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Rushden Echo, 14th June, 1907, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Steam Fire Engine Loan Sanctioned

  A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday evening, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), W. Bazeley (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, C. E. Bayes, T. Swindall, J. Paragreen, C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, and A. J. Dobbs, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. H. Hunter).

Plans, &c., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 29th May, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), W. Bazeley, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, A. J. Dobbs, and Geo. Miller.

Plans

were presented by:-

  The Working Men’s Club, Griffith-street, for alterations and additions to the bar and passed.

  Mr. W. Macdonald for stable and shed in Robinson-road and passed.

  Mr. Robert Marriott for two houses (amended plan) on the Wellingborough-road and passed.

Road Materials

Granite

  Tenders for the supply of granite for the current year were considered and the Surveyor was instructed to place his orders for about 1175 tons for main roads in the following quantities at the undermentioned prices:-


Qty



Price



Name

tons

2¼”

2”

1¾”

1½”

¾”

Mountsorrel Granite Co

350

9/3

9/3

9/3

9/9

7/9

Cliff Hill Granite Co

225

9/6

9/6

9/0

9/0

6/3

Ellis and Everard

150

10/0

10/0

10/6

10/6

7/3

Groby Granite Co

450

9/1

9/1

9/1

9/1

5/9

  The Surveyor was also instructed to place orders for about 400 tons for the district roads at the undermentioned prices:-

B. J. Forder and Son

8/9

8/9

8/9

8/9

6/3

R. B. Starkey and Son

8/10

8/10

9/1

9/4

6/10

Ellis and Everard

7/0

7/0

7/0

7/0

2nds. Qual.

Fergusson and Sons

8/10

8/10

9/1

9/4

6/10

Slag

  Tenders for the supply of slag were also received and the Surveyor instructed to place orders for 375 tons in quantities as required from the following firms at the respective prices quoted by them, viz.:-

  Wellingborough Iron Co.: Unbroken 4/-; Spoutings 5/3; 2¼inches 5/3; 2” 5/3; 1¾” 5/3; 1½” 5/3; 1” 4/-; ½” 3/9.

  Kettering Iron Co.: Unbroken 3/6; Spoutings 5/6; 2¼inches 5/6; 2” 5/6; 1¾” 5/6; 1½” 5/6; 1” 5/6; ½” 5/-.

Repair of Roads

  A circular letter from the Northamptonshire Automobile Club was received making suggestions as to methods for repairing the roads so as to cause as little inconvenience as possible to vehicular traffic.

  The Clerk was instructed to acknowledge the receipt of the letter and to inform the Club that in this district everything possible was being done to avoid any inconvenience.

High-Street South Improvement

  The question as to whether or not the loan to be provided for the purchase of land in High-street South should include the cost of effecting the improvement was considered, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor to prepare an estimate of the cost of culverting the brook and constructing a footpath with a view to submitting the same to the County Council and ascertaining from them what proportion of the expense that body would be prepared to bear.

Steam Fire Engine

  The Clerk reported the receipt from the Local Government Board of their sanction to a loan of £320 (repayable in ten years) for the provision of a steam fire engine.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor to give an order to Messrs. Shand Mason and Co. for delivery of the engine forthwith.

Recent Improvements

  Reference was made to the recent improvements effected at the bottom of Wymington-road and on the Wellingborough-road near Church-street, and to the generous way Mr. Sartoris had met the Council in giving up the land required for these improvements without compensation.

  It was resolved that this Committee recommend the Council to express by resolution their thanks to Mr. Sartoris for his actions in the matter.

  Mr. Claridge, referring to the loan of the steam fire engine, said it appeared that the Local Government Board were not going to hold an inquiry into the matter.

  The Clerk: No; they have sanctioned it without.

  In reply to a question by Mr. Swindall, the Clerk said the amount of £320 included 1,400 feet of hose, but did not include £30 which was asked for to provide for extras which would probably be required.

  The report was adopted.

Finance Committee

  A meeting of the Finance Committee was held at the Council Building on Wednesday, the 5th June, 1907, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and Geo. Miller.

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 9th May, 1907

33

19

8

Week ending 16th May, 1907

33

5

11

Week ending 23rd May, 1907

31

19

10

Week ending 30th May, 1907

29

15

3

Treasurer’s Accounts

  The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums during the past month:-


£

s

d

Beds. R. D. Council, re Wymington

6

5

0

County Council, Main Roads to March 31st 1907

258

0

0

Total

264

5

0

  And that the following balances were in hand on the undermentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

558

18

5

Loan Account No. 16

523

14

6

Loan Account No. 18

322

2

0

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Total

1,792

12

5

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Assessment to The District Rate

  The Collector submitted a list of the property owners who obtain the 20 per cent. reduction, together with the number of houses affected and their rateable value, but in the absence of Mr. Dobbs it was resolved that the matter be considered at a special meeting to be held immediately following the next Council meeting.

Workmen’s Compensation Act

  The Clerk was instructed to obtain quotations for effecting an insurance covering the Council’s liability respecting this Act.

  The report was adopted.

Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 5th June, 1907, at 7 p.m., when there were present:- Messrs. W. Bazeley (chairman), F. Ballard, C. Bates, J. Claridge, J. Paragreen, T. Swindall, and G. H. Skinner.

Health and Sanitary Matters

  The Medical Officer reported that no case of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting.

  The Sanitary Inspector drew the Committee’s attention to the prevalence of slaughtering pigs not in slaughter houses.  The officer was instructed to warn offenders that in future proceedings would be taken against all persons habitually slaughtering pigs for trade purposes in other than registered slaughter houses.

  The Inspector also reported that the notice served on Mr. Smith, requiring him to abate the nuisance in his yard in Griffith-street caused by the keeping of swine there, had not been complied with.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Inspector to institute proceedings before the Magistrates for the abatement of the nuisance.

  It was also resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Inspector to obtain the necessary legal assistance.

  The Inspector submitted a detailed statement of work done, notices served, and complaints investigated during the month.

Sewer Connections

  The Surveyor submitted a list of properties which the night carts still visited for scavenging purposes.

  The Committee considered that the work of making the house connections had proved very satisfactory, and gave instructions that the night scavenging should cease on the 30th June.  The Inspector was instructed to give notice to all owners in default to have their connections made by that date.

Nuisance Bye-Laws

  The question of making bye-laws dealing with nuisances was considered and the Clerk was instructed to write to the Local Government Board asking for a copy of their most recent model bye-laws.

Sanitary Inspectors’ Association

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Sanitary Inspector to attend the annual Conference of Sanitary Inspectors to be held at Llandudno from September 16th to 21st, 1907.

Sewage Farm

  The Farm Sub-Committee reported that they had met and decided to recommend the Committee to sell the grass at the farm, hospital, and cemetery by public auction on the 17th instant.

  The Committee approved.

  The Sanitary Inspector said Mr. W. W. Smith had promised to abate the nuisance in his yard in Griffith-street.

  The report was adopted.

Appointment of School Managers

  A letter was received from the County Council stating that, in accordance with the recommendation of the Rushden Urban Council the following had been appointed by the County Council to act as Managers of the Rushden Council Schools till March 8th, 1910:- Messrs. W. Chettle, J. Claridge, W. B. Sanders, J. Noble, F. Ballard, and B. Vorley.  Mr. Ballard had also been appointed a manager of the non-provided schools.



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