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TOWN COMMISSIONERS, ABEKYSTWY 1 H. Tuesday, April 12th, 1870. On Tuesday last, a meeting of the above body was held at the Town Hall. In the absence of the mayor, Captain Lewis was voted to the chair. There were present :—Messrs T. H. Jones, John Jones, (Great Dark-gate-street,) John Davies, Charles Hackney, Jonathan Pell, Thomas Jones, William Julian, and Dr. C. Rice Williams. Mr Thomas, cferk, Mr Lloyd, assistant clerk, Mr Salumper, engineer, Mr Vaughan, surveyor, and Mr Morgan, turncock, were also present. MR. ARNOLD TAYLOR'S REPORT. The Clerk produced the voluminous report of Mr Arnold Taylor in regard to the plan which he ap- proved of for supplying Aberystwyth with water, so as to prevent a future scarcity of water. The present supply not being deemed sufficient for the increased requirements of the town. Mr Pell: Are your lungs in good order to read the report. (A laugh.) el The Chairman thought that the reading had better be postponed a little longer, until other members of the board arrived. They had now better proceed to other business. CONTRACT FOB PRINTING. The following tenders foe printing the bye-laws were received, in accordance with a resolution passed at a previous meeting. The Clerk said he had received tenders from two out of the three printers in the town, to whom the competition was confined. On opening the tenders they were as follows :— Mr W. Williams, for 1000 copies of the bye-laws, and 50 large sheets for posting up, 121. 2s. 6d. The type to be the same as that in which they had been printed last year. His second estimate was for having the bye-laws printed in larger type, similar to a copy forwarded by the Government, 141. 5s Mr David Jenkins, jun., for printing the 1000 copies of the bye-laws in the same type as before, and for 24 of the large sheets, 81. 10s. For the large type, 101. 10s. Mr Jenkins, on being sent for in order to answer some questions, said that he was enabled to give a low estimate for the smaller type, owing to the fact that he had kept about 10 to 12 pages of the bye-laws in type since last year. Mr Atwood stated that the county of Cardigan had actually saved about 60/. in the printing estimate this year as compared with the previous year, the Welsh- man office at Carmarthen having taken the contract so much lowet than the former printer. Mr Atwood was of opinion that they ought to have a good index prefixed to the bye-laws. Mr Pell thought that the marginal references were quite sufficient. The bye-laws were required as soon as possible by a month from this date at furthest; and a penalty of, say, 10s. a day should be attached for every day that was exceeded. The Clerk replied that it would be better to pro- vide for the reduction of the penalty imposed from the sum to be paid, than to have an accumulative fine. Mr John Jones, (Great Dark-gate-street,) thought that a penalty of 5s. per day was quite sufficient but he was also of opinion that the bye-laws ought to be printed as soon as possible. Mr Jenkins ultimately consented to the terms pro- posed, and signed the necessary documents. THE ALLEGED RAG AND BONE NUISANCE. The Clerk read a letter from Mr Williams, of Laura Place, in which he again complained of the continuance of the nuisance caused in Castle-lane by the rag and bone warehouse there, although a pro- mise had been made at a former meeting to enquire into the cause of complaint, he expressed his disap- pointment that nothing had been done in the matter, although he attended a subsequent meeting of the board for the purpose of knowing what steps might be taken. A petition had been presented to the board, signed by several of the respectable inhabitants of the neighbourhood, asking them to abate the nui- sance then complained of, and what had been since continued. The commissioners then promissed to send some members of the street committee to ex- amine the place. No report had been made on the nuisance. Unless something were done at once in the matter, he would be compelled to lay the matter before the chief Board of Health, and forward to them a copy of the petition presented to the commis- sioners. The Clerk stated that it had been agreed that the street committee should inspect the place, and report to the board. Mr Pell, as a member of the street committee, asked how could they report on the matter, when they bad not received any announcement on the subject? Still, he objected on principle, to the street committee having been called upon to report in the matter at all. He saw that they paid Sergeant Evans 5s. a week as inspector of nuisance, and he ought to report on the matter. If he considered that there was suffi- cient cause, he ought to report the subject to the board, and take out a summons against the offending parties. Let a specific charge be made by the in- spector, or the parties who felt themselves