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CARMARTHEN TOWN COUNCIL.

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CARMARTHEN TOWN COUNCIL. A special meeting of the above Council was held on Tuesday at the Council Chamber, when there were present, the Mayor (in the chair), Aldermen J. Rowlands, C. W. Jones, H. Norton, J. Morris, -John Lewis, George Thomas; Coun- cillors Howell Howells, E. A. Rogers, W. R. Edwards, D. H. Thomas, D. Parcell Rees, D. Griffiths, Vaughan George, T. Jenkins, W. L. Hughes, Talbot Norton, H. Cadle, and D. R. Morgan. The Town Clerk, Supt. Smith, the Borough Surveyor, and the Inspector of Nuisan- ces were also in attendance. VOTE OF CONDOLENCE. The Mayor said that since they met before, they had lost one of the most useful and faithful members of the council in Mr Mostyn Davies, and he thought it was their duty to acknowledge it in some way by some one proposing that a vote of condolence be sent to the bereaved relatives.- Alderman John Lewis said he had great pleasure in doing so. He was unquestionably a good man to the town, as he was always so ready to do any- thing for the benefit of Carmarthen. As to the asphalt, at one time he was laughed down, but still he had succeeded in getting it. The planting of the trees in Lammas-street and other places together with numerous other things would keep his memory ever green in t heir initids. -Alderman James Rowlands seconded the proposal, and said they ought to express their sorrow at the bereavement of the family, and the loss of a man BO useful to the town. He was a busy man, always active, and ready to carry out what he thought right. He had accomplished many things, and woald have accomplished much more if he had been spared, and he was sure they had no man who had the interests of the town more at heart.—The proposal was unanimously carried. HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. The Clerk read an application from the Carmar- then Horticultural Society for permission to hold their show in the market-plaoe on the 29th of July next.—Alderman J. Lewis said he trusted the council would not abstain from consenting to the show being held at the market, as they ought to encourage and bring anything of that kind to the borough. He moved that consent be given, and on being seconded by Mr D. P. Rees, it was unanimously carried. THE TELEPHONE WIRE AGAIN. The Clerk read a letter from Mr James Davies, Lammas-street, asking the Council to reconsider their refusal to allowing him to lay a telephone wire from the station to his premises, and saying that there was no more danger in one telephone wire than in an ordinary C, clothes' line. The reason that they were put underground in large towns was that it was more economical.—Alder- man J. Morris said lie thought the Council would be rather narrow minded to prevent anything taking place in the town that would extend and benefit it. It was a pity that they had no more men in Carmarthen who were doing the same good as Mr Davies, not for himself alone, but also for the prosperity of the town. He moved that permission be given to erect the wire that was applied for.—Mr D. R. Morgan contended that it was out of order, as no mention was made of it on the agenda. -Mr Talbot Norton said he thought that letters to the Mayor were always in order. -Alderman H. Norton said he was sur- prised that the Council wera induced to believe that the wires were dangerous. A single wire of any distance, as long as it was supported, would be of no more danger to the lives and limbs of the inhabitants than a lamp-post. He was ashamed that such a town as Carmarthen, which was sometimes described as a retrograde town, should hinder such things as asked for by Mr Davies.—Alderman C. W. Jones said it was out of order then, but when the time came he would vote for its being allowed. Alderman J. Lewis said they were led there from business to waste time over the correspondence of the Mayor and Town Clerk, and after all not do anything with it.—Alderman H. Norton Send them out to the newspapers beforehand, so that they may be seen.-The Clerk said it was clearly out of order to do anything without due notice being given.— After further discussion, it was directed to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting. HACKNEY CARRIAGES. A letter was read from Mr W. V. H. Thomas, Starling Park, asking for a licence to drive hackney carriages in the town, and also that he be allowed a stand in Guildhall square and Nott-square. It was referred to the public works committee.