Council Chambers 6th. October 1868.

Present the Mayor (Mr H. Munro) and Alderman Bailey, Conley, Curtis, Cozens, Galvin, Goodsell, Gibbons and Bedford.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Galvin and Curtis.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the Clerk to the Marrickville Council, with a copy of the Mayor’s minute adopted by that Council on the 31st August ultimo, having reference to footpath on Enmore Road, an encroachment on the said Road between Juliet Street and the Stanmore Road within the Borough of Newtown.

The Clerk was instructed to place the minutes with the records of the Council.

2. From Mr J. Kettle asking Council to complete Kerbing opposite his residence in Wilson Street as he wished to flag the footway.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that the request contained in the letter be complied with.” Carried.

3. From Mr S. A. Stephen stating that some of the residents in South Kingston, west of Liberty Street, are desirous of getting the land west of that street to Denison Street, and bounded on the north by the railway, and south by the Stanmore Road, annexed to the Borough of Newtown; also asking the consent of the Newtown Council to the proposed annexation.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the consent of this Council be granted to the proposed annexation of the land west of Liberty Street, as above described.”

Amendment moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Gibbons, “that the consideration of the letter stand over for a period of six months.”

The Amendment was put, Ayes; Aldermen Goodsell, Gibbons, Galvin, and Bedford. Noes; Aldermen Bailey, Conley, Cozens and Curtis.

The Mayor gave his casting vote with the noes, the Amendment was lost.

The motion was put, ayes; Aldermen Bailey, Conley, Cozens and Curtis. Noes; Aldermen Goodsell, Gibbons, Galvin and Bedford.

The Mayor gave his casting vote with the ayes. The motion was carried.

4. From the Colonial Secretary’s office referring to By-laws. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that a special meeting of the By-laws Committee be convened for the purpose of revising the By-laws prepared by the Mayor, and the letter be taken into consideration at that meeting.” Carried.

Petitions:

1. Alderman Bailey presented a petition from 48 ratepayers of the Kingston Ward, praying that the Council will take immediate steps to make provision for lighting with gas the streets of this Municipality, and, if necessary, to levy a small additional rate of that purpose. After a few remarks as to the benefit that would be derived if the object in view was carried into effect, Alderman Bailey moved and Alderman Cozens seconded, “that the petition be received.”

Amendment moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Gibbons, “that the petition be not received.”

Alderman Galvin said he should not oppose the object of the petition if the Council were in a position to lower the general rate, so that the general and the special rate together did not exceed one shilling in the £.

The Amendment was put, ayes; Aldermen Galvin, Gibbons, Bedford and Goodsell. Noes; Aldermen Bailey, Conley, Curtis and Cozens.

The Mayor gave his casting vote with the noes. The Amendment was lost.

The motion for the reception of the petition was put. ayes; Aldermen Bailey, Conley, Curtis and Cozens. Noes; Aldermen Galvin, Gibbons, Bedford and Goodsell.

The Mayor have his casting vote with the ayes. The motion was carried.

2. Alderman Conley presented a petition from 52 ratepayers of the Enmore Ward, also praying the Council to light with gas the streets of this Municipality. The petition was received by the casting vote of the Mayor, the voting being the same as for the first petition.

Alderman Curtis said he had been requested to present a numerously signed petition from the O’Connell Ward ratepayers towards the same object; the petition, at present, had not been forwarded to him.

The following minutes on question of water supply was read and adopted on motion of Aldermen Galvin and Conley, Viz., “the representatives of the Boroughs of Newtown and Cook appointed to inquire as to the practicability of supplying the suburbs, South and Southwest of Sydney with pure water from Cooks River, met at the Newtown Council Chamber on Saturday afternoon the 19th September last. The Mayor of Newtown presided.

“After carefully considering the information received from various sources, and from personal inspection of the River, and the locality of the proposed watercourse, the Committee are of opinion that the plan proposed by Mr T. Holt of the Warren, for supplying the suburbs with water from Cooks River is not a desirable one to adopt.”

