Tuesday 5th January 1897

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 (Alderman J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Cox, Jolly, Morgan, Ibbotson, Elstub, McCann, Ekin and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Railway Commissioners in reply to a letter from this Council stating that they cannot see their way to incur the expense of acceding to the Council’s request to kerb and gutter the north side of Newman Lane which forms the boundary of their land.  Received.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last report amounting to £1104.19.2 and recommending payments of accounts amounting to £89.5.7.  The Mayor moved “that the report be now adopted.” Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Works Committee reported
recommending 1st That the Tarpaving crossing in Liberty Streets laid by Petersham Council at the joint expense of the two Councils be not passed in its present state. 2nd the kerbing and guttering proposed to be laid in a lane at the rear of Enmore Road between Simmons Street and Metropolitan Road be carried out in course. 3rd That the kerbing and guttering in Reiby Street West side be passed and final payment made. 4th the kerbing and guttering proposed to be laid in Lane rear of King Street from Forbes Street to Queen Street at an estimated cost of £33. be carried out in due course.  The Mayor moved that the report now read be adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Specification Committee
reported having considered and prepared a specification of duties of valuers for making the annual valuation of all rateable property in this Borough for the ensuing Municipal Year and presented same for adoption. The Mayor moved “that the report and specification now presented the adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Borough Treasurer
reported that during the last four weeks £393.2.11 had been received and deposited in the Bank: that during the same period £1104.19.2 had been paid away which left a debit balance at the Bank of £624.14.8.  Received.
Overseer
reported the progress that had been made and the works completed 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 with doing their work satisfactorily. Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Salmon moved
1 “That Campbell Street be metalled with blue metal at an estimated cost of £90.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and referred to the Works committee for report.
2 “That the footpath west side of Holdsworth Street from Leamington Avenue to Railway Lane be tarpaved 2nd class, 121 yards at an estimated cost of £11.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Questions
in reply to Alderman Morgan the Mayor said he would give instruction to have the Tarpaving completed in front of Trescotts new building in Alice Street.  In reply to Alderman King that he would instruct the overseer to repair a few feet of kerbing in Missenden Road: and in reply to Alderman Salmon that he would have a few repairs affected to the metalling in Wilson Street at the foot of Queen Street.
The business being completed the Council rose.  Confirmed this 19th day of January 1897.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

Tuesday 19th January 1897

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 (Alderman J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Jolly, Morgan, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, McCann, Ekin and King.
Alderman Morgan apologised for the absence of Alderman Cox which was unavoidable and stated that he had received his written authority to move the motion standing his name on the business paper.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Federation League in Sydney asking the council to assist in forwarding the movement by public meeting.  Received.
From the Gas company intimating that the lamp in King Street opposite Church Street would be put in a bracket instead of on the pillar as requested.  Received.
From the Metropolitan Transit Commissioner covering a revised table of fares from Newtown and other Railway Stations and asking for an expression of opinion thereon. Received.
From the Secretary to the Municipal Association covering a legal opinion procured from Mr Sly Barrister at Law upon the application of the land and income-tax as affecting Municipal Council’s.
Reports
The overseer
report of the progress that had been made the works under his supervision 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 under his supervision with doing their work satisfactorily.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved
1 “That the footpath on the northside of Leamington Avenue be tarpaved second class where built upon and 4 feet wide in front of vacant land; 160 yards at an estimated cost of £13.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Alderman Cox moved
2 “That Munni Street from Gowrie Street to Angel Street be reformed ballasted and metal at an estimated cost of £60.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to Works Committee for report.
Orders of the Day
To open and consider tenders for making the annual valuation.
It was resolved that the council form a committee of the whole with closed doors to open and consider tenders for making the annual valuation for the ensuing Municipal year.
In committee the tenders were opened and on the council resuming the Mayor presented the following reports viz:-
Your committee having opened and considered tenders for making the Annual Valuation for the ensuing Municipal year recommend the acceptance of the tender of Messrs Roberts Hannon and Frederik Hoffman at £50 (fifty pounds) and moved “that it be hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 22nd day of January 1897.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

Friday 22nd  January 1897

Revision Court
An open court for the purpose of revising the Municipal list of persons supposed to be entitled to vote during the ensuing Municipal year was held at the Town Hall on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock.

Present
The Mayor (Alderman J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, McCann and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
The Mayor stated that he had called a special meeting of the Council as an open court for the purpose of revising the municipal lists of the several wards in the Borough of person supposed to be entitled to be enrolled upon the Municipal Roles for the ensuing municipal year.  Also that there were several applications for endorsement for the Council’s consideration each application would dealt with separately and would be either accepted or refused by a majority of votes.
The lists were laid upon the table and with as follows
Enmore Ward
The applications of Arthur Henry Hosking and Noah Thomas were accepted.  The application of George Cole and Baldwin and Alfred Henry Newman were refused and the list as amended was adopted.
Kingston Ward
The application of Edward Henry Power was refused and the original list was adopted.
O’Connell Ward
There being no application or objections the List as produced was adopted.
Camden Ward 
The following applications were accepted viz:-
John William Barlow, Thomas Brownley, Joseph Arthur Chuck, Alfred England, S. N. Heath, James Horton, Mary Johnson, Donald McKinnon, Elizabeth Amelia Mascrop, John Mullins, Sarah Ann Nettleship, Edward Francis Rossiter and James Rowsea.
The following were refused viz:-
John Roger Hesiling Buckley, John Carey, T. Collins, John Duff, Francis Faries, William Henry Holden, James Hoad, R. S. Medburry, Arthur Turner, Thomas Turner, George Warren, JF Whitehead, Frederik Jones. Application was withdrawn by consent of the council.  The list was then adopted as amended.
The Mayor signed the list and initialled the alterations and the meeting closed.  Confirmed this 2nd day of February 1897.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

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