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Blenheim Borough Council.

The usual meeting of the Council' was held yesterday evening at the Council Chamber. His Worship the Mayor snd all the Council, except Or Norgrove, were present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. CORRESPONDENCE. Letters were received from Henry Jellyman applying for a license for slaughter house ; From James Sinclair relative to sections improperly rated ; From the Secretary of Omaka County Board referring to a culvert m Renwick Road; from thePostmaster informing the Council of the postal arrangements for delivery of letters ; From Secretary of the Blenheim. Institute decliniug to convey a portion of land for the purpose of a right of way ; From Jno Tait, resigning the Collectorship ; and from Cr Norgrove, resigning his seat m the Council. A report of necessary works required m various parts of the town by the Inspector of Works was also received. Assets and Liabitities. The following report of Assets and Liabilities was laid on the .table. Assets. — Without estimating the svbsidy from the General Government £943 7s 6d ; with the proposed subsidy of £1 for £1 but without the Publicans Licenses £1315 8s lOd. Liabilities £422 6s Bd. SLAUGHTER-HOUSE LICENSE. On the motion of Cr Fell, seconded by Cr Earll, a license was granted to Henry Jellyman to kill sheep oh section 244. Cr Earll said Mr Jellyman did not want to make a regular slaughter-house, but merely to kill a few sheep. Mr Sinclair's letter. With reference to Mr Sinclair's letter, it was moved by Cr Fell, and seconded by Cr Earll, that his Worship the Mayor, and the Town Clerk be a committee to enquire into the matter complained of, and reply to his letter. Cr Robinson said if Mr Sinclair, had been charged for sections that were now occupied as a road, that the money ought to be refunded. CULVERT IN RENWICK ROAD. Cr Robinson moved that the Inspector of Works be instructed to examine the place, .and if he deems it advisable, to accede to the request of the Omaka County Board. Cr Parker seconded the motion, as the work was very necessary. The motion was carried. LETTER DELIVERY. The Postmaster's letter concluded with a request that the Council would communicate with the Postmaster-General, informing him m case fclie present arrangements were satisfactory. The Mayor and some of the Councillors expressed themselves as ofcopinion that they were satisfactory, and the Town Clerk was instructed to write accordingly. INSTITUTE RESERVE. On the reading of the letter from the Institute Committee Cr Robinson said he could not allow the letter to pass without a few words. He thought the Council had been treated with disrespect, as after three months the committee had only now coudecended to reply ; and after all that delay they had not given any reason for their refusal. He was going to say that they had fraudulently obtained possession of the land, but he would not say that, he would say, however, that the Superintendent had no right to convey the land, and though he (Cr Robinson) was opposed to the right of way being formed he would stand up for the dignity of the council who he thought could if they liked take a slice of land off the reserve m, question. It was a public reserve and two or three private members had no right to it. They had not treated the Council with the respect it was entitled to. The letter was then referred to the coramitteeappointedforforming the rights of way. COLLECTOR. It was resolved that Mr Tait's resignation' be accepted, and the Town Clerk be instructed to advertise for a collector. ACOOUNTS. The following were passed for payment : Robinson Bros, for materials supplied fencing Seymour Square i£ls 2s 6d. Tools for Immigrants £1 17s ; Dog tickets from 1873 to 1876, inclusive £8 6s 8d; Metalling Walter Street South £21 17s 6d ; Survey and forming Nelson Street East £18 12s 9d ; forming and metalling Stephenson and Weld Streets (subject to adjustment) £52 ; Fencing Seymour Square £52 15s ; Spencer, repairs to sundry roads and footpaths £22 13s 3d ; Tindall, do. do. £15 16s 8d ; Tait, commission on rates £7 4s ; H. Ball, work on Redwood Street North £2 ; Bythell, repairing kerbs £1 13s 4d ; Registration of deeds for,-, land

conveyed from the Superintendant to Borough Council £2 5». inspector's report. The report of. tha Inspector of Works was then considered, aud the merits of the several works discussed. Cr Robinson moved that the Inspector of Works get the hollow near, the end of High street West repaired. Cr Nosworthy moved by leave without notice that specifications be prepared, and tenders oalled for metalling High street West. Cr Farmar seconded the motion. ■ TheJVlayor approved of the specifications prepared, but thought the. tenders were not so immediately necessary. Cr Fell preferred that the motion should stand m its original form as the work was very much needed. Cr Robinson would not oppose the motion as lie knew the work was a very necessary one, although he disapproved of hunying on expensive jobs. The motion wag then carried. NELSON ST. EAST. Cr Farmar had leave to move without notice that Nelson Street East be Metalled. Motion earned. REPORT ON MAXWELL ROAD. Cr Fell brought up the report from the Committee appointed to examine the drains and footpaths, and. moved its adoption, which was seconded by Cr Robinson and carried. PERCY AND RICHMOND STREETS. Cr Robinson m accordance with a notice standing m his name, referring to a petition from certain ratepayers, moved that the prayer of the petition be granted, and that specifications for forming aud metalling the streets m question' be. prepared and laid before the next mseting of the Council. . The motion was seconded by Cr Nosworthy and carried. . TAYLOR OVERFLOW. CrNoswORTHY moved that a piece of ground be obtained on the western boundary of the Borough for the purpoHe of cutting a ditch to relieve the Taylor by turning some of the water into the Omaka. Cr Robinson seconded the motion pro forma as he would oppose it thoroughly. The Omaka was already flooded and insufficient to carry the water m time of freshes. Cr Earll considered that Cr Nosworthy was only carrying out the wishes of many persons m that part of the town, at the same time he did not agree with cutting ditches unless the land was thoroughly examined. After some further remarks the motion was put and lost on the voices. BUILDING REGULATIONS. His Worship the Mayor moved that part 5 of the 13th Schedule of the Municipal Corporations Act be brought into force m this Borough. Cr Parker seconded the motion. Cr Robinson supported the motion, and expressed his regret thai, buildings were now being erected and roofed with shingles m the heart of the town. The motion was carried unanimously. BRIDGE TO BEAVER ROAD. Cr Parker obtained leave to more without notice that tenders be called for lengthening and forming the approaches to the bridge at the Western end of High Street. Cr Wemybs seconded the motion. Crs Fell and Robinson opposed the motion oti the ground that the work was only required for the accomodation of one or two persons ; that it was an expensive work, and further that the whole of the money which the ratepayers had promised towards the bridge had not yet been paid. His Worship on referring to the plan of the town, said it was evident the burgesses living m that part of the town could not get to their property without trespassing, and he thought something should be done to relieve them, and suggested that Cr Parker should amend his motion. Cr Parker said he did not when making the motion intend to ask the Council to expend a large sum to enlarge the bridge, but the approaches were necessary, as the people could not get to the bridge. He therefore amended his motion, moving that specifications be prepared by the Inspector of Works for forming the approaches to the bridge m question. Cr Wemyss seconded the motion as amended. Ho said the approaches to the bridge had been washed away m the last flood, and it was useless to let the bridge stand where no one could use it. With reference to the statement that the money had not been paid, ho was informed that it was ready for the contractor whenever he liked to call fnr it. Cr Fell said if the approaches had been washed away m the last flood, it might be the same again. After some conversational remarks the motion was carried. The Council then adjourned.

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Blenheim Borough Council., Marlborough Express, Volume xi, Issue 847, 6 September 1876

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Blenheim Borough Council. Marlborough Express, Volume xi, Issue 847, 6 September 1876