The regular meeting of the City Council was held last evening. Present: His Worship the Mayor, and Messrs. Holland, Crowther, Kidd, Dignan, Buohanaa, Goldie, Lennox, James, Swales, Cooper, Evans, Phillipps, Clarke, Laßoche, Garratt, and Trenwith. The minutes of last meeting were confirmed, and copies of letters sent since last meeting of the Council were submitted. Drainage.—Mr. John H. Barker wrote that some time ago he was requested to allow a wooden shoot to be put across his front garden to the cesspit in Cross-street, for the purpose of connecting the draiuage from Karangahape Road with the gully between Canada and Cross streets. He was given to understand that it would benefit him by giving him good drainage, but the alterations made by present contractor cut off his drainage, and the expense and inconvonience he bad been put to went for nothing. The Engineer reported that the shoot was a temporary measure, and now that the grating was trapped it would be removed. It was agreed to reply accordingly. Imperial Institute.—The Town Clerk of Oamaru forwarded the following circular :~ ««gj r> —X have been requested by the Mayor and Councillors of the Borough of Oamaru to ask you to join with them in petitioning Parliament to place a Bum of, say, £20,000 on the estimates as a vote for the whole colony to the Imperial Institute. Please bring this before your Council at your earliest convenience, and, if they approve of the scheme, kindly ask the members for your town to support the same." Application referred to the Finance Committee. Rates. —Mrs. E. M. Harris wrote asking that her rates and taxes might be allowed to stand over for the present, as she was a widow, and not able to pay at present. Referred to the Finance Committee. West-street. —Win-. Edgar, of Weststreet, complained of the state _of the foot-path-fronting his premises, which was in a dangerous state, and he also forwarded complaints from Joseph T. Morris. Iho engineer reported that the footpath was not dangerous opposite Mr. Edgar's property. It was the property below Mr. Edgar's that required a retaining wall for about 65 feet in length, and the footway filled in to the line of the street. This subject has been before the Council already, and it was arranged that if the owner of the property below Mr. Edgar's would allow the earth to be sloped into his property that the path was to be made good ; but permission was not granted to do this. The only remedy is to build a dry retaining wall, which will cost about £20. A wood kerb and channel was also required, whioh would cost £90. Mr. Garratt moved, "That in the event of Mr. Edgar allowing the usual slope into his ground, the work be carried out," and this was agreed to. Gas Inspkctok.—Mr. Graves Aickin, on behalf of the Gas Inquiry Committee, wrote as follows : —" At a meeting of the gas consumers, held on the 16th February, It was unanimously decided that in the interests of the ratepayers the City Council should be requested to appoint an inspector of meters and an examiner of gas." He enclosed a letter from the Gas Company, signifying their willingness to concede to the Council full and free inspection of gas and meters. The Mayor, said it would require a salaried officer to be appointed if the request was complied with. Referred to the Streets Committee, Mr. Aiokin to be asked what proportion of salary the Gas Committee would contribute.
Elkctkio Lighting.Mr. Walter Prince wrote in respect to the tenders for experimental electric lighting of the city. He proposed to provide five aro lamps for the proper lighting of Queen-street. He also made other suggestions re lighting Wynd-ham-street, and stated that he was prepared to carry out the work for £150 for one mouth, and should the experiment be the means of his obtaining a contract for the permanent lighting of the city, the amount mentioned would be deducted from any estimates he may have given or may give for such permanent lighting as may be desired. E. A. Ashcroft and Co. sent a telegraphic tender undertaking the electric lighting for one month for £200, the machinery to belong to the firm at the end of that period. Full particulars would be Bent by post. It was moved to refer both to tho Streets Committee, and Mr. Buchanan pointed out that it would be necessary for the Council to find out what was the best system of lighting by electricity before expending money on experiments. Mr. Crowther considered the Counoil should adhere to their resolution to expend £100, and as neither tender came within this amount, ho moved that the benders be returned. Mr. Buchanan pointed out that the cost of generating the electricity was all the difference between suocess and failure, and they should obtain the opinions of experts. The Mayor thought Mr. Buchanan proved the necessity for the experiment, and the object of sending it to the committee was that it might be further considered. The amendment was lost, and the resolution to send it to the Streets Committee was carried.
Kdkn Terrace.—The secretary of the Eden Terrace Road Board wrote complaining of the state of the gully in Hxniouth-street, into which a quantity of offensive matter was emptied from a drain. The engineer reported that the nuisance was caused by a pipe from the Kden Terrace district. As the breakage of the pipe was within the city boundary, and the nuisance was not caused by the citizens, he recommended that permission be given to the Eden Terrace Board to repair the pipes. It was agreed to reply in accordance with the engineer'* memo.
