The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 1916. LAKE COLERIDGE CURRENT.
The members of the Akaroa County Council who met on Saturday to consider the Peninsula supply which is likely to be obtained for Lake Coleridge Current -were practically satisfied that from the guarantee at present showing it will be possible to link up the Akaroa County consumers with the Lake Coleridge scheme. The result of the canvass in Le Bons, Okains, Chorlton and Little Akaloa, Pigeon Bay, French Farm and Wainui, shows an income for light, irons and kettles of £1228, with Barry's Bay, Duvauchelle, Robinson's Bay and Takamatua yet to be canvassed. When the canvass is completed the revenue for household requirements should be at least £1,500, and then there are the power users to be considered. The total income from the County should at least be £2,000, and pay proprobably a good deal more than this sura. Mr Birks, according to Mr A. Goodwin, now says he is willing to get a return of £1,500 a year on the line from Stoddard's corner to Akaroa, a distance of 40 miles, at £300 per mile. If, however the line stops at Duvauchelle it will be shortened by six miles, which will mean a saving of £1,800 on that sum, so that the Government will only require probably £1,250 for the construction of their line The Wairewa County Council will of course have to shoulder a large psoportion of this sum, and even if they only pay £450 . a year it will leave £800 per year for the Akaroa County to pay. If the Akaroa County have £1,200 of their income to work upon they could raise a loan of £20,000 at 6 per cent, providing for interest and sinking fund, and this surely would do the whole of the Peninsula reticulation. Taking these figures, and they are apparently fairly safe figures to work upon, the scheme looks very hopeful. A good deal of discussion took place on Satur day as to the best method of dealing with the Government in the matter, and the outcome was that the council decided to ask tho PuWir Works Department ''•.*:a l u«*y would construct a line to uuyauerfclle for and deliver a b\g -enough supply f or the County for at Duvauchelle. This is only a reasonable request and it would be much better for the County to have a fixed sum to pay the Government for constructing tbe line and for current The Council -would then be able to get the benefit of any increase in the annual income fled be able to reduce the charges if it were possible. We are sure that this would be the be«t basis to work on with the' Government, and the Govern-j ment are bound to meet the council in only .taking a reason- 1
able return for their outlay on this line and the whole scheme. A proposal was carried that the Wairewa County Council should be asked to co-operate as far as making the initial bargain with the Government for the con struction of the line and this was a very wise step. There should be a good deal of current taken
up in the Wairewa County and they will be able to shoulder some part of the burden of the capital outlay. By co-operating in this way they will assist in bringing the line through their county as well as assisting the Akaroa County to obtain the current.
The position in regard to cooperation between the Akaroa Borough and tha County is more difficult. It is plain that the Akaroa Borough wants assistance with their scheme as the load has outgrown the capacity of the plant. Another point is that the Borough Council could do the re-
ticulation of the residences on their outskirts far more cheaply than the County could. The County Council have asked the Borough what they are prepared to do in the matter. It seems to us that something will have to be done to assist the Borough plant and the Council will have to look forward to Lake Coleridge current assisting in taking over either the lighting or power load. This of course would be better left to an expert and there is no'reason why Mr Templin could not find the best method of dovetailing the Coleridge current with the present plant.
It is the intention of the Akaroa County Council to get their total guarantees in by its next meeting and when all information is available, to employ Mr Templin to go into the cost of reticulation. Meanwhile, he *■ • ■" i( - ; the council as to the best bargain that can be made with the Government. Those who have so far carried out the canvassing have done cheir work well and have practically made, what would naturally be considered an impossible proposition, quite a feasible one. It is very satisfactory indeed that the Peninsula residents generally recognise the great benefits which Lake Coleridge is going to be to them, and we are sure that once the lines are erected on the Peninsula the demand will increase to a maximum. The scheme certainly looks most hopeful now, and the energy displayed by Mr A. Goodwin and the County Council members is a credit to them.