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MOUNT SOMERS. The ordinary monthly meeting of this Board was held at the office, Mount Somers, on Monday, June 7th, 1880. Present —Messrs. Cameron (in the chair), Taylor, and. Peach. The following correspondence was read ; —From the Regis-trar-Central and from the Minister for Public Works, enclosing forms of returns and requesting that they may be filled in and forwarded ; the Clerk stated that the request had been complied with. From the Upper Ashburton Road Board, agreeing to form the boundary road from Thomson’s road to the north east corner of rural section 28886, provided the Mount Somers Road Board contributed half the amount of accepted tender. From the Ashburton County Council, with reference to formation of roads leading into Alford Forest, and consenting to subsidise any expenditure of the Board to the amount of L3OO. From the Secretary for Public V orks with reference to the route to be adopted for the continuation of the Mount Somers Railway. A petition was received from Alex. Hewson and nine other ratepayers, offering to furnish all the necessary birch timber gratis for a foot bridge over Bowyer’s Stream on Hewson’s road, provided the Board find all other timber and labor. The Board considered the proposal a fair one, and decided to call for tcndeis foi the work. A petition was received from Mr. Peter Joli and fourteen others, urging upon the Board the necessity for at once forming Graham’s road from the end of the metalline to a point forty chains north-west towards the Forest. The surveyor to report at next meeting, and to ascertain whom the road will benefit. From Messrs. Wm. Montgomery and Co. re contract for drain pipes. The clerk stated that he had replied. Circulars and price lists were received from,Messrs. Austin and Kirk, and also from Messrs. Wm. Montgomery and Co., Ashburton. Mr. Andrew Macfarlane waited upon the Board and requested that a cutting may be made down the big terrace opposite his house, and leading to the bush sections m the North Ashburton gorge. The surveyor to report. Mr. William Fergus attended re drainage on Fergus road. The Board, after considering the surveyors report upon the above, decided to compel the water to follow its natural course through Mr. William Wilson’s section. The surveyor was instructed to call for tenders for the following works Remetalling township road, 133 chains; footbridge over Bowyer’s stream on Hewson’s road ; formation on Stevenson s road, 90 chains more or less ; also, for fresh tenders for the supply of drain pipes for twelve months, and to send a copy of the specifications to the Lyttelton Limes office, Christchurch. With reference to the surveyor’s report upon the Black Mountain track, it was decided to have it repaired after the winter is over. The surveyor was instructed to report (generally upon Fergus’ road ; to estimate value of work done by Michael McAvey on Shepherd’s hush road ; ar.d also contract done by Donald Forbes on Anama Downs cutting. It was decided to send a copy of the report upon the road between Alford Forest road and western approach to Taylor’s stream bridge to the County Council, with a request that it may receivi their immediate attention. Mr. Gookson, jun., laid upon the table the valuation list for 1880, as prepared by him. With reference to the letter from the Upper Ashburton Road Board, it was decided to contribute half the cost of the formation of the Boundary road. The Surveyor’s report was read and considered. Tenders were opened, and one accepted for each of the following works No. 11, Stevenson’s road ; No. 12, Anama Downs road. Only one tender having been received for the supply of drain pipes, it was decided to call for fresh tenders. The pay sheet, amounting to L524859d, having been passed for payment the Board Adjourned. MOUNT HUTT. The usual monthly meeting of the above Board was held at Methven on Thursday, the 10th inst—all the members present. The overseer’s report was read and considered. He was recommended to complete any work he had in hand by day labor ; and after finishing the same to discontiue that kind of expenditure. Any new works likely to incur a small cost, were ordered to be let by contract, one member and the overseer to decide upon accepting the same. Drainage of Mount Hutt and Alford Forest Boad. —The surveyor’s report showed that owing to the storm water from Mount Hutt being of so sudden and destructive a nature,'it would be necessary to cut a fresh channel to divert the floodwater through Mi*. MTlraith’s upper paddocks, thence into a natural creek, and then through the same ratepayer’s lower paddocks, when the water would find its way into the permanent drainage scheme. As Mr. M'llraith had not replied to the Clerk’s letter requesting him to contribute towards the cost, the matter was postponed till the next meeting of the Board. The overseer’s recommendation to divert Chapman’s creek into Mount Harding creek was 'objected to by the Board, as it was considered that in the event of any damage being done by floods on Springfield run, Messrs. Gould and Cameron would have a cause of action against the Board, and it was resolved that the original water course should be adhered to, and a flood-gate put in at Mr. D. G. Holmes’ fence, near Methven ; and the storm water would then find its way into the channels now being excavated by the County Council. The clerk was instructed to inform Mr. Holmes of the Board’s objection, he having consented to the diversion. Gravel Pits. —Correspondence was read from Messrs. Alington and Coward, objecting to the fencing of a gravel-pit on their property. The letter was ordered to be acknowledged, and Messrs. Alington and Coward to be informed that the Board approved of the overseer’s action in this matter ; also that the action of the Board had been taken under the provisions of The Public Works Act of 1876. From Mr. Wynn Williams, re the Board’s request for an acre of his land for a gravelpit. The notice served on Mr. Williams stated that the Board would buy one acre ; and as it appeared that the area did not require to be stated in the notice by the Act, it was resolved to take as much of the property as would be necessary for metalling the road. Drainage on the Boundary of the Mount Mutt and South Bdkaia Districts. —An arrangement had been made by the surveyors of the respective districts to meet on the ground to arrange preliminaries in connection with the work, and the officers of the Boards had agreed upon a scheme ; but as no report had been received from South Rakaia, the matter was necessarily postponed till next meeting. Sundry accounts, including one from the South Rakaia Board, re expenses of division of district, were passed for payment and the Board adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 113, 15 June 1880

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ROAD BOARDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 113, 15 June 1880