LONGBEACH ROAD DISTRICT.
Annual Meeting of Ratepayers.
This meeting was held at noon on Tuesday at the offices of the Board. There were about sixteen ratepayers present, John Grigg, Esq., the Chairman of the Board, presiding. The usnal routine business having been dorm, the following balance sheet and statement of liabilities and assets were read ;
Annual Statement of Income and Expenditure during the year ended, 31st Dec., 1880. Income.
£ s. d. To rates collected during year... 802 410 Subsidies on rates collected ... 1,486 3 3 Rents of cottages, &c. ... ... 34 0 3 Refunds—Wakanui Road Board
County Council, £2s Mr. Leach, £g 2s. 6d 213 2 6 Share of Land Fund 2,101 2 5
Total Z4r 6 3 6 l 3 3 Expenditure. Bank overdraft on Jan. I, 1880 1,606 16 O By Property—Repairs, cottages, Z 134 Ss. 6d ; Road Board, offices, and stables, Z2SS 19s. 3d ; furniture and instruments, Z 32 1 os. pd, ... 452 15 6 General Expenses Salaries— L 250; fees and commission, Li 12 2s. Sd. ; advertising, stationery, and printing, LB3 17s. 4; legal expenses, L 6 17s. 2d. ; refund to Ashburton 80r0ugh,.142 19s. 1 id.; Bank interest on overdraft, L 65 12s. id. ; tools for workmen, L 23 4s. Qd. ... -. 584 13
Main Roads— Great South, L 43 13s. 2d. ; Tinwakl, LiS ss. 2d.—L56 18s. 4d. ; Graham’s, LB3 4s. od. ; Ford’s, L 351 16s. 7d. ; Lohgbeach, L 146 is. 3d. ; Winslow, L 43 6s. 6d.; Waterton main, L 6 17s. 6d. ; • Islesworth, Llsl 17s. lid. ... 840 2 1 Bye Roads— Boundary, L 195 ss. 4d. ; Bell’s, L37C 16s. 46. ; Osborne’s, L3I 16s. 6d.; Clark’s, L 3 8s gd. ; Dawson’s, L 23 os. 76. ; Waterton-new, L 23 rs. 3d. ; Surveyor’s, Li Bs. ; Crow’s, L3O us. 6d.; Lowerbeach, L7B 10s. 7d.; Lowcliff-hut, Ll 7 4s. 6d. ... 775 2 4 Credit balance at Bank, 31st Dec., 1880 377 2 6 Total £4.636 13 3 Statement of-Assets and Liahilxties. Liabilities — £ s. d. Salary, L2O 16s. Bd.; Insurance, L 4 7s. 6d. ... 25 4 2 Contracts undertaken, L6l 14s. id.; wages and contract due, 1,3435. lod.; accounts owing for goods, Ll2 2s. 7d.; gravel ott private land, L 9 7s. 6d.; Cheque outstanding, L 7 10s — 124 iS o Balance ... ... ... ... 1,376 S I Total ... £1,526 10 3 Assets — £ s. d. Collectable rates of 1879, L2S 7s. 2d.; collectable rates of 1880, Li, 124 os. 7d i,t49 7 9 Cash in bank 377 2 6 ■ Total ... £1,526 10 3 Balance brought fonyard ... 1,376 8 1 Rates of 1881, say at 6d. in the £. . 760 . o o Office buddings and stables, Li,020 16s. Sd.; four immigration cottages, at L 73 each, L 292; two immigration cottages, at L2O each, L4O; office furniture, &c., LBO 15s. gd.; timber on hand, and tools, L3B 4s. gd 1,471 16 11 Total ... £3,608 5 o After the several items had been discussed and thoroughly understood by the meeting, it was moved by Mr. I. K. C. C. Graham, seconded by Mr. Thos. Taylor, and carried—“ That the annual balance sheet and statement of assets as read be adopted.” severance question. A letter from the Ashburton County Council to the Chairman of the lload Board was read, stating that the Council hoped the Board would take the opportunity of the annual meeting of ratepayers to thoroughly arrive at the wishes of the ratepayers with regard to the proposed separation of the Tinwald and Winslow localities.
The Chairman asked those ratepayers present to give the question their calm deliberation, and in order to place them in possession of all the facts of the case he read over the amounts of expenditure of money in the 11,000 acres proposed, to. be severed, as compared with the remaining blocks of 11,000 each- throughout the district. Also all the correspondence on the subject was placed on the table. It was moved by Mr, I. it. O. - Of' Graham, and seconded by Mr. P. Lewis —“ That this distriot boingi Ip.Extended, it is scarcely possible to -get' a"‘fair expresajoß^ttf'opinion from the ratepayers with reference to the separation of the Tinwald district.”
