MOTION OF SYMPATH
S ELECTED MA
A meeting of the Grey . Borough Council was held last evening, rrei seat--crs^ Coates, tfigoell, \ierinent ■ iiT h> ?? sseU » Settle, Shannahan,; ■ J f c^ son ' A large attendance o* the public were present. vr Coates was voted to the eh ana stated that thj&business was appointment of^"»Lw: "' 3 Cr Sh'eedy stateMpfr before A business they shoalTproceed ■"&&- --fa C " nee to the late Mayor, /pre«q Urat as the oldest council* 30 sentmg the ratepyers to/ct that arSj ** was witil deep/ Mayor, they assembled to elect >aud town, It was not only this CouJs him. He out district that wouldnity to furnever missed an op/ the district. v7 er the ,, advall ceme4etter off if he tte 1 would have bention.to his own had g-iven a ll his^rking for the -inattairs, instead A. He was A chartcrest of the d/straightferward, and acter, honest^nature. These manly lie had a kiK: in him, and his pretraits were/c greatly missed. He had SSS w °Vupon a "bette* or a kinder man y had sat for over 30 years with ' >^ ased as a boro V^ n coiincil--1 * -X he' knew his sterling qualities 7 t pain and regret that he sy/e of the death of Mr Petrie. X>x Kettle said all the councillors .would be pleased to hear Cr Sheedy's remarks. He had had the pleasure of the late Mayor's' acquaintance for over 30 years. Deceased was an excellent citizen. He moved that a letter of condolence be sent to the widow and family of deceased. Cr Sheedy seconded. Cr Tennent said that the late Mayor had been a progressive mayor. No man had risen in Greymouth who had done more for the town. He had brains to formulate a scheme and pluck to carry them 'out. The schemes put forth by Mr Petrie would show in time what the ratepayers had lost. Cr Bignell said the late Mr Petrie was a personal friend of his, and one that he could not replace. Anything you wanted he would go out of his way to do it. The late. Mayor had only one object in view, and that was to serve the ratepayers. He was the most prominent man in the town.
Cr Shannahan said he regretted the death of the late Mayor. He had only served under him for a short time, but long- enough to find out his worth. He was always kind to young men and gave them latitude and assistance. Cr Lynch said he endorsed the very feeling remarks made. Mr Petrie was a personal friend, and he was one of his supporters.
Cr Russell said his recollection of: the late Mayor dated back from the first time when he stood for the House. : He recognised that Mr Petrie was a brilliant orator. They had had breezy passages" at the Council but there was always the best of feeling. Cr Jackson said he had known Mr Petrie for many years, but not properly until he joined the Council's taole. He was a man who pleaded for the masses, and did his utmost fo/ the uplifting of the people. He was a happy father and had a happy family. It was a sad home coming to see one so mKch respected brought home a corpse. ' , ' Cr. Coates said the funeral to-da> was a fitting testimony of the people's affection. There was one thing that the late "Mayor did for the town and that was to make Greymouth. It 1 was the late Mayor who got the Native Land Transfer Act passed .wiiich gave the tenants a good title: The loss of the Mayor was not local but colonial - ' •> • a The resolution was put and earned unan ™°Jg (^ lON 0F MA yQR. "* Cr Coates announced that the next business was the election of Mayor. The Borough solicitor was present and gave his opinion that it was the duty of the Council to proceed to elect another Mayor. Mr Hannan said the only doubt on the matter was that the Mayor was not installed at the time of his death. Mr Martin, Municipal ; solicitor, gave it as his opinion that the Mayor was not elected untl installed, and the only way out of the difficulty was to apply to the Governor under Section 407 for an Order.