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City Council.

Special Meeting. A special meeting of the Christchurch City Council was held last evening for the purpose of adopting the by-law providing rules and regulations for the management of the Christchurch Cemetery; present — His Worship the Mayor, Councillors Vincent, Bowman, Hosking, Audrews, Crooks, Prudhoe, Kivei", Louisson, Brice, and Lambert. The by-law, No. 9, 1884, was considered clause by clause, and approved with a few unimportant amendments. The resolution making the by-law was formally adopted, ,and the special meeting for continuing the same fixed for Dec. 15, at 6.50 p.m. Ordinary Meeting. The ordinary meeting of the Council was then held. FINANCE. Items of finance were reported as follows : — Eeceipts for past fortnight — General .account, J5901 16s 9d; suspense account, .£57 9s lid ; Drainage rate account, .£lO9 11s Gd.. Expenditure— General account, .£979 14a Id; suspense account, .£403 8s lid. Credit balance at Bank. .£IOOS 11s 7d. The accounts as read were passed. CORRESPONDENCE. The following was read : — From Mr W. J. Ballinger, drawing attention to the ease of a late employee of the Council, who died on Saturday last, leaving an aged and invalid wife unprovided for. The matter was referred to the Works Committee to report. From the Linwood Town Board, stating that as the proposed tanks for fire prevention on the East belt would be outside the Linwood district, and would .only benefit a small number of the ratepayers, the Board could not contribute towards the cost. The letter wa3 received. From the Chairman of the Public Cemetery Board, acknowledging receipt of an invitation to inspect the new cemetery, and stating that the meeting of the Trusr tees of the Public Cemetery would be held, and ■ the result communicated to the Council. From Mr A. Duncan, Sydenhain, stating ■ that, having been in the Council's employ for the past month, and having worked for them at intervals during the last three ■years, he felt grieved at being discharged without notice, or any fault being found •with him. He thought his past services entitled him to a share of the Council's •work. The matter was referred to the Works Committee. From the Christchurch District Drainage ißoard, stating, in reference to the assessment of the reserves appealed against by the Council, that the Board had no power to alter the roll, except as provided for in clause ;10 of the Rating Act, which did not apply to the case under notice. Councillor Vincent suggested that the best course would be to apply to the Property Tax Commissioner to get the reserves struck, off the roll. Q?be matter was referred to the Finance Committee. surveyoe's report. The City Surveyor's report was read as .•follows:: — ".1. Next Monday is the anniversary of the City Council's workmen's holiday. It ha 3 been .customary for the Council to contribute to the expenses of their outing. 2. In the. case of the. City Council against Taylor, :the Magistrate decided that, in his opinion, -the byrlaw was ultra vires, in consequence of the Municipal Act not giving the (Council power to enforce plans beiaig .deposited and .notice lodged of any new building.about to be erected. Notice of appeal has .been given against the above decision, the Works Committee considering that iit is against common sense and the intention. of the Legislature. 3. During the month -of October there were four building permits granted, and the amount taken in fees was £Z 10s:" It was decided, on the motion of Councillor Vincent, -to vote the sum of <£1Q towards iihe .annual picnic of the Council's workmen. The Mayor stated ;that as (the matter of depositing plans was in abeyance, in future a rigid inspection and ;a report would be made by the City Surveyor on any building in course of esectaon in the City.. The report was approved. The reports of Inspectors Hbbbs and Leahy were read. CITY VALUER. Applications for .the post of City valuer for 1885 were received from Mr W. H. Terry, Dunedia, for and Mr J. M'hitelaw, Christchurch, for .£6O. 2?he tender of Mr Whitelaw was accepied. After granting some licences, the Council adjoined at 9.5 p.m.

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City Council., Star, Issue 5150, 4 November 1884

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City Council. Star, Issue 5150, 4 November 1884