ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL.
The ordinary monthly meeting of the Aehbarton County Counotl waa held this morning. Present : Messrs W. 0. Walker (Chair mam), John Grigg, Jab. Brown, E. S, Coster, J.Jaokson, 0, J Harper, H. Fried lander and E. 03. Weight. chaimiax's statement.
The Chairman said :— A oiroular has teen received^ from the Treasury which will be read at this meeting, stating that £5000 has been granted provisionally for the Sonth Bakaia Irrigation District on condition that all the steps are taken to comply with the provisions of the Local Bodieß Loans Act, 1886.— Mr Chapman writes to say that he does not think the Connor's proposal a satisfactory solution of the Eoour m his oreek, and states that he is of opinion that a new obannel of a good width would answer the purpose better.— The Mount Hutt Road Board apply to have the cemeteries at Ban Hill and Methven surveyed and marked off into suitable plots. The Solicitor's opinion as to the legality of voting a certain Bum for cemeteries m this county has bean obtained, and will be placed before the Counoil to-day.— The Mount Somera Boad Board states that the road giving aooesa to Mr Mime's seotion at Mount Somers is not dedicated. The aooounts for the six months and year ending 31st March last have been audited, and the balanoe sheets have been taken away by the Dißtriot Auditor for transmission to Wellington ; the only items the Auditor took exoeption to were thoae for circulating the petition m South Bakaia Irrigation District. A letter explaining the eircumstanoes of the case has been sent to the Dißtriot Auditor, whioh he will forward to the Auditor-General along with the balanoe sheets. The sum of £53 12s haß been reoeived for the sale of old timber Bangitata j Traffio bridge; — As the year is well advanoed I recommend that the police be asked to summons persons having unregistered dogs m their poßseßsion. — The question of voting a sum. for poisoned grain might be considered to-day. — Most of the notices for the water charges payable Ist May, 1889, have been issued, and £37 15s has been reoeived on thiß Aooonnt, The sum of £4673 17b Id haß been paid for rates 1888, leaving outstanding £253 8b 3d. Resolutions and schedules deßoribing (he various water races m this county agreed to at the last Counoil meeting have been for* warded to the Government m order that they may appear m the " Gazette."
pboclahuko watkb backs. Mr Jaokson asked if the resolution oarrtetT by the Council at its last meeting meant that the Council would beoome the owners of the specified width of land •long the races. The Chairman said that m a legal tense the Counoll would beoome the owners, but m point of fact the present position would be la no way altered. The Oonnoll had determined, like the Selwyn Council, to proolalm the raoes, m order that It might hive a legal right to deal with them. In reply to Mr Jaokson the Chairman ■aid that the motion whioh was adopted arose out of the report of a Committee whioh had been appointed to consider the matter. Mr Jackson said that if he bad been present he would have opposed the motion. He certainly thought that with j a matter of so muoh magnitude involved notice of motion should have been given. KKantlKß'S BBPOBT.
The Engineer reported aB follows : — Gazetting Water Baees : I have completed the eohedules for purposes of gazetting, and printed oopies of these have been prepared. Plains Water Supply : The head Buppliea are now ample, and all the races are fully •applied. The mains will be turned off m rotation, commencing Tuesday 14th inst, and this will present a favorable opportunity for overhauling the distributing raoes, most of which are badly m want of overhaul. — There jure several portions of the auxiliary channel on whioh pretty heavy scour has been taking place, and the protection of these should be undertaken m sections ere long. The total cost would probably be about £200 « The submain at Methven is also eooured to some extent, but repairs there can be ezcuted this month while the water is off. — The main race for supply of Wakanui district ban silted up a good deal and will require to be cleared out also thii month.
Ashburtoo-Bangitata Water Supply : With the exception of the race from Gorge, south Hinds; the other races are now m full flow. The supply from the former source is increasing a little, but it has become apparent that it is of little service as a summer supply. — The projected race near Flemington pound is likely to fall through on the score of expense, And otherwise. — The Wheatstone races will Also be shut oft for cleaning on 14th inst.
