WAKANUI ROAD BOARD
I — • Tha ordinary monthly meeting of the Wakanui itoad Board was held oe Starday Present : Messrs M Brnce (chairman), J. Brown, G. Ooe, W. T. Liil. An apology was received for the abtencs of Mr fckracban, the nowiy-elected mrmber, COKEEBPONDBNOE.
Letters were read (1) trom Returning Officer reporting re earn of Mr W, Strachan as extra member for No 3 Ward — (2) From Commißs ; oaer of Property Tax forwarding Assedemen' Roll. (3) From County Council asking if the Board required any poisoned wheat as there was wheat to the value of £8 la 6d to be obtained by the Board if it b<> desired.— The Clerk said that he had made arrangements to obtain the wheat, tome of wbioh he had taken delivery of already. He laid a oouple of bags on the table, and called the Board's attention to the sample. — Mr Brown moved, "Thit this Board is of opiDlon tbat soffioient care has not been taken m preparing the poisoned giaiu, and that the two bags now before the Board be forwarded to the County Council m support of this opinion." — (4) from MrJ.Megson, who baa a contract for supplying the Board with oaten sheaf ciaff m quantities when required, asking the Board to take delivery of the ra!arce. : — It was decided to accede to the request and t>ke delivery of the balance of the quantity contracted to be supplied. (5) From Colonial Becr>tary'a office, stating that special order constituting another m mber for No 3 Ward had been gazs: te *. (6) From Sou h Eakaia Road Board sending account for £28 18s sd, half cost of repairing Chertsey boundary road . The accouut was pasted for payment. (7) From a number of Hatepayers asking that the Board should take steps to improve the condition of ihe Smithfield road from its junotion with Seafield road to Mill ton's roed It wan decided to oat the tussooks off the lower end of the road, and to defer shingling for the present. ? subvbyob's bkpobt. The fcurveyoi'B report was read afollows: — Buckley's boad: Tna contractors for forming part of this road have nearly completed the work, a few days work m levelling it off is all that is now required. millton boad : We have bad pipes put across this road to reli ve Messrs Chalmers' land of water ; the ford and drain »long the side of the road are being deepened. smithfieid boad i (Hampstoad Bound aty). We find parts of this road m a very bad state for traffic, wo would reoommend that the tussocks «n the crown of tha road at the lower end should be grubbed, aid some shingle, which oould bo procured close by, put on parts of ihe upper side of the load. WAKAKUI OBEEK, The Chairman reporttd on the recent oonfereDoe of bodies interested, m connection with the Wakanui creek. The arrangement o me to was that the County Cofiroil should pay the claim made by the Board, and bear half the cost of maintenance of bridges a<d fords. Mr Brown said that the matter otme> before the Oonooil on the previous day, md had been deferred. He w aid ask that tbe resolution some time ago passed by the Board sboald not be enforced till after tbe next meeting of the Conol when it would be seen whether that body wonld plve tffjet to thu decision of the oonfere' cs. Mr LIU a »id it did cot matter whether the OcQDOil p»ld ha'f tbe cost of malntenaioi or the Road Bjard paid the wholeit, all oime oat of tbe ratepayers' pooket. He wanted to see some iatlsfaotory arrange ment made whereby the mill proprietors would be debarred from rldtog roughshod over the Board, as they hart m the past. The Chairman said that if the decision of lhaoonference were adopted'the Board would have foil oontrol of tbe oreek. A lengthy discussion followed m the oourse of whlob Mr LIU protested against tbe proposal whereby the half cost cf ' maintenance woald be charged to the water race district of the county, because settlers on the plulns who were now taxed for their water woujd luva to pay towards (he maintenance of the creek, tbe people who derived all the benefit from the oreek having nothing to p»y for the water. Mr Brown said the d ffioulty oould be met by the oreek being proclaimed a water race, If the freeholders objeoted to oonvey tbe neoessary land then tell them It was a question between giving that or having tbe water stopped and be thought they would soon come to terms* NEW MEMBERS. Mr LIU proposed that steps should be taken to elect two additional members, m accordance with the decision of the annual meeting of ratepayers. A long discussion took place as to whether tbe Board had power to get np the requisite petition, or whether It should emanate from ratepayers. It wii decidedly ultimately, to obtain legal advice on the point. INHIS'S BOAD. Mr Peter lnnts Interviewed the Board and asked foe better drainage on road leading to his Und. The surveyors to have tbe neooeissry work done boabd's office The schedule of duties of Clerk and Surveyor to the Board was drawn up and It was deolded to advertise for applications In the "M»ll"and "Press" to be In by next meeting. ACCOUNTS After passing accounts the Boald adjourned till S*tordav, August 10. i
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