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Ratepayers' Meeting.


Ratepayers' Meeting. On Friday evening last, the annual ratepayers meeting, convened by the Urban District Council so that the four retiring members could give an account of their stewardship, was held at the Belle Vue Hall. The four retiring members were Messrs Rbys Jones, William Owen, David 0. Hughes and Robert LI. Williams, who were seeking re-election and the other contesting carididates were Messrs Evan Griffith, Edward Davies and Ernest Lloyd, all of whom were on the platform, supported by the I members of tbe Council and the officials. The chair was taken by Mr Rhys Jones, J.P.. and there was a large attendance. The meeting was opened with the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau under the leadership of Ex- Sergeant Rowlands.. The Chairman, in the course of his opening remarks, said that the Council were very thankful to the ratepayers for the manner in which they bad paid their rates, and without that assistance the Council could not have gone on so successfully. The Council bad carried the year through without an adverse balance at the Bank. Mr Robert Lloyd Williams then addressed the meeting and referred to the improvements executed by the Council during the year. Ten plans of new bouses had been approved of, which would mean about £ 100 more in the rates in future. He thought that one of the best things done by the Council during the past year was the buying of Cellfechah Form, and be was glad to be able to say that the purchase bad been completed that week. Mr D. 0. Hughes, chairman of the Finance Committee, gave a full report of the financial position of the Council. At the beginning of the year the Council had an overdraft of £51 at the Bank, but that day the Council had a balance ofJE183 on the year's working. The total amount of rates collected by the Rate Collector during the year was Y,3,994, which he considered was very encouraging, and the ratepayers were to be highly complimented for meeting the Council in the way they bad done. He regretted the great loss the Council, and indeed, the whole town bad sustained in the death of Mr R. G. Moore, Lion Hotel. Mr William Owen, said that he bad been on the Council now for over 20 years. Thirteen years ago the liabilities of the Council on loans were £43,337, but that day it bad come down to £ 26,316, and during the last thirteen ,years the Council bad reduced their liabilities by 1'18,000. The town was gradually paying off its loans. Mr Rhys Jones also gave a lengthy re- port of the Council's doings. Addresses were also delivered by the 3 new candidates, vjz., Messrs 'Ed ward Davies, Evan Griffith and Ernest Lloyd followed by Dr. Pugb Jones, Messrs Henry Freeman, Owen Williams, D. E. Davies, and Edward Williams. The singing of God Save the King brought the meeting to a close.

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