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PRESTATYN COUNCIL (continued from pays 2). The Surveyor explained that the by-law gave the Council that power, but they never enforced it. They used their discretion. Mr Thos Jones (addressing Mr Cannah) Are you making a U8\ street ? Mr Cannah Yes, a private one. Mr Griffith That's an end to the matter then if it is a private one. Mr Jones, continuing, stated that with regard to the sbreet now under discussion, perhaps it was a continuation of one of the streets commenced before the by-laws were in force. Even so, the Council should have a voice regarding the work to bo carried out now. It was to the interest of the town that plans should be submitted, for there was the important question of drainage to consider, the relation of a proposed new street to existing streets, the leveiling, and so forth. All this sort of. work should be under the supervision of the Surveyor, otherwise it would probably be scamped, and then there would be additional expense when the road came to be adopted, Mr Inglefield seconded Mr Griffith's resolu- tion. Mr Cannah I am going on with the new street, and I won't send in a plan. I will light you all to the utmost first. Mr Grimth I am sorry to hear Mr Cunnah say that, I thought he was here to represent the ratepayers, but I see he is here for himself. Mr Cunnah (indignantly): You ought to withdraw that. If I was here for myself do you think I would offer a park to Prestatyn ? The Chairman much regretted to hear Mr Cunnah's previous remarks. It was very necessary plans should be sent in. Mr Cunnah But you have no drain within three-quarters of a mile of my road. The Chairman We are not discussing that now. When plans are sent in we can use our discretion as to what portion of the by-laws should be enforced. Mr Thos. Jones said that if these roads were to be made without the permission of the Council, he thought the Surveyor should be instructed to visit them occasionally and see what material was being used. Mr Inglefield Have we a right to go on private property '? The Chairman If plans are submitted we could go. Mr Cunnah If one started building a house and the Surveyor came along, one could send him away until a certificate of habitation was asked for. Mr Griffith We must adopt the new Act, and then there will be no option in these matters. To some furthur remarks of Mr Cunnah's Mr Griffith replied It's all bunkum." The resolution proposed by Mr Griffith was carried. WATER MATTERS On the recommendation of the Surveyor it was decided to extend the water main in Meliden from the schools to Roundwood." Mr Banks raised the question whether the supply was equal to the demand, and he was informed that where the main was being ex- tended stand-pipes had hitherto been in use. and these created a great waste. THE TOWNS FINANCES. On the "minutes of the Finance Committee coming up for confirmation, Mr Inglefield (as chairman) said they had every reason to con- gratulate themselves on the state of the town's finances. So far this year there had been an increase of C200 in rates collected, and he believed that the increasing rateable value of the town would be sustained. Seeing also that they were paying their last instalments on several loans there was every probability that at the end of the year there would bo a substantial decrease in the rates (hear, hear). Mr Thos Jones asked what were the principal sums paid off daring the last two years. The Clerk replied they amounted to about £745 per annum, but there was the charge of £ 15 on the Water Loan to allow for. Mr Banks did not think they should look forward to too much of a reduction. The ratepayers might expect too much. Rather they should look forward to spending more money in making the place more attractive. Undoubtedly, the 5/- rate was a great dis- advantage to the town, but they could make a small reduction and spend a little on what was necessary to improve the town. Mr old rather surprised to hear Mr Banks' remarks, seeing that he so strongly advocated a decrease in the rates when they wore heavily in debt. Mr I. B. Griffith was glad to hear of a probable reduction in the rates, but lie wished to propose an amendment to one portion of the minutes of the Finance Committee. He totally disagreed with the recommendation to increase the Medical Officer's salary from £20 to £;3\).. When anybody asked for an increase it seemed to be granted haphazard, and he moved that the doctor's salary remain ,Lt £20. Mr Banks' was in sympathy with Mr Griffith's remarks, but he could not second it in tola. In reply to Mr Inglefield, he con- sidered he (the speaker) was quite consistent, for he had advocated a reduction of 2d. in the rates, and the increased collections quite sup- ported his attitude. But if these fifty per cent increases in salaries were to be made it would alter matters. However, he advocated the dividing of the difference ,(no £5 increase). Mr Linnell: The County Council pay half, and this increase is to include all expenses. There will he no guinea for attending court. Mr Griffith He has attended one court in 15 years! Mr Inglefield seconded Mr Griffith, as he had done in committee. There was no antagonism, but they ought to see how Pres- tatyn compared with other places in respect of the doctor's salary. Mr Wright asked that tho doctor's applica- tion be again read, and while the Clerk went for the letter, The Chairman remarked he was glad to see that Mr Banks was more cautious than he had been regarding the reducing of the rate. Many things might have to come forward before they could think of much of a reduction. He would also remind them'that there was an adverse balance of £1000 on the water to think of, and they wtmid have to consider how much per annum they could pay off that, so that they could not expect a very big reduction yet. The Medical Officer's application was then read, and in it he made a point of the large increase ill the population of since his appoint- ment. Mr Griffith Has his number of visits increased according to the population ? I don't see him any oftenor. There are plenty of men who would take the appointment at £20. The doctor had also asked that the appoint- ment be made a permanent one, as in other places. Mr Griffith: Appoint him for his natural life, and be done with it (laughter). The two amendments-first that the salary remain at £ 20, and the second that it be increased to £ 25—having been lost., it was decided that the appointment be an annual one at £ 80. MISCELLANEOUS. It was decided that an acknowledgment be given Mr Brearley for being allowed to place a seat on his property in Pendre Avenue. The tender of Mr Morris Dowell was accepted for sign posts, to be placed at dan- gerous corners. The contract for macadam was let to the Manor Bill Quarries. The lettering "Post Oüice" on the pub- lic lamp by the Post Office was deferred.

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