The City Council met last evening. Present: His Worship the Mayor (Mr C. D. Grey), Messrs R. Farrell, M. Casey, R. Tudehope, L. J. Baguall, H. M. Smeeton, W. C. Souiers, A. J. Entrican, W. C. Hutchison, J. Court, J. Patterson, and P. 11. Mackay.
Leave ol Absence.—Mr W. S. Douglas, who is leaving for England to attedd the Imperial Press Conference, was granted six months' leuve of absence from the library committee.
Milk.—The regulations under "The Pood and Drags Act. 1H08," require that milk shall contain 8.5 per cent o£ solids not fat, aud 3.-J per cent of solids' fat.
During the mouth the Government analyst iv Auckland, Mr ./. A. Pond, F.C.S., forwarded to the Town Clerk certificates of
analysis of eighteen samples of milk. The certificates showed that nine of the samples fell short of the standard in one or other requirement,' but, with (lie exception of three, the deficiency was so small, or, as iv one case, probably due to a very high percentage of butter fat. that hi these instances the. analyst art vised that action should not lie taken. He advised the Council to Institute proceedings in the three cases he hart referred 10. The Chief Health Officer approved of proceedings being taken by the District Health Oflicor. and the Town Clerk insli-uc-fea the city solicitor to take action. The District Health Officer, however, informed the Town Clerk that he had ascertained that it would be necessary for the action to be taken directly by the Department for I'ulilie Health, and asked that the Town Clerk's lnstrucilo'im to the iClty Solicitor should be withdrawn, In order that the cases might lie transferred to the Crown Prosecutor. The Mayor said the position was a peculiar one. The Council was anxious to tuke the necessary steps to ensure a pure milk supply, lint npparenlly t'ley could not take action. He moved that the correspondence be referred to the Finance Committee. Ho; ion agreed to.
Telephone Kiosk.—A request from the secretary of the Cabmen's Telephone Association to erect a kiosk was referred to tho Work* Cnmniitiee.
Plumbers' 'examinations.—The Auckland Plumbers' Industrial I'nimi of Workers wrote stating that they considered they should be represented ou the C imieil's Board of Kxnminers. The city engineer pointed out that, by n resolution of the Council, no more examinations of plumbers were to be held by the Council. The letter was received.
Cheap lacks.—The Auckland Master Hairdressers' aiirt Tobacconists' Union wrote enclosing copy of resolution passed congratulating the Council upon Its action in not granting licenses to cheap jacks to sell goods in the streets. Referred to Finance Committee.
Scoria.— William Heny. of Taupiri. wrote offering to sell his scoria pit to the Council for i"*llK>. Offer declined.
The secretary of the Auckland Provincial Muster Butchers' I'nlon wrote stating thin, with rcsjicc; in the dispute in regard to overdue fees .-it the new abattoirs, the members of tlie union had been asked to supply 111 Hi with a statement showing the oinoonl ~;,,-h member considers t,» be due I > him by the Council for gut fat. trimming tat, and other offal, which he hart not been credited with since the commencement of operations at the new abattoir, hi order that the whole of such accounts may be submitted officially by the Association to the Council for consideration. The Council was requested to withhold further proceedings for fourteen days iv view- the-eof. The Mayor said the master butchers had already been untitled that these accounts must be paid. It might be that later ou some reba-e should be due to tlie. butchers. That was :i matter which could not be settled at present, but it was no sufficient reasou for the Council to depart from the attitude It hart taken up. lie moved (hut the master belchers be informed that the accounts must be paid. Councillor Kntrican second, crt the motion, and said lie was surprised at the attitude taken up by .the master Ibnu-liers. Pome 'iViseusslon ensued. It was resolved to Inform the master butchers that the lirst two months' accounts must be paid forthwith.
Subsidy on Rates.—The Valuer-General untitled that a subsidy of £451) on rates collected hiul been paid to the Council's credit. Letter referred to Finance Committee.
Fin- Brigades' Demonstration. —On'' ; tli« rooimmi'iulilHim of the Wdtks; Coifiijiltjc'",'" It was decided to remit the charge for the second and third (lavs nnil the percentage on the t -.-iie receipts in connection with die recent lire brigades' demonstration.
