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ST ASAPH DISTRICT HIGHWAY BOARD. The ordinary bi-monthly meeting of the above Board was held at the Court-house, St Asaph, on Saturday last. The attendance included-Sir W. G. Williams, Bart (chairman), T. G. Dixon, Esq. Edwin Morgan, Esq. Dr Easterby, Dr A. E. Davies; T. Ll. Murray Browne, Esq. Messrs W. Bell, Joseph Lloyd, T. Sleight, Captain Lean, S. J. Healey, Edward Jones, Thomas Matthews, Llewelyn Lloyd, Thomas Davies, John Roberts, J. Kendall, Lemuel Hughes, E. Williams, Thomas Jones, &c., &c.; the Clerk (Mr Grimsley), and the Surveyor (Mr Lloyd.) The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Dr Easterby and Mr T. Sleight were appointed to sign cheques for bills due. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor's report was read as follows :— Bodfari —As instructed at the last Boord, Mr Roberts and myself met the Rev. Mr Browne respecting the footpath complained of by him at the last Board, which leads from Ty'nyffordd to Ty Tydraw, through Mr Owen's (the shop) field. Mr Owen thought there would be no harm in ploughing the path, as h6 intended laying the field in grass, the same being along the side of the road."—No further action was taken in reference to the matter referred to. Dymeirchion.—The committee appointed at the last Board met on the 5th ult., on the road above Bryn Farm, and decided that the work proposed should be done at once, as it was dangerous to the public on frosty weather, and two accidents bad nearly occured there lately. The work has been done at a cost of £ 18."—Mr Edwin Morgan, as one of the committee, hoped the Board would approve of the action of the committee in itstructing the Surveyor to do the work at once. The road was in a very dangerous state and the matter was nothing new, which had cropped up lately, for he had a long time ago mentioned it to the Holywell Surveyor, who had promised to attend to his part of the work.—Mr John Roberts corroborated the statement as to the dangerous condition of the road.—The Surveyor's report was adopted. Ctim.-I beg to report that Mr Olderson, Brynglas Farm, has opened the road opposite his field on the road leading from Pwllhalog to Craiafol gate, which causes the same to be dangerous to the public. I wrote to him on the 29th ult., but up to the present time received no leply.There being some doubt as to whether f the Surveyor had written to the proper person, he was instructed to write again, and furnish another report. "nwylig Road.-As instructed at the last Board, I beg to submit estimate of cost of widening the Ddwylig road:-Manual labour, £ 35 10s.; Team, JE.54 16s; Materials, 15.-Total, £ 105 6s 6d."— The Surveyor was instructed to prepare plans to lay before the Board at the next meeting. "8t Asaplt-Tbe Surveyor suggested that a bridge over the Ffrith Cut, St Asaph, which was stated to be in a dilapidated condition should be covered with flags-Referred to a committee. PrestatYII- Erw oadllllent.-ThQ committee ap- pointed at the last Board met on the 16th inst., to examine the alleged encroachment by Mr Ellis, Liverpool House, by removing a wall opposite a house called Fenygrisia, about three feet nearer the road. I may at the iame time state that the wall R parallel with the other buildings. The committee found that there was an encroachment, and recommended that the removal of the same be ordered."—The Chairman, who was one of the committee, said there was a clear encroachment of abcut 18 inches but it could be reotified in a few minutes. As to the other alleged encroachment mentioned at the last meeting, the committee had failed to find it.—The report was adopted. LAYING DOWN PIPES. A letter was received from Mr R. Hughes, late of Elwy Hall, asking for permission to lay down a line of pipes along the road side from Vale Road to Pwllcorsog Farm.—The application was granted subject to Mr Hughes being responsible for any damage done to the roads. A COMPLAINT. The Surveyor reported that a brook running through GlaL'rafon and Pantevan fields, near the St Asaph and Holywell road, was in wet weather flowing into the road, and causing damage. He had written to Mr Williams, the owner of Glan'rafon, about it, and he had promised to see to the matter, but up to the present nothing had been done.—The matter was referred to a committee. D THE FUNDS OF AN EXPIRED HIGHWAY TRUST. A communication had been received by the Clerk (Mr Grimsley) from Mr H. A. Cope, Clerk to the late Flint, Holywell, and Mostyn Turnpike Trustees, stating that a meeting would be held at the King's Head, Holywell, on the 16th of Fobruaiy, for the purpose of apportioning the funds in hand between the various highway authorities having a claim thereto, and inviting the St Asaph District Highway Board to send some representa- tive to the meeting, to examine the accounts on behalf of the Board.—At the Chairman's request, Mr Grimsley attended the said meeting, and he now reported having checked the figures, and found them to be correct. The extent of mileage belonging to the St Asaph Board was 5 miles, 7 furlongs, and 8 yards, making the amount ap- portioned to them X48 Os 8d., for which sum he had received a cheque, which had been paid into the bank.—Confirmed. THE AUDITOR AND THE SURVEYOR. A communication was real from the Local Government Board in reference to a report n.ade by the Auditor that the Surveyor purchased materials, without receiving a written oraer from the Clerk.—Some conversation took place in refer- ence to the matter.—The Surveyor stated that he made his estimate for the year, and could not within two months, state exactly what quantity of materials would be required at a specified time of the year.- Ultimately it was agreed that the Clerk should make enquiries as to the system adopted t y other Boards. CALLS IN ARBEAR. The Clerk read a list of several townships within the district in arrears with the calls-the total arrears amounting to j6362 12s 6d. The heaviest on the list waa that of St Asaph parish, shewing a debt of X269. Mr Grimsley read a statement which he had received from the collector (Mr T. F. Roberts) stating various amounts which had been paid into the bank the previous day. The way- wardens of St Asaph appeared much surprised that the amount of arrears was so large, and some of them alleged that they had paid the call two and even three months ago.