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The ordinary monthly meeting .of the Akaroa and Wainui Bead, Board was held at Duvauohelle on Saturday. Present—Messrs G. Armstrong (ohairman), W. W Williams, B. A D. McKay and W, D. Maophail. MINUTES. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed CORRESPONDENCE. Outward correspondence was read and approved. inward correspondence was read— From M? A. Gray, boo. *eo. of the Technical Association, asking for a subsidy to tbe funds. Mr Macphail moved £10 be granted to the

tlilO'ji. Sea-reded by Mr W lliams, and carried From ihe Akaro County Council, asking the Boa-d lo enforce the Noxious Weeds Act.

The chairman raid he did not know of any part in 'heir district whioh was very bad with weed . 1 Mr McKay said that the only weed he knf-w f wis ihe foxglove, and thiu was not very b><i in this district. Ihe cliurman moved that the letter be held over till npxt meeting, and that th 6 cloil.- look and find out what weeds bad been deolare'd noxious by the Board. Seconded by Mr Pettigrew, end carried. From the Canterbury Automobile Associa-

tion, offering to supply the Board with signposts if -they erected same on their roads. The sign-poste would be delivered at the nearest railway station.

Mr Pettigrew moved the Canterbury Automobile Association be given permission

to erect sign posts at the • Association's cost, provided the posts do not interfere with the traflio.

Seconded by Mr Williams, and carried, From National Provident Fund, asking for information re Board's employees nuation purposes. The .chairman moved the clerk forward tLe information available. Seconded by Mr Macphail, and carried. From Mr Cbaa. Wright, asking for work at the Wainui end of the distriot. Mr Macphail thought that it would be a good thitg to put on an extra man at Wainui, as the work was so behind hand. The day roads wanted so muoh more attention than a metalUd one. He moved that a third man be put on at tbe Wainui end for a short time after graps-Beeding. Seoonded by Mr Pettigrew and carried FOAHA METAL. The chairman said, with reference to the 1 severance of the Puaha distriot and the loan j adjustment, they were not muoh farther on. as thß information they bad was m-agre. The olerk had looked up the pay sheets, but it was difficult to trace, as the work was done by tbe Board's men by day work. The position was that the Puaha people wanted to pay £400, when their portion of tbe loan was £600, as they considered £600 had not been expended in their district. The clerk might be able to find the information. He moved tbe matter be held over till aext meeting. Seconded hy Mr Pettier-w, and carried. ELECTION DAY HOLIDAY. Mr Pettigrew said that,, he bad ■ ot been present at tho last meeting when the matter of the election holiday had come up for discussion. He considered it, was unreasonable for the Board to expect Mr, Daok to produoe a tbree-year-old letter. He had not spoken to Mr Dack at all on the matter, and did not know what his views qn,,the matter were The chairman then read the letter from Mr Dack, which was to effect that the letter had been burnt., Mr Daok wrote that Mr J Sunckell, now in the employ of Mr J Kerridge, would remember about Mr Armstrong granting them the holiday on election day, 1911. 'I he chairman said he had not seen Mr J, Sunckell on the matter. He considered it was peouliar he had written tc Mr Dack only, and not to the other foremen It would be usual for the olerk to write about such a matter. If he bad done so, he did what was wrong. He did not say tbat Mr Dack was wrong, but he could not understand it at all. Mr Pettigrew considered that Mr Armstrong would never send a letter to tbat effect when he was standing' for election. Tbe chairman thought be had written to Mr Dack about some other holiday, and not election day, and^there had bean some con fusion. Mr Maophail moved three hours' wages be knocked off. Seconded by Mr MoKay, and carried. Mr McKay said the chairman was to enquire about the statutory holidays for the men. He thought it would be only tbe right thing to have these holidays tabulated, and then tbe men could make no error. The chairman said he agreed they should have a fixed list, so tbat there was no futther misunderstanding. HICKORY AND GOUOH'S ROAU3. The chairman said be had been over to these roads a few days before The metal would be 1 easy to obtain, as both Messrs Lelievre and Coe were giving tbe metal free of royalty, but expected tbe Board „to put fences back in the same condition as they found them, which was a very reasonable request. With reference to tbe Gough's Bey road he suggested that the metal should be all spawled on the fiat opposite Mr Coe's house. Ho estimated they should b&ve 70ohs metalled with 3yds to the chain. As to the points whioh needed taking off, and the stones outcropping this work should be done before the road was metalled. Tbe chairman said he heard tbat £25 would be given by residents, but they could'not take any notioe of this unless the offer was put in writing. He wished the Board could afford to metal the whole road, As to tbe Hiokorj road tbe portion which should be done was from above the house where Mr Moore lives Gardiner's residence previously, to about 7

rjn.t.ii.-, ~(.„/. Mr Graoia's shed. \l-> v laths tnp portion would have to coma out of Mr Lelievre's plaoe, and the other miUl fro the piacs wheie the Board hadbeioh«d a road for Kearney Bios, to get out their oiok« foot. There would be plenty of metal there for all requirempnte. It was nfatly opposite the Rale where the oil mill was. Beeing there was not enough water in the district ju=?t now. the crashing would to wait for the_ present. The metal could be got out read" for eptwling. The foreman said b" thought Mr Knight would lend a horse and dray for putting the 01 the road Mr Knight had been very generous in the past. It would be a great convenience to the people and a saving to the Board,

