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The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday last, there being present Messrs Carter, Chapman, Dobson, and Taylor. Mr Carter moved —“ That Mr Taylor, being the oldest member of the Board present, take the chair.” Seconded by Mr Chapman. The Surveyor reported that the committee appointed by the Board at last meeting had met on Monday, the 18th April, and had accepted the tender of Messrs Hastie and Smith for the formation of a side ditch on Crow’s road.—This was approved of. The Surveyor further reported that Messrs Gibson and Grace, the contractors for the shingling of parts of Dobson’s and the 20-ohain roads, had formally given up their contract since the last meeting of the Board, and had forfeited their deposit thereby, and that the Surveyor, empowered by the Chairman, had accepted the next lowest tender —that of Mr Chas. Black, who was now engaged on the work. —This was also approved of. Correspondence was read—

From Messrs Gibson and Grace, stating that their tender for Dobson’s road was too low, owing to a mistake on their part in not properly understanding the specifications for the work ; this being the case, they asked the Board to refund their deposit money.—The Board, while regretting the loss of the money to Messrs Gibson and Grace, declined to break the rule of compelling defaulting tenderers to forfeit their deposits. From Mr Edward Bell, the manager of the Chatmoss estate, asking the Board to clear the drain of Boundary road, and the outfalls therefrom, of watercress. —The

Surveyor ’tftw instructed to inspect and

report thereon at next meeting. From Mr C. H. Dowding, the manager of the Coldstream estate, asking the fpermission of the Board to cross Isle worth road with a water race, and offering to put a sufficient bridge on the road over the race, Permission was granted to cross the road, provided a ford instead of a bridge, was made and maintained. From the same gentleman, asking the Board to form a short piece of road over theColdstream homestead.—The Surveyor was directed to call for tenders for the WOrk. - a;-;-us From Mr Charles Martin, requesting the Board to clear the tussupks) ofi the centre of the Great South rda'd, between the finger-post and veyor was instructed totake levalVslong this piece of road, and report on the cost of forming side channels and; clewing -the tussocks at next meeting. ' * r * ' From the Secretary to 1 theAshburton Racing Club, asking the Board’s'permit sion to level a portion of the unformed part of the side of Graham's road, So ' that horses running at thh forthcoming Steeplechase might safely jump-bn to it. —Granted. ....... From the Ashburton Borough Council,' in reply, stating that the request bf the Board, to remove the loose atones from off the northern approach to the Ashburtgn railway bridge would receive the attention of the Council. ’ 1 '

From the Ashburton County Council, r in reply, saying that a copy of the SoardV letter had been forwarded to the 'Government, with a strong recommendation of,, the Council that the suggestion as to the removal of the railway gates at, the Ash-i burton bridge be carried into effect, and further informing the 'Board that its recommendation iu t this matter had been acceeded to.

From the Chairman, apologising for his absence for about a month, and suggesting that an acting chairman hi appointed in ~ his absence, with power to sign cheques, and otherwise act as chairman.—On 'the motion of Messrs Dobson and Chapman, Mr Thomas Taylor was asked to under-.; take the duties. —Mr Taylor consented. Moved by Messrs Chapman and Carter, and carried—“ That the 'Ashburton County Council be respectfully sulked to grant the sum of L 7 sto the Winslow Public Cemetery,' for purposes of fencing and planting.” Moved by Mr Dobson, seconded by the acting-chairman, and agreed—“ That before any division of the suin' of money standing to the credit of the Board on the Ist January, 1881, and allocation of the same to the fire wards of this district be made, the reply to Mr Studholme’s letter be considered.” It was resolved—“ That during the ensuing winter months the Board meet at 2 o’clock p. m., instead of 3." The Surveyor was instructed to repair.; Graham’s road, from Boundary road to ' Tinwald, with gravel. Tenders were opened and the following accepted:—Mr Henry Anderson, for formation of Boundary road from Ford’s road to Graham’s road ; Mr James Gardiner, for the formation of Boundary road, from Willowby to Ford’s .road; Mr John :

Walker, for the re-formation of the Winslow road ; land Mr John Boyle, for the shingling of both lengths of Ford’s road. The pay-sheet, amounting, to L 236 11s 4d, being passed for payment, the Hoard adjourned. :

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 335, 4 May 1881

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