Upper Ashburton Road Board.
, - The ordinary monthly meeting, of this Board was held on Monday. Present— Messrs. M‘Lean (Chairman) Stitt, Sargeant, andjM'Goll. 1 ‘ ? COKRkspbNDENCE. From Ashburton: Borough Council,asking permission, and on what conditionf.'to cqpttrucfc a h’ranchchannd leading from the present channel in Winter’s road to the Alford Forest read, along either Charles street or Alien’s road; and thence to the norfchfwest- Town Belt. The'Clerk was requested to call on Mr. Fooks and arrange a meeting, so that the member of ’ ithe ward, along with the Borough" Engineer would go over the route; and also 1 see what had best be done in the north-west Town Belt-road. From the i manager, Union Bank of Australia, re banking account. , . Resolved to fix certain sums for six and twelveononths./ A ; ?ew hcObunts were then passed arid the Board adjourned for the annual .meetingi of ratepayers. —— -r.i . • The annual-meeting was thea held, and a fair n,Uspber; of ratepayers were in attendance. . ■ The Clerk's financial, yearly report of receipts and expenditure' was then read to the meeting as follows :—“The receipts from all sources showed a total of L3,683‘ 19s. 3d., being made up by Xj2,579 4s. 4d. from Government and. County Council, L4ll la. lOd; rates collected, and ' L 393 13s. interest on Bank account. The expenditure on hew roads for the past year had been-L2;609 18s. Id.- Other works, L 1,968 6s. ss. ; miscellaneous expenses charged to the general account, L 2,793 17s. 9d. This sum would appear large to the ratepayers, but when it was considered that L 2,000 of that, amount had been paid to the County Council as the share, of the coat of the erection,ofDigby’a ’the amount* is reduced to a Very small figure indeed, although the expenditure has been very much less than the previous; year, still considerably more work has been dbhe, and the only reason, to assign is the low price at-’ which Work has been taken for some time hack- The Board had let the repains in . the district’ at|a much cheaper rate* than has been done n Ae/■past,:;so that;ppobably next yedr the roads would be jkppt in : better 'order, than formerly. Dlrting +he year' several letters were received, crying, out for roads here and thCre—some’ of them of 4 most yfireasoriable nature.; hut all cases of complaint bailie received the earnest’considera•tiotvof the Bbkrd. It may be here mentioned'that we haVe. had ■ a request to •make'a road from the Alford Forest road through the Educational Reserve, 1122, to join the straight leading to Digby’s bridge. This line of proposed road has been approved’of bj tija County -Council, and we have offered Ll 5 per acre for the reifituViThLird, Which, has &een accepted,’ it now remains with the Board to deal for . compensation, which' .we. t; >«Srernjjn«w.i'4ryina ! ' to " do. : -I liavo now to draw your attention
- . I';*"’- j to a, letter the Ashburton County ' Council 1 relative to protective works oh the North branch, Ashburton river, which was left by the Board for your consideration and expression of opinion.”*. The meeting wna of opinion that, in the present state of; the Board’s finances, it would be unwise to run into any expense, and thought that the - Oouncil should do the work.. They were draining lands, cutting channels, etc. Surely the Council would see their way to protect lands as well as drain them. The election was then proceeded with, and resulted in Messrs. McLean, Stitt, and McColl being re-elected. After the election, - the Board-met to* elect their chaiman for the year. Mr. Stitt proposed, and Mr. McColl seconded, that Mr, Donald McLean be re-elected Chairman. Mr. McColl, member for the Rangitata portion of the district, in seconding.;* the re-election of Mr. McLean, said he was satisfied with the work done in his portion of the district, indeed he had never made a request for any work to, he done which had not been complied with. Mr. Nussey had an interview with |the Board; requesting that certain roads near Anthony Thompson’s be formed. The Clerk was requested to call for tenders. Mr Nussey' applied to have reserve 2081 altered) so that it would command two roads. . The Clerk to see to this. Mr. Nussey also applied for the use ofthe reserve 2081 for Mr. L. Green, which was granted under the usual conditions. ;The Board, decided to open tenders for the work on Monday, the 10th, and the meeting adjourned.
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