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City Council.

Last night an ordinary meeting of the City Council was held ; present — His Worship the Mayor, and Councillors Ayers, Vincent, Louisson, Hosking, Crooks, Reese, Kiver, Bowman and Lambeit. APOLOGIES. Apologies were made for the absence of Councillors Brice and Bennetts. FINANCE. The Mayor announced that the credit balance at the ban] was .£1253 18s Bd. The receipts for the fortnight were £351 7s Bd, and the payments £503 8s 9d. , CORRESPONDENCE. A letter was read from the Government, refusing to close the public offices on the day of the general elections. A letter was road from a number of residents on the East Belt, asking for an inlet to the main sewer. It was referred to the Works Committee. A letter from H. W. Ottaway was read, begging that his driver's license might be l'enewed, and promising never to commit himself again. The refusal of the petition would be a serious matter for his wife and children. After some discussion, the Council granted him a permit for three months, but he was called in and, at the request of the Council, admonished by His Worship the Mayor. Ottaway promised to take the pledge. CITY SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The following was read : — " Mr Simpson, the architecti has made an application to be allowed to construct ends to a verandah about to "*be built in High street, and the Works Committee unanimously declined to sanction it, as being contrary to the By-law and the plan adapted by the Council." The report was adopted. At this stage Councillor Bennetts took his seat. REPORT OT RESERVES COMMITTEE. The following was read : — " Your Committee has considered the letter of Messrs Shaw and Tidd relative to increasing the rent for their boat-shed site. Since sending in the above letter, your Committee has received offers from Messrs Shaw and Tidd and Mr M'Lean for the current year ending the first of July, 1885, which it has considered, and recommends the Council to grant licenses to the applicants at a rental of £30 and £20 respectively for the period named, and thereafter at rentals in accordance with the resolution of the Council. The licenses are attached hereto for the Council's approval, having been perused and approved by the licensees. Tour Committee has perused the draft lease to Mr George King, and recommends the Council to approve of the same as amended by your Committee. The Committee has accepted tenders for fencing and planting a portion of the Bottle Lake reserve, and the work is being proceeded with. Chaney's Corner Reserve. — Your Committee directed the City Surveyor to invite tenders to rent it for a term of seven years. Only one tender was sent in, which was considered unsuitable. Since then two other informal tenders have been received of a more favourable character, but your Committee has called for fresh tenders." The report was approved. SANITARY COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The following was read : — " Your Committee has considered Mr C. Clark's letter re the removal of the urinal opposite Mr Goss' late timber yard, and recommends its removal to the site offered at the back of the Cathedral, as it is found on enquiry that it will be of more public use there than it is in its present position. The Committee cannot recommend the removal of other urinals. Mr Campbell, the night soil contractor, has applied for a better supply of water at the sandhills to flush his carts, and your Committee asks for authority to cause improvements to be effected to meet the request." Councillors Lambert and Vincent objected to one urinal being removed when several others should be. Councillor Bowman said the Committee had deemed that the urinal would be better placed in the proposed site. Councillor Louisson supported the first clause. Councillor Kiver opposed it. He was in favour of an extra urinal being placed at the back of the Cathedral. Councillor Hosking wished all the urinals removed that had been petitioned against. He moved — " That the Council recommend the removal of the other urinals petitioned against." Councillor Bennetts opposed any expenditure at present. Councillor Ayers moved — " That the matter be referred to the City Surveyor to report upon its feasibility and expense." Councillor Lambert seconded the amendment. Councillor Reese opposed the amendment. Councillor Crooks supported the adoption of the clause. His Worship spoke in favour of the amendment, which was carried. Clause 2 was approved. Clause 3 provoked some discussion, the Council expressing the opinion that it would commit them to a considerable expenditure. It was finally referred back to the Committee for further information. The report as a whole was approved. QUEEN STREET. The Chairman of the Works Committee reported that the Committee would not undertake the kerbing and channelling of Queen street till the money was paid. Councillor Vincent explained that some of the property-holders preferred the street remaining as it was, and some could not afford to contribute. The report was approved. QUESTIONS. Councillor Crooks asked if any further steps were to be taken with reference to the Library question. His Worship understood that the matter was not going to be dropped now that the elections were over. Councillor Bowman asked when the old cemeteries were to be closed. His Worship replied that he was about to forward the necessary information to the Government. Councillor Louisson asked if the Surveyor had noticed some new signboards erected lately. j The Surveyor said he had, and was j going to give the necessary notices for their removal. Councillor Louisson moved — " That the City Surveyor be instructed to take hnine- j diate steps for the removal of these signboards." Councillor Lambert seconded the motion. In the discussion on the motion, several Councillors and the Mayor blamed some of the officials for not taking action to carry the by-laws into effect. The motion was carried unanimously. LEAVE OF ABSENCE. Councillor Reese obtained leave of absence to attend his duties in Parliament. NEW BUSINESS. The Works Committee was authorised to sign the contracts for building 3 at the Cemetery. After dealing with some applications for licenses, the Council adjourned.

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City Council., Star, Issue 5066, 29 July 1884

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City Council. Star, Issue 5066, 29 July 1884