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MACHYNLLETH SCHOOL BOARD.

C A-E RS WS.

NEWTOWN.

OSWESTRY.

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.

EL LESIE RE.

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EL LESIE RE. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE.—A meeting of the School Attendance Committee of the Board of Guardians was held on Tuesday, Mr Brownlow R C Tower being voted to the chair. There was no business of publio interest, routine work being attended to. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—TUESDAY. Present: Mr Brownlow R C Tower (chairman) presiding, the Rev W C E Kynaston, Messrs H D Chapman, John Hood, C Emberton, T Emberton, J Woodville, W E Trevor Ward, S J Lewis, J Davies, C E Bebb, and D Capper, with Mr R E Lloyd (clerk). STATISTICS. Out-relief administered by Mr W H Rutter in the first week of the fortnight was 19 14s to 107 recipients, against C9 13s 6d to 113 corresponding period last year; second week, £ 8 19s 6d to 107, against P,9 3s 6d to 113. Hanmer district, per Mr W Williams, in the first week £ 2 19s 6d to 31 recipients, against £2 13s to 26 second week, the same.—The Master reported that the number in the house in the first week was 64, against 69; second week 65, against 68. The number of vagrants relieved was 136, being an increase of six. VACCINATION FEES. The Wigan Union forwarded a resolution adopted by them as to the vaccination fees stating that the minimum charge fixed by the Local Government Board was too high and required revision. They asked the Board to adopt it.—Mr T Emberton moved this. The Board fixed a scale, but the Local Government Board over-rode their decision and fixed the scale at a higher rate. He was inclined to think it was too higli.ITr J Hood seconded the proposition, and it was agreed to, the ch"rk being instructed to forward a copy to the Local Govern- ment Board. MISCELLANEOUS. Sir Wyndham Hanmer, Bart., wrote statiug that he had so many matters to attend to that he could not givo the time he should wish to atttendanca at the Guardians and Conncil meetings on behalf of Hanmer, and he desired to resign the seat.—Mr Hood thought if it was pointed out to him that he need only attend once or twice he might re-consider his decision and an election would be avoided.— The next business was taken.—Mr T Emberton gave notice that at the next meeting he would move the re-appointment of Dr Roe.—Mr Williams having reported that the undertaker in his district was not prepared to further supply coffins at the old price of 14s. each, it was agreed to offer him 17s. 6d. per coffin.-The Master reported that Mrs Tower desired to give the inmates a tea on Thurs- day, and on the motion of Mr T Emberton permission was granted, and it was agreed to convey the Board's thanks to Mrs Tower. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—TUESDAY. Present: Mr John Davies (vice-chairman), pre- siding the Rev H Moody, Messrs H D Chapman, Brownlow R C Tower, S J Lewis, J Darlington, John Hood, C Emberton, C E Bebb, W E Trevor Ward, T Emberton, and J Woodville; with Mr RE Lloyd (clerk), Mr Green (sanitary inspector), and Mr Owen (surveyor). INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Inspector reported that the pool at Hadnall had been thoroughly cloaued out at an expense, so he was informed by Mr Pidduck, of £ 70. Two cases of diphtheria had occurred at Mr Hodnett's, the Criftins, one case proving fatal. The other recovered, and there was no further spread of the disease. There had been an outbreak at the Perthy of scarlatina, two children being attacked. The sanitary improvements at Mr Gregory's, Little Ness, were being carried out satisfactorily.— Adopted. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. In his report, the Surveyor stated that a now footbridge bad been erected between Cockshutt and Whittal. He bad been informed that a footbridge had been erected at the Row, Welshampton, by tho Bridgewater estate authorities. A culvert at Kinton, Nesscliffe, required to be re-laid, and he advised the Council to also have a culvert con- structed on the Lee road. He reported that Mr Linsley, Brynore, encroached on the road by having placed five pieces of timber as supports to the fencing. Some of them extended nearly two feet. He had refused to remove them. He asked for instructions to proceed against Mr John Wild, Broombill, Nesscliffe, for neglecting to trim the hedges. He had been served with notices for three years but he had not complied. Some of the workmen were laid up with influenza and he found it difficult to get men in their places. There being no meeting on Dec, 23, he was unable to get cheques to pay the men.—As to the bridge erected by the Bridgewater estate authorities, Mr Moody said he thought the thanks of the Council were due to them and showed that when a complaint was made to the Council it had not been allowed to go un- heeded. It might interest the Ellosmere members who were opposed to the Council tarking steps in this matter that a large number of ratepayers on the other side of Welshampton who were in the Ellesmere parish would remember those gentlemen (bear, hear and laughter).