WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL.
The monthly meeting of the Wairewa County Council was held at the Chambers, Little Kiver on Tuesday last, when there were present Messrs J. F. Buchanan (chairman), J, Chapman, W. F. Parkinson, T. Feather T. Thompson and J. C. C. Gebbie.
Ah apology for absencfe was received from Mr J. 0. Coop.
Mr Thompson reported having inspected the part of the Education reserve offered to the Council for a horse paddock by Mr Jenkins the occupier. The chairman and Mr Feather also reported having inspected the reserve which they stated was most suitable for the purpose required.
It was resolved the chairman and clerk wait on the North Canterbury Board of Education and ask for a separate lease for the area they required apart from Mr Jenkin's lease. Engineer's Report. "Since last meeting the Little River men have been finding stone at the Hill Top, and at the present time there are 570 yards spawled and stacked and. about 200 yards quarried and ready to cart and stack. In company with Mr Chapman we have inspected! Puaha road, and while there is no urgency with the work some metal is required to Jill a central rut, and we found a very convenient quarry on Mr Maffey's property for which Mr Chapman was to negotiate.
Relative to metal on Vanstone road, there is scarcely an available quarry from which to obtain a supply except Mr Clark's quarry, and he will sell the royalty for 6d per yard, provided also that the road leading to his house from the main valley road is also metalled, and I must report that his is a fair request as the road is rather badly in need of repairs.
In company with Messrs Gebbie and Thompson we visited Western Valley road deviations through Mr Montgomery's land and iind that two of the diversions could have been arranged to be sold to the incoming purchaser, but as they were not, the only alternative would seem to be for the Council to do so.
The plans have been returned to the surveyors for alteration with the latter object. The first diversion or putting back of the diversion was agreed to at the time and the creek is in front of it."
It was decided to make the heal) of metal at the Hill Top up to 1000 yards.
It was also decided the thanks of the Council be tendered Messrs Montgomery and Latter for granting- the Council permission to obtain stone from their properties.
It was resolved the clerk and Mr Chapman attend to the entire matter of the Puaha metalline: - .
Mr Montgomery wrote as follows :—"I have been away in Wellington .since the last meeting- of your Council and only received your letter on my return yesterday, consequently I could not keep the appointment as you
suggested. You say your Council does not seem to quite understand the entire matter. 1 imagined it was particularly plain. With members of your Board I .went over the proposed road deviations and said I was willing to agree to such deviations as would suit the Council, provided I was paid for the land taken. This was agreed to, and your chairman instructed your surveyors to prepare the plans. Some weeks ago I interviewed your Council as to the amount "of payment which I was to receive for the land, and it was agreed to refer the matter to arbitration. When I received the letter from Messrs Lane and Neave which you have seen, asking that the matter should be settled without delay, I tried to inter-1 view your Council again but as they were busy over some case at the Court I was unable to do so, but as the matter was such a small one 1 arranged with several members of your Council, including the chairman, that I would be satisfied if the Council itself should fix the price of the land taken, feeling confident that the Council would fix a fair value for the land. I have seen no re-j port of your Council meeting and do not see what it is they do not understand or why they should have caused inconvenience to the transferees of the property by hanging up the titles 'with further delays. I shall not, I am afraid be able to go over the land with any of you as I have business in Wellington which will prevent my coming back to Little River for the present, but you have the plans, you know the road and the facts are well known to several members of your Council. I shall be glad to hear from you that the compensation has been fixed as soon as possible, or if any difficulty occurs the name of the arbitrator it is proposed to appoint.
The clerk, Messrs Thompson and Gebbie reported, re diversion of Western valley road, and Mr Parkinson proposed that Mr Montgomery be paid for the land at the rate of £30 per acre and that the land taken be authorised to be sold.
Mr V. H. Line reported having! registered 370 doss in the County j 3-55 at 2/6 making a total of £44 7s 6d and 15 at 10/- making a grand total of £51 17s 6d. The total number of dogs registered last year was 378, but there were still a few to be registered-. Sixteen Maori owned dogs had been registered.
The report was received
The North Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board wrote intimating - that the levy made on the Wairewa County Council for the current year was 1750 0s 2d.
It was resolved to pay the levy in quarterly instalments.
Mr J. C. C, Gebbie reported that the Council's tenant at Gebbie's valley had enlisted for the front. The house was in a state of disrepair and he asked if the Council could see its way to effect some repairs.
The Council decided that the house was not worth any expenditure by way of repairs.
Mr Mclntosh, of Willesden, Birdling's Flat, wrote stating that he was in charge of Willesden station and asked the Council to bridge the creek at Willesden so that his children could go to the Birdling's Flat school. At the present time when the creek rose the children were unable to cross. It was resolved that the Council could not do anything in i the matter.
The Union Bank of Australasia wrote asking- Avhat overdraft the Council would require .for the current year. The overdraft required was fixed at £2250.. Accounts amounting to g,V,1l Is were passed for payment and the Council adjourned.
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WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3545, 12 May 1916
WAIREWA COUNTY COUNCIL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3545, 12 May 1916
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