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CITY COUNCIL., Issue 8028, 3 October 1889
The fortnightly meeting of the City Council was held last evening; present— The Mayor, Crs Carroll, Sinclair, Cramond, Swan, Hardy, Fish, Barron, Haynes, Kimhell, M'Gregor, Solomon, and Cohen. LEAVE OP ABSENCE. Leave of absence was granted to Mr William Maitland, inspector of works, for five weeks, to enable him to visit Victoria. THE BATHS QUESTION. Mr Peter Lang wrote as follows:—"I hereby offer to you the floating dock (known as Murray's floating dock), the dimensions of which are : Length, 170 ft; breadth, 38ft; depth, 12ft (inside measurements). It is suitable for a public bath, and is provided with a 25cwt anchor, with sixty fathoms chain for mooring ; also a boiler engine and a Win centrifugal pump. Price, delivered at Dunedin, L 250 cash." This communication excited some laughter. Cr Solomon remarked that the dock would be about as useful to the Corporation as an Egyptian mummy. Cr Carroll said that while on the question of baths he might say it had occurred to him that the baths at Pelichet Bay should bo put in order, and the Baths Committee might take into consideration the advisability of leasing them for a long period, say about fourteen years. Cr Fish agreed with Cr Carroll, and thought that the Council should make some effort to put the baths in order, even if they did expend a few pounds a year on them. Cr Kimbell pointed out that the baths were now in very good condition, as, by cutting through a gravel bank near the baths, a scour had been made, and the mud wflich was once in the baths was now removed. The whole matter was referred to the General Committee to report. MISCELLANEOUS. Mr C. Wedge, town clerk, Roslyn, wrote that the Roslyn Council was desirous of effecting some improvement in the footpath on the -oad in the Dunedin Town Belt, immediately at its junction with tho Littlebourne road. He was therefore directed to request that the City Council would grant the Roslyn Council permission to widen the footpath at the point indicated by removing some of the bank on the southern side of the road.—Referred to the Reserves Committee to act.
Mr H. Park, secretary of the Kaituna Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club, wrote forwarding a plan of the proposed bowling green and tennis lawn for the club, which had beer started for the purpose of forming a bowling green and two tennis lawns on sections 13, 14, and 15, Cattle Market Reserve. To do this it would be necessary to divert the present watercourse, and he had been instructed to ask the Council's consent to the proposed diversion and to the plan generally.—Referred to the Works Committee to act.
The Exhibition Commissioners wrote asking the loan of two gas lamps and posts for lighting the entrance to the Exhibition buildings —Referred to the Gas Committe to act. Mr W. Simmons applied for permission to place a pie and coffee stall at the north end of the town between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.—Referred to the Works Committee to act.
Mr A. Garden, secretary of the Excelsior Cricket Club, asked permission for theclub to use the Montecillo Reserve as a cricket ground —Referred to the Reserves Committee to act.
Mr J. G. Butler, ranger of the Museum Reserve, wrote that many complaints had been made to him about the state of the reserve, and he added that in wet weather it was disgraceful, and the grass was being destroyed, as pedestrians would not keep to the paths,—Referred to the Reserves Committee to act. The ranger was authorised to stop boys from playing cricket and football on the ground. Twenty-ono property owners and rater payers in Clyde avenue, St. David street, and Clyde street petitioned the Council to put the channels, footpaths, etc., in those streets in order, as in some places they were much in need of repair. Tho ratepayers of Clyde avenue further asked that a lamp be put in the street in such a position as to light the north end.—Referred to the Works Committee to report. THE DUNEDIN CABMEN. The following petition was received : " We, the undersigned petitioners, being licensed cabmen, humbly pray that you will accede to our wishes in so far as removing or causing to be removed the hansom cabs from the stand or rank in front of the Colonial Bank, Princes street, as it has become their habit of late to ocoupy this position at nights, and it greatly interferes with us in the earning of our livelihood ; aud as you are doubtless aware that we have plenty to contend with owing to hard times, we look to you for assistance in maintaining what we consider our just rights. We would also point out that it is not a legalised stand." (Here follow tho names of seventeen cabmen.) Cr Fish said that it was his opinion that these drivers of hansom cabs were the worst class of cabmen in Dunedin—(the Mayor : "Hear, hear")—and their languago and conduct were at all times something disgraceful. Cr Sinclair said that if the men misbehaved! themselves the Council had the remedy in their own hands, as they could take away the licenses. After further discussion, the matter was referred to the General Comnjittee to act.
