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LONGBEACH ROAD DISTRICT.

The usual monthly meeting of the Longbeach Road Board was held on Monday last. Present—-Messrs. Grigg (chairman), Chapman, and Dawson. surveyor’s report.

The Surveyor’s report was read as follows :

I have the honor to report that with regard to the works recently authorised by the Board — i, Rangitata Cutting i j satisfactorily completed, and notwithstanding the extra cost entailed by the diversion of the road line, and authorised by the Board, at a less sum than my original estimate. If at any future time this cutting is found to be too narrow or steep it can be enlarged or regraded, and the work now done will be so much to the good.

3. Loioer Beach Road. — The timber bridge has been erected on this road over the creek next to Mr. James Moore’s farm. The wood work at the hole washed away by water is in position, an 4 the work of filling up the hole with clay and gravel is in hand, and will be finished in three or four days. The small outfall drain at Williams’ corner is also finished, and will prevent the flooding of the road at that point. j. Islesworth Road. —The shingling of the part of this road from Boundary road towards the railway station is done, only there are still a few of the stones composing the shingle larger than the specified size; these will now be broken by the contractor. The side drains on, and re-formation of the 46 chains next Islesworth station have been completed in a really creditable manner. The effect of tire work done at this place is to change an irregularly formed and swampy piece of road into a well drained, level, and shingled road at the very small cost of per chain. 4. Concrete Culverts. —The culverts, with concrete abutments, on Boundary and Osborne’s roads are erected, and the one on Graham’s road is in hand. This latter culvert would also have been finished now, only for the delay caused in the timber required for bearers not being procurable for some time, g. Boundary Road. —The outfall and side drains for this road will be finished in about a week, but are now in a serviceable state should any flood occur. 6. Ford's Road. —Owingtothe very wet state in which the sides of this road were, and the stiff nature of the' clay, the contractor for the side ditches has applied for an extension ol his contract time, and I would beg to recommend that he be given another month to finish them in. 7. Gorse Planting . —By your authority I , have had gorse plants carefully planted in the fence round these grounds. 8. Davison's Road.—hit. Huston offers to make the ford decided by the Board to be formed on this road at Mr. White’s farm for L 6 ios., and to deepen the side ditch at is. per chain. This I consider to be a very reasonable offer, but it is as much as enlarging the present culvert would have cost.

9. Crow's road. —Tenders for the side drain on Crow’s road will lie placed before you today. 10, Road to Ealing. —The road line from the coiner of R. S. 27957 to Ealing railway

station, the formation of which was asked for by Messrs. Jackson and Sweeney Bros, is about three and a-half miles in length, is quite level, dry,; and free from large stones. It is not at all likely that i( will be fenced in on both sides, but the question now arises as to what is the boundary line of this district — whether it is the original line laid out for the railway or the line as formed. If the former, then there is only one mile of this road line in this district; and if the latter, the maps of this district do not show all the road. Mr. Sweeney, who was on the ground, said that all that was really required was a direct road to the station, for at present, owing to the boundary fence between the Coldstream and Maronan rivers, a detour of a mile has to be made to get round the fence, and if this direct line was opened, and the tussock chipped off it, he would be satisfied. The chipping and burning of the tussocks would cost about is. per chain the full width of the road. 11. Great South road. —Mr. Stalker commenced the work of placing new culvert on this road, for irrigation purposes, on Friday last. 12. Crossings. —l have been applied to for the timber to make a crossing over the side drain of boundary road by Mr. Dalton. I would also beg to recommend that small timber crossings be .placed at the approaches to Messrs. Gardiner and Hawkins’ places, over the side channel on the Longbeach road. 13. Fencing. —l inspected the places and made enquiries with regard to Mr. Robert Anderson’s complaint. What he wants is that this gravel reserve be fenced off from his land, and he says that this was part of the agreement made at the time the Board bought the land from him.

