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The adjoui-neu ordinary monthly meeting of the AshburtGS Oounly Council was held ti-day. Present J Messrs 0. J. Harper (In the chair), J. GrfgfT, E- »• Wright, W. McMillan, Jaß. Brown, J, Jaeksos, snd B. S. Onetar. CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT. The CbaJrman said: — The poll with Kfereccs to the proposed loan of Rakaia Irrigation DistriC, took place on the 6th August, and resuHed m the prop^»al beine Io tby S votes. Notice sta'ing that the proposal bas teen rf jee'ed has appeared m the "Gazette" and local papes. The Cm-iri-sioncrs Of Railways nave writen to the Council for payment of balance due for old f r ils supplied for tV c Mount Somers Tramway. The Council wiU obsetve thit about has been withheld on account of subsidies due to this Council, and that the Council is asked to pay the balance, This raatt»r has beeti referred to the Chairman m Wellington who is attending to it. Arrangements have been made with the Chief Surveyor to mark on the map intended for the Dunedin Exhibition all the sections soli to d?te, also Crown land*!, village and deferred payment lan-'s, plantation and other reserves and boundaries of the different Road Board Districts. The boundary of the Ashburton Borough will be indicated, and the Engineer will place on the sup the positions of the various bridges m the county. This map will be returned when the Exhibition is closed, and can take the place of the one now hung m the Council Chamber. The Mount Hutt Road Board forwards plans showing roads proposed to be closed and lands taken m exchange, and states that the Act hat been com* plied with m respect to this matter. The Southland County Council submits (<t the Council's information a copy of a resolution passed by that body, suggesting amendments ' m the Hospital and Charitable Aid Bill. The Chairman states that tne Railway Commissioners will see that the Council's wishes respecting a roadway being kept open through eastern boundary of railway reserve from Ash. burton to Chertsey are attended to. The amount of rates for 1887 and 1888 pud is £tflj 15s Bd, leaving £2o9 9s 8d outstanding; for water charges, 1887, £857 3s iod is paid, leaving £6\ 101 unpaid, and for 1888 water charges £463 xzs 66. is placed to the Council's credit

Engineer's Report. The Engineer reported as fellows :— Upper Rangitata Bridge.— The two contracts for Protective work on the southern bank have now been completed, and some willow planting and fencing have also been executed m the vicinity of the bridge as authorised.

North Ashburton Hirer Bridge at Digby's.— Some minor repairs have been executed, during the month. Taylor's Stream Bridge— The rails for repairs of groins have now been provided, and will be fixed m about ten days. Pudding Hill Stream: The extension of stream deviation near River Bridge is now completed. Plains Water Supply. — This «ervice has been well maintained during the month, the only hitch having taken place at the end of Isst week, when a thaw setting m through the continuance of north* west win^s some blockage took place at the herd works, and a. good deal of gorse was blown into the distributing races from the same cause, but the clearance is now nearly complete.— The Work of Protecting tbe Main Auxiliary Channel m the Methven district has been commenced, and will probably be finished next month.— The new race forming the connection at River Road, Wakanui, has been completed, and the water turned 'into it.— The settlers, however, who petitioned for the restoring of the race ire very alow indeed to clear out their races to receive it now that the supply has been given. — The Canterbury mill owners had the Wakanui Creek supply shut off foi a week making alterations of machinery with a view to increased steam power, all the available supply from North Ashburton river not having been sufficient for mi.l purposes for the last two or three months. This being the case At this season of the year the fact is significant as showing tbe futility of obtaining any increased permanent supply from the north Ashburton tiver.

Proposed Auxiliary Supply from Rakaia Riven — The Council will observe that the result of the polling h:s been to defect this scheme, this seems to have been ahnost entirely due to apathy on the part of the settlers, and not to opposition of which there was jcarctty any . It appsan to me the Act is not

fitly framed for enterprises of this sorti It is j too. much to assume that all non-voters are hostile to a proposal of this kind, and some amendment of the Act m this particular seems to be required. In the absence of any Auxiliary Water Supply I take it that all applications for new wrter races postponed for the last twelve months must continue to be held m abeyance. The Council is fu'ly aware that duiing the dry season of the yeir there is now no margin whatever after supplying the exist'ng races, and for every mile of new race which would be granted now, there would probibly be io miles of the existing system of races disorganised during the season when water is of the greatest benefit. Ashburton-Rangitata Water Supply : With very few exceptions the races throughout ihJs di trict are now m fair order. Tne rate for Messrs Ballantyne and others m Shepherd's bush district held over from las year, will be commenced next week. I have slightly amended the line over parts of it so as to m->ke it more generally service *ble. As requested I have inspected the small holdings ne \x Mayfield with a view to report on the petition sent m by them. I find that a curtailment of race can be rmde as indicated on , sketch m red. This would reduce the length to about 30 chains which would practically be sufficient for all purposes, and I should recommend the service subject to that modification to be granted. No further applications for races m Ashburton-Rangitata district should be entertained this year, as the lower end, or Coldstream district, is already but indifferently supplied during droughts. Mount Somers Water Supply : A considerable improvement has been made m these rjces. The supply to Springburn station will be finished m a few days, as will also the race for the settlers m the bush. Houston's Creek : The improvement of th»t portion of tbe creek adjoining main south road will be put m hand at once. Plantations : The various plantation contracts have heen completed. Some gorse grubbing will soon be necessary m some of the older plantations. Gazetting Races : I have prepared plans to accompany the descriptions of county races for gazetting purposes. Gauging Sti earns : I have prepared the bimonthly reco dof gauging of streams m Ash-burton-Ran^itata district for period terminating with th : s month. \ .WAKAHUI WATER gTJFPLY. In reference to tbe remarks made by the Engineer a« to the dllatorlneia of settleia Id ototrtrg nee on Rivet road, Mr j Brown said that tha settlers bad been very busy lately In potting In their eropo, bat J the raoe should now be attended t> by them, and falling their taking action, the j Ooonoll should olean oat the rtce at their j cost. It was resolved that If the race be not elesred oat at onoe, tbe work be done at ooooplera' expense. THE BAKAIA IBBIOATION 80HKMB. The olaase In the En^in^er's report id reference to the rejection of the fch?me for bringing In »n additional water supply from tbe Rakala, was considered. Mr Grlgg said that he had intended voting for the proposal till he had Ascertained that his land, which would derive no direct benefit from the adoption of the soheme, would be placed In the same olaai, and be rated exactly the same rs land which would derive the very greatest benefit. No olasslfioatton af land In proportion to measure of benefit derived wai provided for. He did not know If the Aot made any provision for tbe classification of land, bat If It did not ihen only land whioh received direot benefit should be enbjeot to be r»ted. The small benefit wbloh hii land on the western side of the railvay line would raoelve from the liberation of the water there by taking In an Inoroieed supply In the dlstriot below, wonld not place him m the poitton of deriving the same meisure of benefit from the soheme as property holders m the lover dletrlot. It appeared to htm that the proposal waa somewhat similar to the RakalaMethven railway. He bad land within a mile and a half of Dromore railway station, be was rated In the same proportion for tbe maintenance of a railway several miles away, as property whioh wab directly benefited. It would be monstrous If there were no means of alterh.g such a state of affairs co this, and providing for a fair classification of tho land. (Left sitting)

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ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2216, 3 September 1889

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ASHBURTON COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2216, 3 September 1889

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