Tuesday 14th January 1890

 

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 Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen Pierce, Cox, Tye, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, Whately.

 

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

 

Correspondence:

From Thomas Downey complaining of the over hanging trees in Forbes Street. Referred to the overseer to lop off the branches.

From a preliminary meeting of Council Clerks stating that it had been decided to form an association of Council[s] one of the objects being to consider the local government Bill now before the country with a view of making that measure as practical as possible and asking if the Council will receive any suggestions and forward on to the proper authorities such as this suggestion as the Council may approve. Received and the request complied with.

From John S. Martin offering to supply machine broken metal from large boulders at any place in the borrough it may be required for the sum of 10/3 per ton. Received and referred to Works committee for report.

From Messrs Abbott, Molesworth and Hawken Ms.L. A. covering a letter received by them from the Post Master General. In reply to a deputation asking him to secure a block of land opposite the present Post Office belonging to the Wesleyan Body for a new Post and Telegraph office stating that the Inspector had reported that its resumption would cost a large sum and that additional land adjoining the post office had been secured to build a new office on the present site. Received and a reply to be sent stating that the Council regrets that this course has been adopted as even with the additional 10 feet the site will be too small for the the requirements of the borough.

From the Post Master General stating that he had purchased a site for a new post office at Enmore at the corner of Enmore and Stanmore Roads. Received

From J. Archibald stating that he was about to build in Raper Street and asking to be allowed use [of] some of the retaining wall and fill up in place of it. Received and referred to the Works committee.

 

Reports

Finance committee

Reported having paid accounts since last report amounting to £1034.13.9 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £316.19.8 adopted.

 

Works committee reported

1st In the matter of the alignment at the corner Wilson Street and King Street “That the street was the gazetted width but the kerb was not in the right place hence the apparent mistake.

2nd. With reference to Alderman Tye’s motion to take up portions of old flagging and old tiles in King Street Enmore Ward and 1st class asphalt laid instead recommending that the repairs be affected in front of Harrisons, Eldridges and Fredericks and Whitakers. The remainder to have the tiles repaired with the best of those taken up.

3rd Alderman Tye’s motion to have the crossings in Enmore Road from Bailey Street to Edgeware Road laid with asphalt blocks. Not recommended as they are in a fair state at present.

4 Alderman Whately’s motion to erect eight dust bins in King Street. Recommend that they be put up and tenders called for next meeting of Council.

5 That the kerbing and guttering in King Street and Norfolk Street be passed and final payment made. And the asphalting in Denison Street, Commodore Street and Laura Street be passed and final payment made. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Whately seconded by Alderman Medway with the exception of the clause referring to the dustbins which was postponed and its consideration made an order of the day for next meeting.

 

Borough Treasurer reported

Having received and paid into the bank £311.14.4 that cheques had been issued amounting to £1034.13.9 and that the amount due to the bank at date £2686.16.10.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the last month and that the contractors under his control were doing their respective works in a satisfactory manner.

 

The Overseer reported

Recommending the construction of drains in Goodsell Street and lane at rear of May Street via John Street to the railway and the cost of same also estimating the cost of metalling Erskineville Road from Railway Bridge through to Union Street at £170. The report was received and the latter portion adopted provided the Macdonaldtown Council agreed to it.

 

Minute from the Mayor

Gentlemen

Having received a communication from the Members of this district stating that a sum of £7500 had been voted to wood pave a portion of Cooks River Road from the Railway Bridge southward contingent upon the Council contributing £1500 towards the expense and advising me to pay the money into the Treasury at once and this work would be proceeded with immediately.

In view of a resolution passed by this Council and sent to the department in January 1887 that its contribution towards this work should be paid by instalments of £500 per annum for six years I felt sure some mistake had been made, and in company with the Council Clerk called upon Messrs Molesworth and Abbott taking with us a copy of the resolution referred to. They said no reference had been made to this resolution by any of the deputations who had waited upon the Minister on the subject. Mr Molesworth advised an interview with the Under-Secretary whom we saw. And were told that the £7500 was voted contingent upon this Council’s contribution of £1500 being paid into the Treasury.

 

I[n] lieu of this I proposed that the same plan might be adopted in this case as in the former viz that the amount be deposited for a certain period and a postdated cheque be handed to the department to take up at maturity. The interest accruing to be paid to the Council.

