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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3534, 7 April 1916
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The fortnightly meeting of the Akaroa Borough Council was held at the Chambers on Wednesday evening, Present His Worship the Mayor in the chair,
md Councillors E. Noonan, D. Fyfe, T. Penlington, A. R. Munro W. H. Henning, W. W. Williams, G. Haylock and C. W. Leete. Leave of absence was granted to Cr C. S. Cantrell. The following transfers were approved for property in the Borough :—Joseph Vangioni to L. J. Vangioni and Ann Riches to Thos Lewitt. The North Canterbury Board of Education wrote in reply to the Council's request to grant the use of buildings on the old school site\tj,(at the bathing season -was nearly over and they could not l>6 used. The letter was received. The Akaroa County Council wrote confining the chairman's arrangement concerning the use of the traction engine to supplement the Borough electrical plant. The Akaroa County Council wrote as follows ::— "The Akraoa County Council at its last meeting considered the reports of canvassers who were appointed • at its previous meeting to canvass the County with the object of discovering what support the scheme would receive if the current was brought to the County. The reports shewed that fairly liberal support would be forthcoming in most localities that had been canvassed, but as the reports from the whole County were not to hand, the Council could not decide anything definite with regard to the scheme. Another matter which is delaying the Council is that the Borough Council has not definitely stated what its requirements from Lake Coleridge are. My Council wishes to act in conjunction with you as it feels assured that better terms to both County and Borough can be secured from the Department if the two councils take united action. The Council will again consider the scheme on 29th April, and I am instructed to ask you to advise it before that date, what amount of current you will require to supplement the Borough supply. The Mayor moved the letter be referred to the lighting committee to report to next meeting Seconded by Cr Haylock and carried. , The Mayor said the Borough wanted to get the Coleridge current to the Peninsula as much as anyone else as it was absolutely necessary that they should get Coleridge current or a supplementary plant. The following persons requested that their electrical current should \ be cut off:—Miss C. Narbey, Akaroa Boating Sheds, Mrs E. E. Lackner, Messrs A. W. Judd, T. E. Taylor and F. Davis, The following applications were received for current: — Messrs T. X/ Taylor, A. W. Judd : F. Goodwin, Robinson and Parkin (Bruce Hotel), G. W. Dale, A. J. Turner and F. Kearney. The Mayor said one radiatoi and 2 and 3h.p. motors were included in these applications, the motors being applied for by A. Turner and F. Goodwin. He die not think they should grant these applications at random until they knew what was going fco be done with Lake Coleridge current. Cr Leete said he thought the matter should be referred to the Lighting Committee to report. He moved in that direction. Seconded by Cr Haylock. Cr Williams said he was opposed to granting the applications for motors under any t if cumstanee. The ButterFactory was to be cut off and he thought the Council were not justified in granting applications for current in the face oi' that. Cr Penlington spoke in favour cf Cr Williams' contention. Cr Munro said the Council had I'xed a rate in their report of List meeting for these motors aid he thought they should have i heir power. Cr Noonan said he thought the c-.irrent should be supplied if possible. These small motors were different to a big thing like the factory and it would be a great pity if the council could not supply the current to them. IP the Council gave a definite answer to the County Council that they would take the current the work would be put in hand a'; once and Lake Coleridge cur« rent would be here in a few tf.onths, The Government would put the construction of the line in hand straight away and would ic!o the Peninsula line before going to Timaru. He thought they should do their best to keep these small motors going. If the Council did not grant these applications, they should cut off all motors. Cr Haylock thought the applications should be held in abeyance for a month or two months until they knew exactly what was going to be done with Lake Coleridge current. The Mayor said they must use common sense in this matter. It was all wrong to.say they would not grant current because the factory had been cut off. That was not a sensible way of doing business. If they could possibly supply the current the Council should da so. r Cr Henning said the Lake Cole- ' ridge current, could not be brought to the Peninsula for 12 months. If the Council granted these applications they would
