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The ordinary meeting of the City Council was held yesterday. Present: The Mayor (Mr A. H. Ross), j Crs Thomson, Carroll, Gilchrist, Barnes, Gore, Mathe- ', son, Scoullar, and Street. D CORRESPONDENCE. t Mr James Barr asked for four or five weeks' extension of time to remove his house from the vicinity of ' the Southern Cemetery.—lt was resolved to instruct - Mr Barr to remove his house at once. 1 An application by Dr Hoeken and Messrs D. Wright < and R. Paterson for an additional street-lamp in Morayplace, between .Macandrew aud Stuart streets, was re- ' referred to the Gas Committee. A letter waa received from Mr S. Porter drawing attention to the dangerous nature of the present ' Roslyn tramway line.—Cr Goro said he thought cast- ' iron gratings should be'substituted for the wooden ' ones at present in u-o on the line.—The matter was 1 referred to the W* rks Committee. * Mr R. B. Pearson, Arthur street, drew attention to ' the fact that surface water has overflowed on to his property.—Referred to the Works Committee. Police Inspector Weldon wrote asking tbe Council to reconsider its decision in reference to allowing cabs to stand at theatre door6.—Cr Matheson suggested that the Council should disallow more than hali-a- ' dozen cabs taking up a position in front of a theatre, and restrict the time at which these cabs'should bo allowed to take up such a position.—On tbe motion of Cr Carroll the matter was referred to his Worship the Mayor to deal with. Mr T. Calcutt, the Council's assessor, wrote ra Leishman's claim :—" It having been found desirable, if possible, to purchase one acre and one-third acre j more of Mr Leishman's land than originally intended, i thus saving a long length of fencing, I arranged with ' Mr Reid, acting for .Mr Leishman, that the said piece j should become tlie property of the Corporation upon ' Mr Leishman having recenveyed to him the tunnel land (not required) and a sum of £G in cash."—Referred to tho Water Supply Committee with power | to act. A claim for £COO compensation in connection with I the Silverstream water-race from Mr William M'liae i was declined, and referred to Mr Calcutt. -, Mr David Andrew, jun., wrote stating that he had j appointed Mr Donald Reid assessor on his behalf in : \ connection with his claim for compensation, in conse- ; quence of the formation of the Silverstream water- ' race. —Mr John Reid was appointed the Council's ■ assessor in the matter. ' The Albion Cricket Club asked permission to sowdown in grass, and to erect a pavilion on, tbe North : Recreation-ground.—Referred to the Works Com- j niittee. j I An application by Mr X Ramsay to haye gas laid j

lon to Vogel street- was referred to the Gas Com- * mittee.

The Town Belt Ranger reported that he was unable I to find any persons" robbing turf from the Town i Belt. ! Cr Barnes was surprised that the Ranger had been unable to find offenders in this respect, for the Belt was regularly " festered " with them. Crs Thomson and Street had heard of the extensive removal of turf from the Belt. It was resolved to instruct the Ranger to use his utmost endeavours to arrest the offenders. WATER SUPPLY COMMITTEE. The Water Supply Committee reported inter alia: — " Your Committee having reconsidered its report of February Sth, ISSI, now recommends that the rate for water supply to all public baths without distinction be in future fixed at 9d per 1000 gallons. At present the charges are 9d for the swimming-baths, and ls for the. other public baths. At the suggestion of the Engineer the services of his assistant "(Mr Smith) will be retained for a fortnight (his engagement terminated on 31st; March) in order to finish measuring the fencing and slips on the Silverstream race." Crs Carroll and Barnes objected to the services of the Engineer's assistant being retained. Tho report was adopted. BATHS AND SAXITARY COMMITTEE.

