Tuesday 8th January 1894

 

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 Clark, Cox, Parker, Smith, Dolman, Morgan, McCann, White and Whately.

The Mayor desired to apologise for Alderman Salmon, who was unavoidably absent.

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

Correspondence

From Alderman Clark calling attention to the bad state of the wooden blocks in King Street, between Bligh Street and the Railway Bridge.
The Mayor stated that immediately on receipt of this the Commissioner for Roads had been again written to on the subject.
A letter was also had acknowledging the receipt of the Council’s letter.

From Mr Richard Didly complaining of the state of the thoroughfare approaching his premises at the continuation of Burren Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

From the Council Clerk Paddington asking cooperation in a deputation to wait upon the Water & Sewerage Board to lay before them sundry matters in connection with the assessments so as arrange for them to commence the beginning of the year at the same time as the suburban Councils. Received and Council to cooperate also to lay the case before the Municipal Association for Counsels opinion.

From St Peter’s Council asking if the Council had decided to place a lamp in May Street. Received and to be informed that the matter will receive attention shortly.

Reports

Borough Treasurer
Reported having deposited in bank during the last four weeks £298. 17. 4. that cheques had been issued amounting to £1238.6.10 and the balance due to the bank at date £4362.16.1. Received.

Overseer
Reported the progress that had been made with the works during the last four weeks. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
Reported that the contractors under his charge had been doing their work in a satisfactory manner and that a number of cases had been dealt with at court. Received.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Parker moved
1 That the Council convene a conference of all the Councils in the Metropolitan area to consider the advisability of asking the government to appoint Auditors to audit all Municipal accounts in lieu of the present system of election by ballots. Seconded by Alderman Morgan pro forma. The Mayor ruled that it being contrary to the provisions of Municipalities Act of 1867 it was not in order.

Alderman Cox moved
2 That the following resolution of Council passed at a meeting duly held on the 18th January 1887. Viz . “That since the continuation of Islington Street to Gowrie Street , making the two streets into one the name of Gowrie Street be changed to Islington Street thus making Islington Street from Iredale Street to [Erskineville] Erskinville Road be and the same is hereby rescinded.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

Continued 9th of January 1894

Alderman Morgan moved
3 “That the tar paving in George Street and adjoining the public school fence be repaired at an estimated cost of £11.15.0.”
Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

4 “That the Tarpaving in Newman Street , adjoining the public school fence be repaired at an estimated cost of £3.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

5 “That the Tarpaving in the Whitehorse Street be repaired at an estimated cost of £2.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

6 “That 45 yards 4th class kerbing and guttering be laid at the rear of houses in Newman Street , between Union and Gowrie Streets at an estimated cost of £12.10.0 and the said same be formed at an estimated cost of £7.10.0 total £20.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

Alderman Smith to move
7 “That it be referred to the Specifications committee to prepare a specification of duties of the Valuers in making the Annual Valuation of all rateable properties in this Borough for the ensuing Municipal Year: And that tenders be invited from competent persons to make the said valuation to be opened and considered at next meeting of Council.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Questions

Alderman Parker to ask the Mayor
“The amount of outstanding rates due to this Council in each of the wards in December 30th 1893.” The Mayor stated he had the information asked for prepared and laid it on the table. The Mayor also replied to sundry questions as follows: To Alderman Smith that he would have some repairs effected to the footpath in King Street.

To Alderman Morgan that he would have enquiry made as to the anomaly said to exist in the matter of the registration of births and deaths in portions of Camden and Enmore Wards. Also that the necessary repairs to Alice Street would be taken in due course. And that the members for the district should be asked to move the adjournment of the house for calling attention to the boiling down nuisance. The Mayor also referred to the proposed wood-blocking of Enmore Road and said that having fully gone into the subject it was his opinion that it would be advantageous to the Borough to carry out its own portion of the work-He proposed to get copies ofplans, levels, and specification which the Council would be asked to consider at some future period.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 23rd day of January 1894.
Signed W. Rigg
Mayor.


 

Tuesday 23rd January 1894

 

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 Clark, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Dolman, Morgan, McCann, White and Whately.

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

Correspondence

From the Fire Brigades Board stating that a fire alarm had been erected at the corner of Margaret and Ferndale Streets. Received.

From Mr Greenwood asking the council to lay Blue Stone curbing in front of his new shops at the corner of King and O’Connell Street’s. Received and the requests complied with.

