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MONTHLY MEETING. The Hawera County Council Met on Saturday. Present: Cis. J. B. Murdoch (chairman), B. J. Linn, E. A. Washer, B. C. Lysaght, R. Douglas, J?. Williams, and A. Larcom. Leave of absence was granted Mr. C. J. Hawker. FOREMAN'S REPORT. Mr. Muggeridge (County foreman) reported as follows: Glover Road—Good progress has been miade with the metalling. It was in a very weak state from the Waihl Road to the Waihi stream, and six inches of metal has had to be. laid over the whole length. Tangahoe Bridge, Ohangal Road: —The temporary structure over the stream is now in place, and the permanent stringers will be put across next week as these are all ready to go into place. The bridge should bo open for traffic in two months' time. The filling in of the approaches is going on satisfactorily and will be Teady for traffic as soon as the bridge is. As I pointed out before this is a fairly expensive Job owing to the long carting, but the road will be greatly improved by having the bad corners The bridge in the Pokoimoko Gorge is now completed, and will be safe for all the traffic that can get over it for some time to come. There have been several bad sllpS down which have been removed.. There has been a considerable number of slips in the back country, and the surfacemen nave been busy keeping the roads open for traffic. With the chairman's consent, arrangements have been made for a thousand yards or more of stone to be put on the rail at Norfolk Road at 8s per yard. This will be crushed at the station and put on the Tawhiti Road when it comes to hand. MT. EGMONT QUARRY. Notification was received, from the Public Works Department that arrangements were being made to.provide a bin for holding 2100 yards of metal at the foot station, VValpuku. The Fatea County Council notified that they had made arrangements for their imetal this year, whilst the Wanganui County notified that they would take 5000 yards from Mt. Egmont. Mr. Jf Masters, M.P., writing in reference to the Mt, Egmont quarries, stated that It was obvious that it would be impossible for local bodies to take the maximum quantity laid down by tho Works' department as necessary to secure the minimum price. c SATURDAY HALF-HOLIDAY QUESTION. The Pfllmerston North Borough Council wrote asking the Council to make representations to the Government favoring legislation making Saturday afternoon the 'compulsory half-holi-day. The chainman stated that if the majority of those interested In the question under their jurisdiction asked for a Saturday half-holiday, the Council would make representations, but' he was not prepared to say that the majority of the ratepayers in the county favored Saturday. At present the business people in the County had their half-holiday on Saturday, but the Borough Council had decided against it. No action was taken. OHAWE ROAD. The Hawera Chamber of Commerce brought before the Council the necessity for metalling the Ohawe: township road at the earliest possible moment. , The chairman said the Council had decided to do a little metalling at the top of the road, but as for as the rest of the road was concerned, he saw no necessity for doing so. The road was practically a pleasure one, and could be used for, practically nine months of the year Cr, Washer said that the cartage of metal from tho beach was damaging the road. The chairman paid that the Council was not In a . position to spend £6OO or £TOO on the rood. . Cr. Douglas said that a few bad patches could be repaired. ' , It was resolved to .reply that the- Council would attend to a few bad pieces on tile road, but could not see. Its - way clear to iiittal the whole road. GENERAL. It was resolved to take the necessary steps to bring the uniform by-laws Into operation. . Two ratepayers waited on the Council and asked that some attention should be given to the Little Tempsky Road, which Was almost impassable. The Public Works Department forwarded a circular 'in . regard to tho proper control of willow planting along river banks with a view to preventing flood damage. The Minister for Public Health wrote asklug for any or suggestions which would assist in framing a new Health Bill to be introduced during . ,the coming session. W. H. Fleming (Otakeho) and .1. Wallace (Meremere) were granted permission to erect guard wires on. the road frontage to protect hedges. , A resolution yis received from the Waimtri County Council favoring legislation enabling Hospital Boards to borrow for permanent buildings, the Government to grant a subsidy on all monies raised. The chairman stated that at present hospital boards had no power to raise .loans, any money required for extraordinary expenditure having to be raised by the contributing local bodies, and he thought that this was the better plan. The letter was received. The Public "Works Department wrote stating that the plans for tho Kotukutuku bridge had been prepared by the County engineer, Mr. Robinson, and had been approved, and a subsidy arranged for the estimated cost. A good deal of material had been delivered, and It was rather too late In the day to go in for. any alteration. Tho chairman said that if the -Department would not agree to a shorter span, it might be cheaper for the Council to make' the necessary alterations and forego the Government subsidy. , The matter was deferred.

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HAWERA COUNTY COUNCIL., Taranaki Daily News, 10 August 1920

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HAWERA COUNTY COUNCIL. Taranaki Daily News, 10 August 1920