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The usual fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council was held last night. There were present Ivess (in the chair), Robinson, Friedlander, Harrison,St Hill, Roberts, and Williamson. ■ ■ ,r 'chairman’s statement. The Chairman reported that the bank overdraft had since last meeting, .and,was now L3V4 9s;* The' rates collected 1 amounted to L 95 4s; the total, collected to date was 'L49B 13s. No tenders had bepn received for horse-feed; ; i GOERESPONDENC E. A letter was readfromi the Secretary of the Fire Brigade declining to report on the sump, as the Council would not engage men for pumping. The Brigade had other duties to attend to besides'pumping. ■ ■ ; ■ Ors Friedlander and Robinson expressed their disapproval of the letter. Ci St Hill characterised the letter as impertinent, especially considering L23ohadsbSSif mid out in boots, &c., and that they now responsibility of pumping. In .hijs||pituon the Council had spent too much oil them. Cr Friedlander moved, and Cr St Hill seconded—“ That the Fire Brigade’s letter be answered to the effect that in future the Council’s instructions , must be obeyed.”. . ■ The Chairman thought l;he letter in bid taste, and believed there ! had been only a thin attendance at the Brigade.meeting or such a letter would not have been sent.The following letter ft-ob 1 Messrs Matson, Cox and Co. was then read, and gave rise to some very acrimonious remarks Ashburton, Judfe'l7, 1881. To his Worship the Mayor. —Our attention having been called to complaints bade by Councillor St Hill at the last meeting of your Council—lst, as to storm water from the roof of our building, and, 2nd, as to the height of our siding crossing West street, and having seen your Surveyor on the subject, we beg to inform you that; havbg i received authority from Mr Fooks to lay pipes to carry off the water under the footpath, we have

given instructions to have the same done at once, and they will probably be complete by the time you next meet. 2nd. With regard to the height of the rails, ws bog to inform you they were laid under Mr

Foots’ supervision, and in exact acoor- i dance with levels supplied by him; bet if any blame rests with any one, it is vfith Gr St. Hill himself, who, when thexails were being laid, came with Mr Foots, and insisted on their being raised higher than the railway officials superintending the laying of the rails had placed them. , We ; w m low as possible, to- avoid the heavy grade l from the .line to t}io .drojnrpi o£ ; the road, and if Mr Foots would have allowed it,

' Mr St.« Hill * had-mot ordered .-their-j being raised, we had got theax at. ileast I an inch of so lower than they now-are. I We thereford think the condplairlt' made I by Cr St. Hill comes with a worse grace 1 from him than from aqy_. jmd we cannot ■ but think* that • the I majority of your Council will agree with us that if Or St. Hill would -attend to his dwn business, instead- of < incessantly j nagging and making!frivolous complaints about trifles—however much worse that I might bo' for his business—it would be a decided' gain for the transaction of your business, and the dignity and > respect! of/ your Council; instead of wasting your I val uable time about triflesfor which he alone.; is to blame, if, indeed; any blame attaches 1 to anyone. - Mr Fooks, the overseer in J charge ■'of the railway gang, and several men who were present when Mr St. < Hill interfered;.about raising the; levels,; can confirm the above -statement.; > We ate quite asiiaraious as Or St.' Hill forlthe improvement and well being of Ashburton, I whose improvement by asphalting, concrete channelling, etc., your Council has so ably provided for; and in .proof

thereof, we beg to apply for the forming j and asphalting half of the foothpaths I around our sections—viz.,. ond in Burnett I street, West street, and Tancred street: — I [ and shall. bo happy to contribute half j the cost of the work ; we also; beg’ to J apply for leave to erect verandahs in front,l of our offices, and we think if Or St. Hill! will do as much in parts of the town he is interested in, he will do himself more I credit than by incessant fault-finding I about trifles, which are of no consequence, and would be unnoticed by anyone, if he were not incessantly fussing and I worrying 1 himself and everyone else about | them.—We are, &c;, Matson, Cox and Co.” ; ... .

