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Hocal information. TOWN'S IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION. A meeting of the Town Commissioners was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday. The commissioners present were John Davies, Esq., mayor Messrs. Thomas Jones, John Roberts. Hugh Hughes, J. J. Atwood, George Fossett, G. T. Smith, Jonathan Pell, Charles Hackney, John Williams (43, Terrace), Edward Ellis, John Davies (harbour master), David Jenkins, John Rees, Benjamin Hughes, Richard Morris, John Watkins, Edward Rowlands, E. W. Jones, John Jones (Great Darkgate-street), John Hughes, David Williams, David Roberts, and Jones, John Jones (Great Darkgate-street), John Hughes, David Williams, David Roberts, and Thomas. H. Jones. Being the first meeting of the month, the usual bills were passed. The meeting then proceeded to discuss the question of the day, the ELECTION OF TOWN SURVEYOR. Mr. Atwood proposed clearing the room of the general public. Mr. Thomas thought that it would be only neces- sary to request the candidates to retire and this view was adopted. Mr. Roberts rose and said he should propose if any one had anything to say, that such person should stand on his legs and say it; that he should address the chair, and not be interrupted whilst he was speaking. This proposition was received with every evidence of gratification on the part of the commjssioners present. Mr. Thomas said there was an application from a Mr. Thompson, of Holyhead, and that application was accompanied by printed testimonials. Mr. Atwood read those testimonials, which were most complimentary. There was also an applica- tion from Lewis Edwards. Mr. Thomas said that in the application from Holyhead there had been no salary mentioned, but that was rather the fault of the advertisement than of the applicant, as the former did not by its first insertion stipulate that the salary expected was to be mentioned in the application. Mr. Smith said that as no salary had been men- tioned by Mr. Vaughan, he was authorised by that gentleman to state that the lowest salary he could accept would be £60 a year. Mr. Vaughan's testimonials were of the most flattering description, and were from the following gentlemen:—Captain Pryse, M.P., Lord Lieutenant, Peilhyll G. W. Parry, Esq., Llidiarde, Chairman of the County Koads Board; Sir Thomas Lloyd, Bronwydd; W. P. Lewes, Esq., Llsnewydd Capt Jordan, Pigionsford; John Evans, Esq., Loves- frove; J. G. W. Bonsall. Esq., Fronfraith; Pryse 'ryse, Esq., Gogerddan Rowley Lascelles, Esq Pencarrig; William Jones, Esq., Llwynygroes; Rev. Rhys Jones LloJd, Troedyriw Rectory; J. R. P. Wagner, Esq.; Major-General Wortham, the Govern- ment Inspector of the South Wales district; R. D. Jenkins, Esq., Mayor of Cardigan Thomas Davies, Esq., Cardigan; and Thomas Edwards, Esq., Cardi- gan. A testimonial signed by the members of the Lower District Roads Board was also produced. Mr. Smith then proposed Mr. Vaughan as town surveyor and inspector of nuisances. In doing so, the proposer referred to Mr. Vaughan's general fit- ness for the offices, as was proved from the long list of testimonials, which had been read, from gentle- men of the highest standing in the county. These testimonials referred to his general fitness for the office, and he might remind the meeting of Mr. Vaughan's special fitness also as inspector of nuisances. He was independent, being in receipt of an income which placed him above the control of all local and family influence of such persons as those to whom Mr. Fossett had referred on the last day of meeting. He would do his work fearlessly, and therefore honestly, and to the satisfaction of his em- ployers. Mr. Smith proceeded to say: If you appoint him to the office, you must give him fair play, and not allow him to be ordered about by every individual member of the board, and so shackle all free action on his part. Although in a multitude of commissioners there is wisdom, with a multitude of masters there can be no order. Let the wishes of the board be conveyed to Mr. Vaughan by the com- missioners' clerk, Mr. Thomas. The speaker then referred to the state of the streets, which, he said, were little better than a ploughed field, which was most disgraceful, especially for a place of fashion- able resort. The board should not expect too much of Mr. Vaughan, if he was appointed, in the way of remedying the evil at first. To reduce order out of chafts was not a very easy matter and that was the task which would fall to Mr. Vaughan, if the town was fortunate enough to secure him. If he suc- ceeded in patching up the streets for the coming season, it was all that could be expected of him. For the Terrace alone some fifty loads of stones were re- quired, and lie could not get labourers to break them. At present the stones were not broken suffi- ciently small, and men could not be procured to do the work properly against the coming season. In conclusion, Mr. Smith proposed Mr. Vaughan to the Board as the most fitting person for the office, at a salary of JE60 a year. It the hoard thought well of giving him £10U instead, he did not believe that Mr. Vaughan would object to accept it. (Laughter.) Mr. Rowlands enquired how many days in the week Mr. Vaughan could devote to the duties of the office. Mr. Smith