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Tha usual monthly meeting of the Hoard for this road district was held on Friday last. Present Messrs Grigg (Chairman), Chapman, Dodson, and Lewis.

Correspondence was road from the Ashburton County Council, with a copy of the electoral roll for the Ashburton Riding of the County enclosed, the same to be on view at this office, as required by the Act.

From the same, stating that owing to the resignation of Mr Joseph Baldwin, Mrs Woodley had been appointed as temporary keeper of the Hinds Pound, and asking for the Board’s opinion as to who should be permanently appointed.— The Board postponed giving their opinion until an enquiry into the matter was made.

From the Oxford Road Board, acknowledging receipt of full instructions as to how sub-divided road districts should be worked, and thanking this Board for the same.

From Mr C. W. Purnell, accepting the position of solicitor to the Board. A circular was received from the Colonial Treasurer, asking the opinion of the Board as to the proposed new Bills and changes in the working of County Councils and Road Boards.—The following replies were determined on : —1 and 12. That neither County nor Road Board Chairmen should be elected as Mayors are. 2. That Counties should not be enabled to split up nor amalgamate, or otherwise alter their boundaries, without the consent of Parliament. 3. That the road districts in each county should not necessarily form the ridings of the county. 4. That no alteration in the present mode of electing councillors is necessary. 6 That it should be only on the petition of a majority of the ratepayers that Councils be enabled to create new road districts or alter existing ones. 7. That Counties should have the power of altering the divisions and numbers of the members of of Road Board on the application of a Road Board. 8, 9. That neither Counties nor Road Boards should have any more rating powers than they have at present. 11. That the present system for Road Board members holding office is best. 13. That no objection is seen to Road Board elections being held in open public meeting, like those of school committees, in districts whore the Road Board, by special order, adopts this plan, but that the present system of Road Board elections works satisfactorily. 14. If the words “ fixed value ” in the sketch of the Rating Bill means a uniform value, the Board would object, especially in the case of educational reserves. 5, 10, 15, and 16. Answers to these questions were postponed until the next meeting of the Board.

Tho Surveyor’s report was read as follows :

1. Minds Improvement.—l have the honor to state that the Committee appointed by the Board to make enquiry into the advisability or otherwise of improving the present course of the Hinds river, between Surveyor’s and Boundary roads, met on the 18th of May last, and by their instructions, I have prepared drawings and specifications for this work. Tenders will be laid before you ta-_dav.— ai_

Ealing road. —From the stoney nature of the ground on this road line, the contractor is un* able to plough as shallow as the specification for (ha formation required, consequently, there is more than double the amount of stuff to be shifted. The contractor now asks that he may be granted hall-a-crown a chain extra, or else he will be compelled to give up the contract. The extra work will be full value for the extra cost, and a very good job will be made. 3 ; Boundary road.— No reply has been received to the notice sent to Mr H. Anderson, require ing him to proceed with his contract for the formation of part of Boundary road. Clause 1 was approved of. Clause 2. The extra half-crown asked for was agreed to be given. Clause 3. The Surveyor was instructed to call for tenders for the completion of Mr Anderson’s contract, the work to be done at his (Mr Anderson’s) risk and expense. It was resolved that notice be given that a general rate of sixpence in the £ will be struck by the Board at its next meeting. On the application of Mr Dobson, leave of absence was granted to Mr Robert H. Rhodes. Tenders were accepted for the formation of a footpath on part of the Great South road at’Tinwald, and for the No. 1 section of the Hinds river improvement. Accounts amounting to Ll4l 4i 4d were examined and passed for payment, and the meeting adjourned.

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LONGBEACH ROAD DISTRICT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 655, 6 June 1882

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LONGBEACH ROAD DISTRICT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 655, 6 June 1882

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