Meeting of the Council of the borough of Newtown. December 5th 1876.

Present, the wish to the Mayor, and Aldermen Abbott, Fallick, Henderson, Melville, Neale, and Smith.

Minutes:

Minutes of previous meeting being read were on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Henderson, confirmed.

Correspondence:

Mary Street drainage.

Letter read from Mr Joseph Horsfall, complaining of the manner in which certain pipes had been laid down through his ground, alleged to have been placed there by the Council, and asking that they may be lowered. Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Henderson, that the letter be received, and that a reply be forwarded intimating that the Council has no jurisdiction over the pipes, and to suggest that he can if he feels so disposed remove them himself.

Amendment moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the matter stand over till next meeting, and that in the meantime the Council clerk to furnish all information appertaining thereto.

After some discussion the motion was withdrawn wildly the Council, and the amendment as the motion was put and carried.

Mr I. H. Donohoe.

Letter read from Mr I. H. Donohoe complaining of damage done to his property by water flowing from Erskineville Lane. A motion that it be received and referred to the Works Committee having been withdrawn, it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that Mr Donohoe be informed by letter that the Council disclaim all liability in the matter, but undertake to lay the subject before the Government.

Omnibus traffic Stanmore.

Letter read from Metropolitan transit Commissioners stating that fresh bylaws relative to the omnibus traffic would soon come into operation.

Endowment.

Letter from the Under-Secretary for Finance and trade intimating that the sum of £214/5/1 has been placed to the credit of the borough in the bank of Australasia.

Both of these letters were, on the motion of Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Fallick, received.

Stanmore Road deputation.

Letter received from the Council clerk of Petersham naming deputation appointed by that Council to meet the Works Committee of this borough relative to Stanmore Road drainage. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the letter be received and laid upon the table.

Liberty Street, Kerbing.

Letter read from Messrs Braham, Roberts, and Mowle, asking that Kerbing and guttering may be laid in front of their respective premises in Liberty Street, and offering to pay 25% of the cost. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the letter be received and the request complied with as soon as possible.

Reports:

Alderman Smith brought up the several reports of Works Committee, numbers 12 to 14 the inclusive received.

Stanmore Road, drainage.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the report of the Works Committee, number 12, informing the Council that in accordance with the desire of Petersham Council, your Committee proceeded to meet the Works Committee of that borough, relative to the drainage of Stanmore Road, but as no member of that body was present, the meeting lapsed, be adopted.

Australia Street, drainage.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the report of the Works Committee, No 13, stating that, with regard to the notice of motion by Alderman Melville, referred to the Committee, relative to the drainage in front of Mr Andrew’s property, your Committee recommend that the Council clerk be instructed to take the necessary levels with a view to ascertain the proper fall, it being their opinion that the stoppage between Messrs Melville and Andrews’ houses is the cause of the nuisance complained of, be adopted.

Robey Street, drainage.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the report of Works Committee, number 14, stating that the Committee find that the open drain complained of by Mr Thomas Blundell as running upon his property in Robey Street runs along the roadway of the said Street, which Street will be aligned in a day or two by the Government surveyor, be adopted.

Kingston Ward, Kerbing and guttering.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick that a further sum of £50, be voted, in addition to the vote already passed on the 25th April last for £150 for Kerbing and guttering in Kingston Ward for the purpose of completing such lanes as the Works Committee may recommend, be adopted.

Mr John Daniel Ewens.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Melville that this Council recognising the valuable services gratuitously rendered to it by Mr John Daniel Ewens, in the capacity of assistant Council clerk during a period extending over two years, instruct the Council clerk to forward to that gentlemen, a letter accepting his resignation of the said office, and expressing the Council’s appreciation of such services, be adopted.

Newtown Road foot paths.

Aldermen Abbott and Melville drew the attention of the Council to the state of the foot paths in Newtown Road, Alderman Melville stated that in some instances the footpath was washed away by the water flowing from the down pipes on to it and suggesting that those people should be written to to complete the piping across the footpath. Ordered that a letter be written.

Mr Stack’s land.

Alderman Neale asked if anything had been done with regard to the drainage of Mr Stack’s land. The matter was referred to the Works Committee for report at next meeting.

The Mayor, in reply to Alderman Melville, relative to a shed at the pound, said that he would instruct the Council clerk to see to the matter.

Cooks River Road and Wells Street.

Alderman Smith called attention to the state of the guttering in Cooks River Road, near May Street, and also the condition of Wells Street. The Mayor intimated that with regard to Wells Street, he had seen Mr Goodsell relative to the supply of ironstone for that Street. Resolved that the Council clerk be instructed to write to Mr Goodsell upon the subject.

Newtown Cab stand.

The Mayor having brought before the Council a petition to the Metropolitan transit Commissioners relative to a Cab stand opposite town Hall, it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the Mayor be authorised to sign the petition for and on behalf of this Council.

In reply to Alderman Melville, the Mayor stated that no money had been received as proceeds from a concert on behalf of the library fund.

Tenders, Wilson Street. Committee of the whole.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Henderson, that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering tenders and other matters.
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