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The usual ordinary^'meeting was then held, the same members being present.


The Mayor reported the debit'balance at the bank to be £1374 8s;. The amounts received from all sources of income since last meeting had been—tßates^rlli&K), 12s ; 1890, £17 19s-;, rented of. reserves, £27 ; rent of poundj\.£3 lOs^; licenses, dogs, £4 ; sale of iron pipe's, £33 14s 2d j law. courts refund,^ £1 Is—total, £87 16s 2d. r "'- „ Messrs Campbell, Guthridge, and*' Co., wrote asking for payments of the instalment, £115, now overdue on the steam fire engine. ..•,-.- - . .. . - The account was ordered. to be paid. FIRE BRIGADE. The Fire Brigade Committer reported recommending the adoption- of the Brigade's n6w rules, with a slight addition; also, that the rules of the. Brigade be printed ; that the necessary, coal and oil for the steam fire engine be procured at once : and that a lean-to, 9 feet wide, .be erected at the back of the Fire Brigade station, with the opening to the North". West, for the purpose of properly housing the manual fire engine. The report was adopted, the Engineer, however, to report on the work required to be done to house the manual engine. RESERVES. Consideration of the Reserves Committee's report, the reading of which was also held over, was postponed until next meeting. ' engineers' report. The Engineers' report ran as follows :— Mr Hmison's application re Water Supp'y. —A water supply for fire prevention cannot be brought down streets near the Hospital until the North-west Belt is formed. A supply might, however, be carried along Grigg street from the Havel ock street race to Wills street at a small cost, by laying some of the 9-inch pipes across Cameron street, and clearing out the side channels. To use the steam fire engine, however, it would be advisable to construct some sumps.— Clock

'ower. —The Works Committee, after consideration, decided that the best course to pursue would be for the Council to purchase the material necessary and employ day labor to carry out the work for the housing, etc., of, the Jubilee Clock. As instructed, we have accordingly in train ; the brick work will,- we* expect, be commenced to-morrow. ' The rest of the report referred to the labor gang.

The Council decided 'that the water in the Domain was sufficient for the wants of the district referred to by Mr Harrison. The rest of the report was adopted; THE RAILWAY RESERVES. The Mayor said he,was shortly to have, an interview with Mr Burnett, the District Engineer, on the subject of the reserves on either side of the railway line. He had observed that on one of the corner sections a large number of iron tanks had been put down for storage. He did not know if this was the insertion of the thin end of the wedge to open up q frnnb!* thai-. t.Ti» n«»™i wi +I— &.<■ v i-- c ■■■■_. long ago. Some years ago the i" ■i;iii':ii incked up by the citizens had moved me authorities to refrain from leasing these reserves, and a portion of them had actually been planted with trees. He would like an expression of opinion on the subject from Councillors. Cr Brooke did not feel the tanks on the section in East street to be any more an eyesore to him than the coal heaps and timber piles in West street, just opposite. Cr Williamson was of opinion that any attempt—were such intended, but he could hardly think that such was intended ■after the assurances given by" the authorities—to again lease the railway reserves should be strenuously opposed' by ths Council. Four or five years ago there were a great many very high piles of coal, timber, firewood, and so forth on these reserves, which were all let from almost the railway station down to Moore street. There were even fairly large buildings on some of them, and one firm had a saw and planing mill, with steam engine and all complete, at work on the reserve, just opposite Baring Square. At one corner (Burnett street) there was a building large enough to supply office accommodation to three tenants, and had i something /hot be'efti done to stop this sort of thing there was no saying where it would have ended. Business people in town, owning costly freeholds and paying heavy rates, had to compete against the lessees of those reserves who paid only peppercorn rents and no rates at all, and naturally the' former were inclined to cry out against the injustice of the thing. Then again, citizens who were not personally interested in the matter from the point of view just mentioned took strong objection to the use of these reserves in ithe manner, described because of the danger to life and limb that was likely to result. At each of the railway crossings there was either a high pile of coal or timber^ or a building, and thereby the view of the line was obstructed,, so that persons either walking or driving across could not see whether a train was approaching or not. Some very narrow escapes occurred in consequence of this, and it was after one of these close shaves that very strong representations, were made to the authorities and the leases were cancelled, the buildings removed, and the sites ceased to be used for the accommodation of stocks of coal and building materials. Young Councillors would not, perhaps, be as welj up in; the history of, this movement as he was, but Cr Scaly had it all at his fingers' ends, and would, no doubt, bear out what he had stated.

Or Scaly spoke at some length in support of what Cr Williamson had said, and strongly urged the offering of an earnest opposition to any attempt to again lease the reserves for business purposes, It would be a thousand times better to plant the whole line of reseryos from the belt to the bridge. A portion of the line of reserves had been planted, but not the whole, and had the Council not relaxed | their agitation the whole line would have been planted. The plantations would be most useful in East street in time, affording shelter to the bnsiness places and to passengers from the dust of the strong north-west winds that are occasionally ex- ■ perienced in the summer, It would be far more to the purpose were the railway authorities to*set about opening up the streets that were now closed at the railway line, Moore street, for instanoe, had no crossing, and the railway authorites had declined to open it because, they said, }t would interfere with their working of the line, He could see no reason for any street in the town being closed against traffic over the line except the one at the railway station. The speaker concluded by again urging a firm opposition to any attempt to lease the reserves.

Or Brooke had made the remarks he did to induce discussion, and was glad to have heard Crs Williamson and Scaly, as he had obtained new light on the subject, under the guidance of which he saw' his duty clearly t,o Ihj to .support any move* nient on tho part of the Council to opposo leasing the reserves,

In;reply to Mr Flower, Th| Mayor said that West street, owing, tothfmany sidings in it, to the;grain. stores, had not been interfered with, and the burgesses had not thought it necessary to interfere there. He thanked the Crs for their expression of opinion, which would be a guidance to him in his inter- [ } view with Mr Burnett. PAYMENTS. Accounts to the amount of £49 odd were passed for payment, and the Council adjourned.

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ORDINARY MEETING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890

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ORDINARY MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890

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