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CARNARVON TOWN COUNCIL.

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CARNARVON TOWN COUNCIL. THE ROYAL VISIT. PROPOSED RAILWAY EXTENSION. A meeting of tlia Tcwn Council was held on Tuesday niglit, under the presidency of the Mayer (Couneiilcr R. Parry). The at- tendance also included Aldermen E. Hughes, W. J. Williams, J. Williams, J. P. Gregory, and D. T. Lake; Councillors R. Thomas, G. R. Griffith, J. T. Roberts, W. Hamer, R. Gordon Roberts, D. Pierce, G. Owen, R. O. Roberts, T. Hughes, J. Davies, E. Parry, O. Evans, W. G. Thomas, R. E. Owen, and J. Fletcher; Messrs Bcdvel Roberts (town clerk), D. H. Jones (borough accountant), E. Hall (surveyor), E. Roberts (sanitary inspec- tor), and W. Ruxton (gas manager). THE ROYAL VISIT. The Mayor, referring to the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York to the town last week, announced that he had received a let- ter from the Hon. Derek Kepel, equerry-in- waiting, expressing the appreciation of their Royal Highnesses of the very loyal welcome given to them in Carnarvon. He (the Mayor) thought the Council owed a deep debt of gratitude to the townspeople for the hearty and loyal manner in which they co-operated with the Council in giving a, loyal welcome to their Royal Highne sees. It spoke volumes for their loyalty and for their regard that they should have made such an excellent dis- play of bunting at so short a notice. He had- also received a. letter from Lcrd Carrington, in which he thanked the members of the Cor-' poration for the reception they gave to the Duke and Duchess of York, and praised the conduct of the people and the orderliness of the procession. He (the Mayor) felt that there wera so many who had co-operated with the Town Council in extending a wel- come to their Royal Highnesses that it would be invidious to name anybody personally lest he might leave some one out. However, there were some whose names it was his auty to mention, and to whom a vote of. thanks should be accorded. Mrs J. W. Jones, of Plasybryn, and Mr J. E. Greaves (Lord Lieutenant) kindly placed their carriages at the disposal cf the Corporation, to convey their Rcyal Highnesses from the station to the Castle and back ag"ain, and! they, to- gether with Sir Llewelyn Turner and the Hon. F. G. Wynn. also supplied evergreens for the purpose of decorating the town. The Council further received the hearty and. loval co-operation of the Militia, under Major Cooper, f>nd the Volunteers, under Colonel Rees and Cipfein Whiskin. Mention should be made of the fact that the Rcvnl Naval Reserves, who also rcted as guard of honour, gave valuable assistance in decorating the streets. Thinks wpre (I iie to those connected with the elementary schools of the town for permitting the children to ccrcrresn^e in Castle square to sing before their Roval Highnesses, and especnllr to Mr Cottrell fcr leading the smcrirur. Sir John Puilesten was deserving; of thanks for having placed the Castle at his (the Mayor's) disposal on that day; and he must not forget to name the Corporation officials, the despatch with which thpv carried out the decorations being worthy of all praise. He was personalty, in- debted to the members of the Council for the kindness shown to him on that occasion. If there was any hitch—and he regretted (o think there was, from what he had heard, but it was perhaps better not to take notice of it-if anything had been done to cast a slight in any way upon any member of the Council, he was sincerely sorry. It should be understood that the visit was one to the municipality at the invitation of the Cor- poration. and as such the members of the Corporation chould have been treated with due respect. He need not say any more upon this matter, but express his thanks to the Council, and formally move a vote of thanks to those who had co-operated with the Council in giving a loyal welcome to their Royal Hirrhnesses. Dr G. R. Griffith seconded, and it was agreed to. NEW RATE. On the motion of Mr W. J. Williams (chairman of the Finance Committee) it was resolved thnt the seal of the Council be affixed to a district rate of 2s 5d in the £ for the current year. WATER CHARGES. opinionF5 VC\rCTittee reported that the opinion of Mr Mackenzie, counsel, upon the water charge had been considered by them. appeared from the opinion that the Coun- cil had not exceeded their powers in differ- entiating between water consumers, and in allowing discounts for early payment of Cou7oTl S+nleI WaS °f °Pinion that the Comicil might charge any sum not exceeding 8s 8d per anrnm fcr the supply of water to tenements under £ 6 rateable value, subject A°^an t tf06 of 30 I** cent- under the Act ot 1897 to owners paying by the 1st September, in respect of houses whether oc- cupied or not. As a step, therefore, towards equalising the charges upon large and small tenements, the committee recommended that the net minimum charge per tenement under £ 6 rateable value be one penny per week-equal to 4s 4d per annum (instead of 3s 9d). This would still leave a margin of 50 per cent. Mow the maximum authorised ii of 1865, against 