The usual meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council was held last night. Present —Crs Williamson, Friedlander, Brooke, Scott, Keir, Scaly, Cuthbertson, and Bird.
Mr H. G. Flower signed the usnal declaration, and took his seat at the table in place of Mr D. McFarlane resigned.
An apology for the absence of the Mayor through illness was tendered, and Cr Williamson was asked to take the chair.
The Chairman announced that the debit balance at the bank amounted to £139112s Id. The amounts received since lash meeting had been; —From rates, 1890, £30 18a; licenses, dogs, £3 10s; carriers', - £1; public" buildings; £1; library account, lls; total, £36 19s.
Letters were read—(l) From the Charitable Aid Board, requesting 'payment of the Borough's contribution-to-Hospital and - Charitable Aid.—(2) From- the Auditor-General, forwarding : balance sheets certified.—(3) From the Sergeant of Police, re by-laws regarding carriers.— (4) From the Returning Officer; (notifying the election of Mr H. G. Flower, to the vacancy in the Council caused by the retirement of Cr McFarlane.—(s and 6) From Mr J. G. Restell and-Mr James Tasker re Glasgow leases.—(7) From the Fire Brigade, submitting names of two new members. , V
The Charitable Aid Board's letter was ordered to be received. The amount required is £80 10s—about £20 less than last year. ■ -.\ •" ..- '•, . ; '■' •'' '-• ,. , (
It was resolved that the Clerk take the usual steps to have .the balance sheets published in terms of the Act, and to forward a copy to the Auditor-General. ';
' The Sergeant of Police wrote declining to take any action against unlicensed carriers, unless the Council were prepared to bear the expense of legal assistance. He enclosed the facts in two cases under the by-laws in which he had been unsuccessful. The matter was referred to tne Borough Solicitor. 1
' Mr J. G. RestelTs letter" re Glasgow lease of the reserve occupied by him was referred to the Reserves Committee, and Mr James Tasker's, accepting terms, was acknowledged. :
■ The names of Messrs Herbert Fooks and John Pauling were accepted by the Council as new members of the Fire Brigade. I
Letters from Messrs John Orr and jP. and D. Duncan, regarding the rent they were paying for reserves occupied by them were referred to the Reserves Committee.
The Reserves Committee made the following recommendations :—(1) That the Glasgow leases be at once granted to those lessees who i have accepted: the terms' offered by the Council, and that the rents and conditions, except the valuation clause, remain the same as in the present leases. (2) That the Council pass special resolutions to give legal effect to their decision of September,' 1888, respecting the reduction of rents, and that the period for which, the reduction should take effect be for the second seven years' term — namely, from November 1, 1888, to May Ist, 1895, inclusive, the rent for the third form of seven years to remain at the same amount as in the original leases. .*
The report was adopted. ENGINEERS 1 REPORT,
The Engineers, for the Works Committee, reported as follows:—Channelling —The Works Committee have inspected Hie streets on the south-east side of the railway line that require channelling, and recommend that the following lengths of channelling be proceeded with at once, viz—Wills street, on the south-west side from the Central Hotel to William street, about eight chains ; Cameron street! on' the north east side, 1 about five chains at the triangle, and on the south-west side from Cass street bo the south-east town belt, about twenty-one chains, in all thirty-four chains. The Committee is of opinion that further channelling is'required, but the work just mentioned is urgent and of more importance. Formation.—The Committee also recommend that a portion of Peter street east, be partially reformed between Cass and William streets, and that William street from' Cameron street eastward, be reformed at as early a date as possible. ; The report concluded with the usual details of the labor gang's work.
The report waif adopted. JUBILEE CLOCK TOWER.
Or Scaly moved "That as soon as the Ehgineer has the plans ready for the clock tower, he call for tenders for erecting the same, and the Works Committee be empowered to accept the most suitable." ;
Or Keir seconded and the motion waa adopted. [
Or Scaly raised the question of planting trees in the streets, and said many of the streets in Ashburton were suitable for planting. He moved that it be a recommendation to the Works Committee to consider the question. He was obliged to Or Flower for reminding him of the matter.
Or JKeirwas glad to second the motion. He had been pleased with the effect of planting in streets he had seen in Australia.
Some minor business having been disposed of, a carrier's license was granted to William Lindsay, a petroleum license to Stephens' Bros., a public building license to the, Templar Hall, and a bell license to Frank Gribb'en,
-; Or Flower was appointed to the Committees of which Or McFarlane was a member.
The usual accounts were passed for payment, and the Council resolved itself into a ' , : ■
Cr Bjrd reported having visited, with his fellow comminteeman Cr Brooke,, the caretaker's cottage, and recommended certain alterations upon it that might cost ajbout £10. It also badly wanted painting, not having been touched by a painter for 13 years. He moved that the work be done as recommended, andCr Brooke seponded. The Board adopted the report. ; '
The Domain Committee was requested to draw up a .plan of work for the caretaker to carry out during the wintery and the Board adjourned.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2413, 29 April 1890
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