CITY COUNCIL HAS LONG SESSION – Receive Delegations With Requests for Grants and Promise Consideration.
Four delegations waited on the city council on Tuesday evening at their regular monthly meeting, occupying most of the first two hours the aldermen were in session. The meeting started on time, and it was after midnight before adjournment was made, a special session being likely as well during the next two or three weeks to clear the way for the estimates at the next regular meeting.
The first delegation heard was on behalf of the band, J.S. Thornley being the first spokesman in this behalf, later followed by Messrs. J.P. Fink and W.H. Wilson. The council was asked to consider making a grant of $50 per month to go towards the conductor’s salary. It was shown that the instruments taken over from the city were now being given attention to put them in good shape, and about $300 had been collected in the city to help with the expenses. Every guarantee of good faith was promised the council, and the request was also supported by a letter to the council from the Retail Merchants’ Association. The Mayor and aldermen asked a few questions in regard to the undertaking, and the delegation was finally promised consideration when the estimates for the year were brought up.
A strong delegation from the Women’s Institute asked the council for consideration in the matter of keeping the city cemetery in better condition. It was also suggested that a sidewalk might be built out there from the city. The request of the delegation was supported by representatives from some of the railway brotherhoods. It was agreed that the city might well keep a man busy there as caretaker, letting the revenue derived from the sale of plots go towards this. One difficulty pointed out was the shortage of water in the cemetery, owing to the small pipe which now runs out there over the hill, and it was suggested that if this pipe were enlarged, the work of caring for the cemetery would be materially lightened. The Mayor promised the delegations every consideration, and also endorsed the idea of a municipal clean-up day such as other places now have in force.
On behalf of the Board of Trade, Messrs. J.P. Fink and F.M. MacPherson waited on the city council, asking for the continuance of their grant as in the past. Mr. Fink outlined what the board was doing, and the new advertising undertaking now being embarked upon by a number of towns and cities along the Crow and in the southern part of Alberta. The volume of tourist traffic which might be expected was also touched upon by Mr. Fink, and the status of the undertaking as to the advertising kiosk near the station was also reviewed. This matter will also be finally dealt by the council later.
W.F. Cameron for the Cranbrook Curling Club asked the council to state what was the lowest price for which they would sell the Arena Rink to the club. He also asked that in view of the fact that the big Crows Nest Bonspiel would be held here next year, that nothing be done with the old rink this year, so it would be available at that time for additional ice. The council seemed to think it would be better for the curlers to make an offer on the building, and after a little discussion the matter was left at that.
Communications received from the G.W.V.A. are referred to elsewhere.
Falling in line with what is being done elsewhere under new legislation, the fire chief was appointed a local assistant to the provincial fire marshall, to co-operate in the matter of fire protection and prevention. To this was added, however, that communications to the chief in this regard be submitted to the fire committee chairman before reply is made.
A petition from Bert Frasino for about 240 feet of sidewalk was received and referred to the superintendent of works, and a light will also be put at that corner.
A big sheaf of accounts was passed for payment, and the auditor’s report, part of which was read, was authorized for publication, and is now in the printers’ hands.
The customary reports were received from City Foreman W. Soden, the fire chief, and the supt. of the electric light depot. Alderman Moir, reporting verbally for the health and relief committee said there was only one infectious case in the city, which was properly isolated. Along the lines of relief he suggested that the city make a donation of $100 to the “Save the Children” fund which is now being raised all over the country on behalf of the Russian children. He made a motion to this effect and this was seconded by Alderman Santo but an amendment was introduced by Alderman Balment to lay the matter over till the estimates were brought up. The amendment went to the vote, Aldermen Balment, Arnold and Cameron voting for it, and Aldermen Moir, Santo and Flowers for the resolution. The mayor broke the tie by putting his vote for the amendment.
The appointment of the dairy inspector came up for discussion, Dr. Rutledge asking for $35 per month instead of $25 as formerly, in view of the increased work attaching to the position. A communication from the city dairymen was also read asking the city council to raise the dairy license fee to $10 in the interests of better protection, and also that the appointment of the dairy inspector be made so that his term of office does not lapse till another appointment is made. They also pointed out that a dairyman whose premises were not yet subject to inspection was selling milk in the city. On a motion of Aldermen Arnold and Flowers Dr. Rutledge was appointed dairy inspector for twelve months from February 15th ay a salary of $400 per year.
Alderman Balment gave notice of his intention to introduce an amendment to the Water By-law; Alderman Cameron of an amendment to the Sewer By-law. A by-law will also be brought up seeking to regulate second-hand stores, this being the suggestion of the police commission.
By-law No. 202, the temporary loan by-law was reconsidered and finally passed and by-law No. 204, confirming the sale of two parcels of city property for $235 was introduced and given first, second and third readings.
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matter of the water supply to Slaterville, showing the necessity of a new pipe being laid there, to give proper connection with the city system. The clerk was finally instructed to write to the signers of the original agreement that unless the new pipe is laid the city will not be responsible for the water supply in that section.
Alderman Cameron introduced the matter of the seeming indiscriminate use of the city hall by different bodies claiming that some of them, and particularly those of a protective nature should not be allowed the free use of the hall. The mayor and most of the aldermen agreed that while it was not desired to interfere in any way with the proposed use of the hall by organizations carrying on in a public way, there ought to be some check on it. The appointment of a hall committee was suggested by some, but this was not put through, and it was left just about the way it is at the present, parties being expected to get permission to use the hall through the city clerk’s office.