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CITY COUNCIL.

The ordinary meeting of the City Council, held last evening, was attended by the Mayor (Mr H. Gourley), Crs Kimbcll, Fish, Haynes, Barron, Hardy, M‘Gregor, Swan, Cohen, Cramond, Solomon, Carroll, and Sinclair. correspondence. Sir Robert Stout wrote acknowledging the receipt of a letter to the effect that the Council thought it inadvisable to allow him to connect his drain with the London street sewer. He presumed the Council was unaware that the house opposite was connected with the sewer; also that the dirty water from various houses in Royal terrace and London street now found its way into the sewer. If the sewer was to be kept for pure water these drains, etc., should be disconnected, for one citizen should not have a concession another was denied,—Referred to the Works Committee to act. A circular was received from the Committee of the Railway Reform League, recently started in Auckland, requesting the active co-operation of tho Council in carrying out the objects of the League. Mr J. W. Brindley, chairman of the Otago Fire Underwriters’ Association, drew the attention of the Council to the high buildings either erected or in course of erection in the City, and pointed out that in the event of a fire in the top storey of one of these buildings the fire brigade would be helpless, and would simply have to look on and allow the fire to burn itself out owing to the present brigade’s appliances not being capable of extinguishing a fire in tho top storey. In view of this the Council was requested to purchase a suitable steam fire engine.—Cr Solomon; Do they say how much they will give towards it ? —Cr Fish: “Nix.”—The matter was referred to tiie General Committee to report.

An application by Mr G. H. Mackisack on behalf of residents of Upper Maitland street for drainage connection with the Stafford street main sewer was referred to the Works Committee to report. Messrs Harrison and Whiffen, managers of the Crompton Electric Supply Company of Australia, Limited, wrote from Melbourne as follows“ We hear you are about treating for the supply of lighting your City by the electric light. Having the honor of lighting a portion of your coming Exhibition, permit us to ask you to defer settling any arrangements until we can demonstrate to you the many advantages our system has over others. We have already erected stations for councils in these colonies, and are therefore in a proper position to guarantee you every satisfaction.”—Received. Mr T. C. Maltby, Resident Engineer, N.Z.R., wrote that the right of access to the railway by private siding at Wingatui had lapsed, but the Railway Commissioners were willing to allow the renewal of same under an agreement for five years if the Corporation desired it. In consideration of the nature of the traffic it had been decided not to charge rent for the use of the siding.— Referred to the Works Committee to act. Dr Hocken, chairman of tho Early History, Maori, and South Seas Court connected with the Exhibition, wrote stating that the Committee were much in want of some manuka wherewith to thatch a magnificent Maori house now on its way to the Exhibition from Hapier. He asked that they be allowed to cut half a ton of suitable twiggy branches from one of the reserves.—Referred to the Reserves Committee to act.

A complaint by Mr J. N. Merry, Beach street, as to tho inconvenience which ho aud other residents in Beach street are subjected to by having no proper way of getting to and from their houses, was referred to the Works Committee to act.

TIIE HANSOM DRIVERS’ COMPLAINT,

On the petition signed by eight hansomcab drivers, asking for a stand in the centre of Princes street, being read, Cr Sinclair moved that the petition be referred to tho General Committee with power to act.~(Cr Fish : Oh, no.) There was a good deal in what these men said ; and there was no doubt unnecessary blame had been thrown on them. Probably a few of them were bad, but the Council had power to take away the license of any objectionable person, and should not punish the whole class. To his knowledge many of these men were respectable, and earned their living in a legitimate manner. 11 e did not see any harm in trying the experiment suggested by the cabmen as to changing the stand ; if it was found that it was not suitable it could be shifted back to its present position. Cr Carroll seconded the motion. Several of the hansom drivers had spoken to him and explained that their all was invested in their hansom, They were willing to conform with what was reasonable, but objected to being made to suffer because among their number there were a few black sheep, Cr Fish moved—■“ That consideration of the petition be deferred.” His reason for doing so was that the General Committee had had under their consideration tho question of cab stands, and had drafted a bylaw which fixed the particular stand for hansom drivers. It should be borne in mind that any remarks councillors might make were not against an individual hansom driver, but against the class as a whole. If there were respectable drivers they should purge themselves as far as possible of tiie objectionable members of their class. He would reiterate that, as a whole, those in charge of hansom cabs were very objectionable indeed, and any person in the habit of passing in front of the Post Office could not fail to notice that the hansom drivers were in the habit of lounging about tho front of the building, spitting and using objectionable language. The other day oue of their number—perhaps not one of those who signed the petition—was charged with driving about town two prostitutes who were drunk and riotous. He (the speaker) was inclined to think that hansoms wore used agreat deal too much for that same purpose, and it was the duty of the Council to put a stop to it, otherwise no respectable person would continue to ride in them, and the well-dis-posed drivers must suffer. Cr Kimbell seconded the amendment. It would be time enough for the matter to bo threshed out when the General Committee’s report came up for consideration. Cr Solomon agreed with what had fallen from Cr Fish. No doubt some of these hansom cabs were largely used for the purpose of driving prostitutes about the City. The Council had, firstly, to consider the public convenience, and, to his mind, the stand proposed by the drivers was an objectionable one, Cr Fish : The intention of the General Committee, I am told, is to place them in Water street, and to allow one at the corner of Princes street.

Cr Sinclair had no objection to the matter standing over as proposed. He took exception, however, to Cr Fish’s remarks, which were both unfair and uncalled for. True, some of the hansom drivers conveyed prostitutes about town; but the evil was more notorious in the days when there were only waggonette cabs. In those times drunken men used to be decoyed into cabs, driven out of town, and robbed. Cr Fish remarked that the respectable men among the hansom cab drivers should report any bad conduct on the part of their fellows. The amendment proposed by Cr Fish was agreed to. THE TOWN HALL BUILDINGS. Cr Fish drew attention to the absolute necessity that existed of painting the sashes and external woodwork of the Town Hall buildings. The work was, he said, really perishing, and it would be folly on the part of the Corporation to delay dealing with the matter. He moved that it be referred to tho Public Works Committee to have specifications prepared and to call for tenders. Cr Carroll seconded the motion, which was carried, after Cr M'Gregor had ex pressed the opinion that the tower of the building required looking after, as he was informed that the internal part was falling down owing to damp coming through. LORD ONSLOW’S VISIT. Cr Solomon said that before the Council rose he would ask permission to bring a matter forward without notice. He observed that at Christchurch the Council had taken into consideration the question of giving a reception to the Governor. His Excellency would be in Dunedin in a few weeks, and the speaker thought it was desirable that the Council should appoint a committee to frame an address and consider what steps should be taken in the matter of

welcoming him. He therefore moved— j “That a committee, to consist of the Mayor, j Crs Fish, Hardy, Carroll, and Cohen, be 1 appointed to take such steps as they may think necessary to welcome the Governor on his arrival in Dunedin.” Or Barron expressed the opinion that the motion was most opportune, and anticipated that a loyal welcome would be ex- j tended to Lord Onslow on the occasion of his j first visit to Dunedin.

The motion was carried, with the addition of Cr Solomon’s name to the Committee.

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CITY COUNCIL., Issue 8040, 17 October 1889

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CITY COUNCIL. Issue 8040, 17 October 1889

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