Council Chambers 7th. March 1871.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Kingsbury, Henderson, Conley, Cozens, Bedford, Munro and Galvin.

Minutes:

The minutes of previous meeting were read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Kingsbury and Henderson.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr J. Russell requesting the Council to take immediate steps to cause the trees that overhang Francis Street to be lopped off to the alignment of that Street. Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the Clerk write to the owners of property adjoining Francis Street, and request them to cut off the branches of trees complained of”. Carried.

2. From Mr Lawson, asking the Council to further cut down Queen Street etc. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the letter be referred to the Committee for Works for their report”. Carried

Amendment, moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that the Clerk make application to the Government to align Queen Street, as soon as possible”.

The amendments was put and lost. The motion was put and carried.

Balance sheet:

The balance sheet for the last half-year, duly audited, was read and adopted on the motion of Aldermen Cozens and Conley.

Report:

The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £141/19/5, and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £6/12/0. Report adopted on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Munro.

Valuers, appointment of.

Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that tenders be called for a competent person to act as a valuer in conjunction with the Council Clerk to make a valuation of property within this Borough, for the current year, not binding on the Council to accept the lowest or any tender”. Carried unanimously.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Cozens, ” that the Finance Committee be instructed to prepare and submit to this Council an estimate in accordance with section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867, of the probable amount which will be required for the now current year in addition to any tolls, rates or dues levied, or authorised to be levied within this Municipality and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any Roads, bridges, punts, wharves, piers or other Public Works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the said Act”. Carried unanimously.

2. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that tenders be called for the performance of the cartage for the current municipal year”. Carried unanimously.

3. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that tenders be called for the Kerbing and Guttering required in the Municipality during the current year”.

Amendment, moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that separate tenders be called for each particular motion for Kerbing and Guttering”.

The amendments was put, Ayes, three. Noes, three.

The Mayor gave his casting vote with the Ayes. The amendments was carried. The motion was put and lost.

By request of Alderman Bedford, the Mayor said he would call for tenders for Kerbing and Guttering Nelson Street, to be sent in by next meeting.

By request of Alderman Munro, the Mayor said he would lay before the Council, the report of the Improvement Committee respecting the Kerb and Guttering performed by Mr Selby in Albermarle Street.

The Mayor laid before the Council of resignation of Mr Alderman Galvin as Treasurer to the Council.

Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the consideration of the matter be postponed until next Council meeting”. Carried.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 21st March 1871.

Present the Mayor and Alderman Hobbs, Kingsbury, Conley, Bedford, Munro, Cozens and Galvin.

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

Letter from Mr Shannon respecting the level of Lord Street opposite his property. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that the letter be received and referred to the Committee for Works for their report”. Carried.

Reports:

1. From the Finance Committee as follows;

In accordance with a resolution passed in Council on the 7th. instant, your Committee beg to submit the following estimate of the probable amount (that is to say, £1875), which will be required for the now current municipal year, in addition to any tolls, rates or dues levied, or authorised to be levied within this Municipality and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any Roads, bridges, punts, wharves, piers or other Public Works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

Probable expenditure.

Constructing and repairing Roads and other improvements.

Enmore Ward........................... £490/0/0
Kingston Ward......................... £480/0/0
O'Connell Ward........................ £505/0/0
Total................................ £1475/0/0

General expenses.

Salaries.............................. £180/0/0
Pretty, Advertising etc................ £40/0/0
Interest on Loans...................... £90/0/0
Election expenses and Valuers.......... £30/0/0
Interest on Cash Credit................ £40/0/0
Incidental Expenses.................... £20/0/0
Total................................. £400/0/0
Grand Total...................................... £1875/0/0

Probable receipts.

Rates Enmore Ward..................... £410/0/0
Rates Kingston Ward................... £400/0/0
Rates O'Connell Ward.................. £440/0/0
Government endowments................. £625/0/0
Total............................................ £1875/0/0

Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Kingsbury, “that the report of probable expenditure etc be adopted”. Carried unanimously

2. From the Committee for Works.

1. That the Clerk be empowered to obtain Mr Birnies sanction in writing to the proposed permanent level of Queen Street.

2 that Elizabeth Street between Campbell Street and Newtown Road be re-metalled, and that the Mayor be empowered to cause as soon as possible, the stone Guttering at the intersection of O’Connell Street and Newtown Road to be taken up and repaired.

3. That Mr Selby has satisfactorily completed his contract of Kerbing and Guttering in the Kingston Ward. That they approve of the Kerbing and Guttering recently laid in Lord Street by order of the Trustees of the Main Road.

Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Kingsbury, “that the report be received and adopted”. Carried unanimously

Moved by Alderman Kingsbury seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that the Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders as follows;

1. Carters work.

2. Kerbing and Guttering Nelson Street.

3. Valuer.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the tenders be considered with open doors”.

Aldermen Munro, Kingsbury, and the Mayor pointed out the inexpediency of examining tenders with open doors, when the Act specially provides it may be done with closed doors and that it would be a departure from the usual custom of this Council and all other Councils when considering tenders.

The motion was put when Alderman Munro called for a division. Ayes, 2, Alderman Galvin and Bedford. Noes, five, Aldermen Munro, Kingsbury, Conley, Cozens and Hobbs. The motion was lost.

The door having been closed, it was moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that Mr Doyle’s tender to perform the Scavengers Work in the O’Connell Ward for £2 per month be accepted”. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that Mr Broadly’s tender to perform the Carters Work in the Borough at eight shillings per day be accepted”. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that Mr Selby’s tender to lay Kerb and Guttering in Nelson Street and three shillings and nine pence per yard be accepted”. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that Mr Rishworth’s offer to perform the duties of a Valuer for the sum of £8 be accepted”. Carried unanimously.

On the motion of Aldermen Munro and Kingsbury the Council resumed and the Mayor reported the resolutions of Committee.

Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the resolutions of Committee as reported by the Mayor be adopted”. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Munro, “that Robert N. Banks and Francis E. Rishworth be appointed valuers of this Borough for the current municipal year; that the said valuers be instructed to prepare and submit to this Council a valuation of all rateable property within the said Borough; and that the sum of £16 be voted to carry out the work”. Carried unanimously.

Order of the day:

Consideration of the resignation of Alderman Galvin as Treasurer.

After a lengthy discussion, it was ultimately agreed that the further consideration of the matter be postponed until next Council meeting.

By request of Aldermen Munro, the Mayor stated that the names of the Improvement Committee who passed Mr Selby’s contract for Kerbing and Guttering in Albermarle Street, Kingston Ward, were Aldermen Galvin (Chairman), Conley, Cozens and Bedford.

The Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


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