♦ An ordinary meeting of tho Cliristchurch City Council waa held at 7 p.m. yesterday ; present — Hi 3 "Worship the Mayor, Councillors Hosking-, Crooka, Lambert, Bowman, Kiver, Vincont, Prudhoe, Louisson, Brice, and Keese. The Mayor stated that he had reoeived an apology for tho non-attendance of Councillor Ayers, and also a letter from Councillor Jenkins, resigning his seat. FINANCE. It waa reported that the receipts for the paat fortnight were : — General account, JE3O7 9a 6d ; suspense account, JBI7 lGs ld ; drainage rate account, .£3O 6s 3d. The expenditure was : General account, , J2285 -la Gd, Then was a credit balance in the Lank of .£528 13b Bd. CORRESPONDENCE. The following was read ; — • From Mr J., Anderson, Armagh street, requesting the Council to re-consider their refusal to license his house as a lodginghouse, on tho ground that any information laid against him was the result of spite, and that the neighbours had no charge to mako against tho manner in which the houso waa conducted. it was decidad to roply that tho Council sa-w no reasoil tor altering their deoision. From Mr Superintendent Turton, reporting the death of Foreman West, and stating that ho had taken steps to provide funeral expenses out of t'to Brigade's private funds. Tho letter was rocoived. yrom Mr H. P. Harrison, applying for permission to eivct a boat-house on the bunk t'f *"° »'iver, botween Hereford and Cashel b "treotß. „ . LL . tp the ReSv Ivvc9 Committeo to report. „A. letter wn * received l. " om Councillor JonWm, rosin ni. l»a positi, aa9 a mem " That tho Councillor XI yor moved - « ™ rosigndtioa of Conusor Jonkiih ' «^.: ..^o 0 -rot>-
Councillor Reese seconded the motion, and briefly expressed his regret at the Council losing Councillor Jenksua' services. The motion was agreed to. CITY 80RVEYOR*8 REPORT, Tho City Surveyor's report was as follows : — " 1 Alterations aud additions to lodging-houses, previous to their being licensod. — Bligh's, Market square : Everything that was required by the Co-uunitteo at this house has been carried out. Tonkin's, Market square : No attempt at all haa been made at this house to make the necessary alterations. Strein's, Manchester street : Nothing at all has been done at this houso. Dale's, junction of Manchester and Allen streets : This house has been shut up, and is no longer used as a lodging-house. Shirtcliffe's, Manchester street : Fire escape ladders have been provided at thia house, as requested. Hacrow's, Manchester street : Nothing has been done at this house to carry out the requirements of the Committee. Green's, Manchester street: I have sealed up all the bedrooms on the top storey of this house, to prevent thoir being used, and so doing away .with the most dangerous part of the house. The landlord hopes, by adopting this course, that the Council will allow him to keep the hou3e open until the new ono which he has engaged is ready for use. Rogers', South Belt : At this house all that was demanded by the Committee has been carried out. 2. The broken metal contracted for from Cashmere and Halswell is now being delivered in Chester and Kilmore streets east, where it is being spread and rolled. 3. Some of the channels on the North Belt are being complained of as being low and allowing water to stagnate in them. It is in two or three places where the drainage works were carried out, which caused the ground to sink ; the channels were afterwards made up, but have- again sunk. Perhaps if they were left in their present state until the spring aud then relaid, there would be a chance of the work being a success. 4. Ah application has been sent in from Mr G. Tulley fer the Council's sanction to a right-of-way on the west side of Manchester street between Tuam and St Asaph streets. This right-of-way has been in existence for the last seven years. It is kept in proper condition and shut out from the public by a gate." The olauses of the report were considered seriatim. It was decided to refuse licenses to Tonkin's, Strein's, and Hacrow's houses. The Mayor stated that the Town Clerk had written to the above-mentioned persons, giving them 48 hours' notice to carry out the alterations required by the Council, failing, which they would be prosecuted. Licenses were granted to the premises occupied by Bligh, Shirtcliffe, Green, and Rogers. Clauses 2 and 3 were approved. Mr Tulley's application was referred to the Works Committee. Reserves committee's report. The following was read : — "Your Committee regrets to have to confirm the complaints contained in Colonel Lean's letter, with regard to the conduct of certain individuals using the boats on the river. Disorderly conduct is also indulged in in the Park, on the Hospital bridge, and banks of the river, to the annoyance of quiet and respectable people who use the boats for recreation. Your Committee recommends that the boats be licensed