Tuesday 3rd January 1899

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

Present
Aldermen Howe, Smith, Abigail, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.  In the absence of the Mayor Alderman Smith was appointed chairman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
A letter was read from the Mayor (Mr W. Rigg M. L. A) apologising for his absence as he was unavoidably detained in the country.
From Mr M. Richmond complaining of the steepness of the hill in the Wilson Street at the foot of Watkins Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From the Secretary to the Municipal Association covering copies of the last monthly meeting of the Committee.  Received and laid upon the table.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last report amounting to £819.5.1 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £215.18.0.  It was moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman King and carried. that the Finance report now read be
Works Committee
reported 1st in the matter of the wood blocking in King Street between Bligh Street and the Railway Bridge stating that having made a second inspection of the work could see no reason to alter its former opinion on the subject in fact that opinion had been confirmed by the present state of the wood blocking and recommended that the government be strongly urged to carry out the Councils former recommendations before handing it over to the Council.
The committee also recommended that the attention of the Public Works Department be called to the present state of the wood blocking laid down by the Department in King Street South where large numbers of the blocks had perished and which had entailed upon the Council a considerable expense during the last 18 months although the work was only done 1891.  As a contrast to this reference be made to the department to the wood blocking done by the Council in Enmore Road about three years later: this work presents an appearance of being as sound as at the time of completion not one block has perished nor is there at present any indication of it.  2nd lane between the Wesley an Church and Whately Streets be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £60.  3rd That in the matter of Mr Pattison’s application to be allowed to continue running the freshwater from his shop window onto the surface gutter in King Street recommend that he be informed that the Council cannot consent to it and that it must be discharged into the pipes at the back or into Holt Street.
It was moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Jones “that the Works Committee’s report now read be and the same is now adopted.”  Carried.
Borough Treasurer
reported that £322.17.10 had been received and deposited in the Bank during the last four weeks: that during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £819.5.1 and the total indebtedness to the Bank at date was £1500.6.10.  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 had been doing their work satisfactorily.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
1 By Alderman Abigail at the request of Alderman Elstub the consideration of this motion was postponed until after no. 5 had been dealt with.
2 Alderman Cox moved
That the tarpaving on the footpath in Laura Street in front of the Public School be removed at an estimated cost of £13.10.0. Seconded by Alderman and referred to the Works Committee for report.  The Department of Education to be asked to pay half the cost.
Alderman Smith moved
3 “That the specification committee prepare a specification for making the annual valuation of all rateable property in this Borough for the ensuing Municipal Year and report on same at the next ordinary meeting of the Council.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
In the absence of the Mayor Alderman Howe moved.
4 “That the Council do now proceed to appoint an Alderman as Returning Officer for the election of Aldermen and Auditors to be held on the first Tuesday in February next ensuing.” Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
It was then moved by Alderman Howe “that Alderman Smith be and the same is hereby appointed Returning Officer for the next Annual Election of Aldermen and Auditors.”  Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
Alderman Jones moved
5 “That the footpath north side of Norfolk Street be tarpaved 120 yards at an estimated cost of £7.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
Alderman Abigail
1 “That Australia Street from the wood blocking to the extent of the Court house building 810 superficial yards be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £102 on condition that the Minister for Justice contributes one half of the said estimated cost.”  Seconded by Alderman Cox and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.”
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 17th day of January 1899.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 18th January 1899

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 W. Rigg M. L. A) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Smith, Ibbotson, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.
Alderman Smith tendered an apology for Alderman Elstub who was unavoidably absent.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Leader of the Staff [—] Office Adelaide S.A asking to be supplied with a copy of the Councils Coat of Arms.  Received and it was resolved that an impression of the Councils Corporate Seal be sent.
From the Hon Secretary to the Newtown Electorate Cricket Club asking the Council to use its influence with the Trustees of the Erskineville Park to obtain their sanction for the club to use the Erskineville Oval.  Received and the request acceded to.
From Mr J. White referring to some unoccupied land in White’s estate upon which arrears of rates have accumulated asking the Council to come to terms in order to get the matter settled.  Received and the writer be informed that the Council has no authority to make reductions in assessments on rates and that it expected payment in full.
From Mr John Lister having reference to arrears of rates which have accumulated on land in Simmons Street asking what the Council will be prepared to accept in full settlement.  Received and the writer be informed that the Council has no authority to reduce assessments or rates therefore expects payment in full.
From Mr M. Richmond complaining of a terrible stench arising from the cleaning out of a pipe drain under the footpath in Wilson Street between Watkins and Bucknell Streets.  A report from the overseer on this subject was also read which stated that the drain had become choked through a pipe being broken close to the telegraph post and that it had become filled up with sand and debris from the surface gutter in Wilson Street and recommending that the portion connected with the street gutter be cut-off the drain would then only receive the rainwater from the roof of four houses in Wilson Street.  Received and the Overseers recommendation adopted.
From Mr M. L. Eggleton complaining of a public nuisance constantly committed in Norfolk Street.  Received and a copy be sent to the Inspector of Police with a request that attention be given to the complaint.
From Paddington Council on the subject of reconstituting the Metropolitan Transit Commission and asking the Council to send representatives to a meeting to be held at the Town Hall Paddington on the 20th February next.  Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to represent this Council at the meeting.
From the Railway Commissioners stating that they had decided to prepare the wood blocks in the Tramway portion of King Street South.  Received.
From the Department of Public Instruction acknowledging the receipt of a letter from this Council asking for a contribution towards repairing the footpath in front of the Public School in Laura Street.  Received.
From the Fire Brigades Board intimating that this Council’s contribution for the current year will be £254.6.10.  Received.  The Council designers to place on record its regret that the constant increase of its annual contribution to this service is becoming burdensome to the ratepayers.
From Mr Taylor Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board stating that it is his intention to convene a conference of representatives of Municipalities in April next to consider proposed amendments of the Fire Brigades Act and that he would be glad to receive any desired amendments.  Received.   
Reports
Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision during the past 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.
The Mayor stated he had issued a number of circulars to the owners of properties and the leading residents of the Borough inviting subscriptions towards raising £100 the estimated one third of the expense of putting a Public Clock in the Tower of the local Post Office and that he had caused the Secretary for Public Works to be informed that the money would be forthcoming when needed and asked him to proceed with the work at once.  It was resolved that the action of the Mayor be endorsed by the Council.
Specification Committee
reported having prepared a specification of duties to be performed in making the annual valuation of all rateable property in this Borough for the ensuing Municipal Year.  The specification was read and laid upon the table and recommended its adoption: also that tenders be invited from persons competent to perform the work to be opened and considered at the next ordinary meeting of the Council. On a motion moved by Alderman Salmon and seconded by Alderman Cox the recommendations of the Committee were adopted.
Business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 21st day of January 1899.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Monday 23rd January 1899

