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MUNICIPAL WORK AT PEM- BROKE DOCK Market Water and Drainage Problems. BREEZY MEETINGS. A meeting of the Pater Committee of the Pembroke Town Council was held on Monday at the Coronation School, when there were pre- sent the Mayor (Mr. C. Young). Aldermen J. Hutchings, W. Jones, and W. Phillips, Coun- cillors W. Robinson, W. Rees, W. Owen, J. Grieve, T. Davies, J. Lawrence, and W. Evans, with. the Town Clerk (Mr. R. D. Lowless), and the usual officers. THE MARKET. The Chairman of the Market Committee (Mr. Grieve) said that the plans for the proposed hall at the Market had not yet. been prepared. Nothing had been done, for it had been im- possible for the Surveyor to do anything, so that this matter would remain in abeyance for the present. It was reported that two new hose, 50 feet long, were required for the purpose of washing out the market. It was stated that the old hose had been patched so much that they could not be further repaired. Upon the proposition of Mr. Lawrence, it J was decided to purchase the hose required. MT. T. Davies asked if Mr. T. G. Hancock had been consulted with regard to the pro- posed hall, as no doubt he could give a lot of information about it. Mr. Grieve said that he did not propose to consult any outside party. The Mayor said that he had consulted Mr. Hancock, who was taking a keen interest in the matter. Aid. Hutchings asked if it was proposed to build a hall in the Market. He did not think they ought to spend L200 or L300 at present. Was the hall wanted? He did not think there was any demand for the hall. The Mayor: It is not proposed to spend any- thing out of the rates. Ald. Hutchings said that he did not con- sider the proposed hall was a necessity. He had never heard any application for it by any theatrical or political party. He did not think they should start an opposition to the Temper- ance Hall out of the ratepayers' money. Aid. Jones agreed that the hall was not re- quired. The town was not in a state of pros- perity, and the matter could be left until things improved. Aid. Phillips wanted* to know how it was proposed to raise the funds without affecting the rates. Mr. Grieve said that the matter was not defin- itely before the meeting that day. When the plans were prepared and put before the Com- mittee he would be prepared to answer any question and tell them what it was proposed b;) do. With regard to the demand for the hall he said that he thought there had been a de- mand for the hall for meetings in connection with that Council. There was no place now where they could ask people to come to a public meeting with any comfort. It was thought by some of them that they could make a comfortable hall capable of seating 2,000 to 3,000 persons, and it was not proposed to spend any money out of the rates at all. It was not proposed to build a new hall, but to alter the present building, so that it could be more used than it was now. He did not know whe- ther they would be able to let it and make a profit, but if they could, why should not the ratepayers have that profit? After the matter had come before the Committee, then they could tllrow it to the winds if they liked. Aid. Phillips said that he did not want Mr. Grieve to think that they were all antagonistic to the scheme. He, for one, thought that the ratepayers would be ready to spend £100 or Z200 to make a comfortable hall, because he thought they could get interest on the money by letting the hall. He only asked what plan Mr. Grieve had, but lie did not know he had a secret he could not divulge. The Mayor said that Mr. Hancock had taken a deep interest in the matter. He was prepared to work with the choir to raise funds for the proposed work. He should support it strongly when it came out. Mr. Rees thought a market hall would be a very good thing, especially as the money was not coming out of the rates. He thought, how- ever, that they should insist upon having the money before any work was done. After some further discussion the matter dropped. A letter ws thrn read from the Paffer Ward Ratepayers' Association asking for the use of the Market Hall on January 27. Mr. Owen proposed that they have the use of the hall free of cost and Aid. Hutchings seconded. It was decided to allow the Association the use of the Hall upon payment of the cost of the gas used. WATER PROBLEMS. A few months ago Mr. Robinson brought. up the question of the water supplied to the Gas Company from which it appeared the revenue had shown a marked decrease. Mr. Robinson now stated that he had taken the readings at the meter at the Gas-works during the past 11 weeks. The first two weeks were not satis- factory. The meter got damaged, whether wil- fully Qr not, he could not say. One of the officials told him he could smash any meter in a week. He did not doubt it. (Laughter). He was under that impression before. (More laughter). Mr. Grieve: It could be done quicker than in a week. Mr. Robinson proceeding, said that he had satisfactory records for seven weeks. Accord- ing to the average used for these seven weeks -and he believed they had used more—the Company used 400,000 gallons of water a quar- ter. That at Is. Od. per 1.000 gallons would come to Z21 per quarter, which was e3 more than they paid for the whole of last year. He would suggest that they should get a better meter than they now had, which he was afraid was not strong enough for the job. He had an- other proposition to make also. He found that this £21 would be collected by the collector, and that he would receive about 21s. for it, and at the same rate he would get £4 4s. for the year. He thought that this was rather a tall order. He thought they should have a fixed price for the collecting of this money. He proposed that the money due in respect of ¡ these meters be paid to the Town Clerk in future. Aid. Jones: Who is the collector? I Mr. Robinson: The collector, Mr. C. W. Lawrence, receives it. I Mr. T. Davies said that there were a number I of small amounts which had to be collected as well as the big amounts. Mr. Robinson said that he had said nothing about the small amounts. He referred to the places where there were water meters. There were only about 30, as well as the Dockyard and the War Department. The two latter now paid direct to the Town Clerk. In response to further questions, Mr. Robin- son said that there were some 500 owners who paid 3s. a year water rent. Mr. J. Lawrence asked then if Mr. Robinson

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