LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD.
The adjourned annual meeting of the Longbeach Road Board was held at the offices yesterday. The attendance was very limited, about sixteen being present, John Grigg, Esq., in the chair. The following statement of accounts was read : Balance-sheet for part of the year ending 31st December, 1879 (i.e.), since division of district 1879. Receipts. Aug. 4. Cash in Bank ... 1589 12 11 , ~ Cash paid in 43 7 3 ~ Sale of timber 33 0 11 Dec. Bank interest ... ... 126 19 1 Rates of 18781879 ... 7 13 0 Rates of 18791880 ...717 18 4 Balance overdrawn ... 1602 15 0 £4121 7 3 ExPENDITCagg^, In Ho. 3Wml ... -890 13 0 „ 4 Ward 1758 4 9 Timber ... 152 13 0 Various small jobs ... ... 33 2 6 Paid Wakanui Road Board 183 15 4 Office buildings, &c. ... 828 19 8 Bank interest ... ... 0 9 6 Salaries 152 16 3 Surveying, commission &c., ... 59 13 2 Ad vortising, printing, &c. ... 61 0 1 r— 273 9 6 . £4121 7 3 Statement of Assets and Liabilities. Liabilities. Bank overdraft ... ... 1602 15 9 Salaries, commismission, «fcc. ... 33 8 8 Insurance, fees, &c 11 15 6 Contracts in hand and wages due 596 6 10 Owing for goods • received ...108 7 10 Owing for gravel 83 9 9 Amount due Wakanui Road Board ... ... ... 47 9 2 Works undertaken... ... 86 0 0 Balance ... 1038 4 0 £3607 17 8 Assets * First half of subsidy, 18781879 399 2 3 Second half of subsidy, payable 31st March ... ... 399 2 3 Rates, 1878-9, uncollected... 200 14 6 „ 1879-80 1108 18.8 Land fund, say 1500 0 0 £3607 17 8 Balance brought forward ... 1038 4 0 Office, buildings, and stables .. .848 5 0 Cottages ... ...120 0 0 Furniture ... 57 4 6 Timber, &c. ... 30 0 0 £2093 14 2 W, CUTHBEST, Clerk. The Chairman said the meeting should have been held on the 7th instant, but only two ratepayers had attended on that. day and the meeting lapsed, and upon advice of the legal adviser of the Board the present meeting had been called. The Board had no funds at their disposal for works, and would probably have none during the present year. He desired to call the ratepayers’ attention to the fact of about LIOOO of rates unpaid and on that sum they had to pay interest, and the ratepayers must not feel annoyed if the Board took-action_to —---- recover the rates. Mr. S. Chapman said he thought some steps shoulc betaken to recover the unpaid rates, as it was unfair to those who had paid. In reply to Mr. Williams, the Chairman said the present year’s rates were now . due —that is, for 1879-80. The Surveyor said about 14 notices had not been served. Some ratepayers, he thought, were dead, whose names were amongst the 14. Mr. Lewis thought the Rate Collector should go round the district and call for the rates at least once or twice. The Clerk said that numbers upon whom ho had called pleaded inability to pay. There seemed to be no money in the district. ■ V The Chairman Imped some ratmujßpr would propose a resolution on theTO?Bteri v Mr. Clark thought there would be no - great difficulty, as most ratepayers could now raise the money to pay their rates, and suggested that action be taken to recover. The Chairman said it was absolutely necessary to raise money some way, as there were a number of accounts now due which must bo paid at.the next ordinary . - meeting of the Board.
