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TENBY TOWN COUNCIL. ADJOURNED ANNUAL MEETING. REFUSE TIPPING AT SALTERN. THE HARBOUR MASTER'S SALARY. The adjourned annual meeting of the Tenby Town Council was held at noon in the Council Chamber on Monday, when the Mayor (Captain D. Hughes Morgan) presided, those present being Aldermen Chiles and Leach, Councillors Tucker, W. H. Thomas, Lord, Farley, Mason, Da vies, Sandercock, and Morrison, together with the Town Clerk (Mr G. Lort Stokes), Borough Surveyor (Mr Bertie Morley), and the Borough Accountant (Mr T. M. Eastlake.) The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and signed, the Council proceeded to the signing of money orders, but before this was done Mr Morrison asked whether they could have the Treasurer's statement as to the condition of the various accounts at the Bank. Mr Eastlake then read the following financial statement:— DISTRICT— £ 1855 12s. 6d. Credit. ESTATE— £ 184 6s. 3d. Debit. PIER— £ 530 6s. lOd. Debit. WATER— £ 223 16s. 3d. Credit. He added there was a nett credit of £1264. m1. 11 .hl"t..r.nöCl TRORA OMNO/1 Ille IOUUWlllg VIFFVXV Wiguww • YORKSHIRE INSURANCE COMPANY. 22 3 0 YORKSHIRE PENNY BANK, principal and interest on Landing-stage Loan 146 6 5 YORKSHIRE PENNY BANK, principal and interest, Sewerage Loan 11 2 10 YORKSHIRE PENNY BANK, principal and interest, Sewerage Loan 44 2 6 T. TUCKER, salary as Mayor 20 0 0 T. M. EASTLAKE, commission on collection of rents, and stamps. 17 7 0 MILDRED TRUSCOTT, out-of-pocket for telegrams re weather reports 6 7 0 MILDRED TRUSCOTT, three-quarters of a year's salary as Meteorological Observer, due November 9th. 1 5 0 THOMAS and JOHN, Sergeants-at- Mace, official duty 1 0 0 GEORGE BOWEN, Harbour Master, quarter's salary 18 0 0 TENBr COTTAGE HOSPITAL 5 0 0 GEORGE DAVIES, painter. 0 7 0 J. D. GWYTHER, draper, mackin- tosh for Market Toll Collector 1 11 6 HERMANN THOMAS, plumber 4 11 2 W. H. PHILLIPS, timber | ° MORRIS BROTHERS, ironmongers 9 18 10 JAMES GRIFFITHS, blacksmith 0 7 7 MERRYWEATHER and Co., hose, blocks, etc., for Fire Brigade. 35 17 6 LEWIS THOMAS, coal for Pumping Station 68 10 11 EDWIN LLOYD, ironmonger, cement gulleys, pipes, etc 24 14 4 SHAW and SONS, stationers, copy of u Explosive Act 0 4 9 T. FLYNN, Malacca cane, for sewers 2 0 0 GEORGE JENKINS, lime, stone, etc.. 2 17 0 BEYNON BROTHERS,^Limited, pipes, cement, etc 9 11 2 DAVID and Co., Saundersfoot, man- holes, standards, etc 9 12 6 R. G. and S. GRIFFITHS, ironmon- gers 0 10 3 J. W. GRIFFITHS, Penally Court, conveying Band 0 7 6 D. HINDS, water way leaves 2 2 0 E. F. WALL, water wayleaves 1 1 0 JAMES THOMAS and SON, Haver- fordwest, tithes (St. Michael's). 5 1 1 STOKES and STOKES, tithes. 19 14 10 G. J. S. Lyons, salary and bill- posting 34 2 4 COURT LODGE OF ODDFELLOWS, prin- cipal and interest on new sewer loan. 33 14 9 T. H. JOHN, return of births and deaths. 0 7 6 Mr MOORE, Crown rents. 29 2 4 GEORGE THOMAS and SON, quarter's town's refuse removal, due Sep- tember 30th 96 15 0 JAMES HUGHES, Poor Rate (St. Mary Out Liberty) on water pipes, etc 5 18 9 ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPAL COR- PORATIONS, annual subscription. 110 JOHN LEACH, advertising 2 6 0 JOHN RICHARDS, blacksmith 9 6 10 CURTIS and HARVEY, gunpowder. 2 6 0 J. B. FRANCIS, chemist, disinfec- tants 11 1 0 BELL and Co., washers, etc 8 0 8 TENBY TRADESMEN'S ASSOCIATION, proceeds of penny rate on J35260 collected up to date (Band) 70 0 0 TRANSFER CHEQUE, to credit of Harbour. 697 15 9 WALTER DAVIES, soap 0 2 2 Miss NOOT, Hall-keeper, quarter's salary 3 15 0 With regard to the ex-Maybr's salary, Mr W. H. Thomas said he understood that this was added to. The Town Clerk said the addition was paid at the time. Upon the cheque for the Harbour Master coming on for signature, Mr Mason said he would like to call the attention of the Council to that cheque. Their Harbour Master was, unfortunately, not in good health, but still he (the speaker) thought in fairness to other ratepayers that Mr Bowen should provide a substitute to carry out his own duties. The Council had now for four weeks paid a substitute for Mr Bowen, and he (Mr Mason) now considered it time that he should provide his own. Mr Farley said this was a matter which had been discussed at the Finance Committee. Mr Bowen, said the speaker, had been a servant to the Tenby Corporation for over forty years, during which time he had not taken one day's holiday, and he thought allowance must be made for that. Most officials were entitled to a fortnight's holiday; and in