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NEETINC OF EXECUTIVE. A meeting of the executive of the Itanedin Municipal A 8SO « atlon c+l w *2 held In the secretary's office, Stuart street, last evening, and was well attended the president . (Mr James Connor) occupied the chair. The acting, town clerk of Dunedm wrote answering a number of questions submitted by the association relative to the public baths. The toW«MMt t»id to the contractor was £12,179 7s 6d. Which included £l3 14s paid for alterations. Nothing had been spent in alterations and repairs since the baths had been taken over from the contractor, except a few small amounts totalling about £l. The cause of the crack* in the Turkish baths was the settlement °* **"» P iers supP ol * lll !* tne floor beam. No decision had been arrived at as to who was responsible for the damage. The cracks m the bricks appeared before the expiration of the maintenance period.—Several members complimented the writer on the explicit information supplied, and the secretary was instructed to write thanking the council for the information. In regard to a question asked as to the ward system, the Wellington Town Clerk wrote stating that the ward svstem had been abolished in 1890. The change had proved beneficial; it did away with parochialism, as the councillors now realised that they belonged to no particular part of the city but were there to represent the whole of the ratepayers. The success of the system might also be gauged from the fact that no effort has been made to revert to the ward system.— The secretary was requested to write thanking the council for the information supplied. The sub-committee appointed to deal with the question of water filtration recommended that the council be urged to supplv the citizens with filtered water; that the council take into, consideration the question of cost, the more especially as the water department shows a good yearly profit.— After some discussion it was resolved that the-secretary write to the waterworks engineer, Mr M*Curdie, asking him for a copy of the lecture recently delivered by him. The sub-committee appointed to report on the question of drains-in-common stated that the principle of drains-in-common was bad, and should only be resorted to in cases where natural conditions demanded it. The committee believed that with the demise of the Drainage Board pressure would be brought to bear upon the governing body by the property owners affected to have such drains altered where practicable.—Adopted. / TJie sub-committee set up to inquire tote Mr Patterson's complaint re drains-in-common through and adjoining his properties at St. Kilda reported, inter alia, that the cost to those served will not be greater than by the direct service to the main sewer, as the Drainage Board has offered to pay two-thirds of the cost of the drain-m-oommon. The advisability of this arairwn-common was obvious, as the other side oi the street is a recreation reserve. The whole question of drains-in-common is worth pursuing still further, as many of the public are being unjustly, charged fox cost of same. These charges ought to be largely borne by general rate.— Adopted. A protracted discussion took place on the subject of pro-Germans in the community, and it was finally resolved on the motion of Mr T. A. Maitland—"That the citizens of Dunedin be invited to act in the matter of German disloyalty, and to report in such cases to the association, or direct to the Minister of Defence, who approved of their doing so, and promised to investigate every, authentic case submitted." It was also resolved that the secretary communicate with the Press in other centres, asking for their cooperation m the matter of German disloyalty.

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DUNEDIN MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION, Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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DUNEDIN MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914