Council Chambers 5th. May 1868.

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

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

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the Registrar General’s Department, in reply to a question from the Council as to whether the application of I. B. Dransfield to bring a piece of land under the provisions of the Real Property Act, will interfere with the present alignment of Lord Street, stating that the application in question will not interfere with the present alignment of the said street and that the diagram showing the position of the said land is identical with the Government plan showing the alignment of Lord Street. The Mayor informed the Council that from information received from the Surveyor General’s Department the diagram in question is not identical with the Government plan, and it shows an encroachment on the alignment of Lord Street. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the solicitor to the Council be instructed to lodge a caveat against the application in question provided the information received from the Survey Office is correct.” Carried.

Report:

The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts, certified correct, amounting to £84/16/10. Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the report be received and adopted.” Carried.

Mrs Gee’s purchase.

The Mayor laid on the table a document from the solicitor to the Council conveying to Mrs Gee a piece of land purchased by her from the Council. On the motion of Aldermen Bailey and Conley the document was signed by the Mayor and Alderman present. The Mayor then affixed the Corporate Seal thereto.

The Mayor read the following minutes of a meeting held at the Council Chamber on the 1st instant. Present the Mayor, and Aldermen Bedford, Goodsell, Conley, Bailey, and Curtis; and Messrs Josephson, Sadler and Gardiner. Mr Josephson as president of the Newtown School of Arts, submitted the following offers to the Newtown Municipal Council, viz.:

1. The purchase of the land and building known as the Newtown School of Arts, for the sum of £1000 sterling.

2. To hand over to the Council, free of all cost, all furniture, books and other effects belonging to the said institution, provided the Council establish a Free Library in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

The Mayor pointed out the advantages to be derived by accepting the above liberal offers, and as the building had been erected by public contributions, he thought the Council will be only doing an act of justice to prevent the building from falling into private hands.

Alderman Bailey endorsed the remarks made by the Mayor, and said a Town Hall would have to be built in Newtown on a future day, and a suitable building and land for that purpose would cost more than double the amount named in the offer, and a more eligible site for a Town Hall could not be procured in the Borough. He would therefore move, “that the offer to purchase the institution for the sum of £1000 be accepted, subject to the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.” Seconded by Alderman Bedford. Put and carried unanimously.

Alderman Curtis said as the Committee of the institution referred to had determined to close the building as a School of Arts, he considered the Council could not do better than establish a Free Library, and from the advantages to be derived from the provisions of the Municipalities Act, the Municipality would benefit in a pecuniary point. He would therefore move, “that the second offer be accepted subject to the provisions of the said Act.” Alderman Bailey seconded the motion and said he believed that, when the Library is established, that gentlemen living in the neighbourhood would gladly contribute books, maps and instruments towards the above object.

The motion was then put and carried unanimously.

The Aldermen agreed to meet on Friday morning next at 10 o’clock to forward to the Secretaries of the Prince Alfred Hospital Fund the subscriptions collected in the Borough for that purpose.

Questions:

In reply to a question by Alderman Cozens as to whether any further steps had been taken respecting removal of the omnibus stand on the Enmore Road, the Mayor said that the deputation appointed had waited on the Mayor of Sydney and that the petition had been placed in the hands of Alderman Murphy who promised to bring the matter forward in the City Council as soon as he obtained all the information required for that purpose.

In reply to a question by Alderman Bedford as to what steps had been taken respecting the nuisance complained of by Mr G. Langhorne, the Mayor said that an advertisement should be inserted in the daily newspapers as agreed to on the 23rd ultimo.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 13th May 1868.

Special meeting by order of the Mayor.

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

The minutes of the previous meeting read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Conley and Bedford.

The Mayor said his reasons for convening the present meeting was in consequence of a communication received from the Registrar General’s Department per the solicitor to the Council respecting the application of I. B. Dransfield to bring a piece of land under the provisions of the Real Property Act, the solicitor (Mr S. C. Brown) advised the Council not to lodge a caveat against the above application.

After a lengthy discussion it was ultimately agreed on the motion of Aldermen Conley and Bedford, “that the Mayor, Aldermen Goodsell and the Clerk with the solicitor to the Council should call at the Registrar General’s Department and endeavour to arrange the matter without lodging a caveat, but in the event of the Council not receiving satisfactory information that the application in question will not interfere with the present alignment of Lord Street that the solicitor be instructed by the Mayor to at once lodge a caveat against the application referred to.”

The Council then rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.

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