An ordinary meeting of the City Council was held last night ; present — His Worship the Mayor (in the chair), and Councillorß Ayers, Vincent, Hosking, Crooks, Louisson, River, Bov/rnan, Prudhoe, and Lambert. FINANCE. The receipts since last meeting were reported as .£9OO 7s 3d, and the expenditure as .£622 4« Gd. The credit balance at the Bank was .£SSB 16s sd. CITY SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The following was read : — " The work of channelling the East Belt has been stopped, in consequence of there being no cement available; but, as it is now. being delivered, $he work will be recommenced to-morrow. During the month of August last 17 building permits were granted, and the amount of .£9 5s taken in fees." The report was approved. inspector's report. The Inspector's report was read and received. FIRE BRIGADE COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The following was read : — " Your Committee begß to recommend to the Council to fill the quarters at the Chester street station, lately occupied by Mrs West, with single men, which your Committee considers will be more conducive to the efficient working of the Brigade than putting a married man into it. A report for the Council is attached hereto from the Superintendent. Your Committee fully endorse the remarks of the Superintendent with regard to the objectionable and dangerous practice of exposing large calico placards in front of buildings in the city." The Superintendent's report was read. It mentioned the difficulty found in getting single men who were likely to remain in the Brigade permanently. His Worship said the Superintendent had been instructed to advertise for single men. The Superintendent also suggested that the Council's employees might be induced to join the Brigade. If single men were placed in the station, six could be accommodated instead of only one, and there would have to be at least half of them always on the premises. The report of the Committee was approved. The Superintendent complained of the Brigade having been turned out for false alarms. His Worship informed the Council that the suburban local bodies had been written to, to take steps to prevent the burning of gorse at- night, and he was happy to say that, in some instances at least, the wishes of the Council had been complied with. RESERVES COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The following was read : — " Your Committee begs to report having visited the Plantation Eeserve at Bottle Lake, and found the fencing nearly completed. The planting will be immediately proceeded with." The report was approved. CEMETERY COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The following was read : — " Your Committee begs to report that 11 applications wei-e received for the position of 6exton to the new Cemetery, and recommends the Council to appoint Mr W. Freeman." The report was approved. LOAN FOR PERMANENT WORKS. Councillor Bowman moved — " That the Works Committee be requested to bring forward a statement showing a list and cost of works of a permanent character likely to be constructed during the next three years, to enable the Finance Committee to state the amount of loan to be asked for for permanent works." He believed there would have to be two if not three bridges re-built during the time mentioned. The Victoria bridge should be made at least a chain wide, as there was a probability of a serious accident ere long. A number of narrow streets or rights-of-way required channelling, &c, for if neglected, all efforts to keep the city healthy would be futile. At least six 4in artesian wells should be sunk for the water carts. A monkey of a ton weight would drive steel pipes to the lowest stratum in a very few hours. A tram-way to the cemetery was a pressing necessity. Councillor Prudhoe seconded the motion. Councillor Louisson supported the motion, but thought it should not be taken for granted that it was settled that there was to bo a loan. Councillor Bowman considered it had been quite understood that a loan for permanent works must be raised. His Worship explained that a similar motion had formerly been lost as premature. The motion he referred to was made iv April last. The time was more opportune now, and Mr Bowman might revive that. It was to the effect—" That his Worship the Mayor call ameeting of the Finance ami Works Committees combined, to take into consideration the amount of money necessary to be borrowed for permanent works, such as roads, bridges, kerbing, channelling, asphalting footpaths, additional lamps, and tramway to cemetery, <fee, to bring up a report within a mouth." Councillor Prudhoe would second this. Councillor Bowman adopted the resolution, which was agreed to unanimously. SALVATION ARMY. His Worship said he had written to the Salvation Army, advising them that if the annoyance caused to those who were attending places of worship were persisted in, the by-laws of the city would be put into force. Councillor Vincent complained of the noise at seven o'clock in the morning. His Worship would do as had been done in Melbourne — give the leaders in charge if the nuisance wore persisted in. The Council passed a resolution — " That the Mayor be requested to take steps to prevent any further nuisance." Councillor Ayers thought that specific complaints should be made before action was taken. Councillor Vincent pointed out that Councillor Ayers did not live in town. The Army was a nuisance to him (Councillor Vincent). Councillor Kiver endorsed what Councillor Vincent had said. Councillor Louisson took it that His Worship would take no action unless upon specific complaint. Councillor Bennetts felt inspired and
exhilarated by the Army's music, and had never been annoyed by it. His Worship said the nuisance was even worse on a Saturday night. The Council here went into Committee. LICENSES. On resuming, the Council dealt with a number of applications for licenEes, and adjourned.
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City Council., Star, Issue 5102, 9 September 1884
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