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COUNTY COUNCIL.

The ordinary monthly meeting of the above was held this morning at the Council chambers, Baring Square. Present— Mr W. C. Walker (Chairman), and Messrs E. G. Wright, T. Bullock, H. Friedlander, D. Cameron, J. Jackson, H:~ T.Winter. ASHBURTON HOSPITAL. A return.of the patients received and discharged during the past month was received. A discussion arose on the subject of charitable aid. Mr E. G. Wright drew attention to the large amount deducted from the Government subsidy on account of charitable aid, which was very far in excess of the sum actually expended. Mr Friedlander remarked that the Borough Council had lo make a similar complaint re their subsidy. The Chairman quite concurred with Mr Wright. This was not the first time the question had come up, and on the last occasion it did so, it was deferred in order that they might see what Parliament would do in the matter. They had been promised amended legislation re this subsidy, but nothing had as yet been done. The matter then dropped, engineer’s report.

[Owing to the length of the Engineer’s report we are compelled to hold it over until to-morrow.] RAKAIA WATER SUPPLY. It was proposed by Mr VV right, seconded by Mr H Friedlander, and carried —“ That a committee, consisting of the Chairman, and Messrs Jackson, Friedlander, and the mover, be appointed to inspect the Mount Hutt creek, and report as to the propriety of utilising that stream to supplement the general water supply of the plains. ” WATER RACE —D 1 LOOP LINE. Mr Walsh waited on the Council, re the above. After he had withdrawn, it was resolved on the motion of Mr Friedlander, seconded bv Mr Wright—“ That the channel follow the direction of the line of road as originally laid out.” SOUTH RAKAIA WATER SUPPLY. It was resolved that the Chairman should consult the Council’s solicitors, and ask what power the Council has to prosecute persons tampering with the water races, and act upon the advice he received. It was further resolved that the Engineer be instructed to serve notices on persons meddling with the water race, and to inform them that the water will be withdrawn. ASHBUBTON-RANOITATA WATER SUPPLY. On the motion of Mr Wright, seconded by Mr Winter, it was resolved—“ That tenders be called for the construction of the Mount Alto water-race, to ensure its completion by May next.” WINSLOW AND WXLLOWBY WATER SUPPLY.

The consideration of the extension of the above race was deferred until the March meeting. CREEKS AT TINWALD. The Engineer was left to deal with these creeks. WHEATSTONE DRAINAGE. Action re the above was deferred. WAKANUI WATER SUPPLY. It was resolved that the consideration of the water supply at Wakanui be postponed for a month. RANGITATA TRAFFIC BRIDGE. Stigley, a workman who was injured by a pile falling on his foot while at work on the above bridge, wrote, asking the consideration of the Council. It was resolved that he should be allowed half-pay during the time he was laid up. SLAUGHTERHOUSE INSPECTOR’S REPORT. The ireport was as follows:—“The Chairman of the County Council SIR, — I have the honor to report for your information that the slaughter yards enumerated below have been inspected during the last quarter and found clean and in good order William T. Smith, Arthur

Ede (Alford Forest), Thomas Mcßae, William Bland, John Grigg, Henry Hudson.! John Williams, Willowby : complaints having been made that this yard was offensive to people passing the road, Mr Williams was seen and instructed to remove it and promised to do so at once ; Morgan and Hibbs, Methven, this yard is very clean and well-kept now ; P. B. Passmore, Edward Corbett, James Tasker, Adam Jackson, Richard Lancaster, this last is a very good slaughter yard, is very clean and well kept ; Hay Taylor Smith, Roberts and Winter, John Brown, James Smith, Arthur Ede (Ashburton), Octavious Digby, William Scarlett, Walter Hartnell, Murdoch Bruce, James E. Trevor, H. Hunt.— l have, &c., Henry W. Felton, Inspector Slaughteryards. ” EXTENSION OF TIME. The Reserves Committee applied for an extension of time for one month. Granted.—The Committee appointed to interview the Borough Council re maintenance of Hospital was also allowed a month’s extension of time. APPLICATIONS. Mr C. P. Cox wrote applying for a loopline of water race to be formed at the Hinds, through reserve 1549 and surrounding sections. Mr C. J. Harper also wrote asking that a branch water race, about three miles long, might be cut through the property on the south banks of the Hinds, lately owned by the trustees of Sir Cracroft Wilson, deceased. The land consisted of 1,400 acres, and was entirely without water, and no provision appeared to have been made by the Council to supply it with water. Both letters were referred to the Engineer to report on the next meeting. It was also resolved that the Engineer should ascertain cost of supplying other properties with water.

