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The Rushden Echo, 10th July, 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Scavenging Contract
A Question of Trade Union Wages
The Health of The Town

Wednesday, present Councillors J. S. Clipson, J.P. (chairman), T. Swindall (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, John Spencer, L. Perkins, B.Sc., F. Knight, J.P., C. Bates, T. Wilmott, J. Hyde and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 24th June, 1914, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. S. Clipson, C. Bates, L. Perkins, and G. H. Skinner.

Team Labour – Scavenging

Tenders were received from Messrs. W. W. Smith and W. G. Wilmott for the supply of team labour required for the removal of house refuse and the collection of tins, crockery, etc., and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accept the tender of Mr. W. W. Smith, the lowest, for the collection of house refuse for a term of three years, determinable by the Council at the end of either the first or second year at the following price :-

One horse cart and driver, at per hour…. …. 7d.

The tender of Mr. W. G. Wilmott was accepted at 6d. per hour for the collection of old tins, crockery, etc., on similar terms.

Sewage Works

It was resolved to authorise the Sewage Works Manager to attend the meeting of the Sewage Works Managers Association at Brentwood, Essex, on Saturday, the 27th instant.

In answer to Mr. Skinner, the Surveyor said that Mr. W. W. Smith’s tender was 3d. an hour more than last year.

Mr. Bazeley said that before the tender of Mr. Smith was accepted the Council ought to be sure that the trade union rate of wages be paid – 18/- a week and a half-day’s holiday on Saturday.

Mr. Hyde said that some of the men could not get a job elsewhere.

Mr. Spencer said they had been told that Mr. Smith had promised to pay the men 2/- a week more. This ought to be put in the agreement with Mr. Smith.

The committee’s recommendation was carried by five votes to three, Messrs. Bazeley, Bates, and Swindall voting against.

The rest of the report was adopted.

Plans, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, June 24th, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, J. Claridge, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. F. Harris for wooden building at rear of house in his own occupation in Washbrook-road, and no exception taken.

Messrs. Harris Bros. for a cart-shed near their factory in Succoth-place, and no exception taken.

Team Labour – Daywork

Tenders were received from Mr. W. W. Smith and Mr. W. G. Wilmott for team labour required for general daywork, including the collection of street sweepings, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accept the lowest, viz., that of Mr. W. W. Smith, for a period of three years, determinable by the Council at the end of either the first or second year, at the following prices:-


s

d

One horse cart and man at per day of eight hours

7

0

Two horse team cart and man at per day of eight hours

10

0

Mr. Smith also to be paid at the rate of 1/- per hour for all overtime.

Shirley-Road

One tender only was received for the making-up of this road under the Private Street Works Act, viz., Mr. W. G. Wilmott £257.

The Surveyor’s estimate was £248.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to accept the tender.

Mr. Spencer moved that the team labour tender be referred back for the 2s. a week increase of wage clause to be inserted.

Mr. Bazeley seconded.

Mr. Swindall said that the work had already been entered upon.

Mr. Spencer: Nothing is binding until it is passed here.

Mr. Perkins said he should like some information as to the wages being paid at present. He did not know what was now being paid, and perhaps the 2s. increase was not sufficient.

Mr. Knight said the tender could be terminated at the end of the first year if it was found that an unsatisfactory wage was being paid the men.

Messrs. Bates, Bazeley, and Spencer voted for the amendment, which was defeated.

Mr. Perkins moved a further amendment, to the effect that the Council ascertain the rate of wages paid by the contractor during the year with a view to the revision of the contract if necessary, at the end of the year.

Mr. Bates seconded the amendment, which was defeated by five votes to four.

Mr. Swindall said that though the amendment was lost it would be the duty of the chairman and himself – as chairmen of the two committees – to see that the wages paid were satisfactory.

The rest of the report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 30th June, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, and F. Knight.

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 11th June, 1914

41

9

Week ending 18th June, 1914

41

2

11

Week ending 25th June, 1914

41

8

5

Collector’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

General district rate

1042

7

10

Other roads

4

7

2

Green Tolls


7

0

Burial fees, etc

10

6

0

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Collector, District rate

1042

7

10

Collector, Fittings

4

7

2

Collector, Green Tolls


7

0

Cemetery Registrar, Burial Fees, etc

10

6

0

Free Library, Fees, fines, etc

1

6

10

James Jaques, Sewer agreement


10

6

Total

1059

5

4

Public Works Loan Commissioners, Loan 27

1486

0

0

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General Account

1189

5

10

Loan Account No. 16

152

1

0

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Loan Account No. 24

1917

7

10

Loan Account No. 26

37

17

0

Loan Account No. 27 o/d

49

12

2

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £2,077/4/5 were examined and passed for payment.

Tar Spraying

A letter was received from Mr. Frank Holland asking the Council to allow him compensation for damage to wearing apparel caused by his cycle skidding on the newly tarred surface of Park-road. The surveyor explained the circumstances under which the accident occurred.

The Committee could not recommend the Council to accept any liability in the matter.

Mr. Spencer said that at least a dozen people had complained to him of the too lavish tarring of High-street. They were as a Council compelled to do the High-street tarring differently from the rest of the town, the County Council being responsible for High-street. He would raise the question in committee.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 1st July, 1914, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (Chairman), J. S. Clipson, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, and G. H. Skinner.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that nine cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., three of scarlet fever, one of diphtheria, one of ophthalmianeonatorum, and four cases of tuberculosis with two re-notifications.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 59 written and verbal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances etc., which for the most part were receiving attention.

Three lots of bedding had been destroyed during the past month after deaths from infectious disease. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding in two of the cases at a cost not exceeding £2.

The Council notice served on the owner of No. 11, South Terrace, to cleanse and purify the premises had been complied with.

The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.

Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order

The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received from which it appeared that on the 8th, 9th, and 10th June he visited 29 premises belonging to 27 cowkeepers and inspected 227 cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats. The report was considered very satisfactory.

Sale of Grass

The Surveyor reported that the sale of grass at the Sewage Farm, Cemetery, and Hospital took place on the 29th ult., and resulted as follows:-


£

s

d

Sewage farm

18

10

0

Cemetery

3

3

0

Hospital


10

0

The report was adopted.

Rose Day

Permission was given for the Rose Day processionists to meet in Spencer Park and to return there after the procession.



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