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The usual fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council was held at. the Council Chambers last evening. Present— Hip Worship r!>e Mayor (Mr il. D:ivis), find Cis. 0. Koid, J. Davieon, J. W. Titnmm-'. P. Stewart, R. Clark,«. W. Andrews,' and W. J. Silcook. Apologies wore received . from Cis A. On- and F. Forriinnn. BOROUGH FINANCES. The Mayor reported that^bhe balance at the Bank stood h(; Cr. ,£24 UU 6<i. £185 7s 9d had been received sines List meeting. cok sesponiihn; b. Correspondence was dealt with ai und r : From Asfiburfcon County Council, asking payment of Borough Council's contributions to Hospital and Traffic bridge »cC'>uuta.— Pueceivad and amounts pssse;! for inymyut. From Hon. Sec. Ashuurton Acclimatisation fcjociofcy, ti proposed closing of ro.ul lwirfiug to the Htjach, and pro tO3tiflg against such closing.-—Keceived. 'i'iie Blayor said hf-i had interviewed Mr Shxiry ou this niattar, and agreed with him that the closing of the road to the Beach would baa great mistake. Cra. Andrews, Eeid and Silcouk, considered that it would be advisable to protest against the closing of the road. Cr. Stewart said he would oppose the idea of the road being closed, if the land were to be sold. Thero was another road, however, by which, access could ba gained to the Beach. j At the suggestion of Cr Davison, it was I decided to write to the County Council ! strongly protesting against the proposed closing of tha road by the Wakanui Eoad Board. From the Hampstaad Towd Board, asking that South Street be opened up, and that five chains o" footpath on S.K. Beit be formed.—Received, and both matters referred to the Works Committee for consideration. From the Secretary Ashburton Fire Brigade asking for payment of half-yearly subsidy, ,£so.—Received, and amount passed for payment. REPORT OF LIGHTING COMMITTEE. 1. Petition for Lamps.—Your Committee have considered the applications for street; lampl?, and would recommend! as follows :— a. Corner of Aitken street and Caas j street.—That a lamp be erected at this I corner. b. Corner of Moore atretit and Park street.—That the application for a lamp at this corner be not granted ac the present time. c. Corner of Wills street and Winter street.—That this application for a lamp be not entertained at the present time. d. Corner of Havelook street and N.W. Belt.—That a lamp be erected at this corner, the Upper Ashburton Koad Board to pay half the cost of erection and maintenance. 2. Street Lamps.—Your Committee recommend that two lamps, which have nut specially been applied for, be erected, one at the corner of Aitken and William street, and one at the corner of Peter street and Walker street. 3. Gas Company.—lf the above recommendations are adopted by the Council, your Committee ask that the Gas Company be written to requesting them to at once lay the mains where necessary to the lamps to be erected, and that the Itunp3 be Only erected m the event of a favourable reply being received. 4. Lamp at the Corner Wakanui Eoad and S.B. Belt.—Your Committee recommend that the Gas Company be asked to lay a gas main to this lamp, and that the Hampstead Town Board be requested to pay half the cost of lighting and maintaining this lamp. 5. Lump at Corner of Petor Street and Wakanui Road.—Your Committee would recommend that this lamp be moved about 2£- chains up Poter 3treet to its junction with William street, as m the opinion of this Committee the lamp will be of more servipe m this new position. In moving the adoption of the report, Cr Timtnina explained that as the Lighting .Committee could only afford four new lamps this your, they had recommended lamps to be erected only m those neighborhoods where the oldest ratepayers of the Borough resided. Ie was fully recognised that many more Limps ware necessity, m addition to those asked for. TheM-vyor said that it would have bsen better.for tne C <m»utcee to have granted lamps m localities where petitions had been forwarded to the Council, m preference to places whtre there had been no demand for more lighting. Cr 'i'imiiiina said the Committee wore unanimously of opinion thatil' their recommendations were carried out; the lamps would be placed where the]r were most needed by the general public. Cc Stewart said that m the case of one petition the number of houseu we-e Btnall m the locality, and there was already a lamp within five chains of the spot where a new lamp was wanted. Cr Reid supported the Mayor's contention that petitioners should leceive preference m allotting lamps. Cr Clark thoiight that on the preference theory the applications of six months ago should be granted before more recent petitions were granted. Cr Hilcock thought that many of those who signed the petitions for lamps were not ratepayers, and therefore required no special consideration. Cr Timmins said that the difficulty m allotting lamps was one of the troubles contingent upon the adoption of a Is 6d rate. The Mayor said Cr Timmins was making use of his position as Chairman of the Lighting Committee m order 1;o throw discredit on the low rate. He was sorry they had such a Chairman. Cr Timmins waß sorry they had such a Mayor. He must ask the same respect from the chair which was required from him by the chair. The position taken up by the Lighting Committee was not due to his being Chairman of that Committee. After a very lengthy discussion, Cr. Tiramins moved that lamps be erected at the corners of Moore and Park streets and Wills street and Winter streets, subclauses b and c being eliminated from the report. The amendment was lost on the casting vote of the Mayor. The report as a whole wa3 adopted without alteration. REPORT OF RESERVES COMMITTEE. Your Committee beg to report that they considered Mr T. Eollitt's application to hav'j Reserve 771 submitted for a 21 years' Glasgow lease on the conditions adopted by the Council. The lease will be offered [ by pubHo auction by Mr D. Thomas at his Arcade Horse Bazaar on Saturday, Bth July next, and your Committee have fixed the following upset rentals, via :—For the first term of 7 years, £20 per annum, for the second period of 7 year 3, £40 per au • num, and for the balance of the period ,£4O per annum. The report was adopted unanimously. REPOBT OF FIRE BRIGADE COMMITTEE. j Turncock —The resignation of Turncock MacKay has been- received, and lit is recommended that the matter of making a first appointment be left m the hands of your committee. Fire Alarm Tolls. — Your committee recommend that the system of tolls by the Fire bell to denote the locality of the fire, which waß adopted some years ago by the Council, should be made more widely known to the public by publishing the same through the newspapers and tha erection of a board at the brigade station with the system of Tolls printed thereou. The system of tolls formerly was a3 follows .-—For fire m Allenton, one toll; for fire m Borough to the N.W. of Railway, two tolls; for fire m Borough to the S.E. of Railway, three tolls; for fire m Hampstead, four tolls. Doors at Fire Station.—lnstead of erecting now doors at the Fire Brigade Station, your committee recommend that certain alterations be mado to the present doora so that they may open more easily. Hook and Ladder Carriage.—Your Committee recommend that the Hook and Ladder Cariiago be altered so that it can be attached to the rear of the curricle fira engine and so taken to tha scene oi: fire more quickly than tha present method of pulling it; by hand. The total cost of carrying out this work and making the necessary alterations to the doors will be about .SIO. Report adopted unanimously. WORKS COMMITTEE REPORT. Cr Reid reported on behalf of the Work a Committee that the Foreman had m course of construction a cheap device for removing enow from footpaths. A footbridge had been constructed on East Street, crossing fcha gutter facing the post office door.— Received, ' INSPECTOR Off NUISANCES' REPORT. i The Inspector reported on sanitary inspection, etc., undertaken since last meeting. Two cyclists had been caught I riding on footpaths within the Borough. i ---Report received and adopted. It was ikeided to prosecute the cyclists men- , turned.

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FORTNIGHTLY MEETING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6600, 20 June 1905

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FORTNIGHTLY MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6600, 20 June 1905