ANNUAL RATEPAYERS' MEETING.
The annual meeting of ratepayers of the Wakanui Road District was then held. Present -Messrs GK W. Leadley (Chairman), four members of the Board, and three ratepayers. The Chairman read the annual report, and the Clerk read the balance sheet, as outlined above. In moving the adoption of the report and reception of the balance sheet, as read; the Chairman said that he must compliment the ratepayers upon the promptitude with •which all rate 3 had baen paid. Only about ■ £12 was outstanding for rate?. The financial statement for the year showed economical administration. The Board recognised the necessity for keeping main roads m good condition, and the best method of doing this would receive the Boird's earnest consideration. The main roads were not at present m an entirely satisfactory condition. The question of the employment of stonecrushing machinery was under consideration. The Board was hardly m a strong <jnough financial position itself to purchase a machine costing .£SOO for this purpose, but if another Board could be induced to join with this Board to bear the expense, the scheme waa practicable, particularly as payment for the machine could be spread. over two or three years. In seconding the adoption of the report and the reception of the balance sheet Me J. Bonifant said that the WaTianui Road ■would require shingling all over before it waa any good. He thought part of No. 3 Ward should be transferred to No. 2, as this would allow a larger amount to be available for road maintenance, where it was most required. Mr T. ft!. Jonea thoueht that the time had arrived when it would be wise to abolish the Wards altogether, and have only one district without divisions. Mr J. Allen strongly opposed the idea of abolishing the Ward system, as it might lead to the total neglect of outlying districts. He thought the present boundary between Wards 2 and 3 was very well situated. Ibe Chairman said it would be necessary m orderlto carry Mr Bonif unt's proposal, to have a petition, signed by a majority of the ratepayers m No. 3 Ward, m favour of it. Mr Bonifant said that would be the end of the matter The Chairman said the principle for whioh Mr Bonifant contended was capable of infinite extension, and it was better not to insist upon it. The report was adopted and the balance sheet received. The Chairman read a letter from the County Council m response to the Board's suggestion that a meeting of representatives of local bodies be called to discuss the matter of water race rating, stating that it had been decided to take a referendum of ratepayers on the matter. The Chairman said that with all the criticism levelled at our County Council, some of whioh was deserved, we had the cheapest water service m the colony, and the Council should have credit for that. He considered the acreage basis of water rating was the best. It was resolved " That tlv's meeting of ratepayers of the Wakanui Road District is m favour of water races being rated upon an acreage, or area basis of land actually served by the water charged for, m the event of the present chainage system being i abandoned." It wag decided to forward a copy of this resolution to the County Council. After a hearty vote of thanks to the chair and to members of the Board, the meeting then adjourned.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6563, 6 May 1905
ANNUAL RATEPAYERS' MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6563, 6 May 1905
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