Reports:

Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the Finance Committee’s report of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £101/3/0 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £20/7/6 be adopted.” Carried.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Gibbons, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that a sum not exceeding £12 be voted for completing the formation of Horbury Terrace.” Carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Gibbons, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that a sum not exceeding £50 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering about 200 yards in Oxford and Station Streets, and Horbury Terrace (around St Joseph’s Church) and that tenders be called for the performance of the same.” Carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that a sum not exceeding £70 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering (about 326 yards) portions of Hordern, Susan, Bedford and Brick Streets, and the Camperdown Road; also to take up and relay the flagging at the corner of Hordern Street and the Newtown Road, and that tenders be called for the performance of the same.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Gibbons, “that the Clerk be instructed to write to all Suburban Borough Councils, and respectfully request each of them to appoint the Mayor and two Aldermen to meet at some convenient place in Sydney, for the purpose of taking some steps to obtain control over omnibuses plying to the suburbs, licensed by the City Council, and, (as the license fees of such omnibuses still go to swell the revenue of the city), whether it is not desirable to petition the Government to introduce a ‘Bill’ as soon as possible to meet the justice of the case.” Carried unanimously.

On motion of Aldermen Curtis and Galvin, the Council went into Committee to determine on tenders for the loan of £1000 for five years; also for supplying 250 tons of white metal, when it was moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Gibbons, “that the offer of Mr W. Tye to loan the Council the sum of £1000 for five years at the rate of six pounds per centum per annum, be accepted.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the tender of Mr Thomas West to supply 250 cubic yards of white metal at five shillings and sixpence per yard be accepted.” Carried.

Council having resumed, the Mayor reported the resolutions of Committee.

The first resolution was adopted on motion of Aldermen Galvin and Conley.

The second resolution was also adopted on the motion of Aldermen Bailey and Cozens.

It was agreed to pay the sum of 1/9 per cubic yard for breaking the white metal about to be delivered by Mr Thomas West.

The Council then rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 26 October 1868.

Special meeting by order of the Mayor.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Conley, Curtis, Cozens, Bailey, Goodsell and Bedford.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Cozens and Goodsell.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr J. Lee asking Council for compensation in consequence of extra work, and pecuniary loss to him, during the execution of his contract on the Edgeware Road, in consequence of Mrs Smidmore’s fence not being removed at the proper time. Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the sum of £5 sterling be voted for compensation to Mr J. Lee.” Carried unanimously.

2. From Mr J. Donohoe requesting Council to remove the lamp post opposite the door of his house at the junction of the Newtown and Enmore Roads, and if it is required to have the lamp fixed in the same position he will bear the expense of having a lamp fixed to his Colonade (sic). Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Curtis, “that application be made to the Gas Light Company to have the lamp post taken down, and refixed at the southwest pier of the approach to the railway bridge on the Enmore Road side.” Carried.

3. From the Secretary to the late Committee of the Newtown School of Arts, in reference to the transfer of the building and library to the Council.

4. From the Council’s solicitors, stating that the solicitor for the mortgagee of the Newtown School of Arts informs them that he cannot accept payment of the principal without payment of three-quarters interest that is, one overdue, one current and one in lieu of notice, and that in their opinion the mortgagee is entitled to six months notice, also that the Council have to pay £5 for the abstract. Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that the necessary amount for payment of three-quarters interest on present mortgage of the Newtown School of Arts be voted by this Council; also the sum of five pounds for the abstract, and that Messrs Holdsworth and Brown (the Council solicitors) be empowered to make what arrangements are necessary to complete the transfer of the building. Carried.

Petitions:

1. Alderman Curtis presented a petition from 102 ratepayers of the O’Connell Ward, praying the Council to take immediate steps to make provisions for lighting with gas the streets of this Municipality, and moved that it be received. Seconded by Alderman Conley. The motion was put, For, Aldermen Curtis, Conley, Bailey and Cozens. Against, None. Carried.

2. Alderman Galvin presented a petition from 148 ratepayers of the O’Connell Ward praying the Council will not take any immediate steps to make provisions for lighting with gas the streets of this Municipality, and moved that it be received. Seconded by Alderman Bedford, put and carried unanimously.

3. From 111 ratepayers of the Kingston Ward also praying the Council will not take any steps to make provisions for lighting with gas the streets of this Municipality. Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the petition be received.” Carried unanimously.

The Mayor reported that replies had been received from the Borough Councils of Glebe, Balmain, St. Leonards, Waterloo, Waverley, Redfern and Alexandria, concurring in the proposed conference meeting of Suburban Borough Councils, to take steps to obtain control over omnibuses plying to the suburbs licensed by the City Council. Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that Aldermen Bailey and Curtis in conjunction with the Mayor be appointed to represent this Council at the Conference Meeting referred to.” Carried.

Council then rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.

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