ABOLITION OF ROAD BOARDS.
[To the Editob, *■' Gtjaediak."]
Sir,—The laofe of public interest in the> recent Road Board elections and annual meetings of ratepayers is one of the signs that. their of usefulness has ended and that they should be aboh'shedv
.In your: leading article on this question you agreed with this view, and went'on to say that " the County should not be divided into more than two ■parts," I should be pleased, if you will give us your reasons for this, and, in doing so, state where you would have the centres of these two parts* If in Ashburton. I am'afraid you would meet with opposition from the Mount Hutt district, especially the business section of the community.
Our recent experience of hospital management from Asiiburlon has not been encouraging. lam informed that the local tradespeople who supplied goods during the influenza epidemic in November and', December last, duly forwnrded their siecounts to the board,. About two months ago rt representative of the board visited Methven, interviewed the business poople, and asked what discounts they were prepared to jrive. On receiving an assurance of prompt payment, they gave the best terms they could, but so for tho board has not paid for, goods supplied five and sis months ago, and -h»,s not even paid, the wages due to the women who did the cleaning of the hotel at the end of its use as an hospital.
And, as you are probably aware, we are anything' but pleased with the return we set for the £'2000 per year oaid in rates to the present County Council, plus hotel, dog, motor-car, hawkers' and other'licenses. I fully admit that there are certain advantages in having" large counties, more especially in the way of obtaining and using up : to-date machinery in road-making, hut these, are counter-balanced by th^ iinwieldvness and the distance, wo should be from the controlling centre. .'■.'■' V ' J. CARR. Methven, May 10, 1919. [Our view, as previously expressed. is that many counties would be no im- v provemenb on many road' board areas. We prefer one Ashbiirton' County, but if, two are wanted, the Aahburton River would be the best line of division. We foil to see the connection between. epidemic sequels and County administration.. Presumably the centres would be chosen as best suited the convenience of those concerned.—-Ed. "Guardian."] ".
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CORRESPONDENCE ABOLITION OF ROAD BOARDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919
CORRESPONDENCE ABOLITION OF ROAD BOARDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919
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