Tuesday 1st November 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 Wm. Rigg) and Aldermen Bellemey, Salmon, Cox, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Morgan, White and Swinbourne.

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

The Mayor mentioned that since our last meeting one of the Aldermen who for upwards of six years had a seat at this table had been removed by death viz Alderman Medway. The Mayor spoke in high terms of praise of the late Alderman who had rendered valuable service to the Council and Borough generally. Alderman Smith moved that a letter of condolence be sent to the widow and family of the late Alderman Medway which was seconded by Alderman Cox. The mover and seconder referred in eloquent terms to the practical knowledge manifested by Alderman Medway, which was always available by the Council and which could be ill spared. Other Aldermen spoke in like terms and the resolution was carried.

Correspondence

From Mr Jesse Tout stating that he had fallen over a water tap in Erskineville Road and injured his nose and claiming compensation. Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with and report thereon.

From the Engineer in Chief for Water and Sewerage stating that a voucher had been sent to the Treasury for the repayment of the £5 paid to T. Martin for injury received through getting his horse and cart into a trench for laying a water main in Munni Street. Received.

From the Superintendent of Tramways in reply to a letter from this Council stating that the alterations of the times for running the tram from the Bridge to St Peter’s on Sundays, so as to accommodate the church going public viz from St Peter’s to the Bridge at 10.45 a.m.and from the Bridge to St Peter’s at about 12.40 p.m. will be made in next issue of Time Tables. Received.

From the Water and Sewerage Board in reply to a letter from this Council asking again for the usual certificate to contractor Marshall as to the condition in which he has left certain streets within your Municipality, or state what further work is required to be done. Received and a reply be sent stating as in a former letter on the same subject that the Council most respectfully declines to give any certificates in connection with pipe laying through the streets of this Borough.

From the Registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners acknowledging receipt of a petition for a cab stand at Enmore and stating in reply that the prayer of the petition had been acceded to. Received.

From the Secretary to the General Post Office stating in reply to a request from this Council, that it had been decided to place a letter box at the corner of Wellington and Lennox Streets. Received.

From Mr John Shunn contractor for laying sewerage pipes in certain streets in this Borough asking for a certificate that the services of the said streets had been restored. Received and the writer to be informed that this Council ddeclines to give certificates to contractors in any case of laying water or sewerage pipes.

From the Colonial Secretary’s Office covering copies of a petition for a special audit of the Council books also two letters from Mr Malcolm Richmond asking the Colonial Secretary to grant the prayer of the petitioner. Received and on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Dolman the consideration of the enclosures was referred to a committee of the whole Council at a later period of the meeting with a view to reply being sent as requested by the Colonial Secretary as to the view of the Council on the subject.

Reports

The Specification committee brought up a report recommending the adoption of the specification for painting and remodelling the Town Hall. Alderman Smith moved that the report be received and adopted and that tenders be invited for the work for next meeting of Council.” Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

The overseer reported

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

The Inspector of Nuisances reported

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

The Council Clerk

laid upon the table a statement of the various amounts received by the surveyor for such works over and above his salary for the last 3 years also a list of the streets that had not yet been aligned and proclaimed. Received and it was ordered that application be made to the Survey department to have the streets aligned in the usual way.

Motions pursuant to notice

Alderman White moved
1st ” That the footpath on the northside of Alice Street from King Street to Edgeware Road be tar paved 2nd class 1155 yards at a cost not exceeding £91.89.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

Moved by Alderman Cox
2nd “That the south side of Harold Street from Islington Street to Union Street be tar paved 2nd class 126 yards at a cost of £10.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

3. “That the lower extension of Lord Street be repaired with blue stone shale at a cost not exceeding £20.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and referred to the Works committee for report.

4. “That reference be made to the Works committee to inspect and report upon the best means and cost of putting Alice Street into good repair.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Morgan

That a sum of £50 be now voted to repair Maria Street with blue metal as recommended by the Works committee’s report of the 15th September last.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried

Questions

In reply to Alderman Bellemey, the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the Roads department calling attention to the state of the wood blocks in King Street north easterly of the Bridge. In reply to Alderman Morgan the Mayor said no communication had been received from Marrickville re the metalling of a portion of Edgeware Road.

On a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Dolman, the Council resolved into a committee of the whole to consider the letter and enclosures received from the Colonial Secretary’s office re proposed special audit.

In committee the documents referred to were duly considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor reported that your committee having considered the about subject recommend 1st “That a letter a draft of which has now been agreed to in committee be sent to the Colonial Secretary as a reply from the Council also intimating that the subject of the petition had been referred to the finance committee for an exhaustive report a copy of which when adopted by the Council will be sent to the Colonial Secretary. 2nd That the subject be referred to the finance committee for report which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Smith.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 15th day of November 1892

(Signed) W. Rigg

Mayor


Tuesday 15th November 1892

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

Present

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

The Minutes

of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.

Correspondence

From Mr G. Davis asking the Council to tar pave the footpath in Bligh Street corner of Missenden Road and offering to contribute ( £2) two pounds towards the expense. Received and the request be complied with.

