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The following completes our report of yesterday's meeting of the Ashburton County Council :-— Correspondence.

Mr Alfred Jaryi Elgin, wrote to the effect that he had written a good many times about the Wakaivui Creek, and the Council still sent down too much water, flooding him out,, and, if less water was not sent down by Friday week, he would take the case to Court. He had lost enough by the creek, arid the farmers were not gomg to clean it out. A discussion ensued as to the Council's liability or otherwise. Though the race in question had too much water' for Mr Jary, others complained, it was stated, that it.did not carry sufficient water.—The Chairman and Messrs Cairns and Friedlander were appointed a committee to inquire into the matter.

The Wakanui Road Board wrote in connection with the proposed erection of two bridges on the Beach Road, for motor traffic. The Board wished the Council to reconsider its decision and have the bridges erected. The, Board thought it would not be long before the public would petition for the erection of such bridges on the centre of the roads; a width of 21 or 24 feet, the ends of the crossings to be available for traffic if required. In view of the River Road being available for traffic at an early date, water-race crossings fronting Mr A. Wilson's and Mr D. Fitzgerald's properties needed attention.—lt was agreed to grant permission to erect the bridges and supply the. pipes as usual, provided the structures were erected to the satisfaction of the Council. . ' A letter was received from Mr Jas. Bellow (Chairman of the Mayfield Cemetery Board) stating that the Cemetery Board had several times discussed the question of handing over the Mayfield Cemetery Board to the Anama Road Board, and seeing that the Chairman of the Board, who would have control of the books and plans of the cemetery, does not reside in the district, nor has any permanent place ob abode, and also, when a death occurred there were only two or three days at most before the burial, it would be very inconvenient to find the chairman and arrange for the funeral. Mr Murdock was acting chairman in Mr. Nosworthy's absence, but had no i

books. The Olerk of the Board lived 11 or 12 miles away from the cemetery, and would be'nearly. 20 miles from spme of the residents. , If the chairman lived in the district, and was a man who would dig a grave if required, as he (Mr Dellow) had had .to do several times, or'if a caretaker was appointed* it would be all right, but he was confident they would not get a caretaker, as most people said they would not dipt, a cprave if they were paid £5. They could not: keep the., cemetery in order without money. They were thankful to say the people were not dying fast, so they had no income; They asked for a grant of £8 to put the grounds in order.—^The Chairman paid that the Council could only make grants when a cemetery was under the control of a re/ad board.—Mr Murdock said that they needed tunas, ror the cemetery was in such a bad state. Perhaps the Cemetei-y Board would alter its decision and hand the control of the cemetrv over to 4 the Road Board.—lt was decided to inform the Mayfield Ceme■terv Boaid that the Council could not alter the present position. A letter that had been received by Mr W. J. Dickie, M.P.,'from the Prime Minister, affecting the Ashburton water supply, was read as follows:— "Regarding the application by the Ashburton County Council for a subsidy towards providing an additional main water-race from the Ashburton River to the Rakaia Plains, I have the honour to inform you that £500 has been included in the Estimates as a subsidy on •a 5s in the £1 basis towards the above works in the Highbank, Avenal, and Valverde Settlements."—The Chairman remarked on the good work Mr Dickie was doing for the County.

The Council then went into committee to discuss the Mount Somers tramway. Accounts amounting to £1523 3s lid were passed for payment. Mount Somers Tramway.

On resuming in open Council, the Chairman reported that the following resolution nad been passed:—"That as no tenders have been received by the Council for lasing the Mount Somers Tramway, and as the lessees have not put the line in proper order as provided by the lease, the Council decide to close the said tramline; and, further, that the.question of the tramline being put in proper order and repair, as provided for, be placed in the hands of the County Council's Solicitor, with instructions to see that the said conditions are carred out."

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COUNTY COUNCIL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8788, 7 February 1914

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COUNTY COUNCIL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8788, 7 February 1914

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