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CITY COUNCIL.

Last night’s meeting was attended by the Mayor (Mr H. Gourley), Crs Solomon, Park, Carroll, Mount, Haynes, Miller, Chisholm, Hardy, Denniston, Swan, and Gore. CORRESPONDENCE. The adjourned hearing o£ formal objections to the taking of certain lands in the city by the Dunedin and Kaikorai Tramway Company was further adjourned at the request of the solioitora for both parties. Messrs A. Lorie and Co. wrote complaining of the dust in Princes street, and suggesting that the street cleaning should be done at midnight, so as to finish before the traffic began in the morning.—Referred to the Works Committee to report. Mr T. Ronayne, general manager of the New Zealand railways, wrote by direction of the Minister of Railways acknowledging the receipt of a letter forwarding a resolution adopted by the Council in regard to the necessity for the erection of a new railway station at Dunedin, and informing the Council that the matter would receive consideration.—The letter was received. The {Secretary of the Dunedin and Kaikorai Tram Company, Limited, wrote offering £SOO for section 1, block *l. Upper Kaikorai, and allotments 42, 43, and 44, subdivision of section 2, same block.—Referred to the Reserves Committee with power to act. The Secretary of the Otago Harbor Board wrote informing the Council that any temporary consent given by the Board to the discharge of city sewage into the harbor had been revoked.—Referred to the special Committee appointed to deal with the matter. The Secretary of the Board also wrote stating that the Board agreed, without prejudice, to expend another £2O in obtaining a further quantity of rotten r->ck for the unformed streets on the reclaimed land, provided the City Council expended a similar amount.—Referred to the Works Committee to act. Mr Scobie Mackenzie, M.H.R., wrote stating that he should have much pleasure in supporting the proposal to obtain a training ship for the colony, and Mr J. A. Millar, M.H.K., also wrote to the same effect.—The letters were received. THE CITY SKWEES. Cr Solomon moved the adoption of the Public Works Committee’s report, the motion being seconded by Cr Mouat. Cr Chisholm moved as an amendment—- “ That the second clause, with reference to the sewer openings, be referred back to the Committee.” He said it was a humiliating thing to hear that the city engineer could not suggest a remedy for what was becoming a tolerable nuisance to the City, and if the engineer could not tho sooner the Council found an engineer who could do so the better. The speaker had spoken to tradesmen, who had suggested a most effective remedy of the evil, and he ventured to think, without going to tho highest authority on engineering, that the Council could get men who were in tho habit of building sewers to do this work without the slightest difficulty. Ho was sorry to s oak in such a way about an officer of the Corporation who bad been so long in- their service, but the time had arrived when one must speak plain on the matter. They bad in the City twelve sowers emitting a smell that must be remeliud, but the engineer in his report could not make any suggestion to cope with the evil. If their engineer could not make a suggestion, then they should consult someone who could. Cr Swan would second the amendment if Cr Chisholm added : “ That the services of another engineer be obtained to consult with Mr Mirams.”—(Cries of “No.”) Cr Swan said that this was an important matter, and it was the duty of the Council to attend to the health of the people. The engineer had reported over and over again that nothing could he done, and surely there was no harm in calling in another expert. Cr Chisholm said he refused to accept the last speaker’s suggestion, because he was sure that the Works Committee would be able to find a remedy for the evil. Cr Swan said he would second the amendment.

Cr Miller said Cr Chisholm’s remarks were hardly fair. Tho engineer did not say he could not remedy the evil, but that he could not take the responsibility of putting in a preventive The question before the Committee was not the sowers of the City, but tho one near Cr Chisholm’s place. As one who had travelled round the City, he had not met with any serious smells from the sewers, but. nevertheless, he thought that this was a question which should be attended to. It was hardly fair to put the responsibility on the engineer. Cr Haynes said he would support the amendment, with the view of seeing if something could not be done with regard to remedying the evil — not oclv with respect to this particular sewer, but also others. Ifo believed that a remedy would be found by making a number of mud tanks, hut it would be at considerable expense. Cr Denniston had no objection to the clause being referred hack to the Committee, but whoever drew up the report had certainly not done the Committee justice, as only one sewer was under consideration—viz , the one in Rattray street. Tile remarks made hy Or Chisholm, he thought, were uncalled for, as Mr Mirama did point out a method hy which the evil complained of could he remedied.

Cr Gome supported the amendment because it was desirable that stench traps should be placed on'tho pewrrs.

Cr Solomon raid Cr Chisholm had been somewhat unjust to Mr Mirams. Those who remembsrod the ease of Sorgood v. tho Corporation would realise how very serious a thing it would be to interfere with this sewer in Rattray street In mob n manner as to risk another flood. Mr Mirams said considering the enormous volume of water which sometimes came down tho opening referred to it would be an extremely dangerous thine to trap tho sewer and expect it to carry the water it was now called upon to_ carry. Everybody knew it could bo trapped if tho Council were satisfied to put in more openings in tho sewer. This would involve more expense, but the engineer said it was not practicable to trap the sewer in the ordinary way with safety. After further discussion the amendment was carried, the report being subsequently adopted as amended.

THE TRAJI SERVICE. Gr Haynes asked if His Worship could inform him whether the Tramway Company were compelled to run in accordance with their timeHis object in bringing the matter before the Council was to ventilate a grievance that the citizens had against the company. On Saturday night last the tramcar which was timed to leave Princes street for the north end of tho town a few minutes before eleven did not leave till twenty-five minutes past. The conductor collected the fares on tho stroke of eleven, and about quarter past the hour a number of the passengers felt they were being trifled with, and got out of the tram and walked home. It looked to him like taking money under false pretences. The tram had been allowed to stand at the starting point half an hour in contravention of the by-laws (which said no tram should stand for a longer period than fifteen minutes) and to the great inconvenience of the travelling public. He would ask His Worship to instruct the inspector to see that tho by-law was carried out In the future. The Mayor intimated that ho would bring the matter before the General Committee to instruct the inspector.

NORTHERN RECREATION GROUND. On the motion of Cr Swan consideration of the application of the cricketers and footballers of North Dunedin with reference to the Northern Recreation Ground was further deferred till the next meeting of the Council. REPORTS. On the motion of Or Miller the clauso in the Water Committee’s report recommending that the application of the New Zealand Co-operative and Agency Company for a supply of water to to the engine in their Rattray street shop be declined was referred back to the Committee, and the report was adopted as amended. The reports of the other committees were adopted without discussion.

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CITY COUNCIL., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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CITY COUNCIL. Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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