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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.

The usual fortnightly meeting was held last night. Present—His Worship the Mayor, Messrs Friedlander, Williamson, St. Hill. E. Saunders, and A. Orr. On the minutes being read, Mr St. Hill objected to the item of the Clerk being retained for twelve months, as the understanding was that three months’ notice should be given. THE MAYOR’S STATEMENT. The Mayor regi’etted having to state that he had heard from Mr Wright that

(J>i. crumcm wind 1n -t gram aiy fir Hu r endowment, ami ho hoped tli.it t m pr - sent ii ivom.iioiit. w add see lie o' ».ty ,o gia:U to those boroughs which ha I not r---cei ■ cd fair endowments asometung in the shape of compensation. Mr books an I himself had male arrangements with the contractor for the East Beit, to m ike approaches t > the level crossings on the railway. H.d also seen Mr Lowe, and had agreed with Mr Trevurza to fill up the hole near the Railway station. No communication had been received re the amount due to the Borough for the land fund, and he anticipated soon to receive the 20 per cent duo since the formation of the Borough. The committee appointed to interview Mr Fooks reported that he had acted very generously, and had agreed to forego four months’ salary, any work done by him in the mean time to be paid for. The Mayor would ask the Council to decide upon the action the Council would take re the reserve of 422 acres on the Hinds ; and he would recommend the immediate lease of it. A good deal of outside talk had taken place in reference to the leasing of the reserves within the borough, which would also have to be considered, 'renders would be submitted for the valuation of the Borough. mu Lit! buildings. A letter was read From W. Montgomery, Esq., M.II. R., stating that he wotTld be happy to give his support to a reasonable amount being voted for the erection of public buildings in the Borough. IHE BOKOrOH ENDOWMENTS. The following letter was read From B. (4. Wright, Esq., M.H.1l “ Wellington, 20th Oct., 1800. “ Dear Sir, —I find upon investigation that you .are absolutely precluded by the Municipal Corporations Act Amendment Act of last year from obtaining any other portion of the 2000 acre endowment by any means short of the repeal of that Act, which is not likely to be sanctioned. “ Failing in the above, I have requested that Crown Grants may be issued to the Corporations for all the reserves now nominally vested in the municipality, (see copy of letter enclosed). Had I seen a possibility of obtaining tha balance of the 2000 acres you may be sure I should not have abandoned the effort.

“ Yours faithfully, “ Edward G. Wright. “Thomas Bullock, Esq., “ Mayor of Ashburton.”

The following is the enclosure referred to :

“ Wellington, 20th Oct, 1879.

" Sir, —On behalf of the municipality of Ashburton I have the honor to request that you will sanction the issue of Grown Grants to the Corporation for all reserves within the Boroughs which are now merely placed at the disposal of the municipality, but are not absolutely and indefeasibly vested in it.

“ I have, &c., “ Edward G. Wright. “The Honorable the Minister of Lands, “Wellington.”

BOROUGH RESERVES TG BE CROWN GRANTED. “Wellington, Oct. 29th, 1379. “ Dear Sir, —I have much pleasure in forwarding the enclosed letter from the Minister for Lands for your information, as it will place these reserves beyond the risk of any act of spoliation. “ Yours faithfully, “E. G. Wright. “ T. Bullock, Esq.,

“ Ashburton.” “ General Crown Lands Office,

“ Wellington, 28th Oct., 1879. “Sir, —I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th inst., requesting that the reserves within the Borough of Ashburton may he granted to the Corporation, and in reply to inform you that the necessary steps will be taken to vest the reserves as you desire. “ I have, Ac , “ W.m. Roli.eston “ Minister of Lands. “E. G. Wright, Esq., M. H.R., “ Wellington.” The Council considered the reply very satisfactory.

INSPECTOR OP NUISANCES’ REPORT

“ The Inspector reported that in reference to Mr Mobsman’s letter, re the drain on the oast side of Tancred street, and had seen Mr Shearman, of the Somerset Hotel, who had since flushed the channel, but in the absence of concrete channelling the water is liable to remain stagnant, thus causing the obnoxious smelb This would be very difficult to remedy until proper surface drains are provided. There are several similar drains at hotels and boardinghouses, and the proprietors have promised to use every endeavor to keep them clean.

“ I am, &a. , “ Harry Fhiedlander, “ Inspector.” fire brigade site. A letter was read from the general Cravvn Lands office, stating that the reserve applied for for fire brigade purposes, was a school site, and that the Government had no power to grant the application of the brigade, and recommended the Council to apply to the Education Board. The Mayor said this had been disposed of at last meeting. Mr John Cambridge wrote stating that he had been instructed by the officers and members of the fire brigade to have reserve 502 granted in place of No. 434 for their shed and tower site, and stating reasons for the proposed change. the scavenger. Mr B. J. Hughes wrote stating his ob jection to the terms on which the Council were willing to release him from his scavenging contract. Mr St. Hill stated that the work was not being done. The Mayor said no complaints had not been made, and he was inclined to let him off his contract.

Resolved that Mr Hughes he requested to cany out the work and that fresh tenders be called for the work at next meeting. Mr St Hill moved that the scavengrr collect his own fees. —Carried.

