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• ■■ - The monthly meating of the Longbeaoh Road Board w«s held on Friday. Present—Me Bar aJ. Grigg (Chairman), J. Wllllama and J. Shearer. CORRESPONDENCE. Lstters were read, —1, Wroaa the Public Works •■ ffioo informing the Board that owing to the abolition of the department all oommuntoitloaa on the sobj^ot of ro»d work should be sent to the Hon the Minister for Lands. — 2. From the.Secretary of the Canterbury branch of the New Zaaland Jubilee Exhibition asking the Board to undertake the collection of subscriptions and forwarding aubsoriptlon Hat. It was resolved to reply that the Board regrets It onunot acoede to the request.— > 3. F'om the Property-tax Department forwarding statement of values for public inspection. — 4. From the sams advising the Board of the payment of 75 per oent subsidy for 1888-9. — 5. From Audit offije requesting tue payment, of £16s 81 for auditing Board's accounts to 31at March, 1889. The amount wes ordered to be paid. — 6. From Messrs Williamson and Steel, Wmalow, oomplatalag of the drainage done to thtlr fences by oattle turned oat la the Board's reserve at Winslow. The Board decided that it can do nothing iv the matter. — 7. From Messrs Miles and Oo with referenoe to the damage of Ohatmoas -road. It wao resolved to reply that the Board has fully considered the matter, and Is of opinion from the information that has been laid before the Board that Bull's oreek is the natural outlet for the water diverted on the Ohttmoss road, but the Board will defer taking action till the matter has been fully explained to Mr 3 all, the manager of Ohatmoss. SUBVEYOBS* BEPORT. The Surveyors' report was read bb follows :— (1) Drainage o! Ohatmoas and Boundary roads.— Sinoe the last meeting of the Board we have examined our notes and plans of old levels and surveys of this part of this district, and have to that extent additional data on which to judge this question. The principle, that we believe to be the wisest for guidanoe, is to follow as nearly as practicable the natural watersheds as Bhown by the old drainage channels. This plan we think would minimise the danger of overloading any one partioular drainage system. Therefore we still believe it right to carry out the plan adopted by the Board for taking the water from the creek diverted m the Ohatmoss road into the drain known as Bull's oreek. At the same time we believe it would be wise to provide a flood ohannel m tha direct line of the road as requested by Mr McKay, and if the timber m the present oulvert be sound enough, we suggest it should be widened and placed aoross the Boundary road. We wonld submit that it would be very useful and economise time and expense if all the information respecting drains, subdivisions of lands, names of roads, .were collected and placed on one good map, to be kept for reference. (2) Mr Wilson's application—road at mouth of the Ashburton, — We have examined thjs road, etc,, and estimate that the upper outtiag partly made by Mr Wilson could be completed so as to make it practicable for a trap or dray, for about £12 to £14, and a passable traok made through the gully on to the beaoh for about £15 more. If Mr Wilson were willing to give up a small corner of his land, it would reduce this amount. (3) Diversion of drainage at Messrs Donaldson and Moses, Waterton. — There appears considerable diversity of opinion and perhaps same misunderstanding about }t among ' the residents m thje particular looality, and we think \t might tend to settle the matter better and more satisfactorily, if one of the members of the Board could go* over the ground with us before the work is actually commenced, (4) We have had the bridge on Ford's road near Mr Anderson's, strengthened byjdriving railway metals and securely fixed the southeast pile that was scoured out, whioh should make it last for some time. We found that to widen the bridge would neoeßßitate dosing it for some time, which at this time of the year would be very inconvenient; some of the. decking we found defeotive and have replaoed the bad planks with new ones ; the bridges at Fiemington have also been attended to by putting m new stringers and decking. (5) Poplar Road,— Aa insfcruot6d by the Chairman we have had a ford made over the drain at the site of the concrete bridge, and the silt soooped off the oentre of the road, and also a crossing made over the Hindu river, the fords shingled, etc., on tha same road. (6) Drain, Ford*a Boad.— We have written tp oooupiers of land forming Ford's road With reference to oleaning out side drain, but have only received two replies. We might state that we have examined these drains find that the work of oleaning them out before the winter setß m is very needful, as they are very muoh overgrown with toi toi and other vegetation. Clause 1. — The matter was again deferred. Olause 2. — Resolved that nothing more be done to the cutting at present. Olause 3. — Resolved to have this work done a3 adopted by the Board last meeting. Olause 6 — The Surveyors wsre instruoted to sea the occupiers of land fronting Ford's Road on this matter, and call for tenders fur the work for next meeting of the Board. The remainder of the report was adopted, TERRACE ROAD. The Surveyors were iuqtructed to Dottfy to the contractors for formation and making drain on this road that the work must be proceeded with at once. GOBSB NUISANCE. The Surveyors wert> instructed to sepd, out notices to all oc.ouple.ra of laud who j allowed gorso to grow on the road fronting | their seotloDß to have the same grubbed up and removed, or the Board will take i the neoessitry stepa to have the nuisance removed at the ocouplers' expense, surveyor's road. The Spryeyorg were Instructed to have shingle taken out of O'Shannaasey'i drain and put on this road, BOARD'S OJFIOERB. It was resolved to luvlce applications to ba In tbe hands oi the chairman by Thursday, Maroh 28th, for the ofljae of Clerk and Surveyor to the Board, applicants to atate what salary they require. SPEOIAL MEETING. It w&b decided to have n special meeting of the Board on Friday, Maroh 29h. After pasting acjoqnts the Board adjourned.

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2085, 12 March 1889

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2085, 12 March 1889