ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNTY.
The u-mal monthly meeting was held at the Road n.-nrd oiilco t .-day. Present : Messrs \V..]kev (Chairman), Grigg. Cameron, ,I.n-I.son and Reid. o.i Mig.r .n'.s statkmbxt. Since 1 ist. meeting the conference to consider tiie q test-ion of dealing with the storm water on the South iiakaia Plains, has been he d, at which conference Mr Cameron, at my request, represented this Council. A letter from the South Rakaia Road Board, forwarding a copy of a resolution passed at that conference, will be placed before you to-day.
A letter from the member for the district will be laid before you, by which you will see that the Government have promised to take in hand the extension of the Rangitata Traffic Bridge, utilising the materials imported by this Council, and complete the work, debiting half the cost to the County of Geraldine. This County’s share of expenditure already incurred will be received from the Government, in full particulars. I know you will he glad to hear that at last this matter has been so satisfactorily arranged through the representations of the member for this district.
The Commissioner of Crown Linds, Christchurch, forwards a letter in which he suggests that the Council should apply to the Government for ail ferry and gravel reserves within the County.
This, 1 think, will m.tt your views, and yon will he pleased no doubt lo act on the snggestrons.
i sugg.-st that yon should take some steps towards obtaining .. supply of dog collars for ISSO, for if yon should decide on inviting lenders for the supply, this year will he nearly ended before the collars can come to hand.
Under the authority of the byo-laws for conducting the business of the Council, I have placed the Council's seal to the agreement with the poundkeeper, Hinds, and tile new poundkeeper at Ashburton. The Engineer reports that the contractor has commenced the Bridge at Dighy’s, an I that, the work so f,u is .satisfactory. The balance sheet for the six months ended Sept. 30, dul.y audited by your auditor, will be placed on the table. I should like you to decide at this meeting what is to be done regarding the planting vote to the Borough, which was held over from last meeting. I regretted to see that the Boro null Council at a meeting held immediately after the List sitting of this Council, appeared to take a mistaken view of the manner in which the Mayor was received by tlie Council, and to have entirely overlooked the resolution passed by this Council in reference to the subjects which the Mayor placed before the Council. 1 felt it my duty to represent matters fairly to the Mayor, Imping he would see (it to withdraw all statements resulting from the misunderstanding. I regret that no reply has been received to my letter. By the Counties Act, 1870, Section 07, the annual meeting is to be held on the fourth Wednesday of this month, to elect a Chairman. 1 would suggest the advisability of holding our next meeting on the same day, as the new oiiicos will probably he ready for occupation about that date, and it would be convenient not to hold the meeting during the process of changing our offices.
The Acclimatisation (Society has been offering trout gratis for distribution within the County. I have accepted 2500, and have incurred small expenses incidental with their transit I trust the Council will endorse my action in this matter. river CONSERVATION. Mr E. CJ. Wright wrote as follows “To the Chairman Ashburton County Council. “ Wellington, Nov. Ist, 1879. “ Dear Sir—l want the technical description of the boundaries of the land which you desire to have brought under the control of a Board of Conservators. Mr Rooks will he able to write it out in a few minutes if you will indicate to him on the map the limits of the proposed district.
“ '1 he only informal ion sent to me is ‘from Digby’s to the eastern boundary of the Town Belt ” which is not sullioiently precise, and ro my thinkings too small a district, hut whatever you decide upon let me have the information at once.
“ Yours faithfully, “E. G. Wright.” It was resolved to forward the necessary information.
RVXGITATA TRAFFIC BRIDGE. On this subject Mr E. G. Wright, M, 11. R., wrote, “ Wellington, Oct. 28lh, 1879. “Dear Sir—After considerable trouble I have got a promise from the Minister of Public Works to take in hand the llangitata bridge, and complete the work which we had begun, utilizing the materials imported for the work, and debiting half the cost to the County of Geraldine. Of course we shall receive full value for our expenditure on the settlement of the accounts —and with this object it will bo necessary to furnish the Public Works Department with a full statement of such expenditure together with the invoices of the iron piles &c. “ 3 can explain more fully the objections raised to taking over tins work when I see you. The main dilliculty was with the law advisers.
