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BOROUGH COUNCIL.

INSTALLATION , CEREMONY.

The installation of Mayor ;took place at the Borough Council Chambers at noon to-day. The members present were: The Mayor (Mr R. Galbraith), Crs. F. Z. D. Ferriman, R. Kerr, A. J. Grigg, W. G. Hillier, W. Gsman, H A. Vesty, and H. R. C. McElrea. Mr G. Andrews was the only ratepayer present. MAYOR'S STATEMENT. Mr Galbraith, in the course of his annual address, said : — .;.*'Another financial year lias drawn to a close, and, greatest of all blessings, . peace has. been restored. During the war period loans, except for the

most urgent of works, were out of the Question, and this council has been

very: fortunate indeed this year in being able to keep its ordinary maintenance .works goingl without"?''increasing the .{rates or the overdraft, or reducing the ' staffs, as the advance in wages and i'iii J the price of material has been considerable. I congratulate members of the council on being returned unopposed at the recent election. I take it. as an indication that the ratepayers recognise that the affairs of the town are in good 'hands. Ivjjfeist; however, that the council will proceed cautiously,on well-thought-out line's, rather than fall into the error of" attempting io carry out too many ill-matured [ schemes . at one and,/ the /same ,ibimb. The first and .all-important scheme io be considered £3 the lindergrbund drainage, and its successful installatidn during,'the- life:of ithe present- council would be sufficient in itself to earn tlie" lasting gratitude of; eyery, inhabitant. The plans of the scheme , have been submitted to the Health Department for approval,! and -when> ; the Governlment authorises'the'work, I trusi; tha,t every councillor will stand -in-'to do' his utmost to make the proposal ah accomplislied fact. There is little in the' Various accounts calling for special commeftti = except, {perhaps,'in the :High.-pressure-tWa,t^r;; ; §upp.ly' Account and ■ th ( e. Abfittoiri 'Accpunti.;.. ...In tho former the 'debit"biilah'ce"has been re:dviiad by £7-10 9s Bd, and the receipts lin .the latter, .failed to'meet the ex!penditiire (including interest and sinking fund) by £192 3s Bd. An increased scale of charges for slaughtering came into force on March 1 last; so that it is now pretty certain the abattoir will pay its way in the future. I thalik the ratepayers for the honour of elect- , infjr me to fill the Mayoral chair for 1 the third'iterm, and assure them that j I. will do mv best to look .after their 1 mterestjs. My thanks are also .due to the councillors, who have given of their best in the interest of the town, and who. have at all times shown ; -me the greatest courtesy. Before concluding 1,. desire tQ... espregs _the . very _hig» opinion I hold of the council's servants? They perform their duties in a highly efficient manner, and are ever ready to meet the wishes of ;myself and council.. I append a brief summary giving thefinancial position .and the receipts and, expenditure for the. year, also a list of the principal works carried, out by the road staff." V , V

The revenue from ' all Sources, exclusive of Cemetery Account and Tern' pqrary Loans, waa £11,863, and ;the expenditure £12,002, an excess over income of £139. The cash assets, exclusive of balance Loan Account and Cemetery Account, were £1199, and the total liabilities £8537, leaving a deficit of £7338, which is, £254 less than last year's. This may be' regarded as satisfactory. . The public debt., at special loans, amounted to £30,350, and the accrued sinking fund .to' £4533, leaving a debit balance of £25,817 The total amount of outstanding rates and uniform sanitary fees amounted to £27 12s sd.

Items ■of receipts and expenditure were" as follow : — Receipts.—Rates £5231, rents of reserves £1468, sanitary charges £522, licenses £505, bridges and culverts £20. fees and fines under by-laws £68, Abattoir Account £960, High-pressure Water Supply (exclusive of water rates £823 18s) £2326, Domain revenue £249. Government subsidy : £237, refunds £112, Library, revenue £64. asphalting £2, sale of earth £4, fire prevention £19, Pound Account' £28, sundries £28; contractor's deposit £20.; —£11,863., Balance, £139] total, [£12.002. • ! Expenditure.—Street works £2648,; High-pressure .Water Supply Account £2472 interest on: loans £1742, sinking . fund £316, Abattoirs Acxggnjt £837. Domain Account £796, saMHes /office staff and inspector) £609, street lighting £358, scavenging £701, fire prevention £234, reserves .£51,, Hospital Board £115; patriotic objects £93, printing, advertising and charges £101 Library £151,' Women's Rest £110 Traffic Bridge £88,. insurances* (General Account) £80,! Public? Pound £44. town, clocks £39, influenza epidemic £78, Mayor's honorariunv £00, Valuation £30, distribution of licensefees £19. Baud and .Technical School £25. refund rates and .sanitary ..fees £7. sundries '. £41, expenses ,Public Revenue Account £83 ;-^total, £12,002 1 The following !are-:ithe ; principal works, carried, out by the ■ .road _ staff cka-im'. the year:—Twenty chains ot new channelling put down. -20 chains. of channelling repaired; • 170 D pipes made and 112.put down, 90. concrete blocks made for culverts, eight miles of footpaths tarred and repaired, 5o chains of street and 15 chains or footoath formed, 1300 cubic yards of metal crushed and 1050 yards put down, 1200 'loads of silt removed from Domain lakes, eight chains of water-race cut, 300 chains of water-race cleaned out. and 950 cubic yards of soil removed .from sides of streets. The engine was Ijn use for 70 days crushing metal and grading and rolling streets..,

The Mayor then welcomed Cr. W. Osraan. the new member, and reiterated his remarks made at the previous meeting: that Cr. Osnian, having made a success of his own business, would do well also for the ratepayers. !*Cr. Ferriman then congratulated the Mayor on having been returned to office for the third term. He stated that Mr Galbraith had given satisfaction to the burgesses and also to the individual members of the council. In handing the keys to tho Mayor, he hoped that the present term of office would be as happy as the others had been.