Mount flemers Water Supply : This district has throughout a fair supply.— The Railway Department requests a water service for Bpringborn station from one of the adjacent county water raoes, same as thq Oounoil granted for other stations. This matter would easily be arranged as a small branch race terminates m the vicinity.
Aflhburtqn Forks Baoe : The greater part of this race is m very bad order, and if the Mttlers interested do not dear it this month, the Council should do so at their expense. It ia tnnoh over«gtown with oreßS and the water is thrown out on to the road m several places.
Hampstead Water Supply; J have arranged to meet a deputation from Happstead Town Board m about ten days to go into the quesr ftion of alternative routes for a service for that district.
Biver Protection opposite Oreenstreet Bohool; I will call tenders m a few days for the small works authorised there, as the time is suitable for putting m the willows, and the funds are provided. Upper Bangitata Bridge : The breaoh of concrete water wall at South end of bridge has been restored and the old orate repaired. The adjacent portion of the river bank is getting insecure not only m the vicinity of the bridge, bat for a Rood long way up, and it becomes a question for the Oounoil to consider whether anything more be done on the south bank or not. — The cutting forming the north approach has been cleared out and made passable. TJnleßß it is fenced right along the cutting the injury to the approach will always be considerable by sheep passing along the gravel slopes. The expense of a fenoe on each side would be about £30.
Gnaging Btreams, Aahburton-Kangitata : I have completed the reoord of these for two months ending April 30th. County Plantations : The condition of moat of the plantations ia satisfactory, bat the following require to bs attended to : — Deserve 2561 Anama. Of the portion of this whioh has been fenced from road m R.B. 24821 downwards, a third of the area is fall j planted, one-third requires to be filled up to extent of 50 per cent, and the remaining third requires to be ploughed and planted. Fart Reserve 2573, Anama.— There is an area of about 60 acres fenced. Of this, 40 aorea have bean ploughed. The balance of 20 acres should be ploughed and the whole area planted. Reserve 2673.— With the exception of a few blanks which will be filled m next week the 20 acres of pines are thriving well, but the Boms and wattles on the remaining 106 aoreß nave proved a failure, and the ground is now covered with a very strong growth of sorrel. Reserves 1783 and 2281, Window.— About a •bain m width fronting south road requires to be planted, also fullj half of reserve 1783, (at loath end) requires additional planting to the extent of 40 per cent.— Reserve 1770, near Aehburton:— Opposite Bcolsden 10 aoreß require filling up where the wattles have missed. The five acres burned near Martin's require to be replaoed for the most part. — Reserves 1762 and 1772, Ohertsey.— Of 130 acres put m there last year 60 acres, including pines, are doing well, but the gums and wattles have failed over an area of about 70 acres. Probably the wattles might come this year. If they do there is no growth of sorrel thereto choke them. — As stated above the Other plantations are fairly satisfactory. A few portions require filling up with pines, and one or two of the gum plantations would be better for thinning. The pinua insignia, Birch, Norway Spruce, Larch and Oorsioan pine, wherever planted, have thriven well. PBOTKOTIOir OF HAIRS.
The recommendations of the Engineer, contained m his report, were agreed to. SUFPLT VOn THK BAILWA.Y.
It was resolved that the railway depart* ment thoald be allowed a water supply for the Sprlngbarn itatfon on the nsaal terms, UFMUI BANOITITA BBEDGB. When the olausea In the Engineer's report, relating to the worki that had jfMB Qirrltd oni foe thi piottoUon of
the Upper Raneitata Bridge, came up for consideration, Mr Harper eald the first flood whioh otme down would very likely get behind the orate whioh had been restored, If bundles of green willows wt.Ta thrown m they would probably take root and so save the c»ate. If the cate went then the concrete work would go also.
The Engineer said that two strong groins were necessary with willows between. Ha might Bay, however, that the whole bank waa onarcure for fully half a mile above the bridge.
Mr Wright suggested that a oommlttee should be appointed to Inspeot the place In company wiih the Engineer.
It waa resolved that Messrs Grlgg, Harper and Wrght should be a Committee to vlait and inspeot tho threatened portion of the river bink. It vrae also decided to write the Geraldine County Oounoil to be represented
The matter of fencing the north approach to the Rangitata bridge was referred to the Committee.
