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Chapter Five: Council Minutes - 1898
The existing records for 1898 begin in June. The Reeve was James S. Webster, a clerk living on Second St. Council included John Bremner, a stone cutter on Fourth St.; Charles Winges, a millwright on Main St.; James R. Logan, a foreman on Canal Rd.; and William C. Ogilvie, a carpenter on Second St.. The clerk was William Barry, who served in that position until the Village ended in 1907.
Overview of the Year:
The major item for the year was the creation of a waterworks that was never built. Council gave the monopoly to supply the village to an Edward Joseph Rainbosh of the Ottawa Suburban Waterworks Ltd. However there is no record of anything being built by this company. Apart from that, it appeared to be a normal council year with the usual duties when compared to the following years where more information is available.
Most of the appointments were made in January and therefore lost. (See Missing Records) We do know that the constable was Walter F. Bompas, a carpenter living at 76 Canal Road. In November, Reeve Webster retired for some reason and W. C. Ogilvie acted in his stead for the remainder of the term. Bylaw #56 appointed Herman Jordan, a labourer living at 28 Fourth St., as the pound keeper since Mr. Maher on Fifth St. had resigned. There was never any description in any of the records regarding the duties of the pound keeper but it can be assumed that it was a holding area for dogs, wandering cows and any other beast not allowed at large.
At the beginning of each meeting, council would review correspondence received and direct the clerk to respond where required. Some examples include:
As in later years, the council of 1898 concerned itself with new roads, railway crossings, sidewalks and drainage. While the infrastructure of old Archville comprised the main part of the village with streets such as Drummond, Bronson and Clegg in the south, most were without sidewalks or permanent drainage. And it appears that at this point in the history of the village there was no fire department, street lighting, waterworks or permanent sewers.
Some of the public works items listed in the minutes included:
Council Motions, Policies and Bylaws:
Everything from expenditures to the laying out of streets was dealt with by motions and bylaws. For the most part council passed motions to set policy. Some examples included:
Some examples of expenditures included:
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