Council Chambers February 5th 1866.
Present the Chairman, Councillors Knight, Cozens, Kingsbury, Conley, Hill, Bedford, Dunlop and Curtis.
Minutes of meeting of Council 30th January were read and confirmed on the motion of Councillor Conley and seconded by Councillor Hill.
Moved by Councillor Knight and seconded by Councillor Cozens that the report of the Finance Committee being the record for the present year be received. Carried nem. con.
The Chairman read a letter from the Catholic Church Committee offering a sum of £210.0.0 for land opposite the railway station on the Kingston, the property of the Municipality. It was moved by Councillor Dunlop, and seconded by Councillor Cozens, that the letter be received and considered at a later period in the evening.
Treasurer read monthly financial statement to 3rd. February.
Chairman read a letter from Mr W. H. Mackay of the date 16th. January demanding that £50.0.0 alleged to be due to him on account of his first year’s salary should be paid to him. Letter not received.
Chairman stated that Mr Sly was desirous of transferring his contract for Kerbing and Guttering to Mr Waugh.
Motion by Kingsbury, seconded by Knight, that the request be acceded to on same terms and conditions of contract.
Chairman moved the further consideration of the letter of Catholic Committee on the subject of the land.
Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the Council form a Committee of the whole for the consideration of the letter in question.
The secretary of the Catholic Church Committee and Mr St. Julien having on the part of the Committee amended their offer to £220.0.0 being now offered for the ground.
It was moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the offer of the Catholic Church Committee of £220.0.0 at a credit of two years be accepted. Agreed to nem. con.
Mr Councillor Conley withdrew his motion relative to the land alleged to have been enclosed by Mr Josephson (without title) within his own grounds.
Mr Dunlop moved the resolution standing in his name with regard to the payment of cheques into the bank as cash.
Motion by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Curtis, that the practice of paying cheques drawn by Councillors as cash into the bank be discontinued after the 13th instant. Carried nem. con.
Margin entry in Council Minute Book:
The Council having resumed the Chairman reported the recommendation of the Committee that the offer of the Catholic Church Committee should be accepted. Agreed to.
No further business and the Council separated.
Signed William Curtis, Chairman.
Municipal Council Chambers.
Meeting of ratepayers for the election of three Councillors and two auditors took place February 13th.
The candidates were, for Kingston Ward were Mr James Conley for re-election and Mr Mark Hincks. For O’Connell Ward, Mr David Bedford (for re-election) and Mr Charles Whately. For Enmore Ward, Mr Joseph Kingsbury for re-election and Mr F. I. Goodsell.
The candidates for auditors were Mr. Ninian Melville, Mr C. A. Newman, Mr Robert Jarvis, Mr Alfred Fallick.
A Poll being demanded it was appointed to take place the next day at nine o’clock AM at the Municipal Council Chambers.
Municipal Council Chambers, February 14th 1866.
Meeting of ratepayers to elect three Councillors and two auditors.
The polling commenced at nine o’clock and the poll was closed at 4 PM. The result of the polling for Councillors was as follows:
For Enmore Ward:
for Mr Frederick John Goodsell – 75
for Mr Joseph Kingsbury – 68
Majority for Goodsell – 7
For Kingston Ward:
for Mr James Conley – 102
for Mr Hincks – 46
Majority for Connolly (re-elected) – 56
For O’Connell Ward:
for Mr David Bedford – 101
for Mr Charles Whately – 88
Majority for Mr David Bedford – 13
For auditors the votes were;
For Mr Alfred Fallick – 243
for Mr C. A. Newman – 174 (re-elected)
for Mr Robert Jarvis – 165
for Mr Ninian Melville Snr. [?] – 107
The presiding officer, Mr Henry Munro, then declared the following gentlemen as duly elected.
As Councillor for Enmore Ward, Mr Frederick I. Goodsell.
(Re-elected) Kingston Ward, Mr Samuel Conley.
As Councillor for O’Connell Ward, Mr David Bedford.
As auditors Messrs Alfred Fallick and Mr C. A. Newman
Meeting for election of Chairman, Municipal Council Chambers, February 20th 1866.
Present Messrs Councillors Conley, Munro, Goodsell, Bedford, Curtis, Hill, Cozens, Knight and Dunlop.
It was moved and seconded that the Council Clerk do take the chair.
