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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.

MERTHYR LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH.

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The usual bi-monthly meeting was held on Wednesday, when there were presentMessrs. W. Harris, (chairman), E. Purchase, J. Jones, T. Williams, W. Gould, W. L. Daniel, J. W. James, T. Jenkins, and R. Thomas. The minutes of the last ordinary meeting as well as those of the special meeting were read and confirmed. THE NEW BOOK-KEEPER. Mr R. Thomas asked if the agreement with Mr Havard, ha new book per, had been signed The Deputy-Clerk said it had not. Mr R. Thomas said he should at their first meeting in July move that the resolution passed at their special meeting, appointing Mr Havard as book-keeper at E200 per year be rescinded. He based his objection to the appointment upon various points which he should make known at the proper time. Mr Jones said that was so long, could he not bring it for- ward at the next meeting of the Board. Mr Thomas said he could not, for he should not be able to attend the next meeting. Mr Purchase remarked that the appointment was made according to the advertisement. Mr Thomas But the advertisement did not say J200 per year. Mr Williams It stated not less than £150. Mr Thomas objected to selecting a man for £200, whilst several men quite as competent offered to do it for £150. He was in a position to show that Mr Havard had been canvassed respecting the situation. He had nothing to say against Mr Havard personally, but what he objected to was the unfair way in which the whole affair was transacted. He intended moving at the next meeting but one, that the resolution passed at the special meeting of the Board ap- pointing Mr Havard, as book-keeper, at a salary of £200 per year be rescinded. Mr James remarked that Mr Havard had already coni. menced his duties. Mr Thomas That has nothing to do with my resolution. Mr James did not think they could do anything in the matter now. Mr Gould observed that Mr Thomas had simply given notice of a motion, and they would have an opportunity of discussing it again. Mr Thomas again stated that he based his objection to the appointment, partly upon the fact that the election was not conducted in a fair and legal manner. MR PURCHASE. The above gentleman signed the usual declarations as to his qualification as ratepayer to sit upon the Board. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The following report was then read To the Merthyr Tydfil Local Board of Healtlt. Gentlemen,—Having, as directed by you, again conferred with Mr Thomas, Superintendent of the County Constabulary, in Merthyr. with respect to arrangements for extinguishing fires, I beg to submit the following recommendations, viz I.-That. by permission of the owners of the Merthyr Market House, a suitable alarm bell be placed in the turret of the said Market House. 2.—That a volunteer auxiliary force be established, consisting twelve able, steady men, of the class of masons, carpenters, and slaters, to act under the direction of the Superintendent of Police. 3. -That half-a-day in each month be set apart for practising the use of the hose and tire escape by the police and volunteers. 4 -That each member of the fire brigade be provided with a round jacket. 5.—That each member of the brigade be allowed a reasonable sum, to be agreed upon for attending at a fire, and also for the time employed in practising. In the event of the change of contractors for scavenging the Merthyr District, it will be necessary to appoint a person to value the plant to be transferred from the old to the new contractor. I beg to report that during the present season it will be neces- sary to paint the external wood and iron-work of the buildings, &c., of the Water Works at Penybryn, Pentwyn, and top of Dowlais. I beg to report that during the present season it will also be necessary to extend the dry breast walling for a. distance of about 120 yards on the western side of the Pentwyn Reservoir. I beg to report that the large regulating valve in the Penydarran fields has got out of proper working order, and that it may be necessary to obtain the assistance of a man in the employ of the makers of the valve to put it right. 1 am, gentlemen, your obedient servant, SAMUEL H.UU'UK, Surveyor. Merthyr Tydfil, 1st June, 1870, FIRE BRIGADE. Mr Williams asked if a more powerful bell was needed than the one used at the British Schools. Mr Jenkins thought so. The Surveyor said there was, and one of a different sound. Mr Purchase suggested the church bell. Mr Thomas also thought that the church bell would do very well. The Chairman said that it would take such a time to get into the church to ring the bell. He thought that a bell near the police station would be the best. Mr Thomas thought that a key to open the water plugs should be left at the police station. The Surveyor said there was one there, and had been for years. Mr Thomas said it was very desirable that the water- plugs should be opened once a week, for they soon got very rusty, and it was only with great difficulty that they were opened. The Surveyor said this was regularly done. Mr Thomas said that for his part he was perfectly willing for them to put an alarm bell in the turret of the Market House, though of course they would have to get the consent of his co-proprietors. As they were going to repair the Market House it could be very easily done. Mr Gould remarked that they ought to take into consi- deration the expenses attendant upon getting a staff of men as was proposed by the Surveyor. The Chairman said they could go into details again. It was for them to say whether they would adopt the recom- mendations of the Surveyor. Mr James agreed with Mr Gould that they ought to take into consideration the probable expense first. Mr Purchase moved that Mr Harpur give them a detailed report of the probable cost of what he proposes in his