—Mr Lewis also thought their thanks were due to the Bridgewater Estate, and hoped other estates would follow the example (bear, hear-).-As to the obstruction, tho Surveyor said he had received many complaints. The road was very narrow at the place. — Mr Woodville said there was an encroachment and it was dangerous, He thought the supports should be removed at once.—On the proposition of Mr T Emberton, seconded by Mr Hood, the Clerk was instructed to write to Mr Linsley requesting him to remove the encroachment. Regarding non-compliance with the Surveyor's notice to prune hedges, Mr Darlington thought tho Council should not be treated with contempt and moved that proceedings be taken against Mr Wild.—Mr T Emberton sec- onded and this was agreed to.—Mr Moody asked the Surveyor what arrangements he made to pay the men at Christmas-time, seeing that he had no cheques from the Council.—The Suiveyor replied that he paid the men out of his own pocket (hear, hear).—Mr Moody: That is very good of you.- Instructions were given on the other matters. JUNCTION Off DISTRICT AND MAIN ROADS. Mr S J Lewis Eaid that; the County Council in making up the main roads did not put the road right where a district road led from it, with the result that there was a good drop from the main road, which was inconvenient and almost danger- ous. He proposed that the attention of the County Council should be called to the matter. The Chairman believed the divisional surveyor had promised to attend to the matter.—Mr Lewis did not think it right that this should be left month after month.—Mr Trevor Ward seconded Mr Lewis and the proposition was agreed to. THE RATE OF INTEREST. A communication from the Local Government Board stated that the rate of interest on money borrowed from the Public Works Loan Commis- sioners bad been changed to the following :-For a period not exceeding 30 years, 3 per cent, inter- est; not exceeding 40 years, 3^; not exceeding 50 years, 3. WATER SUPPLIES AT GREAT NKSS. A communication was received from Mr J C Hooper, Derby, stating that a proper supply of water bad been provided for the cottages on the Wilcot estate, and pointing out that there was a large number of houses in the parish without a proper supply, and occupiers had to go further for it in some instances than his cottagers had to go. —Mr Brownlow Tower thought it was only fair that if there were such cases they should be br"ougli t to the notice of the Couiacil.Ilr Trevor Ward said that some time' ago an order was made by the Council that an inspection of the water supplies should be taken. H considered it absolutely worthless, unless the inspector went to all the houses. He (the speaker) was informed that he was instructed not to go to the houses outside the villages. Those were the very places which were the worst supplied. It was an absolute waste of labour to visit some of the houses only and ho hoped the Council would not countenance such a thing. He did not say this out of any disrespect; such an action as that of the Council was what he would expect from a lot of children in a nurserv (laughter).—Mr Moody said the usual course was to take action upon complaints being made of such cases by the Parish Councils. He did not know whether they were going to take notice of complaints written in' that kind of spirit. —Mr Lewis said great efforts had been made by all the landlords to supply water. Mr Harper would not contribute to the repair of the pump in the place, when his cottages would mostly benefit by it. He would like Mr Green to go and see what kind of water Mr H Harper had found.—Mr Chapman supported Mr Lewis in his, remarks. He had received no complaints. He thought Mr Harper should give the names; it was no good putting Mr Green to the great trouble of going to "(11 0 th" .¡.t"1'Ml" Tr^nr vVnrd p:1itJ that was what he wanted to emphasize. It would be no good unless the supplies of all the cottages were inspected.—Mr Tower thought it was the Council's duty to look after the water snpn"ii.>s and the Inspector should be called upon to report upon all. No distinction should be made. He did not think it was their business to apply to Mr Harper for information.—Mr Chapman said they I ad had a report on the supplies of these house?. The Parish Council had not complained nor had be received complaints. Was the Council going- to Lr¡h action on an anonymous communication ?—Mr Moody proposed that the matter be referred to the Parish Council.—Mr Lewis Would it not bo best to ask Mr Harper to point out the cas,,s ?--ATr Hood seconded Mr Moody's proposition and this was agreed to. THE MEDICAL OFFICER. The medical officer sent in a raoort up-in dis- j infecting in cases of iufectious outbreaks. He -i- reported two cases of scarlet fever which had occurred at the same house, and they seemed to be remnants of the late outbreak at the Per thy.—The Local Government Board having written that the time for which Dr Whicaker had been appointed medical officer for the district would shortly expire and asking what arrangement had been made for j the discharge of the duties.—Mr Moody gave notice ,i that at the next meeting he would move that Dr ] Whitaker be re-appointed. time for which Dr Whicaker had been appointed medical officer for the district would expire J and asking what arrangement had been made for the discharge of the duties.