January 10th 1882.

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the above day at 7:30 PM pursuant to notice.

Present, the Mayor (Mr Charles Whateley) and Aldermen Tye, Wildman, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Boots and J. H. Smith.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Messrs Topham and Angus Tramway Contractors offering to the Council about 50 tons, more or less, of two inch broken metal and fine screenings at 12 shillings per ton of 24 cubic feet measurement. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that the Mayor and the authorised to arrange for the purchase of the metal to the best of his judgement”.

2. From the Department of Public Works offering to contribute £20 towards ing the footpath in Bedford Street, from railway bridge to entrance to up platform. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, that the letter be received and a reply scented stating that if the government will forward cheque for £20 the Council will do the work by their own contractor. Seconded by Alderman Tye.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Inspector of Nuisances showing that 62 cesspits had been cleansed by the Council’s contractor during and that 19 new closets and cesspits had been constructed during the same period. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

2. From the same officer stating that his attention had been called to the fact that filth had been flowing from the premises of Mr Hall, butcher, that his premises on inspection were found perfectly clean and that under the circumstances he found it difficult prosecute under the Council’s By-laws. Received on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye.

3. Also from the Inspector of Nuisances stating that his attention had been called to an offensive smell in the neighbourhood of the Town Hall arising from boiling down etc. and that on inquiry he found that it was wafted over from Alexandria Wall Waterloo. Received on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Or. A report was received from the Works Committee upon contractor Kiely’s letter asking for the sum of £12 for filling up a water hole in Camden Street in addition to his contract in College Street recommending that the contractor be paid £10 extra for the work in question and that the amount be charged to Mr Parry the owner of the land who had promised to pay the cost of it.

Motion of which notice had been Given.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the Specification Committee prepare a specification of the duties of valuers and that tenders be invited if necessary for next meeting from persons competent make the annual valuation of all rateable property for the ensuing Municipal year. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Orders of the day:

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the proposed levels of Raper and Chalder streets as shown by red line
on sections prepared by the Council’s surveyor be, and the same is, here by adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the proposed levels of Watkins Street as shown by red line
on sections prepared by the Council’s surveyor be, and the same is, here by adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that a sum of £80 be now voted for the purpose of kerbing and guttering the west side of Watkins Street about 160 yards”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman J. F. Smith requested the Mayor to cause a letter to be written to Department of Public Works asking that the Newtown Road might be widened from Forbes Street to the deaf and down institution.

Alderman Wildman requested that a similar be taken towards getting the railway bridge lengthened and that some red ironstone (illegible in minutes) be used upon the shale spread in Maria Street.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 24th. day of January 1882.

Signed Charles Whateley, Mayor.


 

Monday 23rd January 1882.

An open court was held pursuant to notice and advertisement on the above day at 4 PM.

Present, the Mayor (Mr Charles Whateley) and Aldermen Tye, Wildman, Goodsell, J. H. Smith and J. F. Smith.

The Mayor read the advertisement which had appeared in the public papers in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and declared the court duly open for the purpose of revising the Municipal lists, one for each Ward, for the ensuing Municipal year.

The Council Clerk provided a large number of applications, a list of which had been prepared alphabetically and which were duly considered by the Council and resulted in the reception of 132 for the Enmore Ward and 223 for the O’Connell Ward, all of which were duly installed by the Mayor and inserted in the original lists respectively. The Mayor then signed each page of the said lists and certified to their correctness in the usual way and the court concluded at about a quarter past 10 PM.

Confirmed this day of 1882.

Signed Charles Whateley, Mayor.


 

Tuesday 24th. January 1882.

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the above day at 7:30 PM pursuant to notice.

Present, the Mayor (Mr Charles Whateley) and Aldermen Tye, Wildman, and Goodsell, and J. F. Smith, Boots and J. H. Smith.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Registrar General in reply to a communication from this Council stating that the encroachment in (illegible in minutes) Street was passed under the Real Property Act before the Street was proclaimed and recommending application to the Mines Department, Public Roads branch. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that the letter be received and further communication made with the department as suggested upon the subject”.

2. From the Reverend R. Taylor thanking the Council for the free use of the public Hall for United prayer meetings during the first week in January. Received.

3. From ratepayers in Union Street, Enmore Ward, asking the Council to kerb and gutter a portion of Union Street as the gutter was in a filthy state. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Wildman, that the letter be received and the parties informed that the matter complained of shall receive attention so soon as funds are available for the purpose.

4. From Messrs I. R. and S. Smith stating that they are compelled to raise the price of boulder metal to three shillings and sixpence per ton instead of three shillings as before. Resolved that Messrs Smith be informed that the Council cannot at present receive any at that price.

5. From the Mayors of Wallsend and Plattsburg covering resolutions passed by their respective Councils condemnatory of instructions issued by the Secretary for Public Instruction authorising a charge of seven shillings per month for all scholars of the fifth class in the superior schools etc.. Also a draft petition to the said secretary praying for the abolition of the fee etc.. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye that the letter be received and this Council endorses the opinion and sentiments expressed therein. Also that a petition be prepared similar to the draft now read and the Mayor be hereby authorised to sign and affix the corporate seal thereto.

6. From W. Rigg asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of his property in Liberty Street upon the usual terms, which was acceded to on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing amounts paid under voted appropriation as follows: — £572/3/7 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £348/13/4 and adopted on the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee stating that the kerbing and guttering performed by contractor Pitts in Bucknell, Wilson and Lennox Streets had been done in a satisfactory manner and recommending that final payment be made for the work.

A report was presented from the Borough treasurer showing balance in bank at Councils credit at the beginning of the month, £130/19/9, that £343/5/9 had been deposited to the Council’s credit leaving £38/10/10 cash in hand at date. Cheques issued during the month, £572/3/7. Received on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye.

A report was brought up from the Specification Committee recommending the adoption of a specification of duties of valuers for ensuing year. On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, it was received and referred to a Committee of the whole to be dealt with at a later period of the meeting.

Miscellaneous business:

The Mayor laid upon the table a draft of a petition respecting proposed subway under the railway to connect Burren Street, Macdonaldtown and Wilson Street, Newtown and recommended it’s adoption.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, that the petition now read be adopted by this Council and that the Mayor be authorised to sign the same on behalf of the Council and to affix the corporate seal thereto and forward same to proper quarter.

In reply to Alderman Tye the Mayor stated that Mr J. Mitchell, MLA, had placed himself in communication with the government in reference to the extended Station accommodation at Newtown for goods traffic etc. but that at present he was not able to report having made any definite progress etc..

In reply to Alderman Wildman, the Mayor promised to have the kerbing etc. restored across an old gateway in front of Mr Cole’s new houses, also to repair the footpath in Reiby Street where a lamp had been recently removed.

In reply to Alderman Goodsell, the Mayor promised to have a gutter cleansed out in Angel Street in front of Mr Mulholland’s.

The Council then resolved into a Committee of the whole to consider specifications of duties of valuers etc., and on resuming, recommended that Messrs Cowley (Council Clerk) and D. Murphy, surveyor, be appointed valuers for the Borough of Newtown for the Municipal year 1882-3, and that a sum of £30 be voted for such valuation, which was adopted on the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this day of 1882.

Signed Charles Whateley, Mayor.


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