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The Rushden Echo, 24th April 1903, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of the Council on Wednesday night there were present Messrs. G. Denton, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Spencer, W. Bazeley, W. H. Wilkins, J. Hornsby, A. Mantle, F. Ballard, and T. Swindall, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Surveyor Mr. W. B. Madin).

The Result of The Recent Election

was formally reported by the Clerk, who said that the newly-elected members, Messrs. Mantle, Wilkins, Bazeley, and Swindall had all made the necessary declaration on taking office.

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Mr. Denton (the retiring chairman) said it gave the greatest pleasure to him to move that Mr. John Claridge be elected chairman for the ensuing year. It was not necessary to say anything of Mr. Claridge’s qualifications for the office, for they all knew him as a tried and trusted man – one in whom the Council and the town had every confidence.

Mr. Wilkins seconded the motion which was unanimously carried.

Mr. Claridge, in taking the chair, said if he had consulted his own wishes he would not have taken the position but as it was the Council’s wish he would do his best and felt certain he would have the assistance of all the members.

On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Swindall, Mr. J. S. Clipson was re-elected vice-chairman.

Committees

were appointed as follows:-

Finance, &c., committee:- The Chairman, the Vice-chairman, and Messrs. Mantle, Bates, Hornsby, Swindall, and Denton.

Plans, &c., committee:- The Chairman, Vice-chairman, and Messrs. Bazeley, Ballard, Knight, Spencer, and Wilkins.

While the appointments were being considered Mr. Spencer suggested that the Labour party should receive more equal representation than they had had in the past. They were not represented at all on the Sites Committee nor on the Water Board.

Mr. Denton contended that the Council in appointing committees had never considered any party matter, but had merely had regard to the best way of getting the work done. He hoped no party consideration would ever affect their work.

Mr. Spencer thought it was a curious coincidence that there were no Labour representatives in the two instances he had mentioned.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday the 1st April, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. George Denton (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, W. Bazeley, J. Spencer, and W. H. Wilkins.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. J. C. Mayo for four houses in Oakley-road and passed.

Mr. T. Willmott, jun., for ten houses in Robinson-road and passed.

Mr. T. Swindall for four houses in Oakley-road and passed.

Mr. R. Marriott (2 plans) for four houses on the Irchester-road and passed.

Mr. F. J. White for one house in Queen-street and passed subject to complying with bye-law 11.

Mr. E. Smith for a Stable at the rear of his house in Wellingborough-road and passed.

Higham Road Sewer

The Surveyor submitted plans and section for the construction of this sewer also showing the proposed connection with the Higham Ferrers sewer. The estimated cost of the work was £120. The Committee approved the scheme and agreed to recommend the Council to carry out the work forthwith.

Road Materials – Granite

Tenders for the supply of granite for the current year were considered and the Surveyor instructed to place his orders for about 1,800 tons in quantities as required from the following firms at the respective prices quoted by them, viz:-


2¼”

2”

1¾”

1½”

1”

¾”

Mountsorrel Granite Co. (Mountsorrel)

9/6

9/6

10/0

10/6

8/0

7/9

Groby Granite Co.

9/9

9/9

10/3

10/3

6/6

6/6

Fergusson & Starkey (Enderby)

9/1

9/1

9/7

9/7

7/1

7/1

Cliffe Hill Granite Co.

9/6

9/6

9/6

9/6

6/9

6/6

Cliffe Hill Granite Co. 9/6 9/6 9/6 9/6 6/9 6/6

And divide such orders as far as practicable so as to take:- 500 Mountsorrel Granite Co. : 500 Groby Granite Co. : 400 Fergusson and Starkey : 400 Cliffe Hill Granite Co.

Slag

Tenders for the supply of slag were received and the Surveyor instructed to place his order for 2,000 tons in quantities as required from the following firms at the respective prices quoted by them, viz:-

Kettering Iron Co. Unbroken 3/6; Spoutings 5/6; 2” 5/6; 1¾” 5/6; 1½” 5/6; 1¼” 5/6; 1” 5/6; ½” 5/6.

Wellingborough Iron Co. Unbroken 2/6; Spoutings 5/0; 2” 5/3; 1¾” 5/0; 1½” 4/6; 1¼” 4/3; 1” 4/0; ½” 3/9.

