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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD.

The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held at the office, Mount Somers, on Monday, August 2nd, 1880. Present—Messrs. W. C. Walker (chairman), Duncan Cameron, J. E. Taylor, and A. E. Peach.

The Surveyor’s report was read and considered. The following correspondence was read ; From the Resident Engineer, enclosing a tracing of the proposed diversion of the Mount Somers Railway. It was proposed by Mr. Peache, seconded by Mr. Taylor, and carried—“ That the tracing be sent to the County Council, with a request that they will use their influence in having the line carried out according to Mr. Triphook’s survey.” From the Ashburton County Council, also forwarding tracing of the above diversion for the Board’s consideration. The Cleric was directed to return it to them.

From Mr. W. T. Chapman, requesting that the Board would repair the road leading to his property. The Surveyor to get the work done. From the Ashburton County Council, re poundkeeper for the Mount Somers Pound, asking the Board if they would recommend that Mr. Clark be appointed. Mr, Clark here interviewed the Board and stated that he would not be prepared to carry on his duties after the 31st inst. for the same remuneration that he was at present receiving. The Board, therefore, decided to call for fresh tenders for twelve months, to be sent in by the 30th August, which tenders would be opened by a committee consisting of two members of the Board.

From Mr. Edward Chapman, chairman of public meeting held at Methven, re the Amended Water Supply Bill, protesting against its adoption, and requesting the Board’s co-operation. The Clerk to reply that the Board do not consider that the interests of the district are affected thereby, and decline to interfere in the matter.

From Mr. W. Power, requesting that the road near his property may be formed and metalled. The Surveyor to report. From Mr. James Rowe and others, re the road on west side of Gough’s crossing. The Surveyor stated that the necessary work had been let.

Mr. Philip Tisch interviewed the Board relative to the continuation of the formation of Sawmill road. The Board decided that the work was unnecessary. Mr. Andrew Macfarlano waited upon the Board, and requested them to form the cutting down the terrace at the back of his house. The Board decided to do the work, provided Mr. Macfarlane and the other persons interested contribute LSO. The Clerk was directed to apply to the Chief Surveyor to lay off gravel reserves in the different wards of the district.

The Surveyor was authorised to purchase a theodolite for the purpose of making re-surveys of roads where the pegs have been destroyed. The following resolution was proposed by Mr. Taylor, seconded by Mr. Cameron, and carried—“ That Mr. A. E. Peaohe be Treasurer to the Board, and that all cheques be signed by the Treasurer, and one other member of the Board.” It was resolved that for the future no cheques sent in as deposits on contracts will be recognised unless marked by the Bank.

Mr. Peache applied for 6-in. drain pipes on Mount Somers Downs road, and offered to do the necessary work if the Board provide the pipes, Granted. It was decided to invite tenders for the Black Mountain Track; poundkeeper for Mount Somers Pound for twelve months ; culvert on Swamp road ; formation twenty chains, Tramway Reserves road (near pound) ; and for groin near Rutherford’s. Tenders were opened and one accepted for each of the following works :—No. 15, footbridge on Hewson’s road, Petersen and Shepherd, L 39 ss. 6d. ; No. 17, Bowyor’s stream road, TimothyKiely, L 267 65.; No. 20, Reynold’s road and Cameron’s roads, John Boyle, L 144 10s. The pay sheet amounting to L 240 ss. lOd. having been passed for payment, the Board adjourned.

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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 135, 5 August 1880

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