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LAKE COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY.

AKAROA COUNTY SUPPLY.

SPLENDID RESULTS FROM

CANVASS.

- The proposal to bring Lake Colerigde current to Banks Peninsula was advanced another stage on Saturday, when the Akaroa County Council met and considered the guarantees from the different districts which had been canvassed.

Mr J. R. Thacker occupied the chair in the absence of Mr J. D. Bruce.

Mr A. Goodwin also attendei the meeting.

The result of the canvass was as follows:—

Mr J. R. Thacker, who canvassed. Le Bons Bay, said he had visited all except nine residents Thirty six residents were willing to take light, irons and kettles and their guarantee amounted to £202. Besides this, fifty five horse power would be used, provided it was reasonable. He had nine other residents to see and there would be two public buildings to be considered which he had not included in his guarantee. The power would be used for chaff cutting, milking, sawing timber, and. fire wood, and for shearing machines. One resident had told him that he was not only willing to take it at the prices proposed by thej Council, but he would pay twice| that amount if he could get it. He had not had a refusal in Le Bon's Bay

Mr T. Conway, said he had not been so fortunate in his canvass. In French Farm, out of nine residents, six were willing to take the current and their guarantee amounted to £33 10s., In Tikau there were four resi-

dents, but none of them would take the current. In Wainui there were twentythree residents and nine would take the current and their guarantees amounting to £57 2s. The rest of the residents were all mostly lease-holders with only a few months lease to run. He had taken the trouble to see the owner of a number of these houses but he had refused to install the current as he said he was going to sell his property in Wainui shortly. Mr Conway said a number of the houses were very old and residents said if they rebuilt they would install [the current. There would only be one or two power users. Mr C. B. Thacker said he had canvassed Okain's Bay and all residents to the Chorlton Hall. The guaranteed amount of current was £266 10s. There were eleven power users who would take an average of 3-J- horse power and one who would take 25 horse power if it was reasonable. The Okain's Factory would also probably take power, and it was safe to say 72 h.p. would be used in that . district. There were also four public buildings which had not been included. Mr A. Goodwin said he had canvassed Little Akaloa, assisted by Mr J. S. Priest. Thirteen householders would take the power the whole revenue from the district being £105 15s. The power would also be taken up well if reasonable. Mr G. H. O'Callaghan said he had unfortunately been indisposed last week and unable to canvass Barry's Bay, Duvauchelle Robinson's Bay and Takamatua. He had had conversations with a great many of the residents and a good many of them were only tenants with a year or so to run. He had seen the proprietor of the Hill Top Hotel who was willing to take £25 worth of current for lights and cooking if the Council'would give it to him at that price. He was sorry he had been unable to complete thej

canvass. Mr Goodwin said Mr Latter of Barry's Bay would take £25 worth of current. Mr E. Noonan wrote as follows in reference to the outskirts of Akaroa:— You will, find enclosed a list of the people outside the Borough who are willing to take the power. There are a few more to be seen and I think they would bring the revenue up to £100. There is about another £150 worth to be sold in Akaroa without counting the Butter Factory. The Borough revenue from electric current is £800. I think it will take our plant all its time to supply £600 worth. Mr A. J. Turner, chairman of directors of the Akaroa Butter Coy., wrote as follows:— As I understand the question of bringing the Lake Coleridge Electrical Power and Lighting Scheme into the Akaroa Borough and surrounding district will be

discussed, I would like to mention

[ that at a meeting of property I owners in Akaroa called by the Mayor, a resolution was unanimously carried in support of that scheme, not a voice being raised against it, now the Borough Council has decided to cease the supply of power to the Butter Factory as they firfcf"

hemselves unable to satisfy the

demand for light and power for domestic requirements. If the Coleridge scheme is brought into the vicinity, I believe the Factory will pay up to £100 per annum, provided the charges pcr 1 unit are moderate, I would, myself instal about 20 lights in my business premises, and probably six in my dwelling, and I have 'good ground for believing there! will be a demand in the neighbouring districts for a supply! running into £400 per annum,' provided the price is moderate' and the supply constant. I'trust your deliberations will result in the early introduction of the Coleridge scheme. Mr Goodwin said he thought

the Akaroa Borough Council were acting in rather a dog in the manger manner over the matter. The Borough plant could not supply the current and he thought they should assist the County Council in bringing Lake Coleridge current to their assistance. The total result of the canvass, so far as it has gone, for light, irons and kettles is as follows :-— Le Bon's Bay ... 202 0 0 French Farm .. 33 10 0 Wainui .. 57 2 0

