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City Council.

■ — 9 An ordinary meetiug of the Christchurch City Council waa held at 7 p.m. yesterday ; presont — His Worship tho Mayor, Councillors Ayera, Viuceut, Bowman, Brice, Hosking, Lambert, Kiver, Louisson, Eeese, Crooks, and Prudhoe. Mr H. Bennetts, who had been elected to fiU the vacancy in the representation of the South-east Ward, made the usual declaration and took hia seat. FINANCE. The items of finance reported for the past fortnight woro aa follows .—.Receipts — General account, .£225 5s 7d • suspense account, .£27 ls 2d ; drainage rato account, .£l7 2s 6d. Expenditure— General account, .£1723 lis ld ; suspense accouut, .£l2 0s 3d; drainago rate account, £i&2. Credit balanco at tho bank, .£IOB 11-3 9d. . Tho Mayor reported that since the last meeting of the Council ho had received from the Minister of Lands and late Superintendent of Canterbury a lengthy memorandum on tho Public Library question, wliich had been laid beforo the Library Committee, aud to-day the sub-Committeo had, by appointment, waited upon the Board of Govornoi-3 in reference to tho subject. Tho members of tho Council had doubtle33 noticed that the Drainage ifeoard, at their last meeting, passed a resolution wliich, if carried out, might seriously affect the health of tho city, in partioular tho dispensing with tho services of the Medical Officer to the Board. The Mayor thought that tho CouncU should, under the circumstances, tako into consideration the desirability of inviting offers from medical meu for one to act as consulting officer to the Local Board of Health, his services to bo available as an expert if required, and to report occasionally on the sanitary condition of the city. Ho believed that the Medical Officer's reports had done more to frighten and shamo careless persons into adopting reasonablo sanitary measures than the droad of the law or a visit from the Inspector. To put it, on tho lowest ground, it had been proved in the past to be more economical to prevont infectious diseases from spreading than to combat them afterwards. Ho wished also .to draw the CouncU's attention to the action of some persons in painting advertisements on the footpaths, and would suggest that the Superintendent of Polico be communicated with, caUing liis attention to tho MisceUaneous By-law No. 9, and at the same time requesting him to instruct his men in the future to preveut what they must have scon, and ought to have known to bo a breach of tho law, and objectionable in practice. A recent telegram informed them of the sudden death of Prince Leopold ; perhaps the members might consider it their duty, as representing tho citizens, to forward a telegram or letter to Her Majesty tho Queen on her bereavement. CORRESPONDENCE. The following were read .- — Erom Mr J. Whitelaw, City Valuator, forwarding the revised valuation 'list for 1884, which now stands as follows : — North, weat Ward, £51,830 ; North-east, <£53,9G2 ; South-west, .£48,378 ; South-cast, £92,189. Total, £246,360— a decrease of £5464 from laßt year's rateable value. Ho pointed out that thia year's roU contained a large number of propertiea rated at under 6 per cent, only 1 per cent more than the minimum allowed by tho Act. Tho cause wa3 an over-supply of tonantable property, combined with the very high pricos ruUng for land. • It might be well to enquire whether some readjustment of tho minimum rate imposed by the Act of 187G might not bo necessary. If occupied properties rarely exceeded seven, and frequently fell undor six per cent on the capital value for rating, it seemed as if five was a disproportionate impost to lovy on properties either lying entirely idlo or in unprofitable occupation, a condition in wliich a very considerable number of properties now were. The letter waß received. Prom the Dunedin City Council, suggest ing the taking of united action by th various municipalities in regard to the support of Fire Brigades. Eefcrred to tho Fire Brigado Committeo to report. Prom tho South .Waimakariri Board of Conservators, giving notice of tlio levying ofthe Waimakariri rate for the present year. Tho lettor was received. From tho Government, in reply to the Council's protest against the recent alterations in tho raUway tariff, and enclosing a copy of the telegram in which the Premier set forth tlie reasons for the amended tariff, and for not postponing its enforcement. Ordered to be received. