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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.

An ordinary fortnightly meeting of this body took place last evening, there being in attendance, his Worship the Mayor, and Councillors Robinson, Ivess, Roberts, Harrison, R Friedlander, Williamson, and St. Hill. THE WRONG SfDE OF THE LEDGER. The Mayor stated the debit balance at the Bank was L7l 9s 3d. There were accounts against the Council to the amount of about L 2,000, including works in hand. If they desired to address the County Council on the matter of a grant in abeyance, they would have to do so on Wednesday next, on which date a meeting of the same would bo held. CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence read, included the following : From the Longbeach Road Board, complaining of the great number of large stones on the road forming the approach to the Ashburton bridge, which rendered it dangerous for traffic. It was resolved that the letter should be acknowledged, stating that the Council would take the matter into consideration.

Circular from the Manawatu County Council, same being ordered to be laid on the table.

From the Secretary Fire Police, asking what payments, if any, should be made by the members in the matter of badges. CrSt Hill moved —“That the Borough Council hand over to the Fire Police the badges, as they consider them part of the Borough property. ” Cr Robinson seconded the resolution, which was carried.

From H. M. Jones, re asphalting the footpath in front of his property in Wakanui road.

Consideration was deferred till the bylaws of the Borough came into force.

From the Borough scavenger (Mr Ibell), requesting the return of the sum of. L 6, deposit made by him on his contract. Cr Ivess moved —“ That the sum of L 5 be returned to the tenderer as soon as he has complied with the terms of the bond, as provided for in the specifications.” This was seconded and carried.

From the Borough Engineer, apologising for his non-attendance on the ground of ill-health.

From James Bradley, returning account received by him amounting to L 9 Its lOd, from the Town Clerk, for solicitor’s fees in drawing lease of section held by him from the Council; and requesting, to have the same taxed, as ho considered it exorbitant, and he could have had the. -same work done for half that amount.

Cr Ivess asked was this a th# Council had incurred, and now to shift on to the shoulders of holder ?

His Worship replied in the affirmative. Cr Ivess said he considered this acasc of extortion. These things were a disgrace, and it was time the Council asserted itself in the matter. Had this sum been paid hy the Council 1 His Worship replied that the Council had discharged the solicitor’s account containing these items. Cr Ivess said that it was time, if this system of extortion was continued, the duties of the Borough solicitors were brought to a termination. Ic was a standing disgrace, and he was certain if the bill were brought before the Registrar of 'the Supreme Court, that it would be considerably stripped" by that functionary. He (Cr Ivess) had recently had a lease exe* cuted in the North Island for some land of an annual rental of LlO, and the total cost in the matter of the transfer only reached a sum of L2 10s. He considered Mr Bradley perfectly justified in bringing this before the notice of the Council, and requesting to have it taxed. He was certain they could not recover a sum of L 9 odd from Mr Bradley. He thought the Council’s action in paying the solicitor’s bill, without having the same taxed, rather loose. Cr Harrison pointed out that Cr Ivess had been absent at the time the solicitors’ account came before them for payment. He, therefore, must be slightly in ignorance of the facts attending the same. This was also a first occasion on which their attention had been called to exorbitant claims on the part of the Borough solicitors.

Cr Ivess apologised for his absence, which had been unavoidable, and thanked the Council for their kindness in granting him leave during the same. He was aware that if he was called upon by hia business to make periodical visits out of the district he could not devote that time necessary in the execution of his duty to the ratepayers, and therefore, if he found himself called upon in the future to do so, he should immediately place his resignation on the table. He begged to move—u That this Council disapprove of the high legal charges for the preparation of lease from the Borough to James Bradley, the same being excessive, and consents to the same being taxed by the Registrar, as requested. ” Cr Harrison seconded the resolution.

