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The Board held its usual monthly meeting on Thursday, sth instant. Present — Messrs. C. N. Mackie (Chairman), D. G. Holmes, E. S- Coster, and W. Allan. The Clerk’s report was read and received.

The Chairman stated that ho had received the following tenders, which had been recommended by the township Works Committee:—Wm. Doherty—forming part of Bowen street, 12s. per chain ; Charles Lake—metalling part of Bowen and Chapman streets, Is. 9d. per yard ; J. Leask —sinking a well, 3s. per foot; and that all the works have been completed. The Chairman’s action was approved. A petition was received from twentyfour residents in the township and neighborhood, asking the Board to put in hand some work for their employment during the winter, as they have been a long time out of employment.

It was resolved that the Clerk write to Mr. Shannon, whose name appears at the head of the list of signatures, informing him that the Board will put in hand the following works for the benefit of the local unemployed :— Forming Jones’ road, breaking stones on River Road and Thompson’s Track, and thinning the plantation. The different works to be let in sections.

It was resolved that the Chairman and Messrs. Costur, Holmes, aud Allan be appointed a Committee to visit the localities and fix the price to be given for the work, the Committee to meet on Thursday, 12th inst. It was resolved to invite tenders for metalling about twenty chains of the road from South road to Thomson’s track, the tenders to be considered on the 12th inst.

A letter was read from the Mount Hutt Road Board enclosing a resolution passed at a meeting held there on the 15th ultimo, re the Ashburton Waterworks Bill. The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Bill having passed the House, no action could be taken in the matter. A circular was received from the Colonial Secretary at Wellington, asking the Board to proceed with such local works as the Board may be able to put in hand, with a view to relieving the existing depression in the labor market. It was resolved to reply to the Colonial Secretary that the Board is doing all it can to find work for the local unemployed. A letter was received from Harper, Harper, and Scott, informing the Board that Mr. John Maclean has executed the transfer of one acre of land for a gravel pit. J. Beard wrote to the Board with reference to an account due by the Board to Lake and Beard. It was resolved to let the account stand over till next meeting.

Accounts to the amount of L 244 3s. Bd. were passed for payment, and the Board adjourned.

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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 136, 7 August 1880

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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 136, 7 August 1880

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