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The ordinary monthly meeting of the Ashburton County Council was held today. Present—Messrs C. J. Harper, E. G. Wright, Hugo Friedlander, James Brown, John Grigg. CHAIRMAN. Mr E. G. Wright was voted to the chair m the absence of Mr W. 0. Walker, at present m Wellington attending Parliament. HOUHS OF MEETING. The Chairman drew attention to the fact that at last meeting the Council had decided to sit continuously until the whole business for the day had been discharged. As that resolution meant there would be no adjournment for lunch, members would do well to devote their attention very closely to business. LBAVB OF ABSINCE. Leave of absence for the day was granted to Mr E. S. Coster, and for the session of Parliament to Mr W. C. Walker. OHAIKMAN's BTATBMKNT. The Chairman made his usual statement as follows :— The Mount Hutt Road Board forwards for the Council's information a copy of a resolution passed at the ratepayers meet • ing, urging the Council to make some prorision to carry off the storm water from the Cairnbrae-Lyndhursfc road, so that the Board may be enabled to form thin rond. A circular from the Wairarapa North County Council will be read, m which is suggested the advi,sableness of power being given to County Councils to provide for the re-construction of bridges out of loans, to be paid by special rates, without a poll of ratepayers being taken. Copy of resolutions relating to rating, bridges, and other matters, passed at a public meeting of ratepayers held at Geraldine, will be placed before the Council; also a copy of a resolution passed by the Canterbnry Trades and Labor Council, requesting: public bodies to take into consideration, when accepting tenders, whether the amount of tender will allow for the payment of a fair rate of wage to the workmen. Mr Mitchell, agent for the Andrew's poisoned grain, brings under the notice of the Council the efficiency of this grain, and hopes the Council will test its capabilities. The South Jtakaia Board forwards its opinion on the poisoned grain furnished last year by the Council. Before the Chairman left for Wellington, he and Mr Brown had an interview with Mr Rollitt, proprietor of the Canterbury Mills, on the .subject of the proposed water supply for Hainpstead Town District, and the result of that interview will be reported to the Council to-day by Mr Brown. A copy of the estimates forwarded by Mr Walker is placed on the table. A petition from owners of traction engines and others, praying that the present bye-laws m force for the Ashburton bridge, may be altered so that engines and other machinery mentioned m the Bye-laws may pass over the bridge at any time, and the fees now imposed may be reduced or abolished will form a subject for the Council's consideration. The Council has paid for 502 heads of birds. Mr Alington, Clerk Mount Hutt Road Board, writes to say he is willing to count bird's heads for the Council if the Council so desires. engineer's report. The EnS* neers report was read as follows:— _ Plains Water Supply.—The C. D. and E. races and branches have been overhauled daring the last month, and occupiers m nearly every instance have given special attention to this work by clearing out the races to their original capacity. This has m places involved a considerable amount of work, the gales of last October having blown into the races large quantities of earth, which have only been fully cleared out now. Where occupiers have not arranged to do the work, it is being done by the Council ab their expense. The overhaul of races A. B. F. and branches will be completed during this week and next. Some parts of races m Methven and Highbank distiicts are scouring to some extent, but no actual damage has been done, nor loss of water caused thereby, and the necessary work could be undertaken to better purpose at the period of next summer overhaul. The Wakanui Flat district supply has m some parts been a little short during the last few days, the cause being the low state of the North Ashburton river. It is considerably lower now than when the connection from the South branch was shut off a month ago ; but I should expect at this season of the year, the river supply will soon increase. Ashbutou ha gitata Water supply. — Most of the races m this district have been j well cleaned out during the last month, j occupiers who were not able to undertake the whole during the time the water was shut off, are still engaged on the work, which will be carried on to completion. Head Wo-ks.—The accompanying copy of plan from Commissioner of Crown Lands shows the area proposed to be reserved for the head waters of the race, ' and to this will probably be added the adjacent portion of Crown Land higher up the river, or part thereof. Ashhurton Forks Jfxtension Race. —l have invited tenders for that portion of the race which the owners have asked the Council to construct, and their communication to you will show their further wishes on this subject. dow-'ly Plantations. —In accordance with the instructions of Committee, tenders will be placed before you to-day for three planting contracts, Auxiliary Water Supply for Plains.— As my report of last month on this subject comes up for consideration to-day, it has occurred to me that m addition to the information therein contained, the Council might require an approximate estimate of thocost of utilising the proposed connection for the auxiliary water supply purposes on the plains after the connection between the two rivers is established. The area which this service would command would be that represented by the formerly proposed Nos. 1 and 2 Irrigation districts. The expense of inlet and protection works at Winchmore and the main from Winchmore to Rakaia would be 'about £1200. The cost of, say 150 miles of new races, including fords, etc., at £10 per mile, would be £1500, together amounting to £'2700. The proposed scheme would therefore be divisible into two parts,—lst, the supply of Wakamu

