The first meeting of the newly elected Borough Council, took pUce last evening. Present—His Worship the Mayor (Mr H. Davis), andCrs J. Davison, G. W. Andrews, P. Stewart, E. Clark, Armor Or-, 0. Reid, J. W. Tituuiins, W. J. JSilcoo'*, and F. Ferriman. RETURNING, OFFICER'S REPORT. The Returning Officer read the return of the names of the newly elected Councillors. —Return received. WELCOME TO NEW COUNCILLORS. The Mayor briefly welcomed tho new Councillors, aid regretted the lack of punctuality on part of members. At 7.30 only five Councillors were present, and at the time he was speaking (18 minutes to 8) two Councillors were absent. Councillor Silcock here took his seat. FINANCE. The Mayor reported that tho bilance at the Bank stood at cr. £151 11s Id; since last mooting JJL767 15s 9d had been received, including temporary deposit loan of £1600. CORRESPONDENCE. ' Correspondence was dealt with as under: From the Ashburton County Council, asking grant of £16 0s sd, on account of traffic bridge.—Received, and amount passed for payment. From the same, agreeing to this Council's proposals re small bird destruction arrangements.—The Mayor explained the Borough Council's position m this matter. —Ttie letter was received. From the Town Clerk, Sydney, forwardin? report re oil treatment for streets.— Eeceived. The report was handed to Cr Timmins, who had asked that the report be obtained. Considerotion vsras held over till next meeting. From Messrs Bell & Bradfute, of Edinburgh, advising shipment of books for the library.—Received. . From the Secretary of the Municipal Association of New Zealand, re meeting of Executive and Legislative Committees to be held early next July, a (-kin? for remits and suggestions for consideration at the meetings.—Received. A committee consisting of tho Mayor and Crs Clark and Davison was set up to consider the matter. From Mobs s H J. Weeks & Co. Ltd., forwarding sample street plate, and quotations for svme.—Received. The matter was referred to the Works Committee. From Me A. Mulford, a3king permission to wait on Council at next meeting.—Received. Mr Mnlford then came m, and stated that he had been a casual employee of the Council, and while on Council woi k had injured his arm, and had lost time as the result of hia injuries. The Mayor ssid that the foreman stated Mr Mulford had not been to the doctor, and no certificate of injury'being forthcoming, the Council xsould get no insurance m this matter. The foreman also stated that m his opinion the injury was not sustained while the man was m the Council's employ. Mr Mnlford 6avd that the foreman had nor asked him to go and see a doctor. Cr Ferriman here took his seat. Mr Mulford having withdrawn, it was decided to refer the matter to the, Works Committee. From Mr F. Standish, asking that T.S. 1146 be put up for auction. —Received. The matter was referred to the Reserves Committee, to report at next meeting. From the General Manager of the State Fire Insurance Office, asking for the Council's insurances.—Received. Cr Ferriman thought the lesa insuranoe the State got at present rates, the better for the State. It was unpatriotic to give the State insurances. The matter was referred to the Finance Committee for consideration. From the Minister of Mines, forwarding copies of correspondence re railway latrines, stating that the condition of the latrines had been much exaggerated, and no alteration could be made.—Received. Cr Timminp suggested that some " person having authority " be taken where he could sniff the latrines. Cr Reid suggested that a photograph of " those beautiful buildings "—the latrinesbe sent to Wellington. The Mayor &aid the latrines were a " dirty, Btinking, filthy place !" It was decided to approve the Mayor's action m stirring up the authorities on this matter. From Mr F. Ferriman, asking the Council's consent to mortgage, Steel to Wilson. —Received. It was decided to affix the Borough seal to the document. TOWN CLERK'S REPORT. The Town Clerk reported thafc five oases of scarlatina and.one of tuberculosis had been reported to him as within the Borough during the past fortnight}. The report was received. INSPECTOR OP NUISANCES' REPORT. The Inspector reported on sanitary inspection undertaken since last meeting. The report was read and adopted. Cr Ferriman asked if noxious weeds were under this Inspector's jurisdiction, as there < were weeds on the Government railway reserves. ) The Mayor said the Inspector would report the matter to the proper authorities. FOREMAN OF WORKS* REPORT. The Foreman reported on the work of the past fortnight. One of the water rangers asked for 9 days' leave of absence. The report was rooeived and adopted, and leave granted as asked. It was decided to call tenders for chaff and carrots required for the Council's horses. FIRE INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Fire Inspector reported on the recent fire at J. H. Jewitt's shop.