January

Council Chamber 5th January 1869.

Present the Mayor, and Aldermen Conley, Goodsell, Bailey, Curtis, Cozens, Bedford and Galvin.

The minutes of previous meeting read, and confirmed on the motion of Alderman Bailey and Goodsell.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the Department of Lands, in reply to a request from this Council for a tracing showing the respective portions of Forbes Street situated in the Borough of Newtown and Redfern — stating that Mr Surveyor Knapp has been instructed to define that part of the Borough of Redfern from the head of Blackwattle Swamp thence on a line bearing west to the west side of Forbes Street; when the survey has been received a tracing thereof will be supplied.

2. From Mr G. W. Allen consenting to a proposition from this Council to dedicate to them a piece of land fronting to Wells Street, the Council agreed to erect a fence to enclose the said land. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Clerk be instructed to inform Mr Allen that the fencing as agreed to be erected will be proceeded with as soon as possible.” Carried.

3. From the Trustees of the Cook’s River Road stating that Messrs Knight and Tye were appointed a Committee to see what arrangement can be made with the Municipalities of Newtown and Darlington as to lighting those portions of the Road within their Municipalities; also requesting this Council to communicate with Messrs. Knight and Tye with a view to a meeting to ascertain what will be requisite to be done by the Trustees, and Municipal Council.

The Mayor said he would communicate with the above gentlemen, and appoint a meeting as early as possible.

Report:

The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts showing and expenditure since the 1st December amounting to £313/4/5. Report adopted on the motion of Aldermen Curtis and Goodsell.

The Mayor reported that he had let the Hall of this building for the purpose of holding meetings for United Prayer during the present week. He suggested that the Council should only charge for use of the same, a sufficient sum to clear expenses. After a short discussion it was agreed on the motion of Aldermen Goodsell and Conley, that no charge should be made for the use of the Hall on the present occasion.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Curtis, “that an estimate of the probable cost be made for Kerbing and Guttering Oxford Street.” Carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Curtis, “that the building recently known as the Newtown School of Arts, be named the Newtown Municipal Council Chambers.”

Amendment, moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that it be named the Town Hall”. Amendment put and carried.

Questions:

Alderman Curtis asked if any further steps had been taken by this Council in reference to opening Union Street, between the Cook’s River Road and Erskineville Lane. In reply the Mayor said that no communication had been received from the land proprietors owning frontages to that street.

Alderman Bailey wished to know whether the Mayor intended to take any steps to elect additional Alderman for this Borough at the next election. The Mayor replied in the negative.

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that in consequence of the increasing traffic on the Enmore Road application be made to the Government to align that Road to a width of a chain between Station and Juliet Streets.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Mayor with Aldermen Curtis, Bailey, and Galvin be appointed a Building Committee for the purpose of drawing up a report as to the necessary alterations and improvements required to this building.” Carried.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 14th January 1869.

Special meeting by order of the Mayor.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Bailey, Goodsell, Galvin, Curtis, Cozens and Conley.

The Mayor said he had convened the meeting for the purpose of holding a conference with the Trustees of the Cook’s River Road in reference to lighting the said Road with gas.

On motion of Aldermen Bailey and Cozens Council went into Committee for the above purpose.

Council having resumed, the Mayor reported progress and obtained leave to sit again.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the Mayor be authorised to insure this building for the sum of £1200.0.0 Sterling.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that in accordance with the 37th. Section of the 31 Vic. No 12., a Revision Court be held in this Chamber on Friday the 22nd instant, at two o’clock PM.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that tenders be called for the erection of the fence in Wells Street as agreed to be performed with Mr G. W. Allen.”

Amendment, moved by Alderman Goodsell, 2. Seconded by Alderman Cozens, 1. “That the matter stand over until next meeting”.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.


 

Revision Court. Council Chambers 22nd January 1869.

Special meeting: to revise the Municipal Lists.

Present, the Mayor and Aldermen Conley, Curtis, Galvin, Gibbons, Cozens, Bedford and Bailey.

The Lists were carefully gone through, four claims for insertion (in accordance with schedule G.), on the Enmore List were allowed, two or three names were struck out from each List.

The minutes of previous meeting read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Bedford and Cozens.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr Brierley in reference to the Council taking charge of Francis Street, O’Connell Ward. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the Clerk be instructed to reply and refer Mr Brierley to the 117th section of the Municipalities Act 31 V. No 12., which especially provides for streets similar to Francis Street; also to inform Mr Brierley that the street in question has not been dedicated to this Council for the use of the public.” Carried.

2. From the Borough Council of Darlington, requesting this Council to take joint action with them and neighbouring Municipalities to prevent the police from overstepping their proper duties, Viz., of levying fines, which by 128 section, 31 Vic. No 12, are wholly the property of the Councils. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Gibbons, “that the Clerk be instructed to reply and inform the Darlington Council, that this Council will be agreeable to co-operate with other Borough Councils in carrying out any provision of the Municipalities Act of 1867, and respectfully solicit any information they may have obtained respecting the clause referred to in their letter.” Carried.

3. From Messrs Holdsworth and Brown (the Council’s solicitors) in reference to the conveyance of the late Newtown School of Arts, stating, it was impossible to convey the land direct to the Municipal Council, as it was doubtful whether they had the power legally to mortgage it to Mr Tye therefore we have taken the conveyance to that gentlemen, and he has executed a covenant that he stands seized of the property conveyed to him as mortgagee only, and to secure to him the repayment by the Municipality on the 24th day of December A.D. 1874 of the sum of £1000, and interest thereon after the rate of £6 per centum, per annum, payable quarterly on the 24th day of the months of March, June, September and December, in each year, the first payment to be made on the 24th day of March next. The deeds of the property we hold on behalf of Mr Tye, and the Covenant on your behalf.

Reports:

1. The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts amounting to £62/10/9, paid under votes of appropriations, and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £71/11/2. Report adopted on the motion of Aldermen Curtis and Bedford.

2. From the Building Committee recommending certain alterations and improvements to the Town Hall. Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the report be received and it’s adoption be taken into consideration at the next meeting of Council.” Carried.

The Council then rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.


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