Tuesday 6th. July 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 Charles Whately) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Smith, Tabrett, Lane and Neale.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Mr Dawson asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of his property in Metropolitan Road. On a motion by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Tabrett, the letter was received and the request to be complied with on the usual terms.

2. From the proprietors of the Daily Telegraph stating that they have arranged to supplying a copy of the Daily Telegraph for the use of the free library free of cost. Received and to be acknowledged with thanks.

3. From the Secretary to the Ratepayers Association bringing under the notice of the Council the desirability of having the Building Act extended to Newtown. Received.

4. From G. A. Davis calling the Council’s attention to the state of the foot paths in Enmore Road etc.. Received.

5. From the Commissioner for Railways stating reasons for declining to keep the railway gates, Edgeware Road, opened after 9 PM. Received.

Reports.

Finance.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £4931/5/0 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £121/7/4. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

Special Committee Bogan v Borough of Newtown.

A report was brought up from the special Committee appointed to consider the above matter as follows: — “that Mr Bogan agrees to allow the Council to take up the 12 inch pipe drain and put in place of it a 16 inch pipe drain or to have the pipes at present in his land taken away altogether by the Council provided another drain be substituted for it and the proposed alterations — either of them when carried out will be in satisfaction of all claims on his part against the Council”.

“28 June 1886” “signed B. Bogan”.

“Your Committee therefore recommend the Council to adopt the foregoing arrangement and that the work be carried out at a cost not exceeding £50”.

Signed Charles Whately, chairman.

On a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Lane, the report was adopted.

Borough Treasurer reported having received from the Council Clerk for rates and sundries £624/2/5, part proceeds of loan by debentures £4800, total £5424/2/5 which had been placed to Council’s credit in Bank of Australasia, that cheques had been issued amounting to £4931/5/0 (three thousand and ninty pounds of which had been used to meet debentures, £3000, and interest which fell due on the 30th June) and that the overdraft at the bank at date was £749/18/3, outstanding cheques £300, total £1049/18/3. Received on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Lane.

Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the last month. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice.

By Alderman Peirce: —

1. “That in the opinion of this Council it is not desirable in future that any officer or employee of this Council be employed as Presiding Officer, Poll Clerk or any other office in connection with the Municipal elections in this Borough”. Seconded by Alderman Tabrett and carried.

2. “That from and after the passage of this resolution no officer or other employee of this Council be allowed to canvass for votes or in anyway attempt to influence ratepayers at any Municipal elections in this Borough under penalty of dismissal”. Seconded by Alderman Tabrett and lost.

3. “That in future no advertisements be inserted in the Sydney Morning Herald on account of the proprietors of that paper refusing to supply copies of the paper gratis to the free library and reading room of this Borough”. Seconded by Alderman Tabrett. Withdrawn on the Mayor assuring the Council that he intended while in office to act upon it.

Miscellaneous business.

In reply to Alderman Tabrett, the Mayor stated that it was the duty of the chairman of a Committee to call it together and if he refused to do so a majority of such Committee could instruct the Council Clerk to do so.

In reply to Alderman Peirce, the Mayor said he would get a report from the Inspector of Nuisances as to how soon after building fees were paid he attended to point out the places for closets and cesspits etc..

Canvas blinds suspended from awnings.

In reply to Alderman Jolly, the Mayor said he had already given instructions to have them removed and would see that it was carried out.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 20th day of July 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 20th July 1886.

 

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

Present, Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Nelson, Smith, Tabrett, Lane, Neale and Bellemey.

The Mayor, not being present at the time for opening the meeting, Alderman Peirce was voted to the chair.

The chairman, in introducing Alderman Nelson who had been elected in the room of Alderman Goodsell, resigned, stated that his declaration of office had been duly made and laid it on the table.

Before the minutes were read, the Mayor entered the chamber and took his seat.

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

Correspondence.

