MOUNT HUTT ROAD BOARD.
The usual monthly meeting of the Mount li utt Hoad Board was hold at Corwar, on Thursday, Oct. !). Present—Messrs. Chapman (chairman), McMillan, Alington and Pannctt. Ten lers were received and accepted for the following works : Xo. JO. Cairnhrae, from Backtrack houndary—Brown and Dick, Os lid per chain. Xo. 14. Lyndhurst to boundary, about 31 miles of forming—Brown and Dick, (is 9d per chain. Xo. 12. Winehmore to Thomson’s Track, about 1 mile of forming 8. Brown, 7s 4d per chain. Xo. 13. Forming from Urrall to Backtrack, about 4 miles—Patrick Collins, Gs 7d per chain. Xo. 14. Forming Barr Hill from main road to cutting, about 30 chains— K. Babbage, os 9d per chain. Xo. 15. Forming from main road to section 23G31 —11. Babbage, 5s 9d per chain. Xo. 19, Shingling from store to boundary line—Cooper Bros., IHd per yard. No. 17. Forming and cutting road from Blackford to Cascade, about 10 miles—H. Patton, £342 10s. No. 18. Repairing road from Patton’s to Harkctt’s shop, full width — Cooper Bros., 4s (id per chain. The overseer slated that he had interviewed the Chief Surveyor respecting the road from Blackford to Cascade Glen, and the road had been reserved and marked off the public map. CO it DESPONDENCE. From Mr. J ohn Grigg, respecting the proposed site for the Road Board ollice at Methven. The Chairman stated that Mr. Grigg had referred him to Mr. Webster who was surveying the township, and it appeared that the first offer of a site of five acres on the West Coast road had boon withdrawn, and another offered instead on the Alford Forest road. Ho (the chairman) had decided not to accept the offer, as the latter site was not so central as the one first offered. After some discussion, it was resolved that the Chairman write to Mr. Grigg asking him to adhere to his original offer. deputation. Messrs. D. Cameron and McFarlane waited upon the Board as a deputation from the Mount Somers Road Board respecting the proportion of the cost of the proposed bridge over the North Ashburton river. Mr. Cameron pointed out that the Mount Hutt ratepayers would gain an equal if not a greater advantage from the construction of this bridge than the residents in the Mount Somers district would ; and as the County Council had consented to pay half the cost, the Mount Somers Board were willing to pay one-fourth, and he considered that the Mount Hutt Road Board would he justly entitled to contribute the other fourth share. The estimated cost of the work would be somewhere about £3OOO.
Mr. McFarlane gave the Board some data respecting the river at the site of the proposed bridge, and said that the Mount Hutt ratepayers would undoubtedly lie the greatest gainers by its erection. The ford was now very dangerous, and several accidents had occurred lately. Even when the railway line was completed to Alford Forest, a largo amount of dray traflic would still be carried over the bridge. Mr. Cameron also drew the attention of the Board to the necessity of forming the boundary road between the districts, and to the necessity of acquiring a right of road between Cameron’s and Methven.
The Board decided to join with other Boards in forming all roads on their boundary, and considered that they would be justified in contributing their share of the cost of the bridge over the north branch of the Ashburton.
The pay-sheet was passed for payment, and the Board adjourned.
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