—Received. QUESTIONS. Cr Clark asked if anybody knew the whereabouts of Volume 23 of the 'Cyclopaedia Biifcannica, which was missing from the Library reading room.l The matter was referred to the Library Committee with power to act. Cr Clark askefj. tho Chairman of the old Woiks Comm.ttee why the pipes near the Cameron street West sump still leaked. Cr Davison siid the only explanation was that there were two or three leaks m the pipe, which had not been get-at-able when recent repairs were effected. Cr Timmins asked if the Council had employed any casual labour at the present time. He had noticed mea carting soil from the Old Men's Home recently. There was much work which more urgently needed to be done m the Borough. Cr Reid protesting, it was decided to bring up the matter as new business. Cr Silcock referred to the request of Mr F. Standish for a reserve to be put up to auction. He asked if any of the Council's lessees on yearly lease had a right of renewal. The Mayor explained that there was no right of renewal implied, Cr Forriman asked if any steps would be taken to observe Empire Day, if only to the extent of hoisting a flag over the Council buildings. ; The Mayor explained that the Retail i Traders' Association generally arranged , holidays. Cr Ferriman moved that tradespeople be requested to hoist their flags on Empire Day. Cr Timmins seconded the motion, which was carried. Cr Clark asked if the "man employed on the dumping " were an employee of the Council. A valuable piece of wire rope from Messrs P. and D. Duncan's yard had bee a taken to the ground by mistake, and the man m charge refused to give it up. j It was deoided to take steps to see that j the wire rope was returned. CHARITABLE AID RETURN. The Mayor distributed to members copies of a list of persons receiving Charitable Aid m the distriot. THE ESTIMATES. The Mayor said that the question of the basis of rating for the enauing year was now open for discussion. Copies of the alternative estimates, based on Is 6d and Is 9d rate, were supplied to Councillors. It was decided not to discuss the estimates item by item, but to accept the estimates and discuss merely the basis of rating. Cr Ferriman thought that the Is 6d rate would be quite sufficient for all practical purposes. He moved that als 6d rate be struck. Cr Silcook seconded the motion, He understood the work of the Council last year wa3 actually done by the expenditure of the equivalent of a Is rate; surely, therefore, a Is 6d rate would be sufficient this year. The Mayor explained that the interest on the loan and the reduction of the overdraft had absorbed muoh revenue lastlyear.
Ifc was time that maintenance work could have been carried out on a Is rate, but interest oa the loan and provision for sinking fund muat be made. Cr Davisron said that a Is 6d rate would mean either the borrowing of more money, or no n«w asphalting, no now channelling, no improvement?. Or Andrews po;nted that £200 wis provided for asphalting and £75 for channelling undor the Is 6d estimates, Cr Tiinmins said that necessary repairs made a large hole m the estimates. He took it that the great'"thing the Council wanted to do was to save expense. A 3d rate meant about 5s per annum to every ratepayer, but it meant £300 odd for the Borough to spend on necessary improvements. It was nonsense to talk of a Is 6d rate if the town was to progress at all. For Instance, the item .£l3O for contingencies on the Is 6d rate basis was inadequate m the face of the fact that last year contingencies ran away with £190. The Mayor said that «he Rifle Butts bridge accounted for about £70 of that amount. Cr Timmins said he had an idea that East Street was to be channelled last year. That was not done, and several other things were neglected. If this took place under a2s rate, what would happen if they reduced the rate to Is 6d. Cr Ferriman said that the main difference between the two estimates was the amount allowed for contingencies—,£2sß on the Is 9d basis and £130 on the Is 6d basis. Cr Reid thought that it was possible for much work to be done on the Is 6d basis, and with judicious management [the Council could carry on under that basis. The Mayor said that he was quite sure they could very easily spend a 6s rate, but for all that, it was possible to carry on with als 6d rate. The Council's pay-sheet had riseu of late years from £19 to .