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ST. ASAPH (DENBIGH) RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the St. Asaph (Denbighshire) District Council was held on Friday, under the presidency of Mr. Wm. Jones. There were alse present, Messrs. A. Foulkes (vice-chairman), Joseph Lloyd. (Cefn); John Williams, Llannefydd Hugh Jones, Thomas Lloyd, Henllan; John Evans, Morris Jones, Llansannan; R. Hughes, W. Owen, Llanfairtalhaiarn J. D. Jones, St. George; Wm. Owen, Abergele; Charles Grimsley (clerk); Dr. Lloyd Roberts (me- dical officer of health); Messrs. W. G. Bell (for the sanitary surveyor); J. Davies (road surveyor of Henllan District); and John Williams (road surveyor of the Abergele District). TERM OF APPOINTMENT OF MEDICAL OFFICER AND SANITARY SURVEYOR. A suggestion from the Local Goverment Board to the effect that the Medical Officer of Health, and the Sanitary Surveyor, should be appointed for a term of years, rather than for one year as at present, was considered. The Clerk intimated that the Flintshire District Council had decided upon appoint- ing officers for a term of three years. Mr. A. Foulkes moved, and Mr. J. D. Jones seconded that this Council should ap point them for a similar term. Mr. Joseph Lloyd questioned the advisa- bility of adopting that course. Mr. John Evans moved that the appoint- ment be for one year as heretofore. The Clerk observed that the Local Govern- ment Board recommended three years. Mr. Joseph Lloyd thought they were quite as able to judge what was best for them as the Local Government Board. Mr. J. D. Jones considered that a man was likely to do his work better when his ap- pointment extended over a term of years. Mr. John Evans did not think so. When a man had to be elected from year to year, he was more likely to respect his position. Mr. Abel Foulkes said the officers whose appointments were now under discussion had both been in office for a number of years, and from their experience of them they knew they were men who would res- pect their position and the Council. Mr. Morris Jones seconded the proposal that the appointment be for one year. Mr. William Owen reminded the Council that the present system had been in opera- tion for a great number of years, and bad worked well. A letter was read from the Sanitary In- spector pointing out that if the appoint- ments were for a term of years, it would fa. cIlItate. the arrangements for assistance, should it be required. On a division the amendment was carried by a large majority, two only voting for the original motion. A PROPOSAL TO DIVERT A FOOT- PATH AT LLANFAIRTALHAIARN. A communication was read from the Parish Council of Llanfairtalhaiarn enclosing a re- solution relative to the closing of the present footpath from Bodran across the Elwy, and through Bronheulog Meadows, and to sub- stitute for it another path across the mea- dows to the Abergele main road. Also that a footbridge be erected across the river instead of the present pole, which was said to be very dangerous. In the letter accom- panying the copy of the resolution, it was stated that all the people concerned in the diversion of the path had given their con- sent. Mr. Joseph Lloyd said they refused a similar application from Abergele, because it was felt that the parish could undertake the matter itself. The question of diverting a footpath was a very big one, and one which might lead them to law and considerable expense. The Clerk stated the necessary course of procedure in such circumstances, and Mr. Joseph Lloyd said if they were op- posed in quarter sessions, it would perhaps lead to a tremendous expense. They must be very careful as to what they were doing, or they might be landed in a tremendous ex- penditure. The Parish Councils seemed to think that the District Council sat there coining money, and that they had nothing to do but pass a resolution, and the District Council would take the matter up (laugh- ter). Mr. Thomas Lloyd asked if the bridge re- ferred to in the resolution had ever been re- paired by the township. Mr. Thomas Hughes said he never remem- bered a bridge there. Nothing but a pole. It was resolved to proceed to the next business. THE INDIAN FAMINE. The Lord Lieutenant's circular to Public Bodies in the county, in reference to the fund raised by the Lord Mayor of London in aid of the sufferers from famine and pesti- lence in India, was brought under the notice of the Council; and the clerk said if they desired to contribute to the fund, he would be pleased to transmit the amount to the proper quarter. SWINE FEVER IN DENBIGHSHIRE. Correspondence was read from the Clerk of the Denbigh County Council, stating that a letter had been received from the Board of Agriculture in reply to an application from the Council, that Denbighshire be ex- empted from the operations of the Market and Fairs (Swine Fever) order, 11896. The Board of Agriculture thought it best not to grant the exemption asked for in view of the fact that two