12:00 o’clock noon. Council Chamber 3rd February 1868.

20th quarterly meeting.

Present the Mayor (Mr J. Conley) and Aldermen Goodsell, Munro, Bailey, Curtis, Cozens and Bedford.

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

A letter was read from the Managing Director of the A. J. S. Bank, in reply to a letter from this Council requesting permission to overdraw the authorised credit of £1000, to the extent of £150 until such time as the Government Endowment for the last half year is paid into the said bank; stating that the above request will be complied with upon the personal indemnity of the members of the Council.

Reports:

1. The Mayor read the 20th quarterly or fifth annual report, when it was moved by Alderman Munro, who congratulated the Council upon the extent of the various improvements in the different Wards during the past year, he also concurred with the Mayor that the improvements referred to has given general satisfaction to the rate payers, “that the report be received and adopted.” Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

2. The Treasurer (Alderman Curtis) read his quarterly statement of accounts, and moved that the same be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

3. The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts, certified correct, amounting to £105/10/1. Report adopted on the motion of Alderman Curtis and Alderman Goodsell.

The Council then rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor


 

Council Chamber 8th. February 1868.

Present Aldermen Conley, Galvin, Bailey, Goodsell, Bedford and Gibbons, and the Aldermen elect Messrs. Cozens, Munro and Curtis. In accordance with the 42nd section of the Municipalities Act of 1867, the Council Clerk occupied the chair until the election of the Mayor.

The acting Chairman read a report from the returning officer declaring Mr Richard W. Cozens duly elected Alderman for the Enmore Ward, Mr Henry Munro for the Kingston Ward, and Mr William Curtis for the O’Connell Ward; also that Mr Alfred W. Fallick and Edward Baylis are duly elected auditors for the ensuing year.

The declarations of office of the newly elected Aldermen duly attested were handed in and read.

The acting Chairman read the 22nd section referred to respecting the election of Mayor, when it was moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that in the event of a contest the election of Mayor shall be by ballot.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Curtis, “that Alderman Munro be elected to the office of Mayor for the ensuing year.” Carried.

The acting Chairman then declared Alderman Munro duly elected to the office of Mayor for the ensuing year, the newly elected Mayor took his seat in the chair and returned thanks for the honour conferred upon him.

Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Bedford, and carried, “that a vote of thanks be awarded to Alderman Conley (the late Mayor) for the efficient and impartial manner in which he conducted the business of this Council during the past year. Alderman Conley briefly returned thanks.

The Council then rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.


 

Special meeting by order of the Mayor — Council Chamber 13th February 1868.

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

Minutes:

1. The minutes of proceedings of the 3rd February were read, and adopted on the motion of Aldermen Conley and Goodsell.

2. The minutes of proceedings of 8th instant were also read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Curtis and Galvin.

Correspondence:

Letter read from Mr W. Harvey requesting the Council to alter the Kerbing suitable for a gateway opposite his residence. Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the letter be received, and that the Mayor be authorised to have the request contained in the letter complied with.” Carried.

Appointment of officers:

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that Alderman Curtis be re-elected Treasurer for the current Municipal year.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that Mr S. C. Brown be reappointed solicitor to the Council.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Gibbons, “that Mr Robert N. Banks be reappointed Council Clerk.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Conley,” that Thomas Clarke be reappointed working overseer.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that Mr John Flaherty be reappointed Inspector of Nuisances.” Carried.

Committees:

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Curtis, “that the Finance and Improvement Committees each consist of five members of the Council, and that the By-laws Committee consist of the whole Council.”

Aldermen Bailey moved, and Alderman Conley seconded, as an amendment, “that the Finance and Improvement Committee’s each consist of only four members of the Council and that the whole Council be appointed the By-laws Committee.” The amendment was put and carried. The original motion was then put and lost.

Finance Committee:

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Mayor, with Alderman Curtis, Bailey and Conley be appointed the Finance Committee for the current Municipal year.” Carried unanimously.

Improvement Committee:

Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that Aldermen Goodsell, Galvin, Cozens and the mover be appointed the Improvement Committee for the current Municipal year.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Conley, and carried unanimously, “that Aldermen Bailey be reappointed to sign cheques for the current year in the absence of either the Mayor or Treasurer.”

Alderman Goodsell informed the Council that the Trustees of the Cooks River Road have voted £30 to be handed over to the Newtown Council on the condition that the schoolchildren of St Peter’s and Cooks River are invited to take part in the demonstration to be made by the schoolchildren of Newtown to commemorate the visit of H. R. H. the Duke of Edinburgh to Sydney.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the above offer of the Trustees be accepted.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the Mayor be authorised to communicate with the Government and endeavour to obtain similar assistance as that granted to the Waterloo Municipality towards the erection of an arch, in the event of the Prince visiting the Municipality.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that in the event of H. R. Highness visiting Newtown the Mayor be authorised to prepare an address and submit the same for the Council’s approvement (sic) in order that it may be presented to the Prince.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that a vote of thanks be awarded to Messrs Fallick and Bayliss for the efficient and valuable service as auditors during the past year.” Carried unanimously.

The Council then rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.


 

Council Chamber 24th February 1868.

Special meeting by order of the Mayor.

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

The minutes of previous meeting read, and confirmed on the motion of Alderman Conley and Cozens.

The declarations of office of Messrs. Fallick and Bayliss as auditors was laid on the table.

Correspondence:

1. The Treasurer read a letter from the Under-Secretary for Finance and Trade stating that the Government Endowment for the last half year amounting to £485/14/0 was paid into the A. J. S. Bank on the 18th instant.

2. A letter from the men employed in breaking the white metal, asking for an additional sum per yard for breaking said metal. Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the letter be received and referred to the Improvement Committee for their report.” Carried.

Report:

The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts paid under votes of appropriations amounting to £73/4/11, and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £44/14/9. Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the finance report be received and adopted.” Carried.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Galvin asked the Mayor at what rate per day Dolan is paid? The reply, four shillings per day.

Alderman Galvin moved and Alderman Bedford seconded, “that the Council go into a Committee of the whole to consider Dolan’s case.” Carried.

The Council accordingly went into Committee when it was moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that Dolan be paid at the rate of five shillings per day.” Alderman Curtis moved as an amendment and the Alderman Goodsell seconded, “that Dolan be paid at the rate of four shillings per day.”

Alderman Conley moved a further amendment and Alderman Galvin seconded, “that Dolan be paid at the rate of four shillings and sixpence per day. The motion was put and lost.

The two amendments were put and on both occasions the votes were equal, the Mayor gave his casting vote for the second amendment.

Council having resumed the Mayor reported the resolutions of Committee, when it was moved by Alderman Galvin and seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the resolutions reported by the Mayor be adopted.” Aldermen Galvin, Conley and Bedford voted for the motion and Aldermen Goodsell, Curtis and Cozens voted against the motion the Mayor gave his casting vote with the Ayes, the report was therefore adopted.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that the Finance Committee be instructed to prepare an estimate of the probable expenses of the Borough for the current Municipal year.” Carried unanimously.

2. Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that two Valuers be appointed in accordance with the 172nd section of the Municipalities Act of 1867, and that the Council now proceed to make the appointment.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that Robert Noake Banks, and George Langhorne be appointed valuers for the current Municipal year.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the sum of £15 Sterling be voted for remuneration to Valuers.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that a vote of thanks be accorded to Alderman Curtis for his efficient and valuable service as Treasurer during the past year.” Carried unanimously. Alderman Curtis briefly returned thanks, he also thanked the Council for the confidence placed in him by re-electing him Treasurer for the current Municipal year.

The Council then rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.

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