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THE ASHBURTON MAYORAL ELECTION.

Although yesterday there was not the same excitement displayed, nor the nmn her of vehicles travelling about with no other object than the wearing out of the horses’ shoes, nor the quantity of printed matter on gorgeous paper to be seen as at the first election of Mayor, there was a keen interest taken in the question of who should be the Chief Magistrate of tl e Borough of Ashburton for the ensuing year. The Council office. which yesterday did duty as a polling booth, was surrounded by a fair crowd of burgesses, who buttonholed doubtful electors in such a brotherly way, that one regretted not having an accommodation lull ready lor endorsement, as it seemed that either candidate was ready to promise anythin'. However, it speaks well lor our fellow-townsmen that no illfeoling was displayed, and “ chart ” was the order of the day. Betring was freely indulged in on the result of the election, and the tobalisator erected by some enterprising bookmakers did some business. The supporters of Mr jvess seemed to think that his return was a “ioregono conclusion, - ’ and hacked their candidate heavily, free'y offering 1) to 1. A supporter of Mr. Friedlander, we learn, pockets over €l4 the total represented by the “ foolish .3 s” lie took ou the event. When the polling time was over, and seven o’clock drew near, the excitement became stronger, and quite a rush was nude for the gate of the Chamberllcsarve, when the Returning Officer and the poll clerks made their appearance. A minute or two before seven o’clock

Mr. Braddell, tlio Town Clink, announced the figures as follows ; Mr Hugo Friodlander ... ... b 1

, Joseph Jvcss

Majority for Mr. Friedlander... 7 He therefore deck: eel Mr. Friedlander duly elected. As usual cheers greated the announcement, and Mr. Friedlander, who was a little late, drove up to the Council office, and., al i.guting, said he was sorry they had been kept waiting, but ho was not j’et too late as it wanted two minutes-to seven o’clock'. Ido thanked them for the position in which they had placed him, and promised that the interest he had taken in the town’s welfare would ho increased by the honor they had that day done him. lie was not a strong man, and the exertion of that day had worn himout. Re would not, therefore, trouble them with a long speech, hut would simply congratulate them on the absence of all ill-feeling from the day’s contest, and at once make room for Air. Ivess.

Mr. Tvess was in the position of a defeated candidate, hut it was not a disgraceful defeat. Tie owed those who had supported him a deep debt of gratitude for their exertions in his behalf. He must confess that ho was disappointed at the result, as many must have been untrue to the pledges that had been given to him. But his defeat would not stay the interest he took in Ashburton. USs opponent, the successful candidate, m very bad taste bad accused him of having a great power of talk—an'accusation lie was not ready to confess to—ami of controlling:'.!) organ the power of which ho had prostituted to further his own ends and injure his opponents. He denied that the paper he controlled had taken any part in the election ; its voice had been purposely stilled, for bad bo made use of it te further his own election ho would have been guilty of a fulsome thing As the ratepayers know him heater, they would be disabused of the impression regarding him that bad been left upon their minds by misrepresentations ofbmiseh. Ho was sure be bad acted in the best spirit ; and bo was sure also bo bad boon the best abused man in Ashburton. Ho was not thin skinned, and the abuse he had had showered upon him did not have very much oilbct upon him. There was much purification wanted in the Cmmcii, and liis endeavors bad been directed towards purifying the public business of the town. The electors, however, bail willed that ho was not to be one of the purificators and it only remained for him to again than); ihoso who bad endeavored to give him an opportunity of serving them. Mr. Friodlander moved a vote of thanks to the returning omcor and the crowd dispersed.

Ownixo Soteriotuty.—A corrosponof the “ Now York Hova’d,” writing fiom Birmingham, says that recently a leading manufacturer in Shcdield showed his workmen an assortment of American made goods, and taking r.p a pair of tailor’s shears, offered to give tho Union £SO if any one of-lus men, in a month, would produce one pair of shears as good as the American sample.

ABltaUjttrttßf COUNTY CCUKCTL. r i ; 11 ; ;i’im■::I nve'in rof tho Ashburton 1 Tmdy ‘.’i»iis> ii «a 4 1 1 et .1 to-day at the Iliad .Board i i;!i;:,', 'Tcsent :Ml •Ssl'S W. C. V.'., !’;..!• (■ '!iArm ,•:), R. G, \Vri:;lii, IC. 8. C ■;•••'. •! •!■>. 'li - :' r, J. .ricks >a, 0. ileid :; , I 1 C.t r.c, !’.m. r:: <• s.uif.iiA.v’s srvncM ‘ i\ ' I.M in I ,:e Act, (he morning of ihv (.’■ Mtli- ii ;I.os place to-day at noon, for the purpose electing a Chairman. The ordinary meeting is held to-day at 11 a. lit. instead of the one which would have belli summoned on Occcmhei' drd, a; id id other ordinary imi-i*;;it» will be called before (.be Ist Wednesday in .lamia:y, 1880, on which 1 presume the Council will meet in the new chamber.'.

