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The fortnightly meeting of the St. Kilda Borough Council was held last evening, and attended by the Mayor (Mr W. T. M'Farlano), Crs Harris, Hellyer, ■ Sutherland, Scurr, Dove, Edgar, Abbott, Allen, Campbell, and Thompson. A five years' service medal for Fireman Jas. Algie was agreed to. The dog tax was fixed at the same rate as last year. Cr Abbott was granted three months leave of absence. The Finance Committee reported that the bank balances were as follows:—District fund account (dr), £6,238 Ss 7d; special loan account No. 2 (cr), £3Ol 18s lid j special loan account No.- 3 (cr), £3,394 2s 3d; drainage and sewerage account (cr), £414 14s sd.—Adopted. The Works Committee recommended that a footpath past the properties of D. Allan, S. Cousins, Wm. and E. Ings, in Bay View road, be kerbed and channelled with concrete and asphalted.—Adopted. —£25,500 Loan.— The engineer (Mr B. B. Couston) submitted the following report on the progress of works:—Jonos's contract: The asphalt contracts in Bowen street and Princes street have been passed. The asphalt contracts in Begg street, Queen's avenue, and Eskvalo street are completed with exception of a fow minor matters that will be attended to during maintenance period. The dressing of paths and laying down cinders in Norraanby street are completed, and the asphalt is ready mixed for the laying down. Meade's contract: Meade is making satisfactory progress with his quarrying work, and has delivered the stipulated quantity per day, principally to Auld street. The material quarried is principally white stone, which is being used in those streets where there is considerable height of filling. Day labor works: The kerbing and channelling in Onslow street and Victoria street is completed. The cost works out at a trifle less than the estimated cost of Is 9d per foot. The asphalting of High street footpaths is completed, with exception of final topdressing, and a start has been made with the asphalting of Grove street paths. Onslow street and Victoria street footpaths have been dressed, and the asphalt composition for theso streets is ready mixed at Logan Point. I intend to do Victoria street immediately following Grove street, so as to be ready after the school holidays. The dressing of Royal crescent footpath is in progress, and the bulk of the asphalt composition is also mixed for this* work. The council will therefore understand that by the end of December I will have sufficient asphalt composition mixed for all those streets where concrete kerbing has been constructed, and that it will take me to the end of February to lay this material down. With asphalt work it is necessary to look some months ahead, as it takes about a month to mix the composition for a street and another two months for the material to mature. I desire to keep on asphalting during the summer months, and end up this work about the end of April. I therefore propose that mixing at Logan Point be continued till the middle of February, and this material be used for some of the following streets: —Council street, New street (one side), Moreau street (one side), Grey street (one side), Fergusonstreet (Queen's Drive to Royal crescent). Also, that a shed be erected somewhere at St. Clair, and during January material be mixed for Albert street, Kennedy street, Ings avenue, and perhaps Main avenue. Considering next the- kerbing and channelling, I have not yet started at St. Clair because there were so many streets to clean up ready for asphalting, which took my foreman and his men all their time to attend; but I propose to start Albert and Kennedy streets next week, and follow on with West avenue, Main avenue, East avenue, part of Moreau- street, and Plunket street. This work will occupy the kerbing and channelling men till the end of March, when any further work is dependent on householders making connec- i tions with sewers. Mr Couston wrote reporting on the advisability of letting Charles Meade a further contract for delivery of B,oooyds of stone from Musselburgh quarry, to run concurrently with the present contract. The contract now in progress provided for the delivery of 8,000 cubic yards of quarry products at the rate of 60yds per day, and terminated on the 30th June, 1915. The B,oooyds would be delivered, as far as he could judge, in Alfred, Auld, Bowen, Ferguson, Gpurley, and Quarry streets. The class of material he had specified was suitable for those streets. The next B,oooyds he proposed to use for formation and boxing in Chapman, Mills, Bird, and Dalgety streets. He did not want any inferior quality white stone for these streets, and ho wanted all the material broken to the size designated "shivers" in the specific , cations. If Meade was prepared to double j his output he was prepared to take dolivery, provided it was distinctly understood the bulk of the new contract would be "shivers" to4J sfcriot B, and provided, further, that the contract and its extension would both terminate on June 30, 1915. It was decided to refer the latter report i to the Works Committee.

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ST. KILDA COUNCIL, Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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ST. KILDA COUNCIL Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914