Very little business except routine was trunsauted at the meeting of the common counoil Monday oveuiug. Five of the alderruen were absent. The petition of F. A. Howlett and otbets for the construotion of a sewer in the Ann and Htate st. district was referred to tbe eewer oovnmittee, and H. Hardinghaua' claim for (i.ü damages caused by the road roller, was referred to the nuance comrrrittee. Warraats for the followiug atnonnts were orderrd dra vn : CoDtinvent, $1,103.01; general sewer, $70.35; sewer ü:-itrict No. 5. $7; bridge, oulvert and orosswalk, $59.60; street;, f754.85; pólice, $2(59; flremeu's, $812.14; poor, f214.14; water, $3.057.50. The sewer bonds were ordered to be sold to the Farmers & Mechauics Bank. Elizabeth .1. Pbe)pn olaiined to have been wrougly assessed $53. 20 tax aud asked that it be refunded. Referred. Alrl. Koch reported haviug discovered $3.093.12 omissious in the board of public works' estímate of tbe cost of tbe Detroit st. tarjruveruents, briugiug the grand total np to $8,325.12. The report was received and placed on file. Expenditures from the poor fund for December were: First ward, $31.90; Seeond, $28; Third, $58.32; Fonrth, 56-68; Fiftb, l(i.20; Sistb, fö.59j öeveutb, $2.20; total, $109.84. Marshal Petersou reported haviug made 18 am.sts daring the montb and uollected $19.40 fees. Aid. Brown moved that a eornmittPo be appoiuted to investígate the qnestiou of water rates and see whether or not onr oitizens are paying more thau they should. President Hisoock appointed the water committee, Aid. Lanbengayer, Moore acid Brown, and Clerk -Mills as such oommittee. A lively diacussiou followed relativa to Pp.trolmau Armbrnstir'8 salary, Aid. Dell baving introduced a resolutiou to have the fiuauco committee investígate it. Tbe motion was uot seconded and Aid. Brown broke in on the disenssiou by moviug to adjouru, ■wbich was carried.