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From The
Perth Courier
June 30, 1905,
Page Fifteen.

LANARK COUNTY COUNCIL.
June Session.
FOURTH DAY -- THURSDAY.
           Council resumed at 10 a.m.
           The following petition was read; --
           From George S. McIlraith and several others of the Township of Darling asking the Council to direct the expenditure of the good roads money to be expended commencing on the 4th concession line as described in the Good Roads County By-law terminating at the 8th concession line, on the boundary between the townships of Lanark and Darling. The petition stated that "the petitioners were aware that the local Council asked the County Council to allow them to have control of the expenditures, but the matter has never been brought before the Township Council. We can clearly see by the expenditure of $247, now expended on less than 900 yards, where the road was dry and fairly good, if the township only gets its proportionate share of the good roads money that part of the road which in some places is almost impassable will get none of the money, viz., 4th and 5th concessions require to be dealt with first; 6th and 7th concessions are fairly good."
           The Clerk of South Sherbrooke submitted a copy of a resolution passed by the Township Council, as follows to the effect that the Co. Council would grant the good roads commissioner, Patrick Corley, the privilege of continuing the grading of that part of the public highway commencing where he left off last fall, and grade on through the village of Maberly about three quarters of a mile, before he commences to gravel the part of the road already graded as the ratepayers wish to have this part of the road through the village graded before any gravelling will be done as it is very inconvenient to get gravel.
           Mr. Rogers reported that since yesterday three inmates had arrived at the House of Industry, all from the County of Renfrew. Two are aged and one of them a young woman, 30 years of age, but blind. According to law the County is liable for the keep of this woman after she had been given all the information she can get at the Brantford Institute. She is a clever woman, a good singer and very industrious. There is now only one empty bed in the house and provision will have to be made for more accommodation.
           Mr. A.C. Shaw was heard in behalf of the Township Council of North Elmsley asking that the Co. Co. pay to the Township Council the balance of $4,000, namely $2,000, under the good roads plan. The Township Council requires the money for to go ahead with the work.
           Mr. Shaw received the assurance of Council that there would not likely be any difficulty in the Township getting its share.
           On motion of Councillors MacLean and Pattie the by-law levying and collecting the amounts falling due during the previous year under the by-law providing for the payment of the debentures and interest falling due in connecting with the improvement of the public highways was read and passed. The amount to be paid by the several municipalities being as follows; --
Bathurst................... $ 464 96
Beckwith...................   348 76
Burgess....................   130 69
Dalhousie and N. Sherbrooke   146 45
Darling....................    43 03
Drummond...................   478 90
N. Elmsley.................   200 12
Lanark Tp..................   267 12
Lavant.....................    35 87
Montague...................   260 74
Ramsay.....................   464 49
Pakenham...................   322 08
S. Sherbrooke..............    56 46
Almonte....................   342 02
Carleton Place.............   399 05
Perth......................   532 98
Lanark Village.............    75 03
                           $ 4668 75
           On motion the by-law providing for payment of debentures and interest, in connection with the annual payment of the House of Industry, was passed, the amount to be paid by the several municipalities being as follows; --
Bathurst................... $ 124 90
Beckwith...................    93 60
Burgess....................    35 11
Dalhousie and N. Sherbrooke    39 34
Darling....................    11 56
Drummond...................   128 64
N. Elmsley.................    53 76
Pakenham...................    86 52
Lanark Tp..................    71 76
Lavant.....................     9 64
Montague...................    96 90
Ramsay.....................   124 77
S. Sherbrooke..............    15 17
Almonte....................    91 28
Carleton Place.............   107 19
Perth......................   143 17
Lanark Village.............    20 16
Smith's Falls..............   165 35
                           $ 1419 50
           The Council adjourned and went into committee of the whole.
FIFTH DAY -- FRIDAY.
           Council resumed at 10 o'clock.
           Before the session opened Councillor MacLean referred in feeling terms to the death of Mrs. Cram, wife of Councillor Cram.
           Mr. Joseph McLeod, Secretary, of the Board of Education, Almonte, applied for an increased grant to the school for the maintenance of same. In accordance with the provisions of the statute the school is entitled to a sum that will bring the amount received for its tuition of County pupils up to the average cost per pupil of all pupils in attendance at the school. In 1904 the total aggregate attendance of resident and non resident 11,029 and of county pupils 3,405. The total cost of maintenance was $4,240.06. Deduct from this the amount of government grant $705.98 and the county's share would be $1091.42 less $128 the amount paid in fees by the county pupils, leaving a balance of $963.42 due the school is against $704.78 the amount received for from the Council.
           Mr. McClure, the reeve of Fitzroy, wrote Council relative to the costs of the County in the Waba Bridge case, and asking the Lanark County Council to make the claim for cost as easy as possible.
           The communication was of such a nature, that Councillor Rogers thought it should be engrossed [sic] and hung in the Council Chamber as a Souvenir.
           The Committee on Education reported recommending co-operation with Leeds and Grenville respecting government grants to common schools. The petition from the ratepayers in the Township of Beckwith was endorsed by the committee.
           Dr. Beeman, House of Industry Physician, reported that since the last meeting of Council there were two deaths, Mrs. Lyle, of Carleton Place and Mrs. Neelon of North Gower. The general health of the inmates has been better since the warm weather began. They all seem contented and happy.
           Mr. Thompson, the chairman of the special committee providing for grants to the several Agricultural and horticultural Societies, read a report recommending the following grants: --
Pakenham..................     30 00
Dalhousie.................     30 00
Bathurst Tp...............     30 00
Lanark Tp.................     30 00
Drummond Tp...............     30 00
South Sherbrooke..........     30 00
Lanark Village............     50 00
Perth Horticultural.......     30 00
North Riding Ag. Soc......    275 00
South Riding Ag. Soc......    275 00
           Mr. Thompson informed the Council that the Registry Office at Almonte was in need of repairs, and stating that it should be attended to at once. The woodwork needs repainting and the porch is falling away. The County Property Committee promised to report on the matter.
           On motion of Messrs. Rogers and Pattie, the Clerk was instructed to write Mr. McLean, Clerk of Beckwith, that the by-law No. 3, of the Council of Lanark Co., passed in 1872, limits the High School district of Carleton Place to the limits of the Public School section, of the same town. That afterwards in 1978[sic] in by-law No. 44 certain portions of the 12th concession line of Beckwith was detached from the said district, and there is nothing before this Council to show the limits of the present school section a by-law be passed granting relief to the petitioners mentioned in the communication of Mr. McEwen, if the same is found to be necessary.
           Mr. Rogers suggested that the whole Council visit the gaol and see if something could not be done towards improving the heating and drainage of the same. He thought the present system of heating was the grossest kind of economy, and now that the sewers and waterworks pass the property he thought something should be done in this matter.
           On motion of Messrs. Thompson and Rintoul the question of decorating the Court House for the Perth and Lanark County Old Boy's Reunion was left to the discretion of the Warden and Mr. Rogers.
           Council adjourned.
1905
Reunion
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