LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD.
.The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday last, when there were present—Messrs. Grigg (chairman), Chapman, and Dawson. The Surveyor’s report was read and considered, and the following works recommended therein were authorised :—Shingling of about 40 chains on Islcworth road from the boundary road eastwards. Drainage of the same road for about CO chains from Lowcliff hut road to Dobson’s road. A bridge over the creek, on "ho Lower Beach Road. A concrete culvert, with outfall drain of 20 chains, and re-grading of side ditches on boundary road at Manson’s, on the Great South road, a footbridge over the creek at Tinwakl; a 15inch pipe culvert at the next ford south of Tinwakl, and the formation of (lie road to be made up level; also the re-grading of this road from Stalker’s to the Longbeach road. A concrete culvert at the junction of Osborne’s with Ford’s road. A double culvert, with outfall drain, at Williams’ corner on Lower Beach road, and a fenced siding cutting into the Rangitata river on the same road. A letter was read from the Ashburton County Council, enclosing copies of the Ashburton County Water Supply Bill, for distribution in this district ; and another enclosing a copy of a letter from Mr. W. Stoddart to the Council, in which that gentleman complained that the Board would not clear out Ede’s creek for him, and asking the Council to compel the Boai’d to do this work. It was resolved not to clear out the creek, as the Board never interfered with it ; but as Mr. Stoddart founded his claim on the statement that the formation of the Boundary road caused additional water to flow into the creek, and the creek is not actually the outfall for the road drainage, it was resolved to put stanks in the side ditches, and so cut off all water communication between road and creek. A circular from the Registrar-General was read, asking for a return of the receipts and expenditure of the Board, during the year ended 31st March, 1880, and some other statistical information relative to the district. The clerk was desired to fill up and forward the return. Some other detail correspondence was read and disposed of. THE WAHD SYSTEM. Inaccordance with a former resolution, as publicly notified in the County newspapers, the Board proceeded to confirm the resolution of 27th May last “ That this district be legally divided into five wards, the boundaries of which shall bo—■ No. 2 Ward.—Bounded on the north-east by the centre of part of the Ashburton river, on the north-west by part of No. 1 Ward, on the south and south-west by the centres of parts of Chatmoas, McLennon’s, and Longbcach roads, and on the south-east by the centres of Dawson’s, part of Ford’s, and Wheatstone roads. No. 3 Ward,—Bounded on the north-east by the centre of part of the Ashburton river, on the north-west by part of No. 2 Ward, on the west and soufh-west by the centres of part of Longbeach road and creek, and on the south-east by the sea. No 4 Ward.—Bounded on the north and north-west by Nos. 2 and 1 Wards, on die south-west by the centres of part of the Hinds river and the Longbeach boundary drain, on the south-east by the sea, and on the oast by Nos. 3 and 2 Wards. No. 5 Ward.—Bounded on the north-east by Nos. 4 and 1 Wards on the north-west by paid of the Great Southern Railway, on the south-west by the centre of part of the Rangitata river, and on the south-east by the sea. No. 1 Ward. —Bounded on the north-east by the centre of part of the Ashburton river, on the north-west by part of the Great Southern Railway, on the south-west by the centre of part of the Hinds liver, and on the south east by the centre of part of boundary road. The pay-sheet, amounting to L 320 11s. 4d. having been passed, the Board adjourned.
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