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Raglan County Council.

The Raglan County Council met at Raglan on Monday, when Crs. Hewitt chairman, Amandale, Cobourn, Crawford, Johnstone and MacKinnon were present. Death of Councillor Bankart. The chairman made feeling reference to the death of Councillor Bankart, news of which had been received on that morning, and alluded to his valuable services to the council. He moved “That the council express its deepest sympathy with the relatives of the late Mr W. M. Bankart at his untimely death, and convey to them the regret of the council at losing the able assistance of a valued councillor.” Cr. McKinnon in seconding the motion, said he endorsed all the chairman had said about their late colleague, who had not only been a valued servant to the ratepayers, but also a friend of all his fellow councillors. Crs. Johnstone, Annandale, Crawford and Cobourn spoke in terras of appreciation, and the motion was carried, the councillors standing. The council then adjourned for an hour. Pukekawa Loan. The clerk reported that applications for a £4500 loan for road improvements at Pukekawa had been declined by the Treasury, owing to all money available for the financial year being allocated, but said the application would be renewed, and no doubt granted when the new Act came into force, though an increased ratio of interest would have to be paid to that on which money was lent under the old Local Bodies Loans Act. Dog Collars^ Several councillors commented on the clerk’s report that the dogjcoliara were not up to the sample submitted, but no action was taken in the matter. Flax and Gum Royalties. The chairman considered that councils should be empowered to collect royalties on flax and gum, especially where taken from native owned lands that (lid not pay rates, owing to the manner in which the roads were cuC up by their haulage, and it was resolved to send a letter to that effect to the Minister for Public Works. Proposed New Road at Te Uku. Mr A. Peart wrote from Nelson, in reply to the council’s suggestion that he should permit a new road to be made through section 8, Whaingaroa, on the line of the right of way, that he wished the matter left in abeyance till he came to Raglan. Dawson's Quarry. It was reported that this matter had been amicably arranged, the council to pay £l2 per acre for five acres, and each side its own costs. Te Akau Native Lease. The Under Secretary for Lands replied to the council’s suggestion that it would be better for the Government to acquire the rest of the block for lands for settlement purposes than to let the natives lease it in larger areas at low rentals, .that the matter would be carefully considered, but unless the native legislation then before Parliament made provision for dealing with such positions nothing further could be done. Defective Title. Mr James McCracrken waited on the council to ask for a new title to the North West portion of section 16, Karioi, which he had bought in 1880 from the old Raglan Highway Board when it was sold for rates. The title had been found defective, and he considered as the council took over the liabilities of the Highway Board, it sbouid make it good. The matter was referred to the county solic’tors for advice. Te Uku Landing Road. The District Engineer, Mr T. Burd, reported that it would be necessary to take steps to legalise the deviation of this road under the Public Works Act. as two natives, whose signatures were required, were i dead.

Road Grants. The Minister for Public Works advised the council that the question of issuing authorities for the expenditure of grants for roads was under consideration, and that it had also to be decided which grants should be handed over to the local bodies. Onewhero Loan. The clerk reported that the polling on the proposal to raise a loan of £IO,OOO for expenditure in the Onewhero district, had resulted in 115 voting for and 73 against, and that the proposal was therefore rejected. Maintenance of Bridges. The Waipa County Council sug- ] gestod that three delegates from that body should meet representatives of j the Raglan County Council to readjust | the allocation of the cast of mainten- ! ance of the bridges between the two counties, particularly the Whatawhata bridge. I it was resolved that as the council | considered the present allocation fair ; it could not sec its way to arrange | for a conference with a view to any reduction in the Waipa Council’s conj tribution, and that it would be better I to at once proceed to a settlement of I the matter by a commission. | Proposed Road Deviation at Pepepej Mr L. B. Harris, sen., asked the I council-to consent to the closing of i an old road giving access to section 211, Pepepe, and that part of it be j conveyed to Mr Ralph and for a new I road to be formed. It was resolved to inform Mr

