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Wakanui Road Board.

The usual monthly meeting of the Wakanui Road Board was held to-day in the Road Board office, Moore street, at which Messrs Friedlander (presiding), Brown, Earle, and Hunt were present. The following letter was read : Wakanui, November 3rd, 1880. To the Chairman of Wakanui Road Board. Sir, — As we arc now prepared to give a- title to land bought for drain by Road Board on section lot 29 on sale plan of Wakanui Estate, we should like to have the matter settled, but we do not mean to settle unless the Board will give as compensation and between end of drain and big gully. As the water brought on to this land has a tendency to do us a considerable amount of damage, for the land is mostly ploughed and sown, we think we aie justly entitled to our claim ; and in giving big gully as a watercourse we think we are doing quite enough. We wish also to say that we consider ourselves entitled to about seven pounds (Lv) as compensation for damage done to land and fence on side of cutting by water, for we believe this could have been avoided bad it been properly managed, and we hope that the Board will give these matters a little consideration to-day. McLeaiy Bros, and Winter. Mr. Brown said if this were paid for, it would be necessary to try a watercourse to the race. It was resolved not to entertain the letter as regards compensation, but the Board was prepared to pay for the land purchased as per agreement. A request from certain ratepayers to do certain work on the Wakanui road was received. Mr. Brown said the road was very bad indeed. Mr. Hunt suggested a bridge as necessary at the place mentioned by the ratepayers. He had got up a petition on the subject long ago. The Surveyor was ordered to inspect the road and call for tenders for the work. A request to have the Boundary road metalled from Ohertsey to the beach was received. The metalling would be over an extent of four and a half miles. The road was formed, but it was said it was very little used. Mr. Brown said it would be no use doing the whole of the road as two miles of it next the sea would be useless. Further consideration of the letter was deferred. THE BELT FOOTPATHS. A further letter was read from ratepayers on the .East Town Belt on the subject of footpaths, and asking that the footpath fronting the Belt be formed. The members were alive to the hardship of rates being paid while no work could be done in the locality where they arose, because the footpaths referred to w T ere within the bounds of the Borough, and it was not legal to spend Road Board money on Borough property. The Surveyor said the footpath wanted would be 10ft wide. The Chairman thought the Board ought to stretch a point in this case, and do something for those ratepayers. Mr. Hunt said leave of the Borough Council would have to be asked. Mr Brown thought the work was not pressing, and the people were no worse off than those in the County who had not footpaths at all. The Surveyor thought it would cost about L3O to do the work. Mr. Earle thought that as twice that sum was received in rates from the locality where the work was wanted to be done, it ought to be undertaken.' Mr. Earle proposed “ That the footpaths be formed and metalled 10ft. wide from the Beach road to the North Belt with the sanction of the Borough Council.” This was afterwards withdrawn when Mr. Friedlander moved “ That as this Board receives all rates on properties adjoining the Belt, a footpath be formed 10 feet wide, as desired, and the Borough Council be requested to do the work, and charge the expenditure to the Road Board.” Mr. Hunt seconded the resolution, but thought they should take legal advice before spending the money. The Chairman reminded the Board that the Upper Ashburton Board had formed half of the other Belt road. Mr. Brown moved as an amendment, “ That legal advice be taken before doing anything in the matter.” Mr. Hunt seconded the amendment, which, on being put, was negatived by the casting vote of the Chairman, and Mr. Friedlander’s motion was carried. Mr. T. B. Craig wrote asking if the Board had given any authority for the payment of an order from Mr. Quigley, contractor, to Messrs. Hodder and Co. The solicitor’s advice was,that the money should be paid to Quigley’s trustee, Mr. Craig. Regarding the contract for rate collection, the solicitors advised that nothing could be done, as the agreement was too indefinite. A letter from the County Council expressed that body’s declinature to pay a sum of LB4 18s. 4d. spent by the Board in excess of the County’s vote. The letter was referred to Mr. Fooks and Mr. Friedlander to reply to. engineers’ report. The Engineers’ report was read as follows, and adopted : Stanley rßoad. —The contract for metalling this road is progressing satisfactorily, threefourths of the work is about finished. Wakanui Road, Re-Formation. —The contractor is proceeding with this work. Maintenance of Roads. —ln accordance with resolution passed, Mr. Friedlander and ourselves have accepted the tender of Thomas Paterson, of Wakanui, for this contract for one year, at is. per chain for maintenance, and is. id. per yard for any extra metalling required. Paterson has been at work repairing Beach road, River road, Gibscn’sroad, Smith’s road, etc. Milton Road.- Complaints have been made of the state of the crossings over two creeks on this road, near the river. At a small cost this could be put in repair. Wakanui Road, Clearing Tussocks near Township. —We have employed labour in clearing off the tussocks, as required, at a cost of 16s. We have made arrangements with John Kilgour, of Wakanui, to stack metal on Stanley road in accordance with certain conditions.— Wc have procured new sets of plans of the district, issued by the County Council, at a cost o t 245., the ones now in use being very dilapidated.—The special meeting called for on November 23, re rate for 1880, lapsed through non-attendance of members.—Levels have been taken, ami specifications prepared, for works authorised at last meeting, tenders for u;hich will be laid before you to-day. TENDERS. Tenders were accepted as follows : For contract No. 29, A, Betts and Co., at 2s. 3d. per chain ; for No. 30 contract, John Black (alternative forming and metalling), 13s. Gd. per chain ; for No. 31 contract, W. Walker, Ll 4 7s. per chain.

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Wakanui Road Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 184, 4 November 1880

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