£33 per fortnight. The men bad not been put off for harvesting recently. Cr Davison —" Well you can't do the work without the men !" The Mayor said that it was evident that expenditure could be curtailed m. many directions. They had caved the ratepayers £900 off the overdraft, and they knew that every .£IOO of over draft meant a penny m the rates, and he was satisfied that even a Is 3d rate would not be out of place. Cr Ferriman said that low rates would cause m enhancement of property values inJAshburton which might possibly counterbalance the deficiency m the rates. The motion m favour of a la 6d rate was (•arried, Crs Davison, Timmins and Stewart dissenting. Cr Reid moved, and Cr Andrews seconded, that the estimates on the Is 6d basis be adopted—Carried. TENDERS FOB RESERVES. The tender of Mra J. Hyland was accepted for the lease of riverbed reserve No. 1, at a rental of £18. The tender of Mr W. Huston was accepted for the lease of riverbed reserve No. 3,"at a rental of £16. It was decided to call for tenders for paddock No. 2. APPOINTMENT OE 1 COMMITTEES. Committnes were appointed as follows:— Works Committee —Crs Reid (Chairman) Davison, Stewart, Andrews, and Silcock ; Reserves Committee-rCrs Davison (Chairman) Clark, Reid, Ferriman and Urr; Lighting Committee—-Crs. Timmins (Chairman), Clark, Andrews, Stewart, and Orr; Fire Brigade Committee—Crs. Clark (Chairman), Timmins, Orr, Ferriman, and Andrews ; Abbatoir Committee—The Mayor (Chairman), Crs. Reid and Timmins; Finance Committee— Cm Ferriman (Chairman) Davison, and Reid; Sanitary Committee— Crs. Stewart (Chairman), Tiratnins and Silcock; Bye-Laws Committee—Crs Andrews (Chairman), Davison, Orr and Reid Cr. Timminn suggested that outsiders be elected a Library Committee, us the last Committee, elected from the Council, never attended Committee meetings, he (as Chairman) being • the only person who ever attended. Or, Reid suggested that the Committee include both Councillors and outsiders. Cc 3 Orr (Chairman), Timmin3, Ferriman Andrews and Silcock were elected members of the Library Committee, with power to elect tour members from outaide the Council. Band Oommittea—Crs. Eeidand Timmins. LICENBES. Seven licenses to sell meat, three licenses to sell milk, two drivers' and two carriers' licenses were granted. ACCOUNTS. Accounts to the value of £178 2s 6d were passed for payment. The Council then sat as a DOMAIN BOARD. The Town Clerk reported receipt of subsidy of £100 from the County Council. It was decided to thank the County Council. . CUBA.TOtt'B BEPOBT. The curator reported the receipt of cuttings from the Mayor, Cr Timmins, and Messrs Salter and Paul. The curator also reported on the work of the past fortnight, and said he required 100 loads of soil for top dressing the grounds. He asked that the Football Clubs be requested to remove all flags,.from the playing grounds at the finish of play. lhe report was received. The request of soil was granted, and it was decided to ask the Sports Association to see that the flags were removed as requested. BEPORT OP SPECIAL COMMITTEE RE PAVILION. The report of the above Special Committee, whioh wa3 referred to the new Board, Was then read, and the recommendation from the old Board that the raising of a special 3d rate to provide the cost of the pavilion be considered. Mr Timmins moved the adoption of the report, and that the proposal re a special rate be placed before the ratepayers. Mr Ferriman was of opinion that there was no possibility of the ratepayers approving the expenditure of £700 m this direction. Mr Davison supported the proposal to raise a special 3d rate for two years to pay for the pavilion. He seconded the adoption of the report pro forma. Mr Clark was opposed to raising a special rate. He thought the money could be otherwise raised. Mr Reid spoke m a similar strain. Mr Timmine moved that the report be adopted, with the deletion of Clause 1, so as to provide only for the calling of a meeting of ratepayers to consider the matter. Mr Silcock moved a* an amendment, that the matter be referred to the Domain Committee for further consideration. Mr Ferriman seconded the amendment. Mr Timmins withdrew his motion, and the amendment was put and carried. Mr Davison was appointed Chairman of the Domain Committee (which is identical with the Works Committee.) The meeting then adjourned,
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