The City Council held an ordinary meeting last night ;' present — His Worship the Mayor, and Councillors Vincent, Eeese, Prudhoe, Jenkins, Bowman, Crooka, Kiver, Louiaaou, Hoaking, Lambert. APOLOGY. Councillor Kiver apologised for the absence of Councillor Ayer3. FINANCE.. ' The credit balance at the Bank waa stated to be .£2061 6a 9d. The receipta since the last meeting were .£504 10s 4d, and the expenditure waa JJIB9I 23 6d. mayor's statement. His Worship said: — Before proceeding with the ordinary notice paper, I wish to make a few remarks on taking my seat among you the first time for the transaction of the business of the City. It is not my intention to refer to the past, but I tMnk a .few moments spent in reviewing the work "before us for the ensuing year would not be altogether lost. Of course, with our present limited resources, there iB no possibility of initiating or carrying out any Large works, and,, considering the depression we are passing through, the ratepayers are not likely to wish us to enter into any further liabilities for some time. But there are several important subjecta affecting the interests of the citizens wMch will claim your attention. Among others, tho taking over the management and control of the Public Library. There can be no two opinions that thia institution should be rendered as useful and popular aa possible, and if we can overcome the financial difficulty I believe it would be in the interest both of the Library and the citizens for the Council to assume the management. You have recently passed a resolution that the use of the present cemetery should, for sanitary and other reasons, be discontinued, and you have followed that opinion in a practical manner by proclaiming another site open for the purpose ; but it will be necessary to expend some money in levelling and laying out the reserve before it can be utilised for the purpose intended, and it is desirable for many reasons that the work should be proceeded with as soon aa possible. It would give employment to many in our midst who are badly in need of it. The Council possess the funds necessary for the purpose, and wo should be taking advantage of the dry season, and at the same time showing the ratepayers that we are in earnest in endeavouring to prevent the health of the citizens being endangered, by providing a place of interment at some reasonable distance from the city. You will shortly be called upon to strike the annual rate, and that will be the time to Beriously consider whether aome reductions cannot be made without interfering with the carrying on of the necessary works of the city. Another question I hope will engage your attention, viz., of not burdening the present ratepayers' by making them pay, out of rates for permanent works, that which should fairly be charged to their successors. The present market site cannot bo considered altogether a credit to the Council, and the Eeserves Committee should make another attempt to induce the Government either to alter the purpose of the site or allow tho Council to let it for building purposes, so that the revenue could bo secured to the city, instead of in its present state, being an eye-sore to the community, and a serious detriment nnd depreciation to the surrounding properties. I From a statement lately made, by the Superintendent of the Fire Brigade, that the Drainage Board's flushing tanks and sewers could, on an emergency, be utilized for fire prevention, especially in those parts of the city where no water is availablo, I requested tho Surveyor to make enquiries if they could be so used with advantage for tho purpose, and to report the same to the Council. The City Surveyor has found it necessary to make somo slight alteration ia his department in tho direction of appointing a practical meohanic as foreman of works, and ho believes tho change will be beneficial to tho Council in many ways. In conclusion, I feel sure that you will agree with mo in the hope that the coming year will
be a more prosperous one for us than the . last, and there is no doubt the Council will, to the beat of their ability, assist to bring about so desirable a result. PETITION. A petition was read, asking Chat the footpath in Manchester street, near Barrett's Hotel, should be repaired. The Surveyor explained that the asphalt had been broken by the contractors for Barrett's Hotel, who should repair it. After some discussion, the petition was referred to the Works Committee. ASSESSMENT. The City Assessor's statement of the city valuation was read to the following effect : —North-west Ward, .£52,529 ; North-east Ward, .£54,286; South-west Ward, .£48,622; South-east Ward, .£93,444; total, ,£248,881. There were 118 more properties assessed than last year, making an increase in rateable value of .£6OOO, but .£10,400 had been taken off last year's valuations, making the total .