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P.ALM-OILING." NEYLAND COUNCIL SCENE. MR. HlfCHIXGS THREATENS TO LEAVE THE CHAIR. MK JOHN WITHDRAWS AN EXPRESSION. Neyland Urban Couueii uu Monday evening, when the other memfcor3 present wore —Messrs J. Skone, W. Evans, G. lloach, George Lewis, W. Gwillym, G. M. Voylo, D. Harris, Oliver Garrett, T. John, James James, Harry Jones, J. Hier and W. F. James. THANKS. After the reading of the minules Mr Roach thanked the Council for the resolution of sympathy passed with him in his recent heavy bereave nents. He also extended his thanks to the for the very kind remarks made concerning himself and his family. PAUPERS AXD PENSIONS. The Clerk to the Pembroke Guardians replied to the Council's resolution re the grantiug of -Is a week to all septuagenarian out-door paupers, stating that the Guardians had no fixed scale of relief, but that each application was considered on its merits. INTERVIEW WITH THE KING'S HARBOUR MASTER. Mr Garrett reported the result of an interview which he, the Chairman and the Surveyor had had with the King's Harbour Master, who intimated that he had no objection to stones being removed from the Beach for the proposed sea wall. THE PAYMENT OF RATES. A SCKXK. Mr Lewis brought forward a resolution to rescind a resolution passed at a previous meeting rating the owner3 instead of the occupiers in respect of property of an assessable value of £10 and under. In moving that the resolution be rescinded, Mr Lewis said his objection to the resuluticn on the books was the extra burdens it would impose ou the ratepayers. On the district rate and the poor rate he calculated that it would mean the pay- meut of about £ l_i a year to the landlords, an amount equivalent to a ?d rate. In Neyland there were ;H:2 houses affected, with an aggregate assessment of £ 2,Olio. With a district rate of :23 Id iu the £ and a poor rate of 5s in the £ a commission of 20 per cent to the i?udi?rd? on the district rate would mean about 149, and 15 p-r cent commission on the poor rate would realise £ 7S. Tiie argument put forward that the commission would be more than counter-balanced by tho wiping out of arrears did not, in his opinion, hold good. The arrears on the poor rate last year amounted to itS lis 6d, in the pre- vious year the arrears were E,50 IGs 7 i'1. and on the pre- ceding year £G:3 10s 1. This proved that recently the rates had been more regularly paid, and a little more energy on the put of the coliectors would avoid these arrears. The Council could not, in his opinion, demand rates in respect of uuoceupied property unless they had an agreement in writing to that effect. The only people who would benetit by this new system would be the landlords, agents of property, and the rate collectors, but it would cost the ratepayers of Neyland u.,i additional il27 per year. All this would go into the pockets of the landlords, and he moved that the resolution be rescinded at the earliest possible moment. THE LANDLORDS ,.r_Tt I Air Joan secouu'-u. lie s:uu that Mr Garrett, when in the chair, said that the extra 4d on the rates was for the purposes of public lighting. It now turned out that the money was not for public lighting at all, but for palm- oiling the landlords of the district. The Chairmin (interrupting) Mr John, I shall not allow that expression. Mr John Perhaps you will give me aa expression that I can use. The Chairman You are imputing bribery to the Council. Mr J01m I am applying it to the whole Council. The Chairman: C ntess you can express yourself in a civilised manner as regards the Council, I shall not aliow you to go on. Mr Lewis has brought forward a resolu- tion and has spoken in a proper maimer, and if you cannot second him in a proper and respectful manner, I shall not allow you to pr ;ceed. Mr John I shall not withdraw. The Chairman Then I shall leave the chair. You have no right to use an expression of that sort, and I shall not allow it. Mr John You must give me another expression to use then. The Chairman I cannot put brains into your head. (Cries of "withdraw.") Mr Juhu I cannot see how I can. The Chairman I shall not allow you to use that expression on this Council. Mr John Give me au expression then. You are placing a burden Oil the poor of this district of something like 03 6d in thei in the interest of the landlords. The Chairman You said the resolution was passed for the purpose of palm-oiling the landlords, and you shall have to withdraw the expression or you shall not proceed. Mr John 1 have asked you for another expression. The Chairman I shall not. Mr .John: .LJ a representative of the ratepayers, I cannot. The Chairman Vou may represent anybody. I shall not allow you to proceed. Mr John 1 cannot withdraw it. The Chairman Very good. Then sit down. I am sorry for your flow of language. Mr John Give me an expression. The Chairman I am not here to do that. I am here to conduct the business of the Council, and it shall be conducted in a proper manner, or [ shall not conduct it at all. Mr John I am prepared to prove it. The Chairman This is not a pnper place for that. Mr John I dou't see how I can withdraw it. The Chairman I can tell you which way. You can say you withdraw it. Mr John Very well, I will withdraw it. Continuing Mr John alleged that the Council was composed mainly of men who would reap a benefit from the new method of collecting. There were landlords present who would reap a benefit from a rate they had made, and he did not think the Conncil were justified in allowing those men to vote. Mr Uoach explained that when he moved the resolution which Mr Lewis desired to rescind he was under the apprehension that landlords would pay for unoccupied houses. Now that this was not the case it altered his position. The Chairman pointed out that Mr Roach not only proposed the resolution, but he congratulated the liuance committee on bringing it forward. Mr Roach admitted that that was so. The Chairman I don't understand your position at the present time. Of course everyone has a right to chan"ge his mind. Mr Evans referred