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. TOWN'S IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION.

BAND FOR THE SEASON.

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BAND FOR THE SEASON. Mr Thomas said that Mr Rednar had written to him about the terms on which he should bring his t)and here; and he (Mr Thomas) had told him that the commissioners would not render them any pecu- niary assistance, but would keep other bands from playing on the Terrace, &c. Mr Rednar had sent several copies of testimonials, all of which were very Favorable. Mr. Smith thought that if a band were brought here on those terms, they certainly ought to have a monopoly. Mr Pell urged that a definite understanding ought to he come to with the person who would bring a band here as to the strength of its numbers and the nature of the instruments otherwise he might bring litt le boys here. Mr Smith: With Jews harps. Mr Pell said that even in patronage the commis- sioners ought not to be pledged, unless they were pledged in return. Several receipts, amounting in the whole to 40l. Is. 10d., were here put in for money paid by Mr. Pell Mr Atwood enquired what wauld be the effect of the death of Mr John 1°n the con- tract for the outle t works by the bridge. Mr Paul replied that the widow and father of the late Mr Jones were prepared to carry on the works. It would therefore not be necessary to make a new contract. STATE OF THE STREETS. < Mr Atwood, in referring to this subject, said that there could be no doubt as to the state of the streets, that they were in a most disgraceful condition and it was the duty of the commissioners to the town to remedy this evil and have the streets repaired and when once repaired properly, to see that they were kept in a state of repair. Many causes might be as- signed for the bad state of the streets; amougs others the very wet season through which we hadt passed, and the unusual traffic. But the great cause was the inefficiency of the staff. If the commis- sioners had a sufficient staff, it would not occur; and it was desirable to call the attention of the board to this important subject. He had no charge to make against any individual hut it was clear to him that the present town surveyor had too much to do: his arrears showed that. No doubt he was over- worked and it now became an imperative necessity that the offices of town surveyor and rate collector should be separate, and that two proper persons be appointed to fill them. Let Rice apply for either of them; but even if he had been a younger and more energetic man, he could not do the work of both offices. At present the town was paying 50 per cent more than it ought for the keeping the streets in re- dair. He could not say for keeping them in repair, for they were paying vast sums of money on that pretence. He should propose to pnt an end to the present agreement with the sarveyor, and to appoint two efficient persons to do the work. The work of the roads requires a surveyor—a man of education, brought up to the business. A mason could not un- derstand all connected with the work. If the com- missioners did not put the streets in immediate re- pair, they would so injure the town that it would not recover for many years. If the streets were put un- der the care of a man who understood his work, the commissioners would save 50 per cent. It costs at present 120l. per mile for those repairs, which were nowhere visible; and 50l, would be sufficient to keep them in a proper state. The speaker concluded by moving that the offices be separated, and that two efficient persons be appointed at proper salaries. Mr Smith seconded and the motion was carried, Mr Roberts said that the commissioners could not get a better collectoi than Rice. He had giver general satisfaction in that omee and he though) they ought tu reappoint him to that office then and there. They could then advertise for a surveyor. Mr Griffith Thomas should like to know what was the aggregate of the two salaries. William Rice answered, 551. for both offices. There was here a general expression in the hall that Rice was underpaid. The Mayor observed that the town was getting larger every day, and there would consequently be more work to do. Mr B. Hughes asked whether there was any notice required to be given to Rice. Mr Thomas replied that no notice was necessary, as both he (the clerk) and Rice were entirely at the mercy of the commissioners, and might at any time be dismissed. Mr Rice said that during last winter it was im- possible to keep the streets in order Mr Atwood did not admit that. William Rice said it was not often that he and Mr Atwood agreed. (Laughter.) He (Rice) was determined before coming there that morning to give up the surveyorship. Mr. Thomas said that as Rice had so handsomely resigned his office, he ought to be appointed collec- tor. Mr Pell said that the board, ought to increase his salary. The majority of those present spoke highly in favor ef Rice as collector of the improvement rate. Mr Fossett said that as it seemed to be the wish- of the meeting that Rice be appointed collector, he thought he ought to be adequately paid. He there- fore proposed that Rice be appointed collector, at a salary of 45l. a year. Mr. Pell seconded. The motion Was unanimously carried. The Mayor then proposed to advertise for a sur- veyor. Mr Pell asked what salary they were willing to give. Mr Smith said that in considering the salary it should be taken