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The ordinary meeting of the Borough Connoil was held laet evening. Present : The Mayor, and Crs Williamson, H. Friedlander, D. Maofarlane, Bird, R. Friedlander. Eeir and Soott. matob's statement. The Mayor said that the debit balance at the Bank was £1656 3? Bd. The amounts whioh had been received since last meeting were as follows :— Bates, 1887, 10a ; do, 1888, £27 13a ; do, 1889, £67 19a ; rents of reserves, £21 9s 10s ; dog lioenseß, £1; library aooount, 8a ; oulverts, £1 ss ; coats of summons, refund, £1 13s ; sundries, 3a. Total, £122 0a lOd. CORRESPONDENCE. Letters were read (1) From Charitable Aid office asking particulars as to rateable value of property within the Borough, for the purpose of levying contribution. It was deoided to supply the information. (2) From Mr J. Hale asking permission to burn rubbish,— Granted, subjeot to the usual conditions. THE BEOBNT FIBB. Mr H. M. Jones wrote asking permission to address the Oonnoil m reference to some remarks whioh were reported to have been made, at a recent meeting of the Council, on the subjeot of the fire at the baok of his premises. Permission haying been granted Mr Jones said that he wished to ask Or Friedlander what he meant when he said that the polioe should be asked to take action. It was, he thought, a seriouß imputation, and he would like to know Or Friedlander's reasons, beoause he thought the matter should be cleared up. Or Williamson did not think the matter could go any farther. The Council could not constitute themselves judges and sit m judgment on any remarks that might have ! been made by Or Friedlander or any other Councillor. The Mayor agreed with Or Williamson. If Mr Jones felt aggrieved he had other ways of seeking redress. Or Friedlander could give his reasons if he liked but the Oounoil oould not compel him to and it was not m keeping that they Bhould have tbe power. ~ Cr H. Friedlander said that he had no objection to state his reasons as asked by Mr Jones. As a rule the Oounoil was very well reported indeed m the looal papers, but no Councillor oould be held responsible for what appeared m print unless his remarks were fully reported. What ho had said on the ocoaeion referred to was that as the Counoil had been put to expenße on account of the ringing of the fire bell and bringing out the fire engine the matter should be put m the hands of the police to see if the amount expended oould not be recovered. He failed to see how even the short report that had appeared m the paper oould give anyone the impression that any reflection was oast. There had been some carlesaness on some* body's part m connection with the fire, end the Counoil should not have to bear the expense. Mr Jones explained that the fire was caused by hot ashes being thrown into bis rubbish | box by a boy from a neighboring office. | The Mayor could bear out that Or Friedlander had given his reasons at the meeting m question. He endorsed them and went farther that Or Friedlander. He said that Mr Jones ought to be made to pay, only that remark was not reported m the paper. Mr Jones said that he had no objection to pay any money that he was entitled to pay, but the report looked as if there was something suspioious m the matter, when it was proposed to ask the polioe to take it up. The Mayor said that the only question was that of costs. Mr Jones thon withdrew. .

ENCUNEEBB' REPORT. Tho Engineers' reported as follows :— Mr O. Digby's applioation : The Works Committee recommended that Mr Digby's request be granted, and the gorse and broom be grabbed up m Dobson street, and that the Engineers report on the question of draining. This we have not been able to do at this meeting, as we have been unable to ascertain Mr Pigby'a requirements.— Concrete ohanneling; The Works Committee also recommend that a length of oonorete channeling of about five chains be done forthwith m East street between Cox and Aitken streets, and that alternative tenders be called for the use of Auckland and English cement. — The men have been engaged m maintenance work, clearing Bide ohannels, and attending to the water supply. The foreman applies for some repairs and a small Bhed at hig cottage. The clause m regard to drainage waß referred to the Works Committee. The olau§e referring to channelling was adopted, and it waa deoided to oall tenders. The question of repairs to the foreman's CQttage was referred to the Works Committee. THE PROPOSED LOAN. An extension of time for a fortnight was granted to the Committee which had been appointed .to consider; the advisableness of raising a loan tp extfrigpjsh the overdraft, THE 'WOOLLEN MOTOR?. CrKeirsaid the Wprks Committee had been asked to report on the matter of the Woollen Paotory turning refuse liquid into the ohannpls, bat as yet po report had oomp up, Gr Bird, for the Committee, explained that the nuisance had been abated some time ago. THE LIBRARY. | Cr Williameon said that he had noticed a letter m one of the local papers commenting on the management of the Library. Although he did not attaoh muoh importance to the letter, as to his mind it bristled with animus towards either the Counoil or its offioer, stili some of the public might be influenced by it. He would move that the Library Committee bring up a report on the matter, was unfair that such a reflection should rest on (heir offloer it it were untruo f 'an,d|f it were true tho C;.-,;-j oil should take tjteps tp mend

Pr |J. J?iiedlander peoonded Or Williamson's motiqn yhioh wap oarrled. THE EXHIBITION^ The Rfayor reporle'd that Mr Twopeny, the Exeomive Commissioner pf the #unedin l^xhibitipp, woyld attopd at the iqeeting (q be held this (Tuesday) evening ' He hoped all I the Councillors would, make a point of being [ present, PAYMBNTS. Payments were passed, With the exception, of one account wbioh was referred to the Finanoe Committee to consider, The Ooqnoil thin adjournij.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2100, 2 April 1889

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2100, 2 April 1889