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BANKS PENINSULA ELECTRIC POWER BOARD.

o ANNUAL MEETING The annual- Meeting of the Board was held yesterday. Present Messrs J. R. Thacker, Geo. Armstrong', C. E. Kay, A. M. Helps, I J. V. Chapman, A'. E. Williams. . j The Secretary took the the Chair and asked for nominations for chair-, man. | Mr J. V. Chapman nominated Mr Thacker for the chair; seconded by j Mr A. E. Williams and carried. ! Mr Thacker, on taking the chair' thanked them for re-electing him ay Chairman. He did not intend to re- j tain the position ; hut considered lie '

should stay on for another term at j least as he had told the ratepayers. that the loan would benefit the i scheme. He hoped now that they | had money to carry on they would j ,be able to cut out rates and> be able to reduce charges for current when the lines were better loaded. It was decided to hold the Board meetings the first Monday of each month. Mr J. V. Chapman was elected Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year. Mr Armstrong thanked Mr Thacker for the way he had carried out his duties during the past year. He had taken the keenest interest in the work and had spared no effort to advance the scheme. They all appreciated his work for the Board. Mr Thacker thanked them for their words of appreciation. He thought that when a man took up a position he should carry it out to the best of his ability. He also considered that every man should do his share of public work and he had taken up a number of public positions. In reference to the poll he thanked them all for the assistance given. He said that the Board would be known batter through the meetings held to discuss the poll, even if the poll had not been carried he thought that it would be a benefit for the ratepayers to come more into touch with the Board members. |He also added a word of apprecia- | tion of the work done by the secretary and engineer. They had left no jstone unturned to have the poll carried.

j He also thanked the "Akaroa Mail" ! for assistance given. Mr H. Lewthvvaite thanked the chairman for his remarks. It was a pleasure to help with the carrying of the poll. Mr F. A. Lewthwaite also thanked the chairman. He would always do his best in the interests of the Board. Mr Chapman moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, members and staff for their work in connection with the loan. He paid a tribute to Mr Thacker in particular for his untiring efforts in the interests of the 'Board. The meeting- then terminated. ORDINARY MEETING. The ordinary .meeting was then held. Present the same gentlemen and Mr W. F. Parkinson. Mr J. R. Thacker in the chair. SECRETARY'S REPORT. The secretary's report was read and adopted as follows. "Development Loan—The Board's loan proposal was submitted to the ratepayers on Saturday last, the voting resulting in 78 per cent, for the proposal and 22 per cent, against. There are thirteen declaration votes still to count but these of course cannot affect the result. The number on the roll wah 955 and of these 41'4 or 43 per cent, voted. The proposal was carried in every booth except in the case of one small one.

Financial—Fund Account, Credit £653 14s 2d, Loan Account Credit £808 lis 3d. ENGINEER'S REPORT. "During the month the Akaroa electrician has been employed on rr ( 3ter reading, and the usual maintenance work in connection with the generating plant and lines. During the early part of the month the supply of water was barely sufficient to operate the generating plant over the usual hours but since the Hast rain there has again been an ample supply. The lines staff have been employed on the following work :—Completing the overhaul of lines and replacement of poles at Takamatua. Replacing defective poles on one service line at Gebbie's Valley. Installing an additional transformer and heavier lines to Mrs Richfield, Robinson's Bay. Installing heavier transformer and line to "W. W. Williams, Robinson's Bay. Extending the low tension supply to C. W. Humm, Wainui. Extending service to Gebbie's Valley schoolhouse. Running heavier low tension line to Godley House and replacing 13 poles at Diamond Harbour with steel poles. Cutting trees endangering lines. Filtering the oil in Duvauchelle sub-station transform-

er. The following- installation work has been completed Two electric ranges. Two domestic waterheaters. Two lighting installations and extensions totalling SO I points. 'New connections total 34 K.W. and include the following :—Three ranges. One domestic waterheater. Two house installations. Five street lights. Trans formers- -Seven tenders were received for eight 6600/3300-415/240 V. distribution transformers. The tender of Messrs Tolley and Son for . ( '37. r ) was accepted. t!3000 volt 'Lightning Arresters.--Owing to the deterioration of insulators and castings it has been tound necessary to remove the 33000 volt lightning arrestors at Duvauche'le substation for repair while those at the other three substations will have to bo removed and repaired shortly. Automatic Switch Gear-—All the necessary material for fitting the automatic switch gear at Kaituna! and Motukai'ara substations is now' to hand and it is hoped to have these! in operation before {lie end of May.! 'Purchase of Car - I would reconv j mend that, one of the Ford cars atj Duvauehclle be disposed of and a' new car .purchased. This car has! been in use nearly live years and has' now readied the slate when it is in-' advisable to spend the amount ncces- 1 snry for ;m overhaul." In l'elerence to the fender for the transformers the engineer said that the same transformers had cost £4 If) last November, so that they had - conic down in pi i^e. Ilie engineer's action in accepting the tender of , l ;37o was approved. |

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BANKS PENINSULA ELECTRIC POWER BOARD. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LI, Issue 5389, 15 May 1928

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