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GREY COUNTY COUNCIL:

Wednesday, November 28th, 1888. The annual meeting for the election of a chairman for ihe ensuing 12 months was held at the county chambers yesterday, at noon. Present— Ors Ryall (chairman), Marshall, M'Kenhnie, Claughesy, KinBelU, M'Carthy, Warren. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. Cr Marshall, treasurer of thn council, read a statement, of the financial position of the council as computed on the 7th inst. The statement of liabilities and assets was then read. On concluding, the treasurer said that he considered this the most satisfactory statement that had been made in the council for many years, if indeed there ever had been a better. As their revenue from all sonrees was something over LII.OOO per annum, he thought that if they adhered to the course thoy had pursued during the last 12 months they would be pretty well out of their difficulties, as their liabilities were now only some LSOOO. The chairman moved that the treasurer's statement be received and adopted. He quite concurred in the remarks of the. treasurer as to the soundness of the policy pursued and. the necessity for pursuing tbat coarse some time longer. He wished, to thank every member of the council for the cordial assistance they had rendered in carrying out a policy that had been found hecesfiary by r the needs of the coun* cil and its reduced revenue. Cr M'Kechnie seconded, and the motion ■was carried. Thi) \ chairman then ' proposed that Cr Jas. Marshall be elected chairman for the ■ ensuing 12 months. He bad been a mem- j ber of the council for a number of years,

much longer than himaelf, and for a considerable portion of that time had acted as treasurer ; and he had no doubt that the interns of the county would be consulted by electing him chairman. - ■■' Cr M'Kechnie Baid he had muoh pleasure in seconding the motion. They all knew Or Marshall's capabilities, and He for one had no doubt he would make a good chairman. . ?°. Pther_candida.tQ. belng^rapoßert, the_ clerk put the motion, which was "carried unanimously, whereupon Or Marshall^ aasnoied the chair. The chairman thanked the- -councillors for r,he honorable position in which they had placed him. As the late chairman had stated, he had been- ten years- in the council, and therefore could lay claim to some little experience as to its affairs.. His predecessor hid also rightly stated that he took considerable interest in the -pas'v an interest that would now, from the position he occupied, be intensified and sharpened. Speaking with an intimate knowledge of the affairs of the country,, he, < co«.ld say that it behoved every one^of them who valued the credit of the county to see that as a body .they strictly adhered to the policy of economy they had pursued during the past 12 months until, such time as they succeeded in placing themselves lv a more satisfactory position thari^-they were at present. They wereno doubt better now than they ,had been for years ; but, they were* far from being so .. well off as ttiey {wpuld like. During the laßt year they had- reduced their liabilities by some LI7QO ; but that was .not Sufficient, and it woald be necessary °fo~ ibfem to go on for another year on j much the same lines aa^ they -had followed •daring^ the past year. *He must again express his hearty thanks to the council foV^the unanimity"! .Bhc|wn by them in , placing him/in the honorable position of ;chair'aian, and he sincereiy hoped that he , would l?e_ enabled to discharge the duties devolving uport him to their entire satisfaction; and' with Borne little credit to himßelf. (Sear, hear.; Crpiaugheky expressed his satisfaction at the -election . of .Or Marshall, and pro-> posed a vote of thanks to the late chairman for the way he had conducted the "business. He had been as impartial and courteous in his demeanor in the conduct of their business as any bddy could deserve ; and he hoped'that the present chairman might be supported and assisted, as the' late chairman bad, in carrying out the important functions, of his office. But with reference to the financial position of the country, he really saw nothing to plume themselves on. They had been restricted absolutely from carrying, on any new works j and yet they h'afl succeeded in liquidating Boma LI7OO only of their liabilities. If they were going to put a muzzle on all expenditure on-public works this year as they-had the last, they would find themselvea very awkwardly placed, as new works were "urgently needecT in many places. " Because they had done something towards restoring the financial equilibrium, they must not think that they were in,, a flourishing conditon. .Or M'Kechnie hoped 'that the 'Government wonld allow them something, in lieu of the Crown and., Native ' Land rates. Still, curtailed as their revenue undoubtedly was, as compared with years previous, he thought they had. done very well. ..It must be reroembered that they had to undergo a 'great deal of expense last year. With regard to the late chairman, .he could Bay for himself that he had Always treated the council with the -ntmbV' courtesy *nd consideration, and deserved all the support he received. CVs Warren and Kinsella congratulated the new chairman on his election. The chairman cordially endorsed what had fallen from cuucillors respecting his predecessor in office (Cr Ryall.) It was an undoubted fact that he had given them every latitude consistent with prudence and good order in advocating their views, and that in all -hh ; actiona . he : had the interests" of the county at heart. He (the chairman) coald say that he had a deal of trouble to crntend with during his term of office, and had not spared himself or hi-- pocket in attending to the business of the council ; and he felt quite certain that if he paid the same atV tention to the business of the council and took the same trouble over it he would be considerably ont of pocket, while knowing the appreciation in which' the council held the eflorts of their late chairman, he felt justified in also saying that the majority of the ratepayers fn the county felt that Mr Ryall had done his duty faithfully by them during his term of office. (Hear, hear). The motion was then carried unanimously. Cr Ryall returned thanks for the vole just carried,"' and expressed his Indebtedness to all the members of the council for the* respect and resistance invariably shown to the chair ; and he oaly hopes *hat the same good feeling would be evinced to ihe, position while in the occupancy of the present chairman, though he felt qaite certain that the request was unnecessary. He might, however, say that- he hoped Mr Marshall would not have the troubles to deal with during Ms term of office as he had, chief amongst them being the 1038 of their county clerk, who passed away while in the service of the county. He sinoerely hoped that they would not exparl«nce a second visitation of the kind. A word or two of praise were due to the officers of the council, whose assistance *nd diligence he found to be invaluable. (Hear, hear). This concluded the business of electing I the chairman. The council reromed at 7 30. The inward correspondence was read, including a batch of letters from the Colonial Treasury in respect to county revenve and various other financial matters, CrFoley took his seat daring the reading of the correspondence! A letter was read fr,om i the Commissioner of Police stating th' at the, police could not be allowed to collect 1 revenue for local bodies.— Or' ; M*Keehtiie moved that the councilendeayor to get the representatives in Parliament of Westland, luanganua, /end the Buller to try. to induoe Government to allow the police to assist the county. In enforcing the bylawa. — Crßyallfseoonded '^Carried.: Or Claughesy moved that the meeting be adjourned until 10 a m to-morrow. TV* was rejected in,' favor of ah amendoit'jfe that the business be proceeded • fter some further correspondence was de: lr, with the council adjourned at 9*lo to 10 o'clock the following mernlng.

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GREY COUNTY COUNCIL:, Grey River Argus, Volume XXXVII, Issue 6301, 29 November 1888

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GREY COUNTY COUNCIL: Grey River Argus, Volume XXXVII, Issue 6301, 29 November 1888

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