“ The above question being settled leaves 11 io Council free to adopt any plan they may approve of for the bridge at IVter’s crossing, but I would earnestly recommend the use of iron piles, as 1 fee) convinced that wooden ones will not drive far enough in such a river bed to render them secure against scour, in times of high Hoods. The dill'erenco in cost will not ho great as compared with the advantage of having indestructible piles. “1 endeavored to get tenders called for the balance of the Mount Somers Hallway, but ar the Estimates are not yet passed the most I could obtain was an order to prepare the drawing and specifications, and get everything ready for inviting tenders.
“ Yours faithfully, “ E. (5. Wright.” It was resolved that a vote of thanks be recorded to Mr Wright. STORM-WATER 0> THE PLAINS. The following letter was read : “To the Chairman Ashburton County Council. “ Sir, —I have the honor to forward yon, for the consideration of the Comity Council, the following resolution passed at tlie Conference of delegates from the County Council and Hoad Boards interested, held at llakaia to consider the report of the storm-water drainage of the
! plains o 1 ill,' U'o.-.l instant -“That ill tile i opini a of (his Couforcn ;e, consisting of 1 do'e;; t-s from theC uimy Council, ■ •.omit B n.t M u:r Halt, Upper >l. Mil Soal’i . akaia Rsi i Hour,,-., the ; the pmp .so o; tarty i g if the ! soir a iv.i;ers between Kakia and As ibnr- ; ton ri.e.is s.ihiai- its I by the < a ; i vers, I would lad . alibi ■;<; a:s to the disnnd, an I | is ur ■eot'.y fog a: red, hey a Ist* ro-ommeatl | dial. iv.a s shoal I not he used fm ohamu-ls I in carrying out the works.
“0. Is. Mackik. “Chairman of Conference.”
Mr Cameron stated that all those attending the Conference, except the representative of the Mount Hutt Board, were nnanim ns in agreeing to the recommendations of the Engineers. Mr Reed said that at a meeting of the Upper Ashburton Board Mr Stitt had stated that there were dry channels which could be utilised.
Mr Grigg said the County had now sufficient before them to show that it was necessary to make a comprehensive scheme, and that the funds of the County woof., not admit of their doing so. Either a Bill would have to he brought in or the lands taxed to pay the cost. The County s chief duty was to enable ratepayers to help themselves, by adopting the measures which u ight be embodied in an Act, to take effect this session if time allowed. The Chairman did not consider it advisable to attempt borrowing, and pointed out that the limit, of the borrowing powers of the County was four times the amount of collectable rates, and the probable rating power of the County would bo about £4.000 per annum. No Bill coubl lie sent t . the General Assembly which would gain the House’s confidence The host tiling to be done then was to prepare a correct drainage plan of the County for the preparation of which the Act was almost imperative. He would ask Mr Cameron whether the advice of the Engineers to strip a portion of the Plains with a view to the absorption of the water had met the approval of the Conference.
Air Cameron said the Conference was not unanimous, but his own opin on was that the stripping might do some good, but it would absorb all the water. The proposal to take water by Allen’s was considered too expensi.e, but there was no objection to the scheme proposed for Barrhill ; and the Conference considered it feasible.
The Chairman approved of that part of the report which objected to tile use of public roads as storm water channels. It was resolved that the engineer bo instructed to prepare drainage maps, showing the natural run of water in the districts applying for relief. MrGrigg proposed—“ That public notice be given cautioning ratepayers that natural water channels must be left open, ami that in the formation of roads this matter be kept in view by B >ards. ’ CLOSING A EO Ui. A letter was read from Mr E. Chapman. Chairman of the Mount Hntt Road Board, stating that the Board had taken the necessary steps to close a road at Methven. It was resolved to call a special meeting in compliance with the Act. HOLIDAYS ON SHOW AND KVCB DAYS. The Secretarj' Ashbutron Racing Club wrote as follows : “Ashburton, Oct. 31st, 1879. The Chairman Ashburton County Council. Sir, —I am instructed by the Asnburton Racing Club to request that you will use your influence to have Wednesday and Thursday, 19th and 2Cth November (being the days on which the races will be held), declared public holidays, under the Act after 12 noon.
