Tuesday 12th January 1892

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

Present

The Mayor (Mr Wm. Dolman) and Aldermen Salmon, Cox, Swinbourne, Smith, Rigg, Jolly, Morgan and White.

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

Correspondence

From Mr J. Johnston asking the Council to move a pipe drain on his land in Bligh Street, as it was in the way of his foundations. Received and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with.

From Mr Jno.S. Thomas asking the Council to tar pave the footpath alongside of his premises in a Whatley Street. Received and be complied with on the usual terms.

From Marrickville Council asking for the half cost of metalling a portion of Edgeware Road E[nmore] Ward. Received and referred to the Works and Finance committees for report.

From Macdonaldtown Council asking 1st. What had been done about the erection of an additional lamp in Union Street and 2nd that the overseers of the two Councils prepare an estimate of the cost of putting Union Street in repair. Received and the first part referred to the lighting committee and the second agreed to.

From Mr G.E. Vaile offering his land as a suitable site for a new Town Hall. Received and a reply to be sent stating that when the subject of the site for a new Town Hall was under the consideration of the Council his offer would be dealt with.

Reports

Finance

Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1537.16.0 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £484.7.0 be adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Salmon.

By laws committee

Reported recommending that By-law 41.p.22 be expunged in accordance with the opinion of the Attorney General also that tenders be publicly invited for printing and binding 500 copies for general use and 25 copies for the Council. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Swinbourne.

Specification committee

Reported recommending a specification of duties of Valuers for making a valuation of all rateable property in the borough and that applications be invited by tender from two competent persons to make the valuation. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Medway.

Borough Treasurer

Reported having received and deposited in the bank sum of £159.15.2 and that cheques had been issued amounting to £1537.16.0 and the overdraft to be £4728.12.2. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported the amount of work done in his department during the past two weeks and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their worked very well. Received.

The overseer

reported the progress of the Works under his charge. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice

Alderman Rigg moved
1st “That the footpath on the east side of Gladstone Street be completed with 2nd class tar paving 184 yards at a cost of £11.10.0. Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Orders of the day

  1. Letter from the Inspector of Nuisances re residence in the borough postponed from meeting 6th October last. On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Swinbourne the consideration of the subject was further postponed until the first meeting in March next – when it would be finally dealt with.
  2. Report of the Town Hall committee postponed from last meeting. On a motion of Alderman White, the report was referred back to the committee for further consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Salmon.

Miscellaneous business

Alderman Medway asked that a letter be written again calling attention of the Railway Commissioners to the state of Newman Lane.

Alderman Jolly asked the Mayor to cause a letter to be written to the Railway Commissioners about the wood blocking of Enmore Road.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this — day of — 1892
(signed) William Dolman

Erratum

the Works committee reported
1st recommending that a reply be sent to the Camperdown Council stating that pipe drain crossing Bishopgate Street at Regent Street be taken up and a culvert substituted as an estimated cost of £10. 2. That kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street and tar paving in Wells, Bailey and Short streets be passed and final payment made. 3. That the alteration to footpath in Lord Street, asked for by Mr Keys be not acceded to. 4. That in the matter of the billet wood blocking in Camden Street, the contractors be informed that in order to complete the work according to the specification that the joints between the blocks should be property filled in with sand and tar.

Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Salmon.

Confirmed this — day of — 1892

(Signed) William Dolman


Monday 25th January 1892

An open court for the purpose of revising the Municipal lists of persons supposed to be entitled to vote in the election of Aldermen and auditors during the ensuing Municipal year was held on the evening of the above day at 7.30.

Present, the Mayor (Mr W. Dolman) and Aldermen Swinbourne, Rigg, Jolly, Morgan, Medway, White and Whately..

The Council clerk read the advertisements convening the meeting.

The lists were laid upon the table there being neither claim nor objections the lists for the several Wards were unanimously adopted and the Mayor signed the various sheets and the certificate and the meeting closed.

(Signed) William Dolman


Tuesday 27th January 1892

A meeting of the borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at half past 7 o’clock.

Present,

The Mayor (Mr William Dolman) and Aldermen Bellamy, Salmon, Cox, Swinbourne, Smith, Rigg, Jolly, Morgan Medway, White and Whately.

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

Correspondence

A letter was read from Mr Bruce Smith, complaining of the actions of the Council in the making up of a portion of Edgeware Road and stating that it caused the storm waters to back up to his property – Nelson Terrace – received and referred to the Works committee for report.

From Messrs Wilmot and Morgan contractors for Camden Street asking for payment of the balance of their account £84 also charging a lot of extras. Received and referred back for an answer to a letter from this Council on the subject.

From the Secretary to the General Post Office stating in reply to a letter from this Council, that it had been decided not to erect a postal pillar receiver at the corner of Enmore Road and Station Street but to put an iron box on the lamp post as a test. Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works stating that the £200 promised to the Council sometime ago towards the repair of the streets that had been cut up by the diversion of the traffic during the wood blocking of the Cooks River Road, would be paid over shortly. Received.

From the Tramway Manager submitting for the approval of the Council an application from Mrs M. Black 133 King Street Newtown for permission to have a seat on the footpath in front of her shop for the convenience of Tramway passengers. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

From the Macdonaldtown Council stating that its overseer, in conjunction with the overseer of this Council had reported that the estimated cost of properly repairing Union Street with blue metal would be £232.10.0. Received and referred with the overseer’s report to the Works committee for further report.

Reports

The Lighting committee reported recommending the erection of additional lamps as follows viz: —

1 west side of lane between Holdsworth and Randle Streets with reflective. 1 in same lane at the rear of Wilson Street with reflector. 1 in same lane at the corner of Pine Street with reflector. 1 in lane at the rear of Dr Ledgwick’s. 1 at the corner of Union and Newman Street. 1 in lane at the rear of Pearl Street.

Also that the lamps asked for in lane between Watkin and Bucknell Streets and at the rear of Mr Weeks stable were not required. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Smith was seconded by Alderman Medway.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work very well. Received

The overseer reported that the contractor for the work in Wilson Street had completed it. Received and referred to the Works committee for final report.

Orders of the day

To open and consider tenders for making the valuation for the ensuing Municipal year.

The Council resolved into a committee of the whole to open and consider tenders for making the annual valuation for the Municipal year commencing 2nd February 1892.

In committee tenders were opened and on the Council resuming the Mayor reported recommending the acceptance of the tender of Messrs Schofield and Kennedy of £25 each: which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman White.

Miscellaneous

Alderman Smith asked that a letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners asking them to still maintain an open crossing over the railway at Station Street.

Alderman Bellamy drew attention to the present dangerous place of the public horse drinking trough on the Bridge.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this — day of — 1892

(Signed) . William Dolman

Mayor


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