The Councillors elect, Messrs Bedford, Conley and Goodsell handed in their declarations of office which were read by the Clerk.
Mr Councillor Munro, the returning officer at the election for Councillors and Auditors on the 14th instant read the official declaration of the Poll and laid the same on the table.
The Clerk them submitted to the Council the several modes of election of the Chairman which was agreed that the election should be decided by a show of hands.
Mr Councillor Munro moved, Mr Councillor Conley seconded, that Mr Councillor Curtis be elected Chairman.
An amendment that Mr Munro should be re-elected Chairman was moved by Mr Councillor Knight, but not being seconded the original motion was put and carried nem. con.
The Clerk then announced to Mr Councillor Curtis his election as Chairman whereupon Mr Curtis took the chair accordingly and returned thanks and the meeting separated.
Signed William Curtis, Chairman.
Municipal Council meeting February 21st 1866.
Present the Chairman, Councillors Munro, Knight, Goodsell, Cozens, Conley, Dunlop and Bedford.
The declaration of office of the Chairman was read by the Clerk.
Read and confirmed minutes of Council meeting of February 5th and February 21st.
Election of Treasurer:
Moved by Mr Councillor Conley, seconded by Mr Councillor Munro, that Mr Councillor Knight be re-elected the Treasurer for the current year. Carried nem. con.
Mr Councillor Dunlop requested to know whether the 27th clause of the By-laws could not be rescinded fixing the number of members at not less than five to a Committee. Mr Councillor Munro considered that the rule in question could not be rescinded unless in the usual course of an official sanction to the alteration.
Mr Goodsell considered that no alteration was necessary.
Proposed by Mr Councillor Munro that the Finance Committee of the current year do consist of the Chairman and Councillors Dunlop, Knight, Conley and the mover. Carried nem. con.
A Committee of Works:
Proposed by Mr Councillor Knight, seconded by Mr Councillor Bedford, that the Committee of Works do consist of Mr Councillors Bedford, Goodsell, Conley, Cozens and the mover.
Mr Councillor Dunlop moved, Mr Councillor Conley seconded, that the By-laws Committee do consist of Mr Councillors Conley, Hill, Munro, Goodsell and the mover. Carried nem. con.
Mr Councillor Munro moved, Mr Councillor Knight seconded, that the Assessment Committee do consist of a Committee of the whole Council. Carried nem. con.
Suspension of standing orders.
Mr Councillor Munro moved that the standing orders be suspended in accordance with forty fifth clause of By-laws.
1. Letter from Mr Smith, publican ,of the Newtown Road requesting permission that his horse trough may be allowed to remain in its present position. Received.
2. Letter from Mr Charles St. Julien, Secretary to the Committee of Suburban Municipalities, containing certain recommendations for the consideration of the Council respecting a general conference of representatives of all Municipalities to be held on the second Monday April next. Received.
3. Letter from the Government Accountant of the Printing Office enclosing a claim for £10.4.5. for printing to the close of last year.
4. Letter (read) from Secretary to Balmain Meeting of Thursday 15th February held for the purpose of reporting the extension of Municipalities. Letter received.
In reference to the letter from Mr Charles St. Julien, Mr Councillor Dunlop moved, Mr Councillor Munro seconded, that it stand as an order of the day and taken into consideration at next meeting of Council.
In reference to the letter from the Balmain Committee, it was moved by Mr Councillor Munro, seconded by Mr Councillor Dunlop, that the letter in question be received as an order of the day and taken into consideration at next meeting of Council.
Mr Councillor Munro moved, Mr Councillor Knight seconded, that the report of the Finance Committee of January 27th be adopted. Carried nem. con.
Councillor Munro called the attention of the Council to the account presented from the Government Printing establishment as being the same authorised to be paid in August last but the cheque given for the purpose to the late Council Clerk had been misappropriated.
Mr Councillor Conley informed the Council that Mr Templeton, who had been sued for the amount of his rates due to the Council, had stated to him that he had in his possession the receipt of the late Council Clerk for a prior payment of the rates in question.
Mr Councillor Munro thought it would be necessary to produce such receipt of payment before any notice could be taken by the Council of the matter.
Mr Councillor Dunlop thought that necessity existed for a permanent appointment of a Council Clerk.
Mr Councillor Munro considered that Mr Councillor Dunlop should give notice of motion for next meeting. A desultory conversation followed which resulted in a notice of motion by Mr Councillor Dunlop.
