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The ordinary monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Road’ Board office, Mount. Somers, oh Monday, Sept. 6th, 1880. Present —Messrs. W. C. Walker (Chairman), D. Cameron, L E. Taylor, and A. E. Peache. The following correspondence was read : ..From Mr. William Reynolds, requesting the Board to re-form and metal the road fronting his section.—Granted. From the Ashburton County Council, re the site of pound. The Surveyor was repeated to make a re-survey, and to inform the Council of the result. ■

From the same, enclosing a copy of resolution passed by the Council re the Mount Somers Railway. From the same, enclosing account for half cost of construction of bridge ever the South Ashburton.—The Clerk to reply that, owing to the bank book not being to hand, the Board must defer the payment of their share until next sitting.

From the County Engineei’, with reference to the approaches to Taylor’s stream bridge, and other matters.—The Surveyor stated he had had the necessary work done as requested by the Enginer. Prom the Chief Surveyor, re gravel reserves in the district.—The Surveyor to send a list of sites suitable for the above purpose. A petition was received from Mr. Alex. Howson and seventeen others, asking the Board to complete the contract on Hewson’s road. —To be reported upon. From Mr, Thomas Simpson and seven others, urging upon the Board the necessity for forming a road from section 5288 to Graham’s road.—To be reported upon.

A circular was received from Mr. A. Simpson, re stationery, etc. An account from Mr. J. Ivess was received. —The Olerk was instructed to apply to Mr. Ivess for an explanation. The Surveyor’s report was read and considered. It was decided to invite tenders for Fords and repairs on the West Coast road ; metalling 100 chains, more, or less, Reynold’s road : making cutting at Macfarlane’s terrace ; and for a valuer for the district, in accordance with the Rating Act, 1876, Amendment Act, 1879.

The Surveyor was directed to have a plough furrow drawn on the different roads' in No. 1 Ward, to guide travellers where the roads are unformed. The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Gerard, and also to the Chief Surveyor, with reference to the survey of a road round the Black Mountain.

Tenders were opened, and one accepted, for each of the following works : No. 21, Alford Forest road, Hewson and Cook, L 25 ss. 4d.; No. 22, Sawmill road, Jas. Ross, L4O; No. 23, Tramway road, Donald Forbes, L 9. No tender was accepted for No. 24, Black Mountain track, owing to their being too high. Mr. Walker resigned his seat as Chairman, expressing it as his opinion that the Chairman of the Board should reside in the district. He thanked the Board for their kindness in requesting him to continue to act as their Chairman at a previous meeting, but thought it advisable that the Chairman should live near the Board’s offices. Mr. Taylor proposed, and Mr. Cameron seconded, that Mr. Peache be Chairman. Mr. Peache thanked the Board for the compliment - paid him and consented to act in that capacity. The paysheet, amounting to L 330 Is., having been passed for payment the Board adjourned.

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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 150, 9 September 1880

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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 150, 9 September 1880

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