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♦ The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the above was held last night. Prepent— Councillors Harrison, Roberts, Williajnson, Friedlander, and Orr. In the Absence of his Worship the Mayor Or Williamson was voted to the chair. " chairman’s statement. The Chairman reported the debit balance at the Bank to be L 1 ,717 6s lOd; amount received since last meeting, Ll5O 10s; rates, L2; rates previously collected, L 1 ,072 19s 3d; balance due of uncollected rates, L 64 9s. CORRESPONDENCE. Letters were read from—The AssistantEngineer, Railway Department, re crossing at Kermode street, and stating that the Department would give the matter further consideration. From Messrs Henderson and Fergus, asking particulars of size, number, and prices of water-pipes for sale. From his Worship the Mayor, stating that he had seen the Surveyor-General re Borough reserves, and that he had promised some should be gazetted without loss of time. From the Crown Lands Office to the same effect. From Messrs Branson and Purnell, Borough solicitors, stating that none of the items of their account were overcharged, and asking for payment of same.—The account was passed for payment. From Messrs Jameson and Roberts, forwarding account sales on Borough reserves. From Returning Officer, notifying the appointment of Mr D. Williamson .as Mayor for the ensuing twelve months. FIRE BRIGADE. : On the application of Cr Harrison the amount of the half-yearly grant to the Brigade was inserted on the pay-sheet. INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES. The report of this officer was read as follows: i. Re Closets : Those complained of in my last report have during the last fortnight been more regularly attended to, and I hope they will continue to be sc.—2. Re Slops .and other Refuse Matter.—There is no accumulation of any consequence since my last report, in which I mentioned from where it had been removed. I have had complaints again re the channel behind Saunders’ Buildings, to which I think something should be done, as there does not seem to be much fall, and liquid matter stands stagnant from the pipe under the footpath. I have asked Mr Saunders several times te the channel, and he promises to have it altered. RETRENCHMENT COMMITTEE. This Committee reported as under : Your Committee met on Friday, thelSth inst., and made an exhaustive investigation into the Council’s estimated receipts and expenditure for the ensuing year, with the object of making recommendations for a saving in the cost of the management of its affairs. The estimated income (a detailed statement is attached) from all sources amounts to 1.2,750, while the estimated expenditure is set down at Liioi, leaving, a balance of 1.1,649 available for new works to be carried out under the contract or day labor system. Your Committee has not included the Foreman of Works’ salary in the expenditure, as his labor is employed in connection with new works. The officers employed by the Council and their yearly salary are : L s. d. Town : Clerk _ 150 o o Valuator ... ... ... ... 23 O O Surveyor, say 7 per cent, on Li,500 105 o o Inspector of Nuisances (Council’s share) ... 40 o o Mr Smith, attending the water supply 93 OO Total ... ... ... L4ll o o As several of the members of the Council have favored the idea of an amalgamation of the offices of Town Clerk r and Borough Engineer, your Committee is of opinion that it would be difficult to obtain the services of an efficient Surveyor who would place the whole of his time at the disposal of the Council for the remuneration likely to be paid to the two offices for the coming year, viz—L22s. Were the Council to decide on an amalgamation of the offices, your Committee think it would be found necessary to appoint an intelligent office boy to look after the office when the Surveyor was attending to his duties outside, otherwise numerous complaints would be certain to arise were the office to be kept closed during his absence. Your Committee would like to direct the Council’s attention. to the heavy and increasing expenditure in the matter of the lighting of the streets with gas, and would recommend the Council to take early action to bring about a reduction in the item. They would suggest that alternative tenders be invited for the lighting of the lamps with gas and kerosene for the next term; at present about one sixth of the rates go to the Gas Company, and that too for the lighting of the lamps for only eight months of the year up to II p.m. Each lamp costs the Council L 8 3s per year. Beyond this, your Committae - cannot see its way clear to recommend any further reductions in the Council’s present expenditure. It must not be forgotten that the Engineers’ salary is not a permanent charge against the Council’s revenue, as that officer is paid at the rate of 7 per cent, on the money expended by the Council on works that he is engaged to draw specifications for and to superintend. The following will show the Estimated Receipts and Expenditure for 1882. INCOME. £ s. d. Reserves ... ... ... ... S°° 0 0 Rates 1,200 o o aubsidy, 7s 6d in the £... ... 45° 0:0 Licenses ... ... ... 34° 0 0 Rent of cottages 80 0 0 Licenses under By-Laws ... 20 0 0 Dog tax Total 2,750 o o Expenditure. Town Clerk 150 o O Inspector of Nuisance 40 O O Lighting ... ... ... 200 O 6 Fire Brigade, say ... ... 50 o O Surveyor 7 per cent, on £1,500 105 o O Printing and advertising ... 100 o O Mr Smith (water supply) ... 93 o o Valuator ... 23 o o Interest on overdraft ... ... 140 o 7 Share on Charitable Aid ... 200 o O Balance available for works ... 1,649 ° °

