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.-----THE JUBILEE CELEBRATION.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT INQUIRY.

I THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE.

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. DISTRICT COUNCIL, (FLINTSHIRE).

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DISTRICT COUNCIL, (FLINTSHIRE). On Friday the monthly meeting of this Council was held at the Council Chamber of the St. Asaph workhouse, undei the presidency of Mr. John Roberts (Geinas). There were also'present the Rev. J. Adams, Messrs. W. C. Bell, T. Howes Roberts, Thomas Morgan, Edwin Morgan, Thomas Ellis, Miss Bennett, Mrs. Rowlands, Mr. Charles Grimsley (clerk), Dr. J. Lloyd Roberts, M edic.Officer of Health. Mr. George Bell, Sanitary Surveyor, and Mr. John Lloyd, Highway Surveyor. APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS. Dr. Roberts, Denbigh, was reappointed me- dica' officer of health, and Mr. George Bell, the Sanitary Surveyor for a term of three years instead of for one year, as has hitherto been the practice. A letter was read from the Local Government Board approving a term of three years, ANOTHER UNADOPTED ROAD. Correspondence was considered from the Meliden Parish Council, as to the repair of the road leading from Meliden to the sea shore, near Ceg-y-flbrdd. Mr. Thomas Ellis said the road was in a very bad state, and at the spot mentioned in the letter was often a pool of water during web weather. There was a great deal of traffic over the road, and if anything could be done to it by the Council it would be a great boon to residents and visitors at. Meliden. He did not think the road had ever been mettaled. The Chairman observed that this road was in the petition of many more in the district that they had refused to adopt. On the motion of Mr. Conwy Bell it was decided not to undertake the repair of the road. THE DENBIGH INFIRMARY. A circular letter was read from the chairmam of the Denbigh Infirmary, relative to the pro- posed celebration of the completion of Her Majesty's 60tb year of reign, and suggesting the wiping oft of the debt on the Institution as a fitting method of celebrating the jubilee. Dr. Lloyd Roberts said that a meeting of the Infirmary governing body had been held on the previous day, and as a result of that meeting, another letter bethought would be sent out to another letter he thought would be sent out to public bodies in the district with the object of II having a fund opened in each parish. The intention was to wipe off the existing debt, and if there was any money left after that was done, to endow afiee bed in the hospital. He thought the letter was addressed to the Council as A body and not to the members individually. Mr. Edwin Morgan spoke to the excellent use of the Institution to all classes of the com- munity and said he thought theyjiould not get a better way of celebrating the jWbilee than by placing a useful institution like this on a sound financial basis. Mr. Howes Roberts pointed out that Mr. W. Wynne would bring the matter before the next Board of Guardians, and suggested the matter ftkould be deferred, and on the motion of Mr. Thomas Morgan it was decided to adjourn the consideration of the question until the next meeting, SUPERANNUATION OF OFFICERS. A circular letter and copy of petition was submitted to th Council with reference to the Local Authorities Superannuation Bill now be- fore Parliament. The Clerk said the Bill was practically the same as that passed last year in regard to poor law union officials but to aftect the officials of local authorites which last year's bill did not do. Mr. Edwin Morgan felt disposed to support the Bill. Nothing would be taken out of the rates towards this superannuation of officers under the system proposed in the bill. I The Clerk said that depended to a large ex- tent on events. Nc separate fund would be created. The contributions deducted from the officer under the adopted scale would be paid into the general accounts of the Council, and I in case of an officer retiring on superannuation, that superannuation would be paid from the general account;. Mr. Edwin Morgan said that what he meant was that the contributions would practically be ttuch as would keep the superannuation fund, I though such fund was really established, without touching the money received in rates. The Clerk remarked that was very probable, but it would entirely depend on events. The Rev. John Adams thought as they knew so little about the provisions of bill the bill the question had better be deferred for a month, There was no particular hurry. The Clerk said the bill had passed the first i reading, Mr. Adams me-:td that the matter be left over for considerrtion at the next meeting,, Mr. Howes Roberts asked if it was probable the House of Commons would take much notice of a resolution of that Council (laughter). Any way he would second Mr. Adams'motion. The resolution was agreed to. RHUALLT QUARRY.