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BARMOUTH COUNCIL. MONTHLY MEETING. THE FIRE BRIGADE.—A Long Discussion. THREE HOUR'S SITTING. The ordinary monthly meeting of the above Council was held on Tuesday afternoon. Present:—Messrs. J. Pryce Jones, J.P. (chairman); Henry Freeman, William Owen, Rees Jones, Rbys Jones, Francis Morris, Edward Williams, J Llewelyn Davies and Dr. Parry (surveyor), Watkin Owen (boat- ing inspector), and John Roberts J. Pugh Jones; with Messrs. W. George (clerk) Richajd Llewelyn Owen (deputy clerk), Thomas R. (rate collector). ABOUT THE HORSE. The Surveyor reported that the Veterinary Surgeon had examined the Council's horse, and had found that there was nothing serious the matter with the horse, only bad teeth. RELIEF DRAIN. The Surveyor reported that the work of opening the Glanywerydd Relief Drain was well in hand. It was found that the pipes which were 12 inches in diameter, bad no cement in the joints, only ciay bad been used when laying them. This had been entirely washed out. Eight joints have been found which have bean cleaned, and cement put in and around the collars. He hoped to complete the joints inside the premises by Wednesday night. He would be glad to lmow whether or not it was the Council's intention to open the ground outside the furniture shop as far as the manhole in the field behind the Richmond Hotel. Mr Rhys Jones said now was the time to inspect the whole of the sewer. Mr Edward Williams agreed, and he proposed that the Surveyor should examine the whole sewer, which was carried unanimously. Mr William Owen thought the Com- mittee appointed to carry the matter through had not yet been consulted. If a Committee was appointed be thought they should be consulted. MrEdward Williams said he inspected the work now and again, and believed it was his duty to inspect. He bad called that day, and bad found everything in good working order. Mr William Owen said he did not complain about the work but he believed that the Committee should be consulted. Mr Henry Freeman said he had visited the work many times, and would do so again. When everything was in order he saw no need for the Committee to inspect the work. The Surveyor said he would call the Committee together when it was needed. WIDENING OF LLANABER ROAD. It was reported that the County Surveyor had explained to the Barmouth Council Surveyor that he was afraid that the Barmouth Council would have to bear the expense of work executed at Ceil wart for widening, and not yet paid for, unless the work- was proceeded with and completed, as the money bad been laid aside for the completion of the whole scheme. The Chairman said be understood there was no more money to be had,and the report by the Surveyor was quite new to him. He also understood that the Road Board at the time had refused to give any more money for any schemes. He should like to know what steps the Council should take in the matter. Mr Rhys Jones thought that the Council should proceed with the work. MrWilliam Owen said it was explained to the Council some months ago that no more money would be bad from the Road Board, and that was the reason why the scheme had been abandoned. He suggested that the Council should write to the County Council for more ioformatioQ. ø, j Mr Henry Freeman suggested that I the matter should be left in the hands of the Works Committee. The report made by the Surveyor was new to all of them. The Surveyor suggested that the County Surveyor should be invited to meet the Council. Mr Henry Freeman proposed that the Works Committee should look into the matter and report to the -Council. If the money was to be bad, the work should be proceeded with at once. I On being asked to :speak, Mr John Roberts, who is one of the town's repre- sentatives on the County Council, said that he understood that the Barmouth road widening scheme bad gone through but the County Council bad not yet re- ceived a penny from the Road Board, although part of the scheme had been started The payment for the Niork al- ready done at Ceilwart by the Barmouth Council bad been paid by the County Council and no payment would be made by the Road Board until the whole scheme had been completed. The money in the first instance would be paid to the County Council. The Chairman said the Council was informed some months ago that the Road Board would not allow any more payments for any schemes carried out in the county. Up to the present, the Council bad not been paid in full for the work carried out at Ceilwart. Mr Edward Williams said he quite believed that the money would come from the Road Board, but what amount of money would