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The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Asbburton Borough Counoil was held last evening. Present— The Mayor, and Ooun. oillors Williamson, H. Friedlander, Tuoker, Eeir, Bird, Macfarlane. MAYOR'S STATBMBNT. The Mayor said the debit balance at the Bank was £1521 2a Bd. The amountß whioh had been reoeived siaoe last meeting were ; — Bates, 1888, £4; library aboount, 16s; licenses, £2 15a ; bridges and oulverts, 18s ; soil, 2s. Total, £8 11s. COBBKSPONDENCB. Letters were reoeived— (l) From agents m Melbourne stating that Gounoil's order for a Sband-Maaon Steam Fire Engine had been cabled by them to the firm m England. — (2) From the Ashburton Fire Brigade making application for annual BUbßidy, and submitting for approval the nameß of three proposed new members. — The subsidy of £25 was passed for payment and the proposed new members were approved.— (3) From Mr J. 0. Duncan applying for a reduction m the rent of a reserve leased by MrR. Lancaster — Matter .referred to the Reserves Committee. — (4) From Public Works Department forwarding copies of Public Works Bill proposed to be introduced next session, — Letter acknowledged— (5) From the Colonial Seoretary acknowledging advice of the eleotion of Mf D, Thomas as Mayor. — (6) From Property Tax Commissioner stating that the Gounoil waa entitled to the mm of £15 15s on account of rates on Crown lands.— (7) From the publisher asking that the " Bible Echo" might be kept on file m the library. The request was acceded to.— (8) From ,the Aahburton Fire Brigade asking that they might be furnished with a new flag. Matter referred to Fire Brigade Committee. THE DOMAIN. The Mayor said the " Gazette " contained a notification constituting the Council tho authority having control of the Domain. Cr Ftfjedlander said that be noticed that at the last meeting of the Council, from which he was absent, this matter of the Domain had been dealt with;. The matter had been previously referred to a Committee to report *OD.- He was Chairman of that Committee .and bad tried --to get a meeting but failed, there being no quorum. Consequently po renprt oarne jpb. '<£j6wa/f er, £c thought jt was a bad precedent for the Couhoil to establish, to refer a matter to a Committee and then deal with it without waiting for the Com- . mittee'a' report. Moreover ■' he held that the proceeding waa irregular, because the resolution Blood on tho niinute book, referring the matter to a Qommittee, and that resolution had not been rescinded. Or Williamson did not tbfhfe the prooeed. ings irregular. When an important matter was referred to a Committee it was the duty of the Committee to meet and settle it, and the Counoil oould not be expeoted to wait an indefinite time for the report. ._ The M.ayor eaid a.t th.c last meeting there were suflioient reasons, given for the Council taking the matter m hand. Although he oppoeei the motion he did not do so because ha was not satisfied as to the Coun, oil's power to itself d§al with it, but beoause he desired fuller information as to the financial position of the Domain. Or Friedlander could take his word that the prooeeding would not be taken aa a precedent. • Or Friedlandsr agreed with Or Williamson that it was the duty of the members of the Committee to -attend, bqt the, Obairmaq could not be expepfed to go round to' them individually and drag them to the meeting, He Btill maintained that the Council's action was irregular, inasmuch as the resolution delegating the matter to a Committee had not been rescinded. Or Williamson thought that if the Council could not override its Committees the sooner all these were discharged the better. Cr Friedlander agreed that the Council could qverrjae the .■jJommirtQee, b.q.l ifcopuld not aot contrary to a resolution without that resolution being first rescinded. The Mayor pointed out that a majority pf the Committee was present at the meeting of theOoqnpil, . . ' -"- ■• 9 The matter fhpp dropped, BESKBVKS COMMITTEE. The Reserves Committee submitted a report recommending that Mr Newmans offer to lease sections 843, 844, 853 and 854 for 7 years at £4 per annum be accepted, and that Mrs Willies application to fenoe shingle pit reserve bn north-east belt on certain poucH? tions, be deolfned. The report was adopted. ENQINEEBS 1 REPORT, , ,

The Engineers' reported as follows:— Jubilee clock : The Works Committee recom mend that tenders be pal]ed for . th? towc olook according to specification drawn up bj Mr Murray, advettiaemantß to be inserted jc Ghristohurob, Dunedin, and Wellington papers.— Labor gang : The Works Committee also recommend that the labor gang be reduced to three men. The men have been principally engaged m maintenance and routine work, watering streets, repairing plantation fences, trimming trees, etc Some scooping m the riverbed has been done neat the Old Men's gome wh»ph has diverted q considerable proportion of thp water from the reserve let to Mr Norman.- 1 Or Bird explained m reference to the suggested reduotion of the labor gang, that it was customary at this time of tbe year to give the men an opportunity of doing some harvest work. The report was adopted. UNLICENSED Or Fried'ander pointed out that during the reoent holidays carriers plied for hire between Ashburton and Tinwald. It was resolved to call the attention of the police to the matter of unlicensed carriers, CONTRACTS. Authority was given the* Mayor to Bign and seal certain oontraots. FENCES. Or Williamson drew the attention of the • Counoil to the dilapidated appearanoe of the fence round Baring square. It waa deoided to have the fence painted, LIOHNSEB, The following licenses were issued :— Thos. Tcjtty, driver; John Heflord, oawtyge and dnyer ; John Palgleiah. hawker, PAYMENTS. Accounts amounting to £105 4s 8d were Biased for payment, a.nd the Council ad. fourned, ;

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ASHBURTON BROUGH COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2031, 8 January 1889

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ASHBURTON BROUGH COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2031, 8 January 1889