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ABERYSTWYTH. 1 Rural District Council. The first meeting of the newly-elected members of the Rural District Council was held on Monday morning at the Board Room, Union Workhouse, when there were present—Mr Evan J. Williams and the Rev John Davies. Ceulanymaesmawr; Messrs William Williams, Cwmrheidol; William Morris and Thomas Jenkins, Cyfoethybrenin; J. B. Morgan, Cynnullmawr; Richard James, Henllys; Thomas Richards, Issayndre; John Bonner, Llan- afan; John Jones, Llanbadarn Upper; James Jones, Llanbadarn Lower; William Mason, Llan- cynfelin; Evan Jones and David Morgan, Llan- fihangel Upper; David Davies, Llanfihangel Lower; Daniel Jones, Llangwyryfon; William Davies and Daniel Morris, Llanilar Evan Lewis, Llanrhystyd Haminiog; Rev J. M. Lewis, Llanrhystyd Mefenydd; David Jones, Llanychaiarn; Joseph Parry, Melindwr; Thomas H. Jones, Parcel Canol; Richard Thomas, Tirymynach David James and Thomas James, Trefeirig; Richard L. Thomas, Vaenor Upper and Lewis R. Lewis, Vaenor Lower, with Hugh Hughes (clerk), E. Llewellyn (assistant clerk), James Hughes (inspector), and the road surveyors. APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN. The Clerk having been voted to the chair pro tem, the first business was the appointment of chairman for the ensuing twelve months. Mr T. H. Jones proposed Mr Richard James, Bonllys, who, be said, was an old member, and well able to discharge the duties. Mr Thomas Jenkins seconded. Mr Thomas James asked whether they could appeint a chairman from outside the Council. The Clerk said the members had the option. Mr Daniel Jones proposed, and the Rev J. M. Lewis seconded, that a chairman be appointed from amongst the members of the Council, and this was carried by a large majority. Mr T. H. Jones then repeated his proposition, and there being no further proposal, Mr Richard James was unanimously appointed chairman. Mr James, in returning thanks, said he was afraid he would not be able to confer any honour en the chair. As, however, they had been so unanimous in their selection, he would do his best, and if he failed, they must sympathise with him. THE VICE-CHAIRMANSHIP. For the office of vice-chairman, Mr David Morgan proposed, and Mr Thomas James seconded, the appointment of the Rev John Davies, Bryndderwen. Mr Thomas Jenkins proposed Mr William Morris, Brynowen, and Mr David Davies seconded. Mr James Jones said he bad no objection to Mr Morris, but wished to point out that he would, in all probability, be selected chairman of the Board of Guardians for the next year, and he considered they should divide the honours. Mr David Davies said he agreed with Mr Jones' remark, but they did not know what the Board of Guardians would do. Rev John Davies wished his name withdrawn-, as he did not wish to cause a division, and also afford the opportunity to give him a snub. Both names were, however, put to the meeting, with the result that Mr Morris received the largest number of votes. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES. The following were appointed members of Com- mittees :-Finance Committee—Messrs Richard Thomas, Thomas Jenkins, Daniel Morris, Richard James, John Jones, David Davies, Richard L. Thomas, John Bonner, Joseph Parry, Daniel Jones, and the Rev J. M. Lewis. Building Committee— Messrs David Davies, William Morris, John Jones, and William Davies. COST OF ELECTION*. The Clerk presented bills from the various parishes where elections bad recently taken place, the total amount being £ 40 13s 9d. It was decided that this amount be paid. FRONGOCII MINES. The Clerk stated he had written to the manager of the Frongoch Mine informing him that proceed- ings were to be instituted against the Company for contamination of the river by the discharge of slime into it. He had since been informed that the mine had been stopped, and he now wished to know whether it",was the intention of the Council to still take proceedings. He had found since the previous meeting that the Council could only sue for damages, and the case would have to be tried in the County Court. He had since received a reply from the manager of the Frongoch Mine, stating that the installation of the waste conveyor was now completed, which would be a considerable improve- ment on the previous arrangement. This was about as much as could practically be done to get the water clean. Moreover, they were considering whether it was possible to make a further improve- ment in lifting by means of a chair elevator, part of the slime on the belt conveyor, still decreasing the quantity of slime going to the pits. Mr J. B. Morgan proposed that the matter be left in abeyance for the present, so that no one could say that the Council was responsible for the stopping of the mine. Mr David Morgan seconded and the resolution was carried, the Clerk being