The usual fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council took place last evening. Present—His Worship the Mayor (Mr H. Davis), and Crs P. Stewart, F. Ferriman, J. Davison, R. Clark, G. W. Andrews. C. Reid, Armer Orr, J. W. Timmins, and W. Silcock. THE MIS3ING ROPK, ETC. The Mayor reported that he had interviewed the man in charge of the rubbish shoot, and the man had promised to return a rope which had been accidentally sent there. The man said he would have returned the rope when first asked if he had not been bullied. The volume of Cyclopaedia Britannic^ reported as being missing from the library, wa3 merely out of its place, and had never been out of the library building. FINANCE. The Mayor reported that the balance at the bank stood at Cr .£57 8s 2d. Receipts since last meeting amounted to £71 9s. CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence was dealt with as under: —From the Colonial Secretary, acknowledging election of Mayor.—Received. I. From Mr J. C. Bell, applying for reducj tion of assessment on certain property | within the Borough.—Received. Cr Timmins moved that the reduction be granted, the house on the property in question having been removed. The Mayor said that if a reduction were j made there was nothing to prevent the owner re-building. Cr Stewart suggested that a rebate be granted in six months' time. That course was decided upon. From the Hon. Secretary of the Ashburton County Brass Band, forwarding copy of annual report and balance sheet.—Received. PETITION RE LIGHTING. A petition was received from a number of residents requesting that a lamp be placed on the telegraph post on the corner of Wills and Winter Streets.—Received. A similar petition was received in respect of a lamp wanted on the corner of Aitken and Cass Streets.—Received. The petitious were referred to the Lighting Committee to report thereon. REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE RB SUGGESTIONS TO MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION OF N.Z. Your Committee have the honour to report that they have considered several matters which in their opinion should receive the attention of the Legislative and Executive Committee Meeting of the Municipal Association to be held in July next, and would recommend that it be asked to bring the following before the Legislature:— 1. Charitable Aid.—That smaller Charitable Aid districts should be formed with larger representation from the local bodies. 2. Domain Board's Act.—That the Domain Board's Act of 1904 be amended by allowing local bodies, who contribute to the upkeep of a public Domain, to have representation on that Domain Board, when the Board happens to be another local body, 3. Hawkers.—That travellers who canvass for orders with samples, the goods for which are subsequently forwarded, be compelled to be licensed as hawkers within the meaning of the "Municipal Corporations Act." Cr Silcock moved as a remit that pigs be placed on the same footing as other animals in respect to the slaughtering provisions of the Abattoirs Act.—Carried. Cr Clark thought that now that the State was undertaking fire insurance, the time was opportune for asking for Strtte assistance for Fire Brigades. He moved that this matter be remitted to the Conference. Seconded by Cr Silcock, and carried. Cr Andrews thought something might be done on the direction of penalising ratepayers wfeo did not exercise their votes at Borough elections, etc. The Mayor said that many suggestions had been made as to the penalty to be applied, but it was very difficult to arrange matters so as to do no injustice. The report was adopted with the additions thereto. RESERVES COMMITTEE'S REPORT. 1, Mr F. Standish's Application.—Your Committee recommend that this application be granted, and that the present lessee of Reserve T.S. 1146, be given notice that at the end of his yearly term, the i lease of this reserve will again be submitted to public tender. 2. Mr Ager's Lease of T.S. 1108-9.—With respect to this lease, which is not yet signed, your Committee would recommend that, subject to Mr Ager's consent, and provided he undertakes to again tender for those sections at a rental not lees than that now accepted by this Council, this reserve be again submitted to public tender. The report was adopted. REPORT OP THE WORKS COMMITTEE. 1. Street Name-Plates.—ln view of there being many more necessary works to be carried out by the Council, and seeing that only als 6d rate is being struck this year to carry out such works, your Committee cannot see its way at present to recommend the Council to have street name-plates affixed to the corners ©f the streets within ■ the Borough, and that Messrs Weeks, Ltd., be informed to this effect. 2. Mulford's Application.—After hearing the foreman's explanation on this matter, your Committee recommend that Mr Mulford be informed'that his application cannot be complied with, and further that the Town Clerk be instructed to furnish each member of the labqui gang with the necessary particulars as to the steps required to be taken to obtain the accident insuranoe under the Workmen's Compensation Act. 3. Borough Solicitor.—Your Committee reoommend that applications be invited for the position of Borough solicitor. 4. Metalling Streets.