You have id doubt in feed Unit a petition has been sent to the Legislative Council, praying that the Bill to provide a certain part of the South ilakaia with e ater may not be entertained. 1 have caliou immediate action to have inserted advui'!Cements in the • papers calling on those owners and occupiers of land in the district affected willing to do

so to sign a petition in favor of the Hill. The result of this will lie laid before you to-day. In accordance with the authority placed in my hands, I lure entered inlo an agreement with “ .Lyttelton Time:: ” for lithographing the County map fvm sheets supplied by llm Chief Surveyor.

Those U.hographic maps the Conn hi w;i!, I think, bo a.b'e to soli at a-price suiiicimit t i coup Rolf lor the expenditure incurred.

V.'iih reg:v,',l to the 11.-’agitata, iral'le bridge, some of tho iromvmk ordered from Kngland, such as bolts, etc., are on board tho ILuoivs'ey Hall, but tho member for tho district, whom 1 advised, thinking it might, in some way interfere with his negotiations with the Government, informs mo, as yon will see, these can he obtained in the colony and will not delay (.he erection of the extension. The Government have notified their willingness, as per loiter before you, of their intention of taking in hand the extension of this bridge, on the distinct undertaking that the cost of the extension is to be equally divided between the Ashburton and Geraldine Counties.

Tim hospital will, 1 understand, he ready for occupation laf re next meet'n , an I 1 suggest some stops should he taken' for a fi rand openin' , ibis being the (ha • public work i n lorta! e i by you that 1 a, been complete 1. 'The instruments require I for the institution have hem duly ordered from England, and will bo received in time I hope for the occupation of the building.

Tenders for the supply of dog collars for .IHSO will he placed before yon, also those for protevtiv s works in the Ashburton River, above Digby’s bridge.

As there will be a longtime before next meeting, I beg to suggest that you should make provision for payment to contractors on certificates by your Engineer and the Architect.

I bring up before you at this meeting, the question of erecting a traffic bridge alongside of the present combined bridge over the Ashburton, which subject the Ashburton Borough Council wrote to you on on 2nd August, and which was deferred for consideration. Since last meeting another supply of trout lias boon received and successfully liberated. in; raschtat v traffic rrioob. Mr. Crigg said that some op the members of the Geraldine County Council were under tlie impression that the extension of the bridge was to be with cylinder piles. Mr. E. G. Wright said that as the solid bon piles wore on hand, and the General Government had decided to take the work in hand, and to utilize the material ordered tor it, the Geraldine Comity Council could not now offer any further opposition. ms rxorxEini’s report. The Engineer reported as follows ; “Sin—Thavo the honor to report that since the date of last mooting of Council, the bridge ovor Hind’s Tliyer for Snryoyo"s road Iv sb an completed, and Mr. Butt tlm contractor had in hand, the erection of bridges over Taylor’s stream, at Alford Forest. So far, the pile driving there has been a difficult operation. The rules have boon going at the rate of less than 1-1 Cth of an inch per stroke, and it has been found necessary to draw some of them which wore damaged before getting to *lio required depth. Three of the tiers are now scum; at depths varying from 13 feet to lo foot 0 inches in the solid ground, Rut bridge building' in that quarter will, I fear, he a tedious process, unless the contractor can secure the use of a steam pile driving machine Mi 1 . Benham’s work at North Ashburton river bridge at Digby’s is still proceeding satisfactorily, and at the present rate of progress should ho finished in about two monies.

“ t the last mooting of Council, it wo"ld appear the ouestion of erection of bridge over North Ashburton river at Budding llill was not unite determined on. Should, this matter he finally settled to-dav, tenders for the bridge might he called for at once. Some protective works for Budding Hil! river near this sito would also rcfjinrc to he executed before tho completion of the bridge in order to gum’d against the approach at north cud Vicing washed awav.

