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Ashburton Borough Council.

The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council was held last night. Present—His Worship the Mayor (presiding), and Messrs. Robertson, Harrison, Friedlander, and St. Hill. THE MAYOR’S STATEMENT. The Mayor said that a reply had been received from Government to the letter sent by the Borough on the subject of charitable aid, but the details of how the L2OO odd accrued were not given in the Government’s reply. A simple reference was made to the 6th clause in the Financial Arrangements Act. Another letter would have to be written. Government had extended the time for preparing the valuation roll to the 7th March. A legal question in regard to Mr. Bradley’s contract would be laid before the Council. The bank balance was L 64 13s. 2d. CHARITABLE AID. The letter from the Treasury referred to by the Mayor was read, and ordered to be acknowledged, with a further request for details. THE VALUATION ROLL. A letter from Mr G. S. Cooper, Undersecretary, was read, stating that the time for inspection of the valuation roll had been extended. THE SIX SHILLINGS AGAIN. A Mr. T. H. Green wrote from Christchurch, demanding payment of 6s. illegally charged by Mr. B. G. Crisp in February. Failing payment he would sue. The letter was ordered to lie on the table. HOARDINGS. Messrs. Jacobson and By ton applied for liberty to erect a hoarding on reserve 1642. It was decided, on the motion of Mr. St. Hill, that liberty be granted on conditions of an annual payment of L2 and the hoarding to be not more than 12ft. wide. It was further decided that the above annual sura should be charged from each person having a hoarding on a Borough reserve, and the Clerk was instructed to notify such, the new arrangement to commence from the Ist of March.

engineers’ report. The Engineers’ report was read as follows : 1. Outfall Drain. — We have advertised for tenders for Totara timber, as instructed by the Works Committee, and tenders will be laid before you this evening. 2 . — Scavengering.- The Works Committee recommend the acceptance of Mr. W. Ibell’s tender at the following prices : —Single pan, yd ; two or more pans, each, 5d ; rubbish, per load 2s. j. Paintino Lamp Posts. — The Works Committee recommend that tenders should be called for painting the lamp posts. Several have not yet been painted. 4. Stagnant Pool near Old Post Office. —We have examined this place more particularly, and find there will be no great difficulty in draining it and keeping a clear run of water horn the end of East street. The cost, we cal • culate, would be about L 6. j. The Labor Gang have been engaged principally at work-at the head of the water race, making and fixing overflow weir and sluice gate at Old Creek bed at Mr. Williamson’s, clearing out silt from channel, and putting down a further length of concrete floor at dam; also, making and fixing new sluice gates in the mill race near the river. The water having fallen very low, we have had to deepen and improve the channel in the river bed. 'I he side channels in the streets have been cleared and generally attended to.—We have, &c., Fooks and Son, Borough Engineers.

Clause 1 was approved. Mr. Harrison hoped the tender for scavengering work would not be accepted at the high figure quoted. He advocated the Council taking the work into their own hands, when they would be able to do the work at about half the cost the contractor would do it for. The high figure was only charged by the contractor to make up the loss suffered by him from those who did not pay. The Council would be in a position to enforce payment from those who made use of the scavenger, if he were their own servant. Plant for the work could be procured for a mere trifle, and, worked by the Council, the cleansing could be done at about 3d. per pan and a profit remain. It cost him 425. a year for scavengering work at a house that paid 28s. in rates. Mr. St. Hill said this was an unfortunate subject that he had thought they had got rid of. Day labor never was so cheap as that done by contract, and he hoped that the Council would simply adopt the clause of the report as it stood, and he would move that they do so. The Mayor said there was much in what Mr. Harrison had said in regard to the Council undertaking the work, and he had given some very useful figures on the subject, at a previous meeting, but the Council could not take any steps for a special rate without being approached by the ratepayers. The Council had not been moved by the ratepayers in the matter, so that they could not take aiiy action. If the burgesses had presented a petition and enabled the Council to move in the matter, he would have been happy to support Mr. Harrison’s project. But as nothinghad been done by the burgesses, the Council had remitted the matter to the Works Committee, who had recommended the acceptance of the tender of Ibell. He would second Mr. St. Hill’s motion. Mr. Harrison would move—“ That the scavengering work be done by the Borough with plant purchased by the Borough.” This was not seconded. After some discussion, Mr. Friedlander moved that the clause of the report referring to the scavengering should be left over till next meeting, which, being seconded and put to the vote, was carried. Clause 3, referring to painting the lamps, was held over to next meeting. The remaining clauses of the report were adopted. INSPECTOR of nuisances. The Inspector reported that, having only been appointed a few days ago, he was not yet prepared to report fully. He had inspected Trevorton and neighborhood, and was prepared to report on it, Mr. Harrison moved—“ That the Inspector be asked to supply a report on the state of Trevorton, which was carried.” Mr. St. Hill, moved —“ That all officers who have to report to the Council should be regularly in attendance at the meetings of the Council.” This was also carried. QUESTIONS. Mr. St. Hill wished to know if a separate account were kept of all work done at the intake, as the Council had to bear half cost with the Messrs. Saunders of all work of that kind done at the river. The Mayor could not answer the question without the Engineers’ aid. Mr. Harrison asked if the Council would do the quarter cost of such asphalting as was required in streets running off East street. The Mayor said he could not answer for the whole Council, and it was too small a meeting to deal with a subject of that kind. Mr. St. Hill spoke very strongly against the state of the channel in Tancred street, and in favor of having the same concreted at once. He had passed through the street recently, and never felt such a stench in all his life. He would move that the Engineer call for tenders at once. Mr. Friedlander seconded the motion. The Mayor thought it was unfair that the ratepayers should be saddled with an expense that might easily be avoided if one or two places were seen to. The boarding house at the head of the street was a great cause of the nuisance, but doubtless the new Inspector would put a stop to much of it. After some further talk, Mr. St. Hill’s motion was carried. bradley’s contract. This matter was left in the hands of the Mayor.

TENDERS. After a discussion on the work of making tho outfall drain, tenders for the supply of totara for which were received, it was resolved to hold the matter over for a fortnight, and meanwhile the Engineer to call for alternative tenders in wood and brick. His Worship said that instead of L3OO, as was expected, the timber for this work would cost L6OO, and the drain would therefore reach LI,OOO before they were done with it. Mr. St. Hill said the work in brick would be about L 2,000, and he thought they ought to borrow that amount on the rates and do the work. They need not pay tho money back, butmight have the bills renewed. Posterity ought to bear a share of work like this. The Mayor reminded Mr. St. Hill that the Councillors would make themselves personally responsible for a debt contracted in that way. Mr. St. Hill was not prepared to assume a liability of that kind. ADJOURNMENT. After the granting of a driver’s license to T. Waldrcw, and the passing of some accounts, the Council adjourned.

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Ashburton Borough Council., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 275, 22 February 1881

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Ashburton Borough Council. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 275, 22 February 1881

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