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»„ . -.. .„ The ordinary monthly mnotlng of tha Wakanul River Board wan held on Saturday the Bth Inst, Present— Jas. Brown (Chairman), Meredith Wilson, J. Wilson, Thoa. Olephane and Edwin Thomas. The minutes of the provioaa meatlng having been read and confirmed, tho Chairman naked Jf the Worku Oommittoe had any report to lay before tbe Board . Mr Olephane, as Chairman of the Committee, handed m a report, bnt as It had oeen drawn op without consultation with the other members of Committee ao adjournment wao mnde fora quarter of an honr fo allow «he whoto Commlttoe to agree upon a report to bo submitted to the Board. 0n the Board roß tho Committee reported to the following effeot. — The two banks to stop oveiflow have been completed by the omtraotor, Mr D. Johnßton, m a satisfactory manner. Wo took the liberty to engage Messrs Foolra and Sons to measure tho banko, »ud they estimate their total qnantlly at 5508 oubfo yards. We recommend that Mr Johnston be paid In aooordanoo with that meisurement. Por the last fortnight we have had & man constantly employed, at 5a a day catting willows and hinging them against iha bank of the river to oheok the Boour. We expect the willows to gather silt, grow, and become of great benefit In tho protection of the binke. The willow* planted last month have started to grow and aro looking well. The river etill contlnues to «raplnge with muoh fproe towards Mr Wilson's land, and likewise at somo little distance below tho protective works. In performing one duties we have exceeded the amount we are authorised to expand by £4 3a. This we have done m the publio interest as sound economy and at considerable trouble to ourselves, and hopo that It will moot with your approval. We would recommend that the rlvor hank at No. 2, and also at No. 1, be proteo «<J by hanging willows, eto., firmly aeoarod, aloDg its fao?, and that the man be employed constantly until this work be finished. Tbo nocoants for labour and material In oonneollon with the Oommlttoe accompany this report, and we recommend payment or the aim©. Mr Thomas, m moving tho adoption of tho report, said that he had b««n |natraotod not to vote on the Item of £4 2* 6d to Gaorge Brown, and desired that to bd exoeptod In hla motion. Me M. Wilson seconded the motion without comment, The Chairman suggested that Mr Thomas and Me Wilson should leave the room when this aooouot came to be passed, and he would teat the opinion of the Board on that item by itself. He did not objeot to it being paid provided the Works Committee oertißod that It had been expended for the benefit of the Board. The Chairman of the WorHa Committee having oortified to that effjot, the motion was agreed to. It was resolved, on the motion of Mr M. Wilson—* 1 That a bank be ereoted at onoe, commencing at say a ohalo from the river at Adams' sooion, and running In a curve to join fenoo on section 7800, at a point to be decided upoo, and that the said fenoe be strengthened sufficiently to prevent oveifliw." The following petition was reoelved from Mr David Wilson aud 16 others ;— Wakmjul, Ootaber 26, 1888, J^e River Board and River Protection at Wakanul, "Ao there is a River Proteotlo'n district oonatltuted, and « River Board formad at Wakanul, and it Is of the utmost importance for the safety and general welfare of the whole district, that tho r|vac backi should bo protected f»fur'hor encroachment if poi» |vi , ...V e w«t d h tt T r r de tv •--«»* •h.-;SJ.m D oS; with tbo Jiapa of gottlng a be , t () ' f *•■•<>*■ all tho way down In the wenk and dauiserouo placea, aud as wo believe willow planting, nndor the bank In tho rlvav bed, is the only hopo wo roly on for nuking a permanent cure, and as It is useleea trying to plant willows without being proteoted by shunting off the uoour from the river bank, and that we o«n now ooe ol.arly that the annual rate although a very heavy one will be totally Inadequate to go In for neoasßtry works, which are urgently required for the protection of the dlatiiot aud we also believe, should we rely on the annnal rates as they aooruo from year to year, that they will be of no avail In dealing with, o- a'.opplng the danger, but most likely that ono year's rates may ba swallowed np or washed away before the next Is available, and that this inonoy may bj lost to the r*tepsyera without reoaivlng any benefit m return, It is therefore our earnest do sire that sufDoent means be placed at tho dißpoHiil of tho Boiird to enable thorn to unoertako works of utility, and I also works of a permanent naturo, believing it to bo tho moat prudent, and nlao tho moat economical courao to adopt, m tho groat bonoiit to bo gninod by adopting this conrao would bo tint tho necessary works oould all bo onrried out at once within the pr^Bont Boaeoo, wheroas under existing ciroumßtanoos ft would extend over a number of yoars perhaps with no good results. Wo thoroforo, the under, signed, taking this v.ew of tho matter and not wishing to loao our money yearly without the hope of getting some aubBtantial benefit m return, horoby declare ouraelves m favor of a loan, say from £1000 to £1500, and hereby pledge oursolvoß to support this polioy and to voto for this should thore be a poll of the ratepayers taken." Resolved — "That the question of borrowing stand m abeyance for tho present " Acoounts woro pasaod to tho amount ot £74 Bb. Meßßrs Thomas and M. Wilson Laving retired it was resolved, " That the »urn of £4 2s 6d bo pnid to Mr Georgo Brown " Tho meeting then adjourned.

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WAKANUI RIVER BOARD, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2011, 12 December 1888

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WAKANUI RIVER BOARD Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2011, 12 December 1888