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GENERAL MEETING OF THE RHYL…

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men mentioned by the auditors. It is but fair that we should learn who they are, and alsolit would give them a chance of defending themselves. A Commissioner askedj Mr. Reynolds whether he ever supplied any goods since he had been on the Board ? The Chairman It must have been a very small sum if so (laughther). Mr. Reynolds I always wish straight-forward dealing. I am sure I don't want any of your money, and Mr. Hughes (the surveyor) is very much to be blamed for bringing me into this hobble (laughter). Mr. Reynolds then explained how some of his work. men had supplied some glass and lead to the order of either the Surveyor or the Pier Company, when the f oods required could not be got just then in town, t had been done in his absence and he knew nothing of the matter for some time. Dr. Lloyd pointed out that the auditors' letter was addressed to the Chairman of the Commissioners and the ratepayers of the district of Rhyl, which he considered discourteous on the part of the auditors to do. Having referred to the several disallowed items mentioned in the report he dwelt on the irregularity spoken of by the auditors. There was no crime Ion the part of the Commissioners in giving their orders to whom they liked, but the crime lay in their dis- charging their own orders. In Mr. Reynolds' ease the total amount concerned was 3s. 2d.-being such a heavy outlay of the ratepayers' money that he was glad that the auditors thought it worth their while to bring before the notice of the Chairman and, ratepayers in general. The next sum was that charged by Mr. Vaughan for services rendered by him in the patriotic line, viz, attending drills of the fire brigade. He had attended three drills and charged Is. 6d. each drill for his services, which amounted to the enormous amount of 4s. 6d. When a report of this sort came, from the auditors appointed by the Commissioners, and when it contained accusation of irregularities against the Commissioners it seemed to him that a little degree of a desire to make themselves important at the expense of the Commissioners was shown by the anditors, and he thought that the Board would rather object to such little insinuation made against them. Mr. Reynolds It is a disagreeable imputation on me, and I wont stand it, gentlemen. I think that what Dr. Lloyd has said ought to go to the public that the auditors ought to be more careful in future not to cast any slur on anyboly. Mr. Merridew I have very great pleasure in in- forming you that I am the other party—one of the three who have been receiving the ratepayers' money. It was for a clock repaired by my son, and I kn ew nothing of it at the time. The bill cannot be in my name, for I never saw nor never knew anything at all about it. Mr. Perks saidfit was a pity to waste so much time over it, as there was nothing in the report worth considering. Probably the auditors thought they were doing an important duty in reporting thus, and if they were mistaken he was sorry that they should have taken the trouble. However, he did not think it worth while to talk any more about it. The matter was then allowed to drop. REDUCING TIIE NUMBER OF COMMISSIONERS AND CHANGE OF THE MODE OF CONDUCTING THE ANNUAL ELECTION. Mr Sam. Perks rose to make the following resolu- tion That an applicotion be made forthwith for a Provisional order to reduce the number of Improve- ment Commissioners from thirty to twenty ore as the Local Government Board may direct." He considered this question could be dealt with apart from the other question of changing the mode of election. They appeared to be very far from arriving nt anything like an unanimous conclusion as to what scheme ulc1 be the best for reducing the number of com- missioners. i-t T.