—Mr Moody gave notice ,i that at the next meeting he would move that Dr ] Whitaker be re-appointed. THE RURAL PARISH COUNCIL. I The clerk to the Rnral Parish Council of Elles- f mere wrote statiug that he had been directed to f call the Council's attention to the diinpidated con. dition of the Pinfold at Dudleston, which was in ai state of ruin, and as it bad never possessed any t architectural features they suggettod that the Council should widen the road at that point.—It being unknown whose property the Pinfold was, the clerk was instructed to ascertain,—The same Council again called attention to the need of repair- ing the footbridge on the Knolton and G nd his foot- path, but as the District Council had already dis- cussed this matter no action was taken. ROAD BETWEEN MIDDLE AND M 3 ETON. A communication from the Middle Parish Coun- cil calling attention to the state of this road r.nd the matter was referred to the surveyor to report upon on the motion of Mr Moody, seconded by Mr Hood. j IMPROVING A ROAD. I In accordance with notice, Mr T Emberton moved j that the County Council be asked to construct a S footpath from the Urban Council's boundsvy to the footpath running alongside of Buch Hall farm as the road was narrow, dangerous, and frequently very dirty.—The proposition was seconded by Mr Hood and passed. THE SUPPLY OF DISINFECTANTS. The Rev H Moody, in accordance with notice « given, moved that in the future public elementary THE SUPPLY OF DISINFECTANTS. Hood and passed. THE SUPPLY OF DISINFECTANTS. The Rev H Moody, in accordance with notice « given, moved that in the future public elementary schools should be supplied by the Conncil with t necessary disinfectants in cases of infectious disease. He said the motion would not be opposed on the score of expense, because it would not cost I the Council, on an average, more than 28 6d per annum. If they adopted it, it would shew that I they were anxious to prevent the spread of in- f fections diseases.—TLe Clerk said the Council had I no power to incur such an expenditure, aud the I matter dropped. • THE SWINE FEVER REGULATIONS. I Mr Moody proposed the following resolution :— i "That in the opinion of this Council, County J Councils should control the Swine Fever Regulations » and that a copy of the resolution be sent, to the I Prime Minister." In support, he said that if the ? control was in the hands of the County Council 1 they would bo able to appeal to their representa- if tives with far more success than on the last 1 occasion.—Tho Chairman said the Executive Com- I mittee of the County Council had applied for the § transfer of the powers to the Connty Council, but 1 up to the present the Board of Agriculture would not grant it. The County Council was a poor body if it did not know more about this matter than the authorities in London (hear, hear).—Mr Hood seconded the motion, and said if pressure was brought to bear on the Board of Agriculture they might give in, as they did lately.— Mr T Emberton J said it had cost the Board of Agriculture close upon 1 a million of money to endeavour to stamp out the disease, and they bad been successful in reducing the numbar of cases considerably. The reason the power was taken out of the hands of the County Councils was because one Council endeavoured to stamp out the disease and another did nothing. The Board of Agriculture should have a fair trial and if they did not succeed power to deal with the matter would be given to the County Councils again.—Mr Trevor Ward said that when the Board of Agriculture Inspector visited Elles- mere the Council thought he had made out a lame tale, and, in fact, he admitted that the efforts of ] the Board had not been successful. If the Board could not stamp out the disease the County Councils could not.—Mr C Emberton thought if the resolu- tion were sent to the Board the Council would not get further ahead in the matter.— Mr Moody ulti. ? mately withdrew his motion. WORKMEN'S WAGES. Mr Hood moved that a resolution passed on « January 26th, 1897, be rescinded. The resolution was to the effect that application by tho workmen for increased wages, less hours mid the loan of tools should be made through the offic u s. Mr Hood thought the application should be made to the 1 Council. Wages were advancing and he knew of cases where labourers who got 12s to 14s a week in the district were getting 238 per week in large towns.— Mr Moody seconded and said if the men were brought into closer touch with the Council thb bel ter it would be.—Mi Trevor Ward said the present system worked admirably, and if the resolution were rescinded it would be a kind of vote of censure on the Surveyor.—The motion was lost by a large majority. DISINFECTING CARTS. Mr Hood moved that the Council protests against the order of the County Council to dis- infect all carts or other vehicles after conveying swine to the Smithfield and ask them to at once cancel the order, as it was useless and caused much I annoyance and expense to owners of swine.— There was no seconder and the motion fell through.

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SELATTYN.

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