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The usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton County Council was held to-day. Pisoseht-W. C. Walker, Esq., M.H.R. (Chairman), and Messrs E. S. Coster, Jaurcs Brown, William McMillan, H. Obldney Baker, C. .7. Harper, Hugo '•Friedlandei-. ! cu.uhman'h statement. The Chairman's usual statement WW m»<lti as follows 1: — The, Chief Commksioner of Cta\fii lands forward for the Council's information plans allowing certain strips uf. knd «* soi-ved for planting at;the Village Settlement of Maytield, anil l^e would likejto know if the Council proposer* to plant aiy portion of these lands, as they Will be opened for wile, if ,they are not to be utilized for the purpose originally intended. The Mount Hutt Road Board applies for a refund of moneys spent for the year ending September 12 last on the cuttings leading to the Rakaia Gorge bridge. The Sydenliam Borough Council submits for the Council's consideration, a circular on the matter of fire insurance by County Councils • and- Borough Councils. Two copies of l,he Police Offences Act Amendment} Bill, relating to traction engine trafttc on roads, are placed on the table for the Council's information, having been sent from Wellington by Major Steward. The Dog Registration Amendment Act, 1890, is also placed on tb,e table. The proclamation of wator. races appears m the " Gazette " of the 25th of last month. The balance sheets for the six months, ending September 30th-,last, have been prepared and placed; on' the table for the Council's information. The Committee appointed to consider.- the question of closing road Rakaia Riding have met, and will present their report to-day. - MR E. G. WRIGHT. Mr Wright wrote, dating from F.versleigh, October 1, that he had been m the doctor's, hands for a week, and feared he would be unable to be that meeting, but might manage to come by the express. In any' case Mr Wright expressed a hope that the Council would no longer postpone the work of obtaining a permanent supply of water from, the South Ashburton m aid of the Wakanui and other districts. „, „ ENGINEER'S REPORT. The Engineer reported as follows :— Alwintr+on-RangUata Wafer Supply.r-Th« contractors are> making good progress with the new race at Anania.' The earthwork will be finished on Tuesday. The materials for flume a cross Hinds river are all ready, but it has been found necessary to drive p'les for piers instead of sinking them owing to the inflow of. water m foundations. I have marked off the race for Messrs Strachey and McLean, near Hinds river, have arranged all details arid let the kofk, which will be cqmnieuoed next week. "With reference to the petition asked for by the settlers at Ruapuna, I think it will be feasible to extend the Pti race from its junction with S3 nice across through their properties to join the T. race'r-#h« length liJing 2J miles, or thereby/ I understan IMr Ooruett is willing to allow S3 race through hia property to be shut off during dry .times for this purpose. The route sketched on the map shows the line of water race which would serve most of the petitioners near Hinds township. It is very tortuous, would be subject to damage from' stormwater (of which large quantities pass on th&p. line during every flood), and it would " also involve numerous road crossings. -I understand, however, the applicants will bear all expenses, and I will take levels m detail over that iliie, and, also .the Ruapuna pr»posed race, shortly. Yoti will observe -ivom Hie Ranger's repoit that the supply of Whcttsl one district-has been insufficient for a time, partly through the shutting off of Westerfk-kl raca, for mill repairs, ( and partly to the quantity of water draufit off from the main m the Tinwald Town District; This latter must, of course, be subservient to the supply of the Wheatstone district, and m a time of scarcity the regulation must take effect for that purpose. - '. > • Pains* Wtttvr Supply, — The supply throughout this districts at present satisfactory. The breach m weir at Pudding Hill • is being made good, and the repairs at inlet race froiri Rakaia river at Acton are having the desired effect. Several' races, culver vS, ;m<l fords m Mount Hutt district have been .overhauled recently., You #ill observe- from the report of the Banger for Wakanni district:that several settlers are abstracting a good portion of the supply from the main, and causing considerable disorganisation of the Council's service, on the strength of some alleged preexisting right. There does not appear to be any good ground for this, and if such a service is to be granted, it should be immediately under the Council's control, the same as the other races m die district. It is certainly time this matter was placed on a more satisfactory footing. The Village settlers on reserve 1496 are preparing to make the loop line from A race through their respective lots on the line marked off for them, and which will be extended to join the ,P race as authorized. ' " ' ' Auxiliary Water Supply far Ashburio*. Itakttia Plaint?— As my .previous report* on this question fall to be ( discussed by the Council to-day, I beg now to 'give the additional information asked for at last special meeting—viz. jas to the advisability and cost of enlarging the F race as a substitute m psirt for the other proposals. Having considered this matter carefully, and gone .over the ground, I find that doubling the sin of the present face from the intake at the riypr to Winchmore—a distance of .about 16 miles —would involve acostfor earthworks ofabout £150; and for flumes, etc., .£SO; or £200 m all for 'tiiafr distance. If tlie'race Vrere to be made to bring down a still larger volume of water than that it would have to be placed m the category of mains, and so would have to be maintained over its entire length by the Council, and would further necessitate the erection ,of timber or concrete falls m several places, extending over a lentrih of about 80 chains m the aggregate. A further length of new main, of about 4 miles, to connect with existing races, and of a capacity, say, double the size of the present race, would cost, including road crssoings, etc., about £60, and the locating of this new main would be subject to the consent of the owners'through whose properties itf would pass. lam of opinion, however, that if the connection between the South Ashburton and the North Ashburton rivers is established, either on a temporary or a permanent basis, there would be no necessity for these 16 miles of F race enlargement, as a small equivalent service could be led direct out of the river at Winchmore to form the connections necessary for supplying the 20 additional miles or so of races embraced m the applications which have been pending settlement for several months past. The enlargement of the private race at Winchmore, which has' been m existence for upwards of 15 years for serving & small portion of that property, and Mr Robert Miller's would be quite sufficient for the purpose. The owners are agreeable to that arrangement, and they would also maintain the small protective work at river bank as at present. 'An expenditure of about £10 for improving inlet, sluice and culvert would suffice for the work at intake. From thence to public road, a distance of fully a mile, the present race would have to be enlarged and altered m parts, and from gravel reserve No, 1938 to junction with 81, 4 miles of new race would have to be formed through lands j now owned by Mr Lyttelton and others. In short, by this arrangement, the enlargement of F or other races to the extent of 10 miles would be saved. An enlargement of the upper part of the race, and some of the more centrally situated races may be a desideratum by and bye, but I should not recommend that step at present. It should not be overlooked that all the works reported on ««ild be new works, the cost of whioh should be provided for m some other way than out of revenue', which has hitherto been insufficient to meet the cost of the various new works, etc., placed against it. I am decidedly of opinion that the cost of the 4 miles of main from Winchmore should be defrayed jointly by those applicants who may obtain the new races asked for. In most cases they have •

supply, but now Avish e^ m some cases a third we« f througli t\ eu property. In any case the Council would have, to undertake the maintenance ot the acw main, The one thing, however, :indispensable for the Batisfactoryworking of the present system of races on tks portion of the plainßin clry seasons would be the^^ connection during droughts of the North m A bonth branches. of the Ashburton river. Hub of itself, would ensure the keeping nj> of the Wakanui creek supply, and all intewata «.d races depending on it. Tins would liberate a small supply, which would provide for a few of .the more Urgent apphcationa being dealt with, whether the enlargement of: tlle ¥ race, or the mull auxiliary service ironi 'Winchmore were irodc rtakeij_or-not. ; Cbwftty JW<fy/».-Tko first lot of iwte for repair of bridges m upper district will be delivered shortly. (Left Sitting.)

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COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2534, 3 October 1890

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COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2534, 3 October 1890

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