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The usual monthly meeting of the Mount Hutt Road Board was held in the Board’s office, Methven, on Thursday. Present—Messrs. Chapman (in the chair), Pannett, Alington, J. Jackson, and McMillan. • ; OVERSEER’S REPORT.., , The following report was read : “ Since the last meeting I hive only had work done that really required doing—such as filling u,j holes caused by the heavy traffic and the crossing repaired hi Dry Creek. The roads are in a very bad state at present, especially portions of the West Coast road. The first section, from south boundary, to the corner of Mr. Grigg’s land ; second, from Methven to Mr. Holmes,’gate ; third, from junction of Alford Forest and Mount Hutt road to top of large terrace these sections have had some heavy Iraffic upon them lately. The shingle has. been cut through and a quantity of earth brought to the surface. No. I requires re-shingbng; ten yards of good shingle to the chain would be sufficient. No. 2 requires only about from three to five yards of new shingle to the chain to fill ruts. No. 3 requires re-forming, and about twelve yards of shingle to the chain—about thirty chains. The Coach road has been cut up very badly by timber wagons. The shingle on thia road does not seem to stand very well, and would require constant attention to keep the ruts well filled in. There appears to be a deal of traffic from Methven to the bridge over the north branch of the Ashburton river, and, as the timber wagons have cut up the tussock very badly, I would suggest that the road be formed twenty-five feet wide, and get thirty yards of shingle to the chain. The laid-off road from Pocock’s whare to Rakaia is full of holes, and requires forming. There are several roads that have been formed for some time —viz., Winchmore, Lyndhurst, Urrall, and Cairnbrae, that require shingling. The contractors for Chertsey road are also the contractors for a section of the West Coast road. Shingling contracts will shortly be completed, the wet weather having delayed them some time, otherwise the work would have beoh completed. 1 have inspected the road applied for, by Mr. S. Rolls. This road runs through a very rough and marshy piece of land. There are several very nasty creeks that would require cutting in and out of them. A drain would have to be cut: on the upper side of the road. The large creek and creek would take a large cutting at the junction. I estimate the cost of cutting and drain at £ ——. I have also made an estimate of the cost of cutting a drain on the Broom Park property, chains long and - feet wide, at per chain. Instead of making an estimate of timber crossing, I have made an estimate of a crossing consisting of boulders set with concrete (a plan of which 1 have prepared), the cost of which will be much less than timber.. Tenders have been called for several small pieces of work, viz. Reforming Main road from Corwar to Highbank, open crossing, formation of five chains of street on Barr Hill, widening, cutting, and shingling road from Main road to top of cutting. Tender for these works will be laid before you to-day for your consideration; also, for letting the Pound.” CORRESPONDENCE.' From Mr. Maugham, of Chertsey, asking for extension ■ of time of contract, and enclosing account for repairing damage to formation caused by floods. After some discussion, it was decided to allow Mr. Mangham L 5 for extra haulage, and to disallow the claim for damage. From Mr. T. H. Jackson, complaining of the Board’s action in opening a fence on his property, and allowing fiis sheep to stray. The overseer reported that he had replaced the fence, and that Mr. Jackson had expressed himself satisfied. From Mr. Butt, complaining of the Board’s action in cutting a passage for the storm-water through his fence, and stating that he would hold the Board responsible for the damage done, which he said amounted to some L2oo.—lt was decided that no notice be taken of the letter, as Mr, Butt had been informed of the facts of the case at the Board’s previous meeting. From Mr. Pereday, reporting that the transfer of the land bought as a site for the office had been forwarded to Mr; Russell for completion ; and reporting on the effect of the negotiations re transfer of land for pound purposes from the Board to. the County Council. —Resolved that Mr. Fereday be written to apd asked to complete the transfer of the land to the Road Board. WORKS. The Overseer was instructed to call for tenders for the formation of a road from the main road to the corner of Mr. Sydney Rolls’ fence. The Overseer was instructed to call for tenders for the following works—viz., reforming and sowing in cocksfoot the Back track, in three sections ; ; re-shingling first section of the West Coast Road, tvyelve yards shingle to the chain ; shingling the Lyndhurst, Winchmore, Cairnbrae, Mitcham, and Urral branch roads, fifteen yards to the chain. The rest of the works recommended in the : Overseer’s report ■ were, ordered to stand over till next meeting. TENDERS. Tenders were opened for the following works Forming five chains at Barr Hill, P. Castigan, 4s. per chain (accepted) , reforming road from Highbank to Corwar, G. Rickards, 3s. lOd. per chain (accepted); crossings, G. Rickards, L 4 each (accepted), shingling and cutting at Barr Hill —A. Prunty, Is. per yard, shingling, and L 4 removing clay (accepted). POUNDKEBPEE. The Board recommended Mr, James Ireland to the County Council as a suitable person for the position of poundkeeper, at a salary of L 25 per annum, in addition to the fees. FINANCE. The Chairman then laid before the meeting a letter from .the Mount Somers Road Board, asking the Board to con- , tribute its share towards certain necessary repairs on the Boundary road ; also, some correspondence relative to the bank rates of interest on fixed deposits and stating , that L 6,000 had been deposited as follows :—L2,000 for six months, L 4,000 for twelve months, in accordance with in- , structions received from the Board. The meeting then adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 139, 14 August 1880

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MOUNT HUTT ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 139, 14 August 1880