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Gellygaer Scavenging Contracts.

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Gellygaer Scavenging Contracts. PROPOSED NEW ARRANGEMENTS. Considerable discussion took place at the meeting of the Gellygaer District. Council on Tuesday on the subject of the scavenging con- tracts for the ensuing year. At an early stage in the meeting, the Council had approved of the Committee's recommendation that the sca- venging of the district be done by the Coun- cil's own men, horses, and carts; and when the tenders for the scavenging work at Pontlottyn "ere submitted, Mr. B. Hughes reminded the Council of this, and urged that a commence- ment ba made at. Pontiottyn, where, he said, the present contractor said that by the Council doing the work themselves, it would save hun- dreds of pounds.—Mr. D. Hopkins pointed out that the Council had no horses or carts. He would, however, in order to provoke discussion, second Mr. Hughes's motion. — The Rector pointed out that the buying of horses was a; serious matter.—The Chairman said it was clearly the object of the Council to do their own scavenging, and an experiment was neces- sary somewhere; there would be no serious risk at Pontiottyn.—Mr. Hughes said the present contractor would lend the Council horses and carts. He said, as things were going on, it was time for the Council to put their foot down. "He did not want to mention anything to the detriment of anyone in the parish, but to do the work themselves would break up corrup- tion to further extent."—The Rector said that Mr. Hughes had stated in very distinct terms tha.t there was something exceptionally wrong at Pontiottyn, and he therefore desired to know what the wrong was. Was it something the Council could remedy? The Council ought to have the particulars, and if there was anything wrong with the contractor, they could rule liim out of competition; and if with the Council's officers, then they should be called to account. He was sure there was ample room for im- provement, but felt that the time for making the experiment proposed, was premature. The Chairman (to Mr. Hughes): Will you move that a. committee be appointed. — Mr. Hughes: I will bring it forward next time when I have the facts. I will have the facts first of all.—Mr. Hopkins said that if anything was wrong, now was the time to deal with it.—The Rector moved, as an amendment, that the ques- tion of carrying out their own scavenging be deferred until a. trial had first be.en made at Bargoed, when the stores depot was completed. It would take eight or nine months to get the Bargoed thing ready, and by that time they would be better a.ble to see what was the best to do for Pontiottyn.—Mr. W. B. Lloyd secon- ded, and the amendment was carried by seven votes to four. The tenders for scavenging were then opened, and accepted as followBedlinog: Thomas Davis, Deri, £ll9-(four tenders). Fochriw and Pentwyn Robert Siirnmons, £45. Pontiottyn: Robert Siimmons, £ 210—(six tenders). — Mr. Hughes proposed Mr. Matthias, whose tender was £ 200.—Mr. L. P. Edwards moved that the contract be given to Mr. R. SHmmons.—This was seconded by Mr. Lloyd.—The Rector said that they had just now heard complaints about the scavenging.—Mr. Hughes said lie had made no specific charge against anyone.—The Chair- man In face of there being no complaint, I take it the man has done his work efficiently.— By six votes again 4. the contract was voted to Mr. R. Slimmons.-—Treed rhiwfu.weh W. Wat- kin Bowen — Gellygaer Village: There were sevwal tenders for this, and the Rector moved tJiat John Morgan, who waS the next lowest, have the contract, as the lowest tenderer, E. M. Rees, was one whom 110 one knew.—Mr Hiimmond, however, insisted, that the principle of accepting the lowest tender should not be departed from, and the contract was voted to him at JE39 10.The Bargoed tenders then <raffie up, and it was clear one tenderer at £70 had blundered, the five other tenders varyiftg from JB307 3s. to £ 575.—The Rector then pinned Mr. Hammond to his prin- ciple of always accepting the lowest tender. Of course, they knew it could not be done at the price, but if they were going on the principle of the loweafli tender, they should consistently adhere to it.—The contract was ultimately vot- ed to W. Shorwood and Son, at £3D7 33.Tir- phil John Jones, £ 72.—Brithdir: It was re- solved to invite fresh tenders.

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