MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD.
The ordinary monthly meeting of this Board was held at the office, Mount Somers, on Monday, March Ist, Present—Messrs. W. C. Walker (Chairman), Isaac Taylor, and Duncan Cameron. —Correspondence was read as follows :—From Mr. 0. G. Tripp, relative to the Coal-pit road. The Clerk was directed to reply.—A letter was read from Mr. William Hows-m, informing the Board that he would be unable to carry out bis contract for the cottage and stable at Mount Somers, unless the Board could see their way to making him an advance of £75 on his tender ; as the Beard did not consider they could entertain this proposal, it was decided to accept the tender of Messrs. Nelson and Coutts. — From Messrs. Hubbard and Browne, civil engineers, &c., offering to carry out any professional works needed by the Board. —From the Ashburton County Council, informing the Board that they have accepted the Board’s recommendation, and have appointed Mr. B. Clark as poundkeeper to the Mount Somers pound for six mouths ; also informing the Board that the bye-laws for the conduct of the pound came into force on March Ist, 1880.—A circular was received from the Minister for Public Works, advising the Board as to the interpretation of the term “gazetted.”—The Clerk was instructed to call for tenders for the re-fonnatiou of the township road, and also for the formation and metalling of 20 chains of the Ashburton Gorge road.—The Clerk fwas directed to write to Mr. Douald Forbes, informing him that unless his contract for the maintenance of the Spread Eagle roads is carried on within seven days, the Board will put men on to complete the necessary repairs at his expense. With reference to J. Fcrgusson’s contract, the Board decided to refund his deposit, make him a small allowance for the workdone, and cancel the contract —The Collector was instructed to sue for all rates outstanding for the year 1878-9. —The Clerk was directed to write to the survey office, Christchurch, requesting to bo furnished with tracings of the Alford Forest roads, and sections between Steven’s store, and Morgan’s Hotel ; also a tracing of the Ashburton Gorge road near the coal-pits.—The Clerk was instructed to report upon the road from the Spread Eagle to the Singletree.—The pay-sheet amounting to £149 19s. Id. having been passed for payment, the Board adjourned.
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