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BOROUGH COUNCIL.

The Borough Council met yesterday evening at seven o'clock. There were present—The Mayor, and Councillors Jameson, Sheppard Tombs, Duncan, Thomson, Anderson, Calvert' and Ruddenklau. '

Cr. Duncan having made the necessary declaration, J

The minutes of the last meeting wero and confimed.

The Clerk stated that the receipts last week were £70 13s 6d, and tho amount of bills paid, £70 7s. The balance, ia hand at tho beginning of the week being £288 4s lid; the net balance at tho closo was (the receipts' and expenditure being respectively addod and de. ducted) £288 lis sd.

Accouurs to tho amount of £265 9s were p;i»sed.

Mr Ness, on behalf of the Foresters, waited upon tho Council to ask their patronage to the dramatic entertainment which is to bo given next week in aid of the widows and and orphans' fund of tho Foresters' Associition.

The Council acceded to the request. Tho Surveyor's report was road. It stated (amongst other things) that fresh tenders would be laid before the Council for the formation of tho East Town Belt from tho Ferry road to Gloucester street; that James Graham has completed his contract for the formation of Kilmore and Peterborough atroets from Montreal etroet to Antigua street, and that tho Surveyor recommends the shingling of tho same, the length to be shingled being nineteen chains, and tho estimated coat £2 per chain • that two iron lampposts had been fixed, and that the poat ordered for Madras and Lichfield streets would bo fixed as Boon as Btonokerbing could bo procured to protect it. that the Gas Company are laying down the mains as far aa tho lamppost at the junotiou of Man* cheater and Worcester streets, and tho Sur» veyor wishes to know whether tho wooden lamppowt in question is to to replaced by an iron one before the gas is laid on ; that during the past week the men in the oinploy of the Board had completed laying tho pipes serosa Manchester atreet, near St. Luke's chinch, with the exception of shingling tho roadway; that tbo prison gang was away during tho sitting of the Supreme Court, and the Surveyor wishes to know whether the warder'a wages are to be deducted for the time during which the men were absent j that Mr Blunt has completed the stone channelling as far qs Fisher's corner in High street, and that the Surveyor proposes, with the sanction of the Council, to delay the commencement of that ordered for Gloucester street until the wholo of the stone ordered is on the site, aa dating tho wet weather tho work is stopped, ob stone cannot be carted from the quarry; that Messrs Tucon and Banks beiug unable to supply a sufficient quantity of shingle, the Surveyor asks whether he can, for a few weeks, hire additional assistance, which can bo obtained at the same price as ia paid to Messrs Tacon and Banks ; and the report concluded by stating the works upon which the labour gang had been engaged during tho past week. Tbe following tenders, for the formation of the East Town Belt, from tho Ferry road to Gloucester street, 46£ chains in length, were opened:— W. Dunn and Co, £105; Hooper and Graham, £99 19s 6d j Jas. Jones, Murphy, and Co. £136 ; T. F. Partridge, £116 ss.

The tender of Messrs Hooper and Graham was accepted. It was reaolved that tenders should bo called for the shingling of Kilmore and Peterborough streets, from Montreal street to Antigua street, at tbe rate of ten yards of shingle per chain. It was resolved that the lamp at the junction of' Manchester and Worcester streets, be lighted with gas as soon as the same ia laid on ; and that the wooden lamp post now ia use be replaced by an iron one. The Surveyor was instructed to have the lamp by the Junction Hotel repaired; and to deduot the warder's wages for the time during which the prison gang was absent from work. Some discussion took place upon the Surveyor s application for a delay in commencing the stone channelling in Gloucester street until the whole of the stone ordered is on ths site, three or four councillors expressing strong opinions on the inconvenience of heaps o\ metal being left about the roads, especially after nightfall. ■ ■ • • Cr. Calvert moved—" That the contractor! be not permitted to allow unused stone to remain on the road at night, unless lighted.

