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The monthly meeting of the Longbeaoh Koad Board wan held on Friday. Present : Messrs J. Grlga; (Chairman), J . William?, J. Shearer, S. Holland, and A. Dawßon. CORRESPONDENCE. Letters were read-(l) From Mr J. ML Cambridge asking the Board to give him a testimonial for poisoned wheat. — Laffc m the hands of the Chairman; (2) From Mr J. Stalker for permission to deepen drain on Ford's roai to take flood water off nig land.— Granted. The work to be dono to the satisfaction of the Baard'a surveyors. (3) From the Ashbarton County Ooanoil {nfo-mlng the Board that the uiual aabaldy o li per 100 for small blrdB 1 eggs and he*da would be paid. (4) From the aame m repiy to the Board's letter re repairs, etc , to bridges on ! Terwee road. (5) From Me A. H. Palmer apply ng for the offloe of clerk and surveyor to tha Board. — The Clerk to reply that the effioa is not yet vaoant. (6) From Charitable Aid Board forwarding oopy of BalanoA-sheot, surveyor's report. Tbe Surveyor's report was read as follows :— 1. Boundary Road— On the 23rd ult we inspeoted the western portion of this road from the Hinds to the Windermere road with the Chairman of the Board, and Mr Dobson, Chairman of the Coldstream Koad Board, when it was found the following works re. quired immediate attention : — (1) Access to be formed and levelled to the Hinds river bed from the end of the boundary road, and approaches made to ford.— (2) Benewing at a higher level a small bridge over stream near the Hinds.— (3) Partially re-deoking bridge over creek eastward otthe last.— (4) Raising and repairing bridge at the junotion of the Windermere road.— (s) Clearing ditch on the N.W. side of Boundary road about 30 chains westward from the Windermere road. The j approaches to the Hinds (No. 1) rendered necessary by the construction of the embankment and protective works at the riverbed at the end of the road were entrusted by the Chairman to Mr Pawoett, the contractor for the protective works to oarry out. We have examined the work since completion, and oonsider the oharge made reasonable. For other works we advertised for tenders whioh will be laid before you to-day. We would, however, submit our opinion that it would be more advantageous for the Board to employ their own man for bridge repairs of this oharaoter, as some of the old stuff might be conveniently used up at the same time m patohing other bridges, etc 2. Chatmoss Road Drainage— We have also examined the proposed plan of drainage of the Chatmoss road near the boundary road, that is the forming of a ford m the Chatmoss road to convey the flood waters towards the western Hide of the road and then westerly along the boundary road to the first outlet flrossing, the last named road. The clearing of the boundary road drain whioh is an integral portion of the plan and absolutely necessary, is, we understand, about to be done by Mr Williams, the owner of the adjacent land. When this is carried out, we believe it will give the relief I sought for by the owners of land on the eastern side of the Chatmoss road as the drain on th 6 boundary road east of the Ohatmosa would not then be blooked by the flood waters, and would be free to oarry the drainage now m a measure dammed back. It will, however, be neoessarv that the latter drain be properly oleared out,

