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Blenheim Borough Council.

An ordinary meeting of the Council was held <>n Tuesday evening, Nov. 5, aM the CoudcH Chamber, all the members being present, Cr Fell as Mayor presiding. Th« minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. CORRESPONDENCE. Letters written by authority of Council to ! he Secretary of the Lower W.iir;iu Rivers Board, the Hon. the Minister of Justice, tha Hon. the Minister forlnimii.<ratu>n. Aleo lett< is received from the Hon. the Ministers of Justice an ' Immigration, from Geo. W. Kilev. and C. Collier. An abstract of receipts and was laid on the table. . petition. ..'....'. Cr Rogers presented a petition from the inhabitants of Park-terrace and Main-street;,piaying that Park-terrace should be formed and' opened by the Borough Council as they had no means of reaching their respective properties without trespassing on each others lands. He shH that several complaints had been made to him by persons living m that locality, and he had advised them to lay their case beiore the Council, He therefore moved that the prayer of the petition be granted, and that Park-terrace be formed. V The motion was seconded by Cr Earll. The Mayor supported the motion, as -be understood that the present inconvenience to the

Ratepayers arose from Mr James Sinclair having ' aenced m the street. Cr Robinson quite agreed with the prayer of the petition, and thought the time had arrived when other streets should be opened for public use and convenience. The motion was then carried. DRAIN PIPES. A communication was received fiom Mr J. Hornby, as Secretary to the Board, iuforming theCouucil that the Board had ■a quantity of drain pipes which they could dispose of to the Council at a moderate price. Cr Robinson thought the offer was one which "the Council should accept, and moved that the Borough' Council purchase the pipes offered m Mr Hornby's letter. Cr Litchfield made some remarks about the price which he said would be adont 5s 6d each, and asked if they could not be procured m helBon for 4s 6d 1 He also wished to know if they were socket pipes or plain ? Cr Wemyss said he had seen the pipes m question and they are. of good quality of the same description as those laid down from the Government Buildings; he thought the price •reasonable. — Motion carried. SEYMOUR SQUARE. The letter from Mr G-. W. Riley contained an offer to rent the exclusive right of grazing horses m Seymour Square between the hours' of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. of the following day. Cr Earll said objections had been formerly made to horses and cattle grazing m the square. He therefore moved that Mr Riley be informed that the Council were not prepared to accept his offer. Cr Presswood seconded the motion. Cr Robinson was aware that the grazing of horses and cattle m the square rendered the land unfit for a playground tor children, but he wished to call attention to the dauger from fire when the long grass sjot dry. While speaking on the state of the square he would also state that a well which had been dug m the square was left uncovered and he thought it was very dangerous as children might fall m and bo> ' suffocated. Cr Parker suggested that the grass should be offered for sale by tender to be cut for hay the money accruing to be spent on the Bquare, for instance the parties purchasing might erect gates to prevent the trespassing winch ac present obtained. Cr Houldsworth thought it Avould be better to call for t6uder6 for the right of grazing sheep as eating the grass down would improve the sward better than mowing. Cr Pkesswood < xpressed a similar opinion. The debate was gradually growing desultory when Cr Rogers moved an amendment " that tenders be called lor the right of cutting the grass for hay such tenders to be opened by the Ma.> or." Cr Earll asked leave to withdraw his motion which was granted and Cr Roger's motion agreed to nem. con.' CATTLE TRESPASS. Mr Collier's letter stated that he had-sus-tained damage by the trespass of cattle m tue neighbourhood of Park Terrace that be had mad.e,a complaint to the luspector of Police, but the annoyance had^not .been abated and cattle were still allowed to wander at large m tha strett. Cr Robinson said he had seen, a calf tethered m the street, and a cow grazing there at large, Mr Col.ier hud informed him that the cattle reached over the garden fence aud devoured his young peas it was certainly a great nuisauce. Cra Houldsworth and Litchfield also complained of the intention of the police m this matter; one gentleman said he "thought the police Bhut their eyes when they saw any horses or cattle about." The Mayor moved — That a copy of Mr Collier's letter be Bent to the Inspector of with an enquiry asking why the parties had not been summoned . Cr Rogers seconded the motion and said it was the duty of the police to take action upon first information and bring up the complaining party as a witness, aud not to wait until tue trespass was observed by the police themselves. Motion carried. EXTENSION OF TIME. r On the application of Mr Batty for six weeks further time to complete his contract, the request was granted as several Crs spoke to the manner m which the works had been performed, and the delay had arisen through the flood. KELSON ST. BRIDGE. The Inspector of Works reported that a late flood washed away a consideraole portion of the river" bank at the east side of the Nelson Street Biidge so as to expose the dummy piles, thereby endangering the bridge. This erosion continued after the nver had gone down j tc prevent further damage he requested Mr Douslin to construct one of his Heating spurs ; he did so, when the river ceased to eat any further into thebauk. This had [m _his < opinion diverted the current so as to save the bridge. He also had two pieces of timber laid to support the capsiil. He further recommended that the hand-rail of the Omaka Bridge and the one m Market Place be painted. The report was adopted. HORSE AND CART. Cr Earll brought up the report of the Horse and Cart Committee and moved its adoption, which was seconded by Cr Hquldsworth and carried. Cr Parker moved that applications for the situation of horse keeper and carter should be called by advertisement. • j Cr Litchfield seconded the motion. Cr Robinson thought the Inspector of Works was the proper person to engage a man and that he was the person who ought to have full charge of the things. Cr Pkksssvood. thought it was objectionable to trust the care of horse and cart to the person who put m the lowest tender. The Mayor said he thought thu proper way ■wa3 to rix the salary and call for applications. Crß Earll and Rogers supported the principle of giving full charge to the inspector of Works. Crs Litchfteld, Houlds wokth, and Wkmyss spoke m favor of calling for applications, as mauy workiug men who were ratepayers would prouably apply and the Council should have the opportunity of selecting the best man and then

