Council may provide by ordinance or resolution for the sprinkling of streets or parts of streets with water, or treating the same with oil or other dust preventive, and for assessing the cost thereof against the abutting property if not paid for by the owners of said property within the time specified in such ordinance or resolution. In determining what streets or parts of streets shall be so sprinkled or treated Council shall be governed as far as practicable by the wishes of a majority of the owners of the abutting property living thereon.