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Port Chalmers. —At last night’s meeting of this Council a letter was received from the Commissioner of Police intimating that the police would no longer be employed in collecting the dog tax.—The Baths Committee reported having received only one tender—viz., that of Mr Joseph Shaw—for the position of caretaker on the same terras as last year, and recommended his appointment. The estimated cost of renewing the baths with stone was gone into in 1894; the cost was then estimated at £l4O, and for wood £lO5. _ As this expenditure is at present out of the question the Committee asked for power to procure about 200 ft 3x2 timber to repair the gaps in the structure, and recommended that the baths be open to the public on Saturday, 6th November, which will give the inspector and dayman an' opportunity of making the required repairs. The report was adopted, Cr Murray dissenting.—ln reference to taking a portion of land in block 4, North Harbor and Blueakin district, as a site for a Presbyterian Church, a proposal to rescind the resolution of 6th September was negatived,—The Finance Committee were directed to interview the banker re a redaction of interest on the borough overdraft.—On the motion of Gr, Pedlow it was resolved—“ That the Council urge the member for this district to use his best influence against the passing of the Municipal Franchise Extension B;ll ( whi&

was not calculated to improve the interests of the municipality.” South Dunedin;— The ordinary meeting of 'the South Dunedin Borough Council, held last evening, was attended by the Mayor (Mr C. Fisher), Crs Sotting, Shacklook, Thomas, Fiddis, Holley, Osborne, M‘Key, M‘Curdy, and Marlow.—The'Secretaries of the Benevolent Institution and the: Hospital Trustees wrote asking the Council to appoint delegates to represent the Council at the annual meetings to be held on the 6th December next. The mayor was appointed delegate. The Finance Committee reported that Cr Shacklock bad been elected „■ chairman, , ■ and ! recommended that _ accounts amounting to £287 5a 82 (including £196 10s lor interest) le passed for payment. ; The Committee reported that the treasurer’s statement showed the following balances in cdhnection with the several accounts Municipal account, debit £377 ,3 1 -2 d; water Supply account, debit £408,6s 2J ; sanitary account, credit £77 17s 6dand interest account, ; debit £2,682 2s 2d. Adopted.—The Inspector reported that he had delivered the ten notices to the nightsoil contractor, with regard to his non-attention to his work. The inspector had .made an inspection of the premises in connection with which complaints had been made, and found that the necessary work had been attended to by the contractor. The water metre was registering very high, but he could find nothing to account for it except a few leaky taps. Received.—lt was resolved that the inspector write to the City Council asking them to cause a nuisance upon a section in M‘Bride street to be abated.—lt was resolved that in the opinion of the Cooncil the operations of the Municipal Corporations Act had been, fairly successful in the past, and left the control of local affairs entirely in the hands of those most interested in them. Farther, that it was most undesirable that any experimental legislation should be entered upon, and that the Council strongly deprecated any alteration in local government affairs; also, that a copy •of this resolution be sent to me members for the City and Caversham districts.

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MUNICIPAL., Issue 10460, 2 November 1897

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MUNICIPAL. Issue 10460, 2 November 1897

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