Council Chambers 10th February 1870.
Election of Mayor.
Present, Aldermen Curtis, Kingsbury, Cozens, Conley, Galvin, Bailey, Bedford and Hobbs.
On the motion of Aldermen Curtis and Bedford, the Council Clerk occupied the chair.
The Chairman said he had convened the meeting in accordance with section 42 of the Municipalities Act of 1867, in order that they should elect a Mayor for the current municipal year.
Returning officer’s report:
The Chairman read a report from the Returning Officer, declaring the following gentlemen re-elected as Aldermen for ensuing three years, Viz.., Mr William Bailey, for the Enmore Ward; Mr William Hobbs, for the Kingston Ward; and Mr Thomas Galvin for the O’Connell Ward; also that Messrs Caleb F. Wilson and James Conley Jnr. have been elected to the office of Auditors for the current municipal year.
The declaration of office of the newly elected Aldermen was read by the Chairman.
The Chairman read the 42nd section referred to, respecting the election of Mayor.
Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that in the event of more than one candidate being proposed that the election be by a ballot”. Carried.
Moved by Alderman Hobbs, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that Alderman Kingsbury be elected Mayor for the current municipal year”.
Amendment, moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that Alderman Bailey be elected Mayor for the current municipal year”.
A ballot was then taken and resulted as follows; Aldermen Kingsbury, five votes. Alderman Bailey, three votes.
The Chairman declared Alderman Kingsbury duly elected Mayor for the current municipal year.
The Mayor returned thanks for the honour conferred upon him.
Moved by Alderman Hobbs, seconded by Alderman Bailey, and supported by Alderman Conley and Alderman Galvin, “that a vote of thanks be given to Alderman Curtis (the ex Mayor) for the efficient and impartial manner in which he fulfilled the duties of that office during the past year”. Carried unanimously.
Alderman Curtis returned thanks for the cordial expression of approval of his conduct during the time he occupied the mayoral chair.
Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the thanks of this Council be presented to Messrs A. W. Fallick, and J. D. Ewens for the efficient and faithful manner in which they performed their duties as Auditors to this Borough during the past year”. Carried unanimously.
The Council then rose.
Signed, William Curtis, Chairman.
Council Chambers, 15th February 1870.
Present Aldermen Conley, Cozens, Bailey, Curtis, Galvin, Bedford and Hobbs.
The declaration of office of the Mayor was read and laid on the table. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that Alderman Curtis occupy the chair”. Carried.
The minutes of the two preceding meetings were read, and confirmed on the motion of Alderman Conley and Cozens.
The declaration of office of the newly elected Auditors was read and laid on the table. At this stage of proceedings the Mayor entered the Council Chamber and took his seat in the chair.
1. Letter from Mr Beatson in reference to obtaining control over the licensing of public houses in Municipalities. The Clerk was instructed to reply and state that the Council declined, at present, to entertain the subject.
2. From Mr J. F. Josephson proposing to clear off and remove at his own expense, and for his benefit, from the waterways on both sides of the Enmore Road between Stanmore, and the Newtown Road, all the debris and refuse matter which is constantly accumulating therein.
Alderman Cozens said that the trustees of the Cook’s River Road had agreed to clear out and remove, free of cost to this Council, the gutters of that portion of the Road, situate between Station Street and the railway bridge.
Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that permission be given to Mr Josephson to clear off and remove the debris that accumulates in the gutters on both sides of the Enmore Road between Francis and Station Street”. Carried unanimously.
3. From Mr W. West asking permission to erect a colonnade balcony opposite his residence, Newtown Road. The Clerk was instructed to give the required permission.
4. From Mr Humphrey (Manager, Commercial Bank, Newtown branch), in reference to removal of the cash credit account from the A. J. S. Bank, to his bank. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the letter be received, and that it be made an order of the day for the next meeting”. Carried.
5. From the Town Clerk, Sydney, stating that the Sydney Council will meet at the Town Hall, at 11 o’clock on the 18th instant, for the purpose of conferring with the several Suburban Councils upon the subject of the appointment of public stands for, and the general management of, licensed vehicles plying within eight miles from the corporate limits of the city. Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Curtis, “that the Mayor with Aldermen Munro and Bailey be appointed to represent this Council for the purpose of considering the matter above referred to”. Carried.
Committees, appointment of:
1. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Mayor, with Aldermen Curtis, Bailey, Munro and Conley be appointed the Finance Committee for the current municipal year”. Carried.
2. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that Aldermen Bedford, Cozens, Munro, Galvin and the mover be appointed the Committee for Works”. Carried
3. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Curtis, “that the Mayor, Aldermen Hobbs, Galvin, Bailey and Munro be appointed the Library Committee”.
Amendment, moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the Library Committee consist of the whole Council”.
The amended was put and lost. The motion was put and carried.
The whole Council were appointed a By-law Committee; also a building Committee.
By request of Alderman Bailey, the Clerk was instructed to inquire when the remainder of the gas lamps will be erected on the Enmore Road.
The Council then rose.
Signed, Joseph Kingsbury, Mayor.
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