ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
At the ordinary meeting of the Borough Council, held last evening, there were present—Messrs. Williamson, Weymouth Roberts, St. Hill, R. Ffiedlander, Bullock, Robinson, and ultimately the Mayor.
In the absence of his Worship the Mayor, Mr. Williamson was voted to the chair. , The Chairman stated that the credit balance at the bank was Ll6O Is.; rates Collected since last meeting, L 33 Is@.; licenses, Ll. THE BRIDGE APPROACHES.
Mr- Bennett, assistant engineer of the Railway Department wrote, in reply to a letter written by the Borough, Council to the County Council, and forwarded by that body to the engineer. The letter of the Council stated, that, the north approach' being on the railway reserve, the Borough Council had no control over it. The engineer (Mr. Bennett) said his letter on the subject to the County Council was intended as preliminary to having the control of these approaches handed over to the bodies most interested in them, and who should therefore,; in his opinion, maintain them. He contended that, as the decking and road beams of the bridge were kept in repair by the Government, the local Boards ought to maintain the approaches. He was quite prepared to advocate the handing over of the control of the north approach to the Council.. On the motion of Mr. Bullock,. it wes resolved to defer the discussion on the above correspondence. v . . AIT OFFER. t ; Mr. William McAdam, Dunedin, aii engineer, who had been engaged on .the Loch Katrine waterworks, for the supply of Glasgow city, wrote, < offering his sarvices in the construction of waterworks," should the Borough require them, and enclosing very high-class testimonials. THE WATERPIPES. j , The Invercargill Town Clerk wrote to say his Council did not require any pipes at present. The Sydenham Town Clerk wrote,, desiring to be informed, of .the ' weight and price per yard of the pipes. The latter letter to be replied to, supplying the information asked for, . . CULVERTS, EXO/ : Mr. H. W. Roberts wrote, asking that a culvert be placed opposite his gate ;in Tancred street. Granted, on the usual conditions. Mr. R. Bird wrote asking permission to remove a building. ; Granted on, usual conditions. From George Cates and others, asking that Grey street should be formed and access given to their properties. It was decided to comply with the request as to making the gully referred to passable. ; In reply to Mr. Friedlander, the engineer said that the culvert at the corner of East and Moore streets would be attended to at an early date. . nuisances. . , Messrs. D. M'Farlane, John Hefford, and George Kidd, wrote complaining of •the: bad state of the footpaths in Havelock street, between Cass and William streets, and to the foul smell arising from the drainage and slops from the hotel in the vicinity.Mr, St. Hill moved that the Inspector of Nuisances he instructed to take immediate steps to abate the nuisance co'm- . plained of. He was of opinion that the By-laws on the subject should be fully enforced. The Chairman remarked that if any action was taken on this complaint, the Council should certainly take steps ■ to stop like'nuisances in other parts of the town in perhaps a worse state than that of Havelock street. Were they to do this notice would have to be given to the offending householders. Mr. St. Hill said that the reason action had been taken in regard to Burnett, street was that at the time the by-laws were not worth the paper they were printed on.. ; The Chairman said they had never been without - the power of stopping such nuisances, as action could have been taken under statute. ■ Mr. St. Hill withdrew his motion on it being understood that at a fuller meeting cf the Council the matter of nuisances of this character would be gone into, and, in the meantime, Mrs. Butler be written to asking her to stop the nuisance. His Worship here took his seat. " The inspector of nuisances in his report said that notices which he had served upon parties 'with reference to nuisances had not been taken notice of, and asked for instructions as to whether he should summon the parties at once or place the matter in the hands of Messrs. Branson and Purnell. It was resolved to place the matter in the hands of the solicitors, THE WATERHOLE NEAR THE BRIDGE. The assistant engineer of the railway department wrote,, saying that the waterhole in the railway reserve near the bridge had been caused by the,formation of the street, and therefore the department did not consider itself liable for the cost of filling it up, . ■ . ■_On the arrival of the Mayor, he saidj with reference to the railway engineer’s remarks as to the hole in. East street being caused while making' the road, he said that such a statement was not consistent with facts. i, ■ ,:,t Mr. Williamson concurred, and said that, on the contrary, a quantity of by the Road Board.. It was resolved that the Railway Department be replied to in terms of: hia Worship’s statement. > ■ , MR. BULLOCK IN DEFENCE. The Finance Committee applied for an extension of time for bringing up their report until the Longbeaoh Road Board claim was settled, Mr. Bullock, in proposing that the request be complied with, said that some of the ratepayers ware under the impression that the subsidy of 1879 had been lost though the action of the late Council. At the first meeting,of the Council held on 9th September, 1878, it was decided to call for tenders to value the Borough.: At a later date it was found , necessary to object to the roll, which they did.' An extension of- time was granted on the 12th March, 1879, and a roll ordered to be cbm- 1 pleted by the Slat March, on which date the rate ought to have been collected. No blame, therefore, could be attached to the Council. It was not until the 9th June that the roll had been passed. :The members of the Council had studied the question prior to the first meeeting of the Council. Mr. St. Hill wished to ask Mr. Bullock whether it was possible, instead of getting a new rate roll, to amend the old roll. Mr. Bullock replied