Tuesday 4th October 1892

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 William Rigg) and Aldermen Bellemey, Salmon, Cox, Swinbourne, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Morgan, Medway, White and Whately.

The minutes

of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

From Mr Shunn, the contractor for laying sewerage pipes in portions of O’Connell Ward asking the Council to accept £27 as an equivalent to the work of reinstating the tar pavement in sundry lanes where the necessary excavations had been made. Received and referred to the special committee appointed to deal with all such matters.

From Messrs Abbott and Molesworth Members for Newtown, covering a letter from the Under-Secretary for Public Works stating that the sum of £9638 had been noted for consideration in connection with next year’s estimates for wood blocking Enmore Road. Received and to be acknowledged with thanks.

From Mr E.C.V.Broughton, referring to the encroachments in the lanes of Mr McGaa’s subdivision between Wells and Maria Streets and asking the Council to remove them forthwith. Received and the Mayor stated that a reply had been sent setting forth the circumstances of the case as had been already reported to this Council.

From the Water and Sewerage Board asking if there was any reason why the Council will not issue a certificate to Mr R. Marshall contractor for pipe laying that he has left certain streets in a satisfactory condition. Received and the Board to be informed that the Council declines to give the certificate asked for.

From the Engineer in Chief for Harbours and Rivers stating in reply to a letter from the Council respecting the condition of Munni, Islington and Alice Streets, that instructions had been given to the contractor to repair them at once. Received

From the Commissioners for Railway in reply to this Council’s application for an overhead bridge at Station Street, stating that the matter had been carefully considered by them and regetting that the request cannot be granted. Received and the Commissioners to be asked the reason why compliance cannot be given and to inform them that the footpath might be utilised for the purpose.

Reports

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the scavengers for the various Wards excepting Enmore Ward were doing the work satisfactorily and that great neglect had been shown by the contractor for Enmore Ward whose contract had been cancelled: that the contractor for sweeping the blocks had neglected to sweep them on two occasions last month.

The overseer reported

the progress of the works under his charge that considerable damage had been done to the metalled surface of the low lying streets and suggesting that in all cases subject to storm floods tared metal be used. Received and it was resolved that the suggestion be adopted.

Motions pursuant to notice.

Alderman Bellemey moved
1. “That a lamp be erected in the lane at the rear of Wilson Street between Watkin and Brown Streets at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

2. “That 50 yards 4th class kerbing and guttering be laid in lane (west side) between Watkin and Brown Streets at a cost of £14.7.6” seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Alderman Cox moved
3. “That all the gateway entrances in King Street, Camden Ward be paved with wood blocks on 4 inches of concrete at a cost not exceeding £109.7.0.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan. It was mutually agreed to refer it to the Works committee for report.

The Mayor moved
4. “That the Inspector of Nuisances (Mr H. W.Swan) be hereby appointed Inspector of Dairies under the provisions of the Dairies Supervision Act 50 Victoria No.21.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

4a “That the Inspector of Nuisances be hereby appointed to represent the Borough of Newtown and is hereby empowered to lay information and conduct prosecutions in all cases under the By-laws of the said Borough and the “Dairies Supervision Act` 50 Victoria No. 21” and the Mayor is hereby authorised to affix the corporate seal to the forgoing appointments.

Orders of the day

To open and consider tenders for scavenging Enmore Ward for the remainder of the contract year.

On a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Dolman the Council resolved into a committee of the whole to open tenders.

In committee the tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending the acceptance of the tender of Michael Teahan to do the scavenging Enmore Ward for the remainder of the contract year for £20 per month and moved that it be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Bellemey, The Mayor said he thought the Town Hall committee was still in existence and that he would take some steps with a view of utilising the large Hall upstairs for council meetings.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 18th day of October 1892

(Signed) W.Rigg

Mayor


Tuesday 19th October 1892

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 William Rigg) and Aldermen Bellemey, Salmon, Cox, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Morgan and White.

Apologies were received for the absence of Aldermen Swinbourne and Medway.

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

Correspondence

From the Marrickville Council asking this Council to join in a deputation to the Railway Commissioners to urge upon them to issue season tickets on trams. Received.

From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners stating that as soon as the new kerbing is laid on the bridge an additional public lamp will be put up. Received.

From the Secretary to the Fire Brigades Board stating that the Board regrets that it must adhere to its decision to consider the subject of connecting the Fire Station in Australia Street with the Newtown Telephone Exchange when the new Post and Telegraph Offices in King Street are erected. Received.

From Mr D. McCalley owner of house in Commodore Street referring to the disposal of house slops at the back of a number of properties in Commodore Street and stating the willingness of the respective owners to provide the cost of the necessary pipes if the Council will lay the main drain from the back of properties to connect with a 6 inch pipe drain now at the back of Mr Medway’s houses. Received and acceded to.

From Mr M. Fetherstone resigning his contract for street sweeping King Street blocks on the grounds of the difficulty he has experienced in getting men to do the work. Received.

Petitions

From ratepayers at Enmore and Stanmore, praying for the establishment of a cab stand at Enmore. Received and a copy of the petition be sent to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners with a letter asking the Commissioners to accede to the prayer..

