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» - INSTALLATION OF MAYOR. The annual meeting of the Aahburton Borough Oooncl for the instillation of the Msyoroleot, Mr I>. Thomas, was hald at the Borough Council Chambers to-day. There were pfcfent : Mr A Harrison (•ho retiring Mayor), Mr D. Thomas (the Mayo- do'), Cm D. Williams »n, H. Fi-i?«lhodo»- G. F, SooU; J. Taokor, T. Mo-sra R. Fdedlmdor, ex-Miyor, 0. E.F^nttjt, B'irouih Clerk and Wngineor, K. G. 0' hn. Borough Solicitor, W. Romp, Borough V^u^or, J-rv<i ! (i 3, and D. H. Brivrn, wcrortlso proFoni-. The mlnntcHcjf tb • |.»-t nnnaal meeting were read and oh- firmed. Tho RetHnsj ?<*avor sßld that m acooHano wit'i s-HtabWa'-ia-i caatom, it became his rinty on leaving the c^nfr to make r fow remVk* on ih3 work of ihe ptst y sr. He had not. much to pay, because ha'wai rvfc one of those o^mpatoat jto make a gre<;t ep^eoh. As regarded tho fioaucial pnaklon of thn Bjrougli," ihoro was n-'t much diflVenou between what {t was at the present t me, and at tho tlnm, of tho last annual meeting. The overjp draft was nearly the same m amount, but It must not ba overlooked that during hia year of office a heavy paymont had made on aocount cf the traffic bridge. This payment amounted to £347, bo that practically the overdraft stood to that extant better than at the close of ihe previous year. The Oonncll wan now clear of liability as regarded tho construction of the traffic bridge, and no ranro payments would have to be made on this r cooint. Or Scaly, the ■ O'mer Mayor, had during his term of offioe, put forth all his endeavors to reduoe tho overdraft., and had succeeded to a very considerable extent. He (Mr Harrison) had not sucooeded m the name proportion, but still, daring the year that had just closed a great deal bad been done towards reducing the B >rongh'a liability. Every attention had been given by the Council to economy. At the first meeting at which he (the Mayor) had occupied the chair Or Friedlander h»d moved m this direction, and his efforts had been earnestly seoind°d by all the members f)f the Oouncl'. They had had a capital clerk In Mr Braddoll, but olroumstanoes arose whloh rendered it necessary to oombine the positions of clerk and on«lneer. The combination had been I » tended whh mcrk'id success, Mr Fooks tilling the qoshiona vrhh oredit to himself and the Oounoil. He would not dwell farther on this matter, but wonld p«ss on to another work which had been efleoted daring tbe year, v z , the reduction of the rents oC reserves. It had beoome necessary to make acme reductions and the Oounoil went into the matter thoroughly, meeting the tenants m a fair and liberal spirit. The Council's action seemed to have evoked general satisfaction, Aa they were aware, some tronble had arisenin regard to oertiln accounts which had been disallowed by the Auditor, but that nutter hud now been settled. It originated ihrcugh a misconception on the AuditorGeneral's part, and an explanation being made, everything wes oleared up satisfao torily. Preliminary ateps towards the Oounoil taking over the Domain had been arranged. The matter was m the hands of the Government, and there was no dcubt that m a short time tho oontrol would be vested m tho Couno'J. The Domain as at present conducted was selfsupporting, but donbtlesa the Council could frequently find opportunities when a little money oonld be expended with advantage. Ha thought it was a good thing fot the people of tbe town that tbe Oounoil should have charge of the D.-rmin, and dwellers outside would aleo participate la the benefit. The gentlomen "who at the present time constituted the Board hod done their bout, and bad wisely, as he thought, kept ol*ae of debt. He was flotry_ to oay that J-here was too gr^at a disposition on the part of public bodies In theoolony to work on borrowod money, and he thought tho Poraain Board were deserving of commendation for having kept out of debt. He had-'already alluded to the traffic bridge, a work which was of considerable value to the town and dlstriot, and he had no doubt that aa time went on ltg benefit wonld be still more appreciated. They had never, he was glad to say, during the whole year, bad any ory of "unemployed." This must be convincing to any mind that an improvement had taken place. For several winters the Oounoil had: to meet an unemployed dfffioalty, numbers of mon whom they knew to be hardworking, reliable, and steady, being reduced to want. Bat this winter had gone through without anything of this sort being brought under their notice. The cry had been heard m Onrlstohuroh,Dunedln, and other oentreß, but not m Ashburton, a fact that went to chow our position had Improved. It now becime his pleasant duty to &Bk thono present to take a glass of wine with him, and ho would auk them to join with him In drinking tbe health of the new Mayor, Mr D Thomas. The Mayor then conducted tb, e Mayor elect to the ohalr, and the customary declaration having been signed, delivered up the k»ys and tht documents pertaininr to the office* . r s

