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The ordinary monthly meeting was held on Tuesday, Gth inst. Present—All the members excepting Mr. M. Stitt. The minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed, and the overseer’s report since last meeting was read and considered. Grigg and Guild’s amended tender fur the formation of Wilson and Davis’ road was accepted. Correspondence was read as follows : Circular memoranda re taking land for public works under part 11 of “ The Public Works Act, 1876.” From Ashburton County Council, wish a copy of a paragraph of the report of their engineer, referring to certain work on the north bank of the South Ashburton river on the upper side of the road leading to Mr. Reed’s mill. The Clerk was requested to reply that the Board is willing to do the work on the terms agreed by the Council, viz., L3O for the whole work, the Council to bear half the cost. He was requested at the same time to make application for this Board’s share of funds granted by resolution of the Council for planting purposes. From Ashburton County Council asking for a certified copy of the rate roll for 1879 of that part of the district lying between the branches of the Ashburton, in order that the Council may take the necessary steps to lay a special rate of one shilling in the pound for the protective works already erected.

From Mr. Archibald M’Farlane, Railway Inspector, complaining that through the divergence of a creek passing through Mr. M'Lean’s land certain damages were accruing to the Mount Somers Railway in times of flood. The Clerk stated that Mr. M‘Farlane, the Chairman, and Overseer had visited the locality and failed to see that the Board, through any action on their part, were culpable in the matter. Further, the Chairman of the Board and Overseer gave conclusive testimony that the Board had had nothing whatever to do with altering or in any way deviating any water course that would have the effect of the injuring the Mount Somers railway line. From Mr. J. Oliver, re yearly audit of books and accounts.

From the same, expressing satisfaction at the method and care displayed by the Clerk in his accounts during the period of five years for which time he had been called upon to examine his accounts. From the Ashburton Borough Council asking permission to cut a shallow channel along the side of Winter’s road for the purpose of bringing water from the mill race into the town of Ashburton. The Clerk*mentioned that he had been requested by members to reply, granting the required permission. From the same acknowledging the receipt of the Board’s letter with thanks. From Secretary to the Treasury re subsidy on rates collected. From the manager Union Bank of Australia re interest on banking account. From Mr. T. L. Bosenberg applying for use of gravel reserve. Granted on the Board’s usual terms. Mr. J. Bland’s request for a new road into the Alford Forest road was favorably considered, the Clerk to make the necessary application. The Clerk was requested to call tenders for several works and to report on others, and to take the earliest opportunity of seeing Mr. John Carter relative to Maronan road.

Accounts were then passed and the Board adjourned.

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UPPER ASHBURTON ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 85, 10 April 1880

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UPPER ASHBURTON ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 85, 10 April 1880