The ordinary meeting of tha Aehburton Boroagh Council was held last night. Present — The Mayor, an-i Councillors Williamson, Tuoker, Keir, R. Friedlander Scott, Maoferlane and Bird. mayor's statement. The Mayor eaid that the debit balance at the Bank waa £1320 12s 4d. Tue amounts whioh had bean reoeived since 'aat meeting were :— Rates, £11 4< j mnta of reserves, £24 153 ; rent of ponnd, £5 ; licenses, wholesale, £40 ; exoiie lloenaes, £10 ; petroleum license, £1 ; auctioneer* 1 licenses, £120 ; publican's license, £45 ; [dog licenses, £1; earth aold, £t 13s ; refund repairs to traffic bridgo, £7 Is 2d. Total, £266 13a 2d CORRESPONDENCE. Letters were read — (1) From Railway Oommissionera m reference to detention of evening train at Dromore and stating that they would give the matter noasidera tion -(2) From the Sydenham Borough Oounoil asking tha co-operation of the Oouuoil m seourint; an amendment of the Oh intable Aid Bill with a view to giving each contributory local bodyrepresenfcation on the Board of management. —lt was pointed ont that the County Oounoil were moyiog ia this matter. It waa thereupon deoided to support the County Council m the stand it had taken up, and it was resolved to inform the Sydenham Oounoil of this resolution, which is tantamount to an acquiescence with tha terms of their request.— (3) From a number of ratepayers askuiK that the channel m Havelook street, West, be oonoreted, It was deoided to re^ly that the present was »n unsuitable time for laying concrete channeling, but that when more favorable weather arrived the matter would receive due oouoideration ' ENatNBBBS 1 BBFORT, The Engineers reported that the tender of Messrs Neison and Hayes at £89 7s 6d had been accepted for additions to cottage at Fire Brigade Station, and for gates and turnstiles to the Domain at £13. Ihe , moving of the fire beH was deferred m order that concrete foundations might be prepared. The contractor had und y. takeu to make good the damaged chanu li g in East Street, the Oounoil finding the cement. — Jubilee Olook: The Wocka Committee had accepted one of the sketoh designs for the additions to the present tower, and finished drawings were being prepared — Water Supply: luatruotions had been given for putting m hand the work necessary for increasing the water supply,— Some complaints had been made of the state of the footpaths and roadways m some portions of Caes and William Streets. The footpaths m Oass Street between the Wakanui Ko*d and Cameron Street cou'd bd put right with little trouble or expense, but the length of William Street between Cameron and lirey streets was very bad m places. It waß inadvisable oq aocouut of outiing up the roads by oarting to do more until the weatner is favorable, than to pat a few loads of shingle on the irorat pluojs. The report was adopted. SWIMMING BATHS.
The Works Committee were authorised to have the neoesaary planting done around the proposed site of the swimming baths m the domain, ENCROACHMENT. The action of the Committee m notifying oertain residents whose fenoeß had enoroaohed on tbe domain, was approved. It was slated that soil and shingle had been removed from portions of the Domain and the Clerk was int>tr uoted to take tbe necessary steps. THE LIBfiABY. Pnrsuant to notice Or Kelr moved that the reading room of the Library be opened to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 o'clock on Sunday afternoooa. Th 9 proposal he considered was a reasonable one and had been adopted elsewhere. Or MacfarJane seconded the motion.
Ors Bird and Williamson suggested that tbe motion should be held over till there was a fall Oounoil, though personally they had no objection to it. The latter considered, however, that the Council should have been first approached from outside m this matter.
Or Tucker objected to the motion. He bad had five years of Sunday work, and he knowing what thai was objeoted to it m any shape or form. Or Keir said that there would be no necaesify for the librarian to do any work save that of opening and closing the door. If the Oou-joil so desired ho would hold over the motion for the present, and get up a petition from the burgesses, Or Fried lander considered that the Council should take no action m this matter until bo requested by the rate-
Or Kelr asked and obtained leavo to postpone his motion for a month.
The! Mayor said ihxt he had an explanation to make m connection with the mention of the nam. * of a fireman at last meeting of the Council, when the falsa alarm of fire was being dieoussed. He had made enquiries and had ascertained that taut fireinun had not aa had been stated, " let th' 3 cat out of the bag " as regarded the intenfcJca to hold the alarm. PAYMENTS. Accounts amounting 10 about £70 were passed for payment and the Ooanoil adjourned.
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