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BARRY AND CADOXTON LOCAL BOARD. IMPORTANT MEETING. On Tuesday afternoon a monthly meeting of the Local Board was held in the Board Room, Cadox- ton. Dr. O'Donnell was voted to the chair, and there were also present General Lee, Mr. Alderman Meggitt, Mr. Benjamin Lewis, Mr. William Thomas, Mr. Joshua Barstow, Mr. J. J. Williams Mr. Arthur Hughes (clerk), Dr. Neale (medical officer), Mr. C. Howe (collector),Inspector Leyshon, and Mr. C. Pardoe (surveyor). The minutes of the last ordinary and special Board meetings were read and confirmed. FINANCIAL MATTERS. General Lee moved the adaption of the report of the Finance Committee. He begged to call atten- tion to the resolution which the committee had passed that for the future all members appointed on deputations should be remunerated at no certain rate. It would be more satisfactorily for all parties. The committee thought they should recommend the Board to allow a guinea if a member was away a night and day, or ten shillings if he was away only a day, and second-class rail- way fare. With reference to the Parliamentary bills, the clerk showed them the bills, and sug- gested that they be taxed by the regular taxing master, and when they received them back a special meeting of the Finance Committee would be held to consider one of the items. The Clerk made charges, and the question for them to decide was whether some of the items came within the clerk's work. The clerk was perfectly willing to leave the matter in their hands. They had thought it advisable to authorise Messrs. Dagnall to obtain the loan at £3128. 6d. They had always used the Board well. Then they thought they might reasonably suggest the opening of a Registry Office or Labour Bureau. It did not deal with tradesmen, nor interfere with Trades Unions, it was more for employers to have a centre where they might get workmen. The Surveyor was in- terested in the matter, and was quite willing for the Board to open it at his office. The experiment would probably cost £10, or perhaps less. Mr. J. J. Williams seconded. Mr. William Thomas said he should like to know the reason why that resolution (with regard to deputations) had been passed. General Lee Certain charges were made for members' expenses, you are one amongst them, and some discussion as to a reasonable charge took place it was thought by the committee it would be pleasanter for everybody in future to know what they may ask for. There was no re- flection on anybody. Mr. William Thomas thought there was a reflec- tion. The Chairman said as one of the deputation he thought Mr. William Thomas had a right to call attention to it. Several items had been challenged. Mr. Thomas I find that in the Cardiff papers. Dr. O'Donnell: Yes, Mr. William Thomas', Dr. Neale's. and my own name were mentioned. Mr. Barstow Are we responsible for the Cardiff paper? Mr. Thomas said he was one of the victims of the bit of scandal. They had charged the usual fare, a guinea, the second class, fare, and besides that they had charged a guinea a day, which he thought was not much. He knew that he was more than five g-uineas out of pocket when he returned, and he did not see why a reflection should be made upon them. Mr. George Thomas was away, and Rot a word was said about it. The Clerk Mr. Thomas's bill is included in the list of bills. Mr. William Thomas thought it was very unfair. He should not forget it when the time came. He begged to move that the resolution with regard to the free registry be eliminated from the minutes. He did not see why the Local Board should go into such a thing. No one seconded Mr. Thomas's amendment, and the Finance Committee's minutes were adopted. PUBLIC WORKS. Mr. William Thomas proposed the adoption of the two reports of the Public Works Committee. Mr. Barstow seconded. The Chairman explained that the Committee had recommended that a clerk of the works should be advertised for for the Beggars Well-road, because it was some distance away, a large sum of money would be expended, and the Surveyor in- formed them that he would not be able to spare any of his staff to exercise supervision. There were two culv6rts to be constructed. Mr. Barstow questioned whether it would be desirable to appoint a clerk of the works at pre- sent, or for some months to come. He begged to move that a clerk of the works be not advertised for. The Chairman pointed out to Mr. Barstow that he had seconded the adoption of the minutes, and could not, therefore, move an amendment. The Surveyor said it was impossible at present for one of his staff to be present on the road. The Chairman believed that at present the Board were undertaking a larger number of private im- provements than the staff could see to. Mr. Benjamin Lewis thought it was no use to cut down one month, and put on the next. The Clerk said the cost would be taken out of the private improvement charges. The report was then adopted. THE HEALTH COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The Chairman moved the adoption of the Health Committee's report. Mr. William Thomas seconded. Mr. Lewis said the committee had a report from the deputation. Unfortunately he was not able to be present at the meeting, and did not know anything about the great benefits to be derived from deputation. It was only right that the Board should know. Mr. Meggitt thought the Board should have a report. The Chairman briefly repeated his report as given to the Health Committee. General Lee asked whether anything was said about a central authority for dealing with the cholera. The Chairman: There was a debate, and the solicitor to the Corporation said the Local Govern- ment Board could not entertain any proposal of the kind. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE. The Chairman also mentioned that all efforts to see the Cardiff Corporation on the Cardiff Health Committee had proved futile. Several members of the Board he had seen, and they were prepared to raise a question when the minutes of the Health Committee were brought before the Cardiff corporation. Whether it was desirable for them to take that course it was for the BOLJrd to say. General Lee said what he had heard brought home to him more and more strongly the necessity that the Government should appoint a central authority to deal with cholera. He felt quite certain that until the Government appointed such a central Imperial authority to deal with the whole of the ports, no concerted action could be taken. He could not help thinking but that their deputa- tion, to say the very least, had been treated in a very unstatesmanlike manner by the Cardiff Cor- poration or Health Committee. He thought they should write to the Local Government Board and see if some pressure could not be brought to bear upon them. A long discussion ensued, and ultimately the Clerk's advice was taken that the Local Govern- ment Board inquiry should be hurried on into the Local Board's petition to be appointed Port Sani- tary Authority. THE RESIGNATION OF THE COLLECTOR. Mr. C. Howe, the collector of the Local Board, tendered his registration of his office. On the proposition of General Lee, the matter was referred to a special meeting the Finance Committee, to be held on Friday next. THE BARRY HARBOUR SEWER. A letter was read from Messrs. Downing and Handcock, solicitor to the Barry Company, stating that the Company's engineers had looked into the matter and found that the route proposed by the Company would not cost £ 1,000, but only about £200. In order that the Board might do it as economically as possible the Company were will- ing for them at a bend in the road to cross their property. The matter was referred to the Public Works Committee. THE RETURNING OFFICER. General Lee was appointed returning officer for the approaching Local Board election. PRIVATE IMPROVEMENTS. Tenders for private improvements in Begger's Well-road, Morel and Pyke-streets were opened, and the lowest in each case was accepted. Mr. Rutter securing the Morel and Pyke-streets contract at £830 19s. 9d. (Newbridge stone), £ 763 8s. 9d. (granolithic), and Z127 Os. lid. (back- bone); and Mr. E. J. Ince secured the Beggar's Well-road, at £2,486 Is. 5Jd.


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