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The ordinary meeting meeting was held last evening. MEMBERS I’UESBNT. His Worship the Mayor, and Crs. Roberts, St. Hill, Robinson, Harrison, R. Friedlander, Ivess, Parker, and Bullock. mayor’s statement. His Worship stated there was a considerable debit balance at the bank. At his request, the balance accruing to the Borough from the water supply had been handed over by the County Council. A meeting had been arranged between a Committee of the County Council and himself re land fund.

BANK ACCOUNT. The following letters on this subject were read:— Union Bank of Australia, Limited, Ashburton, 14th April, 1881. The Mayor and Councillors, Ashburton. — G-udemen, —I beg to acknowledge receipt of your favor of the 14th hist., asking me to lander for the Councl’s account, and to state the rate of interest on the daily minimum debtor balance. In the ab.-cnce of any definite information of the requirements of the Council, or the security to be offered tor advances, I am unable to do so ; but should you wish to transfer die account to this hank, it would be placed on the same footing as similar accounts, and receive most favorable consideration. The rate charged on the balance at debit of the account at the end of each day would be 7 percent. —Yours, &c., A. H. Shury, Manager.

Bank of New Zealand, Ashburton, 16th April, ISBI

Mis Worship the Mayor and the Borough Councillors, Ashburton. —Sir,—l have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 14111 inst., asking the terms upon which this bank would be prepared to conduct the Council’s business for twelve months, and, in reply, have to inform you that in the absence of information as to the amount of advances which will be required during the time, I am unable to interest rate at present, but beg to assure you that you may rely on the account being placed by the bank, in as favorable a position as others of a similar nature. —I am, &c., Samuel Kevans, Manager.

A lengthy discussion ensued, in which Or. Ivesa moved—" That the offer of the Council’s banking account should be (riven to the Union Bank for the next year;” and his Worship moved—" That in the absence of any definite proposal from any of the banks as regards the amounts, they will allow the Council to overdraw, the matter be referred to a Committee with power to act, such Committee to consist of Ors. Ivess, Harrison, Bullock, and the mover’’—the original resolution being carried. correspondence. Correspondence read included the following : From the Wakanui Road Board, enquiring the amount proposed to bo contributed to the salary of the Inspector of Nuisances. —Clerk instructed to supply same.

From Mr Bradley, as follows : Gentlemen, —Observing from icport of your last Council meeting re my application of putting asphalt channel and kerbing “that you were not in a position to try experiments,” I beg to lay before yon the following prouosition, vi/.., that I will be willing to put down, at my own expense, one chain of the same ; or I will put down the two and a-half chains as mentioned in your Engineer’s report of last meeting, and allow the same to remain for any length of time it may be thought necesasry, to give it a fair test. If the same be approved of, the Council to pay me for it at the same price as concrete kerbing and channel. If, on the other hand, the Council do not think it suitable, I will be willing to remove it, and leave the ground as I found it, free of any charge. I make the above proposals to you from a desire to give the article a fair test, and if there is such a thing as it being a failure, I do not wish to put the public to any expanse. I feel so

convinced that it is superior to concrete for the purpose I have named, that were I in a - position to do so, I would lay you a mile of it and not expect any pay for it until it had stood the test fora number of years. 1 may mention, in America where they have been trying experiments with the same material for street paving, not the same as was tried in England a few years ago of laying down the continuance paving, but to make it into what is called sets, and paved in the streets, it has' been found to answci so wed that they are about to introduce it into Great Britain. Another advantage I claim for it is that there is no waste with it ; if at any time any part of it should get damaged it can be taken up and re-made and laid for a trifle above labor. I may also mention that I have not to go out of Canterbury for any of the -materials to make it with, which means a great saving to the province, as about seventy five per cent, of the money paid for channelling in concrete is spent in cement. It can also be laid at any .cason of the year, widiout fear of damage of any soil, whereas cement concrete is always liable to damage when laying, by being walked upon; and frost, before the work is set, and is not easy of being prepared when once damaged. I would have requested your permission to lay a few chains of it before my own property, only not being in a public street where there is any great amount of traffic, would not be considered a fair trial. What want is to put it to as severe a test as an would be likely to get. Trusting you wil give this your favorable consideration. On the motion < f Or. Bullock, the application was granted. From the Gas Co. re lamps.—Referred to the Engineer, with power to act.

