Tuesday 6th. January 1885.

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

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

The minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From the secretary to the Holt Sutherland Co covering a draft agreement etc. relating to Watersfield Estate leasing etc.. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the letter and draft agreement be received and referred to a special Committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Gibbes and Whately and that authority be given to consult the Council’s solicitor as to any legal points in the agreement”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

2. From the Department of Mines respecting Holstead’s claim for land for proposed extension of Islington Street. Received.

3. From the Undersecretary Department of Works in reply to a letter from this Council asking the department to temporarily repair that part of King Street used by the traffic during the laying of a portion of the wood pavement stating that no action can be taken by the department in the matter.

4. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the Court for revising the Municipal Lists for the ensuing Municipal year be held in the Council Chamber on Thursday 27 January 1885 at 7:30 PM. Carried.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1129/6/7 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £194/13/9. On a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report was adopted.

The Borough Treasurer reported having received and paid to Council’s credit during the past month £365/9/8; that cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £1129/6/7 and the balance at Council’s credit at date was £215/3/5. Adopted on the motion by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Melville.

A special report from conference between the Councils of Newtown and Camperdown upon the best means of dispersing of the drainage from a portion of O’Connell Ward was presented by the Mayor as chairman of the conference who moved its adoption. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. May Street and Edgeware Road. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that the sum of £110 be now voted to carry out recommendations of Works Committee of 23rd December 1884 re May Street and Edgeware Road”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

2. Newman Street levels. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the sections shewing the permanent levels of Newman Street behind the Public School be, and the same is hereby adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that a sum of £10 be now voted to carry out recommendation of Works Committee re wall of Brock’s house and footpath in Wilson Street”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Orders of the day.

The Mayor laid upon the table a draft specification for taking up and re-laying metal cubes in Wilson Street. On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the specification was received.

Each clause of the draft specification was then considered separately.

Clause one, adopted on a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Melville, after omitting all the words in a parenthesis excepting the words rolling which was retained.

Clause two adopted on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Melville.

Clause three adopted on a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Melville.

Clause four. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that it be adopted. Seconded by Alderman Melville. An amendment was moved by Alderman Hibble that the whole specification be referred to a practical man, which the subsequently (illegible in minutes) to Mr [Mountain?] City Surveyor for his opinion before it is adopted by this Council”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. The Mayor stated that as a friend of his Mr [Mountain?] had said the specification would do. The amendment was not carried, and the clause was adopted. [the above paragraph is illiterate, but transcribed literally]

Clause 5 was amended by making the [convesity?, density?] of the ballasting five inches and then adopted.

Clause 6 was amended by making the depths of the sand for setting the cubes three inches instead of two and adopted.

Clause 7 was adopted as presented.

Clause 8 adopted omitting the tarring after the [setts?] are laid.

The conditions attached to the specification were then read over and after filling the blanks making 14 weeks the time for performing the work and £10 per week the penalty for its non performance of the work in the time stated they were adopted.

On the specification as a whole being put to the Council for adoption Alderman Peirce moved and Alderman Whately seconded, “that clause 8 be reconsidered and the tarring of the joints etc. be inserted”. Which put and lost.

The specification with the foregoing amendment was then adopted.

On the letters of Messrs Chambers and Grocock being submitted to the Council it was moved by Alderman Whately and seconded by Alderman Peirce that the offer of Messrs Chambers and Grocock be accepted at six shillings and two pence per yard to do the work according to the specification etc.. Aldermen Neale moved an amendment that tenders be called for next meeting.

Subsequently both the motion and the amendment were withdrawn by consent of the Council.

Alderman Boots moved, “that this meeting do now adjourn until Friday evening next at half past seven”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.


Friday 9th January 1885. Adjourned meeting held at 7:30 PM.

Present, the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Melville, Boots and Hibble.

Moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Whately, “that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering the offer of Messrs Chambers and Grocock to relay metal cubing in Wilson Street in accordance with specifications now adopted with open doors”. Carried.

In Committee the offer was considered. Alderman Melville moved that the offer of Messrs Chambers and Grocock to relay the metal cubing in Wilson Street according to the specification adopted by this Council be hereby accepted on the condition that they consent to tar the joints etc. seconded by Alderman Peirce.

Alderman Hibble moved an amendment that tenders be invited for the work and the Council invite Mr Mountain, the city surveyor, to inspect the work and the specification before calling for tenders”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

During the discussion of the motion and amendment Alderman Gibbes took his seat at the table.

