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BRYNMAWR. BOARD OF HEALTH-WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22. Present-H. Bailey, Esq., (in the chair), J. Jayne, Esq., Mr. D Edwards, Mr. Thomas Hope, Mr. T. Kershaw, Mr. R. Jones, Mr. W. Vaughan, and Mr.. John Evans. Previously to the minutes of the last meeting being read, Mr. Davies, postmaster, who was in attendance, said he appeared before the Board to appeal against the amount of rate charged upon him for certain cottages which he had recently purchased-it being an over-charge one of them being rated at £ 11 lis., merely to obtain a beer license, though it was only a workman's cottage. He therefore thought it a matter of justice that he should have returned, or be allowed, a portion of the rate. Mr. Jayne saul the Board of Health was based on the parish poor-rate. Mr. Bailey was of opinion thPCault lay with the over- seers of the parish, for allowing the rate of one of the cot- tages to be .-1::11 1113., for the purpose of obtaining a beer license. Mr. Davies, the clerk, said one clause of the Act allowed the Board to make a deduction in case of an over-charge but if this were now done, they would have no end to similar applications. Mr. Bailey did not deem it prudent to make an allow- ance, until the parish rate-book had first been rectified. The minutes of the last meeting were then read, one of which related to the rules of the cemetery. Mr. Edwards moved the adoption of an additional rule, for the purpose of preventing, as far as practicable, any burials on the Sabbath, without a certificate from a clergy- man or minister of one of the other denominations, statin^ that it was really necessary; because Sunday burials often promoted immorality and drunkenness. He had brought this motion forward for the public good it being in accord- ance, also, with the sentiments of all the ministers of the PlMr'. Kershaw I have been to many places, but I never saw a rule prohibiting a burial to take place on a Sunday, The minister or clergyman, however, could refuse to officiate if it be desirable. Mr. Bailey concurred in this view, and said he did not see the necessity of making any rule on the subject. Mr. Jayne If you make a rule, it must be a positive one, allowing of no exceptions. The motion was then dropped.1 Mr. Bailey wished to know if Mr. Dymond had sent any information to the Board with reference to the supply of pri- vate drainage and water pipes.. Mr. Davies, clerk, said he had received two letters from Mr. Dymond, in which he advised the Board to advertise for the same in one of the London papers, as the London firms generally contracted at a lower rate of charges than local firms. Mr. Walters, clerk of the works, said Mr. Doulton had contracted for an unlimited supply of pipes for drainage. Mr. Bailey Then he is bound to supply the Board with the quantity required therefore we have only to advertise for private water pipes, to connect with the main pipe. This was agreed to. Mr. Edwards said it was necessary to make some resolu- tion with regard to the closing of burial grounds connected with the different places of worship. Bailey thought they might leave that alone, until the cemetery was ready. Mr. John Henry then entered the room, to complain of the order made upon him to remove a staircase, going up from the street to a room belonging to him. Mr. Williams, surveyor, said he could easily take down the stairs, and connect the room with the cottage next door, which he had suggested to him. Ordered to do so. Mr. Jayne said that a numerously-signed petition had been placed in his hands by the ratepayers, to lay before the Board, praying them to take into consideration the necessity of public lights in the streets. Mr. Bailey thought the petition was not very numerously signed and he saw in it several workmen's names, which had evidently been written by other parties. But the ques- tion was, was the Board in a position to pay for maintaining the same ? as they had been called over the coals already, for having gone on rather fast. He wished the members to state their opinions on the subject. It was then unanimously agreed that the Board were not in a position to be justified in complying with the memorial; and that the price of a supply of gas for public lights, was far in advance of what was paid in other towns. Mr. Bailey requested that the accounts of Mr. Williams, the surveyor, be laid upon th%table for inspection. The Surveyor said he had not yet made up the accounts, some papers being at Crickhowell, with the clerk. Mr. Davies, the clerk, said he had sent a letter to Mr. Williams, on Tuesday, requesting him to meet him at the Board-room, at 10 o'clock, to go into the accounts. The Surveyor I never received the letter. Mr. Bailey said he could not see exactly how the accounts balanced. He wished Mr. Williams to make a debtor and creditor account for money received for pavement, &c., and to do so against the next Board meeting. Several bills were then ordered to be paid, and the meet- ing adjourned. PLAIN WORDS ON THE GASLIGHT-QUESTION' [TO THE EDITOR.] SIR.