«• An ordinary meeting of the Christchurcli City Council was held at 7 o'clock last evening ; present — His Worship the Mayor, Councillors Ayers, Vincent, Louisson, Bowman, Brice, Hosking, Crooks, Prudhoe, Reese, Kiver, Lambert, and Jenkins. FINANCIAL. The credit balance at the Bank was stated as .£3648 ls sd. The receipts since last meeting were £2GQI 5s lOd, and the expenditure amounted to ,£1153 lis 7d. The Finance Committee reported that they had considered the difficulty of the Sinking Fund Commissioners placing out at interest the sinking fund of the drainage loan, and asked the Council to consider the mattor. It waa decided that the Finance Committee should interview the Sinking Fund Commissioners, ascertain their opinions., and roport to next meeting. THE MAYOR. Tlie Mayor said that that morning a deputation "had waited on him with reference to the rescinding of a resolution passed by the Council some time ago to the effect that none but ratepayers should be employed by the Council on city works. CORRESPONDENCE. The following were dealt with : — A petition from twenty-one ratepayers and residents of the North- west ward was read, praying that a lamp might be erected at the corner of Durham and Peacock streets. Referred to the Lighting Committee. From Mr George Neale, askingpermission to erect a shooting gallery in Victoria street. The Council resolved to grant the license subject to the Surveyor's supervision. From Mr William Attwood, stating that he was willing to grant a quantity of land one chain wide for a^ road through rural section 1144, to intersect with Buckley's road, and being about seven and a-half chains in length. He was willing to form and metal the road on condition of the Council taking it over. Eoferred to the Works and Cemetery Committees to reject or accept as they think fit. From Mr F. Back, Traffic Manager Canterbury Railways, stating, in reply to the Council, that tho Railway Fire Brigade wore willing to turn out with their engine for wet practice on any evening the Council might fix. The letter was received. Councillor Jenkins said that it had been arranged to havo the trial at Cashel street bridgo at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The Mayor hoped that the Councillors would be present. Councillor Jenkinß said, in reply to questions, that the Fire . Brigade Committeo would bring up a report at next mooting, dealing with the advisability of obtaining tho services of the Railway Brigade at all firea j also as to obtaining a new steam fire engine for the Christchurch Brigade, and other matters. CITT SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The following was read : — , " (1) Last week his Worship the Mayor, togothor with the Firo Inspector, tho
Superintendent of the Fire Brigade, the Inspector of Public Buildings, and the City Surveyor visited some of the public building in Christchurch in order to report to the Council their condition previous to licenses being granted. Theatre Royal. — This building waa found to be very scantily provided with means of suppressing tire, the only precaution being a few buckets of water on the stage. A 400-gallon tank and a luind pump on or near tho stago might prevent a sorious conflagration. The above-mentioned gentlemen took into consideration the fact of two doors leading from tho Theatre into Beattie's Hotel having been stopped up by order of tho Licensing bench, and they came to the conclusion that it was to be greatly regretted, as these two doors formed two additional means of egress in case of fire or panic. Oddfollows' Hall. — There appears to be no objection to this building. The means of access to the gallery was altered and improved provious to the granting of the last license. Gaiety Theatre. — This building was overhauled by me, and strengthened and repaired previous to the granting of the license last year. It is provided with 1600 gallons of water, and a hose always in readiness on the stage, which can be made use of at any moment. Queen's Theatre. — I reported on this building on July 23, 1883, and the matter was then referred to a Committee to report on. The building appears to be in the same state as at that date. Drill Shed. — I was called upon to examine this building previous to the license being granted, and I found the exits from the building in a satisfactory state. (2) Last week I, in company with the Inspeotor of Lodging Houseß and the Superintendent of the Fire Brigade, visited some of the boarding houses in Christchurch, and we came to the conclusion that two of them were in a highly dangerous condition. One of the two is three storeys high, and made to sleep 120 persons. The rooms are small, and divided by partitions formed of scrim and paper only, so that if fire commenced in the building it would travel through it at such a rate that in all' probability a number of lives would be sacrificed. The passages are very narrow, and the means of escape limited. The other house is only two storeys high, and can accommodate 60 persons to sleep. The partitions between the rooms in this house are of boards covered