The ordinary meeting of the Borough Council was heldJvt evening. Present: His Worship the Mayor, Mr C E Mac millian (in tho chair), Crs S Pemherton. R Badger, G W Brnwo, H W Wilding, J Q Green, T Tanner, C Whiting, II J D.»y, a or] H T Caataing Drainage Questions Mr J Wrigley, wrote again, drawing the attention of the Council to the branch sewer leading to his property. He asked the Council to og*in consider the matter, as he was unable to couple up at the right level, and the fact that he cannot satisfactorily use his right* of-way is proving a ttivere handicap. —Received.
Mv T Burd, wrote acknowledging receipt of letter in which it was stated •the"Council has no power to give him permission to connect with Mr Trigrg't* drain. In leply Mr Burd said that in a former letter he thought he s^tid thai; Mr Trijrg was quite agreeable to allow the conoec'ion. He therefore asked the Council to again consider the matter, as if permission is granted, it will be a great paving in expense to the Borough, to Mr Trigg, and to the writer.—lt was decided to refer the letter to the Sanitary Committee to report upon.
Mr T Thompson wrote, saying as there was no connection from the main sewer in First Avenoe to his section, it will be necessary for the Council t> havo it done. He also applied to tli3 Council to h'Ounce the connection t) his house : cost £26 10s —It was de* cided to reply to the effect that ih9 Council lias no money to make connections.
Mrs Kay, wrote withdrawing her application for tinanoial assistance to install drainage, as she has disposed of Pher property. —Received. A Bad Spot. Mr J Gilmoro wrote sayiug the footpath and street in the vicinity of his stoi'a is in a very bad state, with water aDkie deep, which prevented his customers coming to his place of business. He requested that the water ue led round the earner and down Elizabeth btieet, that the footpath be formed, and that a lump on the side path be removed. The Mayor moved -That the letter 09 referred to Mr Climie wl o if possible give relief as asked. —Cr 15adger seconded. Mr Gilmore, who was present, was heard and made a request that the work be earned out as soon, as possible. The Mayor's motion was put and carried. Topping a Tree. Mr X Schultz wrote asking permission to top a willow tree in Edgecuinbe Read.- Granted, subject to the supervision of the surveyor. Lease of Endowments. Mr A Skinner, in reply to a letter from the Town Clerk, intimated that he was williug to continue to occupy lots 247, 206, and 297/8, section 1, under the same conditions and at the same price as previously.—Received. Changes on Roll. Mr G Steventon wrote notifyiegthat he has vacated premises No 76a, part lot 70. He asked that his name be removed from the rate book and Mr H T Oastaiog's substituted—Granted. Messrs Sharp and Tudhope wrote asking that the-following alteration be made on the rate books : —R F Sanson! to X Johanson, lot 26, Elms Estate —Granted. Construction of Barges. Mr HK Ciimie (engineer) and Cr Pemberton submitted a report as follows :—"We beg to infoiin you that, in accordance with the instructions of your Council, we have interviewed the various firms who submitted tenders for the construction cf bargos. We accepted that of Messrs J (J Adams and Son for two barges for and at the sum of £195 each. Though, no!; the j lowest we consider this the best tender to accept. Each barge will be provided with seventy drift bolts, and rough heart kauri will "bo used in lieu of riuiu in the bulkhead, .internal bracing aud decking."—Action of i committee approved. Messrs Climie and Son forwarded copies of contract papers and drawings for the construction of barges, and asked the Council to execute the contract as soon as j,o>sible.—The Mayor I and Cr Wilding were appointed to ailix the Council's seal to the contract Messrs diune and Son forwarded deposit cheque for £20, received from Messrd Yinceut aud Johanson ,in contract for the construction of bargef. The engineers rcoommeLded that all deposit cheques ou this contract be returned, except that of Messrs J U Adams and Son.—Resolved that tLe letter be rt chived and given effect to. Standard Survey. The letter from the SurveyorGeneral regarding standard survey of the [borough, read at the previous meeting, was again referred to aud referred to the Fmauce Cooimitteo to report upon. AVar Seal Stamp-. A circular was read urging the adoption of .war seal stamrs iv connection with letters as a means of aid ing those disabled in the service of the country. —Received. Natural Drainagj Cub Oil Mr A J Mirrielees, wrote stating that the road improvements between the Domain and his section on Cameron Road, next Colouel Ward's sectiou, has completely cut oil' all natural drainage from his -property. He said this requires-to be immediately remedied, and he asked an early reply as to what action the Council intends to take.—Referred to the W >rks Committee and Mr Ciimie to report upon.
