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ABERGELE. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. THE DEFALCATIONS OF THE COLLECTOR. The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Monday night, Mr. Thomas Williams (Chairman) presiding There were also present Messrs. John Edwards, .J C. Knight, G. Per- kins, Thomas Evans, Pierce Davies, John Pierce, J. Hannah, Edward Williams, Dr. Wolstenholme, Mr. E, A. Crabbe (Clerk), and Mr. George Bell, Engineer. POACHING IMPLEMENTS IN A COMMON LODGING HOUSE. Inspector Robersts reported having the common lodging house ten times during last month. On the 13th of January he found, some poaching implements there, belonging to John Casey, and took possession of them. KERBS AND PAVEMENTS. Tenders were opened from nine firms for carrying out the work of kerbing and paving the footways, and the whole matter was ad- journed until T) ursday, when ib will be con- sidered by a committee of the whole Council. THE DEFALCATIONS OF THE LATE COLLECTOR The Clerk reported that he had examined the. books, &c., of R. E Hughes, the late surveyor and collector, who absconded on the day pre- vious to the last meeting. So far as the inves- tigation had gone at present, 9596 7s. 6d. of 2 the new rate had been received by Hughes, in- cluding the cheques that had been sent in by his father at the last meeting. Out of that sum there had been paid into the bank £ 489 12s. 2d. showing a deficiency of fl06 15s. 4Jdo- This amount was liable to decrease oi increase. There was some salary due to Hughes, and until every ratepayer had been seen it would be impossible to make a full statement. Some of the ratepayers had overpaid, and others had not paid in full, and all those things would have to be adjusted. Those who had overpaid would be repaid, and those who had not paid in full would be called upon to pay the balance. By the next meeting, he (the Clerk),hoped to be in a position to make a report in proper form. He might say that the defalcations had not been spread over a long period. It would appear that latterly the collector when he received cash had. put it in his pockets, but cheques were paid into the bank. He (the C!erk) had paid a rate on behalf of a client by an open cheque made payable to Hughes, and it had not been credited at the bank. Mr. Edward Williams observed that the collector would not accept cheques if made payable to the Council or witten upon' for rates and taxes.' The Clerk That was two or three days before he went away. Mr. Williams said that one case where the collector had refused a cheque made out in that way, had come under his personal observation. Mr. Perkins said that the collector had de- clined to accept a cheque from him, but he had since paid the rate. Hughes when he called asked if he would give him cash instead of the cheque if he called next morning, and he pro. mised to do so, but the collector never called though he had left the receipt. Dr. Wolstenholme remarked that apparently the collector was then making ready to go. On the suggestion of the Clerk, the matter was adjourned generally until the next meeting. THE VACANT OFFICES. The ClerK said the next business was the question as to what should be done with regard to the filling of the offices of surveyor, collector and nuisance inspecbor. There was no imme- diate hurry of course, and it was a question whether a committee of the whole Council should not sit to consider the whole matter before the next general meeting, It was agreed to consider the question on Thursday. THE QUESTION OF REMOVING THE PINFOLD. This question again came up for considera- tion. The Clerk stated that Mr. Charles Jones proposed building houses on the abutting land, if the pinfold was removed. Plans of the pro- posed houses were sent to him, and if they were erected the ratable value of the town ,would be increased. After some conversation as to the acquisition of some place to store the workmen's tools and the watering cart, which are now kept in the old pinfold, Mr. J. Pierce opposed the removal of the pinfold. They had recently spent something like f35 to make the place suitable for its present purposes, and the least thing the com. mittee of the County School could do, would be to repay that sum, which would to some extent go towards providing another place for a store room. If the land on which the pinfold stood was given to the County School he would not mind so much, but they proposed giving it to a private owner. Mr. Edward Williams said that the County School w'ould be the making of Abergele, and if Mr. Charles Jones built on the adjoining land, they ,would have an increased ratable value. They would not lose a penny by re- moving the pinfold. He moved that it be removed when the Council had secured another place for housing the water cart and storing the tools. Mr. Thomas Evans did not think that Mr. Charles Jones would get an inch of land. The Clerk said that Mr. Charles Jones would be a loser so far as the land was concerned. What little he would get would be more than compensated for by what he would have to give towards the road. The school governors had no power to spend any money on anything but educational matters, and it was an institu- tion belonging to the county and maintained by the ratepayers. Mr. Pierce Davies seconded Mr. Edward Williams proposition. As an amendment Mr. J. Pierce moved that the pinfoid be removed subject to the money spent upon it being re- paid, but found no seconder, Mr. Perkins supported the views of Mr. Wil- liams, and on a division the resolution was carried practically unanimously. RAILWAY EXTENSIONS. A plan was submitted of the proposed widen-. ing of the London and North Western Railway within the district of this Council, for which .powers will be sought in the coming session of Parliament. The Clerk pointed out that the plans were not complete and did not seem to properly pro. vide for Sea Road crossing by the proposed new bridge. On the motion of Mr. Thos. Evans, seconded by Dr. Wolstenholme, Mr. Crabbe was in- structed to oppose the bill. THE PROPOSED TOWN IMPROVE- MENTS. TEHRITOKIAL OPPOSITION. Two letters were read from Mr. Inglis, agent to the Countess of Dundonald, the first intimating that preparations were being made to oppose the Abergele Improvement Bill in Committee, and the second stating thab the Countess was willing to give sufficient land free of charge, to remove the dangerous corners in Pensarn Road, on condition that the Council would withdraw the scheme for widening the whole of that road. It was resolved to decline the offer.

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