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TOWN COUNCIL, ABERYSTWYTH, Thursday, 14<A April, 1870. An adjourned meeting of the above body was held at the Town Hall on Thursday last, when the fol- lowing members were present:—John Matthews, Esq., (mayor,) in the chair; Aldermen Thomas Joues and John Davies Councillors Jonathan Pell, Philip Williams, T. O. Morgan, John Rees, D. Williams, G. T. Smith, and Richard Jones. Mr John Parry, Town Clerk,Mr Atwood, solicitor, and Mr Szlumper, C.E., were also present. The Town Clerk commenced the proceedings by reading the minutes of the two previous meetings. THE MARKET SCHEMES. Mr Szlumper quite startled the equanimity of the mayor and corporation by producing a highly finished sketch of a spacious market, constructed on improved modern principles. The design WHS mounted, framed, and glazed, and was presumed to be afac-simile of Mr James's New Market scheme. RED TAPEISM. Mr Atwood, in alluding to the importance of their preserving copies of all publii documents and IDP- morials, otherwise one memorial would be contra- dictory to another. This would never do. They might, in future years, have to make statements, which might he contradictory to those made before. The Clerk I never heard of such red txpeism in my life. What is the use of preserving such docu- ments? We may as well put them on the fire itfter six weeks. Mr Pell stated that it was important to preserve the documents in case they had to make future ap- plications to the Treasury. The Clerk replied that it was unnecessary to pre- serve documents in order to prevent the statement in one clashing with that of the other, as it was presumed that the corporation always stated facts when they sent a memorial, so they could not be wrong then. (Laughter ) THE MARKET TARIPF. The Clerk produced the market tariff of Swansea, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Cardigan, and Wrexham, for slaughtering, housing, and weighing ofanimats. A long discussion took place in regard to the charges made at the different markets, which varied considerably, Swansea proving the highest. The following is tbe rate for cattle, as charged in the various towns named,—Swansea, 2s. 6d.; Cardigan, 2s.; Wrexham, Is.; Carmarthen, Is. In Aberystwyth, market layers were supplied without extra charge but such did not appear to be the case in some other towns. Alderman Jones hoped that they would not fix he rates too high, otherwise it would at the com- mencement prove discouraging to those who were likely to become customers. Mr Pell explained that in proportion to the ac- commodation afforded, and other concomitant cir- cumstances, the charges were not too high. The people had no extra charge to pay here for keeping their animals 24 hours. They were accommodated during that time free of charge. If they were not allowed this convenience, they would be compelled to pay for putting tbe animals in stables. The com- mittee had taken all these questions into consi- deration when they fixed the rates. They found that in Cardiff and Oswestry no layers were provi- ded for, according to their rules as produced by the town clerk. They considered that it was not too much to charge 2s. So that we here did not charge more than Carmarthen in proportion to the accommodation. Mr David Williams said that he often heard that Cardigan was too higbj but be did not bear that Carmarthen was. Mr Pel) After the time specified, a charge of 3d. a day only was made.. Alderman Jones: We would be sorry to make our charges act as a porhibition to any disposed to attend. Mr Pell suggested, with a view of saving time, that the meeting should take the tariff item by item. The Clerk Is it not desirable that we should for thp first 12 months put a man in ourselves, as we The Clerk Is it not desirable that we should for thp first 12 months put a man in ourselves, as we did in the case of the harbour, so that we might know what it was worth. I would suggest that it is advisable to do so in this instance. Mr Pell: I think we had better wait nntil the 5tb of May next, when we shall have the tenders in. We can then see what we shall do. The Mayor and Alderman Jones were of opinion that the charges at Wrexham were about the near- est eruide to which this town should be regulated, as the population of the two places was about equal. The Mityor read the Wrexham tariff, which pro- vided a fee of Is. for each beast that was admitted to be slaughtered but a charge of 9d. per hour was made for every 12 hours that the animal would be retained until the space of 96 hours had expired, then they must be taken away if not slaughtered. Mr Pell, in reply to questions, explained that if thf owner of beasts found the market rather over- stocked on Friday, he might feel disposed to keep them until the following Tuesday or Wednesday, to avail a better market. Alderman Jones said this was often the case. He found on reference to the charges In the other towns that the average tariff would be Is. 9d. per beast. Mr Pell reminded them that it was far easier to reduce the eharge than to rise it. The committee had fixed a maximum price, and they* might easily reduce it at any time they thought proper. He warmly advocated the adoption of the rates men- tioned in the report of the committee. Mr Atwood coincided. They could never raise the rates, but they could easily reduce them. Mr Smith expressed himself in favour of adopting the maximum charges by all means. They could easily reduce them if they deemed it advisable. The Clerk reminded them that if they fixed the tariff too high, it might prevent offers from lessees. He recommended them, however, to take the mar- ket themselves for one year. It was a very impor- tant matter, and they had better postpone their decision until the next meeting. Mr Pell and Mr Smith strongly objected to wast- ing time in arriving at a decision. It would be a mere waste of time to postpone their decision. Some one might make a similar proposition at the next meeting. Alderman Jones thought that 3d. for every ad- ditional 24 hours was certainly not much to pay. Capt. Cumberland, who happened to be present on other business, was asked his opinion on the subject, and he replied that he understood from butchers, that a beast after being conveyed by rail- way to the slaughter-house, or after being over- treated by being driven, would not be cool enough to kill for 14 days. (No, no, and expressions of dis- sent.) A beast was not fit to be killed when too warm. The Mayor, after a general conversation, sugges- ted that every gentleman who wished to speak should stand up, so as to maintain some degree of ortl pr. Alderman Jones And limit them to time also. The tariff proposed was ultimately agreed to. The next item was the charge of 6d. per head for every calf. Mr Pell and Mr Smith, after several objections were raised against this charge, which was deemed too high by some members, warmly advocated its adoption. Mr T. Jones asked how many calves would make one bullock. (Laughter.) Mr Pell proposed, and Mr Smith seconded, the adoption of the report at 6d. The Mayor, on taking a division on the amend- ment proposed by Mr Rees, and seconded by Mr P Williams, declared that the original motion was carried by his own casting vote, there being 4 for the original motion, and 4 for the amendment. Mr T. Jones: You bad better split the difference, and make it od. Mr P. Williams then proposed an amendment to that effect, which was again rejected by the mayor's casting vote, go that the charge remained at 6d. (Applause.) The Mayor next took the sheep and lambs at 4d. each for the 24 hours, including the layers. Mr John Davies thought this higher in proportion than the others. Mr D. Williams and Mr P. Williams again pro- posed and seconded an amendment for fixing the charge at 3d. Mr Pell, on behalf of the committee, coincided this point without dividing the house. The various items in the report were minutely discussed at length, and agreed to. The town clerk was requested to prepare the rules, as the market will be completed by the 12tb of May. Various other interesting topics were likewise discussed, hut for want of space we are compelled to omit a fuller report until next week.

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