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PENYBONT DISTRICT COUNCIL. I GARW WATER COMPANY THREATENED. The Penybont District Council met at Bridgend on Saturday for the transaction of sanitary business. Present: Mr. D. H. Frice, J.P. (chairman). Mr. J. G. Loveluck (vice-chairman), the Rev H. Evnon Lewis, Messrs. T. Butler, L. G. Jones, Thos. Davies (Aberkenfig), T. J. Davies, J. I. D. Nicholl, J. Donne, W. Lewis, Wm. Morgans, Hopkin Howells, Edward Morgans, T. Pen- hale, T. Davies (Llangynwyd Middle), David Thomas. DEFAULTING PARISHES. M'r. T. Butler asked whether all the par- ishes in arrear had now naid up their calls. The Clerk (Mr. R. H. Cox) was unable to say definitely what the position was that day, but some parishes were in default some days previously. The Chairman said the clerk had been directed to take proceedings aerainst the over- seers of any defaulting parishes. RAILWAY ASSESSMENTS. Rev. H. E. Lewis pointed out that in some cases the reason why the calls had not been met as usual was that the railway assessments had been reduced. There were some cases in the Union where the railway assessments formed the larger part of the rateable value, and the reduction of these assessments threw a very heavy burden on the smaller rate- payers, who had, of course, to make un the deficiency. In one parish m the district the reduction had been considei-able, owing to the diversion of the railway traffic from the rail- way which passed through the parish, and the burden to the small ratepayers would be seen from the fact that a Id. rate now brought in only about £20. Everything would have been all light but for the fact that the call had been. made on the parish prior to the reduction- in the assessments, a.nd, under the circumstances, he thought rome means should be devised of obtaining relief to the parish he had in mind, and to any parishes similarly situated. The Clerk said the question of giving rcLief to the parishes would dersend to a great ex- tent on the auditor. Something could be done for the. parishes when the expenses were apportioned. » Mr. T. Davies (Ynvsawdre) hardly saw it was fair to burden the remainder of the district in order to benefit one or two par- ishes. The Clerk I think it is only fair it should be done. Had the reduction been made be- fore the call was issued, which ought to have been done. the other parishes. would have had the difference made up in their calls. A general discussion ensued, and the LllÚr- man warmly called the members to order, ex- claiming that the Council was resolving them- selves into a debating society. Rev. H. E. Lewis prow.ed that a commit- teebp appointed to consider the question, and this was agreed to. The whole of the members were appointed to constitute the committee. FENCOED- WATER SCHEME. A letter was read from the Local Govern- ment Board with refereuce to the application of the Council for sanction to a loan of £6,ÕOO for the purpose of a joint water scheme for Fencoed and Coy church Higher. The Board asked whether the necessary provisional agreements had been entered into with re- spect to rights to take water, sites for sur- face tanks, etc., and whether all necessary consents had been, obtained. The Board pointed out that the cost of the scheme could not be apportioned on the two narishes on a varying basis, as seemed to be the intention. lV.Dr. J. I. D. Nicholl proposed that the letter be referred to the joint water commit- tee.—This was carried. WATER COMPANY CRITICISED. The Council's engineer (Mr. Jesse Hurley) reported that there had bt-r*n a failure of the water supply at Cefn Cribbwr from Septem- ber 23th to October 1st. It appeared, he added, that the Company had to empty the Nantyci reservoir owing to some cracks ap- pearing in the cement lining. He had com- municated with the secretary of the Com- pany (Mr. A. J. Lawrence), whose reply was to the effect that there had been fio neglect on the part of the Company, who always did everything that could be done. Rev. H. E. Lewis thought the Council should put a stop to this sort of thing, and should even take the extreme step of proceed- ing against the Company in the event of a recurrence. MJr. T. J. Davies said that if the Council did not take some stens with the Company, the upper portion of the Kenfig Hill district would have no alternative but to make some other arrangement with regard to a water supply. It was a great hardship on the ratepayers to be inconvenienced as they had been in the period referred to. Mr. Nicholl: There is no question about our having a strong claim for damages? Rev. H. E. Lewis: There is an agreement under which they supply. The Clerk: They are to supply except under exceptional circumstances—frost and drought are the exceptions. The Engineer: I may say I never met the secretary in such a humble frame of mind as on this occasion.. Rev. H. E. Lewis proposed the following resolution:—"That the Garw Water Co. be informed that complaints respecting irregular supply are being received by the Council at almost every sanitary meeting of the Council from the engineer, who also alleges that the complaints are not attended to, and this -Council is therefore- determined that- in the event of any complaints of this kind in the future they will proceed for damages against the Company, and that a copy of the resolu- tion be sent to the chairman of the Company as well as the secretary." Mr. T. J. Davies did not see why the Coun- cil should not proceed against the Company in regard to past failures. The people in Cefn Cribbwr had' had to look up old wells and carry water long distances. The Chairman: And wait for hours at the spots. The Clerk: It would apoear that the short- age was due to the emptying of the reservoir for a special purpose; in that case there may be a difficulty. Mr. Davies Very well. I will not move an amendment, as I intended to. The motion was carried. ENTERIC FEVER. Sanitary Inspector Watkin J. Davies re- ported that a case of enteric fever had oc- curred at Station-road, Kenfig Hill. The Chairman: The boy has since died. Mr. Davies stated that he had also received notifications of two. cases of scarlet fever at Cwmfelin and Tondu respectively, and a case of diphtheria at Cwmfelin. Sanitary Inspector Eiryn. Davies reported that no cases of infectious diseases had been notified in his district during the month. SERVICES RENDERED. Mr. T. J. Davies, pursuant to notice of mo- tion, moved that the sum of five guineas be voted as a gratuity to M'r. E. Evans for his services to the Council during the absence of Mr. Cox on holidays. Mr. Davies said the Council had no claim upon Mr. Evans, and as the members were aware he had performed the work efficiently. Mr. T. Butler seconded. Mr. W. Lewis quite agreed that Mr. Evans should be recompensed, but he thought five guineas was more than reasonable. He, therefore, moved an amendment that three guineas be the amount. Mr. Loveluck seconded, and the amend- ment was carried.

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