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CITY COUNCIL., Issue 7944, 27 June 1889
The regular meeting held hojt evening was attended by the Mayor and Crs Sinclair, Solomon, Carroll, Cohen, llaynes, Hardy, Macgregor, Kimbell, Cramond, and Lee Smith.
CORUKSPONhKNVK. Cr Fish was granted leave of absence (luring the Besaion of Parliament. Mr (1. Lawrence asked permission to put in a crossing to taction 20, block Ho,_ King street, which he purposes using as a builder's yard.—Referred to the Works Committee to act.
Reid, Maclean, and Co. requested permission to make a railway crossing into their new building in course of erection in Cumberland street. Referred to Works Committee to act.
Mr W. H. Lambert offered L 4 for the flax on sections 9 to V2, Abbotshill, just above the Reservoir. Referred to the Water Committee to report. Mr Alexander Palmer asked that the path from William street to Alva street be asphalted.—Referred to Works Committee to report. J. and J. Watson applied for a special water service for a lift at the Grand Hotel. —Referred to the Water Supply Committee, CORPORATION OWNED < lAKWORKS. The Christchurch Town Clerk forwarded a circular stating that his Council intended, during the present session, introducing a local Bill to repeal that part of section 309 of the Municipal Corporations Act, 18S0, which prevents a municipality from erecting its own gasworks where gasworks already exist. The cooperation of the Dunedin Council was invited.
Cr Carroll thought the Council should express an opinion on the question raised. It seemed to him that tho Christchurch Council were asking nothing but what was reasonable, and he would move that the request be granted. Cr Con i;n would second the motion if it were put in this shape : " That the Council recommend this measure to the favorable consideration of the City members." The Christchurch Council simply wished to get rid of an objectionable restriction in the Act by which they were presented from having gasworks of their own, and were thus forced to submit to a grievous monopoly. Cr Barron thought the Council had no right to agree to this right off, but should consider the matter in all its bearings. He moved that the application be referred to the General Committee to report. Cr Kim hell seconded the amendment. Crs Carroll and Cohen accepted the amendment, which was carried.
ELECTRICITY FOR TnE TRAMWAYS. Mr J. Williams, secretary of the Tramway Company, wrote a3 follows :—" lam desired by my directors to inform you that they have been negotiating for the introduction and use of electricity as a motive power on the City tramways, and to request your approval of the proposed new motive power, and permission to erect the necessary wires along the streets. A deputation from the directors of this company will be pleaded to wait upon yon with complete drawings o: electrical cars and the roadway appurtenances at any time you may name." Cr Solomon said he did not know whether all the councillors would know what this application meant. It really meant tunning a wire line on the centre of the street. Such a matter would require very careful consideration.
The matter was referred to the General Committee to report,
THE EXHIMTIOX IHHLTHNCiS. Mr D. 11. Hastings applied, on behalf of tlio Exhibition Commissioners, for permission to erect a building on sections 6, 7, and 8, block 9, Crawford street reclamation, and asked the Council to sanction the permanency of the same, Cr Carroll moved that tho matter be referred to the Works Committee for favorable consideration. Cr Barron seconded.
Cr Cohen thought they should hesitate before giving permission for these buildings to remain there permanently. They were erected in their present form on the understanding that they wore to be used as Exhibition buildings only. He would not however, oppose the matter going to the Works Committee. —Referred to the Workß Committee to report.
THE CORPORATION ACCOUNTS. The following letter was received from the manager of the Bank of New Zealand :
I have the honor to inform you that the undermuntiowd Corporation accounts are debited as under, balances transferred from our London office:—
Dunedin City Corporation, No. 1 Account: Mortgage lean interest account, LOGO IGV, exch:ui;;e, at.'! p;r cent., L2B 16s 7d ; total, L 98!) Gs 7d.
