Tuesday 13th of January 1891

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at 7.30.

Present

The Mayor (Mr Wm. Dolman) and Aldermen Brock, Salmon, Cox, Swinbourne, Smith, Rigg, Jolly, Eggleton, Medway and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence
From Mrs Clinton stating that a horse had been tied to the pallisading in Australia Street on the footpath and had injured one of her children and thought that the Inspector of Nuisances had been remiss in not summonising [sic] the owner of the horse. Received and to stand over for consideration with report of the Inspector.

From John Williamson and Son solicitors asking the Council to withdraw a caveat which had been lodged against the issue of a certificate under the real property act in respect of some property in King Street O’Connell Ward. The Surveyor reported that the property in question to be encroaching on the footpath too far. Received and referred to committee of Aldermen to report on the matter consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Medway, Whately, Smith, Salmon and Rigg.

From the Registrar General informing the Council that he was about to issue a certificate of title excluding the lane 16 feet wide edged yellow upon applicants’ plan which plan can be inspected at his office upon application.

The surveyor reported that this referred to a lane off King Street running parallel with Wells and Maria Streets to Mr J. Goodsell’s land. Received.

From Darlington Council acknowledging receipt of letter from this Council re alteration of urinals corner of Darlington Road. Received.

From St Peter’s Council asking cooperation by letter to the Commissioners for Railways in support of running additional trains from Sydney to Hurstville. Received and it was decided to grant the request.

From the Marrickville Council re the subject of electric lighting submitting the names of Messrs Oxlade and Rowley two professional electricians who had offered their services to the special committee of advisers in preparing specifications etc. Received and matter of choice was left with a committee to decide. The following Aldermen were appointed to represent this Council in that committee viz: – the Mayor and Aldermen Salmon, Rigg, Smith and Brock.

From Mrs Duruz asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in front of her property in Enmore Road. Received and a reply to be sent stating that the work will be done on the usual terms.

From Messrs Bellamy Martin and Booth asking the Council to write to the Post Master General requesting him to place one of the new pillar letter receivers in front of their premises in King Street as it would be a great convenience to the public. Received and the request exceeding to.

Mr Wilson asking when the Council will lay a pipe drain along lane between King Street and Station Street Camden College estate. Received and the writer be informed that the work will be done shortly.

From the Australian Gas Light Company stating in reply to a letter from this Council that the cost of fixing the names of streets on lamps would be “Black letters on White ground burned in 1/3d each Gold letters on Black ground burned in 1/9d each. Received

From the Water Supply and Sewerage Board stating in reply to a letter from this Council that the water main in Cooks River Road had been cleaned and hydrants placed therein. Received and the clerk was instructed to reply asking the Board to lay an additional main under the footpath on the west side.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works in reply to a letter from this Council stating that the Secretary for Public Works regrets that he is unable to exceed to the request of the Council to be allowed to use the metal off Cooks River Road for repairing other streets in the Borough that will be much used by the diverted traffic. Received

From the Commissioners for Railways in reply to a request from the Council asking them to receive a deputation respecting the proposed widening of the Railway Bridge stating that they thought it would be as well if the Council submitted their wishes in writing which might save time etc also a further communication from this Council stating that it appeared from a view of the contractor’s plans that the work about to the carried out would meet the wishes of the Council. Received.

From the Secretary to the General Post Office stating that although he had previously informed the Council that the amount proposed for the Post and Telegraph offices at Newtown had been omitted from the Estimates in Chief by the cabinet the proposed amount had been voted on the loan estimates. Received

Communications on the same subject were received from Messrs Abbott and Molesworth Ms. L.A.

From the Treasury stating that an extra special grant endowment amounting to £1643.12.10 had been placed in the Bank of Australasia to the Council’s credit upon rates collected to 3rd February 1890. Received.

A circular letter was received and laid upon the table relative to taking of the local option vote at the next annual election of Aldermen and Auditors.

A circular letter was received and laid upon the table from the Secretary to the Municipal Association covering sundry opinions on important municipal matters.

From Mr William Woodd [sic] calling attention to the state of the lane between Kent and Camden Streets. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Petitions

A petition was presented by the Mayor from a number of ratepayers in Marion Street praying that the west side of that street might be asphalted. Received.

