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City Council.

An ordinary meeting of the Christchurch City Council was held at 7 p.m. yesterday ; present — His Worship the Mayor, Councillors Vincent, Hosking, Crooks, Bowman, Prudhoe, Kiver, Lambert, Andrews, Louisson, Ayers and Brice. FINANCE. Items of finance were reported as follows : — Receipts for past fortnight .- General account, .£1067 133 2d (including general rate, 1884, JJ74B 03 6d) ; s-: -tense account, -6121 48 9d; drainage rat- a .count, <£IG6 sa. Expenditure: Gene:.- account, .£602 8s 4d ; suspense account, £7 Is ; credit balance in bank, .£1474 13s Bd. APOLOGY. An apology was received from Councillor Reese, who was prevented from attending by LUnes3. CORRESPONDENCE. The following were read : — From Messrs Hobbs and Goodwin, asking the Council to reconsider their decision re moving advertising boards from the river reserve, and offering J612 per annum for the future right of using the boards. Councillor Bowman moved — "That the offer be accepted." Councillor Crook 3 seconded the motion. Councillor Vincent moved, and Councillor Prudhoe seconded, as an amendment — " That the letter be referred to the Reserves Committee to report." Councillor Bowman withdrew his motion in favour of the amendment, which was agreed to. From the Prisons Depai-'iuent. Wellington, stating that the prison at Addington would be closed as a Contagious Diseases Reformatory ?rom Feb. 28, 1883, and that after that date Government would not defray the expense of enforcing the Contagious Diseases Act, ISG9. The Town Clerk read a reply which had been sent to tht- Government, and which asked for a return of the annual expense of enforcing the Act in Chi-i-tchu-vh, and also enquired whether it wa. tiu- intention of Government that the assistance of the police should be given to the Council for the purpose of carrying out the Act, and

_p__**wj*':»U'.>j*uu ntM«u-jnMi _Mn-a_-*yy_*t**w , .'i.'.-«".* , r.*<pwwj»*;.ii whether the. use of the gaol would be granted on the Council's paying cost of maintenance of persons confined under the Act. ' The Mayor said that no reply had yet been received. He had also communicated with the Auckland City Council, as to the cost of enforcing the Act there, and . had received a reply from the Town Clerk, Auckland, stating that the building, fencing, &c, cost about £1000, and the furnish- . ing about £200. The annual expenditure was from £500 to £550, including £150 for medical officer's salary and £100 for resident matron in charge. A copy of the hospital regulations was enclosed^ The Mayor said that he thought the cost of a similar establishment in Christchurch would probably be about £1000 a year. Christchurch was the only city in the Colony where Government defrayed the cost of enforcing the Act, and the decision to discontinue doing so had been come to on accourA of the Auckland people having asked for the same. Councillor Kiver moved — " That further consideration of the matter be deferred till an answer has been received from the ' Government." - \ The motion was carried unanimously. j TRAMWAY TO NEW BRIGHTON. j A deputation from residents of New i Brighton waited on the Counoil with refe- : rence to the proposed construction of a tramway to that watering place. • Mr W. Wilson, who acted as spokesman, dwelt on the advantages of New Brighton as a watering place, and informed the : Council that the landowners along the pro- j posed route — from the cemetery to the township — had agreed to grant the required concessions. He requested the assistance of the Council in the project, and ; explained that it was intended to carry the ; line for two miles along the esplanade at New Brighton. He pointed out j that there were 500 householders in the ; locality. The promoters also purposed j establishing telephonic communication with New Brighton, provided the Council would { permit them to use the posts of the line to j the cemetery. He believed that a rival ; Company wished to compete with the promoters, who, however, asked the consideration of the Council, as their application had the priority; and, he believed, this Company wished to take their line to where there was comparatively no population. New Brighton would, undoubtedly, become a very important township. It had a splendid supply of artesian water, and a peculiarity of its sand was that it was fertile. All the promoters asked was that they would T*e allowed to connect with the line to the cemetery. They were prepared to find the money, and a chain width of land for a route for the lire. The cost was estimated at £2000. The line was to be similar to that now running in Christchurch, and the promoters would find motor power. If tbe Council saw their ! way to make a line to the cemetery, the promoters saw their way to cari'.v it from the cemetery to New Brighton. The route, proposed was the most direct one pos-ible. Mr Jabez Ehodes thought that Mr Wilson hadsomewhat under-estimated the cost of the line. The permanent way would cost from £1200 to £1400 per mile. The Mayor said that*' the Council would give the matter their best consideration. If the citizens consented to a loan, which they would be asked to sanction for a tramway to the cemetery, and other works, there was little doubt that the wishes of the deputation would be given effect to. Mr Wilson thanked His Worship and the Council for the courtesy with which the deputation had been received. He had 'no doubt that New Brighton would, in time, become literally a portion of Christchurch, and that if a tramway were made, the action of the Council would be productive of the greatest good in time to come. One of the deputation gave some details, showing the traffic on the New Brighton road. The deputation then withdrew. REPORTS. On the motion of Councillor Vincent, it was resolved to hold a special meeting of the Council at 7 p.m. on Monday next to consider the report of the . Committee on permanent works. SWIMMING BATH. Councillor Bowman moved — "That the Committee appointed to consider loan for permanent works, add to the loan a sum not exceeding £5000 for the erection of a public swimming bath, with heating apparatus to raise the temperature of the bath to tepid htat." Councillor Ayers seconded the motion. He considered that if the land had to be acquired, £5000 would not be sufficient for the work. Some years ago he ascertained that to erect such baths would co3t.in England at least that sum, irrespective of land. Ec considered that a bath such as was proposed would pay interest on capital borrowed by the Council up to, say £8000. The proposal would also tend to render the general scheme of works acceptable to the citizens. The Mayor said that to include the sum in the loan would completely upset the arrangements proposed by the Committee, as it would necessitate a special rate being struck. He considered it was most inopportune to introduce such an important matter at the present time. Councillor Andrews thought that a better plan than constructing a bath in Christchurch would be for the Tramway promoters to make some arrangement for establishing baths at New Brighton. (Hear, hear.) The motion was put, and negatived on the voices. Some applications -for licenses were granted, among them one for the V.M.C.A. rooms as a public hall. Tie Council adjourned at 8.45 p.m.

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City Council., Star, Issue 5174, 2 December 1884

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City Council. Star, Issue 5174, 2 December 1884

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