His Worship said ho concurred in the opinion expressed by the mover of the resolution. He might state he had endeavored to obtain a reduction in the account of the last bill of costs paid to’ Messrs Branson and Purnell by the Council, and had actually carried the cheque for the amount in his pocket for nearly a fortnight in the hope of obtaining some abatement, but had failed. Gentlemen of the legal profession had a way of drawing up their accounts which made taxing them a d'fficult matter. The resolution on being put was carried unanimously.

engineers’ report. The Engineers reported as follows Under date March 28.- - -Burnett street west: Owing to the bad formation of the lower part of this street, between Winter, and West streets (the crown of the road being far too high), there is a difficulty in *wo loaded drays passing each other.. As it is now much used by grain carts from the Forks and upper parts oi the district, and is, in fact, since the extension of the Alford Forest road, one of the principal- thoroughfares in the Borough, it is important the roadway should be re-graded -If the Council decide on taking the work in hand, we would recommend that it should be done by their own men, as we consider it would be more conveniently and economically done than by contract. —Horse and Cart : We would also suggest the advisability of the Council providing their own horse and cart, plough, and scoop. A cart is now required to be constantly at work, and the first cost would soon be recouped. The cost of fencing the half acre adjoining the Council yard, and. removing and converting one of the Road Board cottages for a stable would riot be great, and we think the convenience and saving of ex--pense would soon be recognised.—Levels of Sheets : We are advised that the levels as shewn on the Borough map are not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act, and. in order to do so we fear it would' be necessary to take detail levels, and make level sections, in order to give the necessary information. We have now a good proportion of the work in our possession as to streets and footpaths, already made; and also levels and sections we have taken and made for our guidance in considering a uniform and comprehensive plan of grading new streets for drainage and water supply.—Shingle for Streets ; In setting out the formation level of the streets at the northeast end of the Borough, south-east of the railway, we find there would be a consideiah’e quantity of shingle to be removed near the gasworks. This might be utilised for metaliinp, at the same time making progress in 'forming the streets. If the Council approve, we might make arrangements with the conIrac'or for re-forming and vnetallmg Cox street to get the shingle required in this manner; and under date April 4.—Assessment of Borough.: The valuation roll has been revised and signed by the Judge. Reductions have bean made on our valuation of L 836 15s, and additions to the amount of L 173. The total value of assessed proper y in the Borough now stands at L 22,659 ss, being an increase of L2OO on last year’s valuation,—Channelling and Kerbing : Mr Bradley applies, through us, to the ' Council to make a trial of asphalt channelling and kerbing. He asks to lay down a length of about 2 J4 chains, on the north-east side of Cameron street, betwe.n the Post Office corner and the angle of the Wakariui road. His estimate of the price is about the same as if constructed of concrete—viz., about 1-5 per chain —and he offers to put down this length for half the cost as an experiment. A specimen of the channelling was shown at the Indus trial Exhibition, and was no doubt seen by the members of the Council. We-would venture to recommend that the trial, be made, as there are some points on which asphalt may be found preferable to concrete, and the cost of this experiment would not lie more than L 6. The concrete kerbing in East street ought to be thorougly repaired before the winter. In answer to our query, Mr Bradley offers- to do it for 1-5- —Water Supply Accounts : We have made up the accounts relating to water supply to the end of -March, and beg to lay an abstract of the same before you. The total amount expended on the water supply works, including concrete channelling and kerbing, and also timber kerbing done in 1879, is L 2,447 is 3d, of which Li,564 14s 7d had been paid from the general account. —Forming Cox street and Footpath, South-East Town Belt : These contracts are very nearly completed ; but as the specified time elapsed on the 31st ult., we would ask for a short extension of time for the contractors. —Labor Gang ; The labor gang have been engaged in spreading shingle on footpath on South-East: Town Belt and Cox street, clearing up streets, attending to watet- supply, and assisting in the erection and taking down of triumphal arch for the Governor’s reception.