The resolution was agreed to.- .. The Surveyor was authorised to tafco measures for obtaining an additional supply of shingle to that furnished by Messra lacon and Banks. - ■ • Cr. Duncan asked why it was necessary to employ two men •to a road scraper. ■ Cr. Tombs Baid the labor was too muen lor one man. . The further consideration of this mawsr was postponed. _ ___ . A letter was read from tho Secretary of Publio Works, stating that the Government could not supply shingle for Lincoln road as less than 7s 6d a yard. The Mayor said some steps would have w be taken in the matter, as that .treat »no Colombo atreet were in a deplorable cpntunpn. The Mayor said that Mr Fisher had tola him that the Government had given the Avon Board some metal. • The metal was, however, Ve Cr. B °Buddenklau said Colombo street and one or twe other principal streets «w deplorable condition, and the Government ought to be applied to at once for; Cr. Thomson said the Council ought to demand as a right a certain sum out o 'tm £9300 voted by the Provincial ComoU for "J maintenance of main roads- The Ctoung had taken over certain mam road«, and Mj had tbeir streets cut up by the rtj""»7 traffic, and yet the Government *° em ™ ™ disposed to give any thing. Of course it was immaterial whether the assistance wm g»"«» in money or metal. , _ na _ Cr. Duncan said that argument would not apply lo Colombo atreet; and a flU PP'{j d broken motel should be at once pun*"* from the Government. He would mow » That 1000 yards of metal be at once pur chased from the Provincial Government, at the price named, viz : £7s 6d per yard. Or. Thomson would second the motion, be cause whether tbe Government asswtcd in or not. the metal could not be purchase" Ch l> P Tnderson aaid some tin, *go Works Committee applied to the wov Government for a grant of some brown _ ■ for Colombo and Manchester stress. tho although no definite answer was gi»o< request was rece.ved with some »J 0U .*j w a the Government might even now oo u j to assist. He would therefore ° u f tf9 ' ' 500 yards of metal might be sufficient w V chase.

Cr. Sheppafdlhougiit fomo assistance must certftinly be diieto the Council out of the £r »!Tit nrade by the Provincial Council; and the c'lrstion to be ascertained was, what were main thoroughfares ? He should like to see the Council take a bold stand on this ground The Mayor explained what Mr Dobson had defined to be main thoroughfares in the town ; but probably all streets leading through the town into the country might be considered as main thoroughfares. Cr. Jamie?on would support the resolution as it originally stood, because any additional metal that might be obtained beyond the 1000 yards could be profitably iwed. If he understood aright, the vote of £9,800 was a contingent vote —contingent upon the land sales reaching a certain amount, otherwise it would not be payable. Cr. Duncan said the contingency was t*-at the land sales should reach £30,000 a year ; while it was well known that the receipts from land sales were coming in at the rate of between £60,000 or £70,000 a year. Cr. Tombß was inclined to oppose the motion, and thought the Government should be applied to again until the assistance to which the Council was entitled by right was granted. Tbe resolution was carried.

Cr. Duncan moved—"That the Surveyor be instructed to advertise for tenders for the carting of the metal." Cr. Calvert seconded the motion, which was agreed to. Cr.Thomson moved, "That as by the Appropriation Ordinance, 1868 the sum of £9802 8s 9d was voted for main roads, this Council gpply to the Provincial Government for its fair share of the above vote for the maintenance of the main roads running through the city of Christchurch." Tbe motion was carried unanimously.

Another letter fro » thc Secretary for Public Works waa read, stating that the Government has no funds out of which it would be justified in paying £100 for the maintenance of the fire engine. After some discussion, Cr. Jamieson moved, "That the Council hereby invite the Provincial Government to reconsider the subject of paying the usual sum for the maintenance of the fire engine, and beg respectfully to refer to the letter received from the Provincial Secretary on July 25,1867, and the reply of the Council to the same."

Cr. Ruddenklau seconded the motion, which waa carried.

A letter from Mr A. A. Dobbs was read, calling attention to the stato of four chaius of footpath from the Glasgow Anna, Tuam street, to the corner of Madras street. The consideration of thc matter was referred to the Public Works Committee.

A letter from Mr T. Mullins was read, asking permission to use part of the square opposite Matheson's Agency as a cab-stand. Cr. Jameson said that a committee appointed some time ago to consider the advisability of allowing a cab stand to bo established in the part of the town referred to, had decided that it would be unadviaable for a stand to be allowed there.

