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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL

ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Ashburton Po: ough Council was held yesterday in the Chamfers at noon. Present—fils Worj ship the Mayor (Mr. Bullock) presiding ; I Mr. Hugo Friedlander (the Mayor elect), and all the Councillors except Sir. Campbell. The Mayor said the first business woe the installation of the now Mayor, in accordance with the 70th clause of the Municipal Corporations Act. The chair lie (Mr. Bullock) had .occupied for the second term would now be filled by Mr. Hugo Friedlander, and in resigning it to the latter gentleman he toot the opportunity of thanking the CouticiUors for the courtesy they Had always shown him. At another meeting that evening he would refer at greater length to past events. There were a considerable number of works required in town, but at present the funds of the Council did not allow of these being Undertaken at once. He hoped, however, that sufficient money would be raised under the powers given by the authority to raise the loan of L 15,000, to undertake the work of concreting the channels, more especially in the three streets where there were hotels and boarding-houses, so that the offensive surface sewage may he drained off. He did not think that the rates to do this would he felt so heavily as was anticipated. He hoped that the Government would yet see their way to be more liberal in the matter of reserves, ' As he had reiiiarkod Jit last meeting the sum of LBOO was not sufficient to cover the cost of a suitable Court House, which he had grind authority for saying could not be built for less than LgCXK). Considering the amount of land sold in the Borough he thought they had a claim upon Government for more liberality than they had displayed, especially when other and smaller Boroughs had been more hand* somely treated. The Mayor then referred to fencing of the railway which he Waa sorry to say had not been seen to, notwithstanding the efforts of the Council to induce Government to move in the matter. After a reference to planting and some other minor matters, the Mayor expressed a hope that the floating of the loan of L 0,000,000 would be the starting point of a more prosperous time.

Mr. Williamson said" he hoped the Councillors would not retire without expressing their appreciation of the able and efficient and courteous manner, in which the May<>r had dischar e<‘ his duty! Mr. Saunders said ho o ways spoke with diffidence at the meetings {if the Council, composed as that Council was of men. so much older and better able to deal with the matters of varied import that ! came before, it. It was with great pleasure, hbwever, that he overcame that diffidence at that time t«» speak in high terms of the retiring Mayor. At Mr. Bullock’s Election he (the speaker) had strenuously, opposed him, and had done his very best to prevent his election. It was with different feelings now, however, that he spoke, for Mri; had conducted himself in that chair in a manner that had Won the respect of 'all whohad had anything to do' with the Council. He would "hot dwell unnecessarily upon Mr. Bullock’s good qualities, which were patent to them, all, blit would 'now draft a resolution he had been requested to draw up. L

Mr. Williamson in moving the resolution drafted by Mr. Saunders, said it had been his fortune to be beaten by Mr. Bullock in the first contest for-Mayor. He did not join that contest' from any captious feeling, but simply because being then the oldest resident in the township he had responded to the request of-iuauy fellow townsmen. He scarcely hoped for the position, and was rather relieved than otherwise when the result was declared against him. Mr. Bullock’s; fifteen months'of office had proved that the ratepayers choice had been a good one, and he was sure the Councillors would ratify that choice by passings the resolution he would: now lead : “ That this Council wishes to express its thanks to Mr. Bullock for the able, energetic, and guntleihanly - manner iu which he has filled the office of Mayor for this Borough, and trijsts that it wilt not be long before we again see him in that position, of as a member of the Council. We shall be most happy to welcome him amongst us agal n. - The resolution ' was heartily passed, and Mr. Bullock acknowledged, the compliment.' ’ ■ Mr. Hugo Friedlander then took .the chair, in response to Mr. Bullock’s request. In doing so he said he had not sought the office, it had been, soto-speak, thrust upon him bv the urgent request of niahy ratepayers. It was the duty of every resident to take ashare in the public business of the town, and it was from this feeling that he had contested the seat. He felt that his business experience would he useful at a time when the finance of the Borough was low. He differed somewhat from the late Mayor in what he had said regarding the waterworks. He fancied that with the prospect of very heavy taxation now imposed by Government it. was wise to delay any large expense in the direction of local works that would entail a heavier rating. In a somewhatlengthy speech Mr. Friedlander referred, to the Court House proposed to be built; by Government. Ho was sorry that he< had not been able to learn that anything; had been said against the smallness of the sum by Mr. Wright when it passed tL« House. Mr. Hart had been condemned, for not taking any steps to increase the sum of LSOO that had first been voted,, and considering that Mr. Hart’s alleged remissness had been made n party cry atthe late general election, he was somewhatsurprised that a larger sum than LSCKh had not been contended for ly Mr Wright. The various public question*,, such as fencing, planting, Ac., were them not ced, and Mr. Friedlander concluded', by bespeaking the help end leniency ot the members of the Council while he wa» Mayor of the Borough. After leave of al-sence-for a month had been gaanted to the new Mayor to enablehim to visit the Hot Springs of the North. Island, the Council adjourned.-

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 36, 18 December 1879

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