Mr Williams movsd. that the chairman's action be approved, and that the authority be obtained from the Publio Works Department to go on with the work. Seconded by Mr MoPhail and carried. Mr MoPhail moved that whan the men are available the corners be taken off the Gough's and Hickory roads. Seconded by Mr McKay and canisd. FOREMAN'S REPOBX3. W. Shadbolt reports : Sinoe last meeting I worked two days on Buokland's road patent ing up the o'd wall, and I worked one day on Hiakory road, and also three days on Narbey's road, Long Bay. I dressed up Long Bay road from G ngb'B Bay junotion to the water trough on the other side of tbe range, and I worked one day on W Hewitt's road, and I also worked six days sledging and epiwling stone ready for crusher I blinded a portion of Long Bay road on this side of the. range. I went to Hickory and Gough's Bay with the chairman, and also carted pipes over the range to put in a culvert;

I H, Daok reports .- Sinoe your last meeting we put two days in breaking metal in the new Pigeon Bay road quarry and five days on the Okain's Bay road, one day cutting thistles and the rest blinding metal. Then we left off for grass seeding : Amo3 Arnold reports : Sinoe last meeting I have been working on Bossu road. There is a goad lot of wort to be done to put the road in anything like srder, Stones seem to crop up, and the road wants making up more or'lese from tbe waterfall. My mate left for grass-seeding on the 15th of January. I wou!d like another hand for a while so as to put it in order before winter as ihere are other roads want seeing to The handrail of tbe bridge by Mr McPhail's had to be repaired as a horse broke it down. I had to bore two of the stringers one end to put a piece down for an upright. Tbe ends of the stringerß were not very sound Th* V..D L. has not come to hand yet. FINANCIAL STATEMENT. Receipts since last meeting £343 14s 9d, dr. balance £710 16s sd, accounts presented £69 ssr £780 Is 3d, cash in band £3 9s Sd, total debit £776 12s. The chairman said tbat the roads were in a bad condition. There was big traffic with sheep going over them. The men had put blinding on whioh waß simply blown away in clouds of dust In onsv.B' to tbe chairman, the olerk said about £1100 was outstanding in rates. The foreman's reports and financial statement were adopted. GERMAN BAY WALL. Tenders for the German Bay wall from Hammond's corner to Eunakell'a were re ceived. ~ Mr Pettigrew moved that as the Board considered the tenders too high, fresh tenders be called 'to be in by next meeting. Seconded by Mr MoPhail and canied. The chairman said the metal reserve up Long Bay road bad no water in it The paddock Was used for horses, and they had t be watered every day. The foreman said Mr H. Lelievre was willing to let the Board pipe some water from bis property. • By get' ting the pipe and putting in a trough they would save a man from having to go up every day to water tbe horses

Mr Williams moved tbe pipes be put in before the crusher went there, tbe matter to be arranged in a legal manner, the chairman to make arrangements with Mr Lelievre.

Seconded by Mr Maophail, and carried. board's solicitor

The chairman said the Board had no solicitor since Mr George Harris's death.

Mr Macphail moved Messrs Meares and Williams be appointed the Board's solid tors. Seconded by Mr McKay, and carried. motor by law.

Mr Maophail said he saw by the report of the Council meeting that they intended to allow care to travel at night after 10 p m He thought it would be a great mistake to alter tbe bylaws. In some plaoes ra tbe Frenoh Farm road it was difficult for twe vehicles to pass by day, and almost impossible to pass a motor. He thought the Board should a=k the Counoil not to alter tbe bylaw.

/ Mr Williams said he was much in favour of what Mr Macphail had said. A lot of tbe old people would be kept borne at night. Tbe chairman said it was a big question, but he did not think, ears should be allowed on the roads at night The Board would be doing the right thing to ask the Council not to allow the bylaw to be altered, They knew what the nature of tbe road was. It simply meant horse traffic- would be driven off the roads at night. The poor man bad as muoh right to the road as the rich man with the car. He moved the petition against tbe alteration of the bylaw be signed and sent in to the Council's next meeting.

Seconded by Mr Williams, and oarried.

Mr Pettigrew said tbat there was a bog bole up the old Pigeon Bay road, whioh was to have been fenced long ago to prevent travelling stock getting into it. He moved the clerk prooure another 200 feet 4zl battens to fence the bole. Seconded by Mr Maophail, and carried. The Board then adjourned to March 13.

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ROAD BOARDS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3478, 16 February 1915

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ROAD BOARDS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3478, 16 February 1915

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