Tho City Council held an ordinary meeting last evening ; present — His Worship the Mayor and Councillors Vincent, Bowman, Hoaking, Reese, Prudhoe, Lambert, Louisson, Crooks, Jenkins, and Brice. APOLOGIES. Councillor Bowman apologised for the absence of Councillor Ayers. Councillor Jenkins apologised for the absence of Councillor Kiver. FINANCE. The credit balance at the Bank was stated to be J1440 IPs 7d. The receipts Bince the last meeting were Btated to be £1270 11s, and the expenditure J8454. MAYOR'S BTATBMENT. His Worship stated that he had been informed that the Surveyor had reported that a tent was about to be erected in the Industrial Exhibition, which in case of fire ' would prove to be extremely dangerous. He had visited the tent and cautioned the lessee not to use it. The Surveyor had ; also reported that the College bridge was unsafe, and he (the Mayor) had instructed 1 the Surveyor to report to the Council on 1 the matter. PETITION. A petition was read from the residents in Conference street, asking for a lamp, and was referred to the Lighting Committee. CORRESPONDENCE. A letter from the Canterbury College re appointment of a Committee of the Board of Governors to meet 'the Library Com--1 mitteo, stating that the Council's suggestion would be laid before the Board at its ' next meeting, was read and received. 1 CITY SURVEYOR'S REPORT. 1 The following was read :— " 1. Mr Hole, 1 the contractor for broken metal, has made an offer of £50 worth of broken metal for : the Council's stone-breaking machine, but the Works Committee recommend that ' tenders for it should be invited. 2. In ■ sonsequence of my seeing by the papers 1 that 15,000 people assembled in the Park L on the evening of the Anniversary Day to witness the fireworks, I mentioned to his ; Worship the Mayor my misgivings as to the stability of the College bridge, and he requested me to report the matter to the Council. Many of the timbers of the old bridge are now quite rotted away, and consequently the bridge now depends entirely on some trestles which I put under it about four or five years ago. During the passage of such a large number of persons over the bridge in the dark, a slight panic might cause a rush that would carry away the handrails, and then the loss of life would" in all probability be serious. 3. Tenders have been invited for fencing the Cemetery reserve, and the tender of Messrs Ogilvie and Co. was accepted. 4. A new Foreman of Works has been appointed by the Works Committee, and he took charge this morning." The report was considered clause by clause. Clause 1 was passed. On clause 2, Councillor Jenkins asked if the bridge was within the Council's jurisdiction. The Mayor replied that it was not within the City boundary. ' Councillor Vincent thought it waß nevertheless the duty of the Council to see to the stability of the bridge as the safety of the citizens was involved. He moved — " That the clause be referred to the Works Committee." Councillor Lambert seconded the motion. He thought the Municipalities Act gave the Council jurisdiction over the bridge. Councillor.Louisson asked the Surveyor if any portion of the bridge, was in the jurisdiction of the Council. The City Surveyor said that no portion of the bridge was within the City boundary. Councillor Louisson thought that the Domain Board and the Government should be communicated with as a matter urgently requiring attention. The Council- had no right to spend the rates upon this work. He moved an amendment to this effect. Councillor Prudhoe seconded the amendment. He quite agreed with the last Bpeaker. Councillor Brice feared that the Domain Board would close the bridge, which they did not require. N .The Mayor pointed out that the city boundary came to the banks of the river, and, therefore, the Council might spend rates upon it. Councillor Louisson would like to alter his amendment which he had moved on hearing the statement of the City Surveyor. He would move—'' That the Works Committee confer with the Domain Board and the General Government." The Mayor supported the original motion, as the citizens derived the chief benefit from the bridge. Councillor Hosking moved — "That the question be postponed for three months in order that the Council might ascertain what money would be available for the purpose." Councillor Vincent had not intended that the Works Committee should act without reporting. He would oppose any great expense upon the bridge, but thought that the Act provided for the rates being spent on recreation grounds, &c. Councillor Louisson thought the Mayor should remember that the Sydenham people and those from the suburban districts made use of the Park. After some further discussion, the motion was carried with the addition of Councillor Louisson's suggestion. The clause was then passed. Clause 3 ,was, after some discussion in Committee, carried. Clause 4 was agreed to, and the report as a whole was approved. & FIRE BRIGADE. A report was read from the Superintendent of the Fire Brigade on the recent fire in High street. It stated that 500 ft of hose were spoiled and £7 or £8 worth of the men's clothing had been destroyed. It also stated that the water gave out at the tanks in 40 minutes and 60 minutes, respectively. Councillor Vincent understood that the railway engine could have thrown three jets from the river. The Mayor thought the report bore very seriously oh the question of the water supply. It showed how great the risk was to the City were no Bupply available. Councillor Lambert confirmed the report as to the water giving out at the tanks. Councillor Vincent thought the remarks of the Councillors bore out , his opinion as to the desirability of the railway engine being employed. The