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The ordinary meeting of the Ashburton Borough Council was held last night. Present—His Worship the Mayor (presiding), and Crs Williamson, Friedlancler, Keir, Flower, Scott and Brooke. FINANCE. . The Mayor stated that the bank overdraft now stood at £1089 15s 2d, and that the income from all sources since last meeting had been £317 7s, £187 10s of which was an instalment of Government subsidy. CORRESPONDENCE. The Paymaster General wrote advising payment of £18710s subsidy. Mr W. E. Dolman wrote regarding the drainage of the Fire Brigade cottage. Mr T. Bradford wrote asking for a bridge over the Winter's road race. The PaymasterGer.eral'sletter was acknowledged, and Mr Dolman's was referred to the Works Committee. Mr T. Bradford's request for a bridge was granted. engineers' report. The Engineers' report dealt almost wholly with the work of the labor gang, and was adopted in whole. DOG COLLARS. The Mayor was of opinion that there were too many dogs in the borough not paying registration fees. He might perhaps be accused of having a mania in this direction, but he felt assured they were not doing their duty to their neighbors by allowing so many dogs to go unregistered. In answer to a question the Clerk said that only sixty had been registered this year as against 120 last year. It was decided to make the same arrangement this year with the police that had been made last year. RATES IN ARREAR. It was decided to advertise that all rates in arrear after a fortnight be sued for. CHANNELLING. Or Friedlander drew the Engineer's attention to the state of the newly laid channelling in Burnett street, and Or Keir also mentioned Cameron street as being faulty. The Mayor said the work of channelling was always done too late in the year. STREET CROSSINGS. Cr Friedlander drew attention to the bad state of the street crossings in some of the more frequented parts of the town, and moved that the question of making footpaths at the crossings be referred to the Works Committee. Cr Brooke seconded, and the motion was carried. Cr Flower suggested communicating with Wellington', City Council for information on the subject of wood pavements. Cr Williamson moved that meantime some shingle be put down on the crossings to form a high and dry foot way, which motion was carried. BROKEN METAL. Cr Keir moved the motion previously given notice of by him to procure a supply of broken metal for the purpose of street metalling in the borough. He pointed out the superiority of macadam over whole shingle, and thought thirty 'or forty tons of boulders should be procured, to be broken by hand. Cr Brooke seconded. Cr Friedlandar was willing to allow that broken metal was the better material for road making, but the cost was too much. The last time they had bought broken metal they had paid 6s 6d per yard, while for shingle they had only to pay Is per yard. The Mayor said the question was simply one of cost, and in view of that he favored shingle. Cr Williamson said the matter had been thrashed out at that Council years ago. One of the greatest difficulties in the way was that of procuring boulders to make macadam out of. He favored shingling iv the winter. Cr Flower favored the getting of a few loads of broken metal as nn experiment. Cr Keir strongly urged making an experiment, and ultimately it was decided to macadamise the boulders the Council had in stock—some twenty yards—and that tenders be called for breakiug them up. RESERVES. Cr Keir moved " That Messrs Orr and Duncan be informed that while this Council is aware that the rents of their reserves are out of all proportion to present valuj, the Council having discovered that the reductions made in the rents of Messrs Steel and Brown were an injustice to the ratepayers and to the other tenants, cannot agree to any further reductions." Cr Friedlander seconded the motion pro fo •ma and stigmatised it as a gross piece of impertinence, and a direct insult to the Reserves Committee who had given great consideration to the Reserves question. If Cr Keir had not been connected with one of the firms mentioned, the Council would have heard nothing about this matter. Cr Keir failed to see where the impertinence came in. The Mayor would point out that very easily. Cr Keir was a young member of the Council, and the Reserves Committee and the older Crs with them had after full consideration, done what they had done. Did he fancy they were going to stultify themselves by passing a motion of this : kind. Cr Keir in reply said he did not expect : the motion to be carried, and he only ! wished it to be put on record. It was ( easy to get up a show of virtuous in- ! dignation about his being an employee of ! one of the firms, but that did not alter 1 the fact that the firms had not been \ justly dealt with. i The matter then dropped. ' accounts. •' Several accounts were passed for pay- J ment, and the Council adjourned. '

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2471, 22 July 1890

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2471, 22 July 1890