14. Ashton Cottages . —-I have received an offer from a ratepayer to purchase one of the immigration cottages at Ashton, and would advise that both of them be sold, as they are useless for the purposes they were originally intended. '

13. Waterton Diainage. —Seeing by the report of the Ashburton County Engineer, as published, that that., gentleman , v does not , approve of the 'Waterton drainage scheme which I ’had the lienor to propose for. your consideration at • last meeting, and that he estimates the cost at L 2,000, 1 would beg to state that I cannot agree with him in that amount, and in order to show that I did not wish to lead either this Board or the Ashburton County Council into any unnecessary expense, I submit the following figures as my estimate of the total cost:— Earthwork —Four* miles 36 chains in length by 3 feet deep by an average width of lift. 6in,, gives cubic yards of excavation, at sdper cubic yard—L62s 9s. 4j£d. Of this gross amount, quite one-sixth of the work is done, reducing the above amount to L 521 4=. 5j4d., and even of this latter net amount a landowner has stated his willingness to do 14 chains of the work ior nothing ; but of this I take no notice. Then, so far as I know, there would be three irrigation stank; required at 10s. each, and, say, ten stanks in stream, to decrease amount of fall, at s*. each. Allow for thirteen floodgates, at 20s. each; a new bridge over the Lower Beach road, L 25; shifting a bridge on Waterton road, Lio ; and enlarging one on Daw=on’s road, Lio, and this gives a total of LSB3 4s. sj£d., or Li 123. qd. per chain. The term, “ wholly artificial,” applied by me to this work, was meant to distinguish it from using or following any crooked beds of creeks or watercourses, for the gorse fence drain at present in existence I certainly •would utilise, but it is also wholly artificial. The land required, I have every reason to believe, would all be given by the owners. There would be no severance of small or large pieces of land, as I followed the line of a boundary fence, and for that same reason there would be no field crossings required. As for the insufficient culvert accommodation at the Waterton Hotel, that is a fact already well known to the Board, and the subject of enlarging the present, or even placing a second culvert across the main Waterton road was discussed by the Board on the 21st of last October, bat action in the matter was postponed, pending some permanent scheme for the diversion of the water being carried out. I would lastly wish to point out that the proposal of Mr. Baxter to spend L4OO over 250 chains, and which I am glad to see the Council has adopted, is at the rate of only ninepence per chain less than my estimate.

W. Cuthcert, Surveyor

Clauses I, 2,3, 4,5, 6,7, and 11 were approved of. Clauses 8 and 9—Mr. Huston’s offer was considered very reasonable, but the Board decided that they could not accept any offer for this ford or the drains on Crow’s road from want of funds. Clause 10—A plough furrow is to be run along each side of the road line, and the Surveyor is to take steps to have the next direct road line opened up. Clause 12—The three crossings recommended were decided to be given. Clause 13—The Surveyor was desired to maintain the front fence, but the Board did not see the necessity of fencing all round the gravel reserve. Clause 14 —The offer received was considered to be too little. Clause 15—The Chairman stated that from a conversation he had had with Mr. Baxter, he could see that that gentleman quite miasunderstood the Surveyor’s drainage project, as Mr. Baxter did not think.the Surveyor meant to follow or utilise the gorse fence drain. WATERTON. Correspondence was then road from Mr. P. O’Shannasy, asking for some better drainage accommodation at fie Waterton Hotel. The Surveyor was desired to remedy the defective drainage, now that permanent relief was about to bo afforded by the County Council. WARD QUESTION. A letter of advice was read from the Board’s solicitors on the subject of the severance of a part of the district, or, its division into wards. The Clerk was desired to write to the Government, replying to the petition for severance, and opposing it. RESIGNATION. From Mr. Joseph Clark, resigning his seat on the Board. The Board expressed its very great regret at losing Mr, Clark’s services. The resignation was accepted. BOUNDARY ROAD. From Mr. D. McLennan, objecting to to floodwater being diverted from Ede’s creek on to his land, and threatening to close up the outfall drain. The Surveyor was directed to explain that no water diversion was being done, nor would his or any other property be injured by the Board’s work. GREAT SOUTH ROAD. From Mr. R. Little, asking ' that the Great South road, near Hindhope, may be metalled, and the crossing at the Hinds river made easier. Clerk to reply that the Board had no funds at present. ASHBURTON BRIDGE. From the Ashburton County Council, referring' the Assistant Railway Engineer’s memorandum, asking that the approaches to the Ashburton bridge may be shingled, to this Board for its information, as far as the southern approach was concerned. The Board had already resolved that no work should be done in in that locality until the question of severance was settled. PAY SHEET.

After some minor matters had been discussed the accounts were examined and .passed for payment, so far as the funds of the Board would permit. The meeting then adjourned.

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LONGBEACH ROAD DISTRICT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 150, 9 September 1880

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