re- port. The Surveyor said he thought it would be about £36 per year. Mr Thomas thought it would be more satisfactory for the Surveyor to report upon the matter, and therefore he begged to second the proposition of Mr Purchase. Mr Gould asked if there was any difficulty experienced at the last fire in getting volunteers to put the fire out. The Surveyor said there was not, though the police per- formed duties that should never devolve npon them. They should only keep the crowd away, but at present they had to work the hose, &c. Mr Gould said that vas an argument in favour of adopt- ing the Surveyor's suggestion of getting some good men trained for the purpose. The Chairman said he had noticed at several fires the want of discipline. The police were obliged, as had been stated, at present to put the fire out, whilst they should be employed in keeping the crowd back. He thought it would be a move in the right direction to appoint a brigade com- posed of masons, carpenters, &c., as was recommended, for these men were accustomed to going up ladders and policemen were not. /;) /;) Mr Jones should like to see the suggestions of the Sur- veyor carried out, but the expense he saw would be very great. He thought the Insurance Companies should be bmule contribute towards the expense of a fire Mr Purchase said that the companies had been applied to several times before, but they had declined to give any- thing. The reason they refused was that not one of them had such a number of insurances in the town that would pay them to contribute anything. Mr Thomas agreed with Mr Jones that the Insurance Companies ought to contribute towards the expense of the fire brigade, and he thought the agents in the town ought to be asked to apply to them. The Chairman thought it would be very desirable also if they agreed to form a fire briaade that the men should live as near to the Market-house as possible. Mr James could see no advantage in this, for supposing the fire broke out in Dowlais ? re & The Chairman said in that case the men would be to- gether. It was then agreed to let the matter stand over until the next meeting, the Surveyor to report at that meeting the probable cost of carrying out the whole of his recommen- dations. ARBITRATOR. The Surveyor said that in case the scavenging contract were given to a new man, they would have to get a person to act as arbitrator, to value the plant transferred to him for the carrying out of his contract. Mr Thomas proposed and Mr Daniel seconded that Mr Jonathan Reynolds, Mill-street, be appointed. Agreed to. THE PAINTING WORK AT PENBRYN. ° Mr Daniel asked how often was the wood and iron work at Penbryn painted ? The Surveyor About once in three years. Mr Jenkins asked what would be the cost of doing the work ? ° The Surveyor said they would advertise for tenders for doing it. It was then agreed to advertise in the TELEGRAPH and Express. THE WALL AT PENTWYN RESERVOIR. Several members stated that they had observed that it was necessary to extend the wall, as was recommended by the Surveyor, Mr James asked how the work would be given out—was it by contract ? The Surveyor stated that it might be called a contract itt one sense, for the work was done at so much per yard. It was agreed that the work should be carried out. THE WATER REGULATING VALVE. The Board agreed that if it was necessary the Surveyor should engage a man, as he recommended in his report to put it all right. A NOVEL WAY OF ECONOMIZING IN THE PARISH. Mr James observed that one or two poor people had ap. plied to the Guardians last week for relief. They stated that they had been employed breaking stones for the Board of Health, but that all the persons so employed bad been stopped. He wished to know if this was true? The Surveyor said it was. They were all discharged bv order of the Chairman, who did so with a view of keeping down the expenses. 8 Mr Williams should certainly like to see the expenses reduced in some other way, for by discharging tl^s^ea they all became paupers. 6 5 ulea Afr James asked about bow much was the total amount paid to these Ynen ? The Surveyor About £3 per week. now*? aske(i if there were any men breaking stones m!LS*U17ejor repHed that there was not one. Thev had months. 83 en at Present to last them for some Mr James remarked that the men generally emnlovpd in stone broking were the weak and infirm men, and there ore he thought that they ought to be kept on now in the- summer instead of putting them on again in the winter h» „ i Afew fufther,r.<?ma!:ks Mf James gave notice that th B drmg sub]ect forward at the next meeting of NEWFOUNDLAND TIP. A letter was read from Superintendent Thomas callxaip attention to the Board to the tipping of night soil on the above tip, by the contractor of the Board. The Chairman said that, must be stopped. The Surveyor said it had, for they were now tipping on the ground they had rented from Mr R. E. Davies hub before they had that ground they had no other place to tip it. Mr Thomas thought it was very proper the Sunerintpn dent should bring it before the Board. &upennten~ TROEDYRHIW. The following was read To the Chairman and Members of the Merthyr TydiU Local' Board of Health. Gentlemen,—The qusstion is often asked in this nlacp—hnn the Board no power in Troedyrhivv, or have they handed us over to the tender mercies of certain.parties who have no respect for the law, and no other principle to govern them but irreed ? to the tender mercies of certain Parties who have no respect for the law, and no other principle to govern them but irreed ? Some months ago we presented to the Board a very numeronslv signed petition, asking the Board to grant us a committee to investigate the encroachment made on the river bed. The Board very promptly complied with our request, and a committee of TOUT investigate the encroachment made on the river bed. The Board very promptly complied with our request, and a committee of your members was appoiuted to enquire into our grievance. Part of