I have, Ac., James Wilkie
Hon. Sec., Ashburton Racing Club.”
Resolved—“ That the Show day be a full holiday, and the race days halfholiclavs. ”
BOROUGH PLANTING RESERVE.
Mr Garrick telegraphed that the Council could not make grants to the Borough for planting within the belts but they may expend funds in planting property in their occupation if the tenure is such as to warrant the outlay. The Chairman said the Borough had spent £lOl, which the County Council could not pay legally, but they might pay it as having been spent on the boundary of the district, as the work had been done on the division line, and payment would only be keeping faith with the Borough. It was resolved to pass the account. 11ANG1TATA PERRY.
Mr John Marsh man wrote detailing the action previously taken with respect to the Rangitata ferry reserve, and stating that he would prefer to have it made 20 chains in length and bounded by the top of the terrace. Concerning the right of the County to have reserves vested in then, Mr Marshman said ; —“ I see no reason why the County of Ashburton should not have all the ferry reserves within the County, and the gravel reserves also, as the County of Selwyn has had. Why not make an application to the Minister to the effect. ”
It was resolved to make the application recommended by Mr Marshman, the Chairman remarking that the Council could, after obtaining a right to them, concede their title to the gravel pits to the various Road Boards.
ENGINEER'S HE TORT. Ashburton, sfch November, 1879. The Chairman, Ashburton County Council. Sir,—l beg to submit report on the following subjects ; I.—South Approach to Rakaia Gorge Bridge.—The Committee appointed will, no doubt, report to-day as to the route for this approach. A question seems to have arisen as to whether the approach should not be adopted almost entirely for the purposes of stock driving, and the determination of the route will, I presume, depend in a great measure on the solution of this question. While the present bridle path, almost as it is, might sulhce for a drove road, it is manifest that no feasible road for dray traffic could be formed without very material deviations from that line, and even then, gradients equal to those obtainable by proposed new route could he obtained at equal cost. With a fence on the lower side of road, and a mound formed from the surplus catting along that small portion near the river, the proposed new route would, in my opinion, be quite safe, and would answer every purpose. On the whole, I cannot but think that the formation of the road along this route will best harmonise
with ih*.! intentions of the Government in conoruoriiig a m-er bridge. .at the Ferry, an I wi'l as > i-i .imitate, a< far as the ri’t:ire or the distinct admits of, to this w > nf he Seov. u Comity C nineil, in a> jiio.i - .os on ihe north sale of the
! have prepared a working section along the r a o ; .uav indicated, in case the Goiiii-aJ s!i ah.l decide to call lot tenders for it.
i’ridge over Hinds River for Sur-' veyor’s Road.—This structure is now almost complete, and I have certified a progress payment to Mr Butt, the contractor, to the amount of £2BO. The balance of contract price will be payable a month hence. I also beg to annex letters from the contractor, regarding extra expenses incurred hy him in carting material over the Surveyor’s road in its unfinished state. Under the circumstances I think he is entitled to some small consideration in this respect, as, at the date of his tender it was understood that the shingling would have been completed by the Road Board in time to allow the mad being fully available for the haulage of the timber. 8. Bridge over Taylor’s Stream. Alford F rest. —Mr Butt is now preparing to start operations at this bridge.
