OHRISTOHUROH. Monday, Oct. 11. Tho Council met at 4 p.m. Present— His Worship the Mayor, and all tho Councillors, except Councillor Thomson, who wa3 unable to attend through illness. Councillor Hdwkos mado tho usual declaration, and took h« seat. FINANCIAL. Tho Town Clerk reported that the overdraft at tho Bank amounted to £2069 17s 6d. Receipts during the week: —City ratos, 1875, £198 8s ; Waimakariri do, £33 U4d j
fines from Resident Magistrate's Court, £3 10s } deposit on timber contract, £11 5* j licenses, £5 ; rent for Market-place, 7s j total, £251 lis 4.1. Wages, contracts, &o. : (City account), £i9<t 9a lOdj ditto (Drainugo account), £757 10s Od. Overdraft (Drainage aocount), ,62754 In Id. Credit (Drainage rate aoooum) , £1257 9» Bel. RATISB, Councillor Jones brought midor tho notieo of the .Counoil, tho fact, that he been summoned for rates for 1874, whioh should havo boon paid by hia tenants. Ho had paid tho amount, and he would take stops towards recovering from tho tenants-— ono of whom still owed him £7 10s rent. Tho Mayor said, tho owners of property were always responsible to tho Counoil for rates, and they should sco that their tenants paid thorn (it 1 arrangements wero made to that offoct), before thoy loft tho promises. Of course, it could not be expected that tho Rate Collector could possibly know when this ono or that ono vaoated promises j and the Finance Committeo had given- him instructions to oloso tho roll for 1874, without favouring anyone. MAYOR'S STATEMENT. Tho Mayor stated that during tho past week ho bad recoivod tho following telegram from tho Hon George Buokloy .— " Drainage Bill passed without Menssies' amendment and Ballot olauscs j tho latter too late. Goo. Buokloy." It would bo recollected that at tho Oouferonoe it was agreed to havo ballot olauses inserted in tho Bill. The olauses were sent to tho SolioHor, but to his (tho Mayor's) surprise, ho found thoy woro not in the Bill after it had passed tho House of Representatives, Ho saw Mr Buckley, who told him that ho would havo the clauses inserted in the Bill when it came before the Upper Houso. Mr Buokloy had to leuve Ohristohuroh without the clauses, and no steamer was available for noirly a week, Tho consequence was that the Bill had been passod without them. This was no fault of his (the Mayor's), as he had dono all ho could to havo the olauses inserted in the Bill. This, ho wished to bo j publicly known, as ho promised at tho publio meeting that tho ballot olausos would bo insorted. Tho Bill would only affoot ono eleotion, so far as tho mode or voting was concerned, as it could bo amended next Session. Ho wished to romiud tho Counoil that last Session £1000 was voted for a sito for a publio oemetery for Ghrietohuroh, As yot, nothing definite had been done in tho mattor, and as tho voto would lapse in a few months, ho thought a deputation might wait on the Government. Perhaps tho City Council might find a sito if tho Govornmont woro unable to do so. It was very dosirablo that tho vote should not bo allowed to lapse. Tho timo would soon oomo whon it would bo found neoessary to oloso tho cemeteries in tho City. Councillor Turner moved— "That the Town Clerk do apply to tho Government to know what aotion has been takon with reference to obtaining a site for publio oemetorios under tho voto of last Session, and how muoh of tho voto is to oomo to Christ- ;■. ohuroh."
Councillor Wood seoonded tho motion, whioh waß agrood to. surveyor's report.
The City Surveyor reported that Mr Lane requested permission to oloso Heroford stroet bridgo for two or three, days in ordor to faoilitfito some necoesary repairs to the mill. The Works Committeo had givon Mr Aitkon permission to e*ect a boat shod between Oashol and Montreal bridges. Ho was to pay tho Counoil £5 per annum ground rent, and not to ohargo more than Is an hour for tho use of tho boats. Tho channelling of Woroeeter and Gloucester streets would bo finished this week, and Armagh and Chester stroets would bo oommenoed. A design for Hereford street bridgo would bo laid before tho Council next Monday. Tho watei* tanks at Lane's mill and at the baok of tho Godley statu© woro in a vory dilapidated condition, and loakod so much that tho water carts had not a sufHoiont supply. Perhaps, as soon as funds would permit, the Counoil would sanction briok or stone tanks instead of tho prosont iron and timber ones.
Permission was grantod to Mr Lano to oloso tho Heroford street bridgo.
The olauso with regard to tho ereotion of tho boat shod was approved. Councillor lok said that afc present, Mr Aitkon did not see his way towards proceeding with tho ereotion of baths. Perhaps tho Oounoii might see its way to taking part in tho matter. Ho believed that Mr Aitkon would bo a vory suitable person to manage baths, and tho wholo t! ing might horoaftor be taken fully into consideration. The Works Committee was empowered to purohaso now tanks. correspondence. A letter was read from the Seoretary for Publio Works, stating that tho Government could not soo its way to granting anything towards the watering of Madras street, from Barrott's Hotel to the Railway station, A lottor was read from Mr Georgo Robinson, asking permission to erect a verandah to a house in tho Whatoloy road,
Referred to tho City Surveyor. A lettor was road from the Town Clerk, Timaru, thanking Mr Gordon for information supplied ro the Fire Brigade, A lettor was read from Mr W. H. James, St Asaph street, calling attention to an obstruction in tho footpath on the right-hand sido of High street, below tho junction of High and St Asaph streets, in oonsequenoe of shops having doorsteps extending about eighteen inches from tho base of the houses, Referred to the Survoyor. committees. It was resolved— '• Tbat Councillor Hawkes bo appointed a member of tho Finanoo Committee and Ohairman of the Lighting Oommittoe. weigh bridge, ' It was resolved •■•■" That tho Town Clerk be authorised to invito tenders for ronting tho weighbridge for twelve months " inspector's report. Tho report of the Inspector was read and approved. | HALKETT STREET. It was resolved — " That the City Survoyor bo instructed to prepare an ostimato for tho forming aud draining of Halkett street. HEREFORD STREET BRIDGE. Councillor lok moved—" That; tho rosolution, No. Ba, bearing dato August 2, 1875, relative to tho proportion to be contributed towards the construction of tho Hereford street bridgo, be rescinded." Councillor Hawkos seconded the motion, whioh was oarricd. license. A hawkor's license was grantod to B. Googhogan. ADJOURNMENT. Tho Counoil then adjourned until Monday next, at 4 p,m,
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