Town Hall, Newtown, April 11th 1876.

Present, the Mayor, with Aldermen Henderson, Fallick, Abbott and Smith.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 31st March were then read, and on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Fallick they were confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the secretary of the General Post Office informing the Council that in reply to its request, a letter receiver would be placed in Albermarle Street, Kingston Ward, but that that department did not think it necessary to place additional receivers in either Enmore or O’Connell Ward’s. Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that the letter be received”. Carried.

2. From Mr D. Elphinstone asking the Council to for the roadway and footpath opposite his land in London Street, as he intended building. On the motion of Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Fallick, it was resolved, “to refer the matter to the Committee of Works for their report”.

3. From Mr I. F. Josephson, complaining of the drainage which flows onto his property in Camdenville, and threatening the Council with legal proceedings unless the nuisance be at once abated. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the matter be referred to the Committee for Works, and that Mr Josephson be advised that the matter will be attended to without delay”. Carried.

4. From the secretary to the Cook’s River Road Trust, intimating that the trustees have agreed to bear one half cost of Kerbing and Guttering the Newtown Road between the toll Bar and Bligh Street as proposed by this Council. On the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Fallick, “the letter was received”.

Report from special Committee.

The Mayor, as chairman of the special Committee appointed by the Council to consider the desirability of contracting a loan and the matters connected therewith, brought up a report recommending;

1. That is sufficient some, say £3000, be borrowed, by debentures of £100 each, to pay off the mortgage and bank overdraft and to provide funds for permanent improvements in the Borough, and that the sanction of his Excellency the Governor be obtained for this purpose in accordance with the Municipalities Act.

2. That the said debentures issued for a term of 10 years, nearing interest at the rate of six pounds per centum per annum payable half yearly.

3. That, prior to issue in such debentures, the Government be applied to for such loan of £3000, under section 190 of the Municipalities Act, in lieu of the above.

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

Orders of the day.

1. Consideration of Mr Josephson’s letter the relative to alleged encroachment of the Council’s fence on his property. The Mayor having explained that, according to a survey taken, an encroachment did exist. It was moved by Alderman Smith, “that the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor”. Seconded by Alderman Fallick and carried.

2. Consideration of letter from Albury Municipal Council relative to petitioning the Government to increase endowment etc.. Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that a reply be sent in effect that although this Council sympathises with the effort intended to be made by the Albury Council, it cannot join in the same at present, as it has assented to another petition to Government, which is still under consideration and which it is hoped will be adopted by the Government, to relieve the necessities of Municipal institutions”. Carried.

Motion pursuant to notice.

By Alderman Smith, “that Mr John Daniel Ewen’s be appointed assistant Council Clerk without salary”. The motion was seconded by Alderman Fallick. In reply to Alderman Abbott, the Mayor explained that in the interest of the Borough, the work of which was now greatly increasing, it was thought desirable to make this appointment. The motion was then put and carried unanimously.

Assessment and rate.

The Mayor Adelaide before the Council the Valuer’s returns of all rateable property within the Borough.

Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the 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 Municipalities Act of 1867”. Carried.

The Committee having examined the Valuer’s returns, it was moved by Alderman Fallick and seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that this Committee, having before them the valuation of rateable property within the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Ward’s of this Borough, made by the duly appointed Valuers thereof, do hereby make, on the basis of such valuation, an assessment on such rateable property, in accordance with the provisions, and for the purposes, of the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Carried.

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

The Council having resumed, the Mayor, as chairman of the whole Committee, reported that such Committee, having before them the valuation of rateable property within the three Wards of this 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 of the Municipalities Act of 1867, which assessment he presented to the Council for adoption.

Moved by Alderman Smith, 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 the three Wards of this Borough, under the provisions, and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Carried.

