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The monthly meeting of the. Maori Hill Borough, Council was presided over last night by the Mayor (Mr E. S. Clarke). There were present Crs Lillie, M'Millan, Armstrong. Passmore, Booth, Finer ty, Maxwell, and Laurie. The Secretary of St. Jehu's Parish Vestry wrote urging that the council ehoula not charge rates on tho Baimacewen property gifted to St. John's, which could not be used for any but church purposes. —lt was resolved to reply that the council had no power to remit tlio rate. The Leith Valley Patriotic Committed forwarded £7 15s lOd, the proceeds of an entertainment for Otago relict purposes. —Received.

The Acting Town Clerk, Dunedin, wrote that in reply to the borough's request that tho £IOO owing to the City for balance of coet3 of electric street lamps be debited against tho balance of purchase money, together with £IOO for the unused road lines in the Sullivan dam site, the request was granted.—Received. The Acting Town Clerk, Dunedin, notified the council that the E.P. and L. Committee were prepared to recommend the City Council to light 52 of the borough's lamps in the winter from 5 a.m. to daylight, at a cost of 4s per lamp per annum, and 20 lamps on the Town Belt for the same hours at 2s per lamp per annum.—The Mayor said this would involve an extra expenditure of £l2. and it was resolved to inform the Dairymen's Association (from whom the request for lighting originated) ftat the council could not grant the request, owing to the expense involved. (This expense is made heavy by the fact that all the lights are on one circuit, and if one is alight all must be alight.) Mr Q. M. Thomson, M.P., wrote that he had brought under the notice of tho Postmaster-General the desirability of establishing slot telephones at Maori Hill and Woodhaugh, and wa*3 hopeful that he would attend to the request without undue delav.—Received.

The Finance Committee's report disclosed a bank overdraft of £1,340 19s 6d. Reports from the Works Committee and the inspector of works were also received. The Mayor moved, and Cr Armstrong seconded, that the surfacemen's working hours be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., one hour being allowed (from 12 to 1) on fivo days of tho week, and from 8 to 12 on Saturday, and that the wages of the two men be Is 3d and le 2d respectively. Ho explained that it was necessary for the hours to be rigidly adhered to, so that no breach of award was made. He was satisfied that the ratepayers did not receive full value for the half-hour between 7.50 and b\— Mr Passmore moved as an amendment—"That the hours of the surfacemen bo from 7.30 to 12, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on five days of the week, and from 7.30 a.m. to noon on Saturday."—The amendment was carried.

A vote of thanks was passed, on tho motion of the Mayor, to Mr G. M. Thomson, M.P., for the interest and attention he had devoted to the affairs of the borough during the past three years.

The Port Chalmers School Gommsttio met last evening, Mr J. M'Lachlan presiding. It -was resolved, that tenders v fc called for the supply of coal and \vouifor school use. The committeo decided to rive the usual prizes to the chiUivri ftt the Christmas vacation. Tho Visitintr Committee's report was received, and it ■was resolved to ask the board to attend to aeveral necessary Tepairs. The anmol picnic was fixed for tho second Wc<lm•*• cU>y In February, at Evansdale. The retitor reported that the average roll f"r the past four weeks was 478, and tho average attendance was 456. ' The attendance shield was won twice by Standard IV., -with. 99 per cent., once bv Standard TJI., with 98 per cent., and once by KittAaid il, with 89 per cent. The 6*tra uniforms ordered for tho band have nofc yet been received, but are expected this •tfeek. Mr E. Godfred donated £1 for the uniforms, and 10s collected by tha band when playing in the square. (iSro volumes, 'Famous Sea Fights' and 'Scott's Last Expedition.' have been" received from the secretary of the Navy League for the use of the school branch. t Mr A. R. Sutherland and Mr T. M'Nie -were appointed a Visiting Committee fer the month.

The New Plymouth Tourist and Expansion XiNga* d»cided yesterday to bring nadir the notice of the QoT»rnm«it the advisability Of making a sp«d«l effort to bring the claims of New Zealand before the wealthy holiday-makers in America, wh& trill no debarred from visiting Europe for some time to come. A comprehensive advertising scheme in America and Honolulu, where many American tourists go> is to be suggested as the best ■- £t«»4v n accomplishing this end.

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MAORI HILL COUNCIL, Issue 15643, 6 November 1914

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MAORI HILL COUNCIL Issue 15643, 6 November 1914

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