creek with all the services dependent on it and the auxiliary supply for the plains by an independent main extending from Winchmore to Rakaia, thus commanding all the intervening district between that line and the sea. The proclamation of a water supply district and the raising of a loan would have to be undertaken on similar line's to those which were initiated and defeated last season. I should state that m times of severe draught the Wakanui creek would require the larger share of water proposed to be led into the North Branch ; but so far as the question of cost is concerned a comparatively small sum would suffice to keep up that supply, at least m the manner m which it was served this season, which so far proved satisfactory. The Engineer's report was approved. HAMPSTEAD WATER SUPPLY. Mr James Brown reported that he and Mr Walker had interviewed Mr Rollitt, proprietor of the Canterbury Mills on the subject of obtaining a sufficient supply of water for the Town District of Hampstead. Mr Rollitt was willing to grant any reasonable facilities, but pointed out that there was no surplus of water avail able. The matter, therefore, now greatly depended on what resolution the Council arrives at m regard to the proposals for a permanent auxiliary channel from the South Branch. In the event of auch a channel being undertaken the Committee recommend that final agreements be come to with the Borough and the mill proprietor as to cost of auxiliary channel, maintenance, and proportional supply of water to c«ch party interested. The report was adopted, and its recommendations set down for consideration m connection with the South and North Ashburton water supply question. TRAFFIC BBIDGE. A petition from owners of traction engines and other large portable machinery was submitted, praying for a modification of the by-laws of the Traffic Bridge over the Ashburton river, by which the crossing hours for engines might be extended, and the crossing fees reduced or abolished. In connection with this matter, Mr Brown, gave notice to move "That the Aahburton Traffic Bridge by-laws be taken into consideration at next meeting, with the view to an alteration being made which would make them more suitable to the public convenience." PLANTING COMMITTEE. Mr C. J. Harper read the report of the Plantation Committee, which recommended the planting of 25 acres near Anama railway station ; that Government be asked if No. 13, Block 13, part R.S. 1381 can be obtained for planting purposes, and if so, that it be fenced and planted with gums; also land between the railway and the road leading past U.S. 35883, and if obtained to be fenced and planted with gums ; and that reserve 1449 be fenced and planted with gums; that 37 acres lower end of reserve 2563 be similarly planted and sown with gums; that tenders be invited for the supply of 30,000 trees, viz., one-half pinun ihsigvis, one-eighth American white pine, one-eighth larch, one-eighth three-year-old silver birch, and one-eighth Corsican pine—to be tendered for m lots of 10,000, on the usual conditions. The Committee also recommended the postponement for the present of thinning the plantations, and attending to the fences where necessary. The report was adopted. PAYMENTS. The usual pay sheet was passed. PROCLAMATION OF RACES. The Chairman of the Proclamation of Rices Committee, Mr Hugo Friedlander, reported as follows : —Since their last report, the Committee have met Mr E, G. Wright and arranged the terms on which he agrees to withdraw his petition against 'he proclamation. The claims set up by Mr Wright your Committee consider fair and reasonable. Your Committee beg further to report that they have modified the proclamation by excluding the creeks, and that they have sent copies to Mr Studholme and the Hon. John McLean, { and have asked them if they will now agree to the proclamation. Mr Stud- j holme has replied agreeing to do so. RAKAIA GORGE BRIDGE. I The Public Works Department wrote asking whether the Council would agree to pay half the cost of painting the Rakaia Gorge flood channel bridge if the Selwyn County Council find the other half. The probable cost would be £80. The Council thought a coat of tar would be sufficient for the wooden bridge. FORDS. A letter from the Upper Ashburton Road Board on the subject of fords was referred to the Engineer. ROADS. Mr E. H. Dobsort, for the Coldstream Road Board, wrote calling attention to the fact that owing to the present thoroughfare seaward of the railway line from Tinwald to Hinds not being a proclaimed road the Road Board could undertake no work upon it. It was resolved to apply to Government to have one chain wide from Ashburton to Hinds vested m the several bodies interested as a public road. STORM WATER. The Clerk to the Mount Hutt Road Board wrote enclosing a resolution of the Board, urging the Council to make pro* vision for the storm water from CairnbraeLyndhurst road. The Council referred the Board to former reports, asking them if they were now prepared to revive the proposal to raise a loan for the purpose. RESERVES. Mr Chapman wrote on the subject of a reserve of which he was tenant, and^ which he desired to be released from, offei ing Mr McFarlane m his place. The offer was accepted. POISONED GRAIN. The Rakaia Road Board wrote giving their opinion of t-lio poisoned wheat supplied by the Council. "Part was good and effectual, part Avas insufficiently dressed, mouldy, and practically useless." Messrs Grigg, Harper, and Brown were appointed a Committee to deal with the the supplying of grain, Mr Grigg speaking very highly of Andrew's poisoned wheat. DOGS. The Clerk was instructed to ask the police to proceed against all owners of unregistered dogs. WATER CHARGES. It was resolved that water charges be levied on Wakanui Flat ratepayers from Ist May, 1890. WATTLES. Mr Grieg moved m the direction of instructing the plantation Committee to consider the advisableness of sowing a considerable portion of wattles on all reserves within" 15 miles of the sea, and on a large proportion of the reserves near the hills. The motion was carried, SMALL BIRDS. A testimonial m favor of Andrew's poisoned grain was received from Mr J. Mac Lean Dunn, and referred to the Small Birds Committee. TREES. Mr Sealy's tenders for Nos. 1, 2, and 3, contracts for the supply of trees were accepted. WATER RACE DEVIATIONS, ETC. _ • Applications for water race permits were granted to Mr Robert Beattie, Kyle; Mr R. Campbell, Chertsey ; Mr W. T. Wilson, and Messrs Harrison _ and Richards, the latter on certain conditions. ROUTINE. Messrs Wright and Friedlander were appointed to affix the County's seal to leg-il documents, and Messrs Brown and Friedlander were authorised to sign and peal the Council's deeds to Mr Wright,

" FERRY RESERVE. The tenders of Messrs J. Wright and A. Jackson for the Ferry Reserve were accepted. ASHBURTON FORKS FLUMES. Mr C. Smithell's tender at £19 5s 6d | was accepted, but only after the amount had been paid into the Council. PROCLAMATION OF WATER RACES. • It was decided that the Acting Chairman convene a special meeting for Thursday, July 17, to consider the question i-f the proclamation of the water races, the Council to meet m Committee. The Small Birds Committee to meet the same day. This was all the business.

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COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2458, 4 July 1890

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COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2458, 4 July 1890

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