placing him under the order of the Inspector of Works. Cr Parker at the suggestion of the Mayor asked leave to amend his motion by adding tnafc the salary be two guineas per week. The discussion was somewhat prolonged and desultory, the majority were m favour of the Inspector selecting the most fitting applicant, and the motion was carried on the voices with one dissentient (Councillor Litcbfield). HOSPITAL AND CHARITABLE AID COMMITTEE. The Mayor asked leave tonmve without not cc "That the name of Mr James E. Hodson be struck off the above named committee, and that of Counuillor Preaswo jd be put on." He explained that when the names of Messrs Nosworthy and Farmer were struck off, that of Mr Hodsun'3 was inadvertently forgotten. Motiou carried. FEARON-STREET EAST. Councillor Earl moved "That Fearon-street east be formed, and that the Inspector of Works be instructed to report on Fiauces-street, which the mover thought it desirable to gravel. Motion was seconded by Councillor Rogers and carried. MAXWELL ROAD. Councillor Rogers moved " That the pathway be formed from the north-west corner of the Maxwell Bridge to Litch field's store." It was not necessary for him to say much about the work as it had been decided to be done several times by the Council. Councillor Litchfield seconded the motionCouncillor Houldsworth said it was a very desirable work; at present it was one of the ugliest places m the town, and he was only snrprised that the Council had not been called upon to pay more than the cost of the work m the shape of compensation for loss of life or property there at flood time. Councillor Earll also supported the motion. Councillor Rob/nson was quite m favour of the work, but he thought it would be a much more costly work than at first sight it appeared to be. He did not care, however, so much about the expenses, but it was also a question of drainage. Several questions as to the drainage of that locality were asked and replied to, and the motion was carried. TAYLOR OVERFLOW. Councillor Robinson moved " That a committee be appointed consisting of Councillors Earll, Rogers, Litchfield, Presswood, and the mover, to report on the best means of preventing the Tavlor liver from over flowing the laud between the Maxwell Road and the Western boundary of the Borough, suuh committee to be empowered to have levels taken if necessary." He pointed out the desirability of several hundred acres of the best land m the borough being relieved from the present nuisance, whereby it was rendered all but useless to the owneis. He thought it was a work m which the Board of River Conservators were also iuterested, and might reasonably be expected to assist ; he did no* propose to undertake any expeusive work at p. esent, but thought the Council ought to take some eteps to wan is tiie accomplishment of so very desiiabie an oiject. Couuciilor Rogers seconded tue mutiin. Couucillor Prksswood spoke m favour of the motion, especially as the exueuditure was nob to be gone into at present. The motiun was carried. collie's hollow. Councillor Presswood moved that tenders be called for laying down draia pipes m Collie's Hollow aud tilling up the road to the height of eighteen inches below the stnngeis of the foot bridge." Councillor Robinson seconded the motion.

