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Ashburton County Council.

The usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton County Council was held to-day. Present —Messsrs. W. C. Walker (presiding), E. G. Wright, Julian Jackson, E. S. Custer, Thomas Bullock. the chairman’s statement. In his opening statement, the Chairman congratulated the Council on the opening of the plains water supply system, which took place last Monday, and expressed a hope that it would be only one among many similar works. Not seeing anything in the Gazette relative to the reduction of grain rates ou the railway, lie had telegraphed to the general manager for information, and had obtained a reply that the Gazette notice had been issued by the Premier on the 27th instant. From this now to hand, the Council would observe a remission of rates on agricultural produce, but the Chairman felt sure the Council could not rest satisfied until there remained on the tariff no favored class or district, nor until the agricultural section of the community was placed in the most favored class, a position which they deserved as being the mainstay of the colony, and the best employers of the railway. It would be necessary to appoint a dog registrar for the Wakanui district, vice Mr. Wilkie, who has resigned. Mr. Harper had written asking that a report be obtained from the Engineer on the matter of a water supply for the land between the Ashburton and the Hinds. engineers’ report. Watertou Drainage. —The several sections contracted for have now been finished, thus completing all the .drainage work between Osborne’s road and the sea, which has been authorised by the Council. Plains Water Supply.—la accordance with instructions received from the Council at their last gieeting, T made the necessary arrangements for extending the test channel from the point of its crossing the railway near Dromore to the junction of roads near the south-east corner of rural section 26,434 —a distance of 3 y 2 miles, and the contractor has lost 110 time in completing that portion of the race on the lines sketched out. Other sections of the race, near Methven, have, as yon are already aware, been finished since last meeting of Council, and the new cuts which were necessary at Mount Harding and Drayton, and the open race connecting the concrete channel with Chapman’s cieck, as well as the regulating and improving the latter creek over the greater part of its length. These different sections of the work having been completed, and the official opening haring taken place on Monday last, I beg to say that the water lias already found its way to the end of the channel, having travelled the distance of 33 miles within 48 hours, and in sufficient volume to give an adequate supply in the .channel throughout, as well as to provide sqm.e surplus to be expended below its lower terminal point. Sonic portions of the channel require yet to be regulated before the work is taken off the contractor's hands. So far, ifierc does not appear to be a large amount of absorption, though this will no doubt increase if the water should cut down into the gravelly subsoil. I will take an early opportunity of gauging tlje absorption wljicfi is taking place, The initial concrete main is large enough to supply at least other four channels pf a similar capacity »d the present test channel, but I would suggest that the effects of a continued (low on the stability of the channel now executed be fully ascertained before either the number or directions of the other channels are determined. There will no doubt be considerable liability to scpijr, especially in period of flood (and the water on this line wifi consequently be always more or Jess turbid, though probably pot objectionably so, at least, for stock, purposes), blit if it is found that the addition of a few small falls at -different points would be likely to render the channel secure, it would be well to adhere to the present line, so as to make it permanently serviceable as one of the mains at a reasonable cost. At Methven, a number 01 public roads meet, and a culvert for the race will be required there. In only one or two instances have timber crossings for fields been requested, and in connection with the present scheme at all events, if owners cannot see their way to provide such accessories for themselves, in consideration of the benefit they may derive from the water supply, it is apparent that the service cannot be extended as it otherwise would. It will be necessary to make provision for turning off the water at several points during periods of rain, more especially at the head works, and near Methven, where sluice-gates have already been provided. Along the Methven line of railway there arc several large ballast pits, which wotdd be suitable as filter basins (or giving the relief proposed in times of flood. . Regarding the proposed oiitfa)!" froin Chapman’s creek, extending from the old boundary fence below the in-cut, connenctlng said creek with Mount Harding creek to the West Coast road, I have staked out the line on the course shown on ihe accompanying tracing, which is precisely the course the floodwater from the creek was taken at the lime I made the survey, and 011 this line Mr. IX' fy. Holmes agrees to give the land necessary for llie'stViini A)a n ??eb The deed of conveyance will be In course of p.cp.,i'-i.1.0n m a few days. As there is now running in Chapman’s creek the new supply from Pudding Hill, in addition to the usual supply in the creek, it would be advisable to make this storm channel its early ai ppssibje, as, in the event of much water doming’ (lo\yiV tpififi wilpopj. jjny defined course, it would injure tlje rofijlsaiid property in the district, whilst part might also'find Its way again to Methven Township. It would be quite sufficient for the purpose to cut a channel about seven feel wide and nine inches deep, disposing of the earthwork on ‘ the lower side of the drain. The total length is 148 ’Baxter, ■ >. ■ ‘'.'UoMhty.'lßfigjndei'd - The report was received, and it was resolved that the recommendations of the

Engin er bo adopted in' regard to the storm channels above Methven, and that he bo instructed to have them carried, out. THE WATER SUPPLY. Mr. E. C. Wright, in connection with the water supply, suggested that iron tanks be placed at certain intervals along the route of the tempoi-ary race. It was as yet considered t 6 be only temporary, and in that case costly concrete cisterns wore not warranted. By the use of these tanks settlers would be able to obtain water in quantity. In the matter of scour which was feared would injure the race, he would suggest that the Engineer be instructed to insert concrete falls of 15 in. deep. It was only on the upper lands, where the fall was heavy, that the scour 'would be r>rcat, and below the railway lino it was not dangerous. The danger of scour was that it might carry away the upper soil, cut into the gravel, and the water thus be lost by absorption, J.Io would also suggest that the upper slope of the dam IxTllushed with concrete, which he believed would bo an effective protection to it and anti would cost LIOO or so for cement.

