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Tho rrllnatp nvj-rhly mffaiini- of (h •asbburton 0 iiii'.v Octipcll waa hud on Saturday. Present : Messrs O.J Harper, Hui{o Frledhndor, J vines Browo, J Jaokson**nd E, 3. Oosfer. , chairman's bta.em.bn_. Tho Ohrtirraan said : Arrangomcnlo havo hoon mado to hold tho poll required ro proposed loan Rakaia Irrigation diatriot on Tunaday, 6'h mat., and the intention of holding this poll, also the Bituation cf tho various polling booths aro notified by advertisement. A oiroular, embodying aootion 38 of tho Looal Bodies Loan Aot, 1886, whiuh shown how tho propoaal ia deolared earned has beon isanod for tho information of the r:.tnpAycra ooncorned, Tho Charitable Aid Board forwards a lettor stating that ths rmra of £118. 10a 7 J ia rcquirod from thia County for Charitable Aidpurpoaoß for the year ending 31st Marob, 1890. The Mount Somsra Road Board anks to open oortain crewel pita m tho tramway reaervea m that diatriot. Enquiries hive boen made from the Government m the direction of ascertaining undor whose oontrol these reserve* aro at preaont, ani tha Chairman atatoa that tho Oounoil can deal with them. Tho agreement required by tho Oounoil to ba signed by Meaars 8. Brown and Mrs Wilson for M. Wilaon m oonneotion with the new wator raoe for Wakmui Flat have boon aignod by them and are pla ood on the table for tho Gounoil's information and approval. The I Government ha) agroed to the ereotion of tho retaining wall of Rakaia Gorge bridge, the amount to bo paid out of the Rakaia Gorge bridge vote, and tho work is now on hand. The Commission- r of Property Tax has plaoed to the Oounoil'. credit tho balance of subsidies due on ratea eo'leoted by the Coldstream, Mount Hutt and Upper Ashburton Road Boards. Tha Government has opened an offioo m tho R.M. Court, Aahburton,- ao -that peraonß m tho oounty can havo their weights and meaauroa tea'ed, and m ordor to prevont legid proooedinga boing taken thia should bo aitondod to before the Ist Septomber next. Application baa been made for cutting and grubbing tho gorse round plantations planted by Road Boards from funds provided by the Oounoil. Thiß matter tho Oounoil Bhould consider to-day. BltaiNKßß's REPOHT. The Engineer reported as follows : — Upper Rangitata Bridgo : Tho protective works on south bank of river are now m a forward stato, No. 1 oontraot having been completed, and No. 2 oontraot about half finished. The Commissioner of Crown Lands will take steps to have part of reaorvo 1627 aot apart for protootive works, and has meantime authoriz3d tho Oounoil to plaqt with willows a portion iq th.c vioinity of Iho bridge, Thia will bo done at ' an early date, and the nooeaasry fencing ereoted: Oounty Plantationa : The planting of parts reaorves 1769 and 1772 near Ohortaoy, has boon fioishod partly with pines, and partly with wattle as directed. The wattlo? seed soems to be groatly deficient m gotm^qating power, but it hag been sown thickly, and a fair proportion o? it may oome. It might be weil, however, to euppleraent it by sowing a small proportion of stringy bark. Mr Scaly haa the work of planting 2673, Woßterfietd, m hand, and ho will commenoe planting at Anama station next week. Soveral of tho gravel reserves m tlm pounfcy originally planted by Road Hoards from Council Bubsidioa ore partially, and m some Qaaoa, wholly neglboted, both aa rogarda the maintenance of tro6B and fenooa, and tho present is an oppor I uno season for gotting those deiioionoos roo titled, lWootive Worke,' Pudding Hill ; Tha oontrootor for extenßion of ohannol and bouldoi work will oommenoe work m a few daya. Promotive Work, Chapman's Oroek • I have arranged with Mr Chapman aa to tomporarj deviation of water m oroek at Drayton, while tho proposed work is m progress, This will obviato tho shutting off the supply for aboul a fortnight, whioh otherwlio would have been necessary. Cartage operations there will shortly bo oommenood. Plains Water Supply: The repajvo oi auxiliary ohannol will bo cpmmonoed forthwith, Mr Thoa. Sice's tendor having beec aooopted for tha work. Tbe aupply for the entire diatriot has beon well kept up during the month. J proparod specification ano Called tonderd for oonneotion of raoe at Rivei road, Wakanui, and tbo contractor will atari work there early next week Mount Somera Wator aupply: The raoesir this