THE HEALTH COMMITTEE

At the meeting of this committee, held on Tuesday, the following were
present: -

Mr. C. P. HARDY (Chairman)
Mr. G. DIXON
Mr. J. IRVING
Mr. E. JAMES
Mr. J HUTHART
Mr. A. ROUTLEDGE
Mr. J. RICHARDSON
Mr. G. PORTER
Mr.  BENDLE
Mr. J. HOLLINGSWORTH
Mr. G. RAYSON
Mr. E. BOWMAN
Mr. H. TWEDDLE
Mr  NANSON
Mr. C.  HODGSON
Mr. T.  HUTTON
Mr. REEVES
Mr. CARTMELL (Clerk)
Mr. McKIE (surveyor)
Mr. Bent (inspector)

      APPOINTMENT OF A NEW CHAIRMAN

Mr. G. DIXON moved that Mr. HARDY be appointed chairman for the ensuing
year.  The motion was seconded by Mr. HODGSON.  Mr. HOLLINGSWORTH moved the
appointment of Mr. I. JAMES.  The motion having been seconded, a division
took place.

         The votes were as follows:

For Mr. I. JAMES......................................9
For Mr. HARDY........................................5

Mr. I. JAMES was absent.  A resolution to the effect that he was appointed
was entered in the books.  Mr. HARDY thanked the committee for the honour he
had received them in his appointment to the chairmanship which had only been
a 'locum tenens'.
He should still continue to show devotion to the interests of the town.  The
next thing to do was to appoint a vice-chairman for that day.

Mr. C. HODGSON thought that to do so would be out of order.

Mr. IRVING proposed that Mr. HARDY by chairman for that day, and the motion
was agreed to.

Mr. HARDY said that it belonged to the authority of the chairman to appoint
a vice-chairman.

Mr. REEVES said that with regard to the appointment of a vice-chairman, the
fact of the matter was, that during the past year, the vice-chairman had
never been present when the chairman was absent.

Mr. BENDLE proposed that the subject of appointing a vice-chairman he
considered at the next meeting. This was agreed to.

        LAZONBY vs. CAITHNESS FLAGS

Mr. HARDY said that on the 26th of October their Surveyor reported with
regard to what kind of flags might be used, and recommended the use of
Caithness.  On that occasion, Mr. HOLLINGSWORTH suggested the use of Lazonby
flags, and not Caithness.  Mr. McKIE said that Caithness flags, when laid,
cost 5s per yard, and Lazonby  3s  3d.  Mr. HOLLINGSWORTH said that if they
used Caithness flags, the cost of flagging the streets might be about £2,000
extra.  Caithness flags were used in Edinburgh and Newcastle.  To take
Lazonby to the later  place would cost about 13d. a yard, so that they would
be as dear there as Caithness.

Lazonby flags were good and cheap, and equal to Caithness. The following
resolutions on the subject were then passed:

That no further supply of Caithness flags be now ordered by this board;
that the surveyor report to the next meeting as to the respective prices of
Haltwhistle and the different qualities of Lazonby flags.

The following resolution was passed:

Thtat the Surveyor be directed to place a urinal in the pig market,
adjoining the Corporation Road, and supply it with water;
that water be supplied to all the existing public urinals

The treatment which Mr. HARDY has received is at once ungenerous and unjust.
As Chairman of the Health Committee he has displayed equal zeal and ability.
We have not a word to offer in disparagement of Mr. Isaac JAMES  He is a
worthy and right-minded man.  But without offence to him we may fairly say
that Mr. HARDY has shewn himself both able and willing to render great
services to the town;  and to his honour be it recorded that it is precisely
on that account he has been superseded.

Let him be assured that the Burgesses of Botchergate Ward, and the
inhabitants generally appreciate his conduct, and will not forget it next
November, when he goes out of office.

If he be not then triumphantly returned, disgrace will fall upon the ward,
and an example of the worst kind will stand in the way of all candidates for
municipal honours whose object it is to assert the public cause in
opposition to party dictation and monoply.

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