CHRISTCHURCH MUNICIPAL COUNCIL.
The usual weekly meeting was held on Monday evening; present all but Mr. Gould.
A request was received from the Provincial Secretary to enlarge the present weigh-bridge office, the old office having been destroyed by converting the Market-hall into a Post-office. It was resolved to comply with this request on condition of plans for the proposed enlargement being first submitted to the Council for their approval. A letter was read from the Provincial Secretary recommending a stone kerbing for the footpaths on both sides of Oxford terrace between Montreal street and Hereford street, and undertaking to fix the same for £160. It was resolved that only the river-side of the road be thus kerbed, as the limited funds at the disposal of the Council would not justify a further expenditure on this work. A letter was received from Mr. Carver of Lyttelton, stating that he had for some 12 months attended to the time-signal in Port, but that other duties precluded him from continuing that service to the public. He points out that through the agency of the electric telegraph the time at Lyttelton and Christchurch may be made uniform, if a competent sea-faring man is appointed to make the necessary observations, and recommends Captain Wycherley for the service. The Council thanked Mr. Carver for his suggestions; but pointed out that they had no authority over the clock at the Government buildings. The Surveyor reports that the works in the hands of different contractors are being rapidly completed, and that the drainage of the town is proceeding satisfactorily. A report was handed in from the committee appointed to consider the best means of planting a portion of Oxford terrace. They recommend a line of upright Lombardy poplars to be planted within 24 inches of the railing* at distances of 12 feet apart.. A second line, at a distance of six feet, planted in quincunt order, of sycamore, blue gum, laburnam, and pineaster firs. A third line of weeping willows, within three yards of the water's edge. The pineaster firs are offered to be given by Mr. Wilson, the Government supplying the remainder. The cost of planting is estimated at not more than £16. The Council resolved to carry out the report. There was a large amount of other business transacted, but not of a character requiring to be reported in a newspaper. The Council adjourned till Monday next.
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