into account that the duties of the office were rapidly increasing. Mr Thomas thought it would be advisable to agree upon the salary to be given. Mr Hackney was of opinion that they would not get an efficient man for the present salary. Mr Pell said that 25l. was the salary paid by Cardigan. Mr Smith replied that if 25l. were paid for Cardi- gan, there should be twice that, at least, given for Aberystwith. Mr Atwood proposed giving Mr Vaughan 50l. to put the roads in repair. Mr Fossett thought it would be better not to men- tion the amount of salary in advertisement, but that applications be sent in by that day fortnight. Mr Thomas proposed that the advertisement be put in the OBSERVER, and some other paper. Mr Fossett observed that in some respects they had been attacking effects, and losing sight of causes. One of the causes undoubtedly was the increased traffic, but another cause was the guttering of the houses. If they took the area of this town, they would find that the drippings from the roofs of the houses fell into the streets; and was not that, he asked, a grevious ill ? Another crying evil was the infectious dens with which the town was infested, one of which had nearly killed the son of a gentleman- who was present. A young gentleman went into one of these dens to visit a patient in the typhus fever. He never had any thought of receiving any fee in the case, and what he did, was done through motives of pure philanthropy and in doing so he caught a fever, which caused him at that moment to hang by a thread between life and death. He (Mr Fossett) thought it was the duty of the commis- sioners to put a stop to such dens for breeding in- fection. (Hear, Hear,) No matter to whom they belonged, the commissioners would be guilty of a dereliction of duty, if they failed to do so. He re- gretted to say that those dens all belonged to wealthy men, who scraped in their few wretched shillings at the expence of the general health, and who, if the places were pulled down, and made open spaces of, would be none the worse. (Applause.) Mr Thomas remarked that the inspector of nuisances was a new office, in the kingdom and he thought it ought to be combined with the office ofsurveyor; and let the new man be so appointed. Mr Fossett conidered it a most important branch. Mr Smith asked whether it would not be advisa- ble to give some notion of the salary they were were prepared to give. Their offering a situation, and asking the applicant what salary he wanted, was likened the other day by a witty grocer in this town to a purchaser entering his shop for a pound of sugar, and asking him what he would give for 1t. (Laughter ) He (Mr Smith) thought they ought to state a definite salary. Mr Rowland asked whether they would be willing to give J001? Mr Atwood replied that one man might be cheaper at 100Z, than another at 30/. Mr G. Thomas did not see the necessity of em- ploying the whole of a man's time. He need not himself be at the work, always, as he could get proper men under him to do it. Mr Thomas thought that the most of his time ought to be taken up with his duties in the t.own, as he would have, to^look after **»« .tand.ngs and other nuisances in the streets, as well as the dirt on the roads. Mr Smith said that what was required was the right man, and as Mr Vaughan's name had been mentioned, he could say that if they secured him they would have the right man in the right place. He confessed he was a partizan of Mr Vaughan in this matter, and felt a great interest in having been appointed. But far apart from all personal feelings, he regarded Mr Vaughan, by a long way, the best man they could secure to fill the office. When appointed to Cardigan, he was solicited to accept the office; but he declined doing so at first, as he feared he would not be there often enough. The Mayor said he would be satisfied, and again solici- ted him to accept. He took the appointment; and since then has only seen the streets three or four times, notwithstanding which, people say that the improvement which has taken place 's something wonderful. By a competent surveyor like MrVaughan with a good staff of men under him, the work, would be well done even without his constant pre- sence. Besides, four-fifths of Mr Vaughan s lime was spent here; and the time he woutd be away could not be noticed, more especially It Was utterly, ridiculous to fancy that he should always be Mr Thomas observed that the other offices he would have to fill were quite as important. The Mayor said he thought the cheapest course they could adopt would be to employ Mr Vaughan. Mr Roberts said that if the streets were placed in Mr Vaughan's hands, they would be done a thou- sand times cheaper. After some further discussion, it was resolved to advertise for a surveyor, in the OBSERVER, the Welshman, and a Shrewsbury paper. Mr Roberts thought, that Rice in the mean time ought to have the streets scraped, so as to give them up to the new surveyor in the best possible condI- tion, and not the worst. He remarked that when the new bell-man. was appointed; the old bell-man polished the bell up to an unusual brightness before giving it to his successor. JUNCTION BLOCKS. Mr Morris called attention to the fact that the junction pipes which were being laid down in the new sewerage were single instead of double, as mentioned in the specification^ Mr Roberts said that Mr Paul should be called on to explain-

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