ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The usual fortnightly meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council was held last night, when the following were present:—His Worship the Mayor, and Messrs. R. Friedlauder, D. Williamson, G. Parkin, and G. H. St. Hill. THE MAYOR’S STATEMENT. In his opening statement, the Mayor referred to the proposed water supply scheme, and said tenders had been called for the works. It would be necessary JAr the Council, to go into committee osnyjß subject. Dr. Trevor, Chairman Domain Board, had written to the Council regarding the scheme. The following moneys had been received during the fortnight :—Old rates, Ll 7 65.; new rates, L 213 Os. Gd.; dog taxes, L 22 ; rents, L2 16s. Debit balance at bank, L 502 13s. With reference to the rents his Worship said the income was decreasing, and he had instructed the Clerk to take measures to enforce payment. Times had been good for some time back, and he thought the tenants should now be made to pay up. PARSONAGE EATING. The Corporations of Christchurch, Timaru, Lyttelton, and Rangiora wrote, in reply to the Council’s question, that they only exempted churches from paying rates. WATER SUPPLY. Messrs. Saunders Bros, wrote stating that the license to the Council to take water from their mill-race was in the hands i of their solicitor for preparation. The letter was acknowledged with thanks. CONCRETE CHANNELLING. Dr. Trevor wrote, as a medical men, recommending the concreting of the side channel in East street from Quill’s Hotel to Williamson’s corner, calculating the cost of the work at aVut L3OO, and suggesting that it could be raised by a special rate on the East street residents to the amount in all of Ll5O, and the other ha'f to be met by the Council. Messrs. St. Hill and Parkin both thought a matter of this kind should be left in the hands of the Works Committee. His Worship thought Dr. Trevor’s idea was to prevent East street being made muddy, if the contemplated water scheme were carried out. Mr. Williamson said no mud need exist in East street by this scheme, as the water need not be turned down the channel unless it were wanted. The Council decided that the work could not be undertaken at present. ENGINEER’S REPORT. He reported having prepared drawings of retaining wall in the domain, at the junction of Wills and West streets. He had not called for tenders for this work, as he desired the Council’s sanction before doing so. It would be advisable to kerb about four chains of the footpath at the angle of each street. About 11,000 feet of timber would be required for bridges, fluming, etc., for the scheme. Mr. Parkin thought a Committee should be appointed, or the Council should go into Committee, before discussing points of so great importance. His Worship regretted the attendance of members was so small. He understood Mr. Joseph Clark wished to address the Council on the subject. Mr. Joseph Clark came up to the table and said his scheme was not a disinterested one, and he, and others owning land on the old gully, wished to have the water brought down the natural course, and he believed that amongst the people resident on the old creek, a sum of LSO would be subscribed toward the work. The Council, if they adopted the course along Winter’s Road would have to pay torjcr.ogsings to to sections, whereas, if were brought down the gully, would be no such expense, and if the 'Council would defer the consideration of the matter for say ten days, he would undertake to obtain the consent of the ratepayers and land owners to take the water through their ands. Mr. Fooks said there would be considerable expense in bringing the water out of the river into the gully. After discussion of a conversational character with the Engineer, it was decided that Mr. Clark’s scheme was not feasible. The Engineer’s scheme was then discussed, and Mr. St. Hill was of opinion that a clay bank would be cheaper and quite as effective as a concrete wall. The Engineer said that if a clay bank were erected it would be open to the nor’westers. The clay bank would gradually melt away, and the streets would be flushed with mud instead of water. Mr. St. Hill called attention to a similar work within the Engineer’s knowledge, which had not washed away, viz., the dam at Lougbeach. The question of opening tenders for the water supply scheme was then discussed, and after a deal of conversation as to when it would be advisable to open the tenders, The Mayor recommended that the matter be held over till the middle of next week, in deference to Mr. Clark’a suggestion, and be referred to the Work’s Committee. Mr. Clark said he hoped to be able to supply the Council within a week with a tracing showing the course of the creek and the owners of all the sections affected. The matter was deferred till the 31st of March. MR. CRISP’S CASE. Mr. R. Friedlander apologised for the absence of Mr. Crisp at the meeting, as ho had been unavoidably called away to Christchurch. If the Council wished to interview Mr. Crisp he would have much pleasure in attending at the next meeting. THE EYE-LAWS. Mr. St. Hill wanted to know when the bye-laws would be ready. The delay in this respect was disgraceful. No satisfactory reply could be elicited except that a final revision was required, but the Chairman of the Bye-laws CommitteeMr. R. Friedlander—promised to give the rest of the Committee a look up shortly. PACKING CASES. Mr. St. Hill called attention to the blankets, fryingpans, and other sundries obstructing East street. All the members deprecated the manner in which some shopkeepers displayed their wares outside their shops. GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY. It was resolved to apply to the Wakanui and Longbeach Road Boards for prompt payment of share of subsidies due. HOSPITAL AND CHARITABLE AID COMMITTEE. The Mayor, as Chairman of the above Committee, asked for a month’s extension of time to report, which was granted. The pay sheet was passed and the Council adjourned.
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