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Town Council Committees. FIRE BRIGADE.—FRIDAY Present: Councillors T. E. Salmon (chairman) D. C. Roberts (mayor) R. J. Jones, and Alderman David Roberts. The Chairman stated that the object of the meeting was to take steps to get a new fire brigade instead of the one that had resigned.—The Mayor said he was present at the fire on Thursday night saw how the men worked, and was very satisfied with the manner in which Mr. Rees Jones, the borough surveyor, the police and other volunteers of the town had carried out their work, and tackled the fire. They had great pleasure in pro- posing that a new fire brigade should be at once formed.—Councillor R. J. Jones stated that he also heard a very satisfactory report of the way the men worked. He was very pleased to hear that the Mayor and the Chairman were present, though, they had no brigade, but they left the work in the hands of Mr. Jones who carried out the work in a very satisfactory way.—The Chairman stated that he was very sorry he could not call a meeting prior to the fire, as under the circumstances he was compelled to be from home for the last few weeks. He further stated that they wanted a man of experience and who understood the work to act as captain.—The Mayor said he would be very pleased to ask the Chief Constable to undertake the duty of captain of the brigade, and as he could select some young men, and the police he would recommend the Council to apply to the Chief Constable to accept the duty of captain.—Councillor R. J. Jones said he had great pleasure in seconding. They could not make a better selection, the Chief Constable understood discipline well, and to have him as captain would be a great advantage.—Alderman Roberts said he thought it a very wise proposal, and thought that they were going the right way about it. He was not at the fire, but heard that the surveyor and his volunteers had done their work satisfactorily, and as to appointing the Chief Constable a captain he thought they coould not choose a better one.—Mr. Rees Jones, borough surveyor, thanked the committee for their kind words, and he thought it a right step to appoint the Chief Constable. He himself would render every assistance in the meantime. He said he had only employed four persons, and he hoped that the committee would pass the bill, which was as follows:—James Evans, 6s. 6d. D. Edwards, 6s. 6d.; J. Humphreys, 5s. 6d,; E. Evans, 5s. 6d.—The Mayor proposed that the bill be paid and should be submitted to the Insurance Company.—The Chair- man proposed that a vote of thanks be passed to the police and others who had assisted, and he noticed that three of the old brigade men were present and had worked well and hard, namely, Michael, Jones, and Davies, they assisted in a most creditable manner.—Councillor R. J. Jones seconded, and the vote of thanks was then passed. HARBOUR COMMITTEE.—MONDAY. A meeting of the Harbour Committee was held at the Corporation Offices on Monday evening. Present: Messrs. Robert Doughton (Chairman), E. H. James, D. Roberts, T. Doughton, I. Hopkins, and J. P. Thomas. Alderman Doughton produced a letter from the Bailiff of the West Sea Fisheries requesting permission to place copies of the byelaws and an admonitory notice as to crab-catching, &c., in the harbour.—It was resolved that the request be granted. The circular letter from the Board of Trade enclosing a return of the number of deaths in connection with harbours, and asking for the Council's observations, was submitted by the Town Clerk. It affirmed that 137 deaths occurred during the past year in connection with gangways 27 through no protection on the sides of docks, and 59 from other causes. The Town Clerk pointed out that this matter really referred to large ports like Cardiff, where there were a number of gangways. Alderman Doughton: We have a gangway, and I should say that the Corporation should go to the expense of fencing its front wharf to the river. Should a person fall down and break his neck, we should 4Q liable,—The Town Clerk explained that this is not so. A long as they allowed the steps J.0 remain as they were they would not be liable, but if they put up something, and an accident happened through that getting out of repair, then they would be liable. Councillor Thomas sug- gested that the Corporation should place a chain along the Quay so that any person falling over might have something to hold to. The matter was allowed tq drop without anything definite being settled. PUBLIC WORKS. A meeting of the Public Works Committee was afterwards held, Alderman Peter Jones presiding. There was also present:—Messrs. T. Doughton, E. H. James, R. Peake, 1. Hopkins, R. Doughton, D. C. Roberts, and J. P. Thomas. A circular letter was read from the Mayor of Stoke- on-Trent, with reference to a scheme providing fur the formation of a mutual insurance association confined to Municipalities and District Councils for the purpose of meeting claims of injured workmen and others, under the Workmen's Compensation Act, the Employers' Liability Act, and at Common Law. The letter explained that the insurance would not be confined togas works, as was originally contemplated, but be made applicable to all work- men employed by municipalities and district councils, and a premium not exceeding 3s. per cent. on their wages, was considered sufficient. It was intended to hold a conference in London.—The Chairman remarked that it would be a satisfaction to be relieved of their obligations under the above Acts by so small a payment.—The Mayor suggested that the Town Clerk be instructed to reply that the Corporation regarded the scheme favourably, and this was agred to.