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Title: Official gazette - Dominica
Physical Description: v. : ; 31 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Dominica
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Place of Publication: Roseau
Frequency: weekly
Subject: Politics and government -- Dominica   ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: v. 1- April 5, 1865-
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Government Notices.

No. 63
Post of Manager and Programme
Director Windward Islands
Broadcasting Service
APPLICATIONS are invited for the post
of Manager and Programme Director,
Windward Islands Broadcasting Station,
Grenada, on contract for three years in
the first instance.
Salary : The salary of the post is $3.840
per annum. A transport allowance of
$480 per annum and a coat of living allow-
ance of $480 per annum are also payable.
Duties : The station will be operated as
a sub-department of Government and the
officer will be responsible for its financial
and general management in accordance
with Colonial Regulations and the General
Orders and Financial Rules of the Wind
ward Islands. He will be required to
supervise programmes and will be expect-
ed to undertake such duties in connection
with broadcasting as may be required of
him by Government.
Qualifications: Applicants should have
broadcasting experience particularly in
script writing and production of radio
programmes. Experience in commercial
broadcasting will be of assistance although
,/Jhot necessary. Applicants should also
n^ nave good administrative experience and
business ability. They should also possess
S /a sound knowledge of conditions in the
SCaribbean Area and should be- familiar
with current world events, Technical
knowledge of wireless transmission ie not
required, knowledge of copyright laws

and the laws of libel and slander is desira-
ble. though not essential.
Quarters: Quarters are not provided.
Leave and Passages : The officer will be
eligible to earn leave at the rate of one
week for each completed period of three
months resident service. Free first class
passages are provided on appointment and
on satisfactory termination of contract for
the officer and his family between Grena-
da ard the place of recruitment. Leave
passages are not provided. Further par-
ticulars are obtainable from the Chief
Secretary, Windward Islands. Grenada,
to whom applications, with three testi-
monials and a recent photograph should
be addressed to reach him not later than
30th April, 1953.
Ref. 239/53.
February, 26th 1953.
No. 61
Post of Assistant Information Officer
Caribbean Commission
APPLICATIONS are invited from persons
of British, French, Netherlands or United
States nationality to fill the post of Assis-
tant Information Officer on the staff of
the Central Secretariat of the Caribbean
Commission in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
Men and women are equally eligible fo:
the post.
Applicants should have had previous
journalistic or public relations experience.
The Assistant Informatton Officer is
required to develop and maintain sources
of information, to collect and prepare
material for publication in the Commis-
sion's Monthly Information Bulletin and


for use in its weekly radio programme ;
to prepare press releases and arrange
interviews, and to perform other duties
in connection with the printing and disse-
mination of publications handled by the
Information Section.
Candidates are required to be fluent
in English, preference will be given to per-
sons who al3o have a knowledge of
French, Dutch or Spanish.
The Salary for this post is U. S. $3,600
per annum, rising by increments of U S.
$243 to a maximum of U.S. $4,800 per
annum. Salary is expressed in U.S. dollars,
but will be payable in the currency of the
country in which the employee is sta-
Applications should reach the office of
the Seretary General of the Carribbean
Commission not later than March 31st,1953.
and should be accompanied by the appli-
cant's curriculum vitae, references and
one recent photograph.
Further particulars may be obtained, if
required, from
The Secretary General
Caribbean Commission
Kent House
Port of Spain.
to whom all communications should be
Ref. 84/53
February 27th. 1953'

No. 65
APPLICATIONS are invited for the two
posts of TUTOR (Crop Husbandry) and
TUTOR (Animal Husbandry) for appoint-
ment about August 1953, by the Eastern
Caribbean Farm Institute, which is to be
opened in Trinidad later in the sear by
seven British West Indian Governments,
as a residential institution for 40 students,
to train Staff of Departments of Agricul-
ture and others in the practice and theory
of agriculture at sub-university level.
The TUTORS will be required to co-oper-
ate with the Principal in responsibility for
practical and theoretical tuition, farm
management, supervision and extra-
curricula activities.
Candidates should have a Degree or
Diploma in Agriculture, with, if possible
post-graduate training and/or experience
tropical agriculture, especially in the case
of tropical crops and/or experience in
agricultural education.
Appointments will initially be on con-
tract at a salary, according to qualifica-
tions, within the scale $3,120-120-3,840
-240 5,280 per annum. Arrangements
will be made to maintain any existing pen-

sion rights or a gravity will be paid in lieu
thereof. Self-contained quarters provided
at 10% of salary to maximum of $50 a
month, plus 5% per annum of the value of
furniture supplied Free passages for
TUTOR, his wife and maximum of two
children, on appointment and termination
of contract. Liberal leave on full salary.
Applications, giving full information of
qualifications and experience, with the
names and addresses of three resoonsiole
persons who may be approached for refer-
ences, should be addressed to THE PRIN-
B W.I., to reach him not later than 1st
April, 1953.

