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The usual monthly meeting of the above Board, which had been postponed from the regular’ day to admit of the Chairman (who is absent in Melbourne) being present, was held on Tuesday last. Present Messrs Thomas Taylor, the Acting-Chairman, Carter, and Dobson. CORRESPONDENCE. ; The following ’ correspondence was read: — , , From the Hon.' the 1 Colonial Secretary, acknowledging receipt of petition that the district bo divided into wards. : From the Ashburton ’ County Council, stating (in reply to the reqtlestbf the Board that L 75 might be granted to the Winslow Public Cemetery Board) that L 52 had been already voted. From Mr Tames Moore, asking that, As he had sold his land, his name might be taken off the rate-book.—The Clerk was directed to explain that neither the Board nor any one else had power to take any name off the rate-book after the same had been signed. From Mr William. Crow, asking that, the present contract for a side-ditch on Crow’s road might W-extended past his property, and guaranteeing that if this was done he would not ask for bridges over the ditch.—On the recommendation of the Surveyor, it was decided to extend tho;.work as requested. , surveyor’s report.

This official reported as follows : x.—Crow’s road Ditch : Since the last meeting of the Board, Messrs Hastie and, the contractors for the completion of a side ditch on Crow’s road, have given up their contract, thereby forfeiting their deposit, and the valueof any work they did, and with the sanction of the Acting Chairman, I have let the contract to John Schafer, who was the only one out of the original tenderers who either, could or would now take the work in hand.—2. Great South Road : In pursuance of your instructions, 1 took a set of levels along the Great South road from the Longbeach road to Winslow, and found that there is ample fall to be obtained for the purpose of removing all surface water by means of side channels at a comparatively small cost. I would recommend also that, as the formation is only sixty feet wide, the existing depressions in the formation be filled up by soil to be obtained by widening the formation, and that as the railway station-master’s house at Winslow has been removed from the road, that part of the road where the house stood be now formed.—3. Boundary road Drains ; I inspected these drains complained of by the manager of the Chatmoss estate, and found that watercress does exist for about two miles in the ditch on the ncrth-west side of •the road, and also in the outfall drains. The watercress docs not cause an injury to the road at present, but the growth of the cress will be : doubtless very great next spring, and if the work is to be dene it should be done now.—4. Waterton road: The very heavy rainfall on Saturday last caused the Waterton road to be much flooded, the culvert accommodation not being sufficient for the escape of such an extra large quantity of watch I would recommend that until this piece of road is re-formed, that a row of earthenware pipes be laid, in order to lead the storm-water from the Waterton township extension into the culvert across the road at the gorse fence drain.—S- Contracts ; All the works let by the Board are being satisfactorily carried on, 'with the exception of the formation of Boundary road; this cannot be done until the gorse growing on the road ha* been cleared off by the occupiers of the adjoining land. The work of clearing is being vigorously; pushed on. Clauses 1 and 5 were approved of. Regarding clauses 2 and 4, the Surveyor was instructed to call ior tenders for the reformation and the removal of the tussocks off the Great South road, from the fingerpost to Winslow, and the re-formation of about 15 chains of the Waterton road. Clause 3—Watercress to be removed out of all ditches which are on road lines.

A COMPLAINT. Mr M'Oormaok waited on the Board in order to complain that all the flood-water coming down the Longbeach road accumulated opposite his house, and flooded his land.—The Surveyor was directed to find out, by taking levels, where the water should go to, and report atnext meeting. XBNDEBS. Tenders were opened for the formation of a read near the Coldstream station, and that of Mr Hugh Cullen accepted. ; ? ■ FINANCIAL. Accounts, amounting to L3OB 6a 9d, were'examined and passed for payment, and after some minor instructions to the Clerk, the Board adjourned, the consideration of the divisiori of the credit balance on Ist January between the five wards being postponed for a full meeting.

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 374, 18 June 1881

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 374, 18 June 1881

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