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Flintshire County Council. The quarterly meeting of the Flintshire County Council was held on Wednesday, at the County Offices, Mold, Mr J. W. Summers chairman. A MOSTYN MYSTERY. The Main Roads Inspector reported he had repaired the damage to the road near Mostyn Station, caused by the subsidence. He had failed to find the cause of the subsidence, although the road was opened the whole width to a depth of about 12 feet, for a distance of about 12 yards. DEADLOCK REMOVED. A portion of a retaining wall at the upper side of the main road between Halendy and Mostyn Quay having collapsed, the Main Roads Inspector reported it was necessary that the matter be attended to without delay.-The Clerk stated he had met Lord Mostyn. Liability had been repudiated on both sides, and a deadlock had arisen. The opinion was expressed that the matter ought to be compromised, and Lord Mostyn stated he was prepared to meet the County Council. If they carried out the work, he would bear half the cost. The Main Roads Committee recommended the acceptance of Lord Mostyn's offer to pay the moiety. The Cost of the work was not to exceed ;Cxoo, and the Clerk was instructed to investigate the question of liability. FLINT AND HOLYWELL URBAN ROADS. The County Surveyor reporting upon the main roads in urban areas, and the estimate of cost and maintenance for the ensuing year, said of the Flint Town Council roads —"The whole of these roads have been satisfactorily maintained. Most of the work contemplated has been done, and the foot- path improvement near the Mercerizing Works is worth the money expended on it." The Town Council estimated £ 321 8s. The County Surveyor suggesting the flagging of the footpaths in front of the New Council School, the total estimate was increased to ^338 10s. 4d., and recom- mended it for acceptance. Referring to the Holywell Urban District roads, the Surveyor stated-" The work provided for in the estimate of last year has all been carried out, together with the first section of the kerbing and channelling. This has been well laid, but I do not think it has been the best coarse to follow too closely the crooked boundary of "je road parallel to which the kerb and line has been set out. I think a t|^er line to good curves more parallel to ^2 traffic centre would have given better 3ults as far as appearance goes. Most of work has been done on the Victoria r°ad, which with the steady treatment it as received during the last five years is setting int0 g00d shape and order. No eport has been received as to the side JPping tendency, which was evidently ectually arrested by the system of subsoil Qfaihs put in some years ago. The estimate Maintenance was £ 309 18s. iod.3 and of v, felling and kerbing section No. 2, 525 f rds lineal, at 35. iod., £ 100 12s. 6d. The rt&er amount was recommended for accept- ::ce2 and with regard to the latter amount he bought it should be reduced, and the work one for 3s. per lineal yard. Kerbs and anneliing are delivered on the roadside at s. 1d. per lineal yard, and 8d. per yard, his opinion, ought to cover the cost of jpng. He suggested the Committee in- lude in their accepted estimate, 525 yards jJJ 3S<, £ 7* 15s., or a total of ^388 13s. nd. f he suggestion was adopted. With regard to Connah's Quay, the totals agreed upon were -Road maintenance, £ 228 17s, 3d.; foot- tath paving (further grant), £135. GRANTS IN AID OF ROADS. he u bounty Surveyor in his report stated fimu rece.ived several applications for t0 r g^nts in aid from Highway Authorities Jreal grants had been given during recent g0 The roads in question were now in Qrd 0rder and re<luired nothing more than ftorl?ary maintenance. A letter was read *ec t^le Holywe11 Rural District Council f0 eiyed since the issue of the report, asking r grants amounting in the aggregate to 300. The Rural Council pointed out that lee* do not approve of making grants, but s that other districts are receiving they also claimed a share.—The Com- in i*ee regarded the application as conditional tSJerms» ,and resolved that as the grants be a.dnUrf»e^ .*n ot^er cases, the, same course A loB™,in this case also. .lo«8tio aorimonious discussion took place on 10 >8*pQot f °* 8ran^s to various local authorities Several upkeep of district toads. ldea 0f j^tabers now spoke strongly against the 8 any grant for district roads, bnt a°lativad n. lor»na5 resolution to that Qffest was Ca*ried, rQBult WM tha same as ii it bad been ThpYnjELL URBAN COUNCIL AND CATTLE. Cc^nrii < to H°lywell Urban District the FJ Awarded a copy of an extract from in urM ?r- of their Medical Officer of Health, *»Qlh" lt stated :—" As *ar as 1 am aware v "1D6 has been done with regard to the Sal iDary iDSPect*on °* cattle, and I have ed the attention ef your Council over and again to this important matter."