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DISTRICT COUNCILS. —. MALPAS RURAL. RESIGNATION OF THE CHAIRMAN. At a meeting on Wednesday, under the presi- dency of Mr. E. Langley, a lull Council occupied a considerable time in discussing a letter from the chairman, Mr. S. H. Sandbach, relative to a resolution passed at the last meeting of the Council anent the hire of a steam rollor. It will be remembered that the surveyor reported he had, on the instructions of the chairman, engaged a steam roller for a period of fifteen days to roll the roads in the Hampton district. The chair- man was absent, but wrote a letter confirming this, and stating that he had acted in conjunction with Mr. George Lewis. The action was re- sented by the Council, inasmuch as they believed no such urgency existed and that it was outside the power of any individual to act unless powers had been delegated to him. As to the wisdom of employing the roller they were agreed, but the matter should have been brought before them for sanction before the order was given, as the oost, it was estimated, would be £ 50. A resolution which was passed confirming the order also contained the words "whilst not approving of the action of the chairman." These words the chairman viewed as a vote of censure. The following letter was read from Mr. Sandbach: Cherry Hill, 22nd April, 1902. Dea,r Sir—1 beg to thank the District Council for doing me the honour of unanimously electing me again as chairman, but I am sorry they should have thought it necessary to pass a vote of censure on me. I do not deny that technically I acted ultra vires in telling the surveyor to get a steam roller without the sanction of the. Council, but the circumstances were exceptional. hen "I j.L L _1 T lr't" Ct.1 I received the two letters apout uit io<iu x there was cause for complaint, as 1 had been up the road a few days before. And nobody can deny that it is a most unusual thing to lay such a long and thick length of metal at this time of the year unless it is to be rolled. The surveyor told me he could not get the heavy roller we had used on Cross-a-hill. I did not, however, act upon my own responsibility, as I consulted Mr. Lewis, who I knew was opposed to steam rolling, and he agreed with me. that the matter was urgent, and that as there was not another meet- ing of the Council for some time I had better tell the surveyor to get a roller. I also lW Mr. Dod, who thoroughly approved, and when I spoke about it to Colonel Barnston and Messrs. Done and Morgan they aPF°^.c{- fortunately I was absent from the Council meet- ing through having to attend the funeral ot a relative, and Mr. Le;*is was also unable to attend. I have no,w been chairman of the Council for many years, and would not presume to remain so if I thought I had not the confidence of the members, and even if a small number of them think that I greatly exceeded my duty, I am not fit for it. In justice, therefore, to myself, I must respectfully decline to be chairman unless the resolution on my conduct is rescinded. Of course, I shall not attend the next meeting of the Council, and the members will be perfectly free to take what action they think fit, so please read this letter.—Yours faithfully, (signed) S. H. SANDBACH." Mr. George Lewis explained his action in the matter. He was opposed to incurring the cost of a steam roller, but the case was an exceptional one and it was apparent that the road would not have set unless a roller had been used. They had, he knew, acted outside their powers, but when the matter was mentioned they were uncjci the impression that they could not get a 10 er under at least six week's time. They therefore agreed to order a roller, fully anticipating 1 a a meeting of the Council would be held in the interim, when the Council's sanction could be obtained or withheld. They might have called a special meeting, of course, and in fact they ought to have done, as the roller was available very much quicker than they had expected it to be. He was quite prepared to take his full share of the responsibility, but he wished to express his regret that the circumstance had arisen. As both Mr. Sandbach and he were unavoidably absent, he did not think Mr. Hobson should have made use of such words as were attributed to him in regard to them at the last meeting. He characterised them as a stab in the back. It was unjustifiable attack upon them for doing what they thought was in the best interests of the Board. Mr. Hobson could not think that because he ventured to express his opinion in public meeting that it was an unfair attack. He could not see but a very awkward state oi things would result if they were to have their expressions of opinion characterised as "a stab in the back." He thought Mr. Lewis ought to withdraw those words. Mr. Lewis: I shall withdraw nothing that I have said. Mr. Hobson did not intend to take up the humoie position, but he wished to make it clear that his vote was not one of a "vote of censure." He did not wish Mr. Sandbach to infer that at all. He held that no right of priority existed. They had ordered the putting on of the stones, and he could not conceive but that they must have known the resulting condition months before. He ventured to say that if the letters before. He ventured to say that if the letters of Dr. Jordison and Mr. Farquhar had not been received no steam roller would have been ordered. Mr. Morgan said it was quite true that Mr. Sandbach mentioned the matter to him, but lie did not know that he had been consulted in the matter. What he understood from Mr. Sand- bach was that he had ordered a steam roller to be employed. The road was in a very bad state, as they might have expected it to be. He simply wished to make it clear that so far as he was concerned he did not express an opinion. Personally, he was in favour of rolling the roads throughout the district as the effectual, and in the long run most economical, way of dealing with them. There were two things he wished to see—equality of representation and freedom of speech in their