WAKANUI ROAD BOARD.
The usual monthly meeting of ■ this Board was held at the Board’s office, Moore street, on Thursday. Present — Messrs. H. Friedlander', Hunt, Earle, and. Brown. Air. Friedlander apologised for the absence of Mr. Winter, and tho former gentleman was voted to the chair. correspondence. A letter was read from the Clerk of the County Council, forwarding correspondence from Air. G. S. Cooper, Undersecretary, in answer to a letter sent to Government expressing the hope of the Council that the request Of'.the Chairman for a validation of the irregularity by the Governor in the Wakanui Rate Roll under section 68 of the Rating Act, 1876, may be granted. The reply was to the effect that the law officers of the Crown, who had been consulted in. the matter, concurred in the opinion given by the Board’s solicitors, that the omission in this case was not one of mere form, and that therefore the Governor has no power to interfere under seetion 68 of the Rating Act 1876. It was resolved that the member for the district, Mr.- E. G.. Wright, be communicated with, requesting him to take whatever action he might think proper in the interests of the Board. The following letter was received from Air. Roberts ; Dear Sir, —In reply to yours of the 3rd instant, I am not disposed to refer the matter of gravel-pits on R.S. 26710 to the decision of Mr. C. P; Cox in the shape proposed by your Board, but I am quite willing to put the case clearly before Air. Cox, and take his decision as to whether Ll 5 per acre or L 25 per acre be paid for the land taken ; the smal'er being your offer, and the latter demand. —I am, Ac., W. -Roberts. The Chairman, Wakanui Road Board. " The letter was ordered to lie on the table Mr. C. R. Leadley wrote as follows : Prebbleton, June 29, 1880. Gentlemen, —Permit me to call your attention to the fact that my fences are being destroyed by the Board’s employees in the construction of Buttericks and Leadley’s drain, and that, in consequence of the destruction of the said fences, my property is left in an exposed and unprotected condition. As no means have been provided or steps taken to close the gap made in ‘ the fences, tho paddock through which the drain is taken is constantly infested with stray horses and cattle, and as the said X>addock is now sown with wheat, serious injury to the crops is the result. I tlieretrust that you will give tho matter immediate attention, and that you will have he before-mentioned gaps repared with posts and rails, or other 'material, and thus prevent any further injury to the growing crops through trespassing horSes, cattle, - ctc. And I herewith give the Board notice that as the Board has refused to meet me in the way suggested in my letter to the Board I have no alternative but to refer the matter to arbitration ; and with that view, I give you notice that I have appointed Air. William Flesher, of Bingsland (late Chairman of the Avon Road Board), to-be my assessor, and an affidavit to this ’ effect will be filed in the Supreme Court, Christchurch, in due course.—l am, &c., C. R. Leadley. The Chairman and Members, Wakanui Road Board. After a lengthy conversation, it was decided to get the fencing referred to in Air. Leadley’s letter executed at once, the matter of compensation to be referred to Alessrs. Branson and Purnell, and in the event of the affair being gone on with, Air. C. P. Cox be asked to act as assessor for the Board. Mr. David Ross wrote asking that a drain be made on the road near the East Belt, in the absence of which the road was being much damaged. mrssrrmoivea to get'iho work done. A letter was read from Miff Marshman, Commissioner of Crown Lands, in answer to one sent by the Clerk to the Board, requesting tnat a Crown- grant be issued for the Board’s offices. Air. Marshman stated that on certain facts being sent to him, attested to by the officers of tho Board, that he would recommend the request be complied with. The Board decided to communicate with Air. Marshman asking that a Crown grant be also issued for the gravel reserves in the district. Mr. James Wilkie, Collector to the Board, wrote forwarding a list of ratepayers who had paid their rates, also, a defaulters’ list. Tho Collector stated that owing to the complicated and incomplete state of the roll, the difficulty in tracing ownership, dividing accounts and acreage between separate ratepayers, which had occupied so much time in explanations and lengthy correspondence, he had been unable to get in all the rates as expected by the end of June, but there was every probability of tho rates being got in in tho course of a fortnight. It was resolved that tho Collector be written to, drawing his attention to a discrepancy in the statements he had rendered to the Board and tho rate roll; also, that he be instructed to take proceedings at once against defaulting ratepayers. surveyors’ report. Beach Road. —Forming to full width from finger post to school. The contractor has finished this work. Metalling Beach Road from finger-post to school. The contractor is making favorable progress with this w r ork. Leadley's to Bntterich's Drain. —No. 1 section—This contract is jus! upon completion ; there only remains some trimming to the drain and road to be put in order Ac. The contractor has experienced considerable difficulty in pushing forward this work, owing to the very hard condition of the ground. Repairs and Additions to Road Board Cottages. —This contract is completed. Re-formation Ac., of part of Seajield Road. —The contractor is progressing with this work, which will be completed in a few days. Drainage.— During heavy rainfalls a considerable quantity of water stand on the road near corner of R.S. With a small drain and culvert put in to carry water into the gravel pit at that corner, this could be obviated with a small expense. Maintenance of Roads. —We have requested the contractor to pay particular attention to roads under his contract, as, after the late rains, they are liable to be considerably cut up. As directed at last meeting we have taken the necessary levels for draining part of Corbett’s road, plans and particulars of which will be put before you. It will take a very small expense to get lid of the water standing on the road referred to in Air. S. Wright’s letter. Wo have given certificates for work done and in progress. The suggestions of the Surveyors regarding drainage were agreed to, the work to be gone on with at once. WAKAUI ROAD. Mr. Hunt said that the Wakanui road in one or two places - was in a very bad state, and if not seen to at once, would be impassable in a very short time. The Surveyor was instructed to employ extra labor to get the road put into repair. DRAINAGE PIPES. The Surveyor said there were a number of pipes on the East Belt which, if the Board were to authorise their being taken up, would be worth about L4O. They were useless in their present position, and liable to bo destroyed. Mr. Hunt calculated it would cost about Ll 5 after the pipes were taken up to. fill in the holes.
Mr. Brown said that if the value of the pipes only cleared the expense of getting them up it would bo worth rvhile taking the work in hand, and thus giving the work 1o some of the unemployed. The pipes were useless where they were. The matter was left in the hands of the Surveyors and Mr. Friedlander to take action. accounts. were then passed for payment, and the Board adjourned.
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