From a number of ratepayers asking the Council to keep open the Reading Room on Tuesdays ’til 4 o’clock instead of til 2 o’clock as at present. Received and acceded to.

Reports

Finance committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1245.7.10 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £265.10.8 adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Dolman.

Works committee reported recommending
1st That a tared metal crossings be laid at one of the principal crossings in King Street O’Connell Ward instead of wood blocks crossing as proposed by Alderman Whately as a test case.

2. That similar work be done at the gateway entrances in King Street, Camden Ward instead of wood blocks as proposed by Alderman Cox.

3. “That the tar paving and tar painting in the following streets be passed and final payment made viz Camden Ward – King Street. Wells Street, John Street and Maria Street. O’Connell Ward – King Street, Enmore Ward – Short to Bailey Streets.”

4. “That kerbing and guttering in the following places be passed and final payment may viz lane off Yaralla Street at the back of L’Avenue also in Francis and Wells Streets.” Adopted on a motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Salmon.

Borough Treasurer reported

“That a sum of £1685.17.10 had been received and deposited in the bank since last report that during the same period £1245.7.10 had been paid away and that the present overdraft at the bank is £4156.9.7. Received.

The Town Hall Special Committee reported.

recommending in reference to the report which had been referred back to it as follows that the following clauses be adopted.

“That clauses 4 and 5 had already been carried out.”

6. “That the Inspectors Room be painted and papered afresh”.

“That clause 7 had been already carried out.”

“That clause 8 referring to ventilators in the roof be omitted.

9. “That the old chandelier in the large Hall be taken away and (2) two sunlights similar to the one over the stage be substituted.”

10. “That about 60 yards of linoleum be laid on the floor of the large Hall covering a space of about 5 yards from the platform.”

11 “That the paling fence in front of the yard be taken away and a close hard wood fence 6 feet high be substituted.”

12. “That a specification be prepared for the work now recommended, which is estimated to cost about £60.”

13. “That the table now used by the Council be moved upstairs and the Mayor be authorised to purchase sufficient Austrian Caned bottomed armchairs for the use of the Aldermen in the room upstairs.

The Mayor moved “that the report be now received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Salmon.

Alderman Smith raised a point of order viz – “that this special committee which was appointed during the past Municipal year was defunct at the end of that Municipal year. Therefore the report now under consideration cannot be now taken into consideration.” After discussion, the Mayor ruled “that he declined to sustain Alderman Smith’s point of order and decided to admit the report.” On the motion for its adoption being put Alderman Smith moved an amendment. “That the report be now received and its adoption being made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.” Seconded by Alderman Lane, and lost.

The motion for adoption was then put and carried.

The Overseer of Works reported

progress of the various works under his supervision during the last two weeks. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported.

that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily. Received

The Mayor read up a Minute

in reference to M. Fetherstone’s giving up his contract for street sweeping King Street blocks recommending the cancellation of the contract and stating that the work was being done by the Council’s men. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice

The Mayor moved
1st “that a sum of £40 be now voted for the construction of a urinal at the Bedford Street side of the Railway Bridge.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Alderman Dolman moved
2nd “that a sum of £63.15.0 be now voted to kerb and gutter both sides of the lane in Camden College Estate – to 20 yards 4th class.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

3 “That tarred metal crossings be laid in Enmore Road as follows: – Edgeware Road £12.10.0 Metropolitan Road £18. Simmons Street £11.12.0 Marian Street £12. Reibey Street, £12. Station Street £11.2.0. Station Street £15.12.0. Phillip Street £6.15.0 London Street, £5.2.6 total estimated cost £104.13.6.” Seconded by Alderman White. Referred to the Works committee for report.

Alderman Salmon moved
4. “That a sum of £34.15.9 be now voted to lay 121 yards 4th class kerbing and guttering in lane back of 15 houses in L’Avenue.” Seconded by Alderman Bellamy and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved for Alderman Medway 5. “That 8 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid in Dickson Street in front of Mr Tasker’s house at a cost of £2.9.4.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and referred to the Works committee for report.

6. “That 10 yards of 4th class kerbing and guttering be laid in lane at the back of Mr Tasker’s property in Dickson Street at a cost of £2.17.6.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and referred to the Works committee for report.

Alderman Morgan moved
7. “That a sum of £20 be now voted to repair with ballast the ruts in lane at the rear of north side of Newman Street.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

The Mayor moved
8. “That the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole to open and consider tenders for a supply of ballast to Marian Lane.” Seconded by Alderman Wyatt and carried.

In committee the tenders were opened and considered and on the Council’s resuming the Mayor reported recommending the acceptance of the tender of George Shwoble [?] at 3/9 per cubic yard and the adoption of the specification for the same, which was adopted in open Council.

Miscellaneous

In reply to Alderman Dolman

The Mayor stated that he would cause a letter to be written to the Post Master General to have a receiving box for letters put up at the corner of Wellington and Lennox Streets.

Alderman Bellamy also called attention to no necessity which existed for a letter receiver in the vicinity of the District Registrar’s house in Brown Street.

In reply to Alderman Salmon the Mayor said he would have prepared for next meeting a return showing the amounts paid by the Council to the Surveyor in addition to his salary for professional services for the last three years.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 1st day of October 1892

(Signed). W. Rigg, Mayor


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