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BOROUGH COUNCIl. I

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BOROUGH COUNCIl. I THE WATER BILL. I An extraordinary meeting of the Urban. Council was held at the Town Hall on Mon- day evening, Mr. E. T. Joiitc in the chair. The other members present were Messrs. Nathan Griffiths, John Simlett, John Thomas, J. Walter Thomas, E. Willis Jones, Joseph Roberts, H D. Recs. D. James Davies, W. Br am well Jones, D. R. Jones, together with the Clerk (Mr. Spowart) and the Surveyor (Mr Watkeys). THE WATER BILL. The Chairman, reporting upon the progress 01 the Water Bill, said that when they last reported the preamble of the Bill had been proved, subject to the protection of certain clauses, namely, the clauses t-o protect the dormant interests of the mineral owners and the plant purchase clause so far as the Rural District was concerned. He was pleased to say that so far as the mineral owners were concerned, the clauses to give them ease- ments to facilitate the carrying down of the colliery water to the part near the lower re- servoir had been accepted by the Committee ot the House of Commons. It was iugniy satisfactory, because it was feared by many ratepayers that the contention of the Craw- shay Bailey Estate would inflict great obliga- tion upon the Council. The other clause was with regard to the purchase of the plant from them by the Rural District Council. As a result of the proceedings between the Com- mons' Committee, the only purchase was of pipes and other plant within the new limit of supply. He believed that they could con- gratulate themselves upon the promotion of the Bill. The work had involved great, and I special labour so far as the Clerk's and Sur- veyor's departments were concerned. Much ¡' credit was due to the Chairman of the Water- works Committee, who had worked like a trojan in piloting the Bill up to -date. He only hoped that they would have no opposi- tion in the House of Lords. The Clerk, replying to Mr. Nathan. Griffiths, I said there had been no notification of any petition against the Bill when it would come before the House of Lords The Bill had been ordered for third reading, which would pro- bably take place to-morrow (Tuesday). Mr. Nathan Griffiths: There have been no withdrawals of the previous opposition ? The Clerk: No. AN INCORRECT STATEMENT. I The question of signing a precept for £ 43*27 13s. 3d. for the Harbour Trustees gave rise to considerable discussion. Mr. E. Willis Jones asked how muctr of the arrears of interest had been reduced during the last six months. He would like to know whether the amount of £ 8564- 7s. 5d. set out on the balance sheet represented the interest for twelve months. The Clerk: Yes, of course; as against that I this precept is' to be considered. I Mr. Herbert D Rees enquired why should there be an aiii.-),iiit of £ 5000 odd due in re- spect of unpaid accounts. I The Clerk said there were a good many claims both ways to be considered by the Harbour Trust. Mr. Nathan Griffiths said it was stated in the last meeting of the Harbotir Trust- that they were losing iElOOi) a year on the tug Faloon." That was totally incorrect. What they did lose was ES42 a year. He believed that EO far as the Harbour was concerned the Trustees were doing their very utmost to work the harbour as cheaply 11:5 possible. After some discussion with regard to the renewal of the loan from the Bank of England (which the press were asked not to re-port), it was decided to draw a cheque for the amount I of the precept.. INSPECTOR OF NUISANCER. On the proposition of the Chairman, secon- I ded by Mr. Joseph Roberts, Mr. Sharpe was re-annointed Iasnecto-r or Nuisances. ADVERTISING THE TOWN. I The Clerk said the Chamber of Commerce wrote to him some, time ago with regard to the formation of a Representative Permanent Committee to "undertake the compiling of a booklet for the purpose of advertising the commercial- advantages of Llanelly. The Har- bour Trust had appointed a few delegates to confer with the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Nathan Griffiths said it was hardly fair that the three incorporated bodies of the town should be asked ta confer, and the Trades and Labour Council, who did as much work as the o?her bodies, had not been invited. The Chairm-aa said that the invitation had hcen &ent them by the Chamber of Commerce', and the Trades md Labour Council had the ?aum Hberty to send th? same to them. .Mr. John Thoma?. observed that theTc were members of the Trades Council