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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD BOARD.

Tlic usual monthly meeting of the South Rnkaia Road Board, which was adjourned from last Thursday, was held on Wednesday, 10th inst. Present— Messrs. C. N. Mackie (Chairman), E. S. Coster , 17. M‘Lean, and D. G. Holmes. Tire Surveyor’s report. was read and received.

G. Shellock, - pnundkeeper, Bakaia, wrote asking tae Board whether it was their wish that ho should impound all cattle and horses found straying on the roads and streets in the district. After a lengthy discussion during which several of the members expressed opinions to the effect that it was Mr. Shellock’s duty to look after the pound, and the duty of the police to impound stray cattle. On the motion of Mr. Holmes it was resolved—- “ That the duties oi poundkeepers not being fully defined in the ‘ Trespass of Cattle Ordinance,’ the Board cannot give any further information.” A letter was read from Mr-- W. L. Allen, Acton, coverings claim of I<6o for four acres of land acquired by the Board for shingle pits. It was resolved that the Board pay the amount, also all customary charges for transfer of title, i ,

A letter was received 'froih Mr. H. Slater, Ashburton, claiming the refund of the proceeds of sale at the Bakaia Pound of one gelding belonging : to him, and enclosing a statutory declaration as to ownership It was resolved that the amount he paid. A letter was received from Mr. F. B. Passmore, Resident Engineer to the Bakaia and Ashb irton Forks railway, asking, in view of the near completion of the railway, whether everything in connection with the Beard’s roads had been done to the satisfaction of .the Board. It was resolved that the roads he inspected as to whether all instructions to the contractors had been carried out and a replyforwarded to Mr. Passmore. A letter was read from the Ashburton County Council, asking the co-operation of the Board in keeping the water courses of the district clear.

A letter was received from Seafield asking the Board to form the road from Seafield to Kyle. The request was not granted. - A letter was read from Mr. Baxter, County Engineer, asking for particulars -a* to the position and dimensions of the proposed new jx.und at Rakaia. It was resolved that the Rakaia pound be similar to the Ashburton pound, with sheep-proof paddocks.

A letter was read from the Bank of New Zealand, Rakaia, asking what were the Board’s wishes with reference to the LIO,OOO fixed deposit with-accrued' interest as that amount would soon fall due. It was resolved that LB,OOO be a fixed deposit for twelve months and the balance of L 2,000 be earned to current account. A deputation of Mr. W. A. Brown and another waited on the Board asking the Board to purchase a road from Bushy Park road to Great South road at Chortsey. It was resolved that Messrs Brown and Copeland be asked to state what price they are willing to part with the necessary land for, when the Board will be able to give them a reply. At the request of Mr, Brown it was resolved to form 75 chains <rf the Great South road near Chertsey railway station. It was resolved that, the Chairman, Messrs. M'Lean, Coster, and the> Surveyor visit Jones’s road and report as to the'necessary work there. It was resolved that two members of the Board retire, the same to be eligible for re-election. A ballot being taken, it fell to Messr. Holmes and Lambie to retire.

The pay sheet amounting to L7BO la. 3d. was passed for payment, when the Board adjourned.

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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 33, 11 December 1879

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