Asinnjin’fw voiiks ruornfTtvw wosks. “As re'iimstcd by the Council, 1 have referred iilnns :nnl specifications for tho scheme, which extends ore) - a mile and n. half of tho southern hank of the North Ashburton river, from Mr. Ooode’s downwards, ami include;; that portion of the river which presently threatens the greatest damage to property in the Fm-hs, this being tho nortion to which tho Upper Ashburton Road Hoard drew tlie attention of the Council some time n;{ >, and on which i reported on a previous occasion. Sine'- that time the riv«r has gained still further on the southern hank, and the ex pense for repairing will now, therefore, he greater in proportion, hut it seems to me that in the circumstances anything less than (he work now proposed would not he sufficient to chock the. encroachment which, is m>w taking place on the property in tho Forks adjoinin'' 1 !iat part of the river. Tenders will he placed before you to-day for these works.'

“ In connection with (his soldo.•(, f new state (hat several ratepayers in (he Forks swnned to ho under the impression that tho works now tendered for wore to extend more or less over the whole length of river frontage along the Forks. I mention this in order that there may ho no further misunderstanding in this res-

a* * in- object in view aj present is ' clearly to prevent the North Ashburton river o'erllowing the adjoining roads and property in tho district referred to, and .-■o foilniMg junction with the south branch of the Ashburton river, which is scattviy half a mile distant, and on a coir-vh'raoiy lower level. 1 have not had •in opportunity of examining tho whole .esus.ii. of river hanks towards the hills, half so far as ! have examined there is at present no other district of tho Forks so seriously threatened as that now proposed to bo dealt with, and if the works now tendered for were once executed the protection of any other portions may, 1 think, be deferred for a little time, when the general question will probably be taken up by a Board of Conservators. DRAINAGE MAP. “ With reference to the order which the Council issued at last meeting for the preparation of a drainage map of the County, I should feel obliged by receiving specific instructions in regard to the manner in which the Council wish this matter to be carried but, or, at all events, the particular objects they wish to be kept in view in preparing it. I presume the work is intended to be done iu compliance with the requirements of section No. 173, of Public Works Act, 1876. If carried out in its entirety, it will be of such magnitude as to occupy a considerable staff for two or three years, as a system of contour levelling will have to he instituted all over this County,and the lines and levels of all existing creeks and water courses, road drainage, and outfall drains, as also levels along the courses of tho various rivers on the p'ains will have to be determined. “ Possibly, too, the new Drainage Act about to be introduced may necessitate quite a different line of action to that implied under head of ‘ Drainage ’ in Act referred to, and so render abortive, to a certain extent, any measures which might be taken in that direction in the meantime.

‘ ‘ I am of opinion that, in order to obtain data, which would be serviceable within a reasonable period, it might be advisable to adopt a modified course by takimr sections along road lines, and establishing a series of bench marks in the vicinity of water courses, the levels extending generally over those blocks of the County in the first instance, where questions of drainage have already arisen. “ The bench marks already supplied on the upper side of railway, between Ashburton and Tlakaia rivers, will probably prove of some use in this respect, and a series of bench marks might bo similarly fixed on the other portions of the plains. “ The new maps of the County about to be issued, will, I ['resume, show all the watercourses on the plains at the dates of latest surveys. Airy formed since then would have to be added, and then with the system of block levels proposed, schemes of drainage could be devised with rather more facility. At the same time with reference to the’general questions of flood water or drainage which have recently been before the Council, I may state "my conviction that the preparation of a Comity drainage map would not materially assist in carrying out the details of any of the proposed schemes, and the ultimate expense for the purpose I have indicated would probably be out of all proportion to the benefit to be derived. “ As the question is a very wide one, and as I fear I labor under some misapprehension as to the actual wishes of the Council in this respect, I hope they will he kind enough to indicate the line of procedure they wish mo to take in this matter, and what principally is required to be shown on tire drainage map. 1 ‘ 1 have granted certificates for the payments due to contractors for this month. ’

“ William Baxter, County Engineer.”

BRIDGE OVER TAYLOR’S STREAM.

Mr. Wright considered that the depth to which the piles were driven on the North Branch bridge was not sufficient. Mr. Baxter, County Engineer, stated that the depth specified was 14 feet below the bed of the stream. Some of the piles did not move a sixteenth of an inch with

twenty minstes driving—the driving was through rough boulders. Mr.' Wright considered that as the stream was a mountain one, rnd liable to sudden and violent floods, it would he better to sink the piles as far as possible, and then drive them. The suggestion was adopted. SITE OP NORTH ASHBURTON BRIDGE. Mr. Jackson suggested putting the bridge at a point higher up the river than that fixed upon, so as to save expense of protective works. The Engineer explained that on the site fixed upon, the bridge would be more costly. The matter was referred to the Engineer for a further report. DRAINAGE MAP. Mr. Wright, after considerable discussion had taken place, moved —“ That the drainage map at present, required by the Council, is one showing only the major water channels and streams throughout the County, to enable the Council to make provision for getting rid of storm water.” Mr Jackson felt that it was necessary the natural water courses should be clearly defined upon the map, so that no mistake should be made ; and he further suggested that duo notice should he given to owners whose land would he interfered with, Mr. Wright said the Engineer usually did his work in a most workmanlike manner, and ho thought the matter could ho safelv loft in his hands.