The Mayor thanked Cr. Eerriman, and stated that the reason the meeting had been fixed v for noon to-day was on account of his haying; to go south through the death of his brother.

On the motion of Cr. Hillier, seconded by Cr. McElrea, n vote of sympathy was passed to the Mayor.

"It was also decided to place' on record the council's appreciation of the good work Ihe had done for the Borough and ratepayers in the past, and particularly during the epidemic period.

The Mayor thanked the councillors, and stated that in the past they had

given their very best wheft- attending to the .business of ; 'th'e -Borough. The meetings had alwaysi been conducted in a most harmonious manner. Occasionally they had had slight differences of opinion, but then, they had agreed to differ, and that was the spirit with which they had worked.

. Mr George Andrews said he was sorry to see so few ratepayers present. Ho congratulated the Mayor on his re-election.

The following; ordinary business was then transacted: — CORRESPONDENCE. Dr.'Chesson. District Health Officer, wrote,;,: -stating^th'at.. complaint had reached ; him regarding the discharge of ' effluent from septic tanks into the channel in West, Street. He recommended that the council immediately serve notices; on the owners of the tanka, to abate the nuisance by cutting off the discharge from the septic tanks. Ho also recommended that in each instance the tanks be removed, together with all appurtenances, and "that, pending the installation of a sewerage system for the Borough, the owners provide pan privies, in accordamcc, with the by-laws. The doctor also pointed out that in both instances referred to -a breach of the Public Health Act was being committed.—Cr. Ferrimari stated that the trouble was due to the short supply ,yof water to flush the channels. He thought that the firms should be requested to tise disinfectant liberally until such time as the water supply wasi renewed. — Cr. McElrea said this matter of septic tanks had'been before the council on a previous' occasion, • and they had practically traded on the good nature of the Health Department. He flhbueht the" firms should be asked to • conform to the request of Dr. Chesson., —Cr. Hillier agreed that the council should comply, with Dr. Chesson's rej Quest.. In the event of an epidemic the council' would be blamed. —Cr. Kerr said the flushing water would not be available for some considerable time, and the council had no option • but to agree to Dr. Chesson's request. —It was then decided to notify the firms iri terms of the letter.

A petition was forwarded from the Hampstead Town Board, signed by 19 residents, drawing attention to '■• the nuisance caused by the council's outfall drain on the South-east Belt. The board asked the council to take steps to remove the nuisance.—Referred to tho Sanitary Committee.

The Hampstead Town Board wrote statins tKat, in view of the large quantity of shingle required for it's roads in the near futuref the board was reluctantly compelled to withdraw the permission granted to the council to' remove 1000 yards from the Patching Street pit. .The-board was willing to allow the council to have up to 250 yards, at sd" pqr yard, if taken during, the '.next three; months. —-Referred 1 to Woirks Committee...,; '■■„.

A'letter was read from the Carnegie Corporation. statiE^- thai. over, a ..year 'S2O the trustees of .the Corporation decided that owing to demands upon its resources- arising from' war conditions it would! discontinue the consideration of applications for money to erect library buildings, or /add,to buildings, or appropriations.; Although- the-war was over the demands still continue, and the Corporation could, not forecast any date for the resumption of library building appropriations or for increases in existing appropriations;-—Referred to Library Committee- to report; The; Fire Brigade. wrote asking the council to illuminate the; bell tower at the station during the peace celebrations : also for a new hose winder. — Referred ;to the chairman of the Fire Brigade Committee, with power to act.

The Ashburton . Rugby Union wrote asking for the use of the Domain Oval for football matches, .and pointing out that a great revival in ,Rugby had taken place in the County, this season; —Referred to the Domain Committee.

T. Olds wrote, offering. £10 for lease of a Domain paddock to graze a cow 1. —Referred to the Domain Committee.' GENERAL. ! The foreman was granted a fortnight's annual holiday.

The foreman reported that an extra clean-no of rubbish had been made in the Borough. He had also inspected a dwelling in the Borough complained of by the District Health Officer, and had received a definite promise from the owner that necessary repairs would be carried out.

Three tenders for firewood cutting were referred to the Reserves Committee. One tenderer offered a royalty of 4s per cord for the right to cut the wood, and would agree to deliver it, cut no in small lots, at 10s per.cord less than the price charged by the local merchants.

■A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the Town Clerk (Mr McClure) and the members of the Borough staff for efficient services during the year.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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