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TOWN COUNCIL AND BOARD OF HEALTH MEETINGS. The above adjourned meetings were held at the Council Chambers in the Town Hall, on Monday last, when the following members were present John Prothero, Esq., mayor, in the chair. Coun- cillors-Messrs. John Morris, George Cansick, John Griffiths, John Davies, Phillip Bright, Thos. Trew, John Jones, Doctor Lucas, and William De Winton, Esq. S. B. Evans, Esq., town clerk, and Mr. John Kirk, surveyor. The Town Clerk said that he had received a communication from Mr. Marryatt relating to the fire-escape, and it would be supplied in about a month from that date. Mr. Davies said that although he was not pre- sent at the last meeting, he was happy to find that they had adopted the motion, and settled to have a fire-escape, that it was one of the most essential things required in the town. Mr. Phillips then read the minutes of the last meeting, and informed the Board that he had called at Mr. Cobb's office several times, about the £ 210 from the Markets Committee, but he was continu- ally from home. The Town Clerk said that Mr. Cobb had paid the money that was paid into the Bank, and that account would appear in the Treasurer's account, therefore as he did not receive the money from Mr. Cobb, he did not give a receipt. Mr. Cobb had certain deductions also that he did not consider himself justified in giving a receipt for the whole amount without the matter had been before the Board. The deductions were made for the ex- pense of repairing the wall near the Priory, but not receiving a receipt for the one amount, did not justify the not paying of another that was due, but he was fully prepared and satisfied to give a receipt for the full amount with the permission of the Board. Mr. Davies Would it not be far better for the Board to pay Mr. Cobb any amount that was due to him and let him pay the Board what was due to them. The Town Clerk informed the Board that Mr. Cobb would be at home on Wednesday next, and he would see him on the point. Mr. Bright: In reference to the footpath in the Wattou, there were a great many of the inhabitants of the town who were in the habit of going that way for a walk, and the ashes had only been laid a portion of the way, and they would like it to be done so far as the walk extended, not only a por- tion of the way, so long as they had to do it at their own expense. When the matter was brought before the Board, it was understood that it was to to be done by subscription, and not at the public ex- peiise more than that the mayor offered the loan of a boat, that was not taken, and a large amount of the expense incurred was paid for haulage. He would therefore ask the surveyor to provide the Board at present, or at the next meeting, with the particulars of the outlay. He would also ask the town clerk if there was an order made for Mr. Kirk to get the work done at the expense of the ratepayers, and was there an entry on the minute book to that effect 1 The Town Clerk There was no order made for the work to be done at the expense of the Board. When Mr. Bass introduced the matter to the Board, he said that many gentlemen had been with him and offered to subscribe towards the re- pairing of the path, if the Board would not do it the Board did not consider it their duty to repair it, that the footpath had been made by the deposi- ting of the scrapings off the road, and belonged more to the County Roads Board than the Corpo- ration. It was understood at the time that Mr. Bass would collect the amount of the outlay, but that the surveyor should superintend the work, and if the corporation did spend anything on it, it was to be a very small amount. The Surveyor He understood it to be an order of the Board. He could not supply them then with the particulars of the expenditure, but would do so by the next meeting. The following report was then read from Mr. Superintendent Lee, concerning the Fire Engine and Fire Escape. Q Police Station, 18th June, 1866. To the Mayor, Aldermen, and Councillors of the Borough of Brecon. GENTLEMEN-,—In compliance with the instruc- tions given to me at your last meeting, I beg to report that I consider the employment of eight persons a sufficient number, in addition to the po- lice force, to constitute the proposed Fire Brigade of the Borough. After the formation of the brigade, every mem- ber should, without delay, make himself perfectly acquainted with the fire-engine and escape, for which purpose they should at first assemble at short intervals, and after becoming familiar with their duties, they should meet together for practice once a quarter. Each of the eight members should be supplied with a helmet and a Guernsey jacket—the helmets cost 12s. 6d. and the Guernseys 7s. each. The usual allowance (exclusive of pay when called out) to each member is X-2 per annum. For services rendered on the occasion of a fire, the or- dinary pay is 5s. per man in the town, and 10s. in the country. The Fire Insurance Offices generally bear all expenses by a fire brigade incidental to a fire. I have selected seven persons whom I believe most eligible for the appointment, and who reside within a very short distance of the police station, viz :—Mr. John James, painter and plumber; Mr. Albert Watkins, painter