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MONT.IT,Y MEETING OF THK HH YL, mPK-jVEMENT COMMISSIONERS. (,N ru.il,} Dr. < U die "to's11 *t-ii.orifJ^i;j -.Messrs i *^1 'i V VfV- Vi',1' V Jo-nt K'crts, Tiioma* J-fK iL-i.ry i: v^han. >■' \V:1.A. L. {lews, G. r *•—J Trehearn, ,10!o-P:l \1i:1D1" Cajittiu T" ti, e COHiXI^KNTS OF TilE SEA.-CX. The Chairman, at tho commencement of tin J .;r0i ctc:ii),<•••=, wished all the member* a happy aud prosperous now year. It was a mutter forjcougr.il- ulati'ju that though duriug the pa^t year they had J lost several good men from the town, they had not 1 lost a single member of the Board. During the year they had gone through a great deal of work and he hoped that, though they could not always ;i<rree, th -y would continue to do what they thought bent for the interests of the town (hear, hear.) Mr Wynnc, in returning the compliment, said he was sure it was tho wish of all present, as well as î11()e who were net present, that their chairman should have a very happy new year, and a successful one in every way (hear, hear.) THE MINUTES of the previous monthly meeting were then read and confirmed. THE SURVEYOR'S RErORT of the new buildings, works, &c was read by him and contained the following matters —Xew Build- iil(ls-High Street, "Old Baths," temporary builder's office, for Mr A. Torkington approvecl. Church Street, rear of No. ], greenhouse for Mr Edward Davits approved. East Parade, rear of Xo. 4, studio for livan Wynne plans received. West Parade, projecting square window, for Mr Tbomas Roberts; approved. Aquarium Street, rear of No. 21, outbuildings for Mr J. Edwards; plans received. 1 Forks, &;c.—S'sson and Ernest Streets: a reduced plan of these streets, as referred to in the notice of adoption, had been prepared and endorsed on minute book. Footways and Crossings: the appor:io11ment of the cost of paving crossings, ifcc., in vario parts of the town had been completed and finished on the 21st ult. Sen Water for the Streets :be hoped to have the plans and estimates ready iu the course of the next fortnight. It was agreed that the plans of Mr Torkington's office be referred to the committee, with power to act; and the other portions of the report were adopted. MR HAMMOND'S ACCOUNT. At a meeting of the finance, valuation, road and foreshore committee on. the ICth ult., Mr Hammond's contract account, and the Town Surveyor's apportionment of the chtu-ges under that contract, were under consideration. After going carefully through the accounts, the com- mittee found Mr Hammond indebted to the Board to the amount of 2c1, and the Clerk was instructed to claim that amount from him. At an adjourned meeting' of the committee, on the 17th, the rateable value of the several properties included in the Surveyor's apportionment was adopted as the basis of the apportionments. The Town Clerk reported having written to Mr Hammond as instructed. He received a rc;ply dated the 16th ult., in which Mr Hammond stated that there wn8 a mistake in the account submitted by the Board, and that there was a balance of I £E\)S due to him, and which he hoped the Board would let him have to prevent unpleasantness. There, the Clerk said, the dispute rested at present Mr Wynne thought that there was a larger num than £ 9 19s 2d due from Mr Hammond; he had been overpaid that amount and there was besides the deduction made on account of the work not having been done according to specifications. The Town Clerk, however, stated that the sum giveu represented the amount due to the Board. Mr P. Mostyn Williams asked if it was not possible to effect a compromise P Could they not l meet the contractor in any way ? The Board were not altogether free from blame in tho matter. He proposed that the matter be referred back to the committee, with a recommendation that they should consider whether they could not meet Mr Hammond in any way, and with power to act. This was seconded by Mr Joseph Williams. Mr Wynne said that if they compromised this matter, it would be a very bad precedent The committee had these accounts, and had shewn every desire to give Mr Hammond all the credit they possibly could; but they could not shut their eyes to the fact that the work claimed had not been done according to specifications, nor even according to the description of it given by Mr Hammond himself. It was simply deception, and it might have passed had not the committee exer- cised great care. There was no reason why they should compromise the matter. Was it right that, they should pay for what was a very bad job, and one in every way discreditable to all concerned ? Such things would causo ratepayers, when they came to know of these things to be very uneasy. Great complaints had been made against excessive charges, and it