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CHRISTCHURCH IN 1911

CIVIC REVIEW,

The outstanding feature of the civic history of. tho year was the death of the lute Mayor. Mr T. E. Taylor. 'Mr Taylor was elected in March, defeating the retiring Mayor by a large majority. He held' the office for a few months, but was seized with an illness which moved fatal at the end of Jul v. Mr J. J. Dougall, who was then "a member of th c Council, was elected to succeed the late Mr Taylor and now holds _ office, -lie biennial election of councillors also took place in theearlier :>art of the year, and resulted in tho return of a considerable proportion of Labour members, several of the old councillors being disl placed by the new men. In other respects the year has been a quiet one municipally. A road scheme was projected by the late Mr Taylor and advocated energetically by him right up to the time of his death, the proposal bein_; to raise a loan of £200,000 for the purpose. Th_ proposnl, however, wn.s rejected, Mr Taylor a day or two before his death asking that under the circumstances it should not ho carried. The present Mayor i.s now engaged on the work of formulating another scheme, and that, it is expected, will bo placed before the Council shortly. Then.- was some dilliculty in tho early part of tho year relating to tho use ol Cathedral square for the purpose of holding open-air services and meetings, a by-law being adopted restricting all meetings to the northwestern section of tho Square. When the new Council camo into office, howovcr. tho old order of things was Tovertod to and meetings an" nowheld anywhere in tho Square. During the year the Council wero relieved of tlie duty of dealing with an. outbreak of infectious .disease, that matter now being attended to by the Public Health authorities. In January a new set of by-laws dealing with a wide variety of subjects was passed, and later on. in the year a change was made in tfie conduct of tho municipal abbatoirs, the contract system of killing being abandoned in favour of ono under which tho Council itself controlled this department of the business. Tho question of the acquisition by the City of thc Provincial Council buildings and site received prominence. A deputation representing the Council and citizens waited on the Prime Minister in Wellington but met with littlo encouragement, and a petition signed by many thousands of Christchureh people has boon prepared for presentation To Parliament. In tho last session of Parliament tho Christchureh City Empowering Bill was passed under' which the Council receives extended powers in the matter of street widening, and under these powers it is intended to mako an attempt to widen. Stanmore road. On October 30th the Council sat for the first time as the Cashmero Hills Domain Board, tho control of Victoria Park on the hills being vested in the Council. Wordsworth street, Sydenham, was during the year extended to Colombo street, and the Opawa tram route was altered to take advantage, of .the now street, tho effect being to improve tho route considerably. Other municipal acts of importance were the placing of a number of additional seats along thc river banks for tho use of the public, the erection of a number of new street lamps, the granting of a sum of £50 for the purchase of paintings. by New Zealand artists for tho Christchureh Art Gallery, tho prosecution of a crusad© against the use of old and insanitary buildings and dwellings, tho arranging of a series_ of Friday night recitals on tho municipal organ, the removal of 'the fences from tho public Squares, and the prosecution of" tho scheme to give all parts of the city a proper sanitary service.

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CHRISTCHURCH IN 1911, Press, Volume LXVII, Issue 14239, 30 December 1911

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CHRISTCHURCH IN 1911 Press, Volume LXVII, Issue 14239, 30 December 1911

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