November – 11th quarterly meeting.

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

The Council having waited the prescribed time specified by clause 37 of By-laws for regulating the Council’s proceedings the members present unanimously elected Councillor Kingsbury to the chair.

The chair having been taken, Councillor Conley moved, seconded by Councillor Bedford and unanimously carried, “that the business be adjourned until next Ordinary Meeting of the Council”

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers November 13th 1865.

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

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

Correspondence:

A letter from Mr Holland acknowledging the courtesy of the Council in appointing a Committee to report upon the nuisance complained of in his letter of 16th ultimo, but expressing his regret that the ordinary course of placing the matter in the hands of the Inspector of Nuisances had been departed from. Letter received on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Bedford, and Mr Holland to be informed that the matter had been attended to.

Reports:

1. From Finance Committee, received October 30th, adopted on the motion of Councillors Knight and Cozens.

2. From Committee of Works adopted on the motion of Councillors Conley and Bedford.

3. From Finance Committee, recommending sundry accounts amounting to £205.1.0 for confirmation, and reporting that in the matter of a change of cash credit from the Australian Joint Stock Bank to the branch of the Commercial Bank at Newtown, that such transfer could only be effected upon the individual security of Councillors, which the Committee could not recommend. Report received on the motion of Councillors Knight and Hill.

4. Report from special Committee appointed to inspect a complained of nuisance by Mr Holland; “Your Committee report that they called upon Mr Holland, who declined to accompany them 16 days having elapsed since he complained, but stated that it proceeded from the residence a premises of Mr Kingsbury. Your Committee proceeded to inspect same, and found several cows in sheds, a horse in the stall, and four pigs in two sties. The premises are well-drained, and the sties had no offensive matter in them, the yard was clean and your Committee could find no trace of a boiling down about the premises. Examined a boiler, which Mr Kingsbury said had not been used for four months, and where required only for hot mashes for the cows. Examined the land between the residence of Messrs Kingsbury and Holland, which is planted with fruit trees, and could see nothing offensive, but at the rear of Messrs Holland and Kingsbury’s fence there is a pig sty in a very filthy state. There is also another pig sty midway at the rear of Mr Kingsbury’s fence between the two residences, containing two pigs not particularly clean, neither of which are on Mr Kingsbury’s premises.

Mr Kingsbury admits that there may be an offensive smell sometimes during wet weather, as there is the drainage of several water closets and the pigsties referred to over his garden, owing to the natural formation of the land, which has caused him to discontinue its cultivation.

After minute and careful inspection, your Committee could find no nuisance existing on Mr Kingsbury’s premises.”

Report received on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Cozens.

Miscellaneous business:

The Chairman read his quarterly report, stating that the most important matter was the decisions in favour of the Municipality in the cases heard at the District Court.

That the contracts for the supply of white metal had been fulfilled, and recommended, as soon as the finances would allow, a further supply.

That the contracts for Kerbing and Guttering in the different Wards had been satisfactorily fulfilled.

That the principal streets used for general traffic in the wards are now well metalled and in excellent order.

In conclusion he suggested that another application be made to the Newtown and Cooks River Road Trust, for some assistance in metalling the Enmore Road.

Report received and adopted on the motion of the Chairman and Councillors Knight.

The Treasurer read his quarterly statement showing a balance to credit of £32.1.1 which was adopted on the motion of Councillors Knight and Kingsbury.

Councillor Knight inquired by whose authority the drainpipes were put at the entrance to Mr Buler’s yard. The Chairman replied that he had given the required authority, he was not sure however they would be objectionable.

Councillor Dunlop directed the attention of the Chairman to the posts in the pathway opposite Mr Aldis’ property. The Chairman stated that he would take steps to have them removed.

Councillor Kingsbury trusted that those opposite Dr Sedgwick’s will also receive the same attention.

Motions of which notice had been Given:

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Surveyor General respecting the alignment of the streets of the Municipality. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the land recently purchased from the Commissioner of Railways at the public auction, after deducting sufficient for the continuation of Bedford and Lennox Streets, be set out in allotments, and that Messrs Richardson & Wrench be instructed to sell the same by public auction.” Unanimously carried.

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Knight, that an account of all monies received and expended by this Council from its commencement, or monies due and owing by this Council at the present time be laid upon the table at the next meeting following the passing of this resolution”. Carried unanimously.

