The installation of Mr Charles Allison as Mayor of Christchurch for the third term/took place last night iv. tho Library. There were present tho Mayor (presiding), Councillors Taylor, Cooper, Horsley, Parsons. Williams, Sorensen, Hyde, Thacker, Dougall, Otley, Webb, and Gapes. The visitors present included Messrs W. Recce (ex-Mayor), W. E. D. Bishop, A. Kaye, J. A. Frostick, and H. J. Beswick and F. Hobbs (ex-Mayors). The .Mayor said that though the year just past "had not seen any great work done, thero had been some important matters carried out. The city water supply had been completed, though some "dclav had occurred owing to leakage. There had been 723 connections made to date, and »>ut of 11,000 houses in 'the.city 5381 had been connected with the sewers. The Council had done a- number of relief works, which had had the effect of giving work to a number of unemployed. When he took office he had thought it would be possible to carry out the asphalting of several of tho principal streets. This, however, was prevented being done by reason of the shortness of tar. Now that tar had become more available, ho hoped to see the work pushed on. As the sewage and gas excavations would bo likely to bo carried on for some time, it "would not be expected that the streets could be put into thorough repair. He suggested that a committee should be set up to consider tho desirableness of taking steps to erect a City Hall. The city abattoirs had been improved, and are now in an excellent condition. Forty organ recitals had been given during the year at an expenditure of £461. the receipts reaching £456. A site had been secured for a city quarry at Birdling's Flat, where there was an inexhaustible supply of stone. Ho thought that tho City Council should accept i>roposals, if made, for the inclusion of all the area between the hills and the sea- in Greater Christchurch. With respect to the matter of increasing the power for electric supply, tho report of the City _ Surveyor had induced tho Coverment to take over the right of supply from Lake Coleridge. He thought the action of tho Government in respect to this matter was very unfair to the city, and opposed to its progress. As to the canal, he hoped that the Council would take action in the direction of introducing a Bill to Parliament to place the representation of the Harbour Board on a different and more popular footing. The estimated receipts of the Council for tho year "were put down as £88,500, and the actual receipts £79,196. Tho estimated expenditure had been £81,209, and the actual expenditure £2452 more. The Mayor concluded by remarking that his relations with the staff during the year bad been of tho most cordial character.
The declaration having been duly made, The Mayor said that he wished to tender his grateful thanks for tho burgesses' renewed confidence in electing him for the third year. His relations generally with the Council had been of the - most cordial character.
Subsequently his Worship entertained the members "of the City Council and the visitors at a banquet in the Council chamber.
The toast list included "The Christchurch City Council," responded to b;- Crs. Cooper, Otley, Parsons and Williams; "The Ex-Mayors," responded to by Messrs F. Hobbs, W. Recce, T. Gapes, W. H. Cooper, H. J. Beswick, A. E. G. Rhodes, and T. N. Horsley. "The Advisory Members ..of Committees," responded to by Messrs W. Jfl. D. Bishop, J. A. Frostick, G. R. Hart, and A. Kaye."The Council Staff," responded to by .Messrs H. R. Smith (Town Clerk), and A. D. Dobson (oity ■Surveyor). "The City Solicitor," responded to by Mr H. H. Loughnan; "His Worship the Mayor," and "The Tress."'
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CHRISTCHURCH, Press, Volume LXVI, Issue 13725, 5 May 1910
CHRISTCHURCH Press, Volume LXVI, Issue 13725, 5 May 1910
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