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-1: BARRY AND CADOXTON LOCAL BOARD. PURCHASE OF THE GAS AND WATER WORKS. £ 130,000 TO BE PAID. A special meeting of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board was held on Tuesday afternoon at the offices of the Board, Cadoxton. Mr. J. Robinson, M.Inst.C.E.. presided, and there were also present Major-General Lee, Dr. O'Donnell, Dr. Treharne, Mr. J. 0. Mea-gitt. Mr. B. Lewis, Mr. J. Barstow, Mr. W. Thomas (Barry), Mr. J. J. Williams, Mr. W. Thomas (Sully), Mr. George Thomas, and Mr. J. Arthur Hughes (clerk). The Board considered the following minutes of the meeting held on December 5th last :-The draft Bill for the acquisition of the Gas and Water undertakings of the Barry and Cadoxton Gas and Water Company was submitted and considered. Resolved that the same be approved subject to any alteration in detail that the advisers of the Board may consider necessary. Resolved that the Parliamentary Committee of this Board be authorised to offer the Gas and Water Company the SU'"l of £ 130,000 for the acquisition of the Gas and Y-ater undertaking?, free from all debts and liabilities, subject to the consent of the Local Government Board and of Parliament being • o1'gained, and also subject to the accuracy of the printed half-yearly reports of the company being verified and found correct. The resolution was put to the meeting, and the voting was a follows:—Foi H. H. Lee, J. C. Meggitt, G. Thomas. B. Lewis, W. Thomas <Barry), E. Treharne, P. J. O'Donnell against, J. Robinson. The Chairman declared the resolution carried. The proceedings were private, the members of the press being excluded. BARRY RAILWAY COMPANY'S BILL. The new Bill of the Barry Railway Company for the construction of a new dock, electric railway, &0., at Barry, was also considered in private, the discussion occupying' nearly two hours. The usual monthly meeting was then held. Mr. J. Robinson (chairman) presided, and there were also present Major-General Lee, Dr. O'Donnell, Dr. Treharne, Mr. J. C. Meggitt, Mr. B. Lewis, Mr. J. Barstow, Mr. W. Thomas (Barry), Mr. J. J. Wil- liams, Mr. W. Thomas (Sully), Mr. George Thomas, Mr. J. Arthur Hughes (clerk), Dr. Neale (medical officer), Mr. J. C. Pardoe (surveyor), Mr. C. Howe (collector), and Mr. A. E. Leyshon (inspector). The minutes of the previous meetings were con- firmed. The Rev. J. W. Matthews attended the meeting relative to the construction of a cesspool at Springfield, and the matter was referred to the Public Works Committee. FINANCIAL. The report of the Finance Commitee was sub- mitted recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £ 1.115 5s. IOd. for private improve- ments; £ 178 2s. Id. on loans account; and £ 510 15s. lid. general district rate, making a total of £ 1,805 3s. lOd. General Lee moved the adoption of th minutes, remarking that there was nothing in them of any particular moment. Mr. Lewis seconded, and the motion was carried. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. THE BOARD AND THE STEAM ROLLER. The minutes of this committee which have already appeared were road. Mr. Wm. Thomas (Barry) moved that the minutes he confirmed with the exception that the recommendation to the Clerk to write to the Local Government Board asking for permission to go on with the work in Clifton-street should be altered ,to Cannon-street. Mr. Barstow seconded, Mr. George Thomas I understand that a resolu- 'tion has been passed by the Public Works Com- mittee dealing with certain damage done by our steam road roller. Has that damage been charged ,as a private improvement? The Clerk I cannot say as I was not present at the meeting. Mr. W. Thomas (Barry) We discussed it, but did not come to any decision upon the matter. Mr. G. Thomas A resolution was distinctly arrived at, but we were ruled out of order. Dr. O'Donnell That is so. Mr. J. J. Williams What has become of that resolution ? Mr. George Thomas said certain damage had 'been done by the steam-roller to the pavement, and he understood that the committee had decided ,that it should be charged under the head of private improvements. He objected to that being done, because it was illegal to begin with. Besides he 'did not think it was fair to charge people for any- thing unless they were really liable. He begged to propose that the damage done by the steam- road roller in Castle-stseet'be charged to the steam- road roller account instead of the private improve- ments account. ments account. Dr. O'Donnell seconded. Mr. Barstow said the questi-on when submitted to the committee by the Surveyor had been care- Sully considered, and the decision come to was the best way to apportion the money. At the last meeting of that Committee