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County Council.

MONTHLY MEETING. Tiie following completes our report of yesterday's meeting :•— DEPUTATION. On resuming after luncb, Messrs Duncau, Muckle, and Baxter, of Done, waited on the Council, and asked that a surveyor bo sent to their district to plan out a new water race, the construction of which had been already authorised by the Council. Mr Duncan explained that some of the occupiers of land through which it was proposed that the race-should be brought did not desire the raco through their land, as the undulating natura of the country wou'd necessitate au unduly long course for the race, for which they would have to pay ohainage. It was suggested that tha raoe bo conducted along a road for a certain distance. Tho Chairman said that the Council's acting-onginosr would investigate the matter, and the Council would take action on receiving his report. The deputation then withdrew. ACCOUNTS. Accounts amounting to 103 3d wero psssed for payment. CORRESPONDENCE. From the Post and Telegraph Department, in reference to telephonic communication between Methven and Eakaia, cmneeting also with Ashburton and Ohristchurch, asked for by the Mount Hutt Road Bjfird, stating that the technical difficulties in the way of carrying out the asked for extensions would make the cost so great as to render the scheme impracticable, metallic circuits being necessary between Ashburton and Christchurch.— Received. Cr Friedlander moved that the Department be asked if it is possible to connect Ashburton and Met oven by telephone, and at what cost. Seconded by Cr Morgan, and carried. Mr Wilson wrote, complaining of a defective water race on his property at O'Shea's Crsek.—-Received. The Chairman said that the acting-' engineer reported on this matter that protective works over a distance of 10 chains, at a cost of £25, would meet the difficulty.. The cost might be divided between Mr Wilson and the Council. It was decided to forward a copy of the report to Mr Wilson. Mr H. M. Reeves, Christchurch, wrote asking that he b cgranted transfer from Mr H. Barton of lease of County Council reserve at Euapuna at 5s per acre. — Keaeived, and transfer granted. A ratepayer wrote asking a rebate of rates, 4s 3d, on the grounds of inability to pay.—Received. It was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the Chairman. Mr Shury wrote protesting against the action of the Wakanui Road Board in proposing to close an unformed road leading to the Acclimatisation Society's Reserve at the Beach.—Received. Discussion was postponed till a deputation from the Wakanui Road Board had been heard. From the South Eakaia Road Board, asking for rebate of .£1 17s ,6d.— Received, and rebate granted, on the recommendation of the Council's overseer at South Rakaia. FINANCE. The clerk read the monthly statement of accounts, showing rates received and outstanding in the various districts. CONFIRMATION OF BYE-LAWS. The bridge by-law passed at tho last meeting of the Council was confirmed, to come into force on August Ist. DEPUTATION. Mr G-. W. Leadley waited on the Council a? a deputation from the Wakanui .Road Board in reference to his Board's proposal to close a certain unformed road leading to the Beach. He stated that this ioad was seldom, if ever, used by tho public, as there was a better and almost as direct road in existence. There wan no reason for the existence of the road proposed to bo closed. The Chairman said he thought the Wakanui Road Board were seeking to anticipate tho Couoty Council's view on the matter before they had taken the necessary preliminary step 3 towards closing the road in question. When those steps were taken the Council would consider the matter. Mr Leadley then withdrew. MISCELLANEOUS. The Chairman was authorised to affix the Council's seal" to a deed of transfer from W. A. Hewson to J. J. Johnston, of lease of Reserve 2589, and to contract with Messrs Wood and Co. re mill intake. The Post and Telegraph Dapartment wrote, stating that a telephone office would be opened at Springbmn, without subsidy or guarantee, provided the telephonist provide accoraodation free of cost and act for for a salary of £5 por year.—Roeeivecl. The Mount Hutt Road Hoard wrote, regarding deviation required in a water race crossing the Chertsey road, which caused a temporary flooding of the road.— Received. It was decided to give effect to the Road Board's wishes, provided occupies in the neighbourhood raised no objection. It was decided to call for tenders for one year of lease of an 85 acre plantation reserve at Mnyfield. WATER RACE APPLICATIONS Applications for new water races, extension of races or deviations were received from Messrs James Bell of Lismore (granted) W. P. Kellook, Lismore (granted), Anderson (refused), McGuiggen and Tarbotton (postponed). BALANCE SHEET. It was decided to print copies of the annual Balance Sheet and to advertise same. Tho meeiing then adjourned.

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County Council., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6616, 8 July 1905

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County Council. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6616, 8 July 1905

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