was time to put a step to it. If th y decided to give Mr Hammond these €9, let them not give the inoncv en the merits of the job —let them make a present to him of that sum, and not as if he was entitled to it. Mr Wynne further remarked that the Board had already passed the bills and the accounts. Mr il. Parry agreed with Mr Wynne. Mr P. Mostyn Williams mentioned two or three considerations which ought to be kept in view, and the was sorry that the committee had not taken them into consideration. Mr Hammond was at, the present time in the service of the Board, and this action would cast a reflection npen him, and place one of their servants in antagonism to the Board. The Board was also at fault in the matter, because they did not, through their officers, make a proper supervision of the work while it was in progress. Tiie amendment was lost. ADVERTISII'U OX THE l'KOMT.M AliE At a i)ie.eLii;g- of the road and foreshore committee, on the 23rd ult., the subject of advertising on the promenade wall, referred to them from the last monthly meeting, together with other matters were under consideration. The committee con- sidered the scheme worthy of a trial, and recom mended that spaces be let for advertising signs at Is. Gd. per lineal yard, per annum, from the 1st 01 May to the of April, payable in advance, the siifns to be placed in succession, according to the applications, below tho basis of the coping of the wall, to the east or west of the fountain. A letter was read from Mr n. D. Roberts, (who first brought che matter forward) stating that he would be unable to be present to support the re- commendation of the committee. Ho considered that the sií£n which would be placed on the wall would bo a great improvement from an artistic point of view, would afford "food for pleasurable thought," and would be a source of revenue to the town. Mr P. Mostyn Williams was always in favour of respecting the decisions of committees. But :in the present case he could not support the committee. The thing recommended would low er the dignity oi the town, would be an eyesore to the inhabitants on the parade, and a ijuisauce to the visitors generally. lie had already heard some very indig- nant protests against it and if the Board persevered in it they would give rise to a strong opposition, One gentleman had characterized the project as the most insane thing he had ever heard of, and he (the gentleman referred to) had threatened to call a public meeting to protest against it. Mr Gunner asked if steps had been taken to as- certain the feelings of the residents on the parade on the matter. He doubted whether the town would benefit by what was proposed, and the addi- tion tLllt.h revenue therefrom was very question- able. Children would soon spoil any advertising boards that would be put there by making targets of them. (The Chairman at this stage was compelled to leave, and Mr James Taylor was voted to take his place). Mr Thomas Ellis, as one of the committee, said he did not agree with the recommendation. He could not see that the placing of these signs on the promenade wall would be acceptable to the rate- payers in that part of the town. He also had heard the project condemned in the strongest lan- guage, and he had mentioned one of the parties to II. Roberts. As to the revenue likely to ac- crue from it lie thought it would be very little Other more reasonable proposals than the present nacl on previous occasions been rejected by the Board. Mr Kc^'inge did not think it. would bo wi-e for tho sake oi paltry revenue to maltreat their promenade, Mr l'Vi'vy said the proposal was the most insane thing li" <: of. Ho was surprised how any in his seus:s could think of such thing. Mr e. D. Roberts lrtd told him he would givef.:20 for rhe right of letting. The Board would do well to accept that offer, for he (Mr Parry) did not think they would make tvenfy pence out of it Major Penn also spoke against the proposal. Mr Clews said it would be interesting to know who were the members of the committee who sup- ooited the recommendation. The only two mem- bers of the commUfc^e who had spoken that morning VP ere against ic. He (Mr Clews j thought the pro- oosal an abortive one, that would die in its birth hid as to the revenue that would be derived from it he believed it would be almost nil. Mr Tavlor remarked that several of the 8peake; -ecined to he under the impressi on that jdacards would be put on the wall; such a thing was neve: .bought ot. Neither would the signs—which A-outd. have to be nicely written one<—be allowed | ro privet, at)- vo the wail, but would be nine inchr below the coping of the vulh if the residents <. he pa;ade wiro only rightly informed on th 1 .luestion, he did not think they would object t ..em. L'lii.'ifatelv, the minute.