diatriot aro now boing put m bettor order and will 1 expeot bo m a aatiafaotory conditior by tho end of thia month. The race foi Springbum station is about to bo put m hand, Aahburton-Rangitata Water Supply : Ovei a part of thia diatriot tho maintenance ia stil dofeotivo. Tho supply from t-b Q varioui souroca is ample at proaoqt.with t^o exception of that from South Efinda gorge,' which bai been vory low all the season , and is oven ye bara.y auflloient for requirements, The con traator for raoe for Mr Ballantyno and otheri has not yot started work, but will do so whei he finishes the race at Wakanui. Road Lino East Side Railway, Ashburton t< Ohortaoy : Aa tho Railway Daparlment hai advortisod tho lousing of railway reßorvoa ir tbat diatriot it would bo well now tqms| application to the Deparlmoqt for a road lim adjacent to the railway. This would bo ser yijfeahlo alike for the working of the adjoininj plantation rosorvas, and tho genoral publii eaat of tbo railway who have at several time through the Road Boards and othorwise askei for the use of suoh a road. KANaiX'VTA. TRAFFIC BUInC'K. Tt was resolved thit tho planting reoommended by tho Engineer foi* tho protection of the Rtngltata Traffic Bridgo bi done. GRAVEL RESERVES. A discussion took plane on tbe olantto ie thu Englneo '■ leport, rofot hg to varlcu gravel reserves m tho Oounty. I>, appeared that 801.0 time ago the Oounol gnvo Hn Road Boards grants of money foi the purpose of fenoing and planting the reserves, but It now appeared that In oora rases the fen oaa were out of order and thi reserves negleoled. It was resolved that the Oounoll shouh look after the gravel reserves whloh hai been planted, the coat to be* charged ti tho ridings In whlbh tho reserves an situated. payments. Accounts were passed for payment, no a i). It was resolved to apply to tbo authorl ties for a strip of land along tho railway reserve, between Ashburton and Chertsey for road purposes, WAKANUI OREEK. The report road at last meotlug came up for consideration. Mr Fr.ledlf.ndor suggOßtod that oon eldoratlon bo postponed for a foil mooting Mr Brown would havo liked to havi soon a fullor mooting, but the mattei was an urgent one. Ultimately on the representation of the othor momborc, Mr Brown agreed to the further postponement of the report. GRAVEL RESERVE. Tbo application of tho Mount Bomere Road Board to open n gravel pit on Tramway Rasorvo waa agreed to, any fenoing required to^be done by tho Board. VILLAGH SETTLERS. '^ Pursuant to notloo Mr Brown moved '* Tbat the Engineer be Instructed to lay off ono or more branch raoos to give a Bupply t) the village settlors along tho railway Hue." Ho pointed out tho hard ahlp the village sot tiers entfared through lack of water, and he maintained that they were entitled to reoelve a .apply from the Oounoil. As thlnga now wero the m-jorlty of peoplo had tho benefit of the supply, but thero was not nulUolont water to give a supply to the minority. Tho majority wore not likely to troublo thomeolves muoh about tho intoroat of the minority, and ai every mon wan entitled tn tbe benefit of tho water supply ho thought the Oounoil should ncoodo to every application oont la. All hands would then find out what It Is to bo Rhorfc of wator and wonld awnko to the necessity of Inorcnnli g tbo oupply co that there would be euongh for all. Mr Ojnter nooondtd tho motion pro /jrw{.a. If the proposed supply from tho Unkala wero obtained there would be enough water for everybody m that dlstrlst. The Chairman said that ho would like It to go abroad that lf the settlers did not avail tbemsolvos of the opportunity they now had of obtaining an additional I lupply Uom tbe Rikftla, the Cquoqll wonld

bb ablo to listen to any Bpplloatlors for wute? for years to oome, Me F.lcdlftnder moved the adj urnment of tho mattoe for a month, This was agreed to. MBETIKG. Tho nfxfc mi*«tinp- >f *.ho Council was fixed for Tuohdr?,? Au?ont 27. SPROUT. ORDER. A opcolai f>-dor lovyiog a rate In tho AabbueUn F ,iks Protective Works dUtrlot vas p;i'<!fd. I Tho Oounnf fh«n adjourned.

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ASHBUTON COUNTY COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2191, 5 August 1889

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ASHBUTON COUNTY COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2191, 5 August 1889