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FINAL ARRANGEMENTS. At a special meeting held on Thursday, the 6th day of December, the Borough Surveyor produced a nestimate of the cost of laying on a water supply to the Work- house from the water main near the east end of the Infirmary, at £ 103 3s. 6d., the matter was considered, and on the proposi- tion of Mr. H. J. E. Price, seconded by Mr. P. White: It was resolved that the Council lay the mains and askthaGuardians 10 pay the cost, and that a rental of 6d. per 1,000 gallons be charged, the supply to be by meter. The list of salaries paid by the Corporation to their officials and workmen was then gone through, and the following recommendations were agreed to: —That from the 1st April, 1907, the Col- lector be paid the sum of 5d. in the £ on all monies collected by him. That the foreman's services be retained until the appointment of a surveyor. That the half- holiday for all officials and workmen of the Corporation be taken on Thursdays, from the 1st of January next. That the mason be not retained as a regular employee of the Corporation. That Mr. George Morse be re-engaged as caretaker of the market, under the supervision of the Borough Com- mittee. That the engine driver's and fitter's services be dispensed with, and that an engine driver and fitter be advertised for at 27s. per week. That the quarrying of stone be done by contract. That the age of the new surveyor and inspector of nuisances be limited from 25 to 35 years. That canvassing for any of the appoint- ments advertised be a disqualification. Ald. James' resolution, fixing the price of water at Is. 3d. per thousand gallons to the private consumer was then carried. THE COLLECTOR'S COMMISSION. Mr. Bishop moved as an amendment to the report of the Special Committee that the Collector's commission be reduced from 5d. in the £ to .1cl. in the t. Under the old arrangement by which the collector had received 6d. in the t, his commission had amounted to tl40 per annum. The reduction he proposed would bring the amount of the commission down to t112. The work of collecting the rates was much easier nowadays than in past years. Mr. 1. Reynolds said Air. Bishop was splitting straws. He had been present at the committee meeting, when the rate of the Collector's commission was reduced from 6d. to 5d. Under the' new arrange- ment it was expected that Mr. Alfred James would receive about £125 per an- num, and when he was engaged it was pro- mised him that the salary would average £ 120. Then there was another question, they were hoping to reduce the rates, when the amount of the collector's commission would be reduced, and Air. James had to take his chances of that. They all knew what a trouble they had had with the col- lection of the rates, and in Mr. James they had a first-class collector. Mr. Bishop said that if it had not been for his resolution that the commission be 4d. in the £ the reduction would not have to be made to 5d. in the C. He persisted in his amendment. He had known the collector from a boy, and no one could give him a higher character than lie himself, but the collection of rates in such a satisfactory manner was largely due to the committee, who had issued sum- monses and brought defaulting ratepayers up to the mark. There was no seconder to Air. Bishop's amendment, which, therefore, dropped to the ground. Air. H. J. E. Price moved the adoption of the reports of the Special Committee en bloc. Those questions had been dis- cussed and re-discussed, and although he did not agree with all the decisions arrived at, lie had been defeated, and was willing to accede to the wlishes of the majority. Air. I. Reynolds seconded, and the re- ports were adopted. THE LATE CARETAKER, tie Clerk said he had received a letter from Air. John Harries stating that his mother, Martha Harries, was dead. Air. T. H. Thomas moved that the posi- tion be advertised, with wages at 4s. per week, coal and gas. After a discussion, in which councillors said they had personally received numer- ous applications, the resolution was car- ried. A letter was read from Mr. J. Marsh Reid, offering to rent some premises near the Quay, now in the occupation of Mr. SelncK, on behalf of the United Alkaline Company, of Liverpool, provided the Coun- cil would guarantee that the place would not be flooded during the high tides. The rent proposed was C5 5s. per annum. It was resolved that the Council accept Mr. Reid's offer, but that no guarantee be given as to the tides.

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