Council Chambers 10th January 1871.
Present the Mayor and Aldermen Curtis, Bailey, Conley, Munro, Cozens, Bedford and Galvin.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Bailey and Conley.
1. Letter from the Secretary of the Newtown Mutual Improvement Association, asking for the patronage of the Council, the loan of the Hall, and the appointment of a night on which to hold an entertainment in connection with the said association. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the request contained in the letter be acceded to”. Carried.
2. From Mrs Orr asking permission to dig a well in front of Elisabeth Terrace. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the letter be received and referred to the Committee for Works for their report”. Carried.
The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £120/1/6, and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £48/11/6.
Report adopted on the motion of Aldermen Curtis and Munro.
Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Mayor, Alderman Bedford and the mover be appointed to wait on the Mayor of Sydney in reference to the removal of the Enmore Road omnibus stand”. Carried.
Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that a deputation of the Mayor and Aldermen be again appointed in conjunction with the Marrickville Council to wait upon the Minister for Lands in reference to the encroachment on Enmore Road at the boundary of the two Borough’s”. Carried.
In reply to a question by Alderman Munro, the Mayor said that Denison Street would be metalled as soon as the metalling on Missenden Road is completed.
Motion pursuant to notice:
Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that the Bill now before Parliament, “to regulate Public Vehicles in the City and the Police District of Sydney, and boats plying for hire in the Harbour of Port Jackson, be taken into consideration by this Council “. Carried.
The Clerk was instructed to obtain copies of the Bill, and it was decided to take the said Bill into consideration at next Council meeting.
On the motion of Alderman Bailey it was agreed to hold a Court in the Council Chamber, at four o’clock PM on Monday the 23rd instant, for the purpose of revising the Municipal Lists for the year 1871-72.
Orders of the day:
1. Mr Penfold letter. It was agreed that the whole Council inspect and report upon the drain running through his land.
2. Mr Kennedy’s letter. It was decided that the Council could not accede to the wish of Mr Kennedy.
After short discussion the offer of Mr Selby to lay Kerbing and Guttering at six shillings per yard was accepted.
The Council then rose.
Signed, Joseph Kingsbury, Mayor.
Four o’clock PM. Council Chambers 23rd January 1871.
Present the Mayor and Aldermen Bedford, Curtis, Galvin, Munro, Conley, Hobbs and Bailey.
The Mayor said that he had in accordance with section 57 of the Municipalities Act, convened the present meeting in order to revise the Municipal Lists for the Municipal Year 18 71-72.
One claim for insertion in the Kingston Ward List was allowed.
The Mayor having signed the Lists, the court rose.
Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.
Council Chambers 24th. January 1871.
Present the Mayor and Aldermen Munro, Conley, Cozens, Galvin and Bailey.
Minutes: the minutes of previous meeting were read, and confirmed on the motion of Alderman Conley and Cozens.
1. Letter from Mr Harris calling the attention of Council to the present state of Nelson Street. Clerk to reply and inform Mr Harris that the Council intend as soon as possible to Kerb and Gutter both sides of the Street in question.
2. From residents of Horbury Terrace asking the Council to effect certain repairs in that Street. Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Munro, “that the Committee for Works be authorised to carry out any necessary work to repair the roadway and footpath in Horbury Terrace”. Carried.
The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £49/15/6 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £49/3/0. Report adopted on the motion of Aldermen Conley and Munro.
The Mayor drew the attention of Aldermen to the following question, put by Alderman MacKintosh in his place in the City Council, and which appeared in the Herald of the 17th instant, viz., “is it true that the Mayor and Alderman of a Suburban Municipality signed a petition in favour of an omnibus driver obtaining a licence with had been fined eleven times during 1870, etc. etc.”? In explanation he stated the driver (Samuel Hughes) in question came to his residence and said his licence had been refused because he had been fined two or three times during the past 12 months. Knowing Hughes to be a sober man, and believing his statement, he signed the petition as a resident of, and not as the Mayor of Newtown, neither did he know it was the intention of Hughes to ask any of the Aldermen to sign the petition. The case had been wholly misrepresented, as the Newtown Aldermen were not the only persons who signed the petition in question.
All the Alderman present endorsed the statement made by the Mayor; and as no two Alderman had signed the petition in the presence of each other, but upon the good faith of Hughes statement, they hoped the Mayor would send a letter to the City Council stating the facts of the case.
Order of the day:
The consideration of Mr Tunks Bill, “to regulate Public Vehicles in the City and Police District of Sydney, and boats plying for hire in the harbour of Port Jackson”. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Bailey, “that this Council approves of the general principle of the Bill”. Carried.
Council then went into Committee to consider the Bill in detail.
On Council resuming the Mayor reported that the Committee recommend that Mr Tunks be requested to make certain amendments of the Bill, the principle of which are, that instead of three there shall be five commissioners to carry out the provisions of the Act, and that the Harbour Master be one of the five; also that the word “one” in clause 11, be substituted in lieu of of the words “two” pounds”. Report adopted on the motion of Aldermen Munro and Bailey.
Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that permission be given to the Trustees of the Main Road to lay Kerbing and Guttering in Lord Street, subject to approval of the Council”. Carried.
The Council then rose.
Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.
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