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The fortnightly meeting of the Borough Cotuicii was held last evening, the members present being:—The Mayor (Mr R. tiaibraith), Crs. F: Z. D. Ferriman,, R. Kerr, W. G. Hiilier, H. It. C. Moßla-ea, W. Osman, J. Watson, A. J. Grigg, H. A. Vesty, and F. W. Watt.

Before commencing the ordinary business, the Mayor stated that ho wished to welcome back the old cbunciUlors, and aiiso to extend a welcomo to Cr. Osman. The latter was taking the place of a very useful member in Cr. Buchanan, but Cr. Osman was a young man who had made a sucoess of 'his own business, and he (the Mayor) felt confident he wuld do well for tlip town in his capacity as a councillor. Cr. Watt said he wou'Jd like to move "That tho councillors place on record their pleasure at the result of the rooent poll for the Lyttelton Harbour Board, at which the Mayor was returned at the head of tho list." Cr. Watt said the result of that election had bz'ought great pleasure to every , councillor. While they knew that the 'Mayor was held-in. high esteem in the I Borough, they did not forseo that a | resident -would have established shell high esteem in the country .districts.' In placing the Mayor at the head of the poll, the country residents, combined with the Borough, had shown good judgment. Cr. Watson seconded the motion, and stated that they had heard a good deal regarding the feeling of town rucrninst country, but the result of the poll, showed that the country people recognised the worth in this instance of the man in the town. He hoped the j year would be particularly happy for the Mayor both on the Council and the Harbour Board. ; Cr. MeElres" endorsed the sentiments • expressed by the previous, speakers. He stated that he would also like to pay a tribute to the services given by the retiring councillor (Mr G. H. Buchanan), who had done a great deal of valuable work on the Council. Cr. Ferriman endorsed tne remarks of the previous speakers. j ■ Cr. Watt stated that as tho installation would take place at next meeting, they could then take steps to place on record their appreciation of Or. Buchanan's services. I Cr. HiMier said lie was pleased to see the Mayor placed at the head of the poll. He hoped the Mayor would experience no difficulty in getting along with the members of the Harbour Board. In times past the board had a ' reputation for quarrelling. He considered the ratepayers of the Borough and County could safely leave the guarding of their interests in the hands of the Mayor. The motion was then carried unanimously. The Mayor thanked the, councillors, J and stated it was an agreeable surprise to him to receive such cordial support at the poll, and made him feel very proud. The liberal County support had no doubt been given nim as a reward for services during the war period. Cr. Osman then thanked, the Mayor, and stated that he would do his best to serve the ratepayers, while on the Council. , . The Mayor reported a debit balance on the Temporary Loans, Account of £5050, and a debit balano© at> the Bank of New Zealand of £3150 Is Id, making an actual overdraft of £8200 j Is Id. The receipts since last meeting aggregated £474 Is sd, and included: Rente £246 Is 2d 3 abattoir account £98 lls 4d, (Domain account £51, High Pressure Water £22 17s 3d, fire prevention £17. rates £20 7s lld 3 library account £5 6s, fees and fines £2 15s, removal of rubbish, etc.. £6 Os 9d, dog tax £1 10s, sundries £2 12s. CORRESPONIDENCE. The Secretary ot tho G.P.0., Wellington, wrote stating ; that he regretted the Council's request to arrange for saving bank account* to be withdrawn on demand could not be acceded, to.—'Referred to the Finance Committee to report. Mr J. W. Bowdon, accountant, wrote stating that ho had inspected the books of the Electric Supply Co., with a view to ascertaining the liability of j tho company to the Council for cur- | rent supplied. Under Clause 6of the agreement the company is called upon to pay 50 per cent, of the total gross debits for tho sale of current for the year ending January 31, 1919, to include amounts in suspense as unpaid at the time of installing meters. In his opinion the total amount of gross ■debits'-for ,the year, including outstanding amounta, was £8695 2s 4d.—'Referred to the Finance Committee. •-• TJio Ashburton County Council wrote stating that, in reply to a letter to the Minister, the council had been informed through'"- Lieutenant Blathwayt that war trophies would be distributed between the towns in the group and locality in which the headquarters of each reaiment was situated. The coun- j oil asked the, Borough Council if it I 1 would look after the interests of the ; 1 County in this matter, and. endeavour : ' to obtain some,slight recognition,of the.' 1 services the County Had rendered dur- ! 1 mc the war.—lt-was decided to write j • to Headquarters of the.,-. Defence De- ] partment at Timaru regarding tho j trophies. . j The Director o£ Education wrote stating that in regard to peace medals for school children the Government was " in communication with the High Com- ' ■ missioner with, a view to ascertaining " what, was being done in England in 1 regard to issuing medals, and is arrang- ! ing for a supply of medals for distribui- tion in the Dominion. It did not seem i likely that the distribution in the Doi minion could be made daring the peace ! celebrations.—Received. 5 Dr. Ohesson, District Health Officer, J wrote statinc that Inspector Johnson I had recently investigated premises in 5 Aitken Street where the tenant had 3 contracted influenza. The floors of the house were worm-eaten, and in three rooms holes exist in the floors. Di\ > Chesson asked tho council to take the necessary steps to have repairs effected and to inform him when the work had been done. —Referred to the Sanitary Committee. , 1 The Finance, By-laws, and Fire Brii crade Committees recommended: —(1) 1 That Messrs R. Galbraith and Hugo ■ Friedlander be appointed commissioners , of the sinking fund of the high-pressure - water supply extension loan of £1800; - (2) that, the question of equipping the ladder carriage with motor power be referred to an early meeting of the new . council': (3) that the employees' application to' ioin the National Provident • Fund!be referred to an early meeting of the new council for favourable consideration; (4) that the existing by-law relating to the storage of .dangerous repealed, and that the Boroueh Solicitor draw up a new by-law based on the Timarii Borough 'Council's

