ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The usual r ,’tnightlv meet Hi-J , lust night, ft ‘ Mayor pros’There | vote alsopre- at Messrs. - 1-wler, Willia ason, and Roberto. mayor’s statement. Tlie Mayor said it would be necessary to take round the petition for signature, regarding the proposed Board of Conservators. The Reserves Committee had not been able to visit the Borough Rural Reserves as yet. It had been found to be a most difficult thing to lease land forcropping just now, and neighbpring boroughs had not been able to crop their reserves. He had telegraphed to Mr. Wright pointing out the fact that many ratepayers were dissatisfied with the amount of money voted by the House for public buildings, only LBOO, ’ and had drawn his attention to the fact of Waimate receiving L4OOO. LBOO was not in proportion to the land sold within the Borough. THE NEW MAYOR. A letter from G. S. Cooper, Esq., Under Secretary, was read, acknowledging receipt of a letter notifying the election of Mr. Hugo Friedlander as Mayor of the Borough. THE SCAVENGER. A letter was read from Mr. Henry Dudley, stating that he had started work, and found the private places very dirty, blaming the last contractor. He asked a return of his deposit. FIRE BRIGADE. From Mv. Arch. Scott, Secretary Canterbury Fire Insurance, forwardingcheques for 25 guineas and 15 guineas, being annual subscription to the fire brigde, and contribution to the new bell. Resolved to ask for L 75, in fulfilment of a previous resolution to solicit LIOO. SCHOOL PRIZES. Mr. Ward wrote, asking for a vote from the Council in aid of the prize fund. Resolved That the Council had no power to dispose of the borough funds in that manner, but individual members of Council would help as far as possible. DOG COLLARS. The Clerk of County Council wrote, asking definitions of sizes of collars wanted by the borough. The Clerk was instructed to supply the information wanted. BOARD OF CONSERVATORS. On a letter from the County Council it was resolved to employ ■ a man to obtain the signatures of ratepayers within the borough to a petition re of Conservators. TUBE WELLS. Mr. Hardloy wrote stating that his well was ready for use, all but a coupling to arrive by that night's train. The Mayor said the pump would probably be a success, but tha well would be tried in a day or two. FILLING. A contractor wrote asking liberty to level Baring Square with the object of obtaining the surplus earth for filling a contract hehftd on hand. The request not granted. MISCELLANEOUS. Mr. J. F. Butler asked liberty to erect a lamppost opposite his new hotel. Mr. J. Talt wrote'complaining of the state of the gutter opposite his premises, occasioned by the state of the drain at Saunders’ Buildings. Mr. Saunders said there should be no nuisance there if the scavenger did his work. FOOT CROSSING. Resolved to petition the Commissioner of Railways to institute a foot crossing at Havelock street. '' DEBT TO SCAVENGER. It was resolved to pay a debt of L 9 15s. sd. due to R. J. Hughes for scavenger work, and to ask him to collect outstanding scavenger fees at a commission of 5 per cent. , ACCOUNTS Accounts to the amount of L 213 ss. Cd. were passed for payment. The Mayor reported Ll 6 11s. rates collected since last meeting, and L 919 2s. 9d. altogether. The overdraft was L 477 14s. 7d. Council adjourned.
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