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The chairman (Mr J. Cairns), at- the County Council meeting yesterd«ay, stated that as the declaration of peace may take place at any time, he thought it would be advisable for the council to arrive at some definite decision as to what manner the council intends subsidisine the road boards. He had already been asked how the council intends to contribute to the peace functions, but had not been in a position to supply an answer. He had also received from the Minister of Internal Affairs a notice warning the council that the Peace Treaty may be signed any day. Residents in Hinds district wrote asking for a donation of £5 towards the peace celebrationis. A letter was also deceived from Mayfield residents asking for a donation towards the peace celebrations, and a siniilar request was' received "from Lismoro residents. The chairman said he considered it would be reasonable to give each road board in the County one-fourth of the money spent on celebrations up to £25, and the road boards could then collect the Government subsidy on that amount. r Cr. Goodwin said he did not think the sum was sufficient. He understood the money would bo given on a capital basis, and Methven expected at least £50 for that' district. The chairman said they could not entertain the capital proposal, as the I County Council would then have to find I a large sum. I Cr. Lill said it was a difficult matter to settle the allocation of money, as> so many localities wanted to do something on their own account. The council would have to consider that the centre would attract the largest gathering, and many people would come from j country districts. It was unreasonable | to-suppose that a similar sum should he eiven to country districts as the main centre. He was opposed to the capital value basiß.

Cr. Reid said he felt sure they could not take the same spontaneous interest in the celebrations now as at the time of the armistice. The only thing-„they could do now. was to cater for" the children and impress the value of "peace properly upon the juveniles. As for the spending of money lavishly, it was a waste of money. Or. Goodwin adhered to his statement that the capital value grant was the most eouitable. The chairman then moved that the sum of £25 be given to each of the road boards. This was seconded by Cr. Reid. Cr. Goodwin moved, and Or. Maginness seconded—"That,the grant be on a capital value." Cr. Lill suggested that a distinction should be made to the larger road boards. The motion and amendment were then withdrawn, and it was decided to trrant £40 to Methven and Rakaia Road Boards and up to £25 to the other boards.

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COUNTY COUNCIL'S GRANTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919

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COUNTY COUNCIL'S GRANTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919