agrieved; but he (Mr Pell) should certainly object, as a mem- ber of the street committee, to be called upon to report on alleged nuisances in the town, more par- ticularly so when an officer was paid for performing the duties. The Chairman explained, that if he understood aright what passed at the meeting referred to, the inspector of nuisances reported that he had called at the place complained of and had examined it; but when interrogated by the commissioners, he failed ta satisfy them on all points that a nuisance really It was then stated by some present,^ that it would perhaps be more satisfactory to appoint some from their own body to examine the premises complained of, and report on the nuisance. -Mr Pell: Whether it is a nuisance or not, if rate- payers make a complaint, I thfink we should order the inspector to take proceedings, if the parties com- ] plaining wish it. Weare not here to decide whether it is a nuisance or not, it is for the magistrates to do that. The inspector could, at any rate, see that the parties complaining should have an opportunity of having a summons if they wish. The Clerk But don't you see, that unless the in- spector can certify that it is a nuisance, he cannot be expected to apply for a summons ? He has fre- quently visited the place, and he thinks that it is not a puisance. Mr Pell: In the event of any ratepayer coming forward to complain of any nuisanee, I think it is tbe bemaden duty of the inspector to take action in the matter. Mr Atwood I think that any persons complaining ought to do so themselves. The inspector is not bound to do so, if he does not think that a nuisance exists Why should they put it on the shoulder of the officer ? We are not sure that there is a nuisance there. Why should not Mr Williams summons the party himself? The Clerk If the inspector of nuisances says that he cannot see it is a nuisance, I do not see why he should proceed in the matter. Mr Pell: I think that such cases as these are specially provided for in the bye-laws. The Clerk Will the provision in regard to the removal of rags also apply to bones. Mr Hackney It is well-known that rags and bones are often active mediums for conveying disease. The Chairman I think the inspector is to take his orders from this board. If he is not satisfied that there is a nuisance, it was not right for the board to instruct their officer to take out a snmmons. Mr Pell: It is, I think, a primajacie case on which to act, when a ratepayer says it is a nuisance. It was the inspector's duty to visit the place daily when complaints were made of the nuisance, for the pur- pose of ascertaining whether it did exist. Why has he not examined the place? The Clerk But he has visited it. Mr John Jones, (Great Dark-gate-street,): Mr Thomas, our clerk, lives near the place complained of. Has he ever found it a nuisance ? The Clerk: I never heard of any injurious effects from it. I have had no reason to complain. Mr Hackney Nothing is worse than the smell emanating from bones. Mr Atwood said that Mr Williams was not with- out a remedy if he felt agrieved. If the inspector of nuisances did not see anything to complain of, then let him move in the matter but it was certain that the Board of Health was not to be bothered about such trumpery matters. Sergeant Evans, the inspector of nuisances, said that he visited the premises and saw rags there, but nq bones on that occasion. The place was very clean. The Chairman Did you speak to the neighbours and others about it? Did they complain of the' nuisance? Sergeant Evans: They did not complain to him, and he did not observe any offensive smell He did not smell anything there before, with the exception of about 18 months since, when there was a smell of bones there. The inhabitants did not complain to him of the nuisance. No one but Mr Williams ever complained to hirri The Clerk stated that after this statement, the persons who complained might themselves take what steps they thought proper in the matter if they con- sidered it a nuisance. Mr Pell terminated further conversation on the subject by proposing that Sergeant Evans visit the premises daily, and report the result. A fortnight ago it was promised that the street committee would examine it; so Evans thought that the matter had been taken out of his hands, and therefore had not visited the place since. That showed the folly of re- ferring such matters to the street committee. He ought to have been there every day. and would have been, had it not been for this. Under the circum- stances it was his duty to go there every day, instead of their taking, it out of his hands. Let them not delay further. If the inspector were satisfied that there was a nuisance, a summons should be taken out by the board. Sergeant Evans said that complaints were also made of the women who sorted the rags. The Clerk Very likely. They are the sort of women who