discussions. The matter to which Mr. Sandbach had taken exception was not a personal one at all, and was never intended as such. It was an executive one, and he cer- tainly thought Mr. Sandbach would have been. able to distinguish between the two. Colonel Barnston said he had, like Mr. Morgan, been told that a roller had been ordered. hat his reply to that may have been he did not quite remember; probably he said it was a very good thing, but he had not been consulted as to the ordering of it. Mr. Dod also said Mr. Sandbach had mentioned to him the fact of his ordering the roller. He went further than what the others appeared to have done, for he told Mr. Sandbach that he quite approved of the action. He deemed the case one of necessity. He believed Mr. Sand- bach's action was in the best interests of the community, and he upheld the action. Mr. Vernon, as seconder of Mr. Done's motion at the last meeting, said he passed over the road before the rolling, and if he had seen it before the last meeting he certainly should not have consented to a steam roller's having been used. Racking had been put oil, and the road was settling down into a good road. L Replying to the Chairman, the Surveyor said he was prevented from putting racking on before by orders of the Council Mr. Reeves believed the chairman had done all in the best interests of the Council, and ho thought the action of the Council at the last meeting was not right. He begged to move that the resolution be rescinded. The Chairman pointed out that the rolling had been done, but if the preface to the resolu- tion, "whilst not approving of the chairman's action," was what Mr. Reeves meant, he might give notice to move at the next meeting that they be expunged from the minutes. Mr. Reeves agreed, and gave notice. The Surveyor stated that the road contained 2,480 lineal yards, which had been repaired at a cost of £ 419 18s. 4d, or roughly £ 2 per lineal yard. It was decided to give the employes a froo holiday on Coronation day. HAWARDEN RURAL. A meeting of the llawarden Rural District Council was held under the presidency of Mr. W. Fryer on Thursday. HAWARDEN STATION ROAD. The Clerk read the surveyor's report, which stated that it would cost JB14 Is. 3d. to make a. footpath on the road leading to Havvarden Station. A six-inch drain would also bo required. The total cost, including other small items, would be about C26. As it had not been provided for in this year's estimates, he suggested that the matter be deferred, as'it would interfere with other Important improvements. The surveyor's report was adopted. „ HIGHER FERRY LANE. I lie Clerk reported, in reference to tho Higher Ferry-lane case, that the defendants, being a company, could not plead at the Assizes if a true bill was found by the Grand Jury. He had there- fore applied for and obtained a writ certiorari, so that if a true bill was found the case would be heard in London. It was a troublesomo and expensive matter, but the Council had no option but to enfore the obligation and undertake the work t.hemseIves.-The action of the clerk was agreed to. MOLD URBAN. APPOINTMENT OF CLERK. Mr. Samuel lierIT-Hford presided over the monthly meeting of this Council on Tuesday even- ing.—The Council adopted the recommendation of the Finance Committee, that for the year end- ing 31st March, 1903, a rate of 2s. 9d. in the £ be levied for the old area, and Is. 9d. in the £ for Broncoed. Mr. J. Davies, as chairman of the l1 mance Committee, explained tho surveyor's esti- mate, which required for the extended area £ 895 8s. 2d., ot which £ 653 14s. 2d. was for the original area. There was a reduction of 3d. in the rate for the old area, and tho other remained un- altered.—Tho estimates were criticised by Messrs. J. B. Marston and W. P. Jones, it being con- tended that the advantages enjoyed in the old area were not extended to the Broncoed people, although they paid the same rates.—Mr. W. B. Rowdon was re-appointed inspector of nuisances. —The Acting Cierk (Mr. W. R. Havard Evans) read a communication from the Local Government Board on the subject of the application by the trustees of the Pendre Welsh Wesleyan Chapel, who desired to purchase on lease a portion of the Bailey Hill for extension purposes. The Board advised that the case was not one in which the Council were empowered to sell or lease.—Mr. Robert Morris moved that instructions be given that a flag-staff be erected at the Town Hall.— Mr. Marston seconded.—Mr. Thomas Roberts said that when some years ago the Council were exer- cised as to the stability of the building, an archi- tect stated emphatically that a flag-staff must not be put up. He moved as an amendment that a flag-staff be not erected.—There was no seconder to this, nor to a further amendment referring the matter to the Town Hall Committee, and the original motion was carried, the General Purposes Committee being empowered to act.—On the motion of Mr. J. Wynne Williams, it was resolved to draw and submit for the approval of the Local Government Board a bye-law regulating the speed of motor-cars and cycles.—Applications for the post of clerk to the Council, rendered vacant by the death of Mr. J. H. Simon, had been received bv the chairman from Mr. J. Llew. Roe Browne" solicitor, Wrexham, Mr. W. R. Howard Evans] the clerk pro teni., and Mr. R. Stewart Kelly, solicitor, Mold.—The applications having been read, together with one testimonial in each case, Mr. Thomas Parry proposed, and Mr. W. P. Jones seconded, that the voting be by ballot.—Mr. J. B. Marston said that voting by ballot for the election of clerk was irregular and contrary to the Act of Parliament. He deprecated such a childish proceeding as secret voting, and moved as an amendment that the appointment be made by open voting.—The original proposition was carried, and on the voting papers being counted, the result was announced as follows:-Kelly 10, Howard Evans 4, Browne 0.—On the motion of Mr. Robert Morris, seconded by Mr. Marston, Mr. Kelly was unanimously ap- pointed.


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