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— * — r The ordlmu y fortnightly meatlnc was , held last night. Present : The Mayor, Ota H. Friedlander, Thomas, Bird, Soott, } MoFarlano. K-'lr nod Tucker. TUB PI&E Otf THE BRIDQH, The Mayor referring to tho recent fire ou tho traffio bridge, put out by Mrs and Mr Bland, said that there was room for Improvement iv tho position of the bucko's, r.a on that oooaoion no buokots oould bo found. He thought at a later stage tho Ooqnail might well m?ke gome recognition of tho efforts made by Mrs Milllchamp. MAYOR'S STATEMENT. The Mayor Bold that tho debit balance at the Bank was £1416 9a sd. The amounts whioh had been received since laat meeting were :— Rates, 1888, £42 2j 61 ; rents of reserves, £30; licenses, oarriers, eto, £3 15a ; library account, 103. Total, £82 7a 6d. The amount of rates outstanding was £197 4s, With regard to tho disallowed payments, ho and Or WiliiamrO-i had interviewed tbe members for the diatrlot, who hud undertaken to represent tho wishes of the Ouunoll to Government. COKRESPONDENOH. Letters were road— -(1) Prom the Crjwn Laods Department stating that the Domain Board were desirous of transferring the oontrol of the Domain to the Borongb, and asking if the Oounoil were willlug to undertake euoh oontrol.— Cr Thomas desired to know whet state the Board's finances were ln. — The Miyor did not think there was any balance m hand The funds were derived from the letting of portion of tho reserve, and thiß amount was spent yearly, — Or Frledlander said the quostion was a largo one to be considered without previous notice, and he wonld move that the matter be referred to the Reserves Oommitte to report. — This motion was carried.— -(2) From Oharltable Aid Board with reference to eleotion by Borough and Oounty of representatives on the Bjard. — The matter had last year boon left entirely m the hands of the Oounty Oounoil, and It was deoided to follow a similar course this year.--(3) From Mr D. Williamßon, acknowledging vote of thanks paaaed to him for his liberality In connection with Borough water raoo.--(4) From Me W. 0. Walker, m regard to Jubilee olook, asking that the Oounoil should oarry out i the work of ereo.ioo, but should, aa the work proceeded, corbuU the subscribers aB to quality, design, etc— Tho letter was acknowledged, and it was deoided to acoede to Mr Walker's request. The matter of proceeding with tho work was referred to the Worka Committee.- (5) From Mr J. Newman, tendering for oertaln roaervoa neo. the engine abed. Tha matter was referred to the Reserves Committee.— (6) From Mrs Wllkle oflerIng a prloe for teaßß of gravel reserve on North-oußt Belt.— The after was not accepted.— (7) From the Returning Officer notifying the eleotion of Or D. Thomas as Mayor .-(8) From the Controller and Audttor--Gerjer.»l, aekiog what was the rate of the late Clerk's salary at the time of , hla leaving office.— lt was ■ deoided to furnish the information asked for. RESBRVEB QOI^^TrEIi The Renervea Committee reoommended that consideration of Mr Steelo's offer to lease oertain Borough reserves be deferred for tbe present, and that Mr A. Young's offer be declined. The OommittQo further recommended that the Council call for tendera for alearfag the paddooks, In the riverbed below the bridge, of gorse, so that the tenants might be enabled to keep It down m future, Tho report was adopted. engineers' report. The Engineer' reported bb follows :— Mr Twentyman's application for concrete channeling : The Works Committee, to whom thli matter Wjs referred, regret [ that they cannot reoommend that the relist bo grunted, bp.h or the ground of paudty of funds, and that there aro por- , tiona of tho b.orough as mnoh, if not more, m need of channeling that the street lh question.— River Protection : It was . suggested by the Works Committee that , Boino of the pinus inMghla m tho squares, that are crowding out aod damagiug more ' valuable trees, should be removed and i used In the river protective worka.— The labor gang have been eDgaged m carting soil, watering streets, tying gorse fascines, and general maintenance work, 1 The report wa« adopted, I THB BRIDGE , Qr Frledlander aakod what had became of the hueketa on the bridge. The Engineer said that he had asoer* talned that there had beon a buokot within two or throe bt.ya of tho spot whors the reoent fire had been. After some discussion It was decided to request Or Friedlander to bring before the Oouuiy Oounoil, the matter of disposing tbe booMsip the best positions, nogs. In reply to Or Thomas It waa stated that tax on U0 dogs had been paid this year, •'J-ED BY THB tfOBH * Or Macfarlane said that a rumor, disparaging. to the junior Councillors, was being circulated about town. It had oome to his ears several limes. At first he had paid no attention to It, but as it was reiterated frequently he deemed it his duty to Investigate It. Tho rumor was that the Mayor had, In a public bar, stated that no matter what Crs William, son, Frledlander, or Harrison brought ] forward In the Oounoil, or whethor they votod " aye " or «■• no," the three junior Councillors went with them. Thus people wore brought to believe that he and the two other junior Councillors were led by the ear. He wculd like to Inform the Mayor, and anyone else, tbat it they thought he was to be led by the ear, they never made a bigger m stake io their lives. He had brought this matter up m order that the Mayor might say if he had really made suoh a statement He would be Borry to think that suoh had been tho case, and from hla knowledge of the Mayer he felt assured that that gentleman would bo able to give tho rumor a denial. The Mayor said that he felt astonished at the remarks which had fallen from Cr Macfarlane. The statement that he had made bad been distorted m an extraordinary way. Whathohadsald was In reference to the disallowed payments, and was that when Councillors of the great experlenoe of Ors Williamson and Friedlander voted for these amounts, gentlemen lately aome to the Ooauoll table, aud new to the work, would be Ilkoly to agree with their arguments, and, voting with them, render themselves liable to be oalled on to refund. He had made no dlsresneotful remark In regard to any Oonnolllor, and whoever had thus twisted what he had said, seemed to havo a mallolous deslro to injure him. He had mado tho statement In all good faith. Councillors freshly oome to the table, when such a serious matter as that referred to wis under consideration, took tho standing of the older members, as ovldenoo of their knowlodge of the Council's power, and would vote accordingly, not knowing that the decision come to was illegal. The Olub had been brought into this matter ; what he wont there for was a cup of ooffee and a sandwich. He was astonished at Or Macfarlane bringing euoh a ohafcgo, without haying lnvoatfgated Its truth. Or Macfarlane said he could givo the names of his informants. , After a few remarks had passed between the Mayor and Or Maofarlane, Cr Tucker said that after hearing what had been statod it seemed to him that what the I Mayor had implied was that new Ooun- i cillors might be led Innocently to vote m a dlreotlon ip which they hid no power to vote, by. ssßumlpg thaf older and expe , rionood Counoillors knew that tbey were within tfro law id voting ihallaty, J ■

