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THE WATER-WORKS QUESTION.

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THE WATER-WORKS QUESTION. Mr. Griffiths stated that parties had complained to him they could not get the water turned on, while their neighbours had it. Could not their new plumber take the management of the old supply as well as the new? The Mayor said the same idea had occurred to him, and he spoke to Mr. Kirk about it, whose opinion in such matters he highly valued. Mr. Kirk said if they took off the man from his present work it would cause a good deal of inconvenience-more so than the tem- porary inconvenience now felt Mr. Cansick said this inconvenience arose not from inattention but from the want of a supply of water. Why one person got it and another had not was that the water must be turned off in one place before it could be supplied at another. The Town Clerk said the complaint would bo reme- died by application to the proper authorities. It was not the function of the Board to attend to it. Mr. Morris said his neighbours complained that for several days they could not get water. The Town Clerk stated that the committee had met on several occasions to consider the subject of the water works, and they found that the contractor had left off work, and they had accordingly given him notice to terminate his contract under the terms of the contract, and which notice expired that day. The Board had resolved on the completion of the work them- selves and would send men to work on the morrow. In compliance with a request from Dr. Lucas, the following report of the engineer was read Bulwark, Brecon, 23rd July, 1867. WATERWORKS. GENTLEMEN,âI beg to report that the contractor has aban- doned the works since the 14th inst., and that I have last week engaged two men in finding out and repairing leaks in the Wes- tern filter bed. By filling the bed quite up to high water level, we have been able to discover six small leaks, which have now been effectually stopped, and although there are two or three more which have not yet been discovered, I think the bed can be made secure before the end of this week. In the other bed a puddle is laid in the bottom, and about half way up the sides, and it has been filled with water to the top of the puddle since last Thursday without signs of leakage, and this test is deemed sufficient to prove the bed to be safe to the present height of the water. There are, it is believed, enough of broken stone and ham- mer-dressed stone for pitching on the ground to complete the filter beds, and also a sufficient quantity of gravel and sand for filtering materials for one bed. About eight tons of lias lime will be necessary for concrete, and to complete masonry. There are so many things begun and left in an unfinished state on the works, that it would be next to impossible to arrive with any degree of accuracy, by measurement or otherwise, at the value of the work executed by the contractor, because a large quantity of earth has been removed from cutting, and not de- posited in the proper place. The gravel and sand on the works are not screened, washed, and properly prepared for use. A large portion of the broken stone, and some of the pitching stone, will require further preparation before they can be used in the works, and some little cutting in the reservoir will have to be finished before the bottom can be cleaned fit to receive the puddle. For these reasons I would recommend the Board to proceed with the completion of the works by day work, and by adopting this course there can be no dispute as to quantities and the condition in which the contractor left the works, and the cost of completing the works according to the contract will be charged against the contractor. CILWlIyBERT RESERVOIR. There are about ten men at work at this reservoir this week, and the scat of the embankment has been formed in the bed of the stream, and the puddle trench is cut to the required depth in the solid ground the whole length of the bank. I am, gentlemen, your very obedient servant, ISAAC DAVIES. To the Brecon Local Board of Health. Mr. Rich asked how much the contractor had re- ceived. The Town Clerk replied that he had received within about £ 30 of the contract, but then there were the extras to be taken into consideration. The Mayor stated that they hoped to have their new works soon, and that it was their intention to put as many men as possible on them, and proceed with all despatch. Alderman Thomas moved a resolution confirming the decision of the committee in reference to the water- works. Mr. Morris having seconded it, it was carried. Dr. Lucas said they had now entered on a new stage of the water-works, and he hoped that their past dis- comfiture might be a lasting warning to a Board of Health how they took upon themselves so serious a re- sponsibility as the direcion of water-works, or any- thing of such magnitude. A body of men brought together as they were, were not the persons most fitted for such an undertaking. The same men, with the same undertaking, by forming themselves into a com- pany would have been successful, just as the Gas Company bad been but he thought it was cruelly trifling with the interests of the ratepayers for the Board3 to constitute themselves the directors of an Amateur Joint Stock Water Supply Company, the shareholders being the unfoituaate ratepayers, who would have to pay for their mismanagement or extra- vagance. A short time ago he asked a number of questions in reference to their financial position, and he should like to be informed how they stood in re- ference to it. How much money had been laid out ? and how much interest were they paying for the money borrowed ? It would seem from the report read that there was some