p.3 City Council
Wharves and Harbours
Ald. Noble brought up the report of the Committee on Wharves and Harbours, recommending on the communication of James Swift, that no interference take place on the part of the Council to his building a width of ten feet to his wharf, on condition that in place of being solid it be built on piers, to facilitate removal in case the city should require this to be done.
Ald. Noble said the Committee had visited the spot, and were of opinion that Johnson Street would be greatly improved by the pier.
The Mayor stated he was of the same opinion as before as to the report being out of order.
Ald. Gildersleeve urged the passing of the report, as there was no pretence that it would be an injury to any person. The action would not bind the Council in any way. The report having been adopted, it would limit Mr. Swift to keeping within the ten feet asked for.
Ald. Allen thought it would be better to lay the report on the table and not ask the Council to vote on the matter, as it was illegal. They could leave it with the Mayor and the work could be done without the Council voting on it.
Ald. McIntyre said he was of the same opinion as he formerly was. There would be no infringement, so far as he could see, of the rights of any person.
Ald. Gaskin urged strongly the adoption of the report.
The Mayor suggested that the following words should be added to the motion "Provided the City Solicitor thought it was legal."
After some further discussion the report was withdrawn, it being understood Mr. Swift could go on with the work.