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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD.

The ordinary monthly meeting of the above was held to-day. Present—All the members with tho exception of the Chairman, Mr H. Friedlander, whose absence was apologised for by the surveyor, who stated that Mr Friedlander had gone to the North Island. In Mr Friodlander’a absence, Mr H. T. Winter was voted to the chair. chairman’s statement. The chairman reported the balance in hand to be L3BB 7s Id ; rates collected since last meeting, L 57 16s lOd ; rents collected Ll 6 Bs. LSOO had been placed at fixed deposit for six months. They would have to appoint a returning officer for the annual election to the Board. The

Board had let Reserve 1413 to Mr H. Friedlander.

CORRESPONDENCE, ■was read as follows ;

Prom Bank New Zealand, advising that the Board’s account was credited on Nov. 11, with L 248 5s 4d, being amount of Government for the nine months ending Dec. 31st, 1881. From Treasury re the above. From Nicholas Fitzgerald, offering to re-form Gibson’s road for L 34, subject to the offer being accepted at to-day's meeting.

The application was not entertained, THE ANNUAL ELECTION.

Mr C. 0. Fooks was appointed Returning Officer for the annual election of members to the Board, to be held at Moffatt’s mill (if permission can be obtained) on the Ist Thursday in January next, and failing Mr Moffatt’s mill, at the Wakanui schoolhouse. INSPECTOR OE NUISANCE’S REPORT. This report was as follows :

I : Re Closets : I have to report that during the last month four of the closets in this district have been emptied and cleaned—two of them being in Trevorton ; others as they require it I will attend to.—2. Re Pig Styes : They are fairly clean, and those mentioned in my last report as requiring attention have been seen to. —3. Re Slops and Other Refuse Matter : There is nothing to report to the Board, and now during the hot weather I shall do my best to keep them under, and will attend to all complaints at once. The report was adopted. engineer’s report. This report was read as under : 1, Seafield Road : We have examined this road as instructed, and find that owing to nearly all the traffic being on the sides, it has worn them away considerably, and allows most of the storm water to flow down the wheel tracks. There is also a considerable growth of tussocks between the sides and the metalled portion. This and the sides being in the state they are makes it difficult, and in some instances dangerous, for a heavy load to cross over. The work required to be done would be to plough the strip next the shingle, level the sides and have a proper water table.—2. Boundary Road : We have inspected this road. It is necessary to have it reformed, as there are several hollows where water accumulates. The storm water has also scoured out places in the road. Tenders have been called for reforming and metalling.—3. Gibson’s Road ; This road has been inspected as instructed, and a plan showing gutters crossing the road accompanies this. To form the full width all the way would take a large quantity of stuff to fill the gullies, which cross the road nine times in 100 chains, and would entail reducing the crown of the road, which is metalled. It also requires 300 feet of I foot diameter pipes for culverts. The estimated cost of forming to full width, including gullies and pipes required, is L6s, and for forming to full width and leave the gullies as they are, Ll 5. —4. Roads in Dromoreand Newlands district : The Overseer and gang have been at work filling up hollow places, reducing heights, making fords for the proper flow of water, etc., on the Dromore road, Fairfield road, and Cochrane’s road, the work is so far finished. Owing to the extremely hard nature of the ground at this time of the year it has been a very difficult matter to plough the sides evenly and make such good work as is desired, we would recommend that a little more work be none when the wet season commences. Complaints have been made of the awkwardness of the fords fot water-races made by the County Council. We have had the one at the junction of Rules’ and Dromore road altered, but have refrained from doing anything to the others, as we suppose they come under the province of the County Council.—River Road Protection : As the river is very low now, we would recommend that the stream as shewn on plan herewith be diverted ; as it is now it turns off at right angles to the opposite side and cuts straight into the bank, with a little scooping and making a low dam of gorse and shingle a good channel could be made for the water on the side opposite to the road dip ; once there it would probably remain so for some time. We estimate the cost at L 6 orLy. • —Corbett’s Road : The contract for metalling this road is progressing; there is rather an undue proportion of sand with the shingle, but as there are no other places for procuring metal except those in use it cannot be well remedied, the contractor (J. Boyle) is endeavoring to take the best metal out of the pits.—7. Wilson’s Road : The contractor is at work reforming this road.—B. Wakanui Road : The contract for making footpaths and reforming this road from Trevor’s Road to Jones’ corner has been completed.—9. Seaside Road (Shipka Pass) Cutting ; This contract has been completed, in addition to the contract we have had a few heights reduced and approaches to creek made good.

Clause 1 : Consideration deferred till autumn.—Clause 3 : Mr Brown proposed —“ That the road be formed for the full width as asked for, excepting the gullies, and that tenders be called for the 10 th inst., and to be accepted by the Chairman and Surveyor.” The Chairman seconded the motion, and it was carried.—Clause 4 : The Surveyor was instructed to communicate with the County Council Engineer, calling his attention to the state of fords through water races in the district.—s: Resolved—- “ That the Surveyor’s recommendations be carried out.” The remainder of the report as read was adopted. CHEQUES. Resolved —“ That Mr H. Winter, as acting chairman, sign necessary cheques. THE INSPECTOR IS ASKED TO ACT AS POUNDKEEPER AS 'WELIi. It was resolved that the Inspector of Nuisances be asked to impound cattle, etc., straying on the roads. TENDERS. The following tenders were accepted;— No. 45, forming and metalling Chertsey Boundary road, John Boyle, 2 miles, formation and metalling, at 2s 6d per chain and Is per yard; Thomas Blackburn, 2 miles formation, at 2s 6d per chain; Thos. Trevurza, 2 miles of metalling, at Is; No. 46, forming Denshire’s road, Archibald Fitzgerald, at 5s per chain; No. 47, suburban footpaths, etc., J. Caldicott, at 3s 2d per chain. This concluded the business; and the Board rose.

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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 1 December 1881

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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 1 December 1881

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