the Chairman and Dr. O'Donnell were unfortunately not present. He did not wish to say that because they were not present they wished to reopen the matter. He hoped, indeed, that this was not their intention. lIe might say that the matter had been carefully and thoroughly gone through by Mr. Meggitt, Mr. William Thomas, and himself. They thought that :,any damage done in the completion of the street -should be apportioned to that street. Genera;! Lee Why ? Mr. Barstow said the accident was a misfortune, i-and they thought that it should not be paid by the whole district. In fact he considered that the expenditure should be paid by the street. General Lee The person who did it ought to pay for it. Mr. W. Thomas (Sully) entirely disagreed with Mr. Barstow. If the damage was done by a servant the Board he ought to pay for it. Mr. J. J. Williams did not see how the Board -could charge it in the private improvements .account. Mr. G eorge Thomas said he repudiated the slight innuendo of Mr. Barstow. He did not object to the charge because he had not been present at the meeting. He objected because he believed it was 'illegal, and would land them into a great difficulty. ,He did not believe that any one in his private capacity would venture to do such a dishonest ,thing as that proposed, and he considered that a public body should not do what a private in- dividual would not do. The Clerk: Of course it will be paid out of the rates. Mr. George Thomas Out of the accounts. Mr. W. Thomas (Sully) If my waggon came to Cadoxton and broke up the road you would look to me for payment. General Le, Why, certainly! It was decided that the amount should be charged to the maintenance of the roller account. Mr. George Thomas then moved that the pro- ceedings of the meeting of the committee on the 3rd inst. (previously reported) should be passed. They would see that they had solemnly admonished the driver of the roller (Palmer) as to his negli- gence and also that the steam-roller was not that white elephant" some had supposed itto be. They had agreed in fact to let it to the Penarth Local Board. Indeed, barring accidents, the steam-road roller would pay for itself. General Lee I suppose we have no work for it heMr". William Thomas (Barry) seconded the motion, and added Our Chairman (Mr. George Thomas) admonished Palmer in a very serious way. I think I never heard anything done better." Mr. George Thomas said it was perhaps better that the Board should not treat lightly the admonishing he had given Palmer, or else Palmer would inofc take that notice of it that he had intended should be taken. The minutes were approved. THE HEALTH COMMITTEE. Dr. O'Donnell moved the adoption of the minutes of the Health Committee, which were reparted in last week's Star. Mr. B. Lewis seconded. General Lee said he was very glad to see that the Board were going to apply for a site for an infec- tious diseases hospital. In this cold weather the best plan was to make preparations. Mr. Barstow asked what had been done with regard to the lamps at the end of Brock-street some time ago ? Dr. O'Donnell suggested that the Surveyor should be, asked. The Surveyor said he had seen the Gas Company, and it was no use putting up the pillars until the mains were laid. Dr. O'Donnell said when he had moved that these lamps should be put he was informed that the Gas Company had no objection to connect the existing mains in Church-rood by an ordinary gas pipe. Mr. Barstow said he had been asked to bring the matter before the Board, and that was the reason why he had put the question. The minutes were adopted. PROPOSED WEEKLY CATTLE MARKET. Mr. Wm. Thomas (Barry) moved "That a small committee be appointed to arrange for a weekly cattle market, also a monthly fair to be held at or near the Slaughterhouse Field." He said he did so because he thought the time had now arrived when they should have a weekly cattle market and a monthly fair held at Cadoxton. There were a large number of butchers who did business in the district, and there was around them a very large district which produced fat stock, and people could bring it here. Mr. J. J. William seconded. Mr. Barstow enquired whether such a market could be held near the Slaughterhouse Field. Un- fortunately they had disposed of the stables. Dr. O'Donnell There is plenty of room there. Mr. Wm. Thomas (Sully) enquired why there should be a fair ? Mr. Wm. Thomas (Barry) said at Cowbridge the monthly market was more like a fair than a fat stock market. His reason for proposing a monthly fair was this They would like to give the farmers an opportunity of bringing their store stock, such as horses, cows, and so on 0110'0 in a month, to- gether with the fat stock for sale. General Lee