v i° . H ® tirln S ,, Ma 3or proposed tht health of the new Mayot. Thoy all knew Mr Thomas well, and fro* his acquaintanoa with him, he (the speaker) felt assured that he would do ii a utmost m the interest of the burgesses, an d wo ,uld. worthily perform the duties of t 4 © o hair to which he had bean elected. He waa straightforward, and waa a trough Job,n Bull m manner, that la » c said straight out what he thought. Tht. now Mayor, would, he wag Bure, always ac t with manliness and decision oft character and would c}o, honoi to the position Vi which the bnrgesaee hud placed him. The tonat waa 3uly honored, and the Mayor m leaponding Raid that he wag proudjof the position which he had been ehogon to fill, and of the flattering remarki mnde by lir Harrison He had bee& m the Council for some bix years and during that time be had always given his attention \o the wants and needs of the Borough. As Mr Harrison had said he had frequently shown a good deal of the John Bull, but while he presided at the Council table, ho would endeavor as far au possible (o do away with that disposition co an to fall m wi^h the wished of the body of the Council on any particular question which might come before them, and he could asßure them that his actions would always be impartial. During the past year nothing of very great moment had been dealt with. It had been decided tj procure a ateaua engine and long bofore hit tctcj of office dosed he hoped that It would % be here, though he alao hoped that i\a aervlqea would not be called into requisition. The working expenses of the sngino might be heavy, but the beneatthat would be derived would far exceed any outlay on that aoore. Another good th\og deolded upon was taking over the cintrol of the Domain. The Council was he proper body to adminlater the DomiJn, and hetrnoted that during his year o^offioe they would goo their way to expenl some money on the Domain and make i aoredit *o the town. There w« 9 o«e neater be did not like, •n^thnt wrb OUarUble Aid. He n&* some Oourjoillor B lathing, but if they went to his office he would ehdw them Borne of the Oharltble A^id Board's dooumentß, which It wc^d take them five honra to go throogh anothen they wonld pet underatand them (^ughter). The Board apeat Borne thouso^i of ponnda annually, and be thoa^t New Zeal»ad wbb proceeding i a WCO n K dbection ;la the n»tte\ it waa a great etraln on any b,l Degi m%n here to attend the frequent at Ohrlotchyrcbj aß a ttboa^ dlffitaot

system should bo da vised. Tho burgea'sei might now reasonably look forward to prosporous times, when the borough funds would benefit m a corresponding degree. They could now boast that their town had got advantages of whloh no other similarly situated ouuH boast. He found tba Mayoral ohalr easy and comfortable, arid he only hoped that at the end of his year of offloa ho would find it m easy and comfortable then. He thought he would, and he expressed a hope that he would do nothing to degrade th» chair, but that when his term of cffloe had expired the bnrgesies would say " Well done" Before sitting down ha had a »ouo>. to propoie, that of Jhe ''ex Mayor." Ha . had kaoirn Mr Harrison some years, and .had found him invariably straightforward m both pnblio and private matiera They all fcbevr him well and 'they would all give" him credit for the manner In which he had presided over the Ooonntl during the last year. He gave the tout of "The Title Ing Mayor." '■•;'. The toast was warmly received.[The remainder of oar report Is, on account of the length of the proceedings, held over till next Inane.!

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL |«, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2017, 19 December 1888

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL |« Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2017, 19 December 1888