The Committee recommended:—" That no further ' step be taken by Council by way of testing the ; suitability of MrT. C. Burt's scheme for dealing with city sewage ; that W. S. Douglas' application for the Council's pecuniary aid in furthering the promotion of a public company tor the purpose of establishing salt-water baths at the Ocean Beach be declined; that the site near Logan's Point suggested by the Harbour Board, as per tracing, as available for city public swimming-baths, be accepted with thanks. (The City Surveyor ia preparing a report on the cost of enclosing one-half of the site alluded to.) That boys under 15 years of age be admitted free of charge to the Pelichet Bay baths when accompanied by one of their parents, being holder of a season ticket." The Committee recommended that his Worship the Mayor should be appointed its chairman. Adopted. finance committee. Tho Finance Committee reported :— "Your Committee recommends that Mr Francis M'Grath's claim of £200 for extras on contract for excavating site for gas-holder be not admitted. This recommendation accords with the decision of tho Gas Committee Accounts have been passed for payment, as per warrants attached, amounting to— " Municipal, No. 1 account .. £2062 15 2 Water, Ko. 2 account .. .. 271 0 0 Gas, Ko. 3 account .. .. 333 15 2 Total .. .. £2607 10 4." Adopted. GAS COMMITTEE. The Gas Committee reported :— "Your Committee recommends that the Council should offer to supply gas to the North-East Valley Borough for street lighting and ior private consumers on the same terms as from time to time charged in Dunedin, on condition that the sole right to open up and laj* and relay gas mains under tlie streets of the sail borough be legally conferred upon the City Corporation. In reference to Mr J. C. Brown's application, that Council should agnn to sell to the borough of Lawrence a quantity of 3-inch pipes from the gas department stores, not exceeding 13 chains, at the price of £10 per ton, cash on delivery at the Corporation Gasworks; that Ur M'Kean's otter to contract for a term for all the ammoniacal liquorproduced at the Gasworks be declined. The Engineer(MrGenever),has been instructed to proceed with laying the 18-inch gas mains along the Anderson's Bay road, between the city and the Gasworks, without further delay. The Gas Engineer's last report is hereto attached."

The Engineer reported:—"l have the honour to report for the fortnight ending March 2Sth, 18S1, as follows :—That the rate per ton of coal used, and the quality of the gas made has been fully kept up. New Zealand coal was used throughout the period. Permission to open up the roads for the 18-inch main has not been received from the suburban councils. The purifying-house is progressing rapidly, and I am now engaged in preparing the interior of the building for the reception of the purifiers. I have erected the condensers, and thej* will be nearly finished this week. I beg and urge that the new meter and valve-house be built at onoe, as we have a lot of valuable plant now exposed to tlii weather." The report was adopted. public works committee. This Committee recommended that Heriot rowshould be trimmed and metalled 12 feet wide with metal from the North-East Valiej* quarry so soon as the stone-crusher is started, the. cost not exceedin*** £50.. A reply had been forwarded to ■Mr John A. Barr to the effect that the Council could not state when the excavations in Maitland street would be finished, the delay in carrying out the work being altogether unavoidable. The Committee had decided to recommend in the report on street levels, soon to be submitted to the Council, that the present excavations in St. David streot and Clyde avenue should be the permanent levels. The Committee having considered the tracing submitted by the Roslyn Tramway Company, approved of the proposed extension of roads through the Town Belt. It being desirable that an additional road from the present-tramway terminus to Duncan streot, Upper York place, should be made, the City Surveyor had been instructed to show this proposed road also on the tracing. Mr John Scott's tender for the South weighbridge to the 31st of December, ISSI, at £15 12s Od, had been accepted. Cr Matueson moved, and Cr Gilchrist seconded— " That the clause of the report referring to the permanent levels of Clyde avenue and St. David street should be expunged." . The report was, however, adopted.iv its entirety. NOTICP, OF MOTION.

: The notice of motion standing in Cr Isaac's name re the publication of committees' report. prior.. to the meeting of Council lapsed in the absence of the mover.

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CITY COUNCIL., Otago Daily Times, Issue 5976, 6 April 1881

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CITY COUNCIL. Otago Daily Times, Issue 5976, 6 April 1881

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