Kindergarten School.—Mrs. A. Dudley Ward wrote as follows:—"As we are endeavoring to establish a Kindergarten School in Anokland, having for its object the taking of hundreds of poor children off the streets, and as we are experiencing some difficulty in procuring funds for the starting of the institution, may we bog that your honourable Council will see their way to give us the use of the Mochanios' Institute for this most important work. It is one of paramount interest to all thinking people, and we beg your immediate and favourable consideration of our petition for one year certain, and we are sure that any loss you may sustain will be more than recouped by the benefit it will bestow on the children of the poor." The Mayor pointed out that this would mean not only the loss of the building but the Librarian's room as well, and in order that it might receive full consideration, he moved that it be referred to the Finance Committee. The motion was agreed to.
High-street Offices.—Mr. John Bridgewater wrote, offering a rental of £120 per annum on lease for seven years for the offices recently occupied by the City Council in High street. The Hospital and Charitable Aid Board offered £50 a year for the suite of offices lately occupied by the rate collector and Town Clerk, including the strong room. The applicntions were referred to the Finance Committee.
Nixon-street.—Mr. J. Probert asked the Council to carry out necessary sloping, and to relay the pipes for drainage purposes. The engineer reported that the sloping would cost £3, and the drainage £2; but the drain pipes wcro private property, and should be laid down by the owner. It was agreed to reply in accordance with the engineer's report. Haugreavk-street.—Mr. John Schischka wrote in regard to the impassable state of Hargreave-street East. The engineer reported tbat about £10 would make the part of the road complained of available for wheel traffic. The engineer was instructed to make the repairs, at a cost not exceeding £10.
Burgess Roll.—A number of applications to have names inserted on the burgess roll were referred to the Legal Committee.
PxtBSKNTATiON.—Mr. G. P. Fierce, manager of the New Zealand Insurance Company, forwarded, on behalf of his company, for use in the Free Public Library, two chess tables, with full sets, and two draught boards and men. It was agreed to accept the gifts, with thanks.
Drainage Claim. — Mr. B. Donnelly wrote complaining of damage to hia property in Upper Queen street through certain drainage works. The engineer reported that nothing was being done but what was necessary to carry out the work. It was provided in the contract that the contractor make good all damage at his own expense, so that it is not likely he will do more damage than he oan help. You should inform Mr. Donnelly that the Council have power to enter premises nnder the Act for drainage purposes. Mr. Garratt complained that the notice sent to Mr. Donnelly was not legal, but the Mayor pointed out the Counoil had fixed a day for Mr. Donnelly to object, but he had not dona so. The fact was that: the contractor had done bis work so carelessly as to injure not only Mr. Donnelly's pro. perty but three others, and he moved that he ma iter be referred to the Streets Com.
mittee. The engineer was called in, and stated that there was an inspector on the works, and he stated that no more damage was done than was necessary to carry out the work, and the c oll,B °, __ np i. to make good all damage when t 0 was completed. It appeared that r * nelly only claimed an expenditure o £4 10s for drainage. It was decided that a drain be put in at the coat of the Council on Mr. Donnelly's property, at a cost not exceeding £4 93 6d. Petition for Lamp.—Mr. Evans pre* sented a petition from the residents in Jervois Road for a lamp as the *° er ® Wharf-street. It was referred to the Streets Committee. , Rokkby-street.—Rosie Huntly petitioned to the efiect that her property was damaged by the filling in front of it, and requested that her house might be raised to the street level. The engineer reported that the raising of the road was made by request of the inhabitants about two years ago. Wo objection was made by the applicant at the time the work was done. The petition was referred to the Streets Committee.
Finance Committke.—This committee reported as followe Letter from W H. Fort offering £1 per month, rate arrears £5 10s 3d : Your committee recommend that the collector be allowed to receive the sum of arrears in two payments within three months. Decided to accept Mr. Port's offer of £1 per month. Letter from E. A. Mackechnie, forwarding resolutions re Emily Place improvement : Your committee have requested the engineer to have his report attached to present report of committee. The engineer reported | that it seemed impracticable to lower Princesstreet, so it would be useless to call for com- j petitive designs for improving the approach to Emily Place. The grade already recom- , mended was the best. If the question was one of outlet from Customs - street to Symonds-street, then none better had been suggested than by Jermyn-street, as previously. recommended by him. It was decided to forward a copy of the report to Mr. Mackechnie. Letter from secretary Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, re contribution of £3203 Is 6d, ISS7 1888 : Your committee recommend that payments be made quarterly. Letter from J. McK. Geddes, requesting ! refund of rates paid in error on allotment | Gore-stroet. Your Committee recommend that amount be refunded. Letter from R. Davis, re Drainage Nelson-street, above Cook-street (referred re Ways and Means). Your committee recommend that work be done, and cost charged to the South Ward allocation. Letter from Thomas McMillan, re error in valuation Spring-street, Ponsonby. Your committee recommend that rates, as on the amount of valuation in error, be remitted.