From the Secretary to the Municipal Association acknowledging the receipt of a letter from this Council respecting the issuing of rate papers by the Water and Sewerage Board on the 1st of January based on the previous year’s assessment which had been referred to Counsel for opinion. Received.

From the Five Dock Council asking cooperation in waiting upon the Water and Sewerage Board to ask the Board to pay half the expense of annual valuations made by suburban Councils. Received.

From the Ashfield Council inviting representatives of this Council to be present at a meeting to discuss the subject of the Railway fares between Macdonaldtown and Parramatta. Received and agreed to.

From the Registrar of the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners covering an application from Cabmen plying at Enmore to have their Stand removed to the corner Metropolitan and Enmore Roads. Received and the request acceded to on condition that no annoyance was caused to the residents there.

Alderman Smith moved “That the Council do now adjourn for the purpose of holding an open court for the purpose of revising the Municipal lists for the ensuing Municipal Year and that the business be resumed at the close of the revision court.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

The Mayor declared the Revision Court open pursuant to notices already given in accordance with provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

The Council Clerk laid upon the table the lists of claims for overtime in the lists which had been sent in for the Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards which were severally put to the Council and adopted.

The names of those who had claimed were inserted in their respective lists which were also adopted and said were initialled and certified to and signed by the Mayor in open court in accordance with requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

The council resumed ordinary business.

Reports

Finance Committee
Reported having paid accounts and the votes of appropriation since last referred amounting to £ 1441.15. 3 and recommending payments of accounts amounting to £ 697.4. 6. Adopted in a motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

Works Committee
Reported in reference to Alderman Park’s motion recommending that no further expenditure be made at present upon Australia and Denison Streets and that as Bedford Street is now in the hands of W. & S. Board’s contractors they deferred its consideration: Also recommending that the following works be passed and final payment made for Tarpaving patch in and painting in Alice Street (both sides) Simmons, Laura, Wells, Gowrie, Munni, Regent, Trade, Albert, Oxford, Wellington, Bishopsgate, Australia, Albermarle Streets. Adopted in a motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Salmon.

Specification Committee
Reported recommending the adoption of a specification for the duties of valuers. The specification was read up to the Council and adopted in a motion by Alderman Smith. Seconded by Alderman Salmon.

Overseer
Reported the progress that had been made with the works under his charge during the last two weeks. Received.

Inspector of Nuisances
Reported that the contractors under his charge were all doing their work in a satisfactory manner. Received.

Motions pursuant to Notice

Alderman Morgan moved
1. “That the Gateway approaches in King Street Camden Ward be made up with tarred metal as recommended by the Works committee at an estimated cost of £ 17.17. 6.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

2. “That 170 yards of 2nd class Tarpaving be laid on the footpath in eastside of Edgeware Road from Wells Street to Maria Street and that a return kerb and tarred metal gateway approach be made to Mr A H Welland’s property at an estimated cost of £18.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

3. “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the best means and cost of remedying the nuisance caused by the drain in Edgeware Road from the rear Street to Lord Street.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

Alderman Cox moved
4. “That 40 yards of 2nd class Tarpaving be laid on the footpath east side of Angel Street in front of the Hallam’s property at an estimated cost of £3.5.0.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

Alderman Parker moved
5. “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to report on the advisability of erecting a lamp at the corner Bishopsgate and Regent streets.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

6. “That the footpath on the east side of Albert Street from Bedford Street to Lane be laid with 2nd class Tarpaving 107 yards at an estimated cost of £ 8.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Aldermen Clark moved
7. “That the Finance Committee report on the advisability and cost of removing the fittings and books from their present position in the Council Chambers to the Reading room: Also of rebinding and renovating the said books with a view to re-opening and remodelling the Municipal Library as early as possible.”

Alderman McCann moved
8. “That the 2ft pipe drain in Harold Street be extended to Gowrie Street at an estimated cost of £71.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

The Mayor moved
9 That the council to now resolve into a committee of the whole to consider Tenders for making the annual valuations for the current Municipal year. Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

In committee the Tenders were opened and on the Council resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending the acceptance of the Tenders of Messrs Andrew I Liddel and Percy Mc Caulay at £ 25 each” and moved that the report be adopted. Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

Questions

Alderman Parker asked the Mayor “how many tenders were received by the council for printing, stationery and advertising and the amounts of the various Tenders to tendered and the amount of the successful tenders for the year ending February 1894.” The Mayor replied that it was not usual to make public the business of the Council matters transacted with closed doors but that the Alderman could [see] a list of them at any time.
In reply to the same Alderman the Mayor would arrange to have the tenders of the Sydney Morning Herald exposed on the Board outside Town Hall.

