Tuesday 5th January 1886..

 

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 J. Smith) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Jolly, Lane, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

The Mayor laid upon the table the declaration of the newly elected Alderman (Mr Charles James Lane) who had been duly elected to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Mr Charles Boots, O’Connell Ward.

Correspondence.

1. From Mr E. T. Cooper, manager of the Newtown branch of the bank of Australasia, calling attention to the Council’s overdraft and asking probable requirements, also what cover the Aldermen are prepared to lodge therefore. On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Whately, the letter was received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

2. From the Minister for Mines stating that Trade Street, having been aligned, a fresh alignment could not be established without a special bill but should the Council complete the purchase of the land dedicated to increase the width of Trade Street the survey might be affected with a view to the street being included in a schedule of a proposed bill. Received.

From Charles Burling asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in front of his property in Maria Street on the usual terms. Received and to be complied with.

Reports.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported upon the work done in his department during the past fortnight, that 103 cesspits had been emptied, that the scavenging had been well done and that the health of the Borough was fairly good. Received.

The Borough Treasurer reported having received and deposited in the bank, £555/7/1, that cheques had been issued amounting to £1857/4/7 and that a balance was due to the bank amounting to £1424/19/5.

Miscellaneous business.

Resolved that the specification Committee prepare specification for the annual valuation for the ensuing year and present the same to Council for adoption at next meeting and that tenders be invited for next meeting from persons willing to act in conjunction with the Council Clerk in making the valuation etc..

Alderman Jolly was duly appointed Returning Officer for the election of Aldermen and Auditors at the election in February next.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 19th day of January 1886.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 19th January 1886.

 

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 J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Jolly, Tabrett, Lane and Neale.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

The Mayor laid upon the table the declaration of the newly elected Alderman for O’Connell Ward in the room of Mr F. J. Gibbes resigned (Mr J. F. Tabrett).

Correspondence.

1. From the Darlington Borough Council complaining about the university authorities closing the gates of the university grounds one day in each year in order to secure to themselves absolute control over the whole place and asking the co-operation of this Council to secure to the public generally the right to use the grounds as a thoroughfare at all times. Received.

2. From Mr George Brock, complaining of a bad place off Yaralla Street, the receptacle of a quantity of drainage etc. and offering to assist the Council by [word unclear in minutes] land and constructing a underground drain direct to Wilson Street. Received and referred Works Committee for report.

3. From Messrs Ball and Ball, solicitor, asking the Council for £17/10/0 the expense of making alterations consequential on the lowering of the levels of Forbes Street.

4. From John Whitehead complaining of a drain running parallel with the railway line at the back of the houses in Linthorpe Street and asking the Council to do something with it. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

5. From the Borough Council of Marrickville conveying a series of resolutions carried at a public meeting at Marrickville requesting the hearty co-operation of all the Borough Councils in the western suburbs in taking steps to prevent further pollution of Cooks River and to urge upon the government the necessity of legislating in favour of greater powers being vested in Borough Councils to enable them to deal more effectually with nuisances of every kind. Received and Aldermen Whately and Goodsell were appointed in conjunction with the Mayor as representatives from this Council to co-operate as requested.

6. From the Mayor of Sydney stating that he had given instructions to stop the depositing of night soil on any portion of the catchment area of the Botany Water Reserve and calling upon this and all other Councils to assist him in this matter and the devising the best means of disposing of night soil. Received.

7. From contractor Miley stating that on account of his depot for night soil being closed by the Mayor of Sydney he was unable to continue the emptying of the cesspits etc. received.

8. From J. G. Catternach and Company stating that their plant for the treatment of night soil will be ready about the 1st of February proximo etc., the Council may avail itself of this at sixpence per cubic foot.

Reports.

Finance.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £931/15/5 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £475/5/11 and adopted on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale.

Specification.

A report was brought up from the Specification Committee recommending a specification of duties of valuers in undertaking the annual valuation of rateable property for the issuing Municipal year. On a motion by Aldermen Peirce and Lane the report was adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported upon the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight and stated that in consequence of the contractor for the removal of night soil being stopped from depositing it in his depot at Botany there were a large number of cesspits requiring to be emptied.

