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Conway Rural District Council. Provision of a Small-Pox Hospital. Marked Improvement in Financial Outlook. A MEETING of this Council was held at the Council Offices, Hi'gh-street, on Friday. There were present: Messrs G. O. Jones (chairman), W. F. Jones (vice-chairman), John Jones, Hugh Owen, Edward' Williams, Richard Jones, R. Ellis, Roger Jones, the Clerk (Mr T. E. Parry), Dr. Frazer (medical officer of health), Messrs Levi John (sanitary inspector), H. Jones (sur- veyor), and the Deputy Clerk (Mr Isaac Parry). The Sanitary Inspector's Report. On the recommendation of the Sanitary In- spector (Mr Levi John) several notices were ordered tQ be served upon owners of insanitary properties at Llysfaen, Galchog, Penmaenrhos, Dolgarrog, and Llangwstenin. In reference to the Caeclogyn and Hill-side water main, the inspector reported that tenders had been invited and accepted for carrying out the work, and the cost had been apportioned between the different owners, several of whom had paid their shares. The matter was, how- ever, in abeyance at present, and he was await- ing the Council's instructions. It was stated that this matter was not now under the Council's jurisdiction, and that it rested with the parties immediately concerned. Vital Statistics. The Medical Officer of Health reported 13 births and 6 deaths, making a death-rate of 11.2 in the Conway district; and 2 births with the death, making a death-rate of 7.9 in the Glan Conway district. The Sanitary Inspector reported two cases of diphtheria at Penygraig, Llysfaen, both of which had been dealt with in the customary manner. The Improved Financial Outlook. DEBT DECREASED BY NEARLY £ 1,400 IN TWO. YEARS. The Finance Committee reported a debit balance against the Conway Rural District ac- count of Z755 18s gd; and a credit balance of Zx60 3S 2d from Glan Conway. In moving the adoption of the committee's report, Mr John Jones said they would agree with him that the minutes of the committee w It proved their financial position was very much improved, as compared with what it was former- ly. Two years ago they were in a debt of Z2,109, and twelve months ago the debt was £ 1,935. However, in March last this had been still further reduced to £690. They would thus see that they had improved their financial position to the extent of £1,397 during the last two years. He would remind them of a remark made at a previous meeting to the effect that if all their calls had been met in March they would have stood with a credit balance; but, owing to the h'eavy rate imposed upon some of the parishes, it was felt that pressure was not called for. They were confident that by the end of the pre- sent financial year they would possess a good balance on the right side. ('Hear, hear). Mr Hugh Owen seconded the motion, which was carried nem. con. Cowlyd Board Precepts. Cowlyd Board precepts amounting to Z969 toS 8d and £ 216 is 7d upon the Conway dis- trict and the Glan Conway district respectively had been submitted to the Finance Committee ,and: it was resolved that they be presented at the September meeting. Penrhyn Loans. The Finance Committee reported the Local Government's Board sanction to the loan of 466o for the parish of Penrhyn, and it was re- commended that application be made to the Public Works Loan Board' for the loan of the money. The committee further recommended that a letter be written to the Local Government Board urging them to sanction the further loan applied for of £ 1,634 16s 6d. This was adopted. Surveyor as "Travelling Pawnbroker." Thomas Edwards, one of the Council's work- men, wrote asking for an alteration of the pre- s-ent mode of paying the workmen's salaries. Mr J. Jones remarked that from what he under- stood the surveyor had for some time previously been-through no fault of his own—acting as a sort of travelling pawnbroker. (Laughter). A member mentioned that that was not a judicious remark. Mr J. Jones said he had qualified the statement by saying it was done through no fault of the surveyor. On some occasions the surveyor had done a service to the workmen by advancing them money to serve until the, ordinary pay day. This, however, had been stopped, and the com- plaint received was concerning the inconveni. ence the men were put to in consequence. It was eventually decided that the workmen be paid their wages at latest on the Monday following the date when, due', that, where not practicable to pay some personally, the wages, be sent by postal order, and the highway surveyor be instructed accordingly. Small Pox Precautions. MEDICAL OFFICER PRESSES HIS POINT. Dr. Frazer reported in reference to a statement submitted recently by Dr. Lloyd Roberts. In the case referred to no action could be taken by the authority or its officers as the information of the steamer being within the waters over which they had jurisdiction was received too late to enable anything to be done. In a simi- lar case in future, all persons on board would be medically examined. Any who had not been vaccinated within the previous four years should be urged to be vaccinated. The occur- rence of that incident was another instanc-e of the danger of the introduction of smallpox which continually threatened them. Since there was no hospital for the reception of such cases, it would have been a most difficult matter to carry out the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease should one or more of the crew have been discovered to be suffering from smallpox. It was much to be regretted that after his special report of January 1st, 1901, the authority had not yet been able to arrange for an. isolation hospital for smallpox. A valuable opportunity for obtaining the