No. 81
IT is notified for general information
that the Sesretary of Stat. for the 4Sol-
onies has notified His Wxcellency the
Governor that the Quee,; will not be
advised to exercise Her Majesty's power
of disallowance with resnect to tne
under mentioned Ordinances passed by the
Legislative Council of Dominica : -
No. 24 of 1950. The Appropriation
(1951) Ordinance, 1950.
Ref. M. P. 1504/50
No 19 of 1952. The Title by Registration
Act (Amendment Ordinance, 1952.
Ref. M P. 784/50
March 10th, 1953.

No. 82
.OFFERS are invited for the purchase of
the following Motion Picture production
One 35 mm Simplex Acme sound pro-
jector complete with speaker and amplifier.
For operation on 110-125 volt, 60 cycles
-alternating current: together with one
generator (110 volts) and gasolene motor
(4 cylinder Ford 1941 engine) for use
where there is no power supply.
This generator has an output capacity
of nine kilowatts and is capable in itself
apart from supplying the projector, of
carrying a fairly large extra load such as
cinema or theatre lighting : in fact it
would supply all the amenitiesfor a small
cinema or theatre.
The entire machine is of such size and
so mounted that it is mobile, i.e., it can
be transported by truck.
The equipment which is stored at
Belair Health Centre has been very little
used, and was recently overhauled and is
believed to be in perfect working order.
It may be viewed by arrangement.
Persons interested are requested to com-


municate with the Senior Medical Officer,
Kingstown, St. Vincent, for further infor-
Ref. 320/53
March 12th, 1953.

No. 83

IT is notified for general information
that the Dominica Scholarship for the
year 1952 has been awarded to Mr. A. B.
SORHAINDO of the Dominica Grammar
Ref. C 41/53
March 13th, 1953.

No. 84

BOYD, Mrs. V. A., 2nd Class Clerk, Audit
Department appointed to act 1st
Class Clerk, Audit Department.
16th December, 1952.
E. 413

No. 85

IT is notified for general information
that Mr. M. V. S. SMITH, has been ap-
pointed Executive Architect, Windward
Islands under Scheme D. 734D, on con-
tract for a term of three years, in suc-
cession to Mr. J.C. ROSE,
2. Mr. SMITH arrived in Grenada on
February 23rd, 1953, and assumed the
duties of this office.
Ref 300/53
March 14th, 1953.

No. 86

IT is notified for the information
of those persons who will be attending the
Coronation in Great Britain that the Bri-
tish Empire Society for the Blind have ar-
ranged to hold a Colonial Coronation
Ball at Grosvenor House, Park Lane,
London, S. W. 1., on Tuesday June 9th,
2. Features of the Ball would be a
cabaret performance by peoples from
Colonial territories and a Colonial band.
Tickets will cost 2. 10. 0 ($12.00) each
inclusive cf supper.
Ref. 226/53
March 14th, 1953

No. 87
THE following announcement is pub-
lished for general information :-
In order to enable some territories not
represented in the Coronation Procession
by Colonial Military Forces to have some
representation, approval has now been
given by the Coronation Joint Committee
for a small group of armed Colonial
Police to form part of the Colonial Con-
tingent in the procession. The Windward
Islands are to be represented by one other
rank from the Police Forces of each
Colony. St. Lucia is unable to be repre-
sented and in the circumstances the fol-
lowing will form the Windward Islands
Detachment :
Grenada No. 319
St. Vincent No. 9
Dominica No. 13
R ef. C 25/53
March, 16th, 1953.
No 88
WITH reference to Gazette Notice No.
70 of March 16th, 1953, His Honour the
Administrator has been pleased to nomi.
nate. under section 3 (2) of the Roseau
Town Council Ordinance 1937 (No. 23 of
1937,). RP BERNARD ROYER, Esq., to be
a member of the Roseau Town Council up
to and including November 30th, 1953.
Ref. 633/50
March 17th, 1953.
By Command
Government Secretary

Departmental and other
Dominica Banana Association.
In accordance with Section 3 (A)
of S.R. & O. No. 16 of 1939, all
members are invited to attend the
Annual General Meeting of the
Dominica Banana Association to be
held at Imray Schoolroom at 10.30 a.m
on Wednesday. 15th April, 1953.
1. Confirmation of Minutes.
2. Chairman's Report for 1952.
3. Accounts.
4. Election of 6 Members to serve on
the Board of Management for
ensuing period of twelve months.
5. Any Other.Business of which due
notice shall have been given.


GROUP) ON 1st JANUARY, 1953.
Average Circulat ion during Novemb'r 1952
British Caribbean Currency Notes
... $ 653,700
Government Currency Notes 3,849.055
British Caribbean Notes:
Trinidad & Tobago ... $20.800,670
Barbados .... 5,274.1100
British Guiana ... 11,152,607
Leeward & Windward Is. 6,165,700
Total British Caribbean Notes $42,893,077
Trinidad & Tobago Government
Note circulation ... 2,356.287
Barbados Government Note
Circulation ... 274,373
British Guiana Government
Note Circulation 909.555
Total Government Note Circulation
3 540,215
Total Circulation on 1st January
(Sgd) L. Spence
Executive Commissioner
British Caribbean Currency Board.
British Caribbean Currency Board,
Treasury Chambers,
Port of Spain,
Trinidad, B.W.I.

