ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL
The u»ual fortnightly meatlnp' w s hold laat evening. Present— ThY Mayor, and Ore Williamson, Tuokor, Mr, Mfcofarlane Bird, R, FMedl<mdor, and Seatf, ? .the mayor's statement. The Mayor said that the debit balance at the Bank was £is92 10b 3d. Th* amounts which had -been reoeived Mnoe last meeting were r-^JRatesi; 1889, £7 8i ; rents of reserves, £173L053i ; auctioneer's license, £40; doct lloanse, Bs| library, £1 4s. Total, £66 7s 3d. CORRESPONDENCE. i Letters were read :— (1) From. w OhTist : ohuroh" Olty r Ooonbl^ of Oounoll ln securing repeal of olause (n Mpnloipal Corporations Aot preventing mlin^olpailtieß '" ' 'establishing wt gVs : ' v w''?tfe r B ? where such already existed.— Or Williamson thought tha co-operation asked for should be extended, and moved to this —Or Maofarlane seconded the mutlou.— Or R. Friedlande* thought the Oounoll would ba golag outside its functions to p*.ss the motion. The Christ oburoh City Council was not Buffering snoh hardship as it tried to make oat. — Or Tooker woaid opposu the motion. The Gas Company had tried to meet the Oounoll In every way, but there were a "few old maniacs" on the Oonnoll who would not be satisfied till they had started gas works of their own. — Tbe M*yor thought the Ohrlstohuroh Olty Oounoll were jastified in ttklng their .present stand, Furthermore toe prlnolple at tsßae was not merely that of assisting Ohrlstohuroh, but 'of seourlng for looal bodies power to cope with a oompany whioh might become a monopoly.— -Or Sealy thought the Oounoll should give Its co-operation, as local bodies should have this power ln order that gas oompanlee might ba prevented from oharglng more than was fair and reasonable.—* The motion was carried, Ors Ffled!anior,aod Taokbr drißentlng.^-(2) From Mr W/O. Walker, M.H.R,, saying that he would suppor! the views of\ the Oounoll 'In reference to the Hospital and Charitable Aid Bill. -(3) From Roy B, A. Scott i? reply to letter from the Oounoil stating that a lioense must be taken but for St, Stephen's Sohoolroom should pablic meetingß be held there. •'- He said that the building had not been let for public meetings^; a few entertainments had beec held there, but suoh had also been held in uarioua churches in the town, and no license was taken out for these buildings A letter was also read from Mr G. W, Andrews in reference to the licensing oi the. Templar f|all —Tho,., Jaw.* on - - ih« snbjeot havhi^bßen read/some discußßlon took ;plaqe.r-or4Kelr thptighj phatnhe terms of the Act did not exempt the .church ßß.---Cjlr Frjled lander? rnoy,ecr tbat s ii the license f eo inHhe two* cases uidßr^thi notice of the Connoil be not paid, the law be ail 6 Wed to take its oourse —Cr R>ii saidlhai if the nfoticsn were oarried hi would move that the auhonttes of othei churches in town be informed that ihej must take, out Hcenßea.--fOr. Friedlandai said that he wijuld: second %übh a motion in ' the oase • of churohes :%here meeting* were held, admisßion ;to , whloh .^wat charged for.. — A desultory i dißOUßßiorj followed, and ultimately Or Keir moved, ' Tbat the matter of the lioense for Si Stephen's Sohoolroom be adjourned foi a fortnight, and that in the meantime the opnlon. of the„ Council's soiioitor be taker as to whether !t he Act applies to churches or not." It would be monstrously nnfaii that a lio.