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The ordinary meeting of the Obago Harbor Board, held this afternoon, was attended by Messrs J. T. Mackerras (in the chair), J. Thomson, A. C. Begg, W. Barclay, W. Wright,. J. Carroll, and Captain M'Kinnon. _ FINANCIAL. The bank book, which was laid on the table, showed.a orebit balance of £3,558 10s lid. CORRESPONDENCE. A letter was received from Mr William Brown, leasee of section 29, block 55, complaining that the wall of the New Zealand Insurance Company, which encroached on the section, was not strictly a party wall. It was not suitable for a party wall for the building he wished to erect, being four storeys high. He asked the Board to consider whac-remedy they were prepared to propose.

A letter from the New Zealand Insurance Company, dated July 23,1886, was read, asking psrmission to build a party wall, and asking tne Board to provide that the purchaser cf section 29 was to pay for the cost of such party wall when used.—The Board's letter in reply, dated 30th July, 1886, granting the request on the condition that the person leasing the section should only be called upon to pay for half suoh portion of the wall as might be used was also read, and a further letter from the company agreeing to the condition.—Mr Carroll said the matter was one for arbitrators to decide.—Mr A. C. Begg said that Mr Brown had taken the land with his eyes open, and the matter was one between him and the company.—The Chairman pointed out that the trouble was that the Board had leased a greater area of land than they had power to lease.—After further discussion it was decided to leave the matter in the hands of Mr Gourley and Mr Mackerras to see if ( they could not bring about an amicable arrangement. Messrs Moritz;on and Hopkinvwrote asking to have one lease prepared for their three sections in block 59, pointing out that an extra lease meant an additional cost of £4 for a £7 section.—Application declined. A letter was received from the secretary of the Dunedin Sanitary Institute asking the Board to take part in a. discussion on the Local Government Bill at the Town HallReceived. The Huddart, Parker Steamßhip Company wrote asking for a refund of part of the annual pilotage fee of £42 3a 4i paid for the Tasmania, which had been wrecked after haying entered the port only once after thu payment of such fee.—lt was resolved tdi grant a refund of half the amount paid. reports.

The Finance Committee reported having passed accounts amounting to £2,460 17s 3d. The letter from the Wellington Harbor Board with reference to the Wages Protection Bill had been considered, and it had been decided to forward a reply, stating (1) that it did seem an unusual course to single out local authorities for special legislation ; (2)_ that the Board were strongly of opinion, particularly in the case of corporations such' as harbor boards, that the Contractors and Workmen's Lien Act, by which it was provided that every employer shall retain for thirty-one days after the completion rif any contract quarter of the money, payable under such contraot, was sufficient protection for the workmen whether under the principal or any subcontractor, the elaborate returns proposed to be Bent by the new Bill were harassing and vexatious to an unnecosserv and extreme degree; (3) that if the'new Bill was to go through, the Board agreed with the Wellington Board that the expression " personally," as regarded the liability of any local authority, should be more explicitly defined; (4) that the Board agreed with the Wellington Board that an amendment of the Contractors and Workmen's Lien Act of 1892 was desirable in defining more clearly the date of completion of the work, but, with a view to secure such an amendment of ,the law, it was undesirable to initiate fresh legislation, at all events for the present. The Board were prepared to co-operate with the Wellington Board to prevent legisktion such as that objected to. —The report, embodying the above letter, was adopted. The harbor-master reported tbat the latest soundings gave the following lowwater depths: Bar soundings, leading beacons in line and open to east 22ft, and open to the west 21ift; north channel, 30ft; west channel. 19ft, 21Jffc, and 22ft on three best lines; Victoria channel, 14ft lOin on the 29th ult. The shipping returns showed : Arrivals 51, with an aggregate tonnage of 43,945 tons; and departures 49, with a tonnage of 46,554 tons. The report was adopted.

The. report of the inspector of' works stated, inter alia :

The Vulcan is still in the Victoria channel off St. Leonards, where she has only a short distance to dredge. The material at this place consists of compact clay and Bhells, and is very difficult to deal with. I regret to say that the new cutters are not acting very satisfactorily. . . .The New Era has been working at the cross wharf berthage. She has dredged the whole length of the wharf, except a small piece at the extreme southwest corner, which she should finish this week. The material has been principally hard clav and stones, which had to be removed for the safety of vessels. When the cross wharf is finished I purpose, if it meets with the approval of the Board, to put this dredge to the berthage at the Victoria wharf. . . , The surrey at the entrance of the harbor has been somewhat delayed by the prevalence of unfavorable weather. I have got the soundings taken as far out as the mole. They are being plotted, and I hope to be able to lay the plan before the Board by Thursday first. North Head works: Most of the stone available has been put out from the quarry to the embankment, and When the sea was smooth some of the men were employed in securing the piles of the staging. The piles to be driven at the outer end.of the staging have been prepared for sending down to the Heads. A quantity of black Pine ordered for the superstructure has come to hand, and the special pile driver required for the work is being constructed. The plans for the new wharf shed are in hand, and tenders will be invited as soon as they are ready. On Thursday last the Koputai's boiler was subjected to the hydraulic test, as provided for in the contract, and the results were very satisfactory .rne repairs to the office building have been completed, and the proportion of the cost payable by the Agricultural Hall Company is now due. Some time ago I received authority to call for tenders for the purchase of the gear taken out of the New Era. A pressure of other work has prevented me from getting the matter attended to. I would bow take the liberty of asking that the authority be varied, and instead of inviting tenders for the plant, it be fold by auction. 1 think it would fetch more that way.

The report was referred to the Worts Committee to report.

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HARBOR BOARD., Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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HARBOR BOARD. Issue 10456, 28 October 1897

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