LONG BEACH ROAD BOARD.
The’Hsaal monthly meeting of the Long beasih lEt-iad Board was held at Willowby acVwl aum. Saturday at 2 p.m. Present— John iQaigg (Chairman), Joseph Clark, and Thomas Taylor. Correspondence was read from the Colonial Secretary’s Office, ;stating that the subsidy due would : shortly lie paid and that the proportion of ’ the £loo,ooodue from the land fund could : not be paid until the loan was raised.
From the Bank of New Zealand, re extension of the overdraft. The Manager ; informed the Board that the Bank would would grant the accomwodation asked for ■ upon the security of rates and grants ; all : amounts collected to be paid to the credit •of the Board at the Bank of New Zealand tto meet the overdraft. The overdraft including payments due and payable at this ijiieeting amounted to £1,482 Ids Sd. On tthe motion of Mr Clark it was resolved Hhat the thanks of the Board he recorded fro the Bank, and the terms offered ac-; ■l‘ipted. ; rTO;ii the County Council, advising the IP“lot the name of the district had .“'.■*•l from Lower Ashburton to ...heath C « stme, enclosing copy of En- ; -port on drainage at Tinwald, ■:>, , -cquest to f-rivard the same to the . >i.-i -Vhbnrton Board after consideravt.. D was resolved to forward that ■ tr-rbai of the report relating to the drainage affecting the railway to the au- ; and to authorise the Chairman '•> •ctv-iibe County Engineer to draw up a fr.-sh report and forward the same to the ftiail-vay department, also to forward a ••oy~ o : sane to the Upper Ashburton p.vi*. I\,ird drawing their attention to the ■_ =;■. jK'f.eaeiity of the work, and asking i hem tto iroake similar application to the OwQOntDMRt
I'irwmJfdhn )Black, asking the Board to cor ?Üb»r;lhe eactra quantity of gravel he was ;to put on Bell’s Road. Too Survey or (explained his action, and it v- m resolvsdirthofc the contractor should be to adhere to the specification. ’.--out MrUJ. IS Dobson, re state of the r-r Jr. i-M,L to Hinds, pointing out that the between3sinds ami Ashburton had s large number of main and cross ; ■ fonv.ed and gnetalled, and mentioning some instances Where roads had been formed whore no traffic existed, and calling attention to the necessity of forming mud nuking passable roads near Lowcliifo
The Chairman pointed out that roads at Lowcliffe had Been made at Mr Dobson’s own request, and it was resolved that the Surveyor report on the matter and reply .to Mr Dobson that no money was available. -
From %G. Raymond, asking for lease of reserve 1412 at Tiuwald. It was resolved, on the motion of Mr Taylor, that the Chairman write to the member for the district (Mr Wright) asking him to endeavor to arrive at the position of the Road Board reserves, and that he endeavor to got a Bill passed empowering the Road Board to grant leases, and give them other privileges in connection with same.
From John Bell, re purchase of land at for gravel pit at Waterton. —To bo enquired into. From Railway Engineer stating that a railway crossing would be put opposite Graham’s road. The surveyor was authorised to procure a new level. From Joseph Sloan, enclosing account for work on Longbeach road. Resolved to pass it. From W. Reed, asking for a crossing on Bell's road. A discussion took place its to the liability of the Board to construct bridges over drains, and it was resolved that timber be supplied by the Board, and the ratepayers do the work themselves in such cases.
Tenders had been opened by the Chairman since last meeting for a drain at Longbeach, and that of James Oroy at £39 had been accepted. The Surveyor’s report was read recommending the letting of the maintenance of the roads by contract, he reported that the office, &c., was nearly completed ; and recommended that the deposit account at the bank N.Z. be discontinued.
Mr Clark said that his experience was. that in fine weather the maintenance of roads by contract was very satisfactory both to the Board and the contractor, but in wet weather the reverse was the rule, and he thought that no fixed specification could be drawn to meet the difficulty.
The Chairman endorsed Mr Clark’s remarks and pointed out the difficulties which would be experienced by the contract system. It was resolved not to move in this matter at present. On clause 2 the Surveyor was instructed to prepare an estimate of the cost of the works suggested at the Road Board offices, and it was decided to close the deposit account. A number of account were passed for payment and the Board adjourned, the next meeting to be held at the new offices.
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