An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 11th day of January 1881 at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, His Worship the Mayor, Alderman Wildman, and Aldermen Bedford, Boots, Goodsell, J. H. Smith, J. F. Smith, Melville, Tye and Whately.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Undersecretary, Works Department, appointing the seventh instant to receive the deputation with regard to the subway between the two Kingstons. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith, that the letter be received and a reply sent setting forth the whole facts of the case which prevented the deputation from waiting on the Minister and asking him to appoint another day.

2. From D. P. Dickson, complaining of the stench proceeding from a certain boiling down establishment in Alexandria and requesting the Council to take some steps for its suppression. Resolved on a motion by Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and a reply sent referring Mr Dickson to the Alexandria Council, also enclosing copy of the letter from the Council on the subject.

Finance Committee:

A report from the Finance Committee was read showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation to be £429/14/2 and recommending payment of sundry accounts to the amount of £178/11/7, which report was adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Inspectors monthly report was read and received.

Motion:

Pursuant to notice Alderman Tye moved, that the sum of £20 be voted for constructing about 6 yards of a three foot barrel drain in place of the present bridge across the culvert at the rear of J. Chasling’s property. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

It was further agreed that tenders be called for the same to be considered at the next Council meeting.

Assesses:

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Boots, that advertisements be inserted in the daily papers inviting applications to assess all rateable property within the Borough in conjunction with one of the Council’s officers.

Revision Court:

Resolved on a motion by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that an Open Court for the revision of the Municipal Lists for 1880-1 be held on Monday 24th January.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, that miscellaneous business be considered before orders of the day.

The Mayor informed the Council that he had been requested by Mr Bruce to submit for the information of the Council a clause under the Pound Amendment Act giving power to the Government Inspector to visit and inspect Pounds, also the books and animals of such pound and that Mr Dempster had been appointed under such Act with full power to visit and report on the Newtown Pound.

On a motion by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street and Edgeware Road and also applications for the office of Council Clerk.

2 tenders and 61 applications were opened and considered and on the Council resuming its sittings the Mayor reported that the Committee of the whole had recommended: —

1. Acceptance of Thomas Moon’s tender for kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street at eight shillings and sixpence per yard.

2. Acceptance of Thomas Moon’s tender for kerbing and guttering in Edgeware Road at nine shillings and sixpence per yard.

3. That Jesse Cowley be appointed Council Clerk.

On which it was resolved on a motion by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, that so much of the report as relates to kerbing and guttering be adopted.

Moved by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, that the recommendation from the Committee of the whole to appoint Jesse Cowley, Council Clerk of the Borough, be adopted, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Boots, that a report of the Committee be deferred for further consideration at the next meeting of the Council.

On the amendment and resolution being put the amendment was declared carried and the Council rose at 12:05.

Confirmed this 24th day of January 1881.

Signed D. Wildman, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday the 25th day of January 1881 at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor, Alderman Wildman, and Aldermen Bedford, Boots, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, J. H. Smith, Tye and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Reverend R. Taylor, conveying thanks for use of the Town Hall. Received.

2. From Herbert S. Thompson, requesting the attention of the Council to the drainage from Margaret Street running onto his land in Reiby and Fulham Streets. Resolved on a motion by the Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whately, that the letter be received and the matter left with the Mayor to deal with.

3. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, intimating that the Council’s request re furious driving etc. should receive their immediate attention. Received on a motion by Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye.

4. From Joseph Antonie, requesting that the Council may be pleased to approve of the removal of his omnibus from Crescent Street stand to Boland’s Corner stand and that such changes be recommended to the Transit Commissioners. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the letter be received and the request complied with.”

Reports:

Inspectors report was read complaining of the very indifferent manner in which the O’Connell Ward had been cleansed and recommending a fine of 20 shillings. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whately, that the report be received and the contractor be informed that on a repetition of the offence the contract will be cancelled.

Pursuant to notice.

Alderman Tye moved, that the sum of £16 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering a distance of, say 40 yards, in Bedford Street from the corner of Richard Street towards Wellington Street. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried.

Resolved that miscellaneous business be taken before orders of the day.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman J. F. Smith, desired the attention of the Council to the action taken by the Government in reference to procuring a site on which to erect a Courthouse and intimating that rumours were afloat that a piece of land in Station Street has been selected and urged that a deputation of the whole Council wait on the Minister to inquire into and protest against the selection of such site, on which Alderman Melville and Alderman J. F. Smith seconded, that the Council approach the Minister of justice and protest against the site referred to in Station Street as being selected for a Courthouse and intimating that in the opinion of this Council the site in Australia Street known as Webster’s land be the site for the erection of the new Courthouse.

Alderman Whately thereon desired to record his approval of the Station Street site.

The motion was put and carried.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith, that the Council Clerk be instructed to wait on the Undersecretary and request that the Minister will receive the deputation on Friday next at 12:00.

In reply to Alderman J. H. Smith, the Mayor stated that no reply had yet been received from the Minister of Works re the Kingston subway.

Alderman Melville called attention to the want of a stairs or turnstile this end of the Station and requested that letters be sent to the members Messrs Brown and Foster to appoint a time to interview Mr Goodchap with the Council on the matter.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to consider all the orders of the day and report thereon.”

The Council thereupon resolved itself into a Committee of the whole with a view to consider and report on the following: —

Deferred the consideration of report from the Committee of the whole appointing Jesse Cowley Council Clerk of the Borough.

2. To open and consider tenders for construction of Barrell drain.

3. Applications for the valuation of all property within the Borough for the year 1881-2.

After much deliberation and discussion the Council resumed its sittings and the Mayor that the Committee of the whole had recommended the following for the Council’s adoption: —

1. That G. A. Hewett’s tender for the valuation of all rateable property within the Borough in conjunction with one of the officers of the Council at the sum of £15 be accepted.

2. That Mr Hannan (Inspector of Nuisances) be the officer appointed to assess in conjunction with Mr Hewett.

3. That fresh tenders be called for the Barrell drain.

4. That Jesse Cowley be appointed Council Clerk of the Borough.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that so much of the report as referred to the assessment and construction of the barrel drain be adopted.

Moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that clause 4 referring to the appointment of Jesse Cowley as Council Clerk of the Borough be adopted, on which Alderman Melville called for a division which resulted as follows: —

For the resolution, the Mayor and Aldermen J. H. Smith, Whately, Boots and Tye.
Against the resolution, Aldermen J. F. Smith, Melville, Bedford and Goodsell.

The resolution was therefore declared carried on which Alderman Melville gave notice that at the next ordinary meeting of the Council he would move: —

1. That the resolution passed by this Council on the 21st day on January 1881 appointing Jesse Cowley Council Clerk to the Borough of Newtown be and is hereby rescinded.

2. That the resolution of this Council passed at a special meeting of the Council held on Thursday 30th December 1880 fixing the salary of the Council Clerk at £225 per year be and is hereby rescinded with a view to fixing the salary at £175.

The Council then rose at 12:00.

Confirmed on this 9th day of February 1881.

Signed D. Wildman, Mayor.


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