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CITY COUNCIL.

The fortnightly meeting of the City Council, held last night, was attended by tho Mayor, Cra Carroll, Solomon, Sinclair, Cramond, Cohen, M'Gregor, Hardy, Barron, Haynes, Fish, and Kimbell. THE TRIANOLE. The result of the plebiscite on the proposal to utilise the Triangle for a market and other public purposes having been dc« clared, Cr Fish said he believed that the citizens would yet regret tho vote they had given. He was extremely gratified that so many, with the advorse influences that had been at work, and the unfair influences that had been at work through a certain section of the Press and in other directions, had recorded their votes in favor of what he conceived to be a sensible proposition, A course was now quite clear regarding another matter that was bound up in this, and at a later stage he would move that the lowest tender for the ereotion of the fence round tho Triangle be accepted. The cost to the Council would, he supposed, be about L3OO, because they had bound themselves to the Amenities Society, and no doubt a tender would have been accepted six weeks ago had it not been for the intervention of this dreadful syndicate.

Cr Carroll said thac the result of the plebiscite was just what he anticipated. It would be only fair and generous on the part of those who forced the vote to pay the cost of it out of their own pockets. Any person who could have gauged the feelings of the ratepayers must have known that the proposal would be rejected, Cr Fish would move that those councillors who voted for a plebiscite should pay the cost of it. The cost was about L 25, and that would represent about L 3 a head to thoso wh<j voted for the plebiscite. Personally he should bo glad to pay hia proportion with a view to carrying outCr Carroll's extremely sensible suggestion. The result of the poll he rogarded as a great triumph for thoso who advocated the utilisation of the Triangle, because ho claimed that the 1,1200 or 1,300 ratepayers who expressed no opinion did not care which way the vote went, and that they tacitly voted in favor of tho proposal.

Cr CoiifiN would move that tho report preaonted by the town clerk be received, because he thought tho remarks of Cr Fish called for a reply from those who were opposed to him in this matter. He dissented entirely from tho proposition laid down by Cr Fish, and had no doubt that they had heard tho last of a syndicate in connection with the utilisation of the Triangle. His view was that those who did not vote were satisfied that the result would go in accord with their own convictions, and therefore abstained from voting,

Cr Barron thought that the Bonding round of post cards in connection with tho vote showed that when ratepayers had only to write " for " or " against" on them and deposit them in a pillai-box they did not trouble to do bo. It made it clear to his mind that unlesß men went to the trouble of canvassing personally, and employed cabs for the purpose of pulling people to the poll, only two-thirds of the ratepayers cared whether they voted or not.

Cr Kimbkll regretted that the poll had been taken bo hurriedly. The words " rcbcrvc purposes" led to the belief that the action of the Council in wishing to alienate tho reserve was a mercenary one. He did not feel inclined to pay ono penny towards the cost of the plebiscite—(laughter)—but he was willing to bear tho whole cost himself of putting before the citizens, and obtaining a vote upon, a proposal to utilise tho reserve for recreation purposes. Cr Haynks failed to see why tho vote of the citizens should not have been taken by ballot in the usual way. A number of people took exception to open voting, and that probably accounted for the large percentage of ratepayers who had not returned their post-cards. In his opinion tho vo!e as taken was opposed to tho spirit of the Municipal Corporations Act. Cr Sinclair defended the vote as taken. Cr Fish repoated that he felt jubilant at the result of the poll, aud claimed that tho 002 persons who had abstained from voting really recorded their votes in favor of tho proposal, thus converting the seeming minority into a majority of 03:") in its favor Cr Solomon was oi opinion that it would not only bo useless but unprofitable to pursue the discussion further. Tho poll had been taken, and the reserve question settled; and the best thing the Council could do was to receive tho town clerk's report and get on with the business. Tho Mayor said that he had instructed post cards to be issued on the score of cheapness and expedition, He was <|iiite certain that not more than 1,'200 votes would have been recorded if the vote had been taken in tho usual way. He had no objost in view in adopting tho post-card as the means of taking the plebiscite, and no pcrbonul aim to attain. Cr Solomon' : Nobody suggests that, your Worship. COMtE.SFON'nK.VCE. The Town Clerk of tho Northeast Valley Borough Council drew attention to the bad state of the lower portion of tho Pine Hill road running through the Town Belt, and nsked the Corporation to contribute half tho cost of putting tho same iu proper repair. They also asked that a culvert bo placed across tho Main North road at the Town Belt, so as to carry Hood water down the ditch on the south sido of Opoho road into the creek. Referred to the Works Committee to report. The following letter, under date May 27, from tho Comptroller and Auditor-General was read :—" I liavo the honor to return tho balance-sheet of Dunedin City, with disallowance of the sum of L 1.228 18s 7d transferred in excess of the authorised limit from the gas to the general account. At the same time, I felt it my duty to placo in the hands of tho Crown Prosecutor the question whether the councillors havo not incurred the penalties imposed by tho Act for overdrawing the amount of the borough fund at tho bank."—The letter was roferred to tho Finance Committeo.