‘■A very lengthy discussion'ensued. >si Mr. John Williams called attention to the fact that a counter petition had been signed by owners of a large proportion of the land situated within' the ' dissatisfied district, and forwarded t 6 the Council, Mr. Lewis was of opinion that it was not that the Tinwald-Winslow district, lyingj as it did, between of the road ; district and the railway, should maintain roads for the traffic.of all the remainder of the district, and suggested thatf 'the institution of tolls might over the difficulty. Mr, TKonsas Taylor was of the opinion that ward district was just of a proper workable Size, and that if any pprtibn -wißicul off, it was desirable that all the ratepayers in the part so cut off should be. unanimous, this not being, the; case it would'leAd to the severed portion being again cut up, and so on. Mr. John Grigg .moved as ah*-amend-ment —“ That in the opinion of this meeting it is not • desirable that the TinwsJdWmslow district should he foxmed in 'o a separate ward district,” and in doing so would wish to point out that the question of onfainMwl of expenditure', ‘brought Tor- ‘ ward by the promoters of the separation,
was more than completely answered by the figures produced (already published in the Gtuirdian). He considered in reply to Mr. Graham’s motion that .it was quite within the power of a meeting of ratepayers, called as this meeting was, by public advertisement to discuss the question. If a great number did not attend that was their own fault. Some reply to the County Council should in courtsey be sent, and if it was not an opinion of all the ratepayers in the district, it would be the opinion of all who apparently chose to attend and would go for what it was worth. Mr. 'Lewis’ idea of tolls was another argument why the ratepayers should not willingly place themselves in the power of any outside body to exact tolls from them. Furthermore, thi:. Tinwald district had nearly all their roads formed and shingled. They might consider that they could do without rates, whereas the money, or part of tho money, which formed those roads coming as it did from the remainder of the district, it was only fair that tho Tinwald district should help to pay for the formation of roads in those localities in which the roads were not yet formed, and which formerly helped to pay for the formation of the Tinwald roads. Mr. John Williams seconde,d the amendment, which was then put and carried by thirteen to threp.
f THE ELECTION. The next business of the meeting being the election of three persons to serve as members of tho Board, in the room of Messrs. Grigg, Dawson, and Wright, who retire by rotation, the chairman asked for NOMINATIONS. Mr. Thomas Taylor was proposed by Mr; I. R. C. C. Graham, seconded by Mr. F. Lewis. Mr. John Grigg, proposed by Mr. Henry Hudson, seconded by Mr. Andrew Daw- ' son. Mr. John Carter was proposed by Mr. I. R. C. C. Graham, seconded by Mr. Edward H. Dobson. Mr. Andrew Dawson was proposed by Mr. James Croy, seconded by Mr. Thomas Magee. A show of hands being asked for, resulted in :—Mr. Taylor, 7 ; Mr. Grigg, 13 ; Mr. Carter, 11; Mr. Dawson, 10. Mr I. R. C. C. Graham demanded a poll to be taken on behalf of Mr. Thomas Taylor, which was accordingly held. The polling was very animated, but good feeling was maintained throughout. Precisely at four o’clock p.m. the Returning Officer declared the poll to be closed, and that the result was—
Mr. John Grigg 00 „ Thomas Taylor ... 55 ~ John Carter ... ... 53 ~ Andrew Dawson ... 49 Messrs. Grigg, Taylor, and Carter were therefore declared to be duly elected. The several candidates having addressed the ratepayers present tho proceedings terminated.
Board Meeting. An adjourned meeting of the Board was held immediately after the close of the poll. Present —Messrs. Carter, Chapman, Dobson, Grigg, and Taylor, the Clerk to the Board occupying the chair. The Board proceeded to elect a Chairman for the ensuing year. On the motion of Mr. Dobson, seconded by Mr. Taylor, Mr. Grigg was unanimously elected to act as Chairman,, and accordingly took.thc chair. The Clerk and Surveyor to the Board was appointed to be Treasurer. It was resolved that the Ashburton County Council bo asked to have the Waterton cemetery placed under the provisions of the Cemeteries Management Act, 1877. The Clerk having reported that no reply had been received to his two last letters to Messrs. Thomas and Bruges, solicitors Christchurch, relative to the transfer of a piece of land from Mr. Jno. Bell to the Board for a gravel pit, it was resolved to place tho matter in the hands of Messrs. Branson and Purnell.
Mr. Escott’s offer of one year’s rent for the use of the gravel reserve at Wheatstone was accepted.
A letter was read from Mr. Robert Anderson, asking for compensation for having had his pigs impounded, etc., through the fencing ot the Board’s gravel pit being defective. The matter was ordered to stand over till next meeting. Mr. Wheeler wrote, asking that Chapman’s drain on Osborne’s road might be connected with the County Council’s new drain. The work was ordered to be done.
The Surveyor having been asked for a bridge over the County Council’s new drain at Waterton, near the Church there, the Clerk was desired to apply to the County Council for one. It was decided, on the application of Mr. T. Taylor, to provide a pump for the immigration cottages near Waterton main school. 1 Mr. Dobson moved that three miles of Islesworth road be shingled. The Surveyor was ordered to report at next meeting-
The pay-sheet, amounting to L 64 14s. 9d., haying been passed for payment, the meeting adjourned.
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