Council Chambers September 4th 1865.

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

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

Correspondence:

1. A letter from the City Council respecting water supply, the consideration of which was postponed until after the Council would rise when the matter would be entertained by a Committee of the whole Council on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Hill.

2. A letter from the Cook Municipal Council in reply respecting the removal of the University fence along Bligh Street. Letter received and the Clerk to communicate with the University authorities for it’s removal on the motion of Councillors Curtis and Bedford.

3. A letter from Mr Hornbey offering white metal. Referred to Committee of Works on the motion of Councillors Hill and Knight.

4. A letter from Mr I. A. Willes offering a plan of the city and suburbs. Received on the motion of Councillors Conley and Bedford.

5. A letter from Mr Chard respecting the lane leading from Oxford to Baltic Streets, seeking to have same formed and intimating that the fence opposite his property was an encroachment. Letter received and referred to Committee of Works on the motion of Councillor Knight and Hill.

Reports:

1. From Finance Committee received August 21st. Adopted on the motion of Councillors Knight and Kingsbury.

2. From Committee of Works, received August 21st. Adopted on the motion of Councillors Conley and Bedford.

3. From Surveyor estimating cost of Works. Received August 21st. Adopted on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Curtis.

4. From Finance Committee recommending sundry accounts amounting to £115.15.03, £102.10.09 of which had been paid under votes of appropriation. Report received on the motion of Councillors Curtis and Bedford.

Miscellaneous business:

Abstract of gross revenue and expenditure from 1863 to June 30th 1865, and list of rates paid for the current year in full laid on the table.

The Chairman thought that the Council would be great gainers by the Kerbing and Guttering being tendered for annually.

Councillor Curtis inquired if cases in the district court had yet been heard. The Chairman replied, no, that if undefended they would be decided on the fifth instant, some had paid their rates since being summonsed.

Motions of which notice had been Given:

A motion standing in Councillor Dunlop’s name postponed until next meeting by general consent on account of the unavoidable absence.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that this Council vote the sum of £100 towards Kerbing and Guttering the streets north of Albermarle Street as may be deemed most necessary”. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Hill, seconded by Councillor Kingsbury, “that this Council vote the sums as specified in Surveyors report for the ballasting and blinding of James and Sarah Streets”. Carried unanimously.

Notices of motion handed in from Councillors Conley and Kingsbury.

This terminated the business and the Council rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers September 18th 1865.

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

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

Correspondence:

1. A letter from Mr Wm. Lucas offering white metal. Letter received on the motion of Councillors Kingsbury and Cozens.

Reports:

1. From Finance Committee, received September 4th. Adopted on the motion of Councillors Knight and Hill.

2. From Committee of Works, received September 4th. Adopted on the motion of Councillors Conley and Kingsbury.

3. From Finance Committee, recommending accounts amounting to £147.14.10., paid under votes of appropriation, for confirmation. Report received on the motion of Councillor Knight and Hill.

4. From Committee of Works, stating that in the matter of Mr Harnbey’s letter offering white metal, he may send in a price when tenders are called for; also that Mr Chard’s communication respecting an encroachment, the Surveyor had been instructed to report upon the matter.

The Committee recommend that the Council invite tenders for Kerbing and Guttering of different descriptions, for the purpose of ascertaining the cost. They also recommend that the Council vote the sum of £250, for a further supply of white metal. Report received on the motion of Councillors Conley and Knight.

Miscellaneous business:

Councillor Bedford brought under consideration of the Council the great advantage there would be gained by transfer of the banking account to the local branch of the Commercial; he had received a communication from Mr Antrodus of the Commercial Bank, wherein it appeared that the manager was agreeable to open a cash credit with the Council. He would therefore move that the matter be referred to the Finance Committee, to make the necessary inquiries and report to the Council. Councillor Dunlop seconded the motion which was unanimously carried.

Councillor Curtis called attention of the Council to the 28th. clause of the By-laws referring to houses of ill fame. A house has been suspected by the police for some time, and it’s being a nuisance for harbouring a lot of drunkards is a notorious fact. The Chairman promised immediate attention if the clause quoted was only complied with.

Councillor Conley wished to know if the Chairman or any of the Councillors had inspected the quality of the Five Dock metal. The Chairman stated that those most capable of judging spoke favourably of the stone.

The Chairman put under the consideration of the Council the necessity of a legal adviser being appointed. There had arisen objections to Mr Brown acting without the specified authority of the Council in the recent cases heard at the district court.

Motions of which notice had been Given:

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that this Council enter into arrangements for the purpose of procuring the names of the streets, and have the same placed in their respective places, and that a sum not exceeding £50 be voted for that purpose”. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Curtis, “that in consequence of the great dissatisfaction expressed by a large number of rate payers and the unnecessary expenditure of the funds of the Municipality, it behove this Council to take the subject into their serious consideration, for the purpose of curtailing the expenditure”. Councillor Dunlop moved, seconded by Councillor Bedford, and carried the following amendment;

“That a Committee of the whole Council be appointed for the purpose of considering the financial affairs of the Municipality”.

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that tenders be called for the ballasting and blinding James and Sarah Streets”. Carried unanimously.

Notices of motions handed in from Councillors Kingsbury and Conley.

This terminated the business and the Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Council Chambers September 26th. 1865.

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

A meeting convened by the Chairman for the special purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of purchasing a piece of ground situate between North Station and Oxford Streets.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Curtis, that the Chairman and Councillors Conley and Knight wait upon the Hon. Charles Cowper, Premier of New South Wales, and respectfully solicit that the land adjoining the railway station at Newtown (advertised for public sale on the 27th instant) be withdrawn from sale for the present to enable the Council to petition the Executive Government for a grant of the same for public purposes. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Hill, that in the event of the deputation appointed to wait upon the Hon. Charles Cowper being unsuccessful in their mission the Chairman Mr Henry Munro is authorised to purchase the whole block of land advertised for public sale by Richardson & Wrench on the 27th instant adjoining the railway station, Kingston, Newtown. Carried unanimously.

This terminated the business and the Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 

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