Notice of motion by Councillor Munro respecting tenders for cartage.
Notice of motion by Councillor Munro respecting thanks to the auditors for past year.
End of meeting.
Signed William Curtis, Chairman.
Council Meeting February 26th 1866
Present the Chairman, Councillors Munro, Knight, Cozens, Bedford, Conley, Hill, Goodsell and Dunlop.
Moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Conley, that the minutes of meeting February 21st be confirmed. Carried.
Chairman put up the report of the Finance Committee. Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, that the report be received. Carried.
The Chairman stated that Mr Thomas Ashmead’s claim for work done at the Council Chambers had been recommended by the Finance Committee to the consideration of the Council.
Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Knight, that as the work for which Mr Ashmead claimed payment had not been ordered by this Council, but by the late Council Clerk, he considered a Committee of three should be appointed to examine into Mr Ashmead’s claim, to consist of the Chairman, Councillor Knight and the mover. Agreed to.
Moved by Councillor Hill, seconded by Councillor Cozens, that Councillor Goodsell be added to the Finance Committee.
Vote of thanks to late Chairman.
On the motion of Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Bedford, the following resolution was carried unanimously, “that this Council in recording vote of thanks to Mr Councillor Munro for his past services as Chairman desires to express their high sense of the efficient manner in which the duties of the Chairman have been discharged under the circumstances of late, the occasion to him of much anxiety and considerable loss of time”. Carried unanimously.
Vote of thanks to Treasurer for past year.
It was moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that this Council desires to record their sense of the valuable services rendered during the past year by Councillor Knight as Treasurer, absorbing a large portion of his time and causing him much anxiety”. Carried unanimously.
Mr Councillor Munro moved, Mr Councillor Bedford seconded, that Councillor Dunlop’s motion be considered after the orders of the day. Carried.
On the motion of Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Cozens, a vote of thanks to the late auditors was recorded. Captain Eastwood and Mr C. A. Newman.
Councillor Munro moved, Councillor Bedford seconded, that tenders be called for cartage for the Municipal service for the current year.
Chairman read a letter from Balmain Committee, also the petition to the Legislative Assembly proposed by that Committee.
Mr Councillor Munro thought that one of two courses was open to the Council, first, whether the Council would adopt the petition of the Balmain Committee as proposed by them or whether it would be advisable to call a public meeting of the rate payers to consider the matter.
Mr Councillor Dunlop moved, Mr Councillor Conley seconded, that the Clerk be instructed respectfully to acknowledge the letter and enclosures from the Balmain Committee.
Mr St. Julien’s letter.
Councillor Dunlop moved, Councillor Hill seconded, that the Chairman, Councillor Munro and the mover be requested to act as delegates to the conference.
Notices of motion:
Notice of motion by Councillor Conley respecting culvert, Denison Street. Mr Councillor Goodsell to ask Chairman respecting finance statement at close of last year.
Appointment of Council Clerk.
Councillor Dunlop moved, Councillor Conley seconded, that this Council go into Committee of the whole to take into consideration the appointment of a permanent Clerk to this Council.
Council went into Committee.
The Council returned and report of Committee read as follows;
Report of Committee of whole Council for the consideration of the appointment of a Council Clerk.
It is the opinion of this Committee that tenders should be invited through the public press for persons who are desirous to fill the office of Council Clerk. That security must be given to the amount of £200, that the applicants must forward with their application the names of two responsible persons willing to enter into the above security. That the person appointed must also give individual security for £100 (in total all £300). The Committee would further recommend that the Council do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any tender. That all information respecting the duties required can be obtained on application to the Chairman or Treasurer. The Clerk to be provided with residence on the premises.
Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that the report of the Committee be adopted and that advertisements in accordance with the above report be inserted three times in the two daily papers. The tenders to be in or before the 12th March before 7 PM at that day. Carried unanimously.
The following was also adopted, as the routine of the duties of the Council Clerk; “to make or assist in making an annual assessment of all rateable property within the Municipality. To make out assessment notices and serve them, to collect all monies due under such assessment and deposit the same to the credit of the Municipality as directed by the Council. To attend all meetings of Council and Committees and to keep Council minutes of the same. To take whatever steps the Council may direct for the recovery of unpaid rates and also to perform all clerical duties in connection with the Council.”
No further business.
Signed William Curtis, Chairman.
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