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HAVERFORDWEST TOViN COUNCIL. IMPENDING CHANGES. THE EE-ORGANISATION SCHEME. An ordinary meeting of the members of the Haverfordwest Town Council was held in the Council Chamber on Thursday even- ing last week, when there were present: The Mayor (Councillor J. Reynolds) in the chair, Alderman T. L. James, Coun- cillors J. H. Bishop, W. J. Jones, H. J. E. Price, T. H. 'lhomas, G. M. Phillips, Isaiah Reynolds, Philip \Vhite, and \V. G. Rowlands. THE WATER SUPPLY. The Water Committee recommended that the water supply to the Workhouse be laid on according to an amended esti- mate of Mr. Gibbon at jt80, but that they consider the proposed charge of 6d. per 1,000 to be too little; and that the tend- ers for work at Crowhill pumping station were considered as follows :—Mr. J. Millar, £ 30; Mr. W. Reynish, t23. and Mr. Geo. Twigg, zt35. The committee further re- commended the acceptance of Mr. Rey- nish's tender at £23. Mr. 1. Reynolds said he should like to ask whether the Water Committee made any proposal as to the increase in the charge for water from the present price of 6d. per thousand gallons ? Aid. T. L. James replied that the com- mittee had not made any such proposal, but personally he should like to suggest that the price of the water be Is. 3d. per 1,000 gallons. On further consideration he would move that as a resolution. Mr. G. M. Phillips seconded. The Town Clerk pointed out that the question of the price of the water had been discussed at a special committee meet- ing of the whole Council held on December 6th. The report gave the price as 6d. per 1,000, and -it would be in order to move the suggested amendment at a later stage in the meeting, when they had the report under consideration. THE TOWN'S SANITATION. Mr. Bishop proposed the acceptance of the report of the Sanitary Committee. The committee recommended payment of ac- counts amounting to C121 Os. 9d. The tenders for the engine shed at Skerryford were considered as follows :—Mr. Millar, £ 18; Mr. W. Reynish, £15; and the com- mittee recommended the acceptance of Mr. Reynish's tender at CI5. The committee recommended that the crossing near the Salutation Square be renewed. The Sur- veyor was instructed to get the roadway in Perrot's New Road rolled. The Sur- veyor produced an estimate'for the erec- tion of an Isolation Hospital of brick and slate at C445, and with corrugated iron roof, C345. The committee recommended that the Surveyor prepare the necessary plans for brick and slate, and that tenders be advertised for. The Surveyor's report on the condition of Kiln Road was received, and the committee agreed to defer the mat- ter until the next financial year. The committee received the report of the Medi- cal Officer of Health and the Inspector of Nuisances as to the sanitary condition of Cemetery Row, City Road, and the com- mittee recommended that a drain be pro- vided at the back of the premises, and the own Clerk was instructed to inform the owners of the property thereof, with a request for them to make arrangements to connect the premises with the proposed drain. The Town Clerk read a letter from Mr. John Harries, North Crescent, dated December 17, requesting the Council to extend the main drain at North Gate to enable him to connect the drains of his new house, lie finding the pipes. The committee instructed the Surveyor to get the necessary work done." Mr. G. M. Phillips seconded the adop- tion of the report, which was carried with- out discussion. LIGHTING THE BOROUGH. Mr. P. White presented the report of the Gas Committee, which was as follows :— "ihe committee recommended accounts for payment amounting to C281 12s. Old. that the application from the Working- men's Institute for a supply of gas free of charge to a new lamp in front of the institute be granted. The committee in- structed the Gas Manager to make in- quiries into the complaints made of the gas supply from Machpelah to the Belle- vue Hotel. The Town Clerk reported receipt of consent from the Local Govern- ment Board to the borrowing of £ 360, re- payable in 28 years." Mr. I. Reynolds asked whether the new lamp to be placed in front of the Insti- tute would replace the old light? The Mayor: That is so. The Clerk explained that he had been in verbal communication with officials of the Haverfordwest Oddfellows, who would lend the Council the £ 360 required, at the rate of {;:3 lis, Cd. per cent. The matter had arisen too late to be placed on the agenda for that evening, but it could be dealt with at the next meeting, and the seal of the Council affixed to the agree- ment. The regular market