ANNUAL MEETING OF RATEPAYERS AT MOUNT SOMERS.
This meeting was held at the Road Board office yesterday at the hour of 2 p.m., owing to the business not being ready. “ >
At 2 p.m., the retiring Chairman, Mr. Walker, took the chair, and briefly apologised to the ratepayers present that, owing to circumstances beyond the control of himself or the Board, the meeting was held at the Road Board office in lieu of the school, where the Board had resolved that it should be held, in order to accommodate the ratepayers; and also for the fact that it had not been held at noon. He [the Chairman) had hoped that by this hour the annual statement would have been ready to be presented to the ratepayers ; but lie was sorry such was not the case. It was a position that lie and the Board were as sorry to be placed in as any of the ratepayers, and one in which they were as little to be blamed. Ho could only suggest that either the meeting adjourn until such time as the statement was ready, or else proceed with such business as the ratepayers chose to consider, and have the accounts published afterwards. Mr. Morgan stated that, so far as he knew, the School Committee knew nothing about the meeting being hold at the school house, the Committee never having been consulted. The Chairman stated that leave had been granted, and Mi - . Taylor, Chairman, of the School Committee, explained that on his own authority he had acceded to the application of the Board, considering that it was a proper place to hold such meeting; and that it was a request ha could grant without summoning a special meeting of the School Committee.
The following resolution was then carried Proposed by Mr. Morgan, “ That the Chairman adjourn the meeting for fourteen days, and that the same be duly advertised (to enable ratepayers to attend) in the “ Press,” “Times,” “ Maty'-and' “ Guardian.” Also that; the Board be requested to prepare a detailed statement, giving ratepayers a clear and minute account of every item of expenditure in each ward for the past 12 months.”
After some discussion it “ That the meeting adjourn tisodtime.” v
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