The application was refused. A letter from the Rev. E. A. Lingord was read, requesting the completion of the footway and the water table in Manchester and Kilmore streets, around St. Luke's Church. The letter was referred to the City Surveyor. A letter from Mr E. Thomas was read, calling attention to the state of the footpath near his houso in Papanui road. The matter was referred to the Public Works Committee.

A design for a Corporation seal, by Mr St. Quentin, accompanied by a written description, was laid before the Council.

The Mayor said it was a question for consideration whether it was necessary to change the seal. If the Council continued to be a " City " Council it would be unnecessary to do co.

Cr. Sheppard considered the Council remained a City Council as before. Cr. Duncan agreed with the last speaker, and did not see how the fact that the city had come under the Municipal Corporations Act made it a borough and not a city. Cnristchurch had always been one of the cities of New Zealand, and it ought not now to degrade itself from that position. Cr. Jameson thought Clauses 26 and 27 of the Act gave the Council liberty to call itself a City in preference to a Borough Council, if it choose. He would move that the name City Council be retained. Cr. Anderson seconded the motion.

Cr. Calvert pointed out that in the schedule to the Municipal Corporations Act the Council was called the ' Christchurch City Council.'

Cr. Thomson thought before taking any decided step, the Council should take legal advice upon the matter. He did not see how the Council could give itself any other name than it obtained by the Act, which distinctly defined every Council under the Act to be a Borough Council. The Council had no choice in the matter.

Ct. Jameson did not think it was the intention of the Government to ignore tbe City Council altogether. The Mayor agreed in the advisability of taking legal advice; for the whole Act was so ambiguous that it was very difficult to find out the real position of the Council. Cr. Sheppard was afraid the Council had no choice but to call itself a "Borough" Council, and it would be the best plan to take legal advice.

The further consideration of Mr St Quentin's letter was postponed for a week. The Mayor suggested whether it would not be more economical for the Council to retain the services of a legal gentleman as its solicitor. The considerationjof this matter was postpostponed.

The Mayor was requested to communicate with the Hon. Mr Hall, with the view of ascertaining the legal position of the Council under tiie Municipal Corporations Act.

The report of the Inspector of Nuisances was read. The last paragraph runs as follows : —" My attention has been drawn to a quantity of garden refuse and rubbish thrown upon the river bank reserve. I called upon some persons residing in the neighbourhood, and informed them that a nusance was being created thereby. Will the Council authorise mc to employ the contractor to remove that portion near the end of Armagh street ? Some persons have thought it not objectionable to throw rubbish into the hollow places on the river bank. I submit that this should not be allowed, as it may encourage the deposit of rubbish that may become offensive."

The Surveyor was instructed to get the rubbish near the end of Armagh street, and to prosecute persons found throwing rubbish on the river bank.

Application from Thomas M'Kay and M. Amy for drivers' licenses were considered and granted. The letter of Mr Cumberworth was further considered.

Cr. Jamieson said he had examined Cranmer square and found that the square might be levelled at no great expense. An inhabitant of the square had spoken to him on tbe matter, and he had stated that the Council would probably pay half the expense if the inhabitants would subscribe the other half. The south side of the square couid be enclosed and levelled at a moderate cost.

The Mayor said Mr Cumberworth'a application was for permission to enclose and level part of the square as a cricket ground for tbe use of the Wesleyan school, the Council granting him protection. Cr. Jameson moved—"That the request contained in Mr Cumberworth's letter be complied with, as far as regards the levelling of a portion of Cranmer square for the use of the Wesleyan school, but that no exclusive privileges can be accorded for the use of it."

Cr. Tombs seconded the motion, which was carried.

Cr. Thomson moved—" That the Planting Committee be requested to report upon the advisability and probable cost of fencing, planting, and laying down as a lawn, Latimer and Cranmer squares, for the purposes of public recreation grounds." Cr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried. The Council then adjourned.

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BOROUGH COUNCIL. Press, Volume XII, Issue 1693, 16 June 1868

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