forty years Mr Bowen must have missed a good many. The speaker thought they might go on giving him a few weeks longer. Mr Mason said they had already paid a substi- tute for Mr Bowen for four weeks. At last Friday night's meeting of the Finance Commit- tee a statement was submitted by the Borough Accountant with regard to the Pier and Har- bour, in connection with which a transfer cheque was to be signed that day, and from which it appeared that the cost of maintenance, salaries, etc., came to the sum of JS580, whilst the total receipts were J3560, thus showing a deficiency of 220. He (the speaker) thought after that statement, and looking at the fact that the Harbour Master was in very good circum- stances, he ought not to ask the ratepayers to pay a substitute for him. No doubt he had been a good servant, but he had had a jolly easy berth. Mr Tucker said he would like to say a few words in reply to Mr Mason. He (the speaker) had known the Harbour Master a great many years, and knowing the good work which Mr Bowen had put in for that Corporation, he (Mr Tucker) had no hesitation in saying it would be money well spent if they had paid a sub- stitute for four months. With regard to Mr Bowen's private means, the speaker did not think that was a matter which had anything to do with that Council. As a matter of fact, he did not think Mr Bowen was so well off as Mr Mason seemed to imagine. Alderman Leach said he was sorry he was unable to agree with Mr Mason in his desire to cut off the Harbour Master's salary. Mr Bowen had served that Corporation for a number of years-nearer fifty than forty. During the time he had been Harbour Master Mr Bowen had not had one half-day's holiday. He never asked for it and never took it without leave. That he had been a good and faithful servant all these years was proved by this fact. Mr Mason-It does not follow. Alderman Leach—Yes, it does. He added that he thought it very ungracious now Mr Bowen was laid aside by illness that any attempt should be made to cut off his salary. Mr Mason-He has been paid for a month. Alderman Leach retorted that if Mr Bowen had been paid for two months that would not affect his argument. With regard to Mr Bowen's private income, that should not be considered at all. His private affairs were quite distinct. He (the speaker) had never enquired as to his private income, it was not his business to do so. Mr Bowen. had received a very low wage for many years. He had first £40, then JS50, and it was not until the Cor- poration built a 914,000 or £15,000 pier that the Harbour Master's salary was raised to its present amount. Mr Bowen had now charge of very valuable property for the Corporation. Mr Mason—Very badly looked after. Alderman Leach-Please, Mr Mason, don't interrupt, you have had your say. The Mayor remarked that he did not think they were in order in discussing the matter that day. What they were now paying the Harbour Master for was for the past. The matter being discussed did not arise upon the signing of the cheque, which was for past services. They were not discussing the salary for the future. If Mr Mason wished to mention the matter he could bring it on at the Finance Committee. Mr Mason replied that he had done that, and was told to bring it before the present meeting, He added Surely this is not a Cripples Benevolent Society Mr Davies rose to speak on the subject. The Mayor-Mention it at the next committee meeting. Alderman Leach remarked that the Finance Committee had no power whatever in dealing with the salaries of officials. Anything dis- cussed at the Finance Committee about such matters would have no effect whatever, as they could not alter them. Mr Mason said that was why he was told to mention it there. The matter then dropped. With regard to Mr Edwin Lloyd's bill, Mr Davies enquired what date the same covered. Mr Eastlake-J uly 6th to September 29th. Mr Davies also asked asked a similar ques- tion with regard to Messrs. Beynon Brothers' account, and was informed by Mr Eastlake that it covered a period from July 5th to October 3rd. Upon the transfer cheque to the Harbour coming on for signature, Mr Mason asked that Mr Eastlake should read out the statement with regard to the Pier and Harbour which he presented at the Finance Committee on Friday night, so that the Council might hear it Mr Eastlake then read the statement, which was as follows :— TRANSFER CHEQUE TO CREDIT OF HARBOUR ACCOUNT. Principal and interest on Harbour Loan Balance of £ 1000 242 12 9 Ditto on Landing-stage Loan of j3655 3s 2677 15 9 Repairs & maintenance, including salaries. 