10 per cent, allowed from, the maximum to occupiers of large tenements. It was recommended that the scale of charges for water for domestic SSSwT5 ci? year endinS 25th March, *?e fJ3 follows:-Lock-up tenements, Is 6d in the £ on one-third the rateable value, with a minimum charge of 8s 8d per tenement, all subject to a discount of 5 per cent. if paid by 1st August, 1899; all other tenements above L8 rateable value, Is 6d in the R, subject to 10 per cent. discount if paid as aforesnidi; all tenements R8 and under, Is 6d in the R, subject to 30 per cent. discount to owners paying for houses, whether occupied or not, by the 1st Septem- ber, 1899. Minimum1 rent, 6s 2d per tene- ment, subject to 30 per cent. discount (equal totw* net), if paid by the 1st September, 1895. Mr John Davies asked what abatement was made on small tenements on the rate- able value? Mr W. J. Williams: I suppose Mr Da vies means abatement on the water ch arsres. Mr J. Davies: On the general district rate. Mr W. J. Williams replied that it was 50 per cent. Mr Davies wished to know if it was compe- tent for him to move an amendment. The Mayor: That matter is not before us at present. Mi W. J. V* illiams: An amendment can be moved as far as the water charges are concerned, but not with reference to the general district rate. Mr G. Owen observed that the allowance referred to was the heaviest of any in the country. Mr W. G. Thomas fancied that the amend- ment which Mr Davies wished to move came -upon the proposal that the seal of the Coun- cil be affixed to the new rate. The Mayor: That has been passed in pur- suance cf notice given at the last meeting. Mr Davies gave notice that he would again call attention to the matter. The recommendations of the committee were then agreed to. W GAS MATTERS. The Mayor submitted the minutes of the Gas Committee, containing the following items, which were adopted:—Sulphate of Ammonia. Plant: Messrs Goddard Massey and Warner's, repcrt upon the sulphate plant giving the result of the examination of the plant by their engineer, was considered, together with tneir account for the services of the engineer. The Manager having- stated that the repcrt was incorrect in several respects, it was resolved that he should write down his observations on the plant in the form of a report, and that the same be forwarded to Messrs Goddard, Mas- sey, and! Warner, if approved by the Chair- man.-Retorb Renewals The Manager re- ported that it would be necessary to renew one bed of retorts during the summer, and that Messrs James Brown and Co., had offered to reconstruct one oven on the re- generative principle, with retorts, &c., com- plete, for £89 10s. The Manager was direc- ted to supply to the committee an estimate of the cost of renewing one bed on Drake's system as at present, and also an estimate of the cost of reconstructing one bed cn the regenerative principle, and to report as to the advantage of one mode of proceeding over the other. j TENDERS. On the recommendation of the Sanitary Committee, of which Dr G. R. Griffith is chairman, the following tenders were ac- n cepted: -Provender, Messrs Lloyd Griffith and Son fuel, Messrs Owen Evans and Sen. COMPLAINTS AS TO NUISANCE. At a meeting of the Sanitary Committee, the Inspector reported that a letter had been received from St. David's road calling attention to the practice of leaving ash- bins, &c., out over-night on the roads and pavements in that district to the danger of the public. It was resolved that a printed notice be given to all occupiers throughout the town respecting this practice, and stat- ing that all offenders would be proceeded' against under the Town Police Clauses Act. At a subsequent meeting of the committee it was recommended that inasmuch as all persons do not take cognizance of the notice recently left in every house, the Chief Con- stable be requested to take especial notice of the matter, and prosecute all offenders. Mr R. O. Roberts suggested that the at- tention of the police be called to other beside house refuse nuisances. For instance, carts were left about the town. The recommendation of the committee was adopted with the amendment that other nuisances under the Town Police Clauses Act should be included. THE WATER SUPPLY. At a special meeting of the Sanitary Com- mittee tie Surveyor suggested that the dia- meter of the proposed new main be increased from 8-inch to 10-inch diameter, so that the mean gradient or working head of water in the main may be raised to a sufficient height I on the top of Llanbeblig road for supplying the Cliff and Twthill districts with an ample supply of water during the hours of maxi- mum consumption in the town, and also for the supplving of a population of at least 15.000, including the village of Cae Athraw, and tint without having to provide a dupli- cate main, when the existing 8-inch main which was ever 30 years eld would have per- ished, as it must do sooner or later. He also pointed out that the new main would be quite 1000 yards longer than the existing 8-inch, and that this reason alone, in his opinion, was sufficient to warrant a larger calibre main than the existing so as to en- sure a quick delivery into the town of the required quantity of water, which he esti- mated at 620 gallons per minute, or about 60 gallons per head per day of 24 hours. The committee concurred) with the Surveyor's views, and expressed their satisfaction with the manner the matter hid been explained to them. The Surveyor could see no diffi- culties as regards the construction of the additional reservoir at Y spytty.