Council Chambers 7th January 1896

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at half-past seven o’clock.
Present
The Mayor and Aldermen Parker Smith Ibbotsin Rigg McCann and Salmon.
Alderman Salmon apologised for the absence of Alderman Howe, who was suffering from injury by accident.
Minutes
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Borough of Petersham asking if this Council would be willing to assist in placing before the Premier the necessity and wisdom of a portion of land on the Johnson Estate South Annandale being resumed for the purpose of a public park and recreation ground etc. Received and cooperation be granted.
From the manager of the Incandescent Light Co Ltd asking the Council to adopt their system of lighting etc. Received and referred to the lighting committee.
From Mr N. F. Lawry complaining of the state of the foot path in front of his property in College Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
Telegram from Alderman Ekin from Longs Bay Adelaide applying for extension of leave to 14th instant will be in Sydney on Friday next. Received and the Council resolved that no further leave be granted to Alderman Ekin.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid under votes of appropriation since last report £1165.11.8 and recommending the payment of £662.5.5.
Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith.
Borough Treasurer
reported that £514.10.6 had been deposited in the bank since last report and that cheques had been issued amounting to £1165.11.8 and the balance due to the bank at date was £5625.16. The report was adopted on a motion moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Parker.
Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the Works under his supervision during the last four weeks. Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last four weeks and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner. Received
Motions Pursuant to Notice
Alderman Salmon moved
1 “That reference be made to the Works Committee to consider and report upon the advisability of substituting blue stone kerb for the present sand stone kerb in King Street in the following places viz: – from Town Hall Hotel to Wilson Street where necessary, from Erskinville Road to Wesleyan School: from number 248 to Whatlely Street: the corners and returns at Horden Street east side. Egan Street both sides: O’Connell Street east side: and Stephen Street, east side/at an estimated cost of £70. Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
2 “That first class tarpaving be substituted for the brick pavement in King Street in front of Dolman and McAuley’s properties at an estimated cost of £10. Seconded by Alderman King and referred to the Works committee for report
3 “That a coat of topping tarpaving be laid in the flagging in King Street in front of Numbers 163 to 169 and 193 at an estimated cost of the £6.5.3. Seconded by Alderman King and carried. Moved by Alderman Parker
4 “That Baltic Street from Trade Street to lane be reformed with metal as recommended by the Works committee at an estimated cost of £30.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Questions
Alderman Salmon moved that a deputation be formed to wait upon the Postmaster General to urge upon him the necessity of making better arrangements at the Telephone Exchange to facilitate the business etc.” Seconded by Alderman Cox carried
Confirmed 7 January 1896 (Signed) Harold T. Morgan. Mayor

Tuesday 7 January 1896

A special meeting of the Council was held on the evening of the above day at half past eight o’clock
Present
The Mayor (Mr Harold T. Morgan) and Aldermen Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotsin, Elstub, Rigg, McCann and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
The Mayor stated that he had called this special meeting to consider 1st a bond which had been submitted by the Public Works Department requiring the Council to take over the wood blocked Enmore Road and asking the Council to execute the same. 2nd to consider the subject of a specification for making a valuation of all rateable property in the borough for the ensuing municipal year.
Moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Rigg that the Council resolved into a committee of the whole with closed doors to consider the above subject. Carried
In committee the bond was read and considered. It was found that the provisions included the whole area of Enmore Road and its purpose was to charge the Council with the care management and maintenance of the whole area. As the centre portion 18 feet wide is in the occupation of the Tramway authorities who wood blocked it and have charge of its maintenance it was resolved to amended the bond so as to more clearly define the portion that the Council would be fairly chargeable with.
In the matter of the valuation a draft specification of the duties of the valuers etc was read and adopted by the Committee. On the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following report viz:
Your committee having passed and considered the proposed bond submitted as above find that it now proposes in the maintenance clauses to include the entire area of Enmore Road. As 18 feet wide of the centre portion has been wood blocked by and is in the occupation of the Railway Commissioners for Tramways your committee recommended that such alterations be made in the bond as shall clearly define the Council’s portion of the roadway as distinct from the portion occupied by the Tramway and the proposed alterations be submitted to the Secretary for Public Works for his approval and on such approval being intimated to the Council the bond be signed as required.
Your committee also recommended that the specification of the duties of the valuers in making the valuation of rateable property for the ensuing municipal year be adopted and tenders be invited by advertisement for the performance of the work in accordance therewith.
That Mayor moved “That the report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose
Confirmed this 21st day of January 1896
(signed) Harold T. Morgan.
Mayor

