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COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890
The ordinary monthly meeting of the Ashburton Jounty Council was held today. Present:—Messrs E. G. Wright (presiding), C. J. Harper, Hugo Friedlander, H. Goldney Baker, W. McMillan, James Brown, E. S. Coster; NEW MEMBER. The Returning Officer reported the election of Mr H. Goldney Baker to the seat for Mount Hutt riding. chairman's statement. The Chairman read his usual statement as follows:—The Returning Officer reports the election of Mr H. G. Baker as Councillor for Mount Hutt Riding m the place of Mr Julian Jackson whose seat became vacant by absence.—The Government has written asking if the Council will accept the power of appointing trustees for the Chertsey cemetery. If the Council is willing to accept this power Mr Childs has supplied the names of those persons willing to act.—The Assistant Engineer, as requested, has forwarded a list of tools, etc., obtained for the repairs lately executed at the Rakaia Gorge bridge, and also cost of same.—The water charge notices for 1890 have been sent out for the Aahburton-Rangitata and •JForks Districts. Those for the South 3J#kaia Plains District will be ready this sno(&fch. —Most of the poisoned grain has been distributed. A small quantity of Messrs JSrooke's and Andrews' grain remain in<» on haad. The Drug 00. write to say that they have 50 more bushels prepared similar to that already supplied if the Council deaires to obtain ;i further supply. —The amount of £2525 7.s 74 is collected on account of the General Rate due 2nd January last, leaving £756 19s Id outstanding.—The Mount Somers Domain Board draws the Council's attention to the plantation m part of Reserve 2403, which requires the gaps filled up and the «y,;iv,se cleared. This part of the reserve is nofc f however, a plantation reserve as the Doiu&u Board think, but part of the Cemetery Reserve, and therefore under the control at the Mount Somers Cemetery Board. The Mount Somers Road Board has written apin m the matter of the gravel reserves Se£ng placed under its control.—The Council will sp,<( by a letter from the Treasury to be read that the sum of £109 lls Id, payable Lo the Council on account of subsidy, has been retained for payment of amount due on purchase of rails for Mount Somers ( tramway. engineer's report. I TJte .Engineer reported as follows : — *.«h\wton-Hang<itata Water Supply. —The service hi iliis district is on the whole being well maintained, The freshets of 3rd and otli August, 'beyond slightly blocking the 'nlet channel, caused jug damage of consequence. The additional planting of wi wb at head works has been completed #ncl the fencing re-arranged as authorised. A small sheep bridge hatlbeen erected on P race, near Hinds, and a few plants put. m for footbridges where necessary /mil tenders will be placed before you to-day few branch race m Anama district m two contracts, Including flawing over North Hinds i-iv«*\ Mount Smiwrs Wo tor Supply,— Most of the distributing races m this district are m fair order, but the main from Woolshert creek, sthwghl afltiajly cleared, is jjot yet in' an efficient state. This will be attended to without delay. The extension race from JGreenstreet downwards hasten completed. The small balance «lne by setters to .defray cost of construction wUI, I .presume, be paid, jn to-day. Plains Water /Sujyfy.—tke WWts ot
last month caused some disarrangement a the head works, both at Pudding Hill and the auxiliary channel. At the former, a portion of the fascine work was washed out, but this will be replaced and strengthened at small cost. The flume over the dry creek on E race has been enlarged, as agresd to by the Council. This necessitated a reduced supply m the E races and branches while work was being done, but the supply m E8 was during that time kept as full as possible m order to make up so far for the deficiency. Several fords have been attended to where necessary. CAanti'j', Mount Harding. —All the fencing material is now on the ground, and the erection of fencing is well advanced. Branch Rave Jor Settlers t Reserve 1496.— As requested by you, I have taken levels to fix on a practicable route for a branch race for the six settlers on said reserve, if Council should decide to grant it. The accompanying plan shows the most feasible route, which would involve the crossing of the railway and the road adjoining. A connection with the A race on the eastern side of the railway would give a line with a fall of about a foot only on the first half mile, and I should not recommend that route. The length of branch required would be about two miles between A and F races, and the cost, including all necessary works, would be from £18 to £20. Some river encroachment is taking place at the inlet from the Rakaia River at Acton, and some small protection will be necessary to keep it clear of the sluices. Floatations. —Mr Scaly has now finished his planting contracts. The Ranger reports considerable damage having been done to the blue gum plantation, Reserve 1770, Dromore, several good trees having been cut down and carried away. County Brviges.