Average Circulation during December,
British Caribbean Currency Notes
...... $41,743,771
Government Currency Notes $ 3,624,923
British Caribbean Notes
Trinidad & Tobago ...$20,409,035
Barbados ... 5,301,300
British Guiana ... 10,977,807
Leeward& Windward Is. 6,188.100
Total British Caribbean Notes $42,876,242
Trinidad & Tobago Government Note
Circulation ... $2,232,122
Barbados Government Note
Circulation ... 253.273
British Guiana Government Note
Circulation ... 871.655
Total Government Notes Circulation
$ 3,357,050
Total Circulation en 1st Febuary,
Executive Commissioner
British Caribbean Currency Board.
British Caribbean Currency Board,
Treasury Chambers,
Poit of Spain,
Trinidad, B W.I.


Minutes of Meeting held on..
17th December, 1952.
AT a meeting of the Roseau Town Coun.
cil held this day, there were present:-
Mr L.FC Royer Chairman
Hon. John Bully
Dr. W. StPiger
Mr. J H C. Grell
Mr. Musgrave M. Edwards
Mr. John Laronde
Absent:-Mr. G.A. Grant
Mr G.A. James
Chairman's Address: The Chairman
addressed the Council as follows:--
Gentlemen. A new era has dawned, the
Legislative Council at yesterday's budget
meeting passed the Roseau Town Council
Amendment Bill, reducing the Roseau
Town Council to the position of a mere
Government department The Roseau
Town Council has served the municipality
of Roseau for the past fifty-six years and
it is but fitting in my announcement of
this new position to members to review
the progress of the Council from its es-
tablishment in 1896.
On the 30th March 1896, a Bi'l to es-
tablish a Corporate Body for the Town of
Roseau and to make new provisions in oth-
er respects for the government of the said
town was passed. The Elected members
of the then Legislative Assembly unani-
mously opposed the "Bill" in the form in
which it was presented, giving as their
reasons that. 'The Bill in providing for
the appointment by the Governor (or
Administrator of Dominica) of the Chair-
man of the Town Board, who, as execu"
tive chief of the Board will exercise all
its powers within the municipal area, des.
troys the principle of responsibility to
the ratepayers, and will operate to make
the Town Board a semi-Government de-
partment, but with effective responsibili-
ty neither to the Government nor to the
ratepayers of the Town." The Elected
members further protested that '"'he
Bill, in purposely neglecting to make pro-
vision for submission to the Legislative
Assembly for approval of tbHe Bye-laws
which may be passed and the rates which
may be imposed oy the Town Board, ab-
solutely withdraws from the Assembly its
powers of control in the last resort over
taxation and legislation within the largest
centre of population in the island."
At that time Elected members felt that
powers far too wide were being given the
Board and in their protest attempted to
secure safeguards fcr the likely over-bur-
dening ot the people of Roseau with taxa-
The present set up of Elected members
of the Legislative Council of Dominica
are obviously not of the same opinion as
that of the Elected members of the Legis-
lative Assembly in 1396, and instead of
opposing the amendment ordinance-(two
country members did) as political wisdom
and the example of past simi ar bodies


indicate should have been done, the ma-
jority have instead thought it proper to
subscribe to the legislation which overlaps
safeguards to both the Government and
the ratepayers instituted 56 years ago.
This requires the Town Council to prepare
every year, (a task it had been voing
without any repuest from the Governor-
in-Council) estimates of its revenue and
expenditure for the year following for
submission to the Governor-in.Council
who is empowered to approve those esti-
mates in whole or in part, and amend,
vary or delete any item of revenue and
expenditure in the said estimates as he
may deem fit Such estimates when so
approved by the Governor-in-Council, are
to be binding in their details upon the
Gentlemen the implications and effect
of this imposition should be clear and evi.
dent to you, but if I may be permitted to
quote further on the subject I shall refer
to the address delivered by the late Sir
Henry Nicholls, K C. M. G., (then Dr.
Henry Alfred Alford Nicholls C M.G.) at
the inaugural meeting of the Roseau
Town Board at the Court House the 27th
May 1896, in which he said: "The ques-
tion of the establishment of a municipali-
ty for the chief town of the island has
been before the public for a number of
years, and the necessity for such a corpo-
ration was one of the matters treated of
in Sir Robert Hamilton's Report to Her
Majesty on 'The condition of Affairs of
the island of Dominica'. 'Nearly two
years ,go', he continued, 'the Marquess
of Ripon. then Secretary of State for the
Colonies, in his final despatch on the Re
port of the Royal Commissioner, said "I
should be glad to see established a muni.
cipal authority for Roseau which should
administer the local taxation" ... "The
Roseau Municipality", continued Dr.
Nicholls, "is the only body in the Colony
of the Leeward Islands armed with legis-
lative functions in which the people, by
their representative, have full authority.
The Government has reserved the power
to appoint the Chairman, who will be the
channel of communication between the
Governor and the Board And two of the
seven ordinary seats are nominee ones,
this arrangement has been made not in
order that the Government may compel
or restrain the action of the Board in any
way, but s, as to give the Board the ad-
vantage of the professional advice of a
medial man and an engineer. Matters
must constantly come before the Board
when such advice will be necessary, and
the Town Board will not be at first in a
position to pay fees for professional ser.
vices. The Board cannot be controlled by
the Government which has not, and never
had, any desire for such control- for. the
electives are in the majority of more than
two to one; and thus as a legislative body.
the Roseau Town Board will be regarded