price was 4 per cent. The suggested arrangement would keep the money in the town. rue report was agreed to. BOHULGH COMMITTEE'S ADnJS- TRATION. Mr. T. H. Thomas submitted the report of the Borough Committee, in which pay- ment of amounts amounting to £69 5s. Od. was recommended The committee recommended that certain necessary re- pairs at the Corn Market be done, and that tenders for the work be asked for; that three stalls be erected at the Slaugh- ter House, and that tenders for the work be asked for. The committee considered a report from the Surveyor as to certain encroachments made by the occupier of the Cricket Stand on Corporation property, near the Race Course, and recommended that the occupier be called upon to pay an annual rent of £ 2, or remove the whole of the buildings and enclosures. The com- miittee recommend that the Eisteddfod Committee should have the use of the Council Chamber for the holding of their committee meetings on payment of -£1. to- wards expenses. The committee recom- mended that Mrs. Young's application to transfer her tenancy of a portion of the Corn Market to Mr. W. M. Thomas be granted. Mr. G. M. Phillips moved an amend- ment that the rent to the occupier of the buildings and enclosure referred to be re- duced to fl per annum. Mr. H. J. E. Price seconded. £ 2 per annum appeared to him to be too high a rental. Mr. 1. Reynolds asked Mr. Price if it were his own property would he consider t 1 per annum an adequate rental? Mr. Price Certainly I should. The Surveyor explained that it was cor- ner land, and only about one-eighth of an acre was occupied. The report, as amended, was adopted. THE MARKET HALL. The Clerk said there were two questions arising out of the reports, the one was the market plans, and the other was the supply of water. The market plans might he considered first. The Mayor explained that they h:'d de- cided to invite Mr Preece James, the archi- tect, over, and to pay his expenses. They could not get on without him, and it was scarcely likely that that gentleman would pay his own expenses. There were many I matters in which they were in the dark, es- pecially in reference to the cutting down f of expenses. The estimated cost had been more than they had anticipated. I It was finally arranged that the con- vening of a special meeting of the Coun- cil in committee, to wliich Mr. Preece James should be invited, should be left to the Mayor. TYPHOID AT THE WORKHOUSE. The Town Clerk read a letter received by him from Mr. J. E. Rogers, clerk to the Guardians, informing him of an outbreak of typhoid fever at the Workhouse, and requesting a temporary supply of Crow- hill water by means of a stand pipe from the Infirmary Corner, and enquiring as to the terms for laying on a water supply from the same source and place. He stated that the Surveyor had been instruct- ed to give a temporary supply to the Y\ orkhouse by means of a stand pipe in St. Thomas' Green, and also to prepare an estimate of the cost of a permanent water supply to the Workhouse. It had been found that the cost of laying the main would be ztSO. Although the mat- ter had been considered by the commit- tee he (the Clerk) had not written to Mr. J. E. H. Rogers, as clerk to the Guar- dians, on the subject. The Guardians would probably be willing to pay the six- pence per thousand gallons, but possibly not the higher price. The Mayor said he had been speaking to Archdeacon Hilbers on the subject, and had told him that the Council would be willing to supply the Workhouse with water, but that the price remained to be fixed. Ald. James moved that the charge to the Workhouse be Is. 3d. per thousand gallons. They could not afford to supply the water at a lower price. Mr. P. White seconded. Mr. I. Reynolds: That is much above the average scheduled prices for water supply. Ald. James replied that it might be above the average charge for water sup- plied by means of gravitation, but not for pumping. Sixpence per thousand gallons would work at about 50s. per hundred thousand, which would not pay. Allow- ing for incidental expenses they would re- coup their expenditure at Is. 3d. per thou- sand, but would not make any profit. Ald. James' resolution was carried with- out a dissentient. COUNCIL'S SPECIAL PROCEED- INGS. The Clerk read the reports of the Spe- cial Committee of the whole Council as follows :-A special meeting of the whole Council was held on Tuesday, the 12th day of November, for the further considera- tion of the correspondence from the Local Government Board, re the appointment of Inspector of Nuisances, etc. The Town Clerk read replies to queries sent by him to the