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WREXHAM DISTRICT HIGHWAY BOARD, WREXHAM DISTRICT HIGHWAY BOARD, TUESDAY, APRIL 4TII 1880. i The first meeting ot the new Highway Board! was held on Tuesday, at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, when there were present—Capt. Griffith- Boscawen, chairman Mr S. T. Baugh, vice-chair- man Messrs T. Chilton, J. Milligan, Benjamin Davies, Owen Hughes, W. Lester, Jones (Bersham), Thomas (Allington), Powell (Gwersyllt), Williams (Bryiiibo), Dicken (Sesswick), W. W. Owen (Eyton), B. Lloyd, Woodward (Marchwiel), Williams (Piekhill), Williams (Borras Riffre), Samuel Harrison, Edward Edwards, John Price, C. W. Parsonage, Miohell (Esclusham Above), Samuel Parry, Bate (Gresford), J. Thomas (Holt), &c. Mr John Bury, clerk. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN. 11 Mr Baugh said he rose with a consiaeraoie degree of pleasure to propose that their late Chairman be re-appointed chairman for the ensuing year. (Ap- plause.) He need say nothing as to the Captain's i capabilities for the office, the duties of which he discharged with the ability which he usually excer- cised with credit to himself and advantage to the Board. (Applause.) Mr Lester seconded the proposition with equal pleasure. It was customary to propose a vote of thanks to the Chairman for past services rendered, but he thought perhaps the most practical way after all of returning their thanks was to re-elect Captain Griffitli-Boscawen to preside over their de- liberations for another year. (Applause.) The Chairman briefly returned thanks. He had endeavored to discharge his duty in the past, ano he hoped he should be able to do so in the future. (Hear, hear.) As a Board, they had two principal J objects in view-the first was to maintain the roads in an efficient state of repair, and secondly, that j the repairs should be carried out with as little cost to the ratepayers as possible. (Applause.) He had always endeavored to keep these objects in view, and lie thought their roads would compare favorably with most other roads in the country. (Hear, hear.) There had been a good deal of in- creased expenditure owing to the abolition of toll- gates, which he had often said was a cumbrous and j un wieldly system, but still it had one element of fairness in it, viz., that th .se who used the roads always paid for them. (Applause.) That was an argument often used, and he must say there was something in it. He thought, however, now that the gates were practically done away with, that it was a question for the new Parliament and the new Government as to whether there should not be some uniform law established for managing the highways! (Hear, hear.) At present, in one part of a county there was a Highway Board, while in another part county surveyors managed the roads, which were not always in a very satisfactory con- dition. (Applause.) Personally, he should think if the Highway Board system was good for one part of the county it was good for another, and he thought it would be a good thing for Parliament to enact that Highway Boards should be adopted universally, which would undoubtedly be an ad- vantage to the country, and he didn't think the ratepayers, in the end, would be put to any greater expense. (Applause.) There was one point he wished to mention, and that was in reference to the Act of 187S, which had thrown the whole expense upon the common fund, including improve- ment expenses and in regard to the latter item he had observed a little tendency at that Board to call for slightly inoi-e -1 improvements" than they used to do. (Laughter.) He was, personally, in favor of improvements, and had no desire to preserve an old state of things" if it was a bad one. (Hear, hear.) At the same time, when there was a large purse, as under the present system, they were apt, to draw upon it. (Laughter.) He thought, therefore, they should be very cautious in respect to improve- ments until they witnessed a better state of things in regard to trade. Now that the expenses came cut cf a comiiioii fund, he thought perhaps they had been somewhat forward in pressing on for certain improvements, which might probably have been very well left for some future time—such as the Sandy Lane and the bridge at the Five Fords. (Hear, hear.) He thought, reailv. the Board should pause before going to any expense for im- provements, because they might perhaps be too apt to burden the ratepayers too much at once, owing to the alterations in the incidence of charge. (Ap- plause.) In concluding his remarks he thanked them for re-electing him as their chairman, adding that he should be very glad if the waywardens would at at all times take advantage of their posi- tion at the Board to express their opinions as to the state of the roads and the management of the finances because many were apt to talk about economy outside, but neglected to raise their voices and speak their minds at the Board. (Hear, hear.) He again thanked them for their kindness in re- electing him. (Applause.) j Mr Owen Hughes then proposed the re-election of Mr Baugh as vice-chairman of the Board. (Cheers. ) Mr Benjamin Davies had great pleasure in seconding the proposition, which was carried unani- mously. Mr Baug, li in responding, said his best en- deavours should always be used to carry out the best interests of the Board and. ratepayers as well, (Applause.) He was glad to say they were in a better financial position than they had been for some time-the expenditure this year being seven- pence in the pound instead of eightpence halfpenny. (Applause.) FINANCIAL. The Clerk said the accounts had been made up for the year ending 25th March, 1880, showing the receipts and expenditure, and the rateable value of each township in the Board's district. The total receipts were £ G,230 5s 9d, and the payments £ 4,903 IGs. The county had been charged for their proportion of the repairs to the main roads, wliieh would make the calls for this year less than last— the amount last year being zC4,966, whilst this year it was X4,514, Last year the expenditure averaged 8d in the pound, this year it would be 7d. This was considered very satisfactory. The amount of the first call was £, I !ii), and of the second call these amounts being intended to carry the Board on until June next year. MISCELLANEOUS. With reference to an old bridle road from Bwlchgwyn to the Ffrith, Mr R. V, Kyrke waited on the Board to ask them to adopt another road instead of repairing this old one, as the cost would be no more. If, however, the Board declined to adopt his suggestion, he should ask them to repair the old road. Mr Baugh said it might be real economy to divert the road as suggested, and after some conversation a committee was appointed to view the place, and report as to the liability of the Board to repair the old bridle road, and as to the cost and advantage of the proposed diversion.—A deputation from Brovighton also attended the Board in reference to a road which they alleged to have been damaged by the Westminster Colliery Com- pany, one of the deputation observing that he had lost ten shillings a week through the road being in the unfit state it was at the present time. The Surveyor presented a report in favor of temporarily mending the road at a cost from £ 12 to C 15, and stated that it would cost CIOO to build a retaining ■ wall to make the road quite safe and satisfactory. After some remarks the Surveyor's report was adopted.