An ordinary meeting of the Christchurch City Council was held at 7 p.m. yesterday ; present — His Worship tho Mayor, Councillors Ayers, Vincent, Bowman, Hosking, Crooks, Prudhoe, Reose, Kiver, Lambert, Brice, and Louisson. FINANCE. Items of finance were reported as follows: — Receipts*. General account, .£389 lid 3d; suspense account, «613 lls 4d ; drainage rate account, «8J& 14s ; sinking fund account, M 2. Expenditure : General account, i>7sß 3a 3d; suspense account, .£l9 18s 7d. Credit balance at Bank, .£979 17a sd. The accounts, as read, were passed. PETITION. A petition was read from certain i*atepayers of Princess street, North-east Ward, drawing attention to the Unlighted condition of the street, and asking for the erection of a lamp therein. Referred to the Lighting Committee. CORRESPONDENCE. Tho following wore read : — From Mr E. V. Hamilton, on behalf of the Canterbury Association Football Club, applying for a renewal of the permission . granted last year, to play on Crannier , square. From Mr W. Hooper, drawing attention to the " urgent necessity that exists for i tho suppression of footballing in our public squares." Tho writer detailed at length tho circumstances attendant on his being , knocked down by a footballer on Latimer square on Wednesday last. ■ It was regarded to grant Mr Hamilton's request, ra Craniner square, and that Mr i Hooper's letter should bo laid on the table. From tho Cav'ershain Borough Council, urging the desirability of requesting the Members of the House of Representatives for the district to urge on the Govfltoment tho necessity of making" substantiaiendowments from the waste lands to support hospitals, &c. Tho Mayor remarked that the Council had already expressed an opinion identical with that of the Caversham Council. It wa3 decided . to reply that the City Council was in favovir of the course proposed in the lettor, and would undertake to urge tho same on the representatives of the City in Parliament. From the Manager of the Australian Mercantile Insurance Company, Christoluirck, enclosing cheque for .£25 towards the maintenance of the Firo Brigade for the current year. Ordered to be acknowledged with thanks. . From Mr G. L.- Lee, I'eturning-Officer, advising tho Coutfcil of the results of the recent Licensing Committee elections. From the Christchurch Domain Board, giving details of the system of inspection of the Park and Domain. (These were published in a letter from the police, read at the last meeting of flip Council.) The letter further drew attention to the disorderly conduct of persons proceeding up the river in boats licensed by the Council. The Mayor thought the latter statement should bo enquired into, and if it were found to bo correct, some measures should bo taken to stop the disorder complained of. He would suggest that the letter be referred to tho Reserves Committee. Councillor Ayers moved—" That -the letter be referred to the Reserves Committee, to make enquiries and report." He was of opinion that if it ' were proved that the chief disorder in tho Domain arose from the conduct of persons in boats licensed by the Council, it was the duty of the Council to put a stop to it. Councillor Lambert seconded the motion, remarking that he had heard complaints of the conduct of persons in the boats. Councillor Vincent suggested that the boats should be numbered, and the names of persons hiring them booked. Councillor Louisson thought that the complaints re the conduct of the persons in tho boats were very much «verstated. He had frequently noticed the persons who hired boats, particularly on Sundays, and could say that they generally seemed to be most respectable. A large number of larrikins, however, were in the "habit of assembling on the banks of the river, on the Hospital bridge, and in its vicinity. The conduct of these persons was very bad, and he thought tho attention of the police should be directed to it. . .Councillor Hosking could heartily endorse all that Councillor Louisson had said. He had been a great deal in the Domain and had not seen any of the misconduct referred to. He had no doubt, however, but that the Reserves Committee would be ablo to abate any disorder which it was the province of the Council to deal with. Councillor Prudhoe spoke in similar terms. Councillor Kiver Baid that he knew that tho men who let tho boats were careful not to let them to known bad characters. The resolution was then agreed to neni con. A letter from Mr W. Tomb 3, complaining of the grass-grown condition of a footpath on the North Belt, wa3 referred to the Works Committee. x From Messrs J. M. Heywood and Co., ' .stating that they were prepared to horse tho railway fire-engine if accommodation were provided on the premises for three horses and a man to take charge of them, and if they received a sum of £7o per annum, paid quarterly. Tho Mayor said that the letter was tho result of negotiations on the subject. The accommodation required did exist on the railway premises, and could be placed at Messrs Heywood and Co.'s disposal by the traffic manager. He would point out that JJ2S of the sum required to be paid had just been contributed by the Australian Mercantile Company, and he