that it was hot in the power of the Council to do that, as it wastog>j<ili the hands of the Assessment ENGINEERS’ 1 REPORT. : . The Engineers reported that when the water had risen in the reservoir about nine inches more, they would be able to turn the water into the channels, which were now completed. ’The con-, tractor for the Burnett street West extension had received notice, according to : the 4 Council’s instructions, and the labor gang had been put on the work. ' Tenders had been received for the work .of clearing tussock on Borough • reserves, and the Works Committee recommended that the tender of D. O’Sullivan,, at Bs. 6d. per acre, be accepted. The Works Committee also recommended the ■ formation of various streets in the township, and that the footpath in, West street, -between Burnett street and Tancred street, about five chains, be kerbed and-channelled. * Mr. Friedlander stated that Mr. Wilkie had him there was no time 1
specified in, the specifications for the completion of the contract. ... I-' ! The Engineers’i action was approved with reference to the -works mentioned in his report. -
A BOARD 03? HEALTH. , ' ; Mr. St. Hill wished to. known whether the Council had ever taken ipto consideration the question of forming itself into a Board of Health, If not, he would suggest that steps be taken in the matter at once. The Mayor, while appreciating the remarks made by Mr. St. Hill, thought that while they had' an Inspector of Nuisances, and his reports were acted on, it would be hardly necessary to impose fiitthef "work 1 -on : the Council;;;. 1 Asdt-waSy it was a attend other meetings in. connection with, the Borough’s business. Mr. St. Hill remarked that additional powers would be given if they were made a Board of Health. CATTLE DRIVING. Mr. St. Hill wished to know, ..with reference to a notice in the evening paper,, whether the Mayor or the Council had. power to hang up the by-law regarding driving cattle through the town. He; thought the least drivers of cattle could do would be to obtain permission from the. Town Clerk to drive cattle through the town. The Mayor,said thht. in a conversation with the Sergeant of Police, it had been remarked that the difficulties regarding driving the cattle to and from the sale-' yards were peculiar, and it was thought .that untilthfo’ new,ca,ttle yards' were erected it would nof.behTfiße jtoi l>§ 'too; j The Clerk vtas 'instnictad I 'to ‘ write to the police; stating that the Council did 'not . wish the by-laws to be .strictly enforced whick referred, to, the.driving of cattle in the' streetsi St; B ilk'only objecting. > The; Council, made a’; law buef day and altered it or suspended it another. They hid been two years in making by-laws, and n’ow found them ■ inoperative. : : , ; .'AN ASSET. Mr. Roberts wished to'know, whether some earth which had been purchased. from the Council had been paid for. : The Clerk replied that the amount was still in arrean : ’• i ANOTHER LAMP. ■ Both Messrs. Williamson and St. Hill thought Messrs. Mutch, and M'Kenzie’s application for a lamp hear the “railway bridge, which had been asked for at a previous meeting should be granted, and on the motion of the latter gentleman the work was ordered to, be Jiindeftaken J;" •: d WITHDRAWN. Mr. St. Hill asked to be allowed to withdraw his motions re the Borough finances. Granted. THE BOROUGH SEAL. The Mayor suggested that in cases where the seal of the -Borough was used for private individuals- a charge should be made, and moved that wherever the seal was used a charge of one guinea should be made. Mr. Williamson seconded, and the motion was carried. ;■ ~p: ' /:: ;'a'AlßLoW ! buT.’ '\i< ; His Worship also suggested that, as the water' would soon be ready to he turned into the channels, some sort of public ceremony should characterise the event, it being one' Of the most important * works •of the Council, , < R. Mr. Friedlander would, like.to see the affair take 1 place before the retiring Councillors W€nt out of office; ; - i J ■ It was resolved to leave -the matter in the hands of the Mayor. THE CAB-STAND. It was decided to put a few loads of clay on the cab-stand in East street, in consequence of the large boulders being injurious to the horses’ feet. ..... .CARRIER’S LICENSE. Robert Cullen applied for a carrier’s license, which was granted. ACCOUNTS. Several accounts were passed for payment and the Board adjourned. THE RAILWAY EMPLOYEES’ NEW . SCALE OF PAY — : > The following is a summary of the new scale of pay for railway employees issued under ministerial approval by Mr. Conyers ’ , ' Clerks, first class, Ll7O to L 250 second' class, LllO to Ll6O ; third class, LSO to LT00; '■ Station -masters,' first' class, L 250 ; se.con.4 -■•■class,. L2OO ; third class, L 175 ; fourth class, LIOO. House or allowance additional in each class. Roadside station masters, 48s. per week and house or allowance. Foremen, goods and coaching, 10s. to 12s. per day. Passenger guards, first, year, Bs. 6d.f second year, 95.; to seventh year, 9s. 6d.; e ver seven years, 10s. Goods guards, first year, Bs.; secondyear, Bs. 6d.; after second year, 9s. Head shunters 10s. Horse drivers, shunters and signalmen, first ctass,: Bs. , 6d, ; secqnd;class, 7a. Gd-.; third'class, 7s.’ Head porters, 10a. r Porters and laborers, first class, 7s. 6d;j second*’class, 7&. : y third bla'Ss/fftat year, 65.; do second year, 6s. 6d. Watchmen, 425, per week. Fitters, turners, smiths, Bb. 6d. to 10s. 6d. per day. Machinists and, strikers, ,7s- to : Bs.; laborers’,' 6s.' Cleaners, first year, 55.; second sa. 6d. j third, 65.; fourth (and maximum), 7s. • Firemen,'first year, 7s. 6d.; second, Bs.; third, Ba. 6d.; fourth (and maximum), 9s. Enginemen, first year, 10s. 6d.; second, 11s.; third, lls. 6d.; fourth, 12s. First class engineers, who must not exceed 25 per cent of the whole, and must have served five years, 13s. per day. (Experienced and first-class engineers are offer-
ing from Home at Bs. per day.) ! ; . Permanent way, general reduction of. Is. per day.
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