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The City Surveyor's report was as follows : — " 1. The usual tenders for the supply of coals and horso provender, &c, have been invited for the next 12 months. The contract for coals waa given to Mr J. T. Brown; horse provender, Mr Banks ; cement, Mr T.-O. Kelaey j timber, Messrs Montgomery and Co. j shingle screenings, Mr Cooksley ; shoeing, Mr J. King, subject to the CouncU's approval. 2. Thero aro five lodginghouses ready to be Ucensed, viz. : — Green's, Manchester street ; BUgh's, Victoria street ; Dale's Manchester street 5 Brown's, South Belt ; and Etgers', South Belt. 3. The money to asphalt tho rights-of-wayin town section No. 100 has been paid in, and the work wUI bo at once proceeded-with. 4. Mr Green has paid in the amount to alter the right-of-way • alongside his buUding, and the work wiU be at once carried out; 5. The fencing and gates whioh wore contracted for round the Cemetery Eeserve aro now completed. There remains a small portion on the south-west side still to be done, which is already contracted for. The work of making thu new road, which was let to Mr Cooksley, is being proceeded with. Some unavoidable delay occurred in doing this earthwork, as the fence had to be ereoted previous to the earthwork being commenced. Plans are being prepared for the caretaker's house, and as j soon as they are completed, the work of pegging out the cemetery allotments, paths, and plantations wiU be proceeded with. A man, with a one-horso scoop, is at work levelling somo of tho uneven places. A large scale plan, showing the position of tho paths and burial plots, has alsobeen prepared. G. Ten buUding permits were issued during the month of March, and the sum of £11 15s was taken in fees." The roport was approved. FIRE BRIGADE REPORT. Mr Superintendent Turton reported that during the quarter ended March 20, the Firo Brigade had attended eight fires in buildings, one gorse firo, and three false alarms within tho city, and two fires outside of tho city. Tho only serious firo waa that in High street on Jan. 19. During tho 12 months tho Brigado had responded to 64 alarms, viz., 36 fires in buildings, two gorse fences, one chimney, eight falje alarms, and 17 fires outside of the city. The plant was all in good working order. The report was approved. RESERVE COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The following roport waa read : — " Your Committee haa received an offer to leaso the Sandhills Eeserve (900 acres) for soven years at £50 per annum, tho said j rent to be expended by tho Council in the fencing and planting, which it recomm ends j the CouncU to accept. Tour Committee i recommend that tho appUcatiou of MiHarrison for a sito for a boat-shed be : grantod near Montreal street bridge." The roport was adopted. IN COMMITTEE. Tho Council wont into 'Committee to consider the tenders For removing nightsoU, and that of Mr W. B. Camjibell waa accepted. | THE DRAINAGE QUESTION. | Councillor Eeese moved, pursuant to notice — " That this Council is of opinion that in the interests of the ratepayers of tho Christchurch Drainage area a Conference, consisting of two members from each of tho local bodies interested, bo callod to consider the advisability of • abolishing the Drainage Board and make the necossary arrangements for one of the existing local bodies to take over tlio loan and the management of tho pumping station and ontfnll drain, and allocation of tho amount that each district should contributo -pro rata towards the intorost and l sinkirg fund of the loan, and tho othor ,

