Longbeach Road Board.
The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday last. Present —Messrs; Grigg (in the chair), Chapman, Dawson, Dobson, and Wright. v . WATEBTON CEMETERY., ■■ ; ; A Correspondence was read from the Ash' burton County Council asking if it .was the wish of the Board that the new cemetery at Waterton main school should be brought under the provisions of tlxe Cemeteries Management Act, 1877. The question was ordered to stand over till next meeting. SEVBRBNOB QUESTION. : - - ' A letter was read from the : same, enclosing a copy of the reply of the petitioners in favor. of the. TinwaldWinalow district to the statement sent to the Colonial Secretary by this Board. Mr. Wright said that he could not see why the Board should oppose the separation of that part of the district, as in the. alternative event of this "ward system being introduced, retaining that portion would he no financial advantage to the rest of the district, seeing that all moneys raised in any ward would have to be spent in that particular ward. He would move —That this Board sees.no just reason for opposing the desire of the settlers at Timvald and Winslow to consitute those localities into a separate Road Board disy trict, with the boundaries described; in their petition. ” Mr. Chapman called attention to the fact that a counter petition had been signed by sortie of the residents near Winslow and Chatmoss, and sent to the Council. Under these circumstances he thought the question should be left for the Council to decide.
The Chairman, before putting the motion to the meeting, wished to disabuse the minds of the members of the erroneous statements and insinuations contained:in the reply [already published in a former issue Of the Guardian]. The relative values of Tinwald district and Longbeach estates were unfairly quoted, inasmuch as the value of the buildings in Tinwald and, Winslow wore made to increase the averf age value per acre of tha pboror ’.and lighter quality of arable land, and in say ing that judges of Assessment- Courts in a great measure lean to, if not generally, sustain, the official valuation, especially if the Chairman supports them, the reply insinuated that the Chairman was trying to exercise an unfair influence, whereas, as Chairman, ho had no loots standi, and if a julge was influenced by a Chairman (unless he was a witness) he would bo guilty of partiality. He (the Chairman) would act with perfect loyalty to the Board, no matter which way they chose to vote.
The motion was then put and lost, the voting being Ayes—Messrs. Dobson and Wright ; noes—Messrs, Chapman, Dawson and Grigg. GRAVEL PIT. From. Mr. J. Bell, stating that, as it was now nine months since the Board decided to purchase 1| acre from him as a'; gravel pit, asking that the matter’may be settled, or he be paid at per yard for the gravel taken. It was resolved to pay Mr. Bell L2O ; on ; account, and the Clerk to see that the necessary transfer was made out at once. ADVERTISING. From the Ashburton Guardian, asking for a share of the Board’s advertising, . Resolved —“ That, although the Chiar-di'-in was now an evening paper, it should have its fair share of the advertising, as it had much the same country circulation as heretofore.” . . RESERVE AT WHEATSTONE. From Messrs. .W, Steyena. and Jamas Escott, each applying fbr -the usd of the gravel reserve at Wheatstone. As it was one .of-the conditions on which" | Mr. Escott took up' the ‘lease ’of " ike Wheatstone hotel from Mr. Wilcocks, who formerly had the use of the reserve, it was. decided to let Mr. Escott have the reserve provided he paid up the back rent left unpaid by Mr. Wilcocks. TINWALD, : . - It was decided to have' the' three posts removed at Tinwald opposite to Graham’s road, and the approach-to the railway T crossing at this place properly fenced. LONGBEACH ROAD. It was also decided to make a way of escape for accumulations of flood water at the corner of Osborne’s and Longbeach roads. GENERAL BATE.: The rate-book for the year 1880 was received, and as there were no objections to it, it was signed by three of the members of the Board. Moved by Mr. Wright and agreed lo—- “ That a rate of 9d. in the'£T be.*struck":'* on the rateable value of ■ all. the property in the Longbeach road district for the ■ nine months ending 31st September, 1880.” ■.'..-..V,.' f, . ”]( It was further moved by Mr. Wright and agreed to—“ That, no further rate than fid. in the £1 be levied by this Board | for the year 1880. ” ’■ WINSLOW ROAD. ' It was decided not to proceed with the re formation of the road from Willowby to Winslow at present, and to return all the tenders for the same. -■■■■-- LOWERBEACH; ROAD. - . . L The Surveyor was directed to have the •approaches to all the bridges on the Lower- -- beach road attended to. : \ RAY-SHEET. The pay-sheet, amounting to £SB 10s. 4d., was examined and passed for ~ and the meeting adjourned. .'
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