Ashburton Borough Council.
The usual fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council was held last night, in the Council Chamber. There were present his Worship the Mayor (presiding), Messrs. Robinson, Friedlander, St. Hill, and Roberts. mayor's statement. The Mayor, in his opening remarks, said that the only thing of importance he had to mention that night was the success the Borough had achieved in securing the subsidy from Government that it had been feared was lost. They would see that the Colonial Treasurer had promptly replied to their request, and had promised that Government would take steps to pay such amount as had been asked for. This would place the Council in possession of a sum equal to LBBS. The Mayor also stated that a return had been prepared showing the amount of rates collected for which the Borough claimed subsidy. He also desired that a returning officer be appointed for the Mayoral election, at a remuneration to be fixed by the Council. He had to apologise for the absence of Messrs. Harrison and Williamson. [The letter referred to by the Mayor has already appeared in our columns.] THE LAMPS. The Secretary of the Gas Company wwote informing the Council that, the Company was prepared to supply the Borough lamps with gas at the rate of L 6 10s. each, to be lighted half-an-hour after sunset and extinguished at midnight. . Mr. St. Hill thought that tenders should be called -.for lighting and cleaning the lamps. ; He was of. opinion that as much was being paid, for lighting, cleaning, and .
extinguishing as.was paid altogether for ' gas. Mr. Roberts thought another appeal should be made to the Gas Company. Even at the amended rate the' Company were charging about 21s. 6d. per 1000 feet per lamp, and rather than pay an exorbitant figure per lamp he thought the ! Council should have a meter placed at one of the .damps, so that it could be ascertained how much gas was actually burned in it, and be a guide to what quantity was . burned in the whole. He- would move that the letter be referred back to the Gas Company, pointing out that at the present charge the Council is of opinion that it ■pays at the rate of 21s. 6d. per 1000 feet, which was more than the Company’s rate of charges to the public. Further, that unless the rate is reduced the Council desires to have a meter fixed on one of the lamps to ascertain the actual consumption. OFFICIAL PAPER. The Guardian was appointed the official paper for the Council during the next three months. DOOR STEPS. Messrs. Matson, Cox and Co. wrote, in reply to' a letter from the Town Clerk, that the levels of West street were not yet definitely fixed. They had obtained this information from the Borough Engineers, and acting upon it ha,d erected a temporary step, which could be removed or altered whenever the levels were fixed or public convenience required. The firm recognised the step as temporary, and existing only on sufferance. It was decided to ask Messrs. Matson, Cox and Co. that the steps referred to be removed from the street after business hours. THE BOROUGH ENGINEERS. Messrs. Fooks and Son wrote saying that' they could not accept the terms offered by the Council, as it might commit them to work not included in or contemplated by their first engagement. _ They would agree to value the property in the town and prepare the roll at a smaller price than last year, but when LSO was set aside, for. this work, only laborers’ wages remained for their professional labor. They also pointed out that certain work had been done by them for which they had not received any remuneration, and they had also used their own color and instruments in doing the Borough’s work. The matter, after some discussion, was referred to a committee, consisting of the Mayor and Messrs. St. Hill and Robinson. engineers’ report. Concrete Channelling. The contractor is making satisfactory progress with tl is work; which we expect will be completed before the - next meeting of the Council. The Works ■ Committee recommend that concrete channelling should be laid down West street, from the reservoir towards the river. The length between Burnett and Tancred streets is already under contract.. It is also recommended that „thc reservoir dam should be raised one foot, in order to give a controllable supply of water for ,fire prevention purposes in West street. The ; -dost for the latter work, we estimate, would not exceed Li 2. Sumps tinder Side Channds. —Tenders have been received for building the proposed brick Sumps, and that of Mr. James Bradley (the lowest), at Li os. 6d, is recommended for acceptance. The number of sumps proposed at present is twenty-five. Prices for the iron covers have been obtained in Christchurch, the lowest being that of Messrs. Scott Bros., at Li each. .Clearing Tussocks on Streets —Mr. M‘Mahon, the contractor for this work, has thrown up his contract, but the next tenderer, Mr. Albert Mulford, is prepared to carry on this work. , The labor gang have been engaged in spreading shingle" in Burnett street west and on East street footpaths at the post-office and Mona Square, cleaning channels, and attending to water supply, and making and laying culverts, &c. The Works Committee make a recommen--1 dation, in which we beg to concur, that the ! foreman, Mr. Brown, be allowed the sum of Ls for bis extra work at the water supply.— Fooks & Son, Borough Engineeers. i It was resolved that the embankment I at .the reservoir be raised a foot; but, after i a somewhat animated discussion, it was i decided not to undertake the channelling of West street at present, i Mr. St. Hill held that it was just as 1 necessary that channelling should be laid down in West street,' as it was that East ; street should be channelled. West street was ■ the outlet for the overflow from the . reservoir, and something ought to be ■ done. : street SUMFS. Mr. Robinson moved that the street i, sumps be put down, as recommended by ■ the Engineers. i Mr. Friedlander seconded. Mr. St. Hill contended that the work :■ was no more pressing t han the channelling . of West street, and moved that the work i be deferred for the present. Mr. Roberts seconded, and the question i being put, Mr. St. Hill’s motion, was carried by the casting vote of the Chairi man.
TUSSOCKS. The tender of Alfred Mulford was accepted for the carting of tussocks. BONUS. Foreman Brown was allowed a bonus of L 5 for extra work performed in connection with the water supply. notices postponed. Miv Roberts asked that his motion, given notice of at a previous meeting, regarding a steam fire engine, be postponed? ‘ The postponement was granted, as was also a; request by Mr. Friedlander that his motion re fiye-miuues-long speeches be held over for a fuller meeting, so that no undue advantage should be taken of the talkative members who were absent. returning officer. Mr. Braddell was appointed Returning Officer for the Mayoral election. LICENSES. Edward Ede applied for and obtained a owner’s license, as did also John Williams, The Town Hall Company obtained a public hall license, and the Templar Hall Company obtained a similar license on the understanding that they pay up their last year’s license fee. Petroleum licenses were granted to Messrs. Friedlander, T. R, Hodder and Co., and D. Williamson. The Mayor sid that one of the last year’s defaulters re kerosene license fees was the firm of Orr and Co. Mr. St. Hill was glad to see that the Templar Hall Company sinned in such good company. FINANCE. The. Mayor reported the debtor balance at-the , bank to‘-be L 250 14s. 6d. The cash received since last meeting amounted, from all sources, to L 26 13s. 4d. TUBE WELL. Mr. St. Hill gave notice of a motion for next meeting—“ That a tube well bo sunk at the corner of Park and Burnett streets.” ACCOUNTS. The accounts for the month having been passed, the Co'uncil adjourned.
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