Tuesday 4th January 1898

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 (Alderman William Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, 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 asking them to build a retaining wall in a lane at the back of Newman Street to keep back the earth from their embankment stating that after consideration they had decided to construct a drain in the top of the embankment to prevent water from washing down to the Lane.  Received.
From Mr W.R. Balch of London England offering to take up free of any cost to this Council in the way of commission on other charges the £24,000 worth of Debentures which will mature on the 1st October next in London.  Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.
From Mr N. Taylor, Representative of Suburban Municipalities on the Fire Brigades Board intimating that there would be no increase in the Municipal contribution next year at the same time the effective maintenance of the department should be assured and that representations were being made to the Government to place the Board in a position to meet every demand which might be made which may be made on the Board.  Received and Mr Taylor to be thanked for his information.
From Mr Armstrong offering to collect outstanding rates.  Received.
From the Auditors acknowledging the receipt of a copy of Mr McLean’s report on Special Audit stating that they will be pleased to meet the Council and Committee to discuss the same at any time.  Received.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having under votes of appropriation since last report accounts amounting to £1112.17.4 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £39.6.3.  Adopted on a motion by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith.
Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision since last report.  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 satisfactorily also that in company with an Inspector under the Board of Health he had visited the dairying premises of Messrs Brown in St Peters and that they had ceased selling milk in Newtown.
Borough Treasurer
reported that £271.2.11 had been received and deposited in the bank that cheques had been issued amounting to £1112.17.4 and the balance due to the bank at date of £227.7.0.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Smith moved
1 “That it be referred to the specification committee to prepare a specification for making the Annual Valuation for the ensuing Municipal Year and in the meantime tenders be invited”.   Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Orders of the Day
Postponed consideration of letters from Municipal representatives on the Water and Sewerage Board and from Hurstville Council on the subject of the recommendations of the Royal Commission in reference to the Constitution of the Board.
Alderman Morgan moved
“That this Council does not agree with the recommendation of the Royal Commission in reference to the proposed reconstitution of the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage.”  Seconded by Alderman Ekin.  An amendment was moved by Alderman Salmon that the following words be added viz: – but is of opinion that the Board should consist of six members two being nominated by the Government: two elected by the City Council: and two to be elected by the Suburban Council’s interested.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe.  The amendment was lost.  The original motion was carried.
Questions
Alderman Morgan asked the Mayor what steps would be taken in regard to the Council clerk who replied that he thought a special meeting would be called.
Alderman Elstub called attention to the fact that bicycles were ridden on the footpaths and without lights.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 12th day of January 1898.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday 4th January 1898

A special meeting of the Council was held at the close of the foregoing meeting for the purpose of executing a bond to the Government in reference to the renewing of the wood blocking of King Street between Railway Bridge and Bligh Street.

The Bond was read to the Council Alderman Smith moved “that the Bond received from the Department of Public Works Sydney having reference to the proposed re-wood blocking that portion of King Street between the Newtown Bridge and Bligh Street is hereby approved of by this Council and that the said Bond be duly executed by this Council as requested by the said Department in a letter accompanying the said Bond dated 26th August 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
The Bond was signed by the Mayor and Aldermen King, McCann, Rigg, Elstub, Smith, Morgan, Salmon and Howe and sealed with the Corporate Seal and ordered to be returned to the Department.
12th January 1898.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Wednesday 12th January 1898

A Special 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 William Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, McCann and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.

The Mayor stated that this Special Meeting had been called for the purpose of receiving reports from the Specification Committee recommending the adoption of Specifications for making the Annual Valuation: the duties of Council Clerk and the conditions under which a junior Council Clerk may be appointed.
Reports
Annual Valuation
The Committee reported “having prepared a specification for making the Annual Valuation for the ensuing Municipal Year and submit the same herewith and recommend it to the Council for adoption.  Applications to be received next meeting.
Signed J. F. Smith, Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Howe that the report and specification of duties of Valuers now read be hereby adopted.  Carried.
Duties of Council Clerk
Your committee having prepared a specification of duties of Council Clerk submit the same herewith and recommend it to the Council for adoption.  Signed J. F. Smith, Chairman.
The report and specification were received and referred to a committee of the whole Council for further consideration.
Duties of Junior Clerk
Your committee have also prepared a set of conditions under which the recommend the employment of a junior clerk and submit the same herewith for approval and adoption.
Signed J. F. Smith, Chairman.
The report and set of conditions were received and referred to a committee of the whole Council for further consideration.
The Council having resolved into a committee of the whole considered and discussed the specification also a letter from the Council Clerk.  On resuming the sitting the Mayor brought up a report recommending the adoption of the specifications as amended in Committee.  Received.  Moved by Alderman Morgan and seconded by Alderman Rigg that the adoption of the foregoing report of a committee of the whole Council together with the consideration of the Council Clerk’s letter be made an Order of the Day for next ordinary meeting of Council.
The business of being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 18th day of January 1898.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday 18th January 1898

