Council Chambers 8 August 1871.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Bedford, Conley, Henderson and Kingsbury.

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

Letter from the Camperdown Council urging upon the Newtown Council the necessity of a Toll Bar being placed on the Newtown railway bridge. Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that this Council take immediate steps to erect a Toll Bar, or check gate, on the Newtown railway bridge.

Aldermen Conley and Bedford hoped Alderman Kingsbury would not press his motion, as they believed the matter should not be hastily dealt with.

After a short discussion, by the suggestion of the Mayor, the motion was withdrawn and the further consideration of the letter postponed until next Council meeting.

Balance sheet:

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

Report:

From the Committee for Works, recommending;

1. That the drainpipes at the intersection of Station Street and Enmore Road be taken up and relaid across Enmore Road.

2. That a sum not exceeding £25 be voted for the purpose of paying the Trustees of the Cook’s River Road sixpence per cubic yard for every yard of dirt that they deposit in Bligh Street.

3. That a letter be sent to the municipal Council of St Peter’s with a copy of the following resolution, Viz., “that this Council agrees to pay one half the cost of constructing a watercourse, cutting down and forming May Street, provided the whole cost of the same does not exceed £50 and the Municipal Council of St Peter’s carry out the work”.

The Marrickville Council having agreed to expend the sum of £75 in metalling the said Street as soon as the roadway is formed.

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

Motion pursuant to notice:

Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that a sum not exceeding £100 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering portions of certain Streets, O’Connell Ward”. Carried.

From report.

The Mayor laid on the table a report of estimate of the probable cost of fencing and widening O’Connell Street; also for draining Egan and Hordern Streets through Mr Crockers property.

Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the consideration of the report be made an order of the day for next Council meeting”. Carried.

In reply to a question by Alderman Henderson, the Mayor said he would instruct the solicitors to the Council to lodge a caveat against the application — case 2694 — applied for to bring under the provisions of the Real Property Act.

Question of water supply:

The Mayor reported that he had with Aldermen Hobbs and Kingsbury, waited upon the Mayor of Sydney to ascertain whether there is any probability of Newtown being supplied with water from the Botany Waterworks. Mr Chapman informed the deputation that the Council intended to construct a reservoir of sufficient capacity and height as would enable them to supply all the Suburbs of Sydney with a plentiful supply of water; but he thought it would be 18 months before the necessary Works are completed.

Alteration of library By-laws.

Clause 1.

Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Conley, and carried, “that the library shall be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 7:30 to 9 PM. And on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 to 4 PM.

Clause 6.

Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Conley, and carried, “that the word “certain” be inserted in the second line”, so as to make the By-law read as follows, Viz.,

Exceptions.

No 6. All publications received from the Government Printing Office and certain books purchased with the Government grant etc. etc.

The Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 22nd August 1871.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Kingsbury, Cozens, Galvin, Bedford and Hobbs.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from St Peter’s Municipality stating they have voted the sum of £25 for the purpose of co-operating with the Newtown Council in forming May Street. The letter received for future consideration.

2. From the Commissioner for Railways informing the Council that, in accordance with the arrangement made by the late Secretary for Works when he sanctioned the widening of the Newtown Bridge, the crossing over the railway at the Newtown Station will now be closed except for foot passengers. Letter received and laid on the table.

Orders of the day.

1. The further consideration of the letter from the Camperdown Council respecting the placing of a Toll Bar on the Newtown railway bridge.

Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Clerk forward the Camperdown Council a copy of the following resolution agreed to by the Newtown and Marrickville Council’s, and adopted by this Council 23rd August 1870, Viz., “that it would not only be highly advantageous to the two Boroughs, but just to the general public, if the Enmore Road through Newtown and the Main Road through Marrickville from the Newtown boundary to the Undercliff bridge, were brought under the charge of the Newtown and Cook’s River Road Trust”.

That the two Councils be therefore asked to take such measures as may seem most expedient to attain this end, and that this be done with an understanding that the Council’s world interpose no obstacle whatever to the establishment of any such extra toll, for as the Trustees may find necessary to prevent any and every evasion of toll by persons using the main Roads of the two Boroughs, provided however, that but one toll per diem be levied on such Roads, payment at one toll, for clearing the other.

Amendment, moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the further consideration of the letter be postponed for six months”.

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

2. Consideration of drainage through Mr Crocker’s property and widening O’Connell Street

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the Camperdown Council be requested to appoint a deputation to meet the Aldermen of O’Connell Ward for the purpose of considering what plan shall be adopted for continuing the drainage from Mr Crocker’s boundary to Brown Street”. Carried.

The Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


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