ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The usual ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Council was held last night. Present—Mr. Bullock, presiding in the absence of the Ma3'or ; and Messrs. St. Hill, Williamson, Parkin, Saunders, and P. Friedlandor. The minutes of last ordinary meeting and of the special meeting held on Wednesday last, having been read, and the former confirmed, Mr. Williamson took exception to the passing of certain paragraphs in the latter as they referred to business that had been transacted at that meeting, but which should legally have been transacted at the present ordinary meeting. The paragraphs objected to were not passed. FINANCE. The Chairman reported that the debtor balance amounted to L 173 7s. 9d. The rates collected up to date amounted to L 531 165., and Mr. Bullock stated that this was very satisfactory, as the rate had only been struck one month. It would be necessary, he added, that the Finance Committee should make fresh arrangements with the Bank, as those previously made terminated on the 31st of March. THE WATER SUPPLY. Mr. E. G. Crisp, Borough Solicitor, wrote stating that the deed, under which the right to tap the mill race was granted by the Messrs. Saunders, only provided for protecting the Council against any claim that could be made by Mr. Edward .and Mr. Samuel Saunders, but did not defend it from any claim by any other owners of the property. Under the deed the water could be cut off at the will of the Saunders Bros., and upon notice given by them. Mr. St. Hill said there would require to be some more definite and tangible tenure of the water than Mr. Crisp’s letter seemed to indicate was likely to be given. Mr. Williamson pointed out that at least a notice of twelve months, of any intention to cut off the water, should be given. He fancied that period would be sufficient. Mr. Saunders said he did not know that such a clause had been introduced into the deed, but he believed it had been introduced to cover any deviation of the river that might interfere with the supply of the stream. In that case they might then have to divert the course of the race. It was to provide for a contingency of this kind, he believed, and not for any other purpose that the clause had been inserted. It was ultimately resolved to refer the matter to Mr. Williamson and Mr. Saunders, to have a clause inserted in the deed providing for twelve months notice to the Council by the firm. GAS LAMPS. The Gas Company wrote offering to supply gas to five more lamps. Referred to the Works Committee. CHARITABLE AID. Communications regarding this question were referred to the Committee already appointed to consider the mattter of charitable aid. THE ENGINEER. It was intimated that the engineer’s term expired to-day, and on consultation with Mr Fooks, he agreed to go on with any work they may have to do on a fair commission, but that no salary as Borough Engineer would be paid for the next month. BY-LAWS. Mr. Friedlander reported a meeting of two of the By-laws Committee on Saturday last. There had been no quorum of the Committee, but Mr. St. Hill and himself had talked the matter over, and they had not altogether agreed to the clauses proposed to provide for building. Mr. St. Hill said the Committee required some opinion of the Council on the matter of the area to be covered by those clauses. He himself believed that only the East street line of sections should be included, as were the laws proposed to be accepted they would have the effect of stopping building, as they were as stringent as the building laws of Melbourne or Edinburgh. Mr. Bullock thought the area should be deeper than one section. Mr. Parkin thought they should go three sections deep. Mr. Williamson hold it would be unfair to stop the influence of the building regulations in the centre of a block, as it would be a hardship for one man to have to build a brick building and his next door neighbor be permitted to build a wooden shanty. Mr. Williamson moved that the building clauses be referred back to the Bylaws Committee, and that they report to the next special meeting. THE WATER SUPPLY. Mr. Books attended with the plans he had prepared for the water supply, and after full consideration it was resolved to advertise for tenders for the work at once. The question of procuring timber for the proposed water supply was referred to the Works Committee. FOOTPATHS. Mr. Bullock pointed out the worn out state of the roads in Tancred street, from the railway to the Old Men’s Homo, and in East street. Referred to the Works Committee. THE RATES. Mr. St. Hill suggested the propriety of getting in the rates from such defaulters as the Town and Templar Hall companies. It was ultimately resolved' to advertise that all rates unpaid on the Ist of May be sued for without further notice. THE COURT-HOUSE. Mr. Bullock said the Borough had been sadly neglected by the Government, and
another instance of this was the delay of the Court-house. Ho suggested that some steps be taken to hurry the matter on. Mr. Parkin thought it inadvisable to “ shake the matter up ” just now, as there might be a possibility of getting a better building than the one proposed, which was barely fit for the requirements of the town, and ought to have been of brick. ACCOUNTS. It was resolved to pay the Fire Brigade’s account of L 25 at next meeting, and bills to the amount of L 75 2s. lOd. wore pass od for payment. THE WATEK PIPES. Mr. Saunders gave notice of motion for next meeting to appoint a Committee to consider the advisableness of disposing of the iron pipes now held in stock by the Borough for the purpose of water supply. The Council then adjourned. i
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