The following action was taken Be report dated March 28th—clause 1 was left in the bands of the Works Committee to report thereon ; clause 2 was adopted, and a committee, consisting of the Mayor and Crs Roberts and Harrison, appointed to purchase the plant; clause 3—consideration deferred to next meeting; clause 4; —also deferred, after a lengthy discussion thereon. Be report dated April 4—clause I—His Worship remarked that the rate roll had been very badly prepared, and at one time he thought seriously of rejecting the same and ordering the preparation of a new roll. The Borough, however, could not be said to have gone back, or remained stationary, as there was an increase of L2OO over last year’s assessment; clause 2—the Council declined, considering its pecuniary position, to entertain the proposals contained therein ; clause 4—a fortnight’s extension of time. , was granted. ,alleged Faulty contracting. Cr Williamson said, regarding the decay in the channelling of the streets, he consider.ered the fault lay at Mr, Bradley’s door: : The work was disgraceful, and no

have permitted the same. said the fault was not on theteart oiyyir. Bradley. The work had beontlono Hi frosty weather, and the fault was,|ho Eng&eer’s for permitting its being executed at such an unfavorable time. Or Williamson said that he himself had seen-Mr Bradley’s men engaged after the frost in patching up the work, and they had. neglected to remove or dampen the santi laying bare on the concrete before putting additions thereto. It was Mr Bradley’s fault that the work was exposed to the frost, fur had he taken proper precautions- the consequent atiu Uxa work would not have occurred. . T The matter dropped after aotub frqfther discussion. • -

, OF mWfttfdK* The-Ipspeptqr pf Nuisao?eß intweMNffA follows : - (i) AV Closets ; I have the the Council lhi£ ‘soitoe;> fektemV'-Havd ‘been cleaned out and filled up since tost, One of the worst; 1 may mention,(tq_gi.ve thrf Council an idea of the amount of refuse cofff *~ tained in some of them), contained one yard six.. ; feet (cubic) of filth and liquid .matter. -~{Z)'Jltr'"' Pits : All pits that I have, found that v ate USttd" for slops and other refuse matter, I have had filled up, and now wait the. decision oi.ffie ~ Council as to whether they will give permission' ? for (he construction of small concrete'taitks,' to' be emptied once or twice a week. ■. : Clause 1 was adopted ; and re clause 2^ Cr St. Hill moved—“ That concrete tanks- * be allowed to he built for refuse water, under the supervision of the Inspector of j . f Nuisances ; ” and this was finally agreed to.

THE BANK OVERDRAFT. , ~ Hia Worship stated that the bank 1 *was prepared to allow the Borough an over-, . draft of LI,OOO at a rate of - per cent, for the p. esent twelve tnprthsp this to be reduced during the succeeding , " : .•' i/. it)A year. . . •. Cr Robinson asked which bauk t4nderte4 . T a loan at this rate. !

His Worship replied the Bank of New >' Zealand. ..

Cr Robinson said had the Unioti Sank of Australia been spoken to on this spb- , jeet ? ' ' ' ’ /->’ His Worship replied in the ueg&lire. "■ “ Cr Robinson considered that both .banka -j should be interviewed onthe subjectyaiitT the lowest tenderer accepted. This was merely a case of extortion. The rate of, interest at present was ofily 8 per cent. ' f ( ; , His Worship pointed out • that hd had ‘‘,i. merely complied with'the requestmadia’to'V/ him bn the subject. It was usual 4 foifTA clients to interview their own. bankers first. It, however,, rested withtllie Council to take actibn in the matter in whatever way it thought fit. /, / . ■ i'* ; : : ‘ T Cr Ivess spoke in favor of. both theL i. Banks being requested to tender in ' the • ‘ '• matter ; he should certainly give his support to the one offering the overdraft or loan at the lowest rate of interest . The Bank of New Zealand had enjoyed- the privilege of conducting thb Council’s oasi- ... ness for a period of nearly three years, and if it could not. do' it as.''cheaply! other banking institutions, then its rela-f ; tions to the Council -had better > < < Money was now plentiful, and private individuals could borrow to any extent at a rate of 8 per bent. When the banking account of the’ Council was first opened _ they had a fight over the matterjvaild, although the Bank of New ZeidandWaSfully olie per cent, in advance of/ the. Union Bank, they had been ferced -intb - accepting that tender. He would morA ; r f. f —“ That -the "banks doing' Ashburtqn he invited to inform *- cil upon whai terms they T wo|ftld,‘.be. pre-' J-l pared to conduct the Council’s business for twelve months ; the rate of interest to be named on the daily minimum fcredit'blHi debtor balance; such offers to be sub* mitfed to the’ Council tinder seal.” ‘ Cr St. Hill and seconded the resolution, .which was, • carried. ' ; Ta.: v.-nic His Worship pointed out that it would be desirable to fix. some amount as ths sum which would be needed by' the Council He did not think.the sum they? - 1 could borrow would he sufficient. *-»

