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Upper Ashburton Road Board.

. The ordinary~meeting of the Board was held'on Monday* the 29th instant. Pre-sent—-Messrs McLean (chairman), Stitt, Sargent, and Poole. HINDS'WATER SUPPLY. Dr.*Stewart interviewed the Board, 0n,,, behalf of a numb'er'of ratepayers settled between the Ashburton and Hinds rivers, for the purpose of getting the opinion of the Board relative to supplying that portion of the district with water. The doctor said, it was evident they could not

depend on wells. A number had been sunk, which hadnow run dry. One had been sunk 120 feet, which at one time had 60 feet of water, but it had'also rtnrdvy.. Stock were languishing, and the land rendered worthless for the want of water. Ho instanced the Rakaia Plains and other portions of tho district which had been liberally dealt with in experimenting for the supply of water. The district heropresented did not heed experimenting. As a proof, the late Mr. Charles Peed had watered the whole of his estate from the .Ashburton river and a small creek, so it was an established fact that water, could be got to flow over all these magnificent plains, enhancing their value tenfold, in raising crops and stock. He held and maintained that if one blade of grass grew how, and two with water, it would be a boon well worth tlyirig for. • Where a few hungry cattle now lingered out a miserable sickly existence, thousands of good healthy cattle would gladden the eye of the beholder, to say nothing of the project in a sanitary point of view. He would, therefore, impress upon the Board the necessity for urging upon the County Council the advisableness of watering these plains. If time had permitted, a large and influential petition could have been got up, showing the inexpensive nature of the scheme, the acreage represented, and the great benefits which would be derived. i.

Mr. Donald M'Lean (Chairman) thought that a petition would be the best means to take for fixing the question on the Council’s consideration, The petition would certainly receive the support and approbation of the Board, so far as it was possible the Board could venture. After thanking the Board, the doctor withdrew. .; . TENDERS. Tenders were then opened as advertised for, and resulted as follows;—For maintaining, etc., all the,roads in the district, Mr. Wm. Sutherland’s, tender was accepted. No. 91~Forming and shingling Domain road, Mr. John Boyle’s tender was accepted. CORRESPONDENCE. . ‘ From the Steward of Education Reserves, re road proposed to be taken through reserve No. 1122, from Digby’s bridge. The Clerk to reply the Board would be willing to give Ll 5 per acre- for the.road, and settle with the tenant for compensation. .Mr. M'Coll wrote, apologising for his non-atiendancc at the Road Board meet-.

mg. . Mr. J. Carter wrote, complaining that a fence had been erected by Mr. M'Lean, cutting off the old road into the Hinds, and also about a promised road across the Hinds. 1 Thd Clerk was directed to reply in explanation. . Mr. Aubrey Roacoe wrote, asking that the Tinwald and ’Maronan road be continued. The Clerk to reply, that at-pre-* sent they were • unable to continue the road asked for. From the. Ashburton Racing Club, for a lease of reserve 1035, situate at the corner of the race course. Granted.

From J. P. Quinn, stating that he had been wrongfully .deprived of certain water, formerly running through his section, No. 9on reserve 350. The Clerk to reply that the water in question was not creek water. From the Ashburton County Council, fenclosing extract from the County Engineer’s report, relative to protective works on the North Ashburton river, and wishing to have the Board’s opinion on the same. accounts, Ac. The accounts were then gone into and passed, and other routine business having been transacted, the Board adjourned.

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Upper Ashburton Road Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 207, 3 December 1880

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