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; : "i ■■ .. . . ... ♦ ~: At! adjourned meeting of the Wakanai River Board was bold on Saturday. Present : Messrs Jas. Brown (m the chair) 81 Wilson, B. Thomas, T. Clepbane, and J.Wilson. At the last meeting of the Board no member would accept the. office of Chairman for the enacting year. . The Chai mm now stated that if no other member came forward he would consent to occupy the position, so that the business of tho Board might not como to a standstill. He would prefer, how ever, that acother member should take the place. ' Mr Thomas proposed Mr Clephane as chair man. The motion waß seconded by Mr Jaa JWilsoa. \ Mr M. Wilson proposed Mr Brown. Mr Olaphane was declared eleoted and he took tha chair. . . „ Before proceeding further an arrangement was made with Messrs Fooks and Son to do. the clerical work of ihe Board. The report of the Works Committee camo up for consideration,. ....... After some discussion Mr Jas Wilson proponed that the accounts referred to m ther port be passed forth wi h, but that the question of the barjk to prevent, overflow be deferred, for later ooaaideratfon. The motion was seoon.ded by Mr Brown and carried, ' ' : Mr Brown moved that the accounts be paeeed for payment", with the except on of one for advertising, incurred m connection with the bank. He said that the Committee had exceeded their powers m this matter. • Two or three of the members m»(ntalned that the Committee bad veibal a«notlon forthejr action m the matter, Mr [-Jar. Wilton moved »h,e, lnoioston of the advertising account. This wu seconded by Mr Thomas and carried. Mr Brown protested, and called fora division. Mr Brown moved that the Works Committee bo authorised to carry Into effepfc Mr Wilson's resignation of Deo. 8 provided Mr Wilson's written oonsent be obtained, cost of work not to exceed JRS. and road not to be btopped for treffio. . My Thomsß Bald that Mr Brown had previously objected to the bank crossing the road, yet by the resplnfldn he was proposing the bank would, have to bp taken across. After some farther discussion Mr Thomas handed In his reolftnaton as a member of the Works Committee, *He said that his reason was thai no matter what tha OonjmlttQe did. It was always o*v}Ue& at by a member of th.c, Board. When they pame to the Board they wero snapped at and djotated to, and that wna why be tendered his raaignatton. After diiousslon Mr Brown withdrew his motion. A letter was rea ] from Me3sr* Wilding and Lewis on behalf of Mr M. Wileou, stating that tho Board would bo held responsible for * any damage causad -to theijc client's property by water beiog tak<Jn out of the riyer fop a water race, was pointed out that the Board had given no sa'noti n to the ratepayers who executed work ' • sf c Wilson stated tnat be had no desire to stjxud m the way o^ the rafbgiyera 9b? taking wataF, apd he wobH give them eve y asaistaroa, provided effio'ent protection were provided. Ihs present intake was very dangerous, however, and ho would not risk bis property m this way. A loog dieouseioj took place, but no acti:n was taken, it being tacitly agreed thatMfW^leoD Jlipuld settle the matter as between himsatf and the persons who ou£ thoraoe.' ■•■ '< IMr Wilson resigned hi* seat on t? c Works Committee, and Mr Brown declined toiflt. V.' ' : ,I . '-• ' ; , Messrs Fooks tod ?on wore appointed

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2042, 21 January 1889

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WAKANI RIVER BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2042, 21 January 1889