♦ An ordinary meeting of the City Council was held last night at the usual hour ; present — His Worship the Mayor, and Councillors Kiver/ Reese, Prudhoe, Crooks, Lambert, Louisson, Hosking, Bowman, Bennetts, Ayers, Vincent. FINANCE. The Mayor announced that the debit balance at the bank was Mm 16s 2d. The receipts for the previous fortnight were £24-2(1 17s Id. The bills paid and to be paid amounted to .£365 16s lid. MAYORAL. Hia Worship" said he had telegraphed to the Government aa to the keeping of the Quean's birthday, and learned that the holiday would be held on May 26. Proceedings had been taken against the JPreethought Hall, the trustees of which had refused to take out a license. He thought it desirable that the Council should moet the representatives of the j City before the Parliament met. He had received complaints as to the manner in which the Salvation Army were conducting their pioceedinga, by marching with their band, &c, and had written to them, asking them to abate the nuisance complained of. The Town Clerk had been to Dunedin to obtain information on municipal matters, and had prepared a report which he (His Worship) believed would be found an exceedingly valuable one. CORRESPONDENCE. A letter was read, asking permission for the Christchurch City Ban.! to play in Cathedral square on May - '■, and at any future time. Councillor Ayers moved, n ul Councillor Louisson seconded — " That t!ie permission be granted." The motion was unanimously agreed to. A letter was read, calling attention to the want of a lamp at the corner of Barbadoes aud Salisbury streets. The ir.fitter was referred to '.he Lighting Comuutt.-e. The opinion of Measra Gan ick and Co., re opening Worcester sti-oet through Latunor square, was taken a3 read. It was to the effect that the parties desiring to |
force the Council to open the square should be left to take their own action. A letter from Messrs Black, Beattie and Co. was read, re their sign, and its consideration was deferred to later in the evening. A letter from Mr John Joyce was read, complaining that the tenants of the market dealt in other merchandise than Colonial produce. His "Worship thought the complaint a very reasonable one. The Council could take what action they pleased, as the stalls were not under any lease. Councillor Hosking said the Eeserves Committee did not intend to renew the tenancy of the stalls. The matter was referred to the Eeserves Committee. surveyor's report. i The following was read : — " Hereford street east, Peterborough Btreet east, Gloucester street east, and Armagh street east, have been motallod and rolled, and Worcester street west is now being done, and when that is finished, the centre part of the town will be repaired and rolled. The rolling will be done in the night time, so as not to interfere with the traffic. Tenders have been invited for the Cemetery lodge and an artesian well at the same place. The former was let to Goring and Parker and the latter to Armitage and TTnwin. The contract for iron culverts for one year terminates at the end of this month, and this week fresh tenders will be invited for the next twelve months. Mr Drewett i 3 still at the Cemetery setting out the paths and grave plots. The road to the cemetery through Mr Attwood's land is not yet finished, as there is still some shingle to be delivered and the contractor is now at work on it. The gates and fencing round the cemetery are now completed. I have drawn the attention of the tramway manager to the coarse metal which is beiug used on the tramway, and he assures me that it is quite unavoidable at present, as he can obtain no other. I suggested to him to hire the Council's roller and roll the metal in, and he has promised to consider the proposition and send me an answer. During the month of April there were six building permits issued, and the amount taken in fees during the same time was £A." The report was considered clause by clause, and was approved. Councillor Vincent remarked, with regard to the Tramway Manager's statement, that a large quantity of metal could be obtained from the Addington station. Councillor Ayers confirmed what Councillor Vincent said. Councillor Vincent moved — "That the Surveyor be instructed to write to the Tramway Company, informing them that if they continued putting on such metal, it would be taken off again at their expense." BLACK, BEATTIE'S SIGN-BOARD^ The Surveyor said an application had been made for a permit for Messrs Black, Beattie and Co. to erect a sign-board, but he had replied that the board could not be permitted. Councillor Ayers said the Works Committee had acted upon the By-laws and " The Municipal Corporations Act." and had given instructions that no more sign-boarda of the description Bhould be allowed. They did not interfere with sign-boards already existing. FIRE BRIGADE COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The following