CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL.
Monday, May 4. Present-Messrs V 7. Wilson (Chairman), •Ihomson.A.Duncan.T.Tombs.J.Ander. Sdenfe 80 "' ShCPPardl CalV6rt ' Bnd i'onflrm™d UU ' eS ° f *"* mi "** "W® "ceived during the past week. £474l2s7T eßtthebaDk ™ S6taled t0 be Accounts amounting to £247 2s wero ordered to be paid. ere
The Surveyor's report was read. Mr Blunt had completed the trial length of channelling from Manchester street and High street, and it was necessary, if the Council were satisfied with the work to make some agreement with Mr Blunt,' as lit present he was not working under any contract. Tenders had been invited for Manchester street bridge, but would not be in before next sitting, The formation of Barbadoes street had been completed. The work done by the hard labour gang, during the past five weeks, on the river bank, was valued at ahout £4O, which nearly amounts to 5s per day per man. The formation of the South town belt, from Madras street to the gas works had been completed, with the exception of a little work to the footpaths, and when this was finished, x T , rea(ly for "lungling, which should be done before winter. The shingling of the same portion of the belt, from Colombo street to Madras street, was also recommended. Ihe fence for the North belt was in preparation. The shingling of Manchester street had been completed. The labour gang had been employed during the week in clearing out the side drains in Oxford terrace, Worcester, Lichfield, Tuam, Durham,Kilmore, Salisbury, and Colombo streets; filling m crossings in High street, preparing fence for the North belt, and carting timber from the Railway station The members of the Council expressed their satisfaction at the stone channelling recently done, and it was resolved that the Surveyor should enter into a six months contract with Mr Kilburn for its continuance Mr Duncan called attention to the necessity Of shingling Barbadoes street, and moved that such be done, 15 yards of shingle to the chain being used from Ferry Eoad, and 10 yards to the chain for the remaining portion of the Btr66t.
A discussion aroseon the matter, Mr Tombs objecting to the street being done further than from Ferry Road to Cashel street, as the remainder had been too lately formed The motion was ultimately carried The amount of work done by the hard labour gang, was pronounced highly satisfac-
On the motion of Mr Duncan, it was resolved that the South Town Belt from Madras sree to the Gas Work road, Luld b shingled with 10 yards to the chain. A discussion ensued relative to the Bhineling of that part of the belt, from Madras street to Colombo street, but no decision was arrived, at the matter being deferred until something was resolved upon with reference to the planting.
The following correspondence was read:— Letter from the Liverpool, London, and Wobe Insurance Company, offering to hand over to the Council their hand fire engine, on condition that the same was always kept in working order, and available for any Are which may occur in the city, the company having power to reclaim the engine on any of these conditions being neglected. n full m t , of the plant was aIBO a PPended. Upt. Wilsim, Superintendent of the Fire Brigade, was called in. He said the engine was in thorough working order. It h;.d been rentted throughout, and with the exception of age, was in every way as good as new. lne hose was, however, quite the reverse, and if the Council accepted the engine, J would be necessary, or at least most advisable to procure new. With respect to a brigade for working it, he would suggest that 1 mJ? lUn J eets re9idi,, g inthe W«inity of the White Hart, where it was proposed to locate the engine should be advertised for. iney could elect theirown officers, but should be entirely under his (Captain Wilson's) control. They might attend roll calls at their ?n\ «n qUarter8 ' or at his office. He (Upt. Wilson) would be present at all their practices and superintend their general management. Ihe question of uniform would be a consideration for the Council. Mr Hart had off«red i ample accommodation for the engine, and it was intended to provide duplicate keys one to be left at the hotel and the other to be given in charge of the policeman nthatbsat. Mr Hart would also find a site tor the bell rack.
A discussion arose with reference to the hose which, in face of the very binding terms HI b '*»™*W7, h wa9 considered should be put m order by them before the engine is accepted by the Council. «Mf ff™, ? f Mr Calvert [t resolved that the chairman and Capt. Wilson Bhould wait upon the agent for the company 0 urge the desirability of all the plant being handed over to the Council in good condition Subject to this being granted it was decided that the same gentlemen should wait upon Mr Hart and make arrangements in onformitywith his offer for reception of the engine and bell.
