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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 334, 3 May 1881
ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
Special Meeting. A special meeting of the above Council took place last evening, there being in attendance His Worship the Mayor, and Crs. Robinson, Parkin, Ivess, St. Hill, Friedlander, Williamson, and Harrison. The business for which the same was convened was for the confirmation of a resolution re by-laws, and it was therefore moved by Cr Friedlander, seconded by Or Harrison, and carried—“ That the resolution relating to the alteration to the bylaws, in and for the Borough of Ashburton, adopted by this Council at a special meeting held on the 28th March last, be confirmed, and that the by-laws adopted for the said Borough, at the said special meeting, be confirmed.”
The business of the ordinary fortnightly meeting was then proceeded with, the members present being as above. mayor’s statement. His Worship reported that since the last ordinary meeting of the Council a special one, re the banking account, had been held, but he had since discovered that the resolution passed at same was illegal, as previous to such being carried 'the previous resolution passed in the matter should have been rescinded. Be claim to Land Fund he had interviewed the Committee of the County Council, and they had-agreed to recommend to the Council the granting of a sum of LSOO. jThe Oamaru Borough Council had written enquiring re water pipes, their price for same, etc., and ho had supplied this information, the result being a letter from the Oamaru Council offering to take a quantity of them. It would be necessary to pass a resolution on the matter if they were willing to sell. The special meeting re banking account was also illegal, as well as the resolution passed thereat, as he had not previously signed the requisition to the Clerk calling the same. Cr Ivess strongly condemned the Mayor’s action in disposing of the pipes without first consulting the Council. It was making a cat’s-paw of them, but as they had been committed, there was no help but to comply therewith in as good a grace as possible. He would, however, move—“ That, as his Worship has committed the Council to the sale of a quantity of iron pipes to the Oamaru Council, this Council has no alternative but to approve of the sale. At the same time it would recommend that in all future transactions the vote and opinion of the Council should first be taken. ’ Cr Robinson seconded the resolution.
Several of the Councillors supported the action of his Worship in the matter, remarking that the pipes were a dead letter, apd the iunds derivable from the sale would prove more useful in other ways. They did not consider it right to pass a vote of censure such as contained in the resolution. Cr St Hill did not think the resolution was one of censure. It was only a matter of courtesy that the matter - should be brought before the Council before any decided action were taken. If, however, any section dared raise a voice against any. such high-handed action on the part of the powers that be, they were put down by the cry of “ a vote of censure.” The matter ought to have been brought before the Council before anything was definitely fixed. His Worship thanked Cr St. Hill for his explanation of the resolution. He, however, thought it would have been far more courteous if Cr Ivess had, before submitting such a resolution, made himself master of the facts in connection therewith. He had not done other than would have any man of business placed in his position. He had not committed the Council. If they did not desire to sell the pipes they need only to say so ; the pipes had not yet been disposed of. Or Ivess contended that his Worship’s previous remarks wore of a character to lead supposition that the pipes had been sold. The telegram read confirmed this. The pipes had been virtually placed in the market, and the Oamaru Council had accepted the offer thus made. His motion had only been drawn up with a view to check such assumption of authority in the future, and had therefore been worded as lightly as possible. His Worship remarked that Cr Ivess’ resolution was not relevant, and he therefore should not put it. It was left to his judgment'to decide whether he would put the motion, and he would not. Cr Ivess protested strongly against such arbitrary behaviour on his Worship’s part, and was about to remonstrate when
Cr Harrison rose to a point of order and moved:—That the action of the Mayor re quoting a price to the Oamaru Council for a portion of the iron pipes be approved of. ” Cr Williamson seconded this, and remarked that he hoped the personal feelings, so apparent in the debates, would be put aside, otherwise the public business would never be got through. Cr Ives —Will your Worship put my resolution ?