A motion of Councillor Curtis postponed as an Order of the Day at the next Ordinary Meeting on the motion of Councillors Conley and Bedford.

Notice of motion handed in by Councillor Conley.

This concluded the business of the meeting.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers November 18th 1865.

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

The Chairman stated the reason he had called them together was for the purpose of considering the plan of ground recently purchased from the Commissioner for Railways and adopting same prior to its being put in the hands of Messrs Richardson & Wrench for public sale; and to consider the advisability of petitioning the Legislative Assembly to pass an Amended Municipalities Bill this year. He had received a communication from the Honorary Secretary Mr C. St. Julien, of Suburban Municipalities Committees, urging the necessity of such a step.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Hill, that the Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering Plan submitted and if necessary visit the ground. Carried unanimously.

The Committee having resumed as a Council the Chairman reported that the Committee having visited the ground recommended that the ground be sold as shown by subdivision of Plan. Report adopted on the motion of Councillor Kingsbury and Hill.

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that this Council petition the Legislative Assembly to pass an Amended Municipalities Bill this session. Carried unanimously.

This concluded the business of the meeting.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers November 27th 1865.

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

Minutes of meeting held November the 13th 1865 confirmed on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Kingsbury.

Minutes of proceedings of meeting held November 18th relating to the sale of the ground near railway station, and petitioning the assembly for an Amended Municipalities Bill before the close of the year, confirmed on the motion of Councillors Bedford and Hill.

Correspondence:

1. A letter from Mr A. Weeks stating that the filling in of the lane at the rear of his property is an injury to same, and requesting the consideration of the Council in the matter. Letter received on the motion of Councillors Conley and Bedford.

2. A letter from Mr Smith, calling attention to previous communication, the filling in on Denison Lane. The Chairman stated that there was a report from the Committee of Works relating to the matter which would in all probability meet the complaint.

3. A letter from Mr G. Smith, complaining that the police authorities were interfering with his avocation as a nightman and seeking protection of the Council, and directed that the Senior Constable be solicited to report upon the case on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Bedford.

Reports:

1. From Finance Committee, received November 13th, adopted on the motion of Councillors Knight and Kingsbury.

2. From Special Committee (appointed for the purpose of inspecting a complained of nuisance by Mr Holland), received November 13th, adopted on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Hill.

3. From Committee of Works, reporting in the matter of Mr Smith, respecting the raising on Denison Lane to the injury of his property, report received on the motion of Councillors Conley and Curtis.

Miscellaneous business:

The Chairman stated that the university authorities proposed removing the existing fence provided the Council will refix it in its proper place.

Councillor Dunlop moved, seconded by Councillor Bedford and carried, “that the Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering the complained of injury of Messrs Smith and Weeks with reference to filling in of Denison Lane”.

The Council having resumed, the Chairman reported, “that the Surveyor and himself had been deputed to act as a Committee of Works in seeing to and amending the matter, and report the same to the Council at the next meeting”. Report adopted on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Dunlop.

The Chairman read and laid on the table an account of all monies received and expended by the Council from its commencement to the present time.

The Chairman stated in answer to enquiries from Councillors Conley and Hill that he would give directions that tenders be called for Kerbing and Guttering for the Kingston and rubble stone for James and Sarah Streets without delay.

Motions of which notice had been Given.

Moved by Councillor Conley, “in consequence of statements made in this Council by Mr J. Kingsbury, that he had sustained losses that would take 1500 loads to repair the damage, and cash to the amount of upwards of £100, by a recent flood, corner of James and Juliet Streets, that this Council take into their serious consideration and grant him a sum equivalent to the damage (if any) he had sustained”.

The Chairman said that it was a motion that could not be entertained because it asks for a vote of money, which the Council has no power to pass. The act of 1858 gives no power to persons whose properties may be injured by floods. The Council might indeed give compensation for any injury occasioned by Municipal Works, but the motion for any such compensation must show upon the face of it that the injury to be compensated for has been occasioned by something which the Council itself has down or ordered. The motion read shows nothing of the kind.

Orders of the day:.

A motion postponed from last meeting, standing in Councillor Curtis’ name, moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Dunlop, “that the Surveyor be instructed to survey the lower part of O’Connell Street from Mr Raper’s fence to the lower part of Mr Hansford’s property, and to report on the same”. Carried unanimously.

This concluded the business and the Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 

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