The Finance, By-laws, and Fire Brigade Committees recommended: —(1) That Messrs R. Galbraith and Hugo Friedlander be appointed commissioners of the sinking; fund of the high-pressure water supply extension loan of £1800; (2) tliat, the question of equipping the ladder carriage with motor power be referred/to an early meeting of the new council': (3) that the employees' application to 1 ioin the National Provident Fund!be referred to an early meeting of the new council for favourable consideration; (4) that the existing by-law relatinc ■to the storage of .dangerous goods 'be repealed, and that the Borough Solicitor draw up a new by-law based on the Tmiarii Borough 'Council's

by-law, but permitting the storage, without license, of five cases of petroleum by persons not dealers,—ln discussing Clauste 4, Cr. Vesty said he thought the number should be made 10 oases instead of five.—Cr. Ferriman said the fire insurance companies might look with alarm on the matter. He also thought that brick buildings should be used to-store'large'quantities.—The report was adopted. The Works Committee recommended: (1) That Eaßt Street, from the Post Office to North-East Belt, be graded; (2) that tenders be called for cutting firewood from trees on river-bed reserves and stacking it in single cords. Or. Grigg and the foreman to select the trees to be cut down; and that, later, trees on these reserves suitable for timber be offered at a royalty at per . 100 feet of sawn timber.-—ln discussing \ Clause (1), Cr. Watt asked how it was intended to grade the street. —Cr. McElrea said it would be graded similar to other streets recently done in order to let the stormwater away quickly.— j In regard to Clause (2), Cr. Hiilier said ! the committee had come to the con- ! elusion that a, number of the trees would be better out of the way, and they would be useful for firewood.—Cr. Grigg said there was likely to be a scarcity of coal, and wood thus-obtained would be beneficial to tho residents of the Borough.—Cr. Watt said if. the wood was to be available for this winter the work would require to be undertaken immediately.—Cr. Hiilier said the committee thought that some of the wood could be sold to residents in 4ft lengths, and some of it could be cut up and sold. —The report was adopted. The Town Ckrk reported that no building permits had been issued since last meeting^—Received. ; Mr Blacker, inspector, reported that he had inspected local boarding-houses and cave instructions to clean up the yards. He had also inspected pigstya in Netherby, and found some of them very dirty and close to dwellings. He had served notices to have the stys removed further away from the dwellings and to be supplied with concrete floors. He had also visited the huts along the river-bank, and, with one exception, found the premises clean. In the one exception the occupier was rather dirty, and it was difficult to keep him clean, as he appeared to forget what he had previously been told in regard to cleanliness.—Cr. Watt said the resident on tho river-bank referred to in the report had already been reported on by Dr. Rendle. He (Cr. Watt) considered the man should bo sriven notice that- unless the premises were kept clean he will have to be re-, moved from the site occupied by him.— It was agreed to notify the occupant accordingly.—The report was then adopted. GENERAL. The tender of G.. Keeley of. £500 for removal of nightsoil was accepted.

Cr. Ferriman asked whether anything further had been heard of the water pipes for Netherby reticulation ? —The Town Clerk replied that he thought the influenza restrictions in Australia would interfere with getting the pipes shipped. CEMETERY BOARD. ; The chairman reported a credit balance of £54 2s 3d. The receipts since last meeting aggregated £20 12s 6d. I and included sale of plots £9 15s, And burial fees £10 17s 6d.' Accounts amounting: to £14 17s Id were passed for payment.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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BOROUGH COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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