His Worship—No. Cr Ivess—l hope, as your Worship has refused to put to the vote of the Council a resolution proposed by me, and which resolution was couched in the most courteous language possible, and which, I contend, bears directly on the question now before the Council, because you are too thin-skined to permit a resolution, censorious of your own conduct, to go before the public, that the gentlemen of the press will place that resolution before the public that they may judge of your action. And I hope that not only will this be done to enable the local public to
■perceive the manner in which the business of 'the Council is conducted, but that those outside the district may also obtain information of the matter. I shall be quite willing to leave in their hands a decision as to the fairness of your behaviour, and also as to the relevancy of my resolution.
His Worship ; Do you wish to propose an amendment to this resolution (holding up that proposed by Cr, Harrison) ? Or Ivess : You have my resolution before you your Worship. His Worship : I shall not put it. The resolution proposed by Cr Harrison and seconded by Cr Williamson, was then put and carried, Or Ivess voting against it, and Or St. Hill declining to vote. His Worship requested Or Sti Hill to vote cr to leave the room. Cr St. Hill : I shall not vote: I contend that the business of this Council is not conducted in a proper manner, and the best thing the Council can do is resign in a body, and let the paUic decide who’s right and who’s wrong. I.don’t intend to vote.
His Worship repeated his request that Cr St. Hill should retire.
Cr St. Hill (rising from the table) I shall not leave the room. I have left the table. v
His Worship then declared the resolution carried. CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence read included the following : - ~ t From the Rangitikei County Council, enclosing copy of resolutions passed at a meeting of that body and the Rangitikei Highway Board re representations to Government as to the inadequacy of the present system of local self-government, and requesting co-operation of the Council.—Laid on the table. From Mr Ivess as follows :—“Gentlemen, —On referring to the fate roll and burgess list, I \ find that my name is omitted from satire. I claim to have my name inserted as a ratepayer and burgess on roll for 1881-2 for my property situate in Burnett street, No. 125 on valuation roll, &c, lately in the occupation of Messrs Foster and Wilding as weekly tenants. In support of my application, I beg to band you a legal opinion from,Dr. Foster, a high authority in municipal matters.’ The valuator should have placed my name in the column of occupier instead of owner. As lam responsible for the rates, and will have' to pay them, I naturally desire to claim the privilege o£ exercising the vote. The omission, lam sure, only needs to be pointed oat to ensure rectification.”
His Worship pointed out that the putting on the roll of Mr Ivess’ name would invalidate the same.
Cr. St. Hill moved —“ That Mr Ivess’ name be placed on the roll as requested,” and
His Worship then declined to . put the resolution.
From Mr Bradley—viz., “Gentlemen, —ln reply to yours re the laying of asphalt channelling, I beg cb state I will do so, if you will allow me 7 per cent, for the ten chains ; or I will lay you the two and a half chains on the terms already submitted to you.”—Mr Bradley’s request was complied with. engineers’ report. This report merely apologised for the absence of the usual dottded report, owing to Mr Fooks, senior, being still unwell, and recommended an extension of time of one fortnight, to Mr Bradley, in re his contract for the outfall drain. The extension of time was granted. INSPECTOR OP NUISANCES, i This report which was of no public intrest was read. Cr St- Hill drew the attention of the Council to the fact that some night-soil had been deposited to the west side of the town, in a most objectionable place. The Inspector said he would enquire into the matter immediately. HE’D ROSE HIS PRICE. His Worship said that in the matter of Mr Ibell’s plant, a rise of L 5 in price had been made by the owner. The matter was left in the hands of the Committee appointed to deal with same at a previous mee ting. JUST CAUSE FOR'cOMPLAINT.
