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DISTRICT AND PARISH COUNCILS. MALPAS DISTRICT. The ordinary monthly meeting of the Malpas District Council was held on Wednesday after- noon in the Jubilee Hall. Present Mr. Sandbach (chairman), Colonel Barnston, the Rev. C. Wolley-Dod, Messrs. E. Langley, J. Jones, J. N. Joyce, W. Hough, A. Shone, T. Parsonage, J. Done, W. Penk, H. C. Parry, J. Broad, G. Chesters, W. Lievsley, R. Reeves, G. S. Morgan, E. Lewis, G. Richardson (clerk), T. T. Chubb (sanitary inspector), J. W. Parker (road surveyor), and W. Berry (water inspector). KB. BRADBUJRT'S WATER SUPPLY. Mr. Morgan stated that ne, in conjunction with Mr. Reeves, had visited Mr. Bradbury's water supply, and they considered that the best way to deal with it would be to tap the main, and supply Mr. Bradbury's slaughter- house by meter. It was proposed by Mr. Langley, and seconded by the Rev. C. Wolley- Dod, that the recommendation of the committee be adopted.—Carried. SEWAGE OUTFALL. Mr. Morgan, on behalf of the committee appointed to deal with this matter, reported that they had inspected the outfall, and they were seeking information as to the best kind of filter tank for such purpose. THE FIRE BRIGADE AND THBIB. PRACTICES. A communication was received from the Parish Council asking that the hose and stand pipes belonging to the water hydrants be kept at the fire engine house instead, as hitherto, at the Jubilee Hall; alsorothat they might be allowed to have duplicate keys of the hydrants, and be allowed to practice with the water from the hydrants in the streets. Mr. Morgan, speaking on behalf of the Fire Brigade, said that at the recent fire they had an opportunity of seeing for themselves what the new firemen were capable of. They did their work fearlessly and with much zeal and earnestness, and deserved great praise.—The request was subsequently unanimously granted. TUBERCULOMA MILK. The Sanitary Inspector reported one case of typhoid fever at Norbury, and one case of scarlet fever at Egerton Green. The necessary precautions had been taken to Stay any further outbreak. He had also received a communica- tion from Dr. Vacher. stating that a consignment of milk to Liverpool, from Tushingham, had been found to contain germs of tuberculosis. The supply to Liverpool had been stopped, and he (the inspector) proposed sending a veterinary surgeon to inspect the cattle and to report upon the case. HEAVY HAULAGE. The Surveyor reported that he had put two wagons of stones upon the Wychaugh-road, which had been broken up by the haulage of timber during this summer.—The clerk was instructed to write to Messrs. Barker and Com- pany, of Shrewsbury, who were responsible for the traffic, asking for payment of the extra cost, which amounted to X4 14s. 6d. WYCH BRIDGE: PROPOSED ARBITRATION. The following letter was read from Mr. Thos. Huxley relative to the Wych Bridge:— Malpas, 15th Sept., 1897. Dear Sir,—Having received an official communi- cation from the clerk to the Council relating to the work at the Wych bridge, and calling upon me to complete the work in accordance with the specification, I beg leave to say that I deny any liability in the matter. My clerk accompanied your surveyor, and received his instructions on the site. He stated the Council had given up the idea of building a new bridge, but had decided to repair the old one. He said he did not wish to spend any more money than he could help, as the burden on the ratepayers was already too heavy, and it was accordingly agreed (1) That the wing walls were to be faced with blue bricks, the foundation to rest on a solid basis (2) That the parapet walls, which are 14ins., should have red bricks in the interior and blue-brick facings (3) Three wing walls to be built (there was no neoesssity for a fourth) (4) the mortar to be cement mortar or hydraulic lime; (5) The wing walls to follow the old course on elevation. On these bases my estimate was made, and on no other. Your surveyor, and I take it the Overton surveyor, were acting in the capacity of clerk of the works, and it was their duty to stop the work if found wrong. My men were supplied with ample materials, and were instructed to carry out the wishes of the surveyor. No com- plaint whatever reached me during the progress of the work, either verbally or by letter. On the other hand I hear the surveyors had expressed themselves pleased with the quality of it. I do not wish to throw the onus of the blame on to anyone else, but I feel justified in offering some explana- tion. in reply to the damaging statements which have been so freely made. I trust your Council will be able to come to an amicable decision but if not, I must ask to please address your communications to my solicitor, Mr. H. Lee, Whitchurch, who has the matter in hand. I shall be very sorry if this ex- planation leads to the resignation of your surveyor, and 1 would rather sacrifice the whole sum than that he should be the sufferer through what I believe to be his good intentions. -Yours obediently, THOMAS HUXLEY. To the Chairman of the Malpas District Council. A letter from the Surveyor was then read as follows:— September 15th, 1897. Wych Bridge.