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CITY COUNCIL.

The fortnightly meeting of the City Council was held last night; present The Mayor, Cis K'.mbell, Fish, Hayncs, Hardy, M'Gregor, .Smith, Cohen, Cramond, Solomon, and Carroll. CORRESPONDENCE. About twenty residents in London street wrote asking that the drain should be continued up that street.—Referred to the Works Committee to report. Six ratepayers in Crawford street wrote acking that screenings be placed on the footpath.—Works Committee to act. REPORTS. Tho reports of the Finance, Gas, Works, and Water Supply Committees were adopted. There was considerable discussion on a recommendation by the surveyor to modify the building regulations in respect to premises on the reclaimed land. On the mayor's casting vote, it was referred to the Works Committee to report on the application of the Barbed Wire Company ; and by a narrow majority it was referred to the same Committee to report on Sargood and Co.'s application to build a cottage in wood at the rear of thtir new factory in Richardson street. The feeling of many councillors seemed to be in favor of rejecting all applications for modifications within this areaThe Reserves Committee's report was adopted with the exception of the clause recommending an allowance to the widow of the late assistant sexton in the Northern Cemetery, which was struck out. THE HOSPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. Cr Fish moved —" Seeing that certain alterations are contemplated at the Dunedin Hospital by the Trustees, which may result in an additional call baing made upon the City revenues, be it resolved that the representatives of the City Council on the Hospital Board be requested to inform the Council as to the probability of such increased demand being made, and also as to amount of same (if any)." Cr Solomon said nothing had been decided by the Trustees, but their first consideration would be to conserve the funds of the bodies they represented. They would do nothing that would lead to a considerable outlay, but he submitted that it would be useless to carry the motion. Nobody could give the information required, because no decision had yet been arrived at. Cr Kimbell said there was a tendency here to imitate the example of Melbourne, where the hospital was so luxurious that there were no beds for the poor, only for the rich people, who could afford to pay for the accommodation.

Cr Fish said if certain expenditure were gone into, although it might be itself provided for by voluntary subscriptions, it would entail an additional annual expense j also, and if this was not all met by public ! subscriptions or a Hospital Sunday, inevitably a larger burden must fall upon the citizens of Dunedin. If that were so, he maintained they had a right to question I their representatives as to what would be the probable result if these things were done, so as to let the Trustees know they were not going to be mulcted for luxuries unless they had some say in the matter. He contended that they were going in the direction of impoverishing the hospital by constructing luxurious and unnecessary conveniences. It was one thing to tend the sick, and another thing to provide luxurious apartments for the rich to go to instead of being treated in their own house. As to the question of male and female nurses, the doctors were about equally divided, and when sucha difference of opinion existed it was not right for the Trustees to thrust further burdens upon the City and province. He was not a jot behind anyone in the cause of humanity, but he objected to public institutions beiDg made too luxurious. Cr Solomon repeated that the first consideration in determining whether to put up the buildings or not would be what would be the extra cost (if any) of maintaining them. The Mayor agreed with the propriety of Cr Fish's motion. He was told in conversation by Cr Solomon that the increased annual expense to the ratepayers would be LI.OOO.

Cr Cohen could not agree to the suggestion that the City Council had any concern with the administration of the hospital—the Trustees alone were responsible for that; but if the proposed reforms were likely to entail increased burdens on the ratepayers the City Council had a perfect right to decline to accept them. Cr Solomon, in answer to the Mayor, said that the gross annual cost of the hospital was in round numbers L 7.000 —of which the City Council contributed a little over L9OO, or about one-eighth—so that even if the Trustees made such extensive improvements as involved an extra annual expenditure of LBOO, it would cost the City of Dunedin LIOO per annum. But such a largely-increased expenditure as LBOO per annum was not likely to be sanctioned by the Trustees. The motion wm carried unanimously.

TENDERS. , ■ i The New Zealand Clothing Factory's tender (LB2) for supplying fire brigade uniforms was the only one received, and was referred to the General Committee'with power to accept. The following tenders were received for printing the burgess roll: Matthews, Baxter, and Co., 12s 6d per page; Caxton Printing Company, 18s; Coulla, Culling, and Co., 18s; Evening Star, 18s ; Fergus son and Mitchell, 18s; Mills, Dick, 18s; Munro, Hutchison, 18s; New Zealand Tablet,' 18s; Payton andCorrigan, 18s; G. R. Smith,. 18s; Watson Bros., 18s.—The Town Clerk said he had reason to believe that there was a "ring" among the local printers to raise the prices, which were more than doublo those paid last year (8s). He suggested that the rolls might be raanugraphed, and between L4O and LSO saved. —Cr Flsii had heard from one of the tenderers something about this combination, but it was only fair to say that it was urged that the price previously paid was unrcmunerative. . Ifewould never do to manugraph the rolls, which must be printed in view of probable QUitcsted elections. The tenders were referred to the Finance Committee, who were directed to see if the work could not be done elsewhere at a more satisfactory rate.

The tenders for fencing the Triangle were postpon d.

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CITY COUNCIL., Evening Star, Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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