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FISHGUARD URBAN COUNCIL. Drainage Works Roadmen's Wages Question. The G.W.R. Co.'s New Bill. Fishguard as Mail Port. Mr. J. R. Richards, J.P. (chairman) presided at a meeting of the Urban Council at Fishguard National School on Monday evening. Also present: Messrs. J. C. Yorke, E. D. Jones, L. Evans, D. Rees, B. G. Llewhelin, W. Batsman, Capt. Titus Evans, D. Guion Thomas, William James, Cuthbert Thomas, T. Lewis, A. J. Hodges (cleik), and YV. J. Wilcox (surveyor). EXTRAORDINARY MEETING. A committee of th whole Council w-is h-il i yrov:o'is to the general meeting, to onjd. the new scheme of the G.W.R. Co. as affecting tlif interests if Lower Fishguajd and th-i generillv No repre-eatatives were d., mitred, but tlu l'ol\.wirp resolution was per mitred to be totbe P/es-s: "That m judgment of ti e <-nuncil of the trban distr' i f Fishe \avl: beit g the vernmg body of t.ie sai I liitiict within meaoing of the BL" (ugh Funds Act of 1872, it is expedient the district irr such council to oppose, in Ses-icn f Parliament, the Bill to er- puwr *h > Fi-liL'tiapJ and K l^slare Haro "0 to c MistrtK't hatbt.ur worl-s at Fi.shjuavd in -u'lstirntiori f JT ?erta'n authorised harbour wotk-f and railways in jtri lection therewith and for other purposes, and that the expense of opposing the said Bill shall be chargeable upon the district fu lld and lates of the dis- tiict." QUESTION OF GLAROIAN. Arising out of the minutes, which were read and confirmed, Mr. T. Lewis asked if anything had yet be m received respecting the appoint- ment of an additional poor law Guardian for the new urban area. The Clerk replied that he had seen the clerk to the Guardians, and the matter would be brought before the County Council in Feb ruary. He expected to receive a letter to that effect, but none had come to hand. Respecting the claim of Mr. Bancroft, en- gineer of sewerage, the Haverfordwest District Council had promised to forward particulars and maps. In regard to the kerb question in West Street the owner had not yet replied. VOTE OF CONDOLENCE. The Chairman referred in touching terms to the loss the Council had sustained since last they met, by the demise of Capt. Symmj'is, who was a fearless and outspoken, yet use! l member, one who never shirked duty an i lle interests and welfare of the town at large. He thought a vote of condolence from thac Courutii would be in accordance with its traditions Mr. B. G. Llewhelin endorsed all the Chair- man had said, and moved the vote. Mr. D. Rees seconded and it was carried, all the members rising. CORRESPONDENCE. The Chairman read a letter from Mr. Robert Howarth, proprietor of the Vergom printing works, West Street, applying for a share of the printing work and orders for stationery and other requisites for the Council. He had (he stated) equipped his works with a com- plete, up-to-date machinery plant, capable of turning out the highest class of work by the skilled hands employed. After discussion it was decided that the printing of the Council should be divided among the local printers, the applicant being one. This was moved by Mr. E. D. Jones, seconded by Mr. J. C. Yorke, and carried nem. con. Messrs. Spillers and Baker, of Cardiff, wrote agreeing to the conditions required by the Council respecting their new flour stores to be erected at Lower Fishguard. A letter was read from the Haverfordwest District Council stating that it had been re- solved to pay Mr. Bancroft's charges of £107 17s. 6d., being 2 per cent. on the estimated cost of carrying out sewage works at Fishguard some time ago. The District Council had since paid the money, which would be charged to Fishguard Urban Council. Mr. E D. Jones suggested that the letter stand over Tor a month. Mr. Yorke: They cannot claim without first sending plans. This was accordingly agreed to. The Clerk read a letter from Mr. E. Eaton Evans stating that the County Council Roads Committee were under no liability in respect to the scraping of the main road by the Fishguard Urban Council. Discussion en- sued, in which Mr Yorke opined that the County Council was liable for such work if it were done in the interests and preservation of the main road. Mr. E. D. Jones was not of the same opinion, but moved it be referred to the Highways Committee.—Mr. D. Rees seconded and it was carried. HIGHWAY RATE SUBSIDIES. Mr. T. Lewis considered that as the County Council had formulated a new scheme of sub- sidies on the rates, they should look into the matter in the interests of Fishguard. Mr. E. D. Jones proposed that the Highways Committee inquire into the proposals. Mr. Lewis seconded and it was carried. