GREEN ISLAND COUNCIL
The. monthly meeting of the Green Island .Borough Council was held last night, and attended by His Worship the Mayor (Mr E. J. Reeves) and Councillors Miller, Christie, Atkinson, Wilson. Elisor. Kane, and Geddes (2). The President of the Board of Agriculture iWellington) wrote on the question of noxious weeds, and asking for certain information and expressions of opinion.—■ It was decided to recommend to (he board that the Noxious Weed;; Act be, stringently enforced in the Green Island district. The local constable! wrote reporting inquiries made regarding the burning of gorse in the Green Island Domain, and stating that he hid been unable to obtain any evidence as to who was the actual offender.—Received. A letter was received from tho borough engineer (Mr F. J. Williams) embodying three propositions by Mr Lethaby in connection with street format-ion in Burn side Extension. It was decided to accept the third proposal, which was as follows:—Mr Lethabv to pay the council a sum of £25, transiei to them tho strip of land in Neil! streel. the strip of land going into Edward street, and sufficient land to extend Ears street to meet Edward street. The Finance Committee reported as fol-lows:--Wages paid during tho month, £35 12s; receipts for tho month, £337 9s lid; bank overdraft after paviuc accounts, £93-3 18s 7rl : analysis of* accounts—water account (erj *£227 10s. cemetery account (er) £24 13s, district fund account (dr) £1,186 6s 7d. Recommend that tho council donate tho sum of £lO to Technical School funds. Recommend that the- City Council be written to applying for a grant towards the upkeep of the Main road.—Report- adopted. Reports from the Works Committee and the; Cemetery and Domain Committee were also adopted. Cr Atkinson asked whether the money which had been voted for expenditure iii relief of unemployment could not be spent iii) the formation of the road leading to the quarry.—Cr .las. Geddes pointed" out the difficulty that had been experienced in obtaining labor; the number of unemployed in the. district was very small—one or two, so far as he knew-—and when the. work was attempted previously only one man had been available from Dunediii. —The matter was left in abeyance. His Worship stating that the condition of affairs in the borough in regard to unemployment was most satisfactory. The dog tax for the year was fixed at 10s. In pursuance of notice of motion, Cr Atkinson moved--" That a poll of ratepayers he taken on the question of unimproved values."—His Worship said that it was not within the jurisdiction of the council to decide whether a poll should be taken. This'could only be done on the petition of 15 per cent, of the, ratepayers. —After an informal discussion on" the proposal Cr Atkinson withdrew his motion. Cr Atkinson, then moved a. second motion standing in his name—viz.. "That the borough be divided into wards, with equal representation."—Cr W. Geddes seconded pro forma.—The mover pointed out that at present there were 11 councillors from one side of the railway line and two from the other, and he tliou.glit that, with the ward system, councillors living in tiie various wards should kno.v the requirements of their own particular district better 'than those who'did not live there. —Several councillors spoke to the motion, and it was pointed out that if the ward system was reverted to the North Ward would most likely be. wor.-c I off than it is now, as the "rxpcnditu'.- ! would be in proportion to its contnb'.i- j tions. Under tho present system moiry wa.s spent in all parts of the borough. ] wherever needed, and it could nn'.'lasj said that the councillors from the south side, who were in tho majority, had ever taken advantage of their position to ncg lect the north side.—The motion was' lost, only two councillors voting ftc it. In the absence of Cr Jackson, 0- Miller moved the motion standing in Ihe name of the- former—"That it lie a ro'-ommen-datiou to tho Works Committee to prepare tho allocations for the ensii.ng ye.n to be presented at a special mecimg nf the council, to be held, not later thin Kith April, ajid in the event of the, fo.'egoing being carried, each councillor receive a copy of allocations seven days be'ora the meeting."—Cr Kane seconded tho motion, i which, after being fully discuss"d, was lost.
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GREEN ISLAND COUNCIL, Evening Star, Issue 15700, 14 January 1915