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ABERYSTWYTH TOWN COUNCIL. A meeting of the Council was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday. Present—Mr Isaac Morgau (in the chair), Alderman Roberts, Councillors Thomas Griffiths, George Green, D. C. Roberts, Richard James, C. M. Williams, E, P. Wynne, and John Roberts; Messrs A. J. Hughes, town clerk; Griffith Jones, corporation solicitor, H. L. Evans, borough accountant; and Rees Jones, borough surveyor. BILLS AND SALARIES. The usual bills and salaries were ordered to be paid. PAYMENT OF INTEREST. Mr John Roberts proposed, and Mr E. P. Wynne seconded, the payment of interest on X5,200 which was ordered. FINANCE: The Corporation in account with the London and Provincial Bank,—Cr., Borough fund account, .£835 16s 7d; district rate fund, .£334 13s 4d court fees, .£35 6* 6d, total, £ 1205 17s Od; balance due at the bank, £ 2,031 7s Od total, 4s Od, Dr., Harbour fund account, Jgl,123 3s 9d; waterworks, .8817 6s Od; waterworks loan account, .£129614s 3d; total, £ 3,237 4s Od DRAINAGE. The Surveyor reported that several new closets were about being erected at Spring Gardens, Tre- feehan, and in order to supply them with water it would be necessary to extend the mains about 35 yards, at a cost of about five guineas. Mr C. M. Williams proposed, and Mr Wynne seconded, that the work be carried out. Agreed to. THE SEAWEED. Mr Wynne asked the Surveyor if anything could be done with the seaweed on the beach? It was causing a great nuisance, the smell being very offensive that morning. The Town Clerk said he was talking to a gentleman, who said that he liked the town very much, but he thought the drainage must be very bad. This, no doubt, arose from the offensive smell of the sea- weed. Mr John Roberts said they could smell it right up at his door. The Surveyor intimated that he had been down to the beach that morning, aDd to the place where the seaweed usually was washed in, but there was not much there at present. THE DRAINAGE OF THE BARRACKS. Mr C. M. Williams asked the Town Clerk whether he halj received any reply from the Local Government Board with regard to the disgraceful state of the barracks ? The Town Clerk read a communication, in which it was promised that provision should be made in the army estimate for 1884-5 to carry out the necessary drainage. He suggested that the work should be done now by the Council on the understanding that the cost be refunded by the War office. Mr C. M. Williams thought the Town Clerk should be authorised to communicate with the War office to that effect. At present the drainage was injurious to the health of the people living at the barracks and those around, and if the property belonged to a private individual it would not be allowed to exist. The Town Clerk said they might authorise him to say that this Couacil would be prepared to do the work as economically as possible provided the War office authorities would undertake to refund the cost. Mr Richard James I beg to propose that. Mr C. M. Williams secouded the proposal, which was agreed to. THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE. Mr D. C. Roberts said that be had received a letter from Mr Hugh Roberts, the lessee of the slaughterhouse, stating that a great many butchers received their meat direct from Birkenhead, and that he should not be able to go on at the present rental. He submitted a statement showing that the whole of his takings only amounted to .£17 16s lid for ten weeks, and during, the same period the rent and rates came toEl9 2s Id. The Chairman said the matter had been fully discussed at a previous meeting of the Council, when it was decided that as Mr Roberts had taken the premises on a lease they had nothing to do with it. Mr D. C. Roberts said he quite agreed with the decision then arrived at, but as the letter had been addressed to him, as convener of the slaughterhouse committee, he thought itahis duty to read it to the Council. Mr Richard James proposed, and Mr John Roberts seconded, that the letter be referred to the slaughter-house committee. Carried. Mr C. M. Williams said that it would be well if the committee would also consider the state of the meat market, and see what could be done to put that place in a better condition. Mr Thomas Griffiths said they could not inter- fere with Birkenhead, but could they not interfere with the slaughter houses in the neighbourhood, and prevent butchers committing a nuisance? The Town Clerk said that he bad communicated with the Rural Sanitary Authority on the subject, but had received no reply. He would write again. Mr John Roberts said it was a very hard case that this man should be called upon to pay rates and taxes when his takings werlnot sufficient to do so. Mr C. M. Williams asked who Mr Roberts' sure- ties were ? The Council had been very loose in this matter, and*in this case it would be well to see that the security was right. The Borough Accountant: Mr John Jenkins, Chalybeate-terrace, is one. Mr Griffith Jones: A proper agreement was drawn up, and I know there are sureties, but I don't know who they are just now. THREATENSD LAW SUIT. The Town Clerk read a letter, dated 18th Jane, from Mr T. S. Stooke, informing the Town Council that unless his account was paid this week, he should place the matter in the hands of his solicitor. He (the Tows Clerk) had received .another letter from Mr Stooke that morning, asking for a reply to the first letter. Alderman Roberts proposed that the letter be haaded over to the Borough Solicitor with instruc- tions to act. Mr C. M. Williams suggested the propriety of referring the bill of costs to the finanee committee, so that they should examine it. Mr Griffith Jones said it bad been referred to the finanee committee, but they had never met. The matter was referred to the finanee committee and Mr Jones. BORROWING POWERS. The Town Clerk read a communication from the Loeal Government Board, appointing Thursday, July 5th, for the holding of the public inquiry into the application for powers to borrow -04,000 to complete the waterworks scheme. He said there should not a day be lost in getting the attendance of the necessary witnesses to support the applica- tion. Mr John James was not at home, as convener ef the waterworks committee, aad he telegraphed to the Mayor on Monday, but had received no reply. Perhaps the council would consider what was to be done as to witnesses. They must be prepared with evidence to show what work was to be done, the cause of the estimate falling short, and that the work which will have te be done would take the amount of money required. It was decided to sit in committee at the close of the meeting. SUPPLY OF WATBS. Mr James Daniel's application for a supply of water to his house was referred to the waterworks committee. Mr C. M. Williams stated that it was probable a similar application would be made by the inhabit- ants of the village of Capel Bangor. On the suggestion of Mr C. M. Williams, the Surveyor was directed to obtain a sample of water supplied to houses in Uanbadarn-road, for analysis. THE LEASES. The motion authorising the Mayor to affix the seal of the corporation to a lease of the premises in Mary-street agreed to be let to Mr John Morris, for a term of 75 years, at an annual rent of jE7, was de- ferred, the. committee not having brought in a report upon the plans. Another application made by Messrs Williams and White for a lease of an additional piece of land 20 feet wide and 40 feet deep at the back ot their chandlery in the Smithfield-road, was, on the motion of Mr Richard James, seconded by John Roberts, referred to the public works committee. LANDMARKS TO PLTNMMOtf. Mr C. M. WiUiwoa said that h. bos bCMk re- quested by the improvement society to e surveyor to place landmarks for the use of going to Plynlimon. Mr John Roberts pointed out that lac, were required from Plynlimon mine to the s and from the summit down to Dyffryn Casteli The matter was referred to committee. THE BATHING MACHINES. Licenses for bathing machines were grantei several persons, Sergeant Evans having repor. them to be in good order.