HAWERA COUNTY COUNCIL.
MONTHLY MEETING. The Hawera County Council met on Saturday. Present: Crs.' J. B. Murdoch (chairman), R. J. Linn, E. A. Washer, W. Williams, C. J. Hawken, B. C. Lysaght, A Larcomb, and R. Douglas. SPECIAL MEETING. Prior to commencing the ordinary business the Council resolved Itself into a special meeting to deal with the question of the new Joint by-law for the counties of Hawera, Eltham, Stratford, Egmont, Walmate West, Clifton and Inglewood, and four formal resolutions were carried, to he confinmed at n special meeting of the Council on November IS. ORDINARY MEETING. The chairman reported that Mr. A. A. Cuthbertson, of Stratford, had been appointed ranger to the Council. The chairman's acta in appointing a ranger was confirmed. The chairman reported that he tad Interviewed Mr. L. B. Campbell, Public Works Engineer, at Stratford, regarding the Kotukutufai bridge. Mr. Campbell had agreed to the Council's suggestion regarding a shorter spin, and had decided to recommend a £ for £ subsidy towards the cost, provided the Council supplied particulars of the depth of the foundations. . FOREMAN'S REPORT. The foreman (Mr. A. Muggeridge) reported as follows: Tangahoe Bridge.—The new bridge over the Tangahoe River is finished, and a flrst-clasa Job made. It is now open to traffic. There Is a considerable amount of earthwork to do on the fillings each side but another fortnight should see this through. Scott Road.—Tho repairing of this road Is completed, and is now In good order. It took 830 yards for this work at a cost of 9s per yard. Ketemarae Road.—A start has been made with repairing about sixty chains of the lower portion of this road, and satisfactory progross is being made. There were only about two inches of metal on this letiflth, and It had started to break up badly. Ohawe Road.—The roller is working on this road scarifying, and the metal is being put into shape and refaced where required. Tawhlti Road.—Tho stone Is coming forward slowly for the metalling of this road. Up to date we have about 400 yards from Norfolk Road. The small lorry has carted about 400 yards from' Landers' Pit into Whakcmara for patching and Tcfncing various roads In the district. The white truck was overhauled during the past week, the engine taken out and cleaned and the big end bearing fixed up. Everything was in first-class condition, no net? parts being required. Tills truck has been rumlng constantly for the last fifteen months and it shows that the driver has taten great care of it.—Report adopted. CORRESPONDENCE. The Paten County Council wrote 3tating that it hud resolved tr/ make a by-law prohibiting persons driving vehicles over any bridge within tte county whilst stock were already In the act of being driven over such bridge, and suggesting that a similar bylaw he passed in the Hawera County in order that the object could be more effectively attained.—lt was decided to reply that as such by-law was not cevared in the joint by-law adopted by the County Councils In Taranaki it would have the support of the Council, if the Patea Council took stops to include it in the Joint by-law. Tl:e Inspector of Factories, New Plymouth, wrote stating thta it had been brought to the notice of the Board of Trade that certain local bodies had made a practice of lending to private individuals supplies of cement held by them for their own works. This was a breach of tho regulations, as cement obtained for certain work could not be diverted to any other work, as it was liable to upset the allocations of the eomrcittee who were doing their best under very difficult circumstances.—The letter wna received, the chairman remarking that the Council had not offended In the direction complained of. The Taranaki Progressive League wrote suggesting that the Council should vote what they, considered was a reasonable contribution towards the expenses of the Taranaki delegation who recently visited Wellington as a deputation to the Government.—Decided to obtain legol advice regarding the legality of the Council voting a contribution, and If the vote was legal, to vote a sum towards tho league.
Tre New Zealand Brushware Co. Ltd. drew the atter.tton of the Council to the state of the road at tho junction of Rata Street and Glover Road, which was !,n a very bad condition.—Decided to reply that the road would receive attention at an early date, The Globe Motor Co. Ltd., mall contractors between Hawera and Qpunakc, wrote asking if the Council had any objection to the company filing a trailer to the motor car used for tho conveyance of mails.—Decided to grant
permission for a trailer to fee attached to the «ar provided the trailer was provided vritti rubber tyrn. The Mintater of Agriculture, in reply to the Council's suggestion th»t Section 534, Patea District, should be secured as a demonstration farm for the Hawera District, on the lines of those at Hawera and Mansla, stated that seeing that two such farms subsidised by the Government had already been established In other parts of the district, hj» regretted that he could not at present see Ha way to accede to the request, but he proposed to pay a visit of inspection to the site at an early date, in conjunction with a visit to the Mouraahakl farm.—Received. The Under-Secretary for Mines wrote asking to be supplied with information relating to all limestone grounds under the Council's control, as the Government was considering the establishing .of lime crushing plans in various parts of the Dominion.— Received. A petition signed by 27 ratepayers of the Ohawe township was received, asking that another road be opened up, leading to the townsrlp.—Decided t« ask the foreman to report at next meeting on the cost of opening up a new road. The Council decided to ask Mr. W. D. Powdrell, M.P., to oppose, In the House, tie new taxation proposals, under which local bodies would be required to pay a tax of 2s Sd in, the Con debentures. The chairman said it was only reasonable to ask the Government to exempt local bodies from such taxation, as it Would hit them very hard If tho proposals were passed. The question of providing additional transport was discussed, members expressing the opinion that it was absolutely necessary to procure another truck, and the matter was left, in the hands ol a special committee with power to act.
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