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The regular meeting, held this afternoon, was attended by Messrs J. R. Thomson (ehairman), A. Thomson, \V. Wardrop, J. T. Maekerras, N. Y. A. Wales, E. B. Cargill, General Fulton, and Captain Sinclair. FINANCIAL. The bank book laid on the table showed a credit balance of L 1.690 lis Bd. CORRESPONDENCE, Dr Hector wrote declining to pay clues on exhibits returned from the Melbourne Exhibition.—Referred to Finance Committee. The Colonial Bank forwarded a statement of the Board's London account, which had a credit of L 42 0s 2d. A communication from the Port Chalmers Borough Council stating that accommoda tion could be provided for the Port pilots and deputy harbor-master in the new building, was referred to the Works Committee, this being resolved on on the casting vote of the Chairman as against a motion that the offer be declined. Communications were received (one from the harbor-master) in reference to the damage sustained by the Rotomahana through collision with the Elderslie, and the Secretary mentioned that the captain of the Elderslie had asked him whether, in consideration of the large sums paid as dues, etc., the Board would pay part of the cost of the damage.—lt was resolved that the application be not entertained, as it would form a bad precedent. An offer was received for the Balclutha, and it was resolved that she be sold at the risk of the former purchaser. THE Bill DREDGE. The following letter was received from Captain James Stewart, written from the dredge at Halfmoon Bay, on the 27th: — " On getting abreast of Ruapuke we met the westerly wind, and anchored at Port William at 4 p.m. next day (2Hnd) after leaving. At 3 p.m. on the 24th got underway, the glass having jumped up half an inch, but the wind backed to the W. and N. W. fromS.W., and when abreast of the Solanders we had to come back,_ and anchored in Halfmoon Bay. The barricade that was put across the bows got washed away and broke the bolt that goes between the cheeks of the head winch. We cime here, aboutthree miles further than Port William, do as to got any little thing we wanted to close up the bulwarks, which we expect to be completed to-night. We have got a wooden knee, and are bolting it to the deck to make a stem to put bulwarks on. The engines are working very smoothly, and everything is right. . '. . Everything points to an early change. The barometer has been all night at good weather height, and we have also the new moon, so that we should get away soon." Mr Mackerras : Then the accident is not so serious The Chairman : Not at all. It is only the barricade that is carried away. The Secretary mentioned that the wives of two of the men on the dredge had received letters from their husbands, who Bpoke very highly of the way the vessel had behaved in the storm. jenkins's petition. The Secretary laid on the table the following extract from a letter addressed by him to Mr A. 11. Ross, M.H.R., in reference to the caso of William Jenkins, who has petitioned Parliament in connection with his transaction with the Board: — " No copy of the petition has been presented to the Board, so that its contents or allegations are unknown. I presume it has reference to section 44, block 1, Wharves and Quays Reserves. In 1809 section 44, only partially reclaimed, was put up to auction, and William Jenkins became tenant at a ground rent of LG per annum. Tho lease expired 20th February, 18S3, and, according to conditions, valuation of improvements and valuation of ground rent were made. On being put to auction, as there were no higher bidders, Mr Jenkins's lease was renewed at the joint valuators' rental, L3O. In JSB4 Mr Jenkins began to get behind with his rent, and as there had been a fall in rentals the Board made a reduction of 25 per cent., covering two years and a-half, and finally, as the fall in rents became chronic, and there was much pressure all round, the rent was reduced on 20th February, 1887 (which covered half year from 20th August, 1S86), to the rent of L2O per annum. Jenkins still continued in arrear, and was perfectly unreasonable, and the Board had to sue him . , . and got judgment. The Board even then made a deduction cf LlO, and now, because I press him for his reduced rent he petitions Parliament. Such are the facts of the case, and I think Sir George would have taken a wise step had he made himself acquainted with the facts before adding to the wild waste of papers with which Parliament is so much flooded. As a test of the market value of ground in Jenkins's neighborhood, a half section adjoining Jenkins's whole section, without any buildings on it, brought on October 25,1887, at open auction LlO, being exactly a similar rent to that to which Jenkins's section was reduced. He always kept harping on his improvements, but these are not included in the rental, and as he still continued lessee he had not to pay for them on the renewal of his lease. As I have said, no copy of the petition was served on the Board, and of course I do not know who signed it; but it would be desirable to know who are the signers of the petition, as they might also be tenants. If you ask the Chairman of the Harbor Boards Committee of the Upper House to allow you to see a return of Board's tenants I forwarded to him by order you might compare the names." AN EXCURSION STEAMER FOR THE HARBOR. Mr A. Alison, manager of the Devonport (Auckland) Steam Ferry Company, wrote with respect to a proposal to place one of the company's ferry steamers on the harbor with the object of carrying out an excursion traffic. '' To enable this to be done successful it is necessary that there should be suitable wharves or landing-places at such points as are attractive. I am informed that the wharves at Broad Bay and Portobello are

