Council meeting August 3rd 1866.

 

The 14th quarterly meeting.

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

The minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed on the motion of Councillor Knight and Goodsell.

The Chairman read a letter signed by eight rate payers requesting him to convene a public meeting of the ratepayers of the Municipality for the purpose of eliciting their wishes as regards the recovering from the bondsmen of the late Council Clerk the amounts of their respective bonds.

The Chairman stated that in compliance with the requisition he had convened a public meeting on the sixth instant.

Reports:

1. The Chairman’s quarterly report which alluded to the improved state of the Council’s finances, also to the improvements progressing in the several streets with the Kerbing and Guttering, also forming and metalling of the streets in the Enmore and O’Connell wards. He also recommended the advisability of purchasing a suitable piece of land for the purpose of erecting Council Chambers on it at some future day. On the motion of Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Bedford, the report was received and adopted.

2. The Treasurer’s quarterly report was read and adopted on the motion of Councillors Knight and Conley.

Miscellaneous business:

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the Chairman, the Chairman of Works, the Treasurer and the mover, be appointed to inquire if a suitable piece of ground can be obtained for the above purpose, and to report upon the same at next meeting.” Carried.

Councillor Bedford drew the attention of the Council to a nuisance existing in Egan Street by a water closet overflowing into Mrs Lawson’s well.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Dunlop, “that the Chairman with Councillors Knight, Bedford, Dunlop and the mover be appointed to inspect the nuisance complained of and report upon the same at next meeting.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the Clerk be instructed to communicate with Mr Robberds respecting a lane enclosed by him at the back of Randle’s Cottages and to request him to reopen the lane immediately.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the consideration of the petition received at last meeting stand over till after the public meeting has taken place as convened by the Chairman.”

Councillor Dunlop moved as an amendment, Councillor Conley seconded, “that we now take the petition into consideration.” Amendment carried.

Councillor Dunlop moved, Councillor Conley seconded, “that the petition be not adopted, for the following reasons, first, because it reflects on the Council by accusing them of a “breach of good faith” and injustice. Second, because the petition states that which is not true. The Council did not make an “absolute” acceptance of Mr Hill’s renunciation etc. as the petition states. Third, that certain ratepayers who signed the petition had the case misrepresented to them by the collectors of names.

Councillor Knight considered a portion of the heading on the petition did reflect on the Council, as such he should not vote for its adoption.

Councillor Munro moved as an amendment, Councillor Cozens seconded, “that the petition now before the Council be adopted”. Councillor Munro regretted that a portion of the heading should be the cause of its not being adopted, he maintained that Mr Hill did morally renounce his suretyship and as such was accepted by the Council.

The Chairman concurred with the motion, although Mr Hill morally renounced his bond, the Council accepted it on the condition that another bond should be executed in the place of Mr Hill’s.

Councillors Munro and Cozens voted for the amendment.

Councillors Dunlop, Conley, Goodsell, Bedford and the Chairman voted for the motion. Motion carried.

The Council then rose.

Signed William Curtis, Chairman

 


 

Council meeting August 13th 1866.

 

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

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

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the New South Wales Commission for the Paris Exhibition of 1867, requesting the Council to expose to public view three placards respecting the said exhibition. Letter received and the Clerk instructed to comply with the request.

2. From Messrs Richardson & Wrench offering for sale to the Council several pieces of land.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the letter be received and considered at a later period of the evening.” Carried.

3. From Mr R. P. Richardson respecting the north eastern portion of the Enmore Ward. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the letter be received and referred to the Committee of Works for their report.” Carried.

4. From Mr R. W. Robberds, in reply to a letter requesting him to reopen a lane at the rear of his residence on the Enmore Road. Moved by Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the letter be received.” Carried.

5. From the Chief Clerk of the Railways Department of Public Works (in reply to a request sent into the Commissioner for permission to use a sufficient number of old sleepers to cover over the drain in Crescent Street) offering the Council a sufficient number at six pence each. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the letter be received and the Chairman be empowered to accept the offer.” Carried.

Reports:

1. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the report of the Finance Committee received on July 30th recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £114.6.9 be adopted.” Carried

2. Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Knight, “that the Committee of Works report received July 30th be adopted.” Carried.

3. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Munro, “that the report of the Finance Committee recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £180.14.8 be received.” Carried.

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

Miscellaneous:

Councillor Dunlop moved, Councillor Conley seconded, that the Chairman be empowered to offer the sum of £3.0.0 per foot for a piece of land fronting the Newtown Road near the Wesleyan Church.” Carried. Councillor Bedford thought it advisable not to purchase any ground until after the paddock adjoining Mr Brown’s has been put up for sale by public auction.

Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that D. Doyle be employed to bring about 25 loads of rubble to fill up the ruts in Lord Street, not to exceed three shillings per load.” Carried.

Councillor Bedford considered that immediate steps should be taken to suppress the number of goats and other animals straying about the streets.

