ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
Thp usual fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council was held yesterday evening. Present—His Worship tj;e jV^ayop (presiding), Messrs. Parkin, St. Hill,' R, Friedlander, A. Orr, G. M. Robinson, D. Williamson, and E. Saunders. THE MAYOR’S STATEMENT. The Mayor stated that lie would, by consent of ‘tlje Council, make use of his leave of absence on a future date. He had joined with Mr, Guinness in waiting op Bishop Redwood, asking him to use his influence to stop any procession on Sunday last, and 50 special constables had been sworn ip to keep the peace in case of a disdisturbance. Sis hod received notice from the Minister of Justice of hU appointment as Mayor and J.P. The first meeting of the Association of Municipalities would have to be held in January, Tenders would ho laid before the Council for Scavenger's work- There bad been trouble in the past respecting .tjiis work, and he hoped they would use their dis : cretion in accepting tenders, Mr, Gippp.had forfeited his seat by clause oi> of the Municipal Corporations Act. He regretted this, as although the late member had not been an active, ha hs.d been a very useful one. FILLING RUTS. A letter was read from Mr. W. J. Silcock, re repairs to ruts in streets, and offering tp ,<l>7 the work at a low rate. Mr. Friedlander thpt all works should be let by contract. Mr, St, Hid coincided in the former speaker’s remarks. It was resolved that the letter b° acknowledged. THE HAVELOCK STREET WELL. Mr. S, Hardley wrote re pipe well in Havelock Street, string that it was equa’ to any other well in the district, apd asking the Council to pass the work inde,pendently of the Fire Brigade, as the test they had applied to it was an unfair one, and if sunk two feet deeper the well would probably be ruiped. Mr, Parkin said h,e had told Mr. ffaFclley before commencing operations that he would have to sink the well 2pft., apd he considered now tb o WO ll should bp sunk 2ft. deeper. Mr. St. Hill spoke on the matter, siiGWiivg tlr.it from the contractor’s point of view the well, if sunk deeper, would bo useless, owing to getting into a sand drift. Mr. Parkin said the well was to be sunk to the satisfaction of the Brigade.
Mr. Robinson said be w s present at the testing of the well, u..J. one Brigade had ‘ ‘ for a consideration'’ thrown a stream over his dwelling-house. Mr. Saunders said as the matter had been left to the Brigade, they should have the passing of it. Mr. Orr was of opinion that a Committee should be appointed from the Council. The Mayor thought they should not show discourtesy to the Brigade, and as the Council did not know the conditions of the contract the letter should be referred to the Brigade. Mr. tit. Hill protested. The work was relegated oy the Council to the Works Committee. Mr. Williamson said Mr. Hardley’s grievance was that a member of the Brigade was a contractor, and that undue difficulties were thrown in his way. After some further discussion, his Worship the Mayor, Messrs. Williamson, Orr, Saunders, and St. Hill were appointed a Committee to inspect the well, the Fire Brigade to be asked to notify the day on which the trial would take place. THE N.E. TOWN BELT. Messrs. 0. E. Fooks and Son wrote, regarding the N.E. Town Belt contract, stating that LSO would not cover the loss sustained by the contractor on the work, it having been taken at a very low rate. On the motion of Mr Saunders, seconded by Mr. St. Hill, the letter was ordered to lie on the table. Another letter from the same engineers, stated that the work on the N.E. Town Belt had been finished satisfactorily. FOOT PATHS. Mr. Friedlander, stated that Mrs. Butler was in attendance to ask for the foothpath to be put in order in front of her new hotel, and said that no footpaths were yet formed there, and the hotel would be opened on the Ist day of January. Mr. Williamson proposed the matter be left to the Work Committee, with power to act. This was agreed to. SCAVENUERING. Tender's were opened for scavengering, and that of E. Gale was accepted at the following rates.—Single pan, Bd.—more than one 7|d. ; rubbish and ashes, 2s. per load ; conditional on his signing an agreement and finding two securities for the performance of the work. THE VACANT SEAT. Mr. Campbell’s seat was then declared vacant, and the clerk was ordered to take the necessary steps for the election of his successor. TREASURER. His Worship the Mayor was elected Treasurer, vice Mr. Bullock retired. MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION. Mr. St. Hill said the first thing which ought to be considered by the association was the stoppage of processions. Mr. Friedlander wished to know if Mr. St. Hill wished to stop all processions Mr. St. Hill—Well you know what I mean. (Laughter.) It was resolved —“ That the Christchurch City Council be written to, asking if they will grant the nse of their offices for the meeting of the Association on the last Thursday in January. The appointment of delegates was postponed till the next meeting of the Council. FINANCE. The debit balance in the Bank was shown to be L 614 Is. 9d. Rates collected during the fortnight, L4O 7s. The Mayor was elected a member of the Finance Committee. THE CIRCUS. His Worship stated he had charged the agent of Chiarini’s Circus a rental of L2 10s for the use of the reserve. The pay sheet was read and passed, and the Council adjourned,
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