ill. Eden-rond.- I'lie Works C.iuiniittee reported having considered :i letter fiom the Eden Terrace Road Hoard, stating that hail the Hoard been left to Its own devices. It would not have entertained for one moment the tuition of engaging in the expenditure of anything like the sum of £:i44 2/ii upon mad formation works upon a small portion of one road iv its dlstiici, and that the rity Engineer's estimate for the Board's share of cost of Mt. Eden-road improvebent was .CSU to JLluti, ivith £20 extra for dtessed kerlilng. The Hoard could not niter its contribution of £140. The City Englreer had reported that the reason for the improvement to Mt. Eden-road was tlie Tramway Company's proposals fur the Mt. Eden tramway extension: that the Council primarily undertook the work on the X.E. side of the road, and subsequently the S. XV. side also, ns the Council was the more important authority, although tbe Eden Ten nee Koatl Hoard and Mt. Eden Borough Council were the bodies interested: that a
statement showing tbe net cost, with 10 per cent for stipcrvisou, amounting to Eden Terrace £.'(44 2/6, and Mt. Eden £101 12/10 was forwarded to each respectively; that the total cost of Mt. Edeuroud widening, exclusive of work done to I'mleigl -street and Boston-load, was £2105 10/S; that of this amount Mt. Eden has contributed £32.1 and has been asked for £101 12/10 extra', and Edeti Terrace £34-1 26. leaving the Council to bear £1334 15/4. in addition to n strip of land 10 feet wide by 4011 feet long of waterworks property, valued at not less than £2200. The committee had decided to refer a copy of the City Engineers report to the Eden Terrace Koad Hoard. The report was received.
Randolph-street.—The Works Committee. ln connection with a letetr from the Department of Roads, stating that the offer already made regarding Randolph-street must be adhered to, viz., in the inteiests of public health. In a thickly-populated locality, the road must (be at least 40 feet wide, reported that the matter bad been deferred until a deputation could wait upon the first Minister of the Crown available in Auckland. The report was adopted.
Knurl Trees.—lt was decided to instruct the City Engineer to report on an ou'er from Mr. 11. Atkinson of several kauri and other trees for city parks and gardens from bis Titirungi property.
Hockey.—The Auckland Hockey Association were granted the use of one giounil In the Domain on tbe usual conditions.
Lome-street.—The Works Committee recommended that Ills Worship the Mayor, Councillors I'arroll and Hutchison be appointed n sub-committee to Inquire into the question of altering the levels of Lomestreet. This was agieed to.
Kurungnhapc-roud.—The Works Committee intimated that a copy of the followlug report by the City Eijgiueer ou tbe lighting of Kiirunguliape-roiid hud been forwarded to each niembe'r of the committee:— Kurauguhupe-road is at present lit with 13 Incandescent gas lamps, at the rate of £3 2/ each per annum, or £40 10/ in ull; that the lamps are alight ou 293 nights or each year, for an average of 74 hours, and the number of candle-1 power hours obtulued for Id, taking the lamps at the maximum etticiency, Is ISS; that tlie lamps and lanterns belong to the Council, and were supplied at £3 13/4 j each or £oo in all. The electrical engineer has submitted two proposals:—(v) The one! recommended for IS 20110 c.p.-tlanie arc j lamps, GO to 7o yards apart, on alternate I sided of street, at £400 per annum, mains, j columns, and lamps to be supplied by Electricity Department; that the lamps'will be lit every night from dusk to dawn, giving 4000 lighting hours per auuum, with total c.p. SlV'Uii. (IH To erect 30 lamps, each containing 4 tantalum lamps, for £22'» perl annum, total c.p. 41100. The Gas Company submit proposals as follows:—(a) 24 Keith I high-pressure inverted gas lambs. 11)08 pat- I tern, each ISM c.p.. IS to lie on telegraph . poles. U on steel poles to lie supplied, cost ! fur fi years' contract, including ull charges. £3-iS. for piesenl lighting hours, viz.: 221s per annum; if lamps are lit every night In year, giving an average of 3000 lighting hours per milium, cost will be £42fi; for: yearly contract, they will deduct £20 from I each quotation, but would ask Council to pay £-."i0 for purcMise of lamps, etc. (b) 36 two-mantle Veritas gas lamps, to be lit ' every night at sunset, one half extinguished at midnight, baluce at d.iwu, cost 5 3 ears' contract £I'J3 per annum, l year a deduction of £IS, but Council to pay £130 for lamps, etc. He would recommend tlie electrical engineer's proposal for 18 2000-c.p. flame arc lamps. The Council formally received the report. i
Leys Institute.—The Leys Institute Committee reported the receipt, with thanks of donations from Mr. T. \V. Leys. The programme of winter lectures anil entertainments had been submitted and approved. The president had mentioned that the contract for the additions to the library would be completed within the nest two or three weeks. It had been resolved that tbe presi-
debt, Messrs. W. Cecil Leys, Wells, Coiitts, and Gregory be a sub-committee to arrange details ln connection with the official opening of the new room for the lending department. The president had also repotted that a case of books for the Institute would arrive by the s.s. Indralemu, while the order given by the institute had been executed, and the books were en route. The report was received.
Electrical Report.—The electrical engineer reported for the fortnight ending 4tu April, 1009, as follows: —tJnlts generated, 15503; machinery running, 176} hours; water used, 100,160 gallons; coal used, 341 tons; wages pa'ld, £178 10/6; new customers, 4 (making total 1971.
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