with scrim and paper, so that the risk is not quite so great as at the former mentioned house, but the passages are very narrow and tortuous, so that it would be very difficult for any one to find a means of escape iv the dark, especially when just roused from sleep. (3) I have given notice to several shopkeepers in the city to remove the calico placards outside their premises, in accordance with a resolution passed some time j back. (4) The steam roller is at work in ' several parts of the town where the metal has worked loose, or has not as yet been rolled. (5) Eleven building permits were issued last month, and the sum taken in fee 3 amounted to £7 os." On Clause 1, \ In answer to Councillor Reese, the Mayor stated that a license to hold public performances in the Queen's Theatre, Tuam street, would not be granted unless the Council was satisfied with the means of egress. The clause was approved. On Clause 2, The Mayor said that the Surveyor was disinclined to grant licenses to the two lodging-houses referred to, and would not recommend the Council to issue these licenses. Perhaps, as it was an important matter, it would bo well for a Committee to consider and report, so as to strengthen the hands of the Council's officers. Clause 2 was referred to the By-law Committee to report upon at next meeting. The remaining clauses and the report as a whole (except Clause 2) were approved. A CRACKED BELL. A letter from the Superintendent of the Fire Brigade was read, stating that at the alarm of fire that afternoon the Lichfield street firebell had been cracked, and suggesting that the bell now lying in the City Council's yard should replace it. The reason why the alarm was not given from box No. 16 was because the knob had not been pulled far enough out. Referred to the Fire Brigade Committee. miscellaneous. ' Councillor Louisson asked whether it was true that there was an Insurance Company in Christchurch doing a large business and not contributing a shilling to the maintenance oi the Fire Brigade. The Mayor said that such a thing had .been reported, but as tho donations came from the Fire Insurance Association it could not be known how much each particular office contributed. With regard to the Company which he believed was referred to, he might say that the managor stated that he had " offered " to contribute to the Association, and he also thought that a substantial donation for a special object might be forthcoming from this Company. Councillor Lambert asked whether the Council intended to permit a travelling photographer to take his Btand on the Council's reserve and cany on his occupation on week days and Sundays. The Mayor believed that the photographer had gone. The Council's officers were instructed to take action if any obstruction was caused to the traffic. Councillor Louisson asked that the resolution referring to the employment of men by the Council should be read. The Town Clerk read the following motion which had been passed by the Works Committee on July 23, 1883, and wnich was still in force : — " That no outsiders in future be taken on, and the present single men be dispensed with, except the drivers at the Fire Brigade Station. That the married men now employed, who live outside the city, receive notice that their places would be filled when suitable Christchurch applicants want employment under the Council." A subsequent motion, moved by Councillor Louisson, to the effect that no man should be discharged from the simple fact of his not being a ratepayer, had been lost. After some desultory discussion, Councillor Louisson gave notice of motion — "That, in future, no person shall be discharged by the Council from the simple fact that he is not a ratepayer of the Council." Councillor Hosking called attention to the disturbance caused and bad language used by a number of young men and lads in the Domain on Sunday afternoon and evenings. It was resolved that the police and Domain Board should be written to on the matter. The Council then went into Committee to consider the Inspector of Public Buildings' detailed report on the common lodging houses. On resuming, a report was read from Inspector Leahy bringing under the notice of the Council a serious breach of the Hackney Carriage By-law by a cabman who had neglected to bring a carpet bag, left in his cab by a fare, to the City Council's office. Councillor Louisson thought it was not the Council's duty to act as prosecutors undor thoße by-laws which, like this, were made to protect individuals. The aggrieved person ought to take action himself. It was his duty to do so, and not the Council's. The Mayor thought that in some cases — especially when strangers to tho city wero concerned— the Council should assist the sufferer. It was decided that, as the Inspector had drawn attention to the matter, it be left to the party concerned to take action under the by-law. After granting sundry licenses, the Council adjourned.
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City Council., Star, Issue 4917, 5 February 1884
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