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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD.

The usual monthly meeting of the Longboach Road Board was held at the

Board’s office, Longbeach, yesterday. Present—Messrs Grigg (chairman), Dowding, Dobson, Graham and Gilmour. correspondence. The following correspondence was read; —(1) From the Ashburton County Council, requesting the Board to assume control of the Waterton and Hinds pounds, in accordance with the Impounding Act, 1884 —The Surveyor was directed to procure a copy of the Impounding Act and information from the Council in reference

to the maintenance of the pounds.—(2) From Mr Robert Wilkin, with reference to the water flowing at the side of

Graham's road. The writer, while expressing readiness to comply with the wishes of the Board, expressed an opinion that the

water was an actual advantage to travelling stock and did no damage to the road. He feared the water could not be forced

into Carter’s Creek, but offered to pay the cost of tho necessary survey.—The Surveyor was directed to reply that the levels would be taken, and the

resulting information supplied to Me Wilkin.—(3) From Mr 0 W. Purnell, solicitor, re cost of exchange of road lines.—The Surveyor was - directed to

make application for the amount of fees for titles, from persona who had received titles to their land through the instrumentality of the Board.—(4) From Mr Thomas Taylor, to the following effect: —“I have the' honor to acknowledge receipt of yodr letter, enclosing resolutions re proposed Traffic Bridge over the Ashburton river, and in reply to say that if I can see my way clear without prejudice to the bridge interests, 1 will endeavor to give effect to the Board’s wishes.”—(s) From the Upper Ashburton Road Board, stating that that body intended to take no action in respect to the Traffic Bridge rate until the amount of the special rate to be: levied was made known.—(6) From the Ashburton County Council acknowledging receipt of resolution in reference to the special rate for the Traffic Bridge. surveyor’s report. The Surveyors’ report was read ai follows : (i) Boundary road : We have inspected the bridges on this road. The one near the.junction with McLennan’s road is in a dangerous state for anything but very light traffic;' the large quantity of water coming down in times of flood has scoured away the sides, and-being only a mud-sill bridge it is likely to drop down at any time. As it is at present only supported by a small ledge of ground it requires to have piles put re, sides boarded, and wings made, estimated cost L30.—(2) Waterton road : With reference to the broken, culvert on this road, near the Waterton store, from what we can learn there is never a large quantity of water coming through the culve t, and this, from our inspection. of the place, could evidently be diverted down the large drain at the point it \leaves the original drain by making a stank there —(3) Ford’s road ; \Ve have had the Dad places on this road, from the Flemington School to above the Boundary road, repaired with shingle. In ■ ■ inspecting that portion near the Boundary, road, we should say that a large quantity of water that ■ should go down Gidding s Creek and is now diverted down Ford’s road, could be. sent into its proper channel by making a ford across Ford’s road at this junction, and a drain made to Gidding’sCreek. The cost would not be large, and would benefit those who suffer from the undue quantity of water sent down Ford’s Creek. —(4) Ford’s Creek: We have interned the persons interested in the widening of this creek from the sea to W. Aderson’s with the ercepiion of two, who have been written to, and from whom no reply has yet been received. All above the Beach road have expressed their willingness to contribute in accordance with the County Council’s letter of 6th instant.—(S). Poplar Road: The contractor is proceeding with the work on this road.—(6) Beach Road, Lowc’iffe: The bridge on this road near the Homestead has suffered considerably lately, and is dangerous for traffic, the bed of the creek has been scoured about 18 inches deeper; the only way we cm see of prevent ng this continually goi -g on is by making a concrete dam on the lower side, thus preventing the continual scour. The sides of the bridge will almost requi-e re-planking.—(7) McLennan’s ; Roid: We have again inspected this road, and .v cannot see that it requires much doing to it—the outfall to the creek might be cleaned out, but it is not very ba ', and the approach to the bridge we have arranged to b: do:e. ’ Mr McLennan complains, we belive, that the water backs on to his land in time of flood. This is a common occurrence in this dist ict, and to prevent which would entail a considerable outlay to the Board for years to come. In this instance a good outfall has been provided to the nearest creek, but as it is not sufficient in fliod time, Mr McLennan requires a bridge over the road in order to utilise the drain'en the lower side.—(B) Culverts and. Bridges ; Culverts on tire Great South and Longbeach roads, and bridge on Graham’s road, have broken down. We have had the same repaired without delay, as the places were very danger- - ous. We believe very shortly a good many of the culverts and bridges in the district will require repairing. As this will be a considerable , expense, it would be well for the. Board to take this into consideration when striking their next rate. The following action was taken in re- ; spect to the report: Claueel The Surveyor r> was directed to post notice that the bridge, was dangerous.—2. The Surveyor xu authorised to have the work recommended done.—3. The Surveyor was directed to have a ford constructed where the creek crosses the road just above the junction with the Boundary road —4 The Surveyor was directed to communicate with the County Council with a view to expedite the work,— 6. It was resolved to have the work recommended by the Surveyor done.—The balance of the report was adopted.

BEACH BOAD. The Surveyor was directed to inter* view Mr Oroy with regard to the ford the latter gentleman required across the Beach road. dawson’s eoad. The Surveyor was directed to have a ford made iu lieu of the culvert which had been broken opposite Mr Kidd’s. board’s cottages. The Surveyor was instructed to have the Board’s cottages painted. ANNUAL MEETING. It was resolved to hold the annual meeting of the Board on Friday, Ist May. AUDIT. The Surveyor reported that the Board’s books had been examined by the Provincial Auditor and certified to as correct. The books were laid on the table. swamp bo ads. Mr Dobson applied to have certain road drains made on the Islesworth Estate. As the ward was not in funds, the estate would pay the cost of the work as a special rate. He made the app.ication that the Board’s surveyor m ght take the necessary levels and, prepare specifications. .

board’s surveyor. ■ The term of the agreement between the Board and their Surveyor Having expired, Mr Fooka was requested to continue to act as heretofore till the severance of the Hinds and Kangitata districts from the Board had been completed. Mr Fooka consented to act as adjournment. The usual monthly accounts having bean passed for payment, the Board adjourned until Friday, May 1.

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

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