4. North Ashburton River Bridge at Thigby’s. Mr Bonham has fairly commenced the erection of this bridge four of the piers having been already driven. The piles, capsils, and Cornells are nearly all in the ground, and are of ir mbark timber of excellent quality. 'the delivery of the black birch timber will commence in a few days. The contractor is now entitled to a progress payment of £4OO in connection with this bridge. 5. —Bridge over South Ashburton river and Hood’s Crossing.—Tenders will be placed before you to-day for alternative designs for this bridge. The Council are already aware of the nature of the site and other conditions, which would render the designs for the iron piles preferable to the other, but in the event of any tender in accordance with that design proving eligible, the acceptance of it will have to be delayed till the fate of the Knovvaley Hall is known, as that vessel contains all the ironwork except the piles. Having sailed five months ago she is now overdue. 6. Bridge over North Ashburton river at Pudding Hill.—A bridge similar to the timber design at Hood’s Crossing would s fit for this bridge. Only the latter wdl be one fourth part larger than the former, and the question of protective works for Pudding Hill stream will form an item of expense in connection with this bridge. 7. —Protective Works near Digby's. —- The balance of £2O of Messrs Coojier Bros.’ contract price is now due for these tv. >rks.
B.—Pound at Water ton.—Tenders for this will be placed in your hands to-day. 9..—The plan in connection with the Waterworks Bill is now in the hands of the Member for district.
10. —Wheatstone and Water ton drainage, —The Surveyor of the Longbeach Road Ruard having pointed out to
districts which are most liable to be affected by flood water, I have carefully examined the various sources to which this injury is traceable. These are as follows ; 1 Creek near Graham’s road to the east Of Grove Farm road. 2 Creek passing near southern boundary
of Tinwald. 3 New Ford’s Creek. 4 Old Ford’s Creek.
5 Spicer’s Creek. 6 Drainage from recently formed roads, specially from Ford s Road and Bell’s road.
■ Creek Nn, . 1 is intercepted in several places by the formation of Graham’s road, and a sufficient length of new cut is required to make the channel there continuous. This would extend for intervals over about a mile in length of Graham’s roud, beginning about half a mile below Gro e Farm road, and extending to the creek bridge near rural section 22,539. Below this point there does not appear fo be any damage from overflow, and the creek soon thereafter discharges into the Ashburton River.
The damage by flood water at Tinwald near the junction of Graham’s road with the Great South road may be expected to cease on the completion of the main drains above the railway, already reported on.
Creek No. 2.—The channel of this creek requires to be enlarged for 9 distance of about half a mile from the railway, and a much larger waterway pro* vided where it crosses Graham’s road. Instead of a box drain a suitable ford should be provided there. From this to the point of discharge the channel requires to he enlarged in several places. Creek No. 3 (or New Ford's creek) crosses the Great South Road about 53 chains south of junction with Graham’s road and brings down a considerable volume of water to the swamp- ground at Mr Gidding’s property. Here, greater part of it is diverted by a new cut, leading out along fence line, straight to Graham’s road, and passing along the upper side of it, on field side of fence, for a distance of 35 chains, it crosses the road by a bridge, and enters creek, which runs in the same general direction as Graham’s road, past Wheatstone, all the way to the sea. The continuation of New Ford’s Creek, from where the diversion is made at Giddings, gains rapidly in volume, as it passes through the swamp ground between that point and Wheatstone, and become® liable to overflow at the road crossing near R. S. 6775. Here an auxiliary drain near Mr Bishop’s land has already been cut, which gives relief for a short distance, but from the Wheatstone road to the sea the creek is totally inadequate for the purr pose, and a large main drain should b® cut along the upper