Mr. Grigg seconded the motion, which was carried. OIIATRMAN’s EXPENSES.

Mr. Grigg moved—“ That an honorarium of £IOO be voted to the Chairman to moot necessary expenses incurred by him during the year. This was carried. The Chairman accepted the vote, on the same principle he had accepted it last year—via., that of the now recognised principle of legislation in Now Zealand, that the expenses incurred by the public men should be borne b • the couni ry ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Council, as required by the Act, was then held, and tno Chairman was re-elected. Mr. Grigg, the proposer of the rc-eloction, and Mr. Wright, the seconder, paying Mr. Walker a high compliment for his energy and ability in discharging the Council’s business. THE WATERWORKS BILL. The ordinary meeting of the Council was then }*eld, tlio first business taken being the County Council’s Waterworks Bin " In response to a request by the Chairman, Mr. Wright detailed the course of the

Hill through the ileus* up to the sUgii it reached in Parliament. Despite every effort ho had made, the Committee to which the Bill had been referred would persist iu looking upon the Bill introduced ns a private Bill instead of a local Bill, and the result was that the Bid was thrown out. He, however, had engaged Mr. Travers to prepare a now Bill, which he had done, and this Bill would have passed safely through the House hut for a petition that had been prepared in this district, and presented to the House last Wednesday. This petition he had sent down to the editor of the “ Mail.” Looking over the signatories to that petition and comparing the acreage represented by them, he found that only 8000 acres were represented by them, or only 9 per cent, of the whole district intended to be affected. Referring to the petition, he criticised the assertions made in it. The second statement made to the effect that several meetings held in the district had bfeen opposed to the scheme, was an unmigitated falsehood. Another statement was that only a bare majority in the County Council favored it. This -was another lie; and he hoped the Council would show their unanimity by signing a counter petition. The petition presented said also that the engineering advice given was not sufficient to warrant the going on with the Bill, and that other engineers had pronounced the scheme impracticable. Mr. Wright said he did not know of any engineer—unless Mr. Wm. White was considered the embodiment of engineering skill—who had opposed the scheme, and the testimonials of Mr. Baxter were as high as those possessed by any other engineer in the colony. Besides the fact that the names on the petition were only nine per cent of the people in the district, there wereseverahiarnes whose sanction had not been obtained for their attachment to tho petition—for instance, Mr. Ed Saunders’ name was there, and he (Mr. Wright) had learned that Mr. Saunders in no way sympathised with the tone of the petition. Mr. Wright then explained why he had introduced the new Bill in the Upper House. He had been advised that it was more expeditious to introduce it, and get it through its three readings there while the Upper House had not much to do, than to introduce it in the Lower House at a time when it.was full of business. Tho following memo, was laid on the table. PROPOSED DISTRICT TO BE RATED FOR PRO TECTIVE WORKS. From the upper boundary of tho Upper Ashburton Road District, from a point half-a-mile north of Cameron’s Road, by a line distant half-a-mile from said road, and following the south-eastern boundary of R.S 8053, thence northwesterly along road to Digby’s Bridge, including the lands within the Forks, situated to the south of the upper boundary of the Upper AshburtonßoadDistrict. The petition against the Ashburton Water Works Bill was inspected and several names were pointed out which were known to be favorable to the Bill, and the petition against, and the counter petition for, were read over clause by clause, and after considerable discussion the following telegram was drawn up : TELEGRAM. At its meeting to-day, one Councillor, Mr. Saunders, being absent, Council unanimous in rebutting statements made in petition presented against Ashburton Waterworks Bill every alleged fact is untrue. Counter petition being signed, will go next mail. Council particularly contradict statement that the Bill is supported by a bare majority of the Council. Council unanimous. Majority of persons signing petition do not own or occupy land proposed to be dealt with by the Council under the Bill. ” The Hon. W. Buckley, who had promised Mr. Wright ,to take charge of the Bill in the Upper House, had told that gentleman he had only found one objection to it—that the Council had not asked for powers to borrow half a million instead of £IOO,OOO His experience of such works in Italy having led him to believe that no / country in the world would he so much benefited by a water supply as the Ashburton and Rakaia plains. CORRESPONDENCE. REGISTRATION OF DOGS. Town Clerk’s Office, Nov. 20. Sir —I have the honor to inform you that at a meeting held on the 17th inst. it was resolved that the Borough undertake the registra'inu of dogs within its limits. As I understand that the County Council has called for tenders for collars, this Council is willing to obtain its supply from you at the contract price,—l have, &c.,

