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Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Borough Council was held at noon to-day. Present —His Worship the Mayor, and Conn-' cillors A. Orr, St Hill, Ivess, Roberta, J. Orr, R. Friedlander, Nelson, and Bird. Mayor’s Statement. —The Mayorsaid that another year had rolled round, and : it. became his duty to say a few words to the Councillors on the events of the past twelve {months. £He thought he ought to congratulate the Council on the progress m ide by the Borough during the year 1882, Although some depression had prevailed. during the latter period, he thought Ashburton had got along better than some other places. He wished to particularly refer to the large introduction of brick and stone during the past year, which was a most important matter, and if enly on this account 1882 should be memorable in the annals of Ashburton. The Cheese and Butter Factory and the Woollen Factory were also very important matters, and called for comment. The former factory was now in full operation, and its success was assured. He wished he could say the same respecting the Woollen Factory, which was, as yofc, in an earlier stage of its existence, but which would presently doubtless become an important industry. The question of getting a traffic bridge over the Ashburton river had been agitated, and he believed that the County Council had succeeded in getting a sum’ voted for the construction of this bridge, although he had not heard of anything further being done in the matter. He was pleased to think that a reduction had been effected in the grain tariff, which was a most important matter for a district like this. He trusted that the passenger traffic would also undergo revision ere long. The completion of the Mount Somers railway was another matter to which he ought to refer. The Council, as they were aware, had taken 'a warm interest in the line, and be was glad to think that there was, so far, every probability of its being extended so as to serve the interests of both Mount Somers and Alford Forest. They had now got a plentiful water supply, both for domestic and fire purposes. He thought that the residents on the western side of the line were entitled to much credit for having supplied themselves with a fire-engine. ' A great deal was talked about the value of self-reliance, and he was sure that the residents in question had displayed a great deal of self-reliance in getting aei engine of their own. Two street-crossings had been opened up across the railway liife, and this would doubtless greatly facilitate business. Considerable difficulty had been experienced in getting Havelock street opened. His‘Worship then went on to describe the progress made by the Borough during the past year in the way of improvements undertaken by the Council,. and said that he was glad to think that the Council had excellent prospects before it for the future. Altogether, his Worship’s speech was a most hopeful and encouraging one. Speaking of the Council his Worship said he was very pleased that during the past year the utmost cordiality had prevailed amongst the members. This was as it should be. Any personal feelitig was to be deprecated amongst the members of a public body, and he wlas pleased to think that any personal feeling that might hove existed, had now entirely disappeared. He begged io thank the Council for the way in wHISh they had supported him during the year, and he was glad to think that he had been able to attend every meeting of .tfie Council during the year. The officers were entitlsd to all praise for the mann'ec in which they had acted during the yearapplause.) He could not sit dbffn without expressing th 6 pleasure it gave him to see all the Councillors present with the exception of Councillor Harrison, who was quite unable to attend. Cr. Ivess rose to propose, after a few eulogistic remarks, that a hearty .and cordial vote of thanks be accorded to Jiis Worship the Mayor for the manner in which he had discharged the duties of his office during the past yt&r. Cr. St Hill had great pleasure in seconding the motion which was carried, unanimously. His Worship having responded, the Town Clerk read a letter from Cr Harrison, apologising for hiajunavoidable absence, which he hoped they would excuse.—Cr J. Orr then proposed “ The health of his Worship the Mayor,” which was drunk in bumpers of champagne.—The Mayer having responded, proposed the toast of “ The Ashburton Borough Council,” coupled with the names of the Councillors present, and he was sure that a better toast could not be proposed, although he said it. He would have to ask the gentlemen of the Press to respond to the toast. (Applause and laughter.)—The toast was drunk heartily by the representatives of the Fourth Estate.—The toast was responded to by the whole of the Councillors present.— The Mayor then proposed “ The health of the officers,” coupled with the mimes of those present Messrs Bcaddell and Davidson.—Messrs Braddell and Davidson having responded, the toast of “ The Press ” followed, coupled with the nehnes of the representatives present Messrs Dunn, Paul, Reddin, and C. A. Wilkins.

Ordinary Meeting. , An oriinary meeting was held immediately attar the annual meeting. The following letter was read ifrom Mr E. G. Wright, M.ER. for ’£shbnrton, apologising for his absence on the occasion of the visit to Mount Soinera of the Minister for Public Works Windermere, December 16th, .1882.; —To his Worship the Mayor, Ashburton. 1 'Dear Sir, —I hope to be able to show at the proper time, that I had sufficient reasons for not being present at Mount Somers sn Saturday last. But I very much regret that you should have construed my absence into an intentional slight upon yourself and the Borough Council, and trust that you will accept my assurance that nothing could have been more remote from my thoughts, than an intention to treat with discourtesy a public body composed chiefly (as you stated recently) of my personal friends. Attaching, as I do, but little value to mere forms and ceremonies, it did not occur to me that my presence was necessary for the purpose of introducing yourself and the Borough Council to the Minister for Public Works. The relations between myself and the Ashburton Borough Council have always been of the most cordial nature, and I hope will always Remain so, whether I have the honor to represent the district in Parliament or not,—l am, etc., Edward G. Wright. Some discussion followed, Gra Bird and St Hill expressing the opinion that Mr Wright ought to have been in attendance on the occasion in question. Cr St Hill

had always been a supporter of Mr Wright, but ha ought to haVe introduced them to the Minister, and had it not been lor the kindness of the member for Wakanui they would bare been placed in an awkward predicament. The Councillors were not like schoolboys. It could not be expected that the Mayor would approach Mr Johnston, and say, “ Ton are the Minister for Public Works, and, if you please, I’m the Mayor.” (Laughter.)—The matter then dropped.— A letter was read from the Borough School Committee, asking for a contribution towards the school prize fund. After a long discussion it was resolved that the Council should subscribe L2 2s, an amendment, moved to the effect that the application be not granted, being negatived. After some routine business and the passing of sundry accounts, the Council adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 823, 20 December 1882

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 823, 20 December 1882

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