Christian Meeting House April 4th 1864.

Present the Chairman and Councillors Knight, Holland, Bedford, Hill, Conley, Dunlop, Munro and Curtis.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the minutes of proceedings of the previous meeting be read and confirmed. Carried.

Correspondence:

Two letters from Mr R. Elstub, one complaining of an omnibus, the property of Mr Burgess, being left in Regent Street to the danger of persons travelling after dark; the other complaining of a quantity of offensive matter draining into his yard from Mr Burgess’ premises. Inspector of Nuisance to take immediate action in the matter.

A letter from Mr William Newell, respecting a lane having been closed for years running along the properties of W. Jones and Peden to the great annoyance of the inhabitants. Clerk to make inquiries and report to the Council respecting the same.

A letter from Messrs Nilgate and Davies calling attention of the Council to the state of the entrance leading into their premises and praying that same be repaired. Referred to Committee of Works.

A letter from the Public Works Department acknowledging receipt of a letter, the subject of which was, the bad state of the Road from the railway station to the Enmore Road, and asking assistance from the Government.

A letter from the Cook Municipal Council, in reply, referring to a communication emanating from this Council to make and form the Camperdown Road through both municipalities. Councillor Curtis proposed putting in a notice of motion for a survey and cost of forming same.

Reports:

From the Finance Committee, recommending payment of sundry accounts amounting to 88 pounds.

Moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Hill, that report of Finance Committee recommending payment of accounts amounting to 88 pounds be received and adopted. Carried.

From Committee of Works reporting that they had instructed the Surveyor to make a section and report the cost of forming the Stanmore Road; and recommending that some arrangement be entered into with the contractor forming Oxford Street to continue the formation from that street to the railway crossing. Also recommending that the 500 pounds voted for white metal be divided between the Wards in the following manner; Enmore one hundred pounds, Kingston two hundred pounds and O’Connell two hundred pounds.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Conley, that the report from Committee of Works just read be received. Carried.

From Committee of the whole Council:

Reporting that they had investigated the charge brought against Mr Mackay, the Council Clerk, for misconduct at the late elections of a Councillor for the Enmore Ward, by requesting Mr Newman to use his influence to obtain the return of Mr Hill. The evidence furnished to substantiate the charge has entirely failed, and your Committee have come to the unanimous decision that Mr Mackay’s conduct on the occasion referred to is blameless and they therefore fully exonerate him.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that report from Committee of whole Council just read be received. Carried.

Report from the Surveyor estimating the cost of forming James Street at 10 pounds.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Hill, that Surveyor’s report be received. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the report from committee of works received be adopted. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Hill, seconded by Councillor Munro, that report received from Committee of the whole Council be adopted. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Hill, seconded by Councillor Curtis, that Surveyor’s report received be adopted. Carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Hill, that the owners of two wells, one in Prospect Street, the other in Edgeware Road, be written to by the Clerk and require that they be properly secured. Carried.

Councillor Curtis wished to bring under the notice of the Council the fact that a house of ill fame existed in Hordern Street, and wished that action might be taken under clause 28 of the By-laws as the place was a disgrace to the neighbourhood.

Councillor Holland wished to ask the Chairman if Mr Stenhouse had been written to conveying this Council’s thanks for his exertion in framing the revision of the Amended Municipalities Bill, if not he trusted the Clerk would be instructed to do so.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Hill, that for the purpose of testing the legality of our By-laws the Chairman be requested to engage the services of a solicitor to conduct a case under them. Carried.

Declaration of office of Auditor handed in by the Chairman from Mr Henry Phillips, duly signed and attested.

Moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Holland, that Mr Thomas Moon’s account for residue of balance due on contract for Kerbing and Guttering the west side of the Newtown Road be paid. Carried.

Councillor Holland wished to know the reason that the Kerbing and Guttering from the railway bridge to Holt Street, and the formation and metalling of Station Street was not proceeded with as they had been passed by this Council some time.

Motions of which notice has been Given:

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Conley, that this Council grant the sum of 60 pounds for the Kerbing and Guttering of Wellington, Regent, Denison and Australia Streets, on the fall of these streets from Lennox Street.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Dunlop, that the Council do now adjourn until Wednesday next. Motion put and lost.

Councillor Munro moved a number of amendments with the object of reducing the amount asked for.

Councillor Holland moved and Councillor Munro seconded that the debate on Councillor Knight’s motion be adjourned to Wednesday next at half past 7 PM.

 

Wednesday April 6th.

Present the full Council.

The Council resumed the consideration of Councillor Knight’s motion to Kerb and Gutter Wellington, Regent, Denison and Australia Streets from the fall of the hill from Lennox Street. There being no further amendment the original motion was put and carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, that this Council see the urgent necessity to suspend the Inspector of Nuisances on account of the gross negligence in not fulfilling the duties of his office, that the duties of the office be invested in the overseer at an advanced rate of wages.

Amendment:

Moved by Councillor Holland, seconded by Councillor Dunlop, that this Council appoint a Committee of the whole Council to inquire into the charges brought against the Inspector of Nuisances, Mr Thomas Goodin, and that the inquiry take place on Monday next. Carried.

Charges by Councillor’s Conley and Curtis that the Inspector had stated that he was compelled to take out summonses as they were continuing moving it in the Council.