From Messrs Beehag and Simpson solicitors for a Mr Hatfield claiming compensation for an injury said to have been received by his wife when driving from Cooks River Road into Goodsell Street on the 6th June last. Received and the writer be informed that the Council is very much surprised at receiving such notice so long after the affair was said to have happened and that it was not aware that the road was in a dangerous condition and declined to be held responsible for anything that was said to have happened so long ago.

From the Superintendant of Telegraphs stating that it had been decided to erect an additional telephone line between Newtown exchange and Sydney. Received.

From Marrickville Council a circular referring to the present system of audit and asking the Council to co-operate in getting a better system incorporated in the proposed new local government Bill. Received.

From Macdonaldtown Council asking the Council to construct a gully shaft in Union Street on each side of Munni Street to connect same to the storm water sewer in Munni Street. Received and left with the Mayor to see what was necessary to be done.

From the same asking the Council to consent to the metalling in Union Street being stopped for a time as until the storm water sewer is completed the work would have to be torn up again. Received and the request complied with.

Reports

The Finance committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1040.11.5 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £88.14.3 which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Dolman.

The Works committee

reported recommending
1st That the Engineer in Chief for Water and Sewerage, who has just laid a 48 inch main in Alice Street. be requested to join this Council in putting that street in thorough repair. 2nd “That Lord Street be repaired with blue stone shale at a cost not exceeding £20.” 3rd “That the work of laying tarred metal crossings in Enmore Road be allowed to remain over for a time.” 4th “That the kerbing and guttering proposed to be laid in Dickson Street in front of Mr Tasker’s house and in the lane at the rear of the same property be also allowed to stand over for a time. 5th “That the tar paving in the following streets be passed and final payment made viz: – King Street in Kingston Ward, Wilson Street, Erskineville Road, Baltic Street, Alice Street Camden Ward, Edgeware Road, Lord Street, Goodsell Street, Wells Street and King Street in Camden Road.” 6th “That the kerbing and guttering in Francis Street be passed and final payment made.” Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Whately.

The Finance Committee No. 2 report

referred to a letter and a copy of a petition received from the Colonial Secretary’s office asking the Council for its opinion on the necessity which existed for a special audit for the last six years. The report contained eight clauses, the 1st and 2nd dealt with the petition which it declared set forward no reason why the audit should be granted. The remainder dealt with two letters from Mr Malcolm Richmond which were much to the same purpose and concluded by asking the Council to respectfully protest against the prayer of the petitioner. On a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Goldman the report was adopted.

The Borough Treasurer.

reported having received and deposited in the bank £1292.15.2 since last report that during the same period £1040.11.5 had been paid away and the balance due to the Bank at date is £3904.5.10. Received.

The Overseer reported

The amount of work done and the works in progress during the last two weeks. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice

Alderman Salmon moved
1st. “That the question of continuing the office of the Licensed Surveyor by the Council be referred to the Finance Committee for report with the object of either discontinuing the office at the end of the present Municipal year or the preparing of a new specification for the performance of the necessary duties with a reduced salary.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

2nd “That a letter be written to the Water and Sewerage Board asking permission to use the water from the hydrants to cleanse the wood blocks when desirable.” Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

3rd “That application be made to the Surveyor General to have the following streets duly aligned and Macadamed as required by law viz: — Dickson, Holmwood, St John, Clara, Prince, Stanley, Georgina, Holdsworth, Randle, Pine, Yaralla, Leamington Avenue and Stanley Lane.

Alderman Swinbourne moved
4. “That a sum of £68.5.0 be now voted to lay 228 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering on the south side of Church Street from the western corner of entrance to St Stephen’s Church to the Borough boundary. Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

Alderman Smith moved
5. “That the footpath north side Bedford Street from Chards Lane to the corner of Oxford Street be tar paved 2nd class 61yards ar a cost of £4.17.0.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

6. “That the footpath on the east side of Baltic Street from Campbell Lane to the corner of Albermarle Street be tar paved 2nd class 44 yards at a cost of £3.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved
7. “That a sum of £49 be now voted to lay 620 yards 2nd class tar paving on the south side of Alice Street from Hawken Street to Edgeware Road excepting the portion already tar paved.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

The Mayor moved
8. “That the Council do now proceed to fill the vacancies in the standing committees caused by the decease of the late Alderman Medway was withdrawn by consent.

Alderman Salmon moved
9. “That seeing there will be a large number of street opening fees to be collected in connection with the sewerage system this Council hereby authorised the Water and Sewerage Board to receive fees on its behalf from persons about to connect.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan. A point of order was raised as to whether the Council had the power to authorise the W. and S. Board to receive money on its behalf and it was decided to send a copy of the motion to the Municipal Association for Counsel’s opinion thereon. The motion and the one following it was therefor ordered to stand over until the opinion had been received.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Morgan the Mayor said he would shortly call the Special Committee together to consider about a public card for Newtown.

Alderman Swinbourne called attention to the long delay in fixing the kerbing in front of the new Railway Station. In reply to Alderman Smith, the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the Camperdown Council and ask them to get the footpath adjacent to the Victoria Park apart in the vicinity of Bligh Street tar paved.

