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I DISTRICT COUNCILS. I ELLESMERE PORT URBAN. I I -11 a meeting oi tne JMiesmere fort Urban Distriot Council was held on Monday evening. Mr. W. Stockton was the chairman and Mr. H. Price vice-chairman, while there were also present the Revs. W. Bidlake and T. Kynaston, Dr. Finney, Messrs. C. Whitndge, J. Wynne, W. Breckon, T. Jones, J. H. Lloyd, J. D. Dutton, W. Worsey, J. W. Ellis, L. Lindop, and the clerk (Mr. D. Bunting). SHOULD OWNERS BE RATED? The question of rating owners instead of occu- piers of cottage property, and as to deductions in consequence, was considered.—Tne Cierk said that Council could agree to rate owners instead of occupiers, and allow the owners oft" 20, 25, 30 or $5% per cent. It wou d be a great convenience to the collector.—The Cnairman asked whether it would be a gain or otherwise to the Council.—The Clerk could not say. it was impossible to tell how it wouid work.-—The Chairman said it resolved itself into tins, that they comd give their sanction as a district council to what had been done by the overseers.—i\Ir. Breckon said tuat the man who put up jerry property at low rents got the plum. Compounding encouraged jerry builders.—Mr. Price said compounding provided for the rating of houses wnether occupied or not.—Mr. Whit- ndge proposed that they rate owners and allow compounding up to £ 8.—Mr. Liojd did not think there were many nouses at £ 8.—The Cnairman said there was a great anoma.y in the assessable and ratable value of property in Ellesmere Port.— Mr. Breckon seconded Mr. 'whitridge's motion, and it was carried.—The Clerk understood that the overseers allowed 30 p6r cent, oli, but tne owners had to pay whether the houses were occupied or not. He thought 25 per cent. quite enough, and advised that the Council aiiow for empty houses as well.—The Chairman: Tiiat is the best arrange- ment.—The cierk's suggestion was agreed to. NO CORONATION RATE. I A letter was read from the Local Government Board enquiring whether the Council proposed to raise any other rate.—The Chairman explained that they meant an extra rate on account of the Coronation.—The clerk was instructed to reply in the negative. WIRRAL JOINT HOSPITAL BOARD. I me .Local Government Hoard wrote asking for I tho Council's observations on the subject of repre- sentation on the Wirral joint Hospital Board, and forwarding a letter Wiey had received from the I Hospital Board on the subject.—Dr. Finnev Dro- posed that the clerk be instructed to write and ask the Wirral Board what they wou.d take their cases for per member per week. It would be very much better if they paid per case, as the Chester District Council did.—It was resolved that the clerk reply to the Local Government Board, stating that they were negotiating with the Joint Hospital Board. I MEDICAL OFFICER'S APPOINTMENT. The Clerk stated that the Local Government Board wished the Council to fix the period of the medical offioer of health's appointment. It was usually five years.—On the motion of Mr. Price, it was decided to fix the period at five years. I rT" INSPECTOR OF CANAL BOATS. .1 ne appointment ot inspector ot canal boats was then discussed. It was stated on the agenda that Mr. T. WaJaoe had declined the appoint- ment.—Mr. W. Breckon believed that had they known a fortnight ago what they know then, the inspection of canal boats would have been added to the ad vertisement for the building and roads surveyor, etc., and no increase in the salary offered would have been made. He proposed the resolution at the last meeting for the appointment of Mr. Wallace because of the compensation busi- ness. They would have had five items in the advertisement instead of four, had they had the information they had now. He proposed that the inspection of canal boats be added to the other items.—Dr. Finney asked if it would be legal, after advertising, to add another item?—Tire Chairman did not like the matter at To take advantage of people by tacking on another duty did not seem to him to be quite fair. The idea was to take advantage of the information on the agenda, and so save £ 5 a year. He did not agree with it.—Mr. Breckon said he was there to keep down the rates. (Hear, hear.)—The Chair- man did not see Mr. Breckon's point at ali. Un- less he could shew that that Council would have compensation to pay he ought not to take advan- tage of the information.