Cr St. Hill said this r was„ja deliberate! misstatement by Matson;, pp|t;ppdl Co. With .respect to the matter it was not I yet attende'dto.V Tlje drains by the foot- | path were not',- even how.' Thdy .had! turned the water' underneath their own I building, andthe footpath was .under-I rained. He stigmatised the letter as I most impertinent apd worthy of the source, [ from which it came. 1 * I I Cr Williamson' was sorry that a respect- - able Matron, Cox and Co. should have written-such a‘ letter. He‘ moved 1 that it be not received. The Chairman sacqpded the. motion. - A J mere qtatenjeut about 1 a tramway ndtbeing on the'right grade, was no reason for a violent' and personal..attack on a member i of: the Covmcilj i was only doing wliat' he thought was hWjdoty^,, ! ' 1 Cr Hmriaon- thought the Council wbuld . I scarcely-Wjuatifiad injrejecting the letter.'. He supposed the writer thoughtgineer recommended Pi work to be gone a particular way;:T!b should; in that way. ; He moved, .-as* .an amendment, that the letter be received. Cr Robinson seconded |he amendment, I which was- lost by one the original motion was caraied." 1 Ai letter was read from Messrs Tucker andißestell, stating disposed .of their interest in a BordugMtinerve, and I asked that their leas© - should be transferred- to-Messrs.P. ?pd ;; The'applicaticnwaftjgr^ntpdv I Ai letter was read’lrom. Robert Collins, respecting the.stealing F pf <frnight panfromi j the Masonic Hall premises/; ■,?. The matter was referred to the Inspector of Nuisancps,. fr 5 " r f } * ipsTenoir. J 3 -' *' \J i 1 A petition.,was. read from the r Captain qf the Fire'Police, enclosing the rekblutionk passed at of the Fird Police/re* specting the providing of three or .more concrete tanks,*&c.','"and collection of Subscriptions for a steam- Ongine and -force pump.’’ r ’ ,J ' ' ‘y’",,’ 1 In reply to a question/ the Engineer said that the sumps wbuld'shpply 460 gallons a minute. , Therp would bC tto nCcbs; sity to make them larger. - The siimpS would take all the water, df .thq.. pipbtf across the road were Jarge enough; ' ' ‘ , On the'motion of Cr St. Hill, it .was ret I 'solved, that in view of .the. opinion/) ust given by the. TCjigiueer, .the Council could not entertain the question-of the tanks.,With regard to the inadequacy of.sie ’fire engine and the; procuring ofjafsteam fire engine, it was-decided jtaat a ; public I meeting should be called to : discqss the subject.* v