had reason to beliove that another J325 could be obtained from the Firo Insurance Association . This i would leave only £25 per year to be paid by the Council. Councillor Reese moved — " That the offer of Messrs Heywood and Co. be accepted, subject to a further sum oJ £2o being obi tamed from tho Fire Insurance Association." He expressed an opinion that it was highly desirable that the services of , the Railway Brigade should be obtained on such terms. Councillor Bowman seconded the motion, which was agreed to unanimously. CITT SURVEYOR'S REPORT. ; The following report from the City Surveyor was read : — i " (1) Tenders have been called for fencing, forming and shingling the Cemetery road, and tho tender of Mr Cooksley has . been accepted. (2) By direction of tho i Works Committee, I am going to put i barbed wires round reserve 107, so that our i horses may be sent there to graze. (3) T ! found all tho iron work of Victoria bridge to be very much in want of paint. I am, l therefore having it painted. (4) Theroad- ! way of Carlton Bridge is being covered , with 2-inoh planks to make it last some . tiiuo longer and continue safe. (5) Two i onset! were decided last week by the Resii dent Magistrate in favour of the Council. l One was for a breach of the building byi law, and the other was for trespass with ; horses on tho Reserve, alongside tho river ; at tho bathing place. (0) All the laiup- ; posts in tho city have been painted. (7) ; The Works Committeo recommend that the ] right3-of-way applied for by Messrs Harper I and Co. in town section 102, off Poter- , borough and Montreal streets, should be , granted on condition that they arc l asphalted. (8) During the month of February 1G building liceuses were issued, and i the amount taken in fees was £9 10s." i The report was adopted. ; CITY INSPECTION. A report was read from Inspector Frank » Hobbs on the work carried out by him ; during tho month of February, in the i North-East and North-West Wards, from i which it appears that he had inspected , blocks Noa. 5, G, 7, and 8, Town Reserves , in tho North East Ward, and served 42 ; notices to abate nuisances, &c, besides , having spent two hours per day in the > offici 1 , copying out the burgess roll, ius specting boarding-houses and carrying • out other work mentioned the schi'dulu i of duties. i
Mr R J. Leahy, Inspector for the SouthWost and Soubh-East Wards, reported that during the month lie had served 57 notices re nuisances, &c, inspected blocks 5, G, and 7, Town Reserves in the South- West Ward, and up to block 10 in tho South-East quarter; attended Drainage Board office every other day ; attended to about 30 complaints from various sources; taken the names of a number of owners of unregistered dogs, and inspected all the hotels on the South side of tho city. The Mayor said that the reports had been brought before the 'Council to give Councillors an opportunity of seeing how the Inspectors were carrying out their duties. He thought it would do no harm for these reports to be made public. (Hear, hear.) A conversational discussion arose on the statement that one of the Inspectors had been engaged in office work, and it was explained that tho inspectors, did such work only during the time when they were obliged, by the regulations, to be in the office, or on very wet days, when the work of inspection was practically impossible. RESERVE COMMITTEE'S REPORT. Tho following report was read : — " (1) Your Committee begs to report that the Church property trustees cannot .see their way to give land to widen the North and East Belts ; therefore, it recommends that no further action bo taken. (2) With reference to tho application of Mr Kiddey, for permission to erect a boat-shed at or near Colombo street Bridge, your Committee cannot recommend the Council to grant the request, as it considers that a boat-shed is not required at the place indicated." — The report was approved. SINKING FUND. Councillor Vincent, on behalf of the Finance Committee, reported that one of the Sinking Eund Commissioners had suggested that an advertisement should be inserted in the nowspapers whenever they had money to lend. The Committee recommended the adoption of that course. The suggestion of the Committee was approved. LODGING HOUSES. Councillor Kiver asked what steps had been taken to carry out tho recommendations of the Reserves Committee re lodging houses. The City Surveyor stated that the bedroom windows in Bligh's restaurant were being fitted with ropes for fire escape purposes. He had directed that printed placards should be placed in tho rooms, giving instructions as to how the ropes were to be used. Some of the partitions between the rooms were being removed, as recommended by the Committee. ' With regard to Green's house, the proprietor proposed to remove to another building', which would be erected at once, and would be in every way satisfactory. No alterations had been made in the old building. Fire escapes were being constructed at the Temperance Hotel, and an alarm gong would be fitted up there. Councillor Vincent thought that the building at present occupied by Mr Green should be closed up, and steps should be taken to prevent its being