T. Butlin and Co. Ltd. Unbroken 3/6; Spoutings 4/6; 2” 5/0; 1¾” 5/0; 1½” 5/0; 1¼” 5/0; 1” 5/0; ½” 4/0; rough unbroken 2/0.

Team Labour (Day Work)

The following tenders for day work were received:-

Wm. Packwood: One horse, cart, and man per day, 6/8; two horses, cart, and man per day, 10/4; one horse, cart, and man per hour, and at odd times, 10d; one horse, cart, and man per hour on Saturdays, 10d.

A. Sharp: One horse, cart, and man per day, 6/9; two horses, cart, and man per day, 10/0; one horse, cart, and man per hour at odd times, 10d; one horse, cart, and man per hour on Saturdays, 10/d.

It was resolved that Mr. Wm. Packwood’s tender be accepted.

College Street

A further communication from Messrs. Cave was received suggesting that the road should be made on the Council’s lower estimate, i.e., with asphalted paths and iron kerbs. The Chairman explained that he had had a personal interview with Messrs. Cave on the subject and had no doubt the matter could now be arranged satisfactorily to all parties.

The Clerk was instructed to inform Messrs. Cave that the Committee saw no objection to the work being carried out on the alternative estimate communicated to them in the first instance with that for an indurate pavement, &c.

In reply to a question by Mr. Swindall, the Clerk said both estimates provided for a 40ft road.

Replying to further questions, Mr. Denton said he understood from Messrs. Cave that they were content with the estimate, with the omission of the cost of a storm water drain, which was really necessary through the High-street improvement. The cost of that drain, the committee agreed, belonged to High-street. The Private Streets Works Act would have to be put into operation, and that could not be done until Messrs. Cave had thrown into the road the necessary land.

Mr. Ballard said he had asked a question on the subject because it had been said that Messrs. Cave had not been treated as well as other people. He merely wished to elicit from the committee that there had been no favouritism, and for himself he was perfectly satisfied that Messrs. Cave had been fairly treated.

The report was adopted.

Finance, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Wednesday, the 8th April, 1903, when there were present: Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), George Denton (vice-chairman), F. Ballard, J. Claridge, J. Hornsby, and T. Swindall.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£

s

d

Week ending 20th March

44

6

8

Week ending 27th March

45

3

7

Week ending 3rd April

50

19

2

Clerk’s Cash Account

From the Clerk’s cash account it appeared it appeared that during the half year ending March 31st he had disbursed in small petty cash payments £18 14s 10d on general account and 18s 0d on loan account.

Fittings and Miscellaneous Account

The Committee examined the ledger containing a statement of the accounts rendered in respect of work and sales during the past six months amounting to £123 16s 8d.

Irrecoverable Amounts

The clerk produced a statement showing the various amounts found to be irrecoverable from various causes amounting to £3 9s 7d and it was resolved that the same be written off.

Collector’s Receipt and Deposit Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s receipt and deposit accounts from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected by him on the under mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

Miscellaneous

13

19

5

General district rate

1259

8

1

Water rate

236

7

0

Green tolls

6

10

4

           Total

1516

4

10

Memorandum of General District Rate

Rate made the 21st day of January, 1903, at 2s 0d in the £ on £30,022 4s 9d net annual value:- £346 2s10d supplemental list


£

s

d

£

s

d

Occupiers

2097

13

0

 

 

 

Owners at 30 per cent  

844

13

11

 

 

 

Land at ¼

95

9

11

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears former rate

 

16

8

3037

13

6

Collected

2965

16

8

 

 

 

Irrecoverable

64

7

7

3029

12

11

Recoverable Arrears

 

 

 

8

0

7

A statement was submitted showing the amounts irrecoverable and it was resolved that the same be written off as such.

Memorandum of Water Rate

Rate made the 21st day of January, 1903:-

 

£

s

d

£

s

d

Amount of rate

 

 

 

470

8

11

Recoverable arrears of former rate

 

 

 

14

3

2

         Total

 

 

 

484

12

1

Collected

469

7

4

 

 

 

Irrecoverable

14

6

9

 

 

 

         Total

 

 

 

483

14

1

Recoverable arrears

 

 

 

 

18

0

A statement was submitted showing the amounts irrecoverable and it was resolved that the same be written off as such.

