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PORTLAND SEWERAGQ ' * AUTHORITY The above Authority met on Tues day night, Cr. Iledditch occupyin. the chair. } Correspondence. From C. W. Candy, advising clause to .be inserted in house connections }contracts re public risk insurance. Approved. From James Johnstone, applying fo: plumber's permit.-The secre tary said this permit .gave permis sion to work under a licensed plum ber. Mr. Johnstine had not a sew erage plumber's certificate. Granted.: From secretary Public Health De partment, advising the position re garding sewerage of pulblid buildings. -Received. . From Miss E. Wilson, asking for r. further exemption until the house in Hurd street was either sold or let. -The secretary said the house was not;in the sewerage area yet, but once it was all rates would have to be paid on it.-Further exten'sion of 'throe months given on the motion of 'Crs. Wilkins and Pumpa. 'From S,..Ncxtbold, applying for a drainer's liccnce.-Granted, on the motion of Crs. Thomas and Pumpa, subject to the necessary tests by the engineer. From Mr. Wade, asking that his house in Garden street, which .was outside the area, be connected with the sewer.-The secretary said Mr. Wade had signed an agreement that he -would pay any rate or charge as I if he was in the sewer area, and that in the event of him selling the pro perty a similar undertaking would be gTven by the new owner.-Cr. Wilkins moved that the application be granted, subject'to the approval of the engineer.-Seconded by. Cr. Thomas and carried.-The secretary said, in regard to extending -the sewerage area, the legal position only required that the Authority should pass-;a resolution requesting the extension of that district. The parts affected would be at" the back of the State School (which included Mr. J. Hic key's) and near the butter -factory -It was decided that the necessafy application should be lodged. I In Committee._ The secretary reported that the engineer's report had been dealt with in committee, and it was decided to notify the contractors. for house connections that the work must be proceeded with at once to avoid cancellation of contracts. Mrs. M. E. Andrews' position was con?idered and Mr. Allsopp, the new supervis ing engineer, appointed in place of Mr. Linkford. The ' artchitect was asked to again inspect Mrs. Berlund's house and report. Pipe-Testing. Cr; Thomas moved that the right of the Martin Stoneware Pipe Com pany. to store pipes at the testing depot be cancelled and that the tes ter no longer issue dockets for plum bers. l He considered that they were paying the pipe-tester £6 to do the Aiuthority's work, not a privat Com Authority's work, not a private Company's.-The chairman said that Cr. Thomas had asked hinm to make 'investigations, which- he had done. He found and if it. was unworkable it could be cancelled at any time. The extra books were written up by the tester in an effort to help the re presentative of the Company. The delivery dockets were written whil-e the carrier was loadiqs the pipes, and there was actually no waste of time over and above issuing the pipes. The testing record kept for the Company was merely a summary of the official testing dockets, which could be written out in five minutes, and that had been done on three oc casions since the tester was there. The issuing of receipts to plumbers took place weekly at the depot and at other times at the tester's home. and occupied about a quarter of an .hour. The tester carried out a lot of clerical work in his own time at the week-end, which would make up for the time taken in writing the dockets at the depot. When per mission was first given to the Stone ware Company, the Council felt it was wise to have two firms in the town (the other was the Hume Pipe Co.), and no greater concession had been given them than anyone else. He could not see anything to take ex ception to, and on his investigations he did not think the matter was ser ious. The Hume Pipe Company had their own tester at their works by the butter factory.-Cr. Pumpa said the Stoneware Company paid no rent for the depot, and he moved as an amendment that the question be referred to the Details Commit tee, with the engineer, to report. He thought a small rntal for storing the pipes should be made.-Cr. Anderson seconded. He con
esg he did not know much about t d therefore if the matter was erred to the Committee the jiosi-, tion would be made clear from .,oth :ompanies' point of view.-Cr. Phomas : The Hume Companiy id :oncerned in no way whatever.; I want that to be clearly understood -.The chairman said the position of the two Companies was thati the Humae'had their works near the but ler factory, and the tester wentgthere to obviate the necessity of taklinj the pipes to the depot, which wea:" ýrore or less a concession. They 4mployed an assistant and. paid, for yhatever water was used as weill A*s fees on the pipes passed. .The other Company had the use of ; the Authority.'s yard to store the pipe4, and the. tester tested them at. the gamo price and they were stacked at the depot. If the present arrange ments were cancelled, things woul I be made more complicated.- Cr. Wilkins was in favor of char.;. ing the - Stoneware Company- fog storage.-Cr. Thomas said the test : was standing idle while the pips:: were being loaded. It was their I pigeon to pay for their rempval. -The amendment was carried, C" Thomas was the only dissentienr, *r. Wilkins having seconded pr:' fornma. Tenders. ; The tender of O. G. Pettit was ac cepted for advertising.