Cr St. Hill directed the attention of the Council to the bad state' of the roads to the west side of East street, more particularly to that leading to the Ttsinplar Hall, which was simply impassable, and consequently incurred a loss on the company owning the building, and who, as ratepayers, were entitled to the consideration of the Council. Nothing was done in the matter. those fifes. His Worship read the letter received in this matter from the Oamaru Council, which was as follows :—“ Sir, —I have the honor to request you to reserve for this Council fifty-five (65) Oft. lengths of 9in. water pipes at L 9 per ton, as per your letter of 9th inst., and I will advise yon further in the course of a month to forward them here.—l am, &0., E. W. Roxby, Town Clerk.” Cr Friedlander moved, and Cr Williamson seconded—“ That the offer to purchase 64 12in. pipes for the Oamaru Borough Council be accepted.” Some discussion ensued, after which the resolution was carried. BARING SQUARE. Cr Harrison pointed out that y during the late south-westerly gale several of the young trees in the square had been uprooted or blown down. It was decided that the matter should receive immediate attention. NOT BEFORE IS WAS NEEDED. It was resolved that a lamp-post should be erected at the corner of Moore and West streets. “there’s many a sup,” &p.
The Mayor brought up the question of the illegality of the special meeting at which the resolution transferring the banking account of the Borough to the Union Bank had been passed, in consequence of the notice calling the same not being personally signed by him, in accordance with the Act. Cr Ivess said he would move the resolution which he had proposed, and:which had been carried at that meeting, which was now for the first time discovered to be illegal. He was not quite certain 1 that his Worship would rule his resolution in order, for on two previous occasions that evening had he declined to put resolutions which were relevant to the subject under discussion. He moved'—‘t That the Borough’s banking account be transferred from the Bank of New Zealand to the Union Bank of Australia (Limited) for the term of 12 months, and the bank’s offer to grant the Council an overdraft of LI,OOO, at per cent, on its minimum daily debtor balance,* be accepted. ” Cr. Robinson gladly seconded the resolution. He considered the Union Bank’s terms had been the fairest they could ask, and that the Council by letting the other bank have a chance to come to similar terms would be merely forcing them to terms. Unless they could get terms a long way more favorable from the Bank of New Zealand, he should say stick to the Union Bank.
His Worship moved as an amendment—- “ That Crs. Ivess, Bullock, Harrison, and the mover wait upon the managers of both banks, to ascertain on what terms they they will take the Borough account.” Cr. Ivess considered that this was a course of action anything but defensible on the part of the mover of the resolution and his supporters. Night after night they had, in the face of a' majority, brought up this matter. Doubtless, however, that evening the heads had been counted, and the result foreshadowed, and an important discovery immediately made that the passing of the resolution, which he again proposed* and which was then carried, and even the meeting itself,
ware illegal They were taking • '■ of a aide wind to effect their purpose. TTin Worship stated that he hud cm ticipated such remarks as had j ist f from Mr Ivess, and had co mmit.. :.y taken particular care to iul<»:m e\v y Councillor of his intention in this direction. Or. Ivess said, under these circumstances, then the blame of their not being in attendance must fall on the Councillors’ own shoulders. TTia Worship thought he had been jnore liberal than would have been his opponents. Cr St. Hill spoke in very strong terms regarding this move-on the part of his Worship and his followers. He did not know if he should ever attend another meeting of the Council He was very indignant that because of a slight informality, the decided wish of the majority of the Council should be ruth- ‘ lessly thrust aside and made null and void by the minority. His feelings were so strong that they would not permit of his remaihing present. He then left the room. . . ~, Cr Harrison was also indignant at the personal remarks which had fallen from other members, and also at their conduct. He for his own part had been regular in attendance and had always voted conscientiously. - Cr Ivess replied at great length to Cr Harrison. - The amendment was then put, Crs Williamson, Harrison, Friedlander, and his Worship the Mayor voting in favor thereof, and Crs Ivess, Parkin, and Robinson against. It was therefore declared carried. On the original resolution being put the voting was reversed and it was lost. BALANCE SHEET. The balance sheet and report of auditors was read and adopted, and a meeting Was fixed for Tuesday next, at 2 o’clock, for the consideration thereof. BATE. The resolution passed at a previous meeting of the Council re striking of a rate was confirmed on the motion of Cr Ivess; and Crs Ivess, Harrison, and Friedlander were appointed to sign the roll ACCOUNTS. The passing of accounts for payment brought the meeting to a termination.
ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 334, 3 May 1881
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