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A meeting of this Board was held on Saturday, present Messrs G. Armstrong, W. W. Williams, R. A. Pettigrew, W. Warner and T. W. Wilkins.

The Chair

Mr Armstrong was re-elected chairman. A ballot was taken and Messrs Armstrong and Warner were the two members who retire after a year's lapse. Mr Williams moved that Rogers be employed temporarily and applications be called before next meeting , . Mr Cusdin applied for a nine inch culvert to be put into the drain leading to his house. The chairman moved that the matter be left to Messrs Pettigrew and Wilkins to arrange for the culvert to be put h> if necessary. Seconded by W. W. Williams and carried. Mr D. Barwick applied for leave to attend the Duvauchelle sale except when urgent work was on hand.. Permission was granted. The necesary motion _ to arrange for overdraft of £1500 at the bank was passed.

Foremen s Reports, Amos Arnold reports—Have been working , on the lower end of Bossu road at a bad point and cleaning water table also removing stones and slip off and removing slip at the top of Jubilee road. Would like help as there is a good lot o£ work to be done. About two weeks work is < required on the top part of Jubilee road, water tables and culverts want seeing, to and other parts of the road. W. Shadbolt reports—Since last meeting we finished carting screenings on to the Hickory road, cleaned the water channel from the new metal to the top of the range on the Hickory road, also cleared a tree off that road I that blew down. We finished carting screenings on the Gough's Bay road, also carted 40 yards of metal on to that road and'blinded it and put in a new culvert on that road, repaired a culvert on the Long Bay road on the.other side of the range and sledged about 50 yards of stone and filled in those wash-outs on the Long Bay road on the other side of the range and carted 25 yards ol metal on to that road, grubbed the gorse in the horse paddock and arc now carting metal on the Long Bay road patching up. H. Dack reports—Since your last meeting we finished Oriawe hill road cleaning water tables and culverts, we also cleaned culverts and outlets on the new Pigeon Bay road. We cleaned water tables and culverts out on Piper's Valley from B. Barker's to the top, we also put one day in on Robinson's Bay wharf road and we are now working on the Wainui main road, Financial Statement. i Receipts since last meeting , £55 9s 7d; Dr Balance £199 7s 10d ; Accounts presented £99 11s scl; Cash, in hand £75 9s 8cl; Total debit £223 9s 7d. ! _ The foremen's reports and financial statement were adopted Piper's Valley Metal, The clerk said the County jcnairmun asked whether the [Board wanted the metal on Piper's Valley crushed as the crusher was available now. Mi Pettigrew said there were about :«)() yards there and it would be a good thing to get on with the work. Mr Warner moved that the crusher be engaged in Piper's Valley to erus]l the metaL Seconded by Mr Pettigrew and carried. r Robinson's Bay Wharf Road I he chairman said he had gone round the Robinson's Bay wharf IT urn (,;,y '" co '"P«ny with Mr Williams. The road was in ■■'• l)"<l condition and the rubble "■an was scoured in places The '•"nnvle also was cracked l>v (he wlwirl. Whoever did it, |,hr j nh w.i:: a ve,- y poor one. U seemed ( " him that the wall wanted ■■nrerigthening at once. Mr Williams said he considered he wharf roacl was made a foot f"olow. Ihe sea water was over '(- in the late storm and that was not a bad sou'wester. As to the

wall it was a very faulty one,' the materials oi' which it was made wei - c shoddy. Mr Wilkin* said that the road was exactly the same height as the old jetty. It was four inches lower than the Hat road and the same height as the main road round Duvauchelle. As to the scouring - behind the wall, ■ that was very frequent. No rubble wall would stand firm at once, New ones required more attention than old established ones and this referred to roads as well as walls. The County Council had frequently had to spend money on the Flat road and wall. They had had to fill in gaps where the scouring- had taken place behind the wall, The Kobinson's Bay wharf- road would be much less trouble later. A few yards of rotten rubble would be required and that was all. As to. the crack in the cement wall they could not expect the best work when the contractor was so limited in the amount of money to be used. They had been told to economize strictly over the job, and so.they had decided to allow the contractor to use Robinson's Bay sand and everyone knew that this could not compare with Wainui sand. The Council appointed an overseer and the overseer was present when the wall was built. The overseer had asked him whether the Robinson's Bay sand 'was all that was needed and he had stated that this was in the specifications. There was no new work that did not give some trouble. In this case the work was not set yet. He himself had not been there lately. He would like to ask the members what amount would be required to repair the road. The chairman said the trouble was that the wall by the wharf had been pushed out. It was cracked in. two places and might give way. He did not know there had been a foreman in charge of the job. He maintained the rubble wall had been put up badly. He himself objected to rubble walls and thought it was much better to point "walls with cement. Mr Williams said he was living on the spot when the job was done and it was his opinion that the work had been done in. a very poor manner. He thought that the concrete should have been put at some depth and not just on the surface. It was a bad principle not to use Wajnui sand. Mr Wilkins said the real value of the work was quite up to the specifications. To make it a first class job they wanted £500 or £600 more that the Kobinson's Bay people were prepared Ito provide. When they went i into the figures it was found that quite that amount extra was required above the guaranteed ( sum. The County Council had to I search round for cheap ways and I subterfuges. They had saved £168 in the rubble wall. He said! I that if people were not prepared! to pay for a thing they could not have it, j Mr Williams said the people in Kobinson's Bay were never approached or told that the extra ; amount would make a first class 'job of the best materials, In answer to Mr Warner the chairman said the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board had taken over the road from the County Council after it had been formed and the Board were now responsible for its upkeep. Mr Warner said that in that case the Board was not liable for the way it had been made. Mr Pettigrew said that some people thought that the Road i Board had formed the road, but ; they had had no hand in it at all. ■ They had* metalled it after it was {formed. Mr Wilkins said that he di< ■not consider the clerk of work: had been at all remiss over tin job and he had carried out hi; duties conscientiously. He wem to the clerk of works and askec him if he was quite satisfiec with _ the job. He expressed satisfaction at the way in which the work had been carried out. He did not think the clerk oi works was wrong to approve oi the job. [t was done well for the money available and to his mind the work was quite good [ enough for all requirements. The chairman said after Mr Wilkin's explanations he agreed that they had no fault to find. ; | In answer to Mr Williams Mr Wilkins said the difference in the, cost of the job would be r> - aj yard for Wainui sand. \ The chairman moved the foreman make the necessary repairs , to the road and rubble wall in Robinson's Bay. Seconded by Mr Warner and carried. Mr Williams asked whether when the foreman was there he would attend to the Robinson's! Bay school road which needed a few repairs , . ■' Mr Pettigrew said some year: ago the French Farm Valle.v road bridge timber was con demned. There might be ar accident if the bridge was not repaired. He suggested II ft decking for (lie bridge. Tin , .stringers were quite good. He moved thai the bridge be redecked to a width of MR. Seconded by Mr Warner and carried. The chairman said there was ■i lot of limber lying- in Akaroa lelonging to the Board,

