Council meeting April 3rd 1866.

 

Present the Chairman Mr W. Curtis, and Councillors Knight, Munro, Conley, Dunlop, Goodsell, Cozens and Bedford.

On the motion of Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Cozens, minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed

The Chairman then stated that the Assessment Committee had finally revised the assessment for the current year as prepared by the Assessor and beg to submit the report of the Committee to the Council.

Report of Assessment Committee.

Council Chambers April 3rd 1866.

Your Committee beg to report that the assessment for the current year, 1866 to 1867, as prepared by Mr George Langhorne (who was appointed Assessor by a resolution of the Council dated March 6th 1866) has been carefully examined and having made some alterations now recommend the same to the Council for adoption.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the report of the Assessment Committee be received and its adoption be considered at the next meeting”. Carried.

Two notices of motion were handed in by Councillor Munro.

Signed William Curtis, Chairman.

 


 

Council meeting April 9th 1866.

 

Present the Chairman Mr W. Curtis, and Councillors Conley, Knight, Cozens, Goodsell, Munro, Hill, Bedford and Dunlop.

On the motion of Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Bedford, minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr J. Kingsbury requesting the Council to place a crossing over the watercourse to his entrance in the Edgeware Road, in consequence of the Council having raised the foot paths in James and Sarah Streets and the Edgeware Road he is unable to enter his premises with a load, also requesting permission from the Council to remove the surplus excavation in Lord Street to fill up a portion of his premises. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Munro, “that the letter be received and referred to the Committee of Works”. Carried.

2. A letter from Messrs Blackstone and Tye calling attention of the Council to the dangerous state of the footpath in front of their residences. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the letter be referred to the Committee of Works”. Carried.

3. Letter from C. St. Julien informing the Council the Conference of Municipal Delegates will be opened on the 9th instant.

4. From P. Mackin requesting compensation for 29 loads of dirt deposited on the Kingston and Enmore Ward. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the letter be referred to the Committee of Works”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Munro, “that the report of the Finance Committee received March 26 recommending the payment of various accounts amounting to £111.16.4 be adopted”. Carried

Councillor Munro in seconding the motion contradicted some false statements that were made at a public meeting in Newtown with respect to £12.0.0 having been voted for stationery, which should have been £11.1.0 for printing at the late election. Also with respect to £2.2.0 having been voted for surveying it should have been for furnishing a description of the land sold to the Roman Catholic Church.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the report of the Assessment Committee received April 3rd be adopted”. Carried

The Chairman of the Committee of Works was requested by Mr Waugh to ask the Council if they would release him from his present contract for Kerbing and Guttering the Kingston Ward in consequence of his ill health. Councillor Conley also stated that a former contractor to this Municipality had offered to complete the contract at the same rate per yard in the event of the Council releasing Mr Waugh from his present contract.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the contractor for the Kerbing and Guttering of the Kingston Ward be released from his contract provided the Committee of Works approved of the party who offers to take it at the same rate per yard and that the 20 percent due be retained by the Council until the whole of the contract is completed”. Carried.

The Chairman rose to make a few observations respecting threatening and abusive language used by P. Mackin, the late contractor for cartage, in consequence he stated of the Chairman having given his casting vote against him when the present contractor’s tender was accepted. The Chairman stated that Mr Mackin’s tender was not voted on by the Council consequently he could not have voted against him. The Chairman also stated that a great many complaints had been made to him by the residents of Newtown in consequence of a number of horses racing about the streets endangering lives and destroying the foot paths, he suggested to the Council that if the overseer was appointed to impound stray animals that it would have the effect of abating the nuisances complained of.

Notices of motion which had been Given:

1. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the assessment as contained in the Municipal Assessment Book prepared and submitted by Mr George Langhorne appointed Assessor in assurance of a resolution passed on 6th May 1866, of all lands, houses, warehouses, counting-houses, shops and other buildings within the limits of this Municipality according to their fair average annual value be and the same is hereby adopted by this Council as the assessment under section 79 of the Municipalities Act of 1858 for the now current Municipal year, and that a rate of one shilling in the pound, upon the said fair average annual value of the said lands, houses, warehouses, counting-houses, shops and other buildings be and the same is hereby assessed and imposed for the now current Municipal year be adopted”. Carried.

2. By Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the amount due in respect of the rate of one shilling in the pound imposed under the 79th section of the Municipalities Act of 1858, for the now current year, shall be payable at the expiration of 30 days from the service in each case of notice of such a rate, made in all cases where payment of one half of the said amount shall be made within 30 days after the expiration of the said period no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise shall be taken by or on behalf of this Council for the recovery of the remaining half of the said amount until the expiration of four months from the date of said payment be adopted”. Carried.

Notice of motion was handed in by Councillor Cozens and one by Councillor Dunlop.

Signed William Curtis, Chairman.

 


 

Council meeting April 25th 1866.

 

Present the Chairman (Mr W. Curtis) and Councillor Goodsell, Munro, Knight, Hill, Bedford, Conley, Cozens and Dunlop.

On the motion of Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Hill, minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

Petitions:

A petition was read from a number of bus proprietors resident in Newtown praying the Council to sanction the removal of the bus stand from its present site to the southeast side of the Enmore Road. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the petition be received”. Carried.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr S. Baldick, requesting the Council to repair the footpath to his entrance in the Newtown Road. Moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that it be referred to the Committee of Works”. Carried.

2. From Mr Waugh requesting the Council to release him from his contract. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the Clerk be instructed to forward him a copy of a resolution relating to his contract, passed on the ninth of April, and to request him to blind the Guttering that is laid in Denison Street, also requesting him to inform the Council if he intends laying any more Kerbing and Guttering in the Kingston Ward”. Carried.

3. From the Railway Department of Public Works stating that gates will be erected at once for the convenience of foot passengers to cross the railway opposite Horbury Terrace. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that the Clerk be instructed to acknowledge receipt of letter”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the report of the Finance Committee, recommending the payment of various accounts, amounting to £82.3.8 be received”. Carried

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the Committee of Works inspect Erskineville Road and report at the next meeting.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the report of Committee of Works be received recommending that if Mr Kingsbury will purchase 12 inch drainpipes that the Council should be at the expense of laying them to his entrance in the Edgeware Road; also that, tenders should be called, for the purchase of the surplus excavation in Lord Street” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Conley, that the Chairman instruct the solicitor to commence proceedings for the recovery of the amount for which the bondsmen of the late Council Clerk are liable.

Ayes, Conley, Dunlop, Bedford, Goodsell and Knight. Nos, Hill and Cozens. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Cozens, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that tenders be called for breaking and spreading the stone deposited in James and Sarah Streets. Tenders to be sent in by the second of May”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that Thomas Clarke, the overseer, be empowered to impound stray cattle in this Municipality, and that he be remunerated by retaining the fee awarded for that purpose”. Carried.

Notice of motions were handed in by Councillor Cozens.

The Council then rose.

Signed William Curtis, Chairman.

 


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