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The monthly meeting yesterday evening waa attended by the Mayor (Mr J. Blaekio). Crs Grant. Hhrridge", Downes, Forgie, Mitchell, Barker, and Gooch. —Correspondence.—

From the Hospital and Charitable* Aid Board, stating that onjy a small proportion of the council'*, contribution had been paid, asking for a remittance, and that monthly payments Ik? arranged, as tho Government subsidy could only be claimed on levies paid.—Received. From tho Auditor-General, returning borough balanoe-sheet for year ended 31st March last, and tfiating that it had been certified subject to the exception endorsed thereon. —Received and ordered to bo printed, the exception referred to, tihe clerk stated, merely being a matter apportioning fluids. From John Mathews, Sawyer* Bay, complaining of & ccav bail for milking erected on Prospect row.—The Mayor thought this referred to a neighbor's fall-out. —The inspector to report. —Reports.—

The. Works Committee reported that tho surfacemen had beer, employed on the Main road from Logan Point toward Ravcnfcbourne, also cleaning out mud tank 3 and gutters. The committee recommended that the Railway Department be asked permission to cut back trees overhanging footpaths: also thr.t the Main road from Tut street to the railway bridge be put in. order.—Adopted. 'The Finance Committee reported that aeeountii unpaid amounted to £l9l 2s 4d, and receipt* for the month t<. £124 17s lid.—Adopted. —Fire Proposals.—

Cr Harridge referred to tho good work done by Captain Monk, of the Railway Fire Brigade, and a number of young men at a recent fire.—The council decided to writo thanking these men, alee members of the Railway Brigade. The Mayor said ho had liccn approached by a number of residents and asked _to form a fire brigade. The cost of providing a reel, hose- (I.COOft). hydrants, uniforms for 12 men, and a shed lor the. gear would amount to £250. Inquiries respecting a brigade had shown that before they could call on the insurance companies to contribute a fire board wnhl havo to be formed. Such a board would take (ho matter in hand. Of the initial cost the Government would pay 10 per cent., and the balance be equally divided between the council and th-3 fire board. Without- a fire hoard the council would have to pay the cost without the insurance companies' assistance. Were the council to run the brigade the annual cost would he very small, perhaps about £lO per annum, but with a fire board the service*! of a secretary would be included. The Mayor had promised that the matter should he placed before the ratepayers if the council approved. After discission ( r Barker moved—" That the council take steps to ascertain the opinion of the ratepayers respecting the proy-osil to form a fire board, and that a public meeting for that purpose bo hold."— This was agreed to. Tn reply to a question by Cr Gooch, the Mayor stated that the fire brigade proposal applied to Rofhee.ay and Ravensbourne Wards. Tho proposal includ.-d provision for keeping an emergency hose at tho higher levels.

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WEST HARBOR COUNCIL, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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WEST HARBOR COUNCIL Issue 15641, 4 November 1914

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