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The Rushden Echo, 4th August 1899, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

The temperature on Wednesday night, when a meeting of the Council was held was so high that it was suggested that the meeting should be held in the churchyard, with the Chairman occupying a point of vantage in a tree. Unfortunately for the comfort of the Councillors, it was pointed out that they would get to the churchyard quite soon enough and the meeting was accordingly held indoors, the members submitting to the hot-air treatment being:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), G. Denton (vice-chairman), John Claridge, J. Spencer, J. S. Clipson, G. fountain, Paul Cave, and T. Swindall, with the deputy-clerk (Mr. Hayes), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. J. B. Martin).

Council in Committee

A meeting of the whole Council in committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, 12th July, 1899. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Mr. Geo. Denton (vice-chairman), Messrs. P. Cave, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, G. Fountain, G. Miller, G. H. Skinner, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, B. Mortimer, and W. H. Wilkins.

Officer’s Salaries

The committee had under consideration the salaries paid to the Collector, Surveyor, and Clerk.

The Collector’s present salary is £65 and having regard to the increase of the water rate and the additional duties placed upon him in connection with the Fitting Accounts and Green Tolls it was resolved to recommend the Council to increase his salary £25 to date from 31st March last. The duties now to include the demand for payment and collection of all accounts of every description payable to the Council.

The Clerk’s present salary is £100. The Committee recommend that this be increased to £120 to date from 31st March last with a further annual increase of £10 to a maximum salary of £150.

The Surveyor’s present salary is £150 and it was resolved to recommend that this be increased to £200 to date from 24th June.

Mr. Mortimer objected to the recommendations.

The report was adopted on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. J. Claridge. Mr. Claridge spoke highly of the work of both the Surveyor and Clerk.

Finance Committee

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, 19th July 1899. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Mr. G. Denton (vice-chairman), Messrs. J. Claridge, J. Spencer, G. Fountain, G. Miller, and G. H. Skinner.

Finance

Accounts. – A number of accounts were examined by the Committee and passed for payment.

Sanitary

A report was received from the medical officer, surveyor, and sanitary inspector on the
drainage of premises in the High-street occupied by Mr. Jos. Green and Mr. Robt. Hooper.
The drainage was stated to be defective, constituting a nuisance injurious to health.
Mr. Joseph Green’s drainage.
Mr Robt. Hooper’s drainage.

The report made various recommendations for removing the defects, it was resolved that the Inspector communicate the report and recommendations to the owners concerned and ascertain if they will undertake forthwith to remedy the defects complained of. In the event of the Inspector failing to obtain such an undertaking it was resolved that the Council be recommended to serve notice upon the owners requiring the works to be carried out and that proceedings be taken in case of default.

The Chairman proposed the adoption of the report, and said that the recommendations were being carried out.

Mr. Claridge seconded the motion, which was carried.

Waterworks Committee

A meeting of the Waterworks Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, 12th July, 1899. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Mr. Geo. Denton (vice-chairman), Messrs. Paul Cave, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, G. Fountain, G. Miller, B. Mortimer, G. H. Skinner, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and W. H. Wilkins.

Trial Operations at Sharnbrook

The Clerk reported that he had seen Mr. Hipwell with reference to the proposed trial bores in his meadow, and that he stated he would be willing for the terms of the agreement already entered into with regard to site A, to apply to an acre of land on the West side of the Viaduct adjoining the river if the Council decided to bore there.

Moors Supply

The surveyor reported that he was proceeding with the work at the Moors, but was not yet in a position to give results.

Bedford Road Well

The Sub-Committee were requested to consider and report as to the best means of utilizing the water from this well for the purpose of a supplemental supply.

A meeting of the Waterworks Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, 19th July, 1899. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Mr. Geo. Denton (vice-chairman), Messrs. J. Spencer, B. Mortimer, G. H. Skinner, G. Miller, J. Claridge, G. Fountain, and Paul Cave.

Supplemental Supplies

Moors. – The Surveyor reported that he had now sunk three trial holes at this site. The most satisfactory one being that at the North East corner. Mr. Eunson recommended taking and analyzing the water from this spot. The Committee were, however, of the opinion that a larger supply could be obtained if the water now running out at the bottom corner could be intercepted in Messrs. Lilley and Skinner’s field and connected with a tank near the before-mentioned hole in the North East corner. It was resolved to approach Messrs. Lilley and Skinner with a view to obtaining their permission to do this.

Bedford Road Well

The Surveyor reported that he had seen Mr. Eunson with regard to pumping the water direct from this well into the mains and that he had received a telegram from him this evening saying he would come to Rushden on Monday with Mr. Timmins and inspect the well with a view of recommending the most suitable pump. The sub-committee were instructed to make all necessary arrangements for testing this well with as little delay as possible.

Mains

The Surveyor was instructed to obtain prices for 500 yards of 3inch main and place an order for same forthwith.

Mr. York

The Chairman read a letter from Mr. York, the plumber, informing the Council that he had received the appointment of Surveyor to the Raunds Urban District Council, and resigning his appointment under the Council.

The Surveyor was instructed to advertise in the Contract journal and another Trade Paper for a foreman plumber to take Mr. York’s place at a salary of 35s per week.

At a meeting of the Water Committee held at the Vestry Hall on Friday the 28th day of July, 1899. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Mr. G. Denton (vice-chairman), Messrs. John Claridge, G. Fountain, B. Mortimer, J. Spencer, and T. Swindall.

