RAGLAN COUNTY COUNCIL.
MONTHLY MEETING. The Ragian County Council met at Raglan on Monday. The chairman, Mr C. Johnson, presided, and there were present Crs. W. Seavill, S. Crawford, C. W. Ralfe, M. G. Orr, C. C. Otway, W. Gibbison, A. Colburn and A. McKinnon. UNEXPENDED LOAN. Messrs Hill and Green waited on the Council with a request that the vote for metalling the Opoturu road be expended, so as to give them access to their properties. It was in a bad state last winter and was practically impassable. Mr Hill had been compelled to put in a road through his own property to get out. The engineer explained that tenders had been called for this work, ;.nd in the event of none being received the work would be arranged for. The members of the deputation expressed theselves as satisfied that the Council would see to the matter. SUPERVISING GRANTS.
The circular from the Whakatane County Council re cost of supervision of road works, etc., out of grants was merely received, no support being given to the suggestion. VISIT OF MINISTERS.
The secretary to the Raglan District Chamber of Commerce wrote stating that the Chamber had decided to invite the Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Works to pay a visit to Raglan. The date proposed was show time (March 11), and failing that, any time to suit the convenience of Mr Massey and Mr Fraser. He asked for the co-operation of the Raglan County Council. The clerk was instructed to write the Ministers asking them to visit Raglan at or about show time. BY-LAWS.
The by-laws regulating traffic, rassenger and goods, in the county, and also fixing the weight to be carried on tyres of certain widths, were adopted. ACCOUNTS. The report of the finance committee, recommending that accounts amounting to £2009 9s lOd for the period ,nding De° cember 11, 1912, and accounts amounting to £3261 3s 8d for the period ending January 8, 1912, was passed for payment. ' AUCKLAND EXHIBITION. The secretary to the Auckland Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition, 1913-14, wrote stating that the exhibition would open on December 1, 1913, and promised to be an unqualified success. A feature of the exhibition would be the mining and machinery courts, and to that object he asked the Council's co-operation by making a first-class display of such minerals, timbers, etc., as are characteristic of the district which is so rich in these. The people of Auckland 'ad guaranteed over £17,000 as against loss and the project was being well ' supported throughout the Dominion in the industrial class. The Government had decided to make a first-class exhibit from various Departments. They were making no monetary grants and were paying <or their space at usual rates. The site selected was situated in the outer Domain, embracing an area of 35 acres, being one of the beauty spots of Auckland. He trusted th.t the Council would co-operate with other local bodies in the county and make a display worthy of the district. The letter was received. A RIDING'S CONTRIBUTION.' According to his notice of motion Cr. | Seavill moved that all resolutions stand-
ing on the minute-book relative to the Te Akau contribution to the upkeep of the Waingaro-Ngaruawahia road be rescind' ed. This was seconded by Cr. Orr and carried. Cr. Seayill then moved that the Te Akau Riding contribution be 33£ \er cent, of the whole amount spent on the road. Cr. Ralfe seconded this. Cr. Otway, representing the Te Akau Riding, opposed this by means of an amendment, which was seconded by Cr. Coburn. The mover said ihat his was a young riding and had only some £3OO to work upon. The amount to be '.pent on the road was estimated at about £6OO or £7OO, so that under Mr Seavill's suggestion £2OO of the Te Akau's fund would be required, thus leaving him very little to work upon. He suggested that the matter be allowed to stand over 'or 12 months, when the Te Akau Riding would have road connection with deep water, thus relieving the bulk of the traffic at present going over the Waingaro-Ngarua-wahia road, the riding's present contribution of 15 per cent, going on. Cr. Seavill then offered to accept 25 per cent, and Cr. Otway increased his offer to 20 per cent., which Cr. Seavill ultimately accepted, the amendment being withdrawn and the motion amended and carried. A WOOLSHED. Mr Rutherford waited on the Council with the request that the Council build Oi' assist building a shed at the head of the Ponganui stream for the settlers to store their wool and stores in. Cr. Otway, representing the riding, said such a shed would be useful to the settlers, and could be moved at very little expense. The chairman thought that if the settlers would contribute 25 per cent of the amount, the Harbour Board 25 per cent., leaving the Council to find the remainder. Mr Rutherford undertook to find the 25 per cent, for the settlers, and it was left to the chairman, Cr. Otway and the engineer to visit and inspect. After visiting the site Cr. Otway reported that the shed would cost £SO, and he proposed to pay £25 of that from the Te Akau Riding fund, the remainder being found by the settlers and the Harbour Board.
Authority to construct the shed was given.
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Waikato Times, Waikato Times, Issue 12481, 15 January 1913
RAGLAN COUNTY COUNCIL. Waikato Times, Issue 12481, 15 January 1913
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