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MAYORALTY OF NAPIER.

INSTALLATION OF MR. H. HILL At noon yesterday Mr. Henry Hill was installed as Mayor of Napier, and the following council was duly syorn iij Oris. P. Ashcroft, S. Wood, A. McCarthy, E. Mulvanah, W. Plowman, B. B. Creagh, jR» C. Wright, W. ?. Hill, G. L&tham, H. W .Thompson, and W. Harvev. THE RETIRING MAYOR. The retirmg Iklayor (Mr. .J. V. BroWri', M:P.), in performing the installation ceremony, expressed a desire briefly to refer, to the work done by the various councillors during the £>ast ip or 12 years. He, (Mr Brown) came into office at an opportune time', because some of the works since carried out were then under consideration. During the period mentioned the following works had been installed :---Tramways and electric lighting 1 and power, tramway .'extension to Napier South (agreed to), extension of Marine Parade, Municipal Theatre, Baths, widening of road between the Breakwater and the Port, formation of Hardings road, two public reading rooms, erection of hall at the Port, distruc--tor, morgue,' abattoirs and duplication of pumping plant. A statement had been made that the Council had an overdraft of something like £20,000, buit the real overdraft was £SOOO, as £15,000 "would be repaid as soon as the loan account" was settled —this might mean a small Act being passed. They had to do the work otherwise the thing would ftave been blocked. They had to purchase the Diesel engine to take the overload, and to have the storagebattery house erected and instal batteries which was a part of the scheme included in the. loan ; in addition a booster was procured and the power house enlarged. Of the £20,000 that was nOw shown as overdraft £15,000 would therefore, be repaid out of the loan. He thought it was only right that it was due to the councillors who supported him that he should refer to the matters carried out. The borough had to realise, of course, that it was not a small borough, as it was fifteen or twenty years ago. All the new propositions had entailed much work,, and he had to congratulate the staff on the able, businesslike and efficient. manner in which their duties' had been carried out. "I will now formally ask Mr. Hill to take the chair" ■lie-said. "I hope the new Mayor wiH have the support of his council, and that whatever the deliberations of the new council may be they will be for the lasting benefit of the whole of Napier. I have very much pleasure now in asking Mr. Hill to take the chair. THE NEW MAYOR.

The new Mayor (Mr. Hill), after signing the customary declaration, said he wo,uld like to say that- the scheme for the baths, public library and reading rooms was made years before (the retiring Mayor took office), and he could show that they were theh considered as urgent items He was pleased that those works were carried out. The library was commenced when Mr. Garnell Mayor. He hoped the new council would show Napier that it was also capable qI doing some goodvWotb. He was proud to welcome among the councillors four who as boys passed through his hands. He Was desirous of councillors letting the residents know that it it was their in* tention to bring Napier to a high; state of efficiency. He would ask the residents to give, them, time. There were times when sC horse could, gallop, and times when it had to Re reined in. He felt the tippe had arrived when they would have to rein \m a little so at- a later stage they might- be prepared to go another step forward". At the first council meeting he would have thing to present that woule*" show them tfent their task was not an easv omp, " '• / This terminated the installation, and the Mayor (Mr. H. Hill), then held a conference with the ' councillors.

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MAYORALTY OF NAPIER., Hastings Standard, Volume VII, Issue 109, 3 May 1917

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MAYORALTY OF NAPIER. Hastings Standard, Volume VII, Issue 109, 3 May 1917

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