An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 14th January 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor (A. W. Fallick) and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Smith, Tye and Whateley.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Department of Public Works, replying that no expression of their opinion is necessary relative to the watering of King Street beyond the fact that no money can be paid from the Road Vote for such purposes and disclaiming any responsibility as to the cost of erecting the fountain. The letter was laid on the table.

2. From Department of Mines, intimating that the recent communication from the Council contained no reference to their instructions for the provisions and erection of substantial alignment posts. Laid on the table.

3. From Rev Robert Taylor, thanking the Council on behalf of the Protestant Ministers of Newtown for the use of the Town Hall. Received.

4. From Messrs Moss and Burford, requesting access to the draft of minutes of the Council for report in the Suburban Telegraph in place of waiting for the confirmation. Agreed that the letter be received and the Council Clerk directed to reply that the request cannot be granted in as much as the minutes are not the recognised records of the Council’s proceedings until confirmed.

5. From William Jackson, conveying an expression of regret for having unwittingly thrown a dead animal on a vacant piece of land contrary to recent instructions issued by the Council. Received an apology deemed satisfactory.

Inspectors reports:

1. Meeting number of cesspits emptied and constructed for the month. Received.

2. Reporting that for the purpose of emptying the earth closets in the new bank premises the contractor, Mr White, had two trapdoors in the wall facing Australia Street and requesting the Council’s attention to the matter. Referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

3. Reporting contractor Jeffrey’s for imperfectly emptying the cesspits on the new bank premises. Received.

Motion:

1. By Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that tenders be called for the supply of one water cart for the Borough of Newtown, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the matter stand over until more funds are available. On the amendment and resolution being put the resolution was carried by the casting vote of the Mayor.

2. By Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that application be made to the City Council for the erection of an additional stand pipe in Bedford Street for the use of public. Carried.

Deferred consideration of the letter from Bank of Australasia, submitting proposal to cut off part of the footpath fronting the new premises. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the Council accept the proposal and that the work be carried out by day labour.

Deferred consideration of letter from Mr Chalder, offering to dedicate the following Streets for the public use, Hordern, Chalder and Raper. Moved by Alderman Whateley, and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the Council do consent to take over the aforementioned Streets. Carried.

The Mayor announced that the Revision Court would be held on Wednesday 22nd at 7:30 PM, and further, that ill health compelled him to leave Sydney for while. Consequently he would be prevented from presiding at the coming elections. Alderman Smith had therefore consented to act as Returning Officer upon which Alderman Goodsell moved, “that the thanks of the Council be presented to the retiring Mayor for the able and impartial manner in which he had discharged the duties of the chair during the past year.” Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

The thanks of the Council having been conveyed to the Mayor, he replied and the Council then rose.

Confirmed this 20th day of January 1879.

Signed W. Bailey, chairman.


 

A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Monday the 20th day of January at 7:30 PM for the purpose of electing an acting Mayor in the room and stead of Alderman Fallick.

 

Present, Aldermen Bailey, Bedford, Goodsell, Tye and Whateley.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, Alderman Bailey was voted to the chair.

On the chairman stating the purpose of the meeting it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that Alderman Smith be the acting Mayor during the remainder of the municipal year.”

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 22nd Taylor January 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Wednesday 22nd January at 7 o’clock PM, for the purpose of electing a member to the Finance Committee in the room and stead of A. W. Fallick, late Mayor.

 

Present, the Worshipful the acting Mayor (Alderman Smith) and Aldermen Bailey, Bedford, Tye and Whateley.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, that Alderman Whateley be elected a member of the Finance Committee for the remainder of the municipal year”.

Confirmed this 28th day of January 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An open Court was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday 22nd January at 7:30 PM, for the purpose of revising the Municipal Lists for the several Wards of the Borough of Newtown.

 

The following claims and objections were received and dealt with in the manner here in described.

Enmore Ward. 26 claims, sustained, confirmed.
Enmore Ward. 13 objections, object is being absent, not interested.
Kingston Ward. 46 claims, sustained, confirmed.
Kingston Ward. 41 objections, 8 of which were sustained, 33 not entertained, objectors being absent.
O’Connell Ward. 13 claims, confirmed.
O’Connell Ward. 7 objections, objectors being absent were not sustained.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the lists as revised be now confirmed.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 28 of January 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the acting Mayor (Alderman Smith) and Aldermen Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Tye and Whateley.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Mr C. J. Banks, requesting the favour of a letter of recommendation in recognition of his past services as Council Clerk and Surveyor. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the request be complied with and the Mayor be empowered to sign the document on behalf of the Council.

2. From local manager of Bank of Australasia, requesting that a lamp be fixed in front of the new bank premises. On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, the letter was received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

Works Committee reported as follows: —

1. That having made an inspection of the following Streets they found the several contracts completed in a satisfactory manner and would therefore recommend final payment in each case. Bucknell Street, Alice Street, King Street (opposite Greens), Munni Street, Station Street and the lanes in Kingston Ward.

2. That the Kerbing and guttering in Bedford Street by the railway fence is in their opinion laid in an unsatisfactory manner and they therefore recommend that it be remedied before final payment is made.

Report adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Finance:

A report from the Finance Committee was read showing accounts paid under vote of appropriation amounting to £405/9/9, and recommending further payments to the amount of £70/1/7, making a total £475/11/4, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

Nuisances Prevention Act Committee:

In compliance with instructions from the Council, a report was brought up from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee relative to the earth closet on the new bank premises as follows: — “your Committee made an inspection of the proposed earth closets and beg to report that they strongly condemn the position of the trapdoors in the wall fronting Australia Street and recommend that instructions be forthwith issued for their immediate removal.”

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Goodsell urged that something be done to the drain in Camden Street in order to protect Mr stack’s premises. Alderman Bailey suggested that a batter wall be built for a distance of 50 feet, the Council whilst approving of the suggestion, agreed to leave the matter in the hands of the acting Mayor.

It was further agreed that fresh tenders be called for a water cart.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 13th day of February 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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