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The usual fortnightly meeting of the Ashburfcon Borough Council was held last night. Present—His Worship the Mayor (presiding), and Councillors Cuthbertson, Scaly, Flower, Friedlander, and Brooke. An apologjr was tendered for the absence of Or. Scott. ; FINANCE. The Mayor reported the debit balance at the Bank to be £1018 16s sd. The income from all sources since last meeting had been—Rates, 1890, £70 18s; rents of reserves, £610s; licenses, dogs, £7 10s; library account, 3s ; total, £85 Is. There were of 1890 rates outstanding, £371. CORRESPONDENCE. Letters were read from Mr W. C. Walker, M.H.R., forwarding copies of the Factories and Shops Bill; from the ! poundkeeper, regarding rent of pound; from the Town Clerk, Blenheim, m reference to sending a delegate to the Con-1 ference on.the insurance question ; from Mr H. M. Hodder, asking leave to burn rubbish ; from the Colonial Secretary, asking for returns of Council revenue and salaries ; from the Town Clerk, Wellington, on the subject of cost of wooden street crossing.—Mr Walkerfe letter was acknowledged, and the Council recorded its thanks to him for his courtesy.—The matter of the pound rent was left m the hands of the Mayor, to report at next meeting.—The matter of the Municipal Insurance Conference was held over for a fortnight, pending the report of the snbCommittee on the subject, appointed at last meeting.'—The Clerk was instructed to supply information desiderated by the Colonial Secretary.—Mr Hidder was granted permission to burn rubbish, as was also Mr Hugo Friedlander. WOODEN CROSSINGS. t The letter of the Wellington Town Clerk stated that the cost of wooden street crossings was about 20s per square yard. Several Crs. were of opinion that this was altogether too costly a crossing, seej ing that the crossings coulcf be asphalted I with a substantial bed for very much less. ' ,";' ;.:. LIBRARY. The Library Committee" reported that the agricultural works agreed upon at last I meeting had been ordered from a bookseller; , ; The Committee's action was approved. BY-LAWS. Cr. Scaly, for the by-laws Committee, submitted a draft copy of the proposed new by-laws, and moved, that the building by-laws be submitted to Crs. Williamson and Bird. Cr. Sealy's motion was adopted, the understanding being that the by-laws would also be submitted to the Borough Solicitor. ! engineers' report. The Engineers reported as follows :— Metalli'-g. —We have arranged with jthe contractors (as authorised) for 1 supplying an additional quantity of''shingle at Is 2d. It is now being delivered m the several streets as required. ■— Planting. —The Works Committee received three tenders for supplying and planting trees, and arranged with Messrs J. Scaly and Co. to plant the ten-acre paddock near the Cemetery; and with Mr J. Porter for the supply of trees for the Domain and other plantations.—The Labour (rang has been engaged m forming the N.E. Belt, and sundry maintenance works,, spreading shingle for street metalling, clearing gorse m plantations, attending to water supply, &c. • ■ ■ . ' I The report was adopted. LIGHTING. Cr. Brooke suggested the erection of a new lamp at the entrance of the Arcade, but seeing the lateness of the season withdrew the suggestion. SHINGLING. It was decided to put a man on to cra«k the larger shingle recently spread upon the streets, and if necessary to giye a top dressing with the object of binding the shingle. 1 ACCOUNTS. Accounts to the amount of £114 5s 5d were passed for payment. CLOCK TOWER. The Clerk reported that work on the clock tower was almost finished, and that j the tower was ready for the clock at any time, ; The Council then adjourned and sat as a DOMAIN BOARD. The Clerk reported that the caretaker was busy planting, and that the work of fencing certain parts of the Domain'was m progress, and the swimming baths were full. ■ Cr Scaly was pleased to notice the kindness of the Mayor m presenting a pair of black swans to the Board. It would be a kindly act on the part of some sporting gentleman to present a few pukaki. The Board then adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890