Council Chambers 4th. August 1868.

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

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

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the Colonial Secretary’s Office, in reply to a request that the Hon the Colonial Secretary will receive a deputation from this Council respecting the establishment of a Free Library at Newtown, stating that the Hon. the Colonial Secretary will be happy to receive a deputation on the fifth instant.

2. From Mr W. Eggleton requesting the Council to repair a portion of the White Horse Road. Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the letter be received and referred to the Improvement Committee for their immediate attention.” Carried.

Report:

The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £71/19/9 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £9/0/6. Report adopted on the motion of Aldermen Curtis and Conley.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that a sum not exceeding £19 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering that portion of Station Street on the south side of the Enmore Road and that tenders be called for the performance of the same.” Carried.

2. With respect to a notice of motion by Alderman Bailey, referring to the expediency of establishing a Toll on the Enmore Road, he said his object for causing the motion to be placed on the business paper was, hoping this Council would devise some means for the better maintenance and repair of the Enmore Road. He explained at some length to the meeting that it would require nearly the whole of the rates collected in the Enmore Ward to keep the Road in a good state of repair, unless some plan was adopted by the Council for each Ward to contribute annually towards the cost of repairing the Road in question. He considered the injustice to the rate payers, persons who lived outside the Borough and make use of the Road should be charged a toll, he, therefore, with consent of the Council, withdrew his motion, and substituted the following:- “that a Committee of the whole Council be appointed to enquire, and report to a future meeting of the Council as to the advisability of obtaining some better means for the maintenance and repairs of the Enmore Road.”

After a short discussion in which the Alderman were unanimous that a portion of the Road should be repaired by the Road Trust. The motion was seconded by Alderman Curtis, and carried unanimously.

On motion of Aldermen Curtis and Bedford Council went into Committee for the purpose of examining and determining on tenders for the performance of Works on the Edgeware Road; also for Kerbing and Guttering to be laid down in the O’Connell Ward, when it was moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Gibbons, “that the tender of Mr J. Lee be accepted for the performance of the Works on the Edgeware Road for the sum of £59/10/0.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the tender of Mr M. Selby be accepted for Kerbing and Guttering to be laid down in Mechanic and Wilson Streets, Erskineville Lane and the Missenden Road for the sum of four shillings and nine pence per lineal yard.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Gibbons, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the tender of Mr J. Sly be accepted for Kerbing and Guttering to be laid down in Campbell Street at three shillings and ten pence per lineal yard. Carried.

Council having resumed the Mayor reported the resolutions of Committee when it was moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the resolutions as read by the Mayor be adopted.” Carried.

The Council then rose.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.


 

2 o’clock PM. Council Chambers 12th. August 1868.

Special meeting by order of the Mayor.

Present the Mayor, and Alderman Gibbons, Galvin, Bedford, Conley and Bailey.

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

The Mayor stated what further steps had been taken in regard to the inquiry of obtaining a supply of water from Cook’s River. A general discussion took place upon the above subject when it was moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that Alderman Gibbons and Galvin be appointed, in conjunction with the Mayor, to represent this Council in the Joint Committee for inquiry into Mr Holt’s plan for water supply etc.” Carried.

Alderman Galvin, one of the deputation who waited upon the Hon the Colonial Secretary in reference to the establishment of a Free Library at Newtown, informed the meeting that Mr Parkes had received the deputation in a courteous manner, and would be happy to assist them in any way in his power. The Mayor endorsed the statement made by Alderman Galvin, and as it was probable the first Free Library in the colony would be opened at Newtown, he thought this Council would be acting wisely if they invited Mr Parkes to become patron to the institution.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that as soon as the necessary arrangements are made for opening the library in question, the Hon the Colonial Secretary be invited to open the same and become its patron.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of taking into consideration the advisability of obtaining some better means for the maintenance and repair of the Enmore Road.” Carried.

After a short discussion it was moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the Mayor, Aldermen Bailey and Galvin be appointed a deputation to wait upon the Trustees of the Cooks River with respect to matters relating to the Enmore Road.” Carried.

The Committee then adjourned.

Signed Henry Munro, Mayor.

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