At the monthly meeting of the Arlecdon and Frizington Urban District Council, on Friday night, the Chairman, Mr. Wm. WATSON, dealing with rate arrears,
said everybody was aware of the distressing period they had been passing through, with the consequent impoverishment of the exchequer of some of
their ratepayers. They deeply appreciated the effort to put forward to discharge their obligations by most of the people. But there were one or two cases which
ought to be alluded to, regarding people who found it difficult to pay their rates in a lump sum.
The Council officials were prepared to accept small installments, and there was scarcely anything too small for the Council to receive. There was another class of ratepayer too.
They had in their district a very small number of ratepayers who were quite able to pay their rates, but for some peculiar reason did not pay them. He could not understand the mentality of those people who habitually waited for a summons before they paid, and there seemed neither sense nor justification
for action of that sort. They had to pay the cost of the summons, and the Council were also put to additional expense. The expense on both sides could very
easily and reasonably be avoided.
Mr. P. CRAWFORD supported.
There were present at the meeting Messrs. Wm. WATSON, in the chair, P. CRAWFORD, Walter WATSON, T. E. ELDING, W. JAMES and T. L. LAIDLOW, with the clerk Mr. J. R. HENLEY.
Reference to the reservoir at Arlecdon, where Sarah CORLETT was found murdered, appears in another column.