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Ashburton County Council.

The usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton County Council was held to-day. Present-Mr W. C. Walker, M.H.R., Chairman, and- Messrs E. S. Coster, E. G. Wright, W. McMillan, Jas. Brown, C. J. Harper, and Hugo Friedlander. After the usual routine business, Mr Walker submitted the chairman's statement as follows:— The Railway Commissioners have ap- | plied for the balance of the amount due on the rails obtained for the Mount Somers bramway which has been according to agreement standing over for settlement. A letter from the Minister of Lands will be read in which he states that under the existing arrangements with the Selwyn and this county he does not see his way at present to comply with the request to place the Rakaia- Gorge Bridge under the control of the Selwyn and "this Council but will consider the matter after the repairs are completed. The Geraldine County Council writes suggesting a conference of the Chairmen County Councils and Hospital and Oliaritabl Aid Boards of the provincial district of Canterbury to consider county matters, Charitable Aid business and any amendment required in local Government before the next session of Parliament, and would like to know this Council's opinion on the matter. Letters from the Solicitors for Woollen Factory at Ashburton and from Messrs Sergeant, Knox and Frisby respecting the water supply from the South and North Branch of Ashburton will be placed before the meeting of the Council to-day. The agreement with the New Ziialand Alford Estate Co. re this supply has been completed by the members of the Council authorized to do so. The Town Clerk informs the Council that the ' Ashburton Borough Council has granted £10 10s towards the cost of the temporary water supply from the South to the North Ashburton. The amount of £1256 16s Id has been paid on account t>f ' rates now being collected and the sum of £791 18s for water charges due May 1888 and £485 6s 8d for the water charges due May 1889. ' The statement of business done by the Chairman during the month, and the Rangers' report^ and diaries were laid on the table along with several communications from Government including copies of the advertisement of sale of Government lands at Lake Ellesmere, copies of the Crown Lane s Guide, No. 10, and the Gazette and maps containing the proposed alterations in the boundaries of the electoral districts. engineer's report. The Engineer reported as follows :— Plains Water Supply.—This district is very fairly supplied throughout, except the lower portion of Lower Wakamii district, where one or two lines are inadequately supplied, not from want of water, but- from the defective condition of the races. The half -yearly cleaning of all the races should be commenced at an early date, as on this occasion a good deal will require to be done in order to restore them to their original size and capacity. The auxiliary supply | frqm Rakaia river at Acton is satisfactory. TJie contractor lias been at work making good tlie .embankments, etc., a}ong the line of main, and there 'is nqw a flow available, As requested, I visited the lower Acton district, with the view of fixing a set vice for the lands in the vicinity of the river road. I took levels and prepared a section of the initial portion of the proposed race along the road at the upper end of Mr John Duncan's property, and downwards through R.S. 33438. You will observe that for some distance along the road the depth ' of cutting would be four feet, and I would not recommend the Council to agree to it. Indeed, as the settlers between the River road and the river are very indifferent as to whether thqy obtain a race or not, I can sco no object in having the junction so far up, and-would, therefore, suggest that it be placed instead near the south-west corner of lv.S. 11037, to supply one race merely, through the properties south of the River road, as shown on plan. 4s <-Q tho proposed junction between El and E2 races, I found it would be practicable to take the upper portion of the race through Mr Watson's property on a flat gradient, and he was agreeable to have it there, but as the assent formerly given for the. passing of the face through the New Zealand and Australian Land Company's R.S. 19240 Avas then reA roked, the Avork there is still in abeyance. Now, hoAvever, the Manager of Acton Avritcs that the original arrangement can be carried out, but the Company will riot undertake maintenance or pay rates for the portions of • this race passing through their land. I presume, hoAvever, the other settlers interested would not demur to defray the charges for said portions, and if so, I should say the Avork might be proceeded with at an early date. In connection Avith this auxiliary supply, Mr McLean applies for a race of about 110 chains in length, as indicated on ma]), and as a means of improving the supply at the loAvcr end of E7 race 1 am' of opinion that a short connection should be formed passing through R.S.s! 26429 and 32114. The member for South Rakaia riding having brought up the question of a supply for the settler's on Reserve 1466, I have marked off, and taken leA-els over a line which should suit their requirements. This is sheAvn on accompanying plan, and might be slightly modified if necessary to include the north!,lAve^ GfinW °f Mr IrAvjn's No. 5 lot. With the consent of ii>B Railway I)enartment, an existing culvert might be utilized, and Mrs Hartnell's consent would have to be , obtained for passing the lower end of race through R.S. 15841, where it would join the ppuseut vase. This'work should be done by I/he Council, th§' pai'tifis interested contributing t!he fluids. The total length of race would be about 75 chains, and would include a ford across the South road. Further than this I cannot see that there is,any margin of supply aA'ailable for new races.—The supply from Pudding Hill is still loav. \ '\. ' ■■■'H . r :i-4 WaterSupply.—The

