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♦- : > The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the above was held last evening. Present: His Worship the Mayor, and Councillors Harrison, Roberts, St Hill, Orr, Bullock, *■ Parkin, and R. Friedlander. chairman's statement. The Chairman reported the debit i balance at the Bank to be L 1,591. Rents * of cottages received since last meeting, L2 ' 4s. Earth sold since last meeting, L 9 15s. The Council would have to fix the

• fee for dog licenses under the Dog Registration Act. CORRESPONDENCE ’’ 1 Was read from:— The Treasury, Wellington,,stktiqg that the amount of subsidy, Ll 76 f r 4s Bd, would be remitted shortly. Tins was a telegram. t From Messrs Henderson and Fergus, declining to purchase water-pipes, as not meeting their requirements. From Messrs Jameson and Roberts, stating that Mr Nicholson wished to decline carrying out the purchase of lease 656, and asking what they should do in the matter. ■ . v It was resolved that Mr. Nicholson should be allowed to withdraw from the purchase. ;r From same, stating that they had made an oversight in the amount of commission they had charged on the recent sale of borough sections, and enclosing a debit note for the balance due to them. Resolved the amount be paid. From Mr St Hill, asking permission to ’ burn off tussocks from his sections 1208 and 1209. Granted, subject to Cr St Hill taking the risk. From Mr H. EL Bethnne, Bank of Austialasia, asking permission to erect two horse-pDsts outside the Bank. Granted. CHARITABLE AID.: ~~J A communication was received from Government, notifying the payment of 7s 6d in the L, amounting to L42lt_4s Bd, from which L 245 had been deducted as Council’s share of charitable aid.r.c") Cr St Hill suggested that the Council should obtain returns of persona.resident in the Ashburton district who had received charitable aid during ■ the past twelve months.—Crs St Hill, Orf, and Harrison were then appointed a Committee to consider and report on the matter. , SOAP AND CANDLES. Cr Harrison said he had been asked to present the petition he held in his hand to the Council, praying that the Council would oppose the establishment in . Moore street of the proposed soap and dandle factory. Of all businesses,, this, was perhaps the most objectionable 'in the sense of being an annoyance ,_tu the persons in its neighborhood, and the residents of the locality indicated had therefore a right to make the request. He had no wish whatever to interfere : with the establishment of local industries, but he really thought the ratepayers had a claim upon the Council for protection in a matter of this kind. Such an industry as that proposed should, he thought, be established outside the borough. The Mayor observed, after soma further discussion on the question,“that it was really unnecessary to go furtlfeAinto the matter. The by-law prohibiting the establishment of any noxious business within the borough, unless the same was licensed by the Council, would "deaf'with the matter. - - - --j *- Cr Bullock said that he was sorry that this petition had been got up.Titdhad been many times suggested that -jamßoap and candle factory would be a valuable industry in the place. Mr Smithson;had assured him (Cr Bullcck) that the .business would be productive of no: nuisance at all. The premises woulcC: mbfely be used as a depot for the. manftfacfhred article. -f It was decided that the petition-lib on the table, and be considered. When aiR application for a license for carrying bn the business is made. y '• i ' ->!£ A GOOD IDEA! :i Cr Harrison said he had; been ask&ft to lay before the Council a petitibniigraying the Council to use every proper maSWB in its power to have Havelock street opened across the railway line. TheOipetition, Cr Harrison added, had bean- eagerly signed directly it had been shown* Eii'HThe old objection, the proximity of Abe ftagine shed, no longer held good,, for -the. shed had now been removed, and theitf-.oSuld be no valid reason why the road’ should not be extended. It was very largely signed. ;iT The petition was then read, and ufcged the granting of the request on the ground that the shed had now been removed ; that this was the direct road to the Rost Office and the Railway Station, and also the centre of the town, and other reasons. Cr Bullock spoke in support of tho application, urging that it - ; might- be granted, and so did Or St Hill. , It was resolved that the petition be.bent to the Minister for Public Works,- with a strong recommendation that the work; be done. FIRE INSPECTOR’S REPORT.: -• Jyf The following report from the Fire; inspector was read: — •• I beg to state that since my last report ifurnished to the Council a fire of considerable magnitude happened at Cookson’s stables, on the morning ol the 3rd iust. The Brigade, was promptly on the ground, but owing to the.inflammable nature of the material in the. bvuldin<r there was no chance of saving the slabjes. ; minders’ Build ngs were saved owing to the plucky work done by the Brigade ; although at one time the question of extinguishing\the flames seemed hopeless. I would respectfully point out to the Council the following requirements in connection with the Brigade, ! which have been made patent by the late fine :-rr(i.) The necessity of discovering and rectifyingythe fault in the water supply through tl\§ jlipes from the reservoir to the post office, -,a| at present it makes no difference whether_the sluice gate is lifted one inch or six, showing the necessity of examining the pipes. (2.) The advisability of reconsidering the purchase of a steam fire engine, for which we had very favorable terms from Messrs thand, Mason and Co. (3.) The supply of six new uniforms, which are urgently required. (4.) The supply of timber stanks for blocking the flow of water in the channels. In conclusion, I have to inform you that the following expenses were incurred by the brigade at the fire in question, whith I will ask you to refund : —Paid to pumpers, Lll 16s ; horse hire, 10s; alarms, 10s ; total, Ll2 16s. . : The Engineer reported that since , the last meeting the person having charge of the dam had directed his attention , to the fact that he,, discovered some laijge boulders placed directly in front-,of door of the water way, and that id waa probable some of these might have.Lgot into the pipes, and thereby choke'd tbia supply, as referred to in clause , He, however, had given instructions for .attending to the same. . . . . ’ _ After a lengthy discussion on thAipvisability of forming, a seebnd } tiij|now .from the dwy the same was refereed ,to rthe Worts Committee. , l

