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AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3547, 19 May 1916
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL.
jo ! A meeting of. this Council was held on Wednesday evening", present His Worship the Mayor, and Crs Hemiing, Williams, Haylock, Noonan, Penlington, Fyfe, Leete and Cantrell. Leave of Absence. Leave of absence was granted to Cr Munro. I
Notice of Motion. Cr Henning moved the notice of motion standing - in his name that the motion passed on Feb. 1916, cutting off the supply of electricity to the Akaroa Butter Factory be rescinded. It was not necessary to say much as all the Crs were . present when the matter was discussed at last meeting. Seconded by Cr Haylock and carried. Correspondence. Correspondence was read from Agnes Glynan re sale of property to Sarah Ann Glynan, and asking the valuation roll to be amended accordingly. From E. E. Hemingway re sale to F. R. Davis to same effect. From Margaret Brooks re sale to Julia Davidson to same effect. The transfers of the properties were approved. From Mr T. D. Harman re license of the electric light water and the right to carry .a pipe over a road under the jurisdiction of the Akaroa and Wainui Road Board. . ' - '■ The Under Secretary asked for a plan of the power-house and information as to what became of the water after used by the generating machinery. It was resolved the information be forwarded. ■ A communication from the Marine Department re gazetting of alteration in charges of stock on the Akaroa wharf was received An application from Messrs W. D. Wilkins and Sons for an auctioneer's license was granted. From Bank of New Zealand, Akaroa asking for a statement of income, etc., and statutory declaration. The Mayor moved the information be given as soon as the estimates are passed. Seconded by Cr Noonan and carried. Requests from Mr M. Kearney and Mr A. J. Turner to discontinue electric light were granted. From Mr John Benison to effect that he would attend the Council's next meeting. A later letter from Mr H. A. Lloyd re Benison's account enclosing a cheque for part of money and asking for the balance to be left over for three months. Cr Cantrell moved that Mr Benison be allowed three months this time. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried. Cr Noonan asked if the chairman of the Reserves Committee knew if the lessors were behind in their rent when he visited the reserves at Xraas time. It was ia thing that should have been, looked Into particularly, Cr Henning said this was not the correct view. The chairman of the Reserves and the Town Clerk were up to inspect the Reserves and they had done so. They were not to report financially on the Reserves. The Mayor said in the future the Clerk was preparing a statement showing exactly how these lessors stood in regard to thenrent. j Cr Leete said the trouble was that the lessors had frequently asked for leniency and these j people had got behind in their
Cr Cantrell said the Council did not know anything of the matter at all. They Knew nothing about the rents. Applications for electric energy J. L. Buckland. L. J. Brocherie, Frank Kearney and G. Pilkington. The applications were granted and Crs Noonan and Fyfe were appointed to sign same. An application from T. Lewitt for a r-adiatoi' was held over till the Council had more power to dispose of. From W. J. Lane tendering his resignation as electrical engineer for the Borough,
Cr Noonan moved the resignation be accepted and that the matter of advertising , for a successor be left to the Lighting Committee with power to act, Carried Mr S. C. Lelievre applied for a drainage permit for a bathroom. The application was granted. From Mrs M. Wright re light for baths to effect that Cr Munro had told her not to use the lights in her room at the baths and she she did not expect to be charged for same. The Mayor moved that the matter be held over till Cr Munro was present. Seconded by Cr Leete and carried. From Mayor of Christchurch and others re Soldiers' Gramophones asking for funds to supply gramophones at the huts in the camps. Each town was asked'for £10 10s for a gramophone. Cr liaylock moved the Council grant £10 10s towards the fund. Seconded by Cr Leete. Cr Henning moved as an amendment that the Council give £5 5s and the public be asked to supply the other £5 ss. The Mayor said that Cr Henning was right to have his idea on the matter, but he believed the same people paid every time. When they gave out of the rates they got money from some ratepayers who never gave in another way. Cr Henning withdrew the amendment. Cr Noonan said he did not agree at all with the idea and he considered it was not right whm they were so far behind. _ The motion was put and carried. The voting was as follows
For—Mayor, Cr Henning, Haylock. Leele and Williams.