Cemetery Registar’s Account

The Committee examined the Cemetery Registrar Account from which it appeared that the sum of £57 8s 6d had been received during the past half year in respect of burial fees.

Treasurer’s Receipts

The Treasurer’s Account was examined from which it appeared that the following sums had during the past three weeks been paid to him by the under mentioned persons on the following accounts:-


£

s

d

Mar. 19th Madin, amount overpaid

 

1

10

Mar. 29th Sargent, District Rate

124

16

10

Mar. 20th Sargent, District Rate

250

0

0

Mar. 20th Sargent, Water Rate

95

0

0

Mar. 20th County council Exchequer Contribution

47

10

0

Mar. 20th Sargent, District Rate

207

16

3

Mar. 25th Dennis, chimney on fire

 

2

6

Mar. 25th Drage, Harboro’-road

9

11

4

Mar. 25th G. A. Smith, Robinson-road

 

6

9

Mar. 25th Bayes, Robinson-road

15

19

3

Mar. 25th Sargent, Fittings a/c

2

0

0

Mar. 25th F. Walker, Chimney on fire

 

2

6

Mar. 26th Sargent, District Rate

104

11

9

Mar. 27th Sargent, Water Rate

108

11

6

Mar. 28th Sargent, District Rate

450

0

0

Mar. 30th Sargent, Cemetery a/c

57

8

6

Mar. 30th Sargent, District Rate

122

3

8

Mar. 30th Sargent, Water Rate

32

15

6

Mar. 30th Holland, Chimney on fire

 

2

6

Mar. 30th Green Tolls

6

10

4

Mar. 30th Sargent, Fittings

18

19

5

Mar. 30th Warren, Robinson-road

50

12

3

                     Total

1700

2

3

Treasurer’s Balances

The Committee examined the treasurer’s books and found that the following balances were in his hands on the under mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

3879

16

9

Loan Account No. 16

574

1

4

          Total

4453

18

1

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that three cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, all of typhoid fever in Harborough-road. He had visited and thoroughly examined the house and premises and found everything clean and in good order. Town water was used, and the drainage was satisfactory. No trace of sewer gas could be detected.

The Inspector reported with regard to the same cases that they were all at number 16, Harborough-road, the same house where typhoid fever existed in November last. He, like the Medical Officer, failed to find anything there likely to cause the disease. Disinfectants were being used and every precaution taken. After the former cases in November last the rooms were thoroughly fumigated in the usual way and the bedding destroyed.

The Officer said he understood all the cases were progressing satisfactorily.

Cemetery

It was resolved, with regard to the Cemetery field, to recommend the Council to sell the growing grass by public auction at a convenient date and then re-let the field from Michaelmas next.

The Chairman was requested to obtain from the caretaker a list of the plants, &c., belonging to him with a schedule of prices in order that the Council might take them over at a valuation.

Mr. Clipson, referring to the outbreak of typhoid said the patients were progressing favourably.

The report was adopted.

Postal Arrangments

The Chairman thought that, as the Post-office had been moved lower down the High-street, it would be a great convenience if a pillar-box were erected somewhere near the Church.

Mr. Wilkins said that idea had commended itself to several members, and it was also thought that the letter-box near the Wymington-road should be replaced by a sub-office where stamps, etc., could be obtained. He thought, too, that the Post-office authorities should be asked to put an illuminated dial in the round aperture in the new office which was so eminently suitable for the purpose. He moved that the Council ask that the suggested steps be carried out.

Mr. Spencer seconded the motion, which was carried.

An Obstruction

Mr. Bazeley said a gentleman had complained to him that he had hurt his leg through some scaffold poles being left lying on the footpath in Wentworth-road. Was it legal to leave obstructions on the path?

A member suggested that it would have been quite sufficient if Mr. Bazeley had mentioned the matter to the Surveyor.

The Proposed Free Library

Mr. Denton hoped that all the members of the Council would be present at the town’s meeting on the following night to support the recommendation of the Sites Committee, which was, as they would be aware, in favour of Messrs. Lilley and Skinner’s site on the Green.

In reply to a question by Mr. Bazeley, Mr. Denton said the site on Mr. Radburne’s property was thoroughly considered by the committee.

The Council passed a resolution approving of the choice of the Sites Committee.



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