difficulty in ascertaining their position in respect to the reservoir, but never- thel HS he should like to have some clear statement of their financial position. He would therefore move that if it be possible this should be done at the earliest possible occasion. Alderman Thomas thought their friend Dr. Lucas had a little over-strained his remarks. They were all anxious and interested in this subject, and they did not give way to that gentleman in those particulars but they perhaps exercised a little more patience. For his own part he thought that they had made a very cheap contract, and when the work was finished he inclined to the opinion that they would be able to look upon it with a good deal of satisfaction. The works had been done for a large sum under what some con- tractors were willing to engage in it, and the money which the Board were now going to lay out to finish them would come, not out of the pockets of the rate- payers, but out of the contract price, there being clauses in the agreement enabling them to hold the percentage for unfinished works. With these feelings be would merely kindly ask Dr. Lucas to wait. They must get to the bottom of their present difficulties. They had had serious disappointments and obstructions, but he thought they were now got into smooth water and had passed the breakers. The publishing of figures would follow at a fitting time. If published now i hey would not show their real position, and could not therefore be satisfactory. It would be far better to publish a first and final statement. Mr. Morris said Dr. Lucas had accused them of being a set of incapablesâthey were unfit to discharge the duties of their office. For his own part, if that were what Dr. Lucas intended, he was quite prepared to accept his share of the rebuke. (Laughter.) Mr. Walton was somewhat surprised at the inter- pretation Mr. Morris had put on the very sensible and iudicious remarks which Dr. Lucas had made. He, however, thought it would be a wiser course to wait for the full financial statement. Indeed, such a state- ment could not now be rendered. There was a claim for £ 500 for extras, but in all probability that would prove to be in excess. An approximate estimate, however, could at all times be given. The Town Clerk stated that Mr. Alderman Williams bad drawn up a very elaborate statement of the expenditure, which had been taken as their guide by the committee. The Chairman d,-fnded the course the Board had taken in regard to the water question. He would not make any lengthened reply to the observations of Dr. Lucas as to whether they ought to have taken up the question. He thought, however, that of all other men, the members of that Board should be the identical men to take up the water question, as it was one of the first elements of a healthy condition of the town. Although he was one of the earliest promoters of the gas company, and took an active part in its formation, he had always regretted that the gas works were not the property of the town. By means of the old water- works water had been supplied to the town through that Board at a cheaper rate than in any other town that he was aware of, and if the Board gave their attention to the matter he thought it would turn out that no better thing could have happened than for the Board to have taken up the water supply question. They would have water not merely for domestic pur- poses, but also for sanitary purposes. And they would have a magnificent supplyâbetter than could be got in any other town. Mr. Bright had during the past week visited the place from which they were to get their supply and he bad told him (the Mayor) that the quantity there was abundant, though in the Usk it was so low. The Town Clerk stated that if a private company had taken the matter un it would have been for profit, and it was better that the ratepayers should be bene- fited than a private company, The misfortune had been in not having a contractor who could fulfil his contract, but there was nothing to deplore except the delay. Some further conversation took place, after which the Board adjourned till Monday. On Monday sufficient members did not attend to form a quorum, and no meeting could be held. Indeed, there was no business of any importance to be trans- acted. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The usual meeting of the Board was held on Satur- day morning at the Town Hall. W. Perrott, Esq., presided, and there were also presentâLewis Hughes, Esq.; Messrs.Thomas Evans, St.Mary; Abel Powell, St. John; Frederick Watkins, Christ College; John Davies, Llandefaelog fach; Thomas Williams, Modrvdd; John Griffiths and John Phillips, Llandefalley; Jas. Powell, Cray; Thomas Ferrar, LI arid dew; Thos. S. Cornish, Llanspyddid; Rees Williams, Llanfigan; John Powell, Aberyscir; David Downes, Llandett\; John Williams, Garthbrenzy; Philip Edwards, St. John; Thos. Grif- fiths, Glyn David Morgan, Merthyr Cynog James Probert, St. David; William Williams, Troscoed Evan Bowen, Llangorse; W"tkin Davies, Merthyr Cynog; Rhys D. Williams, Llanhamlach; and Thomas Williams, Llangwern. J. T. Graves, Esq., the Poor Law Inspector, also attended the Board. VAGRANTS. The number of vagrants for the first fortnight was 67. Mr. Evans asked if it were right that they ought to lodge all the travellers that came. They had been in the habit of giving them a night's lodging and the necessary subsistence; but now they came with their wives and children, thus imposing on the ratepayers a very serious burden. Mr. Graves replied he hardly knew what they ought to do-it depended upon the state of destitution of the parties. When he attended their Board a year ago their system then was to leave the relief of tramps to the superintendents of police. They had one of the county