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Carmarthen Town Council. The monthly meeting of the Carmarthen Town Council was held on Tuesday. There were present: The Mayor (Mr Wm. Evans), Aldermen L. D. Thomas, J. B. Arthur, and Councillors John Morgan, John Jenkins, A. Fuller Mills, H. S. Holmes, D. J. Davies,, W. Gibbon, Thomas Williams, Dd. Wilbams, W. J. Martin, J. Crossman, D. King Morgan together with the Town Clerk (Mr II. Brunei White), the Surveyor (Mr A. 1. Jones); the Medical Officer of Health (Dr Bowen Jones); and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr J. Evans). MOONLIGHT TO SAVE WATER. A discussion which took place showed that the Town Council had been compelled owing to the shortage of water to refuse a supply to the Electric Works, but had suggested that the Company might economise by turning off the public lighting on moonlight nights. NO WATER. FOR DOTTLE WASHING. Plans were passed for bottling stores for Messrs Bass in Wood's-row. Mr H. S. Holmes said that they ought to 100 warned that. there was no supply for trade purposes for three months in the year. CHARGE FOR WATER REDUCED. Mr H. S. Holmes moved that they re-con- sider the charge of Is 6d per 1,000 gallons ror water to the Electric Light Co. He said that they ought to be charged the same as other firms who wanted water for trade purposesâ either by reducing the Is 6d charged to the Electric Supply Co to Is 3d or by raising the Is 3d charged to the others to Is 6d. Mr J. N. Williams: Which does Mr Holmes propose ? iMr Holmes said that he would propose that the charge be Is 3d, but that the supply be cut off as soon as the water became scarce. Mr David William moved that there be a I uniform charge of Is 6d. On a. division, Mr Holmes's proposition was carried by a, largie majority. PROPOSED REVALUATION. Mr W. J. Martin moved that the Council consider the re-assessment of the town and appoint a. committee for the purpose. He said that he had found some 25 glaring OOISes of irregularities of assessment in regard to shops, private houses and farms. If he had had time he could have found more no doubt. If they had a proper assessment, the rates instead of being 13s in the £ would not be more than 10s. The Mayor said that he thought this was a matter for the overseers. The town had been re-valued some years ago. Mr L. D. Thomas said that there had been a good deal of agitation on this subject some nine years ago. The overseei-si without fee or reward spent about nine months in visiting the various properties and they re-considered 3,300 assessments. These had been submitted to the Assessment Committee, and to the credit of the overeers and the townspeople there were only three appeals. The overseers reviewed the assessments periodically and ad- justed any discrepancies. There were houses. on the Esplanade paying jE14 in rates; there were business premises in King street paying £ 40 a year and upwards. The overseers in making the assessments acted on the principle embodied in the instructions issued by the Local Government Board. The overseers had been complimented by the Assessment Com- mittee on the way in which they had carried out the last re-assessment. If Mr Martin knew of any discrepancies, let him bring them before the overseers and they would be rectified. Mr H. S. IIohnes seconded the proposal m order to have the matter discussed, lie said that however the town was assessed, the amount of money to be paid was the same. It did not matter whether they paid low rates on it high assessment or high rates on a low assessment. Mr J. N. Williams said that the farms had been valued by an expert valuer. It would be unfair to assess them now on the top of the wave. It was decided to ask the overseers to con- sider any discrepancies which Mr Martin woiiild bring to their notice. BOROUGH FREEDOM. It was decided to confer the freedom of the Borough on (1) R.G.M.S. Siebert Thomp- son, of the H.A.S.C., who was awarded the. M.S.M. (2) Pte. W. KeUey, of- the Cyclist Corps, who has received the M.M., (3) Pte. W. Llewellyn, of the 14tli Batt. R.W.F., who received the M.M. on the field. I

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