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Penarth District Council. AUGMENTATION OF THE CLERK'S STIPEND. WORK FOR THE UNEMPOYED. MR. R. BEVAN AND STONE MASONS' GRIEVANCES. SALOP STREET AND OUTFALL SEWERS DISPUTES. ) QUESTION OP ALLOTMENTS AND HIGHWAYS- IMPROVEMENTS IN COGAN AND NORTH WARD. The usual monthly meeting was held on Monday, binder the presidency of Mr W. L. Morris, J.P. The Others attending were Messrs H. Snell, T. S. Lloyd, jj, Pavey, Evan Rees, Sam Thomas, R. Bevan, T. Bevan, J. W. Morris (clerk), and E. I. Evans. TOWN'S FINANCES. The Collector submitted his monthly statement, Showiug- that for December X482 Is lid bad been secured of the general district rate, leaving outstand- ing i'2.882 15s 10d. Towards the private improve- ments £ 26 8s Id was collected, the outstanding amount being £2,774 Os 0-1,1. Amount paid to treasurer was £508 10s. ALLOTMENT GROUNDS, The question of adopting the Parish Councils Act in its entirety was re-opened, in the course ot which Mr Thomas said that the West Cottage holders ap peared quite satisfied with the very fair terms on which they had secured their holdings. The Estate bad been very reasonable, and ti-e only benefit accru- ing in adopting allotment powers appeared to be fixity of tenure. Mr Snell, too, thought it premature unless the Council were convinced of the existence of a real grievance among the present holders. Mr R. Bevan controverted this in asserting that he knew scores of worKing men wanting around, but Ulfable to obtain it. 0 a 7 Mr T. Bevan was anxious to know under what physical or other disabilities the town would be placed Wthe Act not adopted in its entirety ? The Clerk: You've got all the powers now. Mr Guy disagreed with the ex-Chairman; there was no appreciable good in adopting the Act en bloc. As a member of the sub-committee, who were per- fectly unanimous on the matter, he advocated non- interference with the existing allotments- This should not, however, preclude the Council's adoption of the clause to provide for imminent and future exi- gencies. If this power were sought, the same as they intended seeking those for shelters, etc,, to make the place more pleasurable for the inhabitants, the town would have to pay its quota. Mr T. Bevan confessed his ignorance; it took a long time to apprehend an Act. (Hear, hear). But he did not exceed his rights in asking the question, together with the reason of the committee's recom- mending its adoption. He would not, however, re- ply to the admirable speech of the last speaker; nevertheless, it was significant that throughout the country largp, Local Boards were adopting it. Mr Thomas: If we adopt the allotments we needn't put it into force. In this the Clerk concurred. Mr Snell stated that as far as the Estate was con- cerned it had done what it could, and he therefore proposed the adoption of the recommendation of the mittee. Mr Guy seconded. Mr T. Bevan, as an amendment, moved the adop- tion of the Act in its entirety, but found no seconder- The original proposition was therefore duly carried, the only dissentient being Mr T. Bevan, who per- sistently reiterated is inability to understand it yt t," The Chairman soothed Mr Bevan's luffled feathers by saying the Council could do it at any time. RIGHT OF WAYS. Air Thomas thought the adoption of the Act would have a decidedly beneficial effect were it possible for people once again to walk from Penarth to Sully without having to climb over the iron fence fixed by the War Office in front of the Battery; he should be delighted to have a smack at the War office. (laughter), Mr 3. Bevan Have you a right to open public ways when closed ? i don't want to go down to Lavernock there's a grievance nearer borne-the Docks. When I moored this question before, the Clerk advised its remaining in abeyance till the advent of the new Council. Mr Suell pointed out the desirability of Mr Bevan's observations being recorded on the minutes. Mr Thomas Pardon me; the road is a private one, repaired, maintained, and lighted by the T.V.R.; and, to my certain knowledge, for the past 25 years the Company have one day in each ye:ir adopted thea usual leg-tl methods of publicly showing it was not highway. You can, however, have it at short notice by paying for the gas. SEWAGE OUTFALL EXTENSION CLAIM. Another letter was read from Messrs Batchelor and Snowdon maintaining the equity of their extra claims, 0 now disputed by the Council. Mr Snell suggested that it be read again that day I'm 9 six months. Mr Thomas, however, gave notice of motion to rescind a former resolution burking the matter, and that a committee, consisting of Messrs Snell, T. Bevan, and the Surveyor, be appointed to hear the con- tractors. The Surveyor expressed his pleasure at being thus afforded an opportunity of vindicating himself, inas- much as the contractors had hinted at his misleading them, and subsequently making false statements- SALOP STREET SEWER CLAIMS. A letter was also read from Messrs W. R. Meazey and Co., regretting the way in which they had been misled in tendering, whereby they had suffered a dead loss of ;C12. The 12s which the Council, through the Surveyor, had allowed them for old pipes could be kept or given to some charitable institution. (Laugher)- They were under the impression the job was for a lump sum. The Surveyor exp!ained that Mr Meazey had been paid according to the work executed. By the Clerk Yes, he had signed the contract and had since accused him (the Surveyor) of having written a portion subsequent to his signing. Mr T. Bevan said it seemed to him that Mr Meazey legitimately expected a lump sum, as-he tendered on a schedule. The Surveyor fixed the schedule, which no doubt was fair, but still the con- tractor bad good grounds in believing that the schedule of fixed prices allowed for a 4ft. trench The Surveyor, however, directed the trench to be only 3ft, and to be opened as little as possible. As. a practical man, he was bound to say that to open a trench up at 3ft, ana go down 4ft without timbering was risky. This entailed a loss on the excavation, which Mr Meazey was prepared to do. Mr Snell drew attention to the trench being an old one he had known trenches worked in Penarth at less than than that width. After some discussion, the matter dropped. THE CLERK'S SALARY. Upon the motion of Mr T. Bevan, it was resolved to advance the Clerk's salary from fl30 to X160 per anum- MR G. L. NORRIS, AND THE FIERY FURNACE." The Clerk announced he had'a letter to read from Mr Norris. A look of pitiful martyrdom passed o'er the classic features of the 12 apostles," as they saw four closely-written sheets of foolscap loom before them. The chairman advised his colleagues to light their cigars, and resign themselves. Mr Lloyd wanted to know if there were any need to read it. An unmistakeable chorus of No's followed but the clerk, with a keen and commendable sense of duty, said he would read a bit, and then the mem- bers could stop him when they liked- Mr J. W. Morris led off and read half a dozen lines till the words ".fleq furnace" came in, when the Councillors evidently thinking things were becoming a little sultry, Mr. R. Bevan promptly quashed ihe remainder by suggesting that it lie on the table. Mr T. S. Lloyd C, promptly seconded this. The letter quickly found its way into the waste paper basket. Mr K. Guy remarked, amid uproarious laughter.- that the proposition was not carried, and they were therefore out of order, for the letter was lying underneath the table. The following is a copy of the letter To the Chairman and Members of the Penarlh Urban District Council. Gentlemen,—A few yearQ ago the estimated population of Penartu was 6,000, The rates then were only 8d in the X now that the town has in- creased to 13,000 the rates have advanced to Is Id in the X. If this is termed development, God help, the ratepayer's, and I for one would say a policy of stagnation would be far more preferable than de- velopment of this description, which only benefits a few at the expense of the great majority. According to this mode of development the more persons who come I and residein the townordistrict, and therefore increase the total amount received from assessments, atrang-e