Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CONTINUING our look at the council chamber snippets we find that in April a special meeting of the UDC was called for the consideration of the rate estimate for 1913-1914. The clerk to the council Mr J Boyle submitted his report for the year ending 31 May 1913 together with an estimate of the sums required for the provision of services for the next twelve months. The following is a little taste of part of a very long report.

“The total receipts for the year just closed amounted to £4.053 and the expenditure for the same period to £3,722, leaving a balance to the credit of £261, which together with debts due and payable on the 31st amounting to £131, makes a total of £392, which sum represented the cash account of the Urban District Council on 31May 1913. In May there was some good news on the agenda of the Urban District Council.

The clerk of the council reported that the legal action taken previously against the Great Southern and  Western Railway regarding overdue rates payment was successful. The members praised and thanked Mr Boyle for his great diligent and hard work that was so instrumental in the successful outcome of the case against the mighty railway. In June the council discussed the provision of a town park and sports field. Also a suggestion was made on the acquisition of a site on the Dublin Road for new cottages and after due consideration the proposition was approved. The following is an interesting report on “closing the shops” which was read from the Shops’ Act Inspector. “In compliance with  your order directing me to procure the names of traders willing to close their business houses for a half-day weekly. I beg to submit the names and signatures of fifty traders, which include five members of the council, and all the traders of the town who employ assistants with the exception of six. The day agreed upon is Friday and the hour of closing is 2 pm commencing on Friday next. Yours, Thomas Fox.” The summer months are often referred to as the silly season and no more so than in 1913.The main topic on the agenda for the July meeting of the Urban District Council was a report in the ***********Kildare Observer********** regarding a dispute about a “manure heap”. One may only guess as to the nature of the conversation across the meeting room table on this occasion. In August the quarterly meeting of the UDC took place. Topics discussed were road steam rolling again, sewer connections were also on the agenda with the town surveyor reporting that during the last quarter seven houses were connected and the pail system was reduced by four houses. The total number of houses connected was now 192. Mr Hall also reported that six houses on the Dublin Road belonging to a Mr Eacret had not been connected properly to the sewer system and were causing a serious problem. The rest of the year in the council chamber was in the nature of run of the mill general activity. None the less the councillors and officials would have been well pleased with the work load they managed to get through.

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By Mick Mulvey
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