both on the I' Trust and the Qotwcil, and if they were going to appoint representatives they could choose I' them from lioth bodies. He did not think anyone represented anything but Labour on the Council at the present time (laughter). Mr. D. J ams Davies proposed that they ap- point the Chairman, Vice-chairman, and Mr Joseph Roberts t-o confer with the Chamber. He might state that the Harbour Trust had moved m tins matter long oetore the Cham- ber of Commerce llídú any suggestion. Mr. Nathan G riffiths proposed an amend-; ment —that the Council accept the invitation of iho Chamber of Commerce, providing they extended the s;une in\itatiuti to she Trades and La'*mr Council. ■ Mr. Joseph Roberts said it was the duty of the" Council to suggest extending an invi- tation to the Trade.s and Labour Council. Mr. W. Branny ell Jones: I hope not. We only invited there as guests. Mr. Roberts expressed surprise ,at Mr. .lonesV; attitude towards the Trades Council. Mr. W. Brain well Jones said that what, he said was that their representatives should not ask th-c Chamber nf Commerce to send out invitations. Mr. Nat>ian Griffiths said that if they elec- ted hi of he would not ser\ e upon the com- "iiitf-ec. He would think i; -n insult to the Trad. ■ and Labour Council. The Chairman' said that they were only vited, and they could i;ot 9 dictate to any authority what to :[". It would be within the provin-'i: of flutso. '.Members t<> make a sug- gestion. Mr. Willis Jones said that this excessive zeal and supposed jealousy would not lead to a sweeees'"nl conference. He was sure Mr. Griffith* was second to none in doing all he could to better the welfare of the town. It I would be very hopeless if tile, same feeling were introduced in 1he conference as had been introduced that night. He hoped :r1'.1 CriU?h- v'.ould not press that they should do som .'i ioiig for an institution which was out- -ide the Council. Mr. Si mlei; (ifi'd thai perhaps they would like to know why lie did not second the I amendment-. He could not guarantee that the secretary of the Trades Council had not rect i red an invitation j There v as no seconder t-o the amendment, arid was "uVmuitnly decided to aFPoint Mr. ioseyh Ft i^ Mr. H. !>. Rees, the Chair- ma?:, the Vice-chairman, and Clerk. NATION l. DISTRICT COUNCILS. ) I I The eke"I -t al that the National Con- i'erciui.' of Association was be ",1) in L > idon on July 15 16, and 17. lie d'Sio • ;oe < ooo.i | consider whether Ciey o I,: to a"tiend lj f' rovho1 :\1:, y, 1'o-oov Ji S;|id it l);ld been \:nud fqy them Tu appoint b Chairman and r.!<r! Mr. NV i ho:. Griffiths '??.??.?? t hv v ioid ready {v.s-•••■!■ r ;■ •ineio'i in ye- g ( t' r LÎ ¡ absolutely a waste of the ratepayers' money to send delegates to an association of the same class. They were going to have. an as- sociation for Wales, and at the same time they were going to send one to England. They would stay three days at the conference and between the time of going and returning it would make five days. It was absolutely a waste of public money. He moved that they do not send representatives this year. The proposition that the Chairman and Clerk be asked to attend was carried, Mr. J. Simlatt, Mr. Nathan Griffiths, and Mr. D R. Jones voting against. PARLIAMENTARY BILLS. The Chairman observed that the Council had for some time been engaged in Parlia- mentary Bills, ench as the opposition to the Burry Port and Rural District Council Bills, etc. This could not be done without incur- ring considerable expenditure. He took it that the proper course would be to refer the accounts for taxation where necessary. Mr. W. Bramwell Jones proposed that the accounts be referred for taxation. The rea- son why the accounts had not been before the Council before was due to the fact that they ilad been endeavouring to get a reduc- tion in some of the amounts. Mr. Nathan Griffiths: What is the total I amount ? The Chairman replied that he could not state the exact amount, Mr. Nathan Griffiths: You can give a rough guess. Mr Bramwell Jones: T do not know what is the object of having a rough guess. It will only mislead the public. Mr. Simlett enquired how the amounts of the councillors' expenses had been revealed. Mr. Bramwell Jones said that personally he was not ashamed of it., nor did he care from where it leaked out. The accounts could be seen in the minutes of the Finance Commit- tee when they were submitted to the Coun- cil. After some discussion the accounts were referred for taxation.

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