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LONGBEACH POAD BOARD.

Tbe monthly medung of the Longbeach Rokd Uoard was hold on Friday. Present — Messrs J. Grigg, J. Williams, J. Shearer and S. HMlaud. OORREBPONDKNOB. Lettera wore re*d : —(I) F.oaa Mr R. Smithies asking th.. Board to give him an -outlet for storm watar along the Longhead- road. The Surveyors were instructed to Interview Mc Smithies on the matter — (2) From Mr A. D.wson resigning hia seat on the Board, It was resolved not to aoaept the resignation but to ask Mr Dawson to retain his seat until tbe annual eleo ims m May. — (3) From Air E, Ball, manager Ohatmoss Estate objecting to the drainage of Chatmoss road being taken into Ball's creek. Tne Clerk's were instructed to reply that nothing will be done for tbe present, as the Suveyors were to report on the drainage of the whole of that p.rb of the distriot. — (4) From Under Seoretary of Publio Works forwarding copies of proposed amendments to Publio Works Act, BUaVBTOK'S REPORT. Tne Surveyot'a report was read as follows :— 1. Boundary Boad and Ohatmoss Boad Drainage : As we wish to supply the Board with a comprehensive and exhaustive report, we would ask leave to defer this matter again. We have taken levels on part .of the Boundary Boad, and partially examined the country, and obtained information on important points, but aa this is a matter on which a regular and definite oourse of aotion should be adopted, we wish to obtain more information before committing ourselves to positive recommendations on all the aspects of the subjeot. We believe it will be advisable to continue the drain on the Ohatmoss Boad to the South Boad, so as to relieve the country naturally drained by Grioa's oreek of extra flood water, but as to whether this should be carried straight across the Boundary Boad along the continuation of Chatmoss Road, and thence along MoLennon's road into the creek below Mr Stoddart's iB the difficult point to decide. The point is as to overloading this oreek, and if it may not be practicable to distribute tbe flood waters. We find that the drain oommunioating with Rule's creek into whioh it is now proposed to take the water from the ObatmoßS road is slightly lower than the ford at Grioe's oreek m the Boundary Boad, and the Boundary Boad itself between those points practically on a level. The proposed bridge at Grioe's oreek, : we understand, is pr noipally required m time of flood, bat if the flood waters could be out off, if not entirely. yet m a great measure, we presume itß necessity would not be urged, ••.nd tbe knotty point remains, as to the clearing out and widening of the present natural drains or oreeks, as this is after all really the most important question. 2. Waterton Now Road: We have examined this road as instructed. The substitution of a ford for culvert, and widening the drain below for some ten chains, will, we_ believe, ' give the relief required and will be inexpenaiyo. The road upward from the turn up to . its- junction, with Dawson's road for the greater part of its length, does hot appear to have been regularly metalled, and some few chains at the upper portion, is too low onthe crown, the side drains are choked and might be widened, and the Btufl which ia partly shingle uaed to raise the crowns. The gorae * requires to be oleared at the aide of the road, principally the south west side, and the drains oleared out. . 3. Poplar Boad— We have mspeoted this road at the croaaing where the oonorete bridge Btood, and find that a good ford could be made on the upper half of the roadway. A num of concrete blooks from the old bridge coulo. be removod to the lower side of the ford to form a bar, which, we think, would be preferable to putting m a new one. On the south west side of the grossing for a distance of about 2£ ohainß and for the whole width of tbe road there ia a large quantity of silt deposited, to a depth of about 3ft whioh as Boon bb the wet weather Bets m will be beggy and impassable. We would recommend that the silt be scooped to the depth of the old formation of tho road, which would, we think, with Borne shingle make a good track. Some fords and crossings m thia road we found required some attention, and aB tbe maintenance man waa at work m the locality we instructed him' to do the neoessary work. 4. Longbeach and Chatmoss Boads — As instructed by the Chairman we have called tenders for the works authorised to be done on these roada and accepted the lowest m each oaae. The work on the Longbeach road is being proceeded with, bub the contractor for the Chatmoss road work haa not been able to Btart owing to the fences not being oat. He should, however, be able to get on with it ip a few days, 5. Terrace roa<J. — fhe contractor for making drain m thia road bap begun the work. The formation pf the road has not yet jaeen commenced. |5. Surveyors Boad— The work pn this road is nearly completed. The bridge near the brickyards has bpen renewed and Bhpuld be finished m a day or two, A little metalling at the Hia-da end of the road ia all tbat js now -jt-u-ieada *■" . . Fords Road-We And that a heavy scour has affected the piles OU the S.W. side of the bridge, one, the comer pile, t?'nfl evidently moved out of plaoe, the depth of water being more than sft at the corner. It is evidently caused by the sharp turn *n the creek and the narrownesß (comparatively speaking) ot the bridge. We think the loose pile might be made aafe by driving another along aide and bolting the two together, but beaidesthia, we think the approach above ehould be made easier m the oorner, and a wipg extended at the N.W. corner. Clause X— The qjatter waa deferred. OUuee 2— Resolved to have f,rd made at once, the ahlngliog and clearing drain to bo done by 15th April. Clause 7— Resolved to have bridge repaired at once. Tbe remainder of the report was adopted. BPIDQB, W-IEATSTONB PRAIW. It was resolved to apply to tbe Aehburton County Couucll to havo tbe bridge over tbe Wheat-tone drain at tbe Terrace ro.\d made 3 f.et wider and 8 inohes higher. .^.v*..-.'-BRIDGE. Mr Altken Interviewed the Board and asked to be supplied with the neoessary timber to make a new bridge over drain In front of hhj place on Boundary road, as the present one was In a very bad state — It was resolved to supply Mr Altken with Ift pipes for the crossing, ■AOOOUNJS. After jDMsJog isocounts the Bonrd adjournsd jto Friday, Moron 0. i

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LONGBEACH POAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2037, 15 January 1889

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LONGBEACH POAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2037, 15 January 1889

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