Reports

The Inspector of Nuisances reported on the matter referred to in Mrs Clinton’s letter complaining of a horse being allowed to stand on the footpath in Australia Street stating that his attention was called to a horse standing on the footpath in Australia Street which had been fastened to a fence on the corner of a lane but had swerved on to the footpath I moved the horse and ultimately was claimed by Mr Paling whom I summoned to the Police Court under the Council’s By-law for tethering animals in streets and the case was defended and I saw that the magistrate was inclined to dismiss the case on the grounds raise by defendant’s solicitor that the by-law did not apply and it was now obsolete. Received and the Mayor was authorised to employ a solicitor to further test the case.

The overseer reported upon the minute of the Mayor in reference to a statement made by Alderman Salmon at last meeting about his firm being asked to do some pipe repairing etc. The report was read and Alderman Smith moved that it be received and the overseer’s explanation deemed satisfactory.

Motions pursuant to notice

Moved by the Mayor
1. “That the Council does now proceed to appoint an Alderman as Returning Officer for the next annual election of Aldermen and auditors and the taking of the local option vote.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried. *
2. “That a sum of £49 be now voted to asphalt with second-class material the footpath on the west side of Marion Street 773 yards super” seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

*Moved by Alderman Jolly “that Alderman Smith be hereby appointed returning Officer for the election of Aldermen for the ensuing year” seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.

Moved by Alderman Rigg
3. “That the specification adopted by this Council for making the annual valuation for the current Municipal year remain the same is hereby adopted as specification for making the annual valuation for the ensuing Municipal year.” Seconded by Aldermen Brock. An amendment was moved by Alderman Jolly that the following resolution be referred to the Specification committee to report on at the next meeting” seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
4. “That tenders be invited from competent persons willing to make the annual valuation for the ensuing Municipal year in conjunction with the Council Clerk.” Withdrawn by consent.
5. That Percy Deacon be hereby appointed Assistant Council Clerk at a salary of one pound ten shillings per week and that he be required to give a guarantee bond £150 such appointment to be under seal and to be termable subject to one months notice from either party to the other.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried. It being understood that a specification of his duties be prepared by the specification committee.

Moved by Alderman Eggleton
6 That a lamp be erected in Lord Street on the south side about midway between John Street and Cooks River Road” seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
7. “That the pipe crossing at the intersection of Munni and Islington Streets be referred to the Works committee with a view to put in an open crossing” seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.
8. That a sum of £3.15.0 be now voted to asphalt 60 yards with 2nd-class material the footpath west side of Gowrie Street between Harold and Union Streets”. Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
9 “That the Water and Sewerage Board be written to asking permission to connect all gully shafts with service pipes for flushing purposes.” Seconded by Alderman Brock and carried.

Moved by Alderman Medway
10 That a sum of £26 be now voted to lay 60 yards of 2nd-class kerbing and guttering on the north side of Wells Street from baker’s shop eastward to present kerbing.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

Moved by Alderman Salmon
11 “That a specification be prepared by the Specification Committee and tenders be called for sweeping wood blocks King Street and removing all sweepings between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. Alternatively for doing same work between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.” Seconded by Alderman Brock after the latter part from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. was omitted the resolution was carried.

Miscellaneous business

Alderman Smith called attention to some asphalting in Wellington Street that had been passed but not yet carried out. He also suggested that a letter be written to the Post Master General asking him to arrange for three (3) deliveries of letters per day in Newtown.

Alderman Brock called attention to some kerbing and guttering that had been passed but had not been carried out. He also offered to lay at his own cost some new kind of kerbing and guttering and asphalting in Georgina Street as an experiment and which he intended would be much cheaper and of a more durable character than any the Council were in the habit of doing. Permission was granted subject to approval of the Council’s officers.

The overseer reported recommending that John Ryan one of the day workmen who had to find Mason’s tools receive an extra sixpence per day making his wages 8/6 per day. Received and the recommendation agreed to.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 27th day of January 1891

(Signed) William Dolman
Mayor


Tuesday 27 January 1891

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 W. Dolman) and Aldermen Brock, Salmon, Cox, Swinbourne, Smith, Rigg, Jolly, Eggleton, Medway, White, Whately.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence
Letters were received acknowledging the acceptance of communications from the G.P.Office and the Secretary for Railways upon the various subjects therein referred to.