—Mr. Breckon altered his proposition to read-that the gentleman who should be appointed surveyor, etc., be asked to accept the position of inspector of canal boats, without an additional fee.—Mr. Lindop seconded, and the motion was defeated, only the proposer and seconder voting for it. NUISANCE INSPECTOR AND SURVEYOR. 1."110 applications tor the post ot inspector ot nuisances and workshops and building and roads surveyor were then considered. There were three applic,ints-Alfred Dumbervand (Whitby), J. E. Jackson (Ellesmere Port), and J. M. Hudson (Ellesmere Port).—Dr. Finney asked if all the ap- plicants were qualified.—The Clerk said no especial qualifications were necessary.—Mr. Whit- ridge asked what the regulations of the Local Government Board were.—The Chairman thought that if the gentleman who was appointed was not duly certified, he would have to submit himself to some examination in order to satisfy the Local Government Board.—Mr. Whitridge suggested that the appointment be not binding until the Local Government Board signify their satisfaction. —The Chairman: Let us take the r is k. -iMr. Breckon As Mr. Priest is here, could not he tell us anything?—Mr. Priest said that with regard to +1>0 ea.aUa.fy Iviipioma, wniGh was held by one of the applicants, they were not valued at anything beyond what they were stated to be. That diploma had no value from the Government, point of view. As far as he was aware, the Local Government Board only required to know that the man was suitable in the sense that he was an able man. An inspector of nuisances was not necessarily a man 0. large attainments. They did not make enquiry as to the man's technical know- ledge, but rather as to his suitability from another point of view--his moral position, perhaps. Cer- tainly, from his experience, he knew there were many inspectors appointed who were certainly not possessed of all the scientific knowledge they should have.—The voting was taken by ballot, each mem- ber voting for two of the applicants. On the votes being counted, J. E. Jackson, having the least number of votes, was dropped out, and the vote for the appointment was again taken by ballot. Hudson then defeated Dumbervand by ten votes to three.—Mr. Hudson was then ap- pointed to the position.—Mr. Price proposed that he be appointed for a term of twelve months.— Dr. Finney moved that it be five years.—Mr. Breckon seconded Mr. Price's motion, while Mr. Ellis seconded Dr. Finney's amendment.—The original proposition was carried by nine votes to three.—It was decided that the inspector should devote the whole of his time to the duties of the office.—Mr. Whitridge proposed that Mr. Hudson be asked to commence his duties at once if he was at liberty.—Mr. Lloyd moved that he be asked to commenoe on the first of next month.—The amendment was carried.—Mr. Breckon: Would it not be better to get him to keep a diary? He moved a proposition to that effect.-The Chair- man Mr. Breckon wants to know where he is every hour of the day. (Laughter.)—Mr. Breckon: No, no.—The motion was agreed to.— It was decided that the post of inspector of canal boats be added to the position of surveyor, etc., at a salary of E5 a year. I THE SEWERAGE WORKS. I I EXPLANATION BY Mil. PRIEST. I The report of Messrs. Be.oe and Priest en the sewerage works stated that the works were now complete, though it might be necessary to make slight alterations. The whole cost of the work was £ 3,414 IC-s. 6d., and the amount of the con- tract was £ 3,050, leaving about £ 300 for extras. The charges by the Shropshire Union Canal for compensation would account for a good deal of ,,n t for a good deal of the extras. Under this head so large an expendi- ture had not been anticipated. The cost of the material would account for another extra. It had not been anticipated that they would have to go such a long way for material.