ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
. Tke ordinary fortniKhtly meeting of the Borough Counoil was held at the Council's Chambers, Bering bquare West, last evening. Present : Tha Mayor and Councillors Bird, B. Friedlander, Williamaon, tJoott, Keir, H, iJriedlander, Maofarlane, Tuckor. Prior to proceeding with the basiness of the ordinary meeting the annual statutory meeting for the consideration of the balance Bheet and the Auditor's report thereon was held.— Tho Auditor-General oertifiod to the balance-sheet, but drew attention to the faot that £15 disallowed at a previous' audit had not yet been reimbursed. — On the motion of Or Williamson the balance-sheet was adopted, and the Mayor waa authorised ko append his signature.
MAYOR'S STATEAIBICT. The Mayor said that the debit balance at the Bank was £1635. The amounis which had been received slnoe last meeting wore:— Kates, £23 2s6d; rents of reserves, £2 ; licenses, dogs, £16 10s s lioenses, petroleum, £5; earth sold, 4s 6d; coats of summons, 8s; refunds, £1 17s 6d ; Library aocoant, 14s. ToUl £49 16a 6d.
GORBESrOMDBWCH. Lettera were read (l) From Mr H. O. Segors.acoepting Ulsagow leaae for reserve occupied by him.— (2) From Mr W. Patobing to the tame effeot— lfc was decided to have erme forms of lease printed m ordor to have the matter done as cheaply as possible.- (3) From Mr W. £. i|olmt»n aoknowledgmg appointment as Engineer of steam fire engine and custodian of Brigade plant.— (4) From Secretary of Western Fire Brigade applying for £5 balance of subsidy doe up to time of amalgamation with .ashburton Brigade — the amount was passed for payment (6) From Mr J. Jtt. Steele, miking an offer to rent Library reserve. — The off .r was declined. . (6) From the Secretaty of the Aehburton Ftre Brigade, intiting the patronage of the Oounoil to a nodal to be held on vVednesday Jane 6 — ' It was resolved on the motion of Or Williamson to aooordthe patronage asked for. i,.-. •. ■ rt . ;,
> MNQINaBBS' BBpoßt. « T S® A8 iaeur ? reported as follows :— Mr Taaker's application : The Works Committee have considered the question of repairing the stable roof, referred to them by the Council, and reoqiaiuend that considering the very low rental paid by Mr T«Bker f tho Council cjn* <j 0 nothing ia the to old office" Buildings: £y instructions of the Works Committee we are preparing plans and spooifioationi so thut tenders may be called for the work at onoe.—Btreet Lamps : We have to oall the at ention of the Oouao 1 to the extensive breakages of glass m the 1 street lamps during the last fow months. We have spoken to the Sergesnt of Polioe ,6a the niatter.— The labor gang has bean engaged iv shingljng bad places m streets and footpaths • and other maintenance work o'utting' and plstiting willows, driving piles, etc., on river banks, olearing raoes and ■ ohanneis, attending to the Waler supply, etc,
; . r ..'■. BBBAKING STBBBT LAMPS. [ The Mayor thought that some notioe should be taken of tbis matter. There was not an empty house m the town which had not a'l its windows broken. Cr, Bird suggested the offering of a reward for the conviction of the offenders. The Clerk said eighteen lamps had been damaged. - ■ 1 Or H Frledlauder moved that a reward lof £5 be offered foe the conviction of any one caught breaking street lamps or windows within the Borough. . ;; Or Tucker seconded < th* motion which was oarried. TH* STEAM BIEE BKGINBi Or Koic made a verbal report on the recent trial of the steam fire engine which he said was very satiifaotory. The amalgamation of the two brigades had been oarrlod Into effaot. THE TOWtf OLOOK. „. Cr R. Frtediander asked, what had been 'done ; in regard to preparing for the reception of the town dock. The tenderer was going on with bis work and It would be oeoeuary to raise the tower as soon as possible, so that the structure might be thoroughly set before tbe oleok wai pot Into it. The attention of tbe Works Committee was directed to the matter. DOCt BIGIbTBATION AOT* Or Scott moved that the sum of 2s 8d be allowed to the police for every oonvlo* tlon. obtained for unregistered dogs. r Or 'Tuoker seoonded the motioo, whloh was carried unanimously. Fia» beioadb. Or Boott asked the Co u noil to provide a uniform for tbe Engineer of the Fire Brigade. r The matter was referred to the Fire Brigade Committee. TPB TRAIN ARBAKCI*.iHSj>.TI Or Wlillamion ssid that he was given to undentsnd that the 4.15 p.m. trsin from Ohrlatohnreh h»d to wait at Dromore from fifteen to twenty-five minntes while waiting for the express to pass. He moved "That tbe Oounoil bring under the notice of the Oommlialoners that tbe i IB train from Ohrlstohuroh has to wait at Diomore from fiftean to twenty- five minutes, till the Dunedin express passes, and request that tbe hour ot starting tbe train be altered to & o'clook or such other time as' wlty aflow it to reaoh Ashburton before the express leaves heve and 00 ssve the lp?onyeMenoe aod loos 'of trme complained of." Or Tuoker seoonded the motion whioh was carried, and it wts deolded to Invite the oe-operatlon of tbe County Oounoil. • -'• ■ W4TBR SUPILY. It was resolyed to put In hand works to increase the supply' of water on the, Eastern side of the town, so that there shou'd be a sufficient supply for the steam •nglne m osie of fire. The Works Oom» mltee was empowered to aot. j. AIISOBHAKKOUS. A number of petroleum licenses were Runted, aooounts were paiisd for payment and the Oounoil. adjourned.
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