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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.

Previous to the ordinary meeting of the Borough Council being held last night, the Council went into Committee to consider the By-laws. All the members were present, and Mr. Crisp, the Borough Solicitor, also attended. Mr. Braddell, the Town Clerk, read the notice calling the meeting for the 25th May, and his Worship the Mayor explained that, through the non-attendance - ' of Councillors, it had been necessary to hold over the meeting until that night. The By-laws were gone through categorically, and, with a few slight alterations, were adopted, as published in the Herald on the 10th May last. It was resolved to hold a meeting on. the-28th Juno, to confirm the resolution adopting the By-laws. ORDINARY MEETING. The usual ordinary business of the Council was then taken up. On the minutes of the previous meeting being read, the Mayor said that, with reference to the payment of ten shillings decided to be made to Mrs. Gooden, a tenant of the Council, he had taken upon himself to disallow the amount, in consequence of Mrs. Gooden neglecting to pay her rent. The Council approved of the action of the Mayor. mayor’s statement. His Worship said that the balance to the Council’s credit in the Bank was L 319 155., hut this amount was liable to a considerable reduction in consequence of it having been found oat that a certain sum, the exact figures of which he could not give, would have to be refunded to the Wakanui Road Board. However, he had ascertained that if an application were made to the County Council, it was very possible this sum would be made good. The amount of rates collected since last meeting w r as L 27 25., and dog fees L2. He had received a letter from the Christchurch City Council with reference to certain proposed alterations in the Municipal Corporations Act. A letter had also been received from Mrs. McLean, referring to damages which might ensue to her property in carrying out the water supply scheme, but his Worship did not think the lady's property would be in any way affected. THE TEMPLAR HALL RENT. A letter was read from Mr. Zouch, Secretary to the Templar Hall Company, intimating that the hall was not let to the Resident Magistrate’s Court for the purpose of holding the Assessment Courts, but only for the ordinary R.M. business, and stating that accounts, similar to the one in dispute, been sent to Government for payment, and such accounts had been referred back to the local body. Ihe account was for two guineas. His Worship thought that the charge of two guineas made by the Templar Hall Company was exorbitant. Mr. St. Hill said it was possible the Company based their charges on the amount at which they were rated. Mr. Williamson thought that if the Council were not consulted as to the Assessment Courthouse they should not be called upon to pay for th§ place in which the Court was held. Mr. St, Hill thought that under any circumstances the Templar Hall Company should not be tho losers. On the motion of Mr, Williamson, seconded by Mr. Fricdlander, it was resolved that one guinea be offered to the Company. MRS. M { LEAN’s PROPERTY. Aletter was read from the solicitors of Mrs. M'Loan, informing the Council that that body would bo hold liable for any damage which might ensue to Mrs. M‘Lean’s land through the carrying out of the water scheme. Resolved that the letter lie on the table. SIGN BOARDS. Mr. J. Mcech, requested permission to put a sign board on the footpath opposite his shop in Havelock street. Mr. Parkin drew the attention of the Council to the fact that the Council had already refused such requests. Referred to Borough Engineers. THE MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS AOT. A letter was read from the Christchurch City Council, forwarding certain proposed amendments in the Municipal Corporations Act, and requesting the attendance of the Mayor at a meeting to be held on the 20th May. The Mayor said that the letter had not been received until the day previous io that on which the meeting was announced to he held, and such short notice had been insufficient for him to arrange to attend the meeting,

