had no nght to take part in the discussion. No director was empowered to take a vote on any local body in a matter in which the company was interested. The majority of the Councillors were also interested in the Butter Factory unfortunately. He considered Cr Williams was ruled out oi the discussion by the Act. l
Cr Williams. You ought to be ruled out many times. Cr Henning said he was glad to say that he was not ruled out. He would not interfere with any small power users, as perhaps they could manage to supply them. Cr Munro said that he was not in favour of cutting off any power. They should-hang onto, all the power they had till they got Lake Coleridge. They said now the power would not supply the lighting. There was an engine of 40 h.p. offered and the offer was referred to the ligntCommittee to report. It appeared to him a retrograde step to cut off power. He would vote against cutting off the factory. Cr Haylock said it seemed a pity not to givethe factory the power till the end of the season. They ought to try and supply them to the end of the present season..
The Mayor said the loan theyj got was to give them light for the houses, and streets. The power was given to the Butter Factorybut it should never have been given to the factory. He was sorry the factory could not be supplied, but the Council was paying a big price to-day for power and supplying it at a lower rate. The factory never offered them any compensation, though it was for them practically that the crusher engine was running.
Cr Henning said it was reported to them that the power cost 8d a unit to generate for the factory, and the factory paid 3d a unit.
Cr Williams asked whether the Mayor thought it a fair thing to single out the factory. If this factory was cut off it would be awkward for them up to the end of the seascn. They ought to give the factory a chance of substituting their present engine. As to the Mayor's remarks about the butter factory compensating the Council, it was not the factory's place to go to the Council and offer over and above what they were asked. They should wait and see'how matters turned out before cutting the factory right off. The machinery was overloaded and had been all along.
The Mayor said there was no injustice intended towards the butter factory. If the Council considered .the report unjust they could' throw it out.
Cr Noonan said the Lighting Committee had met and drawn up this report. As to the work of the committee, they had proposed several times to get an auxiliary engine and he had voted for it, but the Council turned it put.. Cr Williams "Yes the clique did."
Cr Noonan said they could not go on turning out the light at 11 p.m.; treating the people as they had done in the past. As to, the factory it was. \jsing very little current"now, only enough to help them out.
Cr Williams said that showed that the Borough plant was overloaded without the factory.
Cr Munro moved as an amendment that the factory be continued for two months loggerand they be charged; 8d a unit,
Seconded" by Cr Williams,
Cr Noonan said all the previous
Cr Noonan said all the revenue that they had from the factory in the last half year was £50.
Cr Henning raised the point as to whether Cr Williams was justv. fied in voting on the. Question as he was $ director- of the company which was affected.
The Mayor said Cr Williams could vote if he liked on his own responsibility.
The amendment was put and lost, the voting being as follows—. For, Crs Munro, Penjington and
Against, The Mayor, Crs Noonan, Fyfe and Henning.
The clause was adopted.
Clause 2 was passed
In connection with clause 3 Cr Henning considered this was, & stiff charge,
Qr Haylock considered that the halls should pay the same as other people.
Cr Munro said the Akaroa Boating Club had hardly used their hall.
Cr Fyfe seconded the adoption of clause 3.
Cr Munro moved that the halls be retained at present rates.
Seconded by Cr Williams,
Cr Noonan said that the Akaroa Boating Club had put on extra lights according to the electrican and had not paid for them.
Cr Munro said he was sure the Akaroa Boating Club would never intend to get out of paying for lights.
Cr Penlington said the elcctrican should have informed the Council about these extra lights.
| Cr Noonan said the engineer stated that the Akaroa Boating Club put on extra lights after they were charged and some ratepayers did the same, and would not allow him to come inside their houses.
Clause 4 was considered with clause 3.
Cr Noonan said it was the Anglican Church who paid more than the other churches in proportion.
Cr Munro said the reason why the Anglican Church paid more
was because the Presbyterian church used their church used their church less often and the charges were worked out on that basis.
Clause 3 was adopted on the casting vote of the Mayor.
Clause 4 was adopted.
Clause 5 in connection with throw switches was considered.
Cr Munro said there was -no doubt the irons were used that night though the power had been on all day.
The Mayor said that he was sure the ladies, used their irons at night on account of no power being Qn by day. He believed that if the engine was going all the time they would do so. It was a matter of £40 to put the throw switches on.
Clause 5 was rejected on the casting vote of the Mayor, who considered that the ladies ought to be given another chance to use their irons by day. .
Clauses 6 to 10 were adopted,
In regard to clause 11 Cr Haylock moved no motojr be chargec less than £1 a year.
Seconded by Cr Williams and carried*
The balance of the clauses were adopted.
Cr Noonan moved the adoption of the report as a whole with amendments.
Seconded, by Cr Haylock and carried,
Finance Report—Amounts received since last meting:—Rates £11 8s lid, Electrical connection Is,' Drainage block £1 Is, Building fee 10s. Total £13 Os lldl
Bank Account—Electric light Loan Account No 2, cr. £32 19s 4d; District Fund Account, dr. £93-3 lis lid; In hand 10s '6d.
Accounts amounting to £75 15s Id were passed for payment. Cr Munro said the Coronation oaks planted on the L'Aube reserves wanted their frames removed as they had grown too big for th,esa.
Cr Williams moved that the oaks on the L'Aube hill reserve be fenced.
Seconded by Cr Noonan and carried.
Cr Munro said Cr Fyfe brought up the matter of fencing the reserve up Aylmer's valley to save the plantation. There was plenty of material and the foreman would take about 4 days to finish the job. i
Cr Henning moved the matter be referred to the Reserves Committee to report to next meeting. He objected to the committee not being- consulted about these matters.
The matter was dropped,
Cr Munro said it was left to the Works Committee to find 'a dumping ground for rubbish. The matter had never been reported. He moved the matter be again referred to the Works Committee to report. Seconded by Cr Fyfe andi carried.
Cr Henning said that since last meeting there had been a bad accident in the town at the corner of Grehan valley street. He moved that the police be requested to proceed against any person contravening the Borough by-laws re furious driving and also bicycle racing along the streets. He considered both motor cycles and motor cars were driven along the streets at a very furious rate. Seconded by Cf Penlington and carried.
Cr Penlington drew attention to the way boys raced about the streets on Saturday nights without lights. | The motion was carried. Cr Haylock said the boys tampered with the electric light poles at Hammond's corner. The stay might give way and cause a collapse of the whole electric light system. He moved that the attention of the police be called to the fact that the boys are tampering with the electric light poles and that they take action in the matter.
Seconded by Cr Williams and carried. The meeting then terttdnatwi,
Motors. Present payment Fan 10 0 Increase 6 0 Bake House £2 0 0 £3 0 0 Mail Office £2 0 0 £3 0 0 Hotf.:ates £7 0 0 £4 0 0 .Shop Lights £46 7 0 £13 13 0 Chutuhas £12 5 0 Sundny Schools £5 3 8 Halls £23 16 0 7 8 £6 14 0 Radiators £12 0 0 £2 8 0
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3530, 24 March 1916
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