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The usual meeting of this Council took place yesterday evening in the Council Chambers, at 7.30; present — the Mayor, Councillors Joyce, Merson, Dimond, Reed, Stinson, Allwright, and M'Donald. Mr J. B. Milsom signed the declaration and took his seat. Receipts, £45 7s 9d were reported for the fortnight. COBBESPONDENCB. Correspondence was read — Prom Messrs Harper and Co. re the damage alleged to have been done to Mrs Flett's property on the Sumner road. £10 was the amount of damage alleged to have been sustained by their client. Prom the Railway traffic manager, saying that arrangements had been made so that the bathing tickets would be issued for the 6.30 p.m. train from Christchurch, returnable by the 7.20 train from Port. Prom Mr R. Martindale, re injector for cleaning mud, &c. out of pipes. From Kinsey, Ward and Co., agents for the s.s. Akaroa, asking for a water pipe to be laid for the steamer's use. From Messrs Agar and Roberts re water for their steamers. From G. R. Parker re the drainage from rural Bection 68 on to Mrs Flett's property. From D. Goddin, Wellington, enclosing plans for a Court-house which the Government proposed to build in Lyttelton some time since. Mrs Isabella G. Flett waited on the Council to explain her view of the culvert question. This she did at considerable length. After hearing her the Council promised to consider the matter. Councillor Joyce moved that a fourteen feet road be at once made at the back of Mrs Flett's, in the direction of the reserve ; the road to run as far as Mrs Flett's. Councillor Allwright seconded the motion on condition that the road be made half a chain wide. Councillor Joyce assenting, the motion was carried. The Mayor explained that Mr Martindale's letter was the result of enquiries by the Water Supply Committee. Thiß was done in consequence of the mud rising at the bottom of the new water supply well. The matter of water supply to small steamers was referred to the Water Supply Committee. Mr Denniß* report, re bathing, was received, the Council remarking that a highly satisfactory result was shown. Accounts amounting to £300 12s Id were passed for payment. WOEKB. The Foreman of Workß reported on the subject of water to launches. The water was only equal to the supply ; therefore he was not yet able to allow tho water to be constantly turned on at the upper level. estimates. A statement showing estimated receipts and expenditure for the current year was laid on the table. The estimates were : Expenditure, £5010 ; income, £4163 6s 4d. Councillor Joyce moved — " That the rate be the same this year as last." There were certain items of expenditure which could be reduced, and the receipts might be increased somewhat.

Councillor Allwright said he would second the motion thatja 9d rate be struck ; on May 1 next. Put and carried. WATER RATE. Councillor Milsom moved that a waterrate of 1" per cent in the £ bo struck on rateable property, due on May 1, this rate being equal to 4d in the £. Councillor Dimond seconded the motion, which was carried. NEW OFFICES. The Mayor reported that a Committee appointed to look into the desirability o obtaining new offices for the Council had gone into the question, and now placed ! sketch plans of the exterior of the building • before the Council. Councillor Allwright remarked that the j structure was estimated to cost over £2000. \ Councillor Dimond explained that part ? of the building could be utilised for a j Courthouse, and let to the Government for ' that purpose. Councillor Joyce said that the Library would one day be removed to the building. The Court-house and Council room might be in one. He thought tenders might be ' called for at once. Councillor Allwright thought caution was necessary before rushing into the j business. He thought that the Government should be consulted, to see if they would be prepared to rent a Court-houee for a number of years. Councillor Joyce suggested sending the plans to Government, with the view of seeing if they would rent the Court portion, and also advance the money necessary to erect the building. He moved to that effect, and that a,n estimate be obtained of the cost of the building. Carried. RAILWAY PASSENGER RATEB. Councillor Joyce moved that as lid per day had been taken off the price of the daily return tickets to Christchurch, Government be asked to make the same concession to quarterly and annual ticket holders. Councillor Reed seconded the motion. Councillor Milsom understood that the tickets were already charged for at a very reasonable rate, lower in fact than in Melbourne, or in England. MISCELLANEOUS. Councillor M'Donald drew the attention of the Council to a dangerous place on the left side of London street, near Salt's Gully. He moved — "That the Works Committee attend to the matter." Councillor Stinson drew attention to the state of the road and section opposite the Wesleyan Church, and next to the Oddfellows* Hall. He moved— " That ftie place be put in order at a cost of about £15." Councillor Stinson seconded Councillor M'Donald'B motion. Councillor Reed seconded Councillor Stinson's motion. Councillor Allwright moved — " That the matter be deferred, owing to the Council's £900 overdraft." Seconded by Councillor Merson. The amendment was lost by five to three, and the motions carried. COMMITTEES. The Mayor reminded the Council that there were several vacancies on the Committees : — The following Committee appointments were made : — Councillor Stinson wa3 made Chairman of the Bathing, and Councillor Garforth of the Sanitary, Committees. Councillor Milsom was appointed to serve on all the Committees on which the late Councillor Dr Macdonald served — Sanitary, Bathing, Fire Prevention, and Library Committees. Councillor M'Donald was made Chairman of the Fire Prevention Committee. Councillor Joyce was made Chairman of the Colonists' Hall Committee. THE COLONISTS' HALL. Councillor Stinson moved— "That the Colonists' Hall be advertised to be let by tender for one year or more." Councillor Joyce seconded the motion. Councillor Allwright opposed, and Councillors Stinson, Reed, and Joyce favoured the motion. Councillor Joyce observed that the Hall turned out a loss of £140 to the Council I last year. It ought to be a source of revenue. The motion was put and lost. The Council then adjourned.

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FORTNIGHTLY MEETING., Star, Issue 5562, 9 March 1886

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FORTNIGHTLY MEETING. Star, Issue 5562, 9 March 1886

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