MATTERS BEFORE COUNCIL
Some complications have arisen which may affect the route of the proposed south-eastern outlet from the city and further investigations will be necessary before a final decision is made. This was stated in a report by the city engineer, Mr. A. J. Dickson, presented to last night's meeting of the City Council. The report resulted from the request by the Railway Department for approval of the subdivision of about 31 acres of land north of the Orakei railway station. The area concerned had been leased to a firm for a term of 21 years, said Mr. Dickson. It had been pointed out to the district engineer of the Railway Department that difficulties faced the council in connection with the subdivision insofar as the proposals regarding the sputneastern highway were concerned and the council's possible liability for the payment of compensation for any buildings which might be erected on the property. Mr. Dickson said a reply had been received from the Minister of Works, Mr. Semple, who agreed that it was most undesirable to proceed with the erection of a factory on the land until the location and land requirements of the proposed outlet from the city were finally decided. . The council decided not to approve of the subdivision of the area. Additions to Staff Several additions to the staffs of the waterworks and city engineer's departments were authorised by the council. Mr. C. W. Firth was appointed assistant waterworks engineer, Messrs. H. S. Bunby and A. C. B. Smithson works engineers and Mr. A. T. Roylance chief clerk in the waterworks department, while Mr. A. S. Don was appointed chief clerk in the city engineer's department. Mr. G. W. Derrick v was appointed fire escapes Inspector. In reply to the council's request that the census be deferred for a further year or that the Government indicate in what way it proposed to meet anticipated anomalies, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, wrote saying that much of the 1936 census data was no longer reliable in its application to present conditions and it would be impossible to accede to the request. Mr. Nash added that the adjustment of levies in the great majority of cases was not based on the census, but on the estimates of population location prepared by the Government statistician annually. These estimates would be resumed after the census.
£5000 for New Hospital The council decided to donate £5000 towards the appeal for £100,000 to endow a chair of obstetrics and gynaecology in Auckland. The grant will be paid in five instalments of £1000 each. On the recommendation of the city valuer, Mr. W. G. Boswell, it was decided to revert to the system of preparing annual valuation rolls. Decision was made not to accept the one tender received for the construction of a pumping station in the Lower Nihotupu Valley. Mr. Dickson, who stated that the amount of the tender was so excessive that it should not be accepted, was authorised to make inquiries among builders with a view to obtaining quotations for portions or the whole of the project. Authority was given the city engineer to purchase six new trucks for the council's sanitation service, the cost to be met out of the general account. Mr. Dickson said It was expected that the council would be able to obtain delivery of the first two vehicles in a few weeks' time.
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CIVIC AFFAIRS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945
CIVIC AFFAIRS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945
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