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Colwyn Bay and Colwyn Urban District Council. SPECIAL MEETING. At a special meeting of the above-named authority, on Friday, March 27th, the Chairman (Rev. Thomas Parry, J.P., A.C.C.) presided, and there were also present the Revs. W. Venables-Williams and J. G. Haworth, and Messrs John Roberts, John Bind, William Davies, Owen Williams, Hugh Hughes, Robert Evans, Hugh Davies and George Bevan, and the Clerk (Mr James Porter), and the Surveyor (Mr William Jones, A.M.I.C.E) APPOINTMENT OF OVERSEERS. Upon the motion of Mr John Roberts, the Council decided to appoint Mr Thomas Jones (Bryntirion, Grove Park) as Assistant Overseer for the parishes of Llandrillo-yn-Rhos end Eirias. The following gentlemen were also appointed as Overseers :—Parish ofLlandrillo-yn-Rhos: Messrs Thomas Davies, Tan'rallt Isa' William Thomas, Kensington House and Edward Davies, Glan Conway Villa. Parish of Eirias Messrs W. Rowlands, Glyn and John Williams, draper, Old Colwyn. THE PROPOSED PROMENADE AND FORESHORE IMPROVEMENTS OPENING THE TENDERS. The principal object of the special meeting was to open and consider the tenders received for the work in connection with the proposed Promenade and Foreshore Improvements. The Chairman was proceeding to open the tenders, when Mr Robert Evans said that, before the tenders were opened, he wished to ask whether the specifications had been carefully considered by the Highways Committee. He had reason to believe that they had not, and he was rather surprised that they should allow the ritiers to be opened without first of all having a full know- ledge of what they had to do. Mr John Roberts said that the Committee had gone through the specifications roughly, but had a fairly good idea of what they had to do. other- wise they would not have given instructions to their Surveyor. The Rev. Venables-Williams: I should like to know what were the instructions which were given to the Surveyor, before the tenders were invited. Instructions must have been given by somebody. The Surveyor said that he received instructions from the Council, to get the plans and specifica- tions ready at once. When they were completed, he handed them to the Clerk of the Council. Mr George Bevan The question is, Were the specifications submitted to the Highways Com- mittee ? The Surveyor That I do not know, sir. Mr Blud I believe there is a minute of this Council to the effect that the Surveyor was to advertise for tenders without further instructions. The Rev. Venables-Williams Then we are of course bound by that. The Surveyor I can assure the Council that I have not acted single-handed in the matter. Mr Robert Evans I do not think there is such a minute on record. I say it is most improper for us to go into a contract of so much importance without first of all giving fair consideration to the specifications. We are here as representatives of the ratepapers, and ought to do a thing properly. Mr John Roberts It is not yet too late to con- sider the specifications. But I remember that we gave instructions to our Surveyor, to adver- tise for tenders, about a month ago. The Surveyor has explained to us the specifications. Person- ally, I am quite satisfied now that our Chairman has seen them. He told me himself that they were all right. I hope we shall proceed-to open the tenders to-day. If any member wishes to raise an objection, he can do so before the contract is signed. I move that the tenders be opened. The Rev, W. Venables-Williams seconded. Mr William Davies: I do not object to the tenders being opened, provided the specifications are first of all read to us. We in Colwyn Bay have been rather too loose in the past in regard to these kind of things. I am certain it will mean less trouble if the specifications are read out. The Rev. Venables-Williams: Is it Mr W. Davies As long as I am on my feet, I will move that the specifications be read. Mr Robert Evans seconded. The Rev. Venables-Williams Is it correct that the specifications have been submitted to the Chairman of the Council. The Chairman Yes, and I am perfectly satis- fied with them. I went through the bill of quantities very carefully, and I never saw one which had been more carefully drawn out. It is therefore hardly necessary to go through them again. If we open the tenderslto-day and come to the conclusion that we shall not require one thing or the other, it will not affect the specifications. Moreover, this is not the proper time to raise objections. It was well known to all the members of the Council, that the tenders were to be opened to-day. Mr