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The Ashbui-ton County Council met for its ordinary monthly meeting to-day. Pieseut—Councillors C. J. Harper (Chairman), S. S. Chapman, W. Morgan, H. Friedlander, J. C. N. Grigsj. I Apologies for absence were received from Crs. Stitt and W. J. Dickie. Tho Chairman reported that Mr FitzguraUl had agreed to pay ,£1 ns a fine for cross ing the Taylor Btream bridge with a traction engine.—-The Chairman's action m the matter was approver!. A letter was re-id from the Charitable Aid Board furnishing a return of Charitable Aid as dispensed m this County. Cr Friedlander said that the return had been supplied at his request. The idea was generally approved by tho members, and it waa resolved that the Charitable Aid Board be asked to send nine copies monthly of such returns. WORKS COMMITTEE'S ERrORT. The Works Committee reported ao follows:— Ashburton - Rakaia "Water Supply. — Daring the past month the flow m the whole of the distributing races m the upper district has been fair and regular. No floods of any consequence occurred to disturb the various intakes. The same remarks apply to the lower district. At present the water is shut off from E raco and branches, for the purpose of cleaning the mains and distributing races, also for repairs to the various flumes which are now m hand. Arrangements have been made for cleaning the Acton irrigation channel where required, so as to carry sufficient water for the races connected therewith. Ashburtou-llangitata Water Supply.— The supply of water for this district has been sufficient for all purpose?, and a more regular £low maintained than heretofore. Material has been forwarded for repairs to the flumes at North and South. Hinds, and the work will be put m hand next week when the water will be phut off. The flume at % Toner's Creek, 40 feet m length, will require a new top. The piles and stringers are etill g«'Od; also the flume over Sovith Hinds, Limestone Creek race, 60 feet of which requires to be renewed. This will have to b« done at some other convenient time, as the six days allowed for cleaning is not sufficient for the whole being completed. The supervising ranger has inspected all the head works from Rakaia to the Rangitata Gorge, so as to be m a position to know what might be required should any accident occur through flood or otherwise. The caretaker for Ruapuna head works and mains should hare some assistance as formerly during the time the water is cut off, so that the main may be cleaned where required. Bridges.—Taylor's Stream—A track has been formed for the passage of traction engines and other traffic. A3 formerly repotted by the Engineer, this bridge requires 120 feet renewal at the northern end, as it is now m a very shaky conditioo, which should be put m hand as soon as the necessary material can be procured. The repairs to the Rangitata traffic bridge are now completed, and this bridge should now stand without any further repairs for a considerable time. It is adviaible to arrange for the re-deaking of the Ashburton traffic bridge as soon as the material cornea to hand. Plantations.—The ploughing and fencing m plantation blocks, Hinds-E*ling district, 13 m hand, also m the blocks at Buccleuch and Alford. These blocks will be ready for planting by the middle of'the month. Tenders.—Tenders for flood channel, eld Timaru Track, might now be called. Tenders for cleaning Lagmhor creek and Waterton main will be placed before the Council to-day. Tho Chairman reported that the Railway Department expected the Council to beat the full cost of two cattle stops, £'60, between Hinds and Ealing m view of tins propound planting m that locality. Cr Morgan asked if any steps had been taken to enlarge the main at Acton to supply an additional volume of water and to extend the water race system m tho locality indicated. The Chairman said that plans and surveys had boon made of a new race to supply more water for settlers on the plaine, and to relieve the water 1 race system above Rakaia. The Chairman intimated that the ncheuie referred to by Mr Morgan had only been mooted. Approximately the cost would be £1000, but before such a scheme could be carried into effect, rights and road croings and the party to bear the cost—tho Council or the district—would have to b« settled. A committee had been set up to consider ways and means and to report. Cr Friedlander said it appeared to him that the proposed insrease m the supply of water would benefit the whole system m the Rakaia district. The Committee set up should commence its preliminary work by preparing a report. He suggested that those ratepayers interested be asked to meet the Committee and state their views. This was agreed to, but no date was fixed. The Works' Committee's report was adopted. TRAVFrC BRIDGE OVSB THE HINDS. A petition, signed by over 90 ratepayers at Maronan and elsewhere, was received, praying that a traffic bridge be erected over the Hinds river at the Maronan crossing. Cr Friedlander said that if a bridge was agreed upon it should be a traffic bridge. Cr Grigg was of opinion that Maronaif was the right crossing at which to erect a bridge. This crossing was undoubtedly bad. Cr Chapman thought that Hinds was the proper place at which to erect a bridge. Cr Grigg combated this, and said that the railway relieved the inconvenience. Graziers had faund that it was cheaper to train sheep and lambs to Fairfield at 2|d per sheep than drive the stock, as the sheep and lambs would depreciate more than 2£d per head by travelling. He had proved this to be correct by experience The Maronan crossing was on the direct and main road from Rangitata to Ashburton, and was extensively used. It was decided that providing the Government agreejto give £1 for £1 subsidy on the contributions of local bodies, the Council undertake the work. Or Friedlander said that Mr John McLachlun, M.H.R., should be asked to interest himself m the matter, with a view to getting the Government to grant a vote.—This waa agreed to. DESTRUCTION OF SMALL BIRDS. The Chairman said that the question of destruction of small birds had been held over from last meeting pending the decision of the adjoining County Councils. It hai been proposed to give ] a per dozen for heads of birds, but as the Selwyn County Council had only decided to give 6d per dozen, this Council would have to modify its price. It was decided to pay 6d per dozen for heads of small birds. It was also resolved to ask members and clerks of local bodies to count heads and to give tickets as hitherto, and to employ the Ashbnrton poundkeeper two daya a week, at 5s per day. DRAINAGE. In connection with the drainage above Tinwald, on the " Timaru track," it was decided to call for tendeis, to be m by noxt meeting. WATER RACK CHARGES. The Chairman gave notice to move at noxt meeting—" That the question of water race charges bo left m abeyance." Ho said a new Council would be elected soon, and if it was thought worth while the wholo question could be revived. It did not appear to him that sufficient inteiesthad beenarous«d to take a referendum on the question and this iaot had prompted him to move that discussion on the question be deferred sine die. Tho time of year was not suitable to further discuss the matter, ACCOUNTS, Accounts amounting to JJ669 183 3d, were passed for payment, RESIGNATION. Cr Thos. Harrison wrote tendering his resignatioo as a member of the Council— Eeoeived. THE WATER QUESTION. Loiters from the Mount Somors and Anaraa T'oß'.l Hoards be-iriig on the water question wure road and received. THE DOMATN. The Ashbnrton Domain Board wrote m regard to the £100 subsidy to the Domain. The Chairman read the solicitor's opinion on tho' legality of the vote. He moved " That the sum of £100 be voted to the Ashburton Domain Boards'—Carried. BMDSE AT WINTER3LOW. A letter from Mr Overton, asking for a vote of £20 towards repairing a bridge at Winterslow, was referred to 6he head ranger to report on, i TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION. A letter from the Ashburton Postmaster re telephone communication m the Mount Somera district, was read, and the Chairsaan repored that a copy of the letter had