^nke|jßhoh!d? hava to be/paid<f6] St Stephen<B/Sphoplrobm- if similar jh|etirigs were hold in ohurohes and "they nad np. lioense fee to pay. — The amendment was seconded by Or b'ealy aud oarried — (4) From the Property Tax Department advising, payment of pubsidy of £18S 10e\---(5) From Clubs interested ir improvement of Domain f^ort* gonad making im offer of £25;t0ward8 the fir si cost ..of laying out the ground. It regard; to maintenanpe. it waa. tbought.lia if would .he most ' satisfactory -if'" the Oounoil were tb charge the Clubi .a'statec 'Bam. ? |o*'/;jbe; : - ; 'Use of; the "ground •— Oi -Williamson that j the? 1 -matter : be -referred v to i a' r <odmmittoe.4--Tbe -Mayoi thought the mouey offer vwas'joo .emaU>Or Friedlander thought the offer was t , fairly snbstantjal one towards the fie 1 poßt.' He moved . thV^'-theJ matter' bt canaldered !at ihe ; ''^^Bont\meet)b j g,^o : i Keir seconded ''this motion,' ;whiohwai oar_led.—lh reply •"• to'- 5 - a question' <the j Engineer said tbat the estimate he bo. 1 to the Clubs amounted to £75,'— The .i-ffai made by jthe Clubs, was theu, disoossed.r-; Af fcer^some Irregular ,dlaouisipn r Or B^eli 'moved',' ' :Thai'"' the ' J g« qu od, 'be formed and. that the ''sholetles be charged fbr : lVi nse In* the following proper ttbri s— Cab? donlan Sooiety, one day, £10 ; Bloyoh Olubj , two.dayi, £7 10a ; Cricket Club three days, £7 10 j ; Football o>ub, twe days, £5." The work would ooat the Oounoll £75, of whloh £25 would be given by the Clubs, and they would get £30 annually from the Clubs ; £20 pei «mnum should serve to maintain thi ground, leaving £10 to pay interest or the first cost,— -Or Tucker seconded the motlon.-ythe Mayor rldlouled the Idas that the?work could ; be done fop' £75:i thaJOrlokeildlub had, aleead^Jexpendeti £240 on the same ground — Or Friedlander Btrongly urged that this work nbould be oaraled out as it would be a lasting benefit.to the townj-^Oj";(Williamson said that it would be very well to oarry oul j the work if the Oounoll had the money tc '. spare. They had not money enongh to dc all, that was needed by their streets »nd f obtpathß, work f - that ■*- he considered should be given preoedenoe, — A long and desultory discussion, las.iag about ao hour and a^ half, ended In the mattei being referred to the Domain Oommittee, Oe Fcled'.aqder aud Koir balog added foi tbe booaslod.— (6)'Ffom Mr G. Oatet asking -per mission to burn rubbish.— Granted sab j jot ,to the usual conditions. 'i ' '"'' '■■ '' "ENGINEERS' BBPOBT. 'The Engineers reported as follows: — Sumps for fire prevention : By the advioe aud suggestion^ oi the- Chairmen* .of ithe \ Ffcc Brigade Committee} we have "seleoted and marked on .a[ map twelve additional sumps ior use of steam fire engine if the Oounoil determine on f adding to^the present number, Five:bf the)propriseiti:Bumpa wou'd be on the north-weßt side'of' the rauwayfand seven on the south-east side.— Additions to the Engineer's oottage : The contractors are making good progress with the alterations. With reopeot to the gaßflttings there are at present two meters and we would suggest that the supply be so arranged that one meter snffioe. The Engineer, Mr Dolman, | askß for a pump and pipe well close to the house, as that used by the foreman ! and for the-ÜBe of the stabloß is, quite at the I bottom of t'Ve seotion, < : two chains away. — Domain ; The oaretaker has been preparing | the ground for plantation at the proposed bathing plaoe, and also a good number of holes for trees to make good defioienoies in presont plantations.,! He has a few spruce in the nursery that will be available, but other 'trees' will Mve to be provided. ; A few will alßo be required for the other plantations near. the river.— Enoroaohments on Domain : The two residents have filled up the pits reported at. last meeting, bnt the other enoroaoh--1 ments have not been removed. We underI stand tbat proposals are to be made in this matter; - ; • . ■■ --. r( . ,-• The report was adopted j the matters requiring attention being referred to the Works Oommittee. iV ; . MISOELLANEOUS. Mleoellaheous business was transacted, accounts amounting to £62 were passed fcr payment and the Oounoll adjourned.
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