Mondvt, Jolt 18. The weekly meeting was held at the usual hour. Present : His Worship the Mayor, Councillors Anderson, Calvert, Pratt, Hart, Sawtell, Bishop, Goss, and Jameson. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. The Town Clerk reported, per balancesheet, that during the week he had received from rates, 1869, £9 10s; do 1870, £135; rent of Post-office and Resident Magistrate's Court, £99 ; subscriptions towards steam fire-engine, £403 15s; scavengering, £24 3s | lid; rents— Market Place, 7s; by-laws, 4s; total, £671 19s lid; and that the overdraft at the bank was £106 19s. Accounts to the amount of £42 Os lOd were passed and ordered to be paid. His Worship, in explanation of what he had done in respect to the Education Bill,said, that after last meeting he telegraphed to his Honor the Superintendent, who replied that the bill had not been printed, but that he would apply to Mr Tancred respecting it. The Board of Education also communicated with Mr Tancred upon the matter, and it appearing that a draft of the bill had not been
submitted to the \B6ar& to being taken up to Wellington, his Worship again telegraphed to - the Superintendent, telling him that if an opportunity were not given for the bill to be fully discussed by the Council, they would be compelled to take measures for stopping its progress in the House. To this his Honor replied that Mr Tancred had obtained a postponement of the second reading of the bill until the 21st inst., and that copies of it would be sent down by the first steamer. If it was considered necessary, a special meeting of the Council would be convened. The action taken by his Worship was approved. The following tenders for keeping the plantations on the North and East town belts in order for the ensuing twelve months were opened and considered :— Jesse Johnstone, £80 ; Michael McNamara, £57 ; Alexander Laing, £40; G. Me Williams, £55. The Council, not being satisfied that the specification had been properly understood by Mr Laing, some informality existing in his tender, the several tenders were submitted to the Works Committee, with instructions to make enquiries, and be guided by the result in accepting one or other of them. The Surveyor's report was read and considered. The five new lamp posts had been erected, and the contractor will commence lighting them about the middle of the week. The labour gang had been employed during the week in carting mud from the streets; scraping Colombo, Cashel, High, and Tuam streets, and Oxford terrace ; making and erecting lamp posts ; repairing the drain in Free's Creek; clearing out the south drains ; making the footpath in Antigua street, and repairing the one in Barbadoes street; shingling the footpaths in Kilmore street and the North town belt ; repairing Peterborough street, Tuam street, North town belt and Sfc Asaph street, and clearing out the side drain in^Tuam and Chester streets. /The report was approved. *\ Councillor Pratt remarking upon the bare appearance of the newly levelled river bank in Chester street, immediately behind the Oxford Hotel, asked whether it was intended to plant any willows or other trees thereon. Councillor Jameson, on behalf of the Works Committee, said nothing of the kind was in contemplation. It was generally understood that no more tree 3 should be planted on the river banks. If indulged in much more, the river would be entirely hidden from view. His Worship thought a few smaller trees than used hitherto might be placed along the edge of the roadway just inside the fence. This would leave the bank of the river available for a promenade, and he should also like to see that part of the river (west side) from Lane's bridge to Montreal street bridge, and from the latter point (east side to the Hospital) dealt with, when levelled, in a similar manner. Councillor Anderson did not agree with Councillor Jameson as to the undesirability of more planting. He would like to know what Christchurch would have been without the planting that had been done. He would move that a number of trees be at once planted in the spot referred to by Councillor Pratt. Councillor Pratt seconded the motion, which was carried. On the suggestion of Councillor Calvert, the Works Committee were instructed to thin the trees opposite the residence of the Very Rev. Dean Jacobs for the purpose of enabling the light from the Montreal street bridge lamp to be serviceable a greater distance. The following correspondence was read and considered. • Letter from the Spreydon Road Board, informing the Council that the culverts across the south belt at the end of Durham and Colombo streets, are too small to carry off the water from the properties on the south side of the belt. — Referred to the Works Committee to report upon. Letter from the Commissioner of Police, acknowledging the receipt of certain by-laws for the city. Letter from the Chairman of the Board of Conservators, acknowledging receipt of information respecting certain alterations in the city rate roll, as bearing upon the rate list for conservancy of the river Wainiakariri. Letter from residents in Montreal Btreet north, calling attention to the bad state of the footpath from the Papanui Road to the North town belt, and requesting that some shingle should be spread thereon.— Referred to the Works Committee. Letter from Mrs Betts, noticing the want of repairs to the footpaths near her residence in Peterborough street.— Referred to the Works Committee. Letter from Mr P. B. Rooke, preferring a similar complaint respecting the footpath on the south side of Cashel street, between Barbadoes street and the East Town belt. — Referred to the Works Committee His Worship desired it to be notified that all these references were mode to the Works Committee upon the understanding that the places mentioned, together with all others in the city requiring such attention, should be put in hand immediately that a supply of proper shingle could be obtained. At present there was absolutely none to be had, or the footpaths generally would have been repaired. Councillor Calvert directed the attention of the Council to the disgraceful state of the footpaths in Tuam and St. Asaph streets, near Mr Booth's saw mills. The paths had .been formed, but not completed. Councillor Jameson said that the Works Committee had refrained from completing the paths because the land which they skirted being unfenced and private property there was no protection offered to the footpaths from horses and drays. It is a cpmmon practice at the present time for vehicles to be driven over them in all directions. Councillor Goss also instanced another place in Tuam street, which was cut up in a similar manner. On the suggestion of Councillor Jameson,
the matter was referred to the WOrksGonimittee, with a view to ascertaining whether means could not be devised for bringing the offenders to task; Clause 15 of the by-law referring to streets and footpaths, providing that every person driving or riding across such, without sufficient cause, should be liable I to a fine of £5. Councillor Hart noticed the disgraceful manner in which Latimer Square is cut up by carts, and hoped that measures would be instituted at an early date for fencing it in and keeping it in respectable order, like Cranmer Square. Councillor Bishop said the Lighting Committee were not yet prepared with their report upon street lamps, no answer having been received to a communication forwarded to the gas company. The Town Clerk was instructed to advertise that the by-laws, referring to the storage of petroleum, and the regulation of public buildings within the city, are now in force, and that all persons dealing in petroleum must therefore take out a license before the Ist of August; also, that all public buildings must be registered at once. The surveyor was appointed inspector under the Petroleum Act. The Inspector of Nuisances reported that during the week he had been engaged in the collection of the scavengering accounts. The following licenses were granted: — Hawker, John Simpson; carrier, Henry Ward. The Council then adjourned.
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