Motions of which notice had been previously given:

1. By Councillor Munro, “that the resolution passed on the 25th April 1866 empowering Mr S. C. Brown to commence legal proceedings against Mr Rowland Hill for the recovery of his bond be rescinded.”

Councillor Dunlop moved, Councillor Conley seconded, “that it be considered by a Committee of the whole Council at a later period of the evening.” Carried.

2. By Councillor Conley, “that the Committee of Works be empowered to employ a person to lay rough Kerbing and Guttering in a lane between Denison Street and Australia Lane.” Carried.

3. A motion standing in Councillor Dunlop’s name was withdrawn.

4. By Councillor Munro, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the Clerk in addition to his present duties be appointed Surveyor and Overseer of Works at an increase of salary of £50.0.0 per annum.”

Councillor Dunlop moved as an amendment, Councillor Goodsell seconded, “that the sum of £15 be paid to the Clerk for extra duties performed by him.” Carried

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

Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the tender of Mr Selby be accepted for Kerbing and Guttering the streets in the Kingston Ward at five shillings and threepence per lineal yard.” Carried.

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

The Council then went into Committee to consider the amendment on Councillor Munro’s motion, when after a lengthy discussion it was resolved on the motion of Councillors Goodsell and Munro, “that Messrs Hill and De Boos should pay the sum of £25 each and £2/10/0 each towards the Council’s law expenses in satisfaction of the said bond, the above gentlemen having confirmed to the said resolution, the Clerk was instructed to communicate with Mr S. C. Brown and request him to immediately stay legal proceedings against Messrs Hill and De boos respecting the bonds.”

Councillor Dunlop voted against the motion.

Notices of motion handed in by Councillor Dunlop and Goodsell.

The Council then rose.

Signed William Curtis, Chairman.

 


 

Council meeting August 29th 1866.

 

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

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

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr Surveyor Armstrong requesting that a list of the streets requiring alignment should be forwarded to the Surveyor General. Letter received on the motion of Councillors Dunlop and Bedford. The Chairman informed the Council that he had instructed the Clerk to comply with the request.

2. Letter from Mr J. N. Brooks respecting a nuisance adjoining his property in Prospect Street. Moved by Councillor Bedford, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the letter be received and referred to the Committee of Works for their inspection and report.” Carried.

Reports:

1. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Conley, “that the report of the Finance Committee received August 13th recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £180/14/8 be adopted.” Carried.

2. Moved by Councillor Knight, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that the report of the Finance Committee recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £134/6/6 be received.” Carried.

3. Moved by Councillor Conley, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the report of the Committee of Works received August 13th be adopted.” Carried.

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

Miscellaneous business:

In reply to a question by Councillor Dunlop, whether any further steps had been taken towards purchasing a piece of ground for the purpose of erecting Council Chambers on it at some future day.

The Chairman informed the Council that in accordance with a resolution passed at the previous meeting he had communicated with Mr R. P. Richardson and had offered the sum of £3/0/0 per foot for a piece near the Wesleyan church fronting to the Newtown Road. Mr Richardson informed him that the lowest sum would be £3/10/0 per foot for the piece of ground referred to. Councillor Bedford again drew the attention of the Council to a more suitable piece of ground adjoining Mr Brown’s property on the Newtown Road.

Councillors Goodsell and Cozens considered that a more suitable and a cheaper piece of ground could be purchased from the White Horse Estate adjoining the Congregational Church on the Cooks River Road.

Councillor Conley stated, “that he had seen Mr Richardson subsequently to his interview with the Chairman, he, Mr Richardson, had authorised him to say he would accept £3/5/0 per foot for the said piece of ground by the Council paying one-fourth part cash and the residue to be paid at 6, 12 and 18 months at the usual interest to suit the convenience of the Council.

Councillor Dunlop, after a few remarks respecting the suitable situation of the piece of ground, moved, “that the Chairman be empowered to accept the offer of Mr Richardson as stated by Councillor Conley, that is, £3/5/0 per foot for 83 feet six inches fronting to the Newtown Road divided by a lane from the Wesleyan church. Seconded by Councillor Conley and carried.

Councillors Bedford, Goodsell and Cozens voted against the motion. Councillors Dunlop, Conley and Knight voted for the motion. The votes being equal the Chairman gave his casting vote for the motion.

Moved by Councillor Cozens, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the Clerk be again instructed to write to the City Council respecting the removal of the bus stand from its present site.” Carried.

Moved by Councillor Hill, seconded by Councillor Cozens, “that fresh tenders be called for the construction of a brick culvert halfway across the Edgeware Road”. Carried.

Councillor Dunlop requested the Committee of Works to inspect a lane at the back of Mr Whately’s workshops.

Motion of which notice had been previously given.

Moved by Councillor Dunlop, seconded by Councillor Bedford, “that the sum of £2/10/0 per quarter be paid to the Sergeant of Police to assist in suppressing nuisances in the Municipality.” Carried.

A motion standing in Councillor Goodsell’s name was withdrawn.

Notice of motion was handed in by Councillor Conley,

The Council then rose.

Signed William Curtis, Chairman.

 


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