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13th May, 1904, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

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

Vote of Sympathy

Before proceeding with the business of the Council, the Chairman said: I feel we ought not to commence this meeting of the Council without first expressing our deep sympathy with our respected fellow member, Mr. Wilkins, in the great loss he has sustained by the death of his wife, and I am sure I shall be voicing the feelings of the whole Council in moving the following resolution:- “That this Council express its deep sense of sympathy with Mr. Wilkins in his great bereavement on the death of his wife and that this expression of sympathy be conveyed to him by the Clerk.”

The Vice-chairman seconded the motion, which was carried by the members of the Council rising in their places.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 27th day of April, 1904, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, F. Ballard, J. Claridge, Geo. Denton, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, G. H. Skinner, Fred Knight, and J. Hornsby.

Appointment of Chairman

It was unanimously resolved that the Chairman of the Council be also Chairman of this Committee.

Appointment of Sub-Committees

It was resolved that two permanent sub-committees be appointed from this Committee, viz.:-

Lighting and Fire Brigade, and Waterworks.

It was also resolved that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman be requested to act as a Selection Committee for the constitution of the above sub-committees and also for two permanent sub-committees from the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mrs. C. Lawrence for house in Essex-road and passed.

Messrs. E. Salmon and Co. for additions to factory premises in Lawton-road and passed. The owners to be informed of the existing arrangement with regard to the iron building and required to give an undertaking to remove same when called upon so to do.

Mr. T. Swindall for house in Oakley-road and passed.

Mr. E. C. Browning for further additions to Rushden House and passed.

College-Street

The Surveyor submitted his final apportionment in respect of the Private Street Works executed in the lower and upper portions of this street, which were approved by the Committee.

High-Street Improvement

The Surveyor reported that the cost of this improvement amounted to £334/19/- which sum included an item of £15/10/- for costs of supervision.

Main Roads

The Surveyor further reported that the cost of maintenance of the main roads for the year ending 31st March last amounted to £1,013/13/4 which amount included a sum of £48/0/6 for Establishment Charges. The amount payable by the County Council is £1,000.

Upper Queen-Street

The Vice-Chairman and Mr. Denton undertook to make enquiries as to the owners of land abutting on this street.

Main Road Improvements

A special committee consisting of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, with Messrs. Knight, Claridge, Ballard, and Skinner was appointed to consider works for street improvements on the Rushden Hill and at the South end of the town and report to a future meeting.

Midland-Road Store Yard

The Surveyor was instructed to obtain estimates for the erection of a close wooden fence with two gates on the street side of this yard.

Public Lighting

It was resolved to cease general lighting on the 21st May and to continue the lighting in the High-street from the “Compass” Inn to the bottom of Higham Hill as was done last year.

The report was adopted.

Finance, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 4th day of May, 1904, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson, C. Bates, J. Claridge, Geo. Denton, A. Mantle, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, F. Knight, T. Swindall, G. H. Skinner, and J. Hornsby.

Appointment of Chairman

It was resolved that the Chairman of the Council be also Chairman of this Committee.

Appointment of Sub-Committees

The Selection Committee submitted their report recommending that the permanent sub-committees should be composed as follows:-

Estates and Farm – The Vice-Chairman and Messrs. Hornsby and Skinner.

Cemetery – The Chairman and Messrs. Claridge, Knight, and Bates.

Lighting and Fire Brigade – The Vice-Chairman and Messrs. Ballard, Bazeley and Wilkins.

Water – The Chairman and Messrs. Denton and Mantle.

The recommendations were unanimously adopted.

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 19th Mar., 1904

46

9

1

Week ending 26th Mar., 1904

46

8

3

Week ending 31st Mar., 1904

34

11

6

Week ending 7th April, 1904

34

12

7

Week ending 14th April, 1904

38

15

2

Week ending 21st April, 1904

39

5

7

Week ending 28th April, 1904

39

17

10

Collector’s Account

The Collector’s accounts were examined from which it appeared that during the past seven weeks he had collected the following sums on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General District Rate

1321

12

6

Water Rate

153

11

6


1475

4

0

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the past seven weeks:-


£

s

d

Mar. 19, J. Sargent, District Rate

281

12

11

                                 Water Rate

53

16

8

Mar. 24, J. Sargent, District Rate

350

0

0

Mar. 25, Parkinson, Chimney on Fire


2

6

               Elstow, Chimney on Fire


2

6

               J. Sargent, District Rate

244

13

2

Mar. 26, J. Sargent, District Rate

101

12

11

Mar. 29, J. Sargent, District Rate

250

0

0

                                 Water Rate

75

0

0

Mar. 30, J. Sargent, District Rate

49

19

5

                                 Cemetery Fees

11

2

6

Mar. 31, J. Sargent, Fittings

61

7

8

                                 Green Tolls

8

14

4

                                 District Rate

43

14

1

                                 Water Rate

24

14

10

April 30, G. H. Skinner, Harborough Road

8

11

3

Total

1,565

4

9

The following balances were found to be in hand on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

1611

18

7

Loan Account No. 16

569

15

7

Total

2181

14

7

Clerk’s Cash Account

From the Clerk’s cash account produced it appeared that during the past half-year he had disbursed in small petty cash payments £23/1/7 on general account and 2/6 on Loan account No. 16.

Fittings and Miscellaneous Accounts

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 £352/9/-.

