The ordinary meeting of the Auckland Harbour Board took place this afternoon, those present being the Hon. E. Mitchelson (chairman), Capt. McKepzle, Messrs W. J. Napier, A. Keyes, G. W. Basley, J. B. Maciarlane, A. J. Eutrlcan, "W. Hutchison.
The Beeent Election.—Mr F. L. Prime, returning officer, notified the Board that Messrs J. J. Craig, J. H. Uuuson. and W. D. Heather had not been duly elected to the Board, Judge Jettle having voided the election. The Secretary stated that he had jUotifled the returning officer that the fresh election would be held on Monday, 29th inst., nominations to close on the 22ud inst. A letter was also received from the solicitors to the Board advising that there- is no power conferred under the Act to amend rolls. The roll ac prepared on the 15th January last must remain ln force until January 14th, 1011. Mr Xapier said the 'Board could demand strict proof of the qualification of a voter. Mr Entrlcan said the returning officer should challenge improper voters. The correspondence was reeeivea!.
Police Launch.—Mr C. E. Dacre, honorary secretary of the Auckland Regatta Club, wrote, enclosing a letter from the Minister of Justice, ln regard to the provision of a police launch for Auckland harbour. The Minister stated such a launch would, be provided when the Board provided proper mooring accommodation. The. letter was referred to the Board ln committee, the harbourmaster to report on the question.
Shipwreck Relief Society:,—The f»ilpwreck. Relief Society wrote asking for a donation. It was resolved to inform the: society that at present the Board has not power to devote any portion of Its funds to this object.
Winter Show.—Tbe A. and P, Association wrote asking for permission to use tho new sheds erected by the Harbour Board for the winter show. The Hon. E. Mitchelson said the Association had acquired a ground but had no time to erect buildings for the next show. He thought these show 3 did a great denl of sood. and the application should be granted. It was resolved to grant the application without charge. Electric Cranes.—Messrs John Chambers and Son, Ltd., wrote regarding the question of the legal validity of the cabled guarantee of Messrs Babcock and Wilcox ln respect of the electric cranes, stating that they were perfectly willing to become responsible for the guarantee. The letter was received. Mr Xopier said the contract should be executed in Auckland. This question was referred to the Board ln committee.
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