Or Bird said that he would not take offence at the stutomerit of the Mayor, tie would not on occasion hesitate to avail himself of tho experience of Ors Williamson and Frledlander. Or ccott Bald that ho had also hoard the rumor.. No allusion had been made to the Mayor roferriujj to the matter of the £50, but it had simply boen said that tho Mayor had stated that whatever Ors Williamson, frrhdlander. or Harrison moved, tho junior Councillors would vote for It. He denied that there was any possibility of his being led by the nose by aciyono Or Keir had alao heard the rumor. Several burgosses had stopped him m the atreet to aak him If ho wore led by tbß nose by any Councillor. Seeing that he had only attended two meetings, and. that no burning question had oomo up, he did not see how this oould be. The Implication did not offend him ln the leßßt, aa his tendency was rather the other way—he was given to be stubborn, Instead of beng eaay to lead He did not Intecd to be lod by the nose by any Oonnolllor. The Mayor said be would be tho last to endeavor to lead any Counolllor by the nnae, and the last to use language to the effeot that he wonld. VALUATION, It waß dpolded to cull for tenders for making the annual valuation ; for a supply of dog collars; and for the annual ooavengerlng oontraot. UNREGISTERED DOQS. It was decided to call the attention of the polloe to the large numbsr of unregistered dogs m the borough. OHAKITABI.IS AID, The balance of contribution due was passed for payment, " CHEAP JACKS." The Sergeant ot Police forwarded a report In regard to a " Oheap Jaok " selling goods on a reooot Saturday afternoon. He asked if tbo Oounoil desired any action to be taken under the by-law relating to hawkers. On the motion of Oc Thomas seconded by Or Soott it was deoided to make a tetit case. Or Tuoker was doubtful whether the definition " hawker " applied In this case, and whether proceedings oould be taken under the by-law. Or Kolr coincided with Or Tuoker. THE RKOBNT FIRE. On tho motion of Or Thomas, a vote of thanks wai. paaßod to Mrs Mllliohamp and Mr Bland foe their servioeß m extinguishing the reoont fire on tho traffic bridge. Mra Milllohamp had used a considerable quantity of herbal beer m puttlDg ont the fire and It was deoided to allow her 10a In remuneration. TAYMKNTS. Acoonnts were paused for payment and tho Counoil adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1998, 27 November 1888

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BOROUGH COUNCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1998, 27 November 1888

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