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Thames Borough Council

i Tlio usual fortnightly meeting of '. the Thames Borough Council was. Wd • last nighit. Presumib: Hiti Worship the Mayor (Mr Trembath) mid Cra ■ Poulgrain, Radford, Muir, Hethoring- ( ton, Burns, Loughlia, Button, Dwvy, and Theo. Wood. Tlio minutes of tt-li.o previous moot- ' ing and outward oorroapondoJiioei were read. NAME ONi BURGESS ROLL, • Mist* M. A,. Sinclair wrote requesting that her uuino should be placed ou the burgess roll as the owner 1 of a. property iiu Queen street, mil place of then mm© oif lier faith or, mm deceased. Request granted. REBATE OF HATES. Mr 11. N. Smithi asked for rebate of rates on a villa residence, Beach! Road. Request granted 1. VACANT PREMISES, A.' J. Irvine* wrote drawing the Council's atteniio'iii to the fact that her- shop in, Pollen street, next to. Mr. Nicholson's, the chemist, wua still vucautfc, and asked 1 that tlio rates bo adjusted accordingly. Tha Town Clerk reported that the matter had been attended! to. VOTE OF CONDOLENCE. Thia Mayor stated that in/ the recent death of tha late'Mr Jamei* McAndrew, the Thames had: lout a true) and sincuii'o friend. The deceased gentleman had in years pu«t beom an active member of tlio Council, and ' hiul also ea-pably filled the office of : Mayor. He (tlio Muyuir) would move I that a letter of condolence be forwarded from the Council to the' boreaved widow of tlio deceased. Mr Radfordi seconded the reaolution, and. hie aod Cm Wood and Hethr 3rinigton spoke of the deceased gentleman as having been a good citizen *nd a thorough; upright man, and ona whom could always be relied on. The resolution was carried iui silence, all the members" standing. ■.CORONATION BUSINESS. Tlio Chief Postmaster of Thames (Mr S. Stevens) wrote stating that His Worship the Mayor was authorised toi i'raiiik telegrams, lottery, and packets mt Coronation celebration business. Received. THE LATE ACADEMY OF MUSIC. Tlio Town Clerk, reported tbiat the total cost incurred in counecfcioiu with tho taking down of tlio latei Academy of Musio: building amounted to £26 10s, whilst a sum of .£ll 17s Cd had been received for tlio *alo of the tifflibofr. This led't ai sum of ,£l6 12h Gd atill owi'ng, and ho asked for authority to sue tho owners for that amount. Cr. Muir proposed, and Or Radford seconded, that the amount stated be sued for. Carried. THE FIRE BELL. Tho Secretary of tbei Fin* Brigade wrote: —"On behalf of tho ThameH Volunteer Fire Brigade, I am directxsd to request your Council to grant Mews Prico Bros, permi.s&ioni to erect tho steel fire-bell they have cast, on condition that tho bell turns cut satisfactorily.' Cr. Burns stated that there were several Borough Councils in the same position. Tho present bell wat ■not a success. Ho thought thiat the bell should be givem a fair trial. Cr. Davoy thought that the new boll should bo hung in the oJ the boll; that would give it a realty fair trial. It was decided to give Messrs Prict Bros, permission to dismantle the old bell, and try their bell there if they so decided. "PEACE CELEBRATION'S." Thie Fire Brigade Secretary wrote: —"The Thames Volunteer Fire Brigado desire me to request your Council to enforce the by-law relating tc ringing of firehbells for oither than alarms of fire. A fortnight ago the bells were rung. Several firemer turned ouz^ and finding that it was £ falsa alaa-m, returned to their homes Had a fire ocom-red the men woulc probably have thdught the ringing a: bells was another false alarm, aiK ' would not have turned out"' I It was decided to notify that there ' is a penalty for interfering with tin '■ fire-bell except in the case of fires ! and it was decided to advertise tin ! fact in the local papers. KARAKA CREEK DEBRIS. A comniunica.tio«a from the Mints Department, tn reply to a reques I from tho Council for a grant of £IO( for removing debris from the moutl of the Karaka Creek, stated the Min ister of Mimes was willing to> allow : subsidy at the- rate of £ for £ u] to £50, tho other moiety of tihie esti mated cost of the work (£100) to b provided by the Council. The offer was accented. PRECAUTIONS AGAINST PLA.GUI The District Health Officer wrote —"I would rospmtuio' bring to, th. notice of your Council the folidfvinj resolution passed at a Conference c local bodies held im the City■'Counci Chaanbers on May 19th, 1902 : 'Tha tho Conference urge upon the vai-iou local bodies to give effect to thie re commendations contained in. Sir J. G Ward's telejgram as far as possible The telegram referred to was tha sent by the Minister for Public a copy of which doubtless you hav received.', It will be noticed that th general aim of the telegram- is in th direction of the destruction of rats which aro knownt to be one of th chief carriers of plague. One way c dealing with! them is by removiii: their sources of foodl supply, and 1 t this end it is requested! that, scraps c ' food and other house refuse, be co: ' j lected ini metal boxes covered so a '! to prevent the ingress, of rats. Sue ! j boxes can bo obtained at a reasoi . abb figure, and it jg to be hoped .tha I your Council will, with as little dola * as possible, adopt this system. Th bi-weakly scavenginjg \m importaii also, einco it will prevent the boso •- j being overfilled, with tho result thu " j tlio lid will not close. Furth&r on get f j eral sanitary grounds it i 3 uudesirab] > ■ to keep masses of refuse for such '< i time as would lead to decom!poisitioi 1 Doubtless effort.s have been made b i? y Our Council in tho direction < slaughtering rats by paymont of 3 r per heaid, and I think it well that th i. system should continue. The appoin \ ment of a special man, to deal vn\ ' $*t iafested placep would la> of a

