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In reply to inquiries His Worship the Mayor gives u3 the following views regarding the Municipal Con ference:— ••■■.' ~ ••

"The thirteenth confe.enoe of delegates was held in the City Council Chambers, Town Hall, Wellington, commencing on Tuesday, 14th July [ 1914, at 10 a.m. The president, J. P. Luke, Esq., Mayor of Wellington, presiding The conference Iwas very largely attended by delegates from the" \ various cities., boroughs and town ( boards. The'discussions were ani mated and very interesting all through The order paper contained 116 remits from various /associations in the Dominion. A great many of these concerned cities and town boards, During the first morning of the conferencei tbe,Governor, Lord Liverpool, attended, and welcomed the delegates, saying it gave him much .pleasure to be present and meet the delegates to J tbe conference.. Although be had not been able to visit every borough in tbe

Dominion, he hoped to do so. He recognised Jhe public men of this country were doing good work, as in his opinion this -part of the British Empire had. a grip at/allure before it. Several remits we're carried, which, if placed on Statute Book, would be a benefit to thig country. Remit 35 provides—That tbe "Municipal Cor porations Act, 1908," be .amended to enable corporations to retain owner ship of meters placed in consumers premises Remit 31 provides for the removalof damaged buildings—That the Municipal Conference Act be amended to give local authorities power to order the removal of any dwelling house or other building which in the opinion of the borough inspector, been so damaged by Ire or other causes as to render it beyond repair, and that it be an offence to allow such building to remain after one calender month from tbe time of receiving notice to remove the same. Remit 52 provides—That the "Local Bodies Act, 1913," be amended to empower local bodies remove the Public Trustee from office as a sinking fund commissioner in cases where the oans in respect'- of which he has been appointed commissioner have not been obtained. ~.

Government, Departments. Tbe ceason flqiv jthis,'is that, the Public Trustee only allows "4 percent interest on-sinking funds, while tbe Christ church City. Council and other sinking fund commissioners net over 5 per oeut, the remit being a loss of at least 1 per cent interest on the funds, ttemit 54 provides that notices adverting elections to be published twenty one c eat., days before the election. Liemit 55,-provides retirement of a I candidate from election- be given seven clear days before election in lieu of three clear dubs as at present. These alteration's were made in these two remits by the delegates, as in-'their opinion the time was? too short be tween between nomination of candidates and the election. Remit provides, ihat the parliamentary form of ballot paper be used at loc» elections and.polls. The previous remits were carried by ihe conference..' Remit..46. which was* lost, provides for the nationalisation of hospitals. That the present method of levying local bodies for tbe upkeep of hospital and charitable aid be discontinued, and that hospital and oharitabje aid be nationalised, and that the whole upkeep be met out of general revenue, ihe whole treatment to be free of cost to patients. .This remit was very fully discussed, the voting being 25 for and 29 against. These confer ences are tbe means of doing a greai deal of good amongst those con nected with our "municipal life. It i? the means of discussing and educating us on various questions of progress in this young country.

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MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION OF N.Z, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION OF N.Z Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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