side of Wheatstone road, 16 wide at bottom, and about 3ft average depth, sufficient to take nearly all the water from this creek, as well as the drainage water which discharges between that point and Graham’s road. After crossing Graham’s road, the new cut should be widened to 21ft, so as to afford a sufficient outlet for the drainage water from that road and adjoining creek, as well as from the minor creeks between Wheatsheaf and the point of discharge in a gully, which is about 75 chains from hotel. This new cut should also be ex<tended through R.S. 3841, to take tluj surplus water from Old Ford’s Creek. ’ This drain being completed, as proposed, a comparatively small .expense would suffice to render the cveoks betweea Wheatstone and the sea efficient- tdr ihfi drainage of roads and lands iu tliat’’district. Creek No. 4 (or Old Fords crosses the Great South Road aßout three*
q mrters or a milt* north of Wintl ov, and runß in a well defined course to the sea. 1 I aasing almost entirely through swamp , land, it receives a large amount of drain-j age water from either aide, and its volume is greatly augmented hy the large quantities of water led into it from Ford’s road, along which the flood water is conveyed for many miles. This damage is more noticeable from the outfalls near Clark’s road .to the sea, and if the outfalls from that road remain as at present, that portion of the creek should certainly be regulated and enlarged. Creek No. 5 (or Spicer's Creek) has its source about three miles below Winslow, running in a direction pretty nearly parallel to Old Ford’s Creek, and at a distance from it generally of about threequarters of a mile. This is the creek which, in particular, inundates the Waterton district in times of flood. An auxiliary channel has also been cut at a short distance from it, leading nearly in a straight line from Osborne’s road to Waterton, but this pew cut, and the creek together, are insufficient to take more than the ordinary drainage of the district, and afford no provision for the contingency 'f storm water.
Between Spicer’s Creek and Longbeach Road there is a large area of swamp land in process of reclamation, for which no outfall has been provided at all, except that afforded by the side ditches over part of Bell s road, and the area which is detrimentally affected by the cause, may be set down at about 5,000 acres. The damage at Waterton is due also in a con siderable measure to the overflow from this district. I should propose to deal with the drainage here by opening up the creek between the sea and Mr. Dawson s house, and extending it in the line indicated on the plan, through the bridge on Bell’s road (about 110 chains up from junction with Dawson’s road) and onwards to catch the auxiliary channel near Spicer’s Greek, and also that creek itself. All the surface water which overflows the district at the junction of Bell’s road with Dawson’s road, could be easily led along the upper side of the latter, and discharged at the proposed ford for Dawson’s creek. If necessary, part of Spicer’s creefe could be taken along same route. The approximate estimate of works proposed, would be as follows : New cut for Creek No. i at several points about 2 miles from Tinwald ° ° Enlarging Creek No. 2 near Tinwald 5° ° ° Ford for do. at Graham’s road 70 o o Regulating do. below Graham’s road 50 o o 170 o o ■ Enlarging creek (branch of New- * Ford’s creek) north of ' ’Graham’s road, near Wheatstone 60 o o New cut from Bishop’s to Wheatstone road 70 O o 350 o o Main Drain along upper side of Wheatstone road, A to D .Earthwork 35° 0 0 Concrete at point of discharge 50 o o Field crossings So o o Ford at Graham’s 70 o o 650 o o Clearing Old Fork Creek, E to F 100 0 0 Re-opening and enlarging creek GHIJ 800 o o .Ford at I Dawson’s road 60 o' O Minor works along line of Dawson’s road for intercepting flood water from juncture of Bell’s road 40 o o £2OOO o o
'The district which would be more especially benefited by these works is comknsed within the following limits. Southom Boundary—Longbeach road, from junction of Osborne road to junction Of road to Waterton, thence near R.S. 21,150 to sea. Northern Boundary—The South Terrace of Ashburton River from R. S. 6793 to sea.
