ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The ordinary fortnightly meeting of r the Ashburton Borough Council was held j at the Council Chambers, Library Build- t ings, last evening. Present—His Wor- , ship the Mayor and Crs A. Orr, T. Sealy, ( Quill, J. Orr, H. Bird, S. Nelson, A. Har- , risen, G. Jameson and D. Thomas. , mayor’s ST4XEMENT. ( The Mayor stated the debit balance at , the Bank was LL.581 6s lid The fol- , lowing amounts had been received since last meeting *.—Dog licenses, L 9 ll« ; culverts, 7s i licenses. LI ; rates (1884), L 4 16s ; rates (1885), L 129 16s. CORRESPONDENCE. The following correspondence was read : —(I) From the Ashburton Gas Company, asking how many lamps the Council would erect to be supplied from a gas main leading to the hospital. The writers also asked what number of lights would be burnt in the hospital building, and stated that the enquires were made with a view to obtain data necessary to reply to a request from the Hospital and Charitable Aid Board and Mr Harrison, to the effect that gas might be supplied to the hospital. On the motion of Cr Jameson, seconded by Cr A. Orr, it was resolved “ That a reply be sent to the Gas Co. stating that the Council at present sm their way to erect only two lamps to be supplied from the proposed main," —(2) From the Ashburton Gas Co. stating that a gas | m in would be extended to the corner of Kermode street and Mona square, proi vidod the Council undertook to erect a street lamp at that point.—(3) From the Public Works Department granting leave to the Council to fell the trees at the south terminus of Essfc street for use in protective works near the Old Men's Home.—(4) From the Fire Brigade Association suggesting that the two senior officers of the local Fire Brigade should be Fire Inspectors for the Borough.—lt was resolved to consider the letter when the officers of the Brigade were appointed.— (5) •From the Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade enclosing several resolutions, which have already been published, adopted by the Brigade, and stating that .theelection of Brigade officers would take place on April 15 engineers’ report.
The Engineer’s report was read as folIowa:—“ Protective Work: We have received from the Public Works Department thirty iron rails, weighing about tons, which we are having pointed. His Worship the Mayor having also received permission from the Minister of Public Works to remove the trees standing njar the old accommodation hours at the end of East street, we have had them cut down and removed to the site of the proposed protective works. With respect to driving the iron piles, we would recommend this portion of the w< rk being done by contract. We have had two tenders from men who have been doing this work at the protective on the Beach road for the County Council, M> ssis Black and Norman and Mr James Bradley, Messrs Black and Norman’s tender being rather lower than that of Mr Bradley. As we have now plenty of logs and brushwood we would further recommend that another groin be made at the end of Winter street neir the cart track into the river bed, and to drive a few more piles so that the fence could be continued from the present one to protect the willows. A few more rails would have to be procured, and the whole cost we calculate would not exceed L2O. —The Works Committee recommend that tenders be called for the supply of 200 bushels of oats for the horses during winter, also that the lamp post at the old Council Chambers should remain in its present position for the time being Water Supply: All the channels have now been cleared out along the roads and in the Domain, but wa see there is some young gorse growing in the artificial channel in the Domain that has apparently been brought down by the water from Winter’s road, and there is also watercress and raupo growing in the natural gully which would spread rapidly and choke the channel in time. We represent this for the Council’s decision as to clearing the channel any further.—The labor gang has been engaged in lowering Have lock street, filling sections, working in river at head of mile ra;e, and at the t.retentive works, Old Men’s Horae, clearing out water races in the Domain, etc. PROTECTIVE WORKS, OLD M?N’S HOME.
: The Engineer was in attendance, and 0 explained his proposals in reference to r . the protective works. After discussion [e clausa 1 of the Engineers’ report was it adopted. The balance of the report was adopted. DOMAIN WATER SUPPLY. Cr Quill called attention to the condition of the lagoon in the Domain. He stated that a great amount of filth had d accumulated in the water, and strongly 1 urged that the reservoir should at once be cleaned out. r The IVJayor reminded ?r Quill that the ■ lagoon was under the jurisdiction of the y Domain Board. 0 After discussion it was resolved to communicate with the Domain Board in rail speot to the matter. r PLANTING. 3 Cr Sealy suggested that the branches s from the trees felled at the terminus of a East street should be used in planting the , river bed reserves.—-The Engineer stated r hat the whole of the cuttings had been b employed upo i the protective works. 3 FIRE BRIGADE COMMIT TEE’S REPORT. The Fire Brigade Committee reported , having on Tuesday, the 7th instant', met a committee of the Fire Brigade for the [ purpose of considering alterations to the 1 rules suggested by the Brigade. The [ Committee enclosed a copy of the atnend- , meets agreed to. The Committee recommended that the subsidy to the Brigade be LSO per annum, paid in half-yearly instalments of L‘>s, in the months of May and November. The question of new uniforms the Committee resolved to refer to the Council. The report concluded The matter of increased accommodation at the engine shed was brought forward by the members of the Brigade, but consideration was ultimately deferred till the ; neyt pjeeting of the Brigade. Cr Harrison desired to make a statement with reference to questions prising from a recent meeting of the Committee an( j tdiq mombora of the Brigade. Your Committee i having heard Or Harrison and the mem- 1 bers of the Brigade, recommend that the i matter of dispu'e between Cr Harrison and t
