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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD BOARD.

The usual monthly meeting of the South Bakaia Road Board was held on Thursday at the Board Room. Present: Messrs C. N. Machie (Chairman), Coster, Lambie, and Gordon Holmes.

The Engineer reported on the works in progress. Along with Mr Coster he had gone to pass a hundred chains for ploughing out on Murdock’s contract for metalling the Bushy Park road. They found that the stacker had collected earth and placed it in the middle of the stack. The work was passed conditionally on 200 cubic yards of metalling being put on after the other had been ploughed out. The quality of the gravel now being used on this contract was inferior, and contained a large percentage of sand. The contractor was cautioned against using the inferior gravel. A progress payment of £IOO had been passed on the work leaving a balance due on the contract of £145 17s lid. Bruce, the contractor for the lower end of the Boundary road had finished his work satisfactorily, and a certificate f«>r payment had been passed. Mangbam’s contract for forming the road from the Bushy Park to the Boundary

road was just about completed, only requiring a few lumps to be taken off. The work had been well done, and a progress payment had accordingly been passed. On his Bushy Park contract for shingling nothing as yet had been done. Progress was being made by Messrs Fraser and Gregg with shingling the River road, and forming roads to the river. The Engineer drew the attention of the Board to Jones’s road from the ford to the corner of the Back road. There were about 30 chains of the road, and it had been in a very bad state ever since the flood. It required reforming and remetalling. CHOPPING OFF. The Resident Railway Engineer wrote to say that only £3B 14s 7d of a bill recently rendered to the Board by the railway authorities for £7O 17s 9d was payable by the Board. The account arose out of the removal, for a short distance, of a house. The railway had in error charged the cost of painting, &c., porch, locks, glass, and fencing against the Board. MAPS OF THE DISTRICT. Mr Ward, Survey Office, Christchurch, wrote, stating the price of a district map to be £lO 10s. The Secretary was instucted to procure a new map. RIGHT OF WAY. The ferryman at Dobbin’s Ford wrote, stating that the Acton Station Company had closed the road on the south side of the river, and taken down the signal pole. Another right of way was at once required, as also a signal pole. The matter was referred to the Engineer and Mr Lambie to consider the advisableness of purchasing land to make a new road. POUND. The County County Council wrote, advising the Board that Mr Marshman had been written to endorsing the Board’s recommendation, and requesting the Commissioner of Lands to give effect to the Board’s application. ALLEGED OVERCHARGE. Lake and Beard wrote, stating that they would leave the price of work done by them last winter for the Board, to be fixed by the Board themselves, though the writers were of opinion that the price they had charged was not too high. The work was the repairing of roads after the flood. It was resolved to hold over this account until the roads had been repaired—a deputation bringing complaints regarding the roads had appeared at last sitting of the Board. TENDERS. The tender of R. Patton for forming a road near Irish Town was accepted at 7s per chain, as also metalling 155 chains at Is Id per cubic yard, and metalling 70 chains on Duncan’s road at Is l|d. MOUNT HUTT BOUNDARY. The Engineer stated that with regard to the boundary road between the Rakaia and Mount Hutt districts, he had attended at the road itself, by appointment with the Mount Hutt Surveyor, but that gentleman had not put in an appearance, so that there was nothing to report.

It was resolved that the Chairman write to the Chairman of the Mount Hutt Road Board with reference to the creek on the boundary road between Messrs Jackson’s aud Irwin’s.

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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 19, 8 November 1879

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