ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL
jfeThe following is the remainder of our report of the County Oouncil meeting t— STOKM WATER OOMMITXKB, The Storm Water Committee reported ai follows : — Methven storm water ohan* □el,; Mr Dobaon's and the Engineer's reports on this matter ware read. After dlflouiiloa tt wtiireiolved " That the Committee having had under consideration the report of the County Engineer, In whlob the coat of diverting the water 1b estimated •t £6750, and finding that suoh estimate. Isooofirmed by the subsequent report'oi Mr Dobson who put* the oo»t at' £6302, and believing that the amount expended by the Road Board In repairing the damage arising from heavy floods is much leu than the Interest upon the required outlay, advlie the ratepayers not to pro. oeed with, the suggested diversion of the storm water towards the Rakala. — It wat also resolved that the Counoll should endeavour, to obtain an amendment In the Counties Aot, granting more definite control over the natural storm water channels, running through the dtitrlot towards the aea,— Tlnwald and Fiemlngton District : Resolved that the Committee advise the Oonnoil to proceed with the formation of the flood water ohanoel as described by Mr Baxter In hU report of November 4tb, 1887|and as a pteHcatnary to tho exeoatlon of the work, ither Tlmaru Trapk from the river to the Mount Somera railway be proclaimed a Oouoty road } that the cost of the channel be equitably 'apportioned between the Longbeuoh and Upper Ashburton Ridings after deducting the amount to; be .contributed by Railway Dep»ftment.--R4iolved that the Com* mlttee vlelt, Westerfiold , dUtrtot and m |g^d%li.tl§n.f | A PfA , The report evoked a considerable amount of d bouillon of % conversational nature. , 7 The olauie relating to Methven drainage jrai jidoptaa, Messrs Jaokson and Fried* lander disiaoting, r , The olause. In to obtaining control of i water couraes, by obtaining aa amendmeat of the Oountl«i Aot, was adopted. CConsideratio n of, a 'idUu^e, drafted by, the solloltor ); to, ba.iQbmftted to Parliament, was deferred t|U after lunch.-'. , \. ■ .' .'.,\.,. .."','.'■" . ■ .'. ;■. The remainder of the repot 'X was postponed. "" '"*"■ .' '"' :U: ': : ' :i " '-''•■' , The FlaStatious Oonr-mtteVWbmlttecl a report on work requiring to ibe done. The report was adopted. , . TUB TRAIN ■ARR4NGEMBNTS. The Borough Council wrote seeking the co-operation of the Council m urging up n the Railway Commissioners the desirableness of starting the evening train fromOhmtohurch at an earlier hour,so that It would not be delayed at Drompre as at present. : . The Mayor of the Borough waited on the Council with reference to the matter, Mr Harper eaid it was absurd that the train should be delayed at Dromore for Buoh a time. While they were on the subject there were one or two other matters which might be taken into co aside ratio a. Why should the eleven o'clock train stop at Ashburton half ao hoar, ttiua delaying the delivery of the mails m tbe diatriot south of the river, while the express which arrived m Ashburton | at, a time when most ptople were m the habit jOf taking their midday meal, only stopped five minutes and thus gave them no time to get anything to eat ? Mr Wright thought that the whole timetable should be carefully considered m order that several anomalies might be rectified A committee consisting of the Chairman, Messrs Friedlander, Brown and Wright was appointed to go through the time-table and draw up a representation to the Oommißsionere . on the required modifications, THK DUNBDIN EXHIBITION, Iho Mayor of the Borough waited on (he Council, asking ita co-operation m seourlng a thorough representation of the diatriot at the Dunedin Exhibition. If the Council could not aot m the matter as a body, ho hoped that they would do their beßt individually to further the objeot m question. The Chairman said that as a body the Couooll oould do nothing, but he hoped that tjie members individually would give all the assistance m their power. RANGITATA PBOIEC'iIVK WORKS ' The Committee reported Jaa f oJlows : — The Committee having m conjunction with a representative from the Geraldine County Counoil inspected tbe south bank of the Rangitata river where threatened by an encroachment Of tbe river agreed unani. moualy that it is expedient to erect protective wor^ 9 a* 'h. ree diflfereut points— Ist From cy.W^r io third pier to Island, a skeleton groin about 2F9 ohaina :in length ; 2nd, Protection of slope of river bank for a distance of about tbiee;chain9 from crate upwards ; 3rd, boulder embankment across flood channels at a poia't cbout ten phajps op from the bridgo. The aOß't of these three separata . works woujd would be about £60 each, or £180 m all payable m equal proportions by Ashburtpn ao<t Geralaine Ooaoty Couoeils. \ The leport waa adopted. WATER OOUBSES. The following proposed amendment to the Public Works Act 188?, drawn op by tbe soHoitor, waa approved of and the Chairman was requested to endeavor ; to have it passed m the House of Represonta tives : — " The following words Bball be added to seotion 184 of tho said Aot : The words ' natural water course '-m this Aot include any depression or scries of. depressions m the ground whether with or without defined banks or sides. aeualUn wator courses, along or over which water Bows either constantly or occasionally, find which can bo trap3U m a continuous line towards a natural outlet for a distance of at least eighty chains." PAYMENTS. Aocountß were passed for paymont. ; MISCELLANEOUS ; . Aftf r a quantity of other bualneca had been iransaotßd, the Oooneil -ad j turned.
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