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PRESTAT YN. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The ordinary monthly meeting of this Coun- cil was held on Wednesday night, March 3rd, when there were present Messrs. Robert Davies (Chairman), W. H. Coward (Vice-chairman), John Pritchard, Thomas Williams, Goronwy Jones, John Jones (Sefton), Dr. Townshend, Mr. John Hughes (Clerk), and Mr. R. E. Hughes (Surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances). THE ROADMEN AND THEIR WAGES.—A PROTEST AGAINST TRUCKLING. At a meeting of the Road Committee, held on the 13th of February, an applie i.tion for an increase of wages was made by Thos. Hughes, one of the roadmen. It was decided to recom mend to the Council that Thomas Hughes and Henry Ellis be asked if they would undertake the lighting of the street lamps alternately in addition to their other duties for a salary of 17s. 6d. a week. At a subsequent meeting of the Council, it was reported that Henry Ellis had refused to undertake the additional duty of lighting the lamps and it was recommended that he be served with a week's notice to de- termine his engagement, and that a successor be advertised for Mr. John Jones asked why the case of Henry Ellis had been brought up at all in connection with the application of Thomas Hughes for a rise in his wages. Mr. Pritchard saia both men should be placed upon an equal footing. Mr. John Jones thought that that question was not one for that meeting to deal with. Ellis's salary had been fixed at a pound a week, because part of his duty involved skilled labour. Thomas Hughes had approached a member of the Council privately, and he protested against that sort of business. The application should be made in the proper way to the Clerk. Thomas Hughes was quite satisfied with his wages until Ellis was appointed at a pound a week, but the latter had extra work to perform. On that account they had decided to give Ellis 5s. a week more than the other man, and now they proposed to give still more extra work and reduce his wages. He was not in any way antagonistic to Thomas Hughes, but he pro- tested against the irregular way in which the matter was brought forward. Dr. Townshend said that Ellis had declined to undertake the lighting of the lamps at all. It was proposed to divide the duty, and pay the men at an equal rate. Mr. John Jones asked why then not rise Thomas Hughes' wages if they thought he de served it without interfering with the other man's engagement. He moved that the matter be referred back to the Committee. Mr. John Pritchard thought that 17s. 6d. a week was quite sufficient to pay roadmen in Prestatyn, and for all the work these men dirl. When Ellis was appointed he was to attend to the sewage tank, to assist on the roads, and to do anything else he might be requested to. But the first thing they asked him to do beyond the tank and road work he refused to do. He wanted to look after the rights of the rate- payers as well as those of the men. Mr. Goronwy Jones disapproved of the way this matter had been brought about, and pro- tested against any 'truckling' by members of the Council with the workmen. Any applica- tion for an increase of salary should be made either through the Clerk or the Surveyor. Ellis had b -en engaged as a skilled labourer, and should be better paid than the other man He had no feelings in favour of one or the other of the men. but he protested against 'truckling.' He seconded the motion to refer the question back to the Committee. The Vice-chairman supported this course, and it was eventually agreed to refer the mat- ter back. THE QUEEN'S JUBILEE. It was decided that the Clerk should com- municate with Mr. and Mrs. McLaren to ascer- tain their views on the subject of adopting some course to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. In moving the resolution, Dr. Townshend said they all felt anxious that Prestatyn should take some part in the celebration of the Jubi- lee, and as Mr. and Mrs. McLaren were in a position to considerably enhanc* whatever form their celebration should take, it was thought best to consult their feelings before taking the matter into definite consideration. The Chairman seconded the resolution, and endorsed all that the Doctor had said. THE PENALTY ON THE RESIGNATION OF A COUNCILLOR. Correspondence was read from the Local Go- vernment Board with respect to the proposal of the Council, to fix the penalty on Mr. John Hughes, who resigned his seat on the Council in December, at £ 5. The Local Government Board said the Council would have to act on its own responsibility in the matter, and the Finance Committee recommended that the fine be £ 5 end that f,15 be remitted to Mr Hughes out of the 9-20 he paid on handing in his resig- nation. The recommendation was confirmed. RETIREMENT OF MEMBERS. A discussion took place on a letter from the Local Government Board regarding the ques- tion of annual elections. A question had been put to the Board above if it would be necessary to hold an election this year, as the Council only came into existence in December last. In reply, the Local Government Board called attention to the fact that the County Council had not specified what members were to retire the firat year but in the event of annual elec- tion being adopted the first retiring members would retire next April. If an amending order was required it would be granted, on certain particulars being furnished. Dr. Townshend moved that an amending or der be applied for. At the same time, he thought it would be advisable to get an order to enlarge the number of Councillors for the District. Sometimes their attendances were reduced to just sufficient members to carry on the business, and it would be a great boon to have a larger number of Councillors to draw upon. However, that was a matter they would have to refer to the County Council. Mr. John Jones said he did not think it neces- sary to have an amending order. They had adopted annual elections, and they would be perfectly safe to proceed with the election next April. However, if the Council thought an amending order necessary, he would second the resolution. It was decided that the Clerk should write again to the Local Government Board stating the case, and asking for an immediate reply. VOLUNTARY SERVICES OBJECTED TO. The Local Government Board objected to the appointment of Dr. Griffith as a Medical Officer of Health, on the ground that there was no salary attached to the office. The Clerk was instructed to write to the Board asking it, to reconsider the matter, and to state that he Doctor was a member of the Council, and had volunteered his services.



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