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CITY COUNCIL., Issue 7920, 30 May 1889
The fortnightly meeting of the City Council, held last night, was attended by the Mayor, Cis Kimbell, Haynes, Hardy, M'Gregor, Cramond, Sinclair, Carroll, Solomon, Fish, Barron, Cohen, and Smith, CORRESPONDENCE. Mr James Beadle wrote as follows “ I have seen some very unwise things done during my thirty years’ residence in Dunedin, but none so unwise as the attempt to lease the Triangle. I write to most heartily protest against the scheme, and to state I will not in future vote for anyone who votes in favor of leasing the Triangle reserve. Trusting that it will never be leased or sold, I remain, etc.”—The letter was received, Mr A. Bathgate wrote calling the Council’s attention to the ride of the .Maori road, the top of Stafford street, and the Town Belt near Mr Braithwaite’s bush, and other places, where old tins, ashes, and other rubbish had been deposited, and asking that some steps be taken to abate the nuisance.— Referred to the inspector of nuisances to inquire into, The Town Clerk of Mornington wrote, n the Eglinton road, stating that the Works Committee of his Council requested him to inform the City Council that their engineer’s estimate of L2O was wholly inadequate for the works required, and that the City Council’s contribution of one-third of the cost was also considered much below their share for maintenance. It was suggested that the City Council should reconsider the matter, and if possible avoid referring the matter to the Resident Magistrate.—Referred to Works Committee.
A circular was received from the secretary of the Hospital and Charitable Aid Boards asking the Council to temit as soon as possible the amount of contribution which would have been due by the City Council if last year’s assessment had been still in force. —lt was resolved that the request be complied with. A circular was received from the Sydenham Borough Council asking the Council’s co-operation in endeavoring to get the Government to pass a Ratepayers’ Mutual Insurance Bill next session.—The request was declined.
Mr P. Barr, secretary to the Dunedin City Sinking Fund Commissioners, wrote forwarding an abstract of receipts and disbursements and summary of investments by the Sinking Fund Commissioners for the twelve months ending March 31, 1889, duly audited and certified to by the Auditor-general.—Re-ferred to the Finance Committee,
The City Surveyor wrote submitting letters and plans received from the secretary of the Exhibition with regard to laying a water main for the Exhibition Buildings. He also stated that the length of the Sin main required was nearly twenty-five chains, and he estimated the total value of the work, including labor and materials, both for laying and removing the pipes after the c)ose ; of the Exhibition, at L3lO. The Commissioners proposed that the Council should remove the pipes after the close of the Exhibition, and charge them only with the actual outlay for labor and materials, To this he saw no objection, as the pipes would be required for other streets, and that shortly.—Referred to the Works Committee to act, it being understood that the Commissioners should only be charged with the cost of labor and materials, exclusive of pipes. A letter from George Keith, applying to be permanently appointed assistant sexton in the Northern Cemetery, was referred to the Reserves Committee to report. THE TOWN BELT ROADS. The Town Clerk of Roslyn wrote forwarding a report by the Council’s inspector on the condition of the roads through the Town Belt leading to Roslyn, and the estimated cost (L 159 17s 6d) of repairs to the same. He also requested the City Council to arrange for a meeting of its Works Committee with a deputation from the Roslyn Council at an early date to discuss the ques tion of maintenance of the roads and paths referred to; and in the meantime any offer of assistance or contribution towards the cost of repairs which might have been made by the Roslyn Council was to be considered withdrawn, Cr Fish said the letter seemed to him to be rather an impudent one. He did not think the City Council was bound to make paths and roads fur the benefit of residents at Roslyn. Besides, that was not the way to approach the Council. He would move that the letter bs received. Cr Solomon seconded the motion.
Cr Barron said he did not agree with Cr Fish. The question was, who is responsible for the condition of the roads ? The City Council must recognise the fact that they had made the roads through the Town Belt, and if any accident occurred they would see who would have to “ pay the piper.” Cr Fish : Certainly not us. Cr Barron : I think we should.
Cr Sinclair agreed that if the City Council made the roads they would be responsible if an accident occurred. Cr M‘Gregor said the main road to Roslyn was made by the Government. Cr Barron moved as an amendment—- “ That the letter be referred to the AVorks Committee to arrange for a meeting with a deputation from the Roslyn Council to discuss the question.” Cr Haynes seconded the amendment. Cr Fish hoped the amendment would not be carried. He looked upon this matter as one that should be dealt with at once. In the first place the City Council had no money to repair their own roads and streets, and as for what Cr Barron said about the Council being liable in case of an accident occurring that was simply moonshine. He said distinctly that the Council were not liable. If the roads were out of repair the Council could shut them up and say there were no roads. After some further discussion the amendment was carried, REPORTS. On the reading of the Works Committee’s report, some dissuasion took place re the clause referring to the Buckeye Harvester Company’s application for permission to build a shed in Bond street. On the motion of Cr Fish, the clause was referred back to the Committee to act in accordance with the building regulations, The report was then adopted as amended.
The reports of the Water Supply, Gas, Finance, Reserves, and General Committees were adopted as already published. On the question of accepting the only tender sent in for advertising, Cr Cohen asked the Council to consider whether they were getting value for their money.
Cr Sinclair said that announcements of special importance did not get sufficient publicity. Cr Solomon said it had been decided in committee that any announcements requiring wide publicity should be advertised in all three daily papers.
CITY COUNCIL., Issue 7920, 30 May 1889
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