'..-.- ;: v. ■ , ; '. jvre pretty well sup-, plied throughout and any slighfc deficjences will be made good as the supplies from Hhjds Gorge and Limestone creek increase. Mount Somers Water Supply.—The races on the upppr ptjriion are not so bad, but those in Ashburton Forks reqiiire inunodiate aiid thorough overhauling. Auxijary 1' Sjjpply v|a f)'She.a's Greek.—•< This connection has been dqrhjg gnqcl service, during the last month, the Wakamii creek and Boroiigh supply being entirely dependent on it at present.—From the loss by percolation in the river bed, it is apparent iliat f.JiQ plains supply added to the North Aahburiou'river supply, *yould not have sufficed to red'Cll the >ya)kah'«i creek. Application for Sheep Dip.—=^' itll_ l'efei,enc£ 'ty Mr Brooke's application, I examined the site as requested by you, and think there need be no difficulty aa to supply, provided due notice is given, so that the supply for that and the adjoining saleyards dip might be made to alternate.—Mr Brooke's dip is in (;l</se proximity to the race, but when the banks are made up M'ifch the earth removed from the foundation, as I pointed out, I do not think there will be any danger of contamination from drippings from Lli6 dip. Chapman's' Creek.— J. have prepared a longitiu" 1- 1 '" ■ ' ■•;• the eiaii'§ cpurse of the cl ■'•■'' "*■' Chapman's and Mr Dean's « ; . ■ ■. Mr Chapman asks when th ' ■ ■ ■ '■ ■ s :. £hg marks repr'ej senting the '--.!■ *;-. | Race for - ■ ■ 1 „ ■ '■> Stream.—. [ Having taken levels for this proposed race 1 I find the only feasible point of offtake from | llio strpam would bo in Mr McMillan's section, about 15 chains north of Mr Simp.son's section, along which leijgfch the course would be in the terrace, which" is only abi^ut three feet high. —Thereafter the race would branch into two-=-oiio on each side' of the roadj and would be continued to join exigtiug race vmw Mv Fi/;t,9ck's house.-—The settlers interested would haye to make and maintain the head work and races. Taylor's Stream Bridge.—The broom in , the vicinity of th'S bridge lias been cleared sufficiently to prevent accident by fire. .(iaugiugStreams, etc., between Ashburton and Rangitata^-^TJie record for two months, ending "Febhiaiy last, is (lie lowest yet niadu, TJicspring.sai'ouncoiinnonly low, and are si ill /ailing. W.VTIIU KACKS. The Engineer was instructed to sue that,

I at the approaching half-yearly cleaning' ' races should, in all cases where necessary, be restored to their originalcapacity. AUXILIARY WATKK SUPPLY. Correspondence was read from Mr W. L. Allan, manager of the Acton estate, with reference, to the auxiliary supply in that district. It was decided to carry out the deviation between El and. E2 races on the terms arranged. It was decided that the Engineer's pro-i posed alteration at River Road race be submitted to the ratepayers for their consent, and that their signatures be obtained before any expenditure is incurred. It Avas resolved that the application of Mr McLean, Rakaia, be granted, subject to a written agreement, if the race covered a road or other property besides his own, Mr McLean to maintain and pay rates. It was resolved that the proposed race through R.S. 1466 be granted, subject to the usual conditions, and obtaining Mrs Hartnell's consent. Brooke's sheep dip. It was resolved to grant Mr Brooke's application for water at his sheep dip, subject to the Engineer's report re drainage, etc. CHAPMAN'S CREEK. Mr Chapman wrote in regard to the creek running through his property, and his letter was referred to the Committee having charge of the matter of the creek. race at tatlor's stream bridge. It was decided that the Engineer prepare plans, and, in the event of the settlers agreeing as to the cost and maintenance to proceed with the work, the settlers to be exempt from rates. RIVER CONNECTION. \ In accordance with notice given, Mr Brown moved : " That in the opinion of this Council it is absolutely necessary that the right of a permanent water-course ' between the North and South branches of the Ashburton river should be acquired by the Council as soon as possible." Mr Brown wished this matter placed on a satisfactory basis. Last summer's experience had shown that the North Branch of the Ashburton river might at any time give out, in which case the Council ought to have a right to draw a supply-from the South Branch. For this purpose an agreement would be necessary with the persons through whose property the connection, would run. ' Mr Wright seconded the motion. In the driest seasons the South Branch had abundance of water in it, and no danger of damage need be apprehended if proper precautions were taken, Letters were here read from Messrs Isaac Sargeant, Isaac Knox, and Arthur Frisby, stating tlvet they would hold the Council responsible for any damage caused to their properties by .the diversion of the river. The proprietors of the Woollen Factory also wrote on the .same subject. The Chairman spoke at some length on the whole question which he said was a very large one, and required careful study and cautious' treatment. There was abundance of water in the North Branch, but much Avas lost by percolation. During the recent drought, there was enough water in the upper portion of the North Branch to have supplied all the settlers 4own to the sea if the supply had been conserved. It seemed to him that a twenty-fold greater supply could be obtained if the supply were taken from a poin,t in the river bed before the percolation began. If a supply had to be drawn, from the south branch to help the northern portion of the county, it should be taken by means of a flume from the South Branch over the ! North Branch as suggested by the Engineer some years ago. The land on the south side of the river was being cut up into smaller holdings and there would be i a greater demand than ever for water from the South Branch, which would have but little to spare. He could not support the motion on its present shape, but would agree to the Engineer being instructed to report oi\ the whole subject. Mr Harper was with the Chairman and would oppose the motion. Mr Friedlander opposed the motion and declined to give his sanction to any further expenditure, on watsr schemes until the races had been proclaimed, Mr Wright had no, idea that Mr Brown s motion meant the necessary maintenance of the present connection. Mr Brown having replied, his motion was put to the meeting and lost, the voting being as follows : —For the motion— Messrs Wright, Brown and Grigg. Against—Messrs Harper, Friedlander, I McMillan and Coster. It was decided to reply to the gentle- [ men who had written, that the South branch connection was only temporary. the Council adjourned for lunch.

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Ashburton County Council., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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Ashburton County Council. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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