| Harris that the council could not on j any consideration close the length of | the old road asked for, but was willing to close part of it; also to allow a new road to be made to connect with the existing road. Mr Harris to pay cost of dedication and survey. Pakoka River Landing. The Public Works Department advised the council that the shed at this landing had been vested in it. Statutory Half Holiday. The council declared Thursday to be the day for the statutory half holiI day. Waingaro Landing Approach. It was decided to ask the Raglan Town Board to make a contribution I to the co.it of metalling the approach ; to the Waingaro landing. Accounts. Vouchers for £1773 2s 4d were ( passed round the table and payment approved by the council. Whatawhata-Waite tuna Deviation. The engineer reported that the £2OOO granted for the deviation of the Hamilton-Raglan road between Waitetuna and Whatawhata would be reduced by £34 4, the previous year’s vote of £ISOO having been over expended by that amount. Waingaro Landing. Two natives appeared to object to j the council taking 13 acres of land j for the purpose of a landing reserve, though the Native Minister had sanej tinned the sale to the council at £6 per acre provided the owners were agreeable to sell at that price. The natives were heard, and as the land was said to affect a papa kainga, it was decided to leave thejmatter in abeyance for further inquiry. Te Akau Road District. It was reported that the Te Akau road district had been merged into the county. Treasurer’s Report. The treasurer’s report was adopted.

It showed the following balances: Riding accounts: Whangape, cr., £215 14s 4d; Pukemiro, cr, £222 14s 7d; Whaingaroa, cr., £52 Is 7d; Pirongia, cr., £175 3s 3d; Karamu, cr., £5 11s JOd; Waingaro. dr., £l7O 11s Id; Onewhero, dr., £134 10s 4d; Karioi, dr., £240 J4s sd. The Land Fund account showed the following credits:—Whangape £177 Is lid; Pukemiro £ll4 8s 6d, Waingaro £165 Ss, Onewhero ‘•ISO 7s 6d, Karioi £1 12s 9cl, Whaingaroa £65 Os 3d, Pirongia £45 9s 54, Karamu £ll9 19s Bd, Te Akau £23 Os lid. Waingaro loan account was in credit £62 18s sd; Whaingaroa riding loan account £561 6s lOd; Puroa Road loan, £146 11s 6d; Harapepe to Karamu loan, j£43l 4s 3d; Karioi loan £l3 5s Id, and Pukekawa loan .£l4 11s. The Harbour Board account showed £431 11s 7d to credit. The total rates for the rating period 1909-10, including all special rates, amount-

Ed to £4993 2s, and of this £4956 12a 4d had been collected to date, leaving only £36 9s 8d still outstanding. Engineer’s Report. The engineer presented his report as follows: —Since the meeting held in November the weather has been suitable for works, and the metalling left over from last autumn has progressed fairly well. In the Onewhero Riding about 15 chains of metal has been laid on the Ohairo Road, and there is about 100 yards broken and stacked for the same road Various improvements have also bee n carried out to Murray’s Road to Pukekawa, these works were nearly all met by the Pukekawa loan of £l5O, which is exhausted excepting a small balance on Murray’s Road, which will soon be worked out. We are "inviting tenders at this meeting for carting about 450 yards of meta! from McKibbins’ Quarry, Onewhero on to the Tuakau-Raglan Road between the bridge and Onewhero, and the portions of the road is being prepared to receive this metal. The other works in the Riding was principally Land Fund, widening the Klondyke Road, near Port Waikato. Riding a considerable quantity of metal has been broken during the winter —over 600 yards—at Glen Murray, and it is now being carted out, principally on to the TuakauRaglan road near Glen Murray. In (addition to carting this metal we aslo had some forming done on the Glen Murray landing road, and propose to carry out extensive improvements and repairs to the Glen Murray-Rangiriri Road, also clearing and snagging in the waterways of the district, namely Opuatia, Whangape, and Awaroa Creeks. In prosecuting these works we are somewhat hampered by the slowness of the Government in issuing authorities, as these works are £ for £ with .Government grants.—ln the Pukerniro Riding very little so far has been done; we are hampered in that Riding also by the grant authorities not coming to hand.—ln the Whaingaroa Riding a good deal of surface work has been done, but no new works undertaken. Two men are working out the remains of the £BOOO loan in improvements to the Tuakau-Raglan road, between the junction of the Atorohoea road and Dunmore. —In the Karamu Riding the principal work is the gravelling in connection with the Harapepe to Karamu loan, which is not progressing as fast as we would wish, and is not yet half finished this summer. What is known as Hunt’s Bridge, in this Riding, has been lengthened and renewed at a considerable cost. It is now 54 feet long and practically new. The repairs to the Whatawhata bridge are not yet commenced but the material is all ordered and some of it on the ground, and I expect Mr Scott to show up next week. —In the Pirongia Riding a good deal of work has been successfully carried out on the main road from Harapepe to Te Rore. About half a mile has been formed 30ft wide anr about 20 chains raettalled with good gravel. Eleven chains are also being gravelled on Corcoran’s Road at Harapepe and should be finished in |a day or two.—ln the Whaingaroa Riding the principal work is the metalling near Raglan, in connection with the loan works. The metalling of the new road from Rutherford’s to Raglan is finished, and the portion from Rutherford’s to Raglan about half finished and progressing fairly. In connection with metalling there is also about 600 yards of spawls broken near the Kauroa butter factory. Other works carried out in connection with the loan works were 95 chains of formation 30 feet wide at the Okete Post Office on the coach road, and some widening and improvements to the Kauroa near McDonald's. We are inviting tenders for some gravel or metal at Staunton’s, Te Uku, for this meeting.

