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Chapter Five: Council Minutes - 1905
| Overview of the Year:
Again Arthur G. Greenfield and C. R. Robertson (by the Reeve) were appointed auditors for a fee of $10 each. Hial (sic) W. Brooks, who worked in a dairy and lived at 166 East Ave., was appointed to the Board of Health for 3 years. He was also appointed Assessor for the year at $65/year with the requisite $500 bond. A. Greenfield and Adolph Herbst? were also appointed to the BoH for 3 years. Again William Cole was appointed as Tax Collector in September at $65/year with the standard $500 bond. A. Acres served as treasurer at $50 for the year. Newton J. Ker was appointed engineer for the sewer project and W. Higgins was appointed Inspector of Drains.
Letters sent and received for the year included:
There were no other references to communication in the minutes for the entire year!
Roads, drains, sewers, sidewalks and more:
#1 C. F. Winter et al 7th St. from eastern limit of lot 8 to main sewer on Main St.;
#2 R. Pettapiece et al William St. 40 ft. west of lot 5 to main sewer;
#3 J. H. Roberts 6th St. lot 7 to Main St;
#4 J.B. St. Laurent 5th St. lot 9 to Main St.;
#5 R. J. Biggars et al 4th St. and Center St. to main sewer on 2nd St.;
#6 T. Ballantyne East Ave. Cedar St. to Main St. at corner of 2nd St.;
#7 W. Fenton East Ave. from Centre St. to Main St.;
#8 H. Heney East Ave. from north of lot 1 on G to Patterson property;
#9 W. Doran Bronson St. involved Gordon, Drummond, Clegg and McGillvray Streets.
It is interesting to note that the lead people in all these petitions were at one time on council or leaders in the community.
H. Mentzel 3.5 cents/foot not pipe and covers - $25/manholes;
W. Higgins 3 cents/foot - " - $24/ " (accepted)
There was very little activity regarding sidewalks or roads.
Board of Health:
There were no motions or accounts recorded during this year.
Council Motions, Policies and Bylaws:
Some examples of councils concerns include:
Court of Revision:
The Court of Revision was exceptionally busy this year. This was probably due to the increase in taxes as a result of the sewer project. As well there were numerous changes in the designation of school supporters from public to separate. This was probably the result of the special debenture to build the separate school and this board wanted to make sure it received all the money due. The Court of Revision was held with a jury that was selected from ratepayers who reviewed appeals from individual ratepayers regarding their tax assessment or school support designation.
As was the case in most years the larger commercial organizations appealed their assessments as being excessive. The Ottawa and New York Railway was assessed $1,000 and this was referred to another Court of Revision held later. The Canada Atlantic Railway had the assessment reduced to $80.000 at this session. Numerous large landowners such as Patterson, Lees and Slattery had large portions of their holding reduced. A number of separate school supporters had their assessments reduced as well. Judge OMara on July 26 held a special Court (for a fee of $5.50) where certain properties were deemed to be assessable.
The property mill rates and resultant payments for the year were as follows:
Some of the more interesting accounts paid in this year included:
The election for the 1906 council and school trustees was held on December 22, 1905. It should be noted that the ex-Reeve Henry Roche was nominated for the position once again but the clerk declared him to ineligible for the position. No reason was given but it may have had something to do with his involvement with County Council perhaps he had not resigned in time? John P. Cain, president of the Cain Brick Company at 162 Main St. was elected as a Councillor for the first time. This is interesting in that he is listed in the directory as living in Ottawa. Obviously residency in the village was not a prerequisite for election, only ownership of a business or land was needed. Cain became an important force in 1907 with the advent of amalgamation.
And for the first time in the history of the village two separate election polls were needed to accommodate the larger population.
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