out-breaks of swine fever had occurred in the county so recently as the 28th of November last, and that there had been intermittent outbreaks of the fever in the county for years past. However, the re- presentations of the County Council would be berffie in mind. THE COUNTY COUNCIL DECLINE TO MAIN THE TOWYN ROAD. Another letter was read from the Clerk of the Denbigh County Councilftating that a proposal to consider the question of main- ing the road leading from Pensarn to Foryd Bridge, Rhyl, had been lost on a division at the County Council. The Vice-chairman said the Act provided for contributions by County Councils to- wards the maintenance of such roads as this one. They contributed towards the main- tenance of a road in Denbigh. On the motion of Mr. J. D. Jones, secon- ded by Mr. A. Foulkes, it was agreed to apply to the County Council for a contribu- 'tion, and that the matter be left in the hands of the clerk. A DANGEROUS PIECE OF ROAD AT LLANDDULAS. A committee appointed to inspect a dan- gerous portion of road at Llanddulas, recom- mended that a wall, which had fallen down for a distance of fifty yards at Clipterfyn, be rebuilt to the level of the road-a height of two feet six inches, at a cost from JE8 to 910. And also that a wire fence be erected along the river side, from a fence, the railway com- pany were prepared to erect, to the stone wall near Llanddulas Bridge. Mr. Joseph Lloyd moved the adoption of the report, and Mr. Hugh Jones seconded, remarking that the work should be done at once. They had heard enough of it at that Council. It was 'Clipterfyn, Clipterfyn,' one meeting after another. Mr. J. Williams (road surveyor) said the work could not be done until the commence- ment of the financial year, as there was no provision for it in the estimates for this year. Eventually it was agreed to leave the matter in the hands of the surveyor, on the understanding that the work should be car- ried out during March. STATE OF THE ROADS AT CEFN. The Chairman, as the only member of the committee, named to inspect the roads at Cefnmeiriadog, said he could not see much the matter with the roads. The sides wan- ted trimming a bit, but otherwise the roads were in a fair state. They were far better than the Llannefydd roads, and he could not see any cause of complaint. THE CLERK AND HIS EXTRA DUTIES. In accordance with a resolution passed by the Council on the 20th March, 1896, to defer the question of fixing the clerk's re- muneration for extra work until the end of the financial year, the matter was brought up for consideration at this meeting. The Clerk said(that the extra duties meant trebling his work. The minutes were double what they used to be, and the meetings were held every fortnight instead of every month, as they were held previous to the passing of the District Councils Act. Then he had to correspond with the several parish Councils, which meant considerable addition to his duties. Mr. Joeseph Lloyd observed that twelve months ago there was some considerable wrangling in that Council. And they thought of setting that right by fixing on a certain salary to Mr. Grimsley. He (the clerk) objected to the amount, and it was agreed that the matter should be reconsi- dered at the end of the year. Mr. Grimsley, no doubt: had a great deal of extra duty. The minutes and correspondence had largely increased, but they were as much in the dark as ever, as to what Mr. Grimsley wanted. They should do their duty towards him as well as to the ratepayers. Mr. Grimsley: In Ruthin the clerk is al- lowed 915 for the extra duties. Mr. Joseph Lloyd suggested that a com- mittee consisting of the Chairman, Mr. Foulkes, and Mr. J. D. Jones, be appointed to consider the matter, and report to the next meeting. Mr. John Williams understood that when they appointed Mr. Grimsley as clerk, there was some talk of extra remuneration for duties in connection with highways. He moved that Mr. Grimsley be requested to furnish a list of his regular duties, and the extra duties by the next meeting. Mr. Foulkes observed that Mr. Grimsley's salary as clerk was only 215. They paid Mr. Wallis Davies £25 as clerk to the high- way authority alone. That was inconsistent, and he thought a case had been made out for some extra remuneration. Mr. Joseph Lloyd remarked that if the salary was £50, there would still be some extra duty. The Council had shown its wisdom in fixing the salary at a low figure, for they could forsee that extra duties were bound to follow. Mr. Grimsley had done the work with great credit to himself and to the Council, and he failed to see what objection there could be to the appointment of a com- mittee to consider the question of extra re- muneration. Mr. John Evans said that an offer of £15 with extras was made to Mr. Grimsley, or X20 to cover all. Would Mr. Grimsley ac- cept £ 20 to cover all now ? The Clerk replied that he had not received a penny yet for the extra duties during last year. He would prefer referring the matter to a