 

If it be the pleasure of the Council to authorise this mode of payment I will endeavour to make the best arrangement as possible in the interests of the Council.

 

(Signed) Joseph Jolly

Mayor

 

Together with this minute a letter from the Under-Secretary upon the subject was read stating that the Minister could not accept the first named proposal but saw no objection to a compliance with the latter and arrangements may be made accordingly. On the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Tye the minutes was adopted and referred to the Finance Committee to make the necessary arrangements.

 

Motions pursuant to notice

 

Moved by Alderman Eggleton

 

1 That a call of the Council be made to rescind resolution passed at the special Council meeting held on 26 December 1889 re Sydney Tramway and Omnibus Company’s Bill.” Objection was taken to the resolution on the grounds that the Council had no power to make a call of the Council for such purposes and the Mayor ruled the motion out of order.

2 “That a letter be sent to the Macdonaldtown Council asking the cooperation in cutting down Union Street with a view of laying down cube sets so as to make better provision for the carrying away of stormwater” seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

Moved by Alderman Smith

3 “That the footpath on the west side of Church Street from Greenwoods to Davis’ be patched and top dressed 47 yards, at a cost of £2.7.0 also from Davis’ lane to the water fountain near St Stephen’s Church be asphalted 2nd class 200 yards cost of £12.10 Total total cost £14.17.0” seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

4 “That the footpath south side of Lennox Street in front of Rose Cottage be asphalted 2nd class 28 yards cost of £1.15.0” seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

5 “That the said footpath on the south side of Church Street to Australia Street be painted and sanded 457 yards at a cost of £2.10.0” seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

6 “That the footpaths on the west side of Oxford Street from Bedford Street to the lamp on the corner of the R.C. Church and thence on the west side from the corner of the R.C. Parsonage to the corner of Albemarle Street be aphalted second class 210 at a cost of £13.” Seconded Alderman Peirce and carried.

7 “That Mary Street be re metalled with white metal from King Street to Lennox Street at a cost of metal £50 labour £15 total £65” seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

 

Moved by Alderman Medway

8 “That a 6 inch pipe drain be laid in Cross Lane from Angel Street to Union Street to 280 feet at a cost of pipes £4 labour £8 total £12.” Seconded by Aldermen Eagleton and carried.

 

9 “That a 9 inch pipe drain be laid in Union Lane from Harold Street to Cross Lane 5280 feet at a cost of pipes £18 labour £17 total £35.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.

10 “That a 9 inch pipe drain be laid in Angle Lane from 18 inch pipe drain to Cross Lane at a cost of pipes £12 labour £11 total £23” seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.

 

Moved by Alderman Tye

11. “That the footpath on the west side of Simmons Street be asphalted 2nd class from Simmons Street to Enmore Lane 420 yards at a cost of £26.5.0.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

 

Alderman Bellamy to move

12 “That a deputation from the Council wait upon the Commissioners for Railway for the purpose of securing ingress and egress from Brown Street formerly Robey Street to proposed Macdonaldtown railway station” lapsed the mover not being present.

13 “That 66 feet of 6 inch drain pipes be laid down across the lower end of Brown Street from east side to connect with pipes on west side to carry off slop water at a cost of pipes £1 labour £3.10.0 total £4.10.0” lapsed the mover not being present.

 

Miscellaneous business

 

On the request of Alderman Dolman the Mayor said he would procure a copy of the new Local Government Bill for each Alderman.

 

At the suggestion of Alderman Smith the Mayor consented to appoint Wednesday 22nd instant as the time for holding the Revision Court.

 

Alderman Smith moved “That the specification of duties of valuers in use this year be and the same is hereby adopted for the ensuing year seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

 

Alderman Smith moved that applications be invited from competent persons to act in conjunction with the Council clerk in making the annual valuation for the ensuing municipal year.

 

Alderman Smith called attention to the fact that one of the pillars which had been put up to support the balcony of new shops in King Street O’Connell Ward formerly the building known as the Varieties had been smashed in consequence of a vehicle coming in contract with it and desired that a letter be written to the owners to have another one put up in its place.

 

The business being concluded the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 28th day of January 1890.

 

(Signed) Joseph Jolly

Mayor

 

 


 

Wednesday 23rd January 1890.

