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Wokanui Road Board.

The monthly meeting of the Wakanui Road Board was held on Saturday. Present —Messrs Bruce (Chairman), Brown, Megson, and Johnston. / CORRESPONDENCE. Letters were read (1) From the Returning Officer notifyj ing the election of Messrs D. Johnstcn and J. Megson for Nos. 2 and 3 wards respectively.—(2) From the Ashburton County Council acknowledging receipt of Board's letter re payment of amouiits for destruction of small birds.—(3) From the same informing the Board that the Council had decided to take over the maintenance of water race crossings.—(4) From the same asking if the Board had any of last year's poisoned grain on hand. The Clerks had replied that there was not.—(s) From the Paymaster General advising the Board of the payment of £4 4s 2d perpetual lease thirds on part of reserve 264.—(6) From the Property Tax Department advising the Board of the payment, of £31 5s balance of subsidy for 1889-90. —(7) From Hampstead Town Board forwarding cheque m payment of work done on boundary, roads and stating that the Board was dissatisfied with the manner m which the work had been done on Smithfield road, and asking that before doing any future works on the boundary roads, the Town Board should be consulted on the matter. Ms Megson was of opinion that the shingle for Smithfield road could, have been procured of better, quality and at less expense from the cutting on the road. It was decided to consult the Town Board as to any works to be done m the future.—(B) From the Secretary Canterbury Trades and Labor Council with reference to contracts.—Received. -r(9) From Mr W. Compton with reference to Cattle grazing on roads iv the district. The Clerk read the authority already given to the poundkeeper, and Mr Megson was of opinion that it was quite sufficient and that he should use his own discretion m impounding cattle off roads. It was finally resolved that the Chairman be authorised to prosecute all persons grazing cattle on roads contrary to the Public Works Act.—(lo) From Messrs Mawson Bros, notifying that they had disposed of their interest m Reserves 1118 and 1119, and asking that their name be taken off the roll.—Agreed to.— (11) From Mr Peter Innis requesting the Board to substitute the name of Joseph Choak for his on the roll. —Agreed to. — (12) From Mr W. Brown with reference to the acreage charged to him on the roll. —No action was taken m the matter. surveyors' report. The Surveyors' report was read as follows :—l. Cochrane's road.—We have inspected the portion of this road between the Wakanui and Beach roads with reference to the drainage complained of by Mr W. Cochrane. The ford appears to be higher than the bottom of the gully on the upper side by about six inches, but to lower it that much would not make very much difference to the land above, Mr Cochrane proposes to deepen the drain m his lower paddock if the Board will alter the ford and make it about eighteen inches lower than at present., This would be plenty we think to let all the water away. The concrete culvert on the same road appears to nave been made too small by half. —2, Leadley s road.^ — We have had the thistles cut off the shingle,on this road. —3. Brand Book.— Tho Canterbury Brand Book ordered some two months ago is to hand and lies on the table.—4. Gorse on road.—We have had the gorse on Stanley's road opposite R.S. 22343 grubbed. The cost of which was £113s 3d.—5. Maintenance, i — The maintenance man's diary lies on the table for your inspection.:—Clause I.— Work to be done as suggested.—Clause i 4.—The Surveyors' to ascertain who is | tliu owner of the section and make application for the amount expended. POISONED WHEAT. The action re obtaining a sample of Andrew's poisoned grain for trial was approved. , . . MAINTENANCE. A discussion was held on the subject of the maintenance of roads by the present system. The Chairman thought that it would be economical to put teams where long carting was necessary. The Clerks were instructed to request the day man to keep work done m the different wards separate m his diary, and m all cases to obtain shingle from the nearest pit. Resolved "That a statement shewing cost of maintenance for each ward for the last two years be laid on the table at next meeting." OUTSTANDING PvATES. Resolved " That after Saturday, August 9th, every fourth name m the list of outstanding rates be sued for." ACCOUNTS. After passing accounts the Board adjourned. ■

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Wokanui Road Board., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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Wokanui Road Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890