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HARBOR BOARD., Issue 8034, 10 October 1889
The regular fortnightly meeting was held this afternoon, and attended by Messrs J B. Thomsju (chairman), A. H. Ross, W. Wardrop, E. B. Cargill, J. T. Mackerras, N. Y. A. Wales, J. Carroll, A. Thomson, Captain Veal, Captain Sinclair, and General Fulton. FINANCIAL, The hank book laid on the table showed the credit balance to be L 4,269 9s lid. OLD MATERIAL. Captain Smith, of the Naval Brigade, asked for eight old wheels and some portions of piles for the purpose cf making a trolly to run the boat to and from the shed. The request was referred to the inspector. LEASE ABANDONED. Mr Henry Guthrie gave the statutory notice of Ins intention of abandoning the lease of a section in Rattray street, jointly occupied by himself and Mr Tomlinson, He was willing to continue in occupation of half the property. — Referred to Finance Committee. WORKS COMMITTEE REPORT. Your Committee have to report on remits as follows: on the lona, and]other recommendations of the inspector of works in connection therewith arc approved, and thesanclion of the Board is recommended. (2) Chamber of Commerce letter enclosing Captain Anderson’s letters : Recommend that a reply as per draft attached be sent, and that in a separate letter the attention oftho Chamber be drawn to two paragraphs published in the Evening Star of the 4th current in its London correspondent’s letter. (3) Tenders for leasing the dumping plant have been called for, to be received for next meeting. The Chairman moved the adoption of the report. Mr Carroll thought that the Board ought to express an opinion on the matter of Captain Anderson’s letter to the Chamber of Commerce,
* The Secretary read the following draft re, ply to the letter:
Harbor Board’s Orlieo, October, 1880. Secretary Chamber of Commerce, Dunedin. Sir,—l have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your favor of 28th nit., enclosing copy of corwpondence addressed to your Chamber by Captain Anderson, marine superintendent for the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company. Your letter was not received till the morning after the last meeting of tho Board, but ns the report of your Chamber’s meeting; appeared in tho Press before the Board’s meeting, notice was taken of theso letters, and they were referred to a committeeo to consider ond report upon them. The C-mimittco having done so, the Board have to express their regret that Captain Anderson should have so written to his principals, bis statements being contrary to net, and tending to damage unnecessarily the port of Dunedin in tho estimation of tin Homo mercantile community. The Board have to forward to the Chamber copi(B rl schedules of arrivals and departures from the Dunedin wharves of vesse’s drawing over 10ft, furnished by the harbormaster, extending over some two years, with memo, explanatory of the Noleoi case, and also copy of the self - registering tide gau. ; e showing state of tide at time of arrival or departure of theso vessels. Those show mo-t conclusively that the language employed by Captain Anderson was quite unjustifiable. The Board have to assure the Chamber that they have not lost sight of the desirability of furl her improving both the Lower and Upper Harbors, mid will enter upon that wo k so so n a*a necessity arises and circumstances will permit.— I have, etc., J. L. Gillies, Secretary.
The draft referred to in the Works Committee’s report forwards to the Chamber the following pnsentment made by the Committee on Captain Andeism's letters : course of the Committee’s inquiries, having a prejudicial effect on our trade and shipping, there wore two specially that we think the attention of the Chamber should be drawn to—-fir.-.t, tho delay (in some can s excessive) on the part of some of our larger importers in removing their goods after being landed : second, delays arising out of the present b-ystem cf Customs examination in the whaif sheds, especially in cases of dispute. In the latter they might be sent to bond till the dispute was settled, and then eximined there. Fi om those two causes ships are more delayed than from any other at this port. The interests of the Chamber and shipping might also be aided by calling their special notice to the attached extracts from tho London letter in the Evening Star, published on the 4th inst., which tends in the direction of supporting the view held by not a few, and not without some show of reason, that the efforts to concentrate trade in Wellington in tho interests of the direct steamer traffic is the real cause of the disparagement, or, as it has b en termed, the “attempted boycotting of theprt.” The Works Committee’s report was adopted. FINANCE COMMITTEE’S REPORT. Tho Committee, finding that, although spoken of, no official authority bad been given to ask for tenders for grazing right at Kilgour Point property, have authorised tenders to be called for, to come iu at same time as dumping plant tenders.—Report adopted, ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. The Chairman : At tho last meeting of tho Board I tendered my resignation as chairman, and I think I gave sufficient reason for so doing. It is not on account of any discomfort with anybody connected with the Board, but from circumstances outside which entirely prevent me from continuing to hold the position. The time I have hitherto given to the office I am unable to continue, for ray partner has left Dunedin for nine months, and I cannot spare sufficient time in tho future to come to the Board’s offices nearly every day. I will therefore ask you to appoint a chairman for the regaining few months of my teim of office. I am. happy to say that we have now got, I think, on the right side of the ledger, and have got clear of our big o.> erd*of|;. Will sopreone 'nominate a gentleman to apt in my place 'i It is only for about four months. lam sorry that I cannot finish out my year of office, but I promised my partner before leaving that I would relinquish it, and it seemed to please him, Captain Sro’iJr..jiß proposed General Fulton as chairman. General Fulton said ihat two or three memb?rs bad requested him to assume the office, but he had to decline. He begged to nominate Mr Robb.
Mr Wales seconded the nomination. Mr Ross: I may mention that I have been spoken to by one or two members of the Board, and if it is your wish, gentlemen, I have no objection to act till the end of the year—February next.— (Applause.) I shall endeavor, as I have before, to do my utmost to advance the interests of the Board. The action \vas put and carried unanimously. COMPLIMENTARY,
Mr Caeoill thought it was right that the Board should place on record their sense of the soivices rendered by the retiring chairman (Mr Thomson). For hia (the speaker’s) own part he was prepared to give a large amount of acknowledgment to those gentlemen who disinterestedly gave their time and services to the fulfilment of public offices. Tho position of chairman of that Board was one calling for tho sacrifice of a great deal of time; and they all knew that public services did not always receive that reward to which they were entitled. When gentlemen came forward and gave their services in a thoroughly disinterested manner purely for tho pub ic benefit, a large meed of praise should bo given them. Everyone would admit that as chairman of the Harbor Board, Mr Thomson had conducted its business in a spirit of earnestness and with a desire to do his duty in the best manner possible for the interests of the public.— (Hear,) Their chairman had been guided by that desire purely and solely. The Board should unite in a very hearty vote of thanks to Mr Thomson as an acknowledgment of the services be h&4 rendered. —(Applause,) Mr Ross supported the remarks made by the last speaker, and thought they should be recorded on the minutes. ’ The Chairman returned thanks, and said that, while sorry that he could not complete his term, fie was pleased that Mr Ross had consented to take office,
HARBOR BOARD., Issue 8034, 10 October 1889
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