with much attention and interest by the
people in the other islands and else-
Note the words: "With much atten-
tion and interest by the people of the
other islands and elsewhere" was what a
Government Official appointed by Gov-
ernment said at the inaugural meeting.
Can it be said that the Government of the
year 1952, in the first year of the reign
of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II, feel in a similar way as Gov-
ernment in the reign of Her Majesty's
great great grandmother Queen Victoria?
On the contrary, Government have en-
tirely ignored the wishes of a body duly
elected by the people of Roseau and have
passed the bill which will mean the abro-
gation of the Council's long enjoyed fis-
cal independence.
In the year 1937 the Legislative passed
the Roseau Town Council Ordinance No
2:, of 1937 which gave enlarged powers to
the Municipality of Roseau The Roseau
Town Board became the Roseau Town
Council, the Chairman is elected fiom
among the members with the courtesy
title of Mayor. Certain safeguards were
provided by the Ordinance which include
(1) Three members nominated by the
Governor-in-Council; (2) Minutes of
meetings to be forwarded to the Adminis-
trator within three days of confirmation
for publication in the Official Gazette; (3)
Bye-laws to be approved by Governor-in-
Council; (4) Accounts open to inspection
by members of the Legislative Council
and to be submitted to Central Govern-
ment Audit; (5) governor-in Council to
have the power to dissolve the Roseau
Town Council for any abuse of its powers
Having covered the background of the
Council from its establishment it befalls
me to outline the situation which has re-
suited in the amendment Ordinance to
which I have referred.
Due to the high cost of materials as the
result of the Second World War and the
increase in the Council's expenditure in
the form of increased salaries and wages
to the staff and servants of the Council
and with revenue remaining almost sta-
tic. the Council's estimates for the past
years have repeatedly shown deficits.
These deficits have been met by advances
from the Central Government. Total in-
debtedness to Government by the Roseau
Town Council is $33,28t.00.
The impact of the financial position
just mentioned and for the reasons stated
created a situation which later resulted
in an impasse between Government and
the Council. The Council asked the
Governor-in-Council to dissolve it. At
this stage His Excellency the Governor
Brigadier Sir Duncan Arundell, K.C.M G ,
O.B.E ,compromised the matter oy ditect-
ing the Government to continue making
advances to the Council until such time
as his Financial and Economic Adviser
was able to visit Dominica and report on
the Council's finances. The Governor's
Economic Adviser reported in September
1950 recommending, inter alia that cer.
tain taxes now collected by Government
be handed to the Council; Municipal and
Land & House Taxes be increased; and,


so as to fall in line with the other islands
of the Windward Islands group, the esti-
mates of the Council should be subject to
the approval of the Governor-in-(ouncil.
The Council's ieply to the report was
forwarding to the Administrator on the
28th December, 19EU. It pointed out the
serious state of depression in the town
and considered that an increase of diect
taxes in the form of Municipal and Lund
& House Taxes would inflict severe hard-
ships on the community. The Council
also considered most carefully the propo-
sal that estimates be subject to the ap.
proval or Governor-in-Council. and here I
quote from the reply: "The Counc:l
would view with concern any attempt by
Government to compel them to submit
their estimates for the prior approval of
Government and point out that its pre-
sent financial difficulties have not been
brought about by extravagance or mis-
management but by circumstances be.
yorid their control and consider that such
requirement would be putting back the
hands of the clock of local Government "
I must inform members that in Jan-
uary, 1951, the Council in attempting to
bridge the gap of revenue and expendi-
ture adopted the Economic Adviser's re.
commendation and increased the rate on
Municipal and Land & House Taxes from
I to 1%o $6443 00 additional revenue was
the result of this increase. Amounts col-
lected from these taxes are, 1950, before
the increase, $19,638.80, 1951, as the result
of the increase, $27,116.23 and for the cur-
rent year to 30th November, $26,653.18.
The position as it stood in December
1950 was communicated to the Secretary
of State for the Colonies by the Govern-
ment and in May of this year the Council
received a letter from the Acting Admi-
nistrator setting out the comments of the
Secretary of State and the views of the
The Secretary of State in his comments
suggested that if the Fire Brigade was
taken over by Government, the Town
Council's deficit in 1951 would be esti.
mated at $40,00 00. The deficit would be
met by (1) Government paying rates on
its own buildings estimated at about
$1,000.00 per annum; (2) Raising the
level of certain taxes e.g. liquor licences
shop taxes, etc., in Roseau, the increase
being paid to the Council by Government.
The comments state that it appeared that
this was already done in respect of Vehi-
cle and Bicycle Taxes and advised Govern-
ment to reserve the right to increase for
its own purpose any of the Taxes which
are increased for the purpose of the Town
Council on the lines suggested. The Act.
ing Administrator's letter, after stating
that the Secretary of State was of opinion
that the above -arrangements, if imple.
mented, would meet the imrgediate diffi-
culties of the Council, and so far as the
longer term position was concerned, did
not rule out the possibility of the Council
raising a loan but requested information