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Memorandum of Water Rate

The Clerk submitted the following memorandum of water rate made on the 10th day of February, 1904.

 

£

s

d

£

s

d

Amount of rate

 

 

 

490

0

1

Recoverable arrears of former rate

 

 

 

5

14

1

 

 

 

 

495

14

2

Collected

487

3

11

 

 

 

Irrecoverable

4

10

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

491

14

8

Recoverable arrears

 

 

 

3

19

6

A list of the irrecoverables was also submitted and ordered to be written off.

Memorandum of General District Rate

The Clerk also submitted the following memorandum of general district rate made on the 20th day of January, 1904, at 2/- in the £ on £31,057/9/6 net annual value.

 

£

s

d

£

s

d

Occupiers

2154

9

6

 

 

 

Owners at 30 per cent

856

2

9

 

 

 

Land at 1s 4d

95

2

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,105

15

0

Recoverable arrears of former rate

 

 

 

4

14

0

Provisional list

 

 

 

89

17

0

 

 

 

 

3,200

6

0

Collected

3117

15

5

 

 

 

Irrecoverable

77

10

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,195

6

0

Recoverable arrears

 

 

 

5

0

0

A list of the irrecoverable amounts of this rate was also submitted and ordered to be written off.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported as follows:- “There have been six cases of infectious disease notified since the last meeting, viz:- One of erysipelas, one of diphtheria, one of typhoid fever, and three of scarlet fever. I visited and inspected the house and premises of the typhoid case and found everything cleanly and in a most satisfactory condition, and nothing at all likely to cause the disease.”

The Sanitary Inspector informed the Committee that the case of erysipelas occurred in Crabb-street and that of diphtheria in Grove-street, both of which had completely recovered; the three cases of scarlet fever, all mild cases, occurred in Spencer-road, Washbrook-road, and Little-street. The typhoid fever case was in Little-street, and also a mild case and doing well. Disinfectants were being supplied in all cases and every precaution taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

Factory and Workshop Act

The Clerk reported that he had received from H.M. Inspector of Factories, notices that bakehouses occupied by Mr. W. H. Saint and Mr. James Britten respectively had not been whitewashed as required by the Act and asking to be informed what action the Sanitary Authority were taking in the matter.

The Clerk said that on receipt of these notices he had communicated with the Sanitary Inspector, who now informed the Committee that he had visited the bakehouses in question and both had since been limewashed. The Inspector further stated that he had visited all the other bakehouses in the town and found them satisfactory.

Water Rate

The Collector submitted a water rate for the quarter ending 30th June next amounting to £503/10/8. It was resolved that the Council be recommended to seal the rate at their next meeting.

Estimates

The estimates for the current year were considered and agreed to. A printed copy was ordered to be supplied to each member of the Council.

The Committee recommended that a general district rate of 4s. in the £ be raised during the year and that the Council instruct the Collector to prepare a rate of 2s. in the £ on account thereof for sealing on June 8th.

Temperance Band

The Chairman stated that he had received an application from the Temperance Band for permission to play in the Cemetery field on Sunday, the 15th inst., and was authorised by the Committee to accede to the application.

Fittings Account

A statement of uncollected accounts was submitted by the Clerk. The Chairman was requested to confer with the collector thereon with a view to a speedy collection and to report to the next meeting any case requiring the attention of the committee.

Plans for New Buildings

A plan was presented by Mr. C. E. Bayes with an application for sanction to bring out the bay windows of the house in course of erection in Essex-road 2 feet 6 in., which is 3in. more than those of the adjoining house.

The Committee were unable to accede to the application.

A plan was also presented by the Wholesale Co-operative Society, Limited, in respect of the house occupied by Mr. Frank Ballard in Queen-street, requesting sanction to the bringing out of the bay windows for that house to the extent of 2 ft. 6 in. In this case the bay windows of the adjoining house only projected 2 feet 3 in.

The Committee agreed to sanction the windows being brought out the same distance as those adjoining but not further.

Referring to the estimates, Mr. Claridge asked if sufficient had been allowed for the Fire Brigade.

The Clerk said £100 was allowed, but it was understood that the amount to be asked for by the Brigade would be less than that.

Mr. Swindall: If there is anything else, it will have to come out of a loan.

Mr. Claridge asked if several public improvements were to be deferred.

The Clerk: If there is any further expenditure beyond that allowed for, special provision will have to be made for it.

Mr. Denton: Of course, the rate could be increased towards the end of the year if necessary.

The Chairman hoped that the Council would try to be as economical as possible this year, for they had no doubt a big year in front of them. No doubt many improvements were needed in the town, but there was nothing very urgent.

Mr. Hornsby asked if it was known what the call on the Council would be in respect of the waterworks, when they had the full burden of the scheme on them.

The Chairman: No; we know what it is this year, but not what it will be in the future.

Mr. Swindall said the Water Board was arranging that the call should not be too great in one year.

Mr. Bazeley asked, in reference to the unexpended balance of £750, part of the loan for the Fire Brigade station, whether the amount would be expended in the erection of stables this year, as was proposed when the loan was obtained.

Mr. Claridge said the matter was not considered, when the estimates were before the committee.

The report was adopted.

New Rules

Mr. Bates asked what the new rules were with reference to the regulation of the road-men’s work.

The Surveyor said they were rules he had issued.

Mr. Bates; They have not been before the Council.

The Surveyor: No; I am responsible for them.

The subject then dropped.



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