—Dr. Finney asked what arrangements had been made for the Council to get to the sewer by way of the bridge, and who would be responsible for keeping the roads in order. Was Mr. Burdock going to keep the road down to the Smelting Works in order? What was the advantage of having the sewer passed behind I the houses in Ewart-sireet instead of in front? With regard to the tunnel, Mr. Ollive said the increased cost would be accounted for by the Shropshire Union charges for tlie stoppage of the canal. He thought the contractor wouid have known that there would be some charges. Part. of the groove for earring off the surplus water from the filter beds to the machine was leaking. He would like to know if it had been repaired? Mr. Priest explained why he asked the chair- man at the enquiry not to allow the discussion about the price of the land. As to access to the land, the conveyance of the site provided that the District .Council, the purchasers, should have access over both roads, that. was to say, Nlr. bur- dock had to give the Council, for all time, access to the land, which went by the Smelting Corpora- tion's works to the wooden bridge, and from that bridge down alongside of the brook and the fences to the gateway they had put up. He might give them an alternative for that, but. he must give them access through the land. The Council had access to the corner of Mr. Parkes's land from where-the bridge was. As to the sewer behind the houses, that matter was dealt with at the time. If the Parish Council had wished the sewer to be altered, it might have been altered, but the Parish Council did not, wish it, and therefore it was left alone. With regard to the tunnel under the canal, it was provided in the contract that the pipes be carried under the canal. When they came to do the work and arrange with the canal engineer, he would not consent to its being doce by that method. They had to do it the engineer's way, as he was master of the situation, and it proved more costly. The 3eak in the channel between the l septic tanks and the filters had been stopped. He did not know of airy other. Some damage had been caused to the surface, but that, was above the water level, and was due to the frost in the 'e?-i':y part of the year. It had, however, been made good, As to the question of the ashes, when these beds began to be built it was found im- possible to specify the ashes. One had to pick and choose what one wanted. It had become the general practice for the cinders or clinkers to be bought in that way. The report explained that they did not get the ashes they relied upon. The speaker had been all over the country looking for suitable ashes. He had even to send to New- castle for them. Dr. Finney: The ratepayers will be very much obliged for Mr. Priest's explanation. The Chairman: There is still J3225 17s. lid. owing. When can we get some money? (Laugh- ter.) I think the contractor might- wait a little. Mr. Lloyd: I thir.k the Wirral District Council ought to pay. They got us into debt, and they outrht to get us out cf it. (Laughter.) The Chairman suggested that as large an amount as the Council had in hilnd be paid, It was a fear- ful bill of extras. Would they take an overdraft on the bank and run the risk of the auditor's sur- charging them, or would they borrow off the Local Government Board? Mr. Lloyd: If I took on a contract for £5,000-- The Rev. W. Bidlake: Don't you do it, Mr. Lloyd. (Laughter.) Mr. Lloyd: I could do it to-night. If I took on a contract for £ 5,000, and it cost me £ 6,000, it would be my fault, and I would have to bear the loss. Mr. Whitridge took it that they had no remedy. Mr. Lloyd moved that they apply to the Local Government Board for what money they required. Dr. Finney seconded. Mr. Ellis moved that the matter be left in the hands of the Finance Committee, and that the committee report at the next meeting. Mr. Lloyd's motion was carried. The Clerk said that the agreement with the Pontoons and Dry Docks Co., Ltd., concerning the line of sewer through their land was submitted to the Wirral District Council in December. The company asked for B7 10s. in consideration of allowing the Council to enter upon their land and examine the pipes. The Wirral District Council had passed the agreement.—The Chairman: They will pass anything.—A Member: That they don't have to pay for. (Laughter.)—On the proposition j of Mr. Whitridge, seconded by Mr. Breckon, it was resolved to accept the agreement, and ask the company to reduce the compensation they de- manded. t PURCHASE OF A SHED. The committee appointed to consider the pro- posed purchase of the shed from Mr. J. Taylor, recommended in the report that the Council pur- chase for £ 5.