—WHO OWNS IT. At the last meeting a committee was appoin- ted to visit the parish quarry at Rhuallt, and to report on the question of fencing it to that meet ng. Mr. A. Ll. Jones, agent of the property 1 rrounding the quarry now wrote calling he attention of the Council to the dangerous state of the place, and the defective fence. Mr. Edwin Morgan said the committee re- commended the erection of sixty yards of fen- cing on the east side of the quarry. The Rev. J. Adams raised the question of the ownership of the quarry If it was a parish quarry had that Council taken over the liability of the parish in respect to it The Chairman If in the event of an accident an action were taken, who would be respon- sible? The Clerk said that appeared to be a reopen- ing of the question, It was decided at the last meeting that the quarry should be fenced. It was clearly shown on the award as a parish quarry, and they were bound to fence one aide of it, and the owner of the adjoining land was to fence the other side. Mr. Morgan said that several people who did not live in the parish carried stone away, and the County Council used to cart stone from this place for the main roads. Mr. Adams said he knew of people who carted hundreds of tons of stones away. He contended that if they were liable for the protection of this quarry, they should also have absolute control over it, and the enjoy- ment of any emoluments that might be attach- ed to 16. The Surveyor observed that the stone from this quarry was not now used for road purposes either by that Council or the County Council. It was of an inferior quality. Mr Thomas Morgin said that sometimeago, the County Council used the stone. If this council did fence the east side, there would be a danger of animals falling over from the other side. Could not that Council make the owner fence his portion. Mr. Conwy Bell remarked that if they fenced their portion the Council would be absolved from liability. The Clerk said the award specifically stated that the owner must fence. The County Coun- cil ought to pay half the cost On the suggestion of Mr. Morgan the ques- tion was deferred, the clerk in the meantime to ask the County Council to pay part of the cost of fencing, and to inquire into the conrol over the quarry. IS THE DISTRICT TO BE RATED TO IMPROVE ST. ASAPH? A letter was read from the St. Asaph Parish Council asking the council to reconsider its decision regarding the placing of a kitch catch' at each end of the footpath at CaeBryn. If a kitch catch was too expensive, the Parish Council asked that pillars be placed at each end of the path, as an obstruction to everything but pedestrians. Mr. Howes Roberts said the idea was to make this path a footpath only. The Chairman The Parish Council can do that themselves. Mr. Conwy Bell: Why make an exception in favour of St. Asaph. We have refused similar applications from other parishes. Why should we treat these gentlemen differently ? The Chairman St Asaph is a city (laughter). Mr. Adams moved that posts be erected as requested. Mr. Thomas Ellis3 was understood to second the motion. Mr. Thomas Morgan What reason is there in all the country paying rates to nurse St. Asaph? Mr. Ellis at this point said lie misunderstood the purport of Mr. Adams' motion. He moved that they inform the Parish Council that it was within its own power to carry out the work asked for. work asked for. Mr. Conwy Bell seconded and the motion was agreed to. A DANGEROUS SPOT AT MELIDEN. Mr, Thomas Ellis ca led attention to a defective fence on the road side near Brynhyf- rvd, Meliden, on the field side of which there was a depth of six feet, and was most danger- ous. Some of the houses near drained into the ditch in this field, and in consequence of the fence slipping, the road was gradually giving way, and the ditch was filled up. The water did rot flow in it, and consequently it was in a very foul state. Mr. Bell agreed the place was dangerous, and perhaps if they approached the owners of the land, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, the fence would be reinstated. The Clerk was requested ts write to the commissioners. ALLEGED INSANITARY PROPERTY I AT RHUDDLAN. The Sanitary Surveyor in his report made reference to certain insanitary property in Rhuddlan. Mrs. Rawlins said she was about to draw attention to this matter. During the winter months the state of affairs was a source of con- siderable discomfort to the neighbours, and might be the cause of fever in summer. When would it be attended to? Mr. George Bell remarked that the agent for the property was present. Mr. Conwy Bell said that the matter would be attended to as soon as possible. Not only would the matters complained of be remedied, but the houses would be entirely re-modelled. There was a lot of other work in hand, and as they knew, Rome was not built in a day.' Mrs. Rawlins said that was the answer she had had all the winter something should be done at once. The Surveyor was instructed to attend to the matter.

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