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The usual fortnightly meeting of this Council was held last evening in the Borough Council Chambers. Present— His Worship the Mayor (in the chair), Messrs. St. Hill, Robinson, Friedlauder, Orr, and Saunders. The minutes of the previous meeting were read, also the minutes of a special meeting held re building bye-laws. chairman’s statement. His {Worship the Mayor summarised the business of the evening, special reference being made to the overdraft at the Bank of New Zealand, which it was necessary should have immediate attention. Among other matters, a letter had been read from E. G. Wright, Esq. , M.H.R., stating that the Railway Commission ■would arrive at Ashburton about the 24th, and adding that if the Council had any matters to bring before the Commission, the exact time of arrival would be wired. The Mayor said he had replied to the letter, stating that there were matters which it would be necessary 7 for the Commisssion to consider. With reference to the impounded land fund, the Mayor said ho understood there was still a sum to come from that source, in fact a very large sum, if their claim could be established. CORRESPONDENCE. From Saunders Bros., intimating that the draft grant of casement drawn by the Council had been forwarded to their solicitor for approval. From E. G. Wright Esq., in reference to the visit to Ashburton of the Railway Commissioners. The Mayor said he had telegraphed to Mr. E. G.’ Wright concerning the matter. Mr. Saunders moved that Mr. Wright be thanked for his courtesy, and that a committee, consisting of the Mayor, Messrs. Williamson, St. Hill, and Orr, be appointed to decide what matters to lay before the Commission. Mr. Orr seconded the motion, and on Mr. Saunders consenting to allow his name to be added to the committee, the motion was carried. From Messrs. Edmiston Bros, and Gundry, forwarding accounts for advertising the sale of the Borough Reserves, and stating that they had been unable to dispose of the property. Resolved that the amount be paid. From eighteen ratepayers in CoxsLroet, drawing attention to the drainage in that street, and requesting that at least a portion of the rates which they pay might he expended in the immediate vicinity. Ordered to be ackowledged, and would be attended to in duo course.

From the Committee of the Fire Brigade, requesting payment of the L 25 subsidy by the Council, on the strength of which promise the Brigade had ordered uniforms from England and elsewhere, and by so doing their funds had been exhausted. On the motion of Mr. St. Hill, seconded by Mr. Friedlander, it was resolved that the Fire Brigade be informed that L 25 would be paid at once, and that they be referred to a resolution respecting the procuring of uniforms. HOSPITAL AX I) CHARITABLE AID. The Mayor stated that nothing had been done in this matter through the difficulty of getting members of the committee together. The Christchurch City Council had passed a very ’.vise resolution recommending that the maintenance of charitable aid institutions should be paid out of the consolidated revenue of the colony. Mr. Saunders agreed with what had fallen from the Mayor regarding the resolution or the Christchurch City Council. The maintenance of such institutions should be a first charge on any Government, and it was' not fair to saddle the community with their support, seeing that the recipients of such charity came from all parts of the colony. He would move —‘ ‘ That this Council wishes to endorse the resolution of the Christchurch City Council re charitable aid, and trusts that the Government will adopt the resolution in dealing with the Act.” Mr. Robinson seconded the motion, and it was carried. PUBLIC WORKS. Mr. St. Hill reported that nothing had been done by the Works Committee. The very existence of tho Committee was a farce, and when matters wore referred to it from the Council it simply meant that they were going to be shelved, as it was impossible to get a meeting of the Committee. He thought that if the work was to be done at all it would be best for them to do it in that chamber, when the attendance of members could be relied on. East street was in a deplorable state, and something ought to be done to it at once. Councillor Saunders suggested that all committee meetings should be held at the conclusion of the Council’s meetings, and matters arising out of the Council’s discussions, necessary to be dealt with, might then be brought under their notice. It was resolved that the members of committees meet at the conclusion of the meetings of the Council in future. THE SUBSIDIES. Mr. Saunders stated that with respect to the land fund he and Mi’. Friedlander had taken the matter up, and had done all they could to get it, but they found they had to take just what was given. Regarding the sale of the land, they were doubtless- entitled to their share, but it really seemed, from the present financial state of the country, that subsidies were a thing of the past. Of course, if there was any more to come, the Council had a fair claim to a share of of it. Mr. R. Friedlander said he could perfectly endorse the remarks of Mr. Saunders, and would move that the Finance Committee interview the Wakanui and Longbeach Road Board re tho allocated land fund which has now been paid over to them. Mr. Orr seconded the motion, and it was carried. Mr. Saunders would ask the Council to resolve itself into a committee of the whole at the conclusion of the meeting for the purpose of considering the advisableness of disposing of the iron water pipes in the possession of the Council. He thought that every member held strong views on the question, or if they did not they ought to do, and he felt that by disposing of the water pipes they would be able to enter upon works which demanded their immediate attention.

The motion was seconded by Mr. St. Hill, and carried. It was resolved that a time sheet, stating how the men had been employed, should bo laid on the table of the Council at its usual meeting. It was also decided to hold the special meeting required by the Act for the purpose of signing the burgess list and hearing objec-

tions, on Thursday, the, 39th hist., at noon.

Several accounts were passed for payment, and the Council went into committee of the whole.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 89, 20 April 1880

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 89, 20 April 1880

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