THE DRAINAGE SCHEME. The clerk to the Mount Hutt Road Board forwarded plans and estimate of proposed storm-water channel from Methven to Highbank, and copies of resolutions passed by the South Rakaia and Mount Hutt Road Boards. The resolution passed by the Mount Hnlt Road Board was as follows : —“ That the Board is prepared to support some such scheme of drainage as that discussed at the last meeting of the South Rakaia and Mount Hutt Road Boards, and that the plans and estimate when pro-

pared, to the South Rakaia their co-operation, and finally to the County Council with a request for their approval and assistance.’* And— ‘‘ Seeing that the proportion of acreage to be; benefitted in the South Rakaia Road District is much larger than that of the Mount Halt, the proportion in which the expenditure should be borne is Mount Hutt, one-fourth ; South Rakaia, two-fourths ; County Council, one-fourth. The resolution passed by the South Rakaia Board was as follows :—“That after carefully considering the acreage of the land to be benefitted by the proposed storm-water drainage scheme, this- Boards is of opinion that the Mount Hutt Road District will receive more benefit than the South Rakaia Road District, and cannot therefore agree to pay more than an equal ' sum with the Mount Hutt Board, but will' agree to divide the cost required after expending any subsidy received from the County Council equally with Mount Hntt Road Board, provided that the total sum required from the two Boards do riot ex-; ceed L 2,000. The estimate for the work was given at L 2.778 7s 6d, - It was moved by Mr Friedlander, seconded by Mr Bullock, and carried—- “ That the Clerk make out a return showing subsidies and expenditure on each Road Board district, and refer back the letter to the Mount Hutt Road Board for their opinion of the South Rakaia Road Board’s proposal. ANOTHER APPLICATION.

A petition was read from Mr Griffin and several others, asking for the initiation of a system uf loop lines for the benefit of those lying off the main race. It was resolved that the petition stand over until the water-races in hand are completed. Tt was moved by Mr Wright, seconded by Mr Winter and carried—" That a committee he appointed to confer with the .Ashburton Borough Council as to the ex-, pediency of both the County and Boroqgh Councils undertaking to administer the charitable aid within the County, as! the present system of administration entails a heavy loss uppn F both bodies, the Committee to con- ■ sist of the Chairman and Messrs Cameron, Jackson, and the mover.” MORE TIME. Fourteen days extension of time was: granted to Messrs Cooper Bros., and one; month to Black and Sutherland (contractors), on'the understanding that if the work is not completed then, the fine will, be inflicted. VERY PROPER. It was resolved, on the application of! ; Mr Wright, seconded by Mr Friedlander —■“ That the Chairman, Messrs Bullock, Friedlander, and the mover bo appointed a committee to consider an application to the Government for the recovery of : one- r third of the proceeds of the land sales, upon the deferred payment system within the county.” • - _ Mr Wright observed that he failed to see the j ustice of a system by which they lost a third of their money. i Rakaia ooroe bridge. . / ilt was resolved that Government be • asked when they proposed to erect the?, other half of the bridge 1 NOTICES OF MOTION. Mr Friedlander tabled the following!— “ That this Council will take into consideration at next meeting the expediency " of recommending to the Government the appointment of a resident valuator for the Court of Ashburton.” Also, ‘ ‘ That the Clerk be instructed to write to: the various Road Boards within the County for a return of amounts expended for rate-rolls.” ACCOUNTS. The ordinary accounts were passed for f> payment, and the Council adjourned. j

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COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 525, 4 January 1882

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COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 525, 4 January 1882

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