Town Hall Contract Messrs Ashton and Crump wrote stating they arc in receipt of a letter from Mr Kirk, architect for the tovvu hall, statiug that the Council has au- i ihomed hiia to iuforiu them,that the j penalty on the town ha]jr" contract-
■: • ■-■#.- will be enforced. The firm stated that; the delay lias been unavoidable and that under the circumstances it is impossible to be any further iihpad and an imoossibility to iinish in the time nll<. t eel.. '^ hey stated :—Ti c Borough Council accepted thpir tp»itier on October 21, 1914, but they wtp unable to sisn for it until I^ovembei- 6. They did not receive the pe^s for the position of the building until Nov 9. through no fault cf tht-irs They were unable to procure steel for thp foundations until December and enclosed corr. spondence in connection therewith. The details for the girder columns were received on Dec 22, nnd they were unable to put in foundations until tiny received them. They received iustruetions jibout strong room doors on January j 20. These floors were made in Dunedin, the first being received on Feb 22 and the other on March 1. They were specified to bo built in, and through the delay tht-re was considerable inconvenience. The instructions for the windows were received on Feb 16 and these were, oidertd on the same day. The makers had considerable -difficulty in gettiug material. The first w'ndows were received on April 10 and th° remainder on April 27. The long steel bars for large girder suppoiting gallery were unprocurable in the Dominion and had to be ordered from Australia. The rolling mill in' Melbourne broke down before completing the order, which caused more delay. At the present time fj-iu round steel is unprocurable in the Dominion." There is a concrete staircase built on, which is not in the original drawing. A letter from the firm's plasterer was submitted. This stated plastering work depended on the weather, but under ordinary cirstances the job would take four or five months. Messrs Ashtou and Crump concluded by saying that they had pushed the job aloog as quickly as circumstances would permit and would be.pleased to place all correspondence before the Council. Cr Pemberton moved—That the lettet be referred to the archioect to report upon. —Seconded by Cr Castaing and carried. Electric Wires. • Mr J A Mann wrote stating ho is informed it is now not intended to iun the electric wires over the small piece of Cliff Road between Park aud Brown Streets, and as a result he is not to be supplied with the light from that road, on which his residence abuts. Be said he would be glad to have the electric light installed, but it would cot sui» hini to have the wires carried through from Willow Street. Messrs Clitnie anil Son submitted a report suggesting1 that the consideration <rf Mr Mann's application be deferred until the modified febeme of electric reticulation which they are preparing comes before the Consulting Committee —Recommendation adopted. Uuestion of Levels. Mr Cbas A Crabbe, wrote as under: "Having found out that your Council, with yovr Cameron Road street work, I intend 1o fill in under my verandah to a considerable depth in. front of my store, I beg to iuform you that I shall hold your Council responsible for auy damage arising therefrom. The said store was built, with the verandah in 1877, with tne permission of the Town Board, and afterwards raised to come well above the old original levels of the Borough Council." Messrs Olitnie and S^n submitted a report, <=t&t rg Ik* new f jotpath form* ati n will give a filling of about six inches above the floor of Mr CrabbVe shop. It would be possibJe, howerer, to slightly modify the footpath level in the locality of the f hop so as to give relief to Mr Crabbe. The footpath could bo brought up to the correct level when the shop is rebuilt. They thought it might be better not to attempt to raise a building built nearly forty years ago Cr Brown moved—That Mr Climie be authorised to modify the footpath level, as suggested. —Seconded by Cr Castaing and carried. (To be contiuued