AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL.
The monthly meeting of the Akaroa County Council was held at the chambers, Duvauchelle, on Saturday, present Messrs. J. D. Bruce (chairman), E. Hay, T. Conway, C. B. Thacker, F. Williams and J. li. Thacker. Before starting the business Mr J. R. Tli acker congratulated the chairman upon his recovery (applause.) Night Travelling for Motors. Mr C. B. Thacker moved the motion standing in his name that "t_.c Akaroa County Motor Bylaw be amended to allow motors to travel in the country at night on every Wednesday in the week. !*> said the motor by-law was being broken every night and the one night a week would] satisfy tho requirements for a while! The Council could then prosecute anyone travelling other nights. The Peninsula was a farming district ami the farmers had to attend the Addington sale If the roda was open for motors on Wednesday evenings they could get home that night.
Mr T. Conway seconded the motion and said he would go one better than Mr Thacker and support a propositi to throw the road open on Saturday nights as well. This step -was very necessary as motors are increasing and would increase in the district.
Mr F. W. Williams said it would be very convenient to the few motor owners to attend Addington yards. There were only a few who owned motor cars, however, and all the other residents would have to standi
down because the motorists had the road.
The chairman said he had asked the Council's solicitor what eifect this new move would have on the remaining portion of the by-law. Jn the first place theyj had hail difficulty in declaring a road a dangerous place in making the by-law, as only a bridge was then considered a dangerous place. This provision was extend ed later to roads and'the Council had to declare all Peninsula roads dangerous roads. This enabled them to get the by-law through. The position was, what effect! was Ihe Wednesday night, travelling going to have on the by-law. The solicitor was of the same opinion as he was that it would smash the by-law as a whole. Anyone pleading that if it was not dangerous to travel one night a week, it was not dangerous to travel other nights would succeed. If passed, this would in his opinion do away with the bylaw as a whole. The remedy for running at night was to put, .. man on to catch offenders. The police could not. do it except on the outskirts of Akaroa, Ft was the duty of every member, if the by-law was infringed to report it to the Council. He believed the solicitors opinion would be distinctly against the motion if the by-law was to be saved. Mr Conway was going against the wishes of the people in his riding in supporting the motion he was certain. He personally thought it was dangerous to travel on the Peninsula at night and he was going to oppose the motion. In the Akarpa and Wainui riding the
people were distinctly- against the by-law and he must conform with the wishes of the ratepayers he represented. Mr Thacker said Mr Williams had mentioned that only motor owners would be on the road. As a matter of fact anyone could travel on the motors running to Addington. The road was open to the Hill Top and those going; to the sale would have to pass the night in -Christchurch. Ihe district had never been canvassed properly except by a petition in the hotel which was against night travelling. Mr Hay said he had been all over New Zealand on just such dangerous roads as these on the Peninsula and no where was there any restriction for night travelling. The chairman argued if it was°not dangerous one night a week it was not dangerous at all The 1 traps would know not to travel on Wednesday nights. The Council had not the lawyer's opinion and he thought they should have his opinion first. His was only a layman's opinion, but in his opinion when the proper notice had been given and the by-law adjusted he thought it would stand. He thought they should have the solicitor's opinion before deciding. Mr C. B. Thacker said if the by-law Was not amended the bylaw should be enforced to stop the present night travelling. Mr Conway said if a person knew he could travel one night a week he would not infringe on other nightsMr Hay said he thought the Peninsula owners had been very considerate and it was a fair thing for the. public to consider them in the matter. There was no other part in New Zealand where there was such a stringent by-law.
Mr Conway said the hills on the Little River side were just as dangerous as the harbour side and night travelling was allowed. The chairman said the hill z'oads were dangerous though the Wairewa County Council did not think so. The matter was held over until next meeting to allow the Council time to obtain a legal opinion upon the matter. Correspondence. The North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board wrote stating that the annual, levy this year was £1300 10s 6d. The chairman said from what the chairman of the Board had stated there would be a great) deal of additional expense with the treatment of wounded soldiers. He had hoped the levy would not be bigger than last year, but it exceeded it by £200. He thought the Council's representative should report to the Council on the matter. He did not think the local bodies should be expected to pay for the capital expenditure of the institutions. There was an expenditure of £9000 more than last year upon the capital account and £9000 more on the maintenance account. It was decided the chairman write to Mr O. Bradley for a report on Hospital and Charitable Aid Board matters.
The Akaroa Borough Council wrote discontinuing tjie use of the Council's traction engine for their electrical plant.
The Pigeon Bay Road Board wrote forwarding particulars of the Holmes Bay bridge as follows :—"The new bridge in Holmes Bay has been completed at the following cost—New Decking, etc., £39 5s 7d ; Stringers, Sill pieces, Trestle, Concrete facing boards, £41 6s 9d ; Paint and Nails, £1 ss; Cement and Tar, £1.5 ; Carting shingle, cement and timber, £'18 ; Iron and spikes, £5 2s 8d ; Wages £30. Total £150.
