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CITY COUNCIL, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914
The fortnightly moving of the City Council was heid last evening and attended by tho Mayor (Mr J. B Shaddock). Crs Myers. Small, Clark, Hay-ward, Begg, Mcnzies, Black. Todd, Hancock, Wilson, Colo, Marlow, Sinclair, Carroll, and Green. —Turkish Bathe Repairs and Alterations. — There was some discussion on tho question of alteration* and additions to the Turkish baths, which tho General Committee recommended that Messrs Fletcher Bro«. cam- out at an estimated cost of £l6O 15*. * Cr Givcu said that the contractors wero» prepared to meet tho council in a fair spirit to do what was outlined to make the walls .«vcure, and would not press the council for payment of tho money at once. It was a question between the contractors ;vud tho council whether tho cost came out now or from next year's allocations. Cr Myers seconded Cr Black said that these walls were like a loose eet of teeth in a mouth; they could be shifted with a Cioth pick. He moved that the clause referring to tho Turkish baths be sent back, and that specifications be drawn up by the architect and tenders called for. It "was an extraordinary thing that the architect was ignored and the advice of tiie builder taken. Cr Clark seconded tho amendment.
Cr Wilson said that the contractors, for their own honor, were willing to do this at a minimum cost to the council. They had already shored up tho ftaors. ami it would be unfair and unwise to take this work away from them and open it to tender.
Cr Can-oil asserted that in other works undertaken by the building surveyor a tungl© had been made. Cr Sinclair opposed the amendment. It seemed to him that what they wanted to knmv was who was responsible, for the sjveincati.-ms not Iwintj sufficient for the Turkish baths. Was Mr Gough responsible? Tho chairman should enlighten them on the whole matter
Cr Menzks supported the committee's proposals. Cr Sinclair had asked a- very j pertinent question— who was to blame*'.' Weil, tho council were responsible- themselves. Representation had been made to tho council that this work should bo dono by an outside architect, and the work car-l-ied out in that way. Had the councillor* who favored this proposition been suceessful there -would have boen no bungle in the speaker's opinion. But tho council, on the recommendation of the General Committee, bad authorised the building surveyor to supervise the work, though it must have been evident on previous experience that 1 that officer was not competent to undertake eufh supervision. As far as Fletcher Brt>i». were concerned, from the council's previous experience with them ho was satisfied that their price was fair. The builders were not responsible. Tho responsibly rested upon the council's officers through preparing faulty specifications. Cr Marbw said that he- could support neither amendment nor motion. He was not prepared to say that the building surveyor was responsible, because he believed that endeavors were made to pet him to keep down to the figvre estimated. Tho Mayor sr.id that ho had never heard b. building criticised like this one. If tho builder had kept to the specifications, then the architect was to blame, but if they had not, then sufficient supervision had not been given. Ho thought the time haft come to revise the council's whole practice in these matters. They had certainly saved architect's fees and tho cost of supervision, but they would soon have mere than paid theso in and repairs. Cr Green, in reply, said that, in justice to the building surveyor, he must sav that he had discussed the stability of the walls weeke before the report came down. The cause of tho subsidence in the floor was held to be due to a drain being put through by the. Drainage Board after the buildimr had been ejected. 'The Drainage Board had insisted upon a drain being put through after the building was in course of erection. Now, this £l6O was j not all for repairs. Many of the items were additions, which were considered to be advisaole, and had never been speci- _ tied. In fact, the actual repairs were only "" £56 of the total. He had yet to learii j that tho survsyor was much out. The amendment was lost, and the committee's recommendation adopted. —Reswrves.— Cr Todd moved the adoption of the Reserves Committee's report. Cr Black wanted to know if there wae anything particular that could be done at | present, becau.se thpro was a lot of unemployed about. There'was work that could bo put in hand in Roshn. Cr Todd said that tho superintendent of reserves had been instructed to report I at the committee's v.ext meeting ou tho question of children's playgrounds or recreation grounds. The report was adopted. —Electric Power.— Cr Marlow, in moving the adoption of ! the Electric Power and Lighting Com- ' nuttee's report, sard that the committee regretted that they couid not see their: way to make a grant to the Expansion : League for another year. They had advice ; that it was not legal to do so, and they '' had to look at trio matter front a legal position. Tho report was adopted. —Tramways.— j Vr .Myers moved tho adoption of the ' Tramways Committee's report, which recommended that .Mr _M. C. Hondeison be at/pointed acting consulting electrical engineer for the tramways, and that the ap- | plication from the Expansion League for ■' the continuance of financial assistance be I declined. i Cr Green maintained that the Expansion ' League had dono an immense amount of good, and that tho council ought to asfcist them in every w;.y. A giant could be • voted to the league by the .Finance Committee out of unauthorised expenditure. Ho commended the Gas Committee on having had the cu'irogo to make a grant to the league, j Cr Menzies moved, as an amendment— i "That tho Tramways Committee's report be adopted, but Hint the committee be asked to report to the next meeting the reasons for delaying for 20 months the question of stopping or reducing the David street service, a« teconimended by them ;it the last meeting of the Council." j Cr .Myers said he would bi< glad to have ' the information given in regard to the second part of the amendment. i Ci Menzies: Do I undeistand you will j comply with the request asked for? Cr Myers: lam prepared to do that. Cr Menzies then withdrew his amendment, and the report was adopted. —Gas.— Cr Clark moved the adoption of the Gas Committee's report, which recom- : mended that the emu of £25 be paid to J the Expansion League for advertising space |
in the league's publication. Cr Clark thought thnt it* other committees had wishad to give a donation they could havo found ways of doing it legally. His committee felt that, it was only "right to adhere to the promise they gave for three years. Cr Sinclair moved, as an amendment—"That (he clause making a grant to the Expansion League ho deleted, and that the whole matter be referred to the Finance Committee." Either the leaguo should (jet the £IOO a year that was promised them or they should not. Tho Mayor that tho league should get the previous donation or none at all. Cr Clark said that he had no objection to the whole matter being referred to the Finance Committee.
This wos agreed to, and the Gas Committee's report as amended was then adopted. —Reravmont of Loan.—
Hie council confirnKd the resolution passed on October 14 authorising it to borrow £9,400 for the repymtnt of a loan of £IO,OOO raised hv th:< late borough of South Dunedin in 1904. The accnud sinkhi" fund in connection with the loan is £6OO.
It was resolved—"That, for the purpose of providing the interest and other charges or: tho loan of £9,400, the City Council levy a special rate of Jd in the £ upon the rateable value of all rateable property; and that such special rate shall be an 'annual recurring iato during th© currency of such loan, and be payable half-yenily, on tho first day of May and the "first day of November in each and everv vear during tho currency of such loan" being .i period of 20 years, or until the loan is fully paid off."
CITY COUNCIL, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914
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