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The usual forrnicrhHy meeting of Hi Ashburton Borough (.'ouiiul was hohl la-:t evening. Vre-cni — His Worship ih« Mayor presiding, and , Crs Friedlander. Keir, Bird, Scaly, Cuthberbson,. Scott and Brooke. /,, ' > \'}, ! i' ' ' '.'!"' FINANCE. ;' " ; The Mayor stated that the debit balance at the Bank stood at £1390 15s 4d. Since last meeting there had been received from, all sources of revenue a total of £332 3s lid, made up of the following sums: — Rates, 1889, £9 17s; 1890, £26 10s; rents >• ot reservesj .-£ll' 6s ; licenses : publicans', £270; dogs,, £1^10s; public biu^diugs, £1; earth sold, ,■_}!?, 18s ; library account, 19s 1; 'sale of pipes, £9 3s lid. --,•«.»-, - - ;,„' "MEETING" TIME:'"' -■ A - "'* '■--"*"' The Mayor, after the minutes had been rfead, took occasion to enter a protest ■against the want of punctually displayed by-some members of ,the Council/ It had been -frequently the caseiof late that the punctual membershadhadto waitfora coni siderable"length of time until a; quorum, arrived to enable them to .begin, business. ' , CORRESPONDENCE.,, . Mr J. Burnett, district engineer, New Zealand Railways, wrote stating that the Council's letterori the'subject of: railway j reserves had been referred to headquarters. , The Borough, solicitor wrote enclosing the legal opinion of Mr, George Harper.on, the .subject, of,leases of the Borough reservesl Ajietter was received from Messrs Wilding "and Lewis askina; their sanction to a right of way for Messrs Mitchell and Turner, Tancred street. Mr Thomas Barber applied for permission to burn rubbish. The Hon. Sec. Ashburton Cricket Club wrote asking the honor of an interview with the Council. The Trades and . Labor Council wrote, forwarding a, resolution of* that body .in "which the public bodies were requested, in letting contracts, to take into consideration whether the amount of the tender would be such as to admit of the contractor paying a fair wage for the work done.— The application by Messrs Wilding and Lewjs was referred to the Borough Solicitor. ' Mr Barker's application was granted on the usual conditions. CRICKET GROUND. ; ■ Messrs G. A. Andrews F. Mainwaring waited on the Council in regard !to the cricket ground in the Domain. Mr Andrews was spokesman and pointed out that ,now was the time for doing any work:the;Council intended to do on the cricket ground. The Cricket Club would like the Council either to make an offer to the Club, or allow the Club to make an offer to them. The best thing to do would be to fill up the E holes in the ground, roll, and patch-up*the pitch. The deputation waited on the Council more in the interest of the rising generation than of the present generation of cricketers. {

The Mayor reminded the deputation of how the Cricket Club, the Football Cluti, and the Bicycling Club had treated the Council when the running track was laiol down. Had those Clubs stood to their agreement the work Mr Andrews mentioned would have been done at that time. The subject broached by the deputation would be considered at the proper time. ENOINEEES' REPORT. The Engineers' report was read as follows, and adopted :— ;

: Metalling. —As some of the newly reformed streets are ready for metalling; we have called for tenders for supplying about 400 yards of shingle, and those received will he laid before you this evening. We-find there is axlifficulty in obtaining any quantity of suitable shingle in the riverbed just now : we have therefore given the contractors the option of getting ib from one of the, Council reserves below the Traffic Bridge. Jubilee Cloc'-.—The carpenters are now at work framing the dormer front, and we es;poafc that we shall have this portion of the work in position, with the, dhii fixed, in about a fortnight, 'i fas'Lnbor <*anq have been engaged in carting soil and clay and filling \\p the old water race in the Domain, forming parts of Peter, Wills, and William Streets, trimming quick fence in Mona-Square, rep&ir-ing flooring of Traffic Bridge, attending to the water supply ajftd sundry maintenance work. Planting. —We would ask the directions of the Council as to the 10-acre planting reserve near the cemetery, the trees on which were burnt some months ago, and also as to filling up gaps in the plantations in the riverbed reserves* «Sjc,

i -, KESEHVES. Tjije'Coanca Svent into Committee to fcejisider the legal opinion obtained from Mr George Harper, on the subject of the reserve leases. On resuming, the Mayor reported that the opinion of Mr Harper was in accord with that of the Borough Solicitor. .

