Council Chambers May 3rd 1865.

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

Correspondence:

A letter from Mr A. McDearmid, requesting permission to make a roadway into his property. Request acceded to, but alteration to be done under the instruction of the Surveyor.

Reports:

The Chairman reported that the Works ordered by the Council were fast progressing, and made allusion to the new form of assessment, also mentioned that a conference of Chairmen had taken place to consider the desirability of taking steps to obtain before the close of the present session of Parliament an Amendatory Act.

The Treasurer’s financial report from January 1st to May 3rd was read, which showed balance and receipts amounting to 563 pounds two shillings and nine pence and expenditure 379 pounds 18 shillings and 11 pence, leaving a balance of 183 pounds three shillings and 10 pence. Report received on the motion of Councillors Conley and Hill.

Miscellaneous business:

Councillor Hill asked the reason why the foot path in Campbell Street, Enmore Ward was not formed when there was money voted for the purpose. The Chairman stated in reply, it was the duty of the Committee of Works to attend to it.

Councillor Curtis asked whose duty it was to look after nuisances, he understood that the Clerk’s salary was increased on the understanding that he was to suppress nuisances. The Chairman stated that he believed that some two or three Councillors voted for the increase on the understanding, but others voted for it because a pledge had been made that his salary would be increased if his whole time were occupied. Nothing was stated in the resolution voting the increase that he was to act as Inspector of Nuisances. After some discussion it was agreed that the Chairman shall authorise the Clerk to instruct the overseer and his men to impound all animals found straying about the streets and also to give information to the Clerk upon any nuisance that may come under their observation, so that immediate steps may be taken to suppress the same.

Motions of which notice had been Given:

Moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that tenders be called for a rubble gutter at the east side of the Camperdown Road from Prospect Street to the Municipal boundary. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley seconded by Councillor Knight, that tenders be called for Kerbing and Guttering both sides of Australia Street south of the culvert; also 20 yards of the south side of Bedford Street, commencing from the railway bridge. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Dunlop, that a Committee be formed consisting of the Chairman and Councillors Hill, Cozens, Knight, Bedford, Conley and the mover, to inspect the white metal quarries and ascertain the best means of obtaining a constant supply of white metal. Carried.

Notices of motion handed in from Councillors Kingsbury, Cozens and Bedford.

This terminated the business and the Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers May 10th 1865.

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

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

The Chairman stated the reason he had called this meeting was, that at the conference of Chairmen of the Suburban Municipalities they had appointed a Committee to prepare a draft Amendatory Bill, and transmit the same to the Chairmen who composed that conference in order that they may lay it before their respective Councils prior to the 11th instant, the day which the conference would again assemble. The object would be best explained by the following resolution, passed at their first meeting; that in the opinion of this meeting an earnest appeal ought to be at once made to the proper authorities – executive and legislative – for the passage during the present session of Parliament of a short Amendatory Act, to remedy the principal defects in the Municipalities Act of 1858, and to render the same practically workable until a general and well digested motion can be passed.

The Chairman then read the Bill, after which Councillor Kingsbury moved, that this Council, having considered the Bill submitted to them, authorise the Chairman to use every legitimate means in conjunction with the Chairman of other Municipalities to obtain the passing of the Bill as amended and explained the Municipalities Act of 1858. Carried unanimously.

A notice of motion handed in by Councillor Dunlop.

This terminated the business and the Council separated.

Signed H. Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers May 15th 1865.

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

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

Correspondence:

1. A letter from Mr Baker complaining of a nuisance.

2. A letter from Messrs Jenkins, Clarkson and Taylor complaining of a nuisance emanating from a lane situate between O’Connell and Egan Streets.

The Chairman stated he had that day in company with Councillor Hill called upon the Inspector General of Police respecting the matter of nuisances and seeking his consent in allowing the Senior Constable stationed at Newtown to assist the Council in suppressing them.

Captain McLerie had received them most courteously and readily accorded his consent. The complaints embodied in the letter just read would be at once attended to.

3. A letter from Michael O’Brien, seeking employment. Referred to Clerk.

4. A letter from Mr William Croft, asking permission to erect awning posts in front of a hay and corn store belonging to Mr. Hughes, south side of Newtown Road; also a similar request from Mr West, for the Post Office. Permission unanimously sanctioned, motions of Councillors Conley and Hill.

5. A letter from Mr Thomas West offering some blue and white metal. Letter read and to be considered as an order of the day at the next meeting on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Bedford.

