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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 637, 16 May 1882
The ordinary mooting of tho above was held last evening, at the Council Chambers. Present—His Worship tho Mayor Crs Bullock, W. Roberts, J. Ivess, St. Hill, Harrison, R. Friodlandor, Parkin, and Bird. MINUTES. CrSt Hill drew tho Council's attention to a minute re channelling for the Wakanui road being left in the hands of the Engineer with power to act, instead ofjbeing referred to the Works Committee. Or Roberts said that Cr St Hill wa., making a mistake. Or St Hill denied this, and said tho question had in reality been brought before tho Works Committee, and had been acted on by them The Town Cork said the last councillor
who had spoken was in error, as the rough minutes, made out at the time, bore out the copy now before the Council for confirmation.
The Mayor said it was understood that the question was in the hands of the Engineer to report upon at the present meeting. The minutes were then put and carried, Crs St Hill and Parkin dissenting. .mayor’s statement.
His Worship stated the overdraft at the j Bank to be L 1,077 la. Since the last meeting the following amounts lu.d been , received :—Rates, LIGI 2s 6d; licenses, petroleum, L 3; other licenses, L2l 10s; rents —reserves, L3G 15s; cottages, L 3 15s 6d; earth, LI Gs. CORRESPONDENCE. Letters were read as follows: —From the Wakanui Road Board, stating that they were prepared to defray the cost of formation of the footpaths from Dr Stewart’s house to the terrace. —The matter was referred to the Works Committee. From Mr J. E. March, stating that the Government waved all right to the immigration cottages. —lt was resolved to defer the question of the disposal or the cottages for the present. From P, and D. Duncan, applying for leave to light fires in an open yard.—-Cr St. Hill said he had made some enquiries, and found that the by-law re fires militated against the business done in the town. He considered that if soma sort of fire guard, consisting of sections of iron plating, say three feet in height, so as to enclose the wheel while being tyred, was allowed, it would meet the difficulty as a prevention against fire. He was sure that work was going out of the Borough owing to this by-law.—His Worship suggested that the matter be referred to the Works Committee, to report on at the next meeting.—Cr Friedlander seconded the suggestion, which was carried. From Mr W. Horne, requesting the shingling of the footpaths in West street, near the Grain Agency Company’s store. —Cr St. Hill said that the matter was now in the hands of the Works Committee. CATTLE NUISANCE. The By-law Committee reported on this matter as follows : The By-laws Committee has the honor to report to Ihc Council having held a meeting on the 9th May, at which it was resolved—“ That it be a recommendation to the Council, that a similar by-law to that at present in force in the Borough of Greymouth, a copy of which is attached re cattle feeding on streets or footpaths, whether in charge of any person or not, i be brought into operation in this Borough, instead of by-laws 54 and 55, which clauses be . repealed.” The Committee also recommends that the matter be left in the hands of His Worship the Mayor, to interview the Borough Solicitor and have the necessary steps taken ' for this purpose. 1 The recommendations of the Committee 1 were approved of. * T.IE BRIGADE COMMITTEE.
The report of the Committee was read as follows : One hand fire engine at Mr McKean Dunn’s house, section 585, Wills street west; one at Mr Lancaster’s house, section 75 ; one at Mr Minnis’ house, section 673, the latter to be removed to the new engine shed, to be erected on the western side of the town when complete. It was also recommended that boxes should be erected on the above sections wherein to place the pumps, to be painted red and to bear the words “ Hand fire engine.” The report also referred favorably to the new by-law, submitted by the Fire Brigade re honorary members, in place of the ones now in existence on that subject, and which required the confirmation of the Council. The action of the Committee was approved of, and the now by-law confirmed. engineer’s report. The Engineer reported as follows: Water Supply.—The water had been admitted into the new race down Alford Forest road and Havelock street west. There was some loss by soakage at first when the shingle was exposed in the race, but it is now running satisfactorily. Metalling. A considerable quantity of shingle will soon be wanted. The Works Committee recommend that tenders be called for the supply of 1000 yards, to be delivered where and when required during the next few months. Will the Council authorise the Works Committee to accept a satisfactory tender for this work? The labor gang have been engaged in re-forming West street, making crossing over railway at Kennedy street ; making, carting, and fixing culverts in new race, Alford Forest road; attending to water supply, and sundry minor matters. The report was adopted. THE LIBRARY SITE.
