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The fortnightly meeting of tho City Council was held last evening, and attended by the Mayor’ (Mr PI. E. Shacklock), Crs" Ciurk, Scott, Myers, Hayward, Menzies. Black. Todd, Hancock, Wilson, (ole, .fimaJl, Marlow, -Sinclair, Croen, Uegg. and Carroll. IV Carroll, w’ho was returned tho previous dav as a representative for Central Waul .iu' place of Mr A. J. Sullivan, was welcomed to the council by the Mayor. Owing to the resignation of Mr A. J. Sulivan from the council. Cr Menzien was appointed chairman of the Water Committee on tiio motion of the Mayor. Cr Wilson was appointed tho. council’*) representative on the Fire Board in place of Air Sullivan. —Library Committee.— Cr Black, in .moving the adoption of the Library CVirnmittee’ci report, pointed cut that iu these times of distress the Library Commit too wore t; pending a liitle money. They worn having a lot of wood and iron work painted to' give employment, at a cost of about £6O. The. report was adopted. —Works Committee,— Cr Small moved tho adoption of tha Works report. Authority had been granted to expend £4O in breaking Bloua in tile Water of Leith, near the Leith street bridge, provided that the Employment and Belief Committee contributed a similar amount. The work was to he considered a,s relict work, and he had no doubt that they would receive a favorable repiv from the Belief Committee m regard to this matter. Cr Scott wished to move an amendment —"That the committee carry out the widening of Pitt street." That street, ho said, probably carried as much traffic as any artery leading o£f Ceorge street. The Mayor said that this matter would come up in the Works Committee’s supplementary report. Tim, committee's report was then adopted. —Water Supply to Wharves.— Cr Menzies moved tile adoption of the IVator Committee’s report, which contained a refommeiielation that the existing mains in Rattray street and Wharf street be rep l ace Jby ;t 6iu main. The estimated cost of giving effect to the proposal is £1,300, and the committee's recommendation was subject to the Otago Ilarlmr Beard contributing half-cot. The report was adopted. —Geucrnl Committec. Or Green asked leave t» refer Cause 1 luck to the committee. This chm-e referred to the installing of a ventilating pvftem in the laundry a;, tin- Public Batiis, and it was referred back without discussi eii. Th" adoption of the General Conuuitteek report, was then moved by Cr Crceu. w lie-said that the committee bad been giving eoiisiderjitiuii to the question oi likern g the water supplied to the Public Bathe, ’j ae city engineer had been authot Bed to obtain, a working model of the proposed tiller, and also an analysis of the water, tile cost of which was not to exceed £1 7... Visitor.- and the public. generally thought that they should install a filtering system at the baths, and tho committee hoped to approach the council at their next meeting with a definite uvonnneudalion regarding tho matter. Cr .Sinclair asked Cr Creen to submit a statement to tho next meeting of tho council showing what had actually been speot on the baths. The report wan adopted. Eire trie Power.—

Ur Mai low moved, the adoption of tho Electric Rower and Lighting Committee’s report, lie said that the much-desired report in Mr F. J. Williams on the icpaira ..lone to W'aipori Falls hydraulic works had now come to hand, and lie felt -sure that councillors must have felt interested in reading it. Councillors wuilil noy that Mr Williams was confident that the council would have no anxiety in regard to the. staLditv oi the hydraulic pottion of the swum.’ With reguid to the tend era for the bridge on the Waipori mad, the comnntu'e .rtconiniendcd teal tile fender of Mercfc. blew.irt Thor., ,(| £1..,;80 Its, he accepted. This was uv.mrneuded on tho dtv *ngintcTs advice. He might tell tho council that Messrs Stewart Bros, hod submitted an alternative tender for £987 10s. Cr Scott moved as an amendment—

*• That the danse bo roii-rml hack to tho committee to consider tho tmulcr of £93/ 10;: from Mevci-.s Stewart Bros., and if roxe.-.-ary they get additional engineering advice on the same. Cr Men/.ies .said that it was not the .same bridge that Mosers Stewart Bits. referred to tor t lie lesser riini. fi Marlow explained that he voted in i ,r mmdteo fur accepting the engineer ,s te-c-,inundation, V>ccan.-c he. considered wmlo ho was, their export they had to a hide lav his derision. * nur nduiont was kn and Ihr report adopted.