Is it an easy thing to establish a market ? Mr. Wm. Thomas (Barry) It is only necessary to give notices in the papers. Dr. O'Donnell There is no expenditure in- volved. Mr. Wm. Thomas (Barry) None whatever. Mr. George Thomas agreed that it was a desir- able thing to have a market. But before any- thing was started would it not be better to make sure whether it would be a success? He did not think the plart of simply putting a notice in the papers that they intended to hold a market would bring the people there. He would very much like to know what Mr. Thomas (the Hayes) had to say upon the subject. It was a very easy thing indeed to appoint a. committee, but unless they could really be sure that the time was really ripe for opening a market it was hardly worth their while opening it. In his opinion it was not worth while opening a market at all unless they could make it successful. To do that they wanted the co-opera- tion of the farmers and of the auctioneers. They could not also very well have a market in a field without having' pens for the stock. His practical ezperience taught him that. Mr. William Thomas (Sully) confessed that he had not thought very much about the matter. But if they had a weekly market he did not see the necessity for a monthly fair. Presonally he would send something to the market, and very likely Mr. Thomas (Barry) would sell everything' for nothing for month of two-(laughter) —seeing that it was a new district. Dr. Treharne Do you think it would be a success ? Mr. Thomas (Sully) I cannot say. Dr. Treharne Do you think the farmers would patronise it ? Mr. Thonas (Sully) replied that many farmers in this neigbourhood might bring their stock here instead of going to Canton or St. Nicholas. If they had that proposed new railway down from the hills it would make a vast difference. Dr. O'Donnell thought they were discussing points which could be better considered in com- mittee. He suggested that they should pass Mr. Thomas's resolution, and appoint a committee to decide whether it was advisable or not to open a market. They might be able to obtain the opinion of the farmers upon the subject, and on their re- port the Board would aot. Mr. Barstow asked Mr. Thomas not to tie the hands of the committee. For instance, suppose the committee found that it would be much better to hold a, fortnightly instead of a weekly market ? The Chairman: The committee would decide that. Mr. Wm. Thomas (Barry) said as they knew there were markets held at various places at the present time. But Cadoxton was nearer to the faamers than these places. In his view unless they established a regular weekly market it was hardly worth their while to establish a market at all. I The Chairman It might be fortnightly to begin with. Mr. William Thomas (Barry) I do not wish to tie the hands of the committee. The Clerk Your resolution would not tie the hands of the committee. The motion was carried unanimously. and the following committee were appointed Chairman, Mr. William Thomas (Barry), Mr. George Thomas, Mr. J. Barstow, Major-General Lee, Mr. B. Lewis, and Mr. Thomas (Sully). THE ADOPTION OF A NEW PRIVATE IMPROVE- MENT ACT. Mr. W. Thamas (Barry) moved, in the absence of Mr. Meggitt, who had given the notice of motion. that the Private Streets Work Act, 1892, be adopted in the district of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board. Mr. George Thomas asked for an explanation of the matter. The Clerk said he had had the Act printed and sent to each of the members on the 16th November. Mr. Jewell Williams proposed that the matter be referred to the Public Works Committee. Mr. William Thomas (Barry) said it was hardly fair to refer it back -to the Public Works Com- mittee. It was a very important matter, and the Board should discuss it. The Clerk said they had been obliged to give a month's notice in the papers, and if the motion was not passed at that meeting they would have to do the whole thing over again. He should also like to point out there were' several private improvements which they had kept back until this Act should be adopted, instead of doing them under the old Act. 11 Mr. Benjamin Lewis asked whether the adoption of the new Act would interfere with the arrange- ments made for private improvements which had been carried out ? The Clerk said it would not. It altered the mode of apportionment, and the way in which they served the notices, but made the matter simpler, and gave the Board the power of the mortgagee in possession. Mr. George Thomas thought before adopting the Act they should have a full explanation. The Clerk pointed out that the matter had been Brought fully before the Public Works Committee. The notice he had sent out was not a very long