ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
♦ The usual meeting of the Borough Council was held last night. Present — His Worship the Mayor, and Messrs. G. W. Robinson, R. Friedlander, E. Saunders, G. Parkin, D. Williamson, G. St. Hill, W. Roberts, and A. Orr. mayor’s statement. The Mayor said that since last meeting several matters had transpired upon which he had acted. Firstly, the alteration of the trains. The midday had been discontinued, and he had telegraphed to the Chief Postmaster, who had kindly consented to see the railway authorities about the matter. They had agreed to carry a mail by the 11.10 goods, and also to add a carriage to the train. Then, the Assessment Court would be held on the 17th inst. Communications had been received in reference to subscriptions to the Rowland Hill fund. As so many subscriptions were about just now, he did not feel justified in bringing the matter before the public without consulting the Council. Re the municipal delegates, it was resolved to postpone farther action until communications had been received from all other portions of New Zealand. He desired to call the attention of the Council to the manner in which the cab owners conducted their business. It was now their principal business to carry prostitutes, often drunk, who caused a great annoyance to the respectable inhabitants of the Borough. He would suggest that the cab owners have notice given them that their licenses will be refused. As regards the distress in Ireland, at the'meeting called very few were present, and it would be seen that a public meeting was to be held on Wednesday. The debit balance at the Bank was L 675 9s. lid. ; receipts for the fortnight from all sources L 52 3s. 2d. The .arrangements with the Inspector of Nuisances expired that night, and it would be necessary to make fresh arrangements in respect to that office. THE WATER SUPPLY PIPES. From Messrs. Cuff and Graham, requesting the Council to forward their claim for pipes short delivered ex Waitara; also informing the Council that the pipes ex Hereford had all been forwarded. Resolved that the matter be left in the hands of his Worship. THE FIRE BRIGADE. From A. Carrick, Chairman of the Canterbury Fire Insurance .Association, stating that the Association were unable to accede to the application of the Borough for an increase of their grant to the Ashburton Fire Brigade. His Worship regretted the manner in which the application had been received, and considered it was due to the Brigade that some better recognition of their services should have been made by the Association. He would suggest a deputation waiting on them. Mr. Saunders thought that as it would only be a waste of any Committee’s time to wait on the Association, it would be best to take “ No,” for an anwer. Mr. Robinson did not think the Borough was getting fair play, as had it not been for the exortiors of the Brigade at the late fire, there would have been a great destruction of property. It was “ save yourselves if you can ” with the Insurance Companies. Mr. Orr said he had pointed out to the agents of the Insurance companies the risk they had run. Mr. Williamson suggested an application to other townships for information as to the manner in which the Insurance Companies subscribed to the Brigades, so as *o draw fair conclusions on the question. His Worship thought that a meeting of the sub-agents of the companies in Ashburton should be held to lay before the various offices they represented the unfairness of the amount subscribed. A resolution to that effect was carried. THE BY-LAWS. Messrs. Weeks and Dixon wrote re locked up plant in connection with the bye-laws, and asking a progress payment of LlO. The Mayor said the delay had occurred owing to the absence of Mr. C. E. Fooks, who had informed him that a few days would settle the matter in conjunction with the Borough solicitor. Mr. Robinson moved the matter be deferred. Mr. St. Hill seconded, saying he thought the claim should not be considered. No business man in his private capacity could consider such a claim and cabmen and others subject to the bye-laws only laughed at them. Mr. Saunders could not see the consistency of Mr. St. Hill. The fault was the Borough Council’s, and Weeks and Dixon had no right, to suffer. He would move the account be paid. Mr. Robinson withdrew his resolution, and Mr. Saunders’amendment was carried. THE COUNTY COUNCIL OFFICES. The County Clerk wrote as follows : “ Sir—l have the honor, by direction of the Chairman to bring under your Connell’s attention the disagreeableness that is experienced in the Council’s offices during wet weather by the mud from the street, being brought into the office by persons attending oh business The Chairman hopes your Council will take this matter into their consideration, and will take steps to allay the inconvenience complained of by forming the street fronting this Council’s offices.” Mr. Saunders suggested the purchase of a scraper by the County Council. Mr. Parkin pointed out that the street was formed but not shingled. It was resolved that the County Council be informed the work would be done when the Borough possessed the funds to carry out this important matter. THE RESERVES. Mr. G. Jameson wr«te asking on what terms the Council wpuld lease the reserve next to his grain store. Mr. Friedlander pointed out that all reserves must be let by public tender. Mr. Saunders said it was a matter for the Reserves Committee to deal with, and after discussion it was left in their hands.
A PROJECTED BONFIRE. The Works Committee’s report was read. Mr. St. Hill reported that an unoccupied immigrant’s cottage was only fit for firewood, and recommended its sale at L 5 or its cremation. Mr. Friedlander proposed, and Mr. St. Hill seconded—“ That it be sold for Lsj and if that offer could not be got, to set fire to it, so as to give the Fire Brigade practice. ” Mr. Roberts proposed the matter be left to the Reserve Committee, and that tenders be called for the lease of all the reserves. Jttt' Mr. Williamson seconded. , A show of hands was taken, aim the votes being equally divided, the Mayor gave his casting vote for the “L 5 or burn” idea. Mr. Williamson protested against the manner in which the committee’s meetingswere held, and considered that when two Councillors met in the street and had some conversation and called it a meeting, it was establishing a vicious principle. After a long argument it was discovered that the recommendation did not come from the Works Committee, but from Messrs. St. Hill and Parkin, and Mr. Friedlander begged to withdraw the resolution, which had already been canned. Mr. St. Hill objected. He and Mr. Parkin had wasted a lot of time, and he proposed that the whole of the Council meet in the cottage at eleven next morning. The matter ended by the resolution standing, and a recommendat’on being made by his Worship that the Works Committee attend to its work better for the future. - WATER SUPPLY COMMITTEE. His Worship reported on the tube wells, as tried during that morning by the Brigade, and the result clearly showed that the single tube wells were quite inefficient for fire prevention purposes. Several members spoke on the matter, and they all agreed that the Havelock street well was worse than ever, and the matter dropped. SUBSIDY DUE. His Worship stated that he has communicated with the Longbeach Road Board, re the share of subsidy due. That Board was as impecunious as the Borough, but it would be paid out of the moiety due in March. The LIOO,OOO impounded land fund, due to Road Boards, he was glad to say, was to be paid in a week or so. THE BOROUGH SOLICITOR. Mi'. St. Hill wished to know the status of the Borough Solicitor. Hi knew of a case in which a claim had been made for rates to a lady, and attached to the claim was another for 6s. for the letter. He desired to know if such a thing was to be permitted. His Worship pointed out that such a charge was not legal. INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES. It was resolved that the Foreman of Works do the duties of Inspector for the present. COLLECTION OF RATES. The Mayor suggested that, as the Assessment Court would be held at an early date, it would be advisable to appoint a collector forthwith. Mr. St. Hill pointed out that this work had been settled, as Doing a part of the Clerk’s duties. This course was agreed to. DRAINAGE. His Worship remarked that at the next meeting he would be able to announce something definite regarding drainage. The Surveyor and himself had taken some trouble during the past few days, and a scheme was developed. NOTICES OF MOTION. Mr. Saunders gave notice of the following motions for the next meeting :—(1) “ That a rate of one shilling be struck (2) “That of the drainage of the town be taken into consideration. ” THE CABBIES AND THEIR PATRONS. It was resolved to give notice to’cab owners that their licenses will be refused unless they discontinue the practice of carrying disreputable persons through, the main streets. Sundry accounts were passed for payment, and the meeting adjourned.
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