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The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Road Board office, Mount Somers, on Monday last. Present —Messrs A. E. Peache (Chairman), W. 0. Walker, I. E. Taylor, and J. Hood. The Surveyor’s report was read and considered. The Surveyor was instructed to inform Mr Boyle that unless his contract on Yaletta road is completed within two weeks, the full penalty will be inflicted. It was resolved that tenders be called for the formation, etc., of 50 chains of the road leading to Mr Wright’s homestead. The following correspondence was read—

From Mr John Boyle, requesting the Board to sell him an unused line of road adjoining his property, and comprising five acres of land.—The Board decided to proceed with the matter conditionally upon Mr Boyle refunding all expenses they may incur independent of the price of the land as valued by a valuer appointed by the -Board.

From Mr John Tisch, requesting the Board to metal the formed portion of the Tramway Reserve road.—The Clerk was directed to apply to Mr Tisch for an explanation of the position of the road he refers to.

From the Secretary for Public Works, enclosing returns re expenditure, which the Clerk was requested to fill up and forward as soon as possible. From Mr C. P. Cox, re premium on insurance of house and stable.—The Clerk was directed to forward a cheque for the amount.

From Mr H. Friedlander, the Chairman of the Industrial Association, Ashburton, requesting a grant in aid of the expenses incurred.—The Clerk to reply that the Board cannot entertain the request, owing to shortness of funds.

From the Colonial Secretary, re the new Rangitata road district, and asking the Board’to name a returning officer and polling places for the Mount Somers district.—The Board resolved to nominate Mr J. C. Bell, as returning officer, and to name the Road Board office and the main school, Alford Forest, as the two polling places. A petition signed by Mr J. Tisch, and thirteen others, was received; the petitioners requested the Board to metal twenty-live chains of the Sawmill road ; the matter was deferred until Mr P. Tisch’s promised contribution towards the formation of the road referred to is paid. A petition from Mr T. Simpson, and one other, re Morris road was received. The Board declined the prayer of the petition, on the ground that they consider all the necessary work has already been done on the road.

A petition was also received from Mr P. Tisch, and six others, urging upon the Board the necessity for continuing the formation on Cameron’s road to the river.— The Board decided to have the swampy portion done at once, the rest to be fully reported upon at the next meeting.

Mr John Stevenson interviewed the Board with reference to formation of a road in a direct line of communication between Mount Somers and Alford Forest. —To be reported upon. Tenders were opened, and one accepted, for each of the following works : —No. 37 —Muirhead’s read, Lewis M‘Gregor, LlB Is 7d ; No. 38—Alford Station road, &c., Alexander Harvey, L 44 13s 4d. The Clerk was instructed to apply to all persons for payment of promised contributions towards roads, &c. The pay-sheet amounting to L 304 4s 6d having been passed for payment, the Board adjourned.

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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 336, 5 May 1881

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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 336, 5 May 1881

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