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Council.

--The first meeting of the newly-elected Council was held at 4 o'clock, yesterday evening, at the City Hall. Present: Messrs. Saunders, Grattan, Crutchfield, Glazebrook, Hill, Burr. Griffin, Talbott, Denoon, Scott, Greanor, Wynne, Epps, Stokes, and Haskins.

Mr. Crutchfield 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 on Claims.

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. [Adopted.]

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.]

Committee--Messrs. Grattan, Burr, Hill, Glazebrook and Denoon.

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:

Finance--Messrs. Grattan, Burr, Hill, Glazebrook and Haskins.

Commissioners of Streets — Jefferson Ward--Messrs.Haskins, Stokes and Greanor. Madison Ward--Messrs. Wynne, Crutchfield and Scott. Monroe Ward--Messrs. Denoon, Griffin and Epps.

First Market--Messrs. Stokes, Talbott and Wynne.

Second Market--Messrs. Glazebrook, Denoon and Crutchfield.

Hospital--Messrs. Crutchfield, Griffin and Stokes.

Burying Grounds — Shockoe Hill--Messrs. Epps, Griffin, Grattan, Stokes and Wynne. Oakwood Cemetery--Messrs. Crutchfield, Denoon, Hill and Greanor.

Accounts--Messrs. Crutchfield, Haskins and Glazebrook.

Seabrook's Warehouse--Messrs. Greanor, Burr and Scott.

Claims--Messrs. Burr, Hill and Epps.

Police--Messrs. Hill, Grattan and Denoon.

Jail--Messrs. Griffin, Talbott and Wynne.

Fire Department--Messrs. Scott, Denoon, Haskins, Greanor and Burr.

Disputed Elections--Messrs. Burr, Glazebrook, Epps and Talbott.

Gas Works Committee — Jefferson Ward--Messrs. N. B. Hill and James M. Talbott. Madison Ward--Messrs. Thomas H. Wynne and George K. Crutchfield. Monroe Ward--Messrs. Larkin W. Glazebrook and Thos. C. Epps.

Water Works Committee--Jefferson Ward--Messrs. John H. Greanor and Allen Y. Stokes. Madison WardJames Scott and George K. Crutchfield. Monroe WardSamuel 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's fire-proof. 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. Francisco's bill therefore, $28.71, was ordered to be paid.

Henry Davis, 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:

Wheat14,769 bushels.
Oats50,349 bushels.
Corn1,619 bushels.
total60,737 bushels.

Fees, $266.69.

Mr. Denoon 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
Disbursements80,556.78
Extension of mains$9,297.33
cost of making 194 supplies for private and other buildings2,726.85
cost of altering 38 supplies by new attachments522.70
amount paid on 24-inch main51,437.45
land for new Reservoir3,155.00
67,139.33
Incidental expenses$13,417.45

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 & Co.

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, 186180,556 78
$766,635 92
Total amount of Receipts from Oct. 7, 1830, to March 1, 1860512,859 40
Total amount of Receipts from March 1, 1860, to March 1, 186129,785 31
$542,644 71
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.

Mr. Burr 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.

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