the Barmouth Council have to spend if the whole scheme was completed ? That was a point which should be looked into. Ulimately it was decided that the Works Committee should look into the matter. ABOUT A PLAN. The Works Committee recommended that the plans of additions to a work- shop at the back of Dick's Establish- ment should be passed A long discussion then followed. It was decided to adopt the recommend- ation of the Committee. QUARRYING OF STONES. A letter was read from Mr W. J. Griffith, contractor, asking for permiss- ion to quarry stones at Graigfacb, for the construction of the mufcsel tanks at Aberamffra. On the proposition of Mr Rbys Jones, seconded by Mr William Owen, the re- quest was unanimously granted. FLAG DAY. It was reported that Miss DoH Richards, Green Hill, had written that she would be pleased to arrange for a special effort to be made to raise funds for the Welsh Troops and would call the Committee together at once. I BOWLING GREEN. The Deputy Clerk reported that Mr W. W. Greener had written stating that as he found that be would require a considerable quantity of soil to enlarge his gardens, be would be glad if the Council would not remove any more from Mr John Lewis' land. It was decided to inform Mr Greener to the effect that no soil had been re- moved for the Council's use—the Coun cil's carts merely carting the soil for further use by the Bowling Club. STATUTORY NOTICE. No notice having been taken of the Council's requirements by those respon- sible for the house in Tanyddinas, the Works Commi ttee recmmended that a Statutory Notice be served upon the Trustee of the Estate of MorrisWilliams, deceased, calling upon them to execute what work was necessary to render the house fit for occupation. I COAST EROSION. The Surveyor having called attention of the Works Committee to erosion made by the sea between the Recreation Ground and Marine Mansions, it was decided that the Council should consider what steps ough^o be taken to prevent further erosion. Enquiries was to be I made of the Pwllheli Corporation as to the procedure followed by them to I obtain a grant in aid of the expense of constructing a seawall. I RATES. The Rate Collector reported that since the last meeting he had collected the sum of ZC59 4s. 8d. The total amount of rates collected this year was £4,013 1 2s. ld, A GOOD BALANCE. The Deputy Clerk reported that there was a balance at the Bank that day amounting to Cl,331 17s. Od., :as com- pared with C975 3s. 5d. this time last year. THE FIRE BRIGADE. I It was reported that the Fire Brigade bad met the Council's representatives to consider the question of making a monetary payment to the Brigade for looking after the engine and appliances. The makers of the Fire Engine recom- mended twelve practices with the engine during the year but, during war time, it was suggested that six practices be spread over the twelve months. The Brigade was now composed of nine members and the practices would be attended by about six members.— Application was made for an allowance of 2/6 for each practice in respect of each man, and, for a monetary pay- ment of e5 per annum to the Chief Officer for undertaking the responsibility of maintaining the engine and appli- ances in good order; the allowance of £5 to be in addition to the allownnce of 2/6 for practices. Mr Edward Williams said the report bad come rather suddenly on them, and roughly speaking it would mean an ex- penditure of Y,9 to ielo annually. Dur- ing the last few months they had been advocating economy, and on the other band the other side would bring forward that they would economise by adopting the report. From the commencement, he bad done his best to have a fire engine, and he understood then that the Brigade was to be a voluntary brigade and it was explained to the ratepayers in that light. He*quite agreed that all men should be paid for wor k done. He doubted- whether it would be wise to expend £9 to ZCIO at present if the Fire Brigade was to be a voluntary one. Was it not possible to defer the matter for a while. He did not want to go against the Brigade. Mr Rhys Jones said if the fire engine was to be looked after properly, the Council would have to pay for it. The' lifeboat crew was a voluntary one, but when the crew went out for practise they were paid for it ard other fees were paid for looking after the lifeboat house, etc. He looked at the Fire Brigade exactly on the same lines as the lifeboat. He believed it would be better for the Council to adopt the report, It would be more economical for the Council in the long run. Mr Henry Freeman said he agreed with Mr Edward Williams, and he