Tuesday 14th January 1896

The Mayor called a special meeting for half past seven o’clock on the evening of the above day.
There were present the Mayor (Mr Harold T. Morgan) and Alderman Ekin and McCann. There not being a quorum present the meeting lapsed
(signed), Harold T. Morgan
Mayor

Tuesday 21st January 1896

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at half-past seven o’clock
Present
The Mayor (Mr H. T. Morgan) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotsin, Elstub, Rigg, McCann, Ekin and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed & signed.
Correspondence
From Messrs Philips Rhodes and Co in reply to a letter from this Council complaining of the way in which they had left sundry streets and footpaths, which they have opened for the purpose of connecting ventilating shafts to the sewers laid by the Water and Sewerage Board and justifying their conduct in carrying out their contract. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
Reports
The Overseer
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks. Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks and that the contractors had been doing their work in a satisfactory manner with the exception of the contractor for scavenging Camden Ward who was reported to me as having used disrespectful language to a ratepayer’s wife . On inquiry I found that some unpleasantness had passed between the parties and that the words complained of were used. I advised the contractor to apologise. Also that he had inspected the markets in reference to closet and urinal accommodation stating the present accommodation was inadequate for the number of people who attend on Saturday nights but that better provisions were about to be made. Received
Orders of the Day
To open and consider tenders for the annual valuation of all rateable property within this Borough for the ensuing municipal year.
Moved by Alderman Smith that the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole for the purpose of opening and considering tenders for making the valuation of all rateable property within this borough for the ensuring municipal year with closed doors. Seconded by Alderman Howe
Report of committee of the whole upon the tenders for valuation as above.
Your committee having opened and considered tenders for the annual valuation recommend that the tender of Messrs Mulholland and Sand be accepted at £43.
On the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the above report and moved that it be now adopted. Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
(signed) Harold T. Morgan
Mayor

Tuesday 21st January 1896

A Special Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at half-past eight o’clock
Present
The Mayor (Mr Harold T. Morgan) and Alderman Howe, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotsin, Elstub, Rigg, McCann, Ekin, and King
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed & signed
The Mayor stated that he had called this special meeting for the purpose of executing the bond submitted by the government in connection with the wood blocking of Enmore Road, etc and as recommended by the committee of whole Council and adopted by the Council at a special meeting held on the 7th instant.
The text of the Bond was read by the clerk and found to have been amended in accordance with the Council’s recommendation whereupon the Mayor moved:
“that the government having made the require alterations in a Bond to be executed by the Council for the taking over of certain portions of Enmore Road as recommended by the committee of the whole Council and adopted by the Council at a meeting duly held seventh day of January 1896 the Council do now execute the said bond as recommended by the said committee and as required by the Government.”
Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose
Confirmed this 4th day of February 1896
signed) Harold T. Morgan
Mayor