again used as a boarding-house, as it was quite unsafe. He moved — ** That, in all cases where improvements were required to be effected, they must be commenced immediately, failing which the houses be closed up." Councillor Hosking seconded the motion jpro /ormd. He thought it was very harsh to endeavour to compel Mr' Green to alter a building which he was going to move out of shortly. He remarked that there would be no danger of the old building being used a second thrie as a boarding-house, as Mr Green would take all the trade of the neighbourhood, to his new house. I Councillor Avers thought that the Coun- ! cil should insist on its orders being carried out. It appeared that all the reason urged for delay in Mr Green's case was that certain plans were now in an architect's office. It might be twelve months before tho new buildings were erected if these plans were adopted. In view of the catastrophes which had just happened in other parts of the Colony, the Council should insist on immediate action, as delay was dangerous. It was not a case of merely allowing a : little time to Mr Greea, but of whether the directions of the Council should be allowed I to be defied or -not. Councillor Louisson understood that the building proposed to be erected was an addition to a brick and concrete edifice already in existence. Mr Green could be alleged. to use this building, and also the lower portion of that he at present occupied. 'He did not see, therefore, that any hardship would be inflicted on Mr Green. Councillor Reese moved, as an amendment — " That the matter be referred back to the Committee to make further enquiries." He thought that it would be dealing rather hardly with Mr Green to insist on all the provisions of the report being carried out at once. He remarked that some of the buildings sanctioned by Licensing Committees were of a very undesirable nature. Councillor Hosking seconded the amendment. He thought that it would be subjecting Mr Green to very great inconvenience to compel him to divide his establishment. He deprecated any hasty action in reference to the matter. Councilor Ayers said that the Council was not acting hastily. It was merely insisting that the resolutions come to a fortnight ago on the well-considered report of a Committee, should be carried out. He would ask Councillor Hosking who would be blamed if Mr Green's house were burnt down, and half-a-dozen lives lost. Of course the public would blame the Council, who would be accused, and justly, of not having its own resolutions carried out. He would like to remark that the object of the Committee was not to injure Mr Green personally. Councillor Louisson agreed with Councillor Ayers. He pointed out that the present house was very dangerous, and that, moreover, the occupant had told the Committee that he would not care a rush if he had to leave it at once. He had also said that at present his life was a burden to him, for when the house was crowded, his wife or himself had to sit up all night for fear of fire, the rooms being so small, and the passages so many and devious, that if a fire wero to break-out the results would be very serious. Councillor Crooks thought that, as the Council had adopted the report of a Committee, which had very carefully considered the matter, it should insist on that report being carried out. Councillor Lambert said that the construction of Mr Green's present building was such that it was next to impossible to carry out the instructions of the Committee. Councillor Vincent said that pcrkaps Mr Green could be allowed to use the lower portion of hia building, as the danger appeared to consist in the construction of the upper portion. After some further conversation, the Major said he thought that the report of the Committee should certainly be carried out. The house under discussion was in a highly dangerous condition, and it was no argument in favour of the continuance of that objectionable state of things to say thtvt another body, totally unconnected with the Council, chose to license rookeries. (Hear, hear.) He supposed, however, that tho mover of the motion and the Council intended merely that tho danger at present existing should lie done away with, so that Mr Green would be permitted to use the lower part of his premises, and also the brick building referred to> while the now premises were in course of construction. Councillor Vincent said that that was his idea. The amendment was then negatived, and the original motion carrie 4 on the voices. THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Councillor Kiver said he understood the books wore being removed from the Eeferenee Library to tho Museum, while the Library question was under discussion. Councillor Lambert did not think such was the case, as he himself kad been in the Reference Library lately, and had not noticed any diminution in tho number of books. The Mayor said the matter was one which was quite beyond the province of the Council. j After granting some licenses, the Coun--1 cil adjourned at 8.35 p.m.
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City Council., Star, Issue 4941, 4 March 1884
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