- of the committee, wit': he exception oi the portion refeiring to the pro denude wall, were confirmed. ;NIS SMITHY QUESTION. Th" having received a J letter n'm Mr John :U:vpj¡. wid it was referred to I Tho Clerk re ad a copy of conesponde!?* bei<ween him and Mr Morris. On the 1th Lee. the Ca,. wrote informing Mr Mollis that unless the sug'- J gestions of the committee wore carried out the Board would be compelled to take legal proceed- ings against him. No notice having been taken of this letter, the clerk wrote again on the 10th. On the 11th a reply was received fiom Mr Morris, to the effect that be was prepared to make such alter- ations in the premises that they would not be dangerous or a nuisance to anyone and he hoped this assurance would be considered sufficient by the Board. The committee did n't consider that letter a satisfactory one, and the clerk wrote again but no notice had been taken of his letter. Mr Joseph Williams proposed, and Mr Gunner seconded, that the smithy be allowed as it now stands. Mr Wynne thought that the Board had already passed a resolution, to take legal proceedings against the owner; but the clerk pointed out that the resolution referred to did not amount to a resolve to legal proceedings. Mr Wynne said that Mr Morris seemed to be put- ting the* Board at defiance. If their byelaws were of auy me, they ought to 1)3 enforced. Mr Thomas Ellis gave a history of the case from the commencement, and added that they did not interfere in the matter on account of the building itself. Mr Keatinge thought it would be wrong to sanction any particular plan, becauso building of a superior quality may be put up there in time. Mr Gunner, after bearing Mr statement, was willing to withdraw the amendment. It was, however, put to the meeting aud lost. MR. TOEKIXGTON'S OFFICE. The plans of the above carre before the road committee on the 30th ult., and they were passed, Mr Torkington having explained that they were inly intended to be temporary. PUBLIC LAMPS. Mr Roebuck, in reply to a letter from the Clerk, had written that the lamp opposite his premises in High-street had not been lighted because the glass had been broken by some children it would be made all right shortly. Messrs Chas. Jones & Son wrote asking for a hmp to be fixed in South Kinmel street, on the road leading-from their office to Ffynongroew Road. The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Board had no funds this year but provision would be made for it in the estimates for the next year. SISSON AND ERNEST STREETS. The committee had under consideration the mem- orial that these streets should be adopted as public highways. The committee recommended that the streets, with the exception of the footways, be ad- opted by the Board and the Clerk read copies of notices to be issued to that effect. THE EXPERIMENT ON "HE PEOMENADE. Mr Keatinge asked whether anything had been done by way of experiment for the improving of the prorhenade, in accordance with the resolution pass- ed some two or three mouths ago —I he Surveyor said the matter was entirely in the hands of Mr W. Williams and lie (the Surveyor) was not respon- sible for the work being done. The Clerk remark- ed that Mr Williams had received instructions in writing to do the work.—It was agreed that the Surveyor should without delay see Mr Williams about it. METALLING ON THE STREETS. The road committee suggested that the estimates for the maintenance of the roads having been ex- ceeded, and 200 tons more of metalling being re- quired, the Board should appropriate for that purpose a sum not exceeding £150 which had been saved under different heads of expenditure.—Mr P. Mostyn Williams asked what other estimates would be affected by the appropriation of that sum. Last year the estimates for th roads had been exceeded by £2,30, and they did not know what might be re- quired this year before the end of the financial year.—The Clerk stated that there had been a general saving under all heads of expenditure, ex- cepting highways.—Minutes confirmed. SEA WATER FOR THE STREETS. At a meeting of the general purposes committee on the 17th ult., the Surveyor produced 31 replies from various sources in reference to his inquiries as to the adaptability of sc-a water for watering the streets and for flushing purposes, together with the cost of working, 6cc. and tho Clerk also produced replies he had obtained to inquiries on the same subject. All were decidedly in favour of sea. water for street watering; but did not recommend its use for flushing purposes. The Surveyor was instruct- ed to prepare a scheme for watering the streets with sea water, together with an estimate of the cost, &c, THE WATER SUPPLY. At a meeting of the special and general pur- poses committee on