THAMES BOROUGH COUNCIL
LAST .NIGHT'S MiEETING.
Last night's meeting of the Thames
, Borough Council was attended 'by Hi* | Worship the Mayor (Mir H. Lowe), ' . Crs W. H. Lucas, F. Hi. Claxton, E. Deeble, John Riowe, Geo. Horn, i G. Lapraik, G. Gribb, and W. J. ! M'C'Cbrmiok. The Town Clerk (Mr ■ Chapman, was as usual in attendance. i i —Minutes, Etc.— . . t The minutes of the last meeting and the outward correspondence were read and confirmed. : '. —Electric Light and Power Scheme | ! Mir Frederick Black wrote! as un- ' der : —"I ha.v eyour telegram of yeis- ' tesday's diatei, and in reply thereto ! wired that I will arrange to shortly j I visit Thamies, when I will be pre- • pared to axacute thei agreement be j '; tween the Oouncil and myself, and J will then also prepare all the details required for compiling the specifications. As soon as lam in a position : ito make the visit I will advise you /'further as to the 1 date., : ! —A Sewerage System.— Mir J. Kieinrick, secretary to the Ghamiber of Commerce), wi'ote as under : —7*"Atb tihe quarterly meeting of 1 the above Chamber, an address on I 'Town Sanitation' was delivered by Mr EL F. Adams, M.A.LMI.T. The defects 1 of the septic tank system, as . applicable; to the whole of the town. were; pointed out, and the advisability of a proper sewerage system .for the Borough, was made .(evident. By resolution of thei Chamber I am directed to suggest that your Council should consider the feasibility of introducing such a systjean,. A published resume of Mir Adams' address will I be available shortly, . whereinl valuable information on the subject wil' bs placed at the disposal of the Oouncil." I It was decided to hold over consideration until after the details are \ available. "~~"\ —A Peculiar Position.— 1 I Mj 1 J. El Johnstonei, mercer, Pollen street, wrote as under: —"Permit me
to bring under your notice the matter referring to time for closing shops for your further consideration. I would inanition that owing to the Council haying-decided lately to ac cept requisitions representing different trades, places me in rather an awkward position, as I understand J. am bound in a peculiar manner to the first requisition, which was accepted conjointly from drapers, rail ors, and mercers. A majority of th'combined drapers and m,eircers have | requested that the first requisition be ' cancelled so far as they ane concerned, and the Council have confirmed! theiv' reqiuiefst, which no doubt will ' be gazetted in a few days. The position is this—There are only two recognised mercers at Thames, both bound by the first) conjoint requisition. Personally I did not-, sign, the first requisition,, and consequently v/ils forced to close my shop against mv will. It is my ctesire, with your assistance, to bei exempt from the first requisition*, and would therefore make application to the Borough Council to assist mcl to reverse the previous decision. I would also respectfully point out that my business is conducted solely by myself. Any assistance that you can, kindly give me in the 1 matter will be much appreciated." ■ It wais stated that, the Council had certified to the first petition under a misapprehension, and it was decided to place the true; facts 'before -the Department.
j —The Old Big Pump.—• The; Under-Se'cretary for Mines wrote as und,er regarding ttue proposed transfer of the Big Pump mm , ing property:—."ln continuance of tJici letter of the Minister- of Mines, dated 30th April last, I am directed to state that the trustees of the Big Pump property, at the Thames, have now been requested to formally agree to the transfer of their interest in this property to the Crown. Oh receipt of their consent, the necessary steps will be taken to Vest all the property in the Grown, and the special quartz claim will be seit apart .as a pumping reserve, in terms of . Section 2.7 of the Mining Act, 19(18.". —Building Permit.— An application from Mir H. G. Gil- ' lespiel for permission to .erect a two-s-toreyed residence in Brown street 'evoked a little discussion, thel appli- ( cant stating, that he proposed to have , the. front of the house further back than the usual alignment. The discussion was on thei point , as to. whether a house- could be erected further back than the alignment agreed upon by the Council. It was decided, by five-votes to three, to adheire to the alignment agreed upon. The voting was*: Granting permission, but stipulating that 'the alignment must -bo adhared to, Crs Chixton, Rowel, Deeble, Cribb and Lapraik; against (/that is granting tihia application and allowing the alteratiion in alignment, The Mayor, Crs Horn, McCoronick,- and Liucas.
Cr Horn asked' that his protest be recorded against what he considered an arbitrary act on the! part of the Council, but against this it was contended that as the Council had a byelaw on) ttw» subject it should be adheared to and no exceptions miade.
It was notified by the) Mimes Department that the sum of £.194 had been authorised to be spent on supplying and spreading metal on the Sunbeam road.
It was stated that the Town Clerk had forwarded to the Nleiw Plymouth Library Committee details as t* how the Public Library at Thames was kelpt supplied with books, estc.
H.MI Trade Cominissioneir in New Zealand wrote asking for dietailsi. in connection with cars used in tlhe district, which were included in the returns he had prepared.
Messrs Dexter and Orozier wrote stating that the riefw fire motor reel had been delivered and enclo'dn'g a'coount for £518 19b.
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