WAS LIVELY SESSION OF CITY COUNCIL – Alderman Jackson Resigns From Body – Labor Delegation Is Given Hearing, and Geo. T. Moir Makes Protest On Open Skating Pond.
Mayor Roberts and the members of the city council had a real lively session last Thursday evening. While held in the new year, it was the last meeting of the 1930 council prior to the annual election. The high spots of the meeting were the resignation of one councilman, a broadside delivered by Geo. T. Moir, and a petition from an unemployed delegation asking for consideration.
Some twelve men, headed by George W. Russell as spokesman, waited on the council and presented a petition signed by 23 unemployed married men asking for the council to provide work for them. The letter stated that the unmarried men out at the camp for the unemployed were much better off than men who had homes and families in the city and who were finding it necessary to go into debt when they were not earning. The mayor informed the men that this was the last meeting of the 1930 council and they had already overspent the estimates for 1930. He stated that he had no doubt but that the 1931 council would give every consideration to the matter at the first meeting which would be held on January 22.
Moir Takes The Floor
George T. Moir then took the floor and talked turkey to the mayor and council. He had a grievance and he proceeded to air it without unnecessary mincing of words. His protest was that the flooding of and providing lights at the city swimming pool afforded a free skating rink to the people in unfair competition with the Arena rink, where an admission was necessary and where there was a large original investment and a continuous overhead expense. Alderman Jackson pointed out that there might be some poor people in the city whose children could not afford to buy rink tickets, and these should not be denied the privilege of skating. To this Mr. Moir replied that if there were any such cases in Cranbrook and they were made known to him he personally would see to it that free tickets were provided.
The flooding of the swimming pool, it was stated by City Engineer Philpot, was made necessary to strengthen the concrete walls from the inside to resist the frost pressure from the outside. The lights had been on for one night only.
A resolution was adopted to discontinue the lighting of the pool during the winter months.
A letter was read from A. Strange complaining that he was being charged two water rates, his store and living quarters behind it. It was brought out that there were many similar cases in town. Also that where there were no water taps and people carried water from other places they were assessed at $1 a month, but that sometimes these latter accounts were difficult to collect. The letter was ordered filed.
Correspondence with the Royal Financial Corporation regarding the purchase of 10000 Cranbrook five per cent. 1928 bonds at $99 and accrued interest, was read and the purchase confirmed on motion of Aldermen Attridge and Scott.
The city clerk referred to Resolution No. 126 of September 11 and advised that the water account of Mrs. J. Wise of Slaterville up to December 3 amounted to $28.35. It was decided to leave the account on the outstanding water roll.
The city clerk also referred to Resolution 117 of December 11 wherein the matter of a grant to the Agricultural Association was held over for further consideration. It was decided on motion of Aldermen Attridge and Collier that a grant be made out of the 1930 revenue equivalent to the Agricultural Association’s light account, which amounted to $46.95.
Alderman Scott, on behalf of the relief committee submitted a report from the government agent covering the operation of the relief camp at Perry Creek, but as the report was not complete the matter was held over.
There are about sixty men in this camp and the scheme seemed to be proving successful. Already some $500 worth of wood has been cut and ready for sale. Some of the men were handicapped in not having suitable clothing for rough outdoor work.
The Cranbrook Sash & Door company asked for a reduction in its power rate, pointing out that lower rate would be an inducement to install more machinery, which in turn would give more employment to married men who spend their money here.
The annual reports of the different departments will be published in a subsequent issue of the Courier.