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ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL

The ordinary monthly meeting of the , Ashbartoo Ooanty Oouooll w»» hold { to-day, Freient : Messrs 0. J. Harper, Hugo Frledlander, James Brown, J. Jjtokeon. CHAIBMAN'B STATEMENT. The Chairman uaid: Arrangements have been made to bold the poll required ro pro* posed loan Rakaia Irrigation district on Tuesday, 6th inst., and the intention of holding this poll, alßo the situation of the various polling booths are notified by advertisement. A circular, embodying seotion 38 of the Looal Bodiei Loan Aot, 1886, which show* how the proposal is deolared carried has been issued for the information of the ratepayer! concerned. The Charitable Aid Board forward! a letter stating that the sum of £1184 10s 7d is required from this County for Charitable Aid purposes for the year ending Slat March, 1890, The Mount Somers lload Board asks to open certain gravel pits m the tramway reserves m that distriot. Enquiries have been made from the Government m the direction of ascertaining under whose oontrol tboßo reserves are at present, and the Chairman states that the Counoil can deal with them. The agreement required by the Counoil to be signed by Messrs 8. Brown and Mrs Wilson for M. Wilson m connection with the new water race for Wakanui Flat have been signed by them and are placed on the table for the Counoil's information and approval. The Government bai agreed to the ereotion of the retaining wall of Rakaia Gorge bridge, the amount to be paid oat of the Rakaia Gorge bridge tote, and the work ii now on bind. Jftf qommiipion^ of Pwp«tj lit b»J ffi«.Q«g

lo thn Council* credit the balance of subeidks doe on ratos collected by ihe Ooldatronrn, Mount Hutt and Uppor Ashburton Road 1 Boards. Thn Government has opened an oflijo m the R.M. Court, Ashburton, bo that persons m tho county oan have their weights and measures tested, and m order to prevent legal proceedings being taken this should bo j a tended to before the Ist September next. Application hao been imrlo for euUinp; nnd grubbing the goreo round plantations pluniod by Road Boards from funds provided by tho Oounoil. This matter tho Council should consider to-duy. ENOINEEb'S REPORT. Tho Engineer ropor'ed as followo : — Upper Rmgi ala Bridgo : Tho pro* civs works on 60iji.Ii bank of river nro now m n forward state, Ni, 1 oomrnot hnvinn boon ■omploiod, and No. 2 contract about half finished. Tho Commissioner of Crown Linda will take Btcpa lo bavo part of reserve 1627 sot apart for proioolivo work 3 , BDd ha^rnonnlime aulhoriY.'d tho Council to p!nm with willows a portion m tho vicinity of iho bridge, This will bo douo at an early date, and tho accessary fencing erected. Gouny Plantations : Tho planting of partf reserves 1769 and 1772 near Chortsey, hai; boon Gaishod partly with pinop, and partly with wattle as directed. Tho wattleg seed seems to bo greatly dffioient m gorminating power, but it has been sown thickly, and a fair proportion of it moy como. It might be well, however, to supplement it by sowing a small proportion of stringy bark. Mr Scaly has tho work of planting 2673, Westorfio d, m hand, and ho will oommenoE planting at Anama station next week. Several «f tho gravel reserves m Ihe county originally planted by Road Boards from Counoil subsidies aro partially, and m somo oases, wholly nrgleoted, both as regards ihe maintenance of trees and fenoop, and tho present is an opportuno aoason for getting these defioienoes rectified. Protective Works Pudding Hill: Tho contraotor for extension of ohannel and boulder work will commence work m a few days. Protective Work, Chapman's Creek : I hava arranged with Mr Chapman as to temporary deviation of water m creek at Drayton, while tho proposed work is m progress. This will obviate the shutting eft the supply for about a fortnight, whioh otherwise would havo been necessary. Oartago operations there will shortly bo oommenoed. Plains Water Supply: The repairs of auxiliary channel will be commenced forthwith. Mr Thos. Neo's tender having been accepted for tha work. Tho supply for the entire district has been well kept up during the month. I prepared specification and called tenders for conneotion of race at River road Wakanui, and the contractor will start work there early next week I Mount Somers Water supply : The raoes m this district are now being put ia hotter order, and will I expect be m a satisfactory condition by the end of this month. Tho race for Springburn station is about to be put m hand. Aehburton-Rangitata Wator Supply : Over a part of this district the maintenance is still defeo-.ive. The supply from the various souroeß jb ample at present,with the oxoeption of that from Bouth Hinds gorge, which has been vory low all the Beacon, and is even yet barely Buffioient for requirements. The ctm« traotor for raoo for Mr Ballantyne and others has not yet started work, but will do so when he finishes tho race at Wakanui. Road Line East Siie Railway, Ashburton to Ohertsoy : As tho Railway Dopartment has advertised the loasing of railway reserves m that distriot it would be well now to moke application to the Department for a road line adjaoent to the railway. This would be serviocablo alike for tho working of the adjoining plantation reserves, and the general public ena; of the railway who have at several timea through the Road Boards and otherwise asked for the usq of suoh a road.

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ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2190, 3 August 1889

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