The clerk said this consisted mostly of stringers. It was left in the hands of Mr Pottigrew to arrange, about the redecking of the bridge.

Mr Warner asked about Mr Paurini's metal contract. It was time the work was done as the roads wanted metalling.

The chairman moved that Mr Warner see Mr Paurini about the matter. Seconded by Mr Wilkins

and carried

Motor By-laws

The chairman said it was only right the Board should discuss motor ears travelling at night as the Akaroa County Council wanted to know the opinion of the various road boards. He had a great aversion to cars travelling on these hills by night, He) would he opposed to allowing the cars to run on the roads after ' dark. Mf Wilkins said he held quite different views from the chairman. Perhaps one who had a< motor car or cycle would look at it differently and he occupied that position. He maintained that in the traffic on these roads for every horse there were ten motors and motor cycles, of all these travelling- on the Peninsula about one in every 50 or 60 went with a horse. It was the duty of a local body to consider the public over which it presided. As to barring- motor traffic by night on account of danger you might just as well say trains frightened stock, and this was an argument used in England which prevented the use of locomotives in many districts for a number of years. The time was not far dis- ( tant when everyone would travel with petrol. This bogey of horses being afraid of cars was gradually disappearing. He instanced how frightened people were in daylight of the first cars which came to Akaroa. He had spoken at length, but he wished to place on record his opinion. To be progressive, they should not be in the van and just a joke to other districts as being the only local body in New Zealand who restricted cars so severely.

Mr Williams said they were not objecting to cars travelling by day, but to the night travelling. He could go into Akaroa now with a horse in safety, but he objected to the glaring lights of cars as they would frighten any horse.

Mr Wilkins said the trouble had been overcome in England by limiting the power of car lights or the use of smoked glass over the shutter. He said that reducing the lights also restricted the speed of cars.

Mi- Pettigrew said he would like to see. the cars allowed to run on Wednesday nights. If I they were keeping the by-law it j meant that those using the i through cars to Christchurch on Wednesdays had to get away from Christchurch at 2.30 p.m. and it did not give them time to do their business. Cars were allowed to run at Little River up to the Hill Top and there were no accidents there. He believed that it would be a good idea to allow the one night a week as a trial. The cars travelled the district now and were not captured unless they went into Akai'oa.

Mr Warner said he would not be against the cars travelling the main road, but the by-roads were too narrow. On the main road he would not think so much of it as the road was wider. In time the night travelling must come. The chairman said that Mr Wilkins did not say anything , of the numerous accidents in other parts of 'New. Zealand. The simple reason why they had had no accidents was because their by-laws restricted the traffic. Itj would be a'detriment to the residents of the Peninsula to rebate the by-laws in any way. If they I made it Wednesday night every offender would say lie thought that cars were allowed the particular night on which he was captured. He moved that this Board is of opinion that it is undesirable that motors should travel on the roads by night on Wednesday. Seconded by Mi Warner and carried. Messrs Wilkins and Pettigrew dissenting . The chairman said during the last year a good deal of money had been expended on Long Bay, Cough's., and Hickory roads. lie would like this year to see some money expended on. the Lighthouse, Flcn and Stoncy Bay roads. They had not been neglected by the Board as it had been impossible to get the labour. He moved -the foreman be authorised to put these roads in repair this winter. Seconded by Mr Williams and carried. In answer to the chairman the clerk said the conveyance -was signed by Mr Mullins. It was agreed that this was a good time l:o go on with the work. The chairman moved that tenders be called for forming the ; Bcilgucfi road deviation, to be in Jby next meeting. Seconded by ': Mr Wilkins and carried. ; The Boar:! then adjourned to •rune 10. j

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AKAROA AND WAINUI., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3546, 16 May 1916

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AKAROA AND WAINUI. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3546, 16 May 1916

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