Council Chambers March 6th 1865.

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

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the minutes of proceedings of previous meeting read be confirmed. Carried unanimously.

Correspondence:

A letter from Mr N. Melville Snr in applying for permission to erect a Colonnade. Letter received and permission granted on the motion of Councillor Hill and Bedford.

Miscellaneous business:

The Chairman stated that he thought it would be advisable to call for tenders for carting.

Moved by Councillor Knight seconded by Councillor Hill, that tenders be called for the supply of carting for the year, the tenderer to supply two carts when required. Carried unanimously.

Councillor Hill moved, seconded by Councillor Bedford and carried; that Councillor Kingsbury’s name be added to the Committee of Works.

The Chairman referring to the Kerbing and Guttering, Newtown Road, Enmore Ward, informed the Council that Mr Aspinall had called at the office and stated that he had received instructions from the official assignee in his estate to rectify and complete the work but no official communication had been received in the matter. A debate ensued and the contractor’s agreement read when it was thought advisable that the Council should at once complete the work.

Moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Hill, that tenders be called for the completion of the Kerbing and Guttering, Newtown Road, Enmore Ward. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Curtis, that the Council Clerk be instructed to revise the assessment for the current year. Carried unanimously.

Councillor Bedford begged to direct the attention of the Chairman to the intolerable nuisance of goats and pigs throughout the O’Connell Ward.

Question by Councillor Knight; by what authority did the Clerk discharge Lee?. The Chairman stated that although there had been no direct resolution for the authority, yet it had always been understood that he was so empowered. He would however call upon the Clerk to state the cause. The Clerk stated that Lee had not been discharged for any fault, that on the 20th ultimo, the day appointed for the election of Chairman, the election not having taken place, he had consulted the Councillors present as to the advisability of discharging the men until the appointment took place, and he had only acted in accordance with their advice.

Councillor Hill thought for the future, in the labour employed, that three Wards should share equally in providing men.

Moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Hill, that the regular meeting nights be fixed fortnightly from date. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the Clerk receive the sum of 16 pounds for current wages account. Carried unanimously.

Councillor Conley would suggest that some steps be taken for the recovery of the unpaid rates.

Councillor Conley complained that horses were brought up from Camperdown and turned loose about the Municipality.

Motions of which notice had been Given:

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Hill, that the rate of assessment for the current year be fixed at one shilling in the pound collected half yearly. Carried unanimously .

A motion standing in Councillor Dunlop’s name postponed until next meeting, the question involved therein being before the Supreme Court.

This terminated the business and the Council separated.

Signed H. Munro, Chairman.

 


 

Council Chambers March 14th 1865.

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

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Knight, that the minutes of proceedings of previous meeting read be confirmed. Carried unanimously.

Correspondence:

A letter from W. D. Hughes, complaining that Mr Furlonger had erected a closet in close proximity to his house and that the same was a nuisance. Letter received on the motion of Councillors Conley and Curtis.

Reports:

1. From Finance Committee recommending the confirmation of accounts amounting to 163 pounds 0 shillings and seven pence. Received on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Knight.

2. From Committee of Works (of which Councillor Conley had been elected Chairman), recommending that the sum of 500 pounds be voted for the supply of white metal; also stating that they have examined the Kerbing and Guttering Newtown Road, Enmore Ward, and had directed the Surveyor to invite persons to inspect the same, pointing out the work necessary and requesting them to send in tenders by the 20th instant. Report received on the motion of Councillors Conley and Hill.

Miscellaneous business:

The Chairman stated that in company with the Clerk, he had visited the well complained of in Mrs William’s property in Hordern Street and he really did not know what to do on the matter, it was one of those cases when the Council had nothing to fall upon should they enforce the fine.

Councillor Dunlop moved, seconded by Councillor Curtis and carried, that the Road Trust be communicated with for the purpose of ascertaining if they would contribute half the expense of metalling Erskineville Lane so far as the railway bridge.

Councillor Dunlop moved, that a deputation be appointed to wait upon the Mayor for the purpose of ascertaining if any arrangement can be entered into for the purpose of securing half the fees of licensed vehicles plying within the Municipality.

Councillor Hill seconded the motion which was unanimously carried.

