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North-east Valley.—The Mayor (Mr S. Myers), Crs Green, Anderson, M'Gratb, Black, and Russell attended last night's meeting of the Council.—The Finance Committee reported having passed for payment wages and gas accounts for the month amounting to L 42 §s 7d. They had also ' passed a cheque for L 175 18s lid for payment of coupons due in London on February 20; while L 56 10s 6d had been paid into the bank eince last meeting to special account. Report adopted. The Works Committee recommended, with regard to Messrs Cox and Moritzson's letter relating to the formation of a footpath in township of Hayes, that Mr Cox be granted permission to remove a bank of clay in front of his property in St. Clare street, and that the Council grant eight loads of metal to connect the present metal road with the properties of Messrs Cox and Moritzson. With regard to the avenues at Selwyn, the Committee recommended that the parties be compelled to remove the obstructions at once, or failing compliance, that the Council remove the same at their expense. The Committee also recommended that the parties who planted trees on the street line on the Upper Main road be given seven I days to remove the same at their own! expense; that the Council have a concrete channel laid in front of Brown's store at the corner of Hope street, and the footpath kerbed ; that the City Council be asked to contribute one-half of the cost of repairs to the lower end of Pine Hill road; that the parties who had any of the street lines ; in Dalkeith fenced, or in any way' obstructed, be given notice to remove 1 the fence, etc., within fourteen days. —Mr Charles Allen, jun., wrote intimating that the drain from his premises I in Ferguslie had been choked up for! the last eight weeks. Referred to the | Works Committee.—A circular from the ] Sydenham Borough Council with regard to i the Ratepayers' Insurance Bill was received, i —A circular was received from the secretary I of the Charitable Aid Board asking the j Council to remit the amount of contribution which would now be due by the borough if last year's assessment had been still; in force. Referred to the Finance Com- ! mittee.—David Borrie and thirteen other ratepayers and owners of properties abutting on the private street on the plan of subdivision of part of section 18, North • east Valley district, petitioned the Council to have the said street declared a public street. Consideration of the matter was deferred. The Mayor said there was to be a meeting j at the hospital on Wednesday night to consider what was to be done in connection with the female ward which Dr Batch.ejor proposed to be erected. He should like an expression from the ratepayers as to what they should like done. There would be a certain amount of extra expense, he pre--1 sumed, upon the ratepayers, and if the Council gave him a motion he should consider it as coming from the ratepayers, and would act accordingly. He believed the money required for the erection of the ward would not come directly out of the pockets of the ratepayers, but there would be something required for maintenance, Cr Green asked if the mayor thought Dr Batchelor had sufficient grounds for making the statements he had made with regard to the necessity for a female ward. They all knew that the community was sufficiently taxed at the present time, and although he believed in j the money being spent if it was absolutely necessary, he did not think that they should rush headlong into expenditure to gratify the ambition of Dr Batonelor. He believed there were medical men in the City of longer standing than Dr Batchelor who thought that this ward was not required. The Mayor said he thought a female ward was a necessity, but there were other wards that were also necessities. For instance, an erysipelas ward was as much required as a female ward, but there was no talk about it at present. After considerable discussion it was ultimately decided to leave the matter entirely in the hands of the mayor,—Cr Anderson moved—" That a 12in drain be laid down from the mud tank on the west side of the main road to the open channel on the east side; also, that the oarrying capacity of drainage pipes in Duncan street be enlarged to 12in. •' Carried.—Cr Anderson moved—" That the City Corporation be written to asking them whether steps have been taken to have a 2ft 3in x Ift Sin drain made to oarry water down the Opoho road from the west side of the majn road." Carried. '■>

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MUNICIPAL., Evening Star, Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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MUNICIPAL. Evening Star, Issue 7919, 29 May 1889