|Friday, September 30, 1898||The Newmarket Era||Page 7, col. 2|
The cars are coming.
A special meeting of the Town Council was called on Tuesday evening to consider the petition of the Metropolitan Electric Railway Co. regarding an extension of their line from Aurora to Newmarket. Every member of the Council was present, also Mr. Moyes, manager of the Ry. and his solicitor. The Council evidently looked at the matter in the common-sense light of the onward march of progress as no opposition was expressed, except to the Company providing current for light and heat in the corporation. A By-law was passed giving the company the privilege to enter the corporation, as well as furnish motive power, and granting exemption from taxation (except for school purposes) for a period of ten years from the 1st day of Jan. 1899. The Mayor, Reeve, Deputy-Reeve and Councillors Cody, Smith and Roadhouse were appointed a Committee to confer with the Ry. Company in regard to an agreement guarding the interests of the Town, stating where and how the rails shall be laid, the speed of the cars through the corporation and various other details. The Company is anxious to go through Main St. and the only objection is the narrowness of the street. This might easily be obviated from Park Avenue to Ontario St. if the owners of property on each side of Main St. will consent to allow the sidewalk to be removed back three feet, the corporation to bear all expense in connection with the matter. The ground would never be missed by private individuals and there is nothing that would add so materially to the interests of the Town at so small an outlay. We hope that the Council will take up this matter and that there will be sufficient unanimity among the property holders to carry out this project for which the coming generation would ever be grateful. At the time of the big fire in Newmarket, when the block was burnt from Smith's Store to the corner of Botsford St., the Era advocated the widening of Main St., which could have been done then at small expense, but no action was taken and now the necessity of a wider street is very apparent. Don't let this matter drop—it means a great deal to the future of Newmarket.
The proposed route of the railway is to leave Yonge St. at the corner of Hon. Wm. Mulock's farm, strike a ravine off the side line and proceeding across the Dennis property strike Newmarket near the Water Works, proceed up Main to Queen St. cross over to Prospect Ave. and thence out the Town Line for the lake.
The Company have placed rails and ties along the length of Yonge St. from Richmond Hill to Aurora, ready for laying in permanent shape. The construction staff, will shortly be increased to 200 men. If farmers in North York who have cedar poles or tamarac and cedar suitable for ties, will send word to the Era office, the manager will call on them and probably make a contract. It is expected that the cars will be running in Newmarket before Christmas.
800 steel rails are being piled down at the Water Works. Each rail is 30 ft. long and weighs 560 lbs., consequently it is no easy job to handle them. Mr. Jas. Bowerman had two spokes broken in a wagon wheel while delivering a load on Wednesday.