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Ashburton Borough Council.

The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council was held last evening in the Council Chamber, Burnett street. Present—His Worship the Mayor (Chairman), St. Hill, Bullock, Parkin, Harrison, R. Friodlander, and Williamson. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. mayor’s statement. The' Mayor said that the amount received since last meeting and placed to the credit of the Council was L 227 la lOd, and that the balance at the bank was LBO 14s 9d. He had waited on the County Council in reference to the amount due to the Borough out of the impounded land fund, and he was informed that the Borough would have to contribute to the County Hospital, and until the amount of such contribution had been fixed upon the matter would have to stand in abeyance. The members of the Council will have noticed that the opening of the Ashburton Industrial Exhibition had been postponed from the 17th to the 24th instant, and that the Council will be asked to proclaim a half holiday on that day. The matter in dispute between Mr. Bradley had been satisfactorily arranged with the exception of some L2.

CORRESPONDENCE. The following letters were read : From Messrs Jacobson and Eyton, stating that, as they had only received about 30s for the last 10 months for the use of their hoardings, they did not see their way clear to accept the Council’s liberal offer to allow the use of their sections for the same at a yearly rental of L2. From the Assistant Under Secretary for Railways, through Mr Wright, Wellington, as follows “ Sir, —With reference to your letter of the Ist instant, relative to the removal of the cattle yards at Ashburton, and generally as to the insufficient accommodation at the Ashburton station, I am directed by the Hon. the Acting Minister of Public Works to reply and state that, as previously intimated to the Ashburton Borough Council, there are no funds at present out of which the cost of these works could be defrayed, but I am to add that the necessity for the alterations will be borne in mind in preparing the estimates for the ensuing year.—l have, &c., A. W. Werry.” From the Fire Brigade, as under :

“ Sir and Gentlemen—l have the honor, by direction of the Committee of the Ashburton Fire Brigade, to ask you to be good enough to pay to their credit in the Bank of New Zealand a moiety of the sum voted by you on the 10th of January last, to meet current expenditure. —I have, &c., J. C. Dolman, Captain.” From Mr Ivess, asking for leave of absence for one month, owing to his having to defend a District Court action at Cambridge.—Granted. From the secretary to the Industrial Exhibition, asking the Council to proclaim a holiday on the occasion of opening the Exhibition. On the motion of Mr seconded by Mr Williamson, it was decided to proclaim a public half holiday on March 24th. From the clerk to the Assessment Court stating that the date of sitting of the Assessment Court had been fixed for the 17th inst. Some discussion ensued as to the date of holding the Court, and it was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the Mayor. engineer’s report. The following report was read ; Tenders.—The following tenders have been received and opened by the Works Committee :—Cement—Montgomery and Co, 22s 6d per cask ; Joshua Tucker, 22s per cask. Mr Tucker’s tender is recommended for acceptance. Concrete kerbing and channelling —John Crum, 28s 6d and 18s 6d per chain ; James Bradley, 27s 6d and 18s 6d per chain. Mr Bradley’s tender is recommended for acceptance. Outfall drain—Timber construction, labor, nails, and tarring only, but including earthwork, &c—James Bradley, L 398 10s Sd ; George Compton, L 326 15s. Concrete drain, all materials and earthwork—No. 1 : John Crum, 1,1,767 14s 2d ; James Bradley, Li,470 1 os. No 2 : John Crum, L 1,707 14s 2d ; James Bradley, Li,507 ss. Concrete drain (excluding bricks and cement) —No I : John Crum, £.552 14s 2d ; James Bradley, LBIO 10s. No 2 ; John Crum, LSS2 14s 2d ; James Bradley, LSBB 10s. The Labor Gang have been engaged at the water supply in making good at the head of the race, and finishing kerbing and other work at the reservoir -embankment ; also, clearing up side channels, and making good defective formations in East street, Cass street, and Havelock street. The pond near the old Post Office has been drained as directed. The number of laborers may now be reduced, as nearly all the work laid out is completed.—We are, &c., Fooks and Son, Borough Engineers.

INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES. The Inspector of nuisances handed in report as follows : Gentlemen, —Having inspected the Borough of Ashburton, I have the honor to tender repoit of same. I have inspected all closets, heaps of rubbish, etc., and find the closets, as in Trevorton, in many instances in a very dirty condition, many of them in the abovenamed district being pit-closets. As to the length of time since emptying, or the depth of them, it is difficult to find out, but many of them, I should think, have never been emptied or cleaned out since they have been built. I should recommend that the Borough Council compel all within the Borough to use pans, or in any case not to allow any more pits. Some of these pits go down from four to six feet, or even more, and as they are so close to the pump and water they use, some portions of poisonous matter must silt through the gravel to it. Re slops, and other refuse matter, the generality of the residents throw on their garden or section where the public drain does not yet run. Some had small drains cut from the back of their houses to their gardens, and when I thought they were not healthy, and, the refuse did not run away, I had them filled up. One pit, I must mention, which I saw, and which goes to a depth of some twenty feet, the greater part of which was full of refuse and liquid matter, sufficient almost in itself to poison the whole neighborhood.—l have, &c , John Davison, Inspector. The Inspector, in reply to a question from Cr St Hill, stated that the pit referred to in his report was one at Baldwin’s Hotel.

