UPPER ASHBURTON ROAD BOARD.
The ordinary monthly meeting of this Board was held on Tuesday, the Cth hist. Present —-Messrs M.'Lcan, Stitt, MIOuII, and Sargent. Mr. Rood being absent, Mr. D. Sl'Loan was asked to take the chair. The Overseer’s report having been read and considered, the following correspondence was disposed of : From Mr. Charles Reed, resigning his scat in consequence of serious illness, his medical advisers having strictly prohibited him from attending further to any piublic business. All the members regretted Mr. Reed’s illness, and paid a high compdiment to his zeal and earnestness in the welfare of the district since the Board was established. From Packo Bros., complaining of certain damages being done by the Board in cutting a watercourse through laud for which the former were agents. The Overseer said that ho had told Mr. Reed the Board had in no way interfered with the pnapiorty ; that the work was being done by the County Council, that body having found it necessary to make protective works in the north branch of the Ashburton. Ho had been instructed by Mi. Reed to sec into the matter, and had met Mr. Bland, the occupier, who was now satisfied that the Board had not done the damage. He had also seen Mr. Sutherland, the contractor for the work, who told him he was now finished with that part-ion of the contract. The Clerk was requested to reply that the Board had nothing to do with the works compdahmd of, inasmuch as the works were being done by the County Council, under the supervision of their Engineer. From J. Leahy, asking for the use of gravel reserve No. 1411 on Alfred Forest Road. Granted, under the usual conditions. From J. S. Bruce re insurance of Road Board property. The Clerk stated that the application had boon signed and returned. Ordered to be paid. From W. J. Silcock, offering to fill ruts at a cheapier rate than is usually paid for such work, giving a schedule of pirices. To be considered when required. Messrs. Cuff’and Graham wrote asking that a road be formed to enable them to get access to their land at Ashburton Forks. The Clerk was instructed to repffy that the matter will be considered after harvest, and to report on tire same. From A. Gibson, blacksmith, enclosing an account for work done. The Clerk said this was a mistake, work never having been ordered by the Board. Petition from Messrs. Saunders Bros., and ten others, asking that certain roads leading to the Dronmrc Railway Station be formed and placed in good order and condition before harvest. The Clerk was directed to repfiy with resolutions passed by the Board at its sittings on Dec. 2. Petition from Mr. J. G. Ruddcuklans and another, asking that a road leading from the Ealing Railway Station (North Rangitata) be cleared of boulders and loose stones. Clerk to reply and report on the road. Accounts wore then passed and the Board adjourned. Tub Annual Meeting, The annual mooting of the ratepayers then took pdaco, Mr IVpLenu in the chair. The Clerk’s financial statement was made, and he thou piroccoedcd to give the ratepayers a sketch of what had been done during the past. year. There had been expended in now roads, L 4313 18s. KXI.; other works, L2C44 11a. 7d.; miscellaneous, L 907 Os. 9d. =L7805 I7s. 2d. Last year’s expenditure having been—New roads, L3G94 ISs. Gd.; other works, LIOGG Ss. 7d.; miscellaneous, L47S 17a. I OR. = L 5240 4s lid. Ho mentioned that every year scorned to add to tlic expenditure, owing, no doubt, to the settlement on the land, and instanced the items headed other works as being considerably over double the previous year. Owing ts> some expanses in building additions to the Road Board offices, the item of miscellaneous expenditure was rather large, and after enumerating the different items underthisparticularheading, he was happy to say, that, after deducting L 237 ISs. for Road Board additions, and L 517 Is. Bank interest received, only LlO2 7s. 9d. had been spent out of the Board’s general receipts for carrying on the business of this largo and growing district, a fact showing the Board had pi laced their funds in the best possible manner. The election was then proceeded with for two gentlemen to serve in the room of Mr, 0. Reed and Mr. Isaac Sargent, who retire by rotation. No eligible candidate appearing for No. 4 Ward, Mr. Poole proposed, and Mr. Black seconded, the re-election of Mr, Charles Reed. Carried unanimously. Mr. IVFCoII proposed, and Mr. Bulger seconded, the re-election of Mr. Isaac Sargent. Carried unanimously. The Returning Officer (Mr. Donald M’Loan) then declared Mr. Charles Reed and Mr. Isaac Sargent duly elected. The meeting then terminated. T he Board then met for the purpose of electing a Chairman and Treasurer. Tim same members were present, and Mr. Donald M'Lean was elected to the vacant offices. Mr. M'Loau returned thanks, saying it would be his endeavor to promote the interests of the districts and the ratepayers. The Clerk was directed to write to the manager of the Union Bank of Australia, notifying Mr. M‘Lcan’s election. The clerk was requested to write to the postmaster for a "box for the Board’s letters and papers. Ho was also directed to write to Mr. diaries Reed informing him of his re-election, and of the reasons for it, and of Mr. Donald M‘Lean’s election as Chairman and Treasurer. The Overseer was instructed to measure up several contractors’ work, so that they be paid 75 pier cent, before next mooting, until the final passing, and that one be paid (Mr. Miller) in full, on the Overseer’s certificates. The Board then adjourned.
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