Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, November 7th. 1876.

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

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

Letter read from the secretary to the Australian Gas Lighting Coy. Relative to the future payment for the lighting of the 56 lamps upon the Cook’s River and Enmore Roads. Letter received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Melville, that a reply be forwarded stating that this Council are agreeable to pay for the 15 lamps as heretofore, but disown any liability as regards the 41 lately paid for by the Government, but which payment has now been discontinued.

Letter also read from the department of public Works upon the same subject, and which was, on the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Melville, received.

A letter intimating the absence for a while of Mr S. C. Brown, the Hon member for Newtown, from Sydney was likewise received from Messrs Holsworth and Brown.

Letter read from Mr G. A. Hewett, complaining other militants and delay caused to passengers by the Enmore omnibuses owing to the changing of buses. Letter received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Neale, that a communication be forwarded to the Metropolitan transit commissioners embodying the said complaints with a view to have evil remedied.

Reports:

Alderman Smith brought up in several reports of the Works Committee numbers seven to eleven.

Bishopgate Street, Gardiners Lane.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the report of the Works Committee numbers seven, relative to the letter from the Camperdown Council asking that the drain water now running upon Mr Gardiners land, may be diverted into the Street channel in Bishopgate Street, your Committee recommend that no action be taken in the matter until such time as the Street be formed, and suggested that a letter be written to the Camperdown Council advising that the work be undertaken, be adopted.

Simmons Street formation.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the report of the Works Committee No 8, recommending the formation of Simmons Street, the work to be performed by day labour at a cost not exceeding £10, be adopted.

Cesspits.

Upon the report of the Works Committee No 9, stating that with reference to the report of the Inspector of Nuisances the under mentioned closets were visited viz.,

1. Huntington’s, Wellington Street.
2. IKen, Denison Street.
3. Wright and Hamilton, Susan Street.
4. Hughes, O’Connell Street.
5. Smith, O’Connell Street.
6. Crease and Smith, O’Connell Street.
7. Tubby, O’Connell Street.
8. Dale and Daley, Susan Street.
9. Shiroon, not mentioned in report, Susan Street.
10. Doling, Egan Street.

The first five of these, the Committee do not consider require alteration, but numbers six to nine are in a very bad state, and recommend that immediate notice be given to the occupiers to erect fresh cesspits, in each case, in accordance with the provisions of the Nuisances Prevention Act.

With reference to No 10, your Committee find that the occupant of the house is permitted to use the cesspit belonging to the adjoining premises, and that under these circumstances consider that this might have been omitted from the inspector’s report, it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that a portion of the report of the Works Committee dealing with those numbered 1 to 9 be adopted, and it was further resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the case of Dowling, No 10, be allowed to remain as it is, be adopted.

[The above transcription relating to Cesspits strictly adheres to the original, including all obvious errors]

Sewerage of Borough.

The report of the Works Committee No 10 informing the Council that upon the Committee’s again visiting the several streets of the Borough, the necessity for some system of the sewerage is more apparent to them than ever, and urging the Council to take early action in the matter, with a view to carry out the desired object was, upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Galvin, adopted. The Mayor stated that he had had an interview with Prof. Bell, asking that gentlemen if he thought a conference of the several Borough Councils would do any good towards bringing about the object, when he was informed that a plan including a general system of sewerage throughout all the Boroughs was in course of preparation, and would soon be submitted to the Government, it was therefore suggested that he (the Mayor) should wait until such time as the report was printed.

Streets, cleaned.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the report of the Works Committee No 11, informing the Council that the day labour has been employed for the past fortnight in cleaning etc. the under-mentioned streets, most of which have been finished, and the other nearly so, viz.,

Enmore Ward.

James Street.
Edgeware Road.
Crescent Street.
Enmore Road.
Station Street.
Cook’s River Road.
Union Street.

Kingston Ward.

Eliza Street.
Bedford Street.
Wellington Street.
Baltic Street.
Australia Street.
Lennox Street.
Regent Street.

O’Connell Ward.

Messenden Road (sic).
Queen Street.
Wilson Street.
Fitzroy Street.
Bucknell Street.
Egan Street.
Camperdown Road, be adopted.

Wilson Street

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Galvin, 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 9th October, be adopted.

London Street.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the sum of £100 be appropriated for the purpose of metalling London Street with white metal, be adopted.

Stanmore Road, drainage.

The Mayor drew the attention of the Council to the water running through drain pipes onto Mr Hinchcliff’s land below the Stanmore Road, and stated that unless the nuisance was immediately abated, the Council would be sued for damages, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale that to terminate the nuisance complained of by Mr Hinchcliff the water passing from this Borough be diverted into another channel, and that Mr Hinchcliff be informed that the nuisance has been abated, be adopted.

Rates, list of unpaid.

Upon the motion of Alderman Melville, it was resolved that the Council Clerk lay upon the table at the next meeting of this Council a list of unpaid rates.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 21st November 1876. W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown. November 21st 1876.

