TAIERI COUNTRY COUNCIL
The engineer submitted tho following report at to-day's meeting of the Taieri County Council: — Contract No. 100 (delivery 400 cubic yards gravel Watsons to Mees) is completed ; contract No. 92 (supply and delivery 501) cubic yards schist spalls Leo Fiat road) is in progress. The contractor hast run out about one-half the quantity to date. Contract No. 103 (.construction of 'ldin pipe culvert McDonald's road, Maungatua) is completed \vi.th the exception of fiUing in. rhoro are no contracts advertised for this meeting. A number of works have been carried out by day labor, and iavfi given employment to surplus labor ivailablo in tho county. In North Taieri Riding a concrete and timber vater opening has been constructed on jrordon road, and tho culverts connected with 'Wingatui road—widening inserted. In Otokia Riding a squad of seven men are employed regrading and surfacing the Saddle Hill roads. In Deep Stream riding the formation of approach roads to Sutton railway bridge is being carried out by a squad of five men. I have arranged with Cr Docherty to form the portion of road between Matarae and the Sutton bridge whilo the men- are in the locality. Maintenance metal repairs havo been effected to Gladfield road, East Taieri, Knox's and M'Laren's road. Green Island Bush, and the Brockville-Abbotsford road. The bridges that were damaged by firo on tho Outram-fiindon road have been repaired and painted. The timber is on the ground for Mill Creek-Berwick bridge reconstruction, and a start will be made at this work on Monday. The repairs were delayed to allow the contractor for iho/\Yaipori Falls bridge to cart his material before tho bridgo was closed for repair. Tho quarry hands have been employed at Mosgiel quarry. One hundred and five yards of metal and building stone have been
delivered since last report, and 600 yards of metal crushed and stored at the depot. Unless the metalling of the Henley-Berwick road is to be proceeded with, I think it would be advisable to place the quarry hands on some road construction works, as 1 havo all metal delivery allocations run out except Strath Taieri, which ii would bo advisable to leave till March or April. I could find employment for tho men myself at private road works ou the Taieri, and as the present time is exceptional. I am endeavoring to so arrange my works in those districts for which I act as engineer to a/Jon I employment to local men in preference to outsiders, the council might leave mo a free hand in transferring county men temporarily to outside- works. The position is that I can only prosecute day labor works with competent men in charge. A number cS tho county regular hands are competent to take charge of a squad of men, but I have difficulty in finding men outeido who are so qualified. Of matters which were referred to me at last meeting, 1 have to advise you as follows:—Spark's road: Some repairs have been made to Spark's road, Maungatua, between the two culverts. Seventy tons of metal was recently spread between Spark's gate and Brown's gate. The distance between the end of the metal and Lee Canal road is 15 chains, and whilsi this would all be greatly improved by metalling, eight chains is particularly soft in wet- seasons. The cost oi metalling the eigiit chains will be £'2S. and the cost of metalling the whole road £SO. lx>e Canal road : The chairman and engineer were instructed to •attend to the Lee Canal road. The surfacemen have filled in all potholes, but a portion of the road between Thompson's old steading and tin Otokia-Maungatua road always pi<-f trouble in a wet season. The length of road is '2-1 chains, and it would take 500 yds of material to give a good crown to the formation. The eost oi this work I estimate at £37 10s.—The report was adopted.
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TAIERI COUNTRY COUNCIL, Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914