Thomas Bullock, Mayor. The Chairman, Ashburton County Council. Resolved that the application be granted. BOARD OF CONSERVATORS.

Town Clerk’s Office, Nov. 20.

Sir, — I have the honor, in reply to your letter of 15th inst., to inform you that at a meeting of this Council held on the 17th inst., it was resolved to request the County Council to take the necessary, steps to have the Board of Conservators elected, and that the Borough Council is willing the bear the proportion of the cost which the County Council may think fair. —I have, &c.,

Thomas Bullock, Mayor.

The Chairman, Ashburton County Council. Mr. Grigg thought that as a matter of kindness to the Borough their request should be granted. The Chairman said the County Council would prepare the preliminaries, if the Borough would undei'take the detail—collecting rates, &c. The Chairman’s suggestion was agreed to.

TRAFFIC BBIFGE OVER THE RIVER. Town Clerk’s Office, 2nd Aug. Sir, — I have the honor herewith to hmd you copy of a resolution passed at the meeting of this Council, held on the 28th nit., and trust that your Council will favorably consider the object therein contained, and have the work commenc'd as soon as possible. —I have, &c., Thos. Bullcck, Mayor. To the Chairman, Ashburton County Council

Copy of resolution : “That the attention of the County Council be drawn to the urgent necessity that exists of having a traffic bridge over the Ashburton river, in a line with the Great South .Road, taken in hand as soon as possible, the present bridge being bo often closed, which is a great inconvenience and loss of time, and, above all, most dangerous to life.”

This matter was allowed to stand oyer on account of <ha disorganised condition of tho finances of the colony.

IRON WORKS PER KNOWSLET HALL,

Wellington, Bth Nov. 1879. Dkar Sir, —Tn reply to your note re goods per Kuowsley Hall tlieso can all he furnished in the colony though at double the price, and will not delay the erection of the bridge. I think the accounts for Rangitata Bridge expenditure should now be made up for everything that we have paid, but excepting these goods per Knowsley Hall, at the same time advising Gpvcmment that if not to hand within one month from this wo exi'ect them to get them replaced in the colony ; if they subsequently come to hand per the Knowsley Hall they will become available for other works, and if not we receive insurance money. — Yours, &c.,

E. G. Wright.

W. C. Walker, Esq , THE RANGITATA TRAFFIC BRIDGE. Public Works Office, Wellington, 3rd Nov., 1879. Sir, -I am directed by the Minister for Public Works, to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of 17th July, in which inter alia you request that the Government should “ take over the material for the Rangitata traffic bridge, part of which is at Lyttelton and the rest in transit from England, from the Council, and undertake the completion of the extension of the bridge, deducting amount from both Counties, Ashburton County being credited with its present liability on that account, viz.—Bridge material ordered in accordance with Mr. Higginson’s report. In reply, I am to inform you that Mr. Blair, the Engineer-in-Charge Middle Island, has been directed to arrange for carrying your request into effect, Mid to see that the proposed bridge extension is erected. . , I am to add that this is done on the distinct understanding that the cost is to be equally charged to the Ashburton and Geraldine Counties.—l have the honor, &c.,

John Knowles, . Uunder Secretary, Public Works,

It was resolved that a letter bo written to Mr Austin explaining the whole matter, and giving details of the goods now on hand and that portion now at sea, and requesting the District Engineer, Mr. Austin, to have the work put in hand at once.

