LAKE COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY.
THE AKAROA COUNTY AND
At. the Akaroa County Council meeting on Saturday the supply of Lake Coleridge electric current for the Akaroa County and Borough was considered,' the County chairman presiding. Besides the County Council' mem-!
bers there were present Mr A. Goodwin, His Worship the Mayor and Messrs E. Noonan and W. H. Henning, members of the lighting committee _of the Akaroa Borough Council. The chairman said, leaving out French Farm and Wainui the amount of current for lighting already taken up was £1472. He thought they could safely count upon the power at £800, so that most probably the total revenue would be £2270. Still by reducing the power to £530 they would have an income of at least £2000.
Mr G. H. O'Callaghan reported the result of his canvass. He said in Barry's Bay, Duvauchelle and Takamatua most of the residents were tenants and in a great many cases their tenure expired within twelve months. The following amounts had been guaranteed in the different bays j for lighting :—
Barry's Bay, £54 8s for ten residents.
Duvauchelle and Piper's Valley, £72 15s for eighteen residents. Robinson's Bay, £30 Bs, all taking the light with the exception of one. Takamatua, £50. He felt ciuite confident that there would be a big increase in the amount of current taken up in this district and the total for i the four bays was £210 3s
Following are the total guarantees for the different districts :— Little Akaloa, Okains and Le Bon's £564 Pigeon Bay £400 Barry's Bay £54 Duvauchelle £72 Robinson's Bay £30 Takamatua £50 Akaroa £300 Total £1470 Estimate of power . £530 Total revenue £2000 Mr Goodwin reported _as follows :—"I rang up Mr Birks on Friday evening. He has been to Wellington on the Peninsula scheme but so far has not received any reply from the chief. He suggests the Council forward him the results of to-day's meeting, as at present he has nothing in writing to forward on to head quarters. He is ready to move 'within a month if the scheme is proved to be practicable and the ! .money forthcoming. Most of the important jobs about town are nearing completion and they are now ready for work further afield. He advises any of the Councillors to call on the Chief if in Wellington and matter with liim;''" '
Mr Goodwin continuing said he had met Mr Birks on the Ferry steamer from Wellington and he advised the Council members to wait on Mr Parry regarding' the scheme in Wellington. Mr Parry could then approach the Minister with the Council's representative relative to the loan money required.
Mr Goodwin said he had also communicated with Mr Templin about the scheme and he advised the Council to take the followingsteps :—
. Make up a report dealing with the support offering in each bay and Akaroa. 2. Before employing an engineer get a statement from the Public Works Department that they will bring the line down, a certain revenue is forthcoming. 3. After obtaining the above employ an engineer to go thoroughly over the ground and make out a report of the estimate of the cost covering the whole area of the County that the Council wish to reticulate, and after that call a meeting to receive the report and decide if the scheme- is to be proceeded with. The next step would be to consider the rating area.
The chairman asked if the special rating area had been considered.
Mr Goodwin said the first thing to do was to ascertain if the Public Works Department would accept the scheme with the guarantee now offering and if they did to employ an engineer to go into the reticulation cost and the rating area.
The chairman before proceeding read letters from the Wairewa County Council and the Akaroa Borough Council.
The Wairewa County Council would assist in every manner stated that their canvass was not yet completed, but the current was being taken up most satisfactorily. The Council possible to bring the Lake Coleridge current to the Peninsula.
The. Akaroa Borough Council promised a revenue of £300 if allowed to reticulate and supply the Borough and outskirts, and £200 if confined only to the Borough at a minimum charge of £10 per kilowatt.
Mr E. Noonan, chairman of the Lighting Committee of the Borough Council said he had canvassed the outskirts of the Borough and had promises of about £100 for lighting and say, £80 to £100 for power.
Mr A. Goodwin said Mr Templin suggested the Council should form a lighting committee of about five members. In conversation with Mr Birks he said that probably the Public Works Department would deal direct with the Wairewa County Council for their current.
In answer to the chairman concerning the power charges to be made by the Department Mr Goodwin said Mr Birks had told him that they would make the cost ol" current cheap enough to ■yndercut oil engines. They had T>een able to do this in Tai Tapu land there was not an oil engine running there now.
Mr Goodwin continuing said he thought the Akaroa supply was) underestimated. In the near future Akaroa was going to push ahead as a tourist resort and the requirements of the town would be much greater. He thought the residents should reserve enough power for what was com-j ing latei
Mr Conway said he thought all they could do was to forward particulars of their canvass to Wellington.
The Mayor said the estimate for the Borough was a low estimate and probably Akaroa itself could take an extra £300 worth of current. The Borough Council had had to turn down a number of applications for power recently and they were only able to supply the Akaroa Butter Factory with power because there was a good supply of water at the present time. If the ! electric current came he was sure it would mean a big thing for the district. People who could not take up dairying now on account of the labour trouble would do so if they could get the current*. He would guarantee that the Balgueri street line would be paid for straight out. The Borough wanted to help the County as far as possible. The Borough and County should work together to bring Coleridge current to the Peninsula, and he assured them the Borough would do all in their power to assist.
Mi- Noonan said the reason] why the Borough Council had fixed upon £10 per k.w. in their offer was that the Tai Tapu Dairy Coy were charged £8 10s per k.w., and the Government had made an offer of £16 10s per k.w. delivered at the Borough
boundary. They were only laymen in these matters and had made a price which they thought was between the two.
Mr W. H. Henning said as far as he could see the estimates of
low sideT He was sure the current would be taken up enthusiastically once it came. He had not taken up the current at first, but after once experiencing the convenience of electricity he would pay double the price rather than lose it. He thought the Council might easily go forward with the scheme without the slightest hesitation.
Mr Goodwin said the price paid in Christchurch per k.w. was £12. He was sure the men of the Peninsula would not let the scheme
fall through for a few hundred pounds. He was confident that they would succeed in getting the power .if they all did their best. Eight years ago he had installed a plant for £400 which was now the worse for wear and it would have paid him better in encouraging Lake Coleridge current by putting that £400 into the scheme if it had been possible at that time.
The chairman said it was much harder for a local authority to deal with a proposition like this than a private company. As a local body they had to form a special rating area and iix a rate to guarantee the loan for reticulation and they had to see that it would never be necessary to collect that rate. They could put the proposition before the Government, and then if it was accepted employ Mr Templin to go into the cost of reticulation. The ratepayers had two saveguards in the matter. If they could not deliver the current at the prices guaranteed they could throw the scheme out and then they would go to a poll for the whole scheme. In the case of the outlying districts, it 'would not be fair for the whole scheme to attempt to connect them all up now, but he thought in a few years the Council would be able to reach out and bring in all the outlying districts. But until they were sure the scheme would pay it would be suicidal to take in the outlying districts. He moved the information before the Council be forwarded to the Public Works Department and the Department be asked to state if it was prepared to supply to the Council, and at what price. The motion was seconded by Mr J. K. Thacker.
Mr E. Hay said if the County got 10 per cent on their outlay they should be able to raise £1200 to pay interest and sinking fund on their loan. He thought the Government ought to be satisfied with less than 10 per cent on their capital outlay of £12000 for the construction of the line ■10 miles at £300 per mile to Akaroa. The Wairewa CountyCouncil would add considerably to the revenue of the line which would run through their County. The motion was carried. The Mayor before withdrawing thanked the Council.
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LAKE COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3543, 9 May 1916
LAKE COLERIDGE ELECTRICITY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3543, 9 May 1916
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