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The usual monthly meeting was held on Thursday. Present : Messrs Coster (chairman), McLean, Mu'ligan, Stringfdlow and Lyttelton. clerk's report. The clerk reported having written to the Commissioner of Crown Lands asking that power might be given the Board to sell a portion of road for Sunday school purposes, but no reply had been received He had gone over the roads with maintenance contractors and pointed out what was required to finish their contracts. All trees m the plantations have been cleared round and some 8000 new ones planted. The fences round the Board's premises have been erected as per instruction!. Within the last few days one of the settlers had been put on for a few days' work, as he stated he was m difficulties. The plantation fencei required cutting. The gravel pit on Arider* son s land was now required. GRAVEL PIT. It wa3 resolved to write to Messrs Uttmes and Loughrey and request them to have the arbitration proceeded with, 2nd to state if it would be ad visible to take possession of the land at once as it bad been taken under the Public Works Act and was now gazetted, PLANTING. The Chairman reported accepting during the month Morey's tender for digging holes at 3s 5d per 100 and Coles at 3s per ioo« Trees were purchased at 10s per 100 and 40s per 1000. r The Chairman's action was approved, FINANCIAL. It was resolved to re-deposit £500 for sir months with the Bank of New Zealand. ROAD, Mr N, Welsh interviewed the Board and asked the Board to keep open the road east of he railway a.d adjoining reserve 1436. Ht [had leased land from the railway department aa £u 7-, no access t0 ifc if th e road were closed. The Commissioner of Crown Lands wooteod the same subject stating there was no reason why the road should not be closed j- it wis. never intended to give access taR.S. 16331. He also stated th*t the holders of the settlement sections migbt fence m the land for their own use.

The Board decided that the rosd should be Stopped.

that he had taken legal advice and should take some other steps m his own interests. A number of settlers vrrcte on the same subject askicg the Board to close the road. The Boaid decided to close the road if it had been dedicated, and if not to leave the matter to the Commissioner of Crown Land? to arrange. The Clerk was instructed to write to the Commisiioner of Crown Lands on the subject . at once. MEETINGS, It was resolved that m future the Board meetings should be held at three o'clock. A HOLE. Mr Lyttelton called attention to a p ; t made on the Mitcham road which had subsided, aad the Clerk was instructed to see to same. ROADS. A number of ratepayers wrote asking to have roads foimed on the west side of the railtray, the continuation of Jones' road, the two cross roads running east from it to the Upper Ashburton Road Board Boundary, and the load running west from it ihrcugh Brown's farm as far as the Mitcham road* It was resolved to call for tenderi for the formation and sewing with grass* ; AGREEMENT. Mr GaUetley w»ote referring to bis agreement with the Board when he exchanged land for a diversion of roads. He understood the Board now intended keeping the old road for a gravel pit, he had pulled down the fence. It was decided that Mr Galletley should be written to the effect that his agreement would be looked up and if the Board undertook to pay half cost of fencing it would be done. REPAIRS. A number of ratepayers wrote complaining cf the state of the roads from Edward's corner to Vucitch's, part of Bushy Park road and the water race crossing between Doig's and Collins property. Hood s road also requited attention. It was resolved to have the work attended to. BRAND. Mr R. Foster, Sheep Inspector, wrote with regard to the poundkeeper branding sheep RP. This was a registered brand and could not be legally used m the county. The Cleric said that he had replied that no instructions had been given to the poundkeeper to brand any sheep. GRAVEL RESERVES. The County Council wiote asking for a return of gravel reserves m the district planted with funds suppb'ei by the Council. The Chairman stated he had instructed the Clerk to make out a list, but so much oi the planting had been done at the Board's expense that the Council's expenditure (£125) was very small m comparison to the Board's. It was ths Council's intention to look after the fences, etc., m future. On Ihe motion of Mr Lyttelton, seconded by Mr Mulligan, the Chairman was requested to make tome luitable arrangement with the Council as to the supervision of reserves planted. The Clerk was instructed to have the gateways on the b ravel pits on the South Road made up, and to fence the pit near Lhertsey. NEW ROADS. A number of ratepayers wrote asking for the formation the road from the top ot Caertsey ioad to the Mitcham load to be carried oat. It was resolved that the wtrk should be done. Ratepayers also asked for the road between R.S. 714*, and 25924 to be formed. Resolved that Mr McLean and the Clerk inspect and report at the next meeting. CROSSING. Ratepayers asked the Board to request the Railway Department to have a railway crossing formed on the Town Belt. — Resolved to comply with the wishes of the petitioners. TENDERS. Tenders were then opened and the fo lowing accepted :— Maintenance of roads west of the railway, P. Cc'lins £48; maintenance of roads east of railway, McAnulty £70; «• forming portion of and maintaining Wakanui boundary road, J. Brown metalling Mainwaring road, Ti Cronin at 8d per yard ; building concrete tank, W. Kemble j£i2. GORSE. The Clerk was instructed to send out .notices to occupiers to clear gorse, etc. PAYMENTS. Accounts for £72 9s were passed for paynent. CEMETERY BUSINESS. The nembers went into cemttery business. The Chairman said there was a committee appointed by the Council to report on the vario'-s cemeteries m the district, but no meeting had been held yet. Accounts were passed for payment and the meeting adjourned, "Roma on Filbb."— Why Buffer Piles Immediate relief and comple core guarante e Ask for Rough on Piles ? . Sure oared itching, protruding, bleeding, or any form 0 Piles. Bsnrar Men.— "Wells' Health Renewer' restores health and vigor, enres Dyspepsia Impotence, Sexual Debility. At chemists and drnggislß.

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SOUTH RAKAIA ROAD BOARD, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2219, 6 September 1889

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