6. A letter from Councillor Dunlop, stating that he had seen the Postmaster General, who had arranged to forward a mail every afternoon to the Newtown Post Office for the convenience of persons choosing to call, until the next days usual delivery, and that the Postman would take in a mail every morning, leaving Newtown at seven o’clock. These mails were in addition to the present postal communications.

Reports:

1. From Finance Committee, recommending sundry accounts amounting to 129 pounds twelve shillings and eight pence. Report received on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Kingsbury.

2. From Committee of Works recommending caps and side stones for the pipes, a rubble drain in Longdown Street, and having examined and passed the Kerbing and Guttering Enmore Ward; and directed the footpaths in Campbell Street Enmore Ward to be formed as soon as practicable; and instructed the Surveyor to measure the metal in the Kingston Ward with a view to the same being available when required; also that a portion of Campbell Street, O’Connell Ward be metalled. Report received on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Knight.

Miscellaneous business:

List of the appeal cases as arranged in the Petty Sessions on the 13th instant laid on the table.

The Chairman referred to the conference meeting of the Chairmen of the Suburban Municipalities endeavouring to get passed during the present session of Parliament an Amendatory Bill to remedy the principal defects in the Municipalities Act of 1858, and as there were some light expenses attached to the matter, he wished one of the Councillors present would hand in a notice of motion for a vote of one pound for the purpose.

The applications of Mr Reeve was again entertained asking leave to erect awning posts in front of his premises. Permission granted.

Councillor Hill wished to ask the Chairman where the metal now lying in the Kingston Ward was intended to be used; it had been determined by the Committee of Works that the first instalment was to be delivered in the O’Connell Ward, and as the contractor had only placed this metal where it now was upon speculation, and as he understood it was to be delivered where required, he could not see as it was part of the contract, why Mr West should not be called upon to remove it to O’Connell Ward.

The Chairman replied that what Councillor Hill stated was perfectly correct, and if the Council ordered its removal no doubt Mr West would comply.

A discussion ensued touching a previous understanding to metal certain streets in it’s neighbourhood. The question was ultimately allowed to drop.

Councillor Dunlop asked the Chairman if it would not be advisable if practicable, to change the bank, as we had one now open in the township? He thought it would be a great convenience.

The Chairman stated the matter required some consideration and inquiry and he was not in a position to give an opinion upon the subject at present.

Councillor Kingsbury would wish to bring under the notice of the Council the narrowness of Elizabeth Street, and would suggest that the Clerk be instructed to write to the proprietor of the grounds on the north side with a view to widening the same. Clerk was instructed to write.

Councillor Knight had on a previous occasion mentioned the great advantage the Municipality would derive from a slight alteration to the railway bridge across the Newtown Road without at all injuring or interfering with the line or its traffic. A diagram could be prepared and the deputation appointed for the purpose to wait upon the Government.

Councillor Dunlop moved, seconded by Councillor Knight, that a deputation be appointed consisting of the Chairman and Councillors Conley and Knight. Unanimously carried.

Motions of which notice had been Given:

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Hill, that the Surveyor make an estimate of the cost of Kerbing and Guttering that part of the Newtown Road from Holt to Campbell Streets Enmore Ward. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Cozens, seconded by Councillor Hill, that the Surveyor make an estimate of the cost of forming parts of Cavendish, Liberty and Cambridge Streets Enmore Ward. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Curtis, that tenders be called for Kerbing and Guttering O’Connell Street so far as Brick Street in accordance with the Surveyors report. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Knight, that the overseer be appointed Inspector of Nuisances, and that he be paid for his time if employed after working hours.

Councillor Kingsbury moved the previous question, seconded by Councillor Hill which was carried upon the following division, Councillors Kingsbury, Hill, Cozens and Bedford for, Councillors Dunlop, Knight, Conley and Curtis against.

The Chairman in giving his casting vote against the motion stated that he did so in consequence of the understanding respecting the Constable rendering assistance in suppressing nuisances and he would like to see it have a fair trial.

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

Orders of the day:

Consideration of tenders.

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering tenders;

1. For Kerbing and Guttering a portion of Australia and Bedford Streets.

2. For rough pitching a water table east side of the Camperdown Road.

The Council resumed and the Chairman reported that the tender of Mr Thomas Mann was accepted, at six shillings per yard for the Kerbing and Guttering and that of Mr Charles Pitt’s at 14 pounds 10 shillings for the rough pitching. Report unanimously adopted on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Hill.

This concluded the business and the Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers May 29th 1865.

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

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Hill, that Councillor Kingsbury be elected Chairman for the evening. Carried unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned until Monday June the fifth in consequence of a death in the family of the Chairman.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 

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