Council Chambers October 2nd 1865.

Present the Chairman and Councillors Knight, Conley, Curtis, Dunlop, Bedford, Hill, Cozens and Kingsbury.

Minutes of proceedings of meeting held September 18th 1865 read and confirmed on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Knight.

Minutes of proceedings of meeting September 26th. 1865 read and confirmed on the motion of Councillors Cozens and Hill.

Correspondence:

1. A letter from Chatto respecting a nuisance complained of at last meeting promising to have the nuisance effectually removed. Letter received.

2. A letter from the Reverend J. Volles relating how a horse bolted with a cart, and was upset, through a stone placed on and for the protection of the drain pipes at the corner of his property urging the Council to adopt some other means for the purpose. Letter received and referred to Committee of Works on the motion of Councillors Knight and Kingsbury.

3. A letter from Mr Hansford, praying the Council to continue the Kerbing and Guttering down O’Connell Street in front of his property. Letter received and referred to Committee of Works on the motion of Councillors Bedford and Dunlop.

4. A letter from Mr M. Gibbons, asking the Council to continue the culvert across the lane at the rear of his property in Australia Street, as he purposes continuing from the one in Australia Street to the lane. Letter received and referred to Committee of Works on the motion of Councillors Knight and Hill.

5. A letter from Mr J. Williams, owner of the white metal quarry Marrickville, praying the Council to give him an account of all metal received by them from Mr West, from January 1864 up to the present time. Letter received and the Clerk to give the required information on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Hill.

6. A letter from Mr D. Bucknell, stating that he had offered to pay his rates, and the Council Clerk had refused to receive them. ( The Chairman in explanation said that Mr. Bucknell had only offered the current year rates and that there were two previous years rates due on the property). Letter received and Clerk to write to Mr Bucknell stating the reason they had been refused on the motion of Councillors Hill and Curtis.

7. A letter from the honorary Secretary (Mr Charles St. Julien) of the Suburban Municipalities conference, soliciting co-operation and assistance in suggesting amendments or alterations in the present Municipalities Act.

Moved by Councillors Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that the Council meet on Tuesday the 10th instant and resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering such amendments or alterations as may be deemed necessary. That Mr Charles St. Julien be respectfully apprised of the same”. Carried unanimously.

Reports:

1. From Finance Committee, received September 18th, adopted on the motion of Councillors Knight and Curtis.

2. From Committee of Works, received September 18th, adopted on the motion of Councillors Conley and Bedford.

3. From Finance Committee recommending accounts amounting to £194.19.08 paid under votes of appropriation. Report received on the motion of Councillors Knight and Kingsbury.

Miscellaneous business:

The Chairman stated that since the last meeting judgement had been Given in the cases heard at the district court, and in all of them favourably to the Municipality. He would suggest that further instructions be given to the Council Clerk to issue summons for those remaining unpaid. The Chairman also stated that in accordance with the resolutions passed at the meeting on the 26th ultimo, the deputation had waited upon the Hon. the Colonial Secretary, and the Hon the Minister for Works, respecting the land sold by the railway authorities. These gentlemen had received them with the greatest consideration.

Councillor Dunlop inquired if any steps had been taken to further the alignment of the streets. The Chairman replied that the Clerk should make the necessary inquiries and report to the Council.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop seconded by Councillor Hill, “that the Council Clerk (Mr Mackay) be authorised to sue in the District Court, at Sydney, for arrears of rates”. Carried unanimously.

Councillor Hill moved, seconded by Councillor Curtis, “that the Surveyor be instructed to give Mr Bailey the necessary permission for the erection of awning posts, provided the regulations are complied with”. Unanimously carried.

Motions of which notice had been Given:

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that S. C. Brown Esq., be retained as solicitor to this Council, that he may attend to all legal matters connected with this Council”. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Curtis, “that this Council grant the sum of £10 for the supply of rubble stone, to be delivered where most required”, carried unanimously.

Notice of motion handed in by Councillor Conley.

This terminated the business and the Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers Newtown October 16th 1865.

Present the Chairman and Councillors Kingsbury, Dunlop, Cozens, Knight, Conley and Bedford.

Minutes of proceedings of previous meeting read and confirmed on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Bedford.

Correspondence:

1. A letter from the City Town Clerk, respecting the water supply, requiring the levels etc. Matter to be considered under the head of miscellaneous business.

