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THE LATE MEETING OF THE CARDIFF STREET; COMMISSIONERS. < EACH successive meeting of the Cardiff Street Corripiis- sioners tl at we have attended has discovered to us, more and more, of the imperative necessity that there exists for the constitution of some other board, to take under its managei; cut the' affairs of the town. To our minds the Street C. tnmissiohers, for the; most part, appeal to he care- less of tLéir trust, or hicohiiJeien' -to t'lie di$L' lat. je of, its. duties; a nc'' as it is'lio oi-ious that do tet lhigS hnd wishes, of the inhabitant-. ^uT the to\ w u ii- ceive it to be their (hity'to resign thdr pow t is into thy; hands 01 ot)iers, Or}llOr'('omHetellt(and: wild 1. of, may to a greater degree possess the confiden t ot iluir fellow-citizens. In default of the Street Commissioners uof thus pop* larising their body, and making- themselves useful thau they have ever yet been, we woidc3_ urgeJour good tovk nsfolk at once to petition for the extension of the Health of Town> Bill to our borough. We dislike many of thu provisions' of the bill, but really -^ny-thittgrjwltt than our present system, we never near oi any improve- ment being effected. We have reports of meetings, it is true but of what good are meetings if nothing is done at them ? Our readers will remember having recently seen, in our columns, a report of one of these meetings, at which, after a very noisy and most irregular discussion, a committee was appointed to investigate the merits of the various plans sent in for draining the town. In the committee, it now appears, that a serious difference has arisen. It is this—that one party was desirous of sending the whole of the plans, with- out. any accompanying statement, to the Secretary and Sur- veyor of the Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, for their de- cision whereas, the other wished the plans to be submitted to some practical engineer, who should visit the town, and see for himself which of the plans was best adapted to the locality or if they were sent to London, in that case, the plans should be accompanied by a statement, written by the clerk, detailing the peculiar circumstances of the town, and giving such information as would be essential to guide the judgment of those to whom the plans should be submitted. Messrs. C. C. Williams and Coffin were for the former pro- position, and Messrs. Vachell, Reece, and Watkins for the latter. Without any notice of the course they intended to pursue, and without even a meeting of the committee, for the purpose of coming to some definite conclusion, the mino- rity in the committee, calculating upon a majority amongst the whole of the Commissioners, proposed their scheme for the adoption of that body, at their last meeting. This was a most unheard-of course, and insulting alike to the majority of the committee, and those that had appointed them. If the committee could not agree, they should have so reported, and thus concluded their labour; then it would be for the Commissioners to take the question into their own hands. But until, their report had been. brought in, the Commis- sioners ought not to have been asked to interfere. They were asked, however, and that too by the minority in the committee, the very last persons that should have done so. The answer returned was most fitting, and we rejoice at it, although it resulted in the somewhat pettish withdrawal of the Chairman and Mr. Coffin. As to the merits of the case itself, we have a very strong opinion. We doubt much the propriety of submitting the plans to any London engineer, much more so to one who has never seen the town; and as to submitting them to anybody at all without a statement of facts toguidehim in ascertaining whether the data upon which the plans, are based are true, would be perfectly absurd. But we protest altogether against submitting them to the decision of the Secretary and Sur- veyor of the Metropolitan Sewerage Commission, for the reason that one of those parties is referred to in the report of one of the competitors as being favourable to the scheme of drainage proposed by him. We regret that the difference to which we have now ad- verted should have led Mr. Coffin to resign his connexion with the committee. A gentleman so well acquainted with business, and the economics of public works, could not but render valuable assistance to their important deliberations but since he persists in his resignation, the Commissioners have only now to supply his place. As to the retirement of the Chairman from the committee, and from the active management of affairs, that is unimportant, inasmuch as his place can be much more easily supplied.