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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.

The fortnightly meeting- of the Akaroa Borough Council was held on Wednesday evening, present His Worship the Mayor and Crs E. Noonan, A. R. Munro, D. Fyfe, T. Penlington, W. H. Henning, C. S. Cantrell, G. H. Haylock, and, C. W. Leete. I Cr Leete moved the notice of motion standing in his name that the newly formed Smith street should be re-named Anzac street Cr Williams seconded the motion. The Mayor said he sympathised with the patriotic sentiments expressed by Cr Leete, Smith was he believed an old identity and an old stock dealer. He did not believe in changing the names of the streets. Cr Cantrell said he hoped the Council would be able to find a fitter memorial thaia this muddy road and was against the change. The motion was lost. A notice of motion moved by Cr Leete in reference to rescinding previous charges made for electric current and confirming the new charges was seconded Cr Leete said before proceeding with the reading of the correspondence, which no doubt dealt with matters of legal opinion from the firm in which he was employed or dealing ■ with his firm's action he would like to know his position in relation to the Council. He said Cr Henning had written him a private letter criticising his being a member of the Council and an employee of the legal firm in question and he would like the Council's ruling in the matter. The Mayor said the letter written by Cr Henning was of a private nature and the Council! could not recognise it. In regard to the legal opinions they could let the matter stand over until they were considered. A circular was read from the Plumbers' Board in reference to licenses. The letter was received. Messrs S. C. Lelievre and J. ii. Curry waited on the Council in regard to the opening of Wats n street which ran between the property of these two, owners.

The Mayor said he would like to know what Mr Lelievre i esquired the Council to do in the matter. Mr Lelievre said he wanted io build a stable on his proper y adjoining Watson street. Lain' probably the land facing Wats* n street would be cut up in'.o sections and sold. He wanted so keep a cow in one of these stations and therefore want d access. He suggested the Conicil should open the street to where it crossed the Boron .":h

boundary. In answer to the Mayor Jir Lelievre said lie did not wa-.t the street formed, knit simply opened up. Cr Cantrell said he did not think the street need be opened

up to the boundary in the meantime.

Mr J. Curry said Mr Lelievre only asked that the street he opened as far as his section be understood. It would be a big expense to him if the street were opened right up to the boundary of the Borough. On the motion of Cr Haylock it was agreed to open up the street as far as second fence giving access to Mr Lelievre's paddocks.

Cv Haylock moved notice be given Mr J. Curry to move his fence across Watson street and

the Surveyor be instructed to

define Watson street to the Borough boundary. Seconded by Cr Williams and carried. An account of costs for £6 7s from Messrs Garrick and Co was rendered to the Council. The Mayor said this account was included in an account rendered by the late Mr Geo. Harris which would be dealt with later. The Council went into committee to consider solicitors letters and legal opinions in reference to cases brought against the Council in regard to electrical energy supply. On resuming the Mayor reported that with reference to the Narbey case it had been held over for further advice. En reference to the Butter Factory Cr Henning had given notice of motion as follows :— Cr Henning gave notice of motion that the motion passed at the meeting of February 23, 1916, cutting off supply of electrical current to the Akaroa Butter Factory Co. be rescinded. Cr Williams asked if the Council were going to ask Cr Williams and Penlington, who had retired during consideration of the Butter Factory case, to retire again when this matter was discussed. The Mayor said he hoped Cr Williams would take the matter in a reasonable way. He thought it was only right that shareholders and directors should retire when these matters were discussed. Mr H. A. Bennetts wrote stating that Mr Lloyd wished to wait on the Council in regard to his lease of the Council's reserve in Ashburton. The Mayor said Mr Lloyd was £300 in arrears with his rent and Mr Digby £200 in arrears. He was sorry the Town Clerk had

not given the Council a report on

the non payment of these rents. The Council as trustees for the ratepayers should know exactly | how the payment of rent of these reserves stood. Cr Haylock asked what conditions the Council made with tenants in regard to the rents. The Mayor said the rent was due in advance. Cr Haylock said the Council were neglectful in not seeing that this condition of the lease was not complied with. - Cr Monro moved the tenants be given two weeks notice to pay their arrears and proceedings be taken if the money is not paid.. Seconded by Cr Fyfe and carried. J. Mclenaghan gave notice to have light in his billiard room cut off and application was also received from J. R. Whitham to have light and iron discontinued. The requests were granted. An application for hall licenses for the Akaroa Boating Club and Oddfellows Hall were granted. A letter ' was received from Messrs Andrews, Baty and Co enclosing an account of £9 for an advertisement of Akaroa in the Motorists guide. Cr Henning said he was very strongly in favour of the advertisement and said he would do what he could with the Council when the agent waited on him. Later lie wrote a private individual to the firm about the matter. Cr Williams said he thought any Cr outside should not be guilty of writing such letters to any firm compromising the Council. The letter was received. The North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board wrote asking the Council to pay the Borough levy in monthly or two monthly instalments. [ Cr Henning moved the previous resolution be rescinded and the levy be paid in two monthly instalments. Seconded by Cr Cantrell and carried. Cr Haylock, chairman of the Works Committee presented the following report :— A meeting of the Works Committee was held on Tuesday, May 2, 1916, at 7.30 p.m. to consider and report on the following matters. That the plans and specifications of Mr Stanley Lelievre's bath room be approved. That Mr Stanley Lelievre be re-

quested to provide a detailed

specification of loosebox, trapshed, etc. That owing to the war and the present state of finance the committee cannot recommend the Council to procure a horse and dray at present, the

matter to be further considered

when the present lease of reserve expires. The matter of water lodging at school gate and swamp at short cut to school.

