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Llandudno Urban District Council. THE TRAMWAY COMPANY AND THEIR PENNY STAGES. The monthly meeting of the Llandudno Urban District Council, was held on Fri- day evening, in the Council Chamber, Mr Ernest E. Hone, J.P., presiding. The fol- lowing members were also present:—Messrs. S. Chantrey, W. II. Jones, T. NN" Griffith, James J. Marks, Thomas Thomas, W. O. Williams, A. E. Vollam, Hugh Edwards, Pierce Jones, William Thomas, David Davies, Thomas Smith, F. j. Sarson, Robert Roberts, the Clerk (Mr. A. Conolly), the Deputy Surveyor (Mr. W. T. Ward), thei Ac- countant (Mr. Walter Wood], the Electrical Engineer (Mr H. Morton), and other oriicials. WELCOMING A NEW MEMBER. The Chairman extended a welcome to Mr T. Thomas, Cilgerran, the newly-elected member lor Central Ward, vice Mr J. O. Thomas, deceased. CONTRACTORS AND THEIR TENDERS. At a meeting of the Works Committee, a letter was read from Messrs Evan Hughes and Son, with reference to the withdrawal of their tender for constructing the public convenience on the West Shore, and stating that they consider it unfair that they should be debarred from tendering for two years, as it was the fault of the Council in not keeping to the conditions of the advertise- ment, to commence the work on the 1St October. After some discussion, the matter was re- ferred back to Committee. PAINTING ARC LAMPS, &c. Out of five tenders for the painting of arc lamp columns and feeder pillars, that of Mr W. J. Sewell, at £14 7s., was accepted. INCREASE OF LIBRARY CARETAKER'S SALARY. The Library Committee recommended an increase in the salary of Mr Eildes, care- taker to the Carnegie Free Library, from I is to 22s per week. Mr Pierce Jones protested against such an increase from I is to 22s, in view of the fact that he understood the branch libraries were closed for want of funds. The Chairman said that the reason for the closing of the branch libraries, was, be- cause they were not duly appreciated. Mr Thomas Smith asked if this was the time to increase wages? He moved that the matter be referred back to the financial year. Mr Pierce 'ones seconded. Five shillings of an advance was more than what was wanted at this time of the year. The care- taker only worked six hours a day. Mr F. J. Sarson replied that the rate at which Mr Fildes was paid previous to the recommended advance, was the magnificent sum of 2 jd per hour, which was not a decent price for a common labourer (shame). If Mr Eildes was not worth 22s a week for the work he did, he was not worth 22 pence (hear, hear). Mr W. O. Williams said that Mr Fildes put in about 52 hours per week, and the rate of pay at 22s was only 5d per hour. Mr Robert Roberts, Chairman of the Com- mittee, said he was glad to leave the vindica- tion of the recommendation in the hands of the members of the Committee, and he thought the increase should be retrospective. The recommendation was almost unani- mously carried. TIlE TRAMWAY COMPANY AND THEIR PENNY STAGES. A discussion took place upon the new penny stages, instituted by the Tramway Company, more particularly relating to that from Deganwy Street to Conway Shore, and that from Queen's Road to Vaughan Street. The feeling expressed, was, that the penny fares in these cases should be from Conway Shore to Hooson's corner, and from Queen's Road to St. John's Church. Mr W. H. Jones said that the Tramway Company had made these particular stages aS'i^ell'nis^ inconvenient as it was possible. The Chairman said it was most important to have penny fares right into the town to places of busines-s and amusement. If the Company did not concede these requests, the only way would be to License motor char- a-bancs, which wuld give longer stages (hear, hear). v Mr T. W. Griffith said the Council should insist on the stages being altered as directed. Mr Robert Roberts urged that there be no delay in the matter. To have effective measures, they should be prompt in dealing With it. & The Chairman said that when the matter was discussed with the representatives of the Company, they stated they would consider it, but made no promise. Mr Marks: License somebody else. That's the only way to deal with them (hear,hear). THE WELSH NATIONAL MEMORIAL TO KING EDWARD. The minutes of the meeting of the Com- mittee appointed in the matter of the pro- posed Welsh National Memorial to King Edward VII.. was read ° Mr T. W. Grifeth asked what was expect- ed of subscribers locally. r ,Thhe 9hairman said the appeal was worded rattier in a manner that was not quite clear whether the contributions were to be sent direct to headquarters or to be subscribed locally and sent up in one sum. The Chairman said it was suggested to have another meeting with experts addressing them on Consumption. He did not see that they wanted another meeting, but, rather a house to house movement. If the matter did not appeal to the people he was sorry for them (hear, hear). THE MYSTERIOUS SEWING MACHINE. During the consideration of the minutes of the Finance Committee, Mr David Davies called attention to an item of £3 5S for a sewing machine. He wondered what the Council required with a sewing machine? Mr T. W. Griffith said he had the honour of selling the machine for the purpose of the !