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BRIDGEND DISWCT COUNCIL THE PUBLIC SEATS. Mr. G. Harris. J.P. presided over ihe meeting of Bridgend Urban Council on Toes- day. There were also present Messrs. J. G. Jenkins. E. Preece, junr.. M. Stradling. H. Abbott. Dapbo L. Powell. F. Higgins, W. Edwards, and the clerk (Mr. J. T. Howell), assistant clerk (Mr. Ivor M. Howell), the sur- veyor (Mr. W. F. Tudor), and the electrical engineer (Mr. W. W el bury >. PUBLIC SEATS. I It was reported by the Surveyor that lie, had visited certain spots in the district and permission had been given to fix seats in the following places: — "North Ward: One about 12U yards beyond Barry Railway Bridge in Coity Road another noar Llynfi and Ogmore Railway Bridge, and or:e in Wild Mill Road and Coity Fields respectively. South Ward: One on top of the hill between the two rail- way bridges in Coychurch-road another in Cow bridge-road near the railway bridge, and onfc in Ewenny and Merthyrmawr Roads -re- spectively. W(-st,, War(i: One about fifty yards beyond Mr. Jennings's house on Lales- ton Hill: another near Tnorneycroft; one in Cefn Glas Road. and one in North Road. Mr. Jenkins suggested that the seats should not be placed close to any land which might be built upon. The places selected were agreed to, and it was understood the work would proceed at. once. ELECTRIC AL M ATTERS. The Electrical Engineer recommended that a 12-h.p. motor be purchased as a spare one for the condensing plant. The estimated cost of this motor and fixing was 00. He gave the reasons for recommending same s: (1) To replace the present motor should it break down, time taken to replace with spare being approximately one hour: the faulty motor mav take a period of one month to re- pair. (2) Tb" coal consumption is increased by 22 lbs. per unit generated when running on atmospheric pressure: therefore the break- down to the condenser motor would lead to an extra cost of coal and oil to the extent of .119 of a penny per unit generated. (3) It is onlv possible to run each main engine a period of five hours at a time on the atmos- phere owing to their becoming over-heated, due to back pressure of oil separater and at- mosphere. With a vacuum of 25 inches, these engines will run a considerable length of time. (4) Should one of the main engines be disabled at the same time as the condenser motor. we should have considerable difficulty to maintain an e>fficient supply of current. (5) During repairs to main engines consider- able difficulty would be entailed should con- denser motor fail. as repairs would have to be curtailed until motor was again in working order, during which much valuable time may elapse. Mr. Preece proposed that the recommenda- tion be adopted. He had 11(>('n up to the Electrical Station and agreed with the en- gineer. It was well known that they had had a little trouble with the motor, and if anything went wrong they had to wait until it was repaired or fetch one from the pumping station. He considered the suggestion a wise one. Mr. Jenk ins asked how the cost could be charged to capital account. He would like to know how they stood. Mr. Preece: Whether this is anything to do with the revenue account or not, it ought to be a capital charge. Mr. Stradling: Is Mr. Preece in order? He moved the recommendation. Mr. Preece: I take it if I am not in order the Chairman is quite capable of pulling me up without any outside interference. Mr. Stradling then seconded Mr. Preece's proposition. Mr. Abbott did not know why the engineer in the past should have worked on such a short-sighted policy. Why hald not this pro- posed expenditure been placed in the ordin- ary estimates when they were putting down the plant? He quite agreed with Mr. Wel- bury that the items were necessary. Still, the sum of £ 30 should come out of general ac- count. and not out of capital. If the elec- trical committee had been so foolish as not to put it on the estimates, they should take it out of general account. The recommendation was adopted. It was also agreed to purchase, at a cost of £ 2 10s.. a new belt to diminish the friction on motor and turbine pump bearings. PENSIONS COMMITTEE. The Clerk read a letter from the Local Pensions Committee stating that it would not be necessary for the Council to appoint members to serve on this committee next year and the year after. Mr. Jenkins: Some years ago, a member of this Council was elected on the Governing Body of the County School, and we could not get him removed because he had been elected for three years. Mr. Edwards: When this matter was raised before the Pensions Committee on Sat- urday I pointed out the absurdity of the posi- tion of a member of a Council should he not be returned by the ratepayers at the expira- tion of his term of office. He could still serve on the Pensions Committee although not hav- ing the confidence of the ratepayers. As for myself, 1 should decline to act if I was not returned to the Council by the ratepayers. The Clerk was instructed to look the matter up as to whether the Council were empowered to agree to the proposal. WYNDHAM HOTEL. Mr. H. J. Randall, on behalf of the Wynd- ham Hotel Syndicate, wrote that he under- stood the Council were proposing to do cer- tain works to prevent flooding in future, and if this was done he did not think they would hear any more as to the damage to Wyndham Hotel. It was agreed to acknowledge the letter. PLANS. The following plans were passed:—New street, to be called Lilian-street, Coity Fields, I for Mr. D. H. Lloyd: carpenter's shop for | Messrs. Sheppard. TENDER. The tender of Mr. T. D. Schofield for de- molishing the old house by the New Bridge, at a cost of £ 5 5s. was accepted. Mr. Schofield to have the material.