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annual meeting. The first annual meeting of the Dunedin Municipal Association was held 111 the Oddfellows’ Hall, Rattray street, last night. Tho president (Mr Donald Reid, jun.) was in the chair, and there was a , moderate attendance of members. In moving the adoption of the annual report and balance-sheet, the Chairman said the association had not been as heartilv supported as he could have wished", and it was a matter of regret that more capable men, who had retired from business, did not offer their services ' in municipal matters. The showed the total receipts to be £6B 12A 6d, and the secretary had, by and careful management, succeeded _ keeping the expenditure within The report dealt with matters association considered the most tant. Dunedin now owned more services than any city in New and these required constantly attention and care—more care and tion than can be given by men who engaged all day over their own business affairs. The opinion seemed tdfl be growing that it would be necessary hand over the management of the trading concerns to competent and well-salaried men who would give all their time andl attention to their management. This did not imply any want of confidence M' the City representatives, but simply that* in order to secure the best administration there must be permanent heads of depart--i ments, responsible directly to the council J and the public. At the present time the i responsible heads of departments reported) to chairmen of committees, who in tun* reported to tho council. There was net organised party to criticise matters ig municipal councils, as there was in Parliament, all criticism, if any, taking place in committee, so that the public heard nothing of it The other matters mentioned in the report would, he thought, be accepted by all, the only one that was at ail debatable being the proposal to do away with the ward system. The affairs of tho City could be easily grasped by a study of the excellent reports furnished by the Town Clerk and City Tii-.i-surer and the other officers of the <;m ■ poration. who have at ail time.-, eoiutcously supplied any information required by tho association and which he desired to gratefully acknowledge. Tire association also wished to record their appreciation of tho excellent service which had been rendered by their secretary (.Mr Hutton), who had dons much excellent work. Dr Gordon Macdonald, in seconding tho adoption of the report and balance-sheet, raid so far as the suggested abolition of wards wa? concerned the association had not expressed any definite opinion. The i executive consisted of men who were noli | possessed of fixed opinions on many matters. and if £ood reasons could be shown why a" certain line of action could be departed from the executive were quite willing to do so. It was quite evident; ho maintained, that something would have; to lie done with regard to the affairs of\ the ’City. The matter of draius-In-com*| men was a serious one. He had a greatj deal of sympathy with those property-] owners who were compelled to submit left drains being taken through their property*.*' There were some people who maintained! that the people of Dunedin had them-i selves to blame for the way the affairs oftho City wore carried on. The same ap-, plied to political matters. This lack of interest in civic and municipal affairs was; deplorable. He wished ho had the powett to rouse them into a sense of activity. ; Mr R. Duncan said the fact that that' City had nearly a million of money in* j vented in trading concerns was a good/; reason wli/ men with commercial expert feme should be engaged to manage them. With regard to representation, there was a decided dearth of men willing to submit, themselves to tho abuse inseparable fronl’ j public life. •, The adoption of the report and balancesheet was carried unanimously. The election of officers resulted as fol» i lows;— President, Mr James Connor;' vice-ppesiden.ts, Dr Gordon MaedonalA and Mr T. A. Maitland; committee-—* Messrs E. 13. Hayward, R. Dnncan, A. B* .Mercer, T. F. M'Plisrson, J, Eae, L. D» Coombs, G. Death, A. Bain, and Thoma* Fleming; auditor, Mr Alex. Megget. A vote of thanks to the retiring president terminated the proceedings.

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MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION, Evening Star, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914

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MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION Evening Star, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914