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South Rakaia Road Board.

The ordinary meeting of the above Board was held on Thursday. Present—Messrs Coster (chairman), Stringfellow, McLean, and Vucetich. The Clerk repqrted that he had inspected Sherwood Road and found there was very little traffiic on it; if the same was skim ploughed and some crossings made it would meet all requirements. The labor contracts expired on the 13th, but arrangements had been made for the same contractors to continue the work till the end of the month, Some of the plantations require thinning. In many of them the cutting and stealing of gums still continues. The contractors, except m one case, have carried out their work satisfactorily during the month. The cheque m one case had been withheld till the work was satisfactorily done. The Chairman reported accepting the following contracts : — Gorse cutting and gubbing, W. Peckman, Is J|d, per chain ; metalling on Mainwiering's, Is 4a per yard, and 2s 6d per yard blinding; forming at Chertsey, 7s per chain, Is per yard metal, and lOd per chain blinding; metalling m township, Is 6d per yard. The Chairman's action was approved of. Messrs McLean and Stringfellow were reqested to report on work required hi the township, It was resolved, on the motion of Mr Vucetich, to ask that Upper Ashburton would share the cost of draining a road near Chertsey. The Chairman reported a credit balance to current account of £324 14s 4d. The Clerk submitted an account to be forwarded to the Council for works done on cuttings fo.r water rapes, and expenditure on poisoned grain, etc. Mr Haslett wrote again re improvement to roads m Village Settlement. It was re solved that tenders be called for the works required. The Chairman stated that the Crown Lands Officers had promised to look up the matter of funds due on account of the sale of Village Settlement Lands. : Mr J. Porter wrote offering trees at a small cost. None were required. It was resolved to call tenders for cleaning round the new trees m the plantations m the Village Settlement. A number of ratepayers wrote asking the Boarcl to metal and blind that portion «f

Bushy Park road from Edward's Corner to top of Kyle road, nearly three miles. It was resolved to postpone consideration of the petition till the next meeting. The Colonial Secretary wrote asking for information re amounts paid for local work m salaries and office expenses generally. The information had been forwarded. The County Council wrote that any application for leasing gravel pits would be considered by the Council, and let on the recommendation of the Board. The same body wrote re forwarding poisoned grain. It was resolved to apply fora further supply. The Property Tax Commissioners wrote te rates collected. Mr McLean proposed, and Mr Stringfellow seconded, that tenders be called for the maintenance of all roads m the district m three contracts. Messrs Coster, and Stringfellow were requested to revise the specification for maintenance contract. It was resolved to have the plantation thinned to six feet where big enough. Accounts for £184 3s were passed for payment, and the Boari went into Cemetery business, and then adjourned.

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South Rakaia Road Board., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2511, 6 September 1890

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South Rakaia Road Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2511, 6 September 1890

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