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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.

An ordinary meeting was held last evening, there being present Messrs Bullock (Deputy-Mayor), Harrison,. Roberts, Williamson, Friedlander, St. Hill, and Robinson. CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT. The Chairman reported that since the date fof last meeting LB2 13s had been collected as rates ; the total amount collected from this source to date being L 403 9s 6d. The bank overdraft yesterday morning had reached a total of L 966.. 15s 4L A REFUSAL. A letter Was read front the County Council declining to grant request made by the Borough Council lor payment of tl3, expenses incurred - - by—the—FireBrigade saving property of Council at the late fire. ■ -- • j Cr St. Hill remarked that it reported that a County Councillor hip ’ alleged, at the meeting that the Ime Brigade had. been of no service in the. • matter-of Saving the Council's property. ! 1 He wished to correct this,, for had it not been for a . portion- of < the plant of the brigade the fence round the Council Chambers would have.,been destroyed.;' 7

I . ANOTHER REFUSAL. I A communication from the Wakariui Road Board re salary of' the Inspector of Nuisances, declining topay more than twosixths of same, was received. - 1 Cr St. Hill likened the Board to the devil when sick. Now the nuisance for Which'they previously prayed Seiiverance from was removed, they cared not . who paid the piper. The matter was left in abeyance till after the return of the Mayor. - ‘ THE SUMP. : The Fire Brigade wrote, suggesting ~ another trial of the sump near the Com-" mercial hotel previous to their beingcalled upon to report thereon, and request £ng the Council to defray the expense of men to pump at the same. - ■ ' T, Cr Harrison and' other Cra spoke in laudatory ■ terms of the capacity of the ; sump to meet the .requirements of the engine in the matter, of a supply of water. I It was decided that the Brigade have . the approval .of the Council to hold another trial r ; the Council, however, declining to incur any expense in tlie matter of labor for pumping. The Brigade to be™ requested to report to the -Council immediately,l_ ~ ' LETTER OF APOLOGY, i An apology frdra\ McFooks,.Borough Engineer, for non-attendance at mpetipg,, of t\e Council, owing to 'togji read. - IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED. I The Committee of the "Presbyterian A Church wrote, requesting the Council to-.-have the levels of Havelock sti^et.taken/; at the earliest possible date,-; as otherwise an unnecessary delay would be occasioned to the Committee of the chnrch in* the matter of the proposed asphalting; of the approach to the smirch. - ‘ -

I The matter was;referred to the Engineer > to report upon at the next meeting of the -■? Council. ’ V"J / i ; -

, petition;, f i A petition from Friedlander Bros, and others owners of property in'West'street, Was read, drawing attention, to.-the.epl-, yerts being too small to carry off. storm water in-that street, iand praying- that the culverts be either enlarged or removed.' - Referred totheEngineer to report on. ENGINEER'S REPORT. ' The following report from the Engineer. ~ was read , . ", /_ :r. Outfall is beingproceeded with sirisftictoriljr.’ 'The Jatclieavy - rain has given the contractor- * Uttle : eTtra work in removing ’ slips, but -has' done no ' damage to the permanent work.-7-a, /Sumps. —The Fire Brigade. have made a trial of the; ; sump. ' There proved to be a sufficient and ready supply of water obtainable; ' 'The' did- " meter of the cylinder-mighty however, be reduced 3m, and a little jnore depth given, with advantage. We understand '' the Brigadedcsiie another ttiaL— 3 V ', gdngi The -| re-formatiori of Burnett and Bark' streets has-' been the principal work' qh winch the labor gang have been employed; 1 hut 'we havg had to take the men/ off £ occasionally fL Tor. other.\ 1 - minor, -tmt necessary works.' The'actual time * 5 engaged since commencing Burnett street does"-' not :exceed our estimate.—4. The lamp-posts' vj anddamps■ have been ordered • as. directed;«> i■■;:> It

Clauses 1/ 2, and 4 ward adopted. Jfo clause 3, it was resolved—“ That the '• Engineer be requested -to complete reformation of Burnett street as soon i,as possible.” INSPECTOR OP NUISANCES.' This functionary’s report was read and adopted. ' FIBE BRIGADE REPORT. i f u"\ The report from the-Fire Brigade on/ the late fire at the railway Bt&tianmad read., -_ .',;T LETTING or besbbvb.6o2. Or St. Hill’s resolution .regarding thief. i matter was rescinded. .• i t -J Tenders for the.; lease of the reserve (three in number) were opened, and that ; I of Messrs Tucker and Resteli, ata-rental ■ of L3O per annum for the first seven years and an increase of 5(1 per. cent. . each following seven-years, accepted. UNPAID BATES. The Clerk was to insert an advertisement in the local papers notifying that all defaulting ratepayers will be sued following the 30th inst. MATSON, COX AND CO. ’fifICBOSSINO.

The Engineer was instructed by reso- tlution to inspect this crossing, alleged by a Councillor to be from threq to four inches above the proper level. ; THOSE BUBIBD CHILDREN. In reply to a question, Cr Bulloch stated that he had made enquiries in this I matter, and from the police had learned ' that a child‘ had been interred for a few days merely, whilst awaiting.the opening of a grave in the cemetery, and had been' removed directly this had been effected. Cr Harrison said he. was prepared to put his finger down on a certain section within the Borough in which a child had been buried. Regarding the: affecting a local undertaker, he watein position to refute the same. He himself had inspected the certificates of burial in the cases of the children mentioned, aud found they had been interred., iix .the cemetery. j. U I BARING SQUIRE. % , :

Cr Harrison suggested that*a small'outlay should be sanctioned by the Council in the matter of patting straight the trees blown down in Baring square during the late gale. It was resolved that the necessary outlay be incurred. LEFT TO THE ENQINEEB. -- The matter of damage from the water of Messrs Matson, Cox, and Co. ’s build* ing was referred to the Engineer. ASPHALTEfQ. It was decided that the accounts for proportion of asphalting to be paid for by property owners be collected immediately. BKIBQES AND EABIH* A return was ordered tp be laid, op’ the ; table at the next meeting showing amounts outstanding for bridges and ';, earth.' . _ HAVELOCK STKBST.’-- [‘,7. It was resolved—“ That the tussocks be cut off the footpaths, and that' the Engineer report on the state of the - street.” ; ’ y SMITH V. BBOWN. ' On the motion of Or Harrison, -a Com- % mittee was appointed to; enquire into tain charges made by one of the employees of the Council against a follow workmaii, , ; the meihbers of the same being Cm ‘St. Hill, Harrison, and Williainton; 1 att' i amendment, that thei matter be referred to the Works Committee, mated by .Or H • St. Hill, being negatived. .1 Cr Williamson,, who had seconded the'* amendment, declined to act on the Com* ) mittee.! ‘A lengthy discussion ensued relative to

P»iK llllJil l-!JIU*. iJ : - - • : - t Or' WiUiamson’B action, tlmi ' and Or St. Hill allegingthe mat ter shun id be brought before the Works ; t o LICENSES. Frederick Goach, and John A’ alsh, were granted drivers’ licenses. PAY-SHEET. , Accounts to the amount of L359s 8d vwere passed for payment CHAFF. • The Clerk was instructed to call for , ■’ tenders for a- six months’supply of chaff, . same to be before the Council at next meeting. - \i . TIME-SHEET. The Engineer was instructed by resolu- ' tibh to on future occasions accompany the pay>sheet with particulars of work 1 ' employees of Council, and time occupied. , _ ' The Council then adjourned.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 370, 14 June 1881

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 370, 14 June 1881

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