Council Chambers October 6th 1874.
Present his worship the Mayor, with Aldermen Henderson, Smith, Cozens, Galvin, Bedford, Conley and Goodsell.
The minutes of the meetings of September 1st and September 22nd, were read, confirmed, and signed by the Mayor, on the motion of Aldermen Conley and Bedford.
1. Letter read from the Under Secretary for Finance and Trade, informing the Council that the Government endowment for the last half-year, amounting to £202/1/7, had been paid into the credit of the Borough, at the Australian Joint Stock Bank. Moved by Alderman Henderson, and seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that the letter be received and laid on the table”. Carried.
2. From the Borough of Camperdown requesting that this Council will erect a public gas lamp at the boundary of this Borough on the Camperdown Road or at the corner of Brown Street. Resolved on the motion of Aldermen Galvin and Henderson, “that the Council Clerk be instructed to inform the Camperdown Council that as this Council does not levy a lighting rate, they do not feel warranted in acceding to the request”.
3. From the Secretary of the General Post Office informing this Council that directions have been given to the letter carriers to deliver correspondence in that portion of the Borough situated between Cook’s River Road, May and Lord streets, the previous non delivery thereat resulting from misunderstanding on the carriers part. Letter was laid on the table.
4. From the Marrickville Council, offering to co-operate with this Council in the appointment and partial remuneration of a Pound keeper for the Newtown Pound. Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the offer be accepted”. Carried.
5. From St Peters Council, and
6. From the Petersham Council, declining to act with this Council in the appointment etc of a Pound keeper for the Newtown Pound.
Both letters received and laid on the table.
Petition from residents etc. Bedford and Albert streets:
Alderman Smith presented a petition from a number of residents of the Borough, desirous of forming an association of mutual improvement, requesting permission to use the Town Hall for such purposes, one evening in each week. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the petition be received, and the request contained therein, granted, subject to the library By-laws”. Carried.
The Finance Committee brought up a report of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £76/8/9, and recommending payment of other accounts amounting to £13/2/0. Resolved on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Conley, “that the report be received and adopted”.
Motion pursuant to notice.
Alderman Smith moved, “that Mr John D. Ewens be appointed assistant Council Clerk during the illness of the present Council Clerk”. The motion was seconded by Alderman Galvin, and after considerable discussion, was postponed at the suggestion of the Mayor, to enable him to obtain the opinion of council’s solicitor, on the subject, and to be again brought forward at a special meeting of the Council, which the Mayor stated he would convene Tuesday 13th instant.
Order of the day:
The matter of the Pound keeper’s resignation was brought forward, in accordance with the resolution of the last meeting of the Council. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the consideration of the subject be further postponed for one-month”. Carried.
Alderman Galvin brought under the notice of the Mayor the desirability of placing, say 8 loads of rubble, between the metalling and guttering of certain portions of the Missenden Road. The Mayor promised to see to the matter at once.
Kingston Ward, white metal.
In answer to a question by Alderman Smith, the Mayor stated that he would call for tenders for supplying 150 tons of white metal for Kingston Ward, as per vote of Council on 21st April last.
Susan and Campbell streets.
Alderman Bedford brought under notice of council the dangerous state of the corner of Susan and Campbell streets, suggesting that the evil may be remedied by a few feet of Kerbing and guttering being laid at the spot; it was resolved on the motion of Aldermen Bedford and Goodsell, “that the matter be referred to the Committee of Works for their report”.
The Council then rose.
Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.
Council Chambers October 15th 1874.
Present his worship the Mayor, together with Aldermen Conley, Bedford, Fallick, Henderson, Goodsell and Smith.
The minutes of the meeting held on 6th instant were read, confirmed and signed by the Mayor, on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Fallick.
His worship rose to explain that he had convened this meeting to take into consideration the appointment of a Council Clerk, and he should have summonsed the Council for the 13th instant, as arranged at the last meeting, but for the fact that the late Council Clerk (Mr Banks) died on the 10th instant, which event would necessitate the withdrawal of the motion standing in Alderman Smith’s name, which motion being to consider the appointment of an assistant Council Clerk during Mr Banks illness, was to have been the object of this special meeting, in accordance with the proceedings of the last meeting.
