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The usual monthly meeting of the above Board was held at 3 p. m. on Monday last. Present —Messrs Grigg (chairman), Carter, Chapman, and Taylor. Correspondence was read—From the Ashburton County Council, enclosing extracts from the County Engineer’s reports with regard to the enlargement of Carter and Dawson’s creeks. The Council declined to do anything with Dawson’s creek, but they would pay half the cost of enlarging Carter’s creek, provided the Road Board would pay the rest. This the Board decided to agree to.—From the Treasury, Wellington, stating the subsidy on road rates collected during the year ended 31st March, 1880, had been paid, and a letter from the manager of the Bank of New Zealand, Ashburton, acknowledged receipt of the same, amounting to L 917 4s lid.—From Mr Wm. Anderson, asking that the side ditch of part of Ford’s road should be cleared out, and that the Board would ask the County Council to continue the work of straightening Ford’s creek from where it crosses Ford’s road to Osborne’s road. The Board agreed to clean out the side ditch.—From Mr Charles Braddell, asking for the use

of the Road Board office as a polling booth for the election of two members for the Ashburton riding of the County on Wednesday the 16th inst. Granted. Mr John White waited on the Board for the purpose of representing that the first bridge on Dawson’s road from Longbeach road was quite too small to take away flood-water quickly enough, and asked that a ford be substituted for the bridge. —The Surveyor was instructed to have this done, also to have another ford placed across the same road within twentyfive chains of Bell’s road, and to have the side ditch cleaned out.

The Surveyor’s report was read and it was decided to deepen the Tinwald creek and place a tank to prevent water overflowing on to Ford’s road. To lower a culvert on Church road alongside of Mr E. Horsey’s farm. To deepen and regrade the outfalls and side ditches of about a mile of Surveyor's road and form about twenty-five chains of a new road leading from Surveyor’s road through the swamp in a south-easterly direction. To make the bridge on the Lower Beach road at Lowcliff secure by timbering and fencing the approaches, and to call for tenders for the completion of the side ditch on Crow’s road, as the late contractor has given up the work. The following gentlemen, having signified their willingness to act, were formally appointed as returning officers for the five wards of the district:—No. 1 ward, Edward Bell; No. 2 ward, J. Edward Jacombs; No. 3 ward, W. Guthbert; No. 4 ward, J. Arthur Winter; No. 5 ward, James Isbister.

The Surveyor having read a list of persons who have permitted gorse to grow on the roads, the same was approved by the Board, and the Chairman signed fiftytwo notices to clear this gorse away.—The Surveyor was instructed to see that the terms of these notices were complied with. Accounts amounting to L9411s 7d were prssed for payment, and the Board adjourned until the 27th December.

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881

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