Council Chambers 7th. July 1868.

Present Aldermen Curtis, Conley, Goodsell, Bailey, Cozens, Bedford, Galvin and Gibbons.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that in consequence of the absence of the Mayor through severe indisposition, that Alderman Curtis take the chair.” Carried.

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

Correspondence:

1. A letter from the Clerk to the Marrickville Council respecting the Works agreed to be performed on the Edgeware Road.

Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Gibbons, “that the consideration of the letter stand over until the fence adjoining Mr Smidmore’s property is removed.” Carried

2. From Mr Newman and others respecting the state of the footpath opposite their properties on the Newtown Road.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the letter be referred to the Improvement Committee for their report.” Carried.

3. From the Sydney Town Clerk informing the Council that the Inspector of Licensed Vehicles reports that the omnibuses are now occupying the stand in Crescent Street.

4. From Mr S. Cook requesting the Council to Kerb and Gutter a portion of Station Street.

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Gibbons, “that the letter be received and referred to the Improvement Committee for their consideration and report.” Carried.

5. From Mr G. W. Barker bringing before the notice of Council the desirability of opening up and making Bligh Street, from the Newtown Road to the Missenden Road.

Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the consideration of the letter stand over until the alignment of Bligh Street is proclaimed by the Government.” Carried

6. From the Clerk to the Cook and Camperdown Councils asking the Newtown Council to co-operate with them in endeavouring to obtain a supply of water for the whole district.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the letter be received and the Clerk instructed to reply and invite the Mayors and Aldermen of Cook and Camperdown to meet the Newtown Council for the purpose of considering the above matter.” Carried.

7. From Mr J. Davison complaining of an encroachment on the lane adjoining his property, situate between Oxford and Baltic Streets.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that the Clerk be instructed to make the necessary inquiries respecting the said encroachment.” Carried.

Report:

The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts, paid under votes of appropriations amounting to £141/3/4, and recommending payment of an account amounting to £12/0/0. Report received and adopted on the motion of Aldermen Bailey and Conley.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Clerk be instructed to have a notice board fixed in Station Street, with the following words painted thereon “hard rubbish may be shot here.” Carried.

Motion pursuant to notice.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that a sum not exceeding £140 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering portions of the following Streets, O’Connell Ward, Viz., Campbell, Mechanic and Wilson Streets, Erskineville Lane and the Missenden Road, and that tenders be called for the performance of same.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering tenders for the performance of Works on the Edgeware Road.”

Alderman Goodsell moved as an Amendment, “that the consideration of the tenders stand over until the next meeting of Council.” Seconded by Alderman Conley, put and carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Clerk be instructed to lock-up the tenders until the next meeting of Council.”

Alderman Galvin moved as Amendment, “that the Clerk be instructed to return the tenders to their several owners.”

The Chairman then put the Amendment, and the resolution, the votes be equal he gave his casting vote in favour of the motion.

The Clerk was then instructed to lock-up the tenders.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 28 July 1868.

Special meeting by order of the Mayor.

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

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

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr J. Roberts asking the Council to allow the New South Wales Protestant Association to hold a meeting in the hall of this building. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Curtis, “that the application be not entertained.” Carried.

Special business.

The following letter was read from the Secretary to the Committee of the Newtown School of Arts, Viz.,

Newtown 20th July 1867.

Gentlemen, I am requested by the Committee of the Newtown School of Arts to forward for your approval the following resolutions passed at a special general meeting of the members of the above institution held on be 22nd June last and confirmed at a general meeting on the 10th instant, Viz..,

1. “That the offer of the Newtown Municipal Council to purchase the building known as the Newtown School of Arts for £1000 be accepted.”

2. “That the Committee agree to hand over to the Council free of all cost all furniture, books and effects (the property of the institution) on condition that the said Council shall establish a Free Library within the said building, for the use of the rate payers of Newtown, under the provisions of the Municipalities Act.”

3. “That the Committee be authorised to hand over to the Government any surplus funds that may remain in the hands of the Treasurer after satisfying all the just debts of the institution.”

The following resolutions were also agreed to on the 10th July, Viz..,

1. That the Mayor be requested to put himself in correspondence with Mr Josephson respecting payment of the purchase money for the building.

I have also to request that you will appoint some person, to act in conjunction with Mr Goodin (the late librarian) in taking an inventory of all books, furniture and effects of the above institution before being handed over to the Council upon the certification of which subject to the approval of the Council Clerk and myself, such transfer will be made.

I have the honour etc.

W. G. Gardiner, honorary Secretary.

To his worship the Mayor, and Alderman of the Borough of Newtown.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the letter be received and adopted.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that in accordance with the 190th section of the Municipalities Act, application be made to the Governor for permission to borrow the sum of £1000 sterling to purchase the building under discussion this evening.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Mayor with Aldermen Curtis and Galvin be appointed to wait on the Honourable the Colonial Secretary respecting the establishment of a Free Library at Newtown, and that Mr Josephson be requested to accompany the deputation.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the Clerk be appointed to act on behalf of the Council in carrying out the last resolution respecting the property of the institution.” Carried.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.

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