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South Rakaia Road Board Meeting.

The usualmeeting of the above was held on Thursday. Present—Messrs Coster (chairman), Lyttelton, iStringfellow, McLean, and Vuc^ich. The minutes of last meeting being confirmed, the Clerk reported that he had seen the Commissioner of Crown Lands r; stopping road, and he had no objection, but certain "red tape " forms must be gone through. Plantations had been thinned, and saplings luvd fetched a fair price to-day. Contractors generally had done the work well, but some had not nearly finished, and it would be advisable to hold over the cheques till the work was done.—The Clerk was instructed to hold over all contract cheques till the work was satisfactorily finished. Messrs McLean, Stringfellow, and Vucetich undertook to go over the roads m their respective districts with the Clerk before final payment was made. Mr McLean reported on the footpaths m the township, and stated that the footpaths m some parts are many feet on private property, and to make good work a deal of expense must be incurred, and a number or feet taken from the roadway and a deep drain made. He thought that it the tussocks were removed from the roid and some levelling done it would meet all requirements. Mr Stringfellow agreed with the report, and it was rosolved to act on it. Mr Foloy applied for permission to run water from a race down the side of tins Chertsey Road. He had already received permission for a pond service from the County Council. The application was granted, subject to. ,tho approval of Mr Makeig after examining, and provided the work was done without danger to the public. The Chairman stated that he had interviewed the Commissioner of Crown Land;? on the question of refund on sale of Village Settlement sections. The Chairman and Messrs Stringfellow and Lyttelton were appointed a committee to look up the Village Settlement accounts and report to the next meeting. The Commissioner of Crown lands wrote r« road-forming m the Village Settlements and asking if home estimates of the works required for at least twelve months could be forwarded as this would save much work to the department and no money could bo expended under the Act without the Land Department's sanction It was resolved that the Settlement roads be inspected and notes made of what is necessary; the settlers to give their approval of the works to be asked for before replying to the Commissioner. Messrs Stringfellow, Lyttelton and the Chairman to be a committee to enquire into the matter of requirements. Petitioners asked at last meeting for a considerable portion of the Bushy Park road to be mecalled (s^rue 5 miles), Mr Vucetich moved that three miles be metalled and blended, seconded by Mr McLean pro forma. Mr Stringfellow moved as an amendment that only two miles be metalled.— No seconder. On the motion being put it was lost. Be roads m the township of Chertsey, the clerk reported that a title could be obtained for the sum of £4 4s.—Resolved that the work be done. An act on registration of shepherd dogs at 2s (id was received. The County Council forwarded cheque £107 9s, for repairs to fords and for poisoned grain. Mr Cole wrote offering a sum for the use of a plantation on the three chain reserve. Resolved not to let the plantation reserves where planted. The County Council wrote re stopping of road. The Clerk had already reported on the matter. Mr .1. A. Smith wrote asking to be allowed to rent some of the plantation reserves m the settlement. Application refused. A number of village settlers applied for Uormanby road and Baker's road to be tussocked. Letter referred to the Committee for considering village so ttlem 3nt|matters Icwas resolved to have the township roads cleared of tussocks. The following tenders were accepted.— Maintenance of roads'west of the line, P. Collins £45, and meta.l at Is 3d per yard. Maintenance of Wakanui boundary road, J. D, Duncan £30, and metal ut Is 2d per yard. Maintenance of roads east of the line, James Brown £90, extra metal Is 2d per yard. Cleaning round pine trees, G. Clark and S. Stevenson 2s 9d per 100. Newtoirn roads James Brown, forming Is 3d per chain, metalling Is 3|d per yard, blinding Is per yard."" Accounts for £14(5 14s Od were passed for payment. The members met as a Cemetery Board, but the business was unimportant and the meeting adjourned.

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South Rakaia Road Board Meeting., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2535, 4 October 1890

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South Rakaia Road Board Meeting. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2535, 4 October 1890