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The usual fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council was held yesterday evening, in the Council Chamber. There were present—Cr Bullock, in the chair, and Crs Friedlander, Harrison, Ivess, St. Hill, Roberts, and Williamson. chairman's statement. The Chairman reported that he received a letter from the Treasury respecting . valuation, stating that the Government ■' desired to make one valuation do, which , would effect a saving of unnecessary expense. He congratulated the Council ., , the approaching completion of. the outfall drain, the most important work yet executed by the Council,- and he had no doubt r i that the Mayor wduld fix a day to celebrate , , the opening. The rates collected during... , the present year amounted to - L 623 18s 6d, out of a total of LI,IOO. The present overdraft at the Bank was L 426 19s - 7d. Some large amounts from auctioneers and./< publicans licenses had come in, and also an amount from Oamaru for water pipes, which amounts together had reduced the overdraft to the sum stated. He suggested that the defaulting ratepayers should henceforth be sued for the amount over- > . due by them. Ho thought it was time lor the Council to pass a resolution asking the Mayor to send round a petition Government for another railway station. There was all the more reason for this at this present time, as the Colonial Treasurer had stated that there was in the hands of the Government available for public ■* works about a million of money. They .. should also ask that the Court House rejb6£7o made s ciuse one, - instead of being left open as at present. THE OFFENSIVE LETTBK. The following letter from Messra Matson, Cox and Co., was then read:— Ashburton, July 2, 1881. To his Worship the Mayor, Ashburton.—Sir—We have -re- . . ceived a letter of the 29th ult.,' from the TbWn \ Clerk, returning our letter of the 17th ultimo, with an intimation that a resolution was passed at your meeting of the 27th ult., that it be not received. Now while it is a matter of. the most perfect indifference to us whether it be received or not, we do not think it is a matter of indifference that your Council Should receive - : a complaint from a member of your Council against absent ratepayers of your Borough, and when these ratepayers write, proving by the testimony of your own Surveyor, the Overseer in charge of railway work, and two of three?.' . other uninterested parties, that the complaint*is without foundation, that your Council should refuse to receive that letter, especially 6n. the , deciding vote of the individual making the.. . [ complaint, who thus shirks the disproof of hix* ’ unfounded statement. We are notinfonned . on what ground our letter' is returned, 3 * from the newspaper report, we presume yooT ‘ considered our letter one of abuse of a member 1 of youriCouncil. If so, we venture to think ■ your Council were laboring- under a misappre- - : tension, as on referring to our letter, 1 Which we : enclose, and respectfully request a re-considera-i tion of, we think you will be unable to find one ' word of abuse.; It is true we opinion that, by worrying, &c.', about tnflei, • we thought Councillor St Hill wasted a great. : 1 deal of time, but wc did not even hint that in i so doing he was actuated by; any but the best r • of motives—in fact, that he thought he ‘ doing business, while we thought the in& f ' r Surely we are each entitled to our ownopmion; and w e am further confirmed in ours by every* ' - 1 one to whom we have spoken oh the subjectHowever, deeds are said to speak louder/than , I words, and tKe latter part’of "out Mt&'jmts ‘ * 1 that practically before you, and, we think, 1 was entitled to more courteous treatment than , 1 it received; on which grounds we request a rer consideration of it, and trust, for .the honor of a British corporation, that it may lief go forth' _ to the world that a member of it may make an attack on absent ratepayers; and When a refutation of it, on , abundant independent testimony, as well as that of-your own officer, is submitted, that that should be refused to be received, mjd by the casting vote of the ac'cuser. We also takc-tbo- opportunity of cor- . reeling a further mis-statement of CounctUbr St Hill’s, who is reported to have saicLthat-w* had turned the water off our roof; under our; „ : building. A little more careful examination . 1 would have shown that 18 inches of concrete ‘ \ foundations would have prevented that (had'we been so foolish as to try it), the fact being the 1 very severe storm which came just as the'pipes ■ were laid prevented their being 'soldered-then " as they now are. As, however, we fear it would be a never-ending work to correct" Mr - St Hill’s mistakes, we are, &c., Matson, Cox - : and Co. r.;- . . Cr St. Hill ross to explain his conduct, : and, by leave of the chair, was allowed to ; do so without moving a resolution. He , said that, in spite of the Mayor,, the _ Council, andthe Engineer, the writerS/oL the letter had persisted -in makingian obstruction "on the footpath.; He Iff* 5 plained his-own plan of what 5 been done to the street in frontrt-S» 1 Matson, Cox, and Co.’s Store. H-* had , taken eight or nine months to get the water taken under the path. He said there was a good deal of the old woman in - the letter writer ; ho had determined to . have the last word. He-vraa confident., that if a public meeting was called to consider his conduct, the majority- would express such an opinion of the writer as he did not at all expect. Or Harrison moved—“ That the first - letter should be received,” as there were some matters which were of public importance, altogether apart from what it stated as to Cr St Hill personally. Cr Friedlander seconded the motion... The Council, he said, might at any rata,< consider the application to be allowed to; erect a verandah.