On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the report was received and that part of it referring to the disposal of night soil with all letters and papers etc. received that this meeting upon the same subject were referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report. A special report from the same officer referring to encroachments by sundry partitions on balconies in Enmore Road was also received.

A special report from the Finance Committee recommending the postponed consideration of a letter of the bank manager in reference to giving security for temporary loan etc..

Resolved that miscellaneous business do now take precedence of all other business at this meeting.

In reply to Alderman Neale, the Mayor stated that he would give instructions to have a hole in Camden street filled up.

In reply to Alderman Tabrett the Mayor said he was still trying to get a tram waiting room built on the railway bridge and hoped to get the Secretary for Public Works out to Newtown in a few days to point out to him a site and to inform him of other matters urgently needed in Newtown.

In reply to Alderman Whately, the Mayor said that he had had several interviews with the Commissioner for Roads in reference to Bligh Street which he was assured would be metalled and he also believed that in a few days all matters in connection with this street would be settled.

In reply to Alderman Tabrett the Mayor stated that he had done his best up to the present to get a gatekeeper appointed at John Street where it crosses the line but had been informed that the present amount of traffic on the Illawarra line was not sufficient to justify the expense of a gatekeeper at this place.

In reply to Alderman Lane and remarks from Alderman Whately the Mayor stated that the whole question of street watering would shortly be submitted to the Council when the subject could be thoroughly discussed.

Motions pursuant to notice.

Moved by the Mayor, “that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the whole to open and consider tenders for making the annual valuation for the ensuing Municipal year etc.. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

In Committee the tenders were opened and considered. The following motions were also considered and discussed in Committee, viz “that the resolution passed at a meeting held 10th November 1885 adopting a report of Special Committee for a redivision of Wards of the Borough be, and the same is, hereby rescinded and the following divisions be substituted viz.

Cook Ward.

Commencing at the southern signed of railway bridge, King Street, and bounded by a line running along the centre of Cooks River Road to a point opposite centre of Alice Street thence by centre of Alice Street to Edgeware Road thence by the Municipal boundaries between Marrickville, St Peters and Macdonaldtown to the railway bridge Erskineville Road and thence by the southern side of railway line to point of commencement.

Enmore Ward.

Commencing at southern side of railway bridge, King Street and bounded by the southern side of railway line to Liberty Street thence by the Municipal boundaries between Petersham and Marrickville to Alice Street thence by the centre of Alice Street to Cooks River Road and thence the centre of the Road to the point of commencement.

On the Council’s resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending: —

1. That the tender on W. J. Kennedy for making the annual valuation for £32 and the Council Clerk to receive a like some as one of valuers and that the foregoing resolutions relative to a division of Enmore Ward be adopted with one alteration, viz. ‘Cook Ward’ be altered to ‘Camden Ward’.

Adopted on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Tabrett.

Confirmed this 22nd day of January 1886.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Friday 22nd January 1886.

 

Revision Court.

An open court was held in the Council chamber at the Town Hall on the above day at 7:30 PM.

Present, the Mayor (Mr J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Jolly, Tabrett, Neale and Lane.

The minutes of the previous council meeting were read and confirmed.

The Mayor stated that he had convened this meeting in accordance with 57th clause of the Municipalities Act of 1867 for the purpose of revising the Municipal lists of persons supposed to be entitled to vote for the ensuing Municipal year in the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards which he now laid on the table.

The lists were then examined by the Aldermen, several clerical errors were rectified, on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Jolly, the list for the Kingston Ward was adopted. On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Lane, the list for O’Connell Ward was adopted. On a motion by Alderman Neale, the list for Enmore Ward was adopted (seconded by Alderman Peirce). The Mayor being in open court and initialled all the alterations & every page of the lists, also certified to the correctness and the meeting terminated.

Confirmed this 12th day of February 1886.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


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