would behave improperly. Dr. C. Rice Williams seconded Mr Pell's motion, which was carried without further remarks. THE PUMPING ENGINE Mr Thomas Jones, in reply to questions, stated that the committee who had been appointed to make eequiries respecting the purchase of a suitable steam engine, had seen Mr Ellis about it. They were of opinion that they could have one from Ellis which would suit them, and be cheaper than they could get one anywhere else. The price he asked was certainly lower. He would also probably agree to keep the engine in a proper state of repair, and the pumps in good working order. The board would have to pay for anything that they might require in mason work—a chimney, or anything of that kind. Such things, in the way of structure, must be at their own expense Ellis had also different parts of an engine, and the cylinder, which he could alter to serve the requisite purpose by making it a. pumping engine. He stated a few mornings since that he would, for a very small sum indeed, put up double pumps. They could perhaps buy this engine as cheaply if not cheaper than any other one that was so available. He would undertake to keep it in order. But this conversation with him must not be consi- dered as a final one but he (Mr Jones) believed that Mr Ellis might be got to keep it in order. They could not do better, he thought, than to leave it in the bands of the committee. Mr Pell said that Ellis could make his proposal to the committee at once. They could go and see him after the business was over. Mr Thomas Jones deemed it desirable to allow Mr Ellis a little time to make up his estimates. Mr. J. J. Atwood: Let us have a report on the subject in writing. Mr Thomas Jones I trust to the reporters for my reports in the absence of Mr Pell; they are my clerks. (Laughter.) THE WATER Fli'ES AND HYDRANTS. Mr Pell, in regard to this subject, stated that in case of fire, the hose was of no use unless they had the hydrants fixed in the pipes. The Clerk, in reference to the water pipes required, explained that they wanted 280 yards of the 6-inch bore which were offered them from the Cambrian Foundry, Newport, at 41. 7s. 6d. per ton. Mr Thomas Jones How many tons do you re- quire? Mr Pen j About eleven. He bagged to move that hydrants (pe also supplied at the earliest opportunity, and fixed'on. Mr Thomas Jones: How soon can "we have the pipes t Mr Pell: Almost immediately; and they will be delivered at one* if by rail. They keep this kind of pipes alwajp in stock. Mr Thomas Jones I think we had better have the hydrants first. The Turncock We can get the hydrants from Walsall. I am of opinion we ought to have one fixed every fifty yards. Mr Pell proposed that the hydrants be ordered immediately. The Clerk You can do nothing with the pipes until next meeting. Six-inch pipes are a com- mon bore enough. They keep thousands in stock, no doubt. Mr Thomas Jones If we wait a month, it will delay the time of payment for that period. I am sure, by the time we have the engine and all, we shall not be ready before two months. This suggestion was agreed to, as also was Mr Pell's motion in regard to the immediate order for -I the hydrants. MR. ARNOLD TAYLOR'S REPORT. Mr J. Pell and Mr John Jones expressed a wish to hear the Clerk read the report of Mr Arnold Taylor. Mr Atwood said that, as he had read it, he need not stop any longer. The Clerk replied that, as Mr Atwood had stated that he had read it over in ten minutes, perhaps he would be kind enough to read it to the board in that time. (Laughter.) Mr Atwood would certainly vote that it be printed for distribution. The Clerk said that they had already bound them- selves to abide by Mr Taylor's report. So there could be no opposition in regard to it. Mr Taylor had stated the question to them fairly and fully in his report. They must have a special meeting to consider it. Mr Thomas remarked that they must, of course, have a temporary supply of water. What had the committee been doing about the matter ? Mr Pell replied that they had dug to the depth of 19i feet on the flats at Plascrug. Mr Thomas Jones said that they must go 10 feet deeper. Mr Pell, reverting to the former subject, moved that 100 copies of the report be printed other mem- bers suggested 200. t Mr Pell and Mr John Jones said it was important to have the report printed as soon as possible. It should be ready in a month at furthest. M. D. Jenkins, on being appealed to, said that a month was too short a time for him to do it, as he had to print the bye-laws within that space. It was ultimately arranged that the Clerk should arrange for the printing at the earliest time possible. but it must not exceed a month. The Clerk had read the report of Mr Taylor pre- vious to the discussion on the printing. After some routine business bad been transacted, the meeting terminated.

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