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The ordinary monthly meeting of the Otago School Commissioners was held yesterday, and was attended by Messrs J. P. Maitland (chairman), J. Walker Bain, Thomas Denniston, and James Green. A letter was received from the Hon. G. F. Richardson accepting the Commissioners’ offer to allow him to surrender his lease of section 7, block VIII., Wyndham, along with improvements, as from 28th March last.—Surrender accepted, and Mr M'Donald to value the improvements. An application was received from Messrs W. and E. Andrews, lessees of part of section 35, Oreti, to surrender lease. This was accompanied by a special report from Mr J. L. M'Donald,—lt was decided to offer a redaction of Is per acre, and to apply to the County Council to close the road line on the north east of the section. A letter was received from the Southland County Council thanking the Commissioners for the promised subsidy for the erection of groins on the Waikaia River, and asking that the half of the amount—namely, L3s— paid now'. —Amount to be paid over to the County Council. A letter was received from Mr A. Macgregor (chairman of a meeting of settlers held in the Wendonside district), forwarding a resolution asking the Commissioners to throw open for settlement the remainder of Run No. 194, Wendon.—The writer to be informed that the Commissioners purpose making a personal inspection of the land in question, with a view to considering its suitability for settlement, due notice of which would be given, Mr William Henderson, solicitor, Gore, wrote forwarding a petition which had been sent to the Southland County Council to have a road line opened through section 11, block 10, Wendon, and asking, on behalf of the petitioners, that the Commissioners would arrange with the tenant of the section (Mr M'Pherson) to grant the use of the road line referred to.—The writer to be informed that the Commissioners would look into the matter on the occasion of their proposed visit to the district. Mrs Harrison, Maungatua, wrote asking the Commissioners to take the section leased by her late husband back, and to allow her valuation for the improvements.—lt was resolved to re-enter for non-payment of rent, with the view of section being reoffered for fourteen years with a valuation for fencing in favor of Mrs Harrison at a rate of 10s per acre. Messrs Michael Heenan and R. Nightingale made application to lease thirty acres of land on Run 326, Wendonside, or the right to cut flax on the same.—The land being already under lease, the Commissioners bad no power to grant the request. Mr J. Muchison wrote recommending that sections 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 14, block 7, Waikaia, be offered separately instead of in two lota, and the writer offered Is per acre for section 42, block 8, on perpetual lease.— Letter received, Mr Murchison to be informed that the land referred to had been already advertised. Mr J. L. M'Donald reported on the following matters: —Application from Mr J. Pearsall for L4O, on account of cutting a channel through section 3, block 7, Wendonside : The amount to be allowed on a certificate being obtained from the engineer that the work was according to specifications.— The Commissioners declined to make any redaction in the rate of interest. Mr M'Donald’s recommendation that Mr Clark’s application to take up lease of section 7, block 10, Lumsden, at 2s 6d per week, or L 6 10s per annum, be granted, was agreed to. Mr M'Donald recommended that Mr James Crighton’s request to be allowed to surrender his lease of section 1, block 3, Toi-Tois, be accepted, and the section offered at 9d per acre, provided Mr Crighton agreed to bid that sum and pay costs of valuation.—The recommendation was approved of, and the matter left in Mr M'Donald’s hands to carry out. Mr M'Donald recommended that Mr W. M‘lvor’s case be dealt with similarly to Mr Neil Henderson’s, and the secretary to make application for refund of rent paid to the Land Board. Mr M'Donald forwarded an application from Mr A. Crawford, the occupier of section 11, block 1, Wendonside, for a revaluation, with a view to having a reduction made in the price. Mr M'Donald reported on the same, and recommended that if ife was thought desirable to make a reduction, the whole question of valuation of sections administered by the Land Boards be gone into, and a board of reviewers be appointed, and that a return of such sections be obtained from the Land Boards showing (1) the original price of the land ; (2) the upset when taken up; (3) the reductions made; (4) the arrears (if any).—The secretary was instructed to make application to the Land Boards of Otago and Southland for the return as suggested, and Mr Crawford to be informed that it was the intention of the Commissioners to make a personal inspection of the land at Wendonside.

A recommendation by Mr M'Donald that no transfer of lease be sanctioned until all rates had been paid, and that the Waste Lands Boards be informed of this regulation, was approved.

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OTAGO SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS., Issue 7961, 17 July 1889

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OTAGO SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS. Issue 7961, 17 July 1889

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