Tuesday 16th January 1883.

 

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

Present, the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Gibbes and Hibble.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Mr James Hine asking the Council to kerb and guttering in front of his property in Commodore Street. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the letter was received and the request complied with.

2. From Mr Josiah Perry, complaining of the long time which had elapsed between the time the Council promised to lay kerbing etc in front of his property in Phillip Street and the time the work was performed and that he thought it was unjust to charge with 25% of the cost which he had promised to pay on condition the work was proceeded with immediately. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the letter was received and instructions given to acknowledge it.

3. From Mrs Watson complaining of the high rates at which certain properties in Charles Street were rated in 1881 and asking Council to make an allowance etc. Not entertained.

4. From Rev R. Taylor on behalf of the Protestant Ministers of Newtown, thanking the Council for the gratuitous use of the large Hall for holding a series of united prayer meetings during the second week in January. Received on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

5. From Mr H. Copland, Secretary for Public Works, covering enclosure from the Roads Department, stating that the amount £200, promised sometime ago towards Street watering, King Street etc would be paid to the Council’s credit in a few days. Also a telegram from the accountant to the Department stating that the amount had been placed to the Council’s credit.

Reports:

A report was brought up from Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last report amounting to £977/4/10, and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £494/18/8. On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the finance report was adopted.

Borough Treasurer reported having received during the last month £297/12/3, also £200 from Roads Department, which had been duly placed to the Council’s credit, that £977/4/10 had been paid away during the same period and that the balance due to the bank was £2258/19/4. Received on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

Inspector of Nuisances reported the work done during the month in his Department and that the obstruction at the Post Office had been removed. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Gratuity to auditors.

Alderman Whately apologised for the absence of Alderman Boots and in his absence moved, “that a sum of £6/6/0 be now voted to the auditors for their services for the past year”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

2. Alice Street kerbing and guttering.

By Alderman Gibbes, “that the north side of Alice Street from west end of existing kerbing to a point 200 yards westerly be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £100”. By consent, was made an order of the day for next meeting.

Alderman Whately referred to the kerbing and guttering on railway bridge and suggested that the Department be written to to get it altered. He also asked the Mayor to arrange for an interview with the Camperdown Council and Trustees to the Prince Alfred Hospital respecting the formation of Bligh Street and stated that he was under the impression that when he moved that the tender of Lynch for the supply of blue metal be accepted he was under the impression that it would have been put in Wilson Street.

Alderman Hibble asked when would the work in Wilson Street be commenced. The Mayor stated that it would be commenced in a a few days.

Alderman Whately stated that Mr Boswell had offered to supply ballast to Wilson Street at three shillings and sixpence per load and thought that the Council should accept it and proceed with the work.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 24th day in January 1883.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

Wednesday 24th January 1883.

 

An open court was held pursuant to motion on the above day at 7:30 PM for the purpose of revising the municipal lists for the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards.

Present, the Mayor (Mr N. Melville) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Gibbes, Boots and Hibble.

The Mayor commenced the proceedings by reading the advertisement which had appeared in the daily papers in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

There were 14 applications to be inserted in Enmore Ward list and one for the Kingston Ward. The latter application being proved to the satisfaction of the court was duly inserted. Also one name in the Enmore Ward. Of the remaining 13 the applicants themselves, not being present and no one appearing on their behalf, it was resolved that the court stand adjourned until Thursday the following day at 8:30 PM and the applicants be summoned to appear in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

Confirmed this fifth day of February 1883.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


Special meeting of Council was held at the conclusion of the above. The same Alderman being present.

The minutes of previous meeting be read were confirmed.

Letter read three extension of James Street. Received and referred to Committee of work.

Report:

A report was brought up from the Library Committee recommending the purchase of a number of books to re place some of the worn out ones and a list of new ones. On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the report was adopted.

A report was brought up from the Specification Committee recommending a specification for the annual valuation of rateable property etc. The several clauses were submitted for adoption seriatim. The sixth clause was slightly amended and the report as a whole was adopted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

Motions pursuant to notice:

Alderman Whately moved that in accordance with the recommendation of Works Committee of the 13th November last, a three course gutter be laid in the lane rear of Church Street, from Vine Cottage to Raper Street, probable cost £35″. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

Alderman Whately moved, “that the lamp at present standing in O’Connell Street between Chalder Street and Raper Street be moved to the corner of Raper and O’Connell Streets”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

Alderman Gibbes moved, “that the north side of Alice Street from west end of existing kerb to a point 200 yards westerly be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £100”. Seconded by Alderman Boots. An amendment was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the words “that tenders be called for the work for the fifth February next” and carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this fifth day of February 1883.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

On Thursday 25th January 1883.

 

The adjourned revision court was held at 8:30 PM when the remaining list for the Enmore Ward was gone through, all the applicants but one being present. Their claims were satisfactorily proved and their names duly inserted in the list. The lists were duly signed and initialled by the Mayor and the Council rose.

Confirmed this fifth day of February 1883.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


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