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• ♦ The ordinary meeHng of the Aebbnrfcon County Council wbb held thin morning. Present : Messrs W. 0. Walker (Chairman), R. G. Wright, W. McMillan, J&s. Brown, E. S. Ojßte/yJ Jaokaoh, 0. J. Harper, J. Gritfg. chairman's statement. The Chairman aatd': The Government Informs ihe Council thit it will m future contribute sixpence a heak on all keas destroyed In thia Oonnty, on condition that b eubeidy of sixpence by thla Council or other local authority, or by private Babacription be paid. The annual meeting to elect a Chairman for the onauing year will take place at noon to-day, and the meeting of the members of the Borough Oonnnil and thia Council will take place at 230 p.m. to elect tyro represourntiveß on the Chrißtohoroh Charitab c Aid Board. The Wakaaui Road B »a?d writes to say that to prevent suy misapprehension It thinlcs it ritiln to Inform the Council that it doaa not recognise the Wakauui oreek as a water race under the oare of that Boa*d the stirne aa th» other racea. Meaare T. and E. Riokarda state that they otvjeot to the propoaed auxiliary water race going through their property, and intend to »uk for compensation for the land taken for thu race. The Commissioner of Crown L»nds his written m reply to the Council's letter, respecting payment of the thirds of land sold on perpetual leuae which will be road to- Jay. Thfl amoant of rates paid to date is £4464, leaving £463 5a 41 outstanding, and the anm of £637 13s lOd on account of water rates has been received. A o<se of trospaas m a plantation near Ohertsey by Dalgetty'a atook was reported to me by the Engineer since last meeting, I placed the matter m the hands of the f lice, and the Council will have noticed, D) doubt, that prcoeedingß were taken sgainat Dalgetty at the R.M. Court here, but the C 303 broke down on a teohnloal point. ' The balance sheet tor the alx months ending 30th September last, as aadited by the Government auditor ia placed on the table, but it reqairea some alteration m the form as pointed out by the AuditorGeneral. i Tenders for supply of dog collars for next year are p'nced on fhe table. ENGINEER'S BBPORT. The Engineer reported as followß :— Plainß Water 3upply : Sinoe la&t meeting the E raceß (those nearest Bakaia river) have been thoronghly overhauled, and there is now an adequate supply over the entire length. The condition of the other raoes on this section is not quite satisfactory, and m them the half-yearly cleaning will have to be gone on~ with now, though it will not be neoeasary to ahut off the water for this purpose, and advertisements have been issued to this effect. —The repent working of the North Ashburton river against the East branoh for about a mile and a? half south of the Pudding Hill bridge, has resulted m an encroaohment whioh threatens to isolate that portion of the river bed, whioh has been planted and otherwise protected with willows to guard the inlet of the auxiliary water supply , there. If the river should break through at that point the keeping up of the connection will be a more difficult and expensive matter than it is now, and with a view to prevent it, I have, as a oase of urgency, arranged for getting m two small embankments of earth and stones, m the positions which seemed to me best calculated to effect the object, at a comparatively sm.aU outlay— Bay £10 to £13. These will meantime prevent overflow into the gullies, and assist to deflect the current from the eastern bank. Ashturton Rangitata Water Supply : This Bervice has been well maintained during the month. There has been no sitting up at the headworks, or other damage worth mentioning, and the willows reoently planted are taking root, and likoly to do well. Mount Somera Water Supply : The raooa m this district are m fair order. Some small improvements have recently been effected, to provide for the passage of flood water, also some minor works neoessary at the inlets of Al ford and Forks races. 'Overflow, North Ashburton Eiver, near Greenstreet : This work is still m abeyance, pending the paying m of the amountß re. quired from the Boad Boad and setthra. Stormwater Channel, Winohmore : The clearing of that portion of the channel near the Lyndhurst road has been exeouted. Hampstead Water Supply : I have had an interview with the Borough Enginner on this matter. He agrees as to the feasibility of taking the supply along north-east and southeast belts to Wakanuiroad m accordance with levels Bhewn on the section, but he suggests that the race should be on the side of the belt furthest removed from the Borough. This would make little difference so far as levels and expense are concerned. He desired, however, to refer the matter to the Borough Couaoil Works Committee before sending m his recommendation to the County Counoil, more especially as to the question of open crossings, and the cutting at Wakanai road, which would be three feet deep for a short distance— A supply throuph the Borough by way of Wakanui rqad caB(: can only be effected by including it m the soheme proposed by the Borough for enlarging the mains etc from the Domain. As that scheme is still m embryo I cannot obtain any data to supply an estimate of what the additional oost would be by that route. Plantations : With the exception of one or two plantations m the upper district, the cutting of fences, and grubbing of gorse for the season may be said to be complete. The oontraotor returns to Anama to-day to resume the ploughing there. Irrigation farm : The various oropa under irregation are shewing well, especially the cowgrass, a sample of whioh the caretaker haß aant up to-day for inspection. The small portions of grass and cereals whioh were treated last year with manure from the Belfast works are shewing uncommonly well this year also, whioh tends to prove itß lasting effect, and its adaptability for irrigated lands. Bangtyata trafijo bridge : The fhrst portion of decking timber is expected n.ext week, ENpKOACH&fENT, NBA* PUDP|NG HJI^ The Engineer explained m detail the encroachment of the river near intake of aoxlliary water supply, alluded to m hla report. He said that if the encroaohment were not stayed tho laad on which willows had been planted would be cut cff, and | the river would make a new channel under the terrace, aome 17 or 18 chains back, where the connection of the race with it would have to be made. Aa, probably, the river would, of its own aooord, only flow periodically m the new channel, the coat of keeping up the oonnectlon would be very great. He explained what ntepa he had taken to protect the banks, and these would meet the r.ra3ent J darigec. ' Mr Wright suggested that the Engineer Bhould be Instructed to make a survey of all the Oounoira Intakeß, bo that when an encroachment occurs the Council could Bee to wb^t extent thejr worka were threatened. AUXIMABY WATER SDPPLY. Mr Coster presented a petition from | ratepayers praying the Council to con- | stltute a district, to be served by a aupply ' [of water taken from the Rakaia river. The petition, ha Bald, had been algned by the requisite namber of ratepayers. Ho noticed that at the last meeting the Council had received a letter from the manager of tho Acton estate, opposing the soheme. He had seen Mr Allan and hp aagettalped that what $he Company objected fo wan the line on whioh the raoe wbb proposed to be taken. They wanted a Blight deviation, so that their paddocks would not be out up. The Engineer ntatad there would be no difficulty m granting the concession, beoauae the efljolenoy of the scheme would bo m no way effected. ]^c presented t^e petition and moved that the necessary qteps to constitute the district be taken. A len s'hy diacuaalop of i cpnveraattonal nature pußuprl. It wns depided to write to Mr Allan, asking hjm jf the cpmpany he represented now withdrew their objeotions to the eoberae, which objeotions had been stated m a letter received by the Council at last weetipg,

Messrs E. and T. Richard?, Doric, wrote objecting to the race" paefiin? through their property, on the ground thit they would suffer great dannge Should the Council pereisr, Messrs Richards slated that they wou'd be compelled to seek the highest compensation, both on account of land taken and damage done. After some further discussion it was resolved to proceed to constitute the district as required by the Act. PAYMENT!. Accounts were pasaed for payment.

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ASHBURTON COUNTY COURCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1999, 28 November 1888

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ASHBURTON COUNTY COURCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1999, 28 November 1888