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The monthly meeting of the Otago School Commissioners hold yesterday was attended by Mcsats J. P. Maitland (chairman), J, W. Bain, T. Dcnmston, and J. Green. A petition was received from tenanls of sec tious in tho township of Hawksbury, asking for a ieduction of rent; also a report from the secretary on the same. —The Commissioners did net see any reiton for reducing the rentals, with the exception oi that of section G, block 3, tho rent of which it was decided to reduce to 10s per acre. An application was received from Mr A. G. White, lessee of section 87, block 8, Glenomaru, for a reduction of rent.—Tto secretary was instructed to obtain a report as to the valuation of the section frsm District-surveyor tjtrachan. Mr James Gall wrote asking the Commissioners to accept surrender of the lease of section 2, block 9, Waikaia.—The request was granted. A letter was received from the Chief Surveyor, Dunedin, asking tho Commissioners to exchange a portion of section 1, block 5, Glenoin uu, for another portion, and to make a road on the west and south-west of the section toe boundary.—Agreed to, Offers for the survey of the Glenledi estate were received from Messrs F. Duthie, J. Reid aud Sons, and J. Cummin,—The offer of Mr Cummin was accoptsd. A report was received on sections 158,159, 1G0,173, and 175, bock 2, Tuapeka Fast, lately occupied by R. W. Nichols; and section 35 block 2, Tuapeka East, occupied by J. Michael; also recommendations with regard to their disposal.- -It was decided to offer all the sections, with the exception of the last, at 2s Gd per acre for fourteen years, and allow a valuation for fencing. As regards section 35 it was agreed to reduce tho rent to Is per aero, A report was read from the secretary on vacant sections in tho township of Lawrence, the leases of which were to be sold on tho 30th inst., together with recommendations as to the upset rente.—The recommendations and valuations were approved. Tho Chairman reported having written to the Minister of Lands concerning the complaints said to have been made against the Commissioners for refusing to grant relief to their tenants. In his letter he stated that tho Commissioners have given the matter serious consideration, and that they have been actuated by a desire to afford as much relief as possible to their tenants. In some cases the tenants have doubtless good grounds for complaint, owing to tho high prices which they gave for the land, bad seasons, and distance of land from markets; but in others they are able to pay, but will not do so until they are pressed; and in dcaliug with tho last-named class of tenants the Commissioners consider it their duty to take all reasonable steps to enforce payment. —The letter was approved, and it was decided to incorporate it in tho proceedings ; also to record thanks to the chairman for his promptitude in answering the misitatemcnts with regard to the Commissioners’ action. Mr J. L. M'Donald, the Commissioners’ agent, forwarded an application from the Southland Education Board to have section 13, block 1, Otautau, set apart as a school site, and recommended that tho same be granted.—lt was resolved to accede to the request of the Board. Tho Lura den Progress Committee asked the Commissioners to use their influence with the railway authorities lo provide some means to stay the encroachment of the river on the eastern bank.—lt was decided to forward a copy thereof to tho Hon. W. H. Reynolds, and to request him to co-operate with Mr Cowan,. M.H.R., in any steps he might deem it advisable ta take in connection with the matter. Reporting on section 25, block 240, Otautau, Mr M‘Donald recommended that the rent be reduced to LI 10s per annum on condition that the arrears of rent be paid up.—Agreed to. The following tenders were accepted for leasesSection 1, Waikaia, sections 8, 9, and 14, block 7. R. E. King, 5s per acre: sections 11,12, and 13, block 7, Waikaia, R. B. King, 5s per acre; section 43, block 8, T. M‘Kirinell, Is 7d per note ; section 2, block 9, M, M'Keuzie, Gd per acre; sections 26 and 27, block 9, and section 59, O. and A. Robertson, 2d per acre; sections 1 to G, block 1, South Mossburn, F. J. Dyer, 14s; sections land 2, block 5, F, J. Dyer, 38a. A memo, was read from the Education Department stating that the sale of part of section 61, block 1, Waikaia, was approved of, and a proclamation would be issued in due course. Mr James White wrote forwarding a copy of a petition for presentation to Parliament by cash purchasers of land in Wendon, Wen donside, aud Long Ridge, who bad bought their land from the Commissioners through the Land Board. The petitioners asked that their lands might be included in the Revaluation Bill now before Parliament, “Ah ! pood morning, doctor. Glad you’ve come.” “You sent for me?” “Yes.” “Well?” “No—sick. Why would I send for you if I were well ? ” “To be sure. Well, let me see your tongue, not hear it.” Honors were easy.

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OTAGO SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS., Evening Star, Issue 7991, 21 August 1889

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OTAGO SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS. Evening Star, Issue 7991, 21 August 1889