The annual meeting of ratepayers of the Wakanui road district was held at the Board's offioe, Moore street, on Saturday. There were about thirty present, aud the ohair was oooapied by Mr M. Btuoe, the Ohairman of the Road Board.
The balance sheet for the past year was read, and the Chairman submitted a statement of the work done during the same period.
Mr J, Megeon suggested that the balanoe sheet, or at any rate a summary of the reoeipti and expenditure of the Board, should be published prior to the annual meeting being held. Ratepayer! would then have an opportunity of becoming fully acquainted with the position, whleh they oonld not from meiely hearing the figures read ont at the meeting. Mr David Wilson supported Mr Megion In the views expressed by him. The Oh airman said the reason the balance sheets had not been published was beoause they had not been audited. If, however, the ratepayers wished a statement to be published before the annual meeting he saw no obj action.
At a later stage m the meeting, a motion m this direotion was oarrled.
Mr D. W.lson took oooaslon to refer to the reoent election of a member for No. 2 ward.
It appeared that the returning officer declared Mr Brown elected for that ward, holding another nomination, that of Mr G. W. Leadley, to be Informal. Ote of the grounds upon wbloh nomination was held to be informal was that it had not been addwsaed to the returning offiaer.
Mr Wilson thonght that as the envelope containing the nomination paper had been addressed to the retarolng cfi^oer that was ■uffiaient, but Mr Fooks replied that it was not nv f
In reply to life Leadtey, Mr Fooks said there was another objection to the nomination paper. Mr iiaadley'a name had never baen pat legally on the roll for Ko 2 Ward. The Board had never reoelved notios that Air Moore had Bold the land, and asking that the name of Mr Lsadley, the purchaser, should be placed on *^,«, roll. Mr Leadley'a name was certainly on the rate roll, that belo S a copy of the Government valuation, but nnder the clroumatanoea Mr Leadiey could have refuted to pay his rates if he had liked. Mr Wilson oxpreased the opinion that Mr Brown had got m by a flake, and thonght that he should resign so that a fresh eleotion might be held. An Irregular disonssion followed, which wag closed by Mr Megson say m » it was out of order. The returning offi :oc oonld not have aoted otherwise than he did, and had to deolare Mr Brown, the only person legally nominated, to be elected. Mr David Fitzgerald complained, that he had been unjustly treated m respect to an aotlon instituted against him by the Board, for allowing gorae to grow on the roadq. The matter dropped after a somewhat lengthy dlsousslon between Mr Fit herald and Meßsrs LIU and Brown, members of the Board,
Me Leadiey moved, "That fr^ conseqaenoe of the diminished revenqs of the Board and \ho lessened amount of*work to be done the servloes of the present IJngiqeer and Olerk be despensed with, and fresh applications for the post be invited." He said that m moving he was prompted by the necessity for eoonomy. The Board could not afford to pay about 10 pec oenfc on iti gross revenue for effioe expenses. He thought they could save fully fifty per cent. Mr G. Ooe seooaded tho motion which wai oarrled.l
The question of the small birds nuisance Was then brought up. The general opinion of those present was that poisoned wheat had been a failure, and that some means should ba adopted for the destruction of the old birds m winter.
Mr Brown repotted thai; he ba.4 moved la this dtrso ion at the last meeting of the County Ooqnoll, but the motion had not been carried. It had, however, been deoided that an analyaii of the polaoned wheat purchased by the Oounoll should be made, bo that an Inferior artiole might not be supplied. It wan resolved that the Board be asked to take steps to increase the nombar of members to 7— No. 3 Ward to be represented by 4, and No. 2 Ward by 3. A vote of tbanks to the retiring Board, moved by Mr Megion and aeaonded by Mr Loadley, oona'oded the proceedings,
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