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BOROUGH COUNCIL.

The usual fortnightly meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council was held on Monday evening. Present—His Worship the Mayor (presiding), and Crs. Williamson, Scott, Scaly, Flower, Keir, Bird, Cuthbertson and Brooke.

FINANCE

The Mayor reported the debit balance at the bank as standing at £1532 3s 7d. The income received from all sources since last meeting had been—Rates, 1890, £15 16s; dog licenses, £1 10s; earth sold, £3 11s; fire prevention, refund, £1 10s; library account, 3s.—Total, £22 10s.

CORRESPONDENCE

The Paymaster-General wrote advising payment of fines under Borough By-laws; Messrs A. and T. Burt, Dunedin, and the Secretary, Christchurch. Meat Company, wrote on the subject of iron pipes ; the Secretary of the Fire Brigade sent an application on behalf of the Brigade for use of the plant, horses, and Foreman Spicer's services on June 18, on occasion of the torchlight procession ; and Messrs W. H. Collins wrote re discount on their accounts.

IRON PIPES,

The Clerk was instructed to reply to Messrs Burt and the Meat Company supplying the information they asked.

FIRE BRIGADE

Permission was granted to the Fire Brigade to use the plant and horses, etc., and the patronage of the Council was accorded to the proposed torchlight procession.

The other correspondence was received,

RESERVES,

The Reserves Committee reported as follows :—

1. Messrs Duncan and Orr's Application.—This application was for a reduction of rent beyond what had been granted to the other tenants of the Ceuncil in the same position; and your Committee, having fully considered the matter, are not prepared to recommend the extra reduction asked for, more especially as it is proposed to extend the smaller rental adopted by this Council over a seven years' term, instead of being temporarily or from year to year.

2. Glasgow Leases.—There being some matters of detail, as to the form, &c, of the proposed leases on whioh the opinion of the Borough Solicitor was required, the matter wus laid before him, and your Committee have received from him a letter which is attached to this report, pointing out a difficulty as to the power of the Council to alter the conditions of the said leases without putting them up to auction again. It is for the Council to decide as to the course to be now taken.

3. Special Resolutions re Reduction of Rents!— Your Committee beg to lay before the Council the special resolutions drawn up by the Borough Solicitor, which they recommend to be adopted. (The resolutions were lengthy, and couched in the usual legal language).

In regard to Messrs Duncan and Orr's application,

Cr Keir said a reduction had been made on Mr Steole'a rent from £9 to £4 10s. The Borough Valuator put this rent in his valuation at £5. Mr Orr was paying £18, and the Valuator appraised the property at £2 per annum. Messrs Duncan's rent was £30, and the Valuator's appraisement £7. So that there was surely some reason for reducing the rents of both the applicants, if there was reason for reducing Mr Steele's.

Cr Scaly felt that at least Mr Orr's reduction should be granted, as his was a really hard case,

Cr Williamson formally moved the adoption of the report as a whole. He was sorry that a serious illness confined the Chairman of the Reserves Committee to the house. The Committee had seriously considered the question of re.ductions, and no private individual would have made the same reductions that the Council had done. If the question of justice were considered all the tenants would be as much entitled to reductions as those who had applied. Taking the case of Mr Taskei*, who occupied' a section scarcely more valuable than that of Mr John Orr, the former tenant had improved his section and had to pay rates upon his buildings. Mr Orr's section had two frontages, and had been bought at a time when the flood tide was thought Lo be coming along to make it valuable. Had the speculation been right, the Council would lmr he--".1 v..-/ I,■;-.-. r.f the application, but i\|v, ■:. ■■!■ ■ ■..!;:■■• notfulfilled the Council was asked to reduce the rents. He was decidedly opposed to further reductions.

Cr Keir- replied, repeating the arguments he had already used, Cr Scaly said that as it now appeared the Council were unable to grant Glasgow leases, Mr John Orr's case was a hard one, and he would move as an amendment that Clause 1 of the report should be held over for the time. Mr Orr's section had never been used at all, but Messrs Duncan's had boon used all the tijne, and was of some use to them.

Cr Brooke seconded the amendment, and Cr Scott supported the motion. The discussion was continued by Crs Williamson and Cuthbertson, the latter contending that reductions in any case were a mistake No private individual did the sort of thing that the Council had been asked to do, but if one tenant was to be reduced they should all be reduced.

The Mayor recapitulated the reasons why certain rents were reduced, and in answer to Cfs Keir and Cutjibertson said that there were leases in the town that were too cheap, so that if reductions were to be made upon leases that were bought with open eyes, there were, other leases similarly bought that ought tb.be raised.

Further discussion of Clause 1 was deferred until after the special resolutions had been read.

The letter of the Boi'pugh Solicitor, referred to in Clause 2, having been read and discussed,

Cr Brooke suggested getting another legal opinion, and Cr Keir supported the sug&estiou.

Cr Scaly was in" favor of this if it did not cost very much. It would show the tenants that the Council were anxious to do everything that could bo done in the matter.

j^The Borough Solicitor was instructed to refer the points raised by himself to Mr Geo. Harper, Christchurch, for his opinion. engineers' kepobt. The Engineers reported as follows :— Gonereti i hanne'ling. —The contractor has completed about 46 chains of channelling, viz., about 7 chains of channelling only in Burnett street West, and 5 chains in East street, 8 chains in Wills street East, and about 26 chains in Cameron street East of channelling and kerbing. It is considered advisable on account of frosts to postpone the construction of any further channelling resolved to be done until the spring.

i Jubilee Vloch. —The work in the Library Tower for the reception of the Jubilee Clock has been put in hand, The brickwork is nearly completed.

Sh d for Manual .. Fire Engine, —As directed, we have inspected the buildings in the Council yard with reference to eercting .a shed for housing the manual engine ji»s proposed by the .Fire Brigade Committee to be placed at the south* west end of the present engine-shed, We fear that the addition would make the access to the cart shed behind the engine-shed very awkward, and in fact practically defeat the purpose for which that she/l was erected. We would respectfully, submit that the accommodation wished for may be obtained by extending the cart shpd southwesterly along the fence, and the manual could be placed at the north-eastern end of theshed, at A on the ketch herewith joy if i{j wag only intended

to be housed temporarily, could be placed in the extension."

The La' our Gang have been engaged in taking up iron pipes in West street, and cleaning and. tarring same, laying pipe culverts across Wakanui Road at the Triangle, carting clay and shingling streets, forming part of Peter street East, putting in bridges at channel crossings, clearing side channels, attending to water supply and sundry maintenance works.

We have to report that his Worship the ' Mayor has kindly presented two large glass show cases for the use of the Museum. The report was adopted, and a vote of thanks to the Mayor for his gift to the Museum was passed. THE RAILWAY RESERVES. The Mayor stated that he had had an interview with Mr Burnett, the District Engineer. Mr Burnett had inadvertently let a section, and had been told by the authorities from Wellington that this could not be done. The correspondence on the subject .had been mislaid, but a letter from the Council stating what was wanted would be acted up to. ' BOROUGH RESERVES. The motion given notice of by Or Friedlander, to rescind :the motion of September 3rd, 1888, reducing the rents of borough tenants', was moved in his! absence by Cr Williamson and.carried. I The special resolutions were read and held over until the legal opinion asked for had been received. , PAYMENTS. Accounts to the amount of £160 were passed for payment and the Council adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 10 June 1890

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 10 June 1890

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