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CITY COUNCIL.

The ordinary meeting of the City Council was held last night, and attended by his Worship the Mayor and Crs. Avers, Vincent, Bowman, Brice, Louisson, Hosking, Crooks, Prudhoe, Reese, Kiver, Lambert, Jenkins. The usual statement of finance showed receipts as follows: — General account, £2661 5s lOd; suspense account, £34 Os! lid; drainage rate account, £77 19s 9d. Expenditure—General account, £1153 lis 7d; suspense account, £12 19s. The credit balance at the Bank was £3648 Is 6d. The Mayor said that this morning a deputation waited on him with reference to the rescinding of a resolution passed some time ago by the Council, to the effect that none but ratepayers should be employed upon Council work in the city. He promised to bring the matter before the Council, and believed that during the evening a resolution concerning it would be passed. "'i-.^ft^ A petition signed by F. G. Smith an* twenty other persons, ratepayers and resif. dents of the North-east ward, respectfully requested that a lamp should be erected in •Durham street, at the end of Peacoo| itreet. l | i Referred to the Lighting Committee. ? »:Mr George Neale wrote, asking tip permission of the Council to erect a'ShoofJng gallery in Victoria street. '% T Granted upon the usual conditions. .* VMr WilHam Attwood wrote that no was willing to grant to the City Coundll ftee of cost the quantity of land necessaw tp form a road one chain wide through t_n fltorthern portion of R.S. 1144, to connect Buckley's road with the north-west portion $ reserve No. 210. The concession 1% Jdied several conditions, amongst whl# was that the cost Of dedication should be , defrayed by the City Ornate®. ;The offfrj .#_£ to be gr__ited*r __nsed within fouf?. feen days, or the-offer would be coijSidered null and void. j| # On tiie motion of Cr. Bowuak, seconded Jpy Cr. Lo-TSSON, it was decided to Tetejft |he letter to the Works and Cemetery $ommittees, with power to accept or reject -Ithe offer. :^ i Mr E. Back, Bail-ay Traffio Manager,, in reply to one from the Council,' [that their Brigade would turn out with enjrine any time after six o'clock for Ho asked for the loan of 2000tt of the Council's best hose. They had 2500 ft in good condition. The Matob explained that the letter bad been written at the suggestion of Mr Turton, and this was the reply.Mr Jenkins said that Wednesday next at seven o'clock was the appointed time to try the railway fire engine-. The Committee were preparing a report, which would be submitted at the next meeting. The letter was received and the offer accepted. The Cty Surveyor reported :—- ---1. Last week his Worship the Mayor, together with the Fire Inspector,, the Superintondeut of the Fire Brigade, the Inspector of Public Buildings, and the City Surveyor, visited some of the public buildings in Christchurch in order to report to the Council their condition previous to licenses being granted. Theatre Royal— This building was found to be very scantily provided with means of suppressing fire, the only precaution being a few buckets of. water on the stage. A 400-ga__on tank and a hand pump kept on or near the stage might prevent a serious conflagration. The above-mentioned gentlemen took into consideration the fact of two doors leading, from the theatre into Beatty's Hotel having been stopped up by order of the Licensing Bench, and they came to tiie. that it was to be greatly reigretted, as these two doors formed two additional means of egress in oase of fire or panic. Oddfellows'Hall—There appears fo be no objection to this building. The weans of access to the gallery was altered and improved previous to the granting of the last license. Gaiety Theatre—lhiawas overhauled by mc and strengthened and repaired previous to the granting of the license last year. It is protided with 1660 gallons of water and a hose always in reAdiness on the stage, which can be made use of at any moment. Queen's Theatre—l reported on this building yon the 23rd July, 1883, and the matter was (then referred to a Committee to report. The building appears to be in the same state as at that date. Drillshed—l was galled upon to examine this building previous to the license being granted, and I found the exits from the building in a fatisfactory state. (2). Last week I, in lompany with the Inspector of Lodgingjhouses and the Superintendent of the Fire visited some of the boardingmouses in Chi is .church, and we came to tithe conclusion that two. of them were in a •highly dangerous condition. One. of the two is three storeys high, and made to accommodate 120 persons, the rooms are small and divided by partitions formed of scrim and paper only, bo that if fire commenced in the building it would travel through it at such a rate that in all probability a number of lives would be sacritloed. The passages are very narrow, and the means of escape limited. The other house is only two-atoriea high,, and can accommodate aixty persons to sieep. The sartitions be--tween the rooms in this house are of boards covered with Bcaim and papa?, so that the risk is not quite so great as at the former mentioned house, but the. passages are,, very narrow and tortuous, so that is would be very difficult for any one to find a means of escape in the dark, especially when just i roused from sleep. (3) L have given notice to several shopkeepers in the city to re- : move the calico placards, outside their p;c----i raises, in accordance with a resolution .passed some time back. (4) The steam--roller is at work in several parts of the [town, where the metal has worked loose or' fchas ; not as yet been rolled. - -(5) Eleven '.building permits were i_suecL last month, tand tho sum taken in fees amounted to i£7ss. ™ Clause 1 was adopted. / Respecting clause 2, hia Wo__u__y said [that the Surveyor was adverse to licenses i? being granted to the houses referred to, tbecauee tiie risk of fire was so great. The f Surveyor wished to be strengthened by a 'Committee of the Council being appointed So inspect these houses. W- Cr. Emm moved—> w That the matter he

