LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD.
Tho usual monthly meeting of the Board was held on Monday, the sth inst. Present—Messrs. Grigg (Chairman), Chapman, and Dawson. Correspondence was received from the Treasury, Wellington, advising that the second moiety of subsidy on rates, L 399 2s. 3d., had been paid. Also from the Bank of New Zealand, Ashburton, acknowledging receipt of same. Prom Mr. James Studholmo, acknowledging receipt of Chairman’s letter, together with report from Messrs. Wilkie and Cuthbert on the construction and maintenance of the roads at or near Coldstream, and asking that if the district be divided into wards, tho whole of that portion south of the Hinds river should be constituted one ward, or in any case, that the rates paid by Mr. Btudholme, bo spent in a way beneficial to his property. The Board considered that Mr. Studholme’s requests were veryjreasonable, and should be complied with. From the Ashburton Borough Council, asking for payment of an amount of subsidy said to be due to by this Board. The clerk was instructed to ask for an accurate statement, defining the amount claimed, and to report as to the correctness or otherwise of tho same.
From Mr. William Manson, asking the Board to make more provision than there is at present for taking away the storm water overflowing out of Ede’s Creek, as his property was much damaged thereby. The surveyor was instructed to inspect the locality and report to next meeting ; it being understood that Mr. Manson will pay half the cost of any work that may be done.
From Messrs. Jones and Bradshaw, of Tinwald, asking that permission bo given them to fill up a hole in the side of the road, close to their store, at the Board’s expense. The surveyor, on being asked, stated that the place was dangerous, and the work was authorised to be done.
The financial report was received and adopted, showing the amount of rates collected to be as follows :—Of 1878-9, collected from 31st March, 1879, till the date of division of the district, L3GS 10s.; from then until the 31st March, 1880, Llls 19s. lid. Rates of 1879-80, collected up till the 31st March, 1880, L 1,704165. 4d., so that the subsidy, L2,18G Gs. 3d. can be claimed; and that the debtor balance at the bank was still LI,IBO 4s. 7d. owing to the Board’s share of the LIOO,OOO impounded land fund not having been yet paid. Accounts amounting to LlO9 9s. 7d. were examined and passed for payment. The Clerk was instructed to write asking the Ashburton County Council to pay the Board’s share of the LIOO,OOO, together with interest thereon, with as litle delay as possible, and also to apply to have reserve No. 1442 set apart as a cemetery reserve. The Surveyor was instructed to Call for tenders for flooring and lining the immigration cottages at Waterton, for the sinking and erection of well and pump at the Longbeach immigration cottages, and for the removal at per mile of the two immigration cottages near Ashton. The meeting then adjourned.
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