^°iatu°a H°sPltal- He could assure thetm e ,Ve no Profit upon the matter ( bhame, and laughter}. J-he Chairman: I don't see why you A COUNCILLOR'S STRONG PROTEST. During the consideration of the St. Thomas s Day Charity, Mr William Thomas said he had a protest to make, relating to the of the fund in the Parish. It was decided that lie should be the representative of the Council upon that trust, but he desired to say he could not get a voice in the matter. When he attended the distribution, he noticed that two or three persons had died during the year, and the Vicar of Llanrhos had inserted two or three names. Persons came from Tywyn and Penrhynside, and were disappointed. He suggested that the members of the Charity Trust meet a week before the distribution to consider those names who were suggested for receiving benefit. He strongly protested against the manner in which the names were struck out, and others substituted, by the Vicar of Llanrihos, and he (the speaker) had been ignored in the matter. The Vicar had said there was ample time to go over the list on the morning of the application. He, list on the morning of the application. He, as representative of the Council, had no opportunity of meeting the trustees, only on the morning of the distribution (shame). It was a farce. Some recipients of the charity were younger than himself (shame). Mr Robert Roberts argued that they should ask the Charity Commissioners to see that the trust was carried out as per agreement. The Charity must meet twice in the year, and he thought one of those meetings should be to go over the list. In the Llandudno parish, the matter was done amicably. It was a secular trust, and did not belong to a political party or a religious body. It be- longed to the parish (hear, hear). NEXT YEAR'S ELECTIONS. Owing to the Census being taken next year, tht Clerk intimated that the election would take place a little earlier in the year than usual. LOATn'S FOR ELECTRICITY PURPOSES. The Clerk reported that the Local Govern- ment Board had approved of the sum of [1,000 additional expenditure on electricity, £ 1,090 for additional plant, and the sum of £130 excess on loans. TELEPHONES. A lengthy letter from the Town Clerk of Glasgow, was read, respecting the fact that the telephone system was to be taken over by the Government, on the 31st December inst., and suggesting certain representations to be made upon charges, etc., which were at present unnecessarily high. It was decided to adopt the suggestions of the Glasgow Corporation upon the matter. RE-APPOINTMENT OF INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES. Upon the proposition of the Chairman, Mr Little was re-appointed Inspector of Nuis- ances for one, year, from the 24th inst., at a salary of £ 150 per annuan, and inspector of drains of new buildings for same period at an. annual salary of £ 6. WATER USED IN LOCK-UP SHOPS. Councillor F. J. Sarson moved:—"That having regard to the greatly reduced charges levied in many cities and towns in Great Britain upon lock-up-shopkeepers in the supply and use of water to their shops, the Water and Gas Committee be instructed to lower the expense of water supplied to Llan- dudno lock-up-shopkeepers, so as to conform with the reduced charges that obtain in above cities and towns, particulars of which will be furnished for the information of Council- lors prior to this resolution being moved." A long discussion ensued upon the matter, and Mr James Marks seconded the pro' position. A deputation of lock-up-shopkeepers was present, but it was decided that they be not heard, because, the Chairman said, it would be a bad precedent to have persons address* ing the Council upon certain grievances Mr William Thomas, Chairman of the Water and Gas Commitee, stated that the water undertaking did not pay its way, above £ 1,000 a year being taken from the gas con. cern profits to make up the deficit on the water undertaking. In two years' time the last instalment on the loan upon the water scheme would be paid, and the Committee would then be able to reduce the water charges in various directions After further discussion, the motion was defeated by eight votes to five.

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