- Alderman W. R. Edwards suggested that a small c immittee be appointed 119 to settle a scale of charges, and consult Mr Thomas. Mr D. Griffiths said that if it was re- ferred to the public works committee, and after- wards recommended to that Council, he would not be able to get a licence before the next general meeting. — Alderman J. Lewis I say that if it is wrong to bring one thing on, it is wrong to bring any other on, and nothing definite can be arrived at to-day. The matter was then dropped. WATER COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The report of the above committee held on the 24th of June, was read as follows :Present, Messrs T. Davies (mayor), H. Howells, D. Griffiths, D. P. Rees and E. A. Rogers.Re- solved that the Old Foundry Company be charged £ 4 a year for water that the application of Mr David Davies for a supply of water to the Mansel ground be not entertained that the assessment of the county lock-up water rate be at the ordinary rate on an assessment of £ 6 a year that a new 3-inch water-pipe be laid in Jackson's Lane." Alderman John Morris said that as that would be the only opportunity he would get to speak on the water question, he would then make an application that the water be not turned off on Saturday nights, as persons had now co do on Sunday morning what could be done on Saturday night. He had been asked to do so by many. Mayor: It is out of order. Alderman C. W. Jones I suppose I shall be in order if I propose that the report be adopted.—Mr Vaughan Gel rge seconded, and it was unanimously adopted.— Alderman H. Norton asked if they had power to order it to be kept before the next meeting, and the Clerk said that if the surveyor thought proper it could be done. —Alderman J. Morris He ought to have enough sense to do so, then. RESIGNATION OF THE MEDICAL OFFICER. The Clerk read the following letter from Mr John Hughes, F.R.C.S. :—"Gentlemen, I beg to place my resignation of the office of Medical Officer of Health for the county of the borough of Carmar- then at your disposal from the 24th of September, 1890. I beg also to surrender my office of police Burgeon for the borough at the same date. The reason that induces me to surrender these offices is that I am retiring from medical practice after fifty years work. With respect to the ottice of medical officer of health, I will take care to leave to my successor all the statistics and other infor- mation necessary to enable him to make a complete and full annual report for the year ending December 31st, 1890. Perhaps you will allow me at the same time to express my sincere thanks to the council for the invariable kindness it has always shown me during my tenure of these offices. I am gentlemen, your obedient servant, JOHN HUGHES, medical officer of health and police surgeon. Carmarthen, June 18th, 1890." Alderman H. Norton said they would agree with him that they were all sorry to lose the services of their medical officer of health, but as he was well known to them, it did not require any words from him to show his good qualities. He moved that the resignation be accepted.— Alderman W. R. Edwards said it was with great regret that they received his resignation, and he was sure Carmarthen would suffer a great loss after him. That was not the opinion of the members of the Council only, but of the whole town. Dr. Hughes was unflinching in his duties, he had but one object in view, and that was to pro- tect the health of Carmarthen. He seconded that the resignation be accepted, with the addition that they received it with regret, and wished him better health in the future.-Aldel- man James Rowlands said lie had intended say- ing a little on the matter, but as the two previous gentlemen had spoken he would defer his temarks until another opportunity offered itself. —The Clerk said as to the appointment of a successor, it could not be made unlcss they advertised the salary and the day of appointment in a public paper, so that they would have to fix a day and the salary before anything further could be done. The Local Government Board would have to be com- municated with.—Alderman C. W. Jones moved that the appointment be made on the 5th August, the day of the next quarterly meeting.—Capt. John Morris Mr Hughes will not have finished his time by then.—The Clerk said that did not matter, as they could elect a successor before the present officer's time was up.Alderinan C. W. Jones said it had been stated that the salary was too high. Personally he did not care one bit what it was, and he only stated what he had heard. If the majority present thought it was excessive it should be lowered. His own opinion was that R60 was adequate for the work done.— Mr D. P. Rees said that a few years ago the late Mr Mostyn Davies made enquiries as to the salaries paid by towns like Carmarthen, and found that Carmarthen paid more than any other town, and they ought, therefore, to reduce it. There was an inspector of nuisances under him, and R60 was ample.—Alderman John Lewis said that the salary of the inspector of nuisances should be reduced in the same way.—Alderman John Morris said he did not object for one moment to the amount, but they ought to know what the duties of a medical officer were. He had tried to find them out, but as far as he could see he had nothing whatever to do. Pay him what is fair. (Murmurs by some members).