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Annual Meeting of Ratepayers.

The annual meeting of ratepayers of the Upper Ashburton Eoad District was held m the Board's office, We3t Street, Ashburton, yesterday at noon. Present—Mr C. J. Harper (chairman of the Board), and (Messrs G. McEae, J. Tucker, and R. Campbell, junr, members of the Board, and a number of ratepayers. The annual report was read, aIBO tho balance sheet, but not laid officially before the meeting, as it had not yet been audited. It showed a total expenditure for the year ] ending March 31st last of .£IBSO 12s 7d. j Out of this amount can be taken ,£45 10s lOd, spent §beneficial to P.L. and D. P. sections. On new roads hai been spent the sum of ,£162 03 4d ; on repairs and shingling £679 12s 5d ; on bridges £95 18s 5d ; on material and plant JBB9 14s Id; on destruction of small birds .£72 3s 6d; on maintenance, salary, printing, advertising, stationery, postages, rent of office etc £23d 5s 8d; miscellaneous work's .£9l lls 4d; on road rolling and grading water tables ,£63 6s 9d ;on gravel reserves exchanges and purchased survey's of closed roads and valuations i>6l 8s lid; shingle purchased d6l 6s 3d ; river crossings, fords and putting m concrete pipes £25 3s 9d; cleaning storm water channel £3 16s; amount paid re accident £3 15s; and on work separate rate account £215 19a 4d. The Chairman (Mr C. J. Harper) moved the adoption of the report, and m doing so he said he was pleased to be able to state to the ratepayers the good position the Board was m, all the Wards havtngjCredit balances, with the exception of the No. 6 Dromore Ward. This Ward, however, is m a better position than last year, and if more work is required to be done, the only way will be to have separate rate such as the Allenton Ward. A considerable amount is now being spent m Allenton m putting m new concrete bridges, m which the County Council is assisting by a subsidy of £ for £. One other matter he wished to mention was the difference of opinion re water rate charges. Some thought the chainage rate not a proper one and suggested a change, but his Council m considering the thought it too big a subject to settle without reference to the ratepayers. He, however, thought as the present Council went out of office this year, the matter would be. held over until the new Council waa elected. Mr W. Soal seconded the adoption of the report. The report was adopted. Mr Steele presented a petition asking that the footpath on Alford Forest Eoad be repaired, and also requesting the Board to use its influence with the Borough Council and the Gas Company to have the gas extended along the Alford Forest road as far as the Woollen Factory. A lamp was badly required at ths corner of the Belt. Mr Tiznmins spoke m Bupport of the petition. The chairman stated he felt snre the Board would assist them; but he thought it was for the ratepayers to approach tho Gas Coy, With regard to the footpath this would be considered by the Board. Mr Tucker did not think the Board had any right to go into a question of lighting; but he recognised a light was needed at the corner of the Belt. After a number of ratepayers had Bpoken m eulogy of the retiring members, it was resolved that a vote of thanks be accorded to the retiring members and a special vote of sympathy to Mr Donald McLean, and expressions of great regret at his retirement from the Bo^rd through illness after so many years of membership. The chairman thanked the ratepoyers for their attendance. A vote of thanks was passed to the chairman, and the meeting then adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6559, 2 May 1905

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Annual Meeting of Ratepayers. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6559, 2 May 1905