— Some repairs to the North Ashburton River Bridge at Pudding Hill have been executed recently. Tenders for bridge decking will be placed before you to-day. Rakaia Gorge Bridge. —As requested, I have inspected this bridge, and find it has been thoz-oughly overhauled and painted, all damages caused by the gales of last October made good, strengthened by additions to cross bracing, etc., and left with a list to windward, to provide against future northwest gales. The cost certainly seems very considerable, but there is always much loss of time m undertaking work m that windy gorge. lam of opinion the work might ha\ c been executed at a less cost by contract, under the supervision of an inspector. The traffic across that bridge is so very small that there seems nothing to warrant the expenditure of large sums lor maintaining the bridges and terrace approaches there. VILLAGE SETTLEMENT. It was resolved that the branch race for Reserve 1496 be granted, subject to the usual conditions, and the settlers agreeing to maintain the portion of the race between the A race and their own sections. f ACTON INTAKE. "he necessary work to be done at the Acton intake, as referred to by the Engineer m his report, was authorised. RAKAIA GOUGE BRIDGE. Iv regard to the Rakaia Gorge bridge account, charged against the Council by Government it was resolved to pay the account as soon as the tools charged for were handed over to either the Ashburton or the Selwyn County Council, and that Government be requested to hand over the control and maintenance of the bridge to either one or other of these Councils, on the ground that they will have to provide the funds for future maintenance. IRRIGATION I'A.KM. The Council went into Committee to consider matters regarding the Irrigation farm. On resuming, the following resolu • tion was reported and adopted—"That tenders be invited for releasing the Irrigation farm for three years, with right of water for irrigation ; and tenders also be invited for the oats and hay now on the farm to be sent m this day fortnight, and that Messrs Harper and Friedlander by a committee to dray up conditions for leasing, and to accept tenders." FAULTY CULVERTS. Mr Morrison, water ranger for the upper district, reported that several culverts m his district were rotten, and the Engineer was instructed to either repair the culverts or remove them altogether, substituting fords for them. PAYMENTS. Accounts to the amount of £540 were passed for payment. STORM WATER. The Mount Hutt Road Hoard wrote requesting that provision be made for taking storm water across the LyndhursfcCairnbrae road according to a plan supplied by the Board. After discussion, Mr Friedlander moved and Mr Brown seconded, " That the Council cannot comply with the request of the Mount Hutt Road Board." On a vote being taken the motion was carried by four to two, Messrs McMillan and Baker voting against the motion. The following memo on the subject from the Engineer was read:—"The Council placed floodgates m fences on each side of road passing through Reserve 2379, m order that floodwater might pass along natural course, and the Road Board would be quite at liberty, I should say, to make a ford there by reducing the crown of the road to the level of the original depression of the ground, but I should not recommend the Council co make any expenditure for floodwater purposes m that district, except under a drainage scheme which may have the sanction of Parliament, as their doing so would, m my opinion, only lead to further complications.' SUBSIDY. The Clerk of the Treasury wrote adviving the payment to Council's account of £109 11s Id. CLOSING ROAD. The closing of a road running through R.S. 7129 and R.S. 17003, m the Rakaia district was referred to a committee to l'eport at next meeting. I'ROTECTIVE WORK. Mr David Fitzgerald wrote complaining that although the protective work m the Wakanui district had done general good he was still losing land just the same as if no protective work existed. He had paid rates for the year, £11 11s 3d, but asked the Council to be allowed to use the rate due on the section fronting the'river m planting willows, paying the rate on the rest of his property m the special district as usual. Mr Fitzgerald's request was granted, [Left Sitting.]
COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890
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