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Ashburton Borough Council.

The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council was held last night, when there were present—Messrs. Friedlander, Ivcss, Harrison, Robertson, Roberts, and St. Hill. Mr. Friedlander apologised for the absence of his Worship the Mayor, through indisposition.' ■ On the motion of Mr. St. Hill, sconded by Mr. Roberts, Mr. Ivess took the chair. .THE BANK BALANCE. Briefly referring .to the business which would come before the Council that.evening, the Chairman- remarked that the credit balance at the bank stood at L 37 18S. • AN INVITATION. , The Clerk of the County Council wrote,, ipviting the members of the Borough Council,to, be- present at the ceremony of; opening , the, Budding ; HiR , water-race. : accept; the invitation;, with; thanks* j; e ■: - : - ■ vf :>;■ nq EiTtna-fo - . " The.Hnder-Secfeta.ry fot : that the. * the Go,un6u ? that , the tallway cattle yardsbe removedto aplace outside' the. ftoroughi boundary hadtbeen referred to the ?übho Works JJepaytferntj but there wepe at present po-jfnpjjs, aviilable for the’ work'to be uhfleHakra/'' A - Mr. gt. Hill’ liabVed’thk-fh^' MtfOr 1 be referred to the membhr' Tor ’the district, With a request that he bring the matter before 1 Government iih his i place in .1 that Souse. The speaker spoke - strongly against the cattle yards being retained in '

their present position, I'iSrhere a source of danger and annoyance publiaf _ ;■ 1 q : Mjj, r ; ; Robin?on seconded .the motion!;- - , itbat .ah' view by Mr. Wright with; the head dfjthejf Railway Department more likely, to be :Buccessft|||! thaff any aiiobunt' of . .a, } - . ' V cSrijaed Unanimously. ~%‘- THE BY-LAWS.

Messrs. Branson and Purnell wrote, enclosing draft by-law in lieu of No. 54 ; new building regulation in.lieu of No,. 1 ; and;, J rpg,u.laripß-fixing fees - payable-, J or., inspection' 6f;plans7” Ceftaih alterations ; wefa*klfdwfti©' : bbSgestecT to; this building ■ reginations. Ths .solicitors also forwarded ; bpiniO'fis ‘ relating*•‘■‘'to The” Asphalting by-" laws. ’ '•

Thesuggestod alterations in the building bydaws were adopted. The Chairman drew attention Of the Council to the concluding paragraph .of iMessrs. Branson quid . Purnell’s letter Relating, to,the revision of the by.-laivs a whole, which they remarked 1 WoUld bfe a work of time.” If the Council’ were not careful this work ,of revision might be a rather costly affair. ... It was resolved that the paragraph be. referred to his Worship; the . Mayor ;to make inquiries. THE SUBSIDY, A telegram from the Postmaster- . General’s,office informed the Council that the subsidy -would be, forthcoming, next week. ,• - AN OFFER. -Mr. R. Lancaster offered to lease for twenty-Qne..years . section.. 631, aj certain terms. It was-resolved,,that the offer could- not be..entertained. THE ASPHALT CONTRACT. Messrs Branson add ad- ’ vising the , Council re of the. contract for asphalting. Mr.' Bradley, the ■contractor, also wrote, proposing certain alterations iii his contract.

The request in clause 2 of Mr. Bradley’s Tetter that he should only be bound to keep the work in repair for the term of two years, the result of any occasioned by his own neglect, or ordinary wear aildf,tear, was conceded. With.reference- to. cslause- 3,. in which .the contractor objected to one officer being the sole arbiter as to whether the work was or 'was not done satisfactorily, the Council declined to alter the beyond •adding the words, “ Or of any other person the Council may appoint. ” Regarding lithe question of damages, it was decided that the contractor should only be liable for accidents to. life or limb, during .the progress of his work, or from any negligence or carelessness in his-work. A' considerable amount pf discussion .ensued entile request of the contractor for interest pn his deposit. Mr. St. Hill proposed and Mr. Harrison seconded—“ That interest, at the rate of p -percent:, be .allowed to Mr. .Bradley, on pis'' deposit Mr.. Harrison explaining that hd - ’ suppdrted 1 the" request from the jmpression that it was the practice of father bodies.

i- ,Mr. Williamson objected .to the motion; as sup.b a course would be unfair to the unsuccessful contractors. ..-He always understood that, in tendering for work, the parties made allowance for the deposit. He moved, as an amendment—“ That the terms of the specification be adhered to.” The Chairman supported the amendment, and-some of the members suggested that the specification should he produced for perusal before coming to a decision. : Mr. St. Hill objected, to delaying the matter. Ever.: since the contractor commenced his work - übsti’ttctions.,had. been placed-in his way, and he was thoroughly hedged in with conditions. . ; Mr. vWilliajiason wished to know at wliom’Mr. St. Hill’sinuendoes were aimed; bnd during a warm conversation, in which Messrs. Friedlander, Williamson, and St. Hill were prominent speakers, the latter gentleman was somewhat severe on the Borough Engineer, who evidently was, in Mr. St. Hill’s opinion-, the contractor’s evil spirit. The Chairman said shield' - any officer of the Council from attacks-made Upon him in his ,absence, which was a most Unfair thing; to do. If the contractor had a grievance against the Engineer, it was cpiite competent for him to lay a charge rxijith the Council; ■ j Mr; Friedlander was sure that Mr. Bradley’s letter was written without the slightest approach to animus against the -Engineer, and,-in fact, had no reference to the latter’s conduct. - ; . ‘