Councillor Hill moved, seconded by Councillor Knight, and carried, that the deputation to wait upon the Mayor consist of the Chairman and Councillors Kingsbury and Dunlop.

Orders of the day:

Councillor Dunlop moved, “That (it) is the opinion of this Council that the late Chairmen of this Municipality were not justified in inserting names on the electoral roll of this Municipality after it was adopted by the Council, more especially as the names so inserted were not on the rate book of this Council as liable to be rated. He stated that he had proposed this motion by the wish of the Council from last meeting, the matter involved therein then being before the Judges of the Supreme Court, and as there was no decision given upon this particular point, and believing the late Chairman was wrong in inserting the names after the decision come to by the Council, he would now move the resolution.” Councillor Conley seconded the motion. Councillor Kingsbury as one of the Chairman alluded to, disclaimed any intention of acting in opposition to a resolution of the Council. When he became Returning Officer he ceased to be Chairman, and instead of having the resolution of the Council to guide him he had the Act, and the clauses bearing upon the point are so ambiguous that he felt himself compelled to seek advice, and that was, “You are safer to allow these men to vote than prohibit their doing so”, and he had acted in accordance with that advice. The motion was then put and carried.

Notice of motion handed in from Councillor Kingsbury.

Councillor Dunlop moved, seconded by Councillor Curtis and carried, that the Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering tenders for Council’s Chambers.

The Council having resumed the Chairman reported that the Committee would not bring up a report that evening.

This terminated the business.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


 

Council Chambers March 20th 1865.

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

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the minutes of proceedings of previous meeting read be confirmed. Carried.

Correspondence:

The Chairman stated that there were two communications, which were tenders for Chambers they [of****rs] , could not now be entertained.

Reports:

1. A report from Finance Committee received on the 14th instant for adoption.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that report received on the 14th instant from Finance Committee be now adopted. Carried unanimously.

2. A report from Committee of Works received on the 14th instant for adoption.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the report received from Committee of Works on the 14th instant be now adopted. Carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Councillor Dunlop directed attention to the inconvenient height of the footpath in Wilson Street opposite Mr White’s property and requested permission to have placed there at the cost of the owner drain pipes. Surveyor to inspect and report to Committee of Works.

Councillor Curtis asked whether there was any By-law to interfere with the erection of balconies. The Chairman read the fourth clause and stated as his opinion that if this By-law was enforced it would do so, but considered it should be altered.

Councillor Conley asked if it was customary for Councillors to hold up their hand in voting when the matter then at issue was concerning themselves? It had been done at the last meeting, and he thought it very mean.

Councillor Kingsbury rose to a point of order. He thought that the word “mean” should not be allowed. The Chairman ruled that the word was neither proper or decorous. He also stated that Councillors could not be prevented voting upon any question.

Councillor Conley asked if it was usual for the Chairman to twice read a motion commenting upon its import.

The Chairman stated that when he consented to take the chair he particularly stipulated the privilege of taking part in the proceedings of the Council should he see fit, on the occasion alluded to, he had only pointed out the importance of the motion, that being but a part of his duty.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the Council resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of receiving report from sub Committee on premises offered for Chambers, and opening tenders for Kerbing and Guttering, and cartage for the use of the Municipality. Unanimously carried.

The Council having resumed the Chairman reported, that as there was no eligible tender for Chambers the Committee recommended that an offer be made to the Committee of the School of Arts of 60 pounds per annum for the library, dwelling, yard and use of large hall for elections; also gas for the use of the Council.

Report adopted on the motion of Councillors Curtis and Dunlop.

The Chairman reported that James Brearey’s tender at 14 pounds for alterations and completion of the Kerbing and Guttering Newtown Road, Enmore Ward had been accepted.

Report adopted on the motion of Councillors Hill and Cozens.

The Chairman reported that the Clerk would be instructed to invite fresh tenders for the supply of cartage, no eligible one having been received.

Report adopted on the motion of Councillors Bedford and Hill.

Motions of which notice had been Given:

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Knight, that the sum of 500 pounds be voted to be expended in white metal, apportioned to the Wards as follows; Enmore 100 pounds, Kingston 200 pounds, and O’Connell 200 pounds.

Notices of motion handed in, three, from Councillor Kingsbury.

This terminated the business and the Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 

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