ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL
» The ordinary monthly meeting of the Asbburton Ceunty Council was held to-day. Present — Mtsws O. J. Harper, Jobn Grigg, Jtmes Brown, W. JJo Millan, J. Jaokaon Mr Harper was voted to the chair. chairman's statement. The Chairman said . — Since last meeting the committee appointed by the Council to consider the present Railway Time Table has met and has forwarded it» suggested alterations to the Commissioners. The reply from the Commissioners will t c read to-day. A petition from Mr Dobson and other settlers asking the Council to recommend Hinds Railway station as a stopping place for the express i.i the place of the Winslow Station, it being more conveaient to the bulk of the settlers m Ashburton Kangitata District has been received I and will be a subject for the Councils deliberation, ihc Government has forwarded for the information of this Council a copy cf Mr Hislop's Bill t-> amend the present Hospitil and Charitable Aid Acts. In this Bill it is preposed to make the County a separate district and the Borough Council a controlling Council. The conference called together to take into consideration matters connected with with the Wakanui Creek has also met and the result of that meeting will be considered to-day. Mr Purnell writes to say that the place of meetings and presiding officers m connection with the proposed loan of ,£SOOO, Kakaia Irrigation Distrxt must be decided on. The amount of general rates, IbSB, collected is 19s leav ing 6s outstanding, and 15s has been paid on account of the water charge » now being collected. The Sydenham Borough Council invites the Council's co-operation m endeavoring to get the Hospital and Charitab:* Bill altered so that all Councils contributing may have representatives m the controlling council. The Longbeach Road Board forwards a copy of a resolution passed by that Board re extermination of the Californ an thistle. This matter is dealt with by clause SQ2 of the " Counties Act 1886" as it provides that the Council may contribute out of its general funds money tor the purpose of eradicating noxious weeds. xnginker's report. The Engineer's report was read as follows : — Hams Vv ater faupply : 1 his service is now btiog efficiently maintained — with very few exceptions the races were never m better order — A he unusuaaliy severe frost which took place . m the middle ot June had the cflcct of stopping the flow for a few days. Ibe ice m the , iMim, m some instances, five inches thick thick had to be broken to some extent to facilitate the flow towards the distributaries which were alto blocked but not to such an extent, as the frost was less intense at the lower elevations. Owing to the stale of tht weather the repairs to auxiliary channel have not been resumed, but the cartages will be commenced at . an early date. — With reference to the petition of 4th June from Mr Kickard aad others situated near tbe line of River Road Wakanui, 1 have as requested by the Council visitea the district and taken levels to enable me to report on the question of restoring the water supply tor the settlers. 1 find this can best best be effected by making a new race ootside the floodbanks recently erected by the River Board m a fairly direct line. There would be little severance iovo.vea, but Mr S. Brown is wining to concede mis, and gives a light of way over the requisite iCLgtaof 65 chains or to through h s property on condition, Lowever, tnat ihc petitioners or tbe Council mil construct and maintain tl c r*ce ia efficient order, so that no damage may be occasioned by overflow of race. Tt.e lower end oi this connection lor a length of abjut 14 chains mould be m Mr Mere.ith Wilson's section. He, I am informed, will also be agieeable. In addition to tbe new work the existing race aloug the upper end oi River Red would aUo h»ve to oe cleared, and a good deal of goise grubbed before supp:y could be restored. I estimate the amount require! for new work and overhau. at As to the permanency of the race thai would entirely depend on the- stability of the works now erected, or hereafter to be provided by the River Board against the encroachment of the river. The - settlers 1 take it we fully aware of that ris<t and would bave to arrange accord ngl>. Hampstcad Water Supply: Along with a committee of the Council 1 inspected the site of proposed dam on Railway Reserve near the Mill, and have taken further levels to determine the extent which would be covered with water, and the extra cost which such a cheme would involve. By this n.elhod the toUl cost of works for delivery of water at the required point m Hampstead would approximate to A2OO. I believe the Town Board is still negotiating with the owners at the intake on this question. JForks Protective Work? : The amount authorised for work opposite Gieensircct school has been expended m construction of floodbank, etc-, witb a view to prevent overflow there. The diversion cf Pudding Hill stream above the bridge requires extending and enlarging, and also a small floodbank formed where the floodwater gets on to the bridge approach, the cost of which wotk is estimated at £20. Ashburton-Kangitata Water-supply : There is a good service m all the races with the exception of those supplied from Hinds Gorge which is still inadequate, lenders will be placed before you to-day for 5J£ miles water race m Shepherd's bush district. Mount Somers Water Supply ; The recent frosts have prevented occupiers clearing their races which are still m a bad state, but which will be improved shortly. The settlers m the bushbav: commenced the short race there, and the race to supply Springburn station will be m band this month. Upper Rangitata Bridge: Tenders for protective works for south bank of river will be placed before you to-day. County Plantations : Ihe work of planting is progressing satisfactorily, and tenders lor ploughing at Auama are called for to-day. VT&KAIfUI FLAT. On the motion of Mr Brown it wad reiolved that instructions be given for the Opofitruotlon of race on Wak«nui Flat, as recommended by the Engineer. 