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I An ordinary meeting of the Abhi burton County Council was held to-day. Present: Councillors C. J. Harper ".chairman), J. Studholme, J. Cairns, H. J, Harrison, Hugo Friedlander G. Murdoch, W. J. Dickie, M.P., W. Morgan, and W. T. Lill. . j Tho chairman's report on the business conducted by him since last 'meeting was approved and adopted. ' The inspector's and water rangers' reports and diaries were laid on the table and approved. County Engineer's Report.

The County Engineer (Mr Charles Morrison) reported as follows:— , Ashburton-Rakaia Water Supply.— Since tho Council last met, on December 30, 1913, the intake of the auxiliary channel has required a good deal of attention, and at the present time only a half-supply is running in this race, but I expect that by to-morrow (Wednesday) the supply will be fully restored". On the 22nd the flood in Pudding Hill Stream diverted the whole supply on to the south bank, and for a time the races connected were dry, excepting for storm water from Chapman's Creek. This, has now been remedied, and the usual supply has been turned on. In the lower district tho supplies from Acton main races have been regular and sufficient. As the recent floods did not affect the Rakaia River to any appreciable extent, the intakes wore not affected. The connection from the South to the North Ashburton River has been opened,- but since Saturday last this service has not been required, as the supply in the North Ashburton River has been more than "sufficient. For a few days the supply in the Wakanui Creek was light, i but that has now been remedied, and the creek has its usual supply. With the exception of one or two races at' the extreme end of the system, near to the beach, the supply in the races, taken as a whole, has been satisfactory. Ashburton-Rangitata Water Supply.—The supply in the main race from the South Ashburton River has been constant, and sufficient for all the races connected. The weeds in the main race south of the Hinds River made rapid growth during the past month. A harrow has been used for clearing tho weeds from the race, which I find is more effective and less costly than hand' labour. i The same process has been adopted with part of the Ruapuna main. The supplies from the Limestone Creek and Hinds Gorge have been very light, but with careful attention no one on these races has been without water.

County Bridges.—The temporary ramp and road at th© Ashburton Traffic Bridge has been completed, and can be used for traffic any time.. The strengthening of the bridge over stormwater channel. Thompson's Creek, is in. hand, and will shortly be completed. A quantity of debris has collected on the piles of most of tho County bridges during the recent floods, which will require to bo removerl as soon as possible, but no damage has been done to any of the bridges or approaches.

My. report in connection with the proposed extension of the County "water supply is laid on the table.

Cr. Studholme applied for 70 concrete pipes on behalf of the Coldstream Road Board. Some of the races had been badly made. The settlers at Ealing were anxious to have the waterrace tliere surveyed off, as they desired to make their subdivisions! He had .received.,; a r letter and a. rough tracing from Mr Williams. stating that there was a grave danger of the Ashburton River changing its course and overflowing 'at one part, when serious results must occur.—The Chairman said that if there was any danger to County interests it was the Council's duty to protect them j but it had not previously protected private property.—Cr. Lill said the feared overflow .would not occur on Mr Williams's property, but if the water overflowed above it, it would take • away a whole gully.—The Engineer was instructed to inspect the bridge and report, in company with the chairman and Crs. Studholme and Friedlander.

It was resolved to supply members of the Council with copies of the report on the extension of the water supply. It was agreed to supply pipes as requested by Mr Studholme, and the report was adopted. .. j Reserves Inspector's Report.

The Inspector of Reserves (Mr B, Stuart) reported as follows:— . , .

(I).—On January 5, about noon, after the passing of the luggage train, two fires started on County reserves, one on Res. 1772 (Plantation), occupied by P.. Doig, and burned about nine chains of fence, jumped the plough fire break' inside of fence and burned about two acres through the plantation; very little damage was done to trees. The fire was put out by. railroad men. The other fire started about two miles nearer Ashburton, on Res, 1773, occu-: pied by Atkinson, and burned about four chains of fence. Th© fire was quickly put out by Morris (contractor) and his men, and no ■ further damage was done.

(2). —Contracts.—The contractor for clearing gorse and broom, from Res. 1770, has finished his contract, and the land is ready for ploughing. Gorse has been grubbed from "the frontage of Res, 1782, Windermere, 113 chains, and also along the v frontage of Reserve 1905, Willowby Road Corner, 50 chains. (3). —I have inspected recreation reserve and plantations near Pudding Hill. The cook house was! clean, but the walls very much disfigured with names, and two window frames have to bo renewed. The trees on the, reserve are doing well, especially: the larch on the face of. the hill. There is a great growth of tussock and snow grass amongst the trees, and danger from fire js great, especially, as numbers of people are often shooting over the reserve. A notice prohibiting the- carrying of firearms or lighting of fires on the reserve is prepared, and wm be posted immediately. The matter of remunerating those who had extinguished fires was left in the hands of the chairman, and the report,was adopted. \ The Reserves Inspector reported that after inspecting part Res. 2496, the chairman and Mr Cairns had decided to--grant the yearly lease of the reserve in* question to Mr J. Cass at £1 per annum. It was agreed that Mr Spencer pay £1 per annum for the balance of the reserve.—Adopted. Correspondence.

Mr W. Craighead wrote thanking the Council for its appreciation of his services.—Received. "' ■ _ , .. The Ashburton Borough Council wrote forwarding a statement of receipts and expenditure of the Ashburton Domain Board for the year ended December 31, 1913, and asking for the

usual contribution of £100.—The amount was passed for payment. The Mount Hutt Road; Board wrote regarding the state of the ford on the stormwater Channel on Ullyett s Road at the end of McCrenor's land, R.S. 2d724 (which, the letter stated, was utterly impassable for car traffic), and asking that a motor bridge be erected .across the channel,—lt was a £recd to accede to "ft 3 request, -provided the Road Board was agreeable. A petition signed by Mr W. 11. Mulligan and 19 other residents ot. the north-western portion of Ashburton County (Maronan) was forwarded, praying' that, owing to the increased motor traffic, suitable covered crossings bo placed over the water-races.—lt was agreed to refer the petition to the Upper Ashburton and Rangitata Road Boards.

Mr J. . McCauslnnd applied for damages amounting to £20 m lieu of injury done to his "horse when crossing South Maronan bridge.—A hole had been washed out, the Chairman said, hut could not be seen. He did not think the Council was liable for any harm done to the horse under tho circumstances —The Engineer.said that a subsidence had occurred but that there had been no visible defect on the surface of the road.—lt was agreed to reply to- tho effect that the Council could not see its way to pay any compensation for damage done to the horse.

Mr A. A. Fooks applied for £8 5s 9d for the Winslow and Waterton Cemetery Board, bei"g £ for £ subsidy on money expended on Waterton Cemetery.—lt was agreed that the amount be paid. It was resolved to pay the County Engineer's expenses to Auckland to attend the annual meeting of the Institute of Local Government Engineers of New Zealand.

The chairman was authorised to sign plans for the diversion of a road im the Longbeach Road District. The Council then adjourned for luncheon.

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COUNT COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914

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COUNT COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914

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