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The fortnightly meeting of the City Council was held last evening and attended by the Mayor (Mi- J. B. Shacklock), Crs Myers, Small, Clark, Scott, Hayward, Bcgpr, Qjteon, Menzies, Wilson, Cole, Marlow, Sinclair, Todd, Carroll. The Mayor said tfart before taking tho ordinary busine£-_ he would just like to say that lie had sent a letter to Cr Hancock conveying to him the sympathy of hie follow-councillors in his recent bereavement. Cr Cole moved that the Mayor's action be confirmed, and the motion was carried by the councillors standing. Cr Black wrote asking for foiir months' leave of absence on account of him having to gc to England, and resigning his position as chairman of tho Library Committee—Leave of absence was granted, and Cr Sinclair was appointed cliairman of the Library Committee. The Town Cbrk reported recommending that tho main district electors' list to b:* compiled in February next bo made out of the whole district, and not for each ward thereof separately.—ln the dicciission that took place Cr (Sinclair said he thought they should have separate rolls for each ward. —Cr Menzies favored having rolls for each ward.—Cr Cole thought the time ; to try the new system was when the ward system was done away with.—Cr Carroll thought the Town Clerk's recommendation a step in the right direction ; it was going to simplify matters.—Cr Green opposed the Town Clerk's minute. If they were going to combine the roils it would lead to more confusion than ever.—The Mayor saw no objection to the proposed change.— A motion approving of th? Town Clerk's recommendation was carried bv 9 votes ta 5. —Water.— Cr Menzies, in moving the adoption of the Water Committee's report, said it was recommended that an application from the Y.M.O.A. for a supply of water free of cevst for their baths bc< d<?e!inrd. The committee considered, seeini: that they had public baths, the Y. M C.A. baths were not really serving a public convenience. Cr Green wanted to know whether anything had been done in regard to augmenting tho City's water supply, lit* understood that tho committee were going into tho question of getting a- supply from tho Lee Stream. He would like to know the quantity of water available at the present time because they did not want to face a water famine before the committee augmented tho supply Cr Menzies. in reply, said that the committee had not ovorlook.-d the question of a supply from the Lee Stream. It had been considered at two cr three merfina*. and the committee were now waiting for a report from the Town after he had consulted with, the city solicitors on various points connected with'it. In re card to the present wator swpplv the City Engineer, at the last me?tma of the council, made a complete statement showing (lie necessity of nresening the preen* water supply. 'Hie motion f'-r ihr» adoption of the committee's report was then carried. —Destructor Site.— A clause in the General Committee's report recommended the approval of a leasa from tho Halitor 'Board to the City Council of lands (the tin near the overbridge) required by the council for a destructor site. Cr Clark moved that the portion of tho clause particularly designating these lands ,1s the destructor site be deleted, as tho council should not commit themselves to any particular site for a destructor. At' th» same time, he approved of the ground being taken. Cr Small, in seconding, said that it would be difficult to' find a solid foundation on this snot without going to a great depth. Borings in connection with drainage works showed this. Cr Green, in reply, said that in the hands, of a competent engineer there would be no difficulty about the foundations, and if there was a little more expense that was compensated by the ridiculously low rental at which they were obtaining the site. The memorandum of lease Was approved by a large majority. FINANCE.' Cr Clark moved tho adoption of the Finance Committee's report, and said it was recommended that the Renewal Fund Commissioners be authorised to take up the Drainage Board's loan of £IO,OOO in one debenture nt par bearing interest at th« rate of 5 per cent, per annum. Cr Clark explained that this was the result of the Empowering Bill passed last session in regard to their renewal funds, and the Commissioners recommended that tho City invest £IO.OOO in Drainage Board debentures at 5 per cent. The committee were satisfied that the recommendation would give the best possible results they could expect. In answer to Cr Wilson the Mayor said that it was not promised to invest the whole of the money in outside debentures. The report was adopted. —No Seconder.— Cr Carroll moved—" That owing to the unsatisfactory manner in ' which the various branches of the Onoral Committee's department are being administered a special committee consisting of the chairmen of the varans committees bo and is hereby appointed to investigate and renort to the council within six weeks from this date as to the alterations, if any, which may be effected in regard to the staff to enable the business of the department to be more efficiently and economically performed." In doing so he referred particularly to two officers, and said that he did not know whether anv interference on the part of the councillors or the committee had caused the mistakes. His motion was not seconded, and lapsed.

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OUT COUNCIL, Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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OUT COUNCIL Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914