—With reference to this I have gone very carefully into the matter, and I beg leave to give a detailed report on the same. It will be remembered that the first idea was to build a new bridge, and tenders were invited for this and also, as an alternative, for repairs only. The speci- fication which I made was a very rigid one, and I found if it was carried out exactly, it would entail a greater expense than I thought the Council would go to, as the two committees appeared so desirous to do the work economically, consistent with good work. Accords gly when meeting the contractors who tendered, one of them suggested the using of red brick with blue brick facings, the wing walls to be built to the height as before. I accepted these suggestions, but I made no alterations in the wording of the original specifications. I, however, told the other contractors what had been done, and on these bases their estimates were made. I was laid up for some time during the progress of the work, and did not see it all done, but I was satisfied with it when I did see it; and I also gather from what Mr. Butler said that he was satisfied also. In his report to his Council I see be said that to his mind a very satisfactory job was being made of it, though the specification was not being adhered to. I consider that the Council have got full value at the price the work was done for. Mr. Butler, road surveyor to the Overton District Council, was subsequently called in, and on being asked what he thought of the bridge in dispute, he stated that the work generally did not agree with the specifications, as he understood them. When he called the attention of the Malpas surveyor he told him that Malpas district was doing the work. He considered the work, however, was too good to pull down.—It was eventually resolved to ask the Overton District Council to agree to arbitration, and if they were agreeable, that the chairmen of the Overton and Malpas District Councils should appoint an independent person to value the work. Carried.—The surveyor was afterwards called in, and received from the chairman a severe reprimand for exceeding his duty in giving verbal alterations of the specifications at the commencement of the work. HOPE PARISH. A meeting of this body was held at Peny- ffordd Board School, on Tuesday, Mr. E. O. Probert presiding. UNSAFE FOOTBRIDGE AT CEFN-Y-BEDD. A letter was read from Mr. E. S. Clark, pro- prietor of the Llay Hall Colliery, respecting the footbridge at Cefn-y-bedd, in which he stated that it was put up in 1874 by the then Llay Hall Company, to accommodate the workpeople going to and from New Inn to the Paper Mill, at the request of the Messrs. Rawlins, who then worked the mill. He further said I have no property in the bridge, but have from time to time-I should say at least four times— renewed the bulk of the timbers in the bridge, on their being taken away by the people of the neighbourhood, I presume, for firewood. I am determined to do no more, and have put notices up at either end, warning the public that it is not safe. The path is a private one to the mill, and the public have only passed over it on suffer- ance. Under these circumstances, I am unable to meet the wishes of the Hope Parish Parish Council."—Mr. Bellis proposed that the matter be left in abeyance until further inquiry, which was agreed to. SCARCITY OF WATER AT THE CYMMAU. A letter was read from Mr. H. H. Hughes, Ty- Cerrig, about the disused well at the Cymmau in Jonathan Davies's field, in which be said: "If I was to go to the expense of re-opening it, the only one of our tenants that would avail himself of it would be the one on the Bryn Griffith. If the Parish Council could see their way to lay a pipe from the Pystill down through our field, and put a public tap just at the corner in the road, that would benefit the whole neighbourhood, and the cost would be very small. A 2in. pipe would be quite sufficient. I hope they will do this and thus confer a boon on the whole of the population." —The Chairman said the suggestion was a matter for the District Council to consider.