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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD.

Annual Meeting of Ratepayers. The annual meeting of ratepayers of the Moiint Bornera Road District was held at the-’SchoMhouse, Mount Somers, on Thursday, January 6th, 1881. About fifteen ratepayers were present. Mr. Peache, the Chairman of the Board, presided; .. The Clerk read the balance-sheet for the past year, also returns shewing mileage of roads formed, metalled, &c., and the expenditure upon each road in the district, also a statement of the expenditure in the different wards. r The returns as read were adopted. Mr., John Hood asked for the amount of expenditure on Mount Somers Downs road, and the Surveyor furnished particulars. Mr. John Boyle desired to know the amount expended on Valetta road during the year. The Surveyor stated that no work had been done on that road during the past twelve months. ' The Chairman said that at the ordinary ’meeting to be held that day, the matter would receive the Board’s immediate attention. Mr. J. Hood asked if the cost of the Ashburton bridges should be charged to the ward’s account, and if the amount voted for their construction had been expended or not, Mr. Walker spoke at some length upon the Subject, and was of opinion that the Surveyor had acted wisely in making out ■Jth e returns as he had done. In reply to a question from Mr. Hood, asking whether it was the intention of the Board to levy rates this year, the Chairniaq stated that the matter had not as yet -been considered. I Mr. Boyle thought that the striking of rates should be left to the discretionary power of ,thq Board. , In’ reply to a 1 question from Mr. Morgan, asking why the Board had not built a room’ sufficiently large for an annual meeting, the Chairman said that as the Road Board had the use of the Schoolroom; it whs not deemed expedient to incur any further expenditure. In reply to Mr. Boyle, the Chairman stated'that, ;gray€l pits had been secured in different;parts of the. district wherever practicable. Alter a vote of thanks to the Chairman, the proceedings, terminated.

Ordinary Meeting. The ordinary monthly meeting of the Board was then held. Present—Messrs. Walker, ; Peache, Cameron, and Taylor. The Clerk read a notification from the Returning officer, stating that at the nomination of candidates on December 29, Messrs. Taylor and Peache were re-elected to serve as members for Wards No. 2 and 3 respectively. Mr. Cameron proposed, and Mr. Walker’ seconded. ‘ ‘ That Mr. Peache be Chairman for the ensuing year.” Carried. The Surveyor’s report was read and considered. The following correspondence was then read and disposed of : From Mr. Cookson, Senior, the valuer for the district, informing the Board that the Valuation List for 1881 had been completed, and requesting a payment on account. It was decided, that Mr. Cookson’s request bo granted. From Mr. Charles Sheppard, asking the Board to open gravel pits on Messrs. Gould and Cameron’s property. The Board declined to take any action in the matter, as Mr. Sheppard had been led to understand that he would have to make his own arrangements about obtaining shingle when he entered into the contract. , Prom the Union Bank of Australia, re Board’s account; also stating amount of balance at Bank on December 31st, 1880. ■ ’

From Mr. Wi McAvey’s solicitor, re his client’ffc claim for balance due on Anama Dovvns road, and other works. Clerk to reply. From the Ashburton County Council, requesting: the 'Board’s co-operation in protesting against the new railway tariff. It was proposed by Mr. Cameron, seconded by Mr. Taylor, and carried. “1. Thai the Mount Somers Road Board is of opinion that the present railway tariff is unjust and specially oppressive to the grain growing districts of the colony, and trusts that the Government will see its way speedily to relieve the farmers from this unnecessary impost. 2. That a copy of the above resolution be forwarded to the Minister of Public Works, and to the Ashburton County Council, with a letter conveying the thanks of the Board for the part taken by the Council in protesting against the present tariff.” From the same, re bridges over the Ashburton. The Clerk was directed to return the accounts for future details of interest, &c., and to state that when the matter is put clearly before the Board they will be willing to pay half of Butt’s claim ; but hope that the Council will see their way to remit the Engineer’s expenses on the different bridges.. At the same time, the Board wish toexpress tlieir disapproval, as a matter of principle, of any compensation outsidj the terms of a signed contract being, allowed, and is of opinion that the present difference would never have occurred had the Council submitted Butt’s claim to the Board previous to finally agreeing to a Settlement.,

' From the Treasury, Wellington, advising the Board that the sum of L 275 16s. 7d.| being a subsidy of 7s. 6d. in the £ on rates collected: prior to March 31st, 1880, had been paid into the credit of the Board’s account at Ashburton. From Mr. J. C. Bell, Returning Officer for the district, regarding elections and other matters.

From Mr. Urquhart, requesting that the road from Clent Hills to Lake Heron be attended to at once. The Surveyor to attend to the matter immediately. From Mr. John Devery and three others, petitioning the Board to continue the formation and metalling on Cameron’s road to the river. The Board did not consider the work necessary, and declined the request of the petitioners.

The ClfeTk was instructed to advertise that the road on Messrs. Gould and Cameron’s property, running from the south-east corner of 23,518 to the southeast corner of 19,975, is now closed, and that a road from the aforesaid south-east corner of rural section 23,518 to the south-east corner of rural section 24,989 is opened in lieu thereof. The Clerk was further instructed to forward a copy of the Chairman’s declaration, together with plan of roads, to the Land Transfer Office, Christchurch, according to section 4, subsection 11, of the Public Works Act, 1880. It Was. decided to apply to the Government Printer for all Acts for 1880. It was decided to call for tenders for reformation of Valetta road, to be sent in by the 15th inst. Tenders for protective works in Taylor’s stream were opened, and that of Messrs. Tlowson and Cook accepted. ■ The paysheet, amounting to LBOS 14s. 7d., having been passed for payment, the Board adjourned. ■..

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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 238, 10 January 1881

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