Supplemental Supplies. – Moors. – The Water Sub-Committee reported that they had met Mr. Eunson and Mr. Timmins at the Moors on Monday the 24th inst. and that after inspection of the 3 trial holes recently made there Mr. Eunson expressed an opinion that No.1 (on Surveyor’s plan) was most favourable. He also recommended that a temporary well be sunk at that place to the bottom of the sand (about 17ft deep) and that after a day or twos pumping a sample of the water should be tested as to its purity before anything further is done. He also advised that a sample of the water be obtained at the spring in Black Close adjoining the Moors and belonging to Messrs. Lilley, Skinner, and Sykes and tested as to its purity.

Mr. Denton moved that pending a trial of the Bedford Road well the committee recommend the Council to defer taking any further steps at the Moors beyond testing the quality of the water in Black Close.

Mr. Fountain seconded, and it was carried nem. con.

The Surveyor was instructed to send a sample of the water to Mr. Bingley, of Northampton, for testing as to its purity.

Bedford-road. – The Sub-Committee also reported that they had held a consultation with Mr. Eunson and Mr. Timmins at the well on the Bedford-road, and had requested Messrs. Timmins and Co. to submit a tender for the supply of a suitable tube pump and gearing. The Sub-Committee also reported that they had instructed the Surveyor to negotiate for the hire of a portable Steam Engine and to have the shed at present over the well removed.

The following tender from Messrs. Timmins and Co. was thereupon submitted by the Clerk, viz.:-

1. To provide deliver and fix a pump in Bedford-road well (said to be 117 feet deep). capable of pumping 3 to 5,000 gallons per hour, and deliver same at surface; the pump gearing to be ready for affixing your belt drive the whole set to work for the sum of £50.

2. Hire of same per week. Council to work and keep same in order £1.

3. Hire of 3 legs, crab, winch, slings, etc., 5s per week.

4. To sell the pump and gearing for the sum of £120. The option of purchase to extend to 6 months and the money paid for fixing and hire of same, every three months, to be taken and allowed for as part payment.

Pump and gearing to be sent away next week and men to fix same on August 9th 1899.

Timmins and Sons. Ltd.

Resolved that the foregoing Tender be recommended to the Council for acceptance.

The Surveyor was instructed to purchase 500 yards cast iron mains from the Staveley Coal and Iron Co. at £6 10s per ton delivered at Rushden.

The Waterworks Sub-Committee were instructed to obtain Tenders for the hire of a suitable Portable Engine for the use at the Bedford Road Well and at the same time to obtain optional prices for purchase thereof.

The Chairman proposed the adoption of the reports

Mr. Cave asked if it would not be well to put the water they pumped out of the Bedford-road well into the mains. It was a pity to throw the water away.

The Chairman said it might happen that it would not be worth their while to put down a main to the well. It would not be worth their while if they only got 8000 or 9000 gallons, but it would if they got 30,000.

The Surveyor said the water would not be wasted, for it would go into the Brook and would flush it.

The recommendations of the committee were adopted and it was further resolved to give Mr. York a testimonial.

Plans &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, 26th July, 1899. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Messrs. P. Cave, J. Claridge, b. Mortimer, J. S. Clipson, and T. Swindall.

Plans

Plans were presented by:-

The Brick and Tile Company, for new kiln and drying shed on their Wellingborough-road Works and passed.

Messrs. Whittington and Tomlin, for stable and coach house in Queen-street and rejected for drainage of stable to be shown.

Messrs. Miller and Skinner for new streets on “The Rectory Estate” and referred back for the size of the sewers to be shown.

Highways

Steam Roller. – The Committee instructed the Surveyor to hire a steam roller from the Oxfordshire Steam Ploughing Company for a period not exceeding three months at the close of the year at 27s per day to include one man, water cart, coal, etc. Scarifying to be 1d per superficial yard.

Robinson-road. – Resolved that this street be made in two sections and that the upper section extending from Cromwell-road to the west end of Mr. Grohman’s house be first proceeded with.

Lighting

Street-lamps. – It was resolved to recommend the Council to renew their contract with the Gas Co. for the lighting and repair of the lamps during the ensuing season subject to modification as to the price of Gas in accordance with the Company’s Act. It was also resolved to commence the lighting season on Saturday, August 26th.

The Chairman proposed the adoption of the report.

Mr. Denton thought their decision with regard to Robinson-road was rather a new departure.

The Chairman said the Surveyor had experienced considerable difficulty in finding the owners of some of the lower half.

Mr. Fountain thought it would have been better to have carried the work right through at once. To do one portion at once might effect the apportionment.

The Surveyor did not think that would be the case.

Mr. Denton said there was no doubt the whole road needed doing, but as there was no intention to immediately dedicate the road he thought perhaps it would facilitate the putting of the road into condition all through, if they did as the committee decided.

The report was adopted.

The General Rate

On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Claridge, the seal of the Council was affixed to the General rate at 2s in the £ and to the water rate.

Mr. Cave asked how the water was charged to those who had meters.

The Deputy-Clerk said the rate was charged on the actual consumption.

Mr. Cave: How about those who don’t have meters and get no water?

Mr. Claridge said they had to pay on their rateable value, and were the losers, but the Council carted water to them and did the best they could under the circumstances.

The Health Of The Town

The report of the Sanitary Inspector was very satisfactory. Mr. Martin having no cases of infectious disease to bring before the notice of the Council.



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