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The annual general meeting of the ratepayers of the district was held in the Board Office, yesterday at 10 a.m. Mr C. N. Mackie, Chairman, was the only member of the Board to put in an appearance, The following ratepayers were present Messrs J. Mann, A. Makaig, T. A. Winter, W. Cox, 0. Tucker, G. Shellock, C. Hardy, G. Murdoch, S. ’ Oxley, and J. Lamparde. The annual report was read containing a summary of all works executed by the Board during the past year. From this it appeared that the Board thought it advisable to. let a great portion of repairs to roads by contract, and had tried the experiment by letting sections of the roads for six month at per mile, to be kept in good order and repair. This system was new ,as yet, : and contractors in this district diffident in taking work of this kind, not knowing ; what to tender for. But the Board had every reason to believe that it will: be the most economical method of keeping the roads in repair, and plenty of: men found to tender for the work when it becomes better known. At the request , of a number of settlers two lines of roads have been laid off across Native Reserve No. 2058 j and the Board has taken steps in accordance with clause 21, part 2, of the Public Works Act, 1876, to acquire land for same. These roads would doubtless be of great benefit to the residents in the lower portion of the district. A new line of road had also been laid off through W. A. Brown’s old farm near Ohertsey, thus giving the settlers a nearer and more direct road to that township in the grain season. Several streets and footpaths had been formed in the Rakaia township, and other works executed which cannot fail to benefit the residents and improve the value of properties. The report went on to state that the district possessed a water supply which is very far superior to anything that could have been achieved in the way of boring, and which the district has every reason to be proud of. The Road Board deeming this work of vast importance to the welfare of the district, decided to grant the sum of LSOC towards the construction of crossings in connection with the waterraces, and great praise was due to the County Council for the very satisfactory manner in which this work is being carried out. The district from the hills to the sea will possess one of the grandest water supply schemes in the colony of New Zealand. With reference to the damage caused to fences and property in the district by storm-water, the Mount Huit Board had, the report continued, submitted a scheme for dealing with the water, which the Rakaia Board approved provided the cost of the work was fairly divided between the'two Boards and the County Council, the latter body carrying out the work. The estimated cost of the proposed scheme was L 3,000. The following synopsis of accounts was also read Receipts and expenditure.— The receipts have been small. The interest account, which ought to have shown LSOO 5s 4d, only shows L 175, owing-to the sum of L 7.000 not being deposited for one month after falling due, namely, from Pec. 20, 1880, to Jan. 19, 18811 It will consequently have to show in next year’s accounts. But, including this item, the receipts for the year amount to L 2,844 9s Id, and expenditure to L 2,438 17s 2d, showing with cash to current account, and L 9,000 to fixed deposit account, funds in the hands o f the Board of L 10,424 18s 4d to commence the next financial year with. New roads formed during the year 1881.—There have been thirty-two miles ten chains and fortythree links of new roads formed during the year 1881, a*, a total cost of L 1,667 16s 3d—this without any of the re-form-ing contracts completed, or in course of completion. We have now in this district 116 miles of roads formed, including about fifty miles of metalled. There have been no roads metalled during the year just expired. The amount paid for maintaining roads already made in the district amounts to L 570 16s 8d for the past year. The amount expended in improvements in the Rakaia township for the twelve month amounts to LlB2 15s lOd. General Expenses —Advertising and printing is a very small item of expenditure, considering the amount of work done and which must necessarily be advertised for —viz., L 45 2s sd. The amount of general expenses, including insurance, office, horse feed, etc , amounts to L 124 18s Id. Total for general expenses, Ll7O 0s 6d. The balance-sheet was adopted.

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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD DISTRICT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 521, 29 December 1881

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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD DISTRICT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 521, 29 December 1881