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The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the above was held last evening. Present — His Worship the Mayor, and Councillors Roberts, Bird, Friedlander, St. Hill, Harrison, Parkin, and Orr. mayor’s statement. The Mayor reported the debit balance at the bank to be L 866 IGs 7d. Amounts received since last meeting : excise licenses, 5s ; earth sold, L2 12s ; rates, L 44 sa. His Worship also reported that since last meeting he had effected an exchange of safes with the Upper Ashburton Road Board, the Board taking the Council’s safe at its full value, and the balance due in cash. The safe secured was large enough to hold all the Council’s papers, books, and valuables for some years to come. correspondenc e. Correspondence was read from the Springfield Coal Company, asking the Council’s co-operation in getting the tariff on the railway reduced.—A letter was also read from Mr Ivess, acknowledging receipt of Council’s letter relative to the railway tariff, and the opening up of Havelock street across the railway line, and stating that the matters referred to would receive his best attention.—With regard to the Springfipld Coal Company’s letter, it was resolved to inform the Company that the Council had already taken action in the matter.

From Sergeant Felton, pointing out that some one should be appointed, under section 13 of the Dog Registration Act, 1880, to look after unregistered dogs.— The Mayor promised to interview Sergeant Felton on the subject of his letter. —Or St Hill characterised the dog collars supplied as simply rotten paper, and Cr Parkin endorsed the statement.

From same, asking that some place might be appointed for the reception of dogs without owners. The matter was left in the hands of the Mayor.

From the same, reporting the misconduct of Robert Walsh, cab-driver. Walsh had recently been fined for leaving his cab unattended. He was not a fit person, for other reasons (which were stated) to hold a license.—From Robert Walsh, stating that it had come to his knowledge that Sergeant Felton had written to the Council about him, and asking that the Council would deal leniently with him as he was a very heavy loser by the late accident to his cab, the repairs to which would coat him L3O. He had been for seven years in Ashburton, and had been fined twice during that time for leaving his cab unattended. He thought, therefore, he might be called “ a respectable person.” Seeing the loss he had recently sustained he was of opinion that he had been sufficiently punished for his fault.—Cr St Hill thought that Walsh should bo given another chance. He had been already punished enough. If Walsh was to blame for the purposes to which ho sometimes applied his cab he was not the only black sheep in the flock. He would move that Sergeant Felton be thanked, and, while duly appreciating his conduct with reference to Walsh’s case, the Council severely reprimand the latter, and warn him that if ho again offends his license will be cancelled.—Cr Parkin would second the resolution, and thought, that Sergeant Felton was mistaken with regard to Walsh.—Cr Friedlander rose to take up the cudgels on behalf of the Sergeant. —Cr Harrison said that the Council were bound to sit upon any objectionable purpose to which cabs might be applied, but at the same time, Walsh had been a severe sufferer by the late accident, and he thought that he should be given another chance. Let him be tried for the next two months, at the expiration of which time his license would expire.—Cr Bird expressed himself to the same effect. —The Mayor and Cra Friedlander and Orr appeared to think that Walsh had brought his trouble on himself. —Ultimately, Cr St. Hill’s motion was carried, and it was resolved to give the cabman another chance. From Mr Beecher, of the Central Hotel, asking the Council to extend the water channel past the hotel. The Mayor said the matter had already been referred to the Works Committee. engineer’s report. The report was read as follows : I. Alford Raid Drainage : With respect to the application of the Upper Ashburton Road Board ?-e drainage of the Alford Forest road at its ju .cture with the Town Belt, the Works Committee recommended that the sum of L 5 be given as the Council’s share ot the work to be dune by the Road Board in altering and adding to the present outfall, and providing for taking away the drainage on both sides of the Alford Forest road.—2. Water Supply, northwest side.—Mr Bradley, the contractor, is now prepared to lay down the lengths of kerbing and channelling at the junctions of streets where the footpaths are formed. We would recommend that a sump be put at each junction (eight in number) at the same time. The contractor offers to do them at the same price as before.—3. The labor gang have been engaged in lowering ’site for engine-house in Havelock street west, forming footpath in Havelock street, and crossings over railway, Burnett und Tancred streets, finishing footpaths in Cameron and Cass streets, preparing immigration cottages for removal, and fitting same for fire engine, spreading shingle on West street, Cameron street, Cass street, etc., attending to water supply. The men at day wages have requested us to submit to the Council an application for sixpence per diem. There would be six in number to whom this advance would -apply. They are all good men, and wc think the Council might entertain the application favorably.— 4. Baring square W. : We have calculated the quantity of earthwork, fencing, and planting, if the whole is to be completed similarly to the square on the north-eastern side of the railway, and estimate the cost as follows : Eatthwork ... ... ... o O Fencing ... ... ... 63 o o Planting, grass seeds, etc. ... 1500 Total j£iS3 o o If, however, a belt, say 15ft. wide, round the square be levelled, prepared, and planted, and a fence erected similar to that in Mona square, the cost, inducing planting, we estimate, would not be more than L4l. This plan would leave the centre of the square rough as at present, to be levelled hereafter. It must be borne in mind that the earth removed would be either sold or used in street formation, so that the sum of, say, L?o in the first case, and Ll2 in the latter estimate, might fairly be deducted from the amount stated.

On Clause 1, it was agreed on the motion of the Mayor—" That the road bo placed in the same state as it was prior to the work carried out by the Council.”— Clause 2 : The matter was deferred till next meeting to allow of a fair trial being made of the new arrangement to supersede sumps. —Clause 3 adopted.—On Clause 4, Cr St. Hill moved that the second estimate be adopted, which was seconded by Cr Harrison and carried. INSPECTOR Oil' nuisance’s REPOItT. This report was read and adopted. PETITION. A petition was read from a number of res dents in Peter street, asking that a lamp might be erected at the corner of Peter street and Cass street, as the locality indicated was in a stale of total darkness after nightfall, to the great inconvenience of ratepayers and pedestrians generally. —lt was resolved that the request be granted. A QUESTION. Cr Roberts asked by whoso authority there had been a greater fall in the asphalting at the corner of Moore street than elsewhere in the town. There was a difference of nine inches. —The matter was referred to the Engineer. VERANDAH POSTS. Cr St Hill drew the Council’s attention to the dangerous way in which the verandah posts in front of Mr Patching’s shop were placed.—Referred to Engineer. NOTICE OF MOTION. Cr Orr gave notice of motion for next meeting—" That wood bridges be placed

at all street crossings and footpaths where formed. ACCOUNTS. Accounts amounting to Ll6B 18s 9d were passed for payment, and the Council adjourned

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BOROUGH COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 697, 25 July 1882

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BOROUGH COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 697, 25 July 1882

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