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MERTHYR COUNCIL. Wednesday. Present: Messrs. T. H. Bailey, J.P. (chairman), D. W. Jones (vice-chairman), Dan Thomas, Thomas Jenkins, J.P., D. Davies, John Roberts, John Harpur, V. A. Wills, W. Lewis, Joseph Owen, John Lewis (Penydarren), Mr. G. C. James (clerk), Mr. T. F. Harvey (surveyor), und Dr. Dyke (medical officer). THE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MAINS.âOnly one tender waa received for pipe laying in connection with improving the Council's water mams, namely, that of Mr. Thomas Preece, Cefn, at £ 300 Is. 8d.âIt was accepted. PROPOSED ELECTRic Lio HTII;G. -In accordance with notice, the Chairman moved that the consent of the Council for a provisional order be given to Mesara. J. C. Howell and Co., Limited, electricians, Llanelly, for laying down electric light in the town of Merthyr, in accordance with the terms of the agreement dated 18th February.âMr. John Harpur seconded.âMr. D. Davies: What are the terms arranged with the Urban District Council and Messrs. Howell ?âThe Clerk: The agreement is upon the table.âMr. Dan Thomas said that at the end of five years the Council could purchase the plant for £ 1,500 in addition to the absolute outlay. No provision had been made for lighting and furnishing the new public offices.âThe Chairman said the provisional order would not pre- vent people from introducing electric light into private houses, but they had no right to break up the roads.âMr. W. Lewis It means that we are going to give them power to light the most important parts of the town ? (A Voice Yes). Then what about the gas company ? Are they going to supply us at the same rate ? If not the ratepayers will have to suffer. âMr. Dan Thomas We do not bind ourselves to the electric lighting company.-The motion was then carried. SOHOOL BOARD RATES.âAt a previous meeting the clerk read a letter from the District Council of West Ham, asking the Merthyr Council tosupport a petition to Parliament in favour of the Capitation Grants being increased, and that Parliament should limit the amount to be raised by means of local taxation, and should provide out of Imperial funds such other amount as may from time to time be necessary to meet the deficiency which might exist in the local school funds throughout the country. He iiiid that since he gave notice of motion, he saw that the Mountain Ash Council had adopted a similar petition, which had been presented to the House of Commons by their Senior Member, Mr. D. A. Thomas. As education was a national question, and compulsory by law, he thought the great deficit should come out of the Imperial exchequer, and not out of the looal rates.âMr. Dan Thomas seconded.âMr. D. Davies said he did not know whether the people of West Ham were a progressive people, but he thought they should try and impress upon the present Government the necessity of devoting ground rents and royaltias to the relief of local taxes.âMr. Harpur interrupted with a remark, whereupon Mr. Davies said I think this is a proper question, Mr. Harpur.âMr. D. W. Jones proposed as an amendment, that the petition lie upon the table. They had not had time to study the petition, and they did not know whether there was anything underlying it that they could not agree with.âMr. John Lewis seconded the amend- ment. He would not like to vote upon any question he did not understand, and other mem- bers should tollow that principle.âMr. W. Lewis thought the matter should be deferred for a fort- night. -The Chairman said he was prepared to vote that day, and Mr. Wills, in s iplying, said be was astonished to hear the remarks made by some gentle- men that they did not understand the question.âMr. J. Roberts was not ashamed to say that lie did not understand the question, and it was wrong to push it on without proper consideration.âFor the amend- ment four votes were recorded, and for the motion six votes, and the motion was declared carried.âMr. J. Roberts It is a very unfair thing. SEWER AT COURTLAND-TERRACE.â In regard to this matter, the Chairman said it appeared the sewer was in a very bad condition, and the Inspector of Nuisances had reported it aa dangerous.âThe Clerk reported that the Council was bound by law to repair the drain. It would be a big undertaking.-In reply to queries, the Clerk said the Council could be sued for damages if anything serious occurred, and cited a case in which a person at Slough secured damages under similar circumstances to the extent of £ 350.â A small committee was appointed to visit the spot and report thereon. RAILWAY ACCOMMODATION AT PANT.âMr. D. W. Jones moved that the Council support the people at Dowlais who were agitating to obtain a railway plat. form at Pant, and that the Council memorialise the London and North Western Railway Company in favour of the improvement. The present station at Dowlais was quite unsuitable for the public, and ought never to have been erected.âMr. D. Davies seconded, and hoped that before long the Rhymney Railway Company would be prevailed upon to erect a station at Troedyrhiw.âMr. Joseph Owen Hear, hear.âThe motion was carried unanimously. DUPLICATE PLANS.âMr. D. W. Jones then moved that in future duplicate plans be sent to the Board in all cases that one be returned to the builder as passed by the Council and signed by the clerk, and the other be retained by the Council. At present the manner in which plans submitted to the Council were dealt with was most unsatisfactory.âMr. J. Owen seconded. -The Clerk said the Local Government Board would have to be communicated with, and if that body were of opinion that such-a provision could be inserted in the bye-laws, he was sure they would sanction it.â Mr. J. Owen Then we cannot pass it.âThe Clerk You can pass a resolution, and direct me to communi- cate with the Hoard.-The Clerk read bye-law 93, which dealt with the matter.âMr. D. W. Jones I am sure very little of that bye-law is carried out.âMr. T. Jenkins: I am afraid none of it has been carried out.âThe resolution was carried unanimously. THE HEALTH QUESTION.-At a meeting of the Health Committee, held on the 12th January, Mr. D. W. Jones in the chair, it was recommended that a further register of slaughter-houses be kept in accord- ance with the Council's bye-laws and the Public Health Acts, and that notices be sent to all occupiers of slaughter-houses, requiring them to register same. âThe medical officer of health was directed to report as to the advisability of purchasing a portable hospital, and the probable cost thereof.