Council meeting July 2nd 1866.

 

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

Minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed on the motion of Councillors Knight and Bedford.

Correspondence:

1 From Mr Davidson drawing the attention of Council to an encroachment in the lane adjoining his property in Baltic Street. Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the letter be received”. Carried.

2. From Mr Harrison respecting the bad state of Short Street. Moved by Councillor Cozens, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that the letter be received and referred to the Committee of Works for their report”. Carried.

3. From Mr S. C. Brown, respecting Mr Hill’s liability as one of the bondsmen of the late Clerk. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the letter be received and taken into consideration by a Committee of the whole at next meeting”. Carried.

4. From Messrs Constable and Turner, offering to supply Street name plates at eight shillings per plate as per sample sent in. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the letter be received”. Carried.

5. From Mr N. Randle respecting the state of Forbes Street. Moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Munro, “that the Clerk be instructed to reply and inform Mr Randle that the portion of the street referred to by him would be repaired as soon as the necessary metal was obtained.

6. From Mr Donohoe appointing a time to meet the Committee of Works respecting the drainage of Wilson Street. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the letter be received and referred to the Committee of Works for their report”

7. From Mr Samuels complaining of a nuisance caused by his neighbour keeping pigs, also of a dung pit draining into his property. Moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the letter be received and instructions given to the Inspector of Nuisances to inquire into the said nuisance”. Carried

8. From Mr Chislett calling attention of the Council to the state of the footpath in front of his property in Campbell Street. Moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the letter be received and referred to Committee of Works for their report”. Carried.

Reports:

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the report of the Finance Committee received June 18th recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £89.9.4 be adopted”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the report of the Committee of Works received June 18th be adopted. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the report of the Finance Committee recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £50.3.8 be received”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the report of the Committee of Works be received”. Carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that Daniel Doyle be allowed six pence per load extra for four loads of rubble delivered in Richard Street”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Cozens “that Daniel Doyle be employed to bring six loads of rubble to repair a portion of the Camperdown Road”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that an additional sum of threepence per ton be given for breaking the metal now being delivered”. Carried.

The Chairman informed the Council that the deputation appointed had waited on the Surveyor General with respect to aligning the streets in the Municipality, who informed them that if the Council supplied the necessary posts the whole of the Municipality should be aligned.

The following motions of which notice had been previously given were put and carried

By Councillors Cozens and Knight, “that the sum of £30 be voted for the purchase of drain pipes to be laid down where deemed necessary by the Council.

By Councillors Goodsell and Hill, “that the sum of £50 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering a portion of the [blank] side of the Newtown Road in the Enmore Ward, provided the Road Trust contribute £25”.

By Councillors Conley and Bedford, “that the motion voted for the payment of wages not to exceed £6 per week be rescinded”.

By Councillors Conley and Cozens, “that the sum of £10 per week be voted for the payment of wages of the overseer and labourers employed by this Council.

Moved by Councillor Hill, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the sum of £30 be voted for the purpose of erecting a culvert halfway across the Edgeware Road and that tenders be called for the said work”.

Councillor Conley moved, Councillor Goodsell seconded, that the motion stand over for six months, for the amendment Councillors Conley, Goodsell and Knight. For the motion Councillors Hill, Cozens, Munro and Bedford. Majority for the motion, one. The two following motions standing in Councillor Dunlop’s name were put and carried.

1 by Councillors Conley and Bedford, “that Messrs Constable and Turner’s offer to supply patented sign plates for the names of streets at eight shillings per plate blue ground as per sample sent in be accepted.

2. By Councillors Conley and Cozens “that application be made to the Newtown Road Trust for an allowance of 25 percent towards Kerbing and Guttering from Erskineville Lane to Wilson Street.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that this Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering tenders for Kerbing and Guttering”. The Council accordingly went into Committee when it was moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Munro, “that the tender of Mr Cowie be accepted for Kerbing and Guttering the streets in the O’Connell Ward at four shillings and 11 pence per yard”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Cozens, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that the tender of Mr Cox be accepted for Kerbing and Guttering the Newtown Road at five shillings and seven pence per yard. Carried.

Council having resumed the Chairman reported the resolutions of Committee, when it was moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the resolutions as read and reported by the Chairman be adopted. Carried.

Notices of motion handed in by Councillor Munro, Cozens and Knight.

The Council then rose.

Signed William Curtis, Chairman.

 


 

Council meeting July 16th 1866.

 

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

Minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed on the motion of Councillors Knight and Cozens.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr Chard respecting the bad state of a lane adjacent to his property in Horbury Terrace. Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the letter be received and referred to the Committee of Works for their report”. Carried.