-A letter was submitted from Mr Hugh Hughes, clerk to the Rural District Council, saying that the inhabitants at Llanbadarn desired to have a supply of water to their houses by means of surface pipes, and asking if the Cor- poration had any objection, provided the project was satisfactorily carried out. The Chairman remarked that the great point to consider was that the Corporation would lose half a dozen customers that contributed as much as the whole village would pay if the request was granted. The minimum charge on the District Council would be £26 a year; they were receiving two-thirds of that from two or three customers already, so that in granting the request they would be reducing their revenue, at the same time the District Council, as the water authority for that district, should have entire control.—The Town Clerk We ought to put it to them that if they are going to have these concessions the terms should be re-arranged.—The Surveyor mentioned that some of the inhabitants had infringed the water rights by connecting a private supply to the houses from the main with- out the Council's consent.—The application was not favourablv entertained, but the Chairman remarked that if the District Council brought forward a well- defined scheme it would be considered.—The circular letter had been received from the National Telephone Company, relative to wayleaves, Aber- ystwyth being one of the boroughs in the Company's schedule.—The Chairman said they had got the power to apply to the Post Master General to have a scheme of their own.—The Town Clerk was in- structed to make inquiries as to regulations, &c.- Alderman Doughton asked how they stood with regard to the harbour railway. What, he asked, were they going to do about the matter. He thought it was time to proceed with the construc- tion of the railway. It would be a revenue to the harbour and a great saving to those who had to bring down material to be shifted off.-In the course of discussion that followed it was pointed out that the question would be whether after the Corporation had constructed the new siding, the Corporation would run their trains from the pre- sent terminus without any further charge.—The Chairman said the Committee should inspect the plans and specifications prepared by the surveyor for carrying out the necessary improvements. They ought to have their position with regard to the Railway Company clearly deferred.—The matter was deferred.—Mr. Lewis, Great Darkgate-street, attended, and wished to lay before the Committee a serious grievance with regard to the drainage of his house." Two years ago the drain to his and Mr. Edwards' (neighbour) house was not connected with the main drain but with an old sewer. They were then occasionally troubled with an overflow, and the Surveyor's attention was called to it." If the thing was bad before it was ten times worse now."—The Surveyor said he had fixed a syphon between Mr. Lewis's drain and the main drain in accordance with the bye-laws and the instructions of the Local Government Board.—Mr. Lewis said when the syphon was filled, his cellar, being lower than Mr. Edwards, "was full before they knew what had happened."—The Surveyor said there was only one connection for the two houses.—The Chairman: Did you experience this overflow only on the occasion of the rccent storm.—Mr. Lewis No, we have had it before-Mr. Roberts The diffi- culty arises through the syphon being choked up. —The Surveyor said this had been made similarly to others in fhe town, and there was no remedy. —Mr. Lewis: I understand its a general complaint in the town. The only remedy is to remove the syphon.—The Surveyor said it would be a contra- vention of the bye-laws to remove the syphon. He p superintended the drain when it was made, and he did not know of a reniedy.-The Surveyor was instructed to inspect the drain and report to the council.—Mr. Isaac Hopkins next brought forward a complaint. In 1894 he said the council tried to come to an arrangement with him to raie the roadway at the bottom of Custom House-street. They would not give him the lease of the house if he did not, allow them to do so. In 1895 he agreed, but the road was now higher than 'the footpath, and on the occasion of the recent heavy rain, the water running down from Custom House- street and South-road overflowed into his shop which was simply flooded. The consequence was that a good deal of damage was done through the council having done wrong by him. He did not think they had a right to raise the road higher than the footpath, and so allow the water to run into his shop.—Mr. Roberts: This flooding hap- pened in a dozen places in town. Custom House- street was like a river. There was such an extra- ordinary fall of rain that no drains would have taken the water.—Mr Hopkins: But this is through the road having been raised higher than the foot- path, and if there's an overflow of water it runs into my shop instead of away. This has happened to my shop half a dozen times, and I have told the council of it many times. It is not right that I should suffer all this.—The Chairman reminded Ir. Hopkins that the Surveyor had been authorised to secure additional pulleys, so as to have an increased number to intercept the flow from Custom House-street.—Alderman Doughton No amount of gulleys will do. It came down my street like a river.—Mr Hopkins: But it never entered my shop before the council raised the roadway.—Mr. Peake: It used to run out of your shop on to the street (laughter).

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