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WELSHPOOL TOWN COUNCIL,— TUESDAY. Present: The Mayor (W. A. Rogers, Esq.), Alder- men Mytton and Harrison, Councillors Anderson, E. O. Jones, J. P. Jones, John Lewis, C. Galloway, D. Jones, T. Parry, D. Richards, T. S. Pryce, and Hawksworth, with Mr E. Jones, town clerk, Mr G. Snook, borough surveyor, and Mr T. A. Basnett, collector. FINANCE REPORT. Alderman Harrison said that before moving the adoption of the Finance Committee's report he wished to say that he could not see that the Council should be aeked to go any further than they bad already done in the rating of Mr Colly's huuse.-The Mayor said that at their last meeting Mr Colly appeared before them, and they went fully into the matter, and he had no doubt in bis mind that the rate was a fair one. Anyone who knew the house knew that it was very large, and favourably situated. Councillor Galloway A mansion.—The Mayor said that he did not say it was a mansion.—Councillor E. 0. Jones thought that the Council had been too generous.— Alderman Mytton seconded the resolution that no further abatment be made in the rating of the house. -This was carried. THE CONDITION OF THE SMITHFIELD. A letter was read from the Board of Agriculture enclosing a complaint by a travelling inspector in regard to the state of the Smithfield. The complaint was to the effect that the cattle market was in a very neglected condition. The whole market was nearly overgrown with grasn on which several sheep were pasturing. A very small proportion of pens were oleaused at all, and the general state of tha market did not admit of its being washed and cleansed owing to the great amount of grass and the want of proper paving. The Inspector suggested that the market should be paved.—The Mayor said their pig and sheep pens were paved, and all that he could see necessary was to clear them out after each market. There were also channels for taking off all dirt and filth. If they were put to further expense it would be a serious matter. All that was required was a little more attention on the part of their seavougers.Councillor E. 0. Jones suggested the purchasing of a hose.-Councillor Galloway: That won't remove the grass (laughter).—Councillor Ander- son said he thought that their Inspector had bad notices at various times to clean out the Smithfield. If the scavengers attended to their work it was all that was needed.—Councillor John Jones said that he had attended the Smithfield for 21 years, and he could assure them that there had not been a single complaint from anywhere of any disease having been contracted. He considered it better for the cattle to have the grass there.—The Surveyor said that all the pens that were used on market or fair days were immediately swept upon the same day.—Conn. J. Pryce Jones said that their fairs were not held very frequently, and he thought that persons could report upon the grass in some of the streets of Welshpool.— The Mayor said they would be obliged to answer the communication.—Councillor T. S. Pryce said that he thought they must have been extremely short-sighted in the first place to build such a plaoe. It was three times too large. The Shrewsbury and Oswestry gmitbfields were paved with a hard substance, and every pen had a floor of brick so that it could be cleansed. It was a matter of impossibility to clean theirs, and many of the pens were not used from one fair until another, therefore the grass had grown nearly as high as the railings. He thought that they should answer the letter somewhat after this manner. That the fairs were held the first and third Mondays in the month, and there were sometimos three weeks between them, and as it was not a place of business as it was intended for, that every space used abould be kept properly clean.—The Mayor thought that the only answer to give was that their Surveyor bad received instructions to carry out the work, and he moved that proposition. He could scarcely follow Councillor Pryce inBoine of his remarks,for sometimes their Smithfield was scarcely large enough for the amount of stock. -Councillor Anderson seconded the proposition, and it was carried RIVER POLLUTION. A letter was read by the Clerk from the County Council stating that the Council had appointed a Committee to enquire into river pollution. OUTBREAK OF FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE. Alderman Harrison said he had just received tele. grams from the Board of Agriculture stating that an outbreak of foot and mouth disease had occurred at Leith near Edinburgh, and asking the Corporation to take every necessary precaution, and especially warn those who had purchased cattle recently from Mid- lothian.—Councillor E. 0. Jones, amid much laughter, suggested that it was the result of the recent election. SURVII:YOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor reported upon the condition of the roads, and stated that he was ur-able to get the field ttone drawn upon the Welsh Harp-road until alter the hay harvest The iron pipe h"d bejn connected with the main sewpr under the canal. That the distance of the Varchoel-road iep,ired by the Corporation wa. six furlongs, and that r-paired by the Pool and Forden Board one furlong mnd 140yards. Virtually, theN was no road in Vaichoel Township, the whole being in Trelydan and Llarn Townships. The whole of the slaughter houses had been inspected, and were found generatly in good sanitary cond.tion Notice ha. i been iriven to the auctioneers to remove the platfo in running along the Ph-ep pol,s, but up to the present date no action had be-n tak-n. Plaus lor building two cottag, a for Councillor Eo O. Jones were Submitted.