Councillor Litohfield said now the new bridge was built the angle so lormed rendered the piesent road danger. ius, and it was very necessary to till up the west side of the road. Councillor Wemyss supported the motion, which was carried. EAILWAT CHARGES. Councillor Earll called the attention of the Council to tbe excessive charges made to the public at the Opawa station, and the very striugeut and utterly unworkable rules enforced, whereby the public were- forced to submit to the charges he complained of. He pointed out at some length the very limited time allowed for discharging loaded trucks, and the heavy lines for. demurrage. Persous carting goods from the station had to get all tbe trucks unloaded between tEe hours of IT3O a.m. and 3 p.m., that could not be called a working day. At the same time carters would be satisfied if the Government would allow them eight hours. He thought it would probably have some good effect if this council made a representation to Government. He was certain that better regulations could be made without any disadvantage to the railway officials or employees, so that the railway should be a real convenieace to tue public and not as it was at present a delusion and tlie means of extortion. In bringing the matter before the Council, he sought their advice and ass:stance ia removing a gross injustice to the public ; at the same time he hardly knew how to put his motion.

Tbe Mayor and Councillor Rogers, m speaking to the question, adviser that application should be made to ihe Manager Uenerat of Kail ways for tbis island, and then it' no good was ettected | some action might be taken by the Couucil iv j bringing the matter before the, of the Government. Councillor Earll then asked leave to withdraw his motion, which was gi anted, and the matter dropped. ALFBED-STREET. Councillor Wemyss asked leave to move without notice that, the kerlnng be continued from Wrigley's corner to a junction with ihe lootway on the Omaka bridge, The gravel at present was trodden off the path into the water table, and the abrupt termination of the kerbmg was very unsightly. He boped the Council would see tbe advisability of the work, a* it was an inexpensive job. Councillor Luchfield seconded the motion. fie t-aid at present it ha I a ouc-e^ < d appearance, and su_;g st.d the iuea lhac ihe C uncil wad too poor to finish wliat ih-.y b^gan. Councilor Euill was opposed to the work being done at present. Councillor Houldsworth spoke m support of the motion which was carried. The Council then adjourned, .

Thb Canterbury Board of Education saya the Christ church Star, decided that if the teachers ani the children or any of them ami their parents chose to devote half an hour ilurin^ tue time stated for Scripture hisiory, and the committees would give trie use of the school for the purpose, there would be no objection ; but it must be directly understood that the committee must make no regulations on the subject. Holloway's Ointment and Pills. — Abscesses, Erysipelas, Piles.— Unvarying success attends all who treat these diseases according to the simple printed directions, wrapped round eaoh pot and box. They are invaluable to the young and timid, whose bushfuluess sometimes endangers life. A little attention, moderate perseverence, and trifle rxpense, will enable the m st diffident to conduct any case to & happy issue without exposing secret infirmities to any one. The Ointment arrests the spr ading inflawatiou, i\ snails the exciiel ve&s Is, cools the overi»eate i rkiu, alleviates throbbing and smarting pains, and qms great ease. These d.rections also cl<-arly point ou- wheii and ho a llolloway s fills are to be taken, that their purifyiug and regulating powers may assist by adjusting and strengthening the constitution.

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Blenheim Borough Council., Marlborough Express, Volume XIII, Issue 1077, 9 November 1878

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Blenheim Borough Council. Marlborough Express, Volume XIII, Issue 1077, 9 November 1878

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