Mayor believed that the railway engine would have been used if it had beon there. Councillor Reese thought the question should be referred to the Fire Brigade Committee. Councillor Jenkins spoke highly of the manner in which the Railway brigade had worked. Superintendent Turton had thanked them for their exertions. Councillor Reese moved — "That the report be referred to the Fire Brigade Committee." Councillor Louisson seconded the motion. If an engine could be obtained that would do what was claimed for the Railway engine the Council should acquire one, and the Committee should immediately find out what it would cost. Councillor Jenkins had been informed by I Superintendent Turton that the Railway engine was equal to the two City steamers combined. Councillor Louisson considered that under circumstances like those of Saturday, the Railway engine would bo infinitely more serviceable than the Council's engines. Councillor Lambert thought that the Government should be asked to consent to the city having the use of tho railway engine. He had felt very uncomfortable on looking into the empty tanks. The Mayor thought there would be no difficulty in getting the use of the Railway ongine. . Councillor Vincont considered the letter of Superintendent Ashley contained a serious charge against Superintendent Turton. If it was not true, Mr Turton should have referred to it. Some explanation ought to be given to the citizens ; for it was not to bo endured that jealousy between the Fire Brigades should endanger tho safety of the city. The Mayor presumed that the Corn*
ruittee would take all these matters into consideration. Councillor Jenkins assured the Council that the Committee would do so. Councillor Reese thought the question of water supply Bhould be considered at the same time. The Mayor questioned if the great presBure required to bring the water from a, distance would not burst the hose. However, that was a matter which the Committee would no doubt consider. BY-LAW COMMITTER. The By-law Committee's report was read and adopted. RESERVES COMMITTEE. The Reserves Committee reported tho correspondence from the Church Property Trustees with respect to the widening of the North and East belts by taking into those streets land from the Church of England cemetery. The Trustees stated that they could not give the land, but agreed to the suggestion that a Conference should be held. The Committee asked for further instructions. The Mayor thought it desirable to take no action until the question of doing such work as asphalting footpaths and forming roads out of a loan could be decided upon. Several Councillors having spoken, . Councillor Louisson moved—" That it be an instruction to the Reserves Committee to inform the Church Property Trustees that the Council had decided to take no further action in the matter." The city could not afford a large expenditure in this direction when so many other things of more importance and necessity were pressing. Councillor Jenkins explained that the report was from the Chairman rather than from the Committee. He, as Chairman, had asked for instructions as to the Conference. Councillor Prudhoe thought the Conference should be held. Councillor Vincent, after the expression of opinion, from the Council, considered there was no occasion for the Conference. Councillor Hosking understood that the Council had resolved not to expend any money on the North-east "Ward. He trusted the Council would keep to their intention, and improve the comer, which was a disgrace to the town. After some further discussion, Councillor Brice seconded the resolution. Councillor Reese moved an amendment to the effect — " That the Committee confer with the Church Property Trustees without cpmruitting the Council to anything, and report to the Council the result of the conference." Councillor Bowman seconded the amendment. Councillor Louisson replied. The amendment was put and carried. NORTH-EAST WARD. Councillor Crooks hoped that an extra man or two would be put on to clear the channels in the north-east ward. The Mayor thought it was quite time that the streets were put into better order. The Surveyor had put on more men, and was endeavouring to do the work. Councillor Hosking drew attention to the disgraceful state of the channel in Armagh street east. The Mayor said the matter was being attended to. FOOTPATHS. Councillor Prudhoe asked what had been done with the asphalt in front of Barrett's Hotel. Councillor Vincent said Mr Barrett had been waited on, and that gentleman had pointed out that the footpath was not at its proper level. The Surveyor had received .£6 deposit from the contractors for the building, and Mr Barrett had subscribed three guineas. The Surveyor had been instructed to get the work done. Mr Barrett had since pointed out that the kerb was rotten. The "Works Committee now recommended that the work should be done in concrete. Mr Barrett's rates were now double what they used to be, and he was entitled to a good footpath. Councillor Hosking pleaded for the footpath in front of the Oxford Hotel. Councillor Louisson moved — " That for the future the City Surveyor, before granting building permits, take ample deposits from contractors to cover the expense of relaying footpaths." The motion was seconded, and agreed to. Councillor Lambert called attention to the flooding of the "footpaths during the recent rains. The Surveyor was instructed to see to the matter. LICENSES. A number of applications for carriers 3 and hawkers' licenses were dealt with. The Council adjourned at 8.45 p.m.
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City Council., Star, Issue 4905, 22 January 1884
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