MOUNT SOMERS ROAD DISTRICT.
The annual meeting of the ratepayers of the above district was held at the Road IBoari Office, Mount Somers, on Thursday last, at 1 p.m.. About twenty ratepay srs were present. Mr Peache, the Chairman of the Board, presided, and Mr :Cameron was also present, j The Chairman, in laying the annual report, balance-sheet, and return, shewing works done during the year, before the ratepayers present, said he wished to draw their attention to the fact that since jtbei last annual meeting a large portion had separated from the former Mount jSomers District, thereby necessitating considerable retrenchment in the expenses ; the Clerk’s salary had been considerably reduced, and none but necessary yjQ rks had been undertaken, and he was of opinion that the district was to be congratulated upon the fair and equitable division of the funds at the date faf separation, the amount awarded to the Rangiitata Road Board being L 634 9a 6d. j The balance-sheet was then read, and iilso the annual report in explanation of ;he different returns. : Mr J. Hood asked the Chairman why no rate had been struck during the past year, in consequence of which a very small ‘balance was left to the credit of the Board s account.—The Chairman stated that owing to the impending separation of the district no rate could he struck early in the year, that the matter had been taken bp when the separation question was decided, but that owing to the absence of the member in whose name the motion stood, the matter had fallen through ; he certainly was of opinion that a light rate ought to have been struck during the last two years to enable the Board to husband their capital, and to raise sufficient by rating to carry on the general expenses of the district. —Mr Cameron spoke at some length on the subject of rating. He stated that the reason no rates had been 'struck was that owing to the satisfactory state Of the works in the district generally the Board did not deem it advisable to throw a further burden of taxation on the shoulders of the ratepayers.—Mr Hood, in reply, said that if no rate was necessary no further works could be executed, and the services of the Surveyor might be dispensed with. Mr Edson asked the opinion of the meeting as to the valuation of land in the district.—The Chairman replied that he was of opinion that in some of the cases of tohhproved freehold land, assessed at 2a per acre, the assessment appeared too high, but the valuer had to be guided by the Act in the matter. Mr Hood asked if the Board had any power to control the boundaries decided upon by the petitioners for separation of the district. —The Chairman said it was hoped that the division of the district might be prevented, but that when it was proved that such was impossible, it was too late to take any further action in the matter. On the motion of Mr Hood, seconded by Mr A. Harvey, it was resolved—” That in the opinion of this meeting, it is desirable that the Local Elections Act be brought into force for the district as now constitued. ” —Carried unanimously.
Mr Morgan proposed, Mr Hood seconded, and it was carried —“That the balance-sheet, report, etc., for the past year, as read, be adopted. ” Mr Hood proposed, and Mr Morgan seconded, a vote of thanks to the Chairman, Mr Peache, for the manner in which he had carried out the business of the Board during the past year. —Carried unanimously. After the close of the ratepayers meeting, Mr Peache stated that the next business on hand was the election of two members to serve on the Board in the places of Messrs A. E. Peache and J. E. Taylor, who retire by ballot, but who are eligible for re-election. The following fentlemen were nominated ;—Mr Wm. Idson, proposed by Mr Harvey, seconded hy Mr Mcßae; Mr G. B. Cooper, proKsed by Mr Rowe, seconded by Mr Joli; r A. E. Peache, proposed by Mr Cameron, seconded by Mr H. Taylor; Mr J. E. Taylor, proposed by Mr Cameron, seconded by Mr J. E. Mcßae. After the close of the poll, Mr Cookson, the Returning Officer, declared the two latter gentlemen duly elected. —The proceedings then terminated.
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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD DISTRICT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 529, 9 January 1882
MOUNT SOMERS ROAD DISTRICT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 529, 9 January 1882
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