on this aspect of the position .before any
action is taken, particularly on the reven-
ue prospects of the possible loan items.
went on to deal with suggestions and
views of Central Government and endtd
by saying "It is considered that the esti-
mates of the Town Council should be sub-
ject to the approval of the Governor-in-
The Council's reply dated 23rd August
was forwarded to the Administrator ac-
cepting the proposals set out in paia-
graph 5 of his letter. The Council did
not accept the proposed increases in Wa-
ter and Sewerage Rates and Porters Li-
cences and the elected members were un-
animous in their rejection of the propo-
sals for the estimates to be approved by
the Governor-in-Council.
A further communication from Gov-
ernment dated 8th November pointed out
the intention of proceeding with the in-
troduction of legislation to provide that
the estimates of the Town Council will be
subject to the approval of the Governor-
in-Council It states that "In view of the
Town Council's present financial position
and having regard especially to the
amount of advances already made from
public funds, the Government has no al.
ternative but to introduce legislation at
an early date which will provide that the
estimates of the Town Council should be
subject to the approval of the Govert ior-
The Council replied on the 20th Novem-
her stating that if this decision was car-
ried into effect elected members would
have to seriously consider their useful-
ness on the Council
1 have to inform the Council that as a
result of legislation passed yesterday
which will considerably impair the inde.
pendence of the Municipality and destroy
the sense of dignity of elected members
serving on it. the entire elected members
have thought it fit to resign as members
of this Council. Notices to this effect were
given on Saturday by four of the elected
members. On Monday the other elected
member tendered his resignation.
On the Agenda are the estimates for
1953 and By-laws for consideration of
which I do not propose dealing as these
matters should be dealt with by the next
Before I come to an end I wish to
record my deep appreciation for the co-
operation willingly given by members of
this Council during my brief period as
In the dark days ahead I trust and pray
that the Roseau Town Council will emerge
from this degraded role a stronger and
freer Corporate Body for the Town of
Mr. Grell moved that the Chairman's
Address do form part of the Minutes.
Mr. Edwards, seconding the Motion
said it was with a degree of regret he re.
signed from the Roseau Town Council


before the end of the session. As a Press
reporter he had covered many sessions of
past Councils and closely followed the
historyof the Roseau Town Council. As
a journalist he had, from an early age,
taken an active interest in public affairs
and made his contribution in that way.
When be decided at the last Municipal
General Election to offer himself as a
candidate he was imbued with high hopes
that the Council on which he hoped to be
a member would be able to maintain the
tradition of the past and do some useful
and much needed good for the Town of
All his colleagues had the vision, the
desire and the determination to achieve
something. They tried, but it was al-
ways the lack of pence that vexed public
men and this had created circumstances
beyond their control wh ch in their effect
had circumscribed the scope of tneir
Today, he resigned not because of this
fact, but he much preferred to resign in
honour than betray the Municipality by
serving as a "Quisling"- a collaborator,
*Mr. Laronde said he had entered the
Town Council about thiee months ago
with high hopes of doing something for
the Town of Roseau. He was disappoint.
ed with the action of the Legislative
Mr. Bully was of opinion that the
amendment passed by the Legislative
Council would cause the Governor-in-
Council to shoulder some of the responsi-
bilities for the Town.
Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of
the Roseau Town Council held on the 19th
November, which had been previously
forwarded to members, were confirmed
Vote for expenditure: Accounts and Pay
Lists for payment a nounting to $: 637.00
were laid on the table.
On the motion of Mr. Bully, seconded
by Mr. Lnronde, it was resolved that the
Vote for Expenditure be allowed to lie on
the table until the Accounts and Pay
Lists are examined by the Accounts Com.
Statement of the Town Fund: Statement of
the Town Fund for the month of Novemn
ber was read showing a credit balance of
$5,137.16 on the 30th November, 1952.
Reports: The Town Clerk's Report,
which had been previously forwarded to
members, was laid on the table.
The Town Clerk in a report, gave re.
quested details in connection with the
delay in the burial of a woman who was
electrocuted on Sunday 9th November,
It was decided that a copy of this Re
port be submitted to the Superintendent
of Police for clarification.
The Meat Inspector's Report for the
month of November was read.

