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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD

The ordinary monthly meeting of the Longbeaoh Road Board was held on Friday. Present— Mesßra J. Grigg, T. Taylor, J. Shearer and A; Wilson. GENERAL ELECTION. The Returning Officer reported that the following was the result of the general election of members of the Board :— No 1 Ward, Mr John Shearer; No 2 Ward, Mr Thomas Taylor; No' 4 Ward, Mr Arthur Wilson ; No 5 Ward, Mr John Grigg. A member for No 3 Ward had not yet been elected. CHAIRMAN, The Clerk took the ohair and informed the members that the firat busineßß wbb the eleotion of Chairman. On the motion of Mr Shearer, seconded by Mr Taylor, Mr John Grigg was elected Chairman of the Board, Mr Grigg then took the ohair* MINUTES, The minutes of the last meeting were read and oonflrmed. * CORRESPONDENCE* Letters were read (1) From Mr James Heasley calling the Board's attention to the bad state of a ford on the Longbeaoh Road opposite hia house. — The Surveyors were instructed to report.— (2) From Mr H. Lee asking if the Board will aßsist m making a drain along Ford's road to drain his land. — The Board deoided to pay half the oost.— (8) From Mr J. Small, applying for timber to make oroßßing over drain on Terrace road, to give access to his seotion. — Granted. — (4) From Mr R. Gilmour requesting that his name should be taken off the roll for certain seotiona whioh he had ceased to occupy. — The olerk to attend to the matter, — (5) From the County Council giving the Board permission to let the reserves m the district. — (6) From the Chairman Coldstream Road Board, enoloßing petition from a number of residents at the Hinds asking that portion of the Great South road lying between Windermere and Winslow should be shingled and the side channels opened.— The Surveyors to report. — (7) From the Chairman Ashton Sohool Committee calling the Board's attention to gorse growing on road fronting an unoooupied seotion at Ashton. — The Clerks reported that they had seen the agent of the owner of the land on the subjeot.— (B) From Mr T. Hay. man m referenoe to his oontraot on Ohatmoss Road and asking to be allowed a little extra as the work had been taken too oheap. FOISOKBD eRAIN. A ciroularwas reoeived from the Ashbarton Drug Company re poisoned grain.— lt was explained that the Board got the grain through the County Council, and as that body was taking steps m the matter no aotion was taken by the Board. surveyors' rbport. The Surveyors' Report was read as follows : (1) Longbeaoh Road. — We have had the rutß on this road filled m. A pieoe of the road from MoLean's Creek towards the Great South Road is getting m a very bad state, and we would recommend that portions of this pieoe of the road should be ehingled ; the shingle could be obtained from the side drain on the upper side whioh would be improved by being deepened. The contractor for making drain on this road has not finished his oontraot. The drain requires deepening m plaoeß, and the stuff whioh has been thrown out is left m a very rough state, This was due to the very dry weather hardening the wet day, &o , taken from the drain, but after a little wet it will be easily levelled down, (2) Ohatmoss Road.— The oontraotor for making drain and shingling on this road has just completed his oontraot. All that is required is the shingle levelling m plaoeß. He has written to the Board asking to be paid a little more than his oontraot price, and we must say the work was taken very oheap. We have not had the ford made aoross the road, and the water now runs into the drain on Boundary Road and from thenae to Bull's Creek. (3) Terraoe Road. — Tlje formation of part of this road has been satisfactorily completed. Aa direoted we palled for fresh tettdurß for making drum at lower end, and the Chairman aoooepted that of Clifford and Fitzgerald at 12a 6d per chain. The work has not been done quite up to speoifloation, but it was very aiffioult to separate the. shingle and put it on the top of the formation owing to the bottom of the drain being so very wet. We also had the piece of fenoe abutting on the road removed. (4) Ford, Oflborne'a Road.— We have in* ipeoted the ford on this road and find the approaches are rather steep, but would not recommend that anything be done to it till after the winter, (5) Tenders have been called for works authorised and will be lajd before you to-day. (6) The maintananoe man's diary lies on the table for your inspection, Clause B— Resolved " That as the work had not been done aooording to the specifications, only 75 per cent be paid to the contractor, till more shingle is put on the orown of the road." The remainder of the report was adopted, PETITION. A petition was reoeived from a number of ratepayers m No 1 Ward requesting the Board to shingle part of the road running past the Ashton Sohool:—It was resolved to oall for tenders, to be m by Thursday, May 23rd, for shingling the road. ' RESERVES. Mr Keller interviewed the Board re gravel i reserve at Winslow, and offered tlje Board fte ' per aqre pef annum for the^ame,, ' ' The 'offer 1 was aocepted, The Surveyors were instructed to let other reserves where practicable, to the best advantage. ford, oraium's road. Mr Oairns interviewed the Board with referenoe to a ford on Graham's Road whioh required some attention, as at present itbaoks ttye w^ter on to b\a land.-^The Surveyors were Instructed to have the matter attended tp. BURVEY.ORB ROAp. The Surveyors were instructed tq write to the Qold.stream ffoad Board to ask that body to improve Surveyors' R^oad on the south side of the Bla'ok bridge; liEVEfc CROSSING NEAR WINSLCM. Mr Wilson requested that the Board should take steps to have a level crossing over the railway near Winslow removed to the orqßS roads, as at present it is m a very inconvenient plaoe. After some disaussion on the Bubjeotthe Surveyors were inßtruoted to report, MEETING DA I *, It was resolveq to meet the r first Monday m each month at 2.80 p.m. BANE ACCOUNT. It was resolved " That the Chairman and any member of the Board should operate on the banking aooount." TENDERS. Tenderß were qpqned for works advertised and the following adoepted {—Widening drain and shingling on Waterton new road, R. Bennetts and Co at 10s lOd per chain'; taking up culvert and making ford on same road £7, and widening and deepening drains 4a 61 per chain, T. Cairns; widening Stoddart'B Creek, 0. O'Connor, 10s perohain. As no tenders were reoeived for formation, <feo, Ohatmosß Road, it was resolved to re. invite tenders for the. work, HOp'UNK. After transiting 'a quantity of routine bußineii md pairing aioounta the Board idjouroid till Monifty, July lit.

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LONGBEACH ROAD BOARD Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2130, 21 May 1889

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