one, and he would read it to the Board. The notice was as follows:- Local Board Office *Cadoxton, October 11, 1892. To the Chairman and Members of the Public Works Committee. Gentlemen,—I beg to call your attention to the Private Street Work Act, 1892, which was passed at the last session of Parliament. The Act is a voluntary one, that is to. say. any Urban Authority can adopt it if they think fit. The adoption must be by a resolution passed at a meeting of the Local Board, one calendar month's notice at least having been given, which notice shall state the intention to propose the resolution. The resolution when passed must be pub- lished by advertisement in some one or more local paper, and by fixing to the doors of every Church and Chapel in the district, and notice must also be sent to the Local Government Board. The Act cannot wane mto operation until at least one month after the first publication of the advertise- ment of the resolution. The Act practically does awa}' with Sections 150, 151, and 152 of the Public Health Act, which are Sec- tions referring to Private Improvement Works. Under this Act the Board can carry out all or any I part of the private improvements in any streets, street, or part of a street, as soon as the resolution is passed to carry out the private improvements, the Surveyor is to prepare the plans and sections and estimates of the probable expense of the works, and a provisional apportionment of such expense. The Local Board must approve of the above. When the resolution is approved, notice of the specifications, estimates and provisional apportionments must be published for two successive weeks in the local papers, and be served on the owners of the premises witbin seven days after the date of the first publication. During one month from the date of the first publication, the plans, estimates, and apportionments, are to be kept deposited fit the Local Board Office opeh for inspection. During that time any person interested may object; the objections must be on certain specified grounds. After the expi- ration of the month the Local Board can apply to the magistrates to appoint a time for hearing such objec- tions, and at this hearing the Court will then decide all matters in dispute. The Local Board may include in the private im- provements any works which they think necessary for bringing a street, or part of a street, as regards sewer- age, drainage, level, or other improvements into con- formity with any other streets, including the provision of separate sewers for the reception of sewerage and surface water. The Board may also in the estimate include a commission not exceeding five per cent. in respect of surveys, superintendents and notices. In preparing the expenses of the private streets works the Board are not compelled to apportion acce- ding to a frontage, but they may also take into con- sideration the greater or less degree of benefit th'at will be derived from such works by the parties; they may also take into consideration the amount of value of any works already done by the owners or occupiers. They may also include any premises which do not abut on the street, but access to which is obtained from the street through a court passage or otherwise,, which in their opinion will be benefited by the works being car- ried out. The Board may also from time to time the specifications. When the Private Street Works have been com- pleted, the surveyor shall make a final apportionment, dividing the expenses in the same proportions as the estimated apportionments were divided. The amount of the opportioriments carries interest at 4 per cpnt. after the expiration of one month.. The Board, under the new Act, have all the powers to recover the expenses which they possess under the Public Health Act, and also have all the same powers and remedies under the conveyance and Law of Pro- perty Act, 1881, as if they were mortgagees having power to sell and lease and to appoint receiver. The Board can, if they think fit, resolve to pay themselves the whole or a portion of the expense of any private street works. No Railway or Canal Company shall be liable for the private street works in respect of any street upon which the Company's property abuts, unless there is direct communication from such street into the Com- pany's property. I beg to recommend the Board to take the necessary steps to adopt this Act. I am, Gentlemen, Your obedient servant, ( J. ARTHUR HU&HGS, Clerk. ( Mr. George Thomas said he should support it now that it had been read..Is gare them powers they did not possess under the old Act. Mr. Barstow seconded the motion. TECHNICAL EDUCATION AT BARRY. The Clerk read a letter from the Charity Com- i missioners with reference to the Welsh Inter- 1 mediate Education Act, 1832 :— I Charity Commissioners.