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The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the above was held last evening. Present— His Worship the Mayor and Grs Roberts, St. Hill, Bird, Orr, and Harrison. NEW BY-LAW. Prior to the ordinary business being taken a special meeting was held to consider the new by-law (relating to wandering cattle), which was recently drafted by the solicitor to the Council for substitution in lieu of by-law 55. The by-law read as follows:—“ If any cattle shall at any time be found feeding, grazing, or wandering in any street or public place within the Borough, whether the same shall be attended by or in the charge of any person or persons or not the owner thereof shall be guilty of an offence, and notwithstanding the liability of any person to a penalty under this by-law any officer of the said Council or any police constable may seize and impound such cattle. And the word “owner” shall include the person having the lawful charge, control, or management of such cattle.”—On the motion of Or St. Hill the by-law was adopted ; and it was resolved that a special meeting, to confirm it, be held in one month’s time. mayor’s statement.

The Mayor reported the overdraft at the Bank to be LI, 185 Os 6d. Amounts received since last meeting : —Dog license, 10s ; rates, L2B 13 6d; previously, L 234 12s Cd ; total, L 263 Gs ; carriers’ licenses, LI; rents (reserves), L 6 13s 4d. correspondenc e.

Letters were read as follows :—From County Council asking that three of the immigration cottages might be reserved from sale, for charitable aid purposes.— Cr Orr moved after discussion, a resolution to the effect that the request of the County Council should be referred to a committee, who should examine the cottages and report at next meeting.—Seconded by Or St. Hill and carried. From the Gas Company asking if the Fire Brigade lamp is to burn all night or be extinguished with the others.—Referred to Fire Brigade Committee to report at next meeting. From Mr G. W. Andrews on behalf of the Templar Hall directors, drawing the Council’s attention to the almost impassable state of the footpath in West street—from Tancred street to Moore street, and asking that the same might be shingled as early as possible.—lt was resolved that the writer be informed that the work has been let. From the County Council, asking the Borough Council to defray a fourth part of the cost (about L 80) in widening the approaches to the Ashburton bridge. The Mayor spoke strongly in favor of the request of the Council being granted, and Cr Harrison moved a resolution to the effect that the request bo acceded to provided that the sum required of the Borough did not exceed L2o,—Seconded by Cr Orr and carried. From Inspector of Permanent Way, acknowledging receipt of three lengths of 9i.i pipe

From Messrs Elz Bros, and Messrs P. and D. Duncan, agreeing to conform to the regulations of the Council re lighting fires in the open air. From Mrs Butler, drawing the attention of the Council to the bad state of Cass street opposite her hotel. —Referred to Works Committee. PRIVATE WATER SUPPLIES. It was resolved, with reference to Mr Turner’s application for a private supply from the Council’s water-race, that the application, and all similar applications, be granted on the following conditions That tho charge be L2 2s per annum ; that the Council conserve to itself the right to immediately stop all or any one supply, and that no one proprietor be allowed to take more water than that supplied by a lin pipe. engineers’ report. This report was read as follows : —“ (!•) Footpaths at Railway Crossings, Burnett aud Tanored Streets :—We gave notice to the Assistant Engineer of Railways of the intention of the Council to form footpaths at these crossings, and he requires that one of the railway servants be employed at the Council’s expense to superintend the work. (2.) Tho Labor Gang, owing to the wet weather, have been employed principally in sundry minor works, such as repairing and metalling patches of road ways and footpaths ; also in laying culverts and bridges, fixing sluicegates, etc., at new breastwork at mouth of mill-race, clearing tree? of weeds in plantation, north-west belt, aud attending to water supply. Wo have set a man to scrape mud principal thoroughfares. (3.) Wc would represent tho necessity of notice being given to us or the Town Clerk oi laying gas-pipes under the footpaths, sc so that it would bo done under inspection and the asphalte properly repaired.”— It was resolved, with respect to clause

1, that tho Clerk be instructed to write to the Railway Department and intimate that the Council possesses an efficient Engineer of its own, who haa superintended important works for the Council, and that the services of tho railway engineer would therefore not be required. Regarding clause 2, Cr St. Hill pointed out the expediency of the suggestion therein contained being adopted, and at his suggestion it was resolved that persons intending to break up the asphalte footpaths for the purpos i of laying gas pipes should first obtain licenses to do so from the Engineer to the Council. inspector op nuisances report. The report of this official was read and

adopted. EIRE BRIGADE. A report from the Fire Brigade was read, notifying the recent cutting of the hose by some person or persons unknown, and asking the Council to take up the matter on public grounds, and suggest some method of stopping these persistent attacks on the property of the Brigade.— Cr St. Hill said there must bo a traitor in the camp. He could suggest nothing but that the engine shed should be shut up and the door locked. —Cr Harrison

pointed out that delays were dangerous, more especially in cases of fire. Five minutes spent in getting the key when a fire was raging might prove disastrous. He thought with Or St. Hill that these outrages must be the work of some person who knew the premises. He had _a stone in his possession now as largo as his fiat, that was removed from the engine in his presence by the captain of the Brigade. —lt was resolved, after discussion, that it be a recommendation to the Brigade to remove to the section partially occupied by the Municipal Buildings, where there would always be someone to keep,an eye on the Brigade’s property. this special reason the recommendation is to be made to the Brigade.

THE HOSPITAL KOAD. Or Harrison remarked that it had twice been resolved since he had been a councillor to form the Hospital road, but nothing had yet been done. The road was in a very bad state, and was anything but suitable for the transit of Hospital patients. A serious accident might one day result. —After some discussion it was resolved to refer the matter to the Works Committee. TO BE PLANTED. On the motion of the Mayor it was resolved that a piece of waste land lying between the Old Men’s Home and the North-west Balt should be applied for, for planting purposes. REPAIRS TO HOSPITAL. Messrs Fooks and Son reported : According to instructions received from the Charitable Aid Committee, we beg to furnish the following estimate of repairs, etc., to Hospital, namely For laying down asphalte, say from back door to laundry, L 4 ; for repairs, garden seats, ironing stove, re fixing windows, shingling at gates, etc., L 9. It has been decided to leave the matter of repairing walls in abeyance till the summer.—The Council resolved to pay its share of the above sum.

carrier’s LICENSE. A carrier’s license was granted to Samuel Elliot. ACCOUNTS. Accounts amounting to LB4 lls 4d were passed for payment, and the Council adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 661, 13 June 1882

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 661, 13 June 1882

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