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The ordinary monthly meeting of the above body was held to-day, at their offices. Present—All the members, Mr Mayo occupying the chair. Correspondence.— Correspondence was read as follows ;—Fiom Seafield residents, rc formation of roads. Both applications were left to the Surveyor and members of the Seafield district to attend to. —From the Farmers’ Co-operative Association (circular), asking the Board’s co-operation in getting the tariff charges on the railway reduced. The Board resolved to accede to the request. —From the County Council. re Wakanui Flat water supply and enclosing resolution passed by the Council to the effect that as soon as the balance due on the work is paid the water will be turned on. It was resolved that the Board should call a meeting of those interested in the proposed supply to consider the Council’s letter, and that the Clerk be requested to be in attendance at the meeting, and to acknowledge receipt of Councils letter, and inform it of the action taken by tho_ Board. —From Returning Officer, notifying the election as a member of the Board of Mr Walsh, lice Mr H. Ffiedlardor, resigned. The Pruning Knife. —It was resolved —“ That Messrs Fooks and Son bo appointed Surveyors, etc., to the Board, as hitherto, at a salary of L2OO per annum, wbh a cottage, etc.” Planting!’— The Clerk reported that he

had applied to the County Council for a grant in aid of planting. It was resolved ‘-That the Suneyors supply the Council with an estimate of the cost of the work needed.”

Chairman. — On the motion of Mr

Megson,.seconded by Mr Brown, it was resolved—“ That Mr H. T. Winter be Chairman for the remainder of the year.” Engineers Report. —This leport was read as follows : Roads in the district: As the contractor is rather backward we have given him notice that until all roads are put in order his certificates will be withheld. (2) Denshire’s road : The contractor has finished this work satisfactorily, with the exception of a little levelling required. (3) Smithfield road : The re-formation, metalling, etc., in places, and clearing off tussocks has been duly completed. (4) Shingling Footpaths in Suburbs : Tenders were'called for this work, and Mr Brown’s

being the lowest at 2s 2d per yard, was accepted. (5) River Road Protective Works. Wo have to report that during the recent heavy fresh in the river some damage was done to the groins put in by the Board last year. The groins acted well considering the enormous body of water, which at one time must have been quite seventeen feet deep, coming against them, and, without doubt, have preserved the road from being washed away. Owing to the height of the river when in flood a considerable quantity of water found its way down the road. This could be remedied by making an embankment along the side for a few chains ; but the whole matter of river protection, which is of considerable importance to occupiers etc , in this part of the district, should have the attention of the proper authorities before the damage done is irremediable Wo have applied to the Planting Committee of the County Council, to have willows planted in th:s locality. (G) Re compensation applied for by Mr Maxwell: We have examined the cutting which encroaches on Mr Maxwell’s land, and on plan herewith show position, etc., of encroachment, which i; of small area. We think it wou’d be best for the Board to acquire the land cut off, as it might lead to litigation in future years should the property change bauds. (7) Inne.a’ Road : Mr Innes has informed us that on consideration he withdraws his offer of purchasing the road from the Board. (8) Wakanui Road : This road requires metalling for about 30 chains adjoining the Borough, say with 15 yards of shingle to the chain (9) We would call the attention of the Board to the Wakanui creek where it crosses Smith’s road. Owing to a dam across the creek a short distance b. low the rnad ll the water to back up on the road, thereby depositing a large quantity of siit at the ford. (10) Beach Road; The contract for metalling portion of this road has been completed.”—(2) Resolved that a penalty of L 5 be inflicted for overtime. (5) Left for consideration of public meeting re Wakanui Flat water supply. It was also resolved, in reference to this, “ That the damage done by the Ashburton river, three miles below the bridge, by the late floods be reported to the County Council, and also the ui’gent need of permanent protective works being provided in order to prevent farther damage to water-races and private property, and that the Council be requested to take such steps as they may think best to prevent the recurrence of overflows.” (6) It was resolved, “ That the Board are willing to purchase the land affected by the cutting, from Mr Maxwell, upon his consenting to convey it to them.” (8) Deferred. (9) Surveyor to look into it.—The remainder of the report was adopted. Inspector or Nuisances. —This functionary report was read and adopted. The Monthly Meetings. —Mr Megson moved the notice of motion standing in his name, to the effect that the day of meeting should bo altered from the first Thursday to the first Saturday in each month. This was seconded by Mr Mayo, and carried.

Adjournment. Sundry accounts having been passed for payment the Board adjourned.

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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 683, 8 July 1882

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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 683, 8 July 1882

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