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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD.

The ordii ary monthly meeting of the Wakanui Road Board was held at the Board’s offici, Moores rest, this morning. Present—Messrs Mayo (chairman), Walsh, Cole and Meg .on. correspondence The following correspondence was read; disclaiming liability for the sum of LI 6 3s, being half amount due by the old Ashburton Road Board to the South Rakaia Board for forming part of the Boundary road. The letter pointed out that the old Ashburton Road District was sub-divided into wards, and this amount was payable by the ward in which the road was situate.—On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Cole, the Surveyor was directed to write to the South Rakaia Road Board and ascertain further particulars in respect to the matter. (2) Prom the Ashburton County Council in reply to a letter addressed by the Board to the Council with reference to the rate proposed in connection with the Road Bridge —(3) From the same, calling attention to the need of repairs to the fence around the plantation reserve No 2249. It was resolved to do the work required, also to effect repairs to the fence of plantation near Mr Lamb’s, Wakanui —(4) From Mr M. Wilson, portioning for repairs to River road.— Mr Meeson reported that the Engineer of the Ashburton County Council had been directed to report upon- the road, and it was resolved to defer consideration of the matter till next meeting, the Surveyor in the meantime to make repairs urgently required.

RIVER ROAD ACCIDENT

A letter was read from Mr Hugo Friedlander, Actimr Coroner, enclosing the following rider adopted by the Coroner’s jury chosen to enquire into the circumstances of the death of the late Mr John Bennett, viz:—“ That the Beach Road in its present state is not safe, and that the Road Board should have pro-

tected the dangerous place before now.” The Chairman said that before the road up-m which the accident occurred was declared a main r ad the Board had barriers erected, and also inserted notices in the newspapers cautioning persons against travelling on the road ; but since the protective works had been taken in hand by the County Council, tho Board had assumed that in accordance with the Roads and Bridges Construction Act, the road was under the control of the Council, inasmuch as the Act stated that “construction” meant the working of any road or river work at a main road and over which the Council

had the same control as over county roads. He might state that before this melancholy accident took place the Board, at the request of the ratepayers, had contracted at a small cost to make a temporary way for the convenience of persons carting their grain. This work had since been done, and it was the intention of the Board to apply to the Council for a refund of the cost

Mr Walsh said that extraordinary damages to main roads were dealt w>th under t‘" e Roads and Bridges Construction Act. and in the instance under notice the Council had procured a loan to effect the necessary river works at the point where the accident occurred. He had understood that such being the case the reconstruction of the road was out of the B lard’s hands; in fact that the Conn fl had taken possession of the road. The road had been expressly declared a main road to enable the Council to raise a loan for the requ si e work. He had, therefore, been much surprised that the Council when undertaking thep otec ive works had ndt reconstructed the road. He moved—“ That the Council be requested to make immediate arrangments to have the river road, being a main road, reconstructed where extraordinary damage has been done."

Mr Cole seconded ;heresulution, which, on being put to the inaetmg, was carried unanimously. BKIDGG SMITH’S ROAD. Mr D. H. Brown, manager for Mr 0. W. Turner, of the Canterbury Mills, waited upon the Board and stated that his principal had authorised him to offer L 25 towards the construction of a bridge across the Wakanui creek at Smith’s road.—The Chairman stated that the Board had intended to require the half cost of the bridge from Mr Turner, but if Mr Brown would retire the Board would consider his offer. Mr Brown having retired, Mr Walsh said he thought the offer made on behalf of Mr Turner was a very fair one considering the immense advantages conferred upon the district by the water. Mr Megson thought the Board would not be justified in accepting less than L3O from Mr Turner, one half of the estimated cost of the bridge. There was no doubt the Board could demand the whole cost from the proprietor of the mill. Affer some further desultory discussion it was resolved that the Board would accept L3O from Mr Turner towards the construction of the bridge, and relieve him of all further liability. Mr Brown was recalled, and signified his acceptance on behalf of Mr Turner of the terms, on the understanding that should the bridge cost less than L6O Mr Turner would be required to pay only one-half of such cost.—lt was resolved to charge No 1 Ward with one-half the cost and Nos 2 and 3 with one-quarter each., TRACTION ENGINES. It was resolved to publicly notify that traction engines would cross bridges and culverts in the road district at the risk of the owners. BRIDGES. The Surveyor was directed to report to next meeting upon the condition of the bridges, etc., crossing tho Wakanui creek. surveyors’ report. The Surveyors’ report was read as follows ;