—Mr David Jones, referring to the canal, said there was no doubt that the leakage was due as much to the Canal Company as to the Council's pipe. It was a question whether they had spent money which they ought not to have spent in connection with the leakage. -Conncillnr E. 0 Jones said the leakage weald not have occurred if their pipe had not been there.—The Mayor said they had already done their part of the work, and he thought they had better let the matter drop. PRIVILEGES OF AUCTIONEERS.—LIVELY PRO. CEEDINGS. The Mayor, referring to that part of the Sur- veyor's report which related to the platforms of the auctioneers, eaid it ought to have been done, because it was the instruction of the Smithfield Committee. ThA auctioneers occupied the whole of the space without really haviug any claim to it. It should be done by all means in the world. Should they instruct their Surveyor to remove them?—Councillor E. O. Jones said he thought it would not be wise for them to deal arbitrarily with the auctioneers, because while they W'it ched the interest of the ratepayers, the in. terest of the ratepayers centred very much in the auctioneers, and if they killed the hen that laid the golden egg somebody must suffer. He would cer- tainly snggest that they deal in a lenient way—in a practicable common seii^e Way, and not wish to come into collision. If they came to an amicable arrange- ment he thought it would be the wisest course.—The Mayor akid that that had been decided by the Board, and Councillor Jones wa* quit" of order in bringing that matter forward again. What was the Ure of rising up a thing five or six times? 'Ihey would be doing nothing else (hear, hear). As regards leniency, he thought that the auctioneers had been dealt with nost leniently. The auctioneers ha.d not given them any urounds to go upon, or shown them that they were treated worse thaa at other places.—Councillor E. O. Jones eaid hf did not open the question, but it was Councillr David Jont-a.-The Mayor then moved that the Surveyor be instructed to remove the latform.-Cout,cillor Galloway seconded it.—Coun. David Jones moved as an tiv, eudment that the plat- forms be left there.—Councillor T. S. Pryce said that just to t«8t their feelings be t^ould second it.—The Mayor also moved thnt the cattle trucks and the space occupied by the auctioneers be oarried out ac- cording to the instructions of the Council.—Coun- cillor T. S. Pryce Decide the one first.-The motion «TM then earned by on* vote.In reply to the Mayor, Collector laid that the aoctioa—is bad objwted to pay, and Councillor Pryce also refused to pay.— The Mayor (amid expressions of astonishment by Fome members of the Council) then moved that Councillor Pryce be not allowed to stand upon the Smitbfield.-Councillor E. O. Jones did not think it was a proper course.—The Mayor said that he did not think that Mr Pryce had ever had permission to put up a stand (laughter).-Councillor Pryce (sooth- ingly) Don't be too hard upon ns.—Councillor E. O. Jones said that they had accepted him as a tenant. -The Mayor: Yes; upon consideration that he had to pay.—Councillor Pryce Jones Suppose the others won't pay?—The Mayor: Thpy will have to pay.- Councillor Pryce; I will pay when they pay.- Alderman Mytton I boif to move that the matter be referred to the Smithfield Committee.-Councillor E. Jones: The Smithfield Cowmittee, Mr Alderman Mytton, has brought all this mischief about. There would have been none of this unseemly discussion if it was not for them.—Coun. Pryce Jones moved that the Town Clerk write and apply for payment.—The Mayor said that the instructions of the Board were that the Collector was to get payment. The quarter had gone by a long time.-Aid, rman Harrison rose to protest against anyone being singled out. If they wanted to deal with the question let them treat all alike. He suggested that the auctioneers be invited to a special meeting of the Council so that they could hear their grievances, and, if they were reasonable, the Council should meet them.—The Mayor said that at the Council had already come to a decision on the matter.—Councillor Hawksworth seconded Alderman Harrison's proposition.—The Mayor said that he could not allow Alderman Harrison's motion to go to the Board.—Councillor T. S. Pryce: You allowed your own.-The Mayor: Before the question can be re-opened notice must be given.—Alderman Harrison said his motion was simply to receive an explanation as to why they refused to pay.—Councillor Anderson seconded the motion proposed by Councillor Pryce Jones —Councillor Richards said there was no doubt that the auctioneers had some ground of complaint or the Council would not have heard so much of the matter, and he contended that they had been dealing with them most arbitrarily all along. He did not see how they could make a change without giving the auctioneers notice. The auctioneers holding stand ings in the Smithfield were in the same position as ordinary tenants, and they should be given proper notice. He thought that was one of their grounds of complaint, and if it was he hoped that the Council would have the manliness to allow it or acknowledge it (hear. hear).—Councillor Pryce Jones said that many of the auctioneers went into the Smithfield without obtaining anyone's permission.—The Mayor said that the auctioneers sold in the Smithfield with the permission of the Board. They had complete control of the Smithfield. He thought that must be acknowledged at all events. Could anyone supply him with the name of any place where the auction- eers paid so little for the space they occupied?— Councillor T. S. Pryce: Yes Oswestry.-Councillor David Jones gave notice to move at the next meet- ing that the resolution adopted at a former meeting of the Council to charge rent for the Smith- field standings be rescinded.—Mr Pryoe Jones's motion was then put, and carried.—The Council shortly afterwards went into Committee.