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The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the above was held hist evening. Present — His Worship the Mayor, and Councillors St Hill, Frledlander, Harrison, Nelson, Bird, Ivess, Roberts, and A. Orr. Mayor’s Statement. —The Mayor reported the overdraft at the Bank to_ be L 1,083 19s 41. Amounts received since last meeting: Rents of reserves, Ll 9; licenses, LI ss; earth sold, L2O 6s; asphalt, L 7 14s. Correspondence. —Correspondence was read as follows;—From Mr T. Bullock, asking for permission to erect a verandah in fruit of his premises in Burnett street. Granted subject to approval of the engineer.—From Colonial Secretary’s office, Wellington, acknowledging receipt of Council’s letter notifying appointment of Mr D. Williamson as Mayor of Ashburton.—From Property Tax department, Wellington, acknowledging receipt of Council’s letter re the valuation of the Borough for 1883. Serious Charges against the Borough Scavenger —Mr Davidson, Inspector of Nuisances, in his report wrote as follows respecting James Taylor. Borough Scarvonger:—“l have to bring before the notice of the Council the manner in which the scavenger is neglecting his duty in not properly burying the night soil. There wore great complaints re a nuisance which he made at the corner of the Domain by washing his tank in the race running through the Domain, also on several occasions after the nights he has been out, there has been night soil found under the culverts in the channels and on the gratings at the outfall drain. This he denies to have done, but-admita that he has emptied part of a pan several times that is kept at the Union Bank for slops aid liquid refuse. Also, I may mention that last week he deposited it in the river. Some time ago I asked the Council to t

allow me to place a signboard to prevent persona from carting rubbish, etc., into the river-bed behind the cemetery, which they did. There is now a quantity of night soil slightly covered over with tussocks and deposited there by Taylor. I would ask the Council to insist o-i 1 removing the same or allow me to have the same done, charging him with cost. 1 would also wish the Council to inquire into this matter, as the hot weather is now here and steps should be taken at once to prevent a recurrence of these complaints. " —Taylor wrote stating that the Inspector had informed . him that he was going to lodge a complaint respecting him with the Council, and partly admitting the charges brought against him, while wholly denying certain things complained of, and winding up by asking the Council to overlook his shortcomings and he would endeavor to do better for the future.—Mr Stephen Potter wrote asking the Council to allow his bond for the fulfilment of Taylor’s contract to bo cancelled, “ as, from what had transpired lately he did not ft el justified in supporting such a man.” Sergeant Felton forwarded a written report handed to him by Constable David Smart, who stated that at 1 o’clock a.m. on the 3rd instant he saw Taylor empty a load of soil into the main stream of the Ashburton river. On his returning the constable charged him with having done this, and Taylor had denied it, slating that he had buried the soil. Ayoungman named Dudley, who was with Taylor at the time, thereupon admitted that they had put the soil into the main stream, adding “ it will be out at sea before morning.” The Mayor thought the matter was one that the Council ought to take up. Taylor was evidently not a fit and proper person to discharge the duties of scavenger. He (the Mayor) was of opinion that he ought to be prosecuted. Several Councillors expressed themselves strongly on the matter to the effect that Taylor’s conduct had been extremely reprehensible, and it was resolved, on the motion of Cr Harrison, seconded by Cr St Hill—“ That the scavenger’s contract be cancelled, and that steps he taken to fill his place.” Engineers’ Report. —This report was read as follows - Town Belts : The Works Committee having considered the proposed manner of forming the Town Belts, recommended the Council to adopt the plan as per sketch enclosed, showing a central roadway of one chain wide with an avenue of trees on each side, say about 12 feet apart, and that any future work done on the Belts be carried out in accordance therewith.— Horse-troughs The committee also resolved that this question be deferred for six months.— Kerbing and Channelling : The contractor is progressing with the channelling of the street junctions on the north-west side of the railway. We would respectfully suggest that the same plan be adopted in some of the streets on the south-east side, and that the kerbing and channelling be done in front of the Council’s reserve in East- street,, bet ween Cox and Peter streets. There would still be a margin left in Mr Bradley’s contract for zoo chains. labor gang have been employed in forming footpath in Peter street, and lowering Cass street in'order to obtain material,-and have commenced the formation of the footpath in Bast street, between the Gasworks and Quill’s Hotel. They have also been clearing side channels of grass, etc., preparing culverts, and attending to water supply. We have by direction ef the Works Committee had the grass cut in the squares and plantations, etc., and as there is a considerable quantity of clover and grass in the latter, are having it made into a stack of hay for the horses.— Poors and Son.