Mr. Clark pointed out that through laxity displayed in not collecting last year’s rate, about L6OO of the subsidy had been lost. , , ~ . Mr. Dobson considered that notices of immediate proceedings for recovery of old rates should be at once sent out, and would propose —“ That the Board take immediate steps to recover all outstanding rates after 14 days’ notice had been given." . Mr. Lewis thought the notices should be given personally, and not by advertisement. The Chairman said the legal notices had been given. <«»» Mr. Clark posters being stuck up all over the district. Mr. Dobson said it had been advertised once already, and notices served also. 1 He agreed with Mr. Clark’s suggestion. The Chairman said it could not be argued that people were not aware the rate was now due. Mr. A. Frisby seconded the resolution, and it was carried, . Mr. S. Chapman asked how much shingle had been put on the Winslow road. The Surveyor replied that 4i yards per chain had been put on. Mr. Chapman considered there was not enough, as some of the ruts even had not been filled. The Chairman agreed that there was not enough on, but the work had to be curtailed owing to want of funds. Mr. Chapman said he considered that a great deal of dissatisfaction existed with the manner in which works were done in the district. The Chairman said it was the duty of any ratepayer when he noticed work being scamped to at once report the matter. He quite agreed with what Mr. Chapman had said ; but the members of the Board could not possibly see all the work that was being done in the district. He trusted ratepayers would give information to the Board. Mr. Williams asked if it was the intention of the Board to divide the district into wards. The Chairman could not say what the opinion of the other members of the Board might be. He was in favor of the ward system. He thought therewouldbe a difficulty in carry in the work of the Board otherwise. The fairest thing to do was to retain the old boundaries of the wards, as it was known to all that a heavy sum had been spent in No. 3 ward, and the record of that expenditure should be kept against ward No. 3. The boundaries of the three wards were then pointed out on the district map. Mr. Williams thought it was very unsatisfactory to have all the members resident in one corner of the district as at present. In reply to Mr. Dobson, The Chairman said that if the district was legally divided, there would have to be one member elected for each ward, and he would be a sort of dictator to his own part of the district. By the old system the work was better and more fairly done, as the members for other districts exercised a control over all parts of the district, and by that system each district received its share of the rates, and subsidies. With regard to the previous year’s expenditure, this had not been strictly adhered to, as the Chatmoss estate had received a very large proportion of the expenditure, whilst the rest of No. 4 Ward had received less than its share. Mr. Lewis drew attention to the stagnant water at Tinwald which had been a nuisance for the past two years, and it was dangerous for sanitary reasons. If a drain were cut through Mr. Carter’s land the water could be drained away. The Chaim an said the matter had been referred to the Coy^fcviCouncil. Mr. Clark the same system should be adopted as was done in the Mandeyille district—viz., that 20 or 25 ratepayers from all parts of the district should meet to divide the district into wards. If three wards only were retained whilst there were five members there would always be a difficulty in the di”ision, and lie would prefer a deputation of ratepayers to settle it rather than the Board. Mr. Chapman agreed with this view. So far as the expenditure in No. 3 ward was concerned, the money had been all spent towards Waterton. The Chairman said it was competent for the ratepayers to insist on dividing the district into wards. The Chairman, in reply to Mr. Frisby, said he did not consider it desirable to have three members living within a stone’s throw of each other. He had done what he could to prevent it at last election. The nominations were then proceeded with of candidates for the three vacant seats in the Board. Mr. F. Lewis proposed, and Mr. J. Bell seconded, Mr. John Carter ; Mr. S. Chapman proposed, and Mr. C. Martin seconded, Mr. E. G. Wright; Mr. Dobson proposed, and Mr. Dawson seconded, Mr. J, Clark; Mr. Williams proposed, and Mr. Kavanagh seconded, Mr. S. Chapman ; Mr. Fleming proposed, and Mr. Lewis seconded, Mr, T. Taylor. A show of hands was taken with the following result —Mr. ' Dobson, 5 ; Mr. John Carter, 5 ; Mr. E. G. Wright, 12 ; Mr. J. Clark, 9 ; Mr. S. Chapman, 12 ; Mr. Taylor, 8. Mr. Lewis, demanded a poll on behalf of Mr. Carter. The poll having been taken gave the following result : Mr. E. G. Wright 40 ~ S. Chapman ... ... ... 33 ’, Joseph Clark ... ... ... 32 ~ John Carter ... ... ... 25 ~ E. H. Dobson ... ... ... 21 ~ T. Taylor 18 The first three named were therefore dedlared elected, by the returning officer, Mr. Cuthbert, to whom a vote of thanks was given.
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