January

January 8th. 1866 Council Chambers.Newtown

Present Councillors Kingsbury, Hill, Dunlop, Conley, Bedford, Knight.

The communication read from the Chairman stating his inability through business to attend. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Hill that Councillor Kingsbury be appointed the Chairman for this evening.

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

Correspondence:

No correspondence received.

Reports:

1. From Finance Committee, received December 11th 1865. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Dunlop that it be adopted. Carried.

2. From Committee of Works, received December 11th 1865, adopted on the motion of Councillors Conley and Curtis.

Miscellaneous business:

Councillor Dunlop drew the attention of the Council to the filling in of the Lane in Wilson Street.

Councillor Curtis drew the attention of the Council to Mrs Lawson’s complaint of water closet adjoining her premises.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop and seconded by Councillor Curtis that permission be given to Mr Knight to allow the Kerb stones to be lowered to allow passage into the gateway in Mr Dent’s premises.

Councillor Curtis drew the attention of the Council to the roughness of the footpaths from the Missenden Road to Walker’s property.

Councillor Curtis inquired if there had been any communication from the Road Trust respecting the entrance to Mr Bielar’s coal and timber yard. The Chairman stated a letter had been sent and they considered that there was no injury done and would not interfere in the matter.

Councillor Hill thought that definite understanding should be arrived at with the Road Trust as to whether they lay claim to the Kerbing and Guttering.

Councillor Dunlop conceived that there would be some difficulty in the matter.

Councillor Dunlop moved and Councillor Knight seconded that the Clerk be instructed to call upon the Registrar General respecting the reserved Road [intersecting] adjoining Wilson Street [to the Railway line] as shown in the tracing now before the Council relative to Thomas Walker of Uralla [Yaralla], Concord, conveyance under Torrens Act.

Councillor Conley begs to inquire how much there was collected from rates for half-year now ended.

Answer: £335.0.0

Councillor Conley inquired what was the balance of unpaid rates.

Treasurer’s answer, £421.15.9

Shown by the sheets: £402.8.0

Councillor Conley inquired if the Council considered sufficient exertion had been made to collect the rates.

Councillor Conley inquired the reason that this meeting had not been called earlier.

The Chairman unable to answer the question.

Councillor Conley inquired the reason P. Macken had not been paid, he having received only £3.0.0 out of £10.0.0

Notices of motion:

Councillor Dunlop, one, Councillor Conley, one.

This terminated the business.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


January 16th 1866 Council Chambers Newtown.

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

The Chairman stated the reason he called this meeting was to inform the Council that he had suspended the Council Clerk on Saturday evening last. His reasons for suspending the Clerk was that on examining the books with the Treasurer they discovered that he had made use of a cancelled cheque on the 22nd February 1865 which had been drawn on the 2nd. July 1864.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Hill, that this Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to consider the suspension of the Council Clerk by the Chairman. Carried unanimously.

The Committee after mature deliberation and investigation it was moved by Councillor Curtis and seconded by Councillor Conley that the Council Clerk be dismissed for making use of a cancelled cheque.

Moved by Councillor Kingsbury and seconded by Councillor Dunlop, that the Council now resume and the Chairman report the above resolution.

The Council having resumed and the Chairman having reported the proceedings and resolutions of the Committee it was moved by Councillor Dunlop and seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the report of the Committee recommending the dismissal of the Council Clerk now received be adopted. Carried unanimously.

The Chairman drew the attention of the Council to the balance sheet as prepared by the late Council Clerk showing the balance as an account audited for 1864 did not correspond with the balance brought forward for the year 1865.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Bedford that the Chairman be empowered to employ Mr George Langhorne as temporary Clerk. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Curtis and seconded by Councillor Bedford that the Treasurer Mr Knight be authorised to receive rates until other arrangements are made. Carried.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 


Municipal Council Chambers, January 22nd 1866.

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

Read the minutes of meetings on January 8th. and January 16th.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop and seconded by Councillor Bedford that same be confirmed.

