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Local matters.--The following business was transacted at a regular meeting of the Council, held yesterday afternoon: The chairman of the Finance Committee, Mr. Burr, submitted a report in reference to taxes, which was, on motion, recommitted to the same committee. In order to enable the clerks of the markets to keep those places in proper order, the Council agreed to a resolution, introduced by Mr. Stokes, allowing each clerk two thousand dollars additional compensation per annum to pay for cleaning up and whitewashing the same. In conformity to the requirements of a resolution referred to the Committee on Alms. House, Mr. Glazebrook, the chairman, reported that the committee had perfected arrangements for obtaining supplies for the almshouse, and the Committee on Supplies have promised to deliver such supplies as may be on hand. The report was adopted. A resolution, introduced by Mr. Clopton, from the Committee on Light, providing for an increase in the price of gas from thirty to fifty dollars per one thousand feet, excited considerable debate; at the conclusion of which, on motion, the resolution was adopted. Subsequently an ordinance concerning the Gas Works, submitted by Mr. Clopton, was adopted, increasing the price of gas to the same figure as recommended in the above resolution, said increase to go into effect from the 10th of January. A petition from certain officers of the city, asking an increase of salaries, was read by Mr. Glazebrook and referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Hill, Scott and Glazebrook. A petition of John P. Sledd, asking to be reinstated in the Second Market to the privileges of a butcher, was reported from the Committee on Markets, and, after a discussion, was referred to the Joint Committee on Markets. Mr. Burr reported resolutions in relation to taxes, asking what amount shall be assessed for the fiscal year and the year just expired, which were adopted. A communication was read from the Mayor, making nominations of persons to compose the police organization for the ensuing year. For the office of Chief of Police the following nominations were made: Messrs. Reuben T. Seal, William N. Kelley, George L. Richards and E. H. Chalkley. On motion of Mr. Hill, Mr. Seal was unanimously elected to fill said office. Here followed a list of the Mayor's nominations for police officers, which were not materially changed from last year. William N. Kelley was chosen first day police officer, and L. M. Carter was chosen first night officer. Mr. Burr called the attention of the Council to the new bill amending the charter of the city of Richmond, introduced in the House of Delegates on Saturday by General Haymond, delegate from Marion. This subject was discussed till the hour of adjournment.
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