— The Town Clerk here read the duties. --Alderman C. W. Jones said that after the remarks of Mr D. P. Rees he would move that the clerk be directed to make enquiries as to the salary paid at towns similar to Carmarthen.—Alderman James Row- lands proposed that the salary be the same. If the new medical officer would be able to carry out his duty the same as Mr Hughes, he would be a fortunate man. There had been a deal of talk about enquiries made in other towns. It was true that some were lower-some ridiculously low-but they must not look at the salary, but at the results of his work. He had been examin- ing weekly the health of different towns in the United Kingdom, and found that Dr. Hughes' work would compare very favourably with them all, and surpass many of them (hear, hear). He read the reports of towns in England every week, and from comparison the medical officer of Car- marthen deserved more than his salary. -Mr T, Jenkins asked if they were in order in discussing the matter that day—The Mayor said they intended fixing the salary that day, and the day of appointment was to be the 5th of August.— Mr T. Jenkins proposed, and Mr Vaughan George seconded, that a special meeting be held. on the 29th inst. to make the appointment. This was carried, and also that the salary he 280 as before, and that the vacancy be advertised in one of the local papers. VETERINARY INSPECTOR. Applications were read from Mr Charles Morgan, M.R.C.V.S., and Mr L. P. Rees, Lammas-street, for the office of veterinary inspector, vacant by the death of Mr J. M. Rees. Testimonials were also sent.—Alderman J. Row- lands proposed that Mr Rees be appointed. He had reasons for supporting him, but he had nothing to say against Mr Morgan. He knew the former's father, a St. Peter's boy, who was a member of the Town Council.—Alderman H. Norton seconded.—Alderman C. W. Jones pro- posed, and Mr D. P. Rees seconded the appoint- ment of Mr Charles Morgan. On being put to the meeting Mr Rees was elected. The salary is five guineas a year. COUNTY RATE. The Clerk said that at the last meeting he was instructed to take steps to relieve the borough from the rate made by the County Council. He explained to the last meeting that it was improper in some respect, and that the proper way to get it rescinded was by an appeal to Quarter Sessions, which he had entered. The result was long cor- respondence between him and the Chairman and Clerk of the County Council, and both of whom expressed their willingness to meet the desire of the Town Council. They had agreed that the Court of Quarter Sessions was not the proper tribunal to arrange the matter, and had decided that it be adjourned to enable them to come to some arrangement among themselves. As far as he (the speaker) could make out, the rate of 2d. in the £ was larger than was necessary, but in all probability it would be necessary to rate the borough to some extent, but no doubt a Id. rate would be enough. The question of what county payments the borough ought to pay was one of great difficulty, as the Local Government Act was a mass of inconsistencies (A member Hear, hear "). The audit of the county accounts would be made soon, and no doubt they would after- wards be able to arrive at an agreement, which would carry them on until something was decided by a court of law. He hoped it would not be necessary to persist in the litigation he had entered with respect to the borough.—Alderman C. W. Jones You said it was necessary that a rate should be levied upon the borough. Why necessary ?—The Clerk We are liable for the maintenance of the main roads.—Mr E. A. Rogers said they were called upon to pay a rate of 2d. in the 2, which was entirely a new one, and they had nothing in exchange. The turn- pike gates were taken away, and they (the borough people) were burdened with the expense. The Council should take steps to have the matter investigated, and make a proper appeal for the repair of the borough roads.-Mr Howell Howells said that the matter had been stated very clearly by the Clerk, and he had satisfactorily explained all that was necessary for them to know. They would not be much out of place to allow matters to go or. as before. Mr Thomas (the clerk) would take care that their interests were not likely to suffer, and he thought it better to leave it in his hands. The ld. rate would be more than com- pensated by some arrangement the County Council would make (hear, hear).—After further discussion, in which Mr W. R. Edwards, Mr D. H. Thomas, and Mr K A. Rogers took part, it was resolved to request an answer from the County Council respecting the question asked them on the taking over of the main roads. BILLS. A bill of JE28 11s 7id from Mr Thos. Thomas, carpenter, for repairs to a shed in the market and other extras, was ordered to be paid.

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