Town Hall, Newtown, October 3rd 1876.

Present, the Mayor and full Council.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of Council held on 26 the September were read and confirmed.

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering applications for the position of Council Clerk etc. for this Borough”. Carried.

The whole the applications — some 33 in number — were then opened and read.

After due consideration of the letters, the number of applications to be further considered was reduced by resolutions of Council, to six.

A ballot was then taken to further reduce the number to three applicants.

A final ballot was then held. Four votes for Mr Ellis. Five votes for Mr Llewelyn.

The result being in favour of Mr E. V. Llewelyn.

The Council therefore resumed its sitting, and the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended that the application of Mr E. V. Llewelyn for the office of Council Clerk be accepted.

Moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the report of the Committee be adopted”. Carried.

The Council then dissolved.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown. October 10th 1876.

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor, and Alderman Abbott, Cozens, Henderson, Melville and Smith.

Minutes:

The minutes of previous meeting having been read, were, on the motion of Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Cozens, confirmed.

Correspondence:

Langhorne books for library.

Letter read from Mr George Langhorne, presenting certain books enumerated therein to the free library.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the letter be received and that the thanks of the Council be transmitted to that gentlemen”.

Camden Street drain.

Letter read from Mr Francis Stack, calling attention to the bad state of the drainage near his property. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the letter be received. Motion put and carried.

Reports:

Reports:

The Worshipful the Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee. Received.

Alderman Smith brought up the several reports of the Works Committee, numbers one to six. Received.

Accounts:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report of the Finance Committee, recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £202/15/5, and also a further sum of £178/15/1, be adopted.

Liberty Street:

Moved by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report of the Works Committee, number one informing the Council that they find that Liberty Street is in sufficiently good order, and calling for no urgent repairs, be adopted. Motion put and carried.

Well Street, completion:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report of the Works Committee, number two, in forming the Council that they have examined Wells Street, and found that it has been finished in accordance with plan and specification, and recommend that the contractor be paid the balance of the amount due to him, be adopted.

Wilson Street, kerbing.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Henderson, that the report of the Works Committee number three, recommending, with reference to the letter from ratepayers in Wilson Street, asking that Kerbing etc. may be laid down on the northside of the said Street; that about 120 yards of the work be performed at a cost not to exceed seven shillings per yard, be adopted.

Forbes Street, formation.

Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the report of the Works Committee number four finding, with regard to a letter from Mr Chisholm asking that Forbes Street may be formed, that the said Street has never been aligned and recommending that the Government be requested to give the proper alignment, that prior to this being done, the Council Clerk be instructed to make full inquiry into the matter, be adopted.

Motion put and carried.

Bedford and Albert streets.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the report of the Works Committee number five, informing the Council that, in accordance with its resolution of 29 August ultimo, they examined the Bedford and Albert streets, and recommending that a 16 foot carriageway be metalled with white metal, between Wellington and Albert streets, continuing the same for about 50 yards into Albert Street, and along Aubrey Terrace respectively, at a cost not to exceed 10 shillings per yard, be adopted.

Sarah Street.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report of the Works Committee number six advising that, in consequence of the bad condition of Sarah Street, a portion of it be rubbled at a cost of £20, be adopted.

Inspector of Nuisances, report.

On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Melville, a report from the Inspector of Nuisances relative to the carrying out of the provisions of the Nuisances Prevention Act, was received, and referred to the Mayor.

Council Clerk’s sureties and library funds.

The Council, upon the motion of Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Cozens, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole for the consideration of the Council Clerk’s sureties, and also the funds of the free library, when it was resolved that the sureties of Dr McKenzie and Mr A. P. Manton, be accepted, and that the balance of the library funds be paid into the bank, and that an account for that fund be opened in the books.

Upon resuming the Mayor reported the items as agreed to in Committee of the whole, whereupon it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report be adopted.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 24th. day of October 1876.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown. October 24th. 1876.

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor, and Alderman Abbott, Cozens, Fallick, Melville, Neale and Smith.

Minutes:

Minutes of last meeting having been read, were, on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Fallick, confirmed.

Correspondence:

Letter read from Mr A. Hinchcliff relative to the non emptying of earth closets at Wellington Terrace, upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Abbott, the letter was received, and referred to the Mayor with a suggestion that the Inspector of Nuisances report upon closets of this kind monthly.

Bishopsgate Street drainage.

Letter read from the Council Clerk to the Camperdown Council, relative to drain pipes in Bishopsgate Street emptying upon Mr Gardiner’s land, and stating that that gentlemen had notified his intention to stop up the said pipes. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the letter be received, and referred to the Works Committee.

Letter read from Mr J. D. Ewens resigning position as assistant Council Clerk. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the letter be considered at a later period of the evening.

Report read from the Inspector of Nuisances, setting forth a number of closets requiring reconstruction. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the report be received, and referred to the Works Committee for their report.

Bligh Street. Forbes resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, that a deputation from this Council be now appointed to confer with the Camperdown Council respecting the condition of Bligh Street.

Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that such deputation consist of the Worshipful the Mayor, Alderman Henderson, Smith and the mover, and that the members of the Camperdown Council be invited to meet in this Hall.

An amended to the effect that the deputation consisting of the members above named wait upon the Camperdown Council this day six months, lapsed for want of a seconder. Motion put and carried.

Railway bridge, Newtown Road.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Melville, that a deputation from this Council wait upon the Hon the Minister for public Works for the purpose of pointing out the narrowness of the roadway over the railway bridge on the Newtown Road showing the danger caused daily to foot passengers, more specifically to children attending public school, and asking that the said bridge may be widened on its northeast side, and that the members of the public school board be invited to join the said deputation.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the said deputation consist of the whole Council, and that the member for Newtown (S. C. Brown Esq) be likewise invited to co-operate, as also the members of the public school board.

Forbes Street.

The Worshipful the Mayor reported that in accordance with a resolution of the Council of the 10th instant the Council Clerk and examined plans in the Government survey office, and seen the Government Gazette of the 28 August 1865 setting forth the extended boundaries of the Borough of Newtown, and found that Forbes Street was entirely excluded, the said boundary running along the building alignment of the westerly side of the Street for its whole length.

Government endowment.

The Worshipful the Mayor stated that he had had an interview with the Under-Secretary for Finance and trade, relative to the items object to for paving set forth in the claim transmitted to the Government for endowment, and was informed that the claim could not be allowed; it was then agreed that an amended form be forwarded omitting these items, with a suitable letter.

Shed at pound.

Alderman Melville drew the attention of the Council to the wants of a shed at the pound, when the Mayor promised to see to the matter.

Cleansing streets. Forbes Alderman Melville having drawn the attention of the Council to the bad state of the trains in front of Mr Hoffman’s and other places, the matter was left in the hands of the Mayor, with an understanding that in future it shall be the duty of the overseer of Works to supervise the work of cleansing contractors and to report any remissness (sic) on their parts.

Wilson Street.

Alderman Abbott gave notice that he would move at the next meeting of this Council that a sum not exceeding £45 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering that portion of Wilson Street, as recommended by the Committee of Works in their report of the ninth October.

The Council then adjourned without further considering Mr Ewens’s letter.

Confirmed in open Council, this seventh day of November 1876. W. Bailey, Mayor.


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