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Upper Ashburton Road Board.

The ordinary monthly meeting was held on Monday, the 28th ult. Present —Messrs D. M'Lean (chairman), Sargeant, and Poole. The Overseer’s report was read and adopted. Messrs Graham, Grant and Houston, wrote complaining of the diversion of the creek, and the swamp water supplying it, towards Stalker’s, and also of the diversion of the Tinwald creek, which passes throuwh the gravel reserve leased by Mr William Fraser. The Chairman said that he would see Messrs Cochrane, Grant, and Houston about the matter. The Clerk of the Assessment Court wrote stating the sitting of the Court would be on the 12th inst. The Clerk to the Board was directed to reply that the Board had applied for an extension of time, to enable the valuer, who had been

ill,, to make up the valuation list. Messrs Fooks wrote informing the Board that the map of the district was nearly completed. MrW. H. Lane wrote complaining of laixd which had been taken for Road Board purposes. The Chairman stated that the original owner, Mr Shepherd, had been asked for the land in 1878, and at the time gravel was taken, the Board were not aware the land had changed hands. The Clerk stated he had written in reply, explaining the matter, and that the plan of the land taken would be forwarded as soon as it was made out.

The Ashburton Borough-Council sent a copy of the following resolution, passed on the 7th of February : —“ That this Council appoints an Inspector of Nuisances in conjunction with the Wakanui Road Board and Upper Ashburton Road Board for the current year, either of the Road Boai’ds to give the Council three months’ notice previous to withdrawing from this arragement; ” and stated that this step was rendered necessary by the greatamount of sickness at present in the town and suburbs. It also wrote regarding the N.W. town belt road, declining to pay any portion of the work done by this Board, as the Council had in view the forming of the road opposite the town properly. - -=The«A:Bhburton County Council wrote asking for certain information in connection with the proposed separation of the district, Another letter from the same that Mr. {James Wilkie had beep ihstrucfea to obtain for the Council certain information regarding the proposed new Rangitata Road district. J. L., Manning wrote, asking to take a vacant road‘Board cottage. The District Auditor wrote asking the Board to be ready with their books, vouchers, and accounts for audit up to the 31st December, 1880. The Clerk Was instructed to request Messrs Fooks and Son to proceed with the surveys of the roads and gravel reserves entrusted to them, and to forward plaxis of their last surveys. As the work has- been sb'long ,in hand they must get it done at dnce. 1 The Clerk was directed to ask Messrs Fooks and Son to survey the proposed new road from Digby’s bridge into thq Afford Forest road-—-the Board to J dleai with tile lessee. He was also directed to write to Mr Hussey that the road past his place had to. be, pe-tendered for—the * contractor having thrown up the original contract. He was also requested to write again to the Government re extension of time for valuation of the district. It was idecided to -call for tenders for leasing Road Board cottage and land on Alford Forest road for seven years ; also to call for tenders for road ; forming by Mr Hussey’s, and also for several works on the Hinds.

Several small accounts were passed, and the Board adjourned.

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Upper Ashburton Road Board., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 283, 3 March 1881

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Upper Ashburton Road Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 283, 3 March 1881