It was then moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the motion postponed from last meeting relative to the appointment of an assistant Council Clerk be withdrawn”. Motion put and carried.
Consideration of appointment of a Council Clerk, vice R. N. Banks, deceased.
The Council their upon resolved itself into a Committee of the whole, on the motion of Aldermen Fallick and Henderson, “to take into consideration the appointment of a Council Clerk, vice R. N. Banks, deceased”.
On the Council resuming, the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended that the Mayor and acting Council Clerk, “be empowered to prepare a specification defining the duties of the Council Clerk to be appointed”. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the report of the Committee as brought up be adopted”. Put and carried.
The meeting then adjourned.
Signed J. T. Smith, acting Mayor.
Council Chambers October 20th 1874.
Present, Alderman Smith, Henderson, Conley, Galvin, Bedford and Goodsell.
In the absence of the Mayor, Alderman Smith was voted into the Chair, on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Bedford.
The minutes of the special meeting of October 15th were read and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Bedford.
1. Letter read from the Reverend I. P. Fitzpatrick, seeking permission from the Council to place a stone flag on the footpath at the west side of St Joseph’s Church for the purpose of having certain closets, now building there, cleaned out.
(His Worship here entered the chamber, and took possession of the Chair.)
Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Smith, “that the matter be referred to the Committee of Works for their report at the next meeting”. Motion put and carried.
Alderman Smith, as Chairman of the Committee of Works, brought up a report recommending;
That the watercourse in Albert Street be cleaned; that Bedford Street be metalled; that about 10 yards of Kerbing and guttering be laid at the corner of Susan and Campbell streets; and that the Kerbing and guttering laid in Campbell Street by Mr Selby had been inspected by the Committee and the work approved of. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the report be received and adopted”. Carried.
Kerbing and guttering lane.
Alderman Conley brought under the notice of Council the desirability of laying about 10 yards of Kerbing and guttering in a portion of the lane at the rear of Mr Lavender’s cottage. The Mayor having first obtained the consent of the Aldermen present, promised to have the work done.
The Mayor reported that no tenders had been received for the supply of white metal for Kingston Ward. The consideration of this matter was postponed until next meeting.
Appointment of Council Clerk:
On the motion of Aldermen Galvin and Henderson the Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering the appointment of a Council Clerk and matters connected there with.
On the Council resuming the Mayor reported that the Committee recommend that the duties of the Council Clerk to be appointed shall be as follows;
1. He shall perform all things necessary to be done by a Council Clerk in accordance with the Municipalities Act of 1867.
2. He shall superintend the formation of streets and lanes, and act as general overseer over all the corporate Works.
3. He shall collect and receive all rates and moneys payable to the corporation.
4. He shall act as librarian for the free public library in connection with the Borough.
The remuneration for the aforesaid services shall be as follows;
140 pounds per annum with residence and gas lighting.
That applications be invited from persons competent to fill the position until Tuesday next, 27th instant at four o’clock PM.
Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the report of the Committee be adopted”. Carried.
The Council then separated.
Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.
Town Hall, October 27th 1874.
Present the Mayor and the whole Council.
The minutes of the previous meeting held on the 20th instant, were read and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Conley and Fallick.
Applications for the position of Council Clerk.
On the motion of Aldermen Galvin and Fallick, the Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering the appointment of a Council Clerk.
The whole of the applications for the appointment was then opened and considered.
On the Council resuming, the Mayor reported, “that the Committee recommend that Mr Charles Joseph Banks’ application be accepted”.
Mr C. J. Banks appointed Council Clerk.
Moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Conley, “that in accordance with the recommendation of the Committee, Mr Charles Joseph Banks be appointed Council Clerk for this Borough”. The motion was put and carried unanimously.
Moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the Council Clerk be required to execute a Fidelity Bond; and to submit the names of two persons as sureties in the sum of 100 pounds each, for approval at the next meeting”. Carried.
Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.
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