County Commissioner’s Proceedings – May 27, 1898

County Commissioner’s Proceedings
27 May 1898

At a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Washington county held on Monday May 2nd with all members present the following business was transacted:

  • Minutes of the last meeting read and approved.
  • Ordered that Wm. W. ANGE of Martin county be and he is hereby appointed a special surveyor to survey and plot a tract of land in Washington county entered by Jno. R. RESPASS, of Washington county, on the 19th day of May 1897.
  • Orderd that Rufus SWAIN and F.M. BUNCH be appointed a committee to be present and assist in the settlement of the County School, Public Road and Bridge taxes for the year 1897, between the Sheriff and County Treasurer
  • Ordered that Mrs. Durham L. HARDISON be released of her husband’s poll tax for the year 1897, he having died since listing.
  • Ordered that Jos. JOHNSON be released of poll tax wrongfully listed he being over 50 years old.
  • Ordered that Levin BOWAN be allowed to sell spiritous liquers on Washington street in building formerly occupied by Jos. TUCKER as a harness shop, the building formerly occupied by said BOWEN on Water street having been destroyed by fire.
  • Ordered that Thos ARMISTEAD be allowed $2.00 in clothing and one full ration per month until further orders.
  • Ordered that Levi COLLINABE be allowed one full ration per month until further orders
  • Ordered that Jas. ELLIOTT be allowed one full ration per month until further orders.
  • Ordered that Ann DAVENPORT be allowed one pair of shoes.
  • Ordered that S.A. DOWNING be released of taxes on 27 acres of land valued at $75 for the year 1897, wrongfully listed.
  • Ordered that the Clerk of this board notify the lay listers in the various townships to meet with this board on the first Monday in June next for consultation and instructions.
  • Ordered that Jno. L. PHELPS, Sheriff, be allowed the sum of $38.95 for extra service holding court, etc., Spring term 1898, am’t paid Solicitor and L.L. NEWBERRY for services during court week, feeding jail prisoners, turnkeys, etc., for month of April 1898.
  • Ordered that Rufus SWAIN be allowed the sum of $7.60 for one days service and mileage as county Commissioner and one month as assistant Warden to the poor.
  • Ordered that F.M. BUNCH be allowed the sum of $3.00 for one days service as county Commissioner and one month as assistant Warden to the poor.
  • Ordered that N.W. AMBROSE be allowed the sum of $4.80 for one days service as county Commissioner.
  • Ordered that W.M. PETTIFORD be allowed the sum of $4.00 for white washing one room in jail and jail wall.
  • Ordered that R.P. BARNES be allowed the sum of 90 cents for conveying Wm. KING from J.A. CHESSON’s to Plymouth jail.
  • Ordered that L.L. NEWBERRY be allowed the sum of $2.00 for one days service waiting on court and services of son drawing Grand Jurors for Fall term 1897 and Spring term 1898.
  • Ordered that J.A. HARRISON be allowed the sum of $13.83 for one month service as keeper of poor house, furnishing lime, etc., white washing buildings and making four garments for inmates.
  • Ordered that S.B. SPRUILL be allowed the sum of $5.00 for services as attorney in obtaining order from the Court to hire out jail prisoners.
  • Ordered that Frank GRAY be allowed the sum of $6.00 for four days service waiting on Grand Jury at Spring term 1898.
  • Ordered that the Roanoke Beacon be allowed the sum of $3.00 for publishing the proceedings of the Board for April.
  • Ordered that Benj. NURNEY be allowed the sum of $5.00 for one coffin furnished for Ernest BOWER (died in jail), and for work on flues in Court House.
  • Ordered that John BELL be allowed the sum of $6.00 for six days service waiting on Court Spring term 1898.
  • Ordered that W.H. HAMPTON be allowed the sum of $26.41 for supplies furnished to Court House, Poor House and Jail for the month of April 1898.
  • Ordered that W.S. DAVENPORT be allowed the sum of 75 cents for cash paid for burning holes in posts at Mackey’s Ferry bridge, and placing salt in same.
  • Ordered that the sum of $95.88 be allowed as per statement filed by Thos. J. MARRINER, Clerk Superior Court, the same being for fees due officers and witnesses in State cases determined at Spring term 1898 Washington County Superior Court.Whereas at the Spring Term 1898 of the Superior Court of this county, the Grand Jurors examined the office of Register of Deeds and Clerk of the Superior Court and reported to the Court that the Records of said offices would be unsafe i case of fire, and it is the opinion of the Board of Commissioners that the County of Washington requires and needs a fire-proof record building for the preservation and safe-keeping of the public records, papers, documents, etc., of said county. Therefor by the authority vested in us, when in our opinion it becomes necessary to build, repair, or enlarge our Court House and to raise money to make such repairs or to build any new buildings for such purpose as set forth, and acting in accordance with such laws and the report of the Grand Jurors aforesaid, it is therefore resolved by unanimous vote of the Board that they will build a fire-prof record building for the purposes set forth.It is further resolved by unanimous vote of the Board that a contract be made and entered with the B.F. SMITH Fire-Proof Construction Company of Washington, D.C. by the Chairman of this Board and the Register of Deeds, Clerk ex-officio to the Board of County Commissioners under seal of said county, to build and equip complete a Fire-Proof Record Building, ready for occupancy, on or before the 15th day of September 1898, for which the county will pay on completion and acceptances the sum of $4,000) four thousand dollars, in the following manner: four hundred dollars annually, in one to ten years, leaving bonds on the county for these sums by virtue of authority vested in us by the resolutions aforesaid passed by full vote of the Board.

    Board adjourned to meet on the 1st Monday in June 1898.

    Test. W.H. STUBBS – Clerk

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