Council Chambers 9th January 1872.

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

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the Registrar General, asking for certain information for the purpose of compiling the statistical register. Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the Clerk forward the information asked for”. Carried.

2. From Mr T. C. Breillatt, respecting the drain opposite his gateway, Enmore Road. Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Kingsbury, “that the letter be referred to the Committee for Works for their immediate report”. Carried.

3. From Mr W. Mills, drawing the attention of the Council to the advisability of taking immediate steps to establish a volunteer Fire Brigade, and procuring a powerful manual engine, with all necessary appliances for extinguishing fires. Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the letter be received and that it’s further consideration be made an order of the day at the next meeting of the Council”. Carried unanimously.

Report:

The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £222/17/4 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £69/16/0. Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the report be adopted”.

Alderman Conley, Bedford, Cozens and Hobbs objected to the amount of £10/10/0 changed by Messrs Richardson & Mackenzie for their special audit of the Borough accounts on the 1st May 1871.

After a short discussion the amount was reduced to £6/6/0. The report as amended was then adopted.

Revision Court:

It was agreed that a Court be held in the Council Chamber at four o’clock PM on Tuesday 23rd instant, for the purpose of revising the Municipal Lists of the Borough.

In reply to a question by Alderman Kingsbury it was decided that the contractor should lay Kerbing and Guttering the whole length of Juliet Street provided Mr Selby would wait three or four months for payment for the work.

Post reduction:

The Mayor said he had convened a second meeting of delegates from Suburban Municipal Councils and three o’clock PM on Friday next, the 12th instant, at the Town Hall, Wynyard Square, when, as agreed upon, he intended to submit for approval a memorial to the Postmaster General, on the subject of a reduction of the postal charges between Sydney and the suburbs.

The Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 23rd January 1872.

Revision court:

Four o’clock PM

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

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the application made by female ratepayers to have their names placed on the electoral roll be allowed”. Carried.

The name of the late Mr Stanis Bell was struck out of the O’Connell Ward list.

There being no names objected to on the lists, the Mayor signed the same.

The court then closed, when the Council proceeding with the regular fortnightly business.

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr C. Rolleston, asking the Council to carry out certain improvements in Wilson Street so as to prevent the embankment from destroying his fence. Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that the letter be received and referred to the Committee for Works for their report”. Carried.

2. From certain ratepayers of the Kingston Ward respecting the formation of Bishopsgate Street. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that the Clerk reply and state that this Council is prepared to go on with the work as soon as the Camperdown Council is prepared to pay their share of the cost of such formation”. Carried.

3. From Mr J. Alan asking the Council to appoint a stand for one cab near the railway bridge.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the Clerk apply to the City Council for the appointment of a stand for five cabs in Bedford Street commencing 10 yards from its intersection with Newtown Road”. Carried.

4. From Mr M. Harrison, suggesting the importance of having a small manual fire engine stationed on the premises of the Town Hall, under the joint care of the Council Clerk and the police. Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that the letter be received and taken into consideration with the order of the day”. Carried.

Report:

The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £67/12/10 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £98/1/0. Moved by Alderman Kingsbury, seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that the report be received and adopted”. Carried.

Order of the day.

Mr Mills letter on the subject of establishing a volunteer Fire Brigade, and procuring a manual fire engine, and other appliances for extinguishing fires.

After a lengthy discussion in which each Alderman took part, it was decided on the motion of Aldermen Galvin and Henderson, “that the Clerk communicate with the Fire Insurance Companies in Sydney and ascertain to what extent they would be willing to co-operate with this Council in carrying out the object in view”.

Alderman Kingsbury said that in all probability this would be the last meeting of this Council before the annual election of Aldermen. He therefore moved, in a eulogistic speech, “that the best thanks of this Council are due, and is hereby given, to Mr Alderman William Bailey for the efficient and impartial manner in which he conducted the business of the Council during his occupation of the Mayoral chair; also for his attention at all times to other business in connection with the Council outside the Council chamber”. Seconded by Alderman Bedford.

All the Aldermen present spoke in support of the motion, which was put and unanimously carried.

The Mayor returned thanks for the good opinion of his colleagues.

The Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


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