—It was Reived that no action be taken in the mattes :he County Council. t DEE NAVIGATION. the meeting of the General Purposes llo2°?lttee a communication was received ^essrs> ^lysine Jones and Co. on the of a scheme they had prepared for out the proposals with regard to the betv ment °* navigation of the Dee ar\( Connah's Quay and Mostyn Deeps, ti0l £ Provide adequate dock accommoda- muiic Quay- Accompanying their com- det?i30n they forwarded a print giving a frona5 description of their scheme both A lete> engineering and financial standpoint j Deerv^as a^so rea(* fr°m 'he Clerk of the j ^servancy Board, who stated that Messrs Glynne Jones and Co.'s scheme wholly depended upon the coalowners subscribing and taking up £ 300,000 deferred shares and guaranteeing an export traffic of 1341 million tons of ccal, and that as the coalowners could give no such guarantee the Board would in all probability now actively promote Messrs Stevenson's scheme. After some discussion the General Purposes Committee resolved that the further discussion be deferred to the next meeting. ANCIENT MONUMENTS. The Secretary of the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments in Wales and Monmouth" shire with regard to the protection and pre- servation of historical and archaeological monuments, etc., forwarded a communication to the Council, and asked that a committee be formed, and the Chairman of the Com- mission (Sir John Rhys) would direct the attendance of the Secretary at the meeting to be called for that purpose. It was decided that a special meeting of the General Pur- poses Committee be convined for the purpose. NORTHOP AND REPRESENTATIVE GUARDIANS. A communication was received from the Clerk of the Norfhop Parish Council with regard to their application for increased re- presentation on tke Holywell Board of Guardians. The particulars furnished by the Clerk to the Parish Counctl in support of their application showed.The area of the parish is estimated at 7,109 acres; rateable value, £ 19,825 3s. 9d., and the population 3,061.—The Clerk informed the committee that a prima facie case had been made out, and it was resolved that the County Council be recommended to appoint a committee to hold the necessary inquiry and to report thereon. HOLYWELL TO MOLD LIGHT RAILWAY. At the meeting of the Railway and Parlia- mentary Committee, the chairman (Mr Capel Cure) informed the committee that he had had an interview with Mr J. Jepsen, of the London and North-Western Railway, with reference to the Holywell to Mold and Buckley Light Railway, and that certain figures were being prepared, shewing the present traffic, the cost and detail of scheme for the construction of the proposed railway. The meeting was adjourned to the day before the County Council meeting. The minutes were confirmed, and a small com- mittee was appointed to discuss the scheme with the railway company, and to report later to the Council. Mr Oapel Cure, chairman of the Railway and Parliamentary Committee, suggested that a inall committee be appointed to meet irepreftntailves of the railway company with a view to a conference. He pointed out that the appointment of such a com- mittee would not ia any way pledge the Council. He expireseed the belief that such a scheme would pay, and mentioned the possibility that the necessary capital might be provided by the railway company, the County Council and the Government eaoh pro- viding one-fourth, and the remaining fourth beiag found by the subscribing public. Mx J. H. Ellis asked if the Uounoilhad powers to invest public money in such a scheme. The Clerk replied that they had. They oonld build a railway if they choie- The committee was appointed, after asanrancea were given that the Council were in no way com- mitted to the propoiale. SMALL HOLDINGS IN THE COUNTY. APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL OFFICER. At the meeting of the Small Holdings Committee, the Clerk informed the Com- mittee that he had advertised the appointment of a special officer to carry out the provisions of the Small Holdings Act, at a salary of ,I-ioo a year with reasonable travelling expenses actually incurred. Twenty-nine applications were received, and four can- didates were selected, and invited to attend a meeting of the Committee. The selected candidates were—Messrs R. Parry, Bourne j Jonathan P. Griffiths, Penyffordd; John E. Evans, Trelogan; and R. H. Williams, Berth, Rhewl, Ruthin. At a subsequent meeting of the Committee the four selected candidates were interviewed, and it was resolved that Jonathan P. Griffiths, of Pres- wylfa, Penyffordd, be appointed special officer to carry out the provisions of the Small Holdings Act for this county for one year, to commence from the iest day of Jane. The dutiea of the office of special officer were stipulated, and included the making of inquiries, the collection and arranging of information, and the prepara- tion of plans, reports and documents as may be required for the use of valuers, the Committee, Sub-Committee and the Clerk to the Council, to manage and supervise the small holdings and allotments under the control of the County Council, to collect the rents, keep the accounts, and act generally for the Council in respect of any land acquired by them under the Small Holdings Allotments Acts; to supervise the erection of new buildings or the alterations of existing buildings under the supervision of the County Surveyor, or such other person as the Committee may appoint. FARMS OFFERED AS SMALL HOLDINGS. A communication was received by the Small Holdings Committee from Messrs Hughes and Hughes, solicitors, Flint, offer- ing, on behalf of a client, Tyddyn Ucha Farm, Bagillt.