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The usual monthly meeting of this this Board was hold at the office, Mount Somers, on Monday, November 6, 1882. Present—Messrs A. E. Peache (chairman), I. E. Taylor, W. C. Walker, B. Ede, and William Edson. The question of the appointment of clerk was then discussed, and it was resolved—“ That tenders be invited for the clerical work of the Board, the successful tenderer to collect all outstanding rates at a commission of per cent.”' It was resolved—“ That the Road Board house and stable be advertised to be let.” Resolved—“ That the Board advertise that all persons allowing gorse or broom to grow on the roads after one month from date of notice will have the work done at heir expense by the Board, and he liable to full penalties under Public Works Act, 1876.” The surveyor’s report was read and considered. Be Forbes and McGregor’s contracts, it was resolved—“ That as so much delay has occurred in their contracts the full penalties will be inflicted unless the work is completed by December Ist.” With reference to James Harper’s work on Fergus road it was resolved—“ That the work be taken out of his hands, and Mr Ede be deputed to see it satisfactorily completed. " With reference to Harper’s contract on Fraser’s road, it was decided that penalties be inflicted unless the work is completed in one month. Be crossing in water race near Mr Potts’ station, the chairman was requested to attend to the matter. On the motion of Mr Ede it was resolved—“ That during the summer months the meetings be held at two o’clock p. m. ” Mr Walker was authorised to expend a reasonable sum on the roads from Mayfield to Yaletta railway station. It was resolved that the Chairman, on behalf of the Board, sign a testimonial to Mr Conkson on his resignation, expressing the satisfaction of the Board as to his past services, and their regret that circumstances should have rendered his resignation necessary. The Chairman then handed Mr Cook>on the following letter—- “ Sir, —In compliance with a resolution passed by the Mount Somers Road Board, I have great pleasure in expressing their entire satisfaction as to your past

services, and their regret that other engagements should have rendered your resignation necessary.—l am, etc., A. Edward Peaches, Chairman Mount Somers Road Board. To C. J. W. Cno!<- ■ son| junr., Esq.” The following correspondence was received : From the Minister of Public Works, re the Mount Somers railway extension. The Chairman informed the Board that he had received a letter in answer to an invitation to the Minister requesting him to make a personal inspection of the Mount Somers line, saying that he would comply with the request. From Mr Cookaon, senr., tendering his resignation as returning officer. From Ashburton County Council, re closing of road near Yaletta, and adjoining Mr John Boyle’s and Mr W. C. Walker’s estates, and informing the Board that at a meetin~ of the Council it was resolved—“ That the road be closed.” In compliance with a request from the Christchurch City Council, requesting the Board to appoint two of their members as representatives at the West Coast Railway League, the Chairman and Mr Taylor were appointed to represent the Board at the conference. From the Chief Surveyor, re closing of road on Messrs Gould and Cameron’s est ite From Mr Henry Boyle, Ellesmere, protesting against the closing of road through Messrs Morgan and Hibbs’ land, Methven. A circular wag received from Mr Vincent Pyke, re hand-book concerning local government, etc. From the Ashburton County Council, re the appointment of a poundkeeper to the Mount Somers pound, etc. Several other letters of minor importance were read. Only one tender having been received for the Mount Somers pound, it was resolved —“That the Board advertise for fresh tenders, to be sent in by November 21st.” Several accounts were passed for payment, and the Board adjourned.

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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 789, 10 November 1882

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MOUNT SOMERS ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 789, 10 November 1882

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