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BOROUGH COUNCIL., Globe, Volume IV, Issue 315, 16 June 1875
LYTTELTON. Monday, Junk 14. The weekly meeting was held as usual. Present—His Worship the Mayor, Ore Chalmers, Hawkins, Buist, Graham, Murray, Grange. . • The clerk stated he had received since last meeting £7l 9s. Correspondence was read from Mr W. Cowlin, informing the Council that the road between Cass’s Bay and the town was unsafe for horse traffic, and that he should hold the Council responsible for any accident that might happen to his vehicle. The Mayor said that he had had an interview with the Secretary for Public Works, who had stated that the Government would take the Governor’s Bay road under their own management. Prom Mr H. R. Webb, M.P.0., re setting aside 6000 acres as an endowment for the municipality, and in reply stating that he had given notice of moving the following resolution: —“ That the Government be requested to take the necessary steps to have a sufficient area of pastoral land secured as a suitable endowment for the municipality of Lyttelton.” The Mayor said he had had an interview with Mr H. R. Webb, their member, who had said that he thought their request too small. The Government had pledged themselves to bring forward next session a motion to endow municipalities. Cr Grange—Has not Lyttelton peculiar claims 7 The Mayor said he had urged this upon the Government. Cr Grange said Lyttelton had been neglected not only by this Government, but also by former ones. The Mayor did not agree, A great deal had been done for Lyttelton after the fire. Cr Grange said that Mr Webb had at first pooh-poohed the matter, but when he found other people’s minds set upon it he had gone with the stream. Cr Hawkins said Mr Webb had warmly advocated the matter from the first. Cr Graham said it appeared to him that Mr Webb had raised all sorts of difficulties in the matter, and his Worship must be aware of this, as he was present at the interview. The Mayor could not endorse Cr Graham’s view of the matter ; he had certainly done as much as one member could. The Government had already pledged themselves to make some provision for municipalities next session. Cr Grange said that Mr Webb had certainly had to struggle single-handed. The Mayor said if he had been supported By another member he could have done no I more. A letter was read from the New Zealand Shipping , Company, re rates for their late offices. The valuator (Mr Willcox) stated there was a clause in the Act which fully provided for such a case. [Clause read;] The matter was referred to the valuator. From the valuator (Mr J. 8. Willcox), giving full explanations on the points which had been referred to him in reference to rates. After discussion, Cr Chalmers moved—- “ That in the cases of the rates now before the Council, the Mayor be instructed to act with the full authority of the Council.” Cr Hawkins seconded the motion, which was carried A letter was read from Mr W. Hildyard, stating that he was rated for a property on Jackson’s road, which he had ceased to occupy. From Messrs P. Cunningham and Co, drawing attention to the damaged state of the drain supposed to carry the water from the culvert crossing Dampier’s Bay road opposite Peacock’s wharf, stating that they sustained serious loss from having to cleanse the wharf and railway line periodically of the ddbris brought down by the water, and hoping the Council would take immediate steps to have the drain repaired. Or Hawkins said the nuisance was from the Dampier’s Bay road, by Peacock’s old bond. On the motion of Cr Grange, seconded by Or Hawkins, the matter was left to the works committee. From Mr John Robinson, asking the Council for a culvert to carry away a current of water that had broken through a bank at the back of his house. Referred to the works committee. The Mayor said that he had had an interview with the Secretary for Public Works re culverts in Winchester street, and asking the assistance of the Provincial Engineer for drawing out plans, the Government had said that they could not spare Mr Thornton for one month, but he (the Mayor) had explained that what the Borough wanted was merely to have that gentleman’s services occasionally, and the Government had agreed to this. With regard to the Sumner road, the Government had granted £IOO, and as to the Governor’s Bay road the Government would take that in their own bands. As to the Salt's Gully culvert that could not yet be done. The £2300 voted for drainage, the Government proposed to spend themselves on the main culverts, and any money raised by the Council might be spent on the branch culverts. Cr Grange proposed that the following advertisement be placed in the official paper, viz—“ That the Lyttelton Borough Council were not responsible for any damage that might happen on the Governor’s Bay road.” Cr Grange would move—“ That the foreman of works draw up a specification of the repairs necessary to the Sumner road and culverts, if necessary.” The motion lapsed. The Mayor asked what the chairman of the works committee proposed to do in the matter. After a long discussion regarding the works committee, Cr Hawkins moved—“ That the formation of the culverts in London and Oxford streets be submitted to public tender, and that the works committee draw up a report on the works required on the Sumner road.” This was seconded by Cr Grange, and carried. A letter was read from Mr J, Carder re rates for the house lately occupied by him in Winchester street. Referred to the Mayor. Accounts, amounting to £44 11s 2d were passed for payment after long discussion; Cr Grange objecting to one item, from Messrs Flett and Loutit, for timber and work on the face of their slip on the Dampier’s Bay road, Cr Chalmers moved, and Cr Hawkins seconded—“ That the discussion re levels of Canterbury street bedeferred till next week.” Carried. The Council then went into committee and the rejpoxten left,
The following notices of motion were tabled : Or Chalmers to move—“ That tenders be invited from parties willing to undertake to impound cattle found in the streets; and contingent on the above being passed, that a specification of conditions be prepared for parties tendering.” Cr Grange to move—“ That in the event of the Provincial Government not taking immediate action, that an advertisement must be inserted in the official paper stating that this Council will not hold itself responsible for any damages arising from any accident that shall occur on Governor’s Bay road from this date.”
BOROUGH COUNCIL., Globe, Volume IV, Issue 315, 16 June 1875
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