Clause 3-was referred to the Fire Committee. . - Consideration of clause 2 was deferred ' till next meeting. 'Clause 4 : was referred to the Works Committee, with power to act. Clause 5 was authorised for payment. engineers’ repoet. This report was as follows : Clearing Tussocks : The Works Committe have directed ns to make arrangements for clearing and burning the tussock on the reserves recently gazetted, and the remainder of the streets uncleared, within one month. We <• have accordingly agreed to have the work done at the rate of Li per acre, by Messrs Mulford and Forman.—(2.) Water Supply: The Works Committee recommend that a pipe be laid down from the water channel in West street to Fast street, at Shearman’s Hotel, in order to augment the volume of water, for fire prevention, between Burnett street and the river. —(3.) Footpath, West street: With respect to the application of the Bank of Australasia, the amount of work required to finish the footpath between Tancred and Burnett - streets is comparatively trifling.— l 4.) The Labor Gang have been engaged in re-forming Havelock street, filling up gully at the junction of Cameron and Winter streets, clearing the ■ hedges and trees in Mona Square from weeds, spreading shingle on roads and footpaths in Tancred street, Peter street, and Park street, clearing side channels, and attending to water supply, etc. Adopted. INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES This report was read and adopted. APPLICATION. Mr E. Lancaster interviewed thej Council! re th® promised kerbing in Kermode street, also the kerbing and channelling Eromised near applicant’s private residence 1 Short street. The Council promised to give the matter its attention, and it was subsequently resolved that the Kermode street work be done as soon as possible. 1 TOWN LIGHTING. Or St. Hill moved—“ That alternate tenders be called for lighting the Borough with gas and kerosene.”—Carried. DOG LICENSES. Resolved —“ That the fee for dog registration should be 10s per head.” ANNUAL MEETING. The Mayor said his term of office would expire on the 21st, on which date the annual meeting would take place. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. In view of the Christmas holidays, it was resolved that the next ordinary meeting of the Council be held on that day month. The Christmas holidays were then fixed, and ordered to be duly advertised.

ACCOUNTS AND ADJOURNMENT. The usual accounts were passed for pay ment, and the meeting adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 507, 13 December 1881

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 507, 13 December 1881