£4330 less than that for 1883. CHEMICAL ENGINE. A letter from the Insurance Association was read re the charge made for the chemical engine. It was referred to the Fire Brigade Committee. ELECTION OF MAYOR. Letters from Government were^ead, acknowledging the election of his Worship, and stating that the) Mayor had been appointed a Justice of the Peace. CASHMERE HILLB DOMAIN. A letter was read, stating the names of the members of the Cashmere Hills Domain Board. INSPECTOR OP LODGING HOTTBEB, &C. Inspector Hobbs was appointed Inspector of lodging houses, and Inspectors Hobbs and Leahy were appointed Inspectors under the Miscellaneous By-law. BEBEBVEB. The Eeserves Committee's report was read as follows : — " Your Committee invited tenders for letting the Sandhills reserve of 900 acre's near the Bottle Lake. Only one tender was sent in, offering .£2O per year, or J825 a year for a fourteen years' lease. Tour Committee does not consider the offer one that ought to be accepted, and therefore recommends that for the present no further action should be taken to let it, as it is considered inexpedient to lock up so large a reserve for so small a rental. Tour Committee has considered the application of Messrs Shaw and Tidd for 30 feet more frontage on the river adjoining their present boat shed. An objection was received from Mr R. H. Wood against any further erections being allowed, as the shed already erected shut the view of the river from his residence. Your Committee examined the present boatshed and the extra frontage to the river asked for where, it is proposed to make the addition, and failed to see that the present shed interfered with, or the proposed addition would obstruct, the view of the river from Mr Wood's premises, therefore the Council is recommended to grant the extension asked for on similar conditions as those under which Messrs Shaw and Tidd hold their present site." ■ The report was considered clause by clause, and was approved and adopted. CITY SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The following was read : — "1. In consequence of the Superintendent of the Fire Brigade mentioning at the last Committee meeting that some of the flushing tanks belonging to the Drainage system might be utilised in case of fire, His Worship the Mayor requested me to enquire into the matter and report if any obstacle existed to carrying out the suggestion. I find there are 15 flushing tanks, ten of which, I think, might be advantageously used for the above purpose. They contain on an average from 800 to 1200 gallons each. I have consulted with the Engineer to the Drainage Board, arid we can see no obstacle to these tanks being used as above described. The storm-water sewers might also be advantageously made use of, and if sluice gates were constructed in the sewers a steam fire engine could be supplied with water from any one of them. Out of the ten flushing tanks only two would require overflow pipes to be attached to them, and the cost of these two would be about £3. The addition of sluice gates in the storm-water sewers could be made at a cost of about £6 each gate. 2. Tenders were invited for painting the Armagh street bridge and the fountain in Cathedral square, and the contract was given toMrLummis. 3. I have now obtained a supply of broken metal from Mr Hale, and the roada most wanting it are being repaired, particularly on the east side of the city. 4. The Cashmere Stone Company have been delivering metal to Armagh street Bridge and Cathedral square, both of which places are now finished and rolled, and the metal is now being delivered to Oxford terrace, near the Hospital. 5. In order to assist the unemployed, the Works Committee gave me instructions to keep the men that were taken on temporarily until last Saturday week, Dec. 29, when they were paid off. 6. An application has been sent in by Messrs Garrick and Cowlishaw, on behalf of Mrs E. Wat3on, for the Council's consent to a right-of-way leading into town section 899 from Lichfield street east, and I know of no objection to rbs being granted on the usual terms. 7. During the months of November and December, 1883, there were 16 building permits issued, and the amount taken in fees was .£9 55." The clauses were considered seriatim. On Clause 1, Councillor Vincent re- 1 marked that the capacity of the flushing tanks was overstated. The subject was referred to the Works Committee. The remaining clauses were approved, and the report, as a whole, was adopted. FIRE BRIGADE. The Superintendent's report was read, showing that during the past quarter, 14 alarms had been given, of which four were in the city, one was a chimney on fire, and one was a false alarm. Eight were outside the city. LICENBES. A number of cab owners' and drivers' licenses were renewed, as also the license for public buildings, Ac, and after dealing with some matters of detail, the Council adjourned.
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City Council., Star, Issue 4893, 8 January 1884
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