ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL
The ordinary' fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council wus hold last night. Present : The Mayor (presiding) Messrs. Parkin, Friedlander, Roberts, St Hill, Oit, and Williamson. the mayor’s statement. The Mayor su’d that he had been in communication with the railway autl orities ro the water hole at Mr. Lancaster's, and it would be tilled up. The £l Ol had been paid by the County Council, but they' declined to pay for any planting within the borough. He had received a copy of Mr Hutchison’s Corporations Act Amend ment Bill, and had telegraphed to Mr. Wright to have inserted in the Bill a clause providing for Boroughs obtaining a share of the land fund. At last meeting he had proposed to lease the rural endowments of the Borough, but the matter had not been dealt with’ He hoped it would be dealt with that evening. Referring to the fire of Saturday night, the Mayor paid a compliment to the pluck and energy of fire brigade, and expressed a hope that one or two more tube wells should be sunk, as it was the one in use on Saturday that had saved a large amount of property. Since last meeting a letter in one of the local papers had appeared, written by a member of the Council. It was not a courteous letter, and it would be for the Council to deal with it. AN UNPAID CONTRACT. A letter was read from Mr. S. B. Nelson, claiming £6 still unpaid upon the Baring Square fencing contract. It appeared to be the opinion of one or two members that the work had been done, and passed by the Works Committee, but no Engineers’ certificate was produced. It was resolved to refer the matter to the Engineer ; the money to be paid immemediately on the Engineer’s explanation being received. MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION. Regarding the suggested Municipal Association the Waimate Borough Council wrote, expressing their wil, bigness to cooperate in the matter. The Mayor said that only two of the boroughs had now to reply, and next meeting the Council would require to deal with the subject practically. THE TOWN BELTS. Mr. C. C. Fooks wrote, enclosing a cheque for £62 15s, being the share of the Wakanui Road Board in the cost of forming and metalling the north east Town Belt. The writer expressed the Board’s desire that the contractor bo not paid until the road is put in good order which he has used—namely, the continuation of the north east Town Belt—for carting metal, and left in a bad state. The Engineer was instructed to attend to the Board’s wishes in the matter. THE WATER-HOLE AT LANCASTER’S. J. H. Lowe, Resident Engineer, wrote, saying that the Council’s offer re the water-hole opposite Mr Lancaster’s would be given effect to. The offer made by the Council was the offer of Mr Trevurza to do the work of filling up for £5. BOARD OF CONSERVATORS, The Clerk to the County Council wrote, saying that it was the Chairman’s opinion that as two-thirds of the owners and occupiers of land within the proposed conservation district were ratepayers within the borough, the petition to be pi'esented to the Governor should be advertised as lying for signatures at the Borough Council’s offices. A description of the proposed district was enclosed, and has already been published. It was resolved to write to the County Council, asking them to do the necessary work, and the borough would bear its share of the expense attending advertising and canvassing for signatures. THE N. E. BELT. The contractor, Mr T. Trevurza, applied for an allowance upon the contract he had undertaken, as he said it was too low to pay him, and if he did not get an allowance upon it he would not be able to meet his bills. The Mayor said it was a hard case for poor Trevurza. Mr Williamson said he understood the work had been taken in hand by Trevurza from Wake’s securities, and the Council did not know any contractor, in the matter. If any money had been paid to Trevurza on the contract an error had been made, as the Council had only to deal with the securities of Wake. FIRE BRIGADE. The Secretary of the Fire Brigade wrote asking that permission bo granted to the Brigade to hold its meetings in the Council Chamber, until they were in a position to build a suitable room for themselves. He also called attention to the unprotected state of Messrs Saunders’ block of buildings in East street north, and Mr. Quill’s hotel. He suggested that to admit of working the pipe well near by those buildings an approach G foot deep should be cut for the engine, and 4 feet taken oft' the pipe. Mr. St. Hill moved that the Chamber be let to the Brigade, which Mr. Onseconded, and the motion was carried. It being understood that the Brigade’s meetings were not to clash with those of the Council. An application was made from the Fire Brigade for a crossing leading from section 503 to Wakanui street, so as to allow the fire engine to bo taken from its new site to the main road. Referred to the Engineer with power to act. THE LAMPS. Mr. Dark in pointed out that 17 lamps were being paid for by the • Council, but only 1G were erected. He suggested that the lamp not erected