Council Chambers 5th March 1872.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Galvin, Munro, Henderson, Bedford, Conley and Hobbs.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Hobbs.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mrs Dickson calling attention of Council to an intolerable nuisance caused by boiling down establishments in the adjoining Municipality. Moved by Alderman Munro, seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that the Council of Alexandria be communicated with respecting the nuisance complained of and that they be respectfully requested to take some steps as they may deem fit to abate the said nuisance.” Carried.

2 from the Principal Under-Secretary, informing the Council that, in compliance with the application made by the Mayor, his Excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint Mr William A. Phillips to be an auditor of the Borough of Newtown for the present year, in accordance with the 92nd section of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

3. From the Superintendent of the Sydney Fire Brigade, stating that the Board of Management are not at present prepared to co-operate with the Newtown Council in purchasing a fire engine and other appliances for extinguishing fires.

4. From Mr John H. Smith offering to pay the sum of £5 towards the cost of Kerbing and Guttering opposite his property at the intersection of Crescent and Station Streets. Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the letter be received and referred to Committee for Works for their report”. Carried.

Report:

From the Finance Committee, showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £32/2/5 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £124/3/9. Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that the report be received and adopted”. Carried.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the Finance Committee be instructed to prepare and submit to this Council an estimate in accordance with section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867, of the probable amount which will be required for the now current year in addition to any tolls, rates, or dues levied, or authorised to be levied within this Municipality, and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments, or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any Roads, bridges, punts, wharves, piers or other public Works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the said Act”. Carried unanimously.

2. Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that tenders be called for the performance of the cartage required by the Council during the current Municipal year; also the cleaning of the Lanes and Gutters O’Connell Ward”. Carried unanimously.

The Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 19th March 1872.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Henderson, Goodsell, Conley, Cozens, Galvin, Hobbs and Bedford.

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr R. Nott agent for Messrs J. and A. Fairfax, owners of the Islington Estate, requesting the Council to take charge of the said Estate, with a view to forming the Streets etc. Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the letter be received and its further consideration be made an order of the day at the next Council meeting”. Carried.

2. From Mr C. E. Mudie acknowledging further order for the sum of £33 sterling; also stating that two cases of books for the Newtown Free Library have been forwarded per ship “Damascus”.

3. From Mr J. T. Ryan, of Penrith, offering to deliver into the railway trucks at the Emu siding, blue metal at two shillings and sixpence per ton, the carriage on the same to the Newtown Station will be three shillings per ton, making a total of five shillings and sixpence per ton, unbroken. Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that Mr Ryan be requested to forward 50 tons as a sample of the stone proposed to be delivered”. Carried.

Balance sheet:

The balance sheet for the last half-year, duly audited, was read and adopted on the motion of Aldermen Hobbs and Henderson.

Reports:

1. From the Finance Committee as follows;

In accordance with a resolution passed in Council on the fifth instant, your Committee beg to submit the following estimate of the probable amount (that is to say £1875), which will be required for the now current year,in addition to any tolls, rates, or dues levied, or authorised to be levied within this Municipality, and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments, or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any Roads, bridges, punts, wharves, piers or other public Works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867 “.

Probable expenditure:

Constructing and repairing Roads and other improvements.

Enmore Ward............................. £490/0/0
Kingston Ward........................... £480/0/0
O'Connell Ward.......................... £505/0/0
Total................................... £1475/0/0

General expenses:

Salaries................................ £180/0/0
Printing, advertising etc............... £40/0/0
Interest on loans....................... £90/0/0
Interest on the cash credit............. £40/0/0
Election expenses and valuers........... £30/0/0
Incidental expenses..................... £20/0/0
Total................................... £400/0/0
Grand total....................................... £1875/0/0.

Probable receipts:

The rates:

Enmore Ward............................. £410/0/0
Kingston Ward........................... £390/0/0
O'Connell Ward.......................... £450/0/0
Government endowment.................... £625/0/0
Total.............................................. £1875/0/0.

Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Hobbs, “that the report be received and adopted”. Carried.

2. From the Committee for Works, recommending;

1. That the Clerk be instructed to prepare and estimate the probable cost of building a retaining wall in Wilson Street opposite Mr Rolleston’s property similar to that built by the Council opposite Mr Donohoe’s property.

2. That the offer of Mr J. H. Smith to contribute £5 towards the cost of Kerbing and Guttering opposite his property in Station and Crescent Street, be accepted, and that the sum of £17 be voted to carry out the work; and that 16 inch drainpipes be laid across Crescent Street to drain Station Street.

Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the report be received and adopted”. Carried

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that Alderman Conley be appointed to sign cheques for this Council in conjunction with the Mayor”. Carried.

Alderman Galvin’s notice of motion respecting the price of blue metal, was, with the consent of the Council, withdrawn. Mr Ryan’s letter having furnished the information sought for.

The Council then went into Committee to determine on tenders for the performance of the day work cartage required during the current year; also for cleaning the lanes and Gutters in the O’Connell Ward.

On the Council resuming the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended acceptance of Mr Broadley’s tender to perform the day work at eight shillings per day, and that of Mr Doyle to clean the lanes and Gutters at £2/8/0 per month. Moved by Alderman Hobbs, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the report of the Committee as stated by the Chairman be adopted”. Carried.

The Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Council Chambers 26th March 1872.

Special meeting by order of the Mayor.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Hobbs, Henderson, Goodsell, Conley and Bedford.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Hobbs.

Special business:

The Mayor laid before the Council the Valuers returns of their valuation of all rateable property within each Ward of the Borough.

Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “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 Municipalities Act of 1867.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that an assessment be now made on the Valuer’s returns in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867 of all rateable property in each Ward of the Borough”. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hobbs, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the Council do resume its sittings and that the assessment as now made in Committee be reported for adoption”. Carried.

Council having resumed its 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 set forth in section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867, which assessment he then presented to the Council for adoption.

Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by this Council as the assessment for the now current year upon the rateable property within this Borough, under the provisions and for the purposes set forth in the Municipalities Act of 1867.” Carried.

Motions pursuant to notice:

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

2. Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the amount in respect of the rate of one shilling in the pound imposed under the 164 section of the Municipalities 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 a rate but in all cases where payment of one half of the set 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 day of September next”. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Conley, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the assessment and rate be fairly transcribed into the rate book, and that the Mayor be authorised to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.” Carried.

Tenders:

On the motion of Alderman Conley and Henderson, the Council went into Committee to determine on tenders for Kerbing and Guttering in Crescent and Station Streets.

On Council resuming the Mayor reported that the Committee recommend the acceptance of Mr Selby’s tender at four shillings per yard.

Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the report be adopted”. Carried.

The Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


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