expenses incurred in the maintenance of the pumping station and outfall drains." Ho quoted figures to show that a system could be devised whereby Christchurch would save rates equal to lld in the £. Tho total cost of the proposed system would be £1 4,850, including .£13,500 for interest and sinking fund, and ,£1350 for working expenses. The amount of rates collectable on the valuation for ISB3 was .£19,691, so that there would bo a saving of £4844. Councillor Ayers seconded the resolution. He considered that it was important that somo change should bo mado, as the Drainage Board was now practically inoperative. Councillor Vincent said that if Councillor Eeese's motion was carried, he would movo a further resolution dealing with the formation of a new Board of Health. CounciUor Hosking trusted that Councillor Eeese would review his figures, and sco if a larger saving could not be effected. He pointed out that thero woro difficulties in tho way of Christchurch taking over the pumping station, kc, as the Council would have no power to rate or to compel the other bodies to keep the pipes in their districts clean. He would, however, support the motion, as ho would like to see an attempt made to make the thing less unpopular than it was at present. CounciUor Louisson thought no harm could be done by adopting the motion. Ho could have wished^ however, that CounciUor Eeese had shown in what manner the proposed savings were to be effected. He would remark that no sanitary systom coidd bo carried out without the help of a competent Health Officer, and be considered it would be a great mistake to make any scheme without provision being made for a Health Officer. CouncUlor Prudhoe supported the motion. He considered the discussion about the Health Officer a little premature. Tho Conference could mature their plans, and report. CounciUor Lambert supported the resolution. He was afraid that the position was an awkward one. Perhaps, however, some special Act might be passed which would do good. Tho Mayor pointed out to Councillor Prudhoe that even if the Conference drew up a scheme, it/ would require Legislative sanction, so that some twelve months must elapse before it could come into force. If the outside bodies agreed to give the CouncU the control of tho sewage system' i of the city, there was Uttle doubt that the Council would bo able to do the work more cheaply than at present. Oue difficulty would be the disposal of the sewage, as it would never do for the engineers of all the local bodies interested to be aUowed to in- ! terfere with it. ! CounciUor Eeese having repUed, the \ motion was carried. His Worship the Mayor and Councillor i Eeese wore chosen to represent the CouncU I on the proposed Conference, and it was decided that the Conference should be convened by his Worship the Mayor as early as possible. CounciUor Vincent moved — "That this CouncU is of opinion that the members of the proposed Conference should, in addition, tako into their consideration the advisabUity of procuringlegislationto create ' a ' Distinct' Board of Health for the present drainago district by nominating one , member from each ofthe local bodies contained ih the aforesaid district ; membera to remain in office for, say, three yeais." .He remarked that unless there wero some controlling authority, tho efforts of one subdistrict to • secure a satisfactory state of things might be neutralised by the neglect of another body. He pointed out that it would be necessary to have a body to represent the . district if the Drainage Board were aboUshed. Even if it were not abolished, he had reason to believe that some attempt might bo made to aboUsh it a3 a Board of Health. CouncUlor Kiver seconded the motion. The Mayor thought it wa3 very important that the members should be nominated by the local bodies, so that the members could be in a position to keep tho local bodies acquainted with the various matters done by the Board. ' The motion was then put and carried. TRAMWAY TO THB NEW CEMETERY. CouncUlor Bowman moved the following I motion, of which he had given notice : — " That this CouncU take into consideration ■* the desivabUity of the Council constructing a line of tramway from the city to the new cemetery." He said that the tramway was calculated to start from the corner of Cashel and High streets, turning eastward to the new cemetery. He estimated the cost of 2| miles of rails, tliree cars, and shed, at .£5009 10s. He suggested that the Council should let the Une for two years at a rent of about .£4OO per year. He calculated that, as 300 graves, were opened annuaUy in the present EngUsh cemetery, the same average might be expected in the now cemetery, which would give a return of 7i per cent on the total cost for the first two years. CounciUor Crooks seconded the motion. He thought, however, that the part concerning the conveyance of the dead might bo dispensed with, as tho plan proposed would probably not meet with the approval of the pubUc. CounciUor Louisson could not see that the making of a tramway, particularly in ono street only, was not a matter for a municipality to take in hand. CouncUlor Hosking opposed the motion. CounciUor Kiver considered that Councillor Bowman had fixed the sum to be derived from burials far too high. The Mayor could sco no harm in referring the matter to a Committee. He would liko to point out that a considerable saving might be effected by having a cheap and efficient means of conveying refuse and night soil out of the City. Councillor Lambert briefly supported the motion, and Councillor Bennetts opposed tho motion on the ground that it would be better to devote time and trouble to the consideration of matters of a more useful character. CounciUor Vincent moved, as an amendment — " That further consideration of the motion be deferred, and that in the meantime the question be referred to the Cemetery Committee to bring up a report." CounciUor Prudhoe seconded the amendment. CounciUor Bowman agreed to accept the amendment, which was carried. DEATH OP PRINCE LEOPOLD. On the motion of Councillor Lambert, seconded by Councillor Kivor, it was resolved — "That a telegram of condolence be sent to Her Majesty the Queen on the death of H.E.H. Prince Leopold." MISCELLANEOUS. CounciUor Bennetts was elected a member of the Beserves, Fire Brigade, and Sanitary Committees. Councillor Bowman was chosen Chairman of the Sanitary Committee, and CounciUor Eeese wa3 elected to the Chairmanship of the Eeserves and Fire Brigade Committees. It was decided to draw the attention of tho police to the practice of painting advertisements on the footpaths. An appUoation was received from the Cashmere Hills Domain Board for a grant of .£IOO, to supplement the amounts granted by other bodies towards the cost of fencing and planting the reserve under their control. The Mayor mentioned that the membei'3 representing the Conncil on the Board were in favour of the grant. Councillor Vincent moved — "That the sum of .£IOO asked for by the Cashmere Hills Domain Board be granted, and that the sum be placed on the estimates for the present year." Councillor Eeese seconded the motion. Councillor Hosking thought that the graut should be made subject to the Sydenham Borough Council granting their proportion — .£SO. Councillor Vincent accepted the suggestion. Councillor Beunetta thought that under present circumstances, it was the duty of the Council to refrain from incurring expense on account of works like the present, which now, at aU events, was not a necessity. The Mayor pointed out that it wa3 possible to carry such opinions as those of Councillor Bennetts too far. Councillors Louisson, Kiver and Prudhoe , supported tho resolution, which was carried

with the addition suggested by Councillor Hosking. At 10.10 p.m. the Council adjourned till 7 p.m. on Monday next.

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City Council., Star, Issue 4965, 1 April 1884

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City Council. Star, Issue 4965, 1 April 1884

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