Ultimately, the discussion waA postponed until next meeting night, to allow the specifications to be produced. THE WATER PIPES. A letter from the manager of the Union Bank with reference to a loan on the water pipes was’ referred to his Worship the Mayor. THE AUCTIONEERS’ CHARGES. Correspondence from Messrs. Matson, Cox and Co., in?, explanation of their -charges fot- land- sale, was also referred-to sls yj^B^ip s |ihe'|^yo|s;;tlV--’.-.'' *• ; ’ THE FIRE BRIGADES. A letter froiti’ the Lyttelton Fire Brigade enclosing information which had been - requested, was : ordered to,lie: on the table. ...... engineers’ report. Concrete Channeling. —This contract is just on the paint of completion. We.. would suggest, the advisability of determining as tp whether and what further channelling is to be ■done. . Outfall Drain. —lf the Council determine on -proceeding with this work at once, we should be glad of instructions so that the working drawings, and specification can be prepared. The estimate of cost, of the drain" in different materials is contained in our report of. 28th of June, 1880, ■if reference is required on this point. ,

The Labor Gang has been principally engaged in filling up gully in and completing formation of Cass street, between Cox street and Wills street, -and making good in> Peter ■ street, &c., also, in'making aild fixing bridges, . cleansing channels, &c. Wa have completed the Valuation List of the borough for 18S1, and beg to apply for a payment of L2O on account. Fooks & Son. Glauses 1 and 2 were ordered ; to. stand over ( clause 3. cpiifirmcjj $. andL clause-. f postponed. ' SCAVENGE RING. . Mr. Harrison moved “ That, upon the termination' of the present contract, the scavengering be undertaken by the Borough ; the plant, to-:be the property of the men employed by the .Borough; that a rate ha levied r to be called the drainage and cleansing rate, whereby will be obtained a system effectual and universal, far more inexpensive to the Borough. ” Mr. Harrison ' spoke at some length on the subject, and referred to the necessity which existed for ■ airefofmation in the mamiet in which the scavenging work was being done, cr, in many oases left’undone.' A number of 'difficulties had arisen in the past, especially in cases where householders had neglected to pay the scavenger, and, as a natural result, he had refused to attend their premises, .filth had' acutnulated, and sickness in the neighborhood followed. The speaker then went into figures on the subject, in which he showed that while, by imposing a rate of, say 4d. in the ■£, the Borough would add to its receipts, the burgesses also would- find- it far cheaperjthao the present itjie ' proper cleansing, of the "town jyoultl •. be | jhspi’ed.; By striking a’,fat’ey, fdo,' jir&pertywho were absent from the : ’would also be contributWg towards "the sanitary, \wellfbeing of- the: Bprdpgh. 051, the rate df-fid., L237;Xoai would be produce^ Mr. Priedlander seconded the jpotjpp.j os ith© motion, ;but- thought Mr, Harrison went a little too far when he suggested

p.'be levied on unoc?cussol‘sections equally wMkyeffheriir; He system in Ghristchiqiph qf'paying a certaiiiy«im quarterly veijy. well. £ Mr. gftJTiirjwas the multipliicatidn of yrates, result in ■iheiE but he jvqtdd ftqt. offer \ a&yf. oppoaitidn'iitq tbo •motion, as to%cbme before the burgesses;, A > . Mr. Williariison tliougbt it would be a hardship to manydf, in a small town like

this it were made compulsory on propertyholders ,lb- pay, rates r fofer.scayengißgi-i Th.ere, was perhaps a 1 need for it with regard to tjie business parts of the-town, but where: —as in many instances was the , ctifee—persons! Kad a houSeH'bn a,' quarfebv-' aero section, there was nothing tc interfere with' them' Using the rubbish for gardening purposes. •. r Mr.. Harrisop' .replied; and the resolution being put was carried. ; .= asphaltKisteßiNp.... • l J ■ A Suggestion by Mr. Harrison that the asphalting be furnished with-a margin of . woodwork'to, prevent the asphalt. from being broken away, by the-; shingle, was ■ referred to the. Works Committee with ; power to. act.

THAT SIX-.VXD-KIGHTPBNCE. The Chairman * wished tq refer- to. a matter which, while he had been a participator in tho affair, ho .hoped the .curtain had dropped over for. good,; yet it was well that, the’.matter of which he was-' about to speak- should .he veptilatedA statement had been made by..tho late. Borough solicitor in tho. Supreme Court yesterday that he had deposited ’ the sum of L 7 as a refund "for the’ charges which had been made on defaulting ratepayers. 3Vfr, .Iv;cas suggested that, as a matter-of common honesty, now that the moiioy had been refunded to the Council, reparation should be mado.'tb the ratepayers who, had paid tho six shillings. He understood a refund had been made in one in-stance—-that of Miss Callaghan. Mr. Williamson said it was the first he had heard of the refund. When Mr. Crisp’s account 'of LIOO was paid that ■gentleman gave a discount of LlO, but he (Mr, Williamson) understood that was on account of the little legal work, that had been required of Mr. Crisp. , • ; The Chairman said that the.Tovyn.Clers; had just informed him that no refund had be.en made to Miss Callaghan. That lady had paid her rates,, less 65., but. the Town Clerk had only given her a receipt for the amount paid “.on account.” It was resolved that the matter be deferred till next meeting, when it was expected that his Worship .the . Mayor would be able to explain. Accounts were then passed for payment, and the Council adjourned.

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Ashburton Borough Council., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 252, 26 January 1881

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Ashburton Borough Council. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 252, 26 January 1881

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