—2]st December, 1892.— j Welsh Intermediate Education Act, '1892.—Sir,—A ] draft scheme for the Intermediate and Technical Education of the inhabitants of the above-named 1 district having been prepared, adopted, and published by the Charity Commissioners under the Endowed i School Acts, 1869 to 1893, I am to enclose some copies 3 for the information of your. Board, and to enquire whether in the event of the scheme receiving the approval of her Majesty in Council, your Board would be prepared to appoint one school mana,ger as pro- posed in the third schedule of the draft (see par. 2). | Any objections or suggestions respecting the scheme should be made in writing to the Commissioners before the 23rd da,y of February, 1893.- I am, ifcc., ] D. R. FEARON, Secretary.—J. A. Hughes, Esq., Clerk i to the Barry Local Board. ] Mr. George Thomas said they were asked to 1 signify their approval of the scheme. He thought i that the Board should hear what- the Barry School 1 Board had to say about it. It was an important matter for the School Board. If the School Bon-rd had any criticisms to make on the scheme he thought their Board should unite with them in any action they might take. He proposed that the matter be deferred for a. month. Mr. W. Thomas (Barry) said the School Board had nothing to do with them. They were better re- presented than that Board was—they would have two representatives whilst the Board would only have one. Dr. Treharne said the School Board deferred the consideration of the matter, Re begged to second Mr. George Thomas' proposition. This was agreed to. I RESULTS OF THE BLASTING- OPERATIONS. A letter was read by the Clerk from Mr. T. E. Hughes, solicitor, dated the 6th January, on behalf of the Counties'Plate. Glass Insurance Company, asking for the immediate payment of a sum of 95 for damage caused to some windows insured with the company. If the money was not paid at once, he was instructed to take legal proceedings against the Board. Mr. W. Thomas (Barry) said there was a resolu- tion of the Board to the effect that the claim be not allowed. The Clerk thought the Board were not liable. Mr. Jewel Williams asked whether it was worth while for the Board to go to law about £ 5. The man who did the work where the accident was caused was not a contractor at all. He (the man) was prepared to go into the witness-box and swear that he did the job by piece-work. He thought if the matter went into court the Board would have to pay. Mr. William Thomas (Barry) said their clerk who was their legal adviser, had told them that he did not think they were liable, and they ought to abide by his decision on the matter. Dr. Treharne moved that the clerk write to the gentleman, saying that the Board did not re- cognise any liability on their part. Mr. Wm. Thomas (Barry) seconded. Mr. Jewel Williams said it was no use their talking like that. /The Board would be sure to lose. The proposition was agreed to. THE QUESTION OF SEAMEN'S BOARDING-HOUSES. The Clerk read the following letter from the Board of Trade :— Board of Trade (Marine" Department), London, S.W., 3rd Jan., 1893.—Sir,—I am directed by the Board of Trade to acknowledge, the receipt of your letter of the 3rd ult., stating that the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board are desirous of obtaining an Order in Council, under the provisions of section 93 of the Merchant Shipping (Fishing Boats) Act, 1883, directing that none but duly licensed persons i shall keep seamen's lodging-houses or let lodgings to sea- men within their district. In transmitting the accompanying draft order in Council, which has been prepared in this department for any observations the Local Board may have to offer thereon, the Board of Trade desire me to state that, with a view to make the Order in Council operative, it will be necessary that it should contaip a definition of the term seaman." They will be glad to receive the views of the Local Board upon this point before inserting the required provision. They will also be glad to learn in what way it is proposed that seamen shall be accommodated if the licensed houses in the district are not sufficient at any particular time to meet the demand.—I am, Sir, your obedient servant, GHORG-E J. SWANSTON. Mr. George Thomas moved that that the letter be referred to the Health Committee. Dr. Treharne seconded, and it was agreed to. LICENSES. Licences were granted to Charles Bevev, 6, Merthyr-stre etj-and Isaac Cooke, 98, Barry-road, to sell petroleum and a licence was granted to Phillips and Co. to sell gunpower. This concluded the business of the meeting.

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