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:Ah ordinary meeting of the above was hijtld last evening at the Council Chambers. Present—His Worship the Mayor, arid Councillors Harrison, Friedlander, Hillock, Roberts, Ivess, and St. Hill.

match's statement. The Mayor reported the debit balance at the bank to be L 1,737 Is 4d; received since last meeting—rents of cottages, LI 8s; do reserves, LlO ; culverts, L 5 17s 6d; Borough seal, LI Is; dog licenses, L 4; rales, L 3; do., previously collected, L1|,074 19s 3d; do., as per ratebook, L]j,l39 8s 3d; balance uncollected, L6l 9a.| - j. THE StTEPEUS PIPES. A number of telegrams were read from Ml*S. Hutchinson,Dunedin, withreference j to; the purchase of a number of water pi]!es from the Couneil. The final offer made by Mr Hutchinson was for 200 tons of pipes at L 7 per ton in trucks at Ash- I burton, the Council to pay LSO towards car riage to Dunedin. 1 .'he Mayor pointed out that the original I offijr made had been far 250 tons of pipes, ancji included the purchase of a number of 12i;i pipes. These had now been struck out,

Or Bullock moved that the offer be accepied. The Council were, in fact, pledged to > ccept it. Cr StL Hill seconded the motion.

C r Friedlander moved, as an amendment—“ That the action of his Worship the Mayor be approved of, and that Mr Hutchinson be informed that he must adhere to his original offer.” Mr Hutchinson should not be allowed to strike out all the most saleable sized pipes as he proposed to do. In view of the highpressure water system he would counsel the retention of the pipes unless Mr Hutchinson chose to accept the Council’s terms. Ci: Roberta seconded the amendment. Cr Harrison entirely concurred with the remarks which had fallen from Cr Friedlander. j Cr St. Hill thought that in view of the Council’s overdraft they ought to sell the pipes. Cr Bullock said that they had agreed unanimously at a former meeting to sell all the surplus pipes they could, with a view to reducing the overdraft for which they were paying a high rate of interest. He would of course be pleased to see the high-pressure system introduced, but under the circumstances he would certainly advocate the sale of the pipes.

Cr Ivesa would advise that 200 tons of pipes be sold. There was no immediate prospecf; of the high-pressure system being introduced here, and there would be plenty of time to make piovision for it whet it came before them to deal with. He thought Mr Hutchinson’s offer should not be refused. After some further debate, the Chairman put the amendment first, and it was lost, the original resolution being therefore carried. A CRYING EVIL. Messrs Jameson and Bland waited upon the Council, as a deputation, to call the Council’s attention to the bad state of the drain running down the south side of Tancred street, dead cats and other things were constantly being found in the drain, and the stench from it was intolerable. Mr Jameson said the doctor had reported that five families in the neighborhood of his own house were suffering from diptheria and dysentery, and the matter was becoming a very serious one. As a matter of health he would ask that the Council would give it its attention. The Mayor said that no one would be more pleased than himself to see every street in the place channelled on both sides and the water running through it, but their funds were not in a flourishing state at present. However, the matter would receive the attention of the Council at the earliest possible moment. The deputation thanked the Council and withdrew. A STITCH IN TIME. A letter was read from Mr C. W. Purnell, stating that two sections adjoining his property were covered with high tussocks, and that should these tussocks catch fire in a nor’-wester they would place his property in considerable danger. Should damage result to the same from the cause named he might be advised to take action against the Council. It was* resolved that the Clerk should take immediate action against all owners who have neglected to clear their land of tussocks. CHARITABLE AID. A letter was teal from the Clerk to the County Council, enclosing a resolution passed at its last meeting advising that a committee had been formed from the members of the County Council to confer with the Borough Council re administration of charitable aid. A committee, consisting of his Worship the Mayor, and Crs Harrison, St Hill, and Ivess was appointed to confer with the County Council committee on the subject. ; INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION.

She secretary to the Industrial Association wrote asking for the use of the Council chambers: as a place for the holding of the meetings of the Association.

Cr Friedlander moved a resolution in favor of the request being granted, subject to the Association paying the cost of firing and gas when they used them. This was seconded by Cr Roberts. Cr St Hill opposed the application. They must not grant the use of the chamber to every one who applied for it. There was the Library Hall, which could be had at a very low rate, for the last-named institution was in a very languishing state. There were good rooms obtainab.e in town for fls 6d a night with firing. He moved that the application be not entertained.

