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An ordinary meeting was held to-day, there being present Messrs Walker (chairman), Wright, Saunders, Jackson, Coster, Cameron, and Bullock. chairman’s statement. The chairman’s statement was as follows : The Commissioner of Crown Lands has informed me that he has recommended to the Government that certain reserves suggested by the Council in the Ashburton river bed, be made for the river protection purposes. The committee appointed to select sites for planting, and for interviewing the Mayor concerning the Borough claim for a share of the Surplus Land Fund, have met since last meeting and will present to you their report.—The Government have acknowledged your letter on the subject of removing the gates at the A.shburton bridge to the end of the approaches, but they have not signified if it is their intention to comply with your suggestion. k return of dog collars sold this year will be placed on the table for your information. —I applied to the Registrar of Brands for copies of Register of Brands, for the use of the various poundkeepers in the County, but he informs me that such a thing is not in existence. engineer’s report.

This report, which was as follows, was road :

1. Road, Pudding Hill.—This road, leading from the terrace to the river bed, has been satisfactorily completed. 2. Chapman’s Creek Extension.—Thecontract for this work, as far down as the West Coast road, has been finished, so the risk of damage from floodwater to the district from that source will now be averted.

3. Saleyards.—The fencing and ploughing of areas authorised for plantation purposes are in progress, and will be finished in a few days, after which the planting will be put in hand.

4. Well at Winslow.—This well has been sunk and lined, and is now available for public use.

5. Water Supply, Mount Somers District.—As requested by the Council, I put myself in communication with the owners interested in the proposed scheme, with a view to ascertain what they were prepared to do in the way of maintenance in the event of the Council undertaking the work of water supply. At the meeting which was held it seemed to be the opinion of most of the owners present that if the whole district between the South Ashburton river and Bowyer’s stream, were to be included, two main lines would be necessary—the one leading from the nrouosed head works in Deep creek, along Tram way Reserve, as far down as the township, then entering the creek which passes Hood’s and M‘Lymont’s, and so, on towards Bowyer’s stream —so as to serve the various intervening Sections on that route. A continuation might be made, if required, on a zigzag line, as shown, so as to serve the Buccleuch property, but the owner says no great advantage would accrue from this, as the property is already watered by the Ashburton river on the one side, and Bowyer's stream on the other. The other proposed channel would end off near R.S. 22004, in the direction indicated by dotted red line on plan, to the lower end of the cultivated sections, and from thence, if it were desirable, it could be continued downwards, through the Buccleuch property. 1 beg also to state, that some of the owners themselves have already made a small race along a portion of this line. It has its source in a piece of swampy ground, which does not yield a supply sufficient to reach the limit they had intended, and the owners now ask the Council to let in an auxiliary supply from proposed upper channel into said race, but to extend it from its present termination — or, otherwise to make a new one near the same line as the Council might think fit. On the whole, I consider that at present this water scheme is required mainly in the interests of the smaller settlers in that district, whose holdings are somewhat different from the present. and the lines shown through their sections would give such a service as they'require. If the scheme is to be so extensive, however, as to take in all the portion between the South Ashburton river and Bowyer’s stream, I presume that the district will have to be constituted into a rateable district same as on the other portions of the plains ; and, while the owners stated that when called upon to sign the agreement they would be prepared to say definitely whether they would be willing to bear the costs of maintenance, in the meantime they seem disposed to take all the responsibility of maintaining a scheme of small magnitude. The question might therefore be considered as to the propriety of constructing one or more sections of

the work as follows :—(X.) Head works, with channel to connect with Hood’s creek at township, and branch to connect with small race already made by owners. (2.) Extension of channel from Hood’s through rural sections to Bowyer’s stream, and of present small race through rural sections near tramway reserve to lower end rural section 24472. (3-) Extension of both these races through lower end of Buccleuch property. The extension of the first would secure an abundant supply, and to bring it down as the township to a point available for distribution, the expense of this part of the work might be set down at about L3OO. Sections Nos. 2 and 3, including bridges, culverts, tanks, etc., would each cost about about L2OO. You will therefore observe that the principal items of expense would be the construction of head works. I examined another source—viz., from the creek which passes through the caves in Limestone rocks ; but this does not yield a supply sufficient for the purposes, while its diverson would, to some extent, deprive the settlers below the point of abstraction, of the supply on which they are at present dependent. 6. Plains Water Supply. - The protection of several portions of the creek above Methven has just been completed, the effect of which has been sensibly to diminish the amount of absorption; but I am unable at present to state the exact per centage gained, as on account of the numerous streamlets now entering the creek at various places, accurate results cannot be obtained till it subsides into its normal state. I have, however, repeatedly guaged the flow In the test channel from Methven to Dundas, and find the loss by percolation over the whole of that distance of 22 miles continues steadily at 33 per cent. I have staked out the line of water race leading from Methven past Chertsey, and contracts Nos. 1,2, and 3 are in progress. lam preparing to get in the small concrete tanks at road crossings, and the question of bridges for public roads and pipe crossings will have to be considered now, as these works should proceed simultaneously with the cutting of the races. Tenders for the Methven-Dromore water race, in length abcut 29 miles, will be laid before you to-day, and I beg to ask the Council’s approval of the lines as laid down on the plan. I beg also to ask your authority to call for next meeting of Council tenders for race marked A on plan. 7. Bridge, Mount Somers.—l have ordered timber for the wheel guards, and these will be fixed as soon as the material comes to hand.