1. From Mr John Smith complaining of a nuisance caused by the house slops from houses in May Street flowing into a lane between that Street and Goodsell Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2. From the Municipal Association stating that the annual session would commence in September and asking the names and addresses of the representatives from this Council. Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to represent this Council at its meetings.

3. From the secretary to the Licensed Drivers Protective Union stating that a public meeting would be held in Sydney to endeavour to make some alterations in the government of the licensed vehicle traffic and asking the Council to attend and support the agitation(?). Received.

4. From the Undersecretary Department of Public Works stating that the local office had reported that the Cook’s River Road was not in such a bad state as it was represented. On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale, the letter was received and Clerk was instructed to reply denying the accuracy of the statement in reference to the condition of the Road.

5. From Mr Albert and others asking the Council to cut down a lane at the rear of Enmore Road to allow the stormwater to flow off. Received and referred to the Works Committee.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending the passing and final payment of certain Works recently referred to and that the surveyor prepare a plan and estimate for the continuation of the pipe drain from Savage’s land through Smith’s land to the culvert in Trafalgar Street and that the Council accept the dedication of the continuation of Kent Street to Ferndale Street. On a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Lane the report was adopted.

A report was brought up from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee upon the subject of the closets recently built in [Mary/Munni] Street (referred to in a report of the Inspector of Nuisances) asking the Council to adjudge them to be a nuisance on the grounds of their being built in close proximity to the houses, recommending that the report of the Inspector be adopted. Alderman Jolly (the chairman of the Committee) moved, “that the report be adopted. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey. It was suggested by Alderman Smith that the following be added to the report viz. “That notice to remove the closets as set forth in By-law No 3 under the Nuisances Prevention Act be given to the proper person or persons and in the event of such notice not being complied with in due course the necessary legal proceedings be taken to have them removed. The report was then amended by the addition of the words as above and adopted.

A report was laid on the table from the Inspector of Nuisances stating in reply to questions asked at last Council meeting that it is customary for persons who wished to erect closets to make an appointment with him to point out the places for them. In some instances when he saw a building going on he went and pointed out the place for the closet without an appointment.

A report was also received from the Inspector of Nuisances stating the way in which the work in his department was being carried out.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. By Alderman Neale, “that Trafalgar Terrace from Phillip Street to Liberty Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost of £250”. Withdrawn by consent.

2. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that a deputation from this Council wait upon the secretary for Public Works to urge upon him the necessity for at once putting the Cook’s River Road in Newtown in a proper state of repair and the members of Parliament for Newtown be asked to accompany it”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

3. By Alderman Tabrett, “that Newman Street be metalled with blue metal from barbed wire works to Angel Street at a cost of £160”. Referred to the Works Committee for report.

4. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that the white metal now lying near the public school, Camdenville, be spread in Laura Street between Commodore and Hawken streets by day labour”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. It was agreed that it should be left with the Mayor to decide where it should be spread.

5. Moved by Alderman Lane, “that a sum of £20 be now voted to lay Bluestone kerbing in King Street and to asphalt the footpath in front of Mr J. Kingsbury’s new houses”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

6. Moved by Alderman Bellemey that a sum of £50 be now voted to take up pipe drain in Mr Bogan’s land and reconstruct a larger one in accordance with a recommendation of the special Committee adopted at last meeting of this Council”. Seconded by the Mayor and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

In reply to Alderman Bellemey, the Mayor said he would instruct the Clerk to apply for the dedication of Hill Street, that he would endeavour to find out the owner of land in Raper Street, corner of O’Connell Street and get him to fill up a hole in it and that he would write to the secretary for Public Works and ask him to cause mail trains and other important trains to stop at Newtown Station.

Alderman Tabrett asked the Mayor to inform the postal authorities that the receiving box recently put up near St Peter’s railway station was in a very awkward place and too high up and ask to have it put up at the corner of Lord Street.

Alderman Nelson wished to know the amount of money voted for Edgeware Road and other streets in Enmore Ward and not yet expended and call attention to the drainage etc. in Wilford Street.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 3rd day of August 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


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