and numbered ; that a license fee of 58 per annum be paid for each boat ; that the houra for hiring boats be confined to between sunrise and sunset, except on moonlight nights, being about seven nights per lunar month ; that the By-law Committee be instructed to draw up rules and regulations to control the use of the boats, with penalties for infringing such." Councillor Reese, in the absence of the Chairman of the Reserves Committee, moved the adoption of the report. Councillor Prudhoe seconded the motion. The Mayor stated that the proprietors of one of the boatsheds had suggested that a constable should be employed to watch the river, and had offered to pay for his services. He (the Mayor) pointed out that if the Council licensed the "boats they would be accepting the responsibility of establishing some sort of inspection. He also thought that the Council would be considered as responsible in cases of acoident if the boats were -licensed. ••/, Councillor Hosking said that one of the proprietors of the boatsheds had offered to pay part of the cost of employing a constable on Sundays for a short time. He did not see that the Council would be any more responsible in regard to licensed boats than they were with reference to licensed cabs. * [The Mayor .- But we inspect cabs.] Councillor Hosking also said that he considered the Domain authorities should bo considered as partially responsible in the matter. Councillor Louisson thought that the control of the persons using the boats was more a matter for the police.' (Hear, hear.) He pointed out that the Council would have no control whatever over boats after they had passed tin city boundaries. The attempt to impose a license fee would create a great outcry, and would not yield a sum sufficient to provide for the efficient inspection of the river. Indeed, to maintain such an inspection would be a very difficult matter, and it was certainly not tho duty of the Council to keep order on the river. That was a matter for the police. He thought that a constable should be stationed in the Domain to keep order there. He also considered that the Council had no power to attempt to control the conduct of persons on the river. Councillor Lambert thought that the Council had no control whatever over the river, and that it would be unwise to assume the responsibility of licensing boats. He agreed with all that had fallen from Councillor Louisson. Councillor Vincent thought the question was one beyond the jurisdiction of tho Council. He thought, also, that there was far more disorderly conduct carried on on the banks of the river than on the boats, and that it was for the police to suppress it. He was also opposed to licensing the boats, on the ground that it would compel the owners to raise their oharges. The Mayor did not see that passing the report would abate the nuisance complained of. He thought that the Council should not | discourago respectable persons from using the river for boating, which passing the report would certainly tend to do. The mat- j ters mentioned by Mr Armstrong were | identical with what he had complained of j years ago, before there were any boat-sheds near the Domain. He (the Mayor) believed that the reports as to the misconduct of persons in the boats were much overstated. The appointment of a constable in plain clothes to watch the part of the river referred to would, he thought, tend greatly to obviate any nuisance that existed. In conclusion, he considered that no restriction whatever should be placed on tho citizens using the river, any more than thoy should be from using the roads. Councillor Reese, in reply, contended that a revenue of .£3O a-year would be received by the Council if all the boats kept for hire on the river were licensed, as they were in all civilised communities. Councillor Louisson said that the Municipal Corporations Act only gave power to license boats plying for hire, and not merely kept for hire. The motion for the adoption of the report was negatived by 6 votes to 4. QUESTIONS. Councillor Vincent asked if the officer who had been summoned for an assault had mado any explanation of hi-s conduct. The Mayor said that no explanation had been given beyond that given in Court. The assault was a very trivial one. The officer in question was very efficient, though inclined to be somewhat officious at times. If the Council wished, he would again draw his attention to tho matter. Councillor Louisson said that complaints had been made by several persons that they did not get full weight when purchasing coal. He would like to know if the clause in the miscellaneous by-law dealing with the matter was to be put into force. The Mayor considered tho matter one of great importance. The clause of the by-law provided that persons hawking coal, &c, should carry an appliance for weighing tho same in tlio presence of iliv purcha/.or.