Mr C. C. Kettle forwarded copies of a lecture and a report upon the Bystcms now adopted in England for the disposal of house refuse; also a paper on ' Sanitary Sewerage,' by Mr H. P. Higginson, M. Inst. C.E. —Referred to tho Sanitary Committee. Tho following resolution, passed by the Mornington Borough Council, was read: —"That the offer of the City Council re Eglinton road be not acceptod, and that, as a last resource, the borough solicitor be instructed to take the necessary steps to appeal to the Resident Magistrate for his decision."—Cr Fisn characterised the letter as an exceedingly impertinent one, coming from a small, little Peddlington liko Mornington. Ho knew that the Duncdin Corporation bad gone out of their way to help Mornington in tho formation of roads across tho Town Belt, and it was most unseemly for them to write such a letter to that Council. He very much regretted to hear such a letter read from a kindred borough. Cr Barron thought that the Mornington Borough Council wero acting quite within their province in Beeking to ascertain how much they were entitled to pay, and how much the Dancdin Corporation wero entitled to pay for tho maintenance of a road between the two municipalities.—Cr Fish thought that tho clause in the Municipal Corporations Act making the borough of Dunodin pay portion of the cost of maintenance of the roads abounding in its suburban boroughs was one of the most iniquitous laws ever passed. The clause was smuggled through Parliament, as some clauses occasionally were.—The letter was received. HOSPITAL VAINTBKANCE. Cr Solomon wrote acknowledging the receipt of & communication from tho City Council asking information from him, as one of the Council's representatives on the Hospital Board, concerning tho probable result, from a financial point, of suggested alterations in the Duucdin Hospital. Tho Hospital Board had no control over tho details of hospital management, that being a matter entirely in the hands of the Hospital Trustees. He was, however, in a position to assure the Council that tho Hospital Trustees, in considering every proposal of alteration in the hospital, keep carefully in view the effect that suoh alterations may have upon the funds of the contributing bodies, and were, in his. oynnion, pot at ajl likely to take> ( ajW, steitf the terru.lt of which v/o'uld be to tmwigty

increase the amount at present required from contributing bodies for hospital purposes. The Trustees were, of course, quite alivo to the fact that tho cost of erecting additional hospital bnildiugß was a small matter compared with tho annual cost of maintaining them when erected, A letter was received from Mr James Robin bearing on the same subject. He stated that it was not expected that the additions or alterations which might be made to tho hospital by voluntary contributions now being raised would add to the cost of maintaining that institution to any appreciable degree, and perhaps not at all. The letters were referred to the Finance Committee, and a vote of thanks was passed to Cr Solomon and Mr Robin for their promptness in replying to the Council's request, TENDERS. Some discussion ensued as to whether tenders r-ceived for fencing the Triangle and the Southern Reoreation ground and repairing the Forth street bridge should be accepted. It was resolved that the tender of James Robertson and Co,, in the Bum of L 96 19s, for repairing the Forth streot bridge be accepted, this work being one of urgent necessity. It was resolved that tho tender for fencing the South Recreation reserve be declined in the meantime. Cr Fish moved—" That the tenders for fencing tho Triangle be meantime declined, the deposits returned to the contractors ; and and that the whole questiop of the finances of the City be referred to the Finance Committee to report to the Council at next meeting." Cr Solomon moved an amendment that the matter should stand over for a fortnight. Cr Fisu's motion was carried.

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CITY COUNCIL., Evening Star, Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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