Upper Ashburton Road Board.
♦ The ordinary monthly meeting of the Board was held on Monday, the 27th instant. Present—Messrs. McLean (chairman), Sargent, and Poole. The monthly report was read, and Tenders were opened, and resulted as follows :—For Hinds cuttings, fords, &c.: D. Forbes, L 57 ; M. McAvey, L 67 9s. 6d; George Nclings, LGO ; C. Shepherd, L 63 ; W. Fraser, L(56 10s. 6d.; W. Fourneaux, L 67 10s. lid.; W. Sutherland, L7B. . Mr. D. Forbes' tender was accepted. CORRESPONDENCE. From the Steward of Educational Reserves, accepting the Board's offer of Ll 5 per acre for the land required for a road proposed to be taken through rural section No. 1,122, from the Alford Forest road, joining Digby's Bridge road. The Clerk was directed to write to the tenant, Mi-. Mclntyre, asking him to appoint an independent assessor ; the Board to do the same, and in the event of their not agreeing as to compensation, to choose an umpire, Avhose decision would be final. Should Mr. Mclntyre not agree to this method of dealing with the question, the land to be taken under the "Public Works Act, 1876." From R. B. Jeff, asking that cuttings, etc., be done at South Hinds, leading to McLean's Swamp road. The Clerk said tenders had just been called for that and other works on the Hinds, and a tender accepted. From Mr. J. S. Bruce, re insurance Road Board property. From Ashburton County Council, enclosing copy of correspondence between the Council and the general manager of the Now Zealand railways, relative to the present railway tarifF, and expressing a hope that the Board will join with the Council in the protest therein contained. The Clerk to reply, that the Board would be willing to join in the protest. From the Secretary to the Treasury, with information as to the payment of L 136 19s. 2d. into the Board's account, being subsidy of 7s. Gd. in the pound, payable on rates collected up to date. From Mr. J. C. Bell, re Valuation List. From Mr. George Nelings, ra contract stone picking. From Messrs. Fooka, re road at present being formed by the Board at the Northwest Town belt. The Clerk was directed to wait on the Borough Engineer and explain the matter. From' Messrs. Jameson and Roberts, re insurance of Road Board property. The Clerk mentioned that he had called on these gentlemen anent the same, but had since found that Mr. J. S. Bruce was still the agent for the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Co., and that, as the Board still adhered to that office, the property had been insured as heretofore. The Clerk was again directed to push tenants for arrears of rent, and, if need be, give the same into the hands of the collector, Mr. J. C. Bell. He was also instructed to write to tho successful tenderer for the Hinds cuttings to proceed at once witli the work. It was resolved to let no more work until after harvest.
- Accounts were then passed, and the Board adjourned.
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