(V (Ink infoiuneil she --mii'l they hoped very shortly to have u text of the tew gasholder. -—('avcr.-'i.i'H via Cargill Hoad.— •The principal mmtei contained in the Tramwavs Committee’* icport was the toi Miiaic'idatiou that ti.c J■ o1 f lion; service. lrt-twe.-n the I'ost 0:11- e ami t 'aversham ui Urn-gill vua I Ist discontinued. Cr Myers ot:id that, the annual Ws on tlii- route was £1.004 13s B<l, and the mccutvvm(,iicc t i'.at might rctsult to a, lew von Id not .justify such Jos.-. The eemee wit bout this van was a good mi; —there was a. 10 minuß's' service from tlm L’ edict 1 to tile corner of Forkuy road by the Si, Clair car. and a 10 minut.’s’ service by thv Main South road to Caversham. There bad been smite objections to the proposed abandonment., c.iul it had been said that the (trder-iu-Couiu i! compelled a certain rum.her of car-to be tun. These, how*evcr were merelv woikcic cars, which cotdd bo ],ut Oil. Ci Cliiik raised the point of order that fit. l motion was mconipetuiit, as it- implied the total abandonment of a. service stipulate;! by the Tuder-ii’-Cmmcil. Cr Mvot's agreed to tin- clause being vefcirtd I; to the f.onnnittcc in the meantime. This. wa> .agreed to. --■Otago Expandoii League. A d. put;dion from ’he Otago Expan.-ki-League necked (lie- council t" continue. t'v> support. given to; tjic past two years. Mr A. Bathgate said that £75 per year kid been voted for a period of three years, but they now learned that the tkreo committees which agreed to pay £25 a yca.v each had •■ecomiceiided that the payment b- not made Hus year, tho ground, for this hung that th;' Auditor-General had out some “tag” regarding this expenditure. The Expansion League had incurred linaucial liabilities "ii the strength of this imdt itak’ing of the louncd to provide £75 a year for three years (ending this year), and might not be able to meet them if the promised, support was w ithdnuvn. . ’The speaker pointed out that the corporation should be tire principal supporters of such a. league, nor only collectively (which they had done iso far), but individually (which had not been done). The league had dduo good work if only in augmenting Hie tourist traffic in the district, as wax evidenced by the report of the Tourist Department. The seed had now been sown, and there was every prospect that as the league made southern attractions- known this end of New Zealand would become more and more the playground for Australian holiday-makers. Mr Bathgate proceeded to show what manufacturing opportunities offered here—electric power for factories, good water, and sites close to the wharves and station. Tho league wore making those advantage* known, and deserved the support of tho representatives of the City. They asked not only that they should re• ceive this £75, but that the council should give even mow. perhaps £2OO, and that if legislation were necessary to enable the council to do to .such legislation should be promoted. Mr G. Femviok eaid that the Expansion League had done great rsvvice if onlv in dispelling tho feeling that had once been abroad—a feeling of pessimism as to ikfuture of Dunedin. Or Sinclair adeed what was the annual expenditure of the league in the p..:' ,' n months ? Mr Bathgate : About £9OO.

The Mayor said that they had been told by Iho auditor that it was an illegal payment, and tho question should therefore bo reviewed at least. C.* Wilson moved that tho question be referred hack to the Finance Committee to report L> next meeting. If the council did not support the Expansion League, who would V Cr Myers seconded this, explaining that tli ' tag put ujxin the account by the auditor rendered it possible that those councillors who voted for the contribution would be made responsible for a refund. O Marlow held the view strongly that ill" council should fulfil their obligation._ Cr Sinclair did not think the Expansion League was of much use in the City. The book provided for the council’s perusal did not diacioso anything of tangible, value. At tho same, lime, the council wore in honor bound to make their subscription for ihc three years stipulated. After that date he would" oppose, any further grant. As for the tourist traffic, it was the Government's place, to foster that. But what alfc-cted ins judgment more than anything else was tha perfect force iho league had made of Expansion League Week. They merely advertised .Dunedin and Otago in Dunedin and Otago where no advertisement was needed. On the vote it was resolved to refer trio question back to the Finance Committee.

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CITY COUNCIL, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914

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CITY COUNCIL Issue 15636, 29 October 1914

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