Against—Crs Cantrell, Penlington, Fyfe and Noonan. A letter from the"Sun" re advertising , was received.
In the absence of the chairman, Cr Munro, the Mayor read the following report:—The Reserves Committee last Thursday, 11th May, 1916 made an inspection of the two Borough Reserves and found the fences were not in good repair. There was also a quantity of gorse, broom and sweet briar that wanted grubbing. We recommend that
the tenants be given notice to have the fences put in good repair in accordance with the terms of their lease. Also that notice be given to have all the gorse broom and sweet briar grubbed in October.
As there is a number of manuka trees beginning to die, he would advise the Council to: have them cut into firewood and stacked and sold by auction. The stumps not to be left more than six inches above the ground. We think the trees not to be cut should be marked with red paint by some one to be appointed by the Council.
The Mayor moved the adop-
tion of Clause 1. With reference to the fences it was going to be a hard task to define the condition required. Seconded by Cr Williams who thought that a
post which had rotted in seven years could hardly be expected to be replaced. This was only wear and tear. Cr Hay lock moved that the tenant be written to asking him! to repair his fences, strain the wires, and grub the gorse. Cr Noonan seconded the motion which was carried. The Mayor moved the adoption of Clause 2. Seconded by Cr Williams and carried. Cr Haylock said he hoped the Council would preserve any good trees. It was stated that no good trees would be .cut down. The report as a whole was adopted.
O Fyfe moved that tenders be called for cutting - down the manuka on the reserves. Seconded by Cr Penlington and carried. Cr Noonan, chairman of the Lighting- Committee read a letter of explanation from Mr W. J. Lane, Borough Electrical Engineer. The chairman of the Lighting Committee said that in the schedule of the electrician's duty there was a clause which, demanded that he should report on his private work every fortnight. No report had ever been handed in. The Mayoer suggested that the whole system should be revolutionized. The Council should buy the electric light materials! and retail them to the ratepayers at a small profit. A good salary should be given and no concession. Cr Haylock agreed with the Mayor that a salary should be paid and no concessions be made. The whole matter should be revised carefully before another electrician was engaged. The electrician's letter was received.
Finance Report. Amount received since last meeting :— Electric current 9 17 Auctioneer's License 40 0 0 Building- fee 10 0 Dog fee 10 0 Flat top crossing 2 8 0 Water supply 7 3 0 Rent 10 9 0
Total £70 1 7 ■■ Bank Account. I Electric Light Loan [ Account No 2 Cr 32 19 4 District Fund A/c Dr796 18 10 In hand 1 12 3 Accounts amounting , to £73 4s 5d were passed for payment. Cr Noonan moved that the electrician be docked of the payment of three days as he stayed away seventeen days instead of fourteen days. Seconded by Cr Penlington. Cr Henning objected to this as he thought they should not be too hard. Cr Leete said the man had had no holiday for two years and it was absurd to be very hard.
Cr Cantrell said it was altogether wrong. The man applied for a fortnight and stayed away seventeen days.
Cr Noonan said the electrician was working more for outsiders than for the Council. The motion was carried. :
I Cr Leete moved an account from Mr W. Day be referred to the Wharf Committee. Seconded by Cr Henning and carried. Subject to these amendments accounts amounting to £73 4s 5d were passed for payment. Cr Leete withdrew from the meeting.
J Cr Henning moved that the Akaroa Butter Factory be charged 6d a unit as from May 18. He said that the factory was charged 3d a unit up to the first) 1000 and 2d afterwards. Expert advice showed this charge was; a small one. He hoped by this means the Council would be recouped for the expenses which they had to undertake recently on account of the factory.
The Mayor said that there were practically no rates at all now. The Council would have to make the charges as uniform as possible., f
AKAROA BOROUGH COUNCIL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3547, 19 May 1916
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