PLANTATIONS. The Engineer's recommendations with regard to oonnty plantations, were referred to the Plantations Committee. WATRE BWPPLY OOMMITTBB. The report of the Committee, dealing with various applications for water supplies was read and adopted. PLANTATION COMMITTEE.
Mr Wright moved taut the- names of Mestrs Brown and Grlgg be added to the Planting Committee.
Mr Coster suggested that the Committee be enlarged so as to inolade the whole Council.
The Chairman said if the Committee were mide too Urge, thtre woold be a diffioulty as to quorum. Mr Harper said the motion was brought forward with a purpoae. Hitherto four members had been found •affluent to transact the business of the Committee. These members — Measra Walker, Wright, Coster and himself.— lived one m eaoh corner, of the district where planting was goh g on and this arrangement had always been found to work well. It we old be m their reoollection that there had been a strong discussion at last meeting on the question of Mr Goodwin's rent, and by one vote the matter was referred baok to the Plantation Committee. It appeared to him that the object of patting on the Committee two gentlemen who opposed the matter m the Council, was that it might be defeated m the Committee. He said that suoh conduct should not be allowed by the Council. If the mover wanted the Committee enlarged he should give notice of motion. It was an important matter enlarging the Committee suddenly In this matter. It looked aa if the Committee now constituted did not oommand the confidence of the Council, or that there was tn objeot In it. The Chairman said that perhaps it would be better if Mr Wright gave notice of his Intention to move.
Mr Wright accordingly gave notice of motion.
OEMBTBBIES. In reply to a qaestlon from the Oounoil I the solicitor wrote stating that he was of opinion that the Counotl had power to appropriate funds out of the oounty fund for the maintenance of cemeteries whioh were In existence before the Act of 1 1882 was passed.
Mr Coster mmd " That the sum or £250 be set aside for grants In aid for Cemetery Boatds withla the County," The general opinion of the Council wtithat ladlvldu»l applications should be dealt with as they arose, and the motfon not being seconded, lapsed. The South Bakala Cemetery Board applied for a grant of £25, and the Mount Hutt Road Board aeked the Council to have the cemeteries at Btrrbill and Methven surveyed, and marked off m plots of the required b'zb. A lengthy discussion took place whioh resulted m the appointment of a Committee consisting of Messrs Grlgg, Coster and the Chairman to consider the position of the various cemeteries within the oounty,
THE TBAIN ALTBBATIONBt Mr Harper thought that the Oounoil Bhould move m the matter of the proposed alterations m the railway time-table. In the part of the district he represented great oomplaints were made of the inconvenfonce that would be caused by altering the express. The average number of through passengers from Christchurch to Dunedin was about four and for tho benefit and accommodation of tbis small number the country districts were to be inconvenienced both as to their travelling and the hour of delivery of their mails! All the branch services were put out. People from this district could not, under tfae proposed alteration*, get to Timaru before two o plock, when it fras practically too late to do any business Mr Filedlander said that a meeting had been held In the Boroub, and views identical with those expressed by Mr Harper laid before the Commissioners. A reply had been received that tbo Commissioners intended to carry into effeot the alteration of fihe express, but that they would try to meet the views pi the oountry distrlots In reg»rd to the slow trains. He thoroughly agreed with Mr Harpers remarks, but be waa afraid that it was not of muob use moving farther. The Chairman was afraid that the Commissioners had made up their minds to after the express. He had done all In bis power to obtain a more favorable arrangement. He had attended the meeting held In the Borough and baoked ?*J h ?, reiolatlo P B PM«ed there, and had laid bis own views before the Commissioners, but the only reply was that they Intended to adhere to the proposed obange. He felt assured that the altera- *?« w !! ' ratr °gn>de step and his only satisfaction was that a few months expert?u°f iv° nW convlQ ce the Commissioners that they were wrong and the oountry were tight. He had It on good authority that the average namber of 'through passengers was four or five per diem, and l' w " n °, n " enie that for th e benefit of these the Interests of several large dlitrlots should be sacrificed. As regarded the changesof the otheß trains the Oommlslionets tried to meet the objeotlons which had been advanced. (Left sitting.)
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