AKAROA BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT.
THE ENGINEER'S EXPLANATION.
Want of space prevented us from printing- in. our last issue the ietter sent to the Council by the Electrical Engineer, Mr W. J. Lane, in answer to the request for a statement of private work done during his term of office. The letter which explains Mr Lane's position is as follows :— "I am in receipt of the Town Clerk's letter of the sth inst. requesting' me to supply a full statement of work done by me I for consumers since I have been lin the employ of the Council, In order to make my position clear, .it is necessary for me to remind the Council of what transpired between the Lighting Committee in olfice at the date of my appointment, and myself immediately after the date thereof. I was appointed Electrical Engineer for the Borough in Dec. 1913, in terms of a Schedule of Duties drawn up by the Council. In consequence of the methods adopted towards my predecessor I asked the Lighting Committee to meet me and definitely fix my position as regards private work. A. meeting was held and a decision was arrived at that I was
to be allowed to do any installlation work privately, provided j that I paid the Council from i time to time an amount equiva-
lent to the value of my salary while engaged on such private work. I have carried out my part of this arrangement and at , diffei-ent times I have paid tr the Council various sums totall-
Ing £50 and herewith enclose a j statement to date showing an ' amount due to it, I would point out here that all refunds to the Council have been based on a six clay week. This seems to me to be wrong, for I am responsible for the efficient running' of , the plant during , the whole of the seven days, therefore I contend that all moneys refunded should be calculated on a seven
klay basis. On receipt of the , amount owing a cheque will be 'forwarded. I can only conclude that the Council In writing dk as it has done has forgotten the foregoing arrangement. If the letter was written with the object of obtaining from me a statement for the purpose of ascertaining whether I have accounted for all time occupied in private work, I consider that the statement supplied gives all the information required. I desire to point out that the fact of the Council at no time during" the twenty eight months prior to the receipt of the letter having raised any question or objection when moneys were paid over in pursuance of such
'arrangement is surely evidence of its having' been made. In conclusion I have to state that from the date of making the arrangement I was released from reporting to the Counciel any work done for consumers and others. If not why lias the Council during all the months I have been employed refrained from asking me to report from time to time." I remain, obediently your servant—W. J. LANE.
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AKAROA BOROUGH ELECTRIC LIGHT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3548, 23 May 1916