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'- JThfe following is! the conclusion^of our report of^yesiierday's^ meeting :— On resuming luncheon Mr John Grigg took his seat at the Council table.

Messrs^ John! Davisdn,.'Robert Maciniyre] AJCohh/ Corbitfr,i andvJsaifc' Knox mraitedf.upon Ithe ,OouiioU» to, prfefer a re-tquestrthfttjthe;.wafer-.,be,:bKOUght down froni.beltw the Greenstffeet:school to the race would havejbi) travel would be about three miles'/ aiijljjhe object of the deputa- ;^?. jWf^ t^ M y£l^ei^RF^-^ot-^ once» withoutw^ltmg»i9^Jihe^e^jbee^ing. If the line 'of the^race 'could "be lafii out at (^noaby-jthe Engineer, a,q.d theswork projice^eft \wich, a jljobn would ,befc<iiferred 'as 't^ei;e-was a grefit sbarcity 4 6f- water in ' the aistrict. L-^ '■ -** • •

\ Mr.Corbifct said^ there was plenty of | water'just' below l<3reenstreet school, but at thatgpoint it r was lost in shingle. . Mp.Macihtyre <6bnaplaine^i that^one of the'race^ jnyth©/ districtwas overgrown with vegetation/ •'' •■'-'- ------■ .prhe.Engineeir w»3 awarej3fj£he,;fact, as well • asf.jthatr many- o|hei^Typii tne' plains were in a similar condition, but they would be all cleaned ou{«, in ordinary course! The*' deputation were told that the work ,wpvdd"i)e undei^ta^en J^tqncp by the Council, the", se&lers payjig"'tse| cost, of construction, and after re&red T ;a mption^u^OTramgr.theimmediato e^ecutionu^ ths worlt .waspalfsed." x> : |;,;.i, ) M^r'^YlTH(-A,OBi^BYANCE % . ' i Mr H. Gr. liakcr wrote coiiipLuning of the faulty 'state of the flu'uo. .on xjtmo in his pr9perty, of a bridge over »Imce in Jus ;pa4d,oQk, anil.of, the;, effect- the pro.clamatipn of races /would, jbayp rppon his i interests! He now aptieari^. f before the Council, a/uLit.was explained to mm that the flume would be, jepair^dia^ijthe usual shutting off of the^afcer. He complained that the fluming was not large enough, mid tliat-he was flooded by the flume* The Engineer said the flume was IfURBO, enough, but the difficulty was cavw^w

the obstruction below the flume, in;the race. In consequence of the race he had to put up with a large quantity of floodwater he had no right to receive. In* regard to the bridge he asked for aid in reinstating it, as it was now rotten. ,He •would supply the timber, if the Council would fu\d the labor. In regard to ? the J , proclamation of the races he had no wish • to put the" Council to any expense; fofc an qasement, but if the Council would assure ; him'; there would be no land taken from him in.fee simple without compensation, and that this assurance would hold good against future Councils', he would be quite , satisfied. The Chairman went over all the ground . already traversed by the Council \fath deputations on the, same subject; at . previous meetings, and explained the!aim and object of the proclamation in full. Mr Baker wished to,know, if, after I'the '•. proclamation, his'race now being a, certain width,,the Council.cpuld widen his race without his consent and without compensation? • The general opinion of the Council Vas that the Council could not. ( Mr Baker said he would, after "the information given, withdraw his oppo-

, .sitipn; to, the proclamation. He made a ... complaint against the Council of ■ an „ injustice that had been done to him in being, compelled to, make 30 chains of a race' that, was of no use to him, and should have been done by another. Aiter a few more grievances had been ventilited 'by' Mr Baker, one of which was that, nobody in his district read the Ashburton papers—he had been to the storekeepers ,'toltarn—and that Christchurch papers, Buch us the "Press,'' did not report the County Council, full , enough, jthe gentlleman closed his bulky note-book and .withdrew.:. ; \ ■ The Engineer was instructed to report re the flume ; he was also given power to supply the tar and labor for Mr Baker's ': bridge, and'if-necessary to select a site for it; a pond service was granted to ;Mr Baker; the matter of his gabe was left". in : the hands of the Engineer; the attention of the Engineer was drawn to the possible encroachment of ; a dry creek on ;Mr Baker's race, and also about the headworks of the South Ashburton.

•-. - t ,: SLAUGHTERING LICENSES. The license asked for by Mr Dowling, ' Rakaia, was held over for consideration at next meeting. ' COUNCIL'S SESSION. '-'-.(Mr McMillan gave notice to move: " That during the winter months the session of the Council be made continuous ', ' until the whole of the business be disposed : of.": : . WA.TER RACE COMMITTEE. The Water Race Committee reported 1 the settlement of the terms of easement . ; with Messrs Deans and Chapman, others r,:-.being still pending. The Committee de- - ;cidecl-that certain cases of tampering should be at once taken into Court. The report was adopted. •;•'" ;'. ■ crown lands. "*; A draft letter to Government regarding '' the' sales of Crown lands, and the right the Council had to a share of the un- . earned increment was read and approved ■ <& - „ < - RESERVE 2573. r-,*-. .The tender of MrE. F. Wright at Is 6d per acre for seven years, and Is 9d for a Becond seven years was accepted for reserve 2573. MORE ACCOMMODATION. It was resolved to erect a small brick building in rear.of the Council Chambers for the purpose of storing documents, at an expense of £50. This was all the business.

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COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890

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COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890

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