ASHBURTON FOR BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The usual fortnighfly meeting was held hi the Borough Council Chambers last night -the Mayor presiding, and there '"•'re also present, Messrs. It. Friedlander, Parkin, Robinson, and Roberts. tiik mayor's statement. The Mayor • stated that he had approached th .- Comity Council ou the subject of a Board of Conservators, and he had met, he thought, with some success. The County had agreed to allow the Clerk a supply of dog collars at contract price. It would bo for the Council to soo to his gazetting as a collector. Mr. Wright had written to him regarding the proposed clause in the Municipalities Act, re subsidies, but had not' expressed himself that the Government would he favorable to it. He had said, however, that he hoped to secure the balance of the 2000 acres rural endowment at some future time. The Mayoral election had taken place since last meeting, and Mr. Hugo Friedlander had been returned. He (Mr. Bullock), had asked the presence that night of Mr. Crisp, the Borough Solicitor, to advise the Council and Mr. Hugo Friedlander, as to whether it was within the scope of the Act that the installation of the Mayor might be postponed until after Mr. Hugo Friedlander’s return from the hot springs in the North Island, whither he intended going for a week or two for .the benefit of qis wealth. Mr. Crisp sa dhe had not had time Vi look into the question as closely as he wished to, but on the face of the Act he thought the Mayor at his installation sh uld be present. He would be able to give his. opinion on Thursday. The Mayor then reported that the bank balance was £482 IGa. 4d. The rates collected up to date were £351 9s. 2d., and those collected since last meeting £263 14a. 3d. PIPE WELLS. Mr. Samuel Hardley wrote acknowledging receipt of order for pipe wells in accordance with contract, and asking loan of Fire Brigade’s suction, hose and coupling to adjust the screw thread, also the Council’s permission to test, the well on completim. Referred to the Fire Brigade. MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION. On the reading of a letter from the City Council, Christchurch, it was resolved r— “ That the first meeting of delegates re the proposed Municipal Association should be held some time in January, the date to be fixed at next meeting of Council.'’ NORTH EAST TOWN BELT. Messrs. Andrews and Gaukrodger, sureties for T. Trovurza, wrote enclosing a letter they had received from the latter, in which the quantity of work he had done on the North East Town Belt was shown, and the loss he was sure to suffer through the low price at which he had taken the contract. The sureties requested the Council to make Mr. Trevurza an allowance. It was resolved to reply to Messrs. Andrews and Gaukrodger that, as the contract for the Belt has to be paid for conjointly by the Council and i the Upper Ashburton Road Board, the Council could not take it upon themselves to make any extra grant. THE SCAVENGER. It was resolved to pay £l4, the amount of money collected for scavengers’ fees, to R. J. Hughes, ou account, the balance of his bill (£2O) to be paid when a full statement is supplied, and the arrears got in. He was also asked to commence work again for a fortnight, thenew scavenger having failed to enter upon his duties. Fresh tenders for the acavengering work to be called for. THE LAND FUND. Mr. E. G. Wright wrote stating that any attempt to give the Borough of Ashburton, or any other young borough a share of the 20 per cent, of the laud fund, would meet the House’s opposition, and would never succeed. Mr. Wright, however, was hopeful, that the balance of the 2000 acres rural land endowment would bo obtained at some future time. FIR® POLICE. The services of the newly formed Fire Police corps were accepted. FIRE BRIGADE. A deputation from, the Fire Brigade tendered a request for materials and a sum of money to sink an open well in place of the tube well opposite the “Herald” office ; also,; for a new length of suction hose and necessary fittings ; also, for a site for the ■ old bell, and ; two posts to erect it on. After the deputation retired, the money asked for—£l6—was granted, and also the needful timber, which the Borough had in stock. NUISANCES. The Inspector reported tvn the bad state of the closets in town owing to the dilatorinesa of the new scavenger. The matter was disposed of as above reported. WAKANUI ROAD FOOTBATHS AND LIGHTING. A petition from the residents in the Wakanui road and Willis street prayed for the completion of the footpaths and the erection of a lamp-post. Resolved, if funds bein hand, to proceed with one of the footpaths : and regarding the lamps, that the Fire Brigade who had scoured the lamp, he empowered to have it. lit, and also to light their sh “d with gas. A CHEQUE. The Chairman of th® Uppe • Ashburton Road Board forwarded a cheque for £O7 11s., being Board’s share of Belt road contract. "WEEDS. The foreman was instructed to clean the weeds away from the trees in Baring Square. ACCOUNTS. Accounts to the amount of £2B 17s. were passed for payment and the Council adjourned.
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