Council Chambers 5th April 1870.

Present the Mayor, and Alderman Hobbs, Curtis, Munro, Conley, Bailey, Bedford and Cozens.

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the Gas Light Company with Articles of Agreement for supply of gas to the Borough. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that this Council hereby approves of the Articles of Agreement for the supply of gas to the Borough, and the Mayor be authorised to sign the said agreement, and affix the Corporate Seal thereto.” Carried.

2. From Mr J. Chard asking permission to make use, for a short time, of a portion of a lane between Wellington and Oxford Street, to place building materials thereon. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Munro, “that the Mayor be authorised to give the required permission.” Carried.

Reports:

1. From the Finance Committee showing an expenditure of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £243/3/11., and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £29/17/7. Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the report of the Finance Committee be received and adopted.” Carried unanimously.

2. From the Library Committee, stating that they agree to forward to Messrs Mudie, and Company, the sum of £50 Stg. to purchase books approved of by the Government for the Newtown Free Library, and recommending that a charge of two shillings and sixpence be made annually to those persons who avail themselves of the fourth Library By-law, in order to provide a fund to keep the books that are circulated in repair. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that the report be received and adopted.” Carried unanimously.

3. The Chairman (Alderman Munro) of the Committee for Works, brought up the following report, recommending;

1. The that a sum not exceeding £40 be voted for metalling a portion of Lord Street, on the condition that the Trustees of the Cook’s River Road expend a similar amount for metalling the said Street.

2. That the following Roads and Streets be repaired with metal as soon as the contractor is enabled to be in the metal required, Viz.., Enmore, Missenden and Camperdown Roads, and Elisabeth Street.

3. That the street adjoining Adams and Webbers premises be Kerbed and Guttered on both sides.

4. That the Missenden Road at it intersection with Longdown Street be cut down about one foot, and reformed.

5. That Mr West be requested to bring in the balance of 1500 yards of metal as agreed upon by the Council last year, and at the same rate per yard.

6. That Denison and Regent Streets, Kingston Ward and that Maria Street, Enmore Ward, be metalled as soon as practicable.

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

The Mayor and then laid before the Council the Valuers returns, of their valuation of rateable property within each of three Wards of the Borough. Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole, for the making of an assessment on the rateable property within this Borough, in accordance with the provisions of the Municipality Act of 1867.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that an assessment be made on the Valuers returns in accordance with the provisions of the Municipality Act of 1867 of all rateable property in each of the three Wards of the Borough.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that the Council resume and that the Chairman report the resolution of Committee.” Carried.

The Council having resumed it’s sittings, the Mayor reported that the Committee having before them the Valuation of all rateable property within the Borough, made by the duly appointed Valuers thereof, had made on the basis of such valuation, an assessment on such rateable property, in accordance with the provisions, and for the purposes, of the Municipality Act of 1867.

Moved by Alderman Curtis, seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that the assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by the Council as the assessment for the now current year upon the rateable property within this Borough, under the provisions, and for the purpose of, the Municipality Act of 1867.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that a rate be levied for the now current year of one shilling in the pound, on the assessed value of the rateable property within this Borough, under the provisions, and for the purposes of, section 164 of the Municipality Act of 1867.” Carried unanimously.

2. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the amount in respect of the rate of one shilling in the pound imposed under the 164th. Section of the Municipality Act of 1867 for the now current year shall be payable at the expiration of 30 days from the service in each case of notice of such rate, but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amount, together with all arrears, if any, shall be made within 30 days after the expiration of the said period no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise, shall be taken by or on behalf of this Council for the recovery of the remaining half of the said amount until the 30th of the day of September next.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the assessment and rate be fairly transcribed in the rate book, and that the Mayor be authorised to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Curtis, “that this Council hereby fixes and appoints Saturday the 14th May next as the day on which appeals against the valuation of rateable property shall be heard, and that the Council Clerk be directed to give due notice of the same by advertisement, as required by law.” Carried unanimously.

The Mayor drew the attention of Council to the encroachment on the Enmore Road between Juliet and Francis Streets, and considered that the matter ought to be dealt with, with as little delay as possible.