-in-Council allowing a fresh election. Mr Hannan, however, was of the opinion that the Council had power to proceed to elect a Mayor under Section 35 of the Municipal Corporation Act, 1000. It -wasj^however, not free from doubt. The position was that any ratepayer could apply to the Supreme Court for the removal of the Mayor. Cr Tennent said the Council's duty was clear under Clause 35- He was prepared to vote under that section. It any ratepayer felt agrieved he could proceed to the Supreme Court. He moved that the Council proceed to elect a Mayor. Cr Sheedy. seconded. Carried. Cr Tennent moved that Cr Coates be' elected Mayor, and they would knaiv that, the -duties would be well carried put, and the business conducted creditably. •Cr Sheedy seconded. . He felt sure that the ratepayers would appreciate the efforts of the Council in appointing Mr Coates Mayor. He had acted well and wisely, and hoped and trusted he would survive the term. Mr Coates was a younir man, and it was to be hoped it would be a higher step in the field of politics. Cr Russell nominated Mr James Kerr for the office. He did hot know who was 10 be nominated, but he held that Mr Kerr should have preference. '■■ Twelve' months ago Mr Kerr contested the election with the late Mr Petrie and after a hard contest was defeated by a small majority. Both gentlemen were nominated on the 22nd April of . this year and the public were looking forward to a battle royal between the t>yo. When the late Mr Petrie met with an accident, Mr Kerr announced that he cou?d nqt canvas and when word was rpceiyed. jater that ftlr Petrie's illness w^s. serious, Mr Kerr without consulting: anyone' immediately withdrew. Mr Kerr was too chivalrous a man to contest an election with a man wftp was on his deatn bed. Mr Kerr had experienced illness and bereavement through the death of his own father and like a noble fellow when Victory vas almost assured, retired fiph tfce contest and gave Mr Petrie a walk over. Th^ inevitable then happened and it was only rigftt.th^t the Council should, reciprocate a manly ! action. Mr Kerr was well qualified fpr the position, having served four years o» the Borough Council and seven years op f the Education Board, two years of which he nlled the position of chairman. Mr Kerr would pre fer ejection by the people. lie was willing to meet anyone in a contest. He recognised that Cr Coates would be a doughty champion, but Mr Kerr was willing- to meet him. Mr Kerr would never take action in the Supreme Court to upset the election. He knew that Mr Petrie appreciated Mr Kerr's^action in retiring and he (Mr Russell) felt sure that if Mr Petrie had corrie home in health he would have been the first to resign and invite Mr Kerr to a contest. Mr Petrie was a man who always fought a clean fight. Cr Coates seconded and said if he was sure Mt ( Kerr would be elected by the Council he would not himself stand. He had been proposed and it was his duty to contest. Cr Russell said he had no authority from Mr Kerr to plead the favors or sympathy, but Mr Kerr wanted justice and would leave it to thd Council. ■Cr Bignell said it was quite right to proceed on the ad/ice of Mr Hannan. It was derogative v f or the council to appoint an' outsider, and a councillor should be appointed and Cr Coates was one of the best members. Cr Jockson was opposed x to appoint Ing anyone outside the Council. In his opinion the law as at present §hould be altered, as the election of Cr/ Cpates as Mayor would create an Qxt^ordinary vacancy in the Council. There' "was no reasori to affirm that yi:beft a ; person withdrew from a contest he should, be elected. They had ability and brains in the Council and they should appoint one of their number. Cx Lynch had .much pleasure in sup porting the motion. Cr Coates had showii he had -the support of the rate«^|^:crs at the'elections. In appointing '^lfc(soates.they wpre selecting the best to elect Cr Coates was For— Crs. Sheedy, Jackson, Shanna han, Kettle, Lynch, Tennent anc Bignell. Against — Crs. Russell and Coates. The Chairman then declared Ci Coates elected- - , £* Coates was then sworn in a: Mayor for the ensuing year, Cr Big nell attesting his signature. — Cr Jackson moved and Cr Bignel seconded that the honorium be «£ioi fryear. Carried. MEMORIAL TO LATE MAYOR. : Cr Bignell moved that a publi meeting be called on Monday nigh at eight o'clock for the object of erect ing a memorial to our late Mayor. Cr Lynch seconded. Carried.
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BOROUGH COUNCIL, Grey River Argus, 9 May 1908
BOROUGH COUNCIL Grey River Argus, 9 May 1908
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