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The usual fortnightly meeting of the Ashbnrton Borough Council was held last night. Present—-His Worship the Mayor (presiding) and Crs Williamson, Scott, Keir, Bird, Seaiy, and Brooke. Cr Scott apologised for the absence of Cr Flower. , . .■ FINANCE. .. The Mayor reported ths debit balance at the Bank to be £1046 0s 9d. The income received since last meeting had been : Rates, 1890, £30; rents of reserves, £101 ss; licenses, dogs, £3; library account, 3s. There were £341 of 1890 rates outstanding. During the next fortnight summonses would be issued against defaulters. RAILWAY RESERVES. I The Resident Engineer wrote stating that no further sites would be let on the East Street line of reserves, and that work had begun on the plantation, which was to extend from a point close to the railway station to the bridge. The Mayor said the Department had done more really than had been asked, so far as planting was concerned. He had, however, instructed the Clerk to write to the Department asking that the block of buildings occupied by Messrs W. H. Collins and Co. be removed, so that the planting be carried on m one unbroken line. The Mayor's action was approved. ■ DOMAIN CRICKET OLTTB. The Secretary of the Ashburton Cricket Club wrote proposing that the Council take over the large roller, now tKe property of the Club, m lieu of the sum of £6 5s and two years' rent of the ground. The Club understood that they would be allowed three close days m the year, during which they could charge for admission, "any sum realised over £10 to be handed over to the Council. If the Club's offer were accepted, it trusted the Council would do its best to improve the ground for this season, which it was desired to inaugurate on Ist October. ■ ;; After some discussion it .was decided to offer the Club the use of the ground at the rate of £2 10s per: anmim, half the gross proceeds of any close days used to be handed over to the Club. ■ ; ": FIRE BRIGADE BELL. The Secretary of the Fire Brigade wrote asking that the fire bell be removed to the station at once, and requesting information as to when the rules of the Brigade were to be printed. It was decided to inform the Brigade that the work of removing the bell would be done at once. The matter of printing the rules was left m the hands of Cr Keir. : »tf»BISH /i V | Mr D. Macpherson was granted permission to burn rubbish. * ; *

JUBILEE CLOCK. The contractor for supplying the Jubilee Clock wrote asking for a progress payment on the work already done on the clock. A progress payment of £30 was voted to Mr Murray.' >; MUNICIPAL INSURANCE. The Mayor, for the sub-Committee, reported that it was the Committee.} opinion that the scheme of. municipal insurance submitted to the Council by the Blenheim Council was not workable. The Council decided to take no action m the matter engineers' report. The Engineers reported as follows :— Juhilec Clock. —The iron cresting and vane < being how fixed on the dome roof, the clock face will be put m place at once, and the painting completed. The carpenter has been making the casings for the clock weights and the finishings. — The Labor Gang have been engaged in-forming ■.parts of William Street and N.E. Town Bell, carting shingle, clay, etc, digging holes for the planting, cutting and planting poplars, pines, etc. m plantations, spreading shingle, and breaking large stones m streets, watering streets, attending to water supply, and sundry maintenance work. As the cart will now be taken out constantly, another horse will be temporarily required to complete the street forming, etc. JUBILEE FUNDS. Cr. Scott moved that the trustees of the Jubilee funds be asked to hand over the funds under their charge, as the money would be wanted at an early date. Or. Bird seconded, and the motion was carried. i ACCOUNTS. Accounts to the amount of £109 10s lOd weie passed for payment, and the Council, adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2507, 2 September 1890

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2507, 2 September 1890

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