the :2Ut.h ult., it was resolved to appoint a committee consisting of Dr. Girdlestone, Messrs P. Mostyn Williams, E. W. Keatinge, and Thomas Ellis, to wait upon the directors of the Water Company in reference to the question of water supply. In reference to this matter the Clerk had prepar- ed a report of the result of the interview which took place in accordance with the above arrange- ment. The deputation consisting of Dr. Girdle- Mr Thomas Ellis, and Mr P. Mostyn Will- am s, accompanied by the Town Clerk ar.d the Town Surveyor, attended at the office of the Water Company, in Paradise street, Rhyl, at 3-16 p.m. on the 31)th ult. The deputation were cordially re- ceived by Mr Sir-son (chairman), Mr R. M. Preston, and Mr Wm. Bell. Dr Girdlestone having ex- plained the object of the interview, the matter was fully discussed in nil its aspects. The directors said they had felt the position with deep concern, and had done all that could be done under the cir- cumstances. They contemplated forming bye-laws to prevent waste of water, of which they greatly complained. They also suggested that all houses should be provided with cisterns for storing water, so that in any case the water should be supplied direct from the mains. As to the press- ure, they stated that full pressure was given during the night, and it was a mere accident for it to be turned off on the night of the recent fire at the Free Trade Hall. Referring- to the price of water for street watering and flushing purposes, the direc- tors regretted they could not at present entertain an application for a reduction from the price of Is. Gd. per 1000 gallons. After some remarks from Mr Thomas Ellis and Mr P. Mostyn Williams, the Clerk's report was accepted, and the matter dropped. LETTING OF THE MARKET HALL. At a meeting of the town and market hall committee held on the 22nd the proposal of Mr R. D. Roberts to let the market hall by lease for a term of 3 years at a fixed rent was under consideration. The financial aspect of the question was fully gone into, and it was found that, taking the average of the last three years, the market hall had yielded a profit of 9 per cent but they regretted that the market was so much abandoned during the winter months, and with a view of improving if possible the general condition of the market they recommen- ded that tenders pa advertised foi letting the hall- stale tolls, &c., for a period of throe years, subject to the laws and regulations regulating it at the present time. Mr Thomas Ellis gave a resume of the fiuancial condition of the market hall, which showed a profit of 180 duiing the last 3 years, shewed that it was not maintained at a loss. It would be a difficult cask in these days to put up a building that would pay 9 per cent. on the outlay. However the com- mittee felt the necessity of moving iu some way, as the revenue from the market was getting- less every year. There were two ways open for them to adopt. One was to lower the rents, and thus secure tenants all the year round. That course had been proposed on several occasions, but had beeu de- feated. The other was ke one now proposed. He movcd the confirmation of the minutes. Mr "Wynne seconded. He could see no harm in tenders being :1 d vertised for. A. lengthy discussion followed, which ended in the recommendation of the committ ee being rejected LETTING OF THE It was decided to let the town hall for the pur- pose of a series of bc.tur.ss by Principal Heictel of che N. W.C.C. at the usual (.rices—namely, for the assembly room for the first night, and -3s. per night for the boardroom. It was- also decided to the assembly room on the same terms for the purpose of a concert in aid of t' f :1-; of the Rhyi j ••ricktt Club. Motious to hall at lywer charges were defeated in oat .i ;-a-e. JntCKLI.ANEoUS. The tender of Mr John Morris, Russel Road, was icceptep fur a new main sewer valve ehambei Ihe I'o.vn Clerk was authori.set' to take le.tcal proceedings to recover arrears of lynls of market nail t.tu^Is.—An offer by the Prudential Assurance •Joinpauy to lend a sum of fSGO for four years tour per cent per annum, principal and in- eivst combined, was accepted—It w s to tiuce the rent of Mes.-rs Dew's office at the I j VI from to £2:3 per annum. DEATH ot C. 11. IIAUI<KMAN.—It is woh aeere regret that we announce the death, on Moii- iv last, after a short but painful iiiness if Mr C. j i. ilardoinau, mut-ic depot, High street. Mr lurdeman had resided in Rhyl for many > ears,and L- highly respected tradesman in the town. syn pa thy is felt with the bereaved fan.i y. I ilie funeral took place ejj Wednesday. If you waut high class and superior Tro visit ns TO to Robert Price, 39, High street, Rhyl, where you will served with the best value in towc.— j Advt. ■ ——