ENGIITEEKS UEPORT. The Engineer’s report was then read, and was as follows : i. Outfall Drain ; The raius during the last few weeks, together with the-water from springs, have caused some delay Ifo the progress of the work. We have hadj pipes laid under the concrete floored, remedy the latter cause of delay, and no . materiajy damage has been done. The contract period has nearly expired 1 ; we, irecommend .an > , extension -of j time for three weeks for, the t completion of thei| work.— 2. Havelock" street west: We have taken detail levels and made a section pnd .an approximate calculation of cost. The .re-for-illation of the loWer, part of the street, betweetr Tark and West streets, eleven chains, will involve some heavy cutting, costing about D9O, including re-shingling. The remaining- thirty-; six chains, of which about nine chains' has been formed but not metalled,; we estimate may he formed at ani average! cosbofia perChain, exclusive of metalling,. say about ;L6s, "iHcluding footpath. It must be home/.in mind that fhe cost of re-formation, will. be.shared by, several other streets which will require a large proportion of the surplus soil taken from HayelbcH Street. There 1 will‘also be a demand fori filling some gdllies IpdTowdying places; —3. Havelock street es&tr The tussocks have been removed from the footpaths. ! Weestimtte the cost of re-forming from Gass street to the Belt, ; twenty-three chaihs, at L4o.' Extra' ‘ thingle for '■ roadway: and footpaths at L3O. —7. West street Drainage : 1A able extra oyerflow i came from the reservpirqn, the occasion of the heavy rainfall a fortnight 1 ago, ahd two or three of the > bridges 1 and culverts ' blocked the flow in the-channels; Some of the latter are old and will > shortly he replaced, and we propose, when West street is re-formed, to make provision to carry off extra ■ water on; i the south-west side , of < the - street, which will prevent; risk of stoppage and overflow on the streets in case, of flood.— 5- , Matson, Cox, and Co.’s Store ; Pipes have .been put in across the footpath to take the 1 vain water into the side channels. , With respect to the bridge 1 crossings over the side channels, the instructions were given by us as to the height, which is governed by the level of the crown of the road.—6. Baring square : The trees have been staked l as instructed.' By direction of the Works Committee, wehave' arranged with Mr Rooney to replace, thei deficient- and defective trees at a cost of Xi 2s,- —T|ic Works Committee have considered; |he matters alleged to be in between fthe foremaii and one of the laborers,'and dame to the conclusion that both cases originated ini misunderstanding, and that sufficient explanation and ‘satisfaction had been made to remove any ground l for hetibn or interfiSrenco w the part of the Council.-pB. jThq la,bor !gapg have been, engaged- lhi_street putting culverts 1 in William 1 street,, 'ldwetmg satne> South 1 East. Belt, filllrig hhles.lri AlfofrForfeitroad,’ attendirtgto water .anWfbleaHng' channels and footpaths of tussofiks, ’ ’ f< ’* t*' ll ! Fooks and Son, BoroughEnginecr.’-i The report * was - ' atid' ’tfh?, work ordered to be executed aa'soorr as' funds were available.' , , y . ’ ,J. The .report of the Inspector of; Nuisances .was read and adopted. Th'e report of the Fire Brigade- was read, and was as follows: —“ To his Wor-

ship Sir, —I have Bp honor fhurepoKk for your infer* matitfjlthat on iffluy, Vs 24th instant, atabSm 10 p.m.,pflre ofArred in Peter q^reet^Resulting p| the(pbtruction of a shop ’J&d dwelling owne£* by Mr Quill, and to the occupttion' of Mr R. G. Baxtod. The BrigadMm? quickly in attendance with. applUmM, but, owing to the absence of of water, the engine was not brought into play until the buildings were down and all danger past. I enclose account of disbursements, L 7 195.—1 have. &c.. J. C. Dolman, Captain . Disbursement*: PumyOfers, 15s; rjnpncr alarm-oell, 10a; cabniire and hofsf niref

L 7 19a. .5.5 S ,sfa»aA mits&isoOjn»9aQl&ffA —Oa the motion, of Cr-iTnadlandeE,.. Sfc. tft&SMusisgfl; a cWgeßj^mgd*e^^«o^iTO f |W^|dfr'< ) f * l V!^‘fWo9m.' / lander, it was stated that only one sump ihad been? «cr- iua &#**&<* bn * would answer.' Nowithaththat proved a success thp ; pthips.wqtiljd) Igypnt jS«rfJtena'. Sorough Council cottages he moved qn to. ■ . ,thq : f i!ire 0 « same be made to Someone approved of by the Council for the purpbre, of diving dm the placqfjlilflLJto u >j * be looking after and gstting engin* ready in case of fire.” J -

The pption wM aejjppM llfft

Cr St Hill moved the following resolution— - *-• That' aJ Sfe'thrftf.df^all'ihbfieyß J,') to the Engineer, :awh to:bCpaidjhim Ipgr* j||^ Or St Hlll^^ecf— Finance Committee be requested to interview the Borough bahkerii extension of the overdrank” Carried. * r ACQoukts.t-.5 0) i :v ;A. number of accouqts , for , payment as spohas fun&'‘ateayauablo, and* it . was Resolved that- 5 iii i7t ffjtdrq" :: aill l ' ; * 'goods reqtured should- hq I vouched signed hy . 1 i- ‘‘'UW''' The meeting then adjourned. * ..-ji,

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 381, 28 June 1881

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 381, 28 June 1881

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