referred to the "&!•- ■■'< report at next meeting of the Council" *•"&* ■: Seconded by Cr. Rusn, and carried, &. - s ?he remaining clauses were approved • a^thareport adopted. * \ _he Spperintendent of the Fire Bxieada \ Wrote that while the Lichfield atreefcbjji \ was being rung on Monday afternoon it 1 cracked. He suggested that the old baft 1 lying in the Council yard should be usM 1 I The letter was referred to the __>- % Brigade Committee. % The Inspector of Public Buildings _«_. ' t ported at length on a number of bearding. I , houses in the city. • \ The report was taken in Committee. \ The Finance Committee reported haviar " : had under consideration the difficulty 3 \ the Sinking Fund Commissioners placing. 5 out at interest the sinking fund of___ > drainage loan. As there was now Jgjfck i waiting investment, the Committee doemed ' it desirable that the Council should ow*. aider the matter, to see if some further < action could not be taken to invest the ! said fund as soon as it accumulated to a I suitable amount. 1

It was decided that the Finance Con*mit tee should interview the Sinking F__J ' Commissioners, ascertain their opining and report at the next meeting. Cr. Lodissoh asked whether it was tra» '• that there was an Insurance Company» ' Christchurch doing a good bnaineaa __>ji was not contributing towards the maintenance of the Fire Brigade. The Mayor said, in answer to that question, that he was aware of tiie fact, but m the amount received came from __§ Insurance Association, he could not re] 3* to the question in the form it was __£«[' He might say that such a thing had been reported to him, and the Manager __& been spoken to. He expressed his willingness to contribute towards the A_sociat__j Negotiations were in progress to ______ some substantial aid from the Company. Cr. LoijissoN remarked that _o]o_gt_.' the Council was to obtain something fee would not press his question. Cr. Lambkbt asked whether the Council were going to allow itinerant photographers to take up their positions oa the Council's reserves and take photographs " not only on week days but on Sundsji'

The Ma yob informed Cr. Lambert that M he understood the photographers had gone." 1 M The officers of the Council were instructed- fi to abate the nuisance, because they were a mm -B-Wnce to citizens, who were hailed asd * fl asked if they wished their photos taken. ■« " Wsl Cr. Louiesow asked to have the motion 11 regarding the employment of men by the Jli City Council read. ~\\ ]E Some discussion followed, aad Cr. Lata*. ■ 111 son gave notice of motion to the effect-- 111 "That no persons should be discharged - ]||| from the City Council employ because they ' )fffe were not ratepayers of the city." - _ ilp Cr. HosKHio informed the Council thai" (F* 1 a number of larrikins infested the gardens _■ W -'' on a Sunday afternoon, and their conduct a \ ' ~ was highly objectionable. He asked whether the police should not be co__m___- ~v ',_ cated with on the matter. fc& m

The Counoil concurred that kick was desirable, and Cr. Vincent suggested thsfc the Domain Board Bhould also he written to.

A motion to this effect was carried. After considering some business in committee and granting a number of licenses* the Committee adjourned,. ..,■_..., ■■w-i^-r.ff!~frra-h—__,___Bl_W

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CITY COUNCIL., Press, Volume XL, Issue 5735, 5 February 1884

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