ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The usual fortnightly meeting of tho Borough Council was hskl last night. Present —His Worship the Mayor (presiding) ; Messrs. G. M. Robinson, R. Friedlander, Thomas Bullock, Weymouth Roberts. the mayor’s statement. Tho Mayor, in referring to the distress in Ireland, mentioned that the special meeting called for last Monday had fallen through for want of a quorum, and it would bo necessary to deal with the matter at that meeting. The pipes for the water supply had been stored to some extent in the Borough yards, but owing to the number of pipes it had been found necessary to store the remainder on the railway reserve, permission • for which had been given by the railway authorities. The Resident Magistrate would hold his Assessment Appeal Court on the 16th proximo. Mr. G. S.' Cooper, Under Secretary, forwarded a circular enclosing three copies of a Bill introduced into Parliament last session to provide for the management of Hospitals and charitable institutions, and for the distribution of charitable aid. Tho circular stated that owing to pressure of business the Bill failed to pass, but Government proposed introducing tho same or a similar Bill in the early part of next session, and meanwhile would bo glad to receive suggestions on the subject from the various local bodies who will be concerned in the administration of the proposed law. The circular suggested that such remarks or suggestions of amendment as the Council felt disposed to make bo written upon one of the Bills enclosed and returned tt the office of the Colonial Secretary. Mr. Bullock said that in looking over tho Bill he thought a committee should be appointed to consider what recommendations if any wore advisable, and he would move accordingly, nominating tho Mayor and Messrs. Saunders, Williamson, and the mover. Mr. R. Friedlander seconded, and the motion was carried. THE MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE. The Town Clerk of Waimate wrote to say that a delegate to the Municipal Conference at Christchurch would be sent by tho Waimate Munioipalitjn The City Clerk, Christchurch, wrote to say that the City Council saw no reason tu altar their resolution, and would offiy take part in the Conference provided it were general. Mr. Bullock pointed out that Ashburton was not opposed to the Municipal Association being one that would include all the Municipalities in the colony, the only objection to it being the expense that such a general Association would entail in delegates having to attend from great distances. Probably, however, he, with his Worship the Mayor, would be able to lay the matter fairly before the Conference, and he hoped Christchurch would re-con-sider its decision. THE WELL QUESTION. Mr. S. Hardloy sent in his account for the well he sunk in Tailored street. He took occasion to say that the committee of the Fire Brigade made a great mistake in having the well driven 25ft. Gin. It should on:;/ have been driven 20ft, when there would have boon Gft. of water, whereas there was now 12ft., and the pipe was in sand drift. The Mayor said there had been a mistake made inasmuch as nothing had been committed to writing on the contract. A Committee had been appointed to inquire into the matter of this well, but had not been able to meet. They would, however meet on the next practice evening of the Fire Brigade. Messrs. Bullock and Robinson were both of o]>inioii that if tho contractor had driven the pipe according to his contract he should be paid. Mr. Weymouth Roberts was of opinion that there was not a sufficient number of holes in the pipe for the water to flow through, and the Fire Brigade should have seen to this. It was resolved—“ That the matter stand over till next meeting, and meanwhile the Committee appointed by the Council examine and report.” THE BYE-LAWS. Messrs. Weeks and Dixon, printers, put in a bill for LlO, being the cost of composition of the by .-laws, the typo for which had been kept standing for many months, and they had been deprived of its nso. The Clerk was instructed to write in reply that Mr. Fooks would he in town in a few days, and the matter would be rectified. LICENSE FEES. The Collector of Customs advised the Council of the payment to their account at the Bank of Llo 10s., amount of license fees in the Borough accrued during the quarter. THE DISTRESS IN IRELAND. Mr. W. A. Brown, Chevtsey, wrote, suggesting tint as oats would this -year bo plentiful and the price low, a cargo should be sent home to Ireland. Many farmers would willingly give 100 bushels, when they would not be able to give cash. The oats would he very acceptable and very serviceable to the Irish farmers, while it would greatly relieve our overstocked market. Mr. G. M. Robinson thought'the idea was a very good one, but he remembered reading in the “Dublin Review” that on the occasion of the last famine in Ireland it cost 30s. to distribute LI to the famishing ones. This idea was better, as the men who put the 30s. in their pockets could not well put the cargo of oats there. Tho idea was impracticable. Mr. R. Fricdlandor thought the Council should form itself into a committee to canvass the town for subscriptions. He was exceedingly sorry to see so few present at the special meeting, as the object of the meeting was to relieve a famine, and the case was very urgent. The Mayor was very glad to notice that the proprietor of tho “ Mail ” had instituted a subscription list, but he thought that was not enough for the town to do. He thought a house to house canvass should bo made. Mr. R. Friedlander formally moved and Mr. G. M. Robinson seconded — “ That this Council form itself into a committee to arrange for raising subscriptions in aid of the distressed in Ireland.” Tho motion was carried, and the dork was instructed to write to Mr. Brown stating that letter would be considered. TflE BATE BOLL. L2O was passed for payment on account of the Rate Roll. FINANCE. The Mayor reported a debit balance at the hank of LG94 os. lOd. During the fortnight L 52105. of outstanding rates had been collected, and there had been a total callected of L 1039 12s. —leaving a sum of LGO still remaning to collect. •SANITARY. The Inspector of Nuisances stated that the man put on to keep the streets clean was doing what he could. The Inspector advised the Council to do something with Burnett and Peter streets, RESERVES. Mr. Bullock called attention to the state of the Borough’s reserves and cottages, and suggested that the reserves should he leased, and the' cottages let for a long term, with a condition laid down for tiro tenant that they be kept in repair. THE WATER SUPPLY FIRES. Messrs. Cult - and Graham advised the Council of the dispatch of 410 pipes per rail to Ashburton. Several accounts were passed for payment, and the Council adjourned,
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