to the fact that under the new method all the rates would be collected. If they con- sidered the arrears last year they would see that the benefit to be derived from the landlords would be very little. The arrears last year amounted to £100, and to recover some of the rates meant an expenditure of 30s to recover -3a and then not get it. (Laughter). A BIG DISCREPANCY. Mr Y oy Ie said that if the resolution were carried it would not take effect for a certain time. It was early yet to know how the new method would act. He pointed out one big discrepancy in Mr Lewis's figures. Mr Lewis said the poor rate was -3s in the E. but it never exceeded 38 (¡d. And when a man made a discrepancy of Is Gd in the £ in his calculations he discountenanced his calcula- tions entirely. Mr Lewis had also over-stated the num- ber of houses affected by iu per cent. Mr John said that the landlords got Os Gd in the i out of it, but he did not see how that was possible in a rate of 2s id in the When men talked twaddle of that kind it was wasting the time of the Council, and the Chairman should put his foot down. Mr John produced a rate receipt to prove his statement, and added, referring to Mr Voyle, This man is always more or less making a row. Mr Lewis said he should reply to Mr V oyIe in a gentle- manly manner. (Hear, hear). He had a poor rate demand note at his house now for 2s 6d in the £ for the half-year. That proved his statement to be correct. On a division, three councillors-the mover and seconder and Mr Roach-voted for Mr Lewis's resolu- tion, which was therefore lost. TO INCREASE GAS CONSUMPTION. The paving and lighting committee recommended (1) that Messrs Parkinson & Cowan's offer to send a trained canvasser to canvass the district with a view to increasing the gas csnsnmers be accepted. (2) That Mr James Finn's tender for paintiug lamps and other work at Is Jd per lamp be accepted, subject to his being able to pro- ceed with the work forthwith. (." 1) That where the lamps are in isolated places the lanterns shU be collected and brought into stores for safety. (4) That Mr T. W. Rowland's tender for a photo meter and pressure gauge at £ U3 6s be accepted. (.">) That the tender of Mr T. D. Harries for laying pavements, kerbing, channelling, &c., at lOd per square yard for paving, and 4]d per lineal yard for kerbing and channelling, js !)d each for re- fixing cellar gratings and 103 for building gratin, boxes for private street works (Picton-road and Great Eistern- terrace) be accepted. The tenders of the Forest of Dean Stone Firm and that of Mr John Warlow for broken limestones for Great Eastern-terrace were also accepted. —The report was adopted. INSANITARY HOUSES. The sanitary inspector (Mr Evans) presented a lengthy report, in which he drew attention to the existence of a nuisance "U preiui-es occupied by Mr Charles Lloyd, 7, Chark-n Stitisi. Aj the occupier had not complied with his rt'nue-i to have the nuisance removed he recom- mended tuac jiitut .ry notice of abatement be served on Mr Lloy d. The L aLo repelled the result of a visit to ihe lioustre t'u iL,; .ulii uin'o of Cambrian Road. He was accompanied by the Medical Officer of Health, and now submitted a detailed report of the defects found on the various premises. He found in Xü. 3 house broken floors in back kitchen, leakage in roof, defective rain water troughs, icc. absence of trongr.s on back of house in No. z house, and defective floor in kitchen, &c., in No. 7 house; roof leaking, defective flooring in kitchen, &c., in No. ',) house; no rain water troughs on back of house, broken stairs, roof leaking, and defective ventila- tion pipe in No. 11 cottage. This last house was des- cribed as being generally in a very bad state, and re- quired purification. Houses -No. 13 and I,), 17,19 and 21 were also described as defective, No. 17 being generally iu a bad condition, nnd ^o. 21, on accouut of some broken iron railings, was dangerous to the public. The majaity of the houses were said to be kept in a very filthy state. Dr. Tolputt, meuical ofltcer of health, recommended that steps bo taken to close these houses as beiçg unfit for human habitation. The sanitary committee recommended that statutory notice be served on Mr Charles L!oyd, of No. 7, Charles Street, in accordance with the sanitary inspector's report, that a copy of the reports of the Medical Officer of Health and Inspector be sent to the owner of the houses complained of iu CLtmbrian Road, and to ask for his ;)bservations by the next meeting of the Council, and that statutory notice of abatement of nuisance be served on the occupiers of premises in Cambrian Road of which complaint was made in the Sanitary Inspector's report. i Mr Voyle referred to the seriousness of these nuisances, and said that unless they were abated there might be a serious epidemic outbreak. The sanitary committee's report was adopted, and on the suggestion of Mr Evans it was decided to hold a special meeting of tilo Council that night fortnight to con- sider the condition ot the houses in Cambria Road as well 08 the question of the Beach Road. I 1- MORE TEXDEn. The work- committee recommended that the conditions asfcud for by the War Department in connection wi:h their grant of £100 for the Beach road be subscribed to by the council; thrtt a rubble masonry wall, in preference to a concrete wall, be built alor; the Beach road, that the tender of Mr John Warlow for nnilding stones at 3s pecr ton, that of Messrs Llewellyn for hme at 1.3s per ton, aud that of Messrs Harries & Son fur oak posts at -is 3d each be accepted. These tenders are all ia respect of the Beach road improvements. The conditions of the grant made by the War Depart- ment are that the work shad be done in a manner adequate to protect the Department property, that no liability present or future be admitted by the Depart- ment in this matter, and that the cost of maintenance be borne by the urban council. The Committee's report was adopted. Several amend- ments were moved, but they were ail defeated.

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