Moved by Councillor Holland, and seconded by Councillor Curtis, that the sum of 50 pounds be expended in clearing water tables, making good footpaths, and white metalling the Enmore Road, from Mr Josephson’s gate to the junction of the Stanmore Road. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Conley, that a footpath and water table be formed at Horbury Terrace by day labour at a cost not exceeding 10 pounds. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Knight, that the Clerk be instructed to make an estimate of the probable cost of metalling with white metal Denison, Regent, Wellington, and Oxford Streets and report the same at the next meeting of Council. Carried unanimously.

Notices of motion handed in from Councillors Curtis (2), Knight, Bedford and Munro.

This terminated proceedings and the Council separated.

Signed Joseph Kingsbury, chairman.

Council Chambers April 18th 1864.

Present the Chairman and Councillors Hill, Knight, Holland, Conley, Dunlop, Munro, Bedford and Curtis.

The Chairman before proceeding with the business read a letter of apology from Councillor Bedford expressing regret.

 

Council Chambers April 18th 1864.

Present the Chairman and Councillors Hill, Knight, Holland, Conley, Dunlop, Munro, Bedford and Curtis.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Hill, that the minutes of proceedings of previous meeting be read and confirmed. Carried unanimously.

Correspondence:

A letter from the Public Works Department in reply stating that they had no funds available for repairing the railway approaches therefore could not grant the assistance asked for Station Street.

A letter from Mr E. Raper, M. L. A., complaining of the approaches to his premises. Referred to Committee of Works.

The letter from the Manager of the Australian Joint Stock Bank acknowledging receipt of Mortgage Deed given to secure a cash credit to the extent of 1000 pounds and interest, available as an account current, interest chargeable only on the amount actually in use.

A letter from Mr Melville Jr. but couched in disrespectful language.

Reports:

1. From Committee of Works, recommending that immediate steps be taken to put the north side of Campbell Street, Enmore in a passable state of repair. Also that the approach to the railway on the Kingston side of the line be called North Station Street. Also asking for power to make the back lanes in the Kingston Ward in a passable condition.

Moved by Councillor Munro seconded by Councillor Holland, that Committee of Works report be received and lay for adoption until next usual meeting. Carried.

2. From Committee of whole Council appointed to inquire into charges brought against the Inspector of Nuisances. The Committee report that they have investigated the charges, namely, that of gross negligence in not fulfilling the duties of his office, and using Councillors names as his instigators in taking out summons against the owners of goats. The evidence furnished to substantiate the charge of gross negligence has entirely failed, but your Committee consider the second charge substantiated.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Conley, that the report from Committee of whole Council appointed to inquire into charges brought against the Inspector of Nuisances be received and lay over for adoption until next meeting. Carried.

3. From Surveyor estimating the cost of metalling with white metal Denison, Regent, Wellington and Oxford Street.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Knight, that Surveyor’s report estimating the cost of metalling Denison, Regent, Wellington and Oxford Streets be received. Carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Councillor Dunlop wished to asked the Chairman if any reply had been received from the Road Trust. The Chairman stated that no letter had yet been received.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Hill, that this meeting be adjourned to this night week the 25th instant. Carried.

 

Monday April 25th 1864.

The Chairman stated that they will resume with the miscellaneous business postponed on the 18th instant.

Councillor Dunlop wished again to ask if there had been any reply received from the Road Trust as it was a matter of importance that the Kerbing and Guttering should be proceeded with at once if at all. The Chairman stated that the Road Trust were willing to contribute 25 pounds towards the expense and it now only remained for the Council to consider whether the offer was satisfactory.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Knight, that the offer made by the Road Trust be accepted. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Holland, seconded by Councillor Hill, the assessment as revised by the Clerk and examined by the Council be adopted and that the assessment notices be issued forthwith. Carried unanimously.

Motions of which notice has been Given:

Moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Dunlop, that the Clerk be requested to survey and estimate the probable cost of forming the Camperdown Road from the cemetery gate to Cook Municipality boundary. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Curtis, seconded by Councillor Dunlop, that Mechanic Street be formed at a cost not to exceed five pound by day labour. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Holland, seconded by Councillor Munro, that the motion standing in Councillor Bedford’s name be postponed to next general meeting. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor’s Conley, that this Council grant that Lennox Street be metalled from Australia to Regent Street out of the 200 pound voted for metal for the Kingston Ward. Carried unanimously.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Hill, that the sum of 50 pound be expended in rubbish for the footpaths in the Kingston Ward. Carried unanimously.

Notices of motion handed in from Councillors Conley and Dunlop.

Tenders:

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Hill, that this Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for forming James Street, Enmore Ward and North Station Street, Kingston Ward. Also tenders for Kerbing and Guttering. Carried.

The Council having resumed the Chairman reported that Charles Pitt’s tender for forming James Street at nine pounds 10 shillings had been accepted.

Also that Charles Pitt’s tender for forming North Station Street at 18 pounds 10 shillings had been accepted.

And that John Aspinall’s tender for Kerbing and Guttering the west side of the Newtown Road from Eliza to Australia Street at six shillings and six pence per yard had been accepted.

Also that Messrs Moon and Breary’s tender for Kerbing and Guttering portions of Wellington, Regent, and Denison and Australia Streets and five shillings and one pence per yard had been accepted.

Moved by Councillor Munro seconded by Councillor Curtis that the report from Committee of whole Council referring to acceptance of tenders read be accepted. Carried unanimously.

Signed Joseph Kingsbury, Chairman.

 

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