—Alfred Kxto, Chairman. The amended report was adopted. Streets Committke. —This committee reported as follows: —Letter from F. W. E. Dawson, re permit to alter house, Wellesleystreet: Your committee recommend that application be granted in terms of the Engineer's report, viz., the projecting eaves, as per drawings enclosed, to be plastered on wire netting, instead of being constructed of wood as specified. Petition from residents Burgoyne-street, re condition of street: This being a private street, your committee recommend that the Engineer's report thereon be referred to the" Karangahape Ward members for their consideration, and report to Council, i.etter from H. Holland, re additional retaining wall (extension) and formation works, .Pratt-street : Your committee cannot see their way to recommend that the work be done. Letter from John Jack, offering to purchase or lease part of allotment Baker-street : Your committee recommend that offer be declined. Petition from ratepayers Freeman's Bay, re nuisance caused by sewage : Your committee recommend that the Mayor and chairman of Harbour Board meet and advise aotion. —W. Ckowthkr, Chairman. — The report was adopted. Legal Committee. —This committee reported as follows : —" Applications for Library assistant (forty-two received,—referred, with power to appoint) : Your committee report the appointment of Miss E. D. Braithwaitn. Re hours of attendance at Library: Your committee have approved hours of attendance as submitted by the librarian for himself and assistants. He fidelity bonds : Your committee recommend that a guarantee bond of £100 each be taken out by librarian and assistants, the Council paying premiums. Memo, from Town Clerk re cleaner : Your committee recommend that as the present cleaner has refused to continue the work, the Town Clerk be authorised to employ the necessary assistance by the week. Memo, from Town Clerk re leather covering for stairs, Coburg-street entrance : Your committee recommend that 3tepa be covered with leather, the engineer to supply estimate of cost, and have the work done. Letter from W. L. Covert, assistant librarian, re Lours of attendance : Your committee report that arrangements have been made with the librarian for an alteration in the present hours of attendance, which will meet this application.—A. Dkvork, Chairman." The report was adopted. I'onsonb Ward.The Ponsonby Ward members reported re the metalling of Clifton Road that it be deferred, as requested byMr. Courtney and others; re Mr. J. B. Graham's letter in reference to sloping Jervois Road, that the road was already sloped, and nothing further could be done; re Head's drainage, that the present drain be thoroughly repaired and covered with wood, as suggested by Mr. Head, at a cost of £120. The report was adopted. Accounts. — The usual accounts were passed for payment. Engineer's Report.— City Engineer reported that plans and specifications were on the table for gully drainage south of Cook-street, off Nelson-street, kerbing and channelling in Queen-street from Alexandrastreet to wood platform, kerbing and channelling of east side of • Union-street from Wellington-street to Napier-street. Permanent level plans were also on the table for the following streets in I'onaonby Ward : Hackett-street, Ring Terrace, Meroer Road, Swift Avenue, Percival Parade, Dedwood Terrace, Caroline-street, M ilford-street, Yar-borough-street, Vine-street, Seymour-street, Cameron-street, Twoed-street, aud Emmettstreet. The levels were authorised to be advertised in due course.
Tenders for Library Lavatory.— Twelve tenders for additions to lavatory of Library and Art Gallery were received. The lowest tender, that of J. T. Julian, for £169, was accepted.
General Rate.—The Mayor moved in terms of his notice of motion at last meeting, "That a general rate of one shilling in the £ be struck on all assessable property in the city, payable in one sum at the Council offices." The motion was seconded and carried.
Professor Aldis and the Rifle Range, —Professor Aldis, under date May 10, wrote to the Library Committee as follows :
"Gentlemen, — I regret to have to say that through ill-health, very much caused by the incessant shooting at the neighbouring range during the last few months, I dad myself quite unable to undertake any work beyond that of my college classes. For the last fortnight it has been quite impossible for me to come down to the Free Library for consultation, I feel it right to explain this to you without delay, and to apprise you that it Is out of my power to render any further assistance for the present in connection with Sir George Grey's library. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to serve you to the end in this mattar, but my first duty is to the University College." The letter was referred to the Library Committee.
Edcjecombk's Ckkkk.—Mr. W. Coleman wrote, on behalf of Samuel White, offering to lease to the Council about a chain of his creek frontage at Western Springs for a term of five years at £150 a year. If no decision was arrived at, he would take prompt measures to assert bis rights. Mr, Cotter had been consulted by the Council, and stated that Mr. White was entitled to recover damages for water taken by the Council, and ho could also refuse permission to allow one side of the Council's dam to rest on his property. He had arranged with Mr. White to take £2 per week for right to pump water from the creek from the time the Counoil started pumping water from Edgecombe's Creek up to cessation of pumping ; and also to give the Council the right to build a dam resting on his property. It was decided to accept the offer of £2 per week.
Domain Carriage Drives.—Seven tenders for this work were received, and the lowest, that of G. Knight for £277 15s, was accepted.
Factories, The Sanitary Inspector, Mr. G. Goldie, reported that, with a view to enforcing the provisions of section 297 of the Act, he had inspected forty factories and workshops within the city, and found twenty-six in strict accordance with the Act, and fourteen were not. Ho had served notices on the occupiers of those fourteen, giving them seven days tC comply with the provisions of the Act,
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