be put up at the new Brigade, station. The Mayor said the-arrangement with the Gas Company did not provide for lamps diming the summer months ; and some of the citizens thought the -lights should he kept burning. The foreman was ordered to erect the lamp, referred to by Mr. Parkin, near the Fire Brigade Station, the Brigade to color the glass as they choose. DOG COLLARS. Resolved a supply of collars this year from the County Council, and to gazette Mr. Braddell as collector of the tax for the Borough. TUBE WELLS. It was resolved to invite tenders for the sinking of a well for fire prevention purposes in Baring Square. RURAL ENDOWMENT. Mr. Parkin moved that the rose, ves ia hand be let by public auction. The Mayor suggested that they should be let with a provision increasing their rent 15 per cent, every four years. It was ultimately decided that the re-
serves be vested by (lie Reserves Comn;ittee, and that the hind -lie let for 12 years with a 4-yearly increase, the rate of increase to be decided at next meeting. BRIGADE'S report on thb fire at fowler’s. ■'
The Secretary to the Fire Brigade, inslruc"d by the Captain imported as uiidorj;— 'i ho Brigade congratulated the borough on the complete success of the coupled pipe wells, which gave a practically inexhaustible supply of water. Thanks to the additional hose and other plant the Brigade had been able to tlirow fairly good jets of water. The Secretary made a suggestion for an increase of the coupled wells, and another to procure a steam fire engine for the borough. Several of the Brigade members had suffered loss by burning of clothes, boots, <fcc., and a hope was expressed in the report that the promised uniform would he proivded fur the Brigade as soon as possible. It was impossible for brauchmen to work in safety without a helmet. A distinguishing uniform was also wanted to enable the police and the crowd to recognize the members, and give way when required. The Secretary also called the (Ji-uucil’s attention to the want of a fire police and salvage corps. The following disbursements by the Brigade had been made, and a cheque was solicited for the amount, 49 men, for pumping, at 4s each, £9 Gs. Two men in charge of plant and debris till (Jam- on the IGth at 10a each, £1; refreshments to pumpers, 9 gallons a;e at 2s 6d, £1 2a Gd : 3 bottles brandy at 7s, £1 Is. 25 bottles lemonade, at Gd, 12s Gd ; cab hi re to MV M‘Rae for dragging engine, 10a ; cab hire to belts, 5s ; ringer of alarm bell, 5s ; repairs to hose and buckets, sa. The Mayor said he was sorry that the state of the finances would not admit of uniforms being supplied as yet Mr St. Hill was in favor of supplying helmets. Mr Parkin said several of the members of the Brigade had had whole suits of clothes and boots burned, and they ought to be reimbursed.. It was resolved to approach the Insurance Companies Association for an increase to £IOO of their grant to the borough. Mr St. Hill moved that the account presented by the Brigade for £l4 .17s be paid. Mr On - seconded. Mr Parkin said the disbursements had been made, not to members of the Brigade but to outsiders. Regarding the formation of a free police corps, he said he would confer with the Brigade. engineer's report The Engineer reported that the Scavengers road had been made passable; that 75 loads of stuff had been spread along the hollow place in Peter street, and that shingling had been commenced on the north-east town belt. It was announced that it would be necessary, owing to the work in hand, to retain Mr Fooks another fortnight. SCAVENGER. Mr Henry Dudley’s tender for the position of scavenger was accepted. Rates —one pan, Gd ; rubbish,, 2s per cubic yard : Is 6cl per half yard ; and to collect the fees. The pay-sheet, amounting to £l6O 19s 2d, was passed for payment. PRIVILEGE. The Mayor said a letter had appeared in a local paper in which it was stated that the Council had appointed a rate collector upon a •* foregone conclusion.’’ He desired that that Councillor to withdraw those words. Mr. St. Hill said he had no intention of withdrawing the statement, not one word. If it was wrong on his part to make use of the words, it wag equally so on the part of the Mayor to tackle him on the street regarding the matter. He said he wrote what he believed to be the truth when he said that Mr Friedlander had: been appointed as the rate collector. Mr Williamson said he was not favorable to the appointment of Mr Friedlander, and was sorry that he had been appointed, to the exclusion of men who would have made a better roll than the man who had been appointed. Ho was equally sorry, that Mr. St. Hill,, when he. said he had made a blunder, should hare turned round and tried to place the blame upon another. Mr. St. Hill had the whole evening opposed the putting of Mr. H. Friedlander in the position of valuator, and then with strange inconsistency turned round and moved the veiy motion: that put him in. Mr. St. Hill replied in a very excited manner, and after some further discussion of a stormy character the matter dropped. The Council, here adjourned.
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