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The Ordinary meeting of the City Council was held last evening, and attended t.v the Mayor (Mr J. B. Shaddock), Ci-s Myers,' Small, Clark. Scott, Haywn.rcl. Green. Mcnzies, Todd, Hancock, AVilson, Marlow, Sinclair, Carroll, and Begg. Tobacconists and hairdressers submitted a requisition re closing hour.-?, fixing the hours of closing at 7 p.m. for four days of the week. All the council had to do was to certify that this was signed by a majority of the trade, and they so -.ertified. " The chemists submitted a .-iiTiilar requisition fixing their closing hour at 6 p.m nn Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays; 8.5 p.m. on Wednesdays, and ' 9.30 p.m. on Saturdays.—This was also certified to as signed by a majority. —Valuation Lists.— The Town Clerk submitted to the City L'ouncil lasi night the valuation lists on i'l rateable- properties in the Citv for -.he. year 1915-1.916. The figures aiV set •■'.it hereunder, those for the current year Icing gi\en for purposes of comparison : —• Word 1914-15. 1'J1.5-16. Jn.-r. Central £210.826 £212,510 £1.68-1 l..'jt.h 170,504 172.352 1.84b Caversham ... 100.516 102.622 2.106 Yallev 57.794 58.160 l!os!y'n 55.128 55..502 774 Total- ... £574,768 £581.546 £6,77 C --The Oval.— Cr Torid, io moving the adoption of lire JR-sarves Committee's report, said that (hey asked for authority to provide ;i temporary dressing shed on the Oval at a i''St of £6O. They hoped some day to have an up-to-date pavilion on the Oval. The Oval was now being used by a very large number of athletic bodies, and it was very necessary that they should have a dressing shed. Cr Him/lair, in s"eonding the motion, said that they only asked for a temporary .-died in the meantime. Cr'Clark thought that what was done should be part of a permanent work, fit; movod nn'amendment —"That the matter be referred back to the committee for further consideration." He would like to see something brought forward that would be a credit to the City and would help all braii-hes of athletic.?." Cr i'ayward seconded the amendment. Cr Menzies opposed the construction going nn in the way that was proposed. Cr Todd, in reply, said that when they put up a proper pavilion on the Oval it would have to be one that would meet the whole requirements of that reserve. It would cost more like £2.000. They were merely asking tha council to provide a temporary- shed in the. meantime on the Anderson Bay side. Th-f amendment was lost bv one vote, and the report, with the addition of the words " that tenders be called for the ce-'tion ot the temporav sited," was earned. —New Electrical Engineer.— The principal matter raised by the Electric Power and Lighting Committee's rccrt was the rerominenda'tion that Mr M. C. Henderson be. appointed as from April 1 at a salary commencing at £650 per annum and rising by two annual increments of £25 each to a maximum salary of £7OO per annum. Cr' Marlow, in moving this, said that the i oimnittee made this recommendation because they considered. Mr Henderson to be thoroughly qualified, to largo technical knowledge, and to be thoroughly conversant with the details of .the work. The salary was, if anything, on tho low side, tor the previous holder had received £BOO. and when tho city of Christ-ihur.-'n invited applications for a, similar post and a less onerous one they offered a sal cry commencing at £750 and rising to £DOO, and the engineer there had control nnlv of the distribution. Cr Hnywarrl second sd. Cr Green moved as an amendment—- " That the salary be £650. and all reference to the increments bo cut out." ;Tp. pointed out that both the hydraulic avi ■civil engineering had been taken out of the hands of tho department, and the officer, capable as he was, ■could not expert, such a salary as was suggested. Or Carroll seconded. A ?hew of hands saw the motion, as proposed by Cr Marlow, carried, only the moi?»r and 9«conder of th» unendrnsnt nppoiing.

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CITY COUNCIL, Evening Star, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915

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CITY COUNCIL Evening Star, Issue 15706, 21 January 1915