Or Ivess moved, as an amendment—?. “ That all the matter referring to Cr St Hill be omitted, but that those parts of the letter referring to the verandah and to the asphalting be considered.” He thought the second letter was » partial - retraction of, and apology for the first, as in the second letter Or St. Hill received credit for his good intentions. ~ , Or Williamson seconded the amendment, though he thought it did not go far enough. An entirely new letter should be written, instead of a request to reconsider the first one. The writers had no business to make use of this Oouncil to convey their abuse to Cr St. Hill; they should go to him and tell him what they thought of him personally. The mover and seconder of thei motion, at the request of the Chairman, said they would withdraw the motion.

Cr St. Hill objected to the withdrawal. Or Harrison said that the real cause of all this difficulty was that a certain mem* her persisted in speaking to. the employees of the Council outside the Council

Chamber about work required td be done. Whatever Councillors wished to suggest they should suggest openly here. (Several members, in the course of this discussion, rcse on points of order; which they discussed with great acumen and knowledge of Parliamentary practice, but they were not officially decided upon.) The resolution that the motion be with* drawn was negatived, and the motion of Cr Harrison was put and carried. Regarding the asphalting requested, St. Hill moved —“ That in the present state of the Council’s finances, the applica-

tion be refused.” It was resolved —“ That the Council are 1 not in a position to execute any asphalting.”

Respecting the verandah it was resolved—“ That the work be allowed to bo

done, subject to the approval of the Engineer." KB chapman’s BION-BOABD. A letter was read from Mr J.. B, Chap- : man, respecting his sign-board, requesting to be allowed to retain" it where it is for the present, as he is about to erect a: | \ verandah as well, The Council agreed that he bo allowed to retain his sign-bqardwhere it is, for a month, CrFriedlapdfcr Objecting. THB COONOII’s FINANCES. Cr Harrison reported on behalf of the Finance Committee that he'had await&d '• bn'Mr'Shury, and the. Union Bant would grant the accommodation asked for, an additional Id,ooo, on the undentandm

