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Gellygaer District Council. THE SQUllRE AT PONTLOTTYN. TERMS ON WHICH IT IS OFFERED TO THE COUNCIL. The ordinary meeting of the Gellygaer DiG- trict Council was held on Tuesday evening at Hengoed. There were present:—Mr. E. Rich- ards (in the chair), W B. Lloyd (vice- chairman), Rev. T. J oouos {Rector of Gelly- gaer), Dr. J. Richards. Messrs. Ed. Lewis, U. S. Jones, D. Hopkins, T M. Jones, L. P. Ed- wards, J. Evans, G. Evans, J. Jones, Jos. Mor- gan, W. Hammond, B. Hughes, Recs Davies, with the Clerk (Mr. F. T. James), tho Medical .Officer of Health (Dr. W. W. Jones), the Deputy Clerk, Assistant Surveyor, and other officials. The Surveyor was absent through indisposition. There was a long agenda, upon which close upon five hours were spent. Nos. 1 to 3, Penygarreg Cottages, Bargoed, being certified by Dr. Jones as unfit for ha.bit- ation, it was decided to apply for a closing order. The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month he had not seen any diseased food in any of the slaughter-houses or ehops, but recommended that new bye-laws should be printed, as the occupicrs of stables and slaugh- ter-houses were not keeping them as clean as was desirable. COMMITTEES' RECOMMENDATIONS. The Public Works Committee recommended: (a) To ask the Rhymney and Aber Water Co. to supply the houses in Pit-row, Fochriw, with water; (b) that the Surveyor be asked to pro- ceed with the erection of a retaining wall on the road past the landslip, between Troedrhiw- fuwch and Pontlottyn, and that notices be placed along the road warning drivers of vehicles that the road is unsafe; (c) that tho Surveyor invite tenders for down and rebuilding the two parapets and one wing wall of the Duffryn Bridge, Bargoed; (d) that tho Clerk report as to the person or persons respon- sible for the disposal of surface water which collects in the watersheds, having regard to the Surveyor's report that the houses in Parish- road, Pontlottyn, are suffering considerably in consequence of the surface water from the fields at the rear finding its way into the yards and under the floors; (e) the Surveyor was instruc- ted to report as to the repairing of tho Cardiff- road footpath, Pengam; (f) that the Surveyor ask the Trustees of the Britbdir Estate to put in order the roads north and south of Bristol- terraoe, Brithdir; (g) that the next lowest ten der to that of Mr. John Morgan bo accepted for extending the sewer at High-street, Bar- good; (h) that the Hengoed members visit Cwmyralit to report on the lighting; (i) that the Surveyor order a new lantern for the Kit?on tamp at High-street, Bedlinog; (k) that the Council agree to the erection of the electric transmission line at Pengam and Hengoed by the Powell Duffryn Colliery Company; (I) that the roadmen of the Council be allowed tneir train fares between Hengoed and Bargoed; (m) that the steam roller be employed at Pen- pedxirheo! and Glyngaer when the road at Pengam is finished; (n) that the Surveyor re- port on the Lucas lamp at Ynstradmynach (o) upon the complaint of Mr. Felix Da-vies, Bar- goed, as to the inadequacy of the sewer under his premises; (p) that the claim of Mr. T. J. Williams, Bargoed, for 25s. for damage to a window caused by the roadmen working on the road be paid; (q) that four lamps, be erected at Birchgrove, Tirphil; (r) that fhe attention of the Water Company be called to the in- sufficient supply of water at Hengoed, and that the Company b? asked why the pumping ap- paratus at Mill Farm has not been utilised for the supply required; (s) that out of 111 applica- tions for the post, of lightin inspector, the Council select one of the following four: Griffith T. David, Alber H. Davies, A. Drage, and Charles Brewer. The Public Works Committee also recom- mended that ihe Surveyor attend to the foot- path leading from the new pits to near GJyn- gaer Farm the Surveyor put native stone on the road from Brithdir to Tirphil; that the lower end of Parish-read. Pontlottyn, be put in order; that Pentwyn wall be repaired; that the surface water be dealt with at the New-road, Deri; the the surface water drain at the end of Bontnewydd-terrace, Trelewis, be extended; that the Bedlinog culvert be repaired tempor- arily; that legal proceedings be taken against Mr. William Morris for alleged contravention of the bve-laws in regard to houses in Cardiff- road, Bargoed, and to_ compel him to take down the portion complained of; also that legal proceedings be taken against the Birchgrove Building Club for allowing four of their houses to be occupied without obtaining a certificate of habitation. The following plans were approved:—Four houses at Deri for Messrs. Davies and Evans; nine houses at Ystrad Mynach for Mr. W. S. England; house and store at Bedlinog for Mrs. M. A. Davies: new school at. Gilfach for the Glamorgan Education Committee; houses at Gellygaer for Air. William Wiitia-ms; garden house at Gilfach for Mr. Wiiiam Harris. On the recommendation of the Finance Com- mittee, cheques for various sums amounting in tho aggregate to about £2,784 10s. 5d., were passed for payment. Included in this amount were the following sums:—Workmen's wages' account, £1,000; Clerk and. Medical Offioer, £100; public lighting, etc:, by New Tredegar Co., JS107 8s. Brynavon-terrace and Pontiottyn street works, £170: extension of Council Offices, £100; salaries, J3147 14s. Tirphil River Bridge, £20; stone, £170 5s. 6q.; stone, £89 }_8s.; gravel, £33 12s. 4d.; stone hauling, £79; Rhymney and Aber Cas and Water Company, £244 35.. 