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The ordinary fortnightly meeting was held last evening. Present: The Mayor ted ■ Councillors H, Friedlander, Tuoker, Sootfe Eeir, Bird, B. Friedlander, MoFarlane, and Scaly. -cayob's statbmbot. '.'•''"'-'' The Mayor said that the debit balance at t the Bank was £1740 7s 43. The amounts • whioh had been reoeived sinoe last meeting were :— Rateß, 1888, £12 ss; dog liosnsei, £3 10s ; Library account, 12s, Total, £10 7s. CORBKSPONDENCB. Letters were read (1) From Mr W. O. Walker, on behalf of the subscribers to the Jubilee Fund, agreeing to the aooeptanoe of Mr Murray's tender for tha erection of the ' town olook. (2) From Mr H. 0. Segers ' declining the offer of the Oounoil m regard io t new lease. (8) From Mr J. Scaly, acospting l new lease, containing compensation olause, of reserve oooupied by him. He made oertaln Sroposals m regard to insnranoe, but the ounoil deoided they oould not see their way clear to make any alteration m the conditiont they had laid down. > ZNOmEBBS' BEVOBT. , The Engineers reported as follows J— ' Swimming Baths: The Works Committee inspeoted the gully m tha Domain* *nd ■ resolved that the most desirable plan would be to ooußtruot another dam aoross the gully at the point near where Mr Tasker's fence' oroases it. The cost of the dam, including?* sluice gate, etc, we estimate at about £20, fenoe of 7ft oorrugated iron at about £14 per 100 ft lineal, dressing rooms, stages, eto., from £20 to £30, according to amount of aooommodation. — Estimate of expenditure:* i We bave drawn up draft estimate of receipt* ■ and expenditure for the ensuing year, which . it will be necessary to advertise at onoe.-- ' [ Labor Gang: The men have been engaged m maintenance work, watering . streets* , clearing large stones off streets, and attend? , mg to water supply. r^Or H. Friedlander thought the mattes , of Bwimmmg baths had better stand m abeyance for the present. The over- > draft was large, and it was too late ■ this year to do anything. He desired to sea bathß here as muoh as anyone, .but he I thought the matter should be deferred till the : Finance Committee brought up their report. The Finance Committee would bring up their report next meeting most likely, and this , matter could be brought up immediately afterwards. He moved m this direotion audi l Or Tuoker. seconded the motion. ; :>,; KcO OrR. Friedlander. had no objeotica. to the matter being deferred till the Finance Committee brought up their report, hutr he hoped it would not be shelved as m pastyears, ? The motion was carried. The remainder of the report was adopted. *HB CHANNELS. Or Bard said that as oomplalnts had been, made to him about the foul state of some l oorf r the side channels, he had taken it upon him to set some of the labor gang ft work to olean them out. The action of Or Bird was approved. ; ' '■ * T a mnsANCH. The Inspeotor of Nuisances reported having reoeived complaints from soma residents iv Barnett street about some bad • smells that existed there, and whioh he believed were due to a leakage from a oas main. "^ The Inspeotor was instructed to take stept to abate the nuisance, THB WOOLLEN FAOTOBT. Or MoFarlane said a rumor was m oirralation that the Woollen Faotory bad obtained private permission from the Counoil to turn refuse liquid matter into the side channels. The Mayor said that the matter had never been before the Oounoil. The Faotory people had never asked permission. They had turned the stuff ou without permission. He would like to point out that the Counoil could not have given «• private " permission. 7 as their meetings were open to the press. THE POUND. The amount of £50 due to theObtmij* Oounoil on behalf of the Pound wai'ordered to be paid. . *--*•■ Notioe was given of the intention of the Oounoil at its next meeting to strike an ordinary rate of Is iv the £ on the rateable" value of all rateable property m the Borough. -BREAKS OT BINTS* Cr Hi Friedlander drew the attention of th*. Mayor to the large amount of arrears of renl owing. - . .....m. — The Mayor thought it was absurd that with the Council's large overdraft, there should be the amount of £450 m rates and rents outstanding. He thought that proceedings for reoovery should be instituted forthwith, re* gardless of persons. r f Or B. Friedlander moved that unless tha outstanding rentß be paid within eight days the aooounts would be put m the hands of the S.ohoitor for collection. -.--. I Cr Maofarlane seconded the motion. i Or Tuoker Baid that a resolution had a i short time ago been passed that those' lessees; who did not pay up their arrears would not participate m the recent reduction of rents. Or R. Friedlander's motion was carried, and the Olerk was instructed where rents were , not paid at the expiry of the eight dsys to 1 set tbe Solioltor to work. Ik was deoided to inform certain of the tenants that unless their arrears were paid forthwith they would aot participate m the' reoent reduotion. The Mayor thought some action should'he taken m regard to the outstanding rates/ Their overdraft was now higher than it had ever been m Ashburton before, ahd by the time they passed their aooounts that night it would be olosa upon £2000. It was decided to draw the names of twenty def suiting ratepayers to be proceeded against, 1188 BXMNBHS. i When an aocount of 10s for expenses incurred by the Fire Brigade m turning out on • m 00a8,on oi the alaf n- of fire at the rear of Mr H. M. Jones* shop oame up for payment, Cr Friedlander thought the police should be instructed to take action. The Mayor thought the owner should oertainly be called upon to pay the acoount. l-ATMBNTS. Aooounts were passed forjpayment, aud tha goqaQiUdjoqrnsd, *^ «■»•««*

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BOROUGH COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2079, 5 March 1889

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BOROUGH COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2079, 5 March 1889