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City Council.

--This body held its regular monthly meeting at the City Hall, at 4 o'clock yesterday evening. Present: Messrs. Saunders, Wynne, Scott, Denoon, Crutchfield, Hill Burr Glen brook, Griffin, Grattan, Flashine, and Epps.

A resolution, offered by Mr. Denoon, for the appointment of Commissioners to superintend the next charter election, was adopted.

Mr. Scott offered a resolution instructing the Chamberlain to prepare a correct copy of the city tax bill, and have the same published in such daily papers as he may select.

Mr. Wynne moved to amend, so as to instruct the Chamberlain to publish only an abstract. The motion prevailed.

On motion of Mr. Scott,

Resolved, That this Council acknowledge the liberality and public spirit evinced by the Merchants, the Old Dominion, the Virginia. Fire, and Marine, and the State of Virginia Insurance Companies, in the presentation to the city of a new steam fire engine; and the Committee on the Fire Department be instructed to receive the said engine make all arrangements to put it in complete working order, and report this action of the Council to said companies.

On motion of Mr. Grattan,

Resolved, That the Committee of Finance inquire into the expediency of fixing the commencement of the fiscal year on the first day of February of each year.

On motion of Mr. Scott,

Resolved. That the Commissioners of Streets of Madison Ward be instructed to confer with the President of the James River and Kanawha Company in reference to the erection of a bridge across the canal at the foot of 8th street.

On motion of Mr. Hill, the Chamberlain was directed to pay the widow of police officer Blankinship the amount due him, if he had lived from Oct. 1st to Dec. 31st, 1862.

On motion of Mr. Burr,

Resolved, That a special committee of five be appointed by the President, who shall consider what action should be taken by the Council under the recent act of Assembly, increasing its powers in certain cases, and report by ordinance, or otherwise.

Mr. Wynne, from the Committee on the City Hospitals, reported that since the opening of the City Hospital in August last there have been received 365 patients; and at the Howard's Grove Hospital, since its opening on the 12th of January, 135'--making a total of 503 patients. There are now in the City Hospital 31 patients, and at Howard's Grove 42--total 73. The 500 are classified as follows 115 C. S. soldiers; I Virginia State Guard; 30 male citizens; 3 female do; 13 male paupers; 3 from the city jail; 7 female paupers; 28 free negroes, and 300 slaves. The report says that "to Mr. Henry Myers, also, who, though nominally only attached to the City Hospital, has attended to much that belonged to both, the thanks of the community are due for the untiring and highly satisfactory manner in which he has performed the unpleasant duties assigned him; and we think it no little evidence of the justice of our commendation when we say, that during the whole time which he has been connected with the hospitals no fault has been found with his conduct by either the patients or their friends, or the physicians."

On motion of Mr. Scott, the Committee on the Fire Department were instructed to purchase, at a cost not exceeding $850, the necessary fixtures to complete the steam fire engine presented to the city by the insurance companies.

On motion of Mr. Grattan,

Resolved, That the rent of the poor-house and lot now occupied by the city as a poor-house be advanced to $1,300 from the 1st of last January, payable quarterly, the city to pay the taxis and insurance on the property.

A petition was presented from members of the Fire Brigades, asking to increase the pay of the privates in the same. Referred.

At the request of the Committee on Streets generally, the Council discharged them from the consideration of a number of petitions from citizens asking street improvement near their property.

Mr. M. L. Stratton, the Auditor of the city, in obedience to the ordinance, submitted the usual yearly report relative to city finances. The report exhibits the receipts and disbursements of the city for the fiscal year commencing on the 1st day of March, 1862, and ending February 28th, 1863, by which is shown a balance in the bands of the Chamberlain at the last date of $35,375.72. During the fiscal year the receipts of the city from taxes and other sources were $1,083,307.29, and the disbursements were the same less the balance reported above.

By ordinance the yearly salary of certain city officials were increased to the following amounts; Mayor, $3,500; Auditor, $2,259, 1st clerk do $1,750; 2d do $1,200; Chamberlain, $2,750; clerk to do, $1,800; City Attorney, $1,750; Messenger of Council, $1,200; City Assessor, $2,200 and fee; City Engineer, $2,400; Overseer of City Hands, $1,200 and house; Clerk 1st Market, $2,200; 2d do, $1,800; Day Police, $1,500 each; Capt Night Watch $1,500; 40 watchmen. 24 per night; Sup't Water worse, $3,150 assistant $1,650; Sup't at Fump House $1,500 Assistant, $1,200; Sup't Gas Works $2,250. Inspector of Metres $1,650; assistant $1,460; Principal Engineer Fire Brigade, $1,200; Engineer of do $1,200; Fireman, $1,000, Ostler $960. The salaries were increased as above to take effect from the 1st of March.

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