 

A meeting of the borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at 7:30 PM for the purpose of revising the municipal lists of the borough in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

 

Present the Mayor (Mr Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen Whately, Medway, Dolman, Tye and Lane.

 

The business of the meeting was opened by the Council clerk reading an advertisement announcing to the public that it would be held on the above date.

 

The clerk then laid upon the table a list of persons supposed to be entitled to vote for each ward for the ensuing municipal year and stated that the said lists had been advertised and open for inspection during the time required by the Municipalities Act of 1867 and that there were neither claims nor objections to be considered. The Mayor in open court initialled all corrections and signed each page of the several lists also a certificate at the end of each ward and handed the lists over to the Council clerk to copy and concluded the business of the meeting.

 

Confirmed this 28th day of January 1890.

 

(Signed) Joseph Jolly

Mayor


 

Tuesday 28th of January 1890.

 

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock.

 

Present

The Mayor (Mr Joseph Jolly) in the chair and Aldermen Medway, Dolman, Lane, Smith, Eggleton, Peirce, Cox, Whately, Tye and Bellamy

 

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

 

Correspondence

From the Secretary of the Municipalities Association stating that in reference to the powers of Municipal Councils in the matter of the erection of awnings, balconies etc. that the committee have requested their solicitor to frame a by-law on the matter and that the Council will be furnished with a copy of the same. Received.

 

From the Under-Secretary General Post Office Sydney stating that the Postal Inspector visited the locality of the present Post Office stating that with the additional 10 feet of land, purchased by the Postmaster General for postal purposes, that there will be 40 feet frontage to King Street running right back to Wilson Street and 116 feet 6 inches to the Erskineville Road thus affording ample room for the erection of the building large enough to meet the requirements of the Borough for years to come. Received.

 

From the Manager of the Patent Asphaltum Company, asking for an order to lay the crossings in King Street O’Connell Ward and stating that the payment of same may stand over for two or three months. Received.

 

From P. Fletcher asking for permission to run an omnibus from Kingston to the Circular Quay. Received and the request complied with as far as the Council is concerned.

 

From the Under-Secretary General Post Office stating that the erection of a newspaper receiver in the neighbourhood of Camden Street will receive consideration and the Council will be further communicated on the subject. Received.

 

From John Hamblin stating that he regrets to hear that the Council’s surveyor takes exception to his letter to the Council thinking it casts reflection on his ability, and stating that he was not aware of starting anything that could have that affect, if so, he is very sorry as nothing of the kind was intended in his letter.

 

Reports

 

The Works committee reported

Having Inspected the broken boulder metal offered to the Council by Mr Martin, and found it not of the gauge stated in his letter, some of it being broken very small about one and a quarter inch gauge otherwise the metal is good enough. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Dolman.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

Reported the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight, that the contractors under his control were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.

 

Motions pursuant to notice

Alderman Eggleton moved:-

That the resolution passed at a special meeting of the Council held on the 27th December 1889 re the Sydney Tramway and Ominbus Company’s Bill that the same is hereby rescinded. Seconded by Alderman Whateley. An amendment was moved by Alderman Lane “that the Bill be reconsidered” seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

 

All the other motions on the business paper were withdrawn with the consent of the respective movers.

 

Orders of the day

Works committee’s report re the alignment of Wilson Street, and the proposed dust bins for King Street postponed for further consideration.

 

On a motion by Aldermen Smith and Peirce, the Council resolved into a committee of the whole to open and consider applications for making the annual valuation for the ensuing municipal year in conjunction with the Council clerk.

The matter being duly considered in committee the Council resumed and the Mayor brought up a report recommending the acceptance of the application of Edwin Schofield at £29 be accepted and moved its adoption. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

 

Miscellaneous business

 

Alderman Smith drew the Mayor’s attention to the fact that the two lamps on the Railway Bridge are not lighted after 11.00 o’clock and the last tram leaves Bridge Street at 11:10 PM. The Mayor said he would have a letter written to that effect.

 

Alderman Medway asked the Mayor to have a list prepared for next meeting of Council of all Works passed by the Council and not yet carried out.

 

The business being concluded the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 12th day of February 1890

 

(Signed) Joseph Jolly

The Mayor

 


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