engineer’s report. The Engineer reported as follows : Cox s reel Contract : The formation and the -hingling of the footpaths is completed. A good bed of fine shingle, suitable for footpaths, has been struck at the junction of Cass and Cox streets. We would ask authority to use some of it for shingling the footpaths in Cass s.reet formed by the labor gang, as the soil is veiy sandy, and it is very desirable they should be done.—Footpaths S. E. Town Belt : This contract is now finished.—Outfall Drain ; The contractor is making progress with this work. Several chains of the concrete floor have been laid satisfactorily.—The Works Committee make the following recommendations :—Burnett street west ; That the reformation be done by day labor.—William street and Tancrecl street cast ; Wiiliam street requires re-forming, and considerable filling up before shingling, and as the roadway at the at the lower end ol Tancred street is much too high, it is recommended that the latter street should be lowered to the proper level in order to supply for forming William street. - Mona square : It is recommended that this square be fenced with a cheap fence, cleared and ploughed, and partially levelled for planting, at an estimated cost, exclusive of planting, of about L4o. Channelling Moore street: As there is nearly enough cement for the purpose in store, it ’ considered by the Commit; ;e advisable to ■ nnel and kerb in concre.e the north-east 01 ; of Moo>e street.— Dam in Domain : We are requested by the chairman of the Domain Board to ask the Council to consider the question of constructing a dam in the gully at Peter street, west, near reserve 1710. A vote was passed by the Council for a dam nearer the hospital, for supplying water to the north wc't side of the town, but as it has been decided to bring the water down the Alford Forest road, it will not be absolutely necessary. The dam now proposed is in view of the erection of baths, and also, the introduction of the water into Ihe Domain has involved the alteration and modification in the plan of the plantations and paths, it is necessary, now the pLnting season is near, to determine the position of dams considere 1 accessary in connection with the paths and plantations.—The labor gang have been engaged in spreading shingle, south east town belt, and Cox street, cleaning up streets, and attending to water supply. See., &c.

In regard to same, the following action was taken . —Mona Square—recommendation opproved of ; channelling in Cass street- llesolved, that Mr Bradley be allowed to put down ten chains of his channelling from Cass street to Moore street in terms of his offer. Dam in Domain—Resolved, that the clerk write to the Domain Board, informing them that the Council has no funds at present at their disposal for .the work. INSI’KCTOII OF NOXSANCISS. The rc t ; .t of this officer, which was as follows, was read and adopted, viz. : i. Re Closels ; I have to inform the Council that some six more pit closets have been emptied and cleansed. I may also mention that I hove had great complaints re the pans the Council promised to supply at cost price, not being ready, and I think it is great neglect on the part of the contractor, as many residents have to procme them elsewhere.—2. Re pits, used for slops and other refuse matter, are filled up, and they arc now being thrown and buried on the sections.

BOROI .: H LEVELS. The Engineer having explained at length on this matter, it was decided that an estimate of cost of preparation of the plan, showing levels of the Borough, be obtained. WORKING PLANT. His Worship reported that no offer in the matter of the working plant of the Borough had been received. ENGINE SHED. Or Harrison asked if no further action could be taken in this matter. His Worship replied that no answer to the petition had been received, and that the work would be proceeded with in a a few days at the least. Or Harrisonson remarked that a meeting of the burgesses should be called to remonstrate. His opinion was shared by several other Councillors. Later on in the meeting, it was resolved on the motion of Cr Harrison, seconded by Cr Ives's—“ That a public meeting should be called to petition against the proposed additions to the engine shed being made on the present site. INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION. The sum of LSO was voted to the Committee of the Industrial Exhibition, for the defrayal of expenses of same. LEASE DRAWING EXPENSES. Cr St. Hill brought forward bis notice of noti n in the matter of legal charges, and in so doing jiointeu out that similar documents were prepared in Akaroa at L2 10s each, whereas the local charge reached the enormous sum of L 9. It was a monstrous injustice to the public. Cr Ivess briefly endorsed Cr St. Hill’s remarks, and seconded his proposal. On being put the resolution was declared carried.

SATE. The notice of motion standing in Cr Ivess’a name—“ That a rate of Is in the £ be struck on May 14th next,” was carried. PLANTING. A vote of LG for the purchase and planting of shrubs in Baring Square was carried. WATER RIGHTS. The question of the right of the Council to take water from the river for the race was, after discussion, left in his Worship’s hands. work’s COMMITTEE ESTIMATES. These estimates were considered. ACCOUNTS. Following the passing for payment of accounts, the Council adjourned.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 322, 19 April 1881

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 322, 19 April 1881

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