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. Mr. WTilcox, surveyor, read his report, which j stated that no infectious disease had been reported during the past month. He had interviewed Mr. J. J. Morris, owner, of Mr. Martin's (jeweller) shop in the Square, and that gentleman had promised to have the source of complaint removed as soon as pos- sible. Plans of new council schools and several new houses had been read. He had prepared plans and estimates of proposed sewer extension from Wrest Street to Windy Hall and the French Walk. The scheme included an area of 50 acres, taking land on each side of the Windy Hall road up to the Bigny, and on the lower side to the fields skirting the sea. He proposed carrying the sewer along the French Walk, and to have the outfall near to the low-water mark; but in the event of the Local Government Board declining its sanction he recommended taking the outfall to low- water mark at an extra cost of £140; with this the whole scheme he estimated to cost £1,010. He was much indebted to Mr. E. D. Jones for \aluable assistance in 'he matter. SANITARY COMMITTEE'S REPORT. The Chairman E. D. Jones) moved the adoption of the Sanitary Ccmmittee's report. If so doing he referred at length to the pro- posed additional sewerage for the west end of the town. The committee instructed the --ur- veyor to prepare plans jnd preliminary mate of the scheme. They had gone into the matter very carefully, and now suggested its approval. They wcula notice that the area v;as practically the whole of that which would naturally clr lin ÜÜ) the i cw sewr m rh.* Windy Hall Road. The se» er veuli be <• ir ried some 150 feet beyond th-i eou of 1he w^i'i-. and emptied nto the small cave beneath the cliff. The cave was not quite at low-water mark, but they thought that, taking into con- sideration the nature of the sewage no harm could possibly be done to the public health by emptying it at the spot named. The area covered all that was likely to be buih upon and be developed. Thtte was no provision made in Mr. Bancroft's report for this parti- cular area. Mr. Bancroft only proposed re- draining the old portion of the town—which in his (Mr. Jones) opinion, did not need re- draining,—at an estimated cost of some £5,000. Assuming the West end did develope to the extent of 500 houses—and it was scarcely likely to do so for some years to come—the area out- lined would accommodate from 800 to 1,000 houses, and house 2,500 inhabitants, those 50 acres would be ample. Explaining thfe sev- eral methods of sewage disposal, viz., con- structing a sewer to take storm water, ordinary rain water and sewage together or providing only for sewage and ordinary rainfall, he went on to state that the size of the sewer pro- posed would meet the requirements of all three together. If, in the course of time the place increased, an additional pipe might be laid to take the storm water. The cost of the proposed sewer would be from £300 to £900, and this they asked to be approved, and in- struct the Surveyor to prepare plans and speci- fications in order to have the work carried out. When these were ready it would be necessary to ask the L. G. Board to sanction them and borrow the money. Mr. B. G. Llewhelin seconded the adoption of the report which was then approved. To a question by Capt. T. Evans, Mr. Jones said they would deal with the rest of the town later. He thought the estimated cost would be sufficient to meet all expenses. The Surveyor read his report respecting roads and other details. He had inspected the Slade bathing place, and estimated the cost of pro- tecting the paths on the edge of the cliff at £3 12s. 6d. Some gates of gardens opened out- wards on the road, and he asned permission to serve notices upon owners to have such gates to open inwards.—Application had been received from one of the roadmen for an in- crease of wages.—Only one tender was received for the supply of stone, and that came after date. Mr. L. Evans (chairman), in moving the adop- tion of the Highway Committee's report, said they had asked the surveyor to prepare a I scheme for the opening of Penslade Quarry for the supply of stone for the roads. The only tender for stone was that of Mr. D. IIoweTls at 7s. per yard broken.—David Merriman, a roadman, had applied for an increase of wages, and the committee left the matter for the Council's consideration. Mr. Jones (smith), of Perallt, complained of a dangerous wall. They had asked the surveyor to prepare a report of the number of extra lamps required.—The question of supplying stones, he thought, was the main point calling for remark. There was evidently little desire on the part of local quarry owners to tender for the supply of stones to the Council, and it was necessary to consider the re-opening of Penslade quarry to meet the deficiency in t..at direction. -On the question of the roadmens' wages the committee were unanimously in favour of in- creasing the wages of both men, but they felt that the application came at the wrong time in the financial year before the estimates were dealt with. Mr. D. Guion Thomas seconded the adoption of the report. Mr. Yorke asked what amount the committee should be given as increase in the roadmen's wages. Regarding the stones, he thought the price high enough for some of the stone sup- plied from the various quarries in the district. If the stones were clean broken, and of the blue hkard kind, then 7s. was not too high, but they needed care in the selection. If the Pen- slade quarry were opened the tender would be left in abeyance.