committee. The 215 was for highway work alone, and he would prefer one fixed sum for all duties outside his appointment as clerk to the Sanitary Authority. d' Mr. Hugh Jones asked if the extra duties necessitated the services of an extra clerk ? Mr. Grimsley: I have to keep two clerks, I could not do the work with one, Mr. John Williams: I propose that we get particulars of the extra duties. Mr. Thomas Lloyd: Everything seems to be extra Mr. William Owen favoured the sugges- tion to refer the matter to committee. It would be better for them to try to fix on one inclusive sum for all the work. Mr. John Williams: I again move that particulars be furnished of the regular and the extra duties. Mr. Grimsley said the minutes shewed that. Mr. John Evans thought it would be bet- ter for all concerned to defer the matter until the next meeting. They did not wish to wrong Mr. Grimsley, but they wanted a clear understanding. After further desultory conversation, it was agreed to defer the whole question to the next meeting. BAD STATE OF THE LLANSANNAN ROAD. Mr. Howatson, Llansannan, wrote com- plaining of the bad state of the road leading from that village to Denbigh. At the pre- sent time it was in deep ruts, and danger- ous to travel over. Stones, broken and un- broken, where lying in heaps on the side of the road, which already was narrow, and he asked that some attention be paid to it. The Surveyor said that a considerable amount of work had been done on the road, but it was still very bad, and deeply rutted. The bottom was faulty. Mr. Morris Jones thought that when the weather became dry, the road would be all right. All roads were in a bad state now. Mr. Joseph Lloyd: Is the traffic over this road heavy ? The Surveyor Yes, very. A Member And if it was as good a road as possible, Mr. Howatson would still com- plain (laughter). Mr. Lloyd: Are these heaps of stone on the road side as Mr. Howatson states ? Mr. Morris Jones There are no unbroken stones there, beyond what are being carted now. It was resolved that the surveyor should report on the state of the road to the next meeting, and in the meantime, do what he could to repair it. ANOTHER RUTTED ROAD.—A FAR- MER'S CART DAMAGED. Mr. Richard Roberts, Ceunant Canol, Abergele, complained of the state of the road leading up to that place. It was in deep ruts, and the wheel of one of his carts was broken by getting into the ruts. The Surveyor, in reply to a question, said nothing had been done to the road in ques- tion since last spring. He had not seen it lately, but it was necessary that something should be done to it. A LOW BANK BALANCE. The Clerk reported that the manager of the bank at Denbigh complained of the ir- regular state of the District Council's ac- count at the bank. Of course, the bank would be pleased to grant an over-draft on the usual terms. Mr. Grimsley added that there was an over-draft, and some cheques which were passed at the last meeting bad not been forwarded on that account. This was the result of the reduction of the rate from 6d. to 5id. by the Council, which meant a considerable difference. They got no in- terest in the bank for the money deposited there, and they were not charged any com- mission which was a considerable saving to the Council. Mr. Joseph Lloyd said that at times the bank had considerable sums of the rate- payers' money in hand, and he thought if the clerk wrote to the bank manager, he would not under those circumstances charge interest on the over-draft. Mr. Grimsley said the Council had no power to pay interest, and if they did, they would be surcharged by the auditor. A 5-ffld. rate was not sufficient. They had already exceeded the estimates. Mr. Joseph Lloyd remarked that some extra work had been done. Of course, there was nothing lost by having S20 or R30 in the bank to meet contingencies, but they could not make a rate that day. Let it be raised when the new rate was made. The Clerk further complained that some money had been paid to the bank since last meeting, but he was afraid that the demands of the road surveyors that day would more than balance it, and he suggested that a few other accounts should be left over till next month. Mr. Williams (surveyor), said he asked for RGO that day, and Mr. Davies (the surveyor of the Llannefydd District) said he required £45. The Clerk's suggestion was agreed to. AN INVALID NOMINATION.— TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES LATE. The Clerk reported that a vacancy having occurred in the representation of Bettws'yn Rhos on the District Council, he had issued the usual notices. As a result, one nomina- tion had been sent in, but it was invalid, as it was not handed in until five and twenty minutes after the hour stipulated by the Act for receiving nominations. Mr. Joseph Lloyd thought it was absurd that a nomination should be invalid if re- ceived on the day appointed, but after a certain hour. But such was the law.


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