and plumber Mr Wat- kin George, tiler and plasterer Mr. David Parry, house carpenter; Mr. Henry F. Bennett, painter and gilder Mr. John Price, smith Mr. Francis Llewelyn, tailor. The eighth person I have not selected. I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your obedient servant, HENRY LEE, Superintendent of police. Mr. Cansick He thought there should be a captain appointed to take charge of the engine and fire-escape, and to manage the whole affair. Mr. Davies said that there were many large places where there was no fire-escape, and he was happy to think the town of Brecon was getting one. There were two lives lost the other day in a large town like Hull, for want of a fire-escape, and he begged, to move that the report should be adop- ted, that the public money could not be expended for a better cause. Mr. Griffiths seconded the proposition.—Agreed to. Mr. Cansick: He would suggest the propriety of applying to the various Insurance Companies, through their agents, to ask them to contribute something towards supporting the movement, he believed they would if applied to in proper course. The Town Clerk read a communication from Mr. Bates, the manager of the Castle Hotel, asking the Board to do some repairs on the south approach to the Hotel, which was in very bad repair. Mr. Morris Was not the Castle Hotel the pro- perty of Lord Tredegar, who used to receive the tolls from parties taking pigs there for sale. Mr. Cansick The Castle Company was laying- out a great deal of money in improving the neigh- bourhood, and he would move that the work should be done in a substantial manner. Mr. Jones said that there were a great number of aged people in the neighbourhood, who were going to places of worship, and he was in the habit of going that way about four times every Sunday, and the large stones there were very bad. The Board was spending money continually in improving other parts of the town, and he considered it nothing but right that some improvemt should be made in that locality, therefore he begged to second the lz!1 motion. Mr. Morris asked the Board if the county had not to do with it for 100 yards from the bridge. After some further conversation it was mmni- mously-agreed that the amount of the cost should be ascertained by the next meeting. The Mayor informed the Board that Mr. Cle- ment applied to them to remove a closet belonging to the police station. D Mr. Cansick: He thought the Board ought to meet Mr. Clement in the best way they could, that in widening the street he was very much im- proving the place. The Surveyor, in reply to the Board, flair! that it could be very easily removed, but that it was not any nuisance. Mr. Morris As a Board of Health they ought to remove anything in the shape of a nuisance or inconvenience to any person. Mr. Clement, (who was called in) in reply to the Board He would remove the closet further down at his own expense, provided he should have the bit of ground it stood upon, so that the property may be in a line. The Surveyor, in reply to the Board The re- moving of the closet and the erecting of another, would cost more than the bit of ground was worth. It was unanimously agreed that Mr. Clement's request be granted. Mr. Bright: Being upon the subject of the Police Station, he considered it full time they should come to some settlement with the Neath and Brecon Railway Company for that portion of the garden which they had appropriated to their own use. The sum of £ 84 had been paid into Messrs. Wilkins and Go's Bank, the amount stated by their own valuer, but far below the amount named by the surveyor to the Board. He had been informed that Mr. Dixon was prepared to pay more for it than they had paid in the bank, therefore it was high time the Board should move in the matter. There was no fear of any law expenses arising out of the matter, therefore the sooner the better it was settled. The Town Clerk They could not take any steps in the matter until he got a written valuation from the surveyor who had made the valuation for the Board. The Surveyor was accordingly requested to sup- ply the Town Clerk with the written valuation to take steps in the matter at once. Mr. Morris The Finance Committee met for the purpose of examining Mr. Farmer's accounts, and found that the amounts to be collected were as follows :—Water rate, S306 8s. lOd. arrears. X3 10s. 5d. amount to be collected of general district rate, X,920 12s. Id.; amount paid in bank, X757 13s. lid. Farmer in hand on account of collecting, £8 13s. 4d. vacancies, £28 16s. 5d.; arrears, £ 25 8s. 5d. and Farmer had retained the sum of £ 8 13s. 4d. for collecting arrears, and he himself allowing them to become arrears the committee therefore considered that Farmer should be applied to to pay the same forthwith. On going over the arrears, they found the names of many respectable people, that if applied to once, he was sure the money would have been paid imme- diately, he would mention no names, but he would mention the corporation themselves, for £2 odd, they had never been applied to.—Report adopted. Mr. Bright moved that the surveyor should in- struct the men who swept the streets, that it would be their duty to sweep the Captains' Walks when reqnirecl.