Okains and Chorlton 266 10 0 Little Akaloa .. 105 15 0 Akaroa (estimated) 300 0 0 Pigeon Bay (lights only) 218 0 0 Irons and kettles4s 0 0 Total £1,227 17 0 Mr Goodwin said if the scheme

was at all feasible he thought the Public Works Department would probably accept 40 per cent of the total income instead

of their taking 50 per cent as at present suggested. This would

give the Council more opportunity of carrying out the re-

ticulation. The chief thing was to get Akaroa to assist them as he thought a great deal of current could be taken in and Mr E. Hay said the total revenue as the result of the canvass for light, irons and kettle was £1,227, and Barry's Bay, Duvauchelle, Robinson's Bay and Takamatua had yet to be canvassed. Power was not reckoned in these figures and he himself thought they were very .satisfactory. Mr Goodwin said he had spoken to M r Birks about the Akaroa Borough supply and Mr Birks had made an offer to the Borough of so many kilowatts for a lump sum* Mr E. Hay said he thought the Government line should stop at Duvauchelle and the County Council take it on to Akaroa. The idea was to let Mr Templin know if it was worth while taking the line to Akaroa. He had made an estimate of the Bays, and he did not know if there would not be enough revenue without going to Akaroa. The chairman said if they stopped at Duvauchelle they would save 5& miles of line. Mr Hay said he thought the Government should be asked to sell so many kilowatts to the County at Duvauchelle. Then as more current was taken up the ratepayers would get the benefit. If the Government would sell wholesale he thought they could make a proposition. The question of employing Mr Templin to go into the cost of reticulation for the whole country was discussed, and it was decided to leave that over until next meeting, when it was hoped all the guarantees would be in, and all the information he required could be laid before him The chairman said he thought the Council should write to the Akaroa Borough Council and get their actual requirements. Mr Goodwin said Mr Birks had told him the Government would want a return of 10 per cent for current and energy on their outlay of £12,000 for the construction of the line from Stoddart's corner to Akaroa, 4C miles at £300 a mile. The line would of course pass through the Wairewa County and the Wairewa County would pay i proportion of this amount. The Clerk 'said the AkaroE County now had a guarantee of £1,200 for lighting, and with power and the balance of the lighting he thought the income would reach about £2,500. M r Birks, in his first letter to the Council said he was willing to take £850 if the total revenue was £1,700. That was when he had also proposed that the Government should take 60 per cent and the council 40 per cent. Now the Government was willing to take 50 per cent, and possibly if the County could guarantee over £2,000, they would be will- • ing to accept 40 per cent and give the Council 60 per cent. The chairman moved the Akaroa Borough Council be asked what amount of current they would definitely require and that the canvass be completed by next meeting of the Council, so that they had the whole supply before them. Seconded by Mr C. B. Thacker and carried. It was also decided to write to the Wairewa County and ask if they would co-operate with the Council in bringing the line to the Peninsula, also what their supply was likely to be. Mr Hay said he would sooner see what the Government would deliver power at per killowatt at Duvauchelle. He understood the Government wanted £1,500 return from the line. He thought the Akaroa County should work independently of Wairewa. If the Akaroa County could buy so many kilowatts for a fixed sum per year he thought it would be better. He moved the Public Works Department be written to asking them what is the very lowest rate for JSO k.w., delivered at Duvauchelle Bay to the Akaroa County Council, and the rates for say every 10 k.w. increase on that quantity up to 400 k.w., the Department taking Into account revenue which it will receive en route, viz., in the Wairewa County. The motion was seconded by Mr Williams and carried. The* meeting then tenninatea

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LAKE COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3531, 28 March 1916

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