--The first meeting of the newly-elected Council was held at 4 o'clock, yesterday evening, at the City Hall.
Present: Messrs. Saunders
, Burr. Griffin
, and Haskins
presented a petition from the Professor
of the Medical College of Virginia
calling the attention of the Council to the propriety of grading and otherwise improving Marshall street, from 12th to College street. Referred to the Commissioners
of Streets generally, without being read.
The reports of sundry police officers, of operations within the month, were presented and referred.
The bonds of the City Chamberlain
and City Auditor were presented and approved.--Peter W. Ralston
was elected Chamberlain
's Clerk, and T. B. Harrison
and D. J. Saunders
Auditor's Clerks, by the Council.
Sundry accounts against the city were presented; some ordered to be certified and paid, others referred to the Committee
By Mr. Grattan
Resolved, That the Clerk
of the Council be directed to obtain from the keeper of the rolls of the State
a copy of the act for the amendment of the charter of the city, and that he have 100 copies thereof printed, in pamphlet form, for the use of the Council.
Also, by Mr. Grattan
Resolved, That the ordinances concerning the Board of Health, the Hospital
, and the poor of the city, be referred to a select committee of five, who are hereby directed to examine the same and ascertain what amendments or changes therein are necessary; and that the said committee be authorized to report by bill or otherwise.--[Adopted.]
By Mr. Scott
Resolved, That a special committee be appointed to report an ordinance regulating the amount for which any committee of the Council may contract without special permission of the Council.--[Adopted.]
Committee--Messrs. Jas. A. Scott
, Samuel D. Denoon
, and John H. Greanor
By Mr. Grattan
Resolved, That the Chamberlain
of the city be authorized to sell three hundred copies of the Revised Ordinances
of the City
, at fifty cents a volume; and that he be authorized to deliver to any municipal corporation a copy of said Revised Ordinances.
The President announced the following
Standing Committees for the year 1861:
of Streets — Jefferson Ward
and Greanor. Madison Ward
and Scott. Monroe Ward
First Market--Messrs. Stokes
Second Market--Messrs. Glazebrook
Burying Grounds — Shockoe Hill--Messrs. Epps
and Wynne. Oakwood Cemetery
's Warehouse--Messrs. Greanor
Fire Department--Messrs. Scott
Disputed Elections--Messrs. Burr
Gas Works Committee — Jefferson Ward
--Messrs. N. B. Hill
and James M. Talbott
--Messrs. Thomas H. Wynne
and George K. Crutchfield
--Messrs. Larkin W. Glazebrook
and Thos. C. Epps
Water Works Committee--Jefferson Ward
--Messrs. John H. Greanor
and Allen Y. Stokes
— James Scott
and George K. Crutchfield
— Samuel D. Denoon
and Fleming Griffin
The President read a communication from the Inspectors of Seabrook
's Warehouse, with a copy of a notice from the Auditor
of Public Accounts, ordering them to retain part of the rent due to the city, for the use of the State
, until the city makes the roofs of Seabrook
The President said he had ordered the work to be done, so as to retain the amount ordered to be withheld.
A certificate was read from the clerk of the Hustings Court, certifying that Jno. M. Francisco
had returned a list of 957 voters in Jefferson Ward
to his office.
's bill therefore, $28.71, was ordered to be paid.
, Grain Measurer, nominated as his deputies F. M. Hopkins
and R. H. B. English
, which nominations were confirmed.
He submitted a statement of grain and other articles measured by him, and of all fees received and charges, from the 1st January to 1st April, 1861, inclusive, as follows:
presented a report from the Watering Committee
, which was read, laid on the table, and ordered to be printed:
|it states that the receipts from Water rents for the year ending March 1st, 1861, are||$29,785.31|
|Extension of mains||$9,297.33|
|cost of making 194 supplies for private and other buildings||2,726.85|
|cost of altering 38 supplies by new attachments||522.70|
|amount paid on 24-inch main||51,437.45|
|land for new Reservoir||3,155.00|
the committee recommend the building of a new Reservoir on a scale commensurate with the present as well as the prospective demands of the city, and for the purpose of carrying out such scheme have bought additional land, viz: 35 acres of Clarke's Spring.
The division of the supply into an upper and lower service will be commenced as soon as the pipes can be made by Anderson
the report says that it is very important that this work should be done before the commencement of the summer, so as to insure the supply more perfectly to the higher parts of the city.
the work of laying down the 24 inch main from the city to the Reservoir has been completed, and the connection made with the two waste pipes on the west side, which was deemed a better plan than cutting or tunneling the embankments, as the Water
could not be lowered in the Reservoir without depriving the city of Water
The advantages of this pipe fully realizes the calculations.
At least 15 feet of additional head has been gained, and as soon as the separation of the levels are completed, still more will be added, and a more uniform head be at all times maintained.
from a statement accompanying the report, it appears that the receipts and Disbursements of the Water Works from their commencement, viz: Oct. 7, 1830, to March 1, 1861, has been as follows:
|Total amount of Disbursements from Oct. 7, 1830, to March 1, 1860||$686,079 14|
|Total amount of Disbursements from March 1, 1860 to March 1, 1861||80,556 78|
|Total amount of Receipts from Oct. 7, 1830, to March 1, 1860||512,859 40|
|Total amount of Receipts from March 1, 1860, to March 1, 1861||29,785 31|
|Balance against the Water Works 1st of March, 1861||$223,991 21|
|Total value of materials on hand||$3,640 85|
The following resolution was offered by Mr. Wynne
Resolved, That the Watering Committee
enquire how far the contract for furnishing pipes for the City Water Works has been complied with, and report the same at an adjourned meeting of the Council to be held on Monday next: Provided, also, That they report at the same time the names and bids of all who offered for the said contract.
offered the following as an amendment:
--‘"And also report whether the connecting pipes contracted for with Mr. Anderson
, are essential to the completion of the enlargement of the Water Works."’
The resolution as amended was adopted.
The ordinance concerning ‘"contented elections and illegal voting,"’ reported 24th October, 1859, was called up by Mr. Burr
, and passed, having been read twice some years since.
On motion, adjourned.