have to continue using the traction engine at a heavy cost. According- to a recent statement the current cost 8d per unit to generate and. the Butter Factory were only paying 2d per unit for it. The engine had been running two months and had cost £30. The best thing was to knock that sort of thing on the head at once. It was a foregone conclusion that the Council were going to grant the current at their next meeting if the matter was referred to the lighting com.mittee. -, 1 The Mayor said they wanted to know if Lake Coleridge current was coming before they granted the applications, if not the Council would secure an engine themselves and supplement the plant so as to give an effective supply. Cr Penlington asked when Lake Coleridge current was coming to the Peninsula. Cr Leete said the Tai Tapu installation was completed three months after it was definitely decided to make the installation. In the case of the Peninsula it should be completed easily within six months. He said he would like to take exception to Cr Henning's remark that the traction engine was a great cost. It was not only necessary to have the engine for the , "bug bear" factory, but it had been absolutely necessary for light as well. Cr Munro said he understood they were running this engine for the power -users. Even now consumers could not get the light in the early morning. The resolution to refer the power applications to the lighting committee was opposed by Crs Penlington, Henning, Williams and Munro. It was decided to grant all applications for the lights, applied for. An application for current from Mr F. Kearney was considered and as the previous tenant had not paid the amount owing for current it was decided to grant the application provided the owner of the property paid the arrears owing within a week. The Mayor said this seemed rather drastic but it was the ordinary policy adopted by the Council. Mr J. D. Harman, Borough Solicitor, wrote stating that he had made formal application to the Public Works Department for a license to maintain an electric light installation in the Borough and had applied to the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board for permission to take the pipe lines across and along their roads. The letter was received. The following licenses were granted under the Borough Bylaws : —Petroleum licenses, T. E. Taylor and Co; L. J. Vangioni, Jos. Phillips, G. Pilkington. Carriers Licenses—T. Lawrence, and J. Kerridge. Public Halls— St. Peter's Parish room and the Oddfellow's Hall. The inspector, Mr G. W. Thomas reported that he had reported unfavourably with regard to the Oddfellow's Hall as he considered the exits from the gallery insufficient in the event of a fire, Cr C. W. Leete said the Oddfellow's had spent £70 in making the exits sufficient a. year or two ago. There, was quite enough accommodation for everyone to gee down. The place was quite safe and the Oddfellows' had followed out what the Council wished to be done. Cr Henning moved the matter be referred to the Works Committee to report to next meeting. Seconded by Cr Penlington. Cγ Munro said there was an exit on to the adjoining section and he thought the two exits were sufficient. The Mayor said with the picture machine in the gallery there was a danger. The motion was carried, Crs Leete, Fyfe. and Munro opposing it. The Borough Poundkeeper, Mr R.JZ. Dierck reported that since August 14th 1913 to March 1916 31 pigs, 37 cows, 20 horses and 4 sheep had been impounded, the total fees being £3 10s 10d, of which he was entitled to half. ~ ' The Mayor moved the poundkeeper submit a report every six months. Seconded by Cr Williams and carried. H. W. Collins applied for an extraordinary water supply. Cr Henning said the ratepayers were not able to use the water for their gardens and the Council I should not sell water outside the : Borough. The application was granted. Messrs. W. D. Wilkins and Sons wrote suggesting the Council should secure four hurdles for shipping stock on the Akaroa wharf. The Mayor said the farmers in the district wished to ship their pigs instead of driving them to Little River as so many were lost on the road. He thought the application should be granted as besides helping the. farmers they would' get a little revenue from animals going over the wharf. me application "was granted. Mr S. C. Lelievre wrote asking the council to open up Watson street as he wanted access to cart timber for a stable. The Mayor said this was a blind road between Mr Lelievrc's and Mr J. Curry's property. Cr Henning moved the mattei
be referred to the Works Committee to report to next meeting. Seconded by Cr Williams and carried.
Mr G. N. Henning wrote applying for drainage connection with the borough system.