Robert Evans But we were told that the Highways Committee had done their work properly. Mr Blud supported the motion to open the tenders, and this was subsequently put to the meet- ing and carried, two members only voting for the amendment. Mr William Davies It must not be understood that I was against opening the tenders to-day. I only wanted the specifications to be read out first. The Surveyor said that, before the tenders were opened, he had to inform the Council th-At they had to be sent in not later than 10 o'clock that morning, and that condition had been complied with, in each case. He had also taken the pre- caution of insisting upon each contractor sending in a bill of quantities. He hoped that the Council would see that they did not pay more than was reasonable on every item in the contract, and would throw out the tender of any contractor who had not complied fully with the conditions. The Rev. Venables-Williams I move, there- fore, that any contractor who has not complied with all the conditions, be disqualified. Mr John Blud seconded the motion, which was put and carried. The names of the contractors, together with the amonnt of their tender, were then read out by the Chairman, as follows :-John Weston, Silverston. £ 11938 13" iod W. E. Jones, Rhianva, Colwyn, £14,243 Messrs A. Braithwaite and Co., Leeds, £ 15,897 Rowland T. Williams, Glasfryn, Colwyn Bay, £ 15,065 9s 3d; J. F. Jones, Colwyn Bay, £ 13,900; Jacob Biggs, Birmingham, Li 1,789 6s Enoch Tempest, Marple, Cheshire, Lio,694 17s H. B. Johnston, Wrexham, £ 13,875 George Lawson, Glasgow, £ 13,722; Messrs S. Pilling and Co., £ 11,495; George Lawe, Kidderminster, £ 12,299 Messrs L. W. Mawson and Co., Manchester, £ 10,358. The Rev. W. Venables-Williams moved that, before any one of the tenders was accepted, a committee should be appointed to inquire into the credentials, &c., of the above-named contractors. Mr Blud We can take the five lowest into consideration. Mr John Roberts seconded the proposition, which was declared carried. Mr Biud's suggestion was then agreed to, and the following names were selected :—J. Weston, J. Biggs, Enoch Tempest, Pilling and Co., and Mawson and Co. The Surveyor informed the Council that Mr Weston was the contractor engaged with the Llanfairfechan Sewerage Works. Messrs Pilling and Co. were railway contractors, whilst Mr Biggs had just completed the Rhyl Sewerage Scheme, which he understood had been a great success. Mr Tempest and Mr Mawson were practically strangers to him. The Rev. Venables-Williams moved that, inas- much as it appeared that Mr Mawson was a man in the moon so to speak, his name be struck out. Mr Robert Evans suggested that Mr Tempest be treated in the same way. Mr William Davies strongly objected to the names being struck out in such a fashion, remark- ing that it would be rather hard upon the con- tractors, whose qualifications mtght be quite equal to those of the others. Mr Blud hoped that it was not intended to strike the names out finally. The Chairman agreed with what had been said by Mr W. Davies, and said that it was dangerous to draw a hard and fast line. Mr William Davies next asked when it was intended to commence operations, remarking that the ratepayers were most anxious that the work should be commenced forthwith. He had also suggested at a previous meeting that the work should be done in sections. The Surveyor That is in the specifications. Mr R. Evans suggested that, when the Agenda was completed, the Council should form itself into a Committee to go into the quantities. Mr John Roberts agreed, but thought that a Committee of Instruction should be appointed, who could deduct from or add to the quantities. It was ultimately decided to hold a special meet- ing, to further consider the tenders, on the follow- ing Tuesday. The Clerk (Mr J. Porter) read a draft amended Provisional Order with reference to the Cowlyd Water Board, but it gave no increased represen- tation to Colwyn Bay on that Board. Mr W. Davies complained that the Local Government Board had not taken any notice of the various requests of the Council in the matter. He suggested that they ask Mr Herbert Roberts to put some questions in Parliament about it. Mr Blud moved that they again appeal to the Local Government Board to grant an increased representation to the Council on the Cowlyd Board, in accordance with the rateable value of Colwyn Bay. Mr W. Davies seconded. The Rev. Venables-Williams supported the resolution. He had changed his views on that subject after seeing the way in which Colwyn

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