GREEN ISLAND COUNCIL
The monthly meeting of the Green Island Borough Council was held last evening. His Worship the Mayor (Mr E. J. Reeves) was in the chair, and the following also attonded :—Crs Kane, W. Geddes, Samson, Wilson, Smellie, Millor, Smellie, J. Geddes, Bremner, Christie.
Beforo proceeding with the business the Mayor moved a motion of condolence in connection with the death of Lord Roberts. This was carried in silence, all members standing. The Secretary of the Otago Hospital and Charitable Aid Board wrote in regard to tho necessity of radium for treatment cf cancer cases at the Dunedin Hospital, and asking the council's reply to the request for assistance.—Resolved" that, although in sympathy with the object named, the council cannot, in view of the demands made upon the borough finances, make any contribution.
Lieutenant-colonel A. Stoneham, officer commanding the New Zealand National Reserve, wrote asking if the council would grant the use of the Green Island Hall on Tuesday evenings for tho training of tho newly-formed Green Island platoon. —Application granted. The Secretary of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association wrote stating that the Finance Committee of the association considered, in view of recent collections, that tho proposed universal shilling subscription as a special Christmas contribution to the Belgians be not gone on with.—Approved. A letter from the director of the King Edward Technical College asked the council to continue their annual payment for another year.—Several councillors expressed the opinion that the college was worthy of support, and the matter was referred to the Finance Committee. —Reports.— Tho Drainage Committee reported as follows:—Re letter from the Dunedin Drainage Board re uso of hoard's plans and levels of Kaikorai Valley drainage and price for same, we recommend that a copy of the board's previous letters in regard to the plans be sent to each member of the Drainage Board, also a request for an explanation re tho charge of £25 for tlie uso of the plans, as tho council already have paid £2O for the plans, etc. We recommend that the letter from tho Concord School Committee re smells at Burnside be referred to the full council.—Cr Bremner said that it was probable that some of the members of the Drainage Board were not conversant with the state of affairs in connection with the matter referred to.— Cr Kane expressed the opinion that, if this were so, it was time some drastic changes were made in the personnel of the board. —Resolved that future drainage reports contain the sanitary inspector's report.— The report was adopted after it had boon agreed that the clause ro letter from the Concord School Committee be taken later in conjunction with Cr J. Geddcs's notico of motion.
The Finance Committee repotted as follows :—\Y.ages paid during the. month, £35 ]2s; receipts for the month, £237 16s 2d, made up as follows : Hall, £7 10s ; refunds, £1 6s ; rente, £2 18s 6d ; licenses, £ll ss; cemiterv, £9 16s; water through meter, £79 12s *6d ; water rate, £43 16s 6d ; general rate, £Bl lis Bd. Bank over, draft, after paying accounts, £1,115 5s 6d. Analysis of accounts: Water account (cred t), £125 5s 51; cimeierv account (cred.t), £l9 8s 8d ; district * fund account (debit), £1,259 19s 7d.—Adopted. The Works Committee reported work done dniing the month, and lecommending that the plan of the proposed recreation ground be laid before the full council.— Adopted. The matter of the recreation ground which it was piopoeed to form on the council land adjae nt to the cemetery was fully debate.!, and while the councillors wore almost unanimous that it w;ib most desirable that a playground or grounds -hould be formed for (he use of the residents, opinion wis divided as to the suitab:lity of the site near the ceirrteiy. and also as to the wisdom of sp-md'n? money on the work just vet, when there might be greater need to find employment later for men needins it Tt "as cons'derod probable that the Patriotic and Welfare Association's 6«b-idv Mould b" ava'lable at a later date, and it was finally resolved, on the motion of Cr seconded by Cr f*hvt-t : f —"That rnn*ido v nfc ; on of the matter of imp'ov'n? the recre- tion ground be postponed in the meantime." —General.— Cr J. Ceddes ask-.d it the console had r.ot yet made any report in re.ard to his inquir.ee as to the origin oi the recent burning of the gois-e in the domain.—The Town Clerk stat.d that no report had been recciwd.—Cr Gc<id< .s then 6poke strongly on the delay, saying that it was surprising that the constable had been unable to find out anything in a month.— After som > discssion it was re.-olved that the constable Ik- again written to urging him to proje.'ute further inquiries and report to the council. —An Alleged Nu'sance.— Messrs Sm.th (managm. diiector) and Patersoii (managing, oi iao liurnsKio I'at and Tallow Company, waited upon tne council in regard to the notice ot motion by Cr J. GeiUles dealing with the smell which is alleged to arise lruni the company's digesiois. Mr Smith sa.d that lie would iike to point out that there had been strong agitations against tne nuisance oi unpleasant smells long be.oie the fat works uad come into the d,strict, and that smeds ascribed to the woiks had not arisen fiom them at all. L-tteis of complaint had appeared in the papers, hinting that his works had been responsible for 'he nuisance, when as s, matter of fact they had not been working for several weeks about that time. The company did not manufacture lavender water, said Mr Smith, but every effort had been made to abate any offensive smell which might arise horn the material used. Their desire was to avoid tft'euce, and they wotdd ; ontintie to take every precaution to that end.
Mr Paterson said that any instructions received from the M-.alth authorit'os or the council hud always been faithfully carried out. The material veed was fresh, and he would ask the council to ftate in what manner their works differed from others jr. the matter of digefitors. If they knew the nature of the (ffence complained of they could deal with it. His company, he thought, had been somewhat harassed, and they only asked for a fair deal and thev wo.ild do their be:-t, not only to minimise any offer.sivoness, but to do away with it altogether. They were at the 'present time negotiating for a deodorisincr plant. After a few questions hid been put to them by councillors the deputation withdrew.
In respect to the ktter from the Concord School Committee, it was resolved to reply stating that " the council would keep the matter oE bad smells steadily in view." Cr Geddes then moved his motion, which was as follows : " That the Fat Company be notified that the smell from their digesters on being blown off on afternoons is very strong, especially on Mondavs, and that their permit maybo withdrawn unless same be remedied to the council's satisfaction." After considerable discussion, Cr Geddes agreed to tho withdrawal of the motion in the meantime, pending the action of the company to remedy the nuisance. It was resolved that intoxicating liquors be not allowed in the Green Island public hall.
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GREEN ISLAND COUNCIL, Evening Star, Issue 15670, 8 December 1914