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to take Counsel's opinion as to who is to bear the expense of it. That is a perfectly fair proposition. The Mayor It comes too soon. Dr. Prichard It should have come on the con- firmation of the minutes you have signed the minutes now. The Mayor The other resolution should first be rescinded. Dr. Prichard If this sort of thing is to go on, we can come here the next meeting, and upset the whole thing again. The Chairman I will ask Mr Farrington why he gave us this report. Dr. Prichard The explanation you gave, was that it was caused by this report. Mr Farrington My reason was that the water- supply has been very unsatisfactory. I have had to cope with enormous pressures at Conway which ought not to be kept up, and that gave rise to a question to-day as to how many men I keep to repair these pipes. This really made me take this matter into consideration. Dr. Prichard Did you consider yourself this last twelve months Surveyor to the Colwyn Bay Water-supply ? Mr Farrington was beginning to reply. Dr. Prichard (sharply) Answer me yes or no ? Again Mr Farrington began a reply, and again he was cut short by the choleric demand from Dr. Prichard,—"Answer me yes or no. This was repeated for some time, and at last Mr Farrington warmly cried out, I am not going to be dictated to in this way." Dr. Prichard You will have to. Did you con- sider yourself the Engineer for the water-supply of Colwyn Bay? Again a wrangle ensued, when the Chairman said, sternly,— Order, order sit down both of you." Mr John Roberts Did'nt you allow Mr Farrington to explain ? The Chairman Yes. In face of this unfortun- ate discussion, during which the authority of the chair has been completely defied, the question is whether you had not better put your hats on, as the members of another more august Assembly do. Mr Farrington I have prepared that report without any instruction from any individual, and without any information of the notice of motion by Mr Parry. It has been prepared in my own interest, and the answer to the question whether I consider myself the Water Engineer for the supply of Colwyn Bay is No," but I am certainly interested in the Scheme which is supposed to give water to Colwyn Bay. It is not doing that, and, before it can, something will have to be done, and, in order to do that, I have prepared a report showing what is to be done. I don't say who is to pay for it, but it is the bounden duty of some one to carry out these suggestions or similar ones, and that at once, and, until this is done, this water-supply won't be satisfactory Colwyn Bay and Llysfaen will be without water, and reflections are constantly being made which are certainly not conducive to my interests as Engineer ot the Scheme. The Cowlyd Water Scheme is constantly referred-to in the papers as a failure, but the outside public don't know why, and I hope the Press and the Board will give me credit for at least common honesty in preparing this report. I notice one member shakes his head, but, if my report will get into the papers where these things have bee 1 said damaging to me, I do not care whether the Board carries out these suggestions or not. Mr Owen thought that there must be something wrong with the pipes trom Sarn Mynach to Col- wyn Bay. They had been told the pressure diminished from Sarn Mynach to Colwyn Bay, It seemed very strange to him that, when they had the Llandudno water, the same pipes supplied the whole District. As those pipes were laid be- fore the Cowlyd Board was formed, it was quite clear to him that they belonged to Colwyn Bay, and if that Board was now going to pay for new mains for Colwyn Bay, he maintained that they at Llangwstenin ought to have their new mains paid tor by the Board. And so with the other Constituent Districts where mains had been laid by the Local Authorities. The Chairman I will put it this way Those in favour of laying the Engineer's Report on the table ? The Board divided, five members voting for laying it on the table. Four members voted against that proposition, and the Chairman, voting with them, made the voting a tie, and giving his casting vote on the same side, the proposal to lay the report on the table was defeated. The Chairman (pleasantly) Then it is to come on top of the table, you see. It is very unpleasant to have these sort of squabbles, and I would ask the Board to consent to the latter part at once of Mr Farrington's proposals. I think that will get rid of a considerable amount of difficulty, and if Colwyn Bay has any claim upon the Cowlyd Board, or if the rural parts of Llangwstenin have any claims, they should be dealt with under the terms of the latter part of Mr Parry's resolution, which proposes that we should submit the whole question, the case to be prepared for Counsel by the solicitor to the Colwyn Bay Council and the Clerk to the Cowlyd Board, as to which authority is to bear the cost. Dr. Prichard Do you mean the whole question ? The Chairman The whole question. Dr. Prichard The whole question of mains everywhere ? The Chairman Certainly. If Mr Parry will accept the suggestion I make. The Rev. T. Parry Won't you allow me to put it ? The Chairman Certainly. The Rev. T. Parry: Because it is so very serious that the work should be done at once. The Chairman You mean that it should be done irrespective of who is to pay for it ? Dr. Prichard I suppose that can't be done till after the next meeting. The Chairman Mr Parry has proposed his resolution. Dr. Prichard But this resolution can't be dealt with till the next meeting. The Chairman But, surely, if Colwyn Bay determine to do it at their own expense ? Dr. Prichard Oh, certainly. The Rev. T. Parry then moved his resolution, prefacing his remarks by saying that he had not shown it to Mr Farrington or said anything about it to that gentleman. He made that proposition because they v,ere short of water in that District. It was bound to be done by some Authority or other. Unless the Joint Board could see their way to do it, they must move in Colwyn Bay. [Ironical cries of hear, hear."] To supply the water, according to the Act, wast the duty of the Joint Board. He need not read it to them, because he hoped every one them, including Dr. Prichard, had read it for themselves. As to what Mr Owen had said, if the Joint Board would take the mains in that place to themselves he had no objection to that, provided they would take Colwyn Bay as well, because he was sure they would be best in the field. He was speaking only of the trunk main now, so that Colwyn Bay, or any other District, could have nothing to say to the trunk main, except the Joint Board. He moved his resolution. The Chairman Won't you move That a 12- inch main be laid forthwith ? Dr Pritchard Hear, hear. Under this Board! Mr Parry I quite agree. The Chairman then suggested some slight amendments to the resolution, which were accep- ted by Mr Parry, and read it out in its amended form as follows That a 12-inch main be laid forthwith 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, the Conway Urban and the Conway Rural Authority, and the Glan Conway Authority, as to existing mains already laid, and as to which Authority is to bear the expense, and if jointly, in what proportion, and that the Authorities agree to be bound by such decision."

Cowlyd Joint Water Board.

Cowlyd Joint Water Board.