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ABERSYCHAN LOCAL BOARD.

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ABERSYCHAN LOCAL BOARD. The usual monthly meeting of this authority was held in the Board-room on Tuesday, R. Green- way, Esq., presiding. The other members present were Messrs. H. Lewis, J. Daniel, D. Davies, H. Brain, G. Griffiths, W. L. Pratt, W. Lewis, Geo. Oliver, and C. Herbert. The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the Surveyor presented his report, as follows Gentlemen,—I beg to report upon the undermen- tioned subjects :— Drainage (Waterloo Road).—Having received pro- mises of subscriptions equal in amount to half the cost of the above work, I immediately proceeded with the same, which will be completed in a few days. River Wall (near Gas Works).-In pursuance of the orders of the Board, I have calculated the cost of build- ing a wall on the side of the river at the rear of the Gas Works, and find it to be about £ 45. Pisgalt Road (Tall-ivaiii).-I have been requested to call the attention of the Board to the necessity of erect- ing a fence on the side of the road between Pisgah Chapel and the Rock and Fountain Bridge. During the last five weeks three accidents have occurred to per- sons and animals which have fallen over the side and sustained severe injuries therefrom. New Bitildiitys. -Plans are before the Board to-day for approval, of alterations and additions to cottages at Abersychan for Mr Wm. Lewis, and a cowhouse at Golynos for Mr John Evans, and amended plans of villas, at Wainfelin, for Messrs Thomas and Davies. Repair of R(ads.-The repairs to the roads at Taly- wain and Wainfelin, ordered by the last Board, ha.ve been completed, and we are now effecting some repairs to the road between Wainfelin and the Tranch. Pcntrepiod Road.-I have received a letter from Mr T. D. Roberts, the engineer af the Mon. Railway and Canal Company, stating that the Board of Directors have accepted the proposals of this Board with refer- ence to the above matter. Nuisances.-On the 2nd inst., I seized a quantity of unsound fish which was exposed for sale in the streets, and procured an order from the magistrates for its de- struction. I am, &c., ENOCH COOK. THE RIVER WALL. Mr Daniel said he should certainly oppose any such sum as 445 being spent at present in erecting a wall near the river. He thought the subject ought to be deferred until the next rate was laid. The Chairman pointed out that at present the place was in a very dangerous state, and something ought to be done. Mr W. Lewis said he suggested some time ago that a temporary fence should be put up. The Surveyor said that a heavy storm would dis- place temporary rails. Mr Daniel remarked that they must not get into debt, although he admitted that the place was un- safe. Mr H. Lewis thought it would not be wisdom to put up a temporary fence. That in itself would cost several pounds. Mr Daniel was determined to oppose the Board going into debt. If they deferred the matter until October, there would be plenty of opportunities of doing the work. The Chairman remarked that it would cost the Board a great deal more money at some future time than it would now. Mr Daniel could not see that it would. He pro- posed that the subject be deferred until the next rate was made. Mr W. Lewis seconded, and the motion was carried. PISGAH ROAD. A committee appointed by the Chairman, con- sisting of Messrs Herbert, Davies, and H. Lewis, was delegated to view this road and decide upon the necessity of putting a fence in the place indi- cated, and to direct that it be erected if found to be necessary. Mr Daniel was at first proposed on the commit- tee, but he declined to act on the ground that they ought first to enquire whose right it was to be at the expense of the fence. If it was the owner's, they were laying a precedent it would be unwise to follow, for the Board would have to maintain the fence in the future if they put it up. THE BOARD AND THE RAILWAY COMPANY. In reference to a complaint which had been forwarded to the Monmouthshire Railway & Canal Company respecting the bridge near the gas works at Abersychan, a letter was received from Mr Har- rison, C.E., stating that the Company would pay every attention to the matter. THE GAS COMPANIES. The following letter was read with regard to a communication respecting the public lamps for- warded by the Board to the Pontypool Gas & Water Company:- Pontypool Gas avi Water Company, PonVrpool, 13th August, 1879. Dcai'-Sir,-In reply to *bUr letter of the 5th inst., asking this Company Ii to be good enough to adjust their charges for gas supplied to the public lamps, so as to make them uniform with those made by the Aber- sychan Gas Company," I am instructed by my directors to say they will be pleased to meet the wishes of your Board in this matter, and they will accept the same amount per lamp which you pay to the Abersychan Gas Company, in which case our meter will not be taken into the account at all, but we will accept the average of the Abersychan meters, an account of which your clerk must be instructed to furnish us with quarterly, so that we may be enabled to make out our bill in ac- cordance with it. Yours truly, ANDREW HAIR, Secretary and Manager. Mr J. H. Wainwright, Clerk to the Abersycban Local Board. Several members expressed their satisfaction at the course taken by the Pontypool Gas Company. Mr Daniel asked whether the burners were of the same size. The Chairman said they would take the average. The Surveyor, replying to the Chairman, said the burners used by the Pontypool Company were less than those of Abersychan. It was resolved to accept the arrangement. A COMPLAINT. A letter was read from Mr Williams, of New- port, complaining that the Surveyor had allowed a pipe to discharge its contents upon his property. The Surveyor replied that he had written to Mr Williams, telling him that his property had sus- tained no damage, and should not. The Chairman said he supposed there had been some cause of complaint, and the matter dropped. A HEAVY CLAIM. A letter was read from a firm of solicitors in Newport, on behalf of the Usk-side Company, de- manding payment of a sum of .£637 12s 6d by Saturday next, or further proceedings would be taken without notice. The claim had reference to the new iron bridge on the New Road. This com- munication was supplemented by another, in which it was stated that the Chairman's assurance of payment would be regarded as sufficient to stay proceedings. The Chairman stated that he had not thought fit to give such an assurance. (Laughter.) It was resolved to write to the Company saying that the money was in hand, and would be paid immediately the work was completed. The Surveyor said it would only take two days to complete it. MEDICAL OFFICER'S: REPORT. Dr Mulligan reported that the death-rate for the quarter was 11.6 per thousand per annum. The births had exceeded the deaths by 37. No deaths had occurred from zymotic diseases, and he had pleasure in reporting the convalescence of the typhoid case, to which he referred last month, without spreading the disease He had to report one case of fever, and proper Vfecautigng had fee^n taken for patiedL Snd lfto harm Had* resulted.. PLANS. Plans were received from Mr W. Lewis for the erection of a few cottages. Mr Lewis offered to o-ive a piece of land to the Board, and so widen the street, if they would continue the kerbing a little further. This was unanimously agreed to, and the meet- ing broke up.

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