The business being concluded the council rose.
Confirmed this 30th day of January 1894.
Signed by W. Rigg
Mayor.


 

Tuesday 30th January 1894

 

A special 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 Clark, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Dolman, Morgan, McCann, White.

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

The Mayor stated that he had called this special meeting to consider matters in connection with the proposed wood-blocking of Enmore Road: that he had procured tracings of the plans prepared by the Railway Commissioners and which were submitted to and adopted by the Council at a meeting held on the 14th of November 1893. He also laid before the Council a specification which have been prepared by the City Surveyor and which with a few suggested alterations had been approved by the Engineer in Chief for Roads in the Department of Public Works. The specification and conditions of contract were then read up to the Council and after the following alterations and amendments were agreed to viz: clause 38 of conditions instead of “satisfactory security to the extent of £ 500.” “Give a cash deposit of £ 250” be inserted. In clause 34 of said conditions the blanks were filled out the first time by the words “Seventy Five” the fourth by “ninety” and the fifth and last by “Ten” were unanimously adopted.

A form of Tender was also read and adopted. The Mayor then read a minute that he had prepared on the subject which was received and it’s further consideration was postponed and made an order of the day for the next meeting of Council.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 6th day of February 1894.
Signed W. Rigg
Mayor.


 

 

Tuesday the 6th of February 1894

 

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. The Mayor laid on the table the declaration of Alderman Harold T Morgan who was this day duly re-elected an Alderman for Camden Ward.

Present
The Mayor Mr William Rigg and Aldermen Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Morgan, Mc Cann, White and Whately.

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

Correspondence

From Mr J. B. Larman asking the council to cause trees to be planted on each side of Holmwood Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

From Mr Cotton M.L.A. in reply to a letter in from the Council stating that he has arranged to move the adjournment of the house on the subject of the boiling down nuisance at Alexandria which is much felt by a large portion of the inhabitants of the Borough. Received

Reports

The Borough Treasurer
Reported that £ 514.11.10 had been received and deposited in the bank during the last four weeks and that £ 677.3.6 had been expended and the balance due to the Bank at date was £ 4525.7.9. Received.

The Overseer
Reported the progress of the works under his charge. Received.

Inspector of Nuisances
Reported that the contractors under his charge were doing their work satisfactorily. Received.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Aldermen Smith moved
“That the gutter stones on the south side of Bedford Lane be taken up and replaced with one course gutter 18 inches wide about 84 yards at an estimated cost of £13.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

Orders of the Day

Consideration of Mayor’s minutes upon proposed wood-blocking Enmore Road postponed from special meeting held on Tuesday evening 30th ultimo.

The Mayor read the minutes as follows:
I have to state for the information of the Council that since my last report the plans, specifications, and the levels in connection with this work have been fully prepared and submitted to and approved by the Minister for Works and are now presented to you for confirmation. The Council undertaking to construct the roadway outside the tramrail and the Railway Commissioners agreeing to follow on with their portion of the road as soon as possible.
The specification is based upon the latest known information for this description of work and for which I am indebted to Mr Richards the City Surveyor the best authority on the subject in the colonies who has in the most reserved manner placed the benefit of his long experience at my disposal for which I take the present opportunity of expressing my warmest thanks.

The Council is also under deep obligation to the Railway Commissioners for their kindness and allowing me to have copies of the plans as prepared by their officers and for the privilege of consulting with their Engineer (Mr Cowdrey) as occasions required.
“All that now remains to be done is to invite tenders and ascertain what the work can be done for and should the sum named be within the estimated amount and I opine that it will.”

I recommend that a tender be accepted and the work proceeded with without delay. Beyond the amount of tender the only additional outlay I know of would be for an overseer who I recommend should be employed during the progress of the work at a salary not exceeding four pounds per week.
“Towards providing the necessary funds I recommend that a loan of £6000) six thousand pounds be obtained by tender or otherwise to be repayable at the same time as the existing loan.”

Towards the total cost of the road a sum of £5000 will be contributed by the government provision for which I am informed will be made in the loan estimates”.

Much praise is due to Messrs Abbott and Molesworth two of our parliamentary representatives and to my colleague Alderman Dolman for their untiring exertions in assisting by every means in their power to bring this matter to a successful issue.

The Mayor moved that the minute be adopted and Tenders be invited and considered at the council meeting to be held on the 6th March next. Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 13th day of February 1894.
(signed) W. Rigg
Mayor


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