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The monthly meeting of tho Ashburton County Council was held to-day. Present —Councillors C. J. Harper (Chairman), Hugo Friedlander, J. Studholme, J. Cairns, G. Murdoch, H. J. Harrison, W. Morgan, and!*W. T. Lill.

The Chairman reported on the busi- J ness transacted by him- since tho last meeting.--The report was considered' satisfactory and adopted. I Tho Ranger's monthly reports and J diaries were laid on the tablo for the | information of councillors. ' County Engineer's Report. ' Ashb'urtcn-Rakaia Water Supply.—, ■" During tho past month there has been several heavy llpods iri; Pudding Mill ( stream, but no special damago has been 1 done beyond what is expected under ■ ordinary conditions. , Tho supply from, the intake of the auxiliary channel has' required more than .the ordinary at- ' tention" to keep it up • through the flooded state of the river, , the main - stream being in close proximity to the ' head works, conspquontly tho intake ; gets blocked very frequently with drift shingle. At present the supplies from Pudding Hill and'the auxiliary channel aro satisfactory. ,In the lower district the supplies from Acton main races have' been satisfactorily maintained, and the mains are in a" good state of repair. Gener- ■ ally speaking, the distributing races ' 4 very much ovcijgrown, more so than for a number of years past, and it is with difficulty that water can bo got through to the extreme end of tiie system! x For a time tho race supplying j tho freezing works was light owing to the river shifting its course at tho intake of Winchmore main, and partly through a light supply i;i A and F races from the upper district, which should supplement this. main. At present this supply is ''satisfactory. / An old flume, 80 feet in length, ovei a storm water channel in the Methven district, has been removed, .and one of 20 feet in length substituted. Ashburton-Rangitata Water Supply. —The temporary dams which lead the water • from tho main stream in the South Ashburton River have' been strengthened, and v cxtended so a3 , to keep up a supply. The main race is in good order, and earryingfa sufficient supply for all the ; distributing races connected. Tho distributing races ar« generally very much overgrown, but with very little exception, have been reaching tho extreme end of the district. I have laid out the race granted! to Messrs Jones, Tilson and others in' the Ealing district, on a line which: will give good fall throughout, andT suitable to the future subdivision of j the; several owners' properties.

; County Bridges.-—A fire occurred al the Rakaia Gorge flood channel bridge, on Monday,.February 23, aud was extinguished, by one passing late in the evening. Had the fire not been observed and extinguished at the time it would have been a .serious matter. The strengthening of , oyer stormwater channel, Thomson's ' Track,, has been completed, and will carry traction engine (traffic for the next five or six years.'' ".;'■ '^ V • Other County bridges are receiving attention as necessity requires. In connection with the race, supplying the Fairfield Works, the Engineer reported that the Works were taking more water at the present time that they had ever done before.-—-Consider-able discussion ensued, and eventually it was agreed to postpone the further consideration of the matter until a letter from the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company was brought up at a /later stage of the meeting. \ .'ln connection with the fire at the Rakaia Gorge flood channel bridge it i was agreed to thank the settlers gwho | had helped put out the fire.—The Chairman reported that the bridge was insured, and that a claim for damage, had been made. Cr. Studholme brought up'the matter of the encroachment of the Hinds' River at Maronan Bridge. He said j he had received a letter from Mr J. | '■Williams in regard to the trouble.,—The Chairman said that Crs. Studholme and Friedlander and'himself had visited the | scene and found that a certain amountj of erosion was taking place, but the bridge was in no,danger.;'- It was not part of the Council's business to protect private pronerty.—Cr. Studholme said . that, Mr Williams had stated that the' . committee had not gone to the riYht place.—lt- was agreed to nay another visit to the spot. nbo**t which Mr Williams had complained. ' The Engineer's report as a whole was-adopted. -,'■'•• * Reserves Inspector's Report. 1 I.—Res. 1783, near Winslow, occupied by E. G.Lovett.—Since my last visit, the occupier has cleared a little of the _orse from' the land, but there is still a _reat deal that requires grubbing. [ Res. 3065, Rakaia.—The gorse and ; broom" has' been grubbed and burned along the road fronting this reserve. i- The plantation on partyof.; R.S. 23745 and 29492, on the Timaru Track.—The occupier, Mr C. Storrier. has cut down' gorse and broom along the road frontage of this land. Part Mount Somers Tramway Reserve.—Gorse is making headway along the road frontage of this 'reserve, esneciallv . through the Mount Somers Township. Notice to grub was given ( some time, ago, but nothing has been j done by the company."' y'" ' 2. —The sheep grazing on Reserve! 1770,' Dromore,' are eating down the; young gorse along the old fence line,, but so far have not started on tlie broom. The Inspector was requested to have his, annual report ready as soon as possible. ' The report was adopted. Tlie Council then connidered a special report from the Engineer as to the extension and improvement of the County water supply, and adjourned for i luncheon at 1 p.m. !

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COUNTY COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8811, 6 March 1914

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COUNTY COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8811, 6 March 1914