—The Chairman proposed, and Mr. W. Breckcn seconded, that the Clerk offer that amount.—This was carried. H THE PINFOLD, WHITBY. I Air. J. ii. ijfoyd asked it the pmlold at Whitby could not be used to keep stones, etc., in.-The Chairman did not think it could be maintained for anything except for keeping cattle in.—It was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the Highways Committee. THE COST OF THE SEAL. I A I I An estimate was received irom alessrs. bhaw and Sons, London, for the sea], with a screw press, at J38 7s. 6d., and with a lever press at £ 7 10s. 6d.-The estimate at £ 8 7s. 6d. was ac- cepted, and a vote of thanks, proposed by Mr. Breckon, and seconded by Mr. Whitridge, was passed to Mr. Lindop for the time and labour he had given in preparing the seal. VARIOUS MATTERS. I A letter was read from Parrs Bank, Ltd., agreeing to let the Council the rooms for £ 10, and the overseers agreed to pay the Council half the rent.-Dr. Kenyon wrote accepting his appoint- ment as medical officer of health, and a vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Wallace for attending to two infectious cases.—It was agreed, after some discussion, that the whole Council consider the question of the diversion of the footpath leading from Merseyton-road to Overpool, in preference to leaving the matter in the hands of a committee. I MOLD URBAN. I I APPOINTMENT 1 OF CLERK. ,1 I I ?, -1 1 .1 1 ?1- 1 ivir. oamuei nerresiora presided over me monthly meeting of this Council on Tuesday even- ing.—The Council adopted the recommendation of the Finance Committee, that for the year end- ing 31st March, 1903, a rate of 2s. 9d. in the £ be levied for the old area, and Is. 9d. in the £ for Broncoc-d.—Mr. J. E. Davies, as chairman of the Finance Committee, explained the surveyor's esti- mate., which required for the extended area £895 8s. 2d., of which J6653 14s. 2d. was for the original area. There was a reduction of 3d. in the rate for the old area, and the other remained un- a'.tcred.—The estimates were criticised by Messrs. J. B. Marston and W. P. Jones, it being con- tended that the advantages enjoyed in the old I are- were not extended to the Broncoed people, although they paid the same rates.—Mr. W. B. Rowdon was re-appointed inspector of nuisances. —The Acting Clerk (Mr. W. R. Havard Evans) read a communication from the Local Government Board on the subject of the application by the trustees of the Pendre NVelsh Wesleyan Chapel, who desired to purchase on lease a portion of the Bailey Hill for extension purposes. The Board advised that the case was not one in which the Council were empowered to sell or lease.—Mr. Robert Morris moved that instructions be given that a flag-staff be erected at the Town Hall.- Mr. Marston seconded.—Mr. Thomas Roberts said that when some years ago the Council were exer- cised as to the stability of the building, an archi- tect stated emphatically that a flag-staff must not be put up. He moved as an amendment that a flag-staff be not erected.—There was no seconder to this, nor to a further amendment referring the matter to the Town Hall Committee, and the original motion was carried, the General Purposes Committee being empowere d to act.-On the motion ot Mr. J. Wynne Williams, it was resolved I to draw and submit for the approval of the Local Government Board a bye-law regulating the speed of motor-cars and cycles.—Applications for the post of clerk to the Council, rendered vateant by the death of Mr. J. H. Simon, had been received by the chairman from Mr. J. Llew. Roe Browne, solicitor, Wrexham, Mr. W. R. Howard Evans, the clerk pro tem., and Mr. R. Stewart Kelly. solicitor, Mold.—The applications having been read, together with one testimonial in each case, Mr. Thomas Parry proposed, and Mr. W. P. Jones seconded, that the voting be by ballot.—Mr. J. B. Marston said that voting by ballot for the election of clerk was irregular and contrary to the Act of Parliament. He deprecated such a childish proceeding as secret voting, and moved as an amendment that the appointment be made by open voting.—The original proposition was carried and on the voting papers being counted, the result was announced as follows:—Kelly 10, Howard Evans 4, Browne 0.—On the motion of Mr. Robert Morris, seconded by Mr. Marston, Mr. Kelly was unanimously ap- pointed.