2. From Mr Matchett, requesting the Council to commence at the foot of the Street, with the Kerbing and Guttering about to be laid down in Wellington Street North. The Chairman of Works informed the Council that it was intended to commence at the foot of the said Street. Letter received on the motion of Councillors Knight and Hill.

3. From Mr W. R. Templeton, denying that a nuisance exists on his property complained of by Mr L. Samuels to the Council. On the motions of Councillors Dunlop and Conley letter received.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the report of the Finance Committee received July 2nd recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £50.3.3 be adopted”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the report of the Committee of Works received July 2nd be adopted”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the report of the Finance Committee recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £143.1.5 be received”. Carried.

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

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Conley, that an order be given for Street name plates, with duplicates, as per list now before the Council. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that the deputation formerly appointed to wait on the Mayor of Sydney, respecting the removal of the bus stand should again wait on him, in consequence of the City Council intending to remove it to the Enmore Road, instead of into Crescent Street as requested by the Council”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the balance sheet as read, be received and adopted, and published in the two daily papers and the Government Gazette”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that a vote of thanks be awarded to Messrs Newman and Fallick for auditing half yearly accounts”. Carried.

Motions of which notice had been previously given:

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, that an estimate be made of the probable cost of supplying the Municipality of Newtown with alignment posts (Ironbark) at per dozen, dimensions of posts, six feet long, six inches by six inches square”. Carried.

The Chairman stated the probable cost would be about five shillings and sixpence each post. The 45th clause of the standing orders be suspended, it was moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Conley that tenders be called for 60 posts at per dozen”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Cozens, seconded by Councillor Hill, that tenders be called for Kerbing and Guttering a portion of Liberty and Cavendish streets to the amount of £13.0.0 to be expended out of the amount voted by this Council for cutting and forming Liberty Street”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Hill, “that all rates collected in each Ward, together with the government endowment, be expended in each Ward, less the proportion of general expenses of the Municipality”. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that this Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering Mr S. C. Brown’s letter received at last meeting.

The Council having gone into Committee, Councillor Munro moved, Councillor Cozens seconded, “that Mr S. C. Brown, solicitor to the Council, be requested to stay proceedings against Mr Hill as a bondsman of the late Clerk, until further instructions are given”. Councillor Munro, in bringing forward the motion stated what took place in the Council when Mr Hill was first elected — he (Mr Hill) having done everything he thought was necessary for him to do and the Council were perfectly satisfied to accept his resignation, the Chairman instructed the Clerk to obtain another bondsman in the place of Mr Hill and at the following meeting Mr Elliott, who resides in O’Connell Ward, was named by the Clerk and approved of by the Council, and instructions were given to the Clerk to get the bond prepared and executed; at the meeting after the acceptance of Mr Elliott, a question was asked whether the bond had been executed, and a reply given that it would be in a few days, from that time till the Clerk was suspended it was never discovered that the instructions of the Council had not been carried out. Councillor Munro then proceeded at some length to show that the enforcement of the bond against Mr Hill, taking all the circumstances of the case into consideration, should not be made; he considered that if a deputation had waited on Mr Brown and stated all that took place when Mr Hill was first elected he might have given a different opinion as to the liability of Mr Hill.

Councillor Dunlop moved as an amendment, Councillor Conley seconded, “that the action now being proceeded with against Mr Hill be not interfered with by this Council, in moving the amendment Councillor Dunlop stated that on several occasions when he attempted to put a check against the accounts reported by the late Clerk he was prevented from doing so by members of this Council. When Mr Hill told him he wished to have the handling of the money he allowed matters to take their own course, he considered that had it not been for the manner in which Mr Hill and other Councillors supported the late Clerk he could not have embezzled moneys of this Municipality. Unless the rate payers took steps to release Mr Hill he should not feel justified to support a motion in staying the proceedings against Mr Hill as a bondsman.

The Chairman before putting the resolutions stated that with respect to the instructions given to Mr Brown he had informed him of all the circumstances that occurred when Mr Hill was first elected, subsequently to the approval of Mr Elliott as a bondsman, he had on several occasions asked if the bond was executed, the answer was that it would be in a few days, he considered if Mr Kingsbury and done his duty as Chairman at that time that the defalcations of the late Clerk would not have occurred.

Councillors Dunlop, Conley, Goodsell, Bedford and the Chairman voted for the amendment.

Councillors Munro, Cozens, Knight and Hill voted for the motion. Amendment carried. The Chairman stated he should object to have Councillor Hill’s vote recorded.

