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The ordinary monthly meeting of tho Ashburton County Council was held to-day. Present—W. C. Walker, Eeq., M.HJI. (chairman), and Messrs E. O. Wright, E. S. Coster, James Brown, W. McMillan, Hugo Friedlander, and C. J. Harper. chairman's statement. The Chairman made his usual statement ii I--!lows :—The Secretary of the Chari- ■ y 1-. Aid Board informs theConnciHhat. tuts amount from this county for the year ending 41st March, 1890 required for 1 the m;untcnance.of Charitable Jnstitutioop is £921 11s SdV. 'Tirvsrepres^ntraWuction of £252 19s ,4& from'lastyear^payment. The assistant Engineer applies for ; the payment, of £100, out;of.tho;Rakaia Gorge Bridge | yqteto'wardii .fchV repairs now being executed "at the l Rakaia gorge bridge. - The Secretary of the Conference of representatives of County' Councils and Hospitals and Charitable Aid Bbardk forwards for this . Council's information copies of the resolutions'passed: at that Conference.. Since' last', meetrnjjf"^ accounts for the six months rtndyeaf'ending 31 March last have been 'duly auditeiPand the, balance-sheets '.have been returned from' Wellington Wproved' 1 o£"by" ( the , Auditor-General. The annual meeting to pass these balance-sheets will be held im: mediately after the ordinary meeting today. Tho Upper Ashburton Road Board : called (-Tie Council's attention to the state : of tho ford iiear.O'Shea's which the Board said, was almost impassable and dangerous and ■"■ requested " the •. Council: will take. immediate' 'steps to-make' it safe for traffic. The necessary repairs are now made.' The' Railway Conimfeaoßaff^ve agreed to accept the 1 Council's proposal of the payment of- £100 out of the Tramway Loan .account; itowatds the*. balance' due' .for rails;, suppliedi £ois| tho Mount Somers train way >-, joying the remainder to utand over until the Chairman sees the Commissioners in Wellington;— The .opinions received from the Road Boards as to the efficiency of the poisoned grain supplied last year arc placed before the Council.—The Wakanul Road Board forwards a copy.rof ;sj reaolu* tion that ■ payments for, destruction of. birds should be paid out of the general funds of.the Council..},. -„ „; V. )j,(j engineer's report. '

"The -Engineer's.Report -wsifs^ead at follows ''■*-*■ !■ .. :'/. ;.}(.} j':" Plains Water Supply: This service has • been, as - well maintained / receat]y as the condition of tlio races would' adihit| Many of them are now very fou land inefficient, bat as > the-' half-yearly^ c}eajning; will p*. cot»----i enced ten days hence, 1" i the -oeopsary mprovements will then be undertaken ana the races shpujd be ,restored'tp their original sizes' as shown in the accompanying state* ' mc-afc asked for by Mr \yright.. .The cootractor is now- at' worV;'completing the junction between El and E2 races at Lower Acton on the .route latterly agreed to. ■ The main from'river- at Acton is not in operation at present as it is silted up to a small extent,.but will 'be restored as. soon,as it in* required. The ■ connection from the South branch of ffie ■ Ashbnrton river is. still doing good [Serrice, the North.branch being abnormally low for this season of the year. Some small repairs are necessary to secure the ford at O'Shea's. ' This matter will, be attended to at once. .. The arrangements for the propUVM race near -l River road, Lower Acton, are almost oom« ■„ pleted for' the proposed ! service throagft .! settlements on Reserve 1466. The right of way for outfall has not yet been obtained but the Railway Department' agrees', M» give facilities for passing the.proposed supply through an existing culvert, and shortly I ■ expect negotiations, will be. concluded and .' the work put in hand. - A shbur tbn-Rangitatft 1: Water Suppljr i This - service continues .to be satisfactory^io far as it is supplied by the main from; South Ashburton River. The supply is just reaching the lower end of the races' with r-'tninji t? sp'iro. The supplies from the Iliii:i- tior^rJ <!i* not improve. p . '■'' Tin! Mo:i:ii S:)!inrr-« asid AshbtirUni 'Forks ■•■' -.■i.- -.:k' i.iirly Mippliod at present. A -'. ■|. psULii'in of K'lilcrs will w.iit upon the i 'oi'.ii'il io-<ky wiili rofi'n'iici' to the question ' of extending the Forks race from Geeenatreet ; downwards. > • . •. ■'•■■, County Bridges l Some repairs- .have recently ■ had 'to be. effected . on. Digby'a liridge. . . . : ':...■•-

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COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890

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COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890

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