—Being a constant reader of the MERLIN, I cannot help observing the piquant and somewhat personal tone. the contest between your correspondent Omega and Mr. Ford, is assuming. I am only sorry two such well-meaning and talented gentlemen shouldtwaste their energies on each other, when the public so much need their abilities, on a nobler and a higher theme and in order to divert the attention of the combatants (whilst a hair remains of either) and the public, to the real relative question, "Light or no lights for Brynmawr V I beg leave to offer the following remarks. The population of Brynmawr is roughly estimated at 6000 souls let us suppose that these represent 1000 families. Sup- pose a charge of one penny per week was levied on each of these families for one year. This would amount to the very respectable sum of j6216 13. For this small weekly contri- bution, at least 60 or 70 lamps might be maintained through- out the year not that I think so many are required at the present time-probably 40 or 50 would be sufficient to light the town moderately well. Now, Mr. Editor, enjoying, as Newport does, the benefit of gas light, do your townsmen think the heads of those families would object or begrudge that small weekly sum, for%so great a comfort ? I think ail will agree with me, that they would not; and, were it con- venient to collect it from them, few would be found to de- mur. At both the meetings alluded to by your correspondents, it was argued, (if I may be allowed to use the expression,) by one speaker, that, because he had lived here for twenty years without public lights, therefore public lights were not wanted and that, because the rates were paid by 300 per- sons only, lights were not only not wanted, but could not be paid for! Is not this the very essence of the illogical foolishness of non-progression ? Thus, must be ignored the comforts of the remaining 5700 of the public of Brynmawr. This, Mr. Editor, is the darkness (worse than Egyptian) we have to complain of—even worse than the want of street lights. Do these 300 persons not see that the plea of poverty will not serve them, representing as they all do, the house and landed property of the place ? Do they not feel that property has its duties and responsibili- ties and that they have no right to debar their tenants and the public, from the comforts enjoyed in all othar w H- regulated towns ? Will they not believe that a little mo ney, well laid out in improving the sanitary condition o, their town, will have the effect of enhancing the value their property ? And will they forget that a large propo/ tion of the expenses of all local and general sanitary im provement, is sustained indirectly, if not directly, by the" tenants and residents of towns ? They, no doubt, do see, feel, believe, and remember all these things; and if (as I do not) I believed that the wealth, intelligence, and feelings of the public of Brynmawr were represented by either of the meetings, I should despair of the improvement of this hitherto neglected town. I do not despair, however, for I am happy to know that we have a Sanitary Board established here, composed, in the main, of gentlemen of intelligence and business capabilities, who will, no doubt, on the question of lighting, as well as on questions of equal importance, give that attention to it which the subject deserves, and cany out all the objects the legislature had in view, in establishing Boards of Health throughout the kingdom. In conclusion, I beg to add that a memorial—nuiBermisly and respectably signed—is now in progress of signature, and will be presented at the next meeting of the Board of Health, praying the Board to light the town. Apologising for occupying so much of your valuable space, I am, Sir, your obedient servant, CUIRo. Brynmawr, Feb. 11, 1854. [TO THE EDITOR.] SIR,—In conjunction with the men of Brynmawr, I have read with attention the controversy whicb is now being carried on in the MERLIN, with respect to the assumed grievance originating with the late meeting of ratepayers to consider the desirableness, &c., of lighting our streets with gas. Now, being present at the meeting in question, I must say, in justice to Mr. Ford, that he evidently was not in- clined for the chair; that he objected, when spoken of as the most fitting and competent person to fill the chair and that it was notjuntil repeatedly called upon, that he acceded to the unanimous" wish of the meeting. If the said meeting was so very unbusiness-like, Mr. Ford is not to be blamed. According to the testimony of most at the meeting, the chairman had performed his part well, in endeavouring to secure an uniform fairness and order, Mr. Ford has been a resident at Brynmawr for nearly four years, and he has always been a respectable, industrieus, and peaceable man. I cannot think he would quarrel or dis- agree with any one without a cause; nor would ho, in this instance, with Omega, but for the uncharitable attaek upon himself and fellow-townsmen. I am, Sir, your most obedient servant, A RATEPAYER. Brnymawr, 21st Feb., 1854.









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