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Wakanui Road District.

The-annual meeting, of ratepayers in the Wakanui road district was hold in, the Boad Board Oifiee to^ay at one o'clock. Mr Murdoch Bruce, Chairman of the Board, presided. Thoro was not a large attendance .of ratepayers. After passing ■ minut€3,-the;olerk read the ■ ' chairman's report. . In r laying before you tho annual balance ■ fcheet, I don't 1 know that there is anything "' special 1 for me to ■ refer to. During' the '•■ year 1 the 'Board took steps to have; an 1 exits, member "elected .for No." 3 Wdrd. ' 'The 1 maintenance''of the bridges onufoi'ds ,' over.the. Wakanui'creek' is 'on a more : .satisfactory, footing than it 'was at the ■ :lflßt'ahriual,mooting,.as, owing to the per- . BOTorftnce^iot-the: .Board, tho County - GounciliuuS agteed.topayihalf tho cost of -the.-.workßl'-required.i Applications verts called fotfthe*jffice oi'Cleirkand Surveyor •WSie^Bdard, with thetfasuft fcfiat Messrs Fooks and Son, being the lowest, were re-elected to the office. You will notice in the balance sh'eeVthat a large amount of money has been paid away agaiji for eggs and h&M of^emall birds. The srlf&aTtt*'' 1 W ;i tiiiite8 v '"-jcoriSidered "f^he Jtihei? >mdt'e!efre{itive ia&ins'of 'cbntehd""iiigl wittf'iihe'Euisance 1 (/ouM'tiofc be fotind, fcbhear'an "expression of ''.bpiniqfi^ni^^?. 'ratepayers' on the, sub'oijß&si J In 'conclusion,'! would like to point 'tout'tha^the^oard, -/during the year,, haa ,;4e^uce^ ciits. Giveriiraft from, £27,0,135>t0 j£lb2jilB J i;M,i;which,; when., refunds due , ; Jromjtfc«;O6unty,.CouhcU,and Hampatead ■i.ToTm^Board»rS.paidjtJwill'bring the debit balance of the bank down<to- something less 7-- rt2ia*i^'£loo, ''and we' < Hope -by keeping the expenses down as much as po*B&fe"d!th§ng fen'e-'cliArentyear, to pre-' sent^ouatthe next meeting with as,tatemen'ir:siibVin lg a" balance "in'the 'other , direction*, ■••„.,: ,:, • l ! • '■•'* r-''-'"- 'bAIiANCE-SBEET. . , Theibjiknee-sheei^ as already, published was readrin. fVll. :. - '"^Me^riMesirM to" know how 'the sum of £3 13s 6d—expenses of election for extra member for No. 3 Ward was incurred.. . . . \ . :

The Chairman explained the circumstances under which the, expenditure had been incurred, part of it being prelimi- 1 nary expenses. :- Mr,Megson was quite satisfied. _ j '), Mr-'J&r Brown, moved the adoption of the report and balance-sheet, which waß seconded by Mr-Megson and carried. 1 DETAILED. ACCOtrXTS. ! Mr Megson said that ai; the last meeting of the ratepayers he had moved a resolution recommending bhat a more detailed statement of the Board's accounts shoul&'bte published. It had not been donfe'this year, and he did. not ask that it Should be,done now; 7 but there had been complaints; and.many-of them among the ratepayers, that they 1 could not obtain from the summarised balance-sheet the detailed information that, was necessary to, enable them to understand fully where the expenditure of the Board . was incurred.. 8 * . Mr Butterick seconded. Mr Brown was quite willing, if the ratepayers so - wished, to publish the whole accounts of the Board, but he would remind the meeting that this would be very costly. 1 .Mr Megson did not want the accounts published In full; but such a detailed account as he indicated. The motion was carried. SMALL BIRDS. The Chair asked for an expression of opinion on the subject of their expenditure for the destruction of small birds. It now ran to £160. In the course of the discussion that ensued, favor was given to the system of paying 4s 6d per hundred for the heads of birds in the winter. . The Chairman said the town and townships were the hatching places of the sparrows, which made for the country to feed. He thought the Borough and the Council ought to pay a share of the cost of putting down this nuisance. .; ;Mr Lill was of opinion that the rate of remuneration for destruction should be uniform. The Chairman said the question was very rapidly becoming too large for either County Councils or Road Boards, and 'sooner or later thls.'.JWliole r#fes<?of the Board would be required to defray the cost of trying to keep down the pest. The matter was one for the Government to take in hand.

Mr James Brown would move, " That in the opinion of this meeting all payments for the destruction' of small birds should be paid out of the general fund of the County Council, and that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the County Council." It was only by united and uniform action that the pest could be coped with, and it seemed to him that only v a central body like the Council could bring about united and uniform action throughout the county. Mr Megson seconded, and the motion was carried.

Mr Megson, Mr Butterick, and Mr Dalton spoke in favor of paying so much per head for birds' heads in the winter, and at the request of Mr Megson, Mr Brown said he would be happy to bring • the matter before the Council. Several members said the poisoned wheat was useless. In one case about 401bs of wheat per weok for the season had been used on 16 acres for the destruction of 18 sparrows. Mr Megson moved a hearty vote of; thanks to the Board for their services! during the past year. It was a thankless s -position, that of a Board member, as he; himself knew, but he believed the Board; had done the best they could do for the' district to the best of their knowledge. The motion was earned unanimously. The Chairman having acknowledged the compliment, the meeting adjourned.

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Wakanui Road District., Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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Wakanui Road District. Ashburton Guardian, Volume vii, Issue 2420, 3 May 1890

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