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A special meeting of this body was held in the Council Chambers this afternoon. Present—Messrs Walker (Chairman), Saunders. Wright, Jackson, Cameron, and Grigg. THE RANGXTATA BRIDGE. In this matter the following Communications received were read, viz ; Timam, April 12.—Chairman Ashburton County Council. Sir, —I have the honor, by direction of the Geraldine County Council, to hand you the following resolution, passed at a meeting of the Council held this day:— “ That the suggestion contained in the resolution arrived at at the conference between Geraldine and Ashburton County Councils, in reference to the extension to the Rangitata bridge, be adopted by this Council, and the chairman be authorised to submit the recommendation contained therein to the Ashburton Council officially ” — I have &c., F. W. Stubbs, Clerk to Geraldine County Council. Orari Gorge, Woodbury, Bth April, 1881.— Sir, —At your special meeting, will you be good enough to bring the resolution I proposed verbally at your Council, before your members, that the Geraldine County Council may see your opinion on same. Air Wright stated at Timaru to our Council that if he were not a member of your Council, he should be glad to tender L 6,000 to complete the work designed by Mr Higginson. If he believes it can be done (which the Geraldine County Council believe otherwise, with the experience of three piles breaking out of six),, then the Ashburton County Council approach the Geraldine County Council with such a suggestion as is submitted, but as the matter stands at present, the Geraldine County Council distinctly refuses to incur a sixpence of liability in driving, or attempting to drive, another of these inferior piles, which Mr Wright admits arc of a bad material.—l am, &c., C. G. Tripp, Chairman Geraldine County Council. P.S.—Will the Ashburton County Council be prepared to erect the addition to the Rangitata traffic bridge, with the iron piles, for the,sunt of six thousand pounds, according to Mr Higginson’s plans, &c., and keep it in icpair for a term of years?—C. G. Tripp. Mr Wright considered the Council should take exception to the wording of the communication from the Geraldine County Council. No resolution had been passed by the Council. The deputation had submitted a proposition, but the Council passed no resolution thereon. He thought the Council ha<J approached the Geraldine Council some three years ago, and could hardly be expected to approach them on the matter of a work half done. He emphatically denied Mr Tripp’s assertion that he had said the material for the bridge was bad. His remarks had been that the piles were badly welded, and not as asserted in M Tripp’s communication. The Committee appointed in this matter submitted a lengthy- reply, in which the facts of the case were recapitulated at length and in conclusion they suggested as follows : —“ Whilst the Committe naturally regret that the circumstances now recapitulated have so far deprived the Ashburton County Council of the pleasure and satisfaction of sharing the responsibility of the work with a neighboring Council at least equally interested, they cannot advise that the Council should now consent to seek the services of a different engineer, or to set aside their carefully-selected plans and incur further expenses not believed by them to be necessary.

Mr Grigg moved, and Mr Saunders seconded —“ That the reply of the Committe as read be adopted.” This was carried unanimously. HINDS-RANOITATA WATER SUPPLY.

The recommendation of the Engineer in this matter was adopted, ahd the work ordered to be proceeded with. HIND3-ASHBURTON SUPPLY. Similar action was taken in this matter. It being decided that the cost of both works (Hinds-Ashburton and Hindc n s-Rangitata) should be limited to the sum of LC,OOO.

RAKAIA PLAINS SUPPLY. Ifc was decided in this matter that the consent of the owners of the land over which the race would pass bo obtained, and a similar agreement, to that assented to by ratepayers in the district, ■in the case of those outside the rating district of Eakaia be made for their signature, [Left sitting at 4 p.m.]

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ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 318, 13 April 1881

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ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 318, 13 April 1881

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