The ordinary meeting of the Board was held on Tuesday the 4th inst. Present— Messrs. D. M‘Lcan (Chairman) Stitt, and Sargent. The overseer road his monthly report, and several works reported on were considered.
CORRESPONDENCE. Fx*om the Union Bank of Australia, carrying out the Board’s instructions re fixed deposits.
From A. M‘Coll, Rangitata station, asking for the formation of 80 chains of the road from Ealing railway station up to the north .bank of the Rangitata, the same being in a dangerous state. The Overseer mentioned that tenders had boon called on the 21st April, and the work lot to diaries Smitliel, at Gs. (Id. per chain. From the County Council, forwarding copies of Water Supply Bill for distribution.
From the same, informing the Board that L 2719 10s. 5d., share of impounded land, fund, with interest, had been placed with the Union Bank of Australia, to the credit of the Board.
From the same, with copy of Electoral Roll, for this riding, to be on view at the Board’s office until the loth May, as provided in the Counties Act.
From the same, granting Ll 5 towards protective works on the south, branch Ashburton river.
From John Fraser, contractor for Mount Somers railway, asking permission to take shingle out of the gravel pit near Black’s road.-—-Granted.
From the Secretary to the Treasury, and from the Under Secretary for Public Works, with returns to be filled up. From the Mount Somers Road Board, requesting that the boundary road from Thompson’s to the Lyndhurst Railway station, about 70 chains, be formed. The Clerk to reply that the Board is whiling to form the road, provided the Mount Somers Road Board, pay ono-half of the cost, it being a boundary road between the two districts. From Win. Fraser, asking for extra moneys for fencing reserve No. 20G4. The Board considered Mr. Fraser was well enough paid, more especially as he was benofitting himself, lie having leased the reserve.
From Alex. Finlay, asking for the use of gravel reserve No. 2C98. Granted under the usual conditions imposed by the Board. The Clerk to write to that effect. The Clerk was directed to write to Mr. W. Sutherland, asking him to clear out the creek at the blacksmith’s shop, Alford Forest road. He was also directed to call for tenders for several works for the 17th last.
Accounts were then passed and the Board adjourned.
MOUNT SOMEES. The ordinary monthly meeting of this Board was held at the office, Mount Somers, on ’Monday, May 3rd. Present —Messrs. W. G. Walker (Chairman), W. S, Peter, J r E. Taylor, D. Cameron, and A. E. Peaobo. The Chairman informed the Board that as he now resided out of the district during the principal part of the year, .it was his intention to resign his seat as Chairman of the Board. It was proposed by Mr 1 . Peter, seconded by Mr. D. Cameron, and carried unanimously, that Mr. Walker bo requested to continue to act as Chairman. Mr. Walker thanked the members for their confidence in him, and consented to continue to act as their Chairman.
The Surveyor’s report was road and considered.
The following correspondence was read:
From Mr. A. priufcy, requesting payment of his account, being balance on Double Hill track, and repairs to Rudicrford’s cutting. The Clerk to reply.
From the Resident Engineer, informing the Board that it was the intention of the Government to carry the Mount Somers railway along the south side of the South Ashburton, and to abandon a portion of the survey made by Mr. Triphook. The Clerk was requested to write to the Minister for Public 'Yorks strongly protesting against the abandonment of Mr. Triphook’s survey; and also to the member for the district, requesting him to use his best endeavors to prevent the injustice of such a route being adopted' as that mentioned in the Resident Engineer’s letter.
It was resolved that a public meeting of ratepayers be held at an early date to protest against the proposed alteration of line.
From Mi\ Jas. Carlton, consenting to accept the terms offered by the Boai’d as final payment on Gorse Fence road and Tramway road. The .Board decided to pay Carlton according to their previous offer.
From Messrs Ford and Ogden, inclosing price list of pipes. The Board decided to call for tenders for the supply of pipes for 12 months, to be delivered at Mount Somers.
From the Ashburton County Council in reply to a letter from the Board with reference to subsidising cost of Alford Bush roads, and requesting to be furnished with estimates of coots qf fox-nation. The Surveyor was directed to forward estimates, and also the amounts of the tenders accepted fur Sawmill road and Boyd’s road.
From the same, advising the Board that the sum of L 2,441 Is. Gd., being the Board’s share of the impounded land fund, has been paid in to the credit of the Board’s account.
From the same, enclosing accounts for the Board’s promised contribution towards the cost of the bridges over the North and South Ashburton rivers, and also over Taylor’s stream. Prom the same, r-a the shortening of South Ashburton Bridge. From Mr. 0. Percy Cox (as agent for the Union Insurance Company), with reference to the insurance of the Hoad Board house and stable.
From the Secretary for Public Works, informing the Board that the completed portion of the Mount Somers Railway was opened for traffic on the 7th ult. From Messrs.' Poyntz and Co. (as agents for thcNortli British Insurance Company), with reference to the insurance of the Road Board buildings. The Clerk to reply. From Messrs. Garrick avid Oowliehaw, recpiestiug payment of expenses incurred in attending Assessment Court. The Clerk to reply. A petition signed by Mr. W. T. Chapman and nine other ratepayers was received, urging on the Board the necessity of at once completing Fergus’ road. The Surveyor to report. A petition was received from Mr. Edward Sa villa and of her,“, praying that the Board would at once call for tenders for forming the road from their property to the Lyndhurst Railway Station. The Clerk was -instructed to reply that the Board were only waiting for legal power to act in the matter.
The Clerk was instructed to advertise the diversion of road through Messrs, Gould and Cameron’s land, under Section 93 of the Public Works Act, 1876.
It was resolved that the advertisements bo divided between the Ashburton Mail and Ashburton Guardian for the future, provided the expense of advertising be not materially increased thereby. The Clerk was instructed to prepare a statement of receipts and expenditure front January Ist to May 31st. Mr. Otto Bergtto interviewed the Board and requested some compensation for the trouble incurred in clearing out store at Mount Somers for the purpose of holding annual meeting therein. The Board considered the claim of Mr, Bergtto a fair one,
and allowed him a fair price for the work. Mr. Fergus 'drew the Board’s attention to the damage dons to his land by the overflow of creek. The Surveyor to report, and to have culverts put in if necessary. It was resolved that the tender of Alexander Harvey for contract Ho. G, Taylor’s read, which was considered by the Board on Monday, the 19th ultimo, be accepted. The Surveyor was instructed to call for tenders for Anama Downs road, formation on Stevenson’s road, and for the supply of drain pipes for 12 months ; also to report upon Morrow’s road ; Shepherd’s beach road; Anama cutting; drainage, &0., Fergus road ; roads into Alford Forest ; Double Hill track ; and upon the differentplantations in the district. Tenders were opened, and one accepted for each of the following works : —Ho. .7, Sawmill road, Alexander Forbes ; Ho. 8, Boyd’s road, William Easton ; Ho. 9, Annina to Mount Somers road, Donald Forbes; Ho. 10, putting in fords, &c., Donald Forbes.
The pay-sheet, amounting to LlOls 4s. 9d., having been passed for payment, the Board adjourned.
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