Tuesday 8th January 1884.

 

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

Present, the Mayor (Mr Charles Boots) and Aldermen Peirce, Goodsell, Smith, Gibbes, Melville and Neale.

The minutes of previous meeting read, amended, and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Colonial Secretary stating that the additional By-law referring to the traffic on foot paths had been confirmed by his Excellency the Governor and duly gazetted.

2. From the secretary to the Municipal Association covering legal opinions upon certain matters under consideration last session and intimating to the Council that any business it may wish considered at the next meeting of the Association must be sent to him not later than 14th of February proximo . Received.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £916/11/0; also recommending accounts for payment amounting to £318/8/7. On the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Aldermen Goodsell the report was adopted.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending final payment be made to contractor Palmer for kerbing and guttering in O’Connell Street.

That Mr James’ offer of four feet of land in Angel Street for drainage purposes be accepted and that two 21 inch pipe drains be laid through such land to Gowrie Lane and along Harold Street to Union Street.

On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Aldermen Gibbes, the report was adopted.

The Borough Treasurer reported having received £558/1/11 which had been duly paid into the Bank of Australasia to the Council’s credit. That cheques had been issued amounting to £1,000/1/0 and that the balance due to the bank as per passbook at date was £7634/14/5. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported showing the amount of work done in his department during the past month. He also gave an account of the work done during the past year and recommended that better carts be used by the contractors for scavenging. Adopted on the motion of Aldermen Gibbes, seconded by Aldermen Goodsell.

Miscellaneous:

It was unanimously decided that the Revision Court should be held on Tuesday the 22nd of January instant at 8:30 pm.

Committee of the whole.

On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Aldermen Gibbes, the Council resolved into a Committee of the whole for the purposes of opening and considering tenders for brick culvert in Bedford Street.

In Committee the tenders were opened and considered and on the Council’s resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending the acceptance of the tender of Mr Henry Turuidge (?), £57/12/0. In the event of his not accepting the contract the Mayor be hereby authorised to accept the tender of Mr Joseph Gibbs at £60, and that the Council Clerk be hereby appointed to superintend the work.

On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Aldermen Gibbes, the report was adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this (blank) day of (blank) 1884.

Signed Charles Boots.

 


 

Tuesday 22nd January 1884.

 

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

Present, the Mayor (Mr Charles Boots) and Aldermen Peirce, Whateley, Smith, Gibbes, Neale and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From this Council to Mr Bolton respecting the laying of a nine inch pipe drain through his land in Fulham Street. Also a reply to the above from Mr Bolton’s solicitors stating that his client would consent to the drain being on the condition that the Council paid his costs in the recent action Bolton versus the Borough of Newtown at the District Court. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Smith.

2. From Colonial Architect stating the Council’s offer to construct the pipe drain from the courthouse to the culvert in Bedford Street had been accepted. Received on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

3. From the Reverend R. Taylor thanking the Council for the gratuitous use of the Town Hall for the United prayer meetings during the second week in January.

Petitions:

A petition from a number of ratepayers in the O’Connell Ward for a remission of rates charged for Street watering purposes on account of the very small quantity said to be laid upon the Street, was presented by Alderman Hibble, who moved, “that it be received and referred to the Water Committee”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

The Specification Committee brought up a specification of duties required to be performed in the making the annual valuation for the ensuing year. Alderman Whateley moved, “that the specification now presented by the Committee be hereby adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce.

Aldermen Gibbes moved an amendment, “that persons may be allowed to apply separately for the work so that the Council might fix a sum for remuneration”. Not seconded.

Alderman Smith moved, that it be amended by adding the the words “that tenders be called for the work forthwith and considered at the next ordinary meeting of Council”. Not seconded.

Alderman Gibbes moved a further amendment, “that the clause in the specification be struck out”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and negatived.

The original motion was then carried.

Miscellaneous:

Aldermen Gibbes referred to the nuisance in Harold Street and asked the Mayor if he would consent to begin laying the pipe drain through from Angel Street to Union Street already agreed to and he would put a motion on for next meeting to cover the cost. The Mayor replied that he would rather not as the funds at his disposal were rather low just at present.

Alderman Whateley suggested that the permanent levels of Brown Street should be fixed upon as soon as possible. The Mayor said that might be done by the Works Committee before the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

The business of the ordinary meeting being concluded, the Mayor stated that pursuant to public advertisement and notice he would now open the revision court for the purpose of revising the Municipal lists for the various Wards in the Borough.

The Council Clerk laid the lists on the table. There being no claims or objections lodged, the list for each Ward was unanimously adopted and the Mayor signed each page and the usual certificate.

This concluded the business of the evening and the Council rose.

Confirmed this (blank) day of (blank) 1884.

Signed Charles Boots, Mayor.

 


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