< Cr Ivess remarked that they cbuld not borrow beyond .the amount' of thejrlSst year’s revenue. They qquld„ r<; ' fix the sum they would need after tne’.i banks had tendered in the matter.-' •/■ His Worship, in reply to- Or Ivess, said : their revenue for the year terminating March 31st 1880, was about L 2,300. r Thar treturns for the year ending-laatVinqntlijX were not yet made up. They two f y works now In hand \vhich would ‘ cost 1 j LI,BOO. ; , . v It was resolved' that a return of’last' * ’■ year’s revenue shbuld be made but for the guidance of the banks. ; ; i HI fire inspector. Cr R. Friedlander «ppHed > J of the Fire Policc, tp be^appow^,fls^iT«7/ Inspector ; and also asked ror the iise of the Borough Council Chambers for the meetings of the Police. Both requests were granted. THE TDRSqCK NXTISANQE* . -.11 rl tA. i-V Cr Harrison drew the Council’s attention to the fact that the tussocks were not yet cleared froqx all the sections. , It was reaofyefl that' pniceedings should be at once takbn against those who.had:! f not yet cleared the tussocks from their / sections. 'l. POSTPONED, The Mayor’s notice of motion re edn- ' sideration of. grant to Ind as trial : ■ Exhibi-r ■ i : tion Committee was .postponed till next , meeting. ' " 1 11 ‘ LEGAL CHARGES. r/ ■ drjlv'f It was moved by Cr St Hill, and seconded by Cr Ivess; —“ That all per- 7 ? sons having transactions with this involving the preparation of legal dbcti- 4 ments be first informed of the total cost. - i"; before instructions are forwarded to the solicitor, and in tho event of the same being considered excessive* the.person requiring the legal services to have. the. option of engaging a reputable solicitor to execute the work required, ayibjeck to the same being perused and approved of by the Council’s solicitors. ” After a lengthy discussion, the reaclu- .. tion, on being put, was negatived, only f the mover and seconder votingm'ffkvprbf'f the sarnie.

MIIKGUNO. Li. ■ C J It was decided that part of William street, between Moore and Havelock ~ , - streets, be shingled. ~ ' '' ' ’., ALFORD FOREST ROAD. .. v On the motion of Cr Williamson, instructions were given for the Engineer to report on this road. ■ .... i., j. i/; I», I driver’s A hackney-coach license was grated to ’ r ‘ * ’ John Stewart. ? s accounts. I Accounts amounting to L2OO . yere , „ * passed for payment. * ( ( |- VOTE OF THANKS.. " A special vote of thanks ikas accorded' to Cr St. Hill for his services in connection with the erection of the triumphal - ,;!• arch on the occasion of. the G/ovemor’s.: ■--p.i reception. j.dfi NOTICES OF MOTION. ; v,' ' u > Cr St. Hill gave as a notice of motion.,: -rm his resolution re expenses in preparingn j.-.-. legal documents which bad been lost. Cr ; Ivess gave notice that at next.... meeting he would move—“ That a of one shilling in the-Ll lie The Council,then adjourned. /t / o- •,

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 311, 5 April 1881

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 311, 5 April 1881

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