THE TRAMWAYS. Mr J, Wiili&ras, se.cretyk.ry tp the Dunedin City and Suburban Tramy/ays Company, Limited, wrote as follows:—"}; have the honor, on behalf of the Dunedia City and Suburban Tramways Company, Limited, to ask that your Council will pass a by-law for regulating the traffic on the streets on whi.cfr tramways are laid, so that the company's tramcars may not be impeded or obstructed when running on the rails. By a recent decision in the Resident Magistrate's Court it appears that such a by-law is necessary to give the Tramway Company security against interference with the traffic, and I beg respectfully to submit to your Council that such protection is due to the company. The power is conferred upon your Council by section 47 of the Tramways Afit, 1872, which enacts inter ,flso that the local authority may make by-laws as to ' the traffic on the road in which the tramway is bid,' and section 422 of the Municipal Corporations Act, Isßs (tramways subsection E), gives the Council power to make by-laws for ' regulating the ordinary traffic on the street on which any tramway ialaid.'" Cr Barron moved that the matter be referred to the General Committee, who were at present considering the by-laws. iSq doubt the Tramway Company had a grievance. ,ond as far as possible the Council should take the matter into consideration, and arrange someplanthat would be equitable to the company, as well as to all others who used the streets.
Cr Fish seconded the motion, but said he did so on different grounds to those Cr Barron was going on. He did not see that the Tramway Company had a grievance »t all. The facts were these: the Tramway Company had been established for many years, and a certain sum was charged for travelling in the cars. Opposition had come down here, and the result was that where the public before paid 3d they now paid Jd, and had the Tramway Company reduced their fares long ago'this new company would never We <sme in the field. But it had come, and fcho" Trjamway pompany now made a request to the Council which would, in effect, Btop fair competition, and' he would never support a matter of that kind. The company's rights should be protected, no doubt, but they should not ask for excpptjonal legislation, which would have a bad result on the freedom of competition. Cr SoLOipcttr said there was another view of the matter, and it was Jhis: if they made stringent regulations in favor ol the City Tramway Company it would be very de£ri< mental to the public; for not only would the Palace cars have to clear out, but every carriage a.ud bus would have to do the same when a tram camm along. ( Cr Kiatpif ttioughf; She letter should be simply received. " ' Cr Babron said that in .making his previous remarks his object was tnfct typ General Committee might bring up a fair and equitable by-law, and he bad not the slightest wish to give the Tramway Company any more power than they should have; but he would say this: that the Tramway Company agreed with the City Council to pay them a certain amount of
money for the purpose of doing certain things, and the Council should protect their , interests as far as possible. The motion was carried. THE MACANDREW MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN. The Secretary of the Macandrew Memorial Fund Committee wrote that at the last meeting of the Committee a proposal in favor of erecting a fountain in the Octagon in memory of the late Mr James Macandrew j was carried. He asked permission to be allowed to have the work put in hand. Cr Sinclair moved—" That the application be granted." He thought it was a very desirable object, and for that reason the Council should fall in with it without delay. Cr Barron seconded the motion, but would ask the mover to amend it slightly. There was not a single member in the Council who would not do all he possibly could to commemorate the memory of Buch a man as Mr Macandrew—(hear, hear)—but he held that they should have another object in view as well, and that was to see that all that was done was in accordance with what is right. For that reason the matter should be sent to the Reserves Committee for a report, and he would ask the mover to alter his motion accordingly. He hoped that the result would be the erection of such a fountain in memory of Mr Macandrew as would redound to the credit of the City and the good of the people.— (Applause.) Cr Fish said he would just like to express his surprise that any Northern paper should have fallen into the error of supposing that the LSO recently voted for the erection of a tombstone over Mr Macandrew's grave wai to come out of the funds recently granted by Parliament for the benefit of Mr Macandrew's daughters. The motion, amended as suggested by Cr Barron, was carried. REPORTS. The reports of the Finance, Works, Water Supply, and Gas Committees were adopted as published. On the reading of the Reserves Committee's report, Cr Kimbell moved its adoption, which was seconded by Cr Swan. Cr Barron said that the clause re the offering at auction of a year's lease of tho Southern Market Reserve discussed by the Council at its last meeting, and it was decided, so far as he remembered, that the man who now had it should be left in possession of it. With reference to the concrete block clause re the removal of the concrete block advertising vase in the Octagon, he did not see that it should be removed. He thought that it was more an ornament than an eyesore. He moved—- " That these two clauses—the first and the fifth—be deleted." Cr Hardy seconded the amendment.
Cr Solomon moved as a further amendment—"That the clause referring to the Southern Market Reserve be deleted." Cr Fish seconded this amendment. Cr Cohen thought it desirable that tho Council should see what revenue would be obtained from the reserve. Cr Barron's amendment was lost, and Cr Solomon's was then put and carried by 7 votes to 5. THE ORDER PAPER. Cr Swan moved, in accordance with notice—"That the footpaths leading through the Museum Reserve be top dressed with coarse sand and tar."—Referred to the Works Committee with power to act. Cr Swan also moved—"That the City surveyor be requested to report upon the underground drain that is laid down from tho top of Pitt street to the Town Belt; and also how many drains are connected with the same, with a view to ascertain its sanitary condition."—Referred to the Works Committee for a report. TENDERS. The followings tenders for painting the two fire brigade stations were referred to the Works Committee to accept the lowest:— Edward Admore, L77s 6d ; Raban and Smith, L 8 10s; Thomas Ridger, LlO 15s.
CITY COUNCIL., Issue 8028, 3 October 1889
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