The Mayor stated that he had instructed the proper officer to take proceedings against offenders at once. Mr Williamson thought that the Council should make every householder in the Borough use a uniform system of pans for closets. Mr St. Hill agreed with Mr Williamson, and suggested that as they had how had an Inspector all cess-pits should be removed, and householders forced to have a uniform pan system in lieu thereof. Mr Bullock said that all of these closets as referred to should be removed at once. Still, he thought that the dirty state of some of the back yards, where slops and soapsuds were thrown out, was more likely to create sickness than the closetpits. Mr St. Hill moved—“ That the Council at once take steps to adopt the pan system within the Borough, and that notice be given through the local papers that the system will be enforced against householders.”

Mr Friedlander seconded the resolution, which was carried. CLOSET PANS. Mr St. Hill moved—“ That tenders be invited for the supply of 100 pans, at per dozen, similar to those now used in Christchurch, to be supplied to householders at cost price.” The Mayor moved an amendment, but on being put, was lost, the original motion being carried. OUTFALL DRAIN. Mr Friedlander thought that the Council were wise to call for alternative tenders for the erection of the outfall drain. The difference between the cost of the timber and brick drain was not so considerable but that the latter should be decided upon. He certainly should favor the most permanent way of having the drain made out of concrete or brick. He did not think that Trevorton or any place outside the present Belt would be included in the Borough for some years. Mr Bullock said that there was sufficient evidence to show that the present outfall drain was in the proper place. He certainly was in favor of having the most permanent materials used for the drain, as the difference was only about one-third extra. He would move that the tender of James Bradley be accepted for concrete, at L 1470 10s. Mr St Hill asked why was not the tender for timber accepted as recommended at the last sitting of the Council. He thought that there were thousands of feet of timber uselessly required in the present plans, and the Engineer had misinformed him as to the quantity required. His Worship wished to remind Mr St Hill that the Engineer had reported unfavorably for the timber drain. Mr Harrison thought that a really good drain was required, and that it was in the proper place where it had been temporarily made. The extra cost in having the drain made out of concrete or brick was certainly desirable. He would second the resolution of Mr Bullock proforma. The Mayer said ho would like Mr St.

Hill to remember that he was accusing afl officer of the Council with incompetence when he made the statement that the drain was in the wrong place, and he would not allow Mr St. Hill to speak to the Council in the manner he had done. Mr St Hill said that he was perfectly well able to behave himself without the advice of the Mayor. He would remind councillors that when any discussion ensued on his (Mr St Hill’s) statements in reference to matters of business before the Council he was always debarred from making a reply. The Mayor called Mr St Hill to order. Mr Bullock thought that, in deference to the wishes of many residents, the outfall drain should be carried out at once. Mr St Hill moved as an amendment that tenders be called for the construction of the outfall drain in timber, and that the Engineer be instructed to prepare plans and estimates, total cost not to exceed L€oo.

Mr Williamson seconded the amendment, which on being put was lost, the original resolution being carried, Messrs St "Hill and Williamson voting against it. Mr St Hill drew the attention of the Council to the fact of such a large sum of money being expended in the south part of the town. TENDERS FOR CEMENT. The tender of J. Tucker for 150 casks of cement was accepted, at 22s per cask. BARING SQUARE. Mr Harrison asked that the Works Committee be asked to take steps to have Baring Square improved and cleared of all rubbish and tins now lying there. Agreed to. STREET LAMPS. Mr Bullock asked that the Engineer be requested to examine the lamps in the Borough. ASPHALTING. Mr Bullock asked whether all the owners of property in East street had consented to pay half the cost of asphalting the footpath. His Worship the Mayor said that all or nearly so had agreed to pay half of the asphalte paving. NOTICE OF MOTION. Mr St. Hill said that, owing to the plethora of money which the Council was now suffering under, he would respectfully ask leave to withdraw his notice of motion re carting. SANITARY REPORT. Mr Harrison moved “ That the medical gentlemen in the district be asked to furnish a report on the cause of the sickness in the borough.” Mr Williamson thought that there was as much sickness in other parts of the county, and it was not confined to the borough only. Mr Harrison said he would do all in his power to try and find out whether the water was the cause of the prevailing sickness. (Messrs Williamson and Parkin here left their seats). Mr Harrison, after seme further discussion, withdrew his resolution. FINANCE. Mr Bullock moved—‘ ‘ That the Finance Committee make arrangements with their bank for an overdraft,” which was agreed to. carriers’ licenses. A license of this description was given to Christopher Dally. SCAVENGBRING. Mr Harrison suggested “ that a rate of 2d in the pound he levied as a scavengering rate.” The tender of Joseph Jbeil for seavengering was accepted. PAYMENTS. Accounts, to the amount of Ll6B 13s 2d, were passed for payment, and the Council adjourned. SPECIAL MEETING. A special meeting of the Council was held immediately afterwards, for the purpose of considering the By-laws. The minutes of the previous special meeting were read and confirmed. After some consideration on the alteration of certain by.laws, which were agreed to and ordered to be advertised, the meeting adjourned.

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Ashburton Borough Council., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 287, 8 March 1881

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Ashburton Borough Council. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 287, 8 March 1881

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