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MUNICIPAL., Issue 8026, 1 October 1889
South Dunedin. —Last night’s meeting of the South Dunedin Borough Council was attended by the Mayor (Mr Sullivan), Crs Fisher, Marlow, baker, Osborne, Cossens, Fiddes, Hallam, and Davie, MrM. Robertson wrote resigning his position as councillor for South Ward, as he had gone to Melbourne. The resignation was accepted, and the town clerk instructed to take the necessary steps to fill the vacancy,—The Water Supply Committee reported that a deputation from the St, Kilda Borough Council waited upon them with regard to obtaining a supply of water from the Main street main. They recommended the Council to sell the right to obtain water, provided the St, Kilda Council agreed to pay one-half of the cost of main—say L 5 per chain —and one-half of the cost of maintenance from date of the acceptance of the conditions. The report was adopted.—The Fire Brigade Committee reported that they had inspected the firemen’s uniforms and they were unfit to wear. They recommended that the fire brigade be empowered to procure fifteen suits, at a cost not exceeding L2 9s per suit. On this report being read, Cr Fisipit said that he should be very glad to see the fire brigade get new uniforms. No person could be more anxious than he was to see the firemen turn out respectably clad. They were a deserving body of men, and after eight years’ wear and tear their clothing must certainly need renewal ; but the Corporation’s finances seemed very low. A statement of the yearly income of the borough and also of the unavoidable outlay showed the total income to be L 1,805 7s Id and the outlay L 1,766 4s 3d; that aftededucting from the income the outlay, which of necessity must be met, there remained for street maintenance and all other calls that may come upon the borough a balance of L 39, which had long since been paid away—so that they were absolutely without money. The borough was already sunk L 2,000 beyond its borrowing limit, and councillors should still be fresh on the broad hint they got from Wellington. Under this financial position he failed to see how they could decide to grant the uniforms. The report was adopted.—On the motion of CcHallam, seconded by Cr Cossens, it was resolved that the question of piping in front of Mr Downie’s section, in Surrey street, be referred to the Works Committee with power to act.
Port Chalmers. —At this borough council’s meeting last night a letter was read from Mr Mills, M. H.R., intimating that he had no opportunity during the late session of obtaining amendments of the Municipal Corporations Act, desired by the Council, owing to the inability of the Government to introduce an amending Bill.—The Guloher Lighting Company wrote detailing the advantages of electric lighting.—The Works Committee recommended that the following works be carried out-,—A crossing at Kaio lane; a crossing, 7ft wide, across George street, in line with the west side of Currie street; and one across Scotia street, to the east side of Grey street.— The reports of the Baths and Finance Committees were also adopted.—lt was decided to call for applications for the post of borough surveyor. A deputation of the residents of Mansford Town waited upon the Council for the purpose of asking it to annex Mansford Town with the borough. Mr Throp pointed out that the amount of revenue which would be contributed would be about LBl. At present the taxes paid by them went to the Waikouaiti Council, and very little benefit was derived in return. The whole of their supplies were purchased in Port, and this he considered entitled them to some consideration at the hands of the Council. He had no doubt that the Mansford Town people would be quite willing to pay a reasonable amount of taxes. The Mayor stated that the Council had decided to call a public meeting, at which the matter would be discussed on its merits.—Cr Pullar was elected chairman of the Finance Committee by six votes to five given to Cr M'Kenzie. —The Finance Committee, with the Mayor, were appointed to report upon the best steps to be taken in
connection with the disposal of the old police station and other endowments for the purpose of liquidating the municipal building loan.
MUNICIPAL., Issue 8026, 1 October 1889
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