Mr. St. Hill said it was very evident the Christchurch City Council was not very anxions for Ashburton to be represented at their meeting, and characterised the conduct of the Christchurch Town Clerk as discourteous in having given so very short notice to the Mayor. Resolved, that the letter be acknowledged, and reference made to the impossibility of the Mayor attending the meeting in consequence of insufficient notice being given. THE COUNTY OFFICES. The Mayor stated that he had received a, letter from the County Council, requesting that the road and footpath opposite the County Council Chambers be shingled. Resolved that the work be taken in hand. WATI3R PIPES COMMITTEE. His Worship stated, on behalf of the Water Pipes Committee, that in consequence of the non-attendance of the members of that Committee, no meetings La i been held, and hence there was no report to present. PLANTING COMMITTEE. Mr. Saunders stated that a meeting ha<l been held of this Committee, when they had decided to ask the County Council to give a grant of £ for £ for all moneys expended by the Borough Council on this work. Mr. Williamson said it had been decided to plant the reserve from the barracks to the West Belt and from the barracks to the bridge, the amount not to exceed the sum of L 250. Mr. Robinson moved, and Mr. Williamson seconded —‘ ‘ That the Mayor and Mr. Saunders be appointed a deputation to wait on the County Council for a grant in aid of planting.” Carried. the engineers’ report was then read as follows : Water Supply. —ln the contracts Nos. 1 and 2, there has been little progress made since the last meeting of the Council. The bulk of the earthwork is done, but there are several items not finished off. The concrete work has been undertaken for the contractor by Mr. J. Bradley, whom we have supplied with the necessary information, and who commences operations at once. The contract, No. 3, for the outfall drain, has been pushed on lately, and ought not to take more than a few days to complete. Mr. Wilkie makes an application, which we enclose, for extension of time, on account of the hardness of the ground. Until the last rain this was certainly the case with respect to the deep cutting from Tancred street to the cemetery. Now the cement is to hand, and the ground is softer, we consider the whole of the work —that is, the three contracts—ought to be completed, weathcivpormitting, within ten days or a fortnight. Shingling Past street. —Mr. Black, the contractor, applied to be alio wed about two weeks to finish a contract for the Wakanui Road Board before commencing to deliver the shingle. As the road was very dry and hard, and would be beuefitted by some rain, we assented to this delay, and expect'the contractor to commence work in a day or two. The Labor Gang has been engaged in making the cutting at the junction of Cox street, and the N. W. town belt, removing and refixing culverts, cutting trench for the gas main to the Conned offices, fixing lamp-posts, &c. Fools and Son, Borough Engineers. Mr. Fooks asked permission to make an explanation with reference to the first clause of the report. An imputation had been cast on his veracity at the last meeting in the way in which several of tIA Councillors had referred to the subj(fct. Mr. Wilkie had certainly told him llat the reason why he could not go on with the work was because the cement could not be obtained. During that conversation Mr. Brown was present, and remembered Mr. Wilkie’s remarks on the matter. The detail drawings which had been mentioned had not anything whatever to do with the progress of the job. He made those remarks in justice to bimseff, as the insinuations thrown out at the previous meeting were likely to convey the impression that he had been the cause of the work being behindhand. The Mayor thought the explanation given by the Borough Engineer was highly satisfactory. Mr. Fooks said that Mr. Wilkie had received a progress payment of LIOO, and under the terms of the contract he considered that the contractor was entitled to a further payment of between LSO and and LGO. The Mayor said that the matter of the progress payment lay in the hands of himself and the Chairman of the County Council, but the meeting would have to decide whether an extension of time should be granted to the contractor. It was resolved that an extension of time, not to exceed a fortnight, be granted to the. contractor for the complex tion of the work. The action of the Borough Engineers, as referred to in the last two clauses of their report, was approved of. THE IMPOUNDED LAND FUND. Mr. Williamson, in referring to the repudiation by the Wakanui Road Board of their liability to hand over the subsidy, thought the Council should exercise caution in the matter, as by the Wakanui Road Board referring them to the County Council there was a danger of falling between two stools. The Mayor explained that he had obtained information from two of the members of the County Council who both were agreed that the Borough’s claim on , that body was perfectly safe. Mr. Williamson said he had every confidence that the Mayor would look well after the interests of the Borough. The Mayor intimated that when the Commissioner, Mr. Walker, had divided the subsidies on the first occasion, acreage was taken as the basis of endowment, at which time Mount Somers got the lion’s share, but the following year the amount was based on the, rates collected, and it was on this fatter basis that the Council would get their grant. Mr, Saunders thought it would be foolish to surrender any substantial claim they had on the Road Boards for a precarious claim on the County Council. Mr. Williamson said it was quite competent for the Borough to refer the matter to arbitration. TENDERS. Messrs Montgomery and Co. were the only tenderers for the supply of cement, and their tender of 235. 6d. per barrel was accepted. For the supply of timber, two tenders were put.in, namely Montgomery and Co., 19s. per lOOfeet(accepted); AlpheusHayes, 20s. per 100 feet. There were a number of tenders submitted for the work of channelling and kerbing, but after spending about half-an-hour over several of them, the Council were compelled to enter into the consideration of only three of them, the rest being sept ip. in such an informal and unsatisfactory manner as to be perfectly unintelligible. The tenders which were considered were as follows: —Mortimer and Orr, L 91195.; Strothers and Risely, L 123 Cs. 9d.: James Bradley, L 132 19s. It was decided to accept the tender of Mortimer and Orr, if their tender included the whole of the work ; and in case they declined to undertake it Mr. Bradley’s tender would be accepted. After passing sundry accounts for payment t’ e Council adjourned,

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 107, 1 June 1880

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