—In reply to Mr Healey, the Clerk stated that the oollector for St Asaph had given no security.-Mr Roberts: Who is responsible to the Board ?—The Clerk: The waywardens.—Mr Roberts suggested that proceedings should be taken against the waywardens.—Mr Joseph Lloyd suggested that another month should be allowed in which to pay the money and Mr Bell favoured the suggestion.—Dr Easterby suggested that a vestry should be called for the following Wednes- day. evening, at which the waywardens could examine the collector's book.—After some further discussion Mr John Roberts proposed, and Mr Lemuel Hughes seconded, that the Clerk be instructed to take legal proceedings for the recovery of the calls, against the St Asaph way- wardens, if the money be not paid within 14 days from that date.—Dr Easterby proposed, and Mr Joseph Lloyd seconded an amendment, that one calender month be inserted instead of 14 days.— On the amendment being put to the meeting, 7 voted for, and for the original motion, 14, which was therefore declared carried. THE SALARIES OF THE BOARD'S OFFICIALS. The meeting then was made special for taking into consideration an application by the Surveyor for an advance in his salary, and at the same time to consider the Clerk's salary. In support of his application, Mr Lloyd reminded the Board that the mileage of his district had increased from 96 to 120. He also referred to the highway rates which in 1880 were 6d; in 1881, 9d in 1882, 7d in 1883, 7d; in 1884, 7d.-During the discussion the Surveyor and Clerk retired from the room.-Mr Lemuel Hughes remarked that the highway rate at present in his township was equal to 9d, in the £ After a pause of a few minutes, Captain Lean said, that in consideration of the increased mileage in the Surveyor's district, he would propose an advance of 11,5 a year in his salary, but this sum, he afterwards, at the suggestion of some of the members, reduced to £ 10.—Mr Edward Jones, Dyserth, seconded the proposition. Mr Joseph Lloyd proposed an amendment to the effect that the times would not admit of any advance being made in the Surveyor's salary. This was seconded by Mr Lemuel Hughes. Upon the amendment being put, 10 voted for, and 11 against. The original motion was then declared carried, Mr Bell then proposed that the Clerk's salary be advanced £10 a year, making it X30. In his opinion Mr Grimsley, who was an excellent official, was considerably underpaid, as compared with the clerks of other Highway Boards, a long list of which he read.—Mr J. Kendall seconded the motion. In reply to Mr E. Morgan, it was stated that the increase proposed would not include extras, such as railway fares, &c. Mr Joseph Lloyd proposed, and Mr Thomas, Llewerllyd Mills, seconded an amendment, that no advance bo made. Mr Lloyd remarked that the very fact of the St. Asaph parish being iu luch I heavy arrears with the calls proved that the times were bad. Besides, they had now only six meetings a year, instead of twelve. He admitted that Mr Grimsley was an excellent Clerk, but in his opinion he was sufficiently paid. On the amendment being put, 13 voted for, and 7 against. The amendment was therefore declared carried. Mr Dixon suggested that when the Surveyor was called in and informed of the decision of the Board, he should at the same time be requested to attend a little better to his duties. There were great com- plaints about Prestatyn, that the Surveyor did not look after hip work as he ought to do, Mr Healey said he could bear out that statement The Surveyor was never seen in that district unless there was some hubbub about the condition of the roads. The Chairman (addressing the Surveyor) said the Board had decided to grant him, in consideration of the increased mileage, an increase of SIO a yeai in his salary. At the same time he had been asked to request him (the Surveyor) to throw a little more energy into his work-to be about more in the district amongst his men, and generally, to show little more vigour in his work. A PECULIAR ARGUMENT FOR REDUCING WAGEO. In reply to a question, the Surveyor stated tha4- the highest wages he paid to his men was 15a per week, for 10 hours' work per day-from 7 to 6 o'clock. Mr Healey (Prestatyn): The hours in my district are from 10 to 2. Mr Dixon (warmly) No, no, nothing of the kind. I constantly meet the man on the road; he is a decent, respectable old man. Mr John Roberts (Geinas) thought the wages too high. He only paid his men 14s. a week, and better men could not be found. He thought it very hard that the Board should pay 15s. per week +0 men who were not in any way better than those whom he employed at 14s. In reply to Mr Williams, Meliden, Mr Rober said he did not give his men Gwlyb," in additir to the 14s. Mr Joceph Lloyd said there wer6 plenty of men who would be glad to work for 12s. or 13.. a week. The conversation was then dropped. TENDERING HIS RESIGNATION. Mr Helsby, of Penybryn (one of the way war* dens of St. Asaph) wrote tendering his resignation assigning as a reason the state of his health, which made it unable for him to attend the meetings o the Board.—The Clerk was instructed to inform Mr Helaby that the Board had no authority to accept his resignation until his term of office expired, and especially until the call was paid. THE NEXT MEETING. I The next meeting of the Board was fixed to be held [on the 11th of April, the law requiring thaJ- one meeting each year should be held on a date tween the 7th and 14th of that month. On suggestion of Mr John Robarts, the Clerk was in- structed to ask permission to hold the next meeting at the Guardians' Room in the Workhouse, the Court-house being so miserably cold and uncomfort- able.

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