Willi an Baxter, County Engineer. The following action was taken in connection therewith :

County Sale Yards :—Resolved —“That Mr Bullock and the Chairman be a committee to arrange for planting, and accept tenders for same. ”

Mount Somers Water Supply ;—Mr J. Jackson moved, and Mr Coster seconded —“ That the sum of L4OO be set aside for water supply to the country between south Ashburton and Bowyer’s stream, the money to be expended when the owners of the land in that district express their willingness to be rated for maintenance of the work. ” This on being put, was declared lost. —Mr Wright moved — “ That inasmuch as the proposed expenditure on Mount Somers water race will be at the rate of 9d per acre for the area to be benefitted, if Mr Taylor’s land is excluded ; that no expenditure be incurred on the race until Mr Taylor consents to contribute to the maintenance of the said race, in proportion to the extent of land held by him so situated as to be capable of receiving benefit by the water race.” This was seconded by Mr Saunders, and carried.

Public Crossings :—lt was resolved — “ That fords be made were the channels cross the roads ; fords to be pitched and fronted with concrete wherever practicable.

Special Crossings :—lt was moved by Mr Wright, seconded and carried—“ That wherever special crossings are required to supply the water to properties on the opposite sides of a road dividing such properties, and such crossings are approved by the Engineer to the Council, two-thirds of the cost of such crossings shall be paid by the owners of the land, in proportion to the acreage of their holdings within one half mile of such road, and that failing their ageement to pay such charge, no diversion in the course of the race shall take place.”—Mr Coster moved—- “ That those crossings now on the maps be not considered special crossings.” This, however, not being seconded, lapsed. South Rakaia Plains Water Supply : Mr Wright moved the adoption of the recommendation made by the Engineer, and calling for tenders for the work, same to be in by next meeting, which was agreed to. HOSPITAL REPORT. Messrs Fooks and Son, in accordance with instructions received from the Council, reported that the roof of the Hospital required a thorough overhaul, and that the cost of erecting a bath in the female ward would amount to Ll 3 or Ll 4.

The matter of repairing the roof was left in the hands of the Chairman to arrange. Re Bath.— The expenditure of the necessary amount for construction of same was authorised. PLANTING. The interim report of the committee appointed on this matter was read and adopted. THE BOROUGH CLAIM. The committee appointed to report re the claim of the Ashburton Borough Council for a share of the Land Fund advised the granting of a sum of LSOO. The report was adopted. NOTICES OF MOTION. Mr Walker, with the permission of the Council, withdrew the resolution standing in his name regarding the management of railways. In reference to the notice of motion standing in Mr Wright’s name re construction of a footbridge over the Hinds, a sum of LIOO for the construction thereof was voted by the Council, and the clerk was instructed to make the necessary formal applications in the matter to the Minister of Public Works.

APPLICATION. The poundkeeper, Ashburton Pound, requested a reimbursement of certain expenses incurred by him in the poundage of four horses, for whom no owners had been found, and which could not be disposed of by sale, as specified by the Act. It was decided not to entertain the application. CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence read included the following : From the Mount Somers Domain Board, requesting a vote to cover amount incurred by them above their resources in planting, etc. —Not entertained. From the Longbeach Road Board, requesting a grant similar to that made to the Waterton Cemetery Board (L 75), to the Winslow Cemetery Board.—lt was resolved to make a grant to the Board as per appropriation already made. Circulars from the Manawatu County Council re Local Bodies Conference ; Rangitikei County Council on the same subject ; and Wairoa County Council re Waste Lands Boards and landed endowments.—Laid on tho table and ordered to be acknowledged. From the Mount Hutt Road Board re stoppage of road.—Consideration deferred to special meeting to be held following next ordinary meeting.

HOSPITAL SURGEON. It was resolved—“ That Dr Trevor be asked to superintend the Hospital for three months, pending legislation after expiration of present lease.” SLAUGHTERING LICENSE. A license to slaughter was granted to Mr. Bruce. The meeting then adjourned.

Special Meeting. The business to be considered at a special meeting rc balance sheet, &c., was then proceeded with, Messrs Bullock and Coster being absent. (Left sitting at 4.45 p.m.)

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ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881

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ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881

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