Council Chambers 4th February 1896

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock
Present
The Mayor (Mr Harold T. Morgan) and Alderman Howe, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotsin, Elstub, McCann, Ekin, and King
Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Alderman Rigg, who was unavoidably detained from the meeting.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and assigned
Correspondence
From Marrickville Council stating that the drains referred to in a former communication were situated in Edgeware Road opposite to Alice Street and at the corner of May Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
From the Railway Commissioners stating in reply to a letter from this Council complaining of the dust being thrown out of the tram lines onto the surface of the roadway in the daytime that arrangements have been made as will it is anticipated prevent further complaints. Received
From Mr N Hunt complaining of an alleged nuisance arising from a sewerage shaft at the corner of Norfolk Street and Angel Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report
From Mr G. E.Vaile stating that a mistake had been made with the assessment of his property in Regent Street and asking the Council to rectify it. Received and the writer to be informed that if there was any grievance between him and the Council’s assessment it should have been rectified at the appeal court and that now the Council is powerless to alter it.
From the Paymaster Department of Public Works intimating that a sum of £5,000 being the departments promised contribution towards the wood blocking of Enmore Road had been placed at the Council’s credit in the bank of Australasia – Newtown branch. Received. It was stated by the Mayor that in reference to this matter there was accrued interest due for which application would be made.
From Mr Thomas Tyler stating that the Inspector of Nuisances had served him with a notice to pay for emptying a cesspit on the premises occupied by him: that he was unable to pay through want of employment: that his landlord refused to pay it on the grounds that he did not pay his rent, and asking the Council to let him off and not to enforce payment. Received and left with the Mayor to be dealt with.
Reports
Finance Committee
Reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last report amounting to £462.11.2 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £32.10.9. On a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Parker the report was adopted.
Works Committee
reported recommending:
1. That the proposed kerbing and guttering of the lane at the back of the north side of Holmwood Street 175 yards estimated cost £52.10.0 stand over for a time.
2. That the proposed kerbing and guttering on the south side of Lord Street from John Street to Edgeware Road 297 yards, estimated cost £89 stand over for a time.
3. That the proposed kerbing and guttering of the west side of Pearl Lane 180 yards estimated cost of £54 stand over for a time.
4. That the footpath in College Street from Holt Street to Margaret Street be tarpaved second class.
5. That the proposed substitution of blue stone kerbing from the old sandstone kerbing in sundry places in King Street stand over until such time as the work of renewing the wood blocking in King Street being proceeded with.
6. That the matter of the restoration of street surfaces referred to in Messrs Phillips & Rhodes letter be postponed to next meeting of the committee.
7. That the tarpaving be passed and final payment made to the lanes in O’Connell Ward, Lennox, Mary, Eliza, Bedford, Denison, Bishopsgate, Wellington, Trade, Albermarle, Australia Streets. Also repairs etc in Wellington, Bishopsgate, and King streets and in Missenden and Edgeware Roads.
8. That the kerbing and guttering in lane of Reiby Street and in lane of King Street be passed and final payment made.
Adopted on a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith.
Select committee appointed to consider the subject of the destruction of house garbage etc reported having considered the subject recommending that in the near future some steps be taken be taken to deal with this important matter. But as the city council was now making an exhaustive enquiry into the same subject it would be as well to allow it to stand over until the city Council’s report had been received and the committee asked leave to sit again. The Mayor as chairman of the committee moved “that the report be now adopted” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Borough Treasurer
reported having received and deposited in the bank £5625.19.6 being £5,000 contributed by the Department of Public Works towards the cost of wood blocking Enmore Road, and £625.19.6 general revenue: that £462.11.2 had been paid since last report and the balance due to the bank at date £462.8.4. Received.
Overseer of Works
reported progress that had been made with the Works under his supervision during the last two weeks. Received.
Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner. Received.
Motions Pursuant to Notice
Alderman Cox moved
1. “That the name of Knight Street be and the same is hereby changed to Harvey Street.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and referred to the Works committee for report.
2. “That 45 yards 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid in a lane off May Street from Burluy’s shop to May Lane at an estimated cost of £13.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and referred to the Works committee for report.
Miscellaneous Business
In reply to Alderman Salmon the Mayor said he would have the kerbing in King Street from Bligh Street to Nelson reset where necessary.
In reply to Alderman Parker the Mayor said he would bring under the notice of the Tramway Authorities the high rate of speed at which the through trams passed through the busy part of King Street. Also asking them to make the Railway bridge Newtown a stopping place for the through trams.
Alderman Smith moved and Alderman Ibbotsin seconded that the thanks of the Council be tendered to the retiring Aldermen. Carried unanimously.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 13 day of February 1896
(signed) Harold T. Morgan
Mayor

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