The discussion on tho Reserves Committee's report was resumed. Cr Keir wa^ ol opinion that, now that the .Ccfonpil found 7 themselves unable to grant Glasgow leases to their tenants, they ought to make reductions on the rents equal to the concessions that were intended to be made under the Glasgow leases. No resolution ' should be received that did not deal with the whole terms of the leases. He went over much of the ground traversed at last meeting and moved— "That two valuators be appointed to make valuations of the several reserves "mentioned in tbe resolutiou which was rescinded at last meeting, and that the rents of said reserves for the balance of the twenty-one years be, in the case of those lessees who. have built upoi* their reserves, ah addition of 25 per cent., \ and in the case of those, wh.o, have, not built, 50 per cent, W such valuation-^thecost of such 'valuation to be divided-between the lessees ;• provided that no such'rent shall be more than the rent originally agreed upon."

, Cr Cu.thbertson seconded the motion, '' The Mayor and Crs Scaly and Bird spoke in favor of the special resolutions drawn up by tjho. Borough Engineer, and Cr Friedjanclea 1 spoke strongly against the Qaimcil tying their hands for fourteen years with these concessions. There was no. aßsi^ranoe. that times -would, Siot improve during that time, and the Council had no right to deal with the ratepayers* .property: other than they.would deal with their own, and seven years was, a long enough term during which to make a concession. Hj m^st npfe be forgotten that th.o, te_nants had no legal claim upon the Council for any concession at all. He urged the adoption of the special resolutions submitted by the Reserves Committee and, grafted by the Borough Sol&lkav

Qv Keir spoke at considerable length in reply to Cr Priedlander, urging the appointment of valuators as proposed in his motion, contending that this was the only way to be just and equal in the reductions to be made. A desultory discussion followed, after which Cr Keir's motion was. put to the meeting and lost by 2 to &^

The special resolutions, which dealt with the Q^se of each tenant separately, $\en taken, the,first being that of Mt Taskef, which was passed after Mr Keir had moved an amendment to reduce the rent by £4 whioh was lost.

When Messrs P. and D. Duncan'g case came on Cr Keir moved its reduction by £10, and was roundly taken to task by Cr Friedlander for doing so, considering that he was the representative of the firm of P. and D. Du.nea». 9r -^e*r ?9Ptt ed tnat he would not, consider Or Friedlhnder's feeings in any, resolution he moved, and belived he had sufficient,honesty in him to dp justice in.any motion' he made. V.The special resolutioh was passed, Cr Keir only dissenting- : The resolutions dealing with • Mr John Orr's lease, Mr H. C. Segers', Mr Win Patcliing's, and Mr Joseph Sealy's, were then put to the meeting and passed. Or Frwdlander regretted the Council a

inability to grant Glasgow leases to their tenants, and moved that the tenants be apprised of the legal difficulty in the way. Cr Scott seconded. The remainder of the report was adopted. ■ TENDER. .■ The tender of Mr John Griffin for shingling at 11-j'd per cubic yard was accepted, Mr W. J. Silcock being the other tenderer. e,'RICKBT GROUND. A resolution was pnsscd to do tho work on the cricket ground charging the. Club £(i 5s for first cost, £2 10s per day for use of ground on clone days, the Council reserving to itself the right to hold tho gates, refunding the £2 10s if the amount collected" reach £10. " PAYMENTS,,-ETC. - Tie us.ual pay sheet was passed,;and a license issued to St Stephen's School as a public hall. The Council then adjourned. , . :'. DOMAIN BOARDS The Council then sat as a Domain Board. ' The Committee's report was read as follows :-r-" The, Domain Committees inspected the Domain on the.3obh/;ulfc. and made the following recommendations:— 1. That the plantation on the East Beltnow? partially made • and fenced be completed to West Street about 20 chains. ■" 2. 1 Also, that the tenon fence; on the Eastward of the Sports Ground be removed outward about 5 yards and that this space be planted with a macrocarpa fence along the new fence, _nd filled :in with trees to form ■ a ,more r complete shelter. It was 'suggested that iron standards be used instead of stakes for fencing in the foregoing plantations. We find the extra cost would be about 2s to 2s 6d per chain. ..'.,• 3. _ Tlie necessity for repairing and making good the exterior fences was also considered, but as this work is not pressing, we propose making a closer examination of the fences and will furnish the Board with a report and. estimate. 4., Some minor works,"? viz.; 'planting a hedge, on the new dam and surrounding the swimming baths, trimming trees, levelling a path on the ibank, below the baths were directed to be carried out.. The report was adopted and the Board adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2449, 24 June 1890

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2449, 24 June 1890

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