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CITY COUNCIL., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
The fortnightly meeting of the City Council was held last evening ; present—the Mayor, Crs Solomon, Sinclair, Cramond, Cohen, M'Gregor, Carroll, Smith, Hardy, Barron, Haynes, and Kimbell. THE TRIANGLE. Mr A. Bathgate, hon. cecretary to the Dunedin and Suburban Reserves Conservation Society, writing with reference to the proposal to improve the Triangle, said he was instructed by the Committee to ascertain if the Council would consent to the society fencing the reserve by public subscription. The society would endeavor to raise the necessary funds for that purpose, and from the promises already made there was every prospect of success. The plan of improvement would consist of the whole reserve being enclosed, and a belt of 20ft right round planted with trees and shrubs. It was proposed to plant elm trees, and the shrubs to be such as lilacs, hawthorns, laburnums, pittisporums, etc. (chiefly flowering shrubs and without any conifeno). As regards the remainder of the reserve, it was proposed to level it down and sow grass seed, while a 20ft path would be taken diagonally across from the ' Daily Times' corner to the corner of Rattray and Cumberland streets, passing round the fountain, which should be placed in the centre. It was too late now to carry out these improvements this seasta, and it must be understood that the society would not do more than the fencing, the rest of the scheme to be carried out by the Council as
funds and other considerations would admit. The subscribers who had been spoken to on tho matter agreed to give their subscriptions, notwithstanding that the Council were unable to carry out the improvements at present. The subscriptions at present promised amount to L2BO, and an additional LSO to L7O would have to be raised.—Referred to the Reserves Committee. The Town Clerk of South Dunedin wrote stating that he was directed to bring under the notice of the Council the bad state of the water in the South Dunedin mains. The borough, being in a low situation, was the receptacle for all the refuse, and the Council would therefore feel grateful if they were allowed the free use of water for scouring the mains. It was now over two years ago since they were cleaned out.—Referred to the AVater Committee to act. THE ANNUAL ELECTIONS. The Town Clerk reported that the councillors who retire by rotation are Crs Fish (South Ward), Barron (High Ward), Sinclair (Bell Ward), and Lee Smith (Leith Ward). REPORTS. The reports of the several committees were adopted. The Inspector of Nuisances, in his report for the quarter ended August 11, 1889, stated that he continued, as usual, to patrol daily the leading and back streets of the City, visiting back yards, lanes, etc. He had served 198 notices, and had succeeded in abating 190 nuisances, the remaining eight being in abeyance. On the readiug of the Gas Committee's report, as published, the Mayor moved its adoption.—Cr Solomon said since the report had been adopted by the Gas Committee some particulars had been brought under their notice with refoience to the order of retorts. There was some difficulty with regard to duty, and he would move that the clause regarding the retorts be referred back to the Committee.—Cr Babkon seconded the amendment, which was carried.—The report, as amended, was then adopted. The General Committee reported as follows :—Legislative : Your Committee beg to report having under revisal proposed amendments and additions to the existing City by-laws, and in view of the numerous amendments and ehanges made in the bylaws from time to time, your Committee are considering the desirability of repealing the whole of the by-laws and making a new code. Your Committee recommend that the centre of Princes street, in front of the Caversham cabstand, be appointed the stand for the Palace cars and omnibuses plyiug for hire to South Dunedin, St. Kilda, and Caversham. Tho attention of the Inspector of Police has been called to the conduct of the hansom cabmen as reported by Mr J, Wood.—Adopted. After consideration of the Reserves Committee's report it was resolved by 8 votes to 4 that C. Cloustou (sexton of the Southern Cemetery) be appointed sexton of the Northern Cemetery. For the poßt of assistant sexton C. H. Godby and H. Booth each received six votes, and the Mayor gave his casting vote in favor of the former. TENDERS. The following tenders for lengthening hydraulic mains were received :—Joseph Sparrow, L3B 10s ; Kincaid, M'Queen, .ind Co., L4G ; Cossens and Black, L 55 Bs.—The tenders were referred to the Gas Committee to accept the lowest. THE (JASWORKS LAW CASES. Cr Solomon said that with tho permission of the meeting ho would mention a matter
that was not down in the ordinary business. He thought that the Gas Committee should be asked to inquire into the condition of the Gasworks as regards the possibility of the escape of noxious gases, for it seemed to him that the position was not what it should be. He was inclined to think—in fact, he was quite satisfied that the present arrangements and condit'on of the works were of such a character as to render the Council liable at any time. Cr Sinclair : I think if Cr Solomon is going to talk in this strain it is better for the Council to go into committee, Cr Solomon said he was quite agreeable. Crs Barron and Hardy thought the matter should first come before the Gas Committee, and let them report to the Council. Cr Solomon said if the Council did not wi9h tho matter brought forward then he would give notice in the usual way. This was agreed to, and the Council adjourned.
CITY COUNCIL., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
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