7PDDIHO HILL. It wai deoided that ibe work reoommended by the Engineer for the protection of spptoaoa to bridge should be onriltd oat. THZ BAILWAT TIMS TABLE. The report of the Committee appointed to recommend to the Hallway Oorumis* •loners oertain alterations In the Hallway time-table was read. The resolutions pateed and forwarded to tbe Ocmmlsaionera bave already been published. ■ Mr Brown moved the adoption of tbe report. A petition was reoeived from a number of settlers, asking that the Council recommend Hinds as a stopping piaee for tbe expreri train, as serving tbe convenience of a larger number of settlers than Wldblow, wbtoh station the Oouooil bad zeoommended to the Commissioners as a stopping plsce. Mr Harper thought that If there was to be a stopping plaoe between Ashburton and Eangltata, Hinds was tbe beit plaoe that eculd be selected. Mr Gcigg agreed with Mr Harper as to the suitableness of Hinds if jbere was to be & stopping plaoe, bnt be thought that they as r*tep»yers should be prepared to bear % certain amount of Inoonvenlenoe for tbe sake of economy In connection with the working .of the railways. If this coneeislon were granted to Hinds, then every locality along the railway line would oUmour for similar concessions, and he deprecated pressure of this kind being brocgbt to bear on the Commls- ' tloners. When the express was first ■tatted It was ran uader similar conditions to the present, bat It was not long till It stopped at every fl >a station, an absurd reeult of political Itifiaenoe whloh •hewed that It was none too soon for the management of the railways to be placed In the bands of men who were not aocei■able to such Lfljuence. There were some fmprovments, as well as Inoonvenieucee fa tbe ntw t'me-table, For Instance tbe ftertlDg pf the express at eleven o'olook frcm Cbrlstohurch had been found bj macy to be a coAveulei.ee whicti mort thin outweighed the Inconvenience ol driving a few miles further to a rallwaj ■tallon. - ~ The following reply to the Counotl 1 reflommendatloLß was reoeived from thi ftatlvay Qammitsiouerß :— Jgt. Concern' tog the stoppage of the express a 1 1 Window, Jam to imform you that upoi investigating the passenger trsfflo to th< fttUQßi Tig**]* j0 fifßfUata jt wit (oaoc
o be excessively small, so muob so that f the through trains between the large centres are made to stop for such light trafih the running time would have to ba very mooh longer, as there are many ptaoos whloh have equal olalms. Sod— With reipeot to time spent at Dromore by the afternoon tr*in from Ohrlstohurob, the Oommleaioners will give this point oareful consideration aad will eodeivor to moat the demand, if >ifter a llttla more experience of the present t ; me-table, It is foand to be still thought, deniable to m«ke the ohauge 3d The passenger traffii by the ihroutjh morning train from Timara to Ohristohuroh was found to be so small -hat it, did no' jus Ify the expense of running it dally. It was therefore reduoed tj a trl-weekly servioo. 4th— The Oomratsalcnora have arranged to Hcoelerate the 8 a.m. train from Ohrlafoburoh south of Ashburton as requested. 5h — Tn compliance with yoor request the arrival of the Mount Sonaers train 15 minutes later, has been arranged. It Is regretted that the necessities of the railway workiu? do not permit it to be made later than thli. it was resolved to scud a oopy of the Commissioners' letter to the Hinds petitioners. WAKAJTTJI OBEKK. The Committee appointed at last meeting to coufer with representatives of the Borough Oouiioil, Hampetead Town Board, and Millowners respecting the Wakanui oreek, reported that the following motion had been adopted : — " That taking Into aooount all the Interests at ■take In oonneotfon with the use of the water from the Wakanni oreek and i^e money contributions received from the several bodies benefited this conference Is of opinion that the rquity of the O»«e will be met \j the County Oonnoil paying the Wakanul Road Board tie money now calmed and the one half hereafter to be expended by thorn In tntiatainlog the bridges and fords over the Wakann! oreek and that snob payment be made a charge upon the , whole water supply between the A^hbnrton and Rakaia river." Kega ding the Uampstead Water Supply it was resolved; ''That the Committee after lnsprottup the mill race and tail race, are of opinion that owlog to the limited supply of water the s»fe»t method of ensuring a supply to Hampctead Town District will be to erect a dam m the creek alongside the railway, whioh will secure all the water Uampstead requires i without diminishing the tupply to the mill." . A long discussion took plaoe on the report which was ultimately postponed. MTMENTS. Accounts were passed for payment. BiKAIA IBBIOATION DISIEIOT Arrangements were made for holdiog meetings of ratepayers m the district •ffeoteti m oonneotion witb the proposal to raiie a loan to increase the water snpply. (Left slttlDg.)
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