âThe Medical Offioer presented the following report:âNumber of births at the annual rate of 38 per 1,000, and of deaths 24 per 1,000 during the 32 days ended on the 1st Feb. The number of notifications received during that period was 39. There were twenty-one cases of typhoid fever, six of scarlet fever, one of diphtheria, eight of erysipelas and three of small-pox. One case of small-pox removed to the Pant Hospital in December, three in January, and one was to be removed this morning, making five oases. Three were from the union workhouse, tramps from town to town one visiting the hospital, and the last case (received as a lodger) a man who came to a Mrs. Doyle's house on Monday fortnight from Aberavon. He was not ill, but doubtless had carried the infection in his clothing. The cases are progressing favourably. I have received a note from the vaccination officer, Mr. D. T. Morgan, stating that 2,086 infants had been vaccin- ated during the year. As the births were 2,532 it would appear that 446 had either died, or were living without the protective influence of the cow-pock. Noting the facts ab(}\e stated it is very desirable that the public should be warned of the facts. Dr. Dyke also said lie had inspected the group of houses at Ffoes-y-fran whence three cases of typhoid fever were removed, and where onefemaledied ofthedisease. He analysed the water issuing from a culvert under a mine tip, and found it to be unfit for domestic u?e. He recommended that several improvements be made to the premises.âThe Council recommended that the attention of the Board of Guardians be called to the tact that infants were not vaccinated, and it was agreed that notices be served upon the owners of the houses calling upon them to carry out the improve- ments suggested by the medical officer of health. In view of the great danger to the public which arose in the case of Andrew Mahoney, 2, Lower Erin-row, suffering from small-pox, the committee recommended that instructions be given the medical officer of health to notify to the local medical practitioners that all reasonable expenses incurre3 in sending telegraphic messages immediately to the medical officer of health reporting urgent cases of infectious diseases would DO refunded by the Council. The atten- tion of the Council was directed to the filthy condition of the old tramroad at Penydarren, and it was recommended that the attention of the Dowlais Company (the owners) be drawn to the matter.-A discussion followed in regard to the portable hospital, Mr. D. W. Jones remarking that the medical gentle- men of the town were of opinion that such a hospital would prevent; the spread of disease.âMr. John Lewis said there would be no harm in getting an estimate of the cost of a portable building, and the report was adopted with the exception of the para- graph bearing upon the matter. BRIDGES AND ROADS COMMITTEE.âA meeting of the Bridges and Roads Committee was held on the 18th February, Mr. T. Jenkins, J.P., in the chair. The clerk as directed reported that in his opinion the Council had no claim against the mineral owners for any damage caused by the alleged subsidence, and further that the Council had no power to divert the sewer without the consent of the landowners, as the present grants of easements did not provide for any diversion. The surveyor submitted plans and estimates of the proposed diversion, and the com- mittee recommended that the work be carried out from Tanglings Brook to the north end of the proposed diversion. The clerk was asked to further report as to the liability of the owners of the minerals in respect of the alleged subsidence, and also com- municate with the ground landlords, and obtain their consent to the diversion.-The report was adopted. CABBIES COMPLAIN.-At a meeting of the Cabs Committee the letter from the various cab proprietors was read complaining of the way in which brakes were running, and it was resolved that the clerk write a letter to each licensed driver drawing his attention to the conditions upon which the licence was granted, and give a warning that if the same were not com- plied with the licence would bo withdrawn. LIMESTONE.âA meeting of the Limestone Com- mittee was held on the 5th February, when Mr. Jebb was asked to send in a fresh schedule of prices for the supply of limestone. The sub-committee appointed to visit the site of the proposed diversion of the main sewer diversion at Aberfan met on the 11th February, and it was agreed that the matter be referred to the Bridges and Roads Committee. â The report was adopted. DOWLAIS IBOX COMPANY.âA letter was read from the Dowlais Iron Company offering to supply the Council with cinders free of charge for the purpose of making the road at Dowlais. â Mr. Dan Thomas moved, and Mr. John Lewis seconded, that the thanks of the Council be tendered the Dowlais Company for their generous offer. THE TAFF AND RHYMNEY RAILWAY BILLS.âOn the Ereposition of Mr. David Davies, seconded by Mr. J. iewis, it was agreed that the seal of the Council be affixed to the petition against the Taff and Rhymney Railway Bills. ARREARS.âUpon the reading of the Finance Com mittee's report, the Chairman pointed out that the auditor had referred to the rates in arrear, and it had been agreed to appoint a special collector for one month at 25s. per week. The auditor had paid a high compliment to Mr. Rowland Harris, the book- keeper, who, he said, was a first-class accountant, and kept the books in a very satisfactory manner. He was of opinion that all the arrears should be placed in the book-keeper's hands to deal with, and said that if this step had been taken long ago the rates would not have been in arrear.âIt was agreed that the matter be left in the hands of Mr. Harris. SURVEYOR'S REPORT.âMr. T. F. Harvey presented his report, which contained the following :âI beg to lay beforu you a letter received from Mrs. John, the lessee of cottages projecting into the roadway near Blackbrook, which I have previously reported upon. With respect to the application that Cromwell-street should be declared a public highway, I am of opinion that it should be dealt with at the same time as Stuart-street. The alterative plan for the proposed j service reservoir at Treharris has been made, but I am unable to wubmit plans and estimates for the other tanks referred to in my last report owinar to pressure of other work intervening. Several buildings plans were received.âThe report was adopted.

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