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TOWN COUNCIL. Tuesday, October 15, 1850. Present His Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Lloyd, I Cowie, Austin, Councillors THarrison, Hobson, Sheppard, Noble, Harding, Hitchins, Nantes, Robinson, and Forrest. Minutes of former meeting read and con- firmed. • Letter from Mr Champion read, praying relief from an assessUlent on a vacant hlouse. The Town Clerk was ordered to write to peti tioner, informing him that the prayer must be preferred at tile next revision court. rPetition presented hby Councillor Nantes, from Snarah Sileock, widow, of Chilwell, praying to-obe relieved from tile town rate. Ordered to obe taken into conshderation at the next meeting of council. Aldermisn Lloyd brought up the report of the Public Works Committee on which wasfounded the notice ofmotionl standing in his namne. Councillor Harrison previous to entering upon tbe orders of the day, would ask his Worsllp, whether any report hadl been brought up by the conmmnittee appointedl to inquire into certain charges reputed to have been made by h]im, a matter which tile council had taken upon itself to decide; and until some report had been arrived at, he did not consider that be'oulght to sit at that table lie Ihad brought forwardl a motion to obtain information respecting certain irregu aInrities with a view to their amendment. The council had thought proper to make ii a personal matter, and had appointed a committee to en quiro intohis conduct. Three weeks or a month had elapsed, and he now claimedl a decision; and lihe hoped the committee would not shirk the ques tion. lis Worslhip understood thnt tie committee wouldl meet that day. Councillor Harrison hloped that .the decision would be arrived at soon, as lie could not takRe ainy part in thie proceedings, until it was finally settled. " Councillor Harrison then left thie council table and took his sent among the audience. ORneRs OF THE DAT. To decide upon the order of retirement of Councillor Nantes and Councillor Sheppard. Councillor Nantes expressed his wish to retire on the ground that'his other avocations would not permit so close an application to his duties ns he wouli wish. Coincillor Sheppard expressed a similar wish, as hlie intended to proceed to England. Councillor Nantes repeated ius wish to retire : perhaps he mighn t be in a position to offer himself on the retirement of Councillor Sheppard. It was thlen decided by vote that Councillor Nantes should retire. To consider and order upon Dr Dickson's letter laid on thie council table on 2nd September lst in reference to an oftibr of a loan of £300 to the corporation. Councillor Naites would like to see the amount doubled, as hle was sure that the amount required to complete the works for the public streets would he £6000. He should move that the com mitteo be instructed to reconsider the amnount of of the loan, and make another offer. I-e woull tlhereforo propose that the Sydilney loan of £3000 to the corporantiba be accepted, ind that the offer of the Bank ofAustralasi a(a cash credlitof £ 1500) be also accepted as recommended by the finance committee. Seconded by Councillor Noble. Councillor Hitchinis, would wish to be informed how they intended to divide thie security if they adopted theoffirof the insurance comprany.