that tb« Council, when called upon, trill futplA security over the iron pipes. m a OOKJOTTBE. Or St BSII reported on behalf of the Fire Committee that they recommended that the amount charged bj the Brigade for pumping be allowed, but not the groj score, and that for the future the Counci should allow one shilling per man for re* freshments, to be spent out of the Brifade’s fundi, together with fire shillings for the bell and five shillings for the whistle, if it be blown before the bell is heard, and also one shilling per man for pumping. - . Or Harrison presented a sketdi or a simple machine for ringing the bell; it would cost only L2. At present a boy eould not ring the bell He himself tumbled down when he tried to ring it The Chairman thought a longer rope would answer every purpose. Or St. Hill said they were always spending money on the Fire Brigade. The matter was referred to the committee appointed in connection with the subject, Beoinbers’ report. Gentlemen, —We beg to hand yeu the following report: — 1. Outfall Drain: The brick and concrete work is now completed, and the excavation nearly filled in. There now only remains to be done the silt-pits and connections,'and manholes, and a few chains of the concrete floer will, require to be dressed with fine stuff. By next meeting we trust to report that the whole work is completed. There is a quantity of stiff clay from the excavations suitable for stable floors. See., that is not absolutely required by the Council. We have had enquiries from would-be purchasers, and we would suggest that some of it, say 200 yards, be seld. a. The Labor Gang have completed . the' re-formation of Park and Burnett streets, and have been engaged on minor works, filling with shingle holes in East street and other streets, forming side-channels Peter street, repairing head works of water race at river, Ac. They have now begun the levelling in Mona square. We have set them on this work previous to re-forming William street and the south-east end of Tancred street, which is first on.our Ust, as otherwise the season would be far advanced for planting the square. We have had to remove some of the pipes on_ the railway reserve tor the purpose of putting in a turn-table opposite Cunningham and Co.’sgrain store. As a matter of economy, we employed an extra team in shingling Burnett street, and on the river works.—We are, Ac., Fooks AN* Sow, Borough Engineers. The report was adopted. rupobt or inspector or nuisahcbs. The- report of the Inspector of Nuisances was also read and adopted. BREOBX or FOREMAN. The report of the Foreman was also read. It stated that one of the Council’s cottages was being used for a stable, and the windows were broken. The. Chairman said the cottage had been recently let to the present tenant at 4s per week. The best way was to give the tenant notice to quit at once, unless he occupies the cottage as a dwellinghouse, and to compel him to make good 1 the damage already done. It was resolved that that coarse should i be adopted. TENDER. i The .only tender for horse feed was ! from Branson and Boileau for supplying j 200 bushels of oats of good quality. No tender was accepted. < culverts. j Or Harrison ssksd what had been done with regard to the culvert on Baker and Brown’s premises. He thought they - should not be called upon to pay the amount, demanded for making the ap- : proach’ to their premises. They had * already paid the Road Board the amount , which had been demanded of them, and , held a receipt for the money until their , place wae burnt down. Eighteen months after they had paid 30s for one culvert, they were asked to pay L2 for another to f the Council. - ~ ' Or. Ivess thought the Council could only demand the difference between the * cost of the two culverts. The Council I had removed the original culvert without * the assent of the property holders, and be doubted if they cenld legally ■ demand the full cost of the second cul- j vert He moved—“ That they be called upen to pay half the cost of the second culvert. The same rule should apply in ] all similar cases. ’’ 5

The motion was seconded by Cr Harri- < son, and carried. t STEAK mi ENGINE. ( Or Ivess asked if the resolution for call- ] ing apablic meeting to consider the propriety of purchasing a steam fire engine had been carried into effect. The Chairman said that nothing had been done yet, but he would call the Mayor’s attention to the subject, on his Worship's return. ASPHALTING. Or St.-Hill moved, and Cr Williamson seconded—“ That a return of all the - money spent on asphalting from time to timfcM henceforth placed on the table at every meeting. ” Carried. ! COST OP ROADS. Or St. Hill moved, and Or Williamson seconded—“ That a return of the money spent on the formation of Burnett and the ' adjacent streets, to be laid on the table.” ' Carried. 1 • ■ THE RATES. After some desultory conversation, it - was resolved that the defaulting ratepayers be sued for the overdue rates. PAYMENTS, { Accounts amounting to L 568 Is 9d ware passed for payment. NEW RAILWAY STATION. The Chairman read a copy of a resolu* 1 tion carried at a public meeting two years back, requesting the Minister of Public Woke to erect a hew and suitable railway traffic station. It was resolved that the matter be considered at the public meeting to be called by the Mayor shortly. The Council then adjourned.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 393, 12 July 1881

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 393, 12 July 1881

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