Mr uivert called attention to the necessity of a brigade for working the engine being formed without delay, and moved that Capt Wilson be instructed to adopt measures for carrying out his suggestion relating thereto, if he arrangements pending with reference to the engine be satisfactorily concluded. Mr Jameson opposed the formation of the brigade for a longer period than three months, as that be!ng the end of the Fire Brigade year, many alterations were intended to be made, and it would be foolish to enter into any lengthened engagement. The motion was after some discussion altered to meet ,Mr Jameson's views, and then adopted.
Captain Wilson said lie had spoken to the members of the Fire Brigade with reference to taking up their residence at the station, but they declined to enter into any engagement until the end of their present year of service, as alterations evidently being intended in the constitution of the brigade they might be discharged. Letter from Mr Stark, asking permission to erect a wooden bridge across the drain near his premises at the corner of Manchester and Cashel streets,
A discussion ensued with reference to Mr Helmore, agent for the property, having refused to pay for the stone kerbing as required by a previous resolution of the Council, before right-of-way bridges could be erected across it. That the Council regret th-y paidfor grant UDt " thekerbingis the Public Works Committee upon the sites they were o opinion that a larger number were required, but only propo eT he 2 Ule f ° lloffin * flrßt « the most necessary. The committee Jo s«g geß te d an alteration in the descrip T„l r ° f f? 011f 8 were to be obtained in he city, and these they considered should n uturebe adopted. The sites they pr.po.edfr it.onal lamps were-,, corner of Colombo and Armagh streets (Cook and RossV 2 opposite Cobb and tbetriangleformed by Cashel and High.tr cet .corner of Montreal street andean
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On No 4 being considered, Mr Duncan expressed his opposition, and suggested Messrs Wilson and Alport's corner, afterwards moving an amendment to that effect. The Council considering (hat the corner of the triangle would enable the light to be distributed with greater advantage to the surrounding thoroughfares that site was finally adopted. '
With reference to the new rate list, the Clerk said lie had taken legal advice, and it was recommended that the Council should leave its completion until the city is incor porated under the new Act, as it would be inadvisable to mix up the rate with the twn Acts. ut
1 he Chairman said the date of their incor portion under the new Act appeared th. very indefinite. His Hellene} ue Go vernor, was absent from WplmW™. I would not be there beforth M2ath forethe petition could not b e i2 th ! reoriginally intended. ThisinfL ■ a 8 receivedUmthel,;n.M VohS °i t be for the Council to consfc L T' d would strike a rate under he !''V'"* n-jnce, and then suppCjt l h "* °, rdi - incorporated uLertlVewAcr tl,er Mr Jameson sugsestp,! n;» . "f striking a rate S L P OB P^ment The occupy all the week Zf*> 'V llstwould
A motion to this effect was agreed to and the Clerk was ordered to proceed with the preparation of the rate list at once. On the motion of Mr Jameson it wai resolved that iron ports be in future adopted for street lamps, and that the Surveyor prepare a design for the one at the junction of Cashel and High streets. A question, brought forward, with reference to the purchase of block plana of the city, was deferred for consideration unti next meeting. The Inspector reported that Mr Howe proposed to lay down a brick surface drain from his back premises into Colombo street, in order to remove the cause of the nuisance. Complaints had been mude that an offensive effluvia arose from a pool of water collecting in a hollow between the end of Peterborough street and Oxford terrace, which would require filling up. The nuisance as complained of, was ordered to be abntt d at once. The application of Fredk. Lambert for a driver's license was grunted. Mr Calveft called attention to the inconvenience suffered from the alteration in the time of meeting from seven to half past six. He moved that the former time be adhered to, A discussion ensued, but the motion was finally lost, the Council deciding to meet at 6,30 during the winter monihs.
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