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City Council.

An ordinary meeting of the City Council was hold last evening ; present — His Worship the Mayor and Councillors Avers, Vincent, Louisson, Hosking, Bowman, Crooks, Eeese, Kiver, Bennetts, Prudhoe, Lambert, and Brice. FINANCE. The debit balance at the Bank was .£l3 2s 9d. The receipts since the last report amounted to .£835 7s 7d, and the expenditure to £629 7s sd. MAYORAL. His Worship the Mayor stated that he had seen In&iiector Ponder re the stray dogs, and he had recommended that a portion of the shed in the stone yard should be used for the dogs. He (His Worship) thought it only fair to the police that they should not be annoyed with the dogs, and the public would have a better opportunity there, than at the Police Dep6t, to claim their animals. PETITION. A petition for the erection of a urinal near the junction of High and Manchester streets was read, and its consideration deferred till later in the evening. CORRESPONDENCE. The Drainage Board forwarded a resolution asking if the public bodies would take over the cleaning of the open drains, &c, and on what terms. His Worship said that the letter had not been laid before the last meeting because he could not consider the Avon to be an open drain. Tiiere were no open drains in the city, but the Drainage Board appeared to think that the river was a drain. The subject was referred to the Works Committee to report upon at the next meeting. From the Returning-Officer, informing the Council of the election of Messrs Alport and Hawkes as auditors. From the Governor, enclosing a copy of the despatch from Lord Derby, acknowledging the receipt of an acknowledgment from Her Majesty of the telegram from the Mayor expressing condolence with her under her recent bereavement. From Messrs Shaw and Tidd, protesting against the increase of the rent of their boat sheds to J>so a-year, when rents are falling all over the district. The letter was received, and, after a long discussion, was referred to the Reserves Committee to report on. From Joseph Tranar, with reference to his receiving a wound on his leg through his cab-horse taking fright at the steamroller on Victoria bridge. His Worship said that Mr- Tranar was badly hurt, and the City Surveyor had reported on the accident. The report was read, and showed that the accident had happened through no fault on the part of the City officials. The Mayor said that the Council had instructed the Surveyor not to use the roller except the street was barricaded. He would advise the Council, in spite of the Surveyor's report, to give some compensation to Mr Tranar. Councillor Vincent pointed out that the road could not be stopped, on account of the tramway. His Worship thought that the street ought to have been rolled when the tram was not running. Councillor Bennetts moved — " That the Council grant a gratuity of .£lO to Mr Tranar." # ■ Councillor Louisson seconded the motion. After some discussion, the motion was withdrawn, and the matter was left in the hands of the Mayor. From Sharp and Hanson, relative to the removal of a sun-shade in front of their premises in the Market. Councillor Bowman pointed out that the verandah in question had been erected for seven months, and was the most respectable verandah in the neighbourhood. Several Councillors expressed an opinion in favour of letting the memorialists alone ; but other Councillors thought that no exception should be made in favour of the Council'e tenants. .The Council resolved to approve of the action of the Surveyor in ordering the removal of the verandah. SANITARY COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The following was read : — "Your Committee has inspected the urinals that it is proposed shall be removed, and, after making full enquiry, it has come to the conclusion to recommend the Council not to remove the one opposite the White Harb, as it would cause great public inconvenience, especially as the publichouses in the vicinity are badly provided to meet its loss. Your Committee would recommend that the Works Committee arrange for its being properly and regularly flushed. The urinal at the old Post-office, your Committee recommends to be removed to the river bank opposite the Fish Market, and the one in Victoria street to a site opposite Barrett's Hotel." After considerable discussion, the first and second clauses were approved. The clause referring to the urinals at the Postoffice and in Victoria street was not approved. CEMETERY COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The following was read : — " Your Committee having visited the various nurseries and inspected the trees, have no hesitation in recommending the Council to accept the tender of Messrs Kerr and Barnett, of Stanmore Nursery — No. 1 tender, for fencing with macrocarpa, one plant every 2 feet, 60 chains' at 12s 6d per chain, .£37 10s; No. 2 terder, for 1000 ornamental pines of sorts, .£l9 17s ; total, .£57 7s ; in accordance with the specification of the City Surveyor." The report was approved. QUESTIONS. Councillor Bennetts asked if the Council intended to metal Williams street and Chapel street. The matter was referred to the Works Committee. Councillor Hosking asked when the new lamps would be erected. The Mayor said they were being erected. Councillor Louisson asked what steps were being taken to relieve the Market Reserve of the tenants upon it. The Mayor replied that the tenants had received notice that they might be removed at a month's notice. Councillor Vincent mentioned that the City Surveyor had been in the R.M. Court all day, and had been unable to make a report. He might inform the Council that the bender of Mr Cooper for the weighbridge had been accepted. NOTICE OF MOTION. Councillor Lambert moved — "That the footpath on the west side of Cambridge Terrace, between Cashel and Hereford streets, be formed and channelled." Councillor Prudhoe seconded the motion, which was, after discussion, lost. NEW BUSINESS. On the motion of Councillor Vincent, the Works Committee were .authorised to si^ii the contract with Mr Buchanan for the new fire-bell, and with Mr Cooper for the weighbridge. Councillor Vincent proposed — " That the suggestion of the Mayor as to the keeping of lost dogs in the Council yard be adopted." The motion was agreed to. A letter was read from Messrs White and Son, complaining of farmers being compelled to use only the public weighbridges, and asking that their weighbridge should be licensed. The matter was referred to the By-law Committee to report upon. LICENSES. A number of applications for licenses were dealt with, and the Council adjourned j at 10 o'clock. I

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City Council., Star, Issue 5030, 17 June 1884

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City Council. Star, Issue 5030, 17 June 1884