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Rushden Echo, 11th October, 1912 , transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

The Action Against The Council
Whole-Time Medical Officer
Appointment Of Road Foreman

  Wednesday, present: Messrs. G. Miller, J.P., C.C. (in the chair), C. Bates (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., G. H. Skinner, C. E. Bayes, W. Bazeley, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, J. S. Clipson, and the Ven. A. Kitchin, with Mr. G. S. Mason (clerk), Mr. W. B. Madin (surveyor), and Mr. F. J. Allen (sanitary inspector).

Plans, Etc., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 25th September, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (Chairman), C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, and J. Spencer.

Plans

were presented by:-

  Mr. C. Webb for additions to wooden shed at the rear of No. 57, Newton-road, and no exception taken.

Knuston Footpath

  The Surveyor reported that he had inspected this footpath and found same in a fairly good condition; there was one part, however, which was rather dangerous, owing to the fence guarding the stonepit having given way.

  The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the owner requesting him to fence in and protect the stone quarry with the least possible delay.

Road Foreman

  One hundred and seventy-two applications were received for the post of Road Foreman, and a Sub-Committee consisting of the Chairman, Mr. Bates, Mr. Claridge, and Mr. Knight was appointed to make a selection of three therefrom to be interviewed.

Coffee Tavern Lane

  An application was received from the Ven. A. Kitchin for permission to erect a temporary covered way from the east door of the Public Hall to the door opening into the Church Institute yard on the occasion of the Church Bazaar on October 24th, 25th, and 26th.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application.

  The Chairman said that the committee had, subject to the Council’s approval, appointed as road foreman Mr. Henry Rowe, of Long Eaton, at a commencing salary of 35/- a week.  The three men interviewed were excellent candidates, and the committee had had some difficulty in arriving at a decision, but they thought they had selected the best man.

  The Ven. A. Kitchin thanked the Council for permission to erect a covered way for the bazaar.  It would be a great convenience, he said, to the promotors of the bazaar, and he hoped it would not be an inconvenience to the public.

  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 1st October, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, F. Ballard, J. Claridge, Fred Knight, and T. Swindall.

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 5th September, 1912……

35

14

6

Week ending 12th September, 1912……

34

8

0

Week ending 19th September, 1912……

33

11

11

Week ending 26th September, 1912……

31

11

0

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……

344

10

11

Fittings……

8

5

3

Green Tolls……

2

11

10

Burial Fees, etc……

7

15

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……

344

10

11

Collector, Green Tolls……

2

11

10

Collector, Fittings……

8

5

3

Collector, Burial Fees, etc…….

7

15

0

Free Library, Fees, Fines, etc……

1

10

6

Water Board, re Loans……

477

1

6

County Council, Main Roads……

255

0

0

And that the balances on the undermentioned accounts were as follow:-


£

s

d

General Account……

1063

17

8

Loan Account No. 16……

272

16

10

Loan Account No. 19……

387

17

6

Loan Account No. 23 o/d……

4

0

10

Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts

  A number of accounts, amounting to £1,031/9/0 were examined and passed for payment.

Surveyor’s Office Staff

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to increase the salary of Leonard Penness by 2/6 per week from this date.

  The report was adopted.

James v. The Council

  The Chairman referred to the action brought against the Council by Mr. James, butcher.  The expenses were £46/6/0, which the Council had to find.  On the question of law the Council was undoubtedly in the right.  The sheep was proved to be diseased, although the Council were wrong in the diagnosis.

  Some rather strong remarks against the Bench’s decision were made, but it was decided not to appeal in the case.

  Mr. Bazeley said that the Inspector did what he did with the best intentions, and he was surprised at the adverse verdict.

  A cheque was drawn for the amount of the costs.

Health And Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 2nd October, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (Chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.

Health And Sanitary Reports

  The Medical Officer reported that since the last meeting he had examined a sample of water taken from a well at Nos. 10 and 12, Albion-place, and found it to contain organic matter and to be unfit for domestic purposes. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to communicate with the owner with a view to the town water being laid on.

  The Medical Officer also reported that on the 11th September he examined the carcases of two sheep, which had been sent to a registered slaughter house, and found them to be in a very diseased condition and unfit for human consumption.  They had since been destroyed by the Order of a Magistrate.  The Clerk was instructed to write to the owner of the sheep informing him of the serious view the Committee took of his action and warning him against a repetition of the offence.

  There had been six cases of infectious disease notified since the last meeting, viz., two of pulmonary tuberculosis and four of scarlet fever.

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting 30 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which for the most part were receiving attention.

  Three lots of bedding had been destroyed after deaths from consumption.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1 in each case.

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

Medical Officer Of Health

  The Clerk read a letter from the Local Government Board relating to the representation made to the Board by this Council with regard to the formation of the Rural District of Wellingborough, the Borough of Higham Ferrers, and the Urban Districts of Wellingborough, Irthlingborough, Finedon, Raunds, and Rushden into a combined district for the purpose of the appointment of Medical Officer of Health and stating that the Board had decided to hold an enquiry and requesting information as to the most convenient place for that purpose.

  The Clerk was instructed to reply that in the opinion of this Council the Council Buildings, Rushden, would be the most convenient place to hold such an enquiry.

Cemetery

  The Surveyor was instructed to have mown the grass in the Cemetery field.

  The report was adopted.



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