Whereas the Lower Hutt City Council (in this section referred to as the Council) desires to construct a bridge over the Hutt River in substitution for the Hutt Pipe Bridge in a position that will, in the opinion of the Council, be of advantage and benefit to a considerable portion of the inhabitants of adjacent districts—namely, the City of Wellington, the Borough of Petone, the Borough of Eastbourne, and the County of Hutt, as well as to the inhabitants of the City of Lower Hutt:
And whereas the Council is of the opinion that it is reasonable that the Wellington City Council, the Petone Borough Council, the Eastbourne Borough Council, and the Hutt County Council (in this section referred to as the adjacent local authorities) should contribute to the cost of the construction of the said bridge:
And whereas the Council and the adjacent local authorities have agreed that the construction of the said bridge should proceed, but are at present unable to agree upon the amount of their respective contributions to the cost thereof:
And whereas the amounts of any such contributions may be determined in the manner set out in section 135 of the Public Works Act 1928, or otherwise by agreement:
And whereas the Council and the adjacent local authorities consider it advisable that certain plans should be prepared and investigations made, and that materials, plant, and land required in connection with the approaches to the said bridge should be acquired in anticipation of the construction of the said bridge and the settlement of the respective contributions towards its cost:
And whereas the adjacent local authorities have agreed with the Council that the Council should proceed to obtain the said plans and make investigations and to acquire materials, plant, and land in anticipation of the authorisation of a loan or loans to meet the cost or partial cost of the said bridge, but without prejudice to any liability of the adjacent local authorities to contribute towards the said cost:
And whereas it is expedient to authorise the Council to reimburse its District Fund Account in respect of any moneys expended by the Council as aforesaid out of loan moneys subsequently authorised and raised:
Be it therefore enacted as follows:
(1) The Council is hereby authorised and empowered to reimburse its District Fund Account out of the proceeds of any loan or loans raised by the Council, or from contributions by the adjacent local authorities, for the purpose of the construction of the said bridge and incidental thereto, in respect of all sums expended by the Council in the preparation of plans, or the making of investigations, or the acquisition of materials, plant, or land, or for any work done or professional services rendered in connection with the construction of the said bridge and necessary in the opinion of the Council and the adjacent local authorities.
(3) The amount of the respective contributions to be made by the adjacent local authorities towards the cost of the construction of the said bridge may be fixed pursuant to the provisions of section 135 of the Public Works Act 1928, or by agreement, or by such other means as may be determined by the Council and the adjacent local authorities.