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Tho following concludes our report of yesterday's meeting : KAKAIA GOKGE BRIDGB. The Public Works Department wrote acting 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. FORDB. A letter from the Upper Ashburton Koad Board on the subject of fords was referred to the Engineer. ROADS. Mr E. H. Dobson, 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 trork 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 provision for the storm water from Cairnbrae* liyndhurst 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, offering Mr McFarlane m his place. The ofter was accepted. POISONED GRAIN. The Rakaia Road Board wrote giving their opinion of the poisoned wheat supplied'by the Council. "Part was good and effectual, part was 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 Grigg 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 legal documents, and Messrs Brown and Friedlander were authorised to sign and seal the Council's deeds to Mr Wright. FERRY RESERVE. The tenders of Messrs J. Wright and A. Jackson fpr 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. * t»oclamati6n or water racks. It was decided that the Acting Chairman convene a special meeting for Thursday, July 17, to consider the question of the proclamation of the water races, the Council to ;i meet m Committee. The Small Birds Committee to meet the .same day. Thjs was all the business.

The map of the county prepared m the Christchurch Land Office for the Ashburton County Council, for display at the Dunedin Exhibition, having fulfilled its mission m the Southern City, has been returned to the Council, and is now hung on the north-east wall of the Chamber. The map is a most artistic piece of work, and quite ah ornament to the the Chamber. At the meeting on Thursday the Council instructed the. County Engineer, Mr Baxter, to have the water races marked with the letters and numbers they are known by m the county, so that for fsvery day reference by members the map could be put to practical use. As those letters would have had but little meaning to visitors at the Exhibition, and would not have added to the beauty of the map, they were omitted; but now that the map is more for use than ornament, and the letters are indispensable for ready reference to the races, their insertion hsv* been ordered. It is officially stated that until further notice two army commissions will be allotted annually to each of the following colonies :— New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New Zealand, and the Cape; si* to Canada and one to Tasmania. The body of a man sft 9in, well built, was found m the Timaru harbor on the 2nd inst. Except for water-tight boots and socks, there was no other means of recognition. No one is missing at Timaru, and the body is supposed to have come m on the current from the south. The body has been a fortnight or so m the water.—Later particulars state that the police are m possession of several items of evidence, from which they feel satisfied that the body found m Caroline Bay is that of George Priest, who has lately been m business at Timaru as a grain buyer, and for years has followed various lines of business m Timaru. Priest has for some time been m financial difficulties, and m consequence has been very despondent. He was particularly so yesterday week, when he left his home without a penny m his pocket, and Mrs Priest haa been able to identify the corpse as that of her husband. Mr Power, bootmaker, identifies the boots on the body as a pair he made for Priest, and Mr Rowley, dentist, recognises some peculiarities m the teeth which gave further evidence of identity. The deceased'left his home on the 25th ult., and has not been seen since. At the inquest on ths body, held on Thursday, a verdict of found drowned was returned.

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COUNTY COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890

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COUNTY COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890

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