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COLWYN BAY COUNCIL. DISPUTES WITH MCRi. HORTON. 'I At Tuesday's meeting the Chairman (Mr D. O. Williams) presiding, a report was submitted from the medical officer of health to ithe effect that, the death rate for 1908 was only 7.9, which was the lowest recorded since the formation of the urban district in 1887 :-(Hear, hear.) The Council granted licences for two motor cars conditionally upon their not being allowed to enter upon the pro- menade, one of the members observing "That a promenade is no good with such things on it." THE HORTON CASE. Mr Horton, who is a member of the Council, and was present at the meeting, wrote to protest against being called upon to pay 275 as bis alleged proportion of the cost of sewering a roiadi at Rhos-on- Sea. He objected because the work had been done in the most costly way, the statement of the contractor being that he had never worked from such extravagant specifications, and because also- he chal- lenged the Council toO take advantage of the Private Streets Act in respect of a road which had been in existence for twenty years. He went on to say that even Mr Lloyd-George's method of at- tacking the landlords was more logical. -(Laughter.) He suggested that the question be mutually referred to counsel. Mr Bevan drew attention to a, state- ment made in the course of the letter alleging that, property belonging to Mr Horton had been cut, off by the Council, while that belonging to Mr Bliss Hill had been connected. He desired to know if any such distinction had been made. Mr Bliss Hill said that he knew noth- ing of the matter complained of. So far as he was concerned he did not by every possible dodge try to get out of paying for things. Mr W. Davies urged that, some, ex- planation was due from the surveyor. He well knew that Mr Horton wrote things which were not true.—(Cries of "Oh.") The Surveyor, in reply to questions, ex- plained that there were no sewer connec- tions with the particular premises belong- ing to Mr Horton mentioned in the letter, and for that reason they could not be made. Mr .Horton maintained thati the connec- tions of the old drain were there. The Surveyor I have indeip,end,enb proof that they are not there, and that is the man who did the work. Mr Hiorton That was not the man who, put down the foul sewer. The Surveyor asserted that Mr Horton, though applied to,, had failed to produce plans of the buildings. Mr Horton: I did not put them up. The Surveyor You are responsible for them. We connected every drain that we came across, and there was absolutely no reason why an invidious distinction should be made in the ciase, of Mr Hor- ton. If Mr Horton can point out the connections, I am williing to, put them in, but I know he! cannot. The Rev. William Hughes thought that the disagreements with Mr Horton had become so frequent and objectionable that they ought to be referred to, an engineer for decison. There was no wish to dis- courage any gentleman from investing in the neighbourhood, but, on the other hand, they must see that no, man was allowed to take undue advantage of the Council. Ultimately the letter, was referred to the Highways Committee. A DISPUTED DOCUMENT. More time of the Council was taken up by a somewhat, similar matter affecting M'r Horton. Mr Bliss Hill, in accordance with notice, moved the rescinding of a resolution passed by the Council on the 9th February last, referring to the sanitary committee, to be reported on six months hence, a certain master reflating to, a docu- ment signed by Mir Horton, Joseph Dickens, George Bevan, and John Wil- liams, and he further moved that the Clerk be instructed tto take the opinion of counsel as to whether or not the, document, was hindiin,g upon the Council. Dealing with the history of the matter, he moved that in consequence of the way in which Mr Horton set the Council at defiance, especially in regard to drainage, the, four members named in the resolution were ap- pointed to go into the, matter in dispute with Mr Horton with a view to a settle- ment of the action pending. Thre.e of the members accepted without a question an agreement prepared by Mr Horton, and signed it without any reference to the Council's legal adviser, but the re- maining member, Mr Gamble (chairman of the Sanitary Committee), declined to sign. The Council were never made aware of the agreement, and he (the speaker) would have known nothing about it, if he had not found it out for himself. The surveyor declined upon his own responsi- bility to make connections with Mr Hor- ton's property, but, Mr Dicken presumed upon giving the necessary authority, which was not, his to give, and he con- tended that those connections were absolutely illegal. The agreement, more- over, was bad in law, inasmuch as it had not been submitted to the Council for approval. Mr Gamble, in seconding, stated that he declined to sign the agreement because it carried matters further (than the Com- mittee intended to go at the meeting last attended by him. His complaint against Mr Horton was that he seemed always to push the Council on one side and to do, whrut, he 1 Iked with his property. Mr George Bevan defended the agree- ment as a, document which greatly bene- fitted the public, and if it was objected to Mr Horton had intimated: his readiness to vary it.. At this point the clerk read a letter from Mr Horton, in which he expressed his willingness to' increase his payment under the agreement if the existing pro- visions were deemed unsatisfactory by the Council. Mr Bevan, resuming, said that nothing could be fairer. He much regretted the introduction of such an amount of per- sonal animosity towards Mr Horton, who had taken a prominent part in developing the district, a.nd discountenance the tak- ing of any steps which might lead to further expensive litigation with Mr Hor- ton. He moved as an amendment that the question of legality of the agreement and other questions between Mr Horton and the Clouncill be referred to the General Purposes Committee. Mr Dicken, in seconding the amend- ment, defended the Sub-committee, and vehemently resented the suggestion that they had favoured Mr Horton. While the discussion was in progress Mir Horton walked out of the room, and it was afterwards continued for a consider- able time. Finally it was decided by a small majority that a special meeting of the Council in Committee be convened on Tuesday next, with the object of viewing the site of the various drainage matters affected at Rhos-on-Sea.