constabulary at Devynock, and one of the borough police here. At Devynock they were re- lieved at a lodging-house, while here an assistant- relieving office gave orders, and the ordinary relieving officer gave relief. Was it not so? 11 Mr. Evans: It was so. We did appoint the superin- tendent of police for the borough to be a relieving officer, but we found that he used to sign blank forms and leave them in the house, and they were given in- discriminately. Mr. Graves: I have found it to be the same, and in some instances in place of signing there is his printed signature. Tramps get the orders as a matter of course. The Clerk said the man at Devynock was very effi- cient. In some cases he bad foliowed men and found them spend Is or Is. 6d., and he had brought them before the magistrates, who bad sent them for fourteen days' imprisonment. This had had a wholesome effect. Mr. Graves: You have no regular task of work pre- scribed for these men, according to Act of Parliament. The Clerk No there was a resolution passed that they should do a certain amount of breaking stones, but lately we have been unable to get the stones. Mr. Graves: It is obsolete then? The Clerk: Only because we could not get stones. Mr. Graves: The master tells me they work chiefly in the garden. THE CHAPLAIN'S JOURNAL. The Rev. R. Price, the chaplain, stated in his journal that he had performed Divine service twice. THE MASTER'S JOURNAL. The Master reported that during the last fortnight there bad been 15 admissions, andone discharged. leav- ing 75 remaining in the house, an increase of six on the corresponding weeks of last year. The cost of main- tenance had been 2s. 9'ld. A man named Williams applied to the Board for out-door relief. He had been in the house for ahout a fortnight. It was stated by some of the Guardians that he was the owner of about an acre of freehold land on Llangorse common. His application was therefore refused. COMMUNICATION FROM THE POOR LAW BOARD. The Clerk read a letter received from the Poor Law Board, stating that they had issued an order putting in force the Diseases Prevention Acts, and also the directions in respect of the unions and parishes for carrying out the provisions of the 18th and 19th Vic., c. 116, to prevent the spread of cholera. Mr. Graves said the effect of the order was to give Boards of Guardians almost unlimited power in taking precautions to prevent the outbreak of disease. THE PENPONT ASSISTANT OVERSEER. A communication was received from the Poor Law Board, enclosing the correspondence which had taken place between Mr. Thomas Jones, the assistant overseer for Penpont, in whose books some errors of casting up had occurred. The Board were of opinion that the overseer was a most respectable man, and that there was no necessity for taking any steps in reference to the matter. MIRABILIS DICTU Some time ago the husband of a woman named Ann Lewis deserted her, and in consequence she became chargeable to the Union, and received about 10s. in relief. Husband and wife have now become recon- ciled, and not needing parish assistance the 10s. formerlyreceived by the woman was sent byMr.Downes, of Maesmawr, and by him handed in to the Board THE CONDITION OF THE WORKHOUSE. Mr. Graves said be found that the number of out- door paupers relieved up to the Michaelmas quarter of last year was about 160 more than this year, but the expenditure for relief was rather more this year. Were provisions dearer? The Clerk replied that they were considerably dearer. The bread alone would almost make the difference. Mr. Graves then said he had been through the Workhouse, and saw with much gratification their new hospital, which he thought would be a great advantage to them. Their sick wards were certainly not as they should be; they were low and ill ventilated, and often too crowded. He hoped they would find the advantage of the hospital when completed. It appeared to be very fairly done. Were they satisfied with the contractor? The Chairman replied that they were very well satisfied with him. Mr. Graves added that there were two things which struck him as defects. They had only one receiving ward, and that was now filled with itch cases, and on account of the fulness of the wards and the incomplete state of the hospital, there was no other room for seven cases of children's itch than in the receiving ward, and which looked in an unsatisfactory state. Another thing was that they had no suitable lavatories. In most workhouses there were troughs with basins and taps, as well as towels, under cover. Here they had pumps at which the inmates washed, or in wet weather they filled buckets and washed in their own day room. When they were in funds, and thought of making improvements, he should be glad if they would remember the lavatories. The Chairman I am afraid this building will come rather heavily upon us. Mr. Graves I do not wish to press willing horses but you will bear it in mind. Mr. Ferrar The paupers then would be better provided for than the ratepayers. RELIEF GRANTED. It appeared that during the last fortnight the amount of relief granted had been-in Brecknock, £ 37 12s. lid. and £ 3019s. 9d.; Llangorse, £ 19 12s. lOd and £ 19 lls. 6d, and in Defvnock, £ 27 10s. 9d. and X26 10s. 3d. THE LIBRARY. The Rev. R. Price stated he had communicated with the Christian Knowledge Society with reference to the books proposed for the library, and found that all the books mentioned in the list were included in those to be sent for the £2 10s. Mr. Price was requested to write for the books, and an order made for the amount stated. It was also stated that a suitable place could be made for them at a trifling outlay. The Board then proceeded with the relief business.

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