instructed, however, that should the contamination recur he should con- vene a special meeting to consider the advisability of taking proceedings. INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Inspector (Mr James Hughes) reported that on the 18th March he visited Brvntpg Llanbadarn, where he found a detective drain, the water burst- ing out and causing a very bad nuisance. A notice on the agents to have the defect remedied was I immediately complied with. He had completed the necessary work in connection with the I Rhydyfelin water supply, which he now thought would act satisfactorily tor years. On March 26th he visited Lluestwen, Ponterwyd, and found the dwelling house to be in a very poor condition, and unfit for human habitation. He learned from Mr J. Rees, the tenant, that he was going to leave the next summer, also received a letter Iti-o-iA the owner, and Mr Ed wards, stating- that he did not intend keep- ing it on as a separate farm, and was quite aware of its condition. He visited Nantyronen, Llanilar, on April 4fh, and found the dwelling house a poor one, three-roomed, to accommodate a family of seven in number. The house was very low, loft very poor, no ceiling, nor sufficient supply of light upstairs. Also surround- ings of house very damp. Sent a notice to Mr. Parry, of Llidiardan, the owner, to have certain re- pairs made within three months from date of notice. Visited 8. D)Ifaivr, Llanilar, on April 4th, and found the dwelling house in want of a tile or slab floor, as the mud tloor was very damp in the kitchen. There was also a want of privy accom- modation. Sent a notice to Mr. Wm. James, of Pwllcenawon, to have the improvements mentioned done within two months. Same date visited Tyn- celyn alHl Tract hbach, two cottages at Llanilar, and found them in poor condition, with damp mud for floors no ceiling, and loft only on one half of the house. Also no privy accommodation. Served notice on John Parry, Dyfrryn Mill, to have repairs <lone within four months. Served notices on the owners of Tyucha. Llanilar: Dttf-rnin Cottage, Llanfihangel; and Minffordd, Llanfihangel, to pro- vide privy accommodation. The magistrates at Llanilar Petty Sessions had made an order on Hugh Jones, Pantymwyn. Llanilar, to vacate the dwelling house within seven days, as it was unfit for human habitation. The Inspector also complained of «he condition of Holly Hock, Borth. which house he found to be very damp, owing to the floor being much lower than the surface in the back. Owing to defective raves troughs rain water found its way into the house. NEW BUILDINGS. The Rev John Davies asked whether the new buildings now being erected were made to comply with the bye-laws. They had a committee and officers to see that the plans were in accordance with the bye-laws, but he did not think there was anyone to examine the buildings in course of con- struction or after they had been completed. He knew of some houses which had been built without privy accommodation for instance. He thought the Council should see that not only the plans complied with the bye-laws but the buildings as ell. Mr David Davies. in seconding, said there was no sense in having bye-laws and then not seeing that they were carried out. The Clerk said that any person occupying a new house without receiving a certificate from the surveyor of the Sanitary Authority as to ^its fitness £,)1- human habitation. was liable to a fine of £5. ani 2 for each succeeding day during which the was occupied. Mr Hughes, owe of the road surveyors, said the clause just read by the Clerk was a dead letter. He knew of some houses which were being erected without, having plans submitted to all. I Mr J. B. Morgan considered if the surveyor's statement was correct, it was a serious matter, and further enquiries should be made. The Clerk said he had sent a copy of the bye- laws to every builder in the Union, and notices had been published in the newspapers. Mr Jones (one of the members) suggested that a 9 copy of the bye-laws should be sent to every person who built a house. He had built a house himself, but did not, know of the Council's bye-laws. The Clerk replied that the difficulty was to find out such persons. After further discussion, the matter was referred to a committee to report upon, the Inspector (Mr Hushes) to act in conjunction with the com- mittee. CWMERFIN ROAD. The committee appointed to visit this road having reported that it was now considerabl I improved, it was decided, on the motion of Mr J. B. Morgan, seconded by the Rev John Davies, that the road be taken over as a district road. CWMRHEIDOL PARISH ROAD. A letter was read from Mr David Jones, Llain Cottage, Cwmrheidol, complaining of the bad state of the parish road in his district, which was rendered impassable during rainy weather, and consequently people trespassed on his land. Mr J. B. Morgan