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

Moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that this Council hereby fixes and appoints Saturday, 13th May, as the day on which appeals against the valuation of rateable property shall be heard, and that the Council Clerk be directed to give due notice of the same, by advertisement, as required by section 175 of the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the assessment and rate be fairly transcribed into the Rate Book, as directed by section 169 of the Municipalities Act of 1867, and that the Mayor be authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto”. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “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 rate, but in all cases where payment of one half of the said 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 amount, until the 30 of day of September next”. Carried.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Town Hall, Newtown, April 25th 1876

Present, the Mayor, with Alderman Abbott, Neale, Cozens, Galvin, Henderson, Smith and Fallick.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 11th instant were read, and on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Neale, they were confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Mr W. T. Argus, asking the Council to form the pathway on one side of Reiby Street where he has property. Letter received on the motion of Aldermen Cozens and Neale.

2. From the Valuers of the Borough certifying as to correctness of the returns of the rateable property within the Borough. Received on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Cozens.

3. From Mr James Fairley, resigning his position as Inspector of Nuisances for this Borough. Received on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Neale.

Finance report:

The Mayor brought up a report from the Finance Committee, showing payments authorised by such Committee amounting to £84/07/0, and recommending payment of further accounts amounting to £67/15/3. Moved by Aldermen Henderson and Neale, “that the report be adopted”. Carried.

Works report:

Alderman Galvin (chairman of Works Committee) brought up a report recommending;

1. That, with reference to Mr Josephson’s complaint respecting the drainage on his property at Camdenville, the matter be referred back to the whole Council for their decision. Resolve that this clause be adopted, and considered in Committee of the whole, at a later period of the meeting.

2. That, with reference to Mr Elphinstone’s application to have the Road and footway in London Street formed, the levels of the Street be taken before any such work is proceeded with. This clause was also adopted.

3. That, referring to Mr Argus’ letter just received, the foot way on the western side of Reiby Street be formed opposite his property, for say, 60 feet. Resolved that as the Street is not yet under the charge of the Council and has never been aligned, the recommendation of the Committee be not adopted at present. Mr Argus to be informed accordingly.

Motion pursuant to notice:

In accordance with due notice, Alderman Smith moved, “that a sum not exceeding £150 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering portions of certain lanes and Streets in Kingston Ward, and that tenders be called for the same”.

In making this proposition Alderman Smith stated that he was content to leave to the discretion of the Works Committee, where the work should be done. The motion having been seconded by Alderman Fallick, was put and carried.

Committee of the whole:

The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of: —

1. Considering the applications for the office of Inspector of Nuisances for the Borough.

2. Making arrangements for a depot for the deposit of night soil.

3. Considering clause one of Works Committee’s report, brought up this meeting.

4. Deciding upon a course of action to be adopted respecting the lighting of the public lamps now that the Government has taken charge of the Newtown and Enmore Roads under the Main Roads Act.

Appointment of Inspector of Nuisances for whole of the applications for the position of Inspector of Nuisances were read and considered.

1. Moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the applications from persons naming over £75 per annum as the salary expected, be not considered”. Carried.

By further resolutions the number of applications to be considered was reduced to six, and then to three, and subsequently to two.

It was then moved by Alderman Neale, and seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Committee recommend that the application of Mr Edward Broomfield at the rate of £75 per annum, be accepted”. Carried.

Appointment of depot for night soil:

2. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the Committee recommended that the Mayor be authorised to make the necessary arrangements as to a suitable site for a depot for reception of night soil, and the payment to be made therefore”. Carried.

Drainage in Camdenville:

3. Resolved that with reference to clause one of the Works report, the Committee recommend that Mr Josephson be invited to meet the Council on his property at Camdenville on an afternoon to be named by him.

4. Resolved that with reference to the action taken by the Government in respect to the Newtown and Enmore Roads, the Committee recommend that the Australian gas light company be at once advised that this Council will not be responsible for any gas supplied to the public lamps within the Borough from this date.

The Council then resumed the and the Mayor reported the recommendations of the Committee, numbers 1,2,3 and 4, on the motion of Aldermen Smith and Fallick, the report was adopted.

The Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


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