could not answer positively. He was certain that he could give two days fully every week the whole year round, and many weeks much more time. He would have an efficient staff under him, who would be overseen by a head man of Mr. Vaughan's. Mr. Vaughan was on the spot, how- ever, and could answer any such questions per- sonally. Mr. Fossett said that as they understood Mr. Vaughan to be in attendance, it would be better for that gentleman to answer for himself. The time that Mr. Vaughan could give to the town was cer- tainly a most important consideration. There was no question but he was a very able man, but the ques- tion was whether he could devote sufficient time to the duties of his office in the town Mr. Atwood's complaint of Rice, at the last meeting, was that the two offices he filled did not allow him sufficient time to attend properly to either. Rice had been cut into two, and now they were going to cut the new surveyor into three. This was a most important consideration, and the character of the board would be much implicated it the new appointment turned out a failure. That Mr. Vaughan was competent no one questioned, and if he satisfactorily answered certain questions, he certainly ought to have the appointment. Mr. Vaughan was here called in. In reply to Mr Rowlands, he said that he was always two or three days a week in the town. He bad a foreman under him, who was a workman also, and who had been with him for twenty years. Mr. Fossett remarked that Mr. Vaughan had the highest testimony of his ability as road surveyor but there would be other duties in connection with the present office. The duties of inspector of nuisances would also fall to him. and those duties he must do without favour or affection, although some against whom he might have to proceed were gen- tlemen in the town. Mr. B. Hughes asked what the salary of the foreman was. Mr. Vaughan said he paid him about 2. 6d. a day, but he should Iiketne to«« I-<.> ejve him an additional.' sixpence. n To Mr. Thomas Jones He is a working man, and has been under him for twenty years. Mr. Fossett said he had great pleasure in second- ing the appointment of Mr. Vaughan. Mr. Benjamin Hughes enquired whether Mr. Vaughan wonld undertake the levelling and sewer- age of the town, in addition to the other offices ? Mr. Vaughan replied that Mr. 1 aul filled that position at present. Mr. Hugh Hughes asked whether there were any more questions to be put to Mr. Vaughan. Mr. Thomas Jones remarked that one of the most important features in this appointment had been alluded to by Mr. Smith, in reference to Mr. Vaughan's being independent of the town. For the remedy of the crying evil alluded to at last meeting by Mr. Fossett, that was a most important qualifi- cation. He would- be called upon to extend no favour to any one and not being a native of the town, as well as being independent of it, he was most likely to carry out the office satisfactorily. Mr. Atwood should support Mr. Vaughan for the office, as he believed he possessed that moral courage which was so necessary to such a position. There was no comparison between him and any of the other candidates. John Humphreys' testimonials were here read, and bore flattering evidence as to his ability in mine works. Mr. Benjamin Hughes begged to propose John Humphreys as a fit and proper person to fill the vacant office. A town and a road surveyor were very different persons. The surface of the roads and of the streets was not the same. John Hum- phreys was a most competent person for town sur- veyor. He understood the masonry, the sewerage, and the flagging of the town; and he had the advantage over the last candidate of being here six days in the week. The speaker considered it most important to have the person who should fill the vacant offices living in the town and always on the spot. Mr. Morris seconded. After some further discussion, the question was put to the vote, when the numbers were—for Mr Vaughan, 16; for Mr. Humphreys, 8. The an- nouncement was received with applause. Mr. Hughes Hughes suggested that Mr. Vaughan's head man ought to live in the town. Mr. Vaughan replied that it should be so. Mr. Atwood said he should like Mr. Vaughan to have his instructions direct from the board, and no individual to interfere. There were more cooks than councillors, and too many cooks spoiled the broth. M r. Vaughan proposed getting two scraping machines for the use of the town, and for the road to South- gate. It would be a great saving, ne said. Agreed to. Mr. Vaughan said that the roads were In a very bad state, and there was not a shovelful of stones to put upon them, and there were no men to break stones. The Mayor advised sending for some men. Mr. Hackney asked Mr. Vaughan to lend some stnnes. Mr. Vaughan replied that he could not lend the county stones to the borough. He begged to thank the board for appointing him, but it was his duty to inform them that he accepted the office subject to the approval of the County Roads Board. TURNCOCK'S SALARY. On the motion of the Mayor, which was seconded by Mr. John Hughes (Prince Albert), Jesse Mor- gan's salary was increased from 25s. to 30s. a week. Jesse Morgan thanked the board, and promised not to apply for a further increase at any future time.


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