The Chief Sanitary Inspector's Report
for the month of November, which had
been previously forwarded to members,
was laid on the table.
It was decided that the increased cam-
paign against Mosquitoes be continued,
Finances Boseau Towtn CoIme il: A letter
dated 27th November. J152 from His
Honour the Admiisrrator was read in-
forming the Council that t-overnment is
quite unable to accept the pr oposals made
in a letter and is proceeding with the in-
troduction of legislation to provide that
the Estimates of the Town Council should
be subject to the approval of the Gover.
It was decided that a reply be drafted
by the Chairman.
cement : A letter Ref No. 944/51-4 of
the 2nd December. 1952 from the Govern-
ment Secretary was read relative to the
storage of Cement on the Bay Front.
lAetds Avypti: A letter No. 435'52 12 of
the 28th October, 19)2 from the Govern-
ment Secretary relative to a report by
the Acting Senior Medical officer on a
recent survey into the incidence of Aedes
Agypti in Roseau was taken up
A Report of the Sanitation Committ.e
was discussed.
Mr Bully suggested that an application
be made to the Colonial Development and
Welfare Organization, through the i en.
tral Government. for a grant of 12,(00
dollars for the D.D.T. sprayingof Roseau
or as an alternative the Health Depart-
ment should be asked to include Roseau
in their campaign.
The Report of the Sanitation Commit-
tee was allowed to lie on the table
Dr. Steiger, with the Chairman's per-
mission, retired from the meeting.
Street Lighting: A letter No. 1(14/12 of
the 24th September, 1952 from the Gov-
ernment Secretary relative td the lighting
of the Town of Roseau by the Colonial
Development Corporation was considered
It was decided that the letter be al!ow-
ed to lie on the table until the next Sta-
tutory meeting of the Council.
Road Tragic: A letter dated 6th Decem.
ber, 1952 from the Traffic Commissioner
was read relative to traffic in Hath Road.
It was decided to allow the letter to
lie on the table until the next Statutory
meeting of the Council
Greetings to Janmica: A. letter dated 29th
November, 1952 from the Mayor, Kirgs
ton, Jamaica was read acknowledging the
cable conveying Greetings from time 'Mu.
nicipality of Roseau, Dominica, oi th
occasion of the Sesquicentennial Anniver-
sary Celebrations of the City of Kingston.
Mr Grell, seconded by Mr. Laroi de.
moved that this letter do form partof the
The motion was put to the vote and


The letter read as follows:-
Kingston, Jamaica
29th November. 1952.
Your Worship,- I beg to acknowledge
receipt of your cable dated 18th Novem-
ber, 1952, conveying greetings from the
Municipality of Roseau, Dominica, on the
occasion ot the bequLicentennial Anniver-
sary Celeb at ions of the City of Kingston.
The congratulations conveyed in your
cable were read to the Mayor and Council
of the Kirgston and St. Andrew Corpora.
tion and the Citizens of Kingston at the
Civic Function held at the Ward Theatre
on Wednesday, 19th November, 1952, to
mark the occasion of the City's Sesqui-
centennial Anniversary, and I desire to
return my sincere thanks to you. and at
the same time to extend to your Council
and the Citizens of Roseau, greetings and
best wishes from the City of Kingston.
Yours sincerely,
(Sgd.) E. H. FAGAN.
His Worship
The Mayor,
Roseau. Dominica.
Remission of Taxes: Applications of E. A
Newman for Sarah Newman's house and
Evelyn -orhaindo for remission of Land

& House Tax for the current year were
It was resolved that 25% of the Tax of
Sarah Newman's house, and the entire
Tax in the case of Evelyn Sorhaindo be
remitted in respect of the year 1952
Terminal Reports: Terminal Reports of
the Scholarship Holders for the Michael-
mas Term at the Convent High School
and the Wesley High School were read.
It was resolved that the Scholarships
which had not expired be extended for a
further year. In case of scholars whose
terms of scholarship had expired, appro
val of extension be granted on the recom
mendation of the Principal of the respect.
tive schools.
Supplcmentary Votes: Mr. Grell, seconded
by Mr. Bully, moved the adoption by the
Council of the following Resolution:-
RESOLVED that this Council approves
of the expenditure set forth in the Sche.
dule hereto annexed with respect to the
quarter ending 31st December, 1952, and
amounting to one thousand and sixtysev-
en dollars in addition to the sums which
have been provided in the Estimates'for
the Financial year commencing 1st Janu-
ary 1952 and ending 31st December, 1S52.


