Now that the war has ended, several suggested improvements are either under consideration or are already being carried into effect in the township. A few days ago a gang of men made a start with the work of kerbing the footDatlrin Bank Street. It is the intention to continue the concrete kerbing round the Bank block, in which the principal business places' arc situated; •and when this is completed and the footpath levelled off, other street improvements will be carried out as far as funds permit. Another desirable improvement shortly to be effected £s the inauguration of a sanitary service."* The pan system has been .adopted, and it.is hoped to commence the service, .which is so badly wanted, at the beginning of next month. ;: .
The Post and Telegraph Department has decided to remove the overhead telephone wires in Methven and lay underground cables. Several large reels of cable have arrived, and it is expected that the work of digging the trenches will shortly be commenced.
Residents in the township have long been tired of candles and kerosene- for lighting purposes, and efforts are being made to have the Lake Coleridge hydroelectric power scheme for the district commenced as soon as possible. Negotiations have been held over pending a visit from the representatives of the Canterbury Progress League, which, is, taking an active interest in the. question and doing what it can to push matters along. So far a start has not vet been made with the branch line, which will subsequently be extended to Ash bur ton' and other- centres, and no indication has been given as to when it will be commenced. In connection with the proposed visit of the League representatives, an illustrated address on the use and advantages of electricity -is to be given by the city, electrical engineer, Mr Stark.
The first of a series of euchre tournaments, to bo held fortnightly throughout the winter months, took place in the ante-room of the Public Hall on Tuesday night, the result exceeding the most sanguine expectations. The public turned out in large numbers, and if the enthusiasm already shown is to be accepted-as an indication, the promoters will have to. consider the advisability of securing the use of a more commodious room for future tournaments. The winners of Tuesday night's games were Mr R. Geddes and Miss A. Bennett, the booby prizes going to Mr E. Watson and Mrs Crooks.
The tournaments are bein? held under the auspices of the Cricket Clul>, which is fortunate in having such a live committeel. The proceeds will go towards defraying the cost of the proposed asphalt pitch and in securing material. The club -has already procured a roll of good coconmit matting, which is very scarce at present and expensive. The bowling season is practically ended, and Caretaker H. Crisp commenced top-dressing operations on the new o:reen yesterday. No improvements will be carried out in the meantime on the old exeen. The lattpr has a very even surface, and, although a little bare, will be reserved for play, which will bo continued as long as the weather remains favourable.
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TOWNSHIP IMPROVEMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9607, 12 May 1919
TOWNSHIP IMPROVEMENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9607, 12 May 1919
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