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The usual meeting of the Ashburton County Council was held to-day. Pre-sent-Messrs E. G. Wright, E. S. Coster, ™J? S Brown, Hugo Friendlander, William McMillan, John Grigg arid C. J. Harper. Mr E. 6. Wright was appointed interim Chairman. CHAIirirAN'sSTATEMEIfT. The Chairman made his usual statement of business done, etc., as follows:— The Education Board of North Oanter- ! bury asks if this Council will consent to transfer to the, Board as a site for public school the western half of reserve 1401 which is a gravel pit reserve, as the Board is desirous of establishing a school m that locality.—The assistant Engineer, I üblic Works Department, Christchurch, states thafc the total cost of repairing the

Rakaia Gorge Bridge is £693, of which he has received from the Selwyn Council and this Council L4OO, leaving a balance of £293 to be provided for. This Council's share of the balance will be £146 10s, but as there is cnly £15 17s 6d remaining of the special vote, the sum of Ll3O 12s 6d will have to be defrayed out of the general revenue of the Council. —The Mount Somers Road Board asks the Council to give it power to let the gravel reserves m that district.—The special meeting of the Council on the 24th of last month lapsing through a want of a quorum, the four members present considered the proposed Waetr Supply Bill and forwarded to the Chairman m Wellington for his information certain amendments agreed to, with the request that he would endeavor to get the Bill amended m the manner suggested. —The Council has paid for 2314 heads of birds. —The Poisoned Grain Comrmfree have met during last month and have accepted tenders for 100 bushels of poisoned grain, some of which is now ready for distribution. Their report will, be read to-day.—Mr Brown's notice of motion respecting the alteration of the Ashburton Bridge Bye-laws will be considered to-day.—Mr Braddell, the Council officer to superintend traction engines across the bridge, has written to the Council m reply to the statements contained, m the petition from owners of traction engines and others, which will be before the Council to-day.—ln order to secure a quorum of members it ia necessary that an election should be held to fill the seat for the Mount Hutt Riding, vacant by the non-attendance of Mr Jackson.

engineer's report. The Engineers report was read as follows :—

Plains Water Supply.—With very, few exceptions the distributing races which were not cleared out m the beginning of last month have now been overhauled, and the mains m the lower part of the district have also been cleared to their original capacity. Some minor repairs at the ends of some of the flumes m the upper district will be necessary shortly, the recent frosty weather having interfered, to some extent, with the small amount of concrete work put m about that time. In accordance with instructions, I have taken levels over ths deviation of race requested by Mr Hanrahan near Dromore, and have marked off a line which would be practicable, the cutting nowhere exceeding two feet, and the detour would be about half-a-mile. This is one of several application*, which two years ago were postponed *ill the question of a general water supply was settled. Ashburton Forks Water Supply.— The new race from Greenstreet downwards, with flumes, etc., is m course of construction and will be finished m a few days. ASHBURTOX AND RaNGITATA WATER Supply.—A good deal still requires to be done to put the races m this district m proper order, but improvements are being made by degrees, and these will be completed for the most part during the month. Tenders for further willow planting at head works will be called for m a few days, when I will be able to ascertain as to the supply of willows. County Bridges. — A considerable amount of planking is now required for redecking the North Ashburton river and Taylor's stream bridges, about 400 planks m all being required for this purpose. County Plantations. —The filling up of the various plantations ia progressing (satisfactorily, nearly all of those adjacent to the railway having been completed. I an? preparing revised lists of water races with details of the additional revenue desirable from the several districts, and will complete these during the month. The report was adopted. BRIDGES. Tenders were ordered to be invited for the supply of timber necessary to renew the planking on the North Ashburton and Taylor's Stream bridges.

TRAFFIC BRIDGE. Mr Charles Braddell wrote replying to certain statements made m the petition of traction engine owners, praying for alterations m the bridge by-laws. Mr Brown moved to alter the by-laws to permit the passage of traction engines at any hour of the day, but the motion was not seconded. POISONED GRAIN. The Small Birds Committee reported having met on July 24, and accepted tenders for the supply of poisoned wheat as follows :—Ashburton Drug Company at 14s 3d per bushel — 50 bushels; Andrew's poisoned wheat, at 14s per bushel—2s bushels ; and C. M. Brooke's wheat at 15s per bushel—2s bushels. The report was adopted. It was resolved to accept the wheat purchased by the Rakaia Road Board as a portion of the poisoned wheat to be purchased out of the vote of £150, and, on Mr Brown's motion, that £2 10s be paid to the Wakanui Road Board for poisoned grain purchased by that Board. PAYMENTS. Accounts to the amount of £500 were passed for payment. MB GOLDNEY BAKER. Mr Goldney Baker waited on the Council m regard to the water race flume on his property, and after some discussion the matter was amicably settled and referred for final disposal to the Chairman of the Water Supply Committee.

RAKAIA GORGE BRIDGE. The Engineer was instructed to report upon the Rakaia Gorge bridge, the claim sent m for the work done upon it, and if the work done was essential. It was also resolved to ask Government if the repairs effected had been done by day work or by contract. , MISCELLANEOUS. Mr Peter Innes wrote asking that Mr Joseph Clark's name be substituted for his own on the rate roll of the Wakanui riding. A slaughter-house license was granted to the Flemington Bacon Factory, and a renewal was granted to Edwin Hardwick, Kyle. It was resolved to favorably, consider any applications for the lease of gravel reserves, on recommendation made by the Road Boards interested. A lease of a shingle reserve was granted to Mr George Blackmore, Barrhill, m terms of a letter written by him to the Council. SCHOOL AT WINCHMOKE. The Education Board wrote, asking for the transference of the western half of reserve 1401, a gravel pit reserve, on which to erect a school.

The request was granted. PLANTING. Six ratepayers m the Wester field district wrote, requesting the Council to consider the planting of a reserve of 37 acres m that locality. The request could not be granted this season as the planting already authorised, 'which did not include what was asked for, would absorb all the funds available. FilVKlt litOTECTIOX. Mr David Fitzgerald applied for a remission of rates on his property for river protection, but the Council did not sec their way to grant the request. MOUNT HUTT KIDINC. The Secretary was instructed to iill up the vacancy m the Council caused by Mr Julian Jackson allowing his seat to lapse. RACE DEVIATION. The deviation of water race asked for by Mr Hanrahan, and referred to m the Engineer's report, was granted. Mr Gallagher, May field, applied fora small service to his deferred payment section, which wan granted, subject to the approval of its construction by the Jki^ineer. Several other applications Were deferred for further consideration. \ juatter of storm water was referred

back to the Mount Hutt Road Board. This was all the business.

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COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2480, 1 August 1890

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COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2480, 1 August 1890

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