'■Vb-ii Boundary—Osborne road to junction of Ford’s road, thence to junction of road near upper side of R.S. f 6803, thence along latter road and exten- ■ sion of same line, to the Ashburton River. Eastern Boundary—The sea line. The extent of this district is about 16,000 acres, and the cost would therefore be 2s 6d per acre. There can be no doubt that within the limits referred to, the question of drainage is an important one, when it is considered that provision has not only to be made for the creeks containing the surface and drainage water accumulating from the • upper districts, but for the drainage of a ' krge extent of easily reclaimable swamp •ar:cl within this area, and also for the
outfalls of road drainage, which must of discharge into these creeks. 1- ir, obvious that the principle of on which is much to be com•ii id.-d fur some other portion of the p’aiiis, would not suit in this district, as it floes not coi.fain any large deposits of pure
sh'ngle. 1 may akn here state that after the creeks have been put in order, the question of maintenance is one notio be overlooked, as very little derangement might be the means of altering the course of some of them, and so overcharge the others as to render them inefficient; while a small sum expended yearly would suffice to keep them in such order, as the varying condi- ’ tion of the district might require. Hence the importance of placing them under . charge of a Conservancy Board, as recommended for the water courses in the other sections of the county. i 12. —Drainage Longbeach and Isleworth districts The main question here resolves itself into what is almost equivalent to forming a new channel for Hinds river, - from near the Surveyor’s road to the sea, * » distance of about 7 miles. Also improy- -; iug the present channel from half a mile i ■ below to two miles above Surveyor s road; ; and from thence, forming an embankment • at some distance from the nver to 20 chains above the Boundary road. The present channel from near Surveyors road toMßoundary creek is only about 18 feet - wide, bounded for the most part on the Longbeach side by a turf and earth dyke ■ the material for which has been excavate iti, in form of a large ditch, of not ■Loch less width than the existing channel. Hhul. ‘hese two should be joined TrWW|Ltfuiov>d of the division dyke, so as far 4, -ars?sWe channel, which should be to 50 feet in width, to contain water in tb#
The material arising from this should be formed into a mound to be about 4 feet high on both sid-s of the river, each mound to be about 2 l > chains removed from present channel, so as to contain all the flood water. The Boundary creek, which forms the outlet of Hinds river towards the sea, is only about 14 feet wide, and I should propose to form flood banks there in a similar manner.
The Isleworth district would share equally with Longbeach the benefit of this impr< ivement. It is clear that no really permanent improvement can be effected in the reclaiming of these districts until the overflow of the Hinds is checked. If this were done, the creek passing through R.S. 20437, near the Boundary road, and extending past the shepherd’s house, near R. S. 8411 to the sea, might at amoderate cost be made available as an outlet for the drainage of a greater part of the swamp land through which it runs. My estimate of these works is as follows Enlarging Boundaiy Creek, and forming flood works on each side, two and a half chains from channel _ . Enlarging Boundary drain in a similar manner I^°° Removing bends in several places, and increasing waterway from halfmile to two miles below Surveyor’s road 7°° Embankment from thence to twenty chains above Boundary road 75°
Total cost of improving Hinds river, assuming that the land will cost nothing
Enlarging Creek f. om K to L at various places from Boundary road to sea Assuming there would be a mile on either side of Hinds River, below Boundary road benefitted by the improvement of river, the extent would be approximately 10,000 acres, and the coat 9s per The enlarging of creek K. L. would represent provision for a drainage outlet, extending over an area of 4,000 acres at a cost of 2s 6d per acre. It would appear, therefore, that the improvement of Hind’s River cannot be put on the same footing as the drainage questions.
At the present stage, it seems unnecesS ary to go into more minute detail until the Council have had an opportunity of considering the whole question of floodwater, as affecting not only the districts referred to in this report but also those previously reported on. I have the honor to be, sir Your moat obedient servant, Wiixiam Baxter, County Engineer. The Engineer’s report was adopted, and it was resolved —“ That the Engineer certify for the expenses incurred by the contractor for conveying timber along Surveyor’s road to the Hinds bridge.