vantage balk to the public and the ownura. This di»tril>i»tion; of poifeom t>u applicatioui by houßiihio-ldora 'might also be adopted. As regards fowlyards, it ia Very desirable that in. papulous places these should bo constructed so as to cnablo tlio droppings and remains of food to be P 1'*^ ipiidy dwmed up. This involves a paved or concreted floor to house and 1 yard. It is wo-11-knovviii that rats infest fowl yardtt, doubtless encouraged by tho rmnioiris of the kens fowl as well tt« the eggs. I respectfully recommend that by-laws be framed, and adopted by your Counoiil as follows: ].. That ovary householder with' oiwi or tnoro closed mi etui receptacle^ of^ a pattern) approved by the* Council for the reecptioni of liouko refuse. And that they bo of such; a size and capacity'as to deuili efficiently with; the rc\.ise without being, Lnconvenienit for the scavenger to bundle. 2. Prohibiting tlite disposal of.rcfuHO i.m. other manner Hum approved by the Council. 3. Instituting a bi-weekly removal of such refuse, that being the minimum. (It would bo well in. Instituting- this service to arrange that payment there foiro bo from a general rate, and not paid directly by hou Beholder to the scavenger, this hitter,plan, lending to iuefficiewb work.) A. That all fowlhouses and yards withira tliie borough j bo floored with cement, concrete, or, other impervious material, and that there should! bo a da,ily cleansing of such flooring." . _ ' The letter was received, and it was decided to >a»k. the local bodies to joim in encouraging the destruction of rats; the price to,be decided by tho Sanitary Committee. DAIRY INSPECTION. Tlj« Secretary of the Department of Agriculture wrote: —"In reply to your Letter of 7t'hi instant regarding dairy inspection in. your neighibour- : hood, I hayo the honour tea inform you ■ that the local Inspector under tho i Dairy Industry. Act, writing on Dth * instant, reports aa follows:: 'Up ten the 31st March, of this year I have visited ■ some 45 dairies, '61 of these being ruilk vendors to tho town, have sent in applications for registration. On inspection' I found in some cases alJ terations and imrfprovements would * 'have to be carried out before eertiti--31 cateu were granted, the improvements i consisting of in some cases new sheds, milk houses for cooling w aerating the milk, and better drainage." '. It was decided to reply that the 5 CounieiL was not satisfied with the i, explanation, and to ask for further f information) on the subject. * REVENUE. a A voucher for £1 Os 2d was roeeivX cd from tho Treasury Department as go'ldficld'si revenue due to the borough j" and a further voucher for £11 12s tid as proportion of cost for 1 ayinig down I a concrete- water table in Kirkwoodstroefc. TABARU EOA.D. Mr It 11. Ellis wrote drawing the /Council's attention) "to the bad state of the main road iim front of hie store at 'l'anu'u., and I'wjuesting that _re,i* pairs be effected. . Ifc was resolved that the Foreman of Works should attend to the matter. v THE PIAKO LANDS. r Correspondence was read in connection, with the above, giving aa indieae tiom of the action taken by the lion. el J. McGowan, which showed that this ■s member for the district was- doing »D o 'possible to push oim the di-ainagei and settlement of the land in question ■v Cr. Poulgrain spoke strongly in >f su|jport of continued .efforts being y made towards having the land made available for settlement as early as c possible, and he moved that an applid cation be made to the proper authoriV ties for a, sum of money being placed on tbo Estimates for carrying out a schema of drainage operations ontbio : block in question, that application be i_ made that the land which is now suiti_ able for settlement should be made 0 available for such, and that copies oi a the resolution! be forwarded to the c Thames and Ohinemuri County Counn , cils a.ndi Waihi Borough Council with a a. request thiat they do all they cam tc s . assist in the matter. d Mr Burton seconded the resolution. if which was carried. <1 • Mr Radford 1 therm moved that tht Thames County Council be requested •c to meet the Borough Counoiil for the c purpose of discussing the subject oi 3j the Piako lands>. c Tbig was seconded biy Cr Wood anc carried. WAIHI RAILWAY. The Town 1 Clerk, recommended th< '® Council to take some action in urging '. the Government, the necessity o: 1 ; pushing 1 forward the construction o: the Waihi railway. Ib was imlportani l" he said 1, that somiething shoudd bf a done in the matter, as tha railway P estimates were no>w under eonsidera 'L ~ tion, and strong agitation on thei par )ei of the local bodies might result in : sufficient sum being placed th< estimates for completing the work ii E questionl. „ Ai resolution, to this effect wai 1B moved by thie Mayor, and seconded b; ,rr Cr Burton 1, was earned, andl it wai o f also decided to endeavour to obtaii •il. the co-operation of all the North Is j,t land members to assist in the-matter

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Thames Borough Council, Thames Star, Volume XXXX, Issue 10350, 30 May 1902

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Thames Borough Council Thames Star, Volume XXXX, Issue 10350, 30 May 1902

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