services of a hos- pital to be utilised by several sanitary districts I in combination, and on the most favourable terms possible to the ratepayers was lost by the lack of support to the proposal of the Llan- dudno Council to erect a hospital for smallpox to be ,available for the sanitary districts in the Conway and Llanrwst Unions. He trusted the authority would again consider the question, and do all in their power to obtain the co- operation of the neighbouring authorities in that important duty. In reply to the chairman, Dr Frazer said they would see from the re- turns of the Registrar General that the country generally was in danger, and that they would find that the deaths from smallpox in England and Wales were seven only in the first quarter of last year. In the second there were 12 cases 44 in the third and 296 in the fourth quarter, while during the first quarter of this year there were 1,121 deaths from the disease. From those figures they would see that the danger was not only a real one, but a growing one. He was anxious that the district of Conway, which had always been to the front in sanitary progress, should, be in the front on that matter also. He was all the more anxious as they saw the public danger they were in from the case already re- ferred to, and the ease with which the disease might be introduced into the district. He hoped the Council would co-operate with the neigh- bouring authorities in providing one smallpox hospital for the district. Mr John Jones: You mean a hospital for smallpox only, Dr Frazer? Dr Frazer: Yes. Mr J. Jones Don't you consider that the right course would be to build a good hospital for general infectious cases, including smallpox? Dr Frazer replied that, under the regulations of the Local Government Board, no case of an- other infectious disease could be treated in the same hospital as a case of smallpox. Mr Jones Could not a section of the hospital be used for each? I am afraid the difficulty would be to persuade the authorities to make a smallpox hospital for this purpose only. Dr Frazer said the authorities took the pre- cautions to build smallpox hospitals as far away from all inhabited houses as possible. He re- minded them of the conference held at Conway on the matter on the 27th February, 1901, when it was recommended that such precautions as the erection of a joint hospital was necessary. Nothing had been done, however, but Llandud- no had 'eventually taken the matter into their own hands, and erected a hospital, Mr J. Jones asked whether it would be advis- able to ask the Llandudno authority upon what terms they would permit the use of their hos- pital in the event of a case occurring in the Conway district. Dr Frazer said he was afraid Llandudno would not;entertain the idea of lending their hospital. It was eventually decided to write the Llan- dudno Urban District Council as suggested by Mr Jones and that a special committee be ap- pointed to deal with the matter in the event of the Llandudno reply being unsatisfactory. The Colwyn Bay Water Supply Scheme. A PROTEST AGAINST EXPENDITURE. Mr R. T. Jones moved "That this Council con- sider that the existing works are ample for the supply of the district, but that if an improved supply is required for Colwyn Bay district that the whole expense of the proposed' new scheme of the. Conway and Colwyn Bay Water Supply Board should be borne solely by the urban dis- trict of Colwyn Bay, and that this Council most strenuously oppose any proposed new scheme which will cast additional burden upon the rural district." The speaker argued that if they adopted a scheme at all they should choose the "Ia scheme," as that would benefit about 50 houses more than the scheme suggested. There was plenty of water in, Penrhynside and Llan. gWiStenin. Mr J. Jonles seconded the resolution. It seem- ed to him it was unfortunate that Colwyn Bay should, proceed with any of those schemes. As a ratepayer of Colwyn Bay and the owner of some. small property there, he gave it as his opinion that the carrying out of any of the schemies suggested, as partly concerned in the constituent authorities, would mean a consider- able loss to Colwyn Bay. Granting that the ex- pense of the scheme was £ 30,000, Co'lwyn Bay would contribute £ 25,000 as their share. He thought that it would be far more satisfactory for them to pay the whole sum and secure com- plete control over their own water supply. He was more convinced since his visit to the Cow- lyd Lake the previous day that there was no fault at the lake. He was informed that two feet of the surface of the- lake meant a supply of 65,000,000 gallons of water. Further, he was told that there was sufficient water in the lake to supply the whole of the district from Chester to Holyhead. They would thus see there was no fault in that quarter. The fault was with the arrangement. Referring to the Cowlyd Board, Mr Jones said he believed every member was doing his best, but there were three parties, and each, in doing what they thought was their duty, pulled against the other, with the result that thte interests of neither were properly dealt with. They could not work in that way. Mr Jones, in conclusion, said he was not fond of law, but he was prepared to take that step rather than give way to the suggestion made by Col- wyn Bay. Mr Hugh Owen said he would not speak fur- ther on the matter; but he would' support the motion. Mr John Jones remarked that he sympathised with Mr Raynes in his absence; but- they had their duty to do to the district. The motion was carried .nem. con., it being decidled that a copy of the resolution be sent to the Cowlyd Board as well as to the Local Gov- ernment Board.

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