Or Harrison seconded the amendment. ! Or Iveas thought the granting of the application would be establishing a very bad precedent. It was resolved the request should not be granted. THE OPENING OP HAVELOCK STREET. A letter was read from the Undersecretary of Railways stating that the Council's application re the opening of Havelock street across the railway line would be considered. TOWN LIGHTING. The question of town lighting was considered in committee. THE STEAM PIKE ENGINE. The question of purchasing a steam fire engine was then discussed. Or Harrison opposed the notion cf a steam fire engine. It would necessitate a heavy expenditure and a man to look after it, etc. He wouWL say rather let them have another hanflpogine. Or St Hill would be quite in favor of procuring the steam fire engine, and he thought the idea would be generally approved by the ratepayers. Speaking of the water supply wanted on the west side of the town, he referred to the “ unseen influence” at work, which paralysed the efforts of the committee appointed to deal with the matter. Again and again this * dpmwittee .bad been empowered to act, gad they coaid not act [. It was resolved after some rather anij Ended discussion, that the question be de- , ngOrod foe theccnsideration of a full meetWi(k several-Having by this time retired. ' J ' NKVr tJNT'ORMS. >■ V(fMin»»tiott of purchasing new uniup (suggested by a rethat the request be financial state of the its purchasing

be removed to section 764, at the junction of Havelock and Winter streets. BIG STONES. The big stone question was debated. Or Harrison contended that they would never have good roads until they cracked the big shingle. They were never broken, in the ordinary way, and he would strongly advocate the passing of the big stones through a mill, and getting them broken up once for all. The cost would be very small. WORKS COMMITTEE. Cr Friedlander was appointed a member of the above. PAY-SHEET. The usual accounts were passed for payment. ABSENTEE OWNERS. The Clerk asked for instructions re compelling absentee owners to have their sections cleared of tussocks. The Council ordered the work to be done as provided by the by-law; the owner might afterwards be sued for the amount expended. FIRE INSPECTOR’S REPORT. This functionary reported that during the month three fires had occurred, viz : On the 2nd ult., on the North-east Belt, by which two cottages were destroyed—estimated loss L2OO ; on the 28th ult. at Mr Adams’ residence—estimated loss L2O; and on the 29th ult., a tussock fire. Regarding the last, Mr Dolman directed the attention of the Council to the fire having been lighted in direct contravention of bylaw No. 78. He also reported the fire which occurred on Friday last, and enclosed amount of expenses incurred therein, amounting to a total of L 3 10s. It was generally the opinion of the Council that the cost incurred in fires 1 and 3, being outside the belt, should be defrayed, and an application for a refund made"to the Road Board in whose district the conflagrations occurred. ENGINEER'S REPORT. This report was as follows :—“ 1. Scavengers Contract : The Works Committee received six tenders for this work, two being informal, and accepted that of Mr James Taylor, it being the lowest. 2. Water Supply : We have had the 6in pipes at the delivery sumps at Cameron street taken up and replaced with 9in pipes, which has had the effect of increasing the flow to an appreciable extent. The connection with 9in pipes between West street and East street supplies at Burnett street is now being carried out. As instructed by the Works Committee, we are taking levels and preparing plans for the supply on the N. W. side of the railway, and shall call for tenders in the coarse of the week. The length of the asphalte channelling has been laid in Moore street, and also the nortion in

ivioore street, ana aiso uie purnun in Kermode street applied for by Mr Lancaster. Mr Bradley has a considerable quantity of blocks made for the lower portion of Tancred street, and will commence laying it once.—3. Tussock Clearing : The greater part of the reserves and streets have been cleared and partly burnt, but owing to the undergrowth being so dry there is some risk in burning the remainder. We would suggest the advisabilily of ploughing say four furrows round the blocks, and also adjoining some of the occupied sections where necessary, and burning all the streets first so as to isolate the blocks, the latter can then be cleared and burnt without danger. 4. Right-of-way, Reserve 774 : A curvert is required to give access to the Moore street end of the right-of-way at the back of the allotments on reserve 774, recently let by the Council. The greater part of this right-of-way is below the level of the street, and we would suggest that it might be filled up with the surplus stuff Jon the N.E. side of Moore street, where the asphalt channelling has been laid down. 5. The labor gang has been engaged in reforming Havelock street, filling in Winter street, and metalling with shingle from the present working, part of Havelock and Park streets, making cutting at Mr Wood's new brewery, corner of Dobson and Cass streets, raking large stones off streets, cleaning side-channels, etc., making and fixing bridges across do., and regulating gates for fire prevention, laying new pipes at delivery sumps in Cameron street, and from West street to East street at Burnett street, attending to water supply, &c. The Works Committee recommend that Smith be paid four shillings per week extra for work in attending to the water supply on Sunday, and at fires at night, etc. The carpenter, W. Turton, has been paid at the rate of seven shillings per day, but is now only employed occasionally for a day or two at a time, and requests us to state that under the circumstances he should be paid eight shillings per day. Ihe men, collectively, through the foreman, have to-day made an application for an additional shilling per day." The report as read was adopted, and the clause re additional pay was referred to the Works Committee. NOTICES OF MOTION. By Cr Harrison —" That the Council asphalte side streets from East street and West street for one block, provided all owners sign an agreement to asphalt the other part, making in all half the side-; walk." ByCrSt Hill—" That in the opinion of this Council the time has arrived when the management of the Ashburton Domain should be vested in the Council instead of being retained in the hands of the present nominated Board, which is irresponsible, and the Government be asked to give effect to the wishes of this Council." The Council then adjourned.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 530, 10 January 1882

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 530, 10 January 1882

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