-3S for that reason that he wished to allow the Local Government Board to reduce the number in the manner they thought fit. Notice must be given to the said Board previous to the loth Oct., and as there was no probability of their arriving at <»ny conclusion respecting the matter he wished them He^sider his resolution as a solution of the difficulty. of popiiioned that towns with ten times the number bv Poardsn of that of Rhyl were very well managed number that^ consisted something like half the strengthened in '.I\ltut.e thif; Board. He was also opinion amongst infHlinion that It was the general nesd of the Board aftertal ratepayers that the busi- been effected would be 1)roposed reduction had before. _vvu2d M :Ii> well conducted as v- rnlliamsuZ"™ MvJerks re^Uli these questions brtryv fhf,. follow; — -iCl b v. committee of sevep members of the Board, be appointed at this meeting to take into consideration the question of reducing the number of the Commissioners and the mode of amending the system of election, and to report thereon to a special meeting of the Board as early as possible with the view of applying for a provisional order for the said reforms." On the suggestion of Mr Perks, Mr Williams consented to put his motion as an amendment in order to simplify matters. J Mr R. D. Roberts (Mwrog) seconded. Dr. Lloyd in a somewhat lengthy speech suggested that the number of the Board be reduced to fifteen instead of twenty one. Fifteen members on the Board would be ample. Mr Reynolds was sorry that so few members had attended that day as they knew that such an impor. tant question was to be brought under consideration. The necessity for changing the mode of election which had been very much abused" in past years was the great exposure that could be made of the ¥ast discreditable doings of some of the members, here had been abuse upon abuse on the present system. Certain gentlemen had scrambled into the Board in the way they most certainly ousrht not to have done. It was very discreditable to them when the disreputable conduct of some—(cries of "chair chair") The Chairman asked what had they to do with men who came in next year. Mr Reynolds proposed that they should leave the question in abeyance for 12 months. Mr Morris We aie going on too hurriedly. We don't know exactly what we want. Mr Merridew endorsed Mr Morris' remarks. The tune was too short for a committee to fully consider a question of such importance. Dr. Lloyd considered 14 days ample. Mr. R. D. Roberts agreed with Messrs Morris and Merridew that the time was too short. They never saw anything that was got up all of a sudden that was worth much. (The speaker was here called to order. He had seconded Mr Williams amendment and therefore he had no right to speak the second time. When Mr obert,comprehellded this he not being willing to be done of a chance to speak signified his intention of seconding Mr Reynolds' amendment, which proceeding caused considerable laughter.) Mr Wynne observed that they were nearly all of opinion that there too many members on the Boari and that a change in the mode of conducting the election of members was desirable. He suggested that they should agree upon one question and refer the other to a committee. Mr Perks said it appeared to him that the commis- sioners were not in favour of improving in this way. very obstruction was thrown in the way of motions in order to postpone indefinitely the biinging about of such desirable changes. 0 0 Mr Williams' amendment was then put to themeetino- and clg-ht voted for and three against it—this amend", ment therefore became the substantive resolution and Mr Wm. Wynne proposed an addition to it in the form of an amendment to the effect that the Board, if reduced, should consist of 21 members Mr Frimston seconded. Dr. Lloyd put forward another amendment that the Board should be constituted of 1", members and Mr Reynolds seconded. Mr W. p. Jones was in favour of Dr. Lloyd's amendment. The smaller the number of the Board i n°: 1?rCat,er wou^ members take in the responsi- *ieai i,. He pointed out the meagre attendance there that day which, he believed, -was the evil result of too many members relying upon one another's attendance to the business of the ratepayers. The two amendments were then put to the meeting with the following results For 16 five, against six for 21 five, against seven. Thus both amendments were rejected and the motion was declared carried unaltered. The following gentlemen were named to constitute the special committee required by the resolution: Messrs R. D. Roberts, Wm. Wvnne, Wm. Williams J. Jones, W. P. Jones, Wm. Morris, and Dr. Lloyd.' THE TOWS HALL MEMORIAL STONED. I\obort« moved that appropriate inscrip- as iriSfnW W T T™01^! stones of the Town Hall to bfi nrm/ 1D^eiK]ef- bv the Board such inscriptions o be appioved of by the chairman of the Board, Cost noT to Town Hall committee, and the clerk. ■ e\ceed £ 'V Ml' Roberts said that he ba'd tsertained the cost would not be above zC2. Mr Menidew seconded. thaM^r,101^8 n}°Jed an amendment to the effect veat IT",?1' b° d,cfcrred next financial ^"versalbu the o,ismal yeai*, I?ttt ;tfter a colivei-ittion the original lUuLion ag rCtjù 10.