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City Council.

An ordinary meeting of the Cliristchurch City Council was held at 7 p.m. yesterday ; present— His Worship the Mayor, Councillors Reese, Uosking, Vincent, Louisson, Lambert, Kiver, Prudhoe, Bennetts, Crooks, Bowman, and Brice. An apology was received for the absence of Councillor Ayers. finance. Items of finance were reported as follows : — Receipts for past fortnight — General account, £403 5s 9d ; suspense account, £35 5s 6d ; drainage rate account, £51 16s. Expenditure— general account, £396 3s ,- suspense account, £7 5 sinking fund account, £110 ; debit balance at bank, £452 7s 4d. The accounts as presented were approved. correspondence. The following were read : — From Messrs Black, Beattie and Co., with regard to a notice they had received from the Council to remove a certain signboard underneath the verandah of their premises. They submitted that the bylaw, which gave the Council power to make this order, had been so long in abeyance, that to enforce it now without having given previous notice of the intention to do so, was the same as if the Council had passed a new by-law, retrospective in its action, a thing opposed to the principle of justice. They submitted further, that their signboard was neither dangerous nor a disfigurement to the building. Councillor Louisson moved — " That this Council regret that they cannot see their way to alter their previous decision." The motion was agreed to, Councillors Lambert and Bennetts dissenting. The following letter was read from Messrs Wynn- Williams and Deacon : — "Christchurch, May 30, 1884.— Sir,— We. have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, stating that, in accordance with an opinion received from the Council's Solicitor respecting the opening of Worcester street through Latimer square, the Council had decided not to take any action in the matter, but leaves it to those who think that Worcester street should be continued through Latimer Square, to take whatever course they may deem advisable to gain the object they have in view. In reply, we beg to draw the attention of the Council to the original plan of the City, and also to the plan annexed to * The Canterbury Association Ordinance, 1855/ by the first of which it will be seen that the square is an open space upon which the surrounding sections abutted ; and by the second the street is shown as passing straight through to the Town Belt. By the" Act vesting the reserves in the Council the transfer is made subject to all roads, streets, rights of way, &c, if any existing at the time. There can be no doubt as to the right of way existing at the date of that Act. It will be a matter of great importance to the owners of property that the street should, be continued, and we respectfully submit that thpy have as much right to the street as the purchasers of property have in any other street. The properties were purchased abutting on this open square, and the owners have clearly a right to have it open. As to the effect, we are confident no one can say that the continuation of the street through the square can possibly affect any public interests, and it will not affect the square as a ' lung of the city ' any more than the streets now running round the square do. If the Council" positively decline to open the street, of course we must take the steps necessary for removing the obstruction." It was decided that the letter should be acknowledged, with an intimation that the Council did not see their way to go behind their solicitors' opinion. From Mr G. Clarke, licensed surveyor, maintaining that the plan of the Sandhills Reserve prepared by him was correct, and requesting payment for the same. It was decided that the matter should be left in the hands of the Mayor to arrange. From Mr Inspector Pender, forwarding copy of a notice received from the Inspector of Nuisances, directing the removal of a nuisance at the Police Station, caused through the want of proper drainage at the kennel for unregistered dogs ; and drawing attention to previous^letters from himself on the subjeot. The Mayor said that there were plenty of vacant horse, stalls at the Police Station where the dogs could be kept, with comparatively little trouble. It was cruelty to animals to keep the dogs in the present den. He considered, however, that, as the Council received the dog fees, they should try to meet the police in the matter. Councillor Louisson thought that the Government should be asked to erect proper buildings for the accommodation of j the dogs. "It was finally decided to refer the matter j to the Mayor, with a request to confer with Inspector Pender. CITY SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The City Surveyor's report was as follows : — " 1. Tenders for 12 months' supply of iron culvert covers were invited, and the tender of Mr Martin was accepted. 2. The Lighting Committee recommend that a lamp should be placed on Cambridge terrace, at the south-west corner of Gloucester street. 3. The new road to the Cemetery Reserve is now finished, and the building of the lodge is being proceeded with. 4. During the month of May, 13 building permits were issued, and the amount of fees collected was £8 55." The report was approved. fire brigade committee. The following was rsad : — " Your Committee recommends that 150 tubes (boiler) be procured from the London makers for the fire engines. 2. Your Committee has considered the letter from the Dunedin Corporation of March 17, re urging Government to bring in a Bill next session to provide for the maintenance of the Fire Brigades, and recommends, as the Fire Insurance Association is contributing towards the Fire Brigade here, that it would be inadvisable to take any part in j advocating such legislation. 3. Your Com- ! mittee has received tenders for a fire bell from Dunedin and here, and recommends ; the Council to accept the tender of Mr ' Buchanan, of this city." i Councillor Kiver would like it to be ' understood that the boiler tub^s referred to in clause 1 could not be procured in the Colony. The Mayor and Councillor Reese confirmed this statement. Councillor Reese said that the Committee had found that the cost of a new fire bell would be considerably less than that of a system of alarms by means of steam whistles, horns, or gongs. : The report was approved. • reserves committee. j The following was read : — . i "1. Your Committee has received a tont der for leasing a portion of reserve 209. j The offer was declined. 2. Your Committee ' has considered Mr Joyce's letter re selling goods in the Market place other than Colonial produce, and recommend the Council to tako no action pending the passing of a Bill to be brcught before Parliament next session dealing with the said reserve. 3. Your Committee recommends that tho two boatshed sites holders, Messrs Shaw and Tidd and Mr M'Lean, receive notice that their rents will be raised to £50 and £25 a-year respectively. 4. Your Committee recommends that tenders be invited 'to rent the weighbridge. 5. Your Committee recommends that persons enjoying , the privilege of selling coffee, &c, in the 1 streets should pay £10 a-year, payable half-yearly in advance." Councillor Louissuii thought that it was hardly fair to raise the rents of the holders of boatshed sites from £10 to £50, nitd from £5 to £25, especially as their tenure was insecure and times were bad. 1 The Mayor remarked that 90 feet of river bank was occupied by one of the sheds in question, and £1 a foot would not be an unreasonable reit. i Councillor Loutssou moved — " That the rents lie reduced from £50 and £25 to £25 and £10." The motion was not seconded, and the clause (No. 3) was approved. The report as a whole was adopted. After granting 1 number of licenses, the Council adjourned at 9.5 p.m.

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City Council., Star, Issue 5018, 3 June 1884

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City Council. Star, Issue 5018, 3 June 1884