From Mr Robert Reid asking the Council to make an opening into the railway culvert at the foot of Holdsworth Street to let off the stormwater there. Received and referred to the overseer to been dealt with.

Petitions

A petition was read from ratepayers in King Street asking the Council to asphalt the footpath on the south side of King Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Reports

Finance committee

reported having paid accounts amounting to £510.-.- and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £ -.-.-. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Read.

Specification committee

reported recommending 1st That the specification for writing the names of the streets on the public lamps be postponed and the clerk to write to Macdonaldtown Council asking to be informed of price paid by that Council for similar work done by the Gas Company. 2nd That the specification for sweeping the wood blocks in King Street as proposed by Alderman Salmon be postponed until the preparations of the specifications for the annual contracts. 3rd That the specifications on duties of Council Clerk and Assistant Clerk be also postponed. 4th That the text of the specification for making the Council valuation of rateable property in use for the present Municipal year be adopted for making the valuation for the ensuing year.* Moved by Alderman Smith “That the report as read be now adopted. Seconded by Alderman Medway. *and that tenders be invited from two competent persons to make the valuation of all rateable property for the ensuing Municipal year.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Rigg “that the words two competent persons be omitted and the following inserted in place thereof viz- competent persons to act in conjunction with the Council clerk. Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried. The report as amended was then adopted.

The Borough Treasurer

reported having received and deposited in the bank £– that cheques had been issued amounting to £– and the overdraft at date to be £ –. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work very well with one or two exceptions and that several persons had been proceeded against for summary breaches of Council By-laws. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice

Moved by the Mayor
1st “That a sum of £5 be now voted to erect a gas lamp in Charles Street Enmore Ward midway between London Street and the lamp at present near the front of Mr Payten’s house” seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Moved by Aldermen Cox
2. “That in preparing fresh specifications for tar paving for the ensuing year the work described in present specifications as second-class be omitted altogether and the first only be adopted by this Council.” Seconded by Aldermen Eggleton after the subject had been discussed the resolution was withdrawn by consent of the Council.

Miscellaneous business

Alderman Jolly moved “that a deputation of the whole Council wait upon the Commissioners for Railways to urge upon them the advisability of wood paving the Enmore Road” seconded by Alderman Brock and carried.

On the suggestion of Alderman Smith it was decided to write to the Water Supply and Sewerage Board asking to be informed when it was likely that the sewerage system of this borough would be completed.

In reply to Alderman Salmon the Mayor stated that the work of kerbing and guttering the remaining streets in The Pines estate would be proceeded as soon as that now in hand was completed.

Aldermen Eggleton and Brock stated “that as this was the last regular committee meeting at which they would be present they were desirous of thanking their fellow Aldermen for the courtesy and assistance which they had experienced during their tenure of office and by which they had been enabled to carry out the duties expected of them.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 30th day of January 1891.

(Signed) William Dolman


Thursday 22nd January 1891

An open court revising the Municipal Lists of the Camdne, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell wards of this Borough was held in the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock. Present, the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Swinbourne, Rigg, Jolly, Eggleton. The Clerk laid the lists on the table and there being neither claims nor objections they were regularly adopted and signed in open court and the meeting terminated.


Friday 30th January 1891

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

Present, the Mayor (Mr Wm. Dolman) and Aldermen Salmon, Cox, Swinbourne, Rigg, Jolly, Eggleton and Whately.

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

The Mayor stated that the meeting had been called for the purpose of opening and considering tenders from persons willing to make the annual valuation of all rateable property in this Borough in conjunction with the Council clerk as decided upon at last meeting.

On a motion by Alderman Eggleton seconded by Alderman Whately, the Council resolved into a committee of the whole to consider the tenders.

In committee the tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the committee brought up the following report.

Your committee having opened and considered the tenders for making the annual valuation in conjunction with the Council clerk recommend that the tenders of twenty pounds of William James Kennedy be accepted and that the remuneration to the Council clerk as valuer to be the same as last year viz (£45) forty five pounds.

(Signed) Wm. Dolman
Chairman

On a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Eggleton, the report was adopted in open Council.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 10th day of February 1891.

(signed) William Dolman.
Mayor

 


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