- Uwmimously agreed to. Mr. Davies He was not aware that Mr. Bright was going to bring that matter forward, but he really was glad, and he wished to say that he was very much pleased with the trees planted on the Captains' Walks by the mayor, they were growing well, and the very substantial railing which was put to protect them did credit, and, as one member of the Board, he begged to thank him. The Mayor The lower portion of the Hall had almost become valueless, and he thought, if the Board come to some arrangement with Mr. Cobb, by putting windows around, and a little further outlay, it would make a first-class corn-exchange, that instead of hunting for a person all day long from one public-house to another, he could be found at his stall at once he hoped the matter would be well considered by the next meetine. Mr. Cansick Mr. Handiey and Mr. Webb were the only two buyers at present, and were obliged to go to Hereford to buy a great deal of grain. at present. S Mr. Trew: Men from Crickhowell, Llandovery, and many other places came here to buy continu- ally, but they did not know where to look for any- body. Mr. Davies: From Mr. Cansick's observation, he considered that if they had a corn-exchange Mr. Webb nor Mr. Handiey would want to go to Here- ford or elsewhere to buy their grain. The Mayor: There were a great many people who would occupy a stall for about £2 a-year in preference to going from one public-house to another; for instance, there were a great many agents at present selling artificial manures, who, no doubt would occupy stalls, provided matters could be arranged with Mr. Cobb it was only a notice for consideration at the next meeting. Mr. Bright: On the minute book of the Inspec- tor of nuisances, there was a report calling atten- tion to the stagnant water in Silver-street and Back-street, also stating that the gutters should be swept every other day. Doctor Lucas They had settled to have a fire- escape at Brecon, which had never scarcely been wanted in Brecon, and no one could be opposed to it, but he could assure the Board that there were a great many more lives lost through not having better drainage. He had been informed by the surveyor that one portion of Llanfaes had been done at a cost of £:300, and it had been settled by the Board, some three years ago that X800 were to be expended for draining Llanfaes, and was not Silver-street and Back-street included? (The Surveyor: Yes.) Then it would not cost much to drain the dead water into the main sewer. He had gone that way very frequently, and always saw the water laving stagnant in the streets. Mr. Bright: He had called the attention of the Board to the subject, it was a very important one. It was not very often that he visited the neigh- bourhood, but he should thÏJlk it must be in a bad state and most injurious to the health of those re- siding in the neighbourhood. The surveyor had proper instructions from the Board to get the streets properly swept. The neighbourhood of Baiieyglaes was in a very state, the Maddrell was stopped up there, and when the warm weather came, it would be very serious. The Surveyor: The streets in Llanfaes are swept every other day at present, but they are no sooner swept than the inhabitants throw water and fill them up again. As to the Maddrell, the Neath and Brecon Railway Company placed gratings to prevent rubbish getting into the culverts, and also stopped the water for them to get it to make mor- tar, but they left an overflow. He did not think the Board would object tc their having the water for that purpose. On the motion of Mr. Davies, seconded by Mr. Morris, it was unanimously agreed that Back-street andJSilver-street should be swept every other day. Mr. Davies: He felt pleased with Doctor Lucas's suggestions respecting the drainage of the town, and he would support any measure brought for- ward by Dr. Lucas he did not see why the streets in question could not be drained and form part of the general system of drainage. The Surveyor Both Back-street and Silver- street were to form a part of the general drainage in Llanfaes. Mr. Trew moved, and Doctor Lucas seconded, that the surveyor be instructed to report at the next meeting what the draining of those streets would cost. The Town Clerk read a communication from a club at Llanfihangel, stating that the members would like to invest £ 600 or £ 1000 on the Brecon New Water Works, after which he called the at- tention of the Board to the compensation reservoir to be made for the Cilwhilbert mill. Mr. Davies said that it was as he always thought, that there would be something to come, why the matter should be rose then he could not see, as it was understood by the Board that the reservoir was to be done simultaneous with the other work, and that Mr. Davies, the engineer, was to supply the Board with plans and specifications. Mr. Bright moved that the surveyor should sup- ply the Board at the next meeting with the neces- sary plans and specifications.—Carried. The Town Clerk informed the Board that the interest on S800 was due to Miss Lloyd, Aberllech. Mr. Bright moved, and Mr. Trew seconded, that the town clerk be instructed to pay it, and also that the Board should pay £ 100 a-year to pay off the amount.—Agreed to. The meeting was then adjourned until that day fortnight.




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