Town Hall, Newtown, July 4th 1876.

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

Minutes:

Minutes of the Council meeting of 20th June, were read, and on the motion of Alderman Fallick and Neale, they were confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Hon G. W. Allen, in reply to a letter from this Council, increasing his offer, for the improvement of Wells Street, to £20, on condition that the Council forego any right they may possess with regard to the reserve in that Street, and also that the said contribution may be supplemented out of council’s funds for such improvement, but declining to give more than that amount. Moved by Alderman Abbott, and seconded by Alderman, “that the letter be received and considered at the next meeting, and in the meantime inquiry be made as to the desirability of the Council retaining their right to the reserve, or otherwise”. Carried.

2. From the Metropolitan transit commissioners office, asking the Council to express an opinion as to the desirability of permanently carrying out the temporary arrangements now existing with regard to the omnibus stand at the company’s office and the branch lines therefrom; the commissioners being desirous of confirming the present arrangements. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the consideration of this matter be postponed until next meeting”. Carried.

3. From the Under-Secretary for Finance and trade, informing the Council that the amount of endowment claimed by this Council (viz., £182/5/8), cannot be paid by the Government, being partly based upon receipts which are beyond the scope of the provisions of the Municipalities Act, for aid from the consolidated revenue. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that the Mayor be deputed to wait upon the Under-Secretary respecting this matter”. Carried.

4. From the Council Clerk, Borough of Camperdown, in reply to this Council’s letter, consenting to the work of forming and ballasting Bishopsgate Street being performed under the direction of this Council, on the conditions as previously arranged. Received.

5. From the Council Clerk, Borough of Camperdown, asking this Council to convey the drainage by continuing the drain at the back of Mr Clarke’s premises, to the end of John Street, from which point the Camperdown Council would continue such drain. Moved by Alderman Abbott, and seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the letter be referred to the Works Committee for their report”. Carried.

6. From Mr S. M. Walker, asking the Council to retain the well at the reserve in Wells Street, the same being a great convenience to the public in that locality. Received.

Works report.

A report was received from the Committee for Works recommending certain localities in Kingston Ward where the vote of 25th April last for Kerbing and Guttering, should be expended, amounting in all to about 371 yards. Moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the report be adopted”. Carried.

Committee of the whole.

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

1. Considering tenders for Kerbing and Guttering in Kingston Ward.

2. Considering tenders for debentures, and matters connected therewith.

The various tenders having been opened and several matters relating thereto duly considered, the Council resumed it’s sitting, and the Mayor reported that the Committee recommend: —

1. That the Kerbing and Guttering required to be performed in Kingston Ward, that the tender of Mr M. Selby be accepted, at the rates of seven shillings, and eight shillings and sixpence, per yard, for two course and three course respectively.

2. That for the debentures to be issued by this Council, for the sum of 3000 pounds Sterling, payable on 30 June 1886, and bearing 6% interest, the tender of Mr W. E. Sparke for the whole amount, be accepted, at the rate of 100 pounds one shilling Sterling for each 100 pounds debenture.

3. That the Mayor be authorised to affix the corporate seal to such 30 debentures, and that Alderman Fallick and Smith be empowered to sign the same in conjunction with the Mayor and the Council Clerk.

The report of the whole Committee was received and adopted unanimously.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Town Hall, Newtown, 18th July 1876.

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

The declaration of Mr Ninian Melville Jr, the newly elected Alderman for Kingston Ward, was laid on the table.

Minutes:

The minutes of preceding Council meeting read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the department of public Works, in reply to a letter from this Council, stating that the Government intended doing nothing to abate the nuisance arising from the accumulation of dust on the main Road going through this Borough. Moved by Alderman have it, and seconded by Alderman Smith, “that the letter be received, and that the Mayor with Alderman Fallick, Melville and Smith be deputed to wait on the Hon the Minister for Works respecting the unsatisfactory state of the main Road”. Carried.

2. From the Australian joint stock bank, stating that the credit in favour of this Council being now covered by the proceeds of the debentures recently issued by the Council, it will be necessary, in the event of another overdraft being required, to make fresh arrangements for the same. Moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Neale, “that a letter be sent cancelling the cash credit bond”. Carried.

3. From several ratepayers and Egan Street, asking the Council to repair the lower portion of said Street. Moved by Alderman Abbott, and seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the letter be referred to the Works Committee for their report”. Carried.

4. From several residents of James Street, Enmore Ward, calling the Council’s attention to the bad state of repair of that Street. Moved by Alderman Neale, and seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that this matter be also referred to the Works Committee”. Carried.

5. From Mr G. H. B. Gilbert, stating that from unavoidable circumstances, he was unable to fulfill the work tendered for by him to be performed in London and Wells Streets, and apologising for the inconvenience he had caused the Council. Received.

Finance report.

The Finance Committee for a report showing accounts passed by them (portion of which had been already aid under their authority), amounting to £1744/10/5. Moved by Alderman Fallick, and seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the report just read be received and adopted”. Carried.

The Mayor informed the Council that the mortgages amounting to £1500, on the Town Hall building, had that day been paid off, as per Finance report; also that under instruction of the Council, he had had an interview with the Under-Secretary for Finance and trade respecting the non-payment of the endowment due to this Borough for the past half-year, who promised to pay the Council, without further delay, the endowment on the rates and unobjectionable corporate subscriptions.

Orders of the day.

1. The Hon G. W. Allen’s offer of £20 as a subscription towards repair of Wells Street, on condition that the Council forego to him all rights they may have in the reserve in said Street. Moved by Alderman Neale, and seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that this matter be postponed for consideration at the next meeting”. Carried.

2. Application from the Metropolitan transit commissioners for the Council’s opinion as to the desirability of continuing the present system of branch Bus traffic from Newtown to Cook River, Stanmore and Marrickville. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that the Council expresses its approval of branch lines of buses, but that the buses for Marrickville and Stanmore should proceed along the Enmore Road as formerly”. Carried.

3. Considering the desirability of removing the banking account. Moved by Alderman Fallick, and seconded by Alderman Smith, “that the Council transfers its account from the Australian joint stock bank, to the bank of Australasia, Newtown forthwith”. Carried.

Committee of the whole.

The Council thereupon resolved itself into a Committee of the whole, to open fresh tenders for the formation of London and Wells Streets. On the Council resuming, the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended the acceptance of the tenders of Messrs Hodgins, Knight and Freshwater for London Street at the rate of £2/10/0, per chain, and for Wells Street at the rate of 13 shillings per chain. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the report be adopted”. Carried.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


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