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THE ENGINEERSHIP OF THE DENBIGH FIRE BRIGADE. TO THE EDITOR OF THE NORrpH WALES TIMES:' SIB, A letter appeared in your issue for -Ast week, written by 'Chwareu Teg;' and as it is possible that the public might be misled by his assertions I must trouble you with this letter, although I do not wish to enter into a controversy with an un- known opponent. The facta are these :— On the 18th December, 1894, the following re solution was adopted by the Council That the Inspector of Nuisances be paid a salary of £ 70 per annnm snob salary to include all the duties in connection with the deferent ap- pointments he now holds aud that he devote the whole of his time to his corporate duties.' At the time this resolution teas passed Mr. Roberts held the post of Engineer to the Brigade, at a salary of 94 per annum. Now, in the face of this resolution was it not natural for me to arrive at one out of two conclusions i. e., 1. That the engineership of the brigade was a corporate office within the meaning of the resolution, and that the salary was amalgamated in the 9-70 like the £ 5 he previously received as inspector of Dairies, ot. the f4 4. as inspector of Lodging Houses, &(!. Or, 2. The engineership did not corr.e withiu the range of the offices enumerated in the resolution and consequently Mr. Roberts was called upon to retire, as he had as from the date of the resold- tion 'to devote the whole of his time to his cor- porate duties.' But what do I find? In December, 1895, it came to my knowledge that the resolution had been manipulated conven iently to cover both assumptions, for the inspector had considered the engineership a corporate office so far as to be able to retain it; but not a corpo- rate office so far as the fixed annual salary of 970 was concerned, as he was and is still paid L-4 in respect of the duties. Therefore, although the resolution of the Council is, that Mr. Roberts' salary was to be £ 70 per annum, he is to this day paid at the rate of f,74 per annum. It is against this glaring inconsistency I rciaed my voice and the inability of Chwareu Teg to comprehend the facts causes him to put a wrong construction altogether on my words. I will give him credit that he does not do this intentionally. Now with regard to the election of a new engi- neer—Rule 6 of the Brigade Rules reads :— The nominating of new members to fill vacancies .hall be in the hands of the whole brigade. The previous rale providing that the actual appointment shall rest with the Town Council.' On the 5th instant, a meeting of the Fire Bri- gade Joint Committee was held, which Messrs. R. G. Davies (captain), W. G. Helsby, and Edward Myddleton attended, as representing the Fire Brigade and it was passed to recommend to the Council (without having at all consulted the mem- bers of the, brigade generally) That Fireman Myddleton be appointed engineer in the place of Mr. Robert Roberts, who retires under rale §.' On the 15th January a special, meeting of the members of the brigade was held, when it was resolved, 'That the Council he asked to allow Engineer Robert Roberts to remain in office for the present yenr.' This was unanimously passed, as this year the celebrations in connection with Her Majesty's sixty years reign are to take- place and it was understood that Engineer Roberta would have a bar added to his medal, and the members did not wish to deprive him of the honour and the members protested strongly against the recom- mendation of the Joint Committee in the cir- cumstances. But when the Town Council met on the 19th of January (please note the sequence of dates), this resolution was not mentioned and the Council was dealing merely with the recommendation of the Joiqt Committee held on the 5th. I attempted, as I felt loyally bound to do sn, to give expression to the voice of the members of the brigade in a meeting assembled, as against the dictation of one or two members. 5 Chwareu Teg' astierts that Fireman Myddleton had been elected almost unanimously by the bri- gade to the post of engineer. This is entirely untrue. His name, or any other, was never men- tioned. for this office at any meeting of the bri- ga.de, as it was the wish of the members to allow Engineer Roberts to remain another year for the reason stated. It is sheer nonsense to suggest that I wanted the engineership, as I an disqua- lified for holding a post under a Council, of which llvwe the honour to be a member. lihavapiraply endeavoured to get the business of the bngade carried on in a proper maimer, and to secure to the members the right given them under the rules of nominating new members. i am not actuated by any personal feelings against any of the parties named, but I believe that some explanation should be forthcoming from Captain R. G. Davies for the part he has played in this controversy. Yours obediently, Roger PRYCE. A Denbigh, Jan. 2'7th, 1897.

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