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The monthly meeting of the Otago School Commissioners was held yesterday, and attended by Messrs J. P. Maitland (chairman), J. W. Bain, J. Green, T. Denniston, and the Hon. W. H. Reynolds. A report was received from Mr Bain and the secretary on Mr J. Hickey'B security, when it was decided to have the property offered for sale by the Registrar of the Supreme Court. Mr Wain interviewed the Commissioners in reßpect to the sale of the Glenledi estate, and certain proposals were agreed to be submitted for Mr Wain's consideration and approval. A report was received from Messrs Bain and Denniston with regard to , making arrangements for the erection of a hotel for the accommodation of tourists at Te Anau.—Mr Mondy having been consulted, it was found that certain legal difficulties were in the way of any arrangements being made at present. A memo, was received from the Southland County Council declining to grant a deviation of road on section 35, Oreti.

A letter was received t from Mr N. Turnbull, on behalf of Mr W. C. Turnbull, Waikaia, offering 6d per acre per annum for the lease of the gravel reserve opposite section 3, block 10, Waikaia.—The matter of dealing with the section was deferred until the Commissioners visited the district.

Mr James Muir, Mokoreta, wrote forwarding a memorial from deferred-payment purchasers in that district asking to be placed on the same footing as other Crown tenants, in order to get a revaluation of their holdings.—lt was decided to inform the petitioners that the Selectors' Revaluation Act applied to their cases, and that they must, therefore, make application to the Southland Land Board to have their sections revalued.

Mr W. Tuffery, lessee of section 48, block 3, New River Hundred, wrote asking the Commissioners, in the event of their not seeing their way to reduce his rent, to allow him to pay half of the amount for next year.—The Commissioners could not see their way to accede to the request. A petition was received from settlers- in the Wendon and Wendonside di&triot, asking that the bush on Run 193 a, known as the Devil's Bush, might be set apart as a bush reserve.—Referred to Mr J. L. M'Donald to report. Mr James White wrote, forwarding a resolution passed at a meeting of settlers at Riversdale on the 26th ult, asking the Commissioners to inspect the cash sections when they were in the district.—Consideration of the matter was held over for a month ; Mr M'Donald to report with regard to it in the meantime. It was decided to hold over the matter of arranging for the survey of Run 193 a, Wendon, until after the visit of the School Commissioners to the district. The usual monthly report was received from Mr J. L. M'Donald. He forwarded a letter from Mr W. C. Gallaway to the effect that the latter could not lease section 32, block 9, Waikaia, unless for a term of years. He recommended that the section be offered for lease at the first sale for a term of years at an upset of Is 6d per acre.—Approved. He forwarded an application from Mr M. Newsome, lessee of section 15, block 3, Otautau, for a reduction of rent from 20s to 10s per acre.—The application waß declined. On his recommendation it was decided to reduce the rent of section 39, block 2, Otautau, held by Mr D. Clarke, from L2 to LI per annum, provided the arrears of rent were paid. He recommended that upon the payment of arrears of rent on section 24, block 2, Otautau, the lessee, Mr Wohlman, be allowed to transfer the lease of the section to the Southland Building Society and Bank of Deposit.—Agreed to. On his recommendation it was decided to agree to the issue of the lease of section 1 of 246, Hokonui, to Mrs Elizabeth M'Donald, on the payment of arrears of rent. He forwarded an application from Mr Robert Kerr, lessee sections 1 and 2, block 17, 1 and 2, block 18, and 1, block 11, Dipton, asking to be allowed to transfer his interest in the lease to Charles Williamson. —The transfer was approved of] subject to the payment of costs. He forwarded a letter from Mr D. Gillanders, lessee of Run 326, Waikaia, asking the Commissioners to lodge an objection to the water race which Messrs J. Braithwaite and party wished to cut through the run. He recommended that the matter be referred to the Commissioners when they visited the district.—The lecommendation was adopted. He stated that Mr J. Jamison, lessee of section 3, block 1, Invercargill Hundred, wished to know how the Commissioners intended to deal with the reserved part of his lease in April next, and recommended that it be cut up into suburban sections.—lt was decided to inform Mr Jamison that the Commissioners at the expiry of his lease would probably cut up the land into suburban sections, with the view of offering them for lease for a term of years.

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OTAGO SCHOOL COMMISSIGNERS., Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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OTAGO SCHOOL COMMISSIGNERS. Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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