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

Minutes:

Minutes of previous meeting read, and on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, confirmed.

Correspondence:

Mr Pyne’s cesspits.

Letter read from Mr Pyne stating that he had received two accounts for emptying a cesspit and complaining of the injustice of such a course. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the letter be received, and a reply be forwarded to the effect that the Council learn from the Inspector of Nuisances that the pit was emptied on both occasions by desire of the owner.

Stanmore Road, drainage.

A letter read from the Council Clerk, Petersham, drawing attention to the accumulation of water upon the Stanmore Road near Liberty Street. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick that the letter be received.

Wellington Street footpath.

Letter read from Mr James Kuisscott complaining of the bad state of the footpath near his premises. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick that the letter be received and referred to the Mayor.

Mr Hinchcliff’s land, drainage.

Letter read from Messrs Allen Bowden and Allan expressing the willingness of the client to forgo his claim for the £500 damages in the matter of an alleged nuisance, providing that the costs £4/0/0 be paid by the Council. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the letter be received and that the Council Clerk be instructed to reply that as no claim for the alleged nuisance can be admitted, the Council declines to entertain any proposal for the payment of costs.

Mrs H. Evans, Egan Street.

Letter from Mrs H. Evans, relative to the using of her tank water and cesspit by a neighbour named Doling. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Fallick that the letter be received, and laid upon the table.

Erskineville Lane.

Letter read from Mr I. Hamblin, calling attention to the condition of a portion of Erskineville Lane. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received, it was further resolved upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the work required to be done in Erskineville Lane, be the first on the list for O’Connell Ward.

Robey Street drainage.

Letter read from Mr Thomas Blundell, relative to an open drain running through his property at the bottom of Robey Street. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the letter be received, and referred to the Works Committee.

Reports:

Accounts. The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee No 1 recommending payment of certain accounts. Received.

Bligh Street, deputation.

Alderman Smith brought up a report of a deputation relative to Bligh Street. Received.

Accounts.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the report of the Finance Committee No 1 submitting a list of accounts already paid, and recommending payment of several others, amounting in all to £210/4/9, be adopted.

Bligh Street, deputation.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the report of the deputation appointed to meet the members of the Borough Council of Camperdown, relative to the condition of Bligh Street be received and adopted.

List of unpaid rates.

The Mayor in accordance with the resolution of Council adopted at the previous meeting, laid upon the Council table a list of unpaid rates prepared by the Council clerk, showing the amount to be due as follows: —

Enmore Ward............. £297/4/0.
Kingston Ward........... £99/10/0.
O'Connell Ward.......... £180/0/6.
Total................... £576/14/6.

Spouting etc. to houses.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Henderson, that the Inspector of Nuisances be instructed to cause all owners of property to erect proper spouting and down pipes, and notify to the same the conditions upon which the Council will connect such pipes to the gutter, be adopted.

Australia Street, drainage.

A second notice of motion by Alderman Melville to the effect that such portion of guttering in Australia Street, commencing at junction of Mr Andrew’s property with Mr Melville’s consisting of about two chains be lowered at a cost not exceeding £10 was upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Abbott, referred to the Works Committee for report at next meeting of Council.

Wilson Street, Kerbing etc.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Henderson, that tenders be forthwith called for performing the work of Kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street for which the sum of £45 was voted at last meeting, be adopted.

Gas supply to streets.

The Mayor brought under the notice of the Council the subject of gas supply to the Street lamps, suggesting that they should for the present pay for the lighting of those within the Borough lately put out in consequence of the refusal of the Government to continue payment (13 in No) and at the commencement of the Municipal year, levy a lighting rate of about four pence in the pound, after a lengthy discussion the matter was left in abeyance.

London Street drainpipes.

Alderman Smith called the attention of Council to the want of larger drainpipes at the bottom of London Street. The matter was left in the hands of the Mayor.

Wells Street etc.

Alderman Smith also called attention to certain requirements in Wells Street, and likewise to the action of the Government officials in diverting the water from the Main Road on to Mr Donohoe’s land, and suggested that the Government be asked to place capping on the guttering. The Mayor promised to look at the place and communicate if necessary.

General’s sewerage.

The Mayor in reply to Alderman Smith stated that he had not yet received any report from the sewerage and health board, relative to a general system of sewerage.

Inspector of Nuisances.

Alderman Melville brought forward a series of complaints against the Inspector of Nuisances, sum of which had reference to non-compliance with the provisions of the Nuisances Prevention Act and likewise drew attention to the manner in which the night men performed their duty. The Mayor also stated that he had complaints to make of a similar nature regarding the Inspector of Nuisances.

Opening up of Newtown Road by gas company.

Alderman Abbott spoke of the bad state in which the Newtown Road was left by the gas company after laying down gas pipes.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in opened Council, this fifth day of December 1876.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


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