Mr. Coster supported the suggestion of Mr. Wright. Ho belived scouring was going on in many parts of the race. The Chairman favored the suggestions, especially that in regard to the tanks at the cross road;:. Mr. Bullock having spoken, Mr. Cameron took exception to the oval shape of the bottom of the water race, which threw the whole force of the scouring power of the water into the middle of the race. He believed the tendency to scour would bo reduced were the bottom of the race square. He had had experience of this on his own races. Mr. Wright, moved Engineer bo instructed to place a 400 gallon tank across the race at .each road road crossing, as a dipping box, and to take the necessary measures to prevent the destruction of the channel at any point by excessive scour.”' Mr. Coster seconded, and the motion was passed. Mr. Wright also moved—“ That the outer slope of the dam at Pudding Hill bo grouted with concrete to prevent the pitching being disturbed by timber carried over it in times of heavy flood. ” Mr. Jackson seconded, and the motion was carried.

The Engineer was instructed to report to the Chairman on the culverts required, the Chairman to act, if necessary, both in these eases and in cases where the banks of the race require strengthening. a parting shot. A document from ratepayers in the Longbeach district was read, taking exception, in very 7 strong language, to some statements made by 7 the chairman of the Longbeach Road Board on the subject of the recent agitation for separation. The document was also a memorial for an inquiry by the Council, with a view to ascertain exactly in what parts of the Longbeach district money had been expended by the Board, what amounts, and what revenue had been returned. This was desired so that, though the idea of immediate separation had been abandoned with a view to give the ward system a trial* the memorialists might he in a position, when an opportunity for separation appeared in the futui’c, to be able to have a true statement of the position. Mr. Wright thought some of the expressions made use of were exceedingly strong, and altogether the petition would stand some toning down. Mr. Coster said the petition did not appear to ask for anything. The petitioners did not want separation, -and they were going to give the ward system a trial. Mr. Walker moved that, owing to its improper wording, the petition be not received, and this being seconded the petition was rejected. HINDS WATER SUPPLY. In response to a letter from Mr. Harper regarding a water supply for the land between the Hinds and the Ashburton, the Engineer was instructed, to',-report ; also on the Hinds and Rangitata Plains, and on the Mount Somers, district, with a view to ascertaining what could be done re water supplies for these districts: rangitata road board. The Council allowed the committee on thesubject of the Rangitata Road Board an extension of time till next meeting. HOSPITAL COMMITTER. ; 7 ~ Mi’. Walker mentioned that' the Hospital Committee was obtaining information regarding the handing of the 'Hospital over to the Borough, and the Committee would probably meet the Borough Council shortly. . ACCOUNTS. Several payments were passed. PROTECTIVE WORKS ON. THE N.ORTH BRANCH. '

The Chairman of the Upper Ashburton Road Board wrote to say that, in the financial position of the Board at present, it was impossible for anything to be done by it in the matter of protective, works on the North Branch. Consideration of the subject was postponed for a month. WAKANUI DOG DISTRICT. Mr. James Wilkie wrote resigning his position as dog registrar for the Wakanui district, and the Clerk was instructed to write to the Road ‘ Board asking them to recommend a successor AN ILL-BUILT WELL. Tljo Rakaia Road Boaid wrote, enclosing a letter from the Rakaia poundkeeper regarding the state of a wpli at the pound, and recommending that tofara timber be used in timbering the well instead of inch white pipe boards. It was decided, on the motion of Mr. Coster, that the well he properly timbered to preserve the shaft, ALFORD FOREST CEMETERY.

Mr. Onmeron, in a few words, moved that LSO bo vpted towards fencing the cemetery site Alford Forest. Mr. Coster seponded, apd the money U'as granted for fencing and planting purposes, HLAPOHTBR-HOIISB LICENSES. The following skaughtor-house licence holders asked for and obtained renewals— Messrs Octavius Digby, James Smith, W. Bland, Williams, Winter and Roberts, Way mouth, Morgan and Hibbs. NOTICE OS MOTION. The Chairman gave notice that at the March meeting ho would move—“ That in the opinion of this council, the railway system of the colony should be controlled by a non-politieal Board. SPECIAL MEETINGS. At special meetings held at the close of the ordinary meeting the resolution that poundkeepers advertise all animals impounded, whatever their number-unay be, was confirmed. The County saleyards rules and regulations were confirmed.

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Ashburton County Council., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 258, 2 February 1881

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Ashburton County Council. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 258, 2 February 1881

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