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The fortnightly meeting of the City Council held last night was attended by Crs Fish (in the chair), Carroll, Solomon, Sinclair, Cramond, Cohon, Swan, M'Gregor, Hardy, Barron, Haynes, and Kimbell.

CORRESPONDENCE. M. Bullimoro wrotn:—"l am the representative of the Julien system of electrical traction, and I have recently arrived in Dunedin to run an electrical tramcar. lam anxious to obtain a building in which I can manufacture and prepare electrical appliances for the above object. I fiad that part of the :-oathcru or south market will suit my purposes very well, and I shall feel greatly obliged if you will kindly allow me tha use of it. I am prepared to pay a fair rent."— Referred to the Works Committee. M r George Foster wrote asking the Council if they would grant the Draughts Club the use of a hall for holding a draughts tournament in during Exhibition time.—Declined. VV. Gregg and Co. directed attention to a roadway at the end of Dundas street leading to the rifle range and round to a roadway at the north and north-eastern side of Pelichet Bay. They believed that if the roadway was in proper order it would lead to buildings being erected beyond the present termination of Dundas street. They are at present in treaty for a piece of land there for the purpose of erc.itiug a cottage and outhouses, but the ..resent state of the road, especially where the stream ran into Pelichet Bay, would be a serious objection to their taking the land. They estimated thecost of making the roadway fit for tram> at L2O. —Referred to the Works Committee.

LIGHTING THE STREETS BY ELECTRICITY. The following letter was received from Mr A. J. Barou, engineer at Wellington to the Gulcher Electric and Power Company, Limited, London : Having now completed for the City Council (Wellington) the installation of tho electric light into the streets and public buildiuga of tho City of Wellington, may I ask you to consider tho advisability of introducing this illuminant into your City. By adopting it for street lighting the Council could, when once tho plant; was laid down, derive a sufficient revenue from the supply of tho electric current to private houses, Bhops, factories, mills, etc., for lighting and power purposes to cover all the expenses incurred by its use in the streets. The enclosed newspaper cuttings testify to the complete suocess of the system here. Befoie the Wellington City Council adopted the clectrio light they were paying: For Gas: L 1,500 par annum ; 230 lamps of 12 candle power-a total of 2,760-candle power. Lighted sunset to midnight (seven hours) for twenty-two nights per month, making up about 1,818 hours per annum. For Electricity: L 1,750 per aunum, and supplying water (motive power); DSO incandescent Jhmps of 20-candle power-a total of 11,000candle pnwer. Lighted sunset to sunrise all through the year, making up about 3,700 hours per annum. It is of course difficult for me to give you a definite price tbat an installation in your City would cost without having from you some information (1) as to tho number and candle power of lamps likely to bs required; (2) as to the length of the streeti likely to be lighted; (3) whethor water is available, or ateam power would be required to drive the machinery. I may, however, state that the bigger the installation the leas the average cost per lamp for erection and maintenance afterwards, as plant to work 800 lampß costs but little more to lay down than that for 500; whereas a much larger revenuo can be obtained from the former than the latter. For a corporation in England an installation of 1,003 lamps, situated in buildings near the generating station, cost about L 3 per lamp, including site for station, chimney, building, steam engine, shafting, dynamos, cables, and everything complete. The cost of an installation for the streets depends, neccsaarily, on tha area to be lighted. In England, America, and on the of Europe, central electric light stations are being established every day, worked by corporations and private companies, and in many cases, where the gasworks were in the hands of the Corporation, the adoption of the electric light has led to a greater revenue being obtainable from tus same total candle-power than with gas, owins to tho smaller working expenses and the interest on smaller capital required foreleotrical plant. Ten years ago there were but few electric lamps in use. To-day there aro upwards of 20,000,000. Within the last eight months in England alone upwards of twenty-eight central stations for lighting aud power purposes have been erected, and eighteen more are in course of construction. In towns where there are large open spaces, or wide streets, it may bo found advisable, and much cheaper, to use the "Arc" instead of the "Incandescent" lamps, a3U9cd in Wellington. An aro lamp of 2000 candlepower will light up a radius of 100 yards thoroughly, and would cost from 2.V1 to SJd per hour to maintain; but in narrows streets and rights-of-way smaller lamps of. say, 20 or 25 cmdle-power are found to be quite sufficient. Tho elccttjc light is abaolutely steady when the motive power for driving the dynamos is eo, and is unaffected by wind or raip as gas is. The expense of lamplighters is also done away with, as by turning a switch in one direction the lamps over any area can bo instantaneously lighted from the central station, and extinguished by reversing the operation. I would also call your attention to another great development in connection with our system. The Corporation can derive a double revenue from their plant erected for electric lighting by supplying the electric current for power purposes to private consumers during the day time. Electric motors can be made from one-man power, suitable for, say, a sewiDg maohine, to 10,1:"\ or 100 horse-powor, for lift.-, pumping water, farm machinery, and similar purposes. They are much used by small, mechanical shopa where steam power cannot be laid down, and for many industrial purpose?. If the Council will entertain proposals I shall be mo3t happy to draft out a Bcheme ard supply all details on reoeipt of notice to d) so, and the requisite information as stated. Referred to the Gas Committee. REPORTS.

