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protect his reputation from the stigma which had been cast upon his Scheme. The Chairman Mr Farrington, go on. Mr Farrington thereupon again proceeded, and had just finished reading, when Dr. Prichard said, hotly, I beg to propose that the paper be laid on the table. After the unanimous decision of the Board last time,—seven to four, or seven to five The Chairman Do you call that unani- mous ? Dr. Prichard Well,almost unanimous. [Laugh- ter]. I beg to propose that this Board do not entertain the suggestions of our Surveyor. This is a Colwyn Bay matter altogether. I move that the report be laid on the table. Alderman Hughes I beg to second, and I am very much surprised to have this report brought forward to-day, after the decision of the last Board. I can't understand how the Surveyor to our Board, in view of the direct negative carried at our last meeting on this very subject, comes here and suggests that we should carry out works that it was decided at the last meeting of the Board not to undertake. It seems to me he has had a pull by somebody, and I should like to know who it is. I beg to second the motion. Mr Roberts Does that mean the whole of the report ? Dr. Prichard There is nothing on it except with regard to Colwyn Bay. The Chairman I beg to point out to the Board the extreme seriousness of the position. It would appear to me that Dr. Prichard is repudiating Colwyn Bay altogether, as one of the Contribu- tory Authorities. Dr. Prichard No sir, I am not. The Chairman: The Engineer's report bears on the Scheme as from end to end, and, as far as I am concerned, I am not—who may have been the instigator of the Surveyor,—if such an insinuation is to be tolerated I have not the remotest notion. I think the Surveyor has done his duty in going into the whole Scheme as to the supply of water to the whole District tor which he is Surveyor as Surveyor for the Cowlyd Board. What may be required by the other Constituent Authorities, I do not know, but it is his bounden duty to look to the interests ot the whole of his District [Hear, hearl, with reference [Laughter from Dr. Prichard]. You may laugh sir, but it may be on the other side of the face soon. Dr. Prichard I think it is a pity he should not have been allowed to do his work without the Colwyn Bay Surveyor interfei ing with him. The Colwyn Bay Surveyor I did'nt interfere with him. Dr. Prichard I beg your pardon you have no right to speak here. The Colwyn Bay Surveyor And you have no right to The Chairman (sternly) Silence, Mr Jones you have no right whatever to speak here. If we are going to allow this, there are several other gentlemen here who may like to speak too. I say you are only here on sufferance, as Surveyor for Colwyn Bay, and so is every other gentleman who is not a member of this Board. The Surveyor for Colwyn Bay again muttered something, but the Chairman said, angrily, Silence Proceeding, the Chairman said,—however, that is a question you had belter deal with. I may say this, that the Engineer has done his duty to his Board, knowing the difficulties he has had to contend with. Whether there is not a trunk main running from one end of the District to another is the bone of contention I can quite see, and you have got to settle it. Now, there is a very important matter to come on this day, which bears very materially on this question, a proposition by Mr Thomas Parry, That this Board forthwith proceed to lay a 12-inch main from Sarn Mynach through the Colwyn Bay and Colwyn District, and that the opinion of Counsel be taken, jointly by this Board and the Colwyn Bay and Colwyn Urban District Council, as to which Authority is to bear the expenses, and, if jointly, in what pro- portion, and that the Authorities agree to be bound by such decision." Now I take it that in all probability Mr Engineer was supplied with-a copy of that resolution, because it has been given some time ago, if my recollection serves me right, and, in view of that resolution, I think the Engineer did that which was his duty to one of the Constituent Authorities at any rate, in pre- paring a report bearing on the resolution which Mr Parry is to move. Mr Roberts Can he move it now ? The Chairman I think it would be much bet- ter, to bring it to the point. Alderman Hughes I beg to rise to a point of order. This is a motion which has been discussed at the last meeting of the Board, and decided upon, and I wish to ask will you allow a member to bring a motion forward of this kind without rescinding the resolution passed at the last Board meeting. Dr Prichard expressed the view that the pro- posed motion was out of order. Mr John Roberts I rise to propose an amend- ment. My proposition is this, That this Board consider this report and carry it out." Mr Farrington does not say who is to pay tor it, and I am very glad there is a Board above to settle that question for us. The matter of fact is, we must have a main to carry the water of this District. I may tell you this now, Mr Chairman, that we had a Precept before us this morning, and the whole thing is to be printed. It is £2262, and out of that Colwyn Bay has to pay £1730, and the whole ot the other Districts will pay 41532, so we will be compelled to pay L298 more this year than the whole of the other Districts. The Mayor Don't you think you ought to pay more ? You are a bigger District. c Mr Roberts We are willing to pay if we get the water. People who live above the main road, are without a drop of water every day. Dr Prichard Did we ask you to pay for our mains ? We had a Scheme under which we had borrowing powers. The Chairman Order, order. Mr John Roberts It is only just to the Engineer, on behalf of himself, to say that it is not his fault that we are without water here, and I am proud of the report. I knew nothing of it, but the Engineer will tell you that, unless this main goes through this District, that these bursts will always continue on the main trunk, because of the tremendous pressure. It is a matter of must. I don't want you at Conway to pay but I want you to pay your share. I quite agree with Mr Evans there is no main going to Llystaen, and is it likely that that parish will pay for water and no main to take it there ? Dr Prichard Llangwstenin has to pay. The Chairman Order. Dr Prichard I say we are perfectly out of order, and this matter is not discussable unless you rescind the former resolution, because you have passed a resolution not to carry the Scheme beyond Sarn Mynach. The Chairman Mr Farrington says this in his report The question of who is to pay for it can be left till after." Dr. Prichard Well, you can't do that unless you rescind the other. The Rev T. Parry (repeatedly) Order, chair, chair, order Dr Prichard endeavoured to proceed, but Mr Parry kept up the cries of Chair and Order until the Mayor cried out,—"Two can play at that game." Addressing the Chairman, the Mayor said,—I am surprised, Mr Chairman, if this mailer is so very pressing, why you Colwyn Bay people don't do it. You need not be out of order for a day if you do this. Why don't you do it, and pass the thing off? You will get the money, so what's the use of squabbling and talking as we have been doing? Someone has to pay for it. The Chairman I hold that this proposition of Mr Parry's is clearly an intimation of the rescind- ing of the previous resolution, and he proposes in this, which is perfectly fair, and must recommend itself surely to the fairness of all men, that, seeing it is a disputed point, the Authorities shall agree

Cowlyd Joint Water Board.

Cowlyd Joint Water Board.

Cowlyd Joint Water Board.