The Belgium Relief Committee wrote asking* for assistance from the Council and pointing out the dire distress of the defenceless inhabitants of Belgium. The Lord Mayor of London, as chairman of the Natioal Fund had made a special .appeal on March 31st. The appeal also stated — "It should not be necessary at this stage to enlarge on the debt we owe the Belgium people in the above respect, for everyone must have long ago realised that had it not been for the splendid heroism and valour of that grand little Nation in holding- the Germans back in the first days of the war they would have speedily conquered Paris and the Channel Ports, with very disastrous consequences for England nnd lho whole Empire. Some I ear has been expressed by individuals lost this relief 'sent Inlls into the hands of the Germans, but wo may well leave jthis to the administration ol' the National Fund and the British.. I Government, who will not be likely to allow Germans in Belgium to be thus fed. Besides this, we have the strictest assurance of the Belgium Commission that Germany had not interfered with this relief work but. on the contrary, lias helped it.
The Chairm.-m said the only fear was that the Germans go"t the food meant for the Belo-iums In the district £2000 harMjeen raised for the fund which would pay the district quota for six or soven years. He did not think they would object to pay the quota if they were sure the Bel-I gians got the food.
Mr Hay said they should help these people if they possibly could.
Mr Thacker said the Government should know if the food
really reached the Belgian. It'was decided the chairman write to the Department for further information as to whether the Belgians got the benefit of the food sent. The Taieri County Council wrote forwarding the following resolution for the Council's consideration :—'That the Council respectfully petitions the Government to limit the power of Municipal Councils to erect toll Gates and take Tolls on bridges under the provisions of Sections 198 to 205 of 'The Municipal Corporations Act, 1908,' by prohibiting the erection of such Toll Gates and the taking of such tolls without the sanction of The Governor-in-Council and by reserving to The Governor-in-Counci power to diminish the tolls or to abolish the Toll Gates, whenever he may deem it advisable to do so as is provided in the case of Toll Gates erected by local authorities on roads under Section 156 of 'The Public Works Act, 1908,' by Section 173 of that Act, and that the tolls to be taken at any toll gates on any . bridge whether now existing or . hereafter to be erected shall be restricted to a sum sufficient to : provide for the erection, upkeep, maintenance and renewal (when : necessary) of any such bridge • and shall not be levied used or » applied by the Council, in aid of the ordinary rates and revenue i of the Borough." i The letter was received. i Replies from the Christchurch auctioneers re taking out licenses :in the County were read from ' Messrs Pyne and Co., N.Z. Far- • mers Co-op Association, and • National Mortgage and Agency s Co., promissing to consider takl ing out licenses next with- . in the County. The letters were received. i The Government Insurance De- : partment wrote re R. Fluerty's ; case that the Council should try . and obtain some light work for ; him. - The chairman and Mr C. B. ; Thacker reported that the man 1 was still unable to do any manual > work at all. Mr Thacker said t the man's arm "was still useless and an operation would probably cure him.
It was decided to write to the Insurance Department regarding the operation. Poisoned Wheat. It was decided to secure two sacks of poisoned wheat. Akaroa Boat Slip. The chairman said he had drawn up some regulations' for the control of the Akaroa Boat Slip and would ask the Council to confirm them so that the Council could get an Order-in-j Council. He moved an Order-in-Council be applied for. Seconded by MiHay and carried. Foreman's Report. "Since last meeting we put in four days metalling on point at the back of Barry's Bay school, and have also cleaned out culverts and outlets from Akaroa to Hill top. Since then we have put in eight new culverts on Summit road which was in a very had state, and there are seven or eight more wants renewing as soon as we can get more pipes. We are at present quarrying metal in Piper's quarry to metal the Beach road which needs it badly. We have not been able to do any grading, not being able to secure a team."
The chairman said the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board would lend the Council two horses, ;.nd with the two Council horses t! ey could work the grader.
Mr Hay said; he had seen a splendid little two-horse gra 'er in Lyttelton.
Mr J. R. Thacker said he thought the Okains Road 80. rd would lend a horse for the grader.
The chairman said the Council would have to start crushi g. The Wairewa County had a lot of crushing to do. He took it for granted that they would let the Wairewa County have the crusher on the same terms as the road boards and the plant would crush the metal and it could be rolled as well.
It was decided to write to the Wairewa Council saying the plant, was available.
The clerk said the Akaroa aul Wainui Road Board had 300 yards to break at Piper's Valley.
The chairman said the Courcil would have to find two quarr'es on the Barry's Bay hill road.
Mr C. B. Thacker said he I.ad spoken to Messrs Coop aid Quealy re the Puaha severance and they said if the Council would send a copy of the minute in which the expenditure of tiie £207 item for metal was mentioned they thought the Wairo va County would accept the liability Finance Report. Receipts since last meeti ntr, £505 0s sd; Dr Balance, £121 17s lid; Accounts presented, *t'Jl6 6s 2d; Cash in hand, £151 18s .Id: Debit Balance left £589 os.
Mr X Hay said he had not attended the recruiting meeting in Christchurch as he was not able.
I The chairman said he had written to the Department about, the Robinson's Bay Post Office and had tried to get a larger salary for the person in charge of the post office there. The Government would only give £11. Mr F. Williams said the residents had made the amount up to £20.
The Council then adjourned
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AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3543, 9 May 1916
AKAROA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3543, 9 May 1916
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