Total 2,750 o o Joseph Ivess, Chairman Retrenchment Committee. The report was received* engineers’ report This report was read;— The Works Committee have considered the several matters referred to them, and make the following recommendations :I. Bathing Place:; The Committee recommend that no action be taken by the Council towards forming bathing places in the Domain, unless complete control of the Domain is given to the and further, the Council considers that the river is more suitable as a place for bathing] and. that the public should form a bathing club and make such arrangements as are 2. Asphalte Channelling: It is recommended that' no further asphalte channelling be put down, except the experimentary block now in progress, till the same has been fully tested by the weather. 3. Dam at Intake of Mill Races ;jhis question was postponed by: the Cbmin the absence: of an estimate of cpsjt. ■yyp £ave calculated that the timber* we proposed could be executed for about* Taj

tcuAmeno :d loweringvtfie, sccpnd Icpgtlvpf. Havelock street West “'between Park and Winter streets, and m'ra&iig the laxgi Stohes.<§ t^ i prln(i- ; . .pal streets, dealing «nd- )sßn 1--IflfcK tiWKfer«lpplyp&e. : - The xnCTr^k."if .tpe ‘\£®Scii^aP ( 'tbhßenl to' an?arian£i«tent 1 jy aritwhlchith’e/cah' HaVe it'half- day on Saturdaj s, }o working extra 1 tiih e bn other* days to make iip euflfte fotetftoon.'!nr .)T ': ' . ,‘ no r.Cteußea h\2, hnd; 4 were Adopted. Ajc,pi .tion in clause 3 was ppstpoagd. El . BHK Mll-Ir 1»A0B r D4M. * B n 1 - fer fitt>(j|or Sauhdewb »n<l fcfryqowenn ecessary works carried out, provided tl is s'Leipnae dbeanof ekceed tKe Engineers’ ' ■"" , r ' ,r : ••-■•■ r-r IiABOB GANG. ’ i flTe request of the Labor Gang /for permission to work extra tine in order to secure a half-holiday on Satv r—days, ETor«Jfe%iHß«»iWki ftn<i;Pra=ft?Pressedlt|ieihgreptipg the request lit it were ; popqi]jie. ; j The' only- thing the epuld the weekly half-holida|y. Apyer some further disci,asion, -the. afo- • Wf» ,lbft -i n the, the ; f v ppvjfep.fb a|t.;: j " f Tfee * general of, &e; f .pp!|&ik Sto jbe opppsed to use .of trw ' i s W%'sm. .aft irprise . was the ractior feoard' in , tjfcn •iiP4PI*»T nkctmn with thejnatler. fl , | Harrison enquired ,|£an ft, really any Dojnaiijr Bpardr -in exls ca f { ‘He Knew notfiipg. <pf : it ;‘ neithei jriemWts ’ wbre 1 or w.hpn, gr r v?hejr« J§)T Town Clerk, remarked , tu 7 ; membera'of the. Board were supposed i? °ffiee!6’ 'Snce a,' ihonth ! in ” slr ‘ J,. 'J^aro’i ■ l!! ' .7" ’ ' V"7 ' Hldffft Wt; ' SUPPLY, , . . r Jp rbply to J .k re, water, jsuprl; jfo^jthdtownj spoke .in hi] jl ]‘ !j ;&ifpa b/the r .mih-press|ure Eastern,, whip] !j:ri womd pV6vide,, an . abundant o n.p ay or .m r office- Vj3» fact pn|e, pperatkip, tbe in in charges. 7 '%p^M u ikyr r po r Wore then, feht in -a,'yer ■ ‘stfort’tiine th'equeation would,come bpfqr

, licenses were granted |to Town Hall Company applied for ■' r a license for the’Town Hall ab a place t|or public meetings. —— ! >-- Hamedii, in -referring to Madame ■i-lftftMinfo use of ttie half bn evening last, said that he had bfeeh-aakpd the hall from being used -on-“that occasion. He- refused,)

“ibecajlse he saw: they Were [in the matter ; buLnevertheless he thought i .'yjSb# tftjlpt the; hall gfor .such purposes pn ricSßßftty was a thing, and he sjasr.j.tSlriS any ; reasonable man would;agree with him,, .They • should; set their 'fpot on any: flHph.prPPeeding whenever they could. ; ,;; Cr.Orr.remarked that there was a strong C* lip feeling in the (pwn against,, the heing naod on Sundays for aueh purjppses as. ih for. last Sundjay ’ eyjenfiig, business was a dfigrace to ; tnb'cbmpiuriity.' ' ' ! : • " After 'home further diacuaaion, thelicerrise was granted, but the T° wn Clejrk Mstrucfed to 'write to the Directors disapproving of the . hall being ' -hSed fOT any snch purpose as it was used ’ last Sunday. ]l: ■ Accotnras. A rinmber of accounts were passed for ‘ pajrinent/ nhd tjie ! iriedtirig ad j domed.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 504, 29 November 1881

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 504, 29 November 1881

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