Revision Court
A open Court for the purpose of revising the Municipal Lists for the several Wards of this Borough of persons supposed to be entitled to vote for the election of Aldermen and Auditors during the ensuing Municipal Year was held on the evening of the above day at 7 o’clock.

Present
A full Council.
The Council Clark produced and laid upon the table lists for Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1897.
There being neither claims for names to be inserted nor objections to names already inserted the lists were regularly adopted and signed by the Mayor.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 31st day of January 1899.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 31st January 1899

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 W. Rigg MLA) and Alderman Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Dolman, Jones and King. Apologies were received from Alderman Howe Abigail and Cox.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Alderman Howe apologising for his absence and authorising Alderman Salmon to move the resolution standing in his name.  Received.
From Mr Geo Holt on behalf of the Debating Society asking permission to put up a permanent signboard on the balcony in front of the Town Hall and the matter was referred to the Mayor to deal with.
From the Under Secretary and Commissioner for Roads covering a report from Mr de Burgh on the state of the wood blocking recently laid in King Street intimating that as the Council had signed a bond to take over the road any maintenance that may be required to keep the road in order should be provided by the Council.  A copy of a letter in reply sent by the Mayor was also read pointing out that as the work had not been done to the requirements in terms of this specification the Council declined to take over the road.  It was resolved that the letter and report be received together with the Mayor’s reply and that the Council endorses all that the Mayor has stated.
From Alderman Abigail apologising for his absence stating that as he was one of the retiring Aldermen this year it was not his intention to offer himself for re-election and thanking the Aldermen for the courtesy which had been shown to him during his tenure of office.  Received.
From Mr Sparks Secretary to the Newtown Electorate Cricket Club acknowledging the receipt of a letter from this Council on the subject of obtaining permission to play on the Erskineville Oval and thanking the Council for the same.
From Burwood Council asking the Council to appoint delegates to conference to consider the best means of enforcing a claim for special Endowment pending a permanent settlement of the question.  Received.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported recommending payment of accounts amounting £655.9.3 and that accounts had been paid under votes of appropriation since last report amounting to £391.18.0.  It was moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith “that the report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Carried.
Works Committee
reported recommending
1 “That the proposed tarpaving in front of the Public School in Laura Street be done on condition that the Department of Education pays half the cost which has been estimated at £13.10.0.”
2 “That the kerbing and guttering recently laid in Cross Lane 131½ yards be passed and final payment made: also the tarpaving in Francis Street 504 yards and three crossing in Phillip and London Streets.”
3 “That the tarpaving in Denison Street 164 ½ yards and in Lands Lane 14 yards be passed and final payment made.”
4 “That the tarpaving in Forbes Street 110 yards be passed and final payment made.”
5 “That it is inadvisable to comply with Mr Malcolm Richmond’s request to make any alteration in the grade of Wilson Street at its intersection with Watkin Street.”
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman.
It was moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith “that the Works Committee’s report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Carried.
Borough Treasurer
reported that since last report £638.6.1 had been received and deposited in the Bank and that cheques had been issued amounting to £391.18.0 which left a credit balance on the current account of £61.1.3.  Received.
Overseer of works
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 his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received. 
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Salmon moved in the absence of Alderman Howe.
1 That the Lane of Watkin Street at the rear of Henninges Bread Factory be kerbed and guttered on the South Eastern side 45 yards 3rd class at an estimated cost of £14.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman King and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
2 “That the carriageway of the above Lane be ballasted at an estimated cost of £20.”
3 That the Freestone crossing at the intersection of Holdsworth Street (Southside) and Lane be taken up and wood blocks substituted at an estimated cost of £2.15.0.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Orders of the Day
To open and consider tenders for annual valuation.
It was moved by Alderman Smith “That the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole with closed doors to open and consider tenders for making the Annual Valuation for the ensuing Municipal Year.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried after an amendment moved by Alderman Jones and seconded by Alderman Morgan was lost.  “That the words opened doors be omitted and closed doors substituted.”
In committee the tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following report viz: – Your committee having opened tender for making the Annual Valuation for the ensuing Municipal Year recommend the acceptance of the tender of Messrs F. Hoffman J.W.R. Clarke at seventy pounds Sterling (£70).
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman
It was moved by Alderman Rigg (the Mayor) and seconded by Alderman Smith that the report of the committee of the whole upon tenders for making the Annual Valuation be and the same is hereby adopted.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 14 day of February 1899.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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