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THE WATER PIPES.

To the Editor. ....... Sir, — I am at a loss to. understand what Mr. Ivess means by wishing the Council., to rescind their motion re sale of iron-: pipes As he explains it, ,e the Council has not the power to divert the proceeds from the specific object for which, the money was voted.” Now, sir, I helisve am correct in stating that it has' < never t been the Council’s intention to: expend the,, money for any other purpose than the; specific one, for the reason that it nevet s can. All cheques drawn-upon th® L 5,000 grant have to be drawn by the Secretary of the County Council, and signed by the Chairman and the Mayor. When the L 5,000 was voted for a water supply for the Borough, it was not voted for any._ particular scheme, but merely for a water ‘ supply. The present scheme that has been adopted seems to answer very well, and will meet the wants of the Borough for a number of years to come. The reason that the Council have stopped; short in the present scheme is the want .of funds, owing to something like LijOOO out of the L 5,000 granted being locked up in a mass of iron pipes which if not sold will * lie and rust away, but which, if they are . turned into money, will enable the Council to proceed with the present scheme, which is—channelling and kerbing, and finishing the outfall drain, part and parcel of water scheme. Perhaps Mr, Ivess would like .to see: the ■Xi 15,000 • loan raised, of which, I believe ho was the proposer. If so, I would advise him. not to try it—it will not do. We have enough to pay in the shape of taxes’’ already. The late Council had the confi-'' dence of the ratepayers, and endeavored , to do their duty ; and if Mr. Ivess will - not obstruct them, in the course of a very , few years the town will be able to compare favorably with other boroughs of a ■ greater age, and still have only a shilling rate. lam open to correction in anything that I have stated, arid would like’the 1 opinion of other ratepayers. —I am, &c., 7 Ratepayer. ■' ■ Ashburton, Sept. 23. . v

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THE WATER PIPES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 157, 25 September 1880

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