Mr Higgins be allowed to drop aa far as the Council is concerned, the more bo, aa the rules, etc., between the Committee of the Council sitd the Hrigade have now been amicably arrangedThe alteration of rules recommended bj the Committee were approved of, and it was agree ! te pay to the Brigade the subsidy .'Uggested, LSO per annum. In reference to the uniforms the Mayor said the Brigade were undoubtedly entitled to them ; he feared, however, the present condition of the finances of the thorough would cimpd the Council to defer tfig expenditure. ■ -Or Q nil proposed
that uniforms ha onpe supplied to the Brigade, but on the o£ Cr Thomas amended his proposition and moved - “ That uniforms be supplied to the Brigade on July Ist.”—Cr Thomas seconded the motion. —As an amendment. Or Scaly proposed, iind Or Jame,.oa seThat the unifo-rrs be supplied as soon as the fund# the Council will admit of the expenditure..’'— (j r Harrison called attention to the fact that the over-
draft was now larger than it had been for years. In the face of that fact he thought the mailer should be deferred —The Mayor, replying to Cr Harrison’s remark in reference to tfip Council’s banking account, pointed out that the magnitude of . the overdraft was occasioned by exceptional well,oonßlderedand,whathothought, |
judicious expenditure ; it was neither the result of extravagance nor inattention ; moving into > heir new offices and assuming control of the Library had alone cost them about > 3i)o. The overdraft would now be speedily reduced by the collection of rates. —The amendment having been withdrawn, the following motion was carried—“That(the request of the Brigade for new uniforms be granted, and that the unit irtns be supplied within three months.” INSPECTOR OF nuisances’ report. The Inspector of Nuisances reported that with reference to posts with bars between for tying horses to, the only one he could see was in front of the Union Bank of Australia, East street. —The report was adopted. PUBLIC LIBRARY. The Librarian, Air 0. Braddell, reported 1 that he had received on Saturday from Mr Farley a case of bonks containing 106 vols, invoice price Ll 7 11s 6d. These books had been catalogued, labelled, I numbered and stamped, but many required cutting, which should be done be--1 fore issuing. A.a this was a tedious work, I and the subscribers were anxious to take the books, he asked to be allowed assistance so as they would be ready for issue 1 on Thursday. Report adopted. AI'KEN STREET
Cr Harrison asked why the footpath in Aitken street had not been shingled. Cr Bird replied the Council had resolved that no shingling should be done till after harvest.
Cr Quill pointed out that shingle was much needed on the footpaths indicated by Or Bird. The Works Committee were authorised to invito tenders for shingling the footpaths referred to. LIFE MEMBER-', FIRE BRIGADE. It was resolved that life members of the late Fire Brigade should be life members of the present Brigade. SIDS CHANNELLING. Or Quill asked if there was any probability of the side channelling (being extended (o the North East Belt. In the eVbnt of fire, great difficulty would at present be experienced in obtaining water. — The Mayor informed Or Quill that a sum had been placi d on the estimates for the work of side channelling, and this would be fairly distributed over the Borough.— Cr Harrison pointed out that no provision had been made for supplying a large part of the western side of the Borough with water.—The Mayor said his answer to Or Quill would apply to Or Harrison’s comI ment. RETURNING OFFICER'S FEE. I Cr Thomas moved:—“That for the I future the fees to be paid to the Returnj iug Officer be as follows, viz —oue guinea 1 for non-contested elections, and two 1 guineas for contested elections.” —Or NelI son seconded the motion, which was carI tied without discussi <n. I BURGESS LIST. I It was resolved to hold a mea' jg to hear objections to the Burgess List, on April 27. LOCAL OPTION. I Mr C. Braddell was appointed piesidI ing officer to take the local option vote. I ASHBURTON POUND. I The Mayor said that by the ImpoundI ing Act, 1884, it became necessary for the I Borough to assume control of the Ashburton Pound. Pending other arrangements I he had authorised the present poundI keeper to continue in charge. He thought lit would be on ! y fair for the Council to reI fund to the County Council the value cf 1 the Pound buildings.—On the motion of I Cr A. Orr, a committee, consisting of Hie I Chairman, and Crs Nelson and Bird, was appoint to inspect the Pound and report I as to it? value to next meeting of the I Council,
OFFICE HOOKS. Cr Sealy thought an alteration should be made in the office hours. At present the hours were from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and from 3 p.m, to 5 pm. Between the hours of 12 and 1 o’clock the offices were closed, and many of the ratepayers engaged at work had no opporouni y of paying their rates, registering dogs, or transacting other business with the office. He suggested that the office remain open in future from 12 to 1 o’clock.—Suggestion adopted. LICENSE. A license to boil tripe within the Borough was granted to Mr S, Burnard. ADJOURNMENT. Accounts amounting to LB4 9s Id having been passed for .payment, the Council adjourned till Monday, April 27.
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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1513, 14 April 1885
ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1513, 14 April 1885
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