(i) Wakanui Flat Road: Tenders were called for work on this road authoiised at last meeting, but none were received up to due of closing. We hive since received a tender which we would recommend the Board to accept, it being reasonable.—(2) Beach Road ; Tenders were called for making concrete culvert on this road and one out of five tenders accepted. The work is being pushed on.—(3) Smith’s Road : The ford on this road having again silte in order to prevent accidents we have had it cleaned out. We understand the Board’s solicitors have received a reply from Mr Turner, with reference to the erection of the bridge.—(4) Bridges in District: We intend malcing an inspe tion of the bridges in the district, some of which it is doubtful will bear such large weights as traction engines, etc , we would ask authority if required in 1 either strengthening where necessary or erect- ’ ing notices at such bridges as will not cany ; above a certain weight.—(s) Thistles on roads: i We have had some of the principal roads in 1 the district cleared of thistles.—(6) Cochrane's road : Ratepayers on this road between Beach ‘ and»Elgin roads are anxious that it should be ■ reformed —{7) Innes’ road : Owing to the silting up of the race at the Wakanui Mill the ' water from the creek dams on to this road and 1 makes it very inconvenient for traffic.—(■) ’ Wakanui School Road: We have inspected this 1 road having reference to ffie e nbankment made across the gully issuing from R.S. 14690 (Mr T. Smith’s). We find that this gully is at the r south-west corner of Mr Smith’s land and is at 3 present perfectly flry, and judging from the growth of grass at the bottom of the gully, it would seem that water only comes here in time of flood. It is well know that before the protective works were erected at the River road, large freshes in the river caused a considerable 1 quantity of water to flood this flat, and naturally the gullies received most of this ; this particular gully no doubt received more than its share, as the stream which would flow down 1 the River roa 1 during these freshes emptied itself into the gully at the intersection opposite Mr S. Thomas’s. The embankment on the 1 road has 12 inch pipes to convey the water, this is not sufficient for the exceptional overflows that have taken place lately, but as the protective works now erected are meant to prevent this, the present pipes would probably suffice. If there is an > chance of the river breaking in again, we think it would be advisable a and more economical to make a ford in lieu of a culvert.—(9) Corbett’s Road: We think it . would be desirable to have a drain on the lower , side ofthis road, the water in times of heavy rain hangs considerably, the cost would be small. WAKANUI FL4.T ROAD. It was reso’ved to accept the tender of g James Allen for shingling and repairs to j the Wakanui Flat road at Lll 18s. J smith’s road. 5 The Surveyor was directed to inform I the Board’s solicitor that it had been ar--3 ranged with Mr Turner to erect a bridge across the Wakanui creek, Smith’s road. 3 Cochrane’s road. 3 The Surveyor was directed to call for s tenders for the work required upon Coch--3 rane’s road. , lkatham’s road. The Surveyor was directed to erect post r and rails on Leatham’s road where re- , quired to protect gullies. INNIS’s ROAD. l The Surveyor was directed to write to the local manager of the Bank of New [ Zealand, calling his attention 10 the damage occasioned to Innis’a road by the , Wakanui mill race, and requiring the ( Bank to clerr out the race where required. corbbtt’s road. * The Surveyor and Mr Walsh were authorised to have a drain made on the lower side of Corbett’s road, the cost not to exceed L 3. WAKANUI ROAD BOARD. The Surveyor was directed to send a copy of his report to Mr Smith’s solicitors wilson’s road. The Surveyor was directed to have the necessary repairs effected upon Wilson’s road, ACCOUNTS. Accounts amounting to L2i 8s were passed for payment. ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting was fixed for Saturday, May 2. AUDIT. The Surveyor repotted that the Board’s accounts had been examined by the Provincial Auditor and certified to as correct. The books were laid on the table. DEFAULTING RATEPAYERS. On the motion of Mr Megaon it was resolved thaf every seventh ratepayer whose rates are ou T standing be sued. ADJOURNMENT. The Board then adjourned till May 2.

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WAKANUI ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1511, 11 April 1885

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