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Mount Somers Road Board.

A special meeting of this Board was held at the office, Mount Somers, on Tuesday, December 21st. Present — Messrs, Peache (chairman), Walker and Taylor. The Chairman stated that the meeting was held to consider the returns of receipts and expenditure during the last twelve months.

The following returns were laid on the table :

Return showing Expenditure in the

various Wards of the District. Ward No. I. —Expenditure "on Toads during the Year, L 303 4s. Sd.; payment of old liabilities, 1879, L 216 16s. Sd.; total, 1520 is. 4ti. Ward No. 2. —Expenditure on roads during the year, Li,465 7s. loci. ; payment of old liabilities 1579, 1.68 15s. I id.; half cost Taylor’s and North Ashburton bridges, 1.2,728 Bs. 4d.; total, L 4,262 is. id. Ward No. 3. Expenditure on roads '.luring the year, L 512 15s. yd.; payment of old liabilities 1879, 1.33 S 13s. lod.; quarter cost Hood’s crossing bridge, Li,oog 13s. Qcl.; total, Li.Ssß 3s. 2d, Ward No. 4. —Expenditure on roads during the year, 1.264155. id.; payment of old liabilities, 1879, L 247 lOs -J quarter cost Hood’s bridge, Li,oog 13s. gd.; total, Li,521 18s. lod. Ward No. 5.— Expenditure 011 roads during the year, L 204 7s. 2d.; payment of old liabilities, L 235 145.; total, L 440 is. 2d. Otherexpenditureas per balance-sheet, LR926 12s. 3d.; cheque books and interest charged on overdraft, Li ss. 3d.; dishonored cheque charged in error to general account. L 6 15s-; total, Li,934 12s. 6d. Total expended, Li 0,537 9 s - Ic lStatement of receipts and expenditure of the Mount Somers Road Board for the year ending December 31st, 1880. Receipts—January 1, 1880.

* These amounts include the sum of Liso4 10s. sd. paid for liabilities incurred in 1879. Return showing length of roads formed, metalled, etc., in the district during the year ended December' 31st, 1880 :—Formation, 16 miles 21 chains ; re-formation, 3 miles 33 chains ; metalling, 5 miles 3 chains ; re-metalling, 3 miles 13£ chains ; stone-picking, 8 miles 12 chains ; ditching, 7 miles 28 chains ; cuttings, 4069 cubic yards. surveyor’s report.

The Surveyor’s report was then read as follows :

I have the honor to lay before you a return showing the mileage of roads formed, metalled, &c., in the District during the year ending December 31st, 1880. I beg to point out that out of the grand total of Li 0,537 9s. id. the sum of L. 1,104 10s. sd. has been paid for works done in 1879, and also the sum of LS,SOi 19s. as payment for half cost of construction, &c., of the three bridges over the different branches of the Ashburton river, leaving a balance of L. 3,9 31 2s. id., which has been expended on the various works as shown in the accompanying return. On the various roads named in the schedule, the following works have been done Pipe culverts, 76, at an average cost of L 5 ... ... ...£!}8o o o Timber culverts, 13, at an average costofLiS ... 234 o o Footbridges, 2, L 39 ss. 6d, and L 9 each ... 48 5 6 Making a total of ...£662 5 6 Which amount has been included in the total expenditure for works.

With reference to the return showing the expenditure in the different wards, in explanation I may state that in the instance of Hood’s Crossing bridge, where two wards—viz., Nos. 3 and 4 —derive an equal benefit, I have placed half cost to eech ward’s account. In the cases of Taylor’s Stream and the North Ashburton bridges, the interests of only one ward being principally affected, 1 have included half cost of construction, etc., to the Alford First Ward,. No. 2.

Mr. Walker proposed, Mr. Taylor seconded, “That the returns, as read, be adopted.” Carried. The Clerk was directed to prepare a statement of liabilities owing by the Board. The Board then adjourned.

To Balance at Bank £ 9,505 5. «s d. 5 ,, Interests on fixed deposit and 518 current accounts ... 15 1 ,, Share of Land Fund 3,441 I 6 ,, Rates 1878-9 273 14 5 ,, Rents... 6 18 0 ,, Subsidies on rates collected... . ’430 9 6 ,, Refund from deposit account ... n S 0 0 Incidental Receipts— Contributions to roads — ,, Half cost West Coast road ...£iS3 2 „ HalfcostjBoundary road • ... 122 9 2 ,, Half cost valuation list and copy ... ... 28 3 0 ,, Sale of old timber 5 0 369 — 17 7 ,, Outstanding cheques 7 17 5 Total ... 13,669 8 11 Expenditure—January 1, 1880. By main roads and bridges 6,970 14 9 ,, By-roads, drainage, &c.* ... 1,632 1 10 ,, Salaries, including balance 268 to Mr. Fraser* 5 0 ,, Advertising, stationery, office expenses, &c. „ Election expenses 200 4 4 12 19 6 ,, Incidental expdnses, including valuation, commission on rates, trees and planting 273 I 2 ,, Road Board buildings, &c. 529 S 5 ,, Drain pipes and cartage ... 449 7 3 ,, Timber and cartage... i93 6 7 ,, Cheque books 8 4 ,, Interest on overdraft 16 II ,, Cheques paid in 1879 134 17 3 ,, Dishonored cheque charged error to general account ... 6 15 0 ,, Balance 2,997 2 7 Total... 13,669 8 11

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Mount Somers Road Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 227, 28 December 1880

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