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The adjourned meeting of this Board was held at the office, Mount Somers, on Monday, July 12, 1880. Present — Messrs." Duncan Cameron, J. E. Taylor, and A. E. Peache. Mr. Taylor proposed, and Mr. Peache seconded —“ That Mr. Cameron take the chair. ” An apology was read from Mr. W. C. Walker, stating that, owing to the meeting having been adjourned to the 12th, ho was unable to attend, having made a previous engagement. The Surveyor’s report was read and considered. The following correspondence was read and disposed of: —From the Ashburton County Council, with reference to the road on the south side of Taylor’s stream bridge. From the same, acknowledging the receipt of resolutions passed at a meeting held at Mount Somers on May 15 re the Mount Somers Railway, and requesting to be furnished with a tracing of diversion of line. The Clerk was directed to apply to the Resident Engineer for the tracing, as desired by the County Council. From the same, enclosing account for half-cost to approaches to Taylor’s stream bridge. The Board decided to let the account stand over until a proper connection is made with the main road on the sbuth side, through Rouse’s and Campbell’s sections. From the Registrar-General, requesting that the statistical return may be amended, and immediately forwarded. The Clerk was requested to furnish the information at once. From Mr. William Gerard re the Black Mountain track. The Board decided to assent to Mr. Gerard’s request, and to place a shoot across the shingle-slip, a bridge across the chasm, make the cutting on the west side of Cascade Glen, and widen any dangerous places on the track. The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Gerard, advising him to apply to the Chief Surveyor to lay off a road round the Black Mountain. From Mr. W. D, Lyall, offering his professional services for any draftsman’s work. To be replied to. From the Upper Ashburton Road Board, asking if the Mount Somers Road Board would consent to pay half cost of metalling the road now in course of formation. The Board consented to comply with the request, provided the Upper Ashburton Road Board obtained the co-operation of the Mount Hutt Board in metalling the feat of the road to Lyndhurst Station. From Mr. J. H. Aitken, with reference to the formation of a road into Alford Forest, near Slapden’s old mill. The Clerk to reply that the Board intend to invite tenders for the work at once. A petition was received from Mr. Richard Boulton and 24 others, requesting the Board to form the road from the south approach to Taylor’s stream bridge to the main road. The Board were of opinion that the County Council should do the work, and call upon them (the Board) for half the cost. A petition was also received from Mr. W. T. Chapman and 24 others, requesting that an additional 15 chains of the Sawmill road be formed. The Board did not consider the work necessary. It was decided to construct dams on Fergus’ road so as to compel the water to flow down its natural course ; to invite tenders for formation on Graham’s road, and for repairs on Cameron’s road. The Surveyor was instructed to write to the Mount Hutt Road Board, to request their co‘operation in making cuttings on boundary road, between western end of metalling, and the North Ashburton. Also in forming and metalling the boundary road between Reynold’s road and the road leading to Cairnbrae. It was resolved in future to inflict fines for all contracts not completed by the specified time. The following resolution was proposed by Mr. Taylor, seconded by Mr. Peache, and carried —“ That owing to the distance at which the Chairman is now residing from Mount Somers, for the future all cheques shall be signed by two members of the Board, instead of as hitherto by the Chairman. Tenders were opened, and one accepted, for each of the following works : —No. 13 —Supply of drain pipes for 12 months, delivered a'; Ashburton, Ford and Ogden. No. 14—Township road, metalling &c., JohnDevery. No. 16—Sawing 5,000 feet black birch timber, Thomas Capon. No tender was accepted for No. 15, foot bridge on Hewson’s road, as they were considered too high. The pay sheet, amounting to L 396 Bs. 7d., having been passed for payment the Bos£TcT’adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 126, 15 July 1880

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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 126, 15 July 1880