Dunedin City Corpsration, No. 2 Account: Waterworks loan interest account, L'J;_ exchang , at.') per cent., fw "id ; tolal, Lfl f>s f>J. Dunedin City Corporation Loan t Consolidation Account: l'ivo per cent, intercut account, L 7,4015 54; exchange, at 3 per ceut., L223i 7d ; total, L7.C2S Si 7d. The relative cancelled coupons are at this oflici at your disposal. Tho letter was received. abattoirs for the city. Messrs Macassey, Kettle, and Woodhouse wrote as follows : Referring to the lcttor written by a number of citizens on 18th April, 1888, to His Worship the Mayor and councillors, we have the honor, under instructions from the gentlemen who signed the letter, to forward herewith draft of a proposed amendment of the Slaughter-houses Act, 1877, which has been forwarded to Dr Fitc'uett to bo introduced into the House at the present Ecasion of Parliament. Our clients propose to form a ioint stock company for tho purpose of erecting first-class abattoirs for the boroughs, and to enable the borough councils to make ag cements or contract with such company if they bo desire. It is necessary to add that the additional power proposed to be given to borough councils by the amendment Act should be applied for. Our object in writing to you is to ask you to obtain tho approval of the Council to the propostd amendment, and if such approval is obtained, to wire to the City members requesting them to support the Bill. If the Bill passes—and we see no reason why it should not—our clients will be prepared to make a proposal to tho Council for the erection, without any cost to the Council; of fh-Ht- class abattoirs for the boroughs. Cr KiMiiF.i.i. moved that the matter be referred to the General Committee to report, If there was any objection no doubt the matter would be frought out on the floor of tht House.
Cr Barron seconded, and thought that the step proposed was ono in the right direction. lie believed it would be better if the City of Dunedin had the control which this Act would give them over the meat sold to the citizens, And if this Bill became law it would be a permissive Act that could be taken advantage of or not as the City chose. lie would suggest, however, that to save time it would bo better to agree at once to the Act as desired, instead of referring the matter to a Committee.
Cr Solomon : Doe 3 Cr Barron think that some philanthropist is going to introduce a permissive Bill to give 113 something for which we need not pay ? Cr Barron : If Cr Solomon's ears were as long as they ought to be he would have heard what I said: that it is stated in the Bill that " the borough councils may take advantage of these abattoirs." The question is, of course, permissive, Cr Solomon: Cr Barron says: "If my ears were as long as they ought to be." If I belonged to the same breed as he does I have no doubt they would be. Cr Barron : Thank goodneßS, I don't belong to the same breed as you. Cr Solomon : A piece of impertinence, I call it.
The matter was referred to tho General Committee to report,
rtEPORTS. The Water Supply Committee reported having passed for payment pay-sheets and accounts amounting to L 63 2s lOd. — Adopted. The Reserves Committee reported having passed for payment accounts amounting to LI 7s 6d.— Adopted, Tho Baths, Sanitary, General, Works, and Gas Committees' reports were adopted. The City Surveyor's report was read and referred to the Works Committee to act. THE TRIANGLE. In moving tho adoption of the Finance Committee's report, The Mayor commented on the reconv
mendation to hand fiver to the Amenities Society 17250 for the purpose of beautifying the Triangle. The Committee had at command a sum of L4SS for contingencies, and lie wan of opinion that the Council were bound to carry out their agreement. The Triangle was at tho main entrance to the city, and if the Council could possibly do the work it should not be delayed any longer than was necessary. Some had asked why the Southern Recreation Ground had been overlooked. He would say that it was thought that if this offer from the society was not accepted now it might be lost altogether. That was one reason why the Southern Ground was not brought into the matter. A second reason waß that it was not advisable for a public body to stultify itself by going back on its promiso; and a third reason was that the Triangle was more important to the look of the City than the Southern Recreation Reserve.
Cr Hardy, in seconding the motion, had pleasure in thinking that there was a prospect of tho Triangle being improved. Cr Rarron thought tho Council should have the plan of tho fence before them. He would like to know whether, if tho Council erected this fence, the society would hand over this L 250 without going further into the matter.
The Mayor said they would get it,
Cr Haysks wished to know if it was competent for the Finance Committee to bring up a report recommending that this work be carried out, seeing that the Council at last meeting declined to open tenders for it. The Mayor thought the Committee were justified in what they had done. Cr Haynf.s took exception to the recommendation of the Committee. When this question of fencing was before the Reserves Committee the estimate for the work was L 450. That was the original estimate according to the plan. He held that it was not right that so much money should be expended on one portion of the City and other portions left neglected. Tho Committee had not been treated well in this matter at all. They had had this fencing before them for some time, and when tenders were brought in the Committee were told that there was no money, not even to the extent of L7O. Now it was said they had money to the extent of L 250. He held that it was equally important to do the fencing round the Southern Recreation Ground.