xmi&ntimiaaammmmmirmm—mam——^——mmM—m Councillor Louisson pointed out that shopkeepers had to provide weighing machines, as also had butchers who hawked meat. It would be, therefore, no hardship to hawkers of coal to have to do the same thing. It was resolved — " That the portion of by-law No. G, referring to weighing and weighbridges, bo enforced, and that notice be given to all persons interested." TENDERS FOR BTORES. Councillor Bowman moved — "That all stores required for the Council's use be tendered for annually, and that the City Surveyor prepare a schedule of articles and specifications, and invite tenders at once for tlie next financial year." The Mayor remindud Councillor Bowman that all articles above the value of .£2O were tendered for. Councillor Bowman replied that he was aware of the fact. He pointed out that his idea was that the tenderers should be required merely to state at what prices they would supply the articles in question, whether large or small quantities were required. He was quite sure the Council would save 25 per cent, as they would get their requirements supplied at wholesale instead of, as at present, at retail prices. Councillor Reese seconded the motion, remarking that nearly all Corporations and other public bodies now procured their stores by means of a system of annual tendering. The Mayor said that the Council called for tenders for forage, coal, cement, and other things, which they could get in wholesale quantities. The value of the goods not tendered for was less than .£SOO a-year. Councillor Louisson thought there was no objection to trying the suggestion for one year. Councillors Prudhoe and Lambert also supported the motion, which was agreed tfo. NOTICE OF MOTION. Councillor Bowman gave the following notice of motion for next meeting : — " That this Council take into consideration the desirability of constructing a line of tramway from the city to the new cemetery." THE NEW RAILWAY. TARIFF. Councillor Reese mtfved— "That this Council considers the action of the Government, in raising the railway tariff, a greater wrong to the population of Canterbury than to any other like number of the population of New Zealand. For that reason, this Council asks the Government to postpone the enforcement of this tariff till the present harvest has been gathered and delivered." The Mayor, while agreeing with the spirit of the motion, was of opinion that the matter referred to was one that affected the population of the whole Province rather than the citizens of Christchurch. Councillor Reese would prove that the tariff would affect the citizens of Christchurch. Timber, for instance, was a commodity which was much used in Christ-' church, and was not produced in large quantities in Canterbury. The tariff provided an increase of 3d per 100 ft over distances from 11 to 20 miles, 2d to 30 miles, and one penny to 40 miles and upwards. He remarked that he had had to pay an increased charge on sorne goods he had that day sent to Lyttelton. I The Mayor and Councillor Vincent sugg ested that the Government should be I asked not to enforce the tariff till the I meeting , of Parliament. Councillor Vincent remarked that it would be no use j to protest without bringing the influence of the members of Parliament to bear on the Government. Councillor Louisson suggested the, substitution of the word "hardship" for "wrong" in the motion. The Mayor thought it would be best for the Council to make a protest against the action of the Government. Councillor Hosking thought that it was a cruel wrong to the people of this Province to raise the tariff at a time like the present. * The Mayor remarked that it was rather late in the day for the Council to protest against anything that was done by the Government in reference to Canterbury, which had met with nothing but injustice from Governments for a long time. Councillor Louisson suggested the following resolution :— " That this Council protest against the action of the General | Government in making an alteration in the railway tariff so disastrous to the interests of this Province, and at such an inopportune time ; and that a copy of this protest be forwarded to the Premier." Councillor Reese accepted and seconded Councillor Louisson's motion, which was carried unanimously. After some routine business, the Council adjourned at 9.5 p.m.