Urban District Councils of Milford Haven, Pembroke, and Tenby, as to the arrangements made by them for the carrying out of the duties of Surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances. The Town Clerk advised the committee that the Coun- cil had no power to pension any of their servants. It was proposed by Mr. H. J. P. Thomas, seconded by Mr. T.' H. Thomas, and carried, that the offices of Surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances be combined; proposed by Mr. J. H. Bishop, seconded by Mr. 1. Reynolds, and carried. That any fresh arrangements made should take place from the 31st March next, and proposed by Mr. 1. Reynolds, seconded by Mr. H. J. Price, and carried: "That an Inspector of Nuisances and Surveyor be advertised for, to commence his duties as from March 31st, 1907, at a salary not exceeding £ 120 per annum, £ 80 to be al- lotted as Inspector of Nuisances, and £ 40 as Surveyor, to be divided as follows C20 to the Sanitary Account, ,£J 0 to the Water Account, and f'10 to the Borough Account. It was also proposed by Mr. 1-1. J. P. Thomas, seconded by Mr. H. J. E. Price, and carried: That a Gas Manager be ap- pointed at a salary of £100 per annum, and that he should have his house, coal, and lights free. Mr. H. J. P. Thomas proposed, and it was seconded by Mr. H. J. E. Price, and carried: That Mr. Gibbon be appointed consulting surveyor on the un- derstanding that his services may be called upon at any time by the Council, at a salary of £ 70, the same to w divided equally between the four accounts. Mr. E. Reid proposed, and Mr. George Davies seconded, and it was decided that all the officials of the Corporation, with the ex- ception of the Town Clerk, Borough Ac- countant, and Collector be given notice to terminate their services under the Coun- cil. It was agreed that the Council ad- vertise for a caretaker for the Slaughter House, wages 15s. per week, and that the further consideration of the matter, now before the meeting, be adjourned to Friday next, the 16th inst., at 7.30 p.m., the adjourned meeting to be supplied with a full list of the Council's officials and work- men, together with the payments to each. SALARIES AND WAGES. An adjourned Special Committee meeting of the whole Council was held on Friday, the 16th ult. The Town Clerk read his notes of the meeting held on the 12th November, and also replies from the Town Clerk of Carmarthen, to the questions sub- nu^ed to him, and the Accountant pro- duced a statement showing the salaries and wages paid. It was resolved that the Council rescind the resolution passed at the last meeting, to advertise for a was Manager. That the Council retain Mr. Joseph Gibbon as gas manager at tlOO per year, and that he be paid JE20 a year as consulting surveyor and engineer, and that he superintend all the plant be- longing to the water undertaking, the road roller, portable engine, and stone breaker; and that the person appointed as caretaker of the Slaughter House should receive 20s. per week, and to do the whitewashing and painting required there. The committee instructed the Borough Accountant to have sixteen copies of the statement made, and to hand one copy to each member of the Council. QUESTION OR REDUCING EXPENSE A special meeting of the whole Council was held on Wednesday, the 5th of De- cember, for the further consideration of the maret tenders. The Town Clerk read Mr. J. Preece James letter, declining to attend at his own expense. In conse- quence of a small attendance of members Air. J. H. Bishop proposed, and Mr. T. f f. Thomas seconded, that the business of the meeting be adjourned to the next monthly meeting. An amendment was pro- posed by Mr. H. J. P. Thomas, seconded by Mr. T. Reynolds, and carried: That the matter be now discussed. The matter was fully discussed, and several suggestions were made with the object of reducing the amount, 10 be expended by dropping out of the plans certain of the works pro- posed to be done, but in the absence of j Mr. J. Preece James, the architect, the meeting was unable to deal with the mat- ter, and on the proposiiion of the Mayor, seconded by Air. 1. Reynolds: It was re- solved that Air. J. P. James be asked to meet the committee, and to be prepared with suggestions for alterations, to bring the price down to his original estimate, the Council undertaking to pay the ex- penses. On the proposition of Air. T. H. Thomas, seconded by Mr. P. White, and carried: That an application on behalf of Captain Barrett for the use of the steam roller be granted, the cost to be £1 10s. per day inclusive.

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