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LAWRENCE TOWN COUNCIL.

An adjourned meeting of the Council was held in the Council Chambers on Wednesday evening at eight o'clock. Present : The Mayor ; Councillors Robertson, Donovan, Jeffery, and Aimers. The minutes of the meeting held on the 18th inst. were read. Cr. Aimers proposed, and Cr. Robertson seconded, " That the minutes be confirmed." Cr. Donovan said, with reference to the resolution passed, " That the letter of the Phoenix Water Company be referred to the Water Supply Committee, with power to complete arrangements," he thought that gave the Water Committee too much power ; and besides, it would be a bad precedent. The Mayor said the Committee would simply draw up a form of lease for the Phoenix Water Company ; but before it was signed it would be submitted to the Council for approval. It was then agreed to add to the resolution referred to the words—" as to details," after which the minutes were confirmed nem. con. The Mayor read a letter from Mr. Murray, the contractor for the water supply, to the effect that the race from the Phoenix Water Co.'s race to the proposed reservoir would be completed on Thursday (26th inst.) ; and requesting the Council to appoint an inspector to examine th^ work. In accordance with his spe^lgcafion, that L3OO would be paid on^Botopletion of that part of the work, hoped the Council, after the work was duly inspected and approved of, would arrange to pay the amount, as he was about to proceed to town to make arrangements about the pipes, &c. The Mayor said, the latter part of Mr. Murray's letter would, of course, be laid before the Finance Committee ; but the question of an inspector was to be considered. Cr. Robertson thought that two or three of the Councillors might inspect the work ; and if they were not sufficient judges of the work, they might call in the assistance of an engineer. He would therefore propose, " That the Mayor and Crs. Aimera and Donovan be appointed for that purpose." Cr. Donovan objected to have his name associated with the scheme. He had made a stand against it, and he had no reason to alter his mind on the subject. Cr. Robertson then proposed Cr. Jeffery instead. The motion stood as follows :— " That the Mayor, Crs. Aimers and Jeffery be appointed to examine the water race when completed, with power to call in the assistance of an engineer, if necessary." Cr. Donovan asked if these letters (referring to Mr. Murray's letter) were not senb to the Finance Committee 1 The Mayor replied, not as a rule. The latter portion only of the letter would be referred to the Finance Committee. The motion was then put and carried. The tenders for the formation of a footpath from Mr. Jeffery's, corner of Peelstreet, -along south side of Beaumont road to Ardrossan-street were then opened. No. 1 contract, £68 125.; No. 2 do, £55 10s. 4d. Cr. Aimers moved, that No. 2 contract be accepted, according to the resolution passed in the Council, that ten per cent, be paid as a deposit. SThe Mayor asked Mr. James Tuckey, thft successful tenderer, who was present, if he was prepared to conform to these conditions ; and in reply he said that he would pay the amount the following day (Thursday). Cr. DoNOVANread a clause in the Standing Orders of theCouncilwhich he thought had reference to letters such as Mr Murray's, which had justbeen considered ; but as the clause referred chiefly to petitions and memorials, the Mayor ruled that Mr. Murray's letter did not come under that clause. There being no motion before the meeting, The Town Clerk said, that Mr. Inspector Percy had called upon him to state that Constable Hanlan would be leaving the district in a few days, and that it would be necessary for the Council to communicate with Mr. Branagan, who would nominate an inspector for their approval.

As Mr. Hanlan had been appointed Inspector of Nuisances, the Council could do nothing until they received his resignation. The Town Clerk was therefore instructed to see Mr* Hanlan, and ask him to send in a written resignation Cr. Robertson thought something should be done to Kilinarnock-slreet. When a road was newly made, it was necessary for a time to have the ruta filled up. The Mayor stated that that had been submitted to the Public Works Committee. Cr. Robertson drew the attention of the Council to a very dangerous part of the road in Ross Place, where the bridge of a culvert had fallen in. He pointed it out to Mr. Smaill, when last in Lawrence : but as yet nothing had been done to it. He thought they would be justified in. sending a letter to Mr. Smaill about it. Cr. Donovan said, that other Government works, equally, if not more expensive, had been done by the Council ; and he did not see why that should not also be dene. There was no course decided upon with reference to this matter. The Council then adjourned to Wednesday, the Ist of April.

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LAWRENCE TOWN COUNCIL., Tuapeka Times, Volume I, Issue 7, 28 March 1868

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LAWRENCE TOWN COUNCIL. Tuapeka Times, Volume I, Issue 7, 28 March 1868

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