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’["ho fortnightiv meeting of the St. Kilda Borough Council was held last evening, anil attended hv the Mayor (Mr W. T. MTarlunc), Cr<’ Harris. He!leer, Thompson. Dove. Edgar. Campbell, Scnrr, Allen, and Abbott. The Secretary of the Otago Expansion league wrote asking for one year's subscription (£s‘.—Referred to tlic Finance Committee. Tile Director of the Technical School v.iiito reminding the council that their instalment on their contribution should bo paid not later than December 31.—Referred to the Finance Committee. --Reports.- • The following statement 'vas submitted regarding the hank balwnces: —District fund account (dr.) £7,158 11s lOd. special loan account No. 2 (or.) £3OB 2r, 7d, special loan account No. 3 (cr ) £4,180 5s Id, drainage and sewerage account (cr.) £249 8s 7d.—Adopted. Tho General Committee reported as follows: —Letter ftoni Town Clerk, Dunedin, stating that his council would remit the charge (or water supplied to tho Expeditionary Force while at lahmia Park provided the St. Kilda Council made no charge against the owners of Hm Park lor watei. The committee recommended that the council remit their portion of the charge for water. —Letter from W. A. M'Ara, hnuling over tho sum of £ls 4s, being net proceeds of concert given by Mrs Hyatt in aid of the local iclief funds. Hie committee recommended that Mrs Hyatt and Mr M'Ara be thanked for the trouble they had gone to in the matter, and. that the amount he earmarked for distress work in tile borough —Adopted. -—Question of Procedure.— The Finance Committee recommended that Mr Lister’s price for printing 1.000 copies of the by-laws at 4s fid per page be accepted, provided the work was carried out up to the standard of the City Corporation's by-laws. Cr Tie liver moved the adoption of the clause. Cr Harris ixpressed sarpri.-e at the recommendation, an<l. suited that lie would like to know what tenders had been received. He did not think that any authority had been given for lender* to be called. Cr Thompson moved as an amendment •‘That the danse he dcle'ed, and the council call for tenders in the ordinary way. ’ The mover stated that tho proceedingis seemed .to him irregular, almost approaching {he-improper. In previous councils the -custom had been to call for tenders when a work was going to cost more than a fe,w pounds. The ordinary procedure should have been followed and tenders called for Iho printing. Members of the council would no doubt lie surprised to know that the price quoted was given away hack in 1909, and no other estimate bad been obtained. The whole thing had been gone about in an improper way. Cr Allen seconded the amendment, Cr Sutherland said that as far as the procedure being improper was concerned, that was a matter of opinion. If they were satisfied with the price 11 icy need not necessarily call for tenders. / V 1-Ir\l r*ii A ♦’l'rit llinvn itiitlnnf

t.r ncuyer said ir.m mete w.n, noiiiing underhand about Ihe business. He was perfectly satisfied tho council acre saving money. He world .'-laud by the price men- i ticned. I The recommendation was agreed to. Cr* Harris, Thompson, and Allen dissenting. —The Richardson Street Fire.- j In accordance with notice of motion, t r Dove moved— That it be hereby resolved that the council constitute themselves into a committee of the whole to inquire into the regulations as drawn up by the Fire Brigade Committee for the working ol the brigade. Cr Dove declared that the bell rang bn a ; lire in Richardson sheet on Sunday week | about 7 o'clock, and the St. Kilda. Brigade ; took 20 minute* to arrive on thescene. j The Citv Brigade anived first. Iho St. I Kilda motor was ready to leave, but the j captain declined to go, because bo said j 'that there was a regulation which .stated j that the motor must not leave until there j were four men ivady to go. He had tie- ; dared that it wat> more Mian his position was worth to do so, and hud declined to move or to accept outsiders who volunteered. , Cr Harris : Did he .-ay so to yon? Cr Dove declared’ that his information j came from, a reliable- source, and added j that there might be, several legulations which would need looking into. Cr Uellyer seconded the motion, stating that ho had been told that it was on account of the regulations that the engine did not get away. Cr Scurr said lie did not think they were concerned much about the ( ity Brigade getting there first. The f?t. Kilda Brigade had been very slow, but councillors did not want to make a fuss about it The regulations certainly wanted revising. Cr Sutherland said lie. thought it would I 'ne a wise thing to go into the whole. I mater of the rules. It was unfortunate j that on the liist occasion a lire had occurred at that end of the borough the brigade should have failed them. the question must ’be taken seriously. Cr Harris declared at the outset of his reply that he strongly objected to the i wording of the motion, which was a distinct insult to the committee. He also took strong exception to the remarks made j Iby certain councillors. It wit* very bad I ' fast*’ for them to atlenipt to belittle the | brigade on the statement.-- of outsiders. ] ! Almost every councillor had slated Unit j | somebody else had told him something, i i and on' that evidence they snokc disi paraginglv of their own bngadc. Ibe facts wane the City Brigade were rarer up from the St. Clair end before anv attempt was made to communicate -with the St. Kilda Brigade. A man leit on his bike to give the alarm to Sfc. Kilda, and bv tire time lie got to the station the Citv Brigade were halfway out. The regulations stated that the captain must , be sure of having three men with him betor,. leavin'* the station on the motor, and the council agreed to those regulations, 'i he irouble arose over the fact that when the alarm wad lirst given the man who rang the bell was so exhausted that it sounded like a church bell, and two firemen deputed whether it was an alarm. B ben thev discovered that there was a lire they made straight for the scene of the out- i break. The captain stated that he okl not wait more than from three to aye ; minutes. The brigade worked all right when thev got to the fire. He did not -.av it as a threat, but if the motion was carried he could nob continue to occupy the position of chairman of the committee, because H was a di-tinct reflection, on them. Hu declared, further, that if iain councillors were going to malm statement* such as they had-about the members of the brigade they would simply loss ♦hem. Personally, ho thought they had a most’efficient brigade. ... , • Or Dove stated that lie would leave, his jr.otiou as it stood. The*-motion was by 6 votes to o. R M. Wilson wrote drawing attention to the fact that there bad been delay in '•Millie to the fire in Richardson sheet. While'ho did not think the brigade were to blame, ho was of opinion that there would bo a recurrence of the. same difiicultv until some other arrangements wore matfe. He felt sure that until a competent driver was kept on the station in Charge of the motor it would be a poor •lookout for the’ residents in the outskirts of the district., - , Tlris letter was received, mid uTeired j to the Fire Brigade Committee to report. ■ ' There was ho opposition to that course bfiotc followed, i

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ST KILDA COUNCIL, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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ST KILDA COUNCIL Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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