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR HOSPITAL. F. Mainwaring, Esq., Dear Sir, —The enclosure relative to the order for surgical instruments, &C-, ordered for the Ashburton Hospital. I revised the list carefully, and dispatched the order to Messrs Daw, Son, and Thompson on the 9th October last, and I hope they will arrive by the time the building is ready.—Yours, &c., 1 Ewd. G. Wright. The enclosure was a credit note for £l6O. be walsh’s application for drainage at wakanui. Mr. Wright pointed out that the Counties Act did not provide for drainage. ■ There was an evident omission in the Act, Bnd he had, in the House, taken the initiatory measures to have the error rectified in the interpretation clause. extras at hospital. Mr. Carlton offered to supply for £4417s certain necessary furniture for the hospital. The tender was accepted. GAS FOR COUNTY BUILDINGS, Mr. George Parkin offered to supply the requisite gas fittings, &c., for the County offices and buildings for the sum of £29 155.. Accepted, sub j ect to the Chairman s approval COUNTY LAND FUND. Mr, Wright said that Sir G, Grey had stated that all the subsidies had been paid, and he had called upon Mr. Batkin, who stated that they had all been paid, and some three weeks after, when he heard from Mr. Mainwaring, Clerk to the Council, that the subsidy was. still due, he had again called upon him at Treasury office, and was told that it had been paid, but deducted for the Mount Somers rads. He read a statement of the accounts supplied to him. He afterwards waited on Mr. Knowles, and told him he thought there was a “ screw loose” somewhere, and Mr. Knowles acknowleged there was. Mr. Wright then produced and read a statement showing- the' position in which the County stood with the Government from Mr. . point of view. He thought some agreement might have been come to by the late Government with Mr. Wason, and interviewed Mr. Saunders to discover whether any agreement to the effect, spoken of by Mr. Macandrew, had been entered into by Mr. Wason, and Mr, Saunders had written, denying that he had ever heard of any such bargain having been made, therefore he considered that this bargain had no existence except in Mr. Macandrew’s brain. Ther had been a sum of £40,000 voted, a sufllcient sum to complete the lino throughout, including the cost of material. Mr. Grigg thought that they should not submit to have the value of the rails confiscated, as the £6,400 which they cost, were by agreement, to he reimbursed to the County, and the County should fight the Government on the question. Mr. Coster thought that as the County would receive no portion of the revenue from this line he considered that the approbation of the £6,400 was a robbery. Mr. Wright explained that the Government had not only received the land fund sufficient to make the line three, or four times over, hut had, in addition, taken the rails belonging to the County to make the line with.

The, Chairman, Messrs. Wright and Grigg, were appointed a committee to draw up a memorandum to the Government, re the subsidies retained by them. FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN 00, , VERNMENT AND COUNTY. Mr. Wright gave detailed statements as to the amount due from the Land Fund subsidy, and as they are not yet complete the publication of them was requested to be held over, until a full statement could bo made. : , , , , ~ A. vote of thanks was recorded to Mr. Wright for the trouble he had taken in the County's interest. Mr. Wright said he considered he was , only doing his duty, as he was Treasurer to the County. mw ATA GORGE BRIDGE. Mr. Coster read a report on the pro- ■ proved south approach to Rakaia Gorge bridge. The Committee recommended that the

suggestion of the engineer be acted upon and tenders called for the work. Committee further recommended that where cliffs are very steep below the cuttings a substantial fence be erected so as to render the approach to the bridge safe for all kinds of traffic.

The Committee also desire to point out that at a part of the terrace not included in the engineer’s report, i. e., the first cutting immediately below Mr. Aynsley’s sheep jard is at a gradient of 1 in 5, whereas no other portion of the road will be steeper than 1 in 9 ; they therefore recommended that the road snould be altered from this point to such a line as may be found best to bring the gradient to approximate to those other parts of the road.

E. S. Coster, Chairman of Committee. The recomendation was adopted, and it was resolved to apply to Mr. Aynsley for a right to make the road through his land. The pay sheet was read and passed. Tenders were opened for the following works :—Fencing and filling up County office site. The two tenders for this were £4OO in one case, and £4ll in the other, and it was considered as rather too expensive a work for the Council to agree to. Mr Bruce attended and explained the plans for fencing, filling up, and draining tne offices, and on it being shown that there were outbuildings, well, &c., included in the contract, the tender of David Lusk, at £4OO, was accepted, subject to certain alterations, which were left to the Chairman’s discretion. DOG COLLARS. A large number of tenders accompanied by samples were sent in, and that of Mr. Walsh, of Rakaia, was accepted at G|d per collar. FORKS PROTECTIVE WORKS, The following tenders were accepted : £ s. d. No. 1, Sutherland... 164 6 8 No. 2, Wilkie ... 94 7 0 No. 3, Sutherland ... 333 13 8 No. 4, Shepherd ... 87 2 8 The Council then adjourned.

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THE ASHBURTON MAYORAL ELECTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 27, 27 November 1879

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