—Mr Swetenham, Chester, was asked to inspect the buildings, land, &c., and to make a valuation and report thereon, to be submitted to the Committee at their next meeting.—An application to borrow a sum of money from the County Council under section 17 of the 1892 Act, was received from Mr John Totty (junior), Derwen Bach, Holywell, and the applicant appeared before the Committee. The Committee considered the application was not within the meaning of the Act, and the applicant was so informed. -At a further meeting of the Committee, Mr H. Swctenham's report with reference to the valuation and inspection of Tyddyn Ucha Farm, Bagillt, was received, and referred to the Special Officer.—Mr Pennant wrote, on behalf of the trustees of the Tremeirchion charities, offering to the County Council a small holding called Tyddyn Tylodion, in the parish of Ysceifiog.-The Special Officer was instructed to attend to the matter and report. THE COUNTY BUDGET. The Finance Committee reported having considered the estimate which had been pre- pared by the County Treasurer, of the pro- bable receipts and expenditure of the Council for the year ending 31st March, 1910, from which it appeared that the sums to be received during the year would probably amount to 424,203 7s. 4d., and the total sum to be provided for would be £ 43s924 17s. yd., leaviog a deficiency to Lis provided for of 419,721 IOS. 3d. —The Committee on the proposition of Mr Tilby, reduced the Main Roads estimates by £2000. It was also resolved that the estimate in respect of county bridges be reduced by ^325, and in respect of establishment charges, printing, etc., by £ 100, making a total redaction of -62,425 The estimate therefore as submitted by the Treasurer and subsequently dealt with by the Committee, leaves the deficit balance of £ 17,296 108 3d (instead of £ 19,721 10s 3d). The Committee recommended a county rate of iod. in the £ to meet the requirements of the county; id. in the L; for higher education id. in the -6 for the purpose of the Flintshire Intermediate Education Scheme, and id. for higher education purposes generally; iod, ia the £ for elementary education. The Committee recommended that the rate be levied in half-yearly instal- ments, payable on the roth of July next and nth of September, viz. :-county pur- poses, 6d. higher education, id. elementary education, Sid. On the minutes coming forward for confirmation, Mr J. H. Ellis moved that the estimates for main roads be rednoed by £ 1,000. Major Phillips ssoonded. He eomplaiasd that the apbaep of the main roads had inoreased from A46 to A70 a mile since 1905. Dr Williams said the increase of 91,700 over the estimate last yeat was on items for which the Bhyl members voted. He acoased the Conservatives of pataing any expenditora in committee, and raising oomplaints at tbe public meetings, where they ooald pose as economists. He oballenged them to lay a finger on any item of expenditure and label it extravagance. To pass a general resolution of the oharaoter before them would pnt their finances into ohaOl. H. Tilby said that to say the minority were responsible for the expenditure was the weakest possible confession ofiaeptitade. Mr Ellis' proposal was withdrawn. The Finaoce Committee had rednoed the main road payment by 42,000. The rates levied were lOd. in the £ for general county purposes for the current year, lOd. in the J for elementary ednoation, and Id. ia the A for the first half of the year for higher education. =2 COUNCIL AND AJmOXFATOBY JOUUTAUMI. Mr J. H. Elli. called attention to the fact that an extract from the minutes had appeared in certain newspapers before thoee minutes had been before the Council. In several papers the previous day there wae disclosed particulars of a proposal relating to the navigation of the Dee. In his opinion 11 was wrong for eueh pnblioation to take plaoe (hear, hear). He suggested that as only papers of a certain Qulonr" bad the information early it looked at though there was an agreement between the officials and some favoured reporters. The Olerk indignantly repudiated the suggestion that he had favoured any papers. It was a most unfair insinuation. Mr Tilby atked the olerk whether ooples of the minutes were supplied to the reporters as to the members. The Clerk replied that if a reporter oalled at the offioe for a copy he was given one. There was no systematic delivery of the minutes. There was an understanding that nothing was to be published until after the meeting, Mr Tilby .aid suoh an arrangement was most un- satisfactory (hear, hear). He moved that copies of the minutes be sent to the reporters who attended the meetings, together with a oiroolar letter containing the intimation that no part of the information was to be published before the meeting. Mr J. P. Jones said he always handed his minutes to two reporters at Holywell as soon as he received them (loud lauuhter). He did not imagine that he was doing any harm. Mr Tilby's proposal was unanimously earrled.

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