been forwarded to tho petitioner?, but no answer had been received.—lfc was agreed to favour the request of the petitioners m extending the telephone service from Springburn to Mount S^mer-*. A connection with Aahburton was considered cut or the question. DOG COLLARS. Or Chapman reported that the dog collars had been delivere), and that v satisfactory joli had been iivide of them. In reply to a question, Mr Morriaon paid that it would cost about £500 to thoroughly strengthen and repair Taylor's Stream bridge. It wh.9 resolved to procure a supply of timber to complete repairs to Taylor's Stream bridge as suggested by the Works Committee. Reporting on the Wakanui Creek the Ranger said that the absence or water was due to a scarcity of water m the river. To overcome the difficulty it would be necossarry to bring a volume cf water into the North branch from the South as was carried out by the Council some few years ago. It was decided to execute the work of j connecting the two streams. The Chairman said it was necessary to do this as the Wakanui ratepayers depended on Ihe Wakanui Creek supply for their water. The question of the orerflow of a water race at Springfield, which wa3 brought up at the last meeting, was .the subject of further discussion owing to the receipt of another letter on the matter , from the Mount Hutt Road Boaid. It was decided to authorise the ranger I to remedy the grievance I The tender of P. Grace and Co., to clean I out a portion of the Laghmor Creek was accQpted at 7d, Bd, and lOd per chain, a total of £36 f 8 lOd for the whole work. The 'anger was instructed to report on the state of the Irrigation farm before the lpase was transfoired from Mr R.Forsyth to Mr A . Forsyth as p«u' application. The leaße of a reserve at May field held by Mr C. Gale was trnnsfcred to Mr J. W. Leg^eft, Mr W. Menzies, Seafield, wrote asking permission to deviate a race on his property.—Agreed to. A smali water service was granted to Edward Inwood. Notice was gi^en to strike the annual rate of ijd m the 4» as from April Ist, 1905, to March 31st, 1906, payable m one sum on July 15th. Other minor business was transacted and the meeting adjourned.

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COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6562, 5 May 1905

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COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6562, 5 May 1905

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