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♦_— The ordinary meeting of the Borough Council was held Uit night, Present : The Mayor and Crs Wllliaraaon, Pried- , hnder, Keir, Bird, Scaly, Soott, MoFarlane, and Thomas. ; MAYOR'S STATEMENT. Tho Mayor said that tho debit balance afc the Bnk was £1384 10s lOd. The amouutjg which had been received since last meeting were : — Liceuieo, digs, , £5 5a ; llcsnses, carriers, £13 10s ; Library, 16a; renta reserves, £31 10 s ; rates, 1888, £44 It ; B o!l, £2 3 61; refand, asphalt, 153 ; briJfjoa and calvert3, £1 15 j. Total, £99 16 1 6d. CORRESPONDENCE!, Letters were read — (I) From Messrs A. and T, Burt m reference to plpep.-c» Received.— (2) From Mr JH. Twenty man, aßklng that a concrete ohannel ho laid aloog Havdock street from Mr Staele'a corner to Woat street. The ' present gatter W3B « great nuisance.— Referred to the Works Oommlttee. — (3) From Town Clerk, Invoroargill, stating that, the Corporation of that town had a Metryweather steam fire engine, with a capacity of 359 gallons a minute, for sale. —Or Frledlander stated that he had reoelved full Information from the Inveroarglll Oounoll m regard to this tnglne. The* price wauted for it was £525, whereas a' Shand-Maaon engine would be delivered m Ashburton for £487, and If the Ooanoll procured the latter engine the Flee Insurance Association would give a subsidy of £70, which they wonld not give towards the purohase of a Mecry weather engine. — Letter received.—(4) From Public Works Office, asking suggestions In regard to Bill proposed to be introduced into Parliament to amend the Public Worka Act. —It was decided to aak the Department to forward a copy of Bill for each Cjunolllor.— (s) From Property T»S Commissioner re rates on Grown L«nds — Matter loft m the bands of the Mayor. Several other letters ware road and dealt with. RESERVES. The Reserves Committee submitted a report on the varloua matters referred to them. With regard to Mr Tasker'a application for his lease of Borough raaervo to be changed to a " Glasgow lease " — that is, a lease with a compensation clause— the Committee recommended that should Booh letse be granted, a stipulation be made that the lessee, ou or before the expiration of the lease, should pay to the Borough funds the sum of £200, m consideration of the Council foregoing their claim to improvements or buildings nude or erected on the land. In regard to Mr Sdgera' applloutlon it was recommended that the aam stipulated for, m o*ae of tho nevr lease being granted, should be £300. A recommendation was mado that Mr J. W. Buther'and ba albvred £20 for d imago dona by floods to Borough reßerva at Biods rented by him. Toe application made for a transfer of reaarvefrom Mr Stribling to Mr O. M. Brooke was recommended to be granted, subject to oertaln conditions. The Committee recommended the Council to refnae Mr Brooke's application for permission to • manufacture sheep dip on this section. Tae report wbb adopted. SOROCGH WATER BAOU, The Ooii-mittee appointed to draw up an agreement between the Ooanoll and Mr Djnald Williamson relative to that portion of the Borough water rao.e which rune through his property recommended that the earn of £5 per annum be paid Mr Williamson for the right for the Oouaoil to take the water through his property and for permipulon for Council employei s to enter thereou for the performance if work m connection with the race. The Council, the Oommlttee further reoommended, Bhould keep m repair all culverts and bridges which it has ereotod and may erect over the race. In conclusion the Committee, m consideration of the Council having nnjnyAd khe froo uso of Mr Williamson's laud for the last Beven years for the purpose of supplying Ashburton with water, recommended that the Counoil place on record lta appreciation of Me Williamson's forbearance and liberality m connection with the matter. Or FrieJlander moved the adoption of fhe report. Or Thomas seconded, though he was somewhat doubtful as to the Council's power to make the payment to Mr Williamson, seeing the trouble they were now m with the Audit Department. The report waa adopted, the agreement to be enhjoct on either side to 24 months' notice of termination, A vote of thanks was passed to Mr Williamson for his kindness and forbe.»ranoe m (ho matter dating tho past seven years. ENGINES US* REPORT. The Engineers' reported as follows :— The Works Committee beg to make the following recommendation re the letter from the Chairman of the Jubilee Committee, v z — That the Oouccil give effect to the wishes of the Jubilee Oommlttee, if that Oommlttee are desirous that the Council should carry out the proposal of placing & dock m the tower of the Library ; also that |n their opinion a 4ft dial fa tP be preferred \ but that enquires should be made as to cost of different siaas of dials and cost of lighting —Library fenoe j The contractor has completed this work, and we have advertised for tenders for painting, whloh will be laid before you ihis evening. i Or Williamson, In moving the adoption of the report expressed his entire approval of the Council meeting the Jjjbllea Oommhlee m regaid to the erection of the clock, Or Thomas having previously übiooted to the Council undertaking any Or Thomas aald it was generally not right to look a gift horse m the month, but he wbb sorry he would have to oppose the adoption of the report, It waa an open oeoret that the Jubilee Committed had not enough money to procure a good clock. It wbb not the width of tho dial that ho looked at; they might ba7e a ten foot dial, but it was not that whioh made the dock go well. Then as to the building, if the olook were erected there, only the Mayor, the R,M. and the stationmaster woqld be able to see it Besides that, the trees m front would soon have to be cat down, or the tower be raised. The matter of lighting the dock would also have to be taken into I consideration. The fact was that they would get a £70 or £80 clook and would have to spend £100 or more m patting It ap. Or Kelr asked If the clock it was proposed to obtain was a striking one. The Mayor understood that it wbb. Or Keir said that if bo, Or Thomas' objection as to people not seeing, it waß done away with. He disagreed with Or Thomas' opinion that a good oloofc, could not be got for the money. A public f clook was much needed m ABhbprton. Or Frledlaader i»ld that the Committee bad gone carefully Into the whole matter. The only question was the Bize of the dial and that would not involve niaoh extra outlay. If It were found neoeßsary to raise the tower he would give the Council the bricka requisite, free of coat. (Apphuae), Or Scaly said that whether they had a clock or not It would aoon be necessary to remove some of the trees m front of the building, therefore Or Thomas objection on this head did not need oonilderatlpn. As to the objection that had been taken to the building he oonside ed ! it tho most suitable edifice m the town. Everyone gojpg to the Poet Office or railway otatlon would be able to ace tha clook, and those who did not see it would hear it strike. It. waa impossible to 1' obtain a place where the olook could be •600 (com all p«te of tUe town. I ai> . . .. „

M *—^»——— ——————^m=———»Mm«.j» Cr Friedlander said tbat the pablio cloaks m Ohristoharch ooald only bo seen from tho roadway m front of thorn. The report vrna then adopted,* Or Thomas d(sßeoting. KATEB. It "was resolved to take the neoeauary stepa to recover outetaDding rates. TENDERS. The tender of R, Johnntone for painting fonoe round Library building w»a acoopted The tendor of P. Devane, Mrs Butler aud Mra MoToegue were accepted f>r the lease of the three river bed reserved* MISOELIi4.NEOUS. Accounts were passed for payment, a number of oarriage and drivers. licenses! ißßued, aalßoellaneou3 business was transaoted and the Coaocll adjoukrned. = i

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BOROUGH COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1995, 13 November 1888

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