—Your Committee recommend that tenders be invited for a supply of shingle for metalling the streets and footpaths, and that alternative prices be asked for both screened and unaoreened shingle. In discussion on Clause 2, Cr. Silcock thought the foreman should give casual hands the particulars as to accident insurance. Cr. Reid thought that the information should be in " black and white," and, there- j fore, the Town Clerk was the proper person to supply it. I Cr. Ferriman supported Cr. Reid, and I said every employee of the Council should have a typewritten copy of these particulars. Cr. Silcock said the particulars should be printed and given to the foreman. The foreman could give out the papers to employee', taking their receipts in a special book. The report was then adopted without further discussion. INSPECTOR OF NUISANCSS* REPORT. The Inspector reported on sanitary inspection undertaken during the past fortnight. One house had been fumigated,— Eeceived. FOREMAN OF WORKS' REPORT. The Foreman reported on the work of the past fortnight, He had giyen notice to one lessee of a reserve to put fences in order, but nothing had been done in the way of repairs.—Received. It was decided to notify the leasee that | he must repair his fences within seven days. ! The report was adopted. TENDERS, The Mayor stated that no tenders had been received for a supply of chaff for the Council's horses. The matter of purchasing chaff and hay required was left in the hands of the Chairman of the Works Committee. CkF.ANING A WATER RACE Cr Reid moved that all silt in the Council's water race bs removed at once. —Carried. NEW BUSINESS. Cr Timmins brought up the matter of holes in asphalt foot pathiag within the Borough. Cr tteid said the Works Committee intended making inspection of the footpaths with a view to repairing same. Cr Clark moved that the Town Clerk be requested to prepare a return of the cost of repairs recently undertaken to a leaking pipe in West Street.—Carried. Cr Clark moved that the name of Cr Silcock be added to thp Abattoirs Committee, The Mayor said that perhaps Cr Silcock having interest as a butcher, would prefer not to sit on this Committee, Cr Silo«ck said he would be prepared to take a seat on the Abattoir Committee, if his name were taken off the list of some other Committee. Cr Timmins thought that it would perhaps be hardly wise for Cr Silcock to sit on the Abattoirs Committee. He would not, however, oppose tho motion. Cr Reid supported Cr Timmins' view of the matter. Cr Andrews thought it would be a good
thing for the butchers to have a representative on the Abattoirs Committee* Cr Clark gave notice to bring forward hie motion at next meeting of the Council. Or Stewart said people were dumping rubbish on the North East Belt. The Mayor said the Inspector would bo instructed to make enquiries into this matter. Cr Silcook said he had noticed the doors of street lamps were allowed to swing loose in the wind. It was resolved that the Gas Company bo written to on this matter. Cr Timmins moved that the Inspector be asked to investigate a number of noxious weeds cases.—Carried. Cr Ferriman moved that a reward be offered to any person giving evidence that will lead to the conviction of persons writing obscene language on the footpaths or in the Domain.—Carried. TENDER FOR RIVKBBCD LEASES The tender of A. Spring (jGLI 6a) was accepted for riverbed paddock No 2. TENDERS, The tender of M. Moriarty for the supply of carrots for the Council's horses was accepted. LICENSES. One carriage license (G. Crooks), one drivers' license (G. Crooks), and one public building liceuso (T. Lichtwark) were granted. ACCOUNTS. Accounts amounting to ;2104 9s lOd were passed for payment. The Council then sat as a DOMAIN BOARD. CORRESPONDENCE. From the Ashburton Acclimatisation Society, asking permission to construct a fish hatchery in the Domain, if the water should prove suitable.—Received. The Mayor said that a reply had been sent to the effect that there was no objection to the construction of a hatchery as suggested. The Mayor's action was endorsed. From the Sports Association, asking on behalf of the Rugby Union that a " close day " in the local Domain be advertised for the Prince of Wales' Birthday. It was suggested that the Council advise the Association to apply to the Retailers' Association with a view to finding out on what day the holiday should be kept. It was ultimately decided to advertise Monday as the " close day." DOMAIN COMMITTEE'S REPORT. Your Committee beg to report that they have considered the report of the Special Committee in conference with the Sports Association on the matter of erecting a pavilion and grandstand in the Domain, and would recommend that on receiving a representative requisition from the ratepayers of the Borough asking the Mayor to call a public meeting to consider this question, the request should be complied with. The report was received, and adopted without discussion. curator's report. The curator reported on the work of the past fortnight. He had recently visited Elderslie and Oamaru, and was given a number of cuttings. He asked that an assistant be employed for a few weeks. If the Domain Board took over the maintenance of the sports grounds for another year, he would like to have the services of a trained assistant. The allowed for wages by the Bowling Club had been expended in accordance with the Club's wishes. The report was received. In reply to a question by Mr Clark, the Town Clerk read a return, prepared by the curator, showing that .£lO7 15s had been expended in sports grounds maintenance (wages, etc) during the past year. Only about £40 of this account was spent in extra wages over and above those usually paid for the upkeep of the Domain proper. The clause as to the employment of a 1 trained assistant was referred to the Domain Committee for consideration. The report was adopted. Mr Reid thought the curator's statement of sports grounds expenditure was eminently satisfactory, A great deal of work had been done for the money 6pent. The Mayor said the working of the Domain was cheaper last year than under any other curator, and the work done spoke for itself. Mr Stewart said the Domain never looked better than it did during the past few months. The meeting then adjourned.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6577, 23 May 1905
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