—The report was then adopted, and Mr. D. Rees moved that the roadmen's wages be increased Is. per week each. Reply- ing to Mr. E. D. Jones, he said that one man on the district roads was paid 18s., another 16s. and 14s. Mr. Cuthbert Thomas proposed that the sur- veyor made a report on the matter to the Council before it be dealt with. Mr. W. Bateman seconded Mr. Rees' proposal. Mr. D. Guion Thomas moved that the road- men's wages be increased to 18s. per week each. Mr. T. Lewis observed that they were paying out sums of money without calculating that their estimates for wages had already been fully reached. He thought they might so ar- range such matters as not to bring them on at the beginning or at the end of the year. Per- sonally he had no objection to increasing the roadmen's wages. Members proposed one thing at one meeting and something else at another meeting, and they knew not how matters would stand at the end of the year. Mr. Evans explained that the Finance Com- mittee allowed other items; the 2s. 6d. per week for surveyor's office was conceded. After the first man had been appointed at iEl per week the surveyor found that a second man was necessary, and two were engaged at 15s. per week. With extra time on Saturday after- noons their wages amounted to 16s. 3d. each per week. It was an unfortunate matter all through, but if the committee could allow the surveyor 2s. 6d. a week for his office without an estimate it could etretch a point again in the matter of wages. He seconded the pro- position that the roadman be given 18s. per week. Mr. E. D. Jones: I do think the Highways Committee should send in their resolution and not shelve the matter in this way. If Mr. Evans thinks the committee is not sufficiently strong to be able to advise the Council, then I move that the matter be referred back to the committee for the latter to send in a recom- mendation. Mr. Yorke: I second that. Some months ago I objected to paying one man Ll a week when he was in receipt of 15s., and with that he was satisfied. That man is over 70 years of age, and no man at that age can earn as much as a younger man-say of 30 years. Some of the applicants at that time could do twice as much work as the one who was appointed. I believe in paying a man according to market value, and the Council should not pay more than private employers pay for similar work. It is not right to pay this particular man higher wages, whether we can afford it or not. This man has not applied for an increase, and I care nothing for the report of the inspector. No man of 70 years can do the same amount of work as one of 30 years. Mr. D. G. Thomas: You would not work for that sum, sir. Mr. Yorke: I should expect to be paid accord- ing to market value. Mr. D. G. Llewhelin:. I think the committee should have dealt with the question in the form of a recommendation, and I support Mr. Jones' motion on principle. Mr. D. Rees withdrew his motion. On the voting, eight favoured the matter be- ing sent back to the committee, and only one (Mr. D. G. Thomas) objected. The question was thus referred back. It was, however, resolved that in the event of the increase being granted it should date from that meeting. The matter of Penrallt was also referred back to committee on similar grounds. FINANCE COMMITTEE. Mr. W. James (chairman) read and moved that the report of the Finance Committee be adopted. Among the items were: Mr. Lewis (lamplighter), £7 6s. 5d.; Mr. D. W. Lewis (registrar), for supplying returns to medical officer, £1 13s. Id. The collectors' statement to end of December last showed there was an additional amount due from new assessments of zi I Is. 10kd., making a total of E338 12s. 9d. for the ensuing half-year. Received from County Council, £2 14s. 4jd. The treasurer had £36 3s. 6d. in hand. The committee recommended the purchase of a book dealing with district council accounts for the clerk, at 21s. Mr. Evans seconded the adoption of the report, which was carried. Mr. T Lewis took exception to the payment of Ll 13s. Id. to Mr. D. W. Lewis (registrar), for the returns, until proper application had been made to the Council. Mr. Lewis was perfectly entitled to it, but it should have received the sanction of the Council after Dr. Owen's appli- cation had been received.—It was resolved that the clerk write to Dr. Owen asking him to send in the application. FISHGUARD MAIL ROUTE. Mr. T. Lewis gave notice of motion to move at the next meeting that a resolution be sent to the Postmaster-General recommending the harbour at Fishguard as a port of call for the Atlantic liners to land the mails. Mr. W. James seconded and it was carried. A similar motion regarding the Welsh Regi- mental Division was also passed.

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