3. Bridge, Grice'a oreek— With respeot to the advisability of placing a bridge m lieu of a ford on the oreek across the boundary road and running through Mr Stoddart's land, we are not prepared to give a decided opinion without taking a eat of levels; Ono thing, however, is necessary, which is the makiag of a better outlet through Mr Stoddart's by widening and clearing the oreek south easterly. The question then arises whether the ford oould be deepened sufficiently to pive permanent relief to the land on the upper side of the road. In this oase, as well as m respeot of the oreek near Mr Frisby'a running through E.S. 15789 and reserve 930, it is a question as to whether the oonstruotion of the ford may not have had the effect, m some measure at least, of raising the normal levels of the creeks on the upper or higher Bides of the respective roads. Taking this view of the matter, we should wish to obtain further data by taking systematic sets of levels thajt would enable us to form a more reliable opinion, and also to present a more comprehensive report on the whole question of drainagg m thig portion of the district. 4. Longbeiioh Boad and South Road—ln order to effeot the improvement required for the carrying off the storm water, etc, from the south road near its junotion with the Longbeaoh road, we are of opinion that the plan suggested of removing the present oulvert and forming a ford m the south road and carrying the water m a drain to be constructed on the eastern side of the Langheach roa d, ia adyis. able* By makiqg a drain about 6ft wide and spreading the spoil therefrom evenly on the aide, whioh has been sooured out by flood ■water, and m some plaoes using the shingle on tha crown of the road, the ,road itself would be much improved. In addition, we advise that a catch-water drain, of say half the width be formed on the western Bide, and the drain already existing for some length of the road towards the creek, be deepened,— We estimate the coat at about £50 to £55,— 1n this case muoh relief would be obtained by widening and clearing the oreek running through U.S. 15789, and reserve 930, as it is m its present state quite insufficient to carry off the amount of drainage water it ought to, and the adjacent land is consequently water-logged and unfit for cultivation;

5. Ford's Road— Mr Hampton applied that the culvert across, this road, opposite BS. 7753, should be removed and a fora substituted. We hardly think that the desired end, that is of providing a better outlet for the water, will be obtained by this means, unless the outlet and waterway below the road be enlarged and olearod out. The culvert is large enough to oarry a good body of water, larger m faot, than the outlet can carry without overflow, and we would, therefore, recommend at all events, before going to the expense of the alteration, that the mouth of the drain below the oulvert should ha improved by clearing and widening. 6. Flemington Bridges— We have examined the two bridges Rear the Cheese Faotory, and find that Borne of the timbers m both are shewing marka of decay. We oan hardly define the extent without removing some of the decking. The bridge over the oreek requires re-deoking, and the hand raila are bad ; the piles and plates and the outer stringers shew that rot has oommenoed, and the same remarks apply, though, perhaps, not quite to the same extent, to the bridge at the junotion of the Wheatstone and Ford's roads, the deoking is sounder than the other, but these are evident signs of deoay m some of the I lower timbers.

7. Culvert at Wheatafcone— We have asked for a price for clearing the culvert and drain that was applied lor by several ratepayers m the neighborhood, but shall not receive the estimate till to-morrow. 8. Terraoe Road—The contractor for mak. ing drain m this road informed us that ho was not prepared to go on with the work. As instructed by the Chairman wo have let the work to the next tenderer, J. Skilling, at 9a per ohain. 9. Drains at Waterton— We have been to the mill at Waterton, and have seen Mr Protheroe on the subject of widening the main drain near the mill from the lower road towards the beaoh, about 14 chains. This work would, no doubt, be advantageous as there appear evidences of considerable soour and overflow, and the estimated price is reasonable. Clause 2 — Resolved to have the work done as reoommended, Clause 3—Surveyors to take levels and report farther. Clause 4— Resolved to oall for tenders for the work as reoommended. Clause 6 — The Surveyors were Instructed to have I the bridges repaired. OUuse 9— Mr Protheroe's offer to do the work to the satisfaction of the Board's Surveyors for £14 was aooepted. The remainder of the report was adopted. CUTTING, BIVBR TERRAOE. Mr Wilson Interviewed the Board re aooaaa to his section at tbe mouth of the Aahbarton river, and asked the Board to grant him an amount for the necessary work. It was reßolvea that as the Board had already given Mr Wilson £3 towards the work It did not ace its way oletr to grant any more. TENDERS. Tendera were opened for irorkH adver. tH e( *j Rod. $he following ware acQepted|;«.

Forming part of Terrace road, P. Clifford at 4a per chain j works on Boundary road W. J. Sjlcook, repairing bridges £11* clearing drain 2s per ohaln, delivering ihlngle 2s 3d per yard.


Mr Dawaon applied for some metal from the Board's pits. — It was resolved that Mr Dftwion have the metal at 2d per yard, ROT3TINB After transacting a quantity of routine business and passing accounts the Board adjourned.

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2018, 20 December 1888

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