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The ordinary monthly meeting was held last night. Present — The Mayor, and Ors Williamson, Sootfc, Eeir, Maofarlane, Bird, Thomas and Scaly. mayor's statement. The Mayor said that the debit balanoe at tha bank was £1466 33 3d. The amounts whioh bad been received Binee last meeting were :— Bates 1888, £24 14s ; rents of reserves, £15; licenses, dogs, 15s; licenses, carriers, £2; library acoount, 11s; total, £43. COBBEBPONDENOE. Letters were read (1) From the AuditorGeneral, m reply to letter from Council, respeoting the compensation to Mr Braddell for losa of office, and which amount the Audit Department had refused to Banotion. The Auditor-General said that although there was muoh doubt whether compensation is a lawful application of the Munioipal funds, yet as m this case the amount was only equal to three months' salary, and had the Oonnoil given Mr Braddell leave of absence on full pay for that time, exoeption could not have been taken, he?(the Auditor) was, he thought, ' justified m withdrawing the disallowance. The letter was reoeived (2) From Mr 0, W, Purnell applying for transfer of lease of Borough reserve from Mr W. Tayler to Mr G. P; Milsom. Bequest granted (3) From Mr W. 0 Walker, M.H.8., enclosing reply of the Premier, Sir H. Atkinson, relative to the matter of the disallowed payments whioh had been brought before the Premier by Mr Walker and Major Steward, at the request of the Counoil. The reply was as follows : — I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of ~yotir letteror-Mie - HOib-Novuiubor, relative to certain amendments of the Municipal Corporations Act, whioh appear to be necessary. Your suggestions appear to me to be reasonable and shall reoeive consideration m the event of the Government introducing an amendment Bill next session, but as the matter has not yet been before the Cabinet, I am unable to give you euoh a deoided aasuranceaßyou wish for. I have, etc, H. A. Atkinson." Letter acknowledged with thanks. (4) From Mrs Wilkie m respect to gravel Reserve on North East Belt. Letter referred to "Reserves Committee. (5) From th,e Colonial Secretary, forwarding circular m reßpeot to, and forms of application for space at, the Paris Exhibition.— The Counoil deoided that the forms of application, and likewise the information forwarded, should be at •the service of any local intending exhibitors. (6) From the Charitable Aid Board forwarding statement of work done during the year, and statements of accounts for the same period. engineers' bepobt. The Engineers reported as follows :— The meetings called of the Works Committee having lapsed for want of a quorum, we have no report to present on the Hampstead Water Supply, or the Jubilee Clook, the principal matterß referred to them.-^Grubbing gorße m paddooks ; Thirteen tenders were reoeived for this work, and were opened by the Chairman of the Beservea and Works Committees, and the lowest, that of J. Blair and Co., acoepted. The report was adopted. THE DOMAIN. The Mayor Bait) that at the last meeting of the Council the question of the advisableness of the Borough taking over the oontrol of the Domain, had been referred to the Reserves Committee. That Committee had not met, and he would ask if the Counoil would like to deoide the matter now. Or Williamson thought for Beveral reasons that the matter should be deoided that night. The Council had for a number of years been endeavoring to get the control of the Domain. He did not wish to say anything against the present management, but Beveral of the gentlemen comprising the Board did not reside m the town, and therefore they could not be expected to manage the Domain so well as the Counoil. Another reasoq for settling the matter at onoe was that the date of tha next meeting of the Gounoil fell on a holiday, and possibly the meeting might lapse. He would move that the Oounoil take over the oontrol of the Domain. Or Maofarlane seconded. Or Thomas, though as keenly anxious as Or Williamson for the oontrol of the Domain to be vested m the Borough, would have to oppose the motion. The matter had been ueleg&ted to the Eeaervea Committee, whioh was instructed to obtain all information on the Bubjeot. The Domain would not run away, and no harm would come of waiting a little lqnger, m order to obtain the report of the Committee. The Mayor said that the Clerk had obtained all available information m regard to the funds of the Domain Board. A portion of the reserve was let for a rental of £55 per annum. ' The caretaker reoeived a salary of ! £48 per annum and the use, rent free, of the cottage. There was also a small item for insurance of the oottage. The Board's inoome, therefore was £55, and its exbenditure, Hay, £54. ' " Or Scaly did not see any use m deferring the matter further, as the information just read by the Mayo* was what the Reserves Committee had been deputed to get. The Mayor and Or Keir having supported the motion, it waß put to the meeting and carried. HOLIDAYS. The usual Christmas holidays for the officers were sanctioned. TENDERS; The following tenders were aooepted:— Borough valuation, W. Home, £12 10s ; dog oollars, J. Heseltine, collars 6£d, rebadging 2d; scavenging, Isaac Hoare, single pans 3d, double ljd ; rubbish per load Is, per hall load 9d. - ' PAYMENTS. Aooounts amounting to £50 lie were passed for payment and the Counoil adjourned.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2010, 11 December 1888

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2010, 11 December 1888