proposed that the letter be referred to the basket. If they considered letters from individuals in this way, they would never get an end of them. These complaints should come through the Parish Council. Mr T. H. Jones seconded. Mr David Davies and the Rev John Davies deprecated such a course, asserting that a com- plaint sent in by any ratepayer should receive due consideration. Mr Edwards (road surveyor) said the road was not in a very bad condition. There had been con- siderable traffic over it of late from the mine, and some of the loads carried were three or four tons in weight. Mr De Ball, manager of the Cwmrheidol Mine, appeared before the Council and also complained of the condition of the road. He said the manner in which it was kept was shameful, and there were ruts twenty feet deep in it. Stones obtained from the fields were put on the road, which were no good, and there was only one man to look after 6i miles of road. Mr James Jones asked what was the weight of the loads which the Company took over the roads. Mr De Ball: Nothing more than one-and-a-half tons, and the weights can be seen at the Railway Station. Mr Jones The surveyor said some of the loads were four or five tons. Mr De Ball: Well, he is not telling the truth. The biggest weight ever taken over tne roaa was last week, when we took a pump weighing one-and- three-quarter tons. Mr De Ball added that even if he took five tons over the road it was the duty of the Council to have the road kept in proper repair to carry such weight, and if he exceeded the weight allowed by the bye-laws, he could be charged for it. Mr De Ball having retired, the matter was further discussed, and eventually it was agreed that tue surveyor be allowed an extra man for a fortnight to repair the portion of road complained of. LLANBADARN WATER -SUPPLY. A letter was read from the joint Parish Councils of Ucba and Issayndra, desiring the Rural Council to finish the necessary work in connection with the water supply of Llanbadarn. The Clerk of the Rural Council was also present and said his autho- rity would have nothing to do with the matter. On the motion of Mr J. B. Morgan, Mr Griffiths and the Surveyor were appointed to see to the work of removing the pipes and hydrants. The Clerk of the Parish Council also submitted a statement showing that there was a sum of £6 8s 7d in arrear on the water rate, and a sum £9 15s Od irrecoverable. Some people refused to pay because they obtained their water from wells, while others were outside this distance limits. Several of the members felt that the Council having gone to the expense of providing a proper water supply, all the inhabitants of the village should avail themselves of it. Ultimately, Messrs J. B. Morgan, James Jones, Joseph Parry, and Richard Thomas were appointed a committee to confer with the Clerk of the Parish Council in the matter. BORTH DRAINAGE. A communication was read from the Local Government Board stating that they had had under consideration the report made by their inspector, Mr North, upon his iecent visit to Borth, in the Rural District of Aberystwyth, for the purpose of enquiring into the sewerage system of the village. Before further considering this matter, the Board desired to be furnished with a reliable estimate of the cost of providing a system of sewers for the portion of the village on the sea front (including the Cambrian Hoel, the Terrace, and the Railway Station), and constructing a proper outfall sewer in place of the existing wooden culvert. They directed him, therefore, to request that the Rural District Council would cause a scheme of sewerage to be prepared on these lines, and then to submit to the Board an estimate of the cost, together with an ordnance map, showing the sewers comprised in the scheme. The Board also asked for a statement of the acreage and assessable value of the area for which the scheme was designed. The Clerk informed the Council that the Local Government Board could not compel them to spend more than double the assessable value of any particular district in one year. The rateable value of Borth was ZI.443, and on the hotel and adjoin- ing houses at the station between P,200 and Z300 to carry the proposed sewer out into the sea would mean a cost of something like P,2,000 or £ 3.000. After a brief discussion, it was decided that a special meeting vf the Council be held on Monday next to consider tne scheme more fully. ELERCH AND CEULAN ROADS. On the proposition of the Rev John Davies, it was decided that the roadman employed on the above roads be employed full time thereon instead of part time as at present. DOLAU BRIDGE. The Clerk reported having received a cheque for E10 from Sir Pryse Pryse, Bart., Gogerddan, being his contribution toward the cost of constructing Dolau Bridge as per agreement.

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