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The inaugural meeting of tho Sfc Albans Borough Council wob held at tho oflice of tho Avon Road Board, afc noon to day ; present — His Worship tho Mayor (Hon J T. Peacock), Councillors Matson, Blakiston, Mooro, Dickenson, Mony, Bull, Mann, ar_d Roundtree. His Worship having taken his seat, made and signed tho customary dec'aration according to tho Municipal Corporations' Act, which wob attested by the Councillors present. His Worship fcho Mayor said : Gentlemen, — This event murks an opoch in the history of Cantorbury, nnd of tho Colony. That tho pooplo of Now Zoaland desiro to havo local self-government of the simplest character becomes moro apparent overy day, and tho severance which wo havo this day completed is only another instanco of this. 1 havo no doubt at all in my mind that the stflp which wo havo taken is a good one, and I feel more confidence in saying so, as the ratepayers have selected, as tho first Council, a number of, who, I think, will carefully and economically administer our local affairs. I trust wo may all givo thnt attention during our term of otlice, us will assuro tho smooth working of tho machine, so that all our power may bo devoted to ono object, that being the welfare of the I. j rough in general. Thero aro a great many matters winch should engage our immodiato attention, the first being the appointment of officers, boforo we can very well carry on tho ordinary business of tho liorough. Another very nocessary matter, which cannot bo delayed, as it affects others, is the settlement us to what part of tho proporty, real and pergonal, is to bo the portion of the Borough. Gentlemen, the duties which devolve upon me, 1 shall endeavour to carry out to tho best of my abi ity, and I trust, whilst 1 have tho honour to occupy tho chair, to obtain your assistance in preserving tho dignity attaching thereto. Willi theso few remark", I would suggest that the Council should adjourn, fijing the date for meeting as early 119 convenient, in order that wo may proceed with our business. His Woe-hip then resumed his seat, reitcriitirfr his satisfaction at having to work with the members of the recently elected Counoil. Councillor Matson would move a voto of thanks to tho Mayor for his address, and would also move '"That the Council adjourn tj Thursday next, at 7 30 p m." Councillor Bull seconded Iho motion. 15. fore putting the motion, tho Mayor eaid he thought Mr Ueat son should attend to certain roulino matters, such in obtaining a supply of dog collar.--, and copies of tho vnriou. Acf s of tho Legislature necessary for the use of Ihe Council. Councillor Matson's motion was Ihe-i put and carried unanimously. After which tlio Council responded to tho Mayor's invitation, and adjoin ned (o his residence, where lhe I future prosperity oftit Albans was tousled iv champagne.

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ST. ALSAN BOROUGH COUNCIL., Star, Issue 4274, 3 January 1882

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ST. ALSAN BOROUGH COUNCIL. Star, Issue 4274, 3 January 1882