The reports of the several committees were adopted with scarcely any alteration. In connection with the watering of the streets, Cr Solomon said it was imperfectly done at present. The men who went round with the water carts seemed to bo engaged in getting rid of their time as oasily as possible, and in doing as little work as possible. Cr Sinclair (chairman of the Committee) explained that the carts were being repaired just now, but it was the inspector's duty to see that the men attended to their work. .On the Reserve Committee's report being read, Cr Kim bell moved as an amendment "That the £rst clause be deleted." The Market Reserve v»s already leased to Mr Lambton, who had co&BJdarably improved it at a good deal of expense. I+o thought, therefore, it was not right to take the lease awavfrom him. -Tho Chairman said it was , quite true what Cr Kimbell had said about Mr Lambton having considerably improved the reserve, and he thought his possession of it should not be disturbed except under special circiiffists.ue.efi. He understood that the reserve was wanted jto p switchbuok railway on during fcime, but seeing there wan to be a switchbacti rajlwuy in connection with the Exhibition ho did not think tho Corporation should let any reserve to be used for a purpose wluoh would bo in opposition to something that tho Inhibition Commissioners expected to make a largo profit out of.- -The clause was deleted, and the report aa amended adopted. or a sexton. Mr H. Booth was appointed sexton of the Southern Cemetery by 1 votes to 0 recorded in favor of Mr Findlay. COMMITTEES. The following committees were appointed :-« „, , . _, , Finance.—Cm Fish, Sinclair, Solomon, Haynes, Barron, and the Mayor. Gas.—Crs Fish, Solomon, Ccrroll, Hardy, Haynes, and the Mayor. Works. -Cm M'Gregor, Sinclair, *ish, and Cramond. , Water.—Cra Sinclair, Barron, Cramond, Swan, and Kimbell. Reserves,—Crs .Carrqjll, Swan, kohen, Kimbell, and M'Gregor. General.—Crs Barron, Swan, M'Gregor, Kimbell, Hardy, and the Mayor. TENDERS. The following tenders wore received : For supplying 700 yards bluestone metal. -George Calder, LlO2 10s; William Nicol, LlflS: Farrell and Gash, Lll6 17s 6d; David &u?kwood, LI 10 Is 8d ; Henry Harbor, LUO; E. Mitchell, L 155 6s 3d.— Referred to the W.orks Committee. For Stuart street weighbridge.—John Scott, L 5 Is ; C. Brown, L 6;' Jo£n Laing, L6.—The Chairman pointed out that fchjsre was only a difference of LI between the hidicst and the lowest tender, and as the latter was put in by Mr Scott, an excellent, trustworthy, and well-known man, it might be in the interests cf the City if his tender

were accepted although it was not the highest.—Referred to the Works Committee to accept the most eligible. For supplying shale.—Union Steam Ship Company, Australian Company's, L 3 15s per ton ; New South Wales Company's, L 3 15s; Katoomba Company's, L 3 10s; James Fox, New South Wales Company's, L 4. Referred to the Gas Committee.

WATER SERVICE TO THE NORTHERN CEMETERY. Cr Cramond moved—" That a water service be laid on to the Northern Cemetery before the dry season commences." He now moved that the matter be referred to the Works Committee, with power to act. Cr Haynes thought that if the water was laid on to the one cemetery it should be laid ou to the other, and he would like if Cr Cramond would amend his motion so as to include tho Southern Cemetery as well. It would cost about L7O to do the work. _ Cr Cramond said he had no objection to such an addition.

Cr Solomon disagreed with the proposal to lay the water on to the two cemeteries. The finances of the Corporation were not in a state to warrant even the expenditure of L7O on this luxury—a purely fancy thing. , Cr Barron also objected to the motion. The Chairman said he would strongly urge the Council to throw the motion out. The state of the Council's fund 3 was not sufficient to justify them in going to this expense. If they had plenty funds it would be a desirable thing to do, but he would urge on councillors to spend not even a single shilling they could possibly save.

Cr Hardy pointed out that most water would be used in the cemeteries just at the time—a period of about two months—when water was scarce.

The motion was negatived

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CITY COUNCIL., Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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