South Rakaia Road Board.
This Board held an adjourned meeting, on Tuesday last. Present; —Messrs. C. N. Mackio, W. L. Allan, and John Lambie, The Clerk was voted to the Chair. j'. , election of chairman. On the motion of Mr, Lambie, seconded -hy Mr. Allan, Mr. C,. : N. Mackie was elected Chairman for' the year. Mr. Mackie then took the Chair. The Clerk’s report was read and received. correspondence. A, letter-was received from the Returning Officer, informing the Board that Messrs. C. N. Mackie, W. L. Allan, and E. S. Coster, had been elected unopposed. The Chairman stated that he had written to the Commissioner of Crown Lands, with reference to the river plantation being handed over to the South Rakaia Domain Board, but had not yet received any reply. ; A letter was received from Mr. William Gill, with reference to his claim for damages. On the motion of Mr. Lambie, seconded by Mr. Allan, it was resolved that the sura of Ll 5 be offered to Mr. Gill for gravel taken from his land. A letter was received from Mr. James Copeland, offering to sell the Board land necessary for making the proposed road from Bushy Park to Chertscy, for Ll 5 per acre ; or,’ if the Board will erect sheepproof fencing and gates, he will take LIO per acre. - : -’-Mr. Ritchie wrote, asking what price the Board will give for what land is necessary for the formation of the road from Bushy Park to Chertsey. Mr. Allan proposed, and Mr. Lambie seconded, that Mr. Copeland’s offer to sqU the Board land at Ll 5 per aero bo accepted, and that Mr. Ritchie,''for tho Colonial Investment Agency Company, be offered the same amount for portions of sections 16124 and lsß39—Carried.
THREE CHAIN RESERVE. On the motion of Mr. Allan, seconded by Mr. Lambie, it was resolved that the three-quarter chain road on the three chain reserve be opened from the northwest corner of section 25103 to the northwest corner of sectioh 16213.' It was resolved that the. Clerk have the road surveyed immediately on receiving a favorable reply from tho Colonial Investment and Agency Company, -and get thetransfer prepared, so that the road may be open for traffic by the commencement of the grain season. On the motion of Mr. Allan, seconded by Mr. Lambie, it was resolved that no further action be taken with reference to the road to Native Reserve, section 2085, until the next meeting of the Board! THE ROLL. Messrs. Davies and Winter wrote, Informing tho Board that they had completed the ratepayers’ roll for tho district, and enclosing their account for , the same. pound well. Mr. G. Shellock, poundkeeper, Rakaia, vwrote, informing the Board that -the wellat the new pound was tinibefed with brie inch white pine'boards, arid battened \vith pieces of three by one, from six to twelve inches long. It was resolved that the poundkeeper’s letter be forwarded, to t£e Ashburton County Council, recommending that the well be re-timbered with totara.
THE TARIFF; The Ashburton County Council wrote, asking the Board to join with the Council in the protest against the railway tariff. On the motion of Mr, Lambie, seconded by Mr. Allan, the letter was ordered to be acknowledged,'and the Council to be informed that the Board, sympathises with tlie movement for the revision of the railway tariff. •' thistles. The Clerk to the Mount Hutt Road Board wrote, asking the South Rakaia Road Board to pay. half the cost of cutting the thistles on the Boundary road. It was resolved that the Board pay half the cost. ’ MR. PASSMORE ASSAILS THE ELECTION. Mr. F. B. Passmore, wrote, stating that he - wished to put iri writing the objections he had raised to the election of members for the South , -iw, o««ta.f S wrrfc-nc wOTiidTHavernTaue the objections, at the late annual meeting, but ho was riot aware that the ■ election had taken place, being under the impression that it would not take place till after the annual meeting. He said he was at the Road Board office at two minutes past twelve o’clock, on the day of the election, and at 'that i •tiriie the poll had been declared, and notices posted.’ The Returning Officer stated that it was five’ minutes past twelve when he posted the hoticss, and that it was fully three minutes past twelve when the election took place. He had taken every precaution to test the accuracy of the time by his watch, and could vouch for it being correct.
. Mr. Passmore pointed out that the election of the three members was illegal, the election having' taken place; before noon.
On the motion of - Mr. ‘ Mackie, seconded Mr. Lambie, it . wa% resolved that Mr. Passmore’s letter h 6 referred- to the Returning Officer. , . TENDERS ACCEPTED. ~ • The Chairman' reported that the tender of James Gardiner for forming the -| chain road, and the* three chain reserve at ss. Bd. per chain had been accepted. >yi ■ , THE CENSUS. ; ffhe Clerk informed the Board that Mr. J. Beswick, Census Enumerator, had written to him asking him to,act as subenumerator. The Board allowed the Clerk to act. EXTENSION. J. Holdhorough wrote asking for an extension of* time for forming Mainwaring road. The Clerk was instructed to inform him that if His contract be not completed at the contract - time, his deposit Will be forfeited. NOTICE OP MOTION —A LONGER TETHER WANTED. . •.i .' ’• Mr. Lambic gave notice that he would moveat the next meeting of the Board, that the resolution authorising a fixed deposit of LB,OOO, passed on the 2nd December; 1880, be rescinded, and that the -sum of 000 he the amount deposited. CUTTING DOWN. . The Clerk was instructed to reduce the labor gang. r - j , . , ) : • ACCOUNTS to the am'ounifc of LSOS-lGs. sd; were passed for payment, and the Boardadjourned.
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