2. A letter from Mr Wheeler, Regent Street, complaining of the dangerous state of the house adjoining his property, and praying the Council to intercede. Letter received and referred to Committee of Works for their immediate report if necessary on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Bedford.

3. A letter from the Municipal Council of Marrickville, asking the Council to bear part in the expense of raising the levels of the Stanmore Road. Referred to Committee of Works on the motion of Councillors Knight and Bedford.

4. A letter from Mr Holland, complaining of a nuisance. Letter received on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Cozens, and that a Committee consisting of Councillors Knight, Conley, Dunlop, Bedford and Cozens be appointed to inspect the locality. That Mr Holland be requested to attend the Committee and point out from whence the nuisance emanates. Carried.

Reports:

1. From Committee of the whole Council appointed to investigate the working expenditure of the Municipality, they report, “having made a careful investigation into the general working expenditure of the Municipality, from its commencement to the present date, and find no item that could have been dispensed with, without impairing the efficient working of the Municipality”.

With respect to the salary of the Council Clerk, they found it was increased by a unanimous vote of this Council from £150 to £200 in June 1864 and nothing has been shown to justify a reduction, or to prove that the remuneration is too high when it is considered that Mr Mackay performs very efficiently the duties of Clerk, Surveyor, the Overseer of Works and Collector of Rates, besides making the annual assessment. Your Committee have also compared the working expenses of other Suburban Municipalities and find in a number of cases that their general expenditure far exceeds that of Newtown. Report adopted on the motion of Councillor Henry Munro the Chairman and Councillor Dunlop.

2. From Finance Committee, received October 2nd, adopted on the motion of Councillor Knight and Kingsbury.

3. From Finance Committee recommending accounts amounting to £60.8.5. Received on the motion of Councillor Knight and Bedford.

4. From Committee of Works. They state that in the matter of letters referred to them;

(1) From the Reverend J. Volles, respecting the upsetting of a cart by coming in contact with the stone caps placed on and for the protection of drain pipes at the intersection of the streets, that the cause of the accident is beyond the control of the Council.

(2) Mr Hansford’s letter praying to have the front of his property Kerbed and Guttered. The Committee state that there are other and more urgent requirements of the Ward to be attended to before they can entertain the matter.

Your Committee would suggest that the Surveyor be instructed to report upon an apparent encroachment on the street of Mr Hansford’s property.

(3) A letter from Mr Gibbons respecting the continuing of a culvert from his property across the lane at the rear of Australia Street, the Committee recommend that Mr Gibbons be requested to undertake the work, provided the cost is approved of by the Council. Report received on the motion of Councillors Conley and Kingsbury.

Miscellaneous business:

Moved by Councillor Dunlop seconded by Councillor Kingsbury and unanimously carried, “that the Council resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering the letter from the City Council, asking the levels of the streets it is proposed to lay the water pipes in”. The Council after a short deliberation, resumed, and the Chairman reported that the Council Clerk would be instructed to afford the required information. Report adopted on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Cozens.

Councillor Dunlop asked the Chairman if it was within his province to instruct the Clerk to officially obtain signatures to the list for water supply without the collective authority of the Council? The Chairman stated that a Committee of the whole Council had agreed to afford every facility for furthering the object of water supply, and this list was part of the required information, he had consulted several Councillors upon the matter.

Councillor Dunlop moved, “that the Clerk be instructed to prepare a list of the names of the principal streets, and that the Chairman be requested to order patent sign plates to the amount of the money voted for the purpose to send by next mail”. Councillor Kingsbury seconded the resolution.

Amendment moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Kingsbury, and carried, “that the consideration of ordering the patent sign plates stand over for a period of six months”.

Councillor Bedford directed the attention of the Chairman to the unfinished state of the footpath in the lower portion of O’Connell Street opposite Mr G. Wilson’s property. The Chairman promised immediate attention.

Councillor Bedford urged the necessity of making provision for removing rubbish out of the lanes. The Chairman suggested that a notice of motion for the special purpose would be the best cause to pursue.

Motions of which notice had been Given:

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that Bedford Street, Kingston Ward, be continued and formed into Horbury Terrace, through the land recently purchased from the government, as soon as possible”. Carried unanimously.