After a short discussion it was moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Mayor, Aldermen Bailey and Cozens be appointed to confer with the Marrickville Council as to the best steps to be taken to remove the encroachment, and to report to the Council the probable amount required for compensation, and any other information in connection with the said encroachment.” Carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Mayor be authorised to call for tenders to take down Mr Phillips fence, fronting the Enmore Road, and re-erect a fence to the proper alignment of the said Road.” Carried.

Alderman Bailey drew the attention of Council to the terms offered by Mr Wakely in reference to the removal of the lamp on the Enmore Road. After a short discussion it was agreed that the Lighting Committee should make and enter into a proper agreement with Mr Wakely before such lamp be removed.

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Munro, “that the Marrickville Council be requested to co-operate with this Council in metalling a portion of the Edgeware Road.” Carried.

Signed, Joseph Kingsbury, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 13th April 1870.

Special meeting: by order of the Mayor.

Present the Mayor and Alderman Curtis, Conley, Munro, Cozens, Bedford, Galvin, Bailey and Hobbs.

Minutes:

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

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to determine on tenders for gas fittings to the Town Hall.” Carried

Tenders having been examined, Alderman Munro moved, “that the plan for lighting the Town Hall proposed by Messrs Constable and Turner be adopted by this Council.”

Alderman Galvin said it would be wrong for the Council to accept Messrs Constable and Turner’s tender, the same not being in accordance with the specification, it was an injustice to other parties who had sent in tenders. Alderman Curtis rose to a point of order, and asked the Mayor’s ruling as to whether it was proper for any Alderman to make reflections or impute motives to any matter decided by a majority of the Council.

The Mayor ruled that it is very improper for any Alderman to make reflections on the business decided by the Council, and it was out of order for any Alderman to impute motives to any supposed action by the Council.

Alderman Conley seconded the motion, which was put and carried unanimously.

Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that Messrs Constable and Turner’s offer to perform the gas fitting works as mentioned in their letter for the sum of £30 Stg. be accepted.”

Amendment, moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that the Clerk be instructed to write out a specification for lighting the Town Hall, in accordance with the suggestions made by Messrs Constable and Turner, and that the Mayor be authorised to ask for fresh tenders in accordance with the proposed alterations.”

The Amendment was put and lost. The motion was put and carried.

On the motion of Aldermen Curtis and Hobbs, the Council resumed and the Mayor reported the resolutions of Committee.

Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the resolutions of Committee reported by the Mayor be adopted.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the Mayor and Chairman of the Works Committee have full power to get some additional form seats made for the Town Hall, to get the stage partitions painted and any other necessary Works for opening the said Hall.” Carried.

Signed, Joseph Kingsbury, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 19th April 1870.

Present the Mayor and Alderman Hobbs, Munro, Conley and Cozens.

Minutes:

The minutes of previous meeting read, and confirmed on the motion of Alderman Munro and Hobbs.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the Treasury stating that the Government endowment amounting to £236/12/4 has been placed to the credit of the Municipality at the A. J. S. Bank.

2. From the Marrickville Council referring to the state of the Enmore Road between Stanmore Road and Juliet Street.

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

3. From Mr Phillips in reference to the removal of his fence on the Enmore Road; also respecting the Kerbing and Guttering proposed to be laid on the said Road. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the letter be received and taken into consideration at the next meeting of Council.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to make arrangements for re-opening the Town Hall.” Carried.

Alderman Munro said that several gentlemen, amateurs, had offered their services gratuitously to assist in giving a concert, as soon as the Hall is ready to be opened.

Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the Hall be re-opened with a concert on Monday the 16th May next and that the proceeds be reserved for a fund to assist in purchasing a piano for the Hall.” Carried

Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that Mr James Conley Jr and Mr Calder be invited to co-operate and assist the Council in getting up a concert on the 16th May next and that the charge for admission be, front seats, two shillings, back, one shilling.” Carried.

On the motion of Alderman Conley and Munro the Council resumed and the Mayor reported resolutions of Committee.

Moved by Alderman Hobbs, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the resolutions of Committee reported by the Mayor be adopted.” Carried.

The Council then rose.

Signed, Joseph Kingsbury, Mayor.


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