— Mr. William Lewis could not understand why the writer said it would only benefit one tenant, when he had seven.—Mr. John Williams said their object was to get water for the tenants, and there was a general complaint at the Cymmau of its scar- city.—Mr. Alf. Williams considered Mr. Hughes would only be doing what was right, by opening the well for his tenants, and he understood that he bad said he would do so. —Mr. John Williams considered it the duty of the Parish Council to press upon Mr. Hughes to open the well for the sake ef his own tenants. He moved the clerk write to him again urging this.—Mr. Alf. Williams seconded, and it was agreed te. REPORT OF THE BURIAL BOARD COMMITTEE. Mr. Bellis brought forward an application from the Burial Board clerk for an increase of salary, on the ground that he was paid on a lower scale than elsewhere, considering the duties he bad to perform. His present salary was C5 per annum.—Mr. John Williams thought they ought to know exactly what extra duties the clerk had to do now.—Mr. Bellis was sur- prised that Mr. Williams should ask such a question. There was a great deal more to do now.—Mr. Williams could not see what difference it made to the clerk whether the cemetery was full or not.—Mr. Bellis said where there used to be one grave there were now ten, and many people were now buying ground in perpetuity, and this caused more work.- Mr. Williams Has the death-rate increased ? —Mr. Bellis That is not the question.— Mr. Thos: Jones proposed that the matter be left over until they saw what the extra work was.—Mr. John Williams seconded.—Mr. Bellis moved that a little advance be given to encourage the clerk in his work.—Mr. H. G. Roberts: On what ground ?—Mr. Bellis Oh! more people are dying. (Laughter.)—Mr. H. G. Roberts inquired if at the last audit there was a balance in hand or not.-The Clerk (Mr. Fred Jones) About £ 15.—Mr. Roberts declared that the Burial Board were not entitled to so much. They should only have sufficient to carry on the work.—It ought to be handed over to the Parish Council for the benefit of the poor rate.—The Clerk: It is not me, it is Mr. Bellis. (Laughter.)—Mr. Ellis: I object to Mr. Bellis being blamed.—Mr. Bellis withdrew his amend- ment, and the matter was deferred. HR. SHELBOURNE'S GRAVE. The Clerk reported that he had received a reply from the Home Secretary touching the opening of this grave, and that the matter would receive attention in due course.— Mr. H. G. Roberts questioned the legality of the recent meeting on this question. When he was on the old Burial Board, he found that they were burying bodies without certificates. (Sensation.) As to this particular grave, of course, they must wait now until they had a formal reply from the Home Secretary. There was no reason why a man should not open a grave to see what was in it on payment of a fee, but where they allowed a grave to be opened for the purpose of altering any book entry, they opened a floodgate of probable abuse. WANT OF SPACE IN THE CEMETERY. Mr. Bellis called attention to the fact that there was only sufficient space, in the cemetery for 36 more graves under the present system of working, viz., leaving a vacant space between each grave. It was high time they faced this matter, and he appealed to the Council for their advice.—Mr. Ellis said they must either purchase more land or make new arrangements. It would be quite as well to instruct the clerk to write to all relatives owning graves, asking whether they would buy the vacant spaces in perpetuity or not. If not, the Council must utilize the spaces. He would not vote for the purchase of more land while these vacant spaces were left, for they would last at least another 25 years.—Mr. Bellis said it would be a hardship to use these vacant spaces without writing to the relatives first. Mr. H. G. Roberts pointed out that the circular ought to be very carefully drawn up. It was parish property, and the writing of the circular was merely a matter of courtesy to the relatives.— Mr. Ellis proposed, and Mr. Bellis seconded, that the clerk write to the relatives.—Carried. THE RENT OF THE CASTLE GROUNDS. Mr. T. H. Ellis asked if the Clerk had made any application to the tenant of Caergwrle Castle grounds for the rent of same.—The Clerk replied that he had had no instructions on the matter.—Mr. H. G. Roberts enquired if, as a rate collector, he had any instructions to collect a specific rate. (Laughter.) He proposed that the clerk be authorised to ask the tenant for the rent for the present and past half years.— This was seconded by Mr. Ellis and carried.

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