DRAINAGE IN LONGBEACH AND HINDS DISTRICTS. A discussion took pace as to the necessity of having a drainage map of the County, which it was necessary to have according to the Act. Mr Grigg moved, and Mr C. Reed seconded—“ That the portion of the Engineer’s report dealing with the Longbeach and Hinds districts be postponed, and the Engineer be instructed to con r with Mr Wilkie on the subject.” Carried. UN WALD DRAINAGE. A letter from the Upper Ashburton Road Board was read to the effect that they considered the cost of the drainage at Tinwald should be borne by the railway authorities. Mr Reed considered that the work was impracticable. Mr Grigg considered that the work should be carried out by the railway authorities. Resolved—“ That the correspondence from the two Boards be forwarded to the Government, and the Council endorse the resolutions of the Boards.” BOARD OF CONSERVATORS. Mr Sargent attended, and presented a petition asking that a special rate of 1s in the pound be levied on all the rateable property in the Ashburton Forks district, in accordance with the provisions of the Act.—Signed by 35 ratepayers. Mr Reed stated that a public meeting had been held, and that they had determined to ask to be taxed as heavily as possible for the purpose of protecting the land and roads.
Mr Sargent said that only one out of forty ratepayers had refused to sign. The Chairman said he attended the meeting, and the district was well represented. All seemed unanimous as to the necessity of the work, and a very small expenditure would save the destruction of a great amount of property. Mr Reed said that some of the roads had been blocked up for seven months. Mr Grigg thought the only question was whether als rate was sufficient with assistance from the Council. The Chairman said he did not think the Board had acted as liberally as he expected them to do, as they had a large quantity of public property at risk. The ratepayers would only contribute £BO. Mr Sargeant said the ratepayers would contribute £l2O and the Board £2OO. The Chairman said that if they paid £ for £ the cost was estimated at £450.
Mr Grigg moved —“ That the work be undertaken and that a special rate be collected.” Carried. Mr Sargeant said the Engineer’s report only dealt with one third of the work necessary. The Chairman explained that the embankments, &c., to be undertaken were works of emergency, and undertook to instruct the Engineer to examine all places likely to be subject to overflow, and the work would probably extend over some years. DEPOSIT ACCOUNT. From Mr Shury, Manager of the Union •Rftnlr of Australia, asking if the £IO,OOO should be renewed. The balance sheet for six months was laid before the Council duly audited. Mr Grigg was opinion that the Council ought to be in the position of having the whole of its funds at its command at some definite period, and he moved that the deposit expiring that day, be renewed for six months. The motion was agreed to. HOSPITAL FURNITURE. It was resolved to sanction votes of £Bl 12s 6d ; and £56 4s for ironmongery, and hot water apparatus for the Hospital.
OFFICE FURNITURE. | Sums of £9O 10s, £23 ss, and £ls, were j sanctioned for office furniture and fittings. committee's retorts. The Rakaia- Gorge Committee asked for in extension of time to next meeting to allow their report to be brought up. The time was granted. ACCOUNTS. Several accounts were passed for payment, amongst the rest one for over £2O for the conveyance of certain lands in connection with the bridge and approaches at Digby’s. Some discussion took place on this account, several Councillors thinking that the bill was high, and the “ interviews ” numerous. GAS FOR THE HOSPITAt. A letter was read from the ('as Company, stating that to lay pipes of the large calibre necessary for the hospital would be inimical to the interests of the shareholders, and the Company was not prepared to extend the mains. RRIDOE TENDERS. The following tenders for the erection of a bridge over the Soutli Ashburton was accepted : James Butt, £4,94014s Id, the structure to be of wood. WATERTON POUND. The tender of Mr Jenkins at £223, was accepted for the erection of Waterton Pound. MOUNT SOMERS POUND. It was resolved to consult the Mount Somers Road Board, regarding the appointment of a pound-keeper, and to bring the bye-laws into force as soon as the officer was appointed. NEXT MEETING. It was decided to hold the next meeting of the Council on the 26th instant, the date also of the annual meeting. NOTICE OF MOTION. That the subject of an approporation of a special grant in aid of the drainage of the districts of Longbeach, Rakaia and Ashburton plains, be considered at the next meeting of the Council. That the sum of be granted to the district of Longbeach, and also that the sum of be granted to the district of Rakaia and Ashburton for drainage purposes, the same to be expended in such work as may be considered by the Council to be most urgently req aired.
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