Council having resumed, the Chairman reported the resolutions of Committee, when it was moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Goodsell, that the resolutions reported and read by the Chairman be adopted. Carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that this Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering tenders for Kerbing and Guttering to the amount of £50.0.0 to be laid down in Regent, Denison and Wellington Streets.” The Council accordingly went into Committee when it was moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the tender of Mr Selby be accepted at five shillings and threepence per yard.” Carried.

Council having resumed, the Chairman reported the resolutions of Committee, when it was moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Goodsell, that the resolutions reported and read by the Chairman be adopted. Carried.

Notices of motion were handed in by Councillor Munro, Conley, Knight and Dunlop.

The Council then rose.

Signed William Curtis, Chairman

 


 

Council meeting July 30th 1866.

 

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

Minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Bedford.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the Wrecks Relief Committee requesting the co-operation of the Chairman in adding to the fund created for the relief of the widows and orphans of those who perished by shipwreck during the late gales. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the letter be received”. Carried.

2. From Mr S. Johnson requesting the Council to alter the Kerbing in front of his gateway. Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the letter be received and the Chairman of Works be directed to make the necessary alteration.” Carried.

A petition was presented by Councillor Munro signed by 306 of the rate payers, praying the Council to stay proceedings against Mr R. Hill as a bondsman of the late Clerk. Councillor Munro stated a petition was signed by a class of rate payers who represented the wealth and intelligence of this Municipality. Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the petition be received, and to be taken into consideration by a Committee of the whole Council at next meeting.” Carried.

Reports:

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the report of the Finance Committee received July 16th recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £143.1.5 be adopted.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the Committee of Works report received July 16th be adopted.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the report of the Finance Committee recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £114.6.9 be received.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the Committee of Works report be received.” Carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Councillor Dunlop made a few remarks in reference to a statement made by Councillor Munro, that the petition was signed by a class of ratepayers who represented the wealth and intelligence of this Municipality, he, Councillor Dunlop, believed that a portion of those who had signed had been induced to do so by a false statement of the facts, represented to them by the gentlemen who had collected the signatures, he also stated that a portion of the heading of the petition was an untruth.

Councillor Conley made a similar statement to Councillor Dunlop.

Councillor Munro asked the Chairman if there would be any objection to the gentlemen who obtained the signatures being examined when the petition is being considered by this Council. The Chairman said he should have no objection, he wished that a fair and impartial investigation should take place, he felt sorry for the position Mr Hill was placed in whether he had to pay it or not, he considered he was only during his duty as Chairman of this Council by instructing the solicitor to take the present proceedings against Mr Hill.

Councillor Goodsell objected to the gentlemen being examined who obtained the signatures, he believed a great number had signed it not knowing the truth of the facts represented to them and were sorry afterwards that they had signed it.

Councillor Dunlop requested that the Chairman should ask the solicitor to the Council whether Mr De Boos would be liable for one half the amount of the bond, supposing the Council were to release Mr Hill from his liability for the other half.

Motions of which notice had been previously given:

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the Municipality of Cook be communicated with respecting the formation of Bishopsgate Street.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the remainder of Albermarle and Baltic Streets be formed at a cost not to exceed £5.0.0.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that a further sum of £60.0.0 be voted towards Kerbing and Guttering in the Kingston Ward and that tenders be called for performance of the same.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that tenders be called for Kerbing and Guttering portions of the following streets in the O’Connell Ward; O’Connell Street, 87 yards, Missenden Road 242 yards, Prospect Street 54 yards, Hordern Street 56 yards.” Carried

Moved by Councillor Cozens, seconded by Councillor Goodsell, “that this Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering tenders for supplying Ironbark alignment posts, also Kerbing and Guttering a portion of Liberty and Cavendish Streets. The Council accordingly went into Committee when it was moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Goodsell, “that the tender of Mr Thomas Ashmead be accepted for supplying the alignment posts at £3.0.0 per dozen.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Goodsell, “that the tender of Mr Selby be accepted for Kerbing and Guttering at five shillings and threepence per yard”. Carried.

Councillor Dunlop drew the attention of the Council to the fact that it was understood when the above motion was passed the Council were to be at the expense of 75 percent only for Kerbing and Guttering a portion of Liberty and Cavendish Streets.

Council having resumed the Chairman reported the resolution of Committee, when it was moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the resolution reported and read by the Chairman be adopted.” Carried.

Notices of motion handed in by Councillors Munro, Dunlop, and Conley.

The Council then rose.

Signed William Curtis, Chairman.

 


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