Head X. Service

Estimated Amount

Charitable Allowances 182.00
Office Expenses 75 00
Transport Expenses 120.00
Brooms & Brushes 300.00
Disinfectants 300 00
Badges, Printing & Stationery 800.00
Tools & Equipment 240 OU
Contingencies 120 00
Refunds 20.00
Corner Bath & Valley Roads 590.00
Urinal at Abattoir -

Election Expenses 75.00
Rent of Telephone 6.32
Carts & Harness 100.00
Upkeep Water & Sewerage Works 500.00
Fire Brigade 1720.01)
Uniforms for Constables 200.00
Sacred Heart School 72.00
Sewerage Main Great George St. 100.00
Purchase of Mules 820.00
Purchase Stand Windsor Park 500 00
Continuation Wall Windsor Park 600.00

The Resolution was passed without
Report of Finance Committee: The Report
of Finance Committee was read.
Mr. Grell, seconded by Mr. Bully,


Actual Amount required.

to 6.12.i2.
427 04 294 00
157 56 90.00
150 54 40.00
409.90 140 00
326 58 27.00
974.21 200.00
433.94 210 00
120.34 10.00
32.00 15 00
599.74 10 00
30.84 31.00

moved the adoption of the Report by the
he motion was put to the vote and
Mr. Grell, seconded by Mr. Edwards,
moved that the Report do form part of
the Minutes.
The motion was put to the vote and
Members of the Finance Committee of
the Roseau Town Council L.F C. Royer
(Chairman,) J. B. Bully, Musgrave M.
Edwards, G. A. James, J. H. C. Grell,-
met at the office of the Roseau Town
Council on the 3rd day of December, 1952
to consider and report on the following
matters referred to it by the Roseau
Town Council at its meeting on 19th
November, 1952:-
(a) overpayment of $99.20 to the Chief
Sanitary Inspector- Mr. J,A.M. Trotter.


(b) Claim of back pay from Mr. R. M.
Green, foi mer Town Clerk, 6.11.52.
(c) Applicat on for an increase of salary
by the Watchman of the Reservior, Mr
M. P. Austtie.
(a) Ovzerpayment: The overpayment of
$99.20 to the Chief sanitaryy Inspector was
brougLt to the notice of the Council
through Audit Q ery No, 152 of 18th
November, 1952, The relevant Payment
Voucher was examined, The Committee
was satisfied that an error had been made
in computing the back pay due to Mr
Trotter; that the Town Clerk had made
an arrangement whereby the amount
overdrawn wou d be repaid by monthly
instalments of $5.(!0, The Committee was
of the view that the Town Clerk was not
in a position to make such an arrange-
ment without the prior approval of the
Council- the control of funds not being
vi sted in the Town Clerk but in the Coun-
The Committee recommends that Mr.
Trotter be allowed to repay this amount
by regular monthly instalments of not
less than $800 as from January, 1953.
That the amount due to be treated as an
advance to that Ofticer.
(b) 1acl pay: From an examination of
the records of the Council it was found
that the back pay, recommended by the
Council, disapproved by the Governor-in.
Council and claimed by Mr. Green might
be considered when the finances of the
Council were on a sound footing.
(c) Increase Sahlry: The Committee
recommends that the application of Mr.
Austrie for an increase of salary be de-
ferred until such time as there was a
gene al revision of salaries.
Office and Office Equipm.ent: The shifting
of the Fire brigade Station to another
site now permits the enlargening of :he
already congested Town council Office.
The Committee recommends that the
room at the moment used as an office and
Board room be-continued as the Board
Room and office of the Town Clerk. That
the portion of the building formerly used
as the Fire Station be converted into the
general office where the public will be
served. That the portion of the premises
known as the "Barracks" he utilize 1 as a
washroom and for the storage of fittings
and odd and ends.
The Committee also recommends the
following office equipment:-
Desk for Town Clerk
Desk for Assistant Town Clerk
Typist's table
Large table
Control of Finances: The Committee can-
not emphasize too strongly the necessity
for the Council keeping its expenditure
within the terms of the approved esti-
mates. It might be helpful to members
of Council should the "Vote for Expendi-
ture" which is prepared monthly be pre-
sented in detailed form.
With a view to establishing a better
control of expenditure the attention of all
Officers concerned should be drawn to
their duties and responsibilities Proper
supervision over workers is requested in
order that the maximum output may be
The Committee recommends the adop-
tion of the following proposals: -