Cr Kimhki.l moved that the clause referring to fresh tenders be deleted. The City Engineer and several councillors had been round the different wards of the City, and had scheduled certain urgent and necessary works which would cost L 1,500, and to do it they had L4SO. It was shameful that while children were going to school up to their ankles in mud, while a bnilding th it cost L 27.000 was rotting for want of a coat of paint, while the streets were worn down to the very clay, and while we were Buffering from bad channels, and thereby threatened with typhoid fever —it was shameful, he said, to think of spending TAMO on this Triangle matter. Cr Ciumo.ni> seconded the ameudinent, and drew attention to the stato of the streets, particularly in Leith Ward. Cr Coni:n thought they should not decline the offer of the aociety altogether. It should he hung up a little while to see how the fiuances of the City went on. In all parts of the City the streets and footpaths were in a scandalous state, and the Council's first duty was to see how far their finances would go in remedying that state of things. Cr Lick Smith was sorry that he was compelled to admit that the Council could not afford to give this money at present. He regretted that very much, especially as he was one of the first to take an iutercst in the movement. When it was considered that the Council had L 485 to carry out work which would cost from L 1.200 to L 1,500, it would he abmrd to give 1.250 to the Triangle. He intended to recommend the Amenities Society to do as much as they could for the Triangle in the way of improving its appearance, and he would mako an effort to get some gentleman to supplement the amount already in hand, so that by the time the Exhibition came on the reserve would be more of a credit to the City. Cr Solomon said he did not think the streets were any worse than we would naturally expect to find them at this season of the year.—(Hear, hear.) The finances of the City were not in such a terrible condition as some people thought they were. The Council were morally bound to carry out the arrangement. Cr Lke Smith asked if there was any definite arrangement to do this work.
Cr Solomo.v : Yes; there is. Cr llaynes had been informed that there was a balance of L 485 available for public works. There was L2OO of that already allocated, leaving L 285 ; and, if this L 250 was given to the Triangle, L 35 would be left for ordinary work for nine months. The Mayor" said that Cr Kimbell bad stated that LI ,500 would be required for the urgent works. If be had said L 15.000 be would have been uearcr the truth. —(Laughter.) Ll,. r >oo would not look at the work which needs to be done in Dunedin. The Works Committee had gone round the town, and had concluded to do a certain quantity of work which they thought was necessary and should be done. That would cost about Ll!50, according to Mr Mirams's estimate, instead of Ll.fiOO, as Cr Kimbell said, The amendment was carried. Cr M'(jßEi:or moved as a further amendment—" That this matter be referred back to the Reserves Committee to bring up plans and specifications at a future meeting of the Committee."
Cr Barron seconded, saying ho would not like to sec the matter thrown overboard. Cr Solomon said the main reason for councillors voting for the amendment that was carried was that the City finances were not sufficient to carry out the work. As that was the case he did not see why the Reserves Committee should be troubled with considering plans and specifications. Cr Carroll also spoke against the amendment.
Cr Lee Smith : Is there any agreement ? because if there is, I must vote that it be carried out.
Cr Cohen admitted that there was an agreement, but no plans were shown, and he for one objected to voting tho L 250 until the plans were before them. On the suggestion of Cr Carroll, the Town Clerk read a minute of the Ist May with reference to a report from the Reserves Committee, from which it appeared that an arrangement had been entered into between the Council and the society.
Cr Lee Smhh : I withdraw my remarks. There is a distinct agreement, an.l I shall voto to carry it out. Cr Solomon : I told you of it all the time.
The Mayor said it was too late to talk of it now. The matter had been disposed of.
Cr Solomon said that several councillors had given their votes on a misunderstanding. In plain English, it would be a broach of faith not to carry out the contract. The Mayor suggested that the matter should be allowed to go back to tho Committee, and at next meeting councillors would havo an opportunity of reconsidering the question. Cr M'Gregor's amendment was then put and carried, and tho report as amended was adopted. MB LARNACII's CASE.
The Mayor said there was a special report from the Finance Committee referring to Mr Larnach's case. He thought the matter should be allowed to stand over till next meeting. Cr Solomon moved in this direction, and Cr Kimbell seconded the motion, which was carried.
TITE RESERVOIR. Cr Lee Smith gave notice of the following motion: —"That the engineer be instructed to keep tho water in the northern reservoir at a depth not exceeding 25ft, and that an independent report on the state of the embankment be at once obtained."
CITY COUNCIL., Issue 7944, 27 June 1889
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