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At the annual meeting of the ratepayers in the South Rakaia Road District there was not a largo attendance, and Messrs D. Gordon Holmes, and John Lambie were re elected to the vacant seats.

’ The Chairman’s annual report ran thus, after a reference to the balance-sheet, and the statement of accounts .given below :

I have thought it expedient to furnish you witli a summary of all works executed by the Road Board during the year; and also of any works now’ in hand, which will give j’ou an idea of the amount of work done, and in course of construction. You are aware, doubtless, that the Road Boards in Canterbury have received all, or nearly ail the money in the shape of accrued “ laud fund” they are likely to get from the General Government, and should the subsidies be withheld, which is very probable, local bodies in the future will have to depend almost entirely upon the rates they raise in the districts. At the present time a number of Boards have considerable sums of money to their credit in the banks. This, you will understand, cannot last for ever, andrating must perforce be resorted to in order to cany out necessary works. I have alluded to this subject with a view of showing you why the necessity exists of husbanding the funds of the Board as far as is compatible with the urgent requirements of the district. The South Rakaia Road Board has always endeavored, bearing this fact in mind, to accede to any request for necessary work in every portion of the district. I am bound to acknowledge that the residents have been moderate in iheir demands, in some cases possibly too much so. This, I think is a mistake, and I would suggest that whenever work requires to be done, and is necessary work, notice tbould ho given to tire Board. You will see, gentlemen, that a number of roads have been formed and metalled throughout the district, and I venture to hope that the work has been done to the satisfaction of the ratepayers. The township has also been considerably improved by forming streets and footpaths ; the action of the Board in this respect I feel sure yon will endorse, as the township streets and footpaths are larg ;ly used by the majority of residents in the <eli strict.

I have much pleasure in congratulating you upon the fact of having secured 50 acres of hind close to the township for the purpose of a recreation ground. This is a most desirable acquisition, as in the event of the land being sold, it would have been a difficult matter to obtain a block of land, in every way so desirably situated ; except at a long price. I am not aware whether the land is actually granted, but but it is reserved for the purpose, and will inquire to be under the supervision of Board, to fence, plant, and otherwise improve, as it may think fit. The division of the old South Rakaia road district has taken place within the last twelve months, and two districts now take the place of one. As regards the wisdom of this step, it is not my intention to touch upon. The only point I think the movers in this matter were wrong in, was the division line separating the districts ; which should have been a light line from the Rakaia liver to the back of the district, instead of a crooked boundary as at present. The Road Board lias deemed it the wisest course to place the sum of LBOOO in the Bank at a fixed deposit for twelve months, reserving a sufficient amount for current expenditure on necessary works within the district. You will understand that this disposal of the funds secures a larger interest than be obtained by allowing the money to lie in the Bank as current account. 0. N. M A OKIE, Ohai nnan. Statement ok Accounts, 1870.

A vote of thanks was passed to the Chairman, and the meeting adjourned, the Board to meet on the 7th.

Dr. £ s. cl. To Balance in Bank 22,037 17 4 ,, Cottage Bent 125 15 8 ,, Incidental receipts ... 84 .10 7 ,, Interest 1,311 .14 5 ,, General Government... 1,391 19 2 Total . 25,851 17 2 Gr. By Now roads and repairs 2,715 13 9 ., Maintenance of roads 590 5 0 ,, General' expenses 435 12 2 ,, Eakaia township 138 3 5 ,, Clerk’s salary 250 0 0 „ Plant ... 80 10 0 ,, Advertising and printing 70 G 10 ,, Land, etc 70 5 8 ,, Refund pound 7 IS 2 ,, Plantation account ... 247 0 1 ,, Mount Hutt Road Bear’d... 9,070 18 2 13,700 10 3 ,, Balance of current account in Bank 4,100 2 4 ,, Amount at fixed deposit 8,000 0 0 25,807 1 7 Less outstanding cheque... 15 4 5 £25,851 17 2

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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 43, 3 January 1880

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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 43, 3 January 1880

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