The amendment was put to the Council and lost and the motion was carried.

Moved by Alderman Goodsell, “that Mr James Bullen, the overseer, be hereby appointed to superintend the work”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

On a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the Mayor was authorised to prepare the agreement and bond and to sign and seal the same on behalf of the Council for the due performance of the work.

Orders of the day.

No 3 referring to Holstead’s claim for compensation for proposed extension of Islington Street was further postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the sum of £500 be paid to Messrs Chambers and Grocock for and on account of their former contract in Wilson Street”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

On the Council’s resuming the Mayor presented the following report: —

Your Committee having had under consideration the offer of Messrs Chambers and Grocock to relay metal cubes etc. in Wilson Street will recommend that it be accepted on condition that the joints be tarred.

That Mr Bullen be appointed to superintend the work.

That the sum of £500 be paid on account of the former contract.

That “orders of the day No 3” be postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

Signed J. F. Smith, chairman.

On a motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Boots, the report was adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 20th day of January 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Tuesday January 20th 1885.

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

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Mr J. F. Tabrett asking the Council to reconsider its determination in reference to the draining of a cellar of his new house in King Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2. From S. T. Leigh and Company asking the Council to purchase a map of the County of Cumberland. Received and referred to the Mayor to purchase one if found of value etc..

3. From Mr Hamblin complaining of the way in which the scavenging has been done in Wilson Street. Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances.

A petition was presented by Alderman Gibbes from ratepayers in the Enmore Ward complaining of a nuisance in Margaret Street. Received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report.

Reports.

A report was received from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1211/5/10 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £365/13/8. On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale, the report was adopted.

A report was received from the Works Committee containing recommendations concerning kerbing and guttering etc. and adopted on a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

A report was received from the Library Committee recommending the spending £40 in the repairing of old books and purchase of new ones. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

A report was received from the special Committee appointed to consider the draft agreement for leasing a portion of the Holt Sutherland Estate etc. containing sundry recommendations to be forwarded to the manager of the company. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Boots.

A report was read from the Inspector of Nuisances. On the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Neale, received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for consideration and report.

The Mayor stated he had been requested by Alderman Whately to apologise for his absence which was occasioned through important family affairs.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Peirce, that in the opinion of this Council the resolution of this Council passed on the 19th August 1884 adopting a scale of changes for letting the Hall such portion of changes relating to religious bodies shall not apply to the annual meetings for United prayer held January in each year and no charge shall be made for such meetings”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

An amendment by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that all the words after the first words “that” be omitted was lost.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that so much of the resolution be omitted as to make it read as follows: — “that so much of the resolution of Council passed on the 19th August 1884 adopting a scale of charges for letting the Hall shall not apply to the annual meetings for United prayer held in January in each year and no charge shall be made for such meetings”. Carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.

2. In the name of Alderman Gibbes, referring to Holstead’s claim etc. lapsed as Mr Gibbes had left the room.

3. Moved by the Mayor that Messrs D. Murphy, surveyor and J. Cowley, Council be hereby appointed valuers for the purpose of making the annual valuation of all rateable property within the Borough for the ensuing Municipal year”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce. Alderman Neale moved an amendment that tenders be called for next meeting of Council. Lost. The resolution was carried.

On the Council being asked to fix a sum by remuneration for the valuers there was found to being no quorum present and the meeting lapsed.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Revision Court.

On Thursday 22nd January 1885 and open court was hurled pursuant to notice in the Council chamber for the purpose of revising the Municipal lists of the Borough for the ensuing year.

Present, the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Melville, Gibbes, Boots, Neale and Hibble.

The Mayor opened the meeting by reading the advertisement.

The Mayor laid lists on the table, there being neither plans nor objections for the Enmore list it was adopted as presented.

The list for O’Connell Ward was adopted in like manner.

The following persons claimed to have their names inserted in the Kingston Ward viz. G. W. Coles, J. C. Hogan, Gustave Jaestuchy [?], John McKee, John Piper, J. S. Wood, E. W. Williams. In each case the claim was assented to and the name was inserted in list. The following names were objected to viz. Boots and Company, office in King Street. The objection sustained and the name struck out.

The name of Henry Lord was objected to as having three votes when he was only entitled to two. Evidence was given in support of the objection on oath. The objection was sustained and the number of votes altered from 3 to 2.

The alterations were duly initialled, the pages of the lists signed by the Mayor and the meeting terminated.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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