ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL
« The following concludes oar report of yesterday's meeting of 1 the Council. BBDUOTION OF RBNT. Panuant to notice Mr Barpar moved •' That at the next meeting of tbe Plantation Committee the question of the redaction of Mr Gjodwln'o rent be again oonaideied." Mr Cotter seconded. Tbe motion was after a long and somewhat personal discussion aatrled on the oaatlng vote of the Chairman. WATER BAG: S AND FORDS Mr Harper moved '* That the Council undertake the maintenance of all the water raoes and fords wlthio the oounty." Ho said' that the more he saw of the races the more he was oonvlnced that the Ooauoll /nuat by lta own officers and men take In haud the charge and maintenance of the raoes ; otherwise tbe system would never ba efficiently maintained. The time when the water wat turned off for cleaning purposes did not suit all the ratepayers and many of these did not understand how to oleaa the races properly, tbe oonaequenoe being that they did Dot cottaln the water they ahould and the water failed to reach tbe end of the raoei, He did not propose that tbe work should be let by oonteapt ; it would have to be done by day labor. Mr Grlgg seoonded the motion. He agreed with what had been stated by Me Harpex arid said they would never make the most of the supply until they took the maintenance In hand themselves. A petition was received from about 60 ratepayers obJ3otlßg to the cleaning of tbe races by contract. Mr Harper aald he had no Intention of proposing that Ihe raoea should be oleanad out by contract. Mr Brown would oppose the motion. The scheme had been tried on the south side of the river and bad not snooeeded If a settler neglected to attend to his race then it was for the ranger to put the law m motion agalnst>hlm. There was no necessity for tbe motion. Mr Wright would also vote against the motion. The remedy for the state of things complained of was to stir op the rangera Some owners certainly negleoted to clean their laoss, but if tbe rangera did their duty without fear or favor and reported all Bach oases then the difficulty would disappear; Mr' McMillan opposed the motion whioh was lost. PAYMENTS. Account* were passed for payment. .. . DRAIN, ETO. The Mount Somers Road Board asked permission to construct a catch water drain and proper oulvert at Booth's outtlqg, also to oonetruot a water raoe to supply the Mount Souaers pound* They also, drew attention to the necessity for two water race fords on a road In the district. Permission was given to construct the drain and water raoe, and the Snglneoi was inatruoted to sea to the matter complained of m regard to fords. GRAVEL RESERVE. The Longbeaoh Road Board applied for permission to let 'the gravel reserve* In the district. Permission was granted. ATTXILTARY- WATER BOPPXY A apeolal order was passed adopting the provloions of the " L.ocal Bodies Loans Act, 1886," for the purpose of raisings loan of £SCQO to construct Irrigation works within the Rakala Irrigation District* CLOSING ROADS. The Chairman of tbe Rangltata Road Board reported that at a meeting of ratepayeia of that distrlot It had been decided to aek tbe Oounoil to take the necessary ntepa to close certain roads. Messrs Brown, Coster, and Fdedlander were appointed a committee to whom the matter was referred. HAMPSTK4D WATER SDPPLY. Tha Hampatead Town Board wrote deollniog the offer of the Borough Oounoil to furnish a water supply at a ooßt of £30 per annum, and asking tbe Oounty Boglneer to be allowed to confer with a committee of the Board as to the practicability of devising another soheme. The Chairman was authorised to attend to the matter, ■> . A REQUEST. MrTfaoa. Shaw, 'JL'imaro, wrote asking the Oounoil to do something to turn the rivet whloh was washing away his section near the Woollen Factory. j It was deoldod to reply that the Oounoil w«b unable to do anything In the matter. I OHAPWAW'S CREKf, Mr K. Chapman wrote stating that he oould not accept the offer of the Oounoil to spend a sum of money on his oreek, provided he would absolve the Oounoil from further liability; The Chairman waa authorised to Inter* view Mr Ohapman. DUNEDIN EXHIBITION. Mr Fflodlandar suggested that a mtp showing the water race system ahould ba prepared for th« Dunedin Exhibition, Mr Qrigc supported the motion, which w»s oarrlcd. It was deolded that a table of dletanoeß and other necesaary Information should be attached to the map. The Oounoil then adjourned.
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