The foreman has been instructed to attend to the matter and do what is necessary. The report was adopted. Cr Munro, chairman of the Reserves Committee reported as follows :— Re Mr Digby's application for payment of improvements at the end of his lease. That Mr Digby's attention be drawn to Clause 17 of his lease, and he be informed the Council is prepared to carry out the conditions therein. The Council with regret is unable to grant Mr Digby's request for a renewal of I his lease for another fourteen 'years. That Mr Digby's application for trees be granted, not to {exceed 500 and that he be in-

structed to purchase the same. The nurseryman to forward the account to the Council.

The report was adopted

Cr Munro said the clause mentioned in the lease stated that the Council would value improvements at the end of the lease and pay according to the value. Cr Leete chairman of the Lighting Committee presented the following report :— Your committee beg to report having met and considered the following remits: 1. Re Mr W. H. Henning s application for energy for hot plates withdrawn. . 2. Re letter from Mr F. Davis objecting to the charges for electrical current, your committee have no recommendation to make. The report was adopted.

Finance Report. Amount received since last meeting: Electric current 147 19 0 Drainage connection 17 6 Hall license 110 Dog fee 10 0 £149 7 6

Bank Account. Electric Light Loan Account, cr 32 19 4 District Fund A/c, Dr 768 17 2 Accounts amounts to £92 lis were passed for payment. | Cr Henning said in regard to Cr Leete's position" as member of the Council and secretary of the Butter Coy he had previously written to Cr Leete on the matter. He hoped his views on the matter would not interfere with their friendship which had endured for a quarter of a century. It seemed to him that as Cr Leete was in this position it was not fair to the ratepayers that he should hold office in council. He therefore moved that in view of the fact that Cr Leete was the paid secretary of the Akaroa Butter Coy he should be asked to resign his seat on the council. Cr Leete was also connected with a legal firm who had threatened the Council with litigation in connection with their electrical supply. He trusted Cr Leete would relieve the Council by resigning. He quite recognised the Council had no legal right to ask him to retire. The motion lapsed for want of a seconder.

Cr Henning moved a further resolution that Cr Leete be askto resign as chairmanship of the Lighting Committee of the Council. If Cr Leete would not retire the Council should declare the office vacant.

Cr Cantrell seconded the motion pro forma. He was in sympathy with what Cr Henning said in connection with Cr Leete's relation to the LightingCommittee. The Council could ask members to retire where they held interests in a company in conflict with the Council. The Mayor said Cr Leete had been elected by the ratepayers and the Council had no right to. | ask him to resign. The resolutions only hardened him up to retire. He thought under the circumstances Cr Leete should retire from the chairmanship. I

Cr Fyfe said he thought there was far too much talk about retiring, etc., and he was heartily sick of the whole affair.

Cr Leete said he defied Cr Henning to force him to retire. Cr Henning had aggravated the whole question. When he rereceived Cr Henning's letter with the threat contained he was very annoyed as he had always worked in the interests of the Council and as chairman of the Lighting Committee his only reason for remaining was to get Lake Coleridge to Akaroa. Cr Henning said lately Cr Leete had become the paid secretary of the Akaroa Butter Coy and under the amendments to the Municipal Corporations Act he should not sit on the Council. The motion was lost. Cr Leete then tendered his resignation as chairman of the Lighting and Fire Brigade and Finance Committees. - I

The Mayor said he accepted the resignation with regret and Cr Leete had acted very honourably in the matter.

Cr Henning was elected to the Lighting, Finance and Fire Brigade Committees. Cr Noonan was appointed chairman of the committees.

Cr Leete moved the sum of £1 be granted to Mr V. Magee for his extra work in connection with the electrical plant during the Easter holidays. Seconded by Cr Penlington and carried.

Cr Noonan read the following return containing the amount of electrical energy supplied to consumers and the amount of money refunded to the Council by the electrician for connections made for the past two years. The return is as follows :—

The electrician has connected with the electric plant nearly six hundred lamps of till sizes, nine motors, eight kettles, twenty six irons, hot plates, fans, radiators seven. He has sent in returns stating that he has worked for consumers 103 days in two years and three months and made a refund of £52 10s. The statement continued: "This system appears to me to be absolutely wrong because there is no way of keeping a check on work done by the electrician. In the schedule of duties that the electrician has, it states "All work done for consumers and others, to be entered on each pay shee^^dreported This has not electrician has statements in two three months that he has beln working for the Borough Council.

The statements are:—29 days refund £14 15s; 17 days refund £9 4s 2d; 21 days refund £10 10s lOd; 36 days refund £18. Total 103 days refund £52 10s.

T would like to see a full statement of work done by him for consumers and I would like him to be written to and asked for a full statement of work done by him for consumers since he has been working for the Borough Council.

Cr Noonan moved in the direction indicated above. The motion was seconded by Cr Williams and carried.

The Mayor moved notice boards of the speed of motors in the Borough under the by-law be placed at the intersection of Grehan Valley, Balgueri, and Jolie streets and Bruce Terrace with the main street. The motion was seconded by Cr Henning j who said he had given evidence in the Court that clay and found the notices were absolutely necessary. The Council then adjourned.

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3542, 5 May 1916

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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3542, 5 May 1916

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