-Pres,ent Water Supply: The following is a cotw of a statement supplied to the Medical Officer of Health respecting the above, for insertion in the annual report -The whole of the town is now having a greatly improved sup- ply of water, including the higher parts of Twthill, The Cliff, such outlying places as the Vicarage, Rhosdican, Cokcside Farm, Coed Mawr, and Bangor road, &c., which change had been brought about. mainly by T1__L_L slightly re-arranginc the mams m uuuweo- ii/road, utilizing the Segontium Reservoir, and manipulating a few valves m districts where two mains were in existence, dj these means the mean gradient, or working head of water in the Bethel road mam had been raised to about 90 feet, or fully 60 feet higher than before. It is to be hoped that this improvement can be maintained during the summer months, and until the new main is laid from Yspvtty reservoir to the town. Dr Griffith explained that it was necessary to adopt a resolution for the purpose of in- creasing the loan for the extension of the waterworks. In June, 1898, it was recom- mended that application be made to the Local Government Board for leave to bor- row £ 3309 for the purpose of the extension mentioned, but the new Surveyor had since then gone into the matter thoroughly, and had proved to the satisfaction of the com- mittee that the loan must be increased by L956. This was accounted for mainly by the fact that it was proposed to lay down a 10-inch instead of an 8-inch main, which would supply the higher parts of the town. At the Local Government Board inquiry held last week the Inspector recommended that a resolution be passed that night asking for power to borrow an additional sum of P.968, making a total of £4265, which would include the cost of the proposed new reser- voir at Yspytty. Dr Griffith formally moved a resolution to this effect. Mr Gregory. in seconding, said he was glad to find that it was intended to lay down a 10 inch main, an improvement which had been advocated by Mr O. Evans and himself op various occasions. Dr J. Williams did not think it was neces- sary to enlarge the reservoir at Ysbyttv, it being quite large enough to supply a 10-inch main, and wished to know whether there was not a sufficient overflow at present, and lik-lv to be alwavs ? Dr Griffith replied that it was not proposed to make the extension unless it was found necessary. The Town Clerk: The Inspector said that it would he prurient to make it. Mr O. Evans It is not a question of over- flow but of capacity. The motion was agreed to. THE HOSPITAL. The Sanitary Committee reported that a tender wac received from Mr H. Roberts painter, offering to paint the two wards for a. certain sum, but as no more estimates were received the committee decided to defer the matter until the specification, could be re- vised, when fresh tenders would be invited. Mr J. T. Roberts asked why the commit- tee decided to defer the matter. He thought it was rather unfair that Mr Roberts should not be given the work because he was the onlv one that tendered. The Surveyor said that. the tender was con- sidered by the committee far too high. The Mayor explained that the committee felt that the tender was rather high, and they consequently resolved to defer the mat- ter for a time, thete being no hurry for the work. Mr Gregory observed that in justice to Mr Roberts the contract should be let to him. The recommendation of the committee was adopted. TEAM WORK. On the recommendation of the Highway Committee, it was resolved that team work be given in turn to all carters proposed to do it for 8s a day. ST. DAVID'S ROAD. At a meeting of the Highway Committee the Surveyor reported that only a few of the frontagers had written him expressing their willingness to comply with the notice sfftt them over a month ago as to the placing <$¥ this road in a satisfactory state, and it was recommended that the work be done by the Corporation under section 150 of the Public Health Act, and1 the cost incurred charged to the various owners in the usual way. Mr W. G. Thomas': Will those owners that have agreed to comply with the notice sent them a, month ago to place the road in a satisfactory state suffer by the adoption of section 150. The Surveyor No. Eight out of ten have already agreed. Mr W. J. Williams: An estimate has been sent to the owners as to the expense. THE ABER FERRY RIGHTS: DATE OF ARBITRATION. Mr J. T. Roberts, as chairman of tue Ferry Committee, informed the Council that the umpire selected in the matter of the dis- pute as to the ferry rights between the Council and Mr Lloyd Hughes would sit on the 12th and 13th inst., at the County Hall. Permission would be given to members of the Council to attend. Mr