p.1 CITY COUNCIL
A letter was read from Mr. J.H. McFarlane calling attention to some sunken piers near the new wharf of which his company is about to take possession. Owing to the danger to navigation he asks for their removal or to have them built above the water, as vessels would not be able to get into the wharf. The piers in question had already been pointed out to the Harbour Master. Referred to Committee on Wharves and Harbours to report.
Ald. Drennan drew attention to the fact that wharves were being built without the Council being made aware of it. It was, in his opinion, time that the Council knew if the by-laws were being carried out.
Ald. Carson asked the Chairman of the Committee if harbour dues were paid, and how much accrued therefrom?
Ald. Allen said there was a bylaw, for the collection of dues, but there being a law suit entered, the collection of the dues was dropped. The matter would again be before the Council, and he thought it would be a good thing to get a large revenue from this source. This would help to keep the taxes down. He also urged that action should be taken to compel the village of Portsmouth to collect taxes on the vessels laid up there, as they were illegally exempted by the Council of the village.
Ald. Drennan, as a taxpayer, could not see why the vessels should not pay a small tax in the way of harbour dues, on account of the benefits they obtain from the city.
Ald. Allen asked for an expression of the Council as to the extension of wharfage, and going to the expense of the use of the boat to lay down lines.
The Mayor suggested that this could be reported on by the Committee.
Wharves and Harbours
The Committee on Wharves and Harbours, by Ald. Allen, reported that on the communication of William Anglin, requesting the Council to allow him to build out his wharf, the Commmittee recommended that he be allowed to extend it ten feet. The report was adopted.
p.3 Marine Notes - Picton, March 25th - The steamers Shannon and Armenia commenced running today, the Shannon to Napanee and the Armenia to Kingston. Navigation is now open on the Bay of Quinte.
Local marine matters are extremely quiet, no movements being yet reported. Vessel men are eagerly wishing for the opening of the canals in order to get something to do. The schr. Ontario is reported as having arrived at Toronto.