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Transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

13th October, 1905

The Health of The Town
Electric Lighting
Vacancy on The Council

On Wednesday there were present Councillors Clipson (chairman), Swindall, F. Knight, Denton, Claridge, Bates, Hornsby, Bazeley, Skinner, Ballard, and Mantle.

The Late Mr. Wilkins

This being the first meeting of the Council since the death of Councillor W. H. Wilkins, the Chairman said: I feel we cannot proceed with the ordinary business of the Council without first briefly referring to the great loss the town has sustained since our last meeting in the death of one of our oldest and most respected members. I am sure you will all agree with me that we have not only lost a useful member of this Council but also we have lost a personal friend. I beg to move:-

That this Council expresses its deep regret at the sudden death of the late Mr. Wilkins and places on record its grateful appreciation of his public services to the town, particularly as a member of this Council, and further expresses its sincere sympathy with Mr. Wilkins’s relatives in their sad bereavement.

The Council passed the resolution in sympathetic silence.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 27th Sept., 1905, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, A. Mantle, G. Denton, W. Bazeley, and F. Knight.

Plans

were presented by:-

The Northants Union Bank for engine house to factory at rear of Nos. 68 and 70, Newton-road, and passed.

The Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society, Limited, for shed at the rear of their shops on the Wellingborough-road and passed.

Messrs. Hipwell and Co. for five barns in yard at the rear of the Waggon and Horses Inn and passed.

Public Lighting

The Lighting Sub-committee reported that they had visited North-street but did not see their way to recommend any alteration in the site of the lamp near Mr. Gibbs’ property as to which he had written to the Council complaining of the nuisance caused by the children playing in the vicinity. No action was taken in the matter.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Sub-committee to erect an additional lamp in Station-road, opposite Mr. W. H. Perkins’s factory.

Trees

The Surveyor reported serious damage to several of the trees on the Wellingborough-road and was instructed to issue a notice offering a reward of 5s. to any person giving information leading to the conviction of the offender.

Kimbolton-Road

It was resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to continue the construction of the cinder footpath from Mr. Groome’s house to the top of the Hayway subject to the County Surveyor offering no objection thereto.

Public Offices

The Surveyor reported that he was about to advertise for tenders and wished the instructions of the Committee as to the form of the advertisement, particularly as to whether it should state that the contractor would be required to pay not less than the Trade Union rate of wages current in the district.

It was resolved that the advertisement contain a statement to this effect.

In moving the adoption of the report, the Chairman said that all over the town, the trees had been cut with knives and some of the trees had been broken down.

The report was adopted.

Finance, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 4th October, 1905, when there were present: - Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. Bates, F. Ballard, and J. Claridge.

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 7th September, 1905

43

18

8

Week ending 14th September, 1905

41

12

10

Week ending 21st September, 1905

40

6

2

Week ending 28th September, 1905

35

18

7

Collector’s Account

By the Collector’s accounts produced it appeared that he had during the month collected the following sums:-


£

s

d

District Rate

998

13

1

Water Rate

192

11

2

Total

1191

4

3

Treasurer’s Accounts

From the Treasurer’s accounts produced it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the month:-


£

s

d

Sept. 9, Collector, District rate

101

4

0

Sept 11, Collector, District rate

57

2

9

Sept 12, Collector, District rate

121

2

5

Sept 13, Collector, District rate

63

19

4

Sept 14, Collector, District rate

105

4

9

Sept 16, Collector, Water rate

76

0

3

Sept 18, Collector, District rate

56

1

6

Sept 20, Collector, District rate

23

8

5

Sept 25, Collector, Water rate

74

5

3

Sept 26, Richardson, damage to trees


5

0

Sept 28, Collector, Water rate

54

4

4

Oct. 3, Collector, District rate

93

18

2

Oct. 4, Collector, District rate

299

6

6

Oct. 4, Collector Water rate

62

6

7

Total

1191

9

3

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that since the last meeting 20 cases of infectious disease had been notified, 19 of scarlet fever (with one death) and one of erysipelas.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted particulars of the notified cases, all of which he had visited; disinfectants had been supplied.

The brook near Wymington-road had been cleaned out, flushed and disinfected during the month and eight houses fumigated. The Inspector had also during the month sent to the Sanitary Inspectors of the adjoining districts names and addresses of workmen employed by Rushden firms, not residing in the town.

The Sanitary Inspector suggested that notices be printed and circulated in the town calling attention to the precautions which should be taken in all cases of scarlet fever and the penalties incurred by persons exposing themselves while suffering from an infectious disease.

It was resolved to adopt the suggestion of the Inspector.

The Inspector reported that he had inspected all the caravans at the feast and found everything in good order.

Sewage Farm

The Sub-committee reported that they had made arrangements for the crops to be sold by auction by Mr. Bletsoe.

Mr. Bates asked if the Sanitary Inspector had made out a list of the people living in Rushden who were outworkers elsewhere.

In the Inspector’s absence, Mr. Claridge said he had no doubt that the list was satisfactorily made out.

Mr. Bazeley thought a list of outworkers should be presented to the committee so that they could examine and verify it.

Electric Lighting

A letter was read from the solicitors to Mr. Harvey, who applied last year for a Provisional Order to supply the town and the district with electricity for lighting and power. The solicitors now asked if the Council would kindly let them know if they would be prepared to give their formal sanction to the application for the Order as far as the urban district of Rushden is concerned.

The Clerk said the Council could not give formal consent that night, as the question would have to be placed on the agenda. At the next meeting the matter could be considered.

Mr. Ballard did not think it would be to the interests of the town to let a monopoly come in.

The matter was referred to a meeting of the whole Council in committee, to meet on Wednesday, October 18.

Election

The Clerk said he had received notice of a vacancy on the Council owing to the death of Mr. Wilkins. As returning officer, he proposed to hold the election on Monday, Nov. 6.

Water Board

Mr. Bazeley asked if there was any stated time for filling up the vacancy on the Water Board.

The Clerk: No. They can fill up a casual vacancy if they like, or they can wait until the whole Board has to be elected again.

Mr. Ballard thought it would be an advantage to let the matter remain for a time. They might have a water expert elected to the Council.

The Cemetery

Mr. Bates referred to a misunderstanding which had arisen with regard to a grave space at the cemetery.

Mr. Bazeley asked if any claim had been made by the parties affected.

The Clerk said he had received no communication whatever on the matter.

The Free Library

Mr. Claridge asked if the Council would empower the Books Committee of the Library to spend money on the purchase of books.

The Clerk: You can spend up to next March a sum equal to a penny rate.

After discussion it was decided to authorise Messrs. Claridge, Clipson, and Swindall to spend £25 on books.

Fire Engine

Mr. Bates gave notice that at the next meeting he should move that the Council purchase a steam fire engine.

Lighting

Mr. Skinner asked for a lamp to be placed in Dell’s Close.

Mr. Hornsby called attention to the need for another lamp on Newton-road, near the top of Roberts-street.

Both suggestions were referred to the Lighting Committee.



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