Re Harbour Board matters there are some repairs and improvements required on the Raglan Wharf (old town wharf) which will cost over £4O. There is an offer from a mason for this work, with certain conditions, of £37 10s, which I think should be accepted. Re the Waingaro landing, we propose to leave the landing as a permanent thing where it is, bur. it must have a good deal done to it, before it will be a satisfactory landing. I consider that the present wall should be shifted out 12 feet or to ; low water, the wall should also be lengthened and raised about a foot. I propose to shift the shed out the same distance (12 feet) and raise it about 3ft. There would be also about 100 cubic yards of metal required to metal the turning place and alongside the shed. These would cost nearly £IOO, all of which perhaps, should not be charged to the harbour recounts.—The report was adopted.

Raglan Old Wharf. The council resolved to authorise the expenditure of about £SO on the old wharf, the work to include the putting in of stone steps. Waingaro Landing. It was resolved to carry out the works suggested by the engineer. Tenders. Tenders were received as follows: - Metal carting, Onewhero: A. J. Crawford, 155 yds at 5s and 300 yds at •Is per yard.--Left with the engineer to]arrange. Huntly Ferry; H. Sullivan £45 premium, C. C. Betteridge £66, James Finnerty £Bl, accepted. Rangiriri Ferry: J. Rewi £2O bonus, A. Clark £3O. —The latter was accepted,; Rewi’s management of the Ferry last year being unsatisfactory to the council. Dog tax collection: A. Sorby’s tender, at lOd per collar, was accepted for Whangape Riding, and F. Harper’s at lOd per collar for Pirongia and lid per collar for Karamu, and that of J. Cavanagh at Is per collar for Waingaro, were also accepted. Geraghty’s tender of Is 2d oer collar for Onewhero was considered too high, and the matter was left to Cr. Crawford to arrange. No tenders were received for the collection of the tax in Pukemiro, Whaingaroa, Karioi, and Te Akau Ridings. Whatawhata Bridge: J. Kempthorne tendered for the cleaning of the bridge at the price of £4 16s for the year, and 2d per foot for planking for repairs, but as the engineer reported that the council was about to undertake extensive repairs to the structure, which would occupy several months to execute, the matter of arranging for the subsequent cleaning and repairing of the decking, should such be necessary, was left in Cr. Johnstone’s hands. A tender of W. A. Wilson, to supply gravel at Te Uku at 6s 9d per yard was left in the engineer’s hands, another tender from F. H. Aitken having-been misdirected to Ngaruawahia.

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Waikato Argus, Waikato Argus, Volume XXVIII, Issue 4305, 21 January 1910

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Raglan County Council. Waikato Argus, Volume XXVIII, Issue 4305, 21 January 1910

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