LONGBEACH ROAD DISTRICT.
The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held on Saturday, 7th Fob., 1860. Present Messrs. Grigg (Chairman), Chapman, Clark, and Wright. A letter was read from the Returning Officer, stating that Messrs. Wright, Clark, and Chapman, had been elected to fill the three vacancies lately occurring on the Board. On the motion of Messrs. Wright and Clark (the Clerk being temporarily in the chair) Mr. John Grigg was unanimously re-elected Chairman for the ensuing year. Mr Grigg then took the chair. Correspondence was read— From the Treasury, Wellington, stating that the Bank of New Zealand at Ashburton had been instructed to credit the Longbeach and Wakanui Road Boards with the sums of L 760 15s. 4d., in the proportion of 32 parts to Longbeach and 29 to Wakanui. From the Ashburton County Council, accepting the Board’s nomination of Mr, Samuel Holland to be poundkeeper for the new pound at Waterton. From Mr W. H. Smith, complaining of a culvert, situated on the road on the east side of R.S. 21,245, being to small. The Surveyor was instructed to inspect and report. From Mr. Jno. Studholme—two letters, complaining of the insufficiency of some roach) and drainage at Coldstream. Also a letter from Mr. Janies Wilkie, the Tate Surveyor to the Board in explanation of Mr. Studholme’s complaint. It was resolved that the Surveyor inspect these places forthwith, and report to the Chairman, who would reply to Mr. Studholme’s letter. From Mr. Thomas Taylor, complaining of the unfinished and uncomfortable state of the immigrant cottages at Waterton. It was resolved that these cottages be repaired before winter, and also to have a well sunk for the cottages situated at Longbeach. From Mr. Jno. Black, again asking to be paid extra on his contract for shingling Bell’s road on account of having to cart the gravel farther than was originally specified. The Board again refused to grant the request on the grounds already given. From Mr. Dowding, manager of the Coldstream Estate, relative to the payment of the road rates for this year. The Collector was instructed to take proceedings in the Supreme Court if the same were not paid on or before the LOth February inst. A requisition signed by Mr. Jno. Carter and fifty-five other ratepayers was read, asking that the Board may take steps to have the district divided into wards, with a view to the more equitable representation of the district on the Board. The Board resolved —“ That the Chairman be asked to take the necessary steps to have the ward system legally introduced into the district.” The certificate of the District Auditor, that the accounts, up till 31st December, 1879, had been audited and found correct, was received '*•' The report of the Surveyor was and received ; and it was resolved not grant Mr. Lysaght’s application for a * culvert on Graham’s road ; and to have a coating of clay placed upon the thr§e swampy parts of the new formation of part of Ford’s road at once. Accounts amounting to L 644 17s. Cd. Were passed for payment, and the meeting adjourned.
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