Endorsement hereunder stated to be
made. on Pay Sheets and Payment Vouchers
(services rendered etc) by employees of
the Council competent to do so before
presentation to the Cashier for payment:
(a) "The above nan.ed were employed
as stated "
(b) "Work done in a satisfactory man-
Payment Vouchers: (Goods, building
materials etc) to be endorsed:-
(a) Received and used for purposes
authorised or
(b) Received and forms part of stores.
The Rlport of the Windsor Paik Com-
mittee was read.
Mr. GrelU, seconded by Mr. Bully.
moved (1) the adoption of the Report by
the Council, and (2) that the Report do
form part of the Minutes.
The motions were put to the vote and
Members of the Windsor Park Commit.
tee of the Roseau Town Council met at
HAindsor Park on the afternoon of Tues-
day, 9th December, 195?, for the pu-pose
of investigation of and report 'in an ap.
plication by tn Notre Dame Cricket Club
for the construction of a practice cricket
pitch at Windsor Park. The matter had
been referred to the aboven:entioned
Committee by the Council at its meeting
held on 19th November, 1952. Members
of the Committee present were the ( hair-
man-Mr. L..C. Royer and Mr, J. H C.
The representatives of the Notre Dame
Cricket Club-- Messrs Stafford Shilling-
ford and L Delsol explained what was
desired by the Club.
The Committee recommends the follow.
ing to the Council: -
1. The Notre Dame Cricket Club be
permitted to construct a three-quarters
length practice pitch (not concrete) at
the Park.
2 The location of the pitch to be out-
side of the bionusiaries of the football
playing field behind the northern goal
posts and to run in a north to south diiec.
3 The pitch not to be used without a
4. The pitch to be solely for the use of
and be maintained by the Notre Dame
Cricket Club.
Any damage to the playing field occa-
sioned by practices to be repaired by the
above named Club.
The Committee recommends that the
Park be closed to football for the period
required to replant the bare patches on
the playing field with turf.
The Committee should like to place on
record the marked improvement in the
appearance of the Park during the past
few months
Mr. Bully, with the Chairman's permis-
sion. retired from the meeting.
Water aud Sewerage Service: Applications
of Pearle Leters to connect her premises
at tottersville to the Water System and
of T. Shillingford to connect his busi-
ness premises in King George V Street to
the Water and Sewerage Systems of the
Town were read
It was resolved that the applications be
granted on the condition that proper pro-


visi*o was made for the escape of waste
Building Apptications: A letter dated 1st
December, 1952 trom the Secretary, Cen-
tral eHusing and Planning Authority was
read informing the Council that the appli-
cations of the undermentioned persons were
considered and approved, viz: Alice Joseph
and Eugene Serrant.
Applications of Mrs. Stella Joseph, Min-
nie Jeremiah and Enid Dominique were
considered and disapproved.
A letter dated 8th December, 1952, from
the Secretary, Central Housing and Plan-
ning Authority was read informing the
Council that the expression "Building" as
referred in his letter of 17th ultimo is in-
tended to mean all structures ether than
kitchen and latrines.
The following applications were recem-
mended to the Central Housing and Plann-
ing Authority as complying with the pro-
visions of the Buildings By-Law:
Boswell Maynes. Dated 4th December,
1952-To erect a dwelling house in Victo-
ria Street.
Mary Bougoineau. Dated 29th Novenm_
her, 1952-To extend, a one-steried house
in Great Marlborough Street.
James Isles. Dated November, 195'-
To remove a dwelling house from Field
Lane to Goodwill.
The following applications under the
Buildings By-law were approved by the
Mrs Aileen Shillingford-T4 erect a la-
trine on her premises in Church Street.
Oliver Bell-To vary application to erect
a dwelling house in New Street.
Simon Boston-To erect a kitchen in
liver Street,
James Timethy-To erect a kitchen in
Eliot Avenue, Pottersville.
Samuel Rodney- To erect a kithen in
Goodwill Road, Pottersville.
A letter dated 1st September, 1952 from
Mr. C.A. H. Dupigny, on behalf of Mr.
Abbot Shillingford was read relative to a
complaint that Mr. John Cufy was erecting
a building adjacent to a property belonging
to his children in Church Street and leav-

ing no space between the two properties.
The Works and Streets Committee visited
the site and reported that the measurements
for the building had been varied.
It was resolved that work on the build-
ing he stopped and Mr. Cuffy be told to
present a new application to the Council for
the variation of the measurements.
A letter dated 9th December, 1952 from
Marie A. Peltier was read asking that her
application to erect a two-storied dwelling
house in Ship Street, measuring 80ft. by 43
ft.,bo re considered and that the Council
make any amendments likely to ensure its
being granted.
It was resolved that Miss Peltier be in-
formed that the application was disapproved
by the Council because it was not possible
to allow her to build on the entire lot, but
would be prepared to consider a new appli-
cation if such application came within the
provisions of the Buildings By-law.
Leave: Applications of Messrs A. Royer
and J.A.M. Trotter for vacation leave w"re
Mr. A. Royer frum 27th December, 1952
to 13th January, 1953 and Mr. Trotter
from 22nd December, 1952 to 4th February,
Complaints: A letter dated 14th No-
vember, 1952 from Miss M.E. Nicholls was
read complaining of the condition of a yard
at the top of Field Lane.
It was resolved that Miss Nicholls be in-
formed that attempts will be made to avoid
any recurrence of the cause of the complaint
A letter dated 10th December, 1952 from
Mr. J.H.O. Grell was read with regards the
control of Windsor Park.
It was resolved that arrangements be made
for different Constables to be on duty at
Windsor Park between the hours of 6 a. m.
and 7 p.m. each day.
The Council rose.
Confirmed this 22nd day of December
Roseau Town Council













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