AUCKLAND DRAINAGE BOARD.
APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY. The Auckland Drainage Board met last night. Present: His Worship the Mayor, Mr C. D. Grey (chairman), L. J. Bagmilk R. Farrell, B~ Tudehope, G. Knight, J. Patterson, W. C. Somers, P. M. Mackay, A. J. Eutrican, C. J. Parr, H. M. Smeeton, W. E. Hutchison, J. Court, A. J. Glover. O. Xicholson, G. Savers, J. Rowe, G. W. Basley, Bloom- ii field, J. Dixon, M. J. CoyJe and Ben- & nett. is Loan. —On the motion of the chairman h it was resolved that the Board raise its si first loan of £ 100,000. 1< Engineer. —_ letter was received from Mr W. E. Bush, City Engineer, thank- j, ing the Board for the" confidence reposed s in bi-m in appointing him to be engineer c to the Drainage Board. The letter was received. s ; A report from the engineer was read, j stating that the survey of Arch _ Hill Gully was completed on the 23rd inst., aud all the data were ready for plotting. c He proposed to appoint as draughtsman for this work, Mr H. Watkins, at a salary of £20 a month, the position to be a temporary one. Mr Wright, surveyor, would commence the detail survey of the / new Hobson Bay sewer line. The Eng-1 r ineer asked for authority to carry outh ganging operations in Arch Hill Gully in order to collect data- as to the effect of I " rainfall. \\ The report was agreed to, subject toll the appointment of Mr Watkins being r confirmed by the Works Committee. i . The Board balloted for a secretary; i particulars of the ballot are published I elsewhere in this issue. ~ ' A report was read from the Finance i Committee submitting, according to t the resolution of the Board, s_ names out of fifty-three applications received i for the post of secretary to the Board. ; The Mayor (Mr C. D. Grey), chairman . of the Board, moved that the Teport be adopted, and that the Board proceed, m the usual manner, to ballot for the suc-l: cessful candidate. ] Mr Bloomneld said he understood I there had been no difficulty on the part I of the committee in selecting eight can- I didates out of the total number of ap-l plicants, but some difficulty had been experienced in reducing ,the eight names \ to six, to-comply with the order of thai ißoaxd. He understood that the last I four -were so equally balanced in ments that it was an arbitrary matter to select two of them to make up the six names. Under the circumstances he thought that the report of the commit,tee should be amended by the addition of the two other names to the list submitS;ea, making eight names in all. A short discussion ensued upon the question raised by Mr Bloom-field. Several "members of the Board pointed out that ■it was not competent for the Board to amend a report submitted by a committee, when that report conformed to •a resolution of the Board. The Chairman said the Board could mot amend the Teport, hut if the Board : adopted it. the report would, then be ""a matter the Board itself could deal J-with, and it would be competent for t them to add names to the ballot papers tif they so desired. The report was adopted and the two : names were added on the voices. The Board then rcroeeeded to ballot ifey the elimination first of four names, I ;„ad then, by subsequent ballots, eumin--«tin°- one name at a time.. The successful candidate was declared -fey the chairman, as the result of the "ballot, to be Mr R, -H-- Irwin, town -clerk and treasurer to the Grey Lynn borough Council for the past sis. years.
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