Cr Munro moved the application be granted subject to the approval of the Works Committee.
Seconded by Cr Fyfe and carried.
The Akaroa Mail wrote asking the Council who was liable for the meter installed with their motor as the Council had dedecided to charge a lump sum instead of through a meter as previously granted.
The matter was referred to the Lighting Committee.
Cr Leete read a report from the electrical engineer giving the hours the plant had been running during the past fortnight.
Cr Williams moved the draft order in council of the alteration in the charges for stock going over the new wharf be approved.
Seconded by Cr Penlington and carried. The new charge would be 2/- per score for sheep, lambs, j pigs and goats, or part of a score. 2/- per score for calves under one year and 9d each for less than a score. FINANCE REPORT. j Receipts since last meeting:—| Rent £56 2 9 Water supply 10 16 9 Dog fees 11 17 6 Pound fees 1 15 5 License fees 5 2 0 Drainage fees 12 1 10 Concrete crossings 6 0 0 Electric lamps 8 13 Electric light 4 6 Street scrapings 15 0
£112 17 0 Electric Light Loan Accoun No 2, cr £32 19s 4d.
District Fund Account, dr. £954 10s, in hand £4 Is.
Accounts amounting to £85 3s 5d were passed for payment.
Cr Haylock moved the plans and specifications "of Mr G. N. Hennings dwelling be approved and lie be allowed to erect scaffolding on the street.
Seconded by the Mayor and carried.
Cr Leete said the wharf steps were very slippery and he would suggest wires should be tacked on the slippery portion. He moved the wharves committee be empowered to have the steps wired as suggested.
Cr Henning said he thought the works committee should carry out this work as they had more practical knowledge of these matters.
The Mayor said he thought the matter should be left with, the wharves committee.
the wharves committee. Cr Hennings remark was a as each committee should do its own work.
Cr Williams "also considered it a slur on the committee and took exception to Cr Henning's remarks.
Cr Munro, chairman of the Wharves Committee: Cr Henning should be created "The great I am over all the committees."
.Cr Henning said he made the suggestion on the score of economising and efficiency. He did not think the chairman of the wharves committee had the practical knowledge. Why had not the seat on the end of the wharf been painted months ago. Cr Munro: You have no practical knowledge yourself I should say.
The Mayor said he was very much opposed to the sentiment expressed by Cr Henning. Every committee had its work, and the work under the jurisdiction of that committee should be done by that committee.
Cr Munro, hotly: Cr Henning is not very practical in the work he takes on even with regard to hi.s own business.
The matter was dropped. . Cr Williams said he thought something should be done to cut down the electric plant expenses
and now the factory current had been cut off. He moved the traction engine be discontinued after next meeting of the council Seconded by Cr Penlington. Cr Noonan said they could not supply the lighting without the engine. Crs Williams and Penlington contended that as the factory •was to be cut off the traction should not be necessary.
Cr Williams thought it was only just as the engine had been put on expressly to supply the butter factory. Cr Noonan said when the engine was put on at the power house the butter factory put in their engine and the traction engine was not put on expressly for the factory.
The Mayor said as soon as there was a good fall of rain the engine would be done away with. The resolution was lost.
Cr Haylock moved applications be called for a person to clean the borough side channels in the main street and keep the streets clean. Seconded by Cr Williams and carried.
Cr Williams said there was a lot of lumber on the new wharf besides fishing nets. He thought the wharf should be kept clear. Cr Henning said under the rules of the Marine Department the Council was bound to keep the wharf clean. He said he often saw kerosene stacked on the wharf, and wharves were occasionally burnt down by kerosene igniting in a hot sun. In Liverpool 11 niiles of staging had been burnt in this way. Cr Munro moved the wharfinger be instructed to have the wharf cleared.
The motion was carried. It was decided the Council meet the following day to inspect the Domain fence which is to be cut down and to select a dumping ground for rubbish. The meeting , then terminated.
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3534, 7 April 1916
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