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CITY CO*J***Cl_. The Council held its usual weekly meeting on Monday evening, the 22nd instant. Present: all the members except Messrs. Bailey and Pavitt The Chairman in the chair. The minutes of the last maoiiufr were read and EOiitau! anu ths fell.wing _._=_-fc_-_-_» *»■■-"li «-*» --e-_r_-_t _>!-_>__«. _r_-_t _*___<3. _-&=__! = __.. ___. lcr««_r ix_. «r ( "-™ __ -, , ( n ioceox iioiu in* '-. D> 0 > in answer to an application. f_-or_x t.lxe Co-oxiclL, statio^ tliat a voucher would be forwarded to the Treasury for tlie s_m of £1000. 1 Utter n*om the CAy Soli_it_ _ ill i-eply id _nfi from the Council, requesting his opinion whether the Council had the'power, under the 47th Section of the Ordinance, to license cabmen, &c He stated that he t_ou<-l*.t it extremely doubtful whether t_e Ordinance _ VH t_e power io grant licenses. or lo __ tlie r_te£ and enarges for cabmen, una nausea vt»e «. ouncii w have a short Ordinance prepared, extending their' power OTer all kinds of vehicles, whether used for tlie purpose of carrying passengers or goods.

Mr. Barnard said that as the Council had not the necessary power, and tlie pubhc would bo so much benefitted, he begged to move the following notice, which he had given at the last meeting : —** That a committee be appointed to frame an Ordinance for regulating and licensing cabs, public carters, and carriers plying for hire within the city ; such committee to consist of Messrs. C. W. Bishop, Burnell, and the mover." The motion was seconded by Mr. Luck, and carried. A letter from Mr. Wright, of the Gas Company, in reply to one from the Council, relative to the streets in wliich it was proposed the gas mains should be laid down. He stated that the distance from the footpaths would be about eight feet, and the depth between two and three feet. Mr. Wright had an interview with the Council to explain anything in reference to the matter which they might wish ; lie also laid a plan before the Council showing the line of mains proposed in the first instance to be put down. He stated that if the weather was fine he would be ready to commence putting them down in about a fortnight. The subject having been discussed, it was moved by Mr. E. B. Bishop, seconded by Mr. Burnell— " That the City Surveyor be instructed to approve plans and contracts under which the Gras Company will be permitted to lay down the mains through the streets of Christchurch, and the Gas Company be informed that the Council consent to the lines submitted lin the plan before them upon receiving tho Com- | pany's assent to the proposed contract." Carried. j An application was made from Mi*. C. O. Torlesse I for road scraping and night soil, which he would take care should be carefully covered, aud not become iv any manner offensive to his neighbours, and that one of his nearest neighbours with whom he had spoken on the matter had raised no objection. After a good deal of discussion and consideration, Mr. Barnard moved, and Mr. Burnell seconded— "That Mr. Torlesse be informed that the City Council will allow deodorised soil to be removed from the City Reserves, upon terms to be arranged by the contractor, under sanction of the Council; but decline to allow its direct removal by the contractor to private lands." Carried. An application was ms.le by the Manager of the Bank of Australasia, stating tliat he intended to have the footpath asphalted, but previous to so doing he wished the Council to remove the present stone kerbing, a - I put down -mc more suitable. He would be happy to _<<*v the r 1 .i'erence. Mr. Lusk __.(i..., was some of tbe first put down, and it was not of sufficient depth in the stone to meet tho present requirements. The request was granted, The report of the City Surveyor was read. He stated that Messrs. Deacon and Vincent asked permission, in case of their not obtaining leave to put a pipe drain down through private property, to allow the overflow-water from an artesian well "to discharge itself into the side drain of the street, from which it would run into the south drain : or else, if the Council would allow them, to put d;>wn a pipe drain, with proper grating, provided, in order that solid matter would be prevented passing down. He stated that he had received and handed over to the contractor the greater portion of the iron work for the Papanui bridge. Three of the girders were cracked, and some other portions damaged; he wished to know what course he should pursue relative to these portions; in fact, whether the whole of the iron work was to be handed over by the Provincial Government on the spot in a thorough state of repair, or whether the Council would have such repairs executed as may be necessary. The draft of the proposed Building Ordinance, revised by the City Solicitor, was laid on the table. Mr. Luck stated that he had spent a very considerable time with the Solicitor in carefully perusing it, and he now proposed—"That the Chairman should be requested to introduce it in tho Provincial Council, and to take the necessary means for obtaining the sanction of the Provincial Council thereto." Mr. C. W. Bishop seconded the resolution, and ifc was carried. The application of Messrs. Deacon and Vincent was taken into consideration, and after some discussion it was moved by Mr. C. W. Bishop, seconded by Mr. Luck — " That in the event of Messrs. Deacon and Vincent sinking an artesian well on their premises, they be allowed to drain the surface water flowing from the well through the street to the main drain on the South Town Belt, on condition of thendefraying the cost of laying down a stone channel. But the Council desire that it shall be distinctly understood that no permission is given to drain the waste water from tbe brewery through the channel j in question, so as to be an annoyance or offensive to ! the district." Carried. The Surveyor's report on the state of the ironwork of the Papanui bridge was discussed, and a general feeling expressed that the Government were bound to hand over the ironwork in a state of complete repair ; ultimately tlie following resolution was moved by Mr. C. W. Bishop, seconded by Mr. E. Bishop : —" That the City Surveyor be directed to inform the Provincial Secretary that the ironwork of the Papanui bridge has arrived in a slate of great dilapidation, and requires repair before ifc can be used. It is in such a state that would justify its refusal by any commercial firm, and the Council objects to receive the same, or at least to bear the responsibility attaching to tho defects. The Council reminds the Provincial Secretary of the objection already taken to the works i>y the English engineer, and declines to assume the responsibility attaching to the repairs, inasmuch as the Council 13 of opinion that the Provincial Government is bound to deliver the ironwork of the bridge in a perfect condition. The Council, moreover, decline to proceed with the completion of the bridge until such time as the ironwork is delivered up in such a state as will justify its being used in the works. But for the delay in the completion of the ironwork of the bridge, the Council desires to remind tlie Provincial Secretary that the bridge might have been opened long since for public J traffic, and the Council will decline to bear the penalty attaching to the non-completion of the work by reason of the incapacity of tlie English contractor, or the neglect of parties over whom they have had I no control." Carried. The intended transfer of the Immigration Barracks to the Council was considered, and the Council, referring to the Provincial Secretary's letter of the 25th April, 1862, in which the properties to be transferred to the City Council were enumerated, the Immigration Barracks being one. The Council instructed the Town Clerk to write to the Provincial Secretary, requesting that formal possession of these buildings should be at once given to the City Council. It was moved by Mr. C. W. Bishop, seconded by Mr. E. B. Bishop—" That a Committee, consisting of Messrs. Burnell, Pavitt, and the mover, be appointed for the purpose of collecting information as to the cost | Sec, of swans, with a view of enabling the City Council to form some correct idea as to the desirability of | using swans for the purpose of clearing the River Avon of watercress, to report in a fortnight." Carried. The Surveyor was directed to have the banks of the river fenced in, levelled, and planted with trees on both sides, from Worcester street to Gloucester street. The Council then adjourned to Monday next, at the usual hour.

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CHRISTCHURCH., Press, Volume V, Issue 567, 24 August 1864

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CHRISTCHURCH. Press, Volume V, Issue 567, 24 August 1864

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