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The ixnaur-X rating of ratepayers irr irlH' Upper Awhburton- Road Board district w\t.s held in, the secretary's -/office ,»a Saturday, Mr J. Tucker presiding;. . The; svimuji.l report- .stated:—The year r.i>jnmfMi<-od with ri credit balance of £12480' K>s. Th* principal item in' the receipts.; to £2&j-1 17s 7d, omisis'ts-. of gwnernJ -rates £2227 17s-, rkat £70 10^ Government subsidy :.I'2!JG 10s lid, interest ou war bonds. ■f'-?f> 'iss sd, ;-i<]e of cocksfoot £39' 12<s fid" The expenditure for the year was •£"-5210 7s Id* the principal items being: forming and installing of roads £534 lls Id, bridges and culverts £112 10s, rvnorai. repairs to roads £1767 6s 2d, upkeep' of ground £'<),■ material and p-iuit £27 l^s lid, contributions to patriotic fu::d» £"200, epidemic .expenses .-i'. r > lls 6d, salaries- and ranger £261 ■|0.«. In tin* Separate Account No. !■', .subdivision, Allc-uton, seen that a sum c>£ iM-3' Us been rej;MVcd for •ni.tev, this'amount, with, a balance of .£404. 7 s S)d and other receipts, makiiiii- a total of £4-51 13s Bd. The principal' items., of. expenditure v/i-rp- .Repairs *o pound £34 17s 6d, bamitart £23' IPs fcl, lighting £44 -Is i!>i. A fair atnuant of money has been hjy?'-, but tlie board has been hampered •with road work on .account. of' tli<? cost,: ofV: la^xmiv. Effort*)-' have b;«.*q made u> iiriprove '; the crossings over water -race*, aud creeks., as much •\ts possible % building tioricrcte-bridges-and culverts. Th.e-.board considers this more oconomio and better for .the general traffic. '-Tutu- following are the positions of the various wards financially ' No. Iv^redit £112 6s sd, No. 2 credit £174 Os '.lod, No. 3 credit £616 te lid, No. 4 debit £113 6s 6d. No. 5 oredit £685 16s iVJ, No. 6 debit £626 '.14s. It is the opinion of the bonrd that the time iin-s united when a.more M!iitable seliem* shoold bo adopted for <taa.img vvit'h tho iv«te,r supply along Atford" Forest Ro.-.hl. It is suggested that this mia;ht S>o rx>ft by constnictins; »■ 'concrete line oV channelling oti each nide of the road. This would be more tj;tfc:-sfactory from a Banitary point of v>iw. Prol>abfy oirhiil to war eondi■fciooH tho lighting in Ajlenton ha* not h(>pf). at) all KJ.t.£sfactory. Tbe new board may have to nrs-acce for an improve<»^nt in the near tnture," The report was-adopted. The .balancxwsheofc mix taml nni\ adopted, fitiJijjwfc tn a^ndifc. A.' di3.bwspir.ft \ s-Hibseguonfly f. ins:i!e<l i»

regard to the newly metalled portiwns of the roads, which it was stated could be improved by rolling. It was sug* gested that some arrangements might be made with the owners of hauling plants U> traverse "the metaUed parts when fchfy are returning empty from the stations. The extra cost in coal oould be defrayed by tho board. It was decided that the proposal be a recomuienda-timi to tho board.

- Mr Lysaght ■ asked why No. 6. ward had sucfh, a big debit, and it was explained that this was due principally to the fac;t that the main road passed through tkat ward. The whole of the expense in connection 'with the upkeep of the road was defrayed by ..the board. ' - . .

The usual/.'-Inont-hly meeting, v;hioh was to have been held subsequently., lapsed for want of a quorum.'

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UPPER ASHBURTON ROAD BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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UPPER ASHBURTON ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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