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lho monthly mooting of the Maori Hill Borough Council, held last night, was attended bv the Mavor Mr 10. S. Clarke), Crs M'Millan, Passmore, Armstrong, Maxwell, and Lawrie. Cr Lillie wrote stating that as ho was not residing in the borough, and consequently out of touch with the electors, ho thought it advisable to resign from the council. Ho acknowledged that owing to the council's lack of funds ho had been able to do little for South Ward, and his experience confirmed his belief that amalgamation with the City would mean the progress of Maori Hill, it was now recognised, oven by those electors and councillors who opposed amalgamation, that the revenue of the borough was totally inadequate to carry it on satisfactorily; but a majority of the council, fearing that an attempt to place the finances on a satisfactory tooting would moan amalgamation, had steadily frustrated all efforts in this direction. He knew there was a feeling in the council that the borough could still fall back on borrowing, but the policy of borrowing without collecting a special rate to meet the interest was about, played out, as out of rates totalling £ 1,027 the borough paid £430 in interest. He thanked councillors for their uniform courtesy and forbearance while he was a member of the council..—The Mayor said he regretted that Cr J.illie had resigned at the present time, as in three or four months his services would have been dispensed with by effluxion of time, and the ward would have been saved the expense of an election. Some of Cr Lillio's remarks wove not correct, particularly tho3o with regard to t-lio opinions of councillors and ratepayers who previously opposed amalgamation and now saw the desirability of it. Ho had not changed his opinion. The borough would be quite capable of carrying on its business properly immediately the arrangements were placed on a proper footing.—Cr A. M'Millan moved that the tetter he received, and that a minute be entered expressing ch.o council's appreciation of the interest Cr Lillio had taken in the welfare of the borough; a copy of the minute to be sent to Cr Lillie.—The motion was carried.

The report of the Works Committee, which dealt with works in progress in the borough, was adopted. The Finance Committee reported that the bank overdraft was £1,094 12s lid. The question of extending the footfath from Barr's Gully to opposite Mr rench'a gate, a distance of 42 chains, \ was brought up bv Cr P&ssraore, and it wasf decided that the offers of contributions of £7 10s each by Messrs Peat, C. Tweedie, and French, and £lO by Mr J. L. Passmore towards the extension of the footpath be accepted, and that the work be proceeded with imniediai^,

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MAORI HILL COUNCIL, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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MAORI HILL COUNCIL Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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