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Wakanui Road Board.

The usual monthly of the Wakanui Road Board was held in the Moore street room to-day, the following members being present —Messrs. Hugo Friedlander (Chairman) Earle, Brown, and Mayo. CORRESPONEDNCE. A petition from ratepayers on the Wakanui road was read, asking that five chains of road between sections 74-85 and 72-87 be shingled. As the road did not belong to the Board, never having been dedicated, the request could not be granted. T. Trevurza applied for an extension of time for the completion of his contract. Applicant was allowed till the 30th April, on the motion of Mr. J. Brown. An extension of time till the 31st of March was granted to Peter Stuart, for the completion of his contract.

A letter from the County Council enclosed cheque for LBl 18s. 2d., as a refund to the Board for drainage work performed by the Beard, but objected to any further payment of unauthorised expenditure. A vote of thanks was passed to the County Council for the water supply that body had inaugurated, which was calculated to be of great benefit to the district. A vote of thanks for the County’s invitation to the opening ceremony was also passed. J. Kilgour applied to have well-pipe driven on the land he occupied from the Board. The matter was referred to the Overseer, yjth power to act. M.‘C. C. Fooks was recommended to the County Council as dog registrar for. the Wakanui district. surveyor’s report.

The Surveyor reported as follows : Buckley's Road, Fanning and Metalling from Side Drains.— ‘The contractor has been unable to finish this before harvest. I here is about eight or ten days’ work to do. Wakanui Tcnvnship Road, Formation.. —The contractor has been obliged to leave this work in order to reap his own crop. There is about seven days’ work to do. About 45 chains of this ioad has been metalled. Boundary Road. —The contractor is proceeding with this work. The Valuation List for the year iSSI has been completed. Fooks and Son, Surveyors. The Surveyor reported that the settlers on the Rakaia side of the Boundary road strongly objected to the drains that had been run alongside the newly made road there. The South Rakaia Board also objected, and the clerk of that body had interviewed the Wakanui Chairman on the subject. It was resolved to leave the matter in the hands of the Surveyor and the Chairman, with power to act. THE PUBLIC HEALTH ACT. The Chairman drew the attention of the Board to the state of health of the district. Dj’sentery had been very prevalent in the town and suburbs, and he thought the powers given under the Public Health Act should be exercised, and that the Board should co operate with the Borough Council in such measures as may be taken to preserve health.

The Surveyor said that the drainage was very bad on some of the Treyorton roads, which were not dedicated, and water lay .about and. stagnated. While the roads were not dedicated they could not be taken over. „ Mr. Winter said understood that some of the the Trevortpn district had neither ■ pjts nor pans to their closets. ? ' Mr. Mayo confirmed the surveyor’s statement as to the drainage of Trevorton, and added that there was carelessness manifested by many of the settlers. Not only did the state of affairs exist mentioned by Mf. Winter, but the closets were in many cases placed alongside the wells, and slops were thrown about everywhere. The Chairman read a portion of the Public Health Act defining the powers of the Board as a Board of Health, and suggested entering into an arrangement with the Borough Council, and with the neighboring Road Boards, whereby an inspector of nuisances, who would devote his whole time to the work, would be appointed. Some discussion took place on the subject, and ultimately it was decided that the Board contribute at the rate of Li per week for three months for the services of an inspector of nuisances, •in conjunction with the Borough, and the Borough Council be written to to that effect.' ■ • A special meeting for Tuesday next was fixed to be held, for the purpose of confirming. such appointment of an officer as the Borough may make. MISCELLANEOUS. Several accounts were passed for payment. .„ ■ ~ : The valuation roll was laid on the table, showing a rateable value of property in. the district of about L 25,000, which, was considered very satisfactory, arid the roll was adopted. It was decided to have a plan of the suburban; roads drawn-ifor the use Of the Board,

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Wakanui Road Board., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 259, 3 February 1881

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Wakanui Road Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 259, 3 February 1881

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