Notices of motion handed in from Councillors Bedford and Conley (2).

This terminated the business and the Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers October 30th 1865

Present the Chairman and Councillors Kingsbury, Knight, Dunlop, Cozens, Hill, Conley, Curtis and Bedford.

Minutes of proceedings of previous meeting read and confirmed on the motion of Councillors Knight and Cozens.

Correspondence:

1. A letter from Mr. C. Nightingale requesting to know the reason the Kerbing and Guttering has not been continued in front of his property. Letter received on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Curtis, and Mr Nightingale to be informed that the Council do not intend to continue the Kerbing and Guttering for present.

2. A letter from Mr. Sweetman requesting the Council to intercede in the continuing and opening Bucknell Street from Wilson Street to the railway in order that those living beyond the line may have ingress to and egress from Newtown instead of having to go a long round as at present. Letter received on the motion of Councillors Curtis and Bedford and referred to the Surveyor for inquiry and report.

3. A letter from Mr John Smith drawing the attention of the Council to the increased height of the lane at the rear of his property whereby he alleges an injury to his property. Letter received and referred to Committee of Works for their examination and report on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Hill.

Reports:

1. From Finance Committee received October 16th, adopted on the motion of Councillors Knight and Kingsbury.

2. From Committee of Works, received October 16th, which, having undergone some slight modification, was adopted on the motion of Councillors Conley and Bedford.

3. From Finance Committee recommending accounts amounting to £107.3.6 paid under votes of appropriation. Report received on the motion of Councillors Knight and Bedford.

4. From Committee of Works, they report that in the matter of Mr Wheeler’s communication (complaining of the dangerous state of the adjoining house), referred to them they having inspected the property do not consider its condition would warrant the intercession of the Council. The Surveyor was as a precaution directed to apprise the owner of the matter.

The subject of the Marrickville Council communication, asking that this Council bear part in the expense of raising the levels of the Stanmore Road has on a previous occasion been before your Committee when they declined recommending the Council acceding to the request, and they do not see any reason now to alter that decision.

The Committee recommend;

1. That tenders be called for Kerbing and Guttering that part of the Kingston Ward for which the £100 was voted. And that sanction be given to allow persons carting earth and rubbish with permission where required from four shillings to six shillings per ton.

Report received on the motion of Councillors Conley and Knight.

Miscellaneous business:

The Chairman stated in reply to Councillor Dunlop’s question at a previous meeting respecting the alignment of the streets, “that it would be necessary to apply to the survey department.”

Councillor Dunlop stated that he had been informed by the gentleman who sent in a complaint at the last meeting respecting a nuisance, that he intended on the next day taking out a Writ of Mandamus against the Council for not having conformed to his request yet; the Chairman stated that a Committee had been appointed for the special purpose, and he had not received any report from the Chairman of the Committee.

Councillor Curtis inquired respecting the removal of the University fence. The Chairman promised further inquiry into the matter.

Councillor Hill inquired when the Chairman intended calling tenders for ballasting and blinding James and Sarah Streets? The Chairman stated that he would do so so soon as the funds would admit.

Councillor Conley inquired when tenders would be called for the Kerbing and Guttering on the Kingston. The Chairman stated so soon as the report recommending the same was adopted.

The Chairman stated that Mr Hanbey, the contractor for the white metal, had been so seriously injured that he could not transact business. And the men employed are wanting money and it would be as well if sanction were given for his wife receiving the money. Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Bedford, and carried unanimously, “that the Chairman give instructions for the payment, after inquiry as to the legality of the matter.”

The Chairman stated that he was reminded by the Treasurer as to the low state of the funds, and he thought it would be as advisable to reduce the numbers of day labourers for present.

Councillor Conley moved, seconded by Councillor Knight and carried, “that three of the day labourers employed be discharged.”

Motions of which notice had been Given:

Moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that a sum not exceeding £10 be voted for the purpose of clearing the lanes throughout the Municipality.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the sum of £8.10.0 be voted by this Council for the continuation of a culvert across the lane adjoining Mr Gibbons property.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that in consequence of some dissatisfaction, it behoves this Council in all future contracts, that the Municipality shall employ their own labour to break the metal at current rates.” Carried unanimously.

Notices of motion handed in from Councillors Dunlop (2), Kingsbury and Curtis.

This terminated the business and the Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


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