Gregory: Will the Press be allowed in? The Town Clerk: The whole thing is in the hands of the umpire. TOLL HOUSE FOR ABER BRIDGE. Three tenders for the erection of a toll house were received, and that of Mr D. W il- liams', amounting to £97, being the lowest, was accepted, and instructions were given for the work to be put in hand forthwith. THE ANGLESEY FERRY. Mr J. T. Roberts estimated the cost of the proposed buildings at Talyfoel on the other side of Anglesey Ferry at C587 Os 8d, and said that it was necessary. to pass a reso- lution that night to apply for leave to bor- row the money. The Mayor asked what would be the cost of the shelter piGposed to be erected by the Silent Battery ? The Surveyor: tl50 at the outside. Mr J. T. Roberts explained that before the matter could be gone into further the permission of the Admiralty to make use of the Battery wall was necessary. It was resolved to apply for a loan to cover the cost of the Talyfoel buildings and shelter. THE LIBRARY. Mr E. Hughes submitted the report of the Library Committee, from which it appeared that there was a sum of zC23 10s 3d in the bank. THE NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY: PROPOSED EXTENSION. Mr Fletchcr moved that the Council ap- prove of the application about to be made by the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway Ccmpany to the Light Railway Commission- ers for an order sanctioning the construction of a light railway from Rhyd-ddu to Bedd- gelert, and request the Carnarvon County Council to support the application. The mover said that he. did not think it was necessary to say anything in support of the motion, it being a matter with regard to which they should be of one opinion. The ccmpany, unlike the promoters of a, similar undertaking, were willing to make the ex- tension without asking for the loan of a penny from the County Council. If the Town Council agreed to the notice that night the County Council might pass a similar re- solution, and the matter could then be brought before the Railway C-famissioners. Mr W. G. Thomas, in seconding the motion said that the construction of the line would not in any way mar the beauty of the scenery through which it would pass. The scheme was not open to the objection raised to the Portmadoc and Rhyd-ddu scheme of last year, which would have spoiled the famous Pass of Aberglaslyn. A railway of the kind now proposed would, no doubt, prove beneficial to the people of Beddgelert, who might not approve of a line from Port- madoc to Rhyd-ddu on the ground that visi- tor4 would pass through instead of making a stay in the place, and admire the beauties of nature. Mr G. Owen said that he did not agree with much that had been said in favour of the motion, and he would propose an amend- ment that the Council should not approve of the construction of the line unless the railway company gave a guarantee that it would be extended to Portmadloc. In 1872 and in 1888 the Narrow Gauge Company had obtained Parliamentary powers to run their line on from Dinas to Carnarvon, and from Bryngwyn to Cilgwyn Common, but had not availed themselves of either. If the rail- way stopped at Beddgelert there would be terminal charges detrimental to the interests of Carnarvon. He believed the Beddgelert people would prefer a railway right through from Portmadoc to Carnarvon. Mr W. G. Thomas No. Mr G. Owen I think so. Mr Edward Hughes said three-fourths of the people of Beddgelert were in favour of the line running to Carnarvon and not to Portmadoc. If extended to Beddgelert, it would probably later on be further extended to Penygwryd and on to Bettwsycoed. Mr R. E. Owen: The company are differ- ently situated now from what they were. The Town Clerk said there was a possibi- lity of the promoters of the Portmadoc and the present scheme coming to an under- standing on the whole matter, as the Cam- brian Railway wanted to obtain access to Snowdon. Mr John Davies thought the narrow Gauge Railway would never be a success until it wa& extended to Carnarvon. Mr R. O. Roberts also supported the motion, and said that the company could now borrow money at a much cheaper rate than before. Mr Gordon Roberts thought they ought to consider the trade interests of the town, which would be injured by the construction of a line from Beddgelert to Portmadoc, which really would be a conduit to take trade away from Carnarvon. The Mayor suggested that a representation be made to the North Wales Narrow Gauge Company urging them to extend their line from Dinas to Carnarvon. Mr R. Thomas agreed with the Mayor's suggestion. Ultimately Mr Fletcher's motion was ad- opted with one dissentient, a rider being added directing that steps be taken to sup- nort the scheme on behalf of the Council be- fore the Light Railway Commissioners. Messrs Fletcher and W. G. Thomas were appointed to give evidence in support before the Light Railway Commissioners. On the motion of Mr John Davies, secon- ded by Mr Edward Hughes, it was further resolved to ask the Narrow Gauge Company to extend tjieir line from Dinas to Carnar- von. von.

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