580 0 0 21257 15 9 > Estimated receipts. 560 0 0 £ 697 15 9 Cheque to transfer 697 15 9 Mr Mason, after the statement had been read, said that the Council would see that the maintenance and salaries came to £ 580, and the estimated receipts to j3560, which meant a defi- ciency of £ 20, and that, he contended, was a sufficient reason for strict economy in regard to the Harbour. The next business on the agenda was the confirming of reports of committees. Alderman Leach moved the adoption of the Sanitary Committee reports of October 10th, 17th, 24th, November 14th and 21st. Mr W. H. Thomas seconded. Mr Tucker said he had an objection to raise with regard to a minute in the report of November 14th, which read "Councillor George Thomas proposed, Councillor Mason seconded, that the contractor be informed he must not place any more scavenging refuse on Saltern Tip.—Carried." The speaker said he should like that minute deleted altogether, as he considered it a very unfair thing to the scavenging contractor that he should be ordered to discontinue tipping refuse on the Marsh. Continuing, the Deputy Mayor, said he very much doubted whether the Council had any right to do this he thought it was outside their jurisdiction, and that they were dealing un- justly with a man who had entered into an agreement with regard to the removal of the town's refuse on the distinct understanding that he would do it on the old terms, which included that he should put his first load on the Marsh, thereby saving time. He (the speaker) did not think they ought to order this without first having some report from their Sanitary In- spector, that the tipping of this refuse would be injurious or dangerous to health. Until they had such a report he did- not think that Council should deal with the matter. He did not believe that any nuisance existed, though it might exist in the imagination of certain members of that Council, who quite recently advocated the tipping of the whole of the town's refuse, amounting to 3360 loads, on the Marshes, and had now suddenly discovered that the tipping of one or two loads there daily would be dangerous to health and calculated to cause an epidemic in the town. Proceeding, the speaker said he did not agree that this matter had received careful consideration at the hands of the committee who passed the resolution he now wished to have deleted. In the hurly- burly of that discussion no one knew where they were, and the whole thing resolved itself into a war against rats. One member was busy docking their tails, another their heads, whilst anather wanted to know whether they had taken the necessary steps to prevent their bodies from running away after the operation. (Laughter.) When men talked like that serious business was neglected. He warned them that if the resolution as embodied in the committee report was carried it would mean a great injus- tice to the scavenging contractor. It would mean that the town would be neglected, and not be cleaned in the morning as was the case at present, unless they employed another cart, which would mean an additional expenditure of JE50 or more. He formally moved that the resolution be deleted from the minutes. Mr Mason took it that the Deputy Mayor referred to him, and in reply he (the speaker) only wished to say that provided they had proper treatment he did not desire to hamper the contractor or be unfair to him in any way. The Mayor remarked that until Mr Tucker's motion was seconded the matter could not be discussed. Mr Lord said he understood that only two loads of ashes a day were to be deposited on the Saltern Tip, and that no vegetable or offensive matter was to be included in these loads. If it was understood that only ashes were to be deposited he would second Mr Tucker. Mr Mason said that if only dry ashes were to be deposited there no objection could be raised. What was objected to was house refuse which was likely to be offensive. Alderman Chiles said he had heard a great many complaints with regard to the stuff tipped on this ground. Several ratepayers in the neighbourhood of the tip complained that it was very disagreeable and offensive. Mr Mason-Of course it is Mr Davies said he believed they instructed their Surveyor to ascertain what was the nature of the stuff the scavenger was tipping at Saltern, and if it was found to be objectionable to report to the Council, when it could be stopped. Mr Lord took it that it was in the contract what was allowed to be deposited at Saltern. Alderman Leach thought -that