Alderman Whately referred to the proposed overhead crossing over the railway line at Station and suggested that some further step should be taken in the matter.

Orders of the day

The Council resolved into a committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for painting the Town Hall. In committee the tenders were opened and on the Council resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending the acceptance of the tender of T. Grimsley ( £54) fifty four pounds and moved its adoption which was seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed its this 29th day of November 1892.

(signed) W. Rigg

Mayor


Tuesday 29th November 1892

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

Present

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

The Mayor laid upon the table the “Declaration of Office” of Alderman McCann, who had been elected an Alderman for Camden Ward in the room of the late Aldermen Medway and introduced the newly elected Alderman who took his seat at the table.

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

Correspondence

From the Colonial Secretary stating that Mr Malcolm Richmond had been informed that the request for the appointment of Special Auditors cannot be granted unless a specific charge be formulated. Received.

From the Railway Commissioners in reply to a request from this Council for the opening of a road from Brown Street (late Robey Street) to Watkin Street (late Hill Street), that the Commissioners regretted that the request cannot be granted. Received and it was ordered that the Commissioners be again written to and asked to reconsider the matter and that they be reminded of the expense Council had been put to make the approach to the old Station which was now without value unless the proposed road was continued to the next Station.

From the Post Master General declining the Council’s request to place a postal pillar or receiver in Brown Street. Received.

From Petersham Council asking this Council to appoint representatives to meet and confer with representatives of Petersham and Marrickville upon the subject of the better disposal of house garbage. Received and the Mayor with Aldermen Salmon, Smith and McCann were appointed in compliance with the request.

From W.S. Eggleton claiming £39 for rent of land in College Street, which he states the Council used for depositing stone. Received and left to Finance committee for report.

At this stage of the proceedings, the Mayor stated that he had an important engagement to attend and desired the Council to excuse his absence and appoint a Chairman to finish the business.

On a motion by Alderman Swinbourne seconded by Alderman Morgan Alderman Smith was appointed Chairman.

Alderman Smith presented a letter and plan from Mr E. Mayes containing a proposal to extend Liberty Street from Bedford Street to Kingston Road in Camperdown. Received and referred to a special committee consisting of Aldermen Smith, Dolman and White for report.

From the Revd. R. Taylor re the widening of Trade Street. Received and referred to the Finance committee for report.

Reports

The overseer reported the progress of the various works under his charge during the last two weeks. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks, also that the contractors for the scavenging were doing their work very well. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice

Alderman White moved
1. “That the lane at the rear of Augustus and London Streets be formed and ballasted at a cost not exceeding £60.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

2. “That a public lamp be erected in Station Street about opposite Farnham Terrace at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman. Referred to the Lighting committee for report.

3. “That a public lamp be erected in the lane off Camden Street at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and referred to the Lighting committee for report.

Alderman Morgan moved
4. “That a public lamp be erected in the lane (about the centre) between Gowrie and Union Streets at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and referred to the Lighting committee for report.

5. “That a sum of £30 be now voted for the construction of two gulley shafts in Union Street – one on each side of Munni Street to connect with the storm water sewer recently built by the government.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

6. “That Maria Street on the east side from John Street to Edgeware Road be tar paved 2nd class material for 96 yards at a cost of £40.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and referred to the Works committee for report.

7 “That Erskineville Road on the south side from Angel Street to Union Street be tar paved 2nd class material 274 yards at a cost of £22.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

8. “That Union Street on the west side from Newman Street to Erskineville Road be tar paved 2nd class material 72 yards at a cost of £6.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

9. “That it be referred to the Works committee to report on the state of Angel Street and the best means and cost of putting the same in a passable conditions: also ascertaining the damage done to the said Street by the Harbours and Rivers Department in laying a large water main therein.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

Alderman Cox moved
10 “That May lane north side be kerbed and guttered 4th class from lane at the back of King Street 121 yards at a cost not exceeding £35.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Smith moved
11 “That all the footpaths in the Kingston Ward be tar painted and sanded where necessary for preservation at a cost not exceeding £20. Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

Alderman Swinbourne moved
12 “That reference been made to the Works committee to report upon the best means of providing an awning or a shelter of some kind adjacent to the cab stand in Bedford Street for the comfort and convenience of the cabmen.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan pro forma and lost.

The Mayor being absent Alderman Smith under authority moved 13 “That the Council do now proceed to fill vacancies in the undermentioned Standing committees caused by the decease of the late Alderman Medway.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

A series of resolutions were the[n] passed appointing the newly elected Alderman McCann to the Works, Lighting, Nuisances prevention act and Water committees.

Questions

Alderman Bellemey asked the Chairman to supply each Alderman with a copy of the new local government Bill now before the Parliament and stated that he would give notice that the Bill be considered in committee of the whole Council at next Council meeting.

In reply to Alderman Morgan it was promised that a statement of the cost of sweeping the wood blocks by day labour should be presented at the next meeting.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this thirteenth day of December 1892.

(Signed) W.Rigg

Chairman


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