6d.; street lanterns, £161 19s., etc. In regard to the recommendation to take legal proceedings against two persons for re- ported contravenion of the. Council's bye-laws, a letter was read from one of them stating he had been awaiting a reply to his letter of October 18th. 1909.—The. Assistant Surveyor said a reply had been sent, but the addressee denied having received it.—Mr. Jos. Morgan said the architect referred to was quite in ignorance of the fact that he was contravening the bye-laws.—The Clerk said he could not un- derstand a man calling himself an architect not taking the trouble to apply for a copy of the bye-laws, and the breach was a most glaring onc.On the motion of Mr. Ed. Lewis, second- ed by the Rector, it was decided to suspend taking proceedings until the two parties had appeared before the Public Works Committee at their next meeting. Mr. Hammond drew attention to the pro- posal to go on with constructing the retaining wall along the road past the land slide, between, Troedrhiwfuwch and Pontiottyn. He said this would be an enormous expense to the Council, and he had no doub" the wall would collapse as soon as finished, for he believed that by the disappearance of a stream of water at the spot, the spot, the water was undermining the land. He therefore moved that the recommendation of the committee be suspended, and that the members of the Public Works Committee should meet the Surveyor at the spot. This was agreed to, and Mr. Hammond was added to the Public Works Committee. Mr. L. P. Edwards opposed the recommend- ation in respect to the train fares of workmen, and said it was inconsistent to bring men from Deri to Pengam, or from Ystradmynaeh to Bargoed. when there were men in those places who could do the work.—Mr. Joseph Morgan said that only those- men who had a special kind of work to do, for which they were fitted, were sent from one plaoe to another. The re- commendation was agreed to. THE STEAM ROLLER. Mr. W. B. Lloyd complained of the little work the Council managed to get out of their steam rollers, and said that hundreds of pounds were being wasted owing to .their hanging about and not being a.t work- befote eight in the morning. Mucb time was also wasted by their waiting day by day for stones for the roads. He referred to the rollers used by the Monmouthshire County Council having a van attached, where the men could sleep, and so keep a slow fire in the engine all night, and get up steam early in the morning. He saw no reason why the engine-men could not sleep in the van for which the Council had paid £6û. One roller had been three weeks doing prac- tically a day's work.—Mx. Morgan said the men did not sleep in the van because some time ago it was said they were making slaves of the men by expecting them to do so.—Mr. Hughes eaid he was opposed to any man living in the van. The county rollers of Monmouthshire had to go all over the county, and so, at times, the workmen were far away from their homes, in which case a van was a convenience.—Mr. Lloyd said he did not think it would be any injustice tc ask the men to live in a van. ùe did not wish to force them to live in the van, but he did want their men to begin work at the appointed time in the morning, 7 o'clock. If the van was not to be used. why did they buy it?—Mr. Hues: It is an heirloom.—The Rector reminded the Council that they formu- lated rules for the engincman when he was ap- pointed. and asked for them to be produced.—■ Mr. Ed. Lewis said there had been a great improvement in the management of the steam roller.—The Chairman said that on a certain day, when a special committee visited New- town, they met the engine-driver along the road, leaving work at 4.25 instead of 5. He (the Chairman) uncovered the engine to look at the steam gauge, but the Surveyor informed him that he could not go by the steam gauge as it wa.s not true. He (the Chairman) then asked whether the Insurance Company were aware of this. From the inspection he made of the engine, he was convinced that the fire must have been taken out a considerable time before 4.25.—The Rector said he could cor- roborate what had been said. A man had that day informed him that the way the steam roller worked was a perfect, scandal. He would like, however, to know what supervision was exer- cised in regard to the rollers. They had im- posed certain responsibilities upon their officials, aud he thought that in this case the main re- sponsibility was with the Assistant Surveyor, and so they should hear what he had to say on the subject.—The Assistant Surveyor was re- commended to pay occasional surprise visits, particularly in the early hours of the day. The Clerk submitted the bill of costs connec- ted with the Councils opposition to the Glamor- gan Water Bill arbitration, which amounted to £1,500 15s. 5d.—A cheque W&" drawn in pay- ment of the consulting engineer's charges, £141 4s., and counsel's feee, £439 58., the re- mainder of the costs being submitetd to the taaing inagter,

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