before the Council moved in this matter the Borough Surveyor should ascertain the number of loads which were tipped there. None of them wanted to disturb the contract, but they should know whether the inhabitants of that neighbourhood were justified in complaining that the stuff tipped there was a nuisance. At present the Council had no knowledge as to the nature of the stuff tipped there. The Borough Surveyor-It is only one load a day. Alderman Leach-Do you know that of your own knowledge ? The Borough Surveyor- Yes. After further desultory discussion, Mr Lord formally seconded the Deputy Mayor's resolution to delete the minute referred to. Mr W. H. Thomas said he would like to say that he understood the resolution in the report of the Sanitary Committee arose in connection with a communication from the Local Govern- ment Board respecting rats and he certainly thought that it was a breeding ground for rats, as the stuff deposited there by the scaven- gers was the sort of food that encouraged them. On those grounds he supported the resolution ordering the contractors to tip no more stuff there. Mr Mason proposed as an amendment that the minutes of the Sanitary Committee of 14th- November be confirmed as they stood, and the Surveyor advise the Council in the matter. Mr Davies seconded. Mr Tucker then withdrew his original resolu- tion. Alderman Leach proposed that the Surveyor report as to the number of loads deposited daily by the scavenging contractors at Saltern. Mr Sandercock seconded, and the resolution was carried unanimously. Alderman Leach moved, and Alderman Chiles seconded, the confirmation of the reports of the Estate Committee dated October 10th, 17th, and November 14th. Mr Mason, before this resolution was put to the meeting, said he wished to draw attention to the fact that in his copy of the Estates minutes no figures were mentioned with regard to the cost of the South Parade Improvement; it was left blank. The Town Clerk explained that he had been waiting to get the figures from the Surveyor. The Mayor suggested that the figures re- ferred to would be in the minute book. Mr Mason said that was the only objection he had to the passing of these minutes. The Surveyor said the nett cost of the im- provement in South Parade was JS128 18s. 8d., after deducting the sale of the materials. Mr W. H. Thomas drew attention to the minutes of the meeting of October 17th, which contained a reference to the repairing of the Museum Cottage, in connection with which there was a resolution that the work be carried out, and that the Museum Committee be asked to contribute half the cost. He (Mr Thomas) would now like to know whether that had been done. Mr Farley said the resolution was that the Museum Committee be asked to pay half the cost. Mr Thomas contended that the work should not have been proceeded with until after it had been arranged that th& Museum Committee paid half the cost. He now asked whether that had been dope. The Surveyor said that the work had been done. The Town Clerk said the resolution was that the Museum Committee be asked to pay half the cost. Mr Thomas maintained that the work ought not to have been gone on with until they bad been asked. Mr Tucker said the work was urgent and it had to be done. Mr Thomas again contended that the Museum Committee should have been asked to pay half the cost before the work was commenced. The Mayor, referring to the resolution, said that as far as the wording of it was concerned, it was imperative it read that the "work be carried out," and that the Museum Committee be asked to contribute half the cost. Mr Morrison enquired whether the Museum Committee had been asked to do this. Mr Thomas said he was under the impression that the Museum Committee would bear half the cost. The Town Clerk said he had had nothing in reply from them. The matter then dropped. Mr Mason said he wished to call attention to a certain matter if he might. The Corpo- ration had recently been given a very important and old house in Bridge Street, and his sug- gestion was that the Council should ask the Museum Committee whether they would take charge of same and see to its repair. Mr Davies—At whose expense ? Mr Mason replied that he proposed that should be by public subscription. The Mayor thought it was a matter which had better be brought on in committee. The Harbour Committee reports of October 10th and November 14th having been adopted, on the motion of Mr Morrison, seconded by Mr Lord, the proceedings terminated.




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