Correspondence:

Chairman read the communication from the Colonial Secretary’s Department respecting the proposed International Exhibition to be held at Melbourne. Moved by Councillor Kingsbury and seconded by Councillor Dunlop that the same be acknowledged.

Letter from Mr Martin Gibbons respecting payment of his account for forming culvert in Denison Lane. Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford that same be received. Agreed to.

Chairman read report of Finance Committee.

Moved by Councillor Knight and seconded by Councillor Dunlop that the report now read be received and adopted.

Chairman laid on the table the balance sheet for half-year ending 31st December.

Chairman also stated the opinion of the auditors that the late Council Clerk should have an opportunity of making up the books he had neglected and which he, Mackay, stated he was able to do.

After some discussion in which each member of the Council took part it was moved by Councillor Dunlop and seconded by Councillor Curtis that the late Clerk be permitted, in the presence of the Treasurer or auditors, to afford such information as he can to balance the books. Carried nem con.

Mr Conley called the attention of the Council to Mr Ashmead’s claim for alterations ordered by the late Clerk.

Mr Knight wished the Council to take action for the opening of the thoroughfare through the railway gate from Kingston North to South Kingston.

Chairman stated that he would take the necessary steps in the matter.

Mr Conley enquired respecting the late Clerk’s bond of security.

The Chairman stated that the first bond given as security he had seen in the hands of Gurner and Roberts, solicitors, but was not aware that any other bond had been executed.

Notices of motion at previous meeting:

By Mr Dunlop that the amount due Mr M. Gibbons for constructing culvert in Denison Lane be paid. Carried.

Councillor Conley’s motion postponed by consent.

New notices of motion:

By Mr C. Dunlop that the practice of paying into bank cheques as cash be discontinued.

The Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 



Special meeting of Newtown Council January 27th 1866.

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

Read and confirmed. Nil.

Chairman made a statement of the cause of the arrest and subsequent committal of the late Clerk for forgery.

Mr Conley stated that he had been assisting the Treasurer in endeavouring to ascertain what ratepayers within the Kingston Ward had paid and the result of their enquiries was that at least one out of four rates stated to be unpaid were paid. The Treasurer stated his intention of going through all Wards to ascertain the amount of deficiency as far as possible.

Moved by Mr Conley, seconded by Mr Kingsbury, that Mr George Langhorne, Council Clerk pro tem, be authorised to counter sign cheques. Carried.

Moved by Mr Conley, seconded by Mr Bedford, that the sum of £5.0.0 be placed in Clerk’s hands for petty cash purposes. Carried.

Chairman laid on the table the electoral rolls for each Ward and arranged that the rolls be examined by the Councillors of the respective wards.

Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 



Special meeting of Council on January 30th 1866.

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

Read and confirmed the minutes of meeting on January 22nd and 27th.

The Chairman stated that his object in calling the meeting was to state to the Council Mr Brown’s professional opinion as their legal adviser relative to the case of the late Clerk, Mr H. Mackay. This opinion was to the effect that he did not think it advisable to press any other charge than that on which the prisoner stood committed to take his trial but that he would recommend that the Council should be consulted on the subject.

After some discussion it was moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Conley, that the Chairman be instructed to proceed against Mr H. Mackay, the late Clerk, for embezzlement of the municipal rates. Carried nem con.

Council separated.

Signed Henry Munro, Chairman.

 



Memorandum signed by Chairman and Councillors postponing the usual quarterly meeting.

 

“We the undersigned, Chairman and Councillors of the Municipal Council of Newtown, owing to the occurrence of the trial of the late Council Clerk, Mr H. Mackay, for forgery, taking place on the day fixed for the usual quarterly meeting of the Council, mainly on the third instant, agree to postpone the said quarterly meeting in accordance with the 48th clause of the Municipal By-laws.

Here follows the signatures:

Henry Munro, Chairman. Henry Knight, Treasurer. D. Bedford. R. Dunlop. Rich Cozens. J. Kingsbury. Rowland Hill. William Curtis. James Conley

 

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