Cr St. Hill introduced a deputation, consisting of Messrs Ward and W. H. Zouch, on behalf of the Library Committee. The deputation stated that their object was to ask the Council to give the Library Committee some title to reserve section No. 593, which was unanimously agreed to at a public meeting, as a site for the Library building. The deputation then laid before the Council the plans of the proposed building, after which the matter went under the discussion of the Council. His Worship remarked that he was glad to see that tho site chosen was approved of by the Committee. He felt sure that tho majority of the public were favorable to the resolution pissed at the public meeting, and he hoped the Council would bo unanimous and grant a title to the Library Committee, or their trustees, to the reserve asked for. He would move—- “ The Fire Brigade site on reserve section No. 503, be allocated for the Public Library site. ” Or St Hill seconded the resolution. Cr Harrison objected to this site being taken away from the Fire Brigade. Ho would move as an amendment—“ That the present Fire Brigade site on the Wakanui road bo kept for that purpose alone and not parted with for the Library site.” He thought that it would bo a great injustice to the Brigade to interfere with their site in any way, especially as it was the best in the town for the purposes of the Brigade. The Library could bo built on a part of Baring square west reserve, which, in his opinion, was the best available site for the handsome building the Committee were about to erect. The Brigade site was too much out of the way for such an important building as the Library. Cr Friedlander said ho should support the motion, because no better site could possibly be oblained for the Library. He was verj' much surprised at the action taken now by Cr Harrison. He thought that the expression of public opinion at the meeting in the Town Hall last week was a unanimous expression, and the public evidently wanted the Library on the site chosen.
Or Bullock had much pleasure in supporting the resolution. He thought that the Library Committee deserved better treatment at the hands of the Council than to allow any delay in the matterof site, especiallyafter so unanimous a desire to have the building on the Brigade site. He did not anticipate any opposition ha must say, from the quarter in which it had now come. Or Parkin seconded Cr Harrison’s amendment. He thought that the Brigade had not been treated fairly in the matter. The present site was handed over to them by the Council in preference to any other. Ho did not think that there was sufficient room on the site for both the Brigade station and the Library building! In fact it was Or St. Hill’s own resolution, to have the Brigade Station removed from the reserve opposite Moore street, where it was originally placed. It seemed that the Council wanted to oppose the Brigade in the matter.
Cr St. Hill said that when he moved the resolution spoken of he did so that the Brigade might occupy their present site until it was required for something else. He was astonished at the remarks which had fallen from Or Harrison, as he (Cr
Harrison) had never said anything about the sites at the late public meeting. Cr Hartison explained that he wj=» unwell at the time of the public meeting or he would have spoken then against thfl Fire Brigade site being taken from them. Crs Bird and Roberts opposed the motion, and thought the Fire Brigade site should not be interfered with. Cr Ivess said he would suggest that a conference be held between the Council and the Brigade to discuss the matter of this site. Cr Ivess then quoted several clauses in the Municipal Corporations Act supporting the question of the Council’* right to take the Library matter in hand. He would move That a sub-Committee consisting of Crs Harrison, Bullock, Bird, the Mayor, and the mover be appointed to confer with the Committee of the Fire Brigade on the subject of allocating the whole or part of the present Fire Brigade site for Library purposes, such Committee to report to a special meeting of the Council to be held ou Thursday next.” His Worship said he had no idea that this matter of site would be opposed. He was afraid that an “undercurrent” was at work. He would withdraw his resolution in favor of that proposed by Cr Ivess.
Cr Harrison then withdrew his amendment.
Mr Ward asked leave to say a few words further. He thought that a part of the Fire Brigade site would bo sufficient for the Library. If there was much further delay ho thought the Library Committee would decide to build on the old site in Tancred street. He agreed with his Worship the Mayor that some “ undercurrent ” was at work in this matter.
Cr Harrison rose and indignantly denied that there was any “ undercurrent ” on his part. It seemed to him that these remarks were levelled at him. Cr Harrison again alluded to the matter of , sites and the public meeting in reference thereto, but his Worship ruled him out of order. Cr Ivess said he must support the Mayor on the point of order. Cr Harrison then sat down. The Mayor then put Cr Ivess’s resolution, which was carried. PETITION. A petition from a number of residents in Moore street, for the formation of the north sides of Cass street and East street, was read and referred to the Works Committee. FIRE BRIG IDE ACCOUNTS. Cr St Hill thought that the Brigade should furnish a balance-sheet showing their receipts and expenditure. Cr Harrison said that a balance-sheet would have been furnished on this occasion but a discrepancy of some kind had occurred, and when the necessary corrections were made it would be laid before the Council. ACCOUNTS AND LICENSE. Accounts amounting to L 144 14s 9d were passed for payment, and petroleum licenses granted to Messrs D. Williamson, Friedlander Bros., and several hawkers’ licenses were deferred until next meeting, and the Council then adjourned.
BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 637, 16 May 1882
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