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The council last evening received the following correspondence relating to ; the matter of establishing a depot for the sale of milk in the Borough: — Mr Orbell, Borough Solicitor, wrote j statins: that the powers of a council as | regards contracts were limited to- conj tracts made for the purpose of carrying, into effect any work or undertaking : authorised either generally or speeifL- : cally by the Municipal Corporations Act or authorised specifically by any otherAct of Parliament. There was no such authority as regards contracts for the j purchase and sale of milk, and he was ; accordingly of opinion that the council j had no power to establish a milk depot ■as suggested. The power could no ■ doubt be obtained by a local Act of Parliament, as had been done in Wellington and Christchurch and possibly in other towns. The Mayor explained that when the scarcity of milk was causing a. mild | panic he decided to obtain the opinion lof the solicitor. He (the Mayor) also : explained that he had waited on the j Ashburton Dairy Company in regard to j obtaining a supply of milk, and. the company offered the milk at. Black - I bridge at Is per gallon. In the meani time arrangements were made with the |. milk vendor, and the arrangement apj peared to work satisfactorily. Other i milkmen had informed him that they were anxious to sell milk from a depot. He considered a depot would pay handsomely, and there was every probai bility of one being opened by private enterprise at an early date. The crisis as far as the public was concerned had passed, and lie wished to state that he j did not think the vendor who gave up his round showed very much consideration to the public. Cr. Vesty said he heard that the vendor's round did not pay him. Cr. Kerr said the Mayor deserved the thanks of the council for doing what he could to obtain a supply. He considered that the council should keep its eyes open in case of a similar occur- ' ; l'ence in future. They were at the mercy of the milkmen, who could give, up at any time. : Cr. Vesty said he hoped that if a similar crisis took .place in the future the same prompt action would be taken. Cr. Wjitson said his experience

showed that the milk vendors did not show much consideration. He considered a depot in the centre of" -the town would be a great convenience and a payable concern. It would also be a great convenience for a thirsty person to be able to purchase a glass of milk. Or. Ferriman said he thought it would be preferable to leave the depots to private enterprise. Mr F. E. ,Amos, milk vendor, wrote statins: that he would be, willing to supply, milk at; 5d per quart arid to control a depot, providing the council' would find the necessary" premises and par the rent thereof. Should the arrangements prove satisfactory after three mouths' trial, he would be prepared to pay a small rental for the premises. The public would be' much better served from a central depot, and the quality of the milk would be much better than when carted round the town and continually churned up. The reading of the letter caused considerable laughter. The Mayor said he considered the letter was pure and - unadulterated. .The man was not satisfied with doing a. good thing, but wanted the council to make it better. It was the limit. A councillor: " Enterprise." The Mayor went on to say that the other milkmen would have something to say if the council assisted in this matter as suggested by Mr Amos. Cr McElrea said the council might fit a depot and let the milkmen tender for the use of it. The council could also stipulate that the milk should be sold at. 4d per quart, and the town would benefit. The Mayor said they would either have in let the milk go to private enterprise or go the whole hog and open a municipal depot._ Cr. McElrea said the stand in the open was not satisfactory for children going for milk in the winter and having to wait in the open. Cr. Vesty suggested that the matter should be referred to a committee to investigate and find out how the council would be situated in regard to price, etc. Cr. Ferriman said the matter should come up at the Municipal Conference, and make it optional for all councils to

open depots if necessary. He considered children could wait at the cart just as well as they could wait outside picture shows. Both letters were then received, and no action was taken. The Mayor said he would keep the matter of a remit to the conference in view.

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MILK SUPPLY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919

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MILK SUPPLY Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919