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

Present the Mayor (Alderman William Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, McCann and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mr R. Ewing asking for the use of the Hall for one night a week for the purposes of practice for an orchestra and the terms on which it could be obtained.  Received and the writer be informed that it may be had on Wednesday evenings at the rate of fifteen shillings per night.
From the Borough of Lane Cove covering a copy of a resolution asking cooperation in requesting the government to amend the Municipalities Act to empower Municipals to sell or otherwise dispose of vacant land upon which rates are owing.  Received.
From the Railway Commissioners in reply to a letter from this Council having reference to the maintenance of a lamp on the new fountain on the Bridge: and the proposed removal of the Railway Lamp to the City Bank corner stating that they could not see their way to approve of the erection of their lamp on the site suggested but they are prepared to adhere to the proposal set forth in their letter to the Council of the 7th ultimo.  Received and referred to the lighting committee to interview the Commissioners on the subject to make the best terms they can.
From the Board of Health having reference to the Dairy premises of Messrs Brown in St Peters whose license had recently been cancelled.  Received.
Reports
Overseer
reported the 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 the supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved
1 “That a strip of tarpaving 3 feet wide be laid alongside of gutter stones in Burren Street East side from Wilson Street to Railway Lane 160 yards at an estimated cost of £18.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried. 
2 “That a strip of tarpaving 3 feet wide be laid alongside of gutter stones in Forbes Street West side from Wilson Street to Mount Eagle gate 140 yards at an estimated cost of £16.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
3 “That a square of tarpaving be laid at the intersection of Egan and Chalder Streets 48 yards at an estimated cost of £5.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
4 “That a square of tarpaving be laid at the intersection of Hordern and Raper Streets 48 yards at an estimated cost of £5.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Alderman Morgan moved
5 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to lay a strip of tarpaving 4feet 6 inches wide alongside of gutter stones on the northside of Goodsell Street from John Street to Lane 420 yards at an estimated cost of £45.0.0.”  Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.
Alderman Ibbotson moved
6 “That Juliett Street and Harrow Road be ballasted at an estimated cost of £100 as recommended by the Works Committee in a report dated 15th December last.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
Alderman Salmon moved
7  “That all that portion of the report of a Committee of the Whole Council adopted at an adjourned meeting of the Council held on the 22nd of December 1897 having reference to the Council Clerk recommending, “that his services be dispensed with and that he be given one months notice from the first day of January 1898.” be and the same is hereby rescinded.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
Orders of the Day
The adoption or otherwise of a report of a committee of the Whole Council having reference to specifications of duties of Council Clerk and Junior Clerk also Council Clerk’s letter of the 12th January 1898.
Moved by Alderman Smith
That the specification of conditions under which a junior clerk may be appointed prepared and submitted by the specification committee be now adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith
“That the Specification of duties of Council Clerk prepared and submitted by the specification committee by now adopted and that the present salary the £200 per annum as set forth in the Council Clerk’s (Mr Cowley’s) letter of the 12th instant.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith
That the specification referred to in the preceding be signed by the Mayor and Council Clerk and the Corporate Seal be hereto affixed and placed in the Bank for security.
Moved by Alderman Smith that applications will be invited from persons competent to fill the office of Junior Clerk and received until 4 p.m. on Tuesday 1st February next ensuing and to be opened and considered at the next ordinary meeting of Council.
Moved by Alderman Smith “that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the Whole for the purpose of opening and considering applications for making the annual valuations.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
In committee the Tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor reported recommending that the tender of Messrs J. N. Clark and F. Hoffman be accepted. The report was adopted.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this [—] day of [—] 1898
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Monday 24th January 1898

Revision Court
An open court for the purpose of revising the Municipal Lists of the several Wards in this Borough was held at 8 p.m. on the evening of the above day.

Present
The Mayor (Alderman William Cox, Mayor) and Aldermen Howe, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, King, McCann, Rigg and Elstub.
The Mayor stated in opening the meeting that there were neither claims nor objections to be considered.  The Lists for each ward were laid on the table and regularly adopted.  The Mayor initialled the alterations and signed the lists as required by law and the meeting terminated.
Confirmed this [—] day of [—] 1898.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

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