not in a position for a steamer to go alongside. The draught of water drawn by the steamer (loaded with say 1.000 passengers) would be sft, no more. I have strongly recommended my directors to send either the Eigle or Osprey (sister boats) for the purpose above mentioned ; and if your Board can so arrange matters in connection with harbor business as to place reasonable facilities for carrying out an excursion traffio, there is little doubt but the proposal will be carried into effect. The question of suitablo —not expensive—landing-places is the only present objection raised by the directors, who are otherwise unanimous." Mr D. G. Stephens (inspector of works) reported that the depth of water in Portobello Bay and Broad Bay was not such as would allow any boat of a greater draught than 4ft to get through at low water of an ordinary tide. To reinstate the present jetties so as to render them safe for a boat of the Eagle's length to go alongside and land such a number of passengers would cost about L 75 per jetty. The Secretary mentioned that Mr Guthrie, who was agent for the company, had intimated to him that they would be willing to pay a toll of, say, a penny per passenger, and would collect the same for the Board. The Chairman said that the expenditure on the two jetties mentioned and on one in the Upper Harbor would cost altogether about L2OO. After discussion it was agreed—" That, provided a revenue of one penny per head were charged each passenger, the Board would consider the repairing of the jetties ; the company to be so informed, with the depth of water." REPORTS. The Workß Committee reported that an application by Martin and Watson to have their lease of sections 48, 49, and 59 transferred to H. Driver and Son was recommended. Dredge 222 had been given a complete overhaul, which had cost a considerably larger sum than was anticipated, but much of it was required whether she had to go to work or not. The certificate under which she had been despatched to Melbourne showed the hull to be in excellent order, cleaned and painted; the engines and boilers in excellent order; the machinery in good order; the outfit complete and in good order. This certificate was signed by Alexander Guild, in' specter of machinery, Melbourne Trust Commissioners; P. G, Stephens, inspector

of works, Otago Harbor Board; and J. Cook, inspeeinir engineer, Union Company. She had alao been examined, passed, aud certificate! by Mr Crawford, Government inspector ol machinery, who was thoroughly satisfied with everything that had been done toeneuro her completeness and safety. .In addition to her own ordinary boats, a large and complete lifeboat had been sent with her.—Report adopted. The Chairman of the Finance Committee reported that, failing the obtaining of a quorum, himself and Mr Wardrop examined the accounts which had been previously examined by the Works Committee and were now recommended for payment— L2,7Gl> 15s 7d.—Adopted. The Harbor-master reported as follows : "Ou tho 19th insr. took soundings at the entrance of the harbor, and found the least depth at low water in the line of leading beacons to be 23ft 6in; beacons open to thu westward, 23ft; and to the eastward, 22ft." Tho shipping returns for July showed seventy-three arrivals of 33,336 tons, and sixty-four departures of 35,500 tons. The Secretary remarked that the depth of water reported was Gin greater than at last report. The Board rose at 3 p.m.

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HARBOR BOARD., Issue 7998, 29 August 1889

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