His Worshlip explained that they were autho rised toraisoe the sum of £10o,ooo. Councillor N'anntes remarked that tile corpora tion of Melbourne had reopened their credit at tile Union hink, although it had mortgaged to three times tile amount of the Geelong corpora tion. Hiis Worship, stated tliat he had received a communication from the lank ,of Australasia in whlich they declined to extend their advance to £2000, or to deviate from their first proposition. Cohencillor Hitchins would like to see the letter before they came to a vote. After some further observations Councillor Nantes' motion was carried. POWDER MAGAZINE. Alderman Lloyd--Wished that a memorial should be subm'itted to Government, as he deemed it necessary that a Powder Meagazine should hIe formned lIere, contiguons to tile shllip pigm interest, and r'so to stores dealing in such articles. He should move, therefore, thant the Government be requested to appropriate a piece ofground within reach of the slhipping, whilst the building itself would depel d upon the Go vernment. The ease of the Brilliant being obliged to go to Melbourne on nacount of ihavinmg powder aboard, althougllh tihe greater part of her cargo was consigned to Geelong, was pointed out as an instance, showing the propriety of such an crectioin. Seconded by Councillor Hitchins, and car rled. i TIIE DAM." Councillor Robertson remarked tnat he and many others had long felt the Dam to beo:a dangerous nuisance. The late melancholy noel dent, of whlich hlie himiself had been a ,sitness, could not fill of attracting the attention of the Council, Whilst the dreadful facts disclosed at the Coroner's Inquest were suflficient to tell the iovernmenut in ulelbourne the extent of the anoger incurred by the existence of su'ehic a place. On the late melancholy nccitldent he san tihe horse on good footing, and yet before he had advanced half his length the horse went down and thle man with it, and were drowned. He would not dwell upon the circumstance, for what lie shoultl say wonld not appear much moro favourable to the eyes of the Government. The oblject of his motion was that the dam should.be drained, for it was snuposed by many that other bodies were lying at the bottom of the danm, inbedded in liy the soft mud wuich prevented their rising. 1hi was convinced that the only way to set the matter at' rest was to do away with the dangerous inuisance. Hlis Worslip remarked 'thlit he had had a con versation on the snbject with his Honor Mr La Trobe, who assured hlin that. he sincerely se gretted tlhat thel accident had taken place. ie exlpressed his intention to 'ilmprove the dam I-y doubling its width, f'encin~ ln the water, anad erecting a pump and trougSl to supply water to cattle. Councillor Robinson. was tired of listening to accounts of conversation with his Honor. . He had heard a report of a convcrsation with hisl Hionor, when ithe tirst man was drowned, and now it aplleared there had been another, but he must avow that he attributed very little importance to whatever fell frmm his I-Tonor Mr La 'Irobe. But hie would call the attention of the council to the obsqrvation of the coroner which appeared in.the paper. The coroner stated that had the dam been the property of a private individual, lihe would have been liable to an indictment for mansllaghlter. Ho wish that to reach Mr La Troblo it an effectual form. - Councillor Austin deemed it necessary to fence in the dam; ifthis was not done the peo pTle of Geelong would have to raise a subscription to drain the dam. It would appear tlhat sonte people thought little of the sacriiee of the lives of a few of her laijesty's subjects. lIo would se cond the resolution. Councillor HIitchlins would support the motion of Councillor Robinson. They had a public daty to perform--it was their duty to see that such a noxious and hurtful placne as the dam existed no longer as it did at the present moment-it was tihe sink hlole of the town-it was no earthly use, and the water drained out of it. "With regard to the fencing, he perfectly agreed, but as to the pump and trough, there ras plenty of good water to be got from tlhe square without hIaving recourse to water in which were satu'rat big t~el dead carcases of bullocks, horses and dogs, and which in fact was tie sink of Little Scotland.
Councillor Austin reanredd the water as a benefit to the town. Ife should like to see it drained off, for the purpose of ascertaining if thelro were any human bodies lying there. Alderman Lloyd thought, tl;nt considering theI promiees of government to enclose the water and widen the dam, it would be advisable to wait until that was done. Councillor lobinson--Thlero is deathl on both sides of the dame-you may be drowned en one side, or dashed to pieces on the other. Councillor Forrest liead received a terrible fright in crossing the dam on Tuesday last, and would rhther ride five miles round than cross it eaain on horseback. His Worship tlhought that thie effectof the mo tion would be to prevent the government from proceedini with the work. Councilfor Ihitchimis could not conceive what the draiinng of the pond had to do with the wvidening oftlmh dm. rThme following motion was then put 'and carried. That, thle Council, through thie Ma?yer respect fully request His Honor tlheo Superi;itendent to canuse the pond at the western gully to be fenced without delay. PUBLIC WORKiS. That the Town Surveyor be required to fanmish imnmediately to the l'ublie Works Commnittes specifications of such works hlie may consider most necessary to be performed durimg the summer months and that the committee be requested to report thereupon without dlelay. The Council then broke up.