The proposed Municipal Association communications were read from the Rangiora Borough Council stating that they had considered the proposal to form a “ Municipal Association of the Provincial District of Canterbury, and had deemed it advisable not to co-operate. ” From the Waimate Borough Council on the same subject, advising that the matter

ha i been ivf -r ed in their i’■ ye-L .ws Coin, inilte...

b’ro.u the Sy 1 ■ ih ■. n B iron'll Council, c-r liiii) va •i e(vn ■; with the suggestion of the Aslilmi- on B rough Council. Fr mi ihc Akaroa County Council, a iMoing to the advisability of united ! action being taken by the various Muni-

cipal lio lies. No replies bad been received frem Christchurch or Tiniaru, and Rangiora was the only Corporation that had sent a negative answer to the Council’s request for co-operation in the Municipal Association movement.

HIDE CHANNELS FLOODED. Mr Alfred Harrison applied for a pipe to be inserted under the footpath to draw the water from section 228. THE UNPAID RATES. The Rate Collector wrote regarding the collection of outstanding rates, and suing defaulters. He asked the sum of £l2 10a fur the work of recovering the outstanding rates.

The arrears were stated to amount to £3OO. VERANDAH. An application was made by Mr W. Birtwcll fur permission io erect a verandah in East street.. .MUD DOLES J. 11. Lowe, Esq, wrote slating hit anpro a of the arr.mgernout with Mr 'l'. Ture.ii’/.a, contractor, for filling up the hole opposite Qu ll’s Hotel, at the rate of Gil per load. Regardin' the fillin' up of a similar hole opposite Mr Lancaster’s shop, the Mavor suggested th it a price be obtained from a contnctor and die same submitted to the engineer for appoval. IMMIGRATION COTTAGES RESERVES. James Taylor wro o concerning the number of broken windows in the immigrant cottages. The Mayor exp-osaed a wish that the Government would give the Council (lower to give long leases of these cottages, and he would like to see them removed so as to front on the street, and each cottage have a quarter acre, belonging to it. The matter dropped. RETRENCHMENT COMMITTEE. The consideration of the report o.' the committee appointed to consider the reduction of expenditure was then taken, and led to a considerable amount of discussion. The item in the report referring to the clerk being retained and his duties to include the collecting of rates without extra pay was approved of. Mr Fo ik e offer, that as soon as the works in hand were completed, he would be willing to retire for four months without, salary, was considered satisfactory, and it was further agreed on the exninitiou of the four months to give or take four months notice.

It was reso'vod to dispense with the Inanoctciv of Nuisances, and combine the duties with those of the Foreman of Works, and to retain the Borough Solicitor till the end of his term. Mr Friedlander asked how it that the report of the Retrenchment Committee had appeared in print. Mr St. Hill acknowledged to having had something to do with making the report public. WORKS COMMITTER REPORT. The WorksOommitt.ee reported that the contractor for the Neath Town Belt had nearly completed his work; that arrangments for filling up the gully near the railway station had been made with him on favorable terms and sundry minor works were dealt with in the report. VALUATION OF THE BOROUGH. Tenders were opened for valuing the municipality, and the following were submitted : J. G. Anstee ... £ls 0 0 E. Wadman ... 24 0 0 H. Friedlander ... 40 0 0 E. Be veil ... 50 0 0 S. P-yntzik Co. ... 55 0 0

consideration of the tenders led to a large amount of discussion, and several resolutions and amendments were proposed, His Worship pointing out that to accept a low tender for work of such a nature as this was that there would be a probability of repeating the mistake made last year by which the Borough was at present minus about £3OO of uncollected rates, owing to a-number or properties being charged to “Owner” and cautioned the Council against accepting a low tender, us in his opinion it meant a heavy loss. Mr Saunders was of opinion that none of the tenders should be accepted without a substantia! guarantee, and reminded the Council that the Finance Committee had pledged themselves to have a rate struck and collected as soon as it could legally ho done, and if the roll did not pass the Judge of the Assessment Court they would have no rates to collect during the ensuing year.

Mr St. Hill proposed, and Mr Ans tee’a tender be accepted. Mr Orr stated that he had known Mr Anstee for a number of years, and considered they were hound to accept the lowest tender.

The discussion after this became very irregular, a number of amendments being put. and the resolution was lost by the Mayor’s casting vote, the voting being as follows F-t the motion—Messrs St. Hill, Orr, and Williamson. Against— Messrs Saunders, Friedlander and the Ma > or.

A proposition was then made that fresh tenders be called, with a proviso that securities be found for the due performance of the work. Another that the Clerk be paid £2O extra for compiling- the roll. Another that Mr Anstee's tender be accepted, providing ho found sureties for £2OO, followed by an amendment that the sureties he £IOO, and the Mayor refused to put either of the latter, as they were out of order, and finally Mr St Hill proposed, and Ids Worship seconded, “ That Mr H. Friedlander’s tender be accepted. ” Motion put—For : The Mayor, and Messrs St. Kill and Orr. Against : Messrs Friedlander, Saunders, and Williamson. The Mayor gave his casting vote with the Ayes. Accounts anunounting to £53 Ifls Cd were passed for payment, and the Council adjourned.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 17, 4 November 1879

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