An adjourned meeting for the discussion of the Local Government Bill was held at the Town Hall last evening. A number of members of suburban boroughs were present. Mr F. W. Petre occupied the chair. At the previous meeting Mr R. Sandilands had moved—“ That this meeting approve of the Bill so far as it proposes amalgamation of the surrounding boroughs with the City.” To that Mr L. Kemnitz had proposed as an amendment—“ That in the opinion of this meeting the operations of the Municipal Corporations Act have been fairly successful in the past, and leaves the control of local affairs entirely in the hands of those most interested in them ; that it is most undesirable that any experimental legislation should be entered upon ; and that this meeting strongly deprecates the alterations and obliterations proposed by the Local Government Bill.” Mr F. Mallard opposed the motion, regarding the Bill as unworkable. Dr Ogston approved of the Bill, which was, he said, in the right direction, its provisions being modelled on the latest Home system. He expressed himself strongly iu favor of compelling the hill boroughs to cease polluting the town with I heir drainage, and ho approved of the provisions of the Bill which would secure air spaces about the houses ; but he was opposed to that portion of the Bill which perpetuated the idea that a town council might appoint a health officer. What was wanted was a health officer who must have a life appointment, and not be liable to be removed by any town council that might feel aggrieved. Mr A. R. Barclay maintained that the present system could not go on. Tile mere matter of expense made it too serious. The interests of the city and suburbs sometimes came into conflict where they should be one and the same. Mr Bridgman maintained that the drainage question should be taken out of the hands of the City altogether. If they got a drainage board and a drainage scheme, and compelled all the bodies to carryout that scheme, they would do well. Mr Sandilands said that the main object tie Institute had in view in the present matter was to remove the conflicting interests of the adjoining boroughs, which prevented the City of Dunedin being what it should be—tho first city of the colony. The amendment was carried on the voices. The secretary Was directed to forward copies of the resolution to the city and suburban members of Parliament.
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SANITARY INSTITUTE., Evening Star, Issue 10469, 12 November 1897