ASHBUTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The ordinary fortnightly meetiog of the Borough Council was held last night. Present— The Mayor, and Councillors R. Friedlander, Scaly, Bird, Williamson, Keir, Maof arlane, Soott, and H. Friedlander. MAYOB'S STATEMENT. The Mayor said that the debit balanoe at the Bank was £1898 5s Bd. The amoants whioh had been reoeived sinoe last meeting were :— Bates, £61 8s; rents of reserves, £176"; " licenses, dogs, £18 15s j lioenses, oarriage and driver, £1 ss ; earth Bold, £1 10a; oosts of summons, £1 3a; Library aooount, Ba, Total, £260 4s. ( gobbespondence. ' Letters were read— (1) From the Sydenham Borough Gounoil asking the co-operation of ' the Council m the direction of scouring the passing of a Ratepayers' Mutual Insuranoe Bill, empowering a borough to insure the ratepayers' property upon the seourity of the rates. — It was resolved to give the cooperation aßkedfor, it being pointed out that the Counoil was not binding itself m any way by suoh co-operation;— (2) From the Auditor. General forwarding oertified copy of balanoesheet. Received. — (3)' From Campbell, Guthridge, and Co., Melbourne agents for Shand, Mason, and Co., advising that steam .fire engine for the Borough was on board the Coptic whioh arrived at Port Chalmers a day or two ago.— (4) From the Charitable Aid Board forwarding list of oaseß receiving relief. (5) From Mr J. Taßker asking Oounoil to repair roof of building on Gounoil reserve rented by him. — Raf erred to the Works Committee.— (6) From Mr G. W. Andrews .asking permission to lay. asphalt at his own dost on the footpath m front of the Templar Hall.— The request, was granted - subjeot to the work being carried out to. .the* Engineers' approval. " f ENQINEEBS,' BEPOBT. , . ! The report of the Engineers, whioh) was o! entirely a formal nature, was * read and adopted. ; • - FIBB DRIGADB. A letter was read from the Ashburton Fire Brigade agreeing' to < the proposals for amalgamation of the two Brigades with the exception of that giving the Western Brigade power to eleot their own offioers. They thought that all the offioers should be elected at the annual meeting of the .oombined brigades. ■;" : • Or Bird said that the Western Brigade would be satisfied if their officers should be residents on that side of the town. He supposed there would be no difficulty about this. Or Scott Baid there would be no diffioully about this matter, as an agreement had been come to. It had originally appeared that the Western Brigade were to have a say m the election of both Bets of offioers, while the Ashburton Brigade would only take part m electing their own. He understood however, that it had now been agreed that all th.c offioers should be eleoted at one time, it being stipulated that the Western ofiloers should be residents on th> western side of the town , In reply to a question from the Oounoil the trustees of the Western Fire Brigade engine wrote stating that m the event of the amalgamation proposals being adopted the engine would be stationed on the western side of the town and would be available at all times for the use of the amalgamated, brigados for fire prevention purposes within the Borough. It was resolved oh the motion of Gr H. Friedlander, that a Committee consisting of the Mayor, Ors Williamson and the mover, be appointed to draw up a satisfactory agreement between the trustees and the Counoil with reepeot to the oontroi of the western engine. Or R. Friedlander moved " That after reoeiving the signatures of the trustees of the Weßternßrigade to the agreement the proposals; m regard to amalgamation be referred to the Fire Brigade Committee to give effeot to," He thought this would be the speediest way of carrying out the new arrangement. The steam engine would arrive very shortly and there was no'time to/Jose, ' " • ' Or Bjrd seoonded tlfe motion which waa carried, &INANCE COMMITTEE. : The Finanoe Committee reported havidg held several sitting at whioh plans were disousaed for regulating and limiting the Bank m the direction of a definite amount, stated dates . and termß of repayment ■ and fixed rate of interest. The Committee had also oommunioated with the Union B,ank on the subjeot, but after full consideration had come to the oonolusion that it was advisable that the matter should remain m abeyanqe for the present. ; Or H. Friedlander, the ohairman of the Committee, moved the adoption of the report. He might state that the Committee had not been unanimous, and m daferenoe to the wish of some of his fellow members he had agreed to the matter being held m abeyanoe, It was not.hiß intention to aUow the matter to stand over for good ; he would! wait fpr twelve months or so and Bee how the overdraft; stoo.d then. Or Williamson seconded the adoption of the report. He agreed with the recommendation of the Oornmittee. He felt confident thai by eaonomy th.c Gounoil opuld materially reduce the overdraft within twelve months and it would not then be worth while to raise a loan to clear off the fag end of an overdraft that oould within a short time be wiped out. The report was adopted. ..•■■• & nuisance; Or R. Friedlander drew the attention of- the Oounoil to the fact that rubbish had been depqsUed on the' road near the bridge leading )3own to the river. , It was decided to draw the attention of the Inspector of Nuisances to the matter. SWIMMANO BATHS. In reply to Or R, Friedlanq>r the Mayor said that a plan waa hpjng prepared with a ylew to the construction of swimming baths m the Domain) should the Oounoil de'oide on carrying this work out. APPOINTMENT. Three applications were reoeived for the appointment of Engineer of the Bteam fire engine, and custodian of the Brigade plant. The sucoessful ap.plio.ant was W. E, Dolman at a salary of £25 o year and the use of the Counoil'B house. The matter of fitting up th,e house was left m the hands of the Works Committee. PAYMENTS. Aoqounta. were passed for payment and the Oounoil adjourned.
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