Vacant Sections.—Cr Harrison referred to the vacant sections in town and the absentee owners, and urged that these sections should be rated higher than they were at present. As it was, the people whoMived in the town and did all that they could towards its advancement were heavily handicapped as ratepayers, while the owners of these vacant sections who allowed them to remain idle and unproductive were let off far too easily.—The Mayor entirely sympathised with Or Harrison, but was afraid nothing could be done. He had attended at the last Assessment Court, and had been “sat upon” by the Resident Magistrate on that occasion for the part he took in the proceedings. Mr Bullock appeared on that day on behalf of Mr Rhodes, and he (the Mayor) felt annoyed that Mr Rhodes should get off without paying his fair share of taxation ; but the Magistrate said that although he (the Mayor) could ;,ive evidence if so disposed, he could not become an advocate, and so he only got “ sat upon ” for his trouble. He quite concurred with the justice of Cr Harrison’s remarks, but was afraid that nothing could be done in the mater. The Vimt to Mount Somers.—The Mayor said he had to report that he bad accompanied the Minister for Public Works to Mount Somers on Saturday, and although not all the Councillors were present on that occasion several had gone. Ev rything had passed off satisfactorily, and the Mount Somers people had been most hospitah'e. H e was pleased to think that the Minister’s visit would be attended with good results. Cr St Hill thought the absence of Mr E. ,G. Wright from Mount Somers on Saturday was a slight upon :J the Council. The members of the Council were personally strangers to the Hon. Mr Johnston, and they would have been placed in a very awkward predicament had : it not been for the kindness of, the member for Wakanui, who had introduced the Councillors to the Minister, and made things pleasant. He thought Mr Ivess deserved a vote of thanks from his fellow Councillors, and moved a resolution to this effect.—The Mayor fully endorsed all that Cr St Hill had said, and a vote of thanks was carried unanimously.—Cr Ivess briefly expressed the pleasure which it had given him to introduce the Councillors to Mr Joh iston, and the joy he would always feel in doing anything, at any time, to serve the interests of either Wakanui or Ashburton.' Anniversary Day.— CrSt Hill referred at some length to the practice of proclaiming public holidays on all sorts of occasions in Ashburton. Every little local event, every tin-pot cricket match was made ihe excuse for a half-holiday. He wondered that the day the comet made its first appearance was not proclaimed a holiday. He observedjr.hat the 16th Anniversary day, had been proclaimed a Government holiday, and he thought that if the business people were determined to observe the day that they ought to keep it on some other day than that on which ic fell—Saturday next. This was a busy time, and Saturday was a busy day, and a m st inconvenient one for businesspeople to bo shutting up on. He would suggest that the holiday be observed on Wednesday or Thursday instead of on Saturday. —The Mayor said he had been asked by some of the business people to proclaim the 16th a holiday, but, as Cr St Hill had pointed out, Saturday waaabu.-y day, and the day was really not an impor:ant one. He did not object to holidays himself, for he thought people were none the worse for them. (Hear, hear.) Still, it would he better to postpone the holiday aa it fell on a Saturday. Monday or Tuesday would be better. It was then resolved that the Council’s men should have a holiday on Monday. Doo Licenses. —The fee for dogs was fixed at 10s for the ensuing year.

Carrier's License. —One carrier’s license was granted.

Licensing. —lt was resolved that Braddell be appointed Returning Officer for the Borough Licensing District for the election to take place in February. The Resident Magistracy. —The question of the Resident Magistracy again cropped up, and the Mayor alluded to the unpuuctuality of Mr Beswick in keeping his Ashburton engagements, adding that the gentleman had not been here at all during the past month. Something ought to be done in the matter. Many people had given up the idea of civil ao-

tions, holding it was better to sacrifice small amounts than sacrifice .valuable time.—lt was resolved to memorialise the Government again' on the subject, and a petition was here signed by all the Councillors to the Minister of Justice. Accounts. —The usual accounts having been passed for payment the Council adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 816, 12 December 1882

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 816, 12 December 1882

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