was read : — "Your Committee asks the Council's consent to order a bell to replace the one cracked at the Lichfield street station, as much inconvenience is felt by the members of the Brigade in the south part of the city through not hearing the alarm. Only last night some of the men were absent from the fire through not hearing it. Tour Committee also asks for authority to order from England the hose that was provided for on the estimates. Tour Committee has come to the conclusion that the clockwork at present in use in the alarm boxes is totally useless, as for some time past the alarms registered at the stations have been wrong, and now no dependence can be placed on their correctly registering the locality where a fire is burning. Mr Cnnnington has submitted an improved clockwork for the boxes, which he guarantees will keep in good working order with very little supervision at a cost of iB6O, including looking after them for 12 months. He also agrees to look after them for one year thereafter for .£ls. Your Committee therefore asks the Council's sanction to enter into arrangements with Mr Cunnington to have the new clockwork substituted for that now in use." The report was discussed clause by clause. On clause 1, it was stated that the present bell was of steel, but the proposed bell would be of bell metal, which, in the event of the bell breaking, could be recast. Councillor Louisson said that in several establishments in town steam was kept up all night, and they would blow whistles if they were provided with them. If some plan of that sort wer< : arranged it might be possible to do -without a bell. The only expense would be that of fixing the whistles. Councillor Eeese said that the Committee wished to call for tenders for a new bell. His Worship thought it very desirable to save as much expenditure as possible in connection with the Fire Brigade, the cost of which was continually increasing. Councillor Hosking urged the procuring of the bell at once, for the Fire Brigade Superintendent was most anxious about it. Councillor Bowman thought that the Brigades' residences could be connected by electricity with the stations at almost the same cost as a bell would come to. It was not wanted to have a crowd at fires. Councillor Louisson moved^-" That the matter be referred back to the Committee, with a request that they mil enquire into and report on the cost of a bell, as also the desirability of stipplying some establishments with steam whistles." Councillor Beese said the whistles would be expensive, as also -would connecting the Brigades' residences. Councillor Lambert agreed with the last speaker. Councillor Bennetts could not see the use of the steam whistles unless steam could be always kept up. ' ■ Councillor Prudhoe supported the clause. ! After some further discussion, the amendment was carried by the casting vote of the Mayor. The second clause was agreed to. The third clause was, after some slight discussion, approved. RESERVES COMMITTEE. The Eeserves Committee did not recommend the planting of Park terrace with an avenue of trees, the cost being estimated at .£l7O, and the amount proposed to be subscribed being only .£lO. The Committee asked leave to lease reserve 209 for seven or fourteen years. Councillor Eeese explained that the Committee proposed to divide the reserve into five-acre blocks. The land was on the New Brighton road. His Worship said the land was in a. locality n-hich was rapidly improving. Perhaps a few years' delay might be advantageous. The Council authorised the Committee to call for tendei'3. BY-LAW COMMITTEE. The By-law Committee recommended that the Council take no action as to opening the road through Latimer square. QUESTIONS. Councillor Crook 3 asked if it would not be better to have Kaiapoi sand put on the footpath crossings instead of the broken screenings now \ised. Councillor Ayers said tho sand was exceedingly expensive, and the now railway tariff had made its cost prohibitive. NEW BUSINESS. The Council gave the Works Committee power to sign the contracts for the artesian well and the lodge at the cemetery. Councillor Louisson moved — " That the urinal opposite In^lis' buildings and at the junction of Durham street and Papanui road be removed." Councillor Bowman seconded the motion. Councillor Bennetts opposed the motion, as did Councillor Eeese. Councillor Ayors supported it, as did Councillor Lambert. Councillor Kiver suggested theposfcponeI meat oi the resolution.
Councillor Louisson postponed the motion till next meeting. Councillor Bowman moved — "That a lamp be placed at the corner of Gloucester and Durham streets." The matter was referred to the Lighting Committee. After dealing with several applications for licenses the Council adjourned.
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City Council., Star, Issue 5006, 20 May 1884
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