understood that the Fire Brigade was to be a voluntary thing. Would it not be possible to have the Council's employees to become members of the Brigade, in case some members of the Brigade would be out of town when a fire would occur. The Council would not expect members to give their time for nothing, but he thought that the 2/6 recommended was rather too stiff. He agreed that it would be better to defer the matter, if need be, until the war was over. Mr William Owen said be thought that the money recommended was rather high, but at the same time he felt that the Council must pay for work done. The engine bad cost a good deal to the ratepayers, and somebody must look after it. He doubted whether any- body would look after the engine for nothing. Mr Rees Jones thought that by adopting the report the Council would take a right step in endeavouring to bring the Brigade and the Council to a better understanding be- tween one another, as be understood at the last meeting that the Council and I the Brigade did not co-operate. He thought thac 8/6 was not too mqch for [ an afternoon's practice, when the mem- bers were apt to get wet with the hoses. The fire engine had cost a good sum and it ought to be looked after thoroughly. He understood that the Dolgelley Council paid C23 annually to the Fire Brigade for manual labour. Dr. J. Pugh Jones said if the Council was going to t'ay let them have the best men, and he believed that members of the Brigade should be employed in the town in case of an outbreak of fire. He agreed with Mr Edward Williams that the matter had come rather suddenly. Mr J. Llewelyn Davies said the Fire Brigade bad at present nine members, but the Brigade thought that five or six members could manage the engine if a fire occurred. Mr Edward Williams said he did not object to the fee of 2/6 being paid the members when practising, bu the prin- ciple, as the Brigade was formed as a voluntary one. Mr J. Llewelyn Davies said a short time ago complaints were made at the Council that the fire hoses were left in the open unattended, and if the Council would not pay for looking after same they would soon be in the same predicament. N Mr Rees Joces said be believed that the Council ought to adopt the report. He doubted whether they could do any- thing better. The Chairman said he felt from the commencement that things were not going on as they should have been, and it was high time to start afresh. He believed that the person who looked after the engine should be paid for his services. The fire engine was the property of the ratepayers, and it should be properly looked after. The total- amount to be paid annually to the members would be £9 10s. He sincerely hoped that the three members from the Council who bad met the Fire Brigade would remain members of the Brigade. He should like to give an undertaking to the members of the Brigade that they would be paid henceforth, and that would make the Brigade liable to the Council. Mr Edward Williams appealed to the Council to defer the matter for the present. When the Brigade was for- med, applications were made then for volunteers, and they bad enough mem- bers. At that time there was no men- tion of any payment. Would it not be better to defer it until the war was over. Mr Rhys Jones said he believed that if they refused this report, the Fire I Brigade would be on the rocks. To keep in harmony with the Fire Brigade, it would be much better for the Council to adopt the report as presented. He proposed that the report should be adopted. Mr Rees Jones seconded, remarking that he firmly believed this was the best way of bringing the Council and the Fire Brigade to a better understanding with .one another. As an amendment, Dr. J. Pugh Jones proposed that inasmuch as the Council had not rescinded their previous resolu- tion on the Council's books which was to the effect that the Fire Brigade was a voluntary brigade, that the matter be deferred for the present. Mr Edward Williams seconded. Mr J. Llewelyn Davies-Who will be responsible for the engine ? The Chairman said that if they ex- pected persons to look after the engine and to attend practicps the Council should pay for the work. He saw no good in adjourning the matter. If the charges were too high, let anyone pro- pose otherwise. They must have some- one to look after the engine. Mr William Owen said he did not agree in adjourning the matter. If the charges were too high, it was open for someone to propose otherwise. He thought that the Committee had done its work very well. Mr Rbys Jones said it was only a farce to appoint a committee if nothing was done after all. The Committee had