Town Hall, Newtown 1st August 1876.

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

Minutes:

The minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the principal Under-Secretary, announcing that the By-laws made by this Council under the powers conferred by the “Nuisances Prevention Act of 1875”, had been confirmed by his Excellency the Governor. Received.

2. From Mr W. H. Piggott calling attention to the dangerous condition of the footpath in Trafalgar Terrace, also to the obstruction caused by heaps of blue metal being allowed to remain thereon, and offering to guarantee, on behalf of residents of South Kingston, the sum of £5 towards cost of repairing same, on condition that the pathways kept unobstructed throughout.

3. From sundry ratepayers and residents using Trafalgar Terrace, making complaints of a similar nature to those named by Mr Piggott in No 2, and, in addition, asking the Council to repair the footpath in Liberty Street from its junction with Trafalgar Terrace. Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the letters be received and a reply sent stating that the request will be complied with”. Carried.

4. From the manager of the Australian joint stock bank, in reply to a letter from this Council, intimating that the cash credit bond for £1000 had been cancelled. Received.

5. From Messrs Alan, Bowden and Alan, complaining of a nuisance being caused to Mr Hinchcliff’s property in the Enmore Road, like a drain which crosses said Road, and asking the Council to remedy the same. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Melville, “that the letter be received and a reply sent stating that inquiry will be made into the matter without delay”. Carried.

6. From Mr George Holl calling the Council’s attention to the bad state of the pathway in front of his property in O’Connell Street.. Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the letter be referred to the Works Committee for their report and the next meeting”. Carried.

7. From Mr A. Swanson, complaining of the state of the footpaths etc. on the south side of the Erskineville Road. The Council Clerk informed the Council that this matter was being attended to. Received.

8. From Messrs Hodgins, Freshwater and Knight offering to form Wells Street for £50, all for 13 shillings per chain without carting. Received.

Committee of Works.

The report was brought up by Alderman Fallick, as a member of the Committee for Works, recommending: —

1. That James Street be ballasted throughout at a cost not exceeding £15.

2. That the lower portion of Egan street be ballasted at a cost of not exceeding £4.

He moved the adoption of his report which was seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Order of the day.

The consideration of Mr G. W. Allen’s offer respecting Wells Street. Moved by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that this Council declines to forgo it’s right to the reserve in Wells Street to Mr Allen, for less than £30, the amount agreed on at the previous meeting”. Carried.

Committee of the whole Council.

The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to take into consideration matters connected with the proposed formation of Wells Street.

On the Council resuming, the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended that fresh tenders be invited for forming said Street, which report was adopted.

A debate arose concerning the deplorable condition of the main Road in this Borough in which several Alderman spoke very strongly on the matter. It was resolved that a deputation from the Council (as named at the last meeting) should wait on the Hon the Minister for Works respecting this and other important matters which demand attention from the Government.

Alderman Smith drew the Mayor’s attention to the state of the lane at the rear of Mr Jones’ in the Newtown Road, and Alderman Melville also complained of the state of the path and roadway in Denison Street.

The Mayor having promised his attention to these matters the Council rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Town Hall, Newtown, August 15th 1876.

Present, the Mayor, with Aldermen Henderson, Fallick, Neale, Melville, Smith and Cozens.

Minutes:

The minutes of the preceding meeting were read, and on the motion of Aldermen Henderson and Melville they were confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Messrs John Dawson & Son, solicitors for Messrs MacDougall, Johnson and Clarke, occupants of houses situate in Brown to Street, Camperdown, desiring to be informed the course this Council intends pursuing with reference to alleged damage to their properties by drainage flowing down O’Connell Street in this Borough.

2. From the Borough Council of Camperdown, having reference to the same matter as contained in the letter love Messrs Dawson and Son, and urging this Council to take steps to remedy the evil complained of. Moved by Alderman Fallick, and seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the letters be received.” Carried.

3. From the manager of the Australian joint stock bank, with reference to any future deposits of money that may be received by the bank, that the Council shall be advised thereon.

4. From the Under-Secretary for Finance and trade, intimating that the Government endowment duty this Council for the half-year ended 31st in January last, amount £148/5/8 had been paid in to the Australian joint stock bank. Both letters were received.

5. From Mr Robert Rogers complaining of damage to his property in Eliza Street, caused by drainage from Charles Street. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the letter be received and considered at a later period of the meeting”. Carried.

6. From Mr George Langhorne, offering, on behalf of Thomas Walker Esq, to dedicate to the public, the Street known Yaralla Street. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the offer be accepted”. Carried.

7. From Mr Thomas West, in reply to a letter from this Council, offering to deliver unbroken white metal in Kingston Ward, of first-class quality, at the rate of seven shillings per ton of 24 cubic feet. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the offer be accepted for such quantity as may be required”. Carried.

Finance report.

A report was admitted from the Finance Committee showing accounts passed (including those paid under authority of such Committee), amounting to £185/15/0. Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the report be received and adopted”. Carried.

Works report.

A report was brought up from the Committee for Works recommending: —

1. That with the garden to drainage running through property at the boundary of O’Connell Ward, the existing pipes be taken up and a stone Gutter 3 feet nine inches wide by one foot six inches deep, covered with hardwood slabs be placed there instead, at a cost of about £35.

2. That the footway in O’Connell Street near Mr Hall’s property be repaired.

3. That the account amended for repairing the footpath in Reiby Street, be paid.

Moved by Alderman Melville, and seconded by Alderman Neale, “that with regard to clause one of the Works report, the Committee of Works be empowered to meet such Aldermen as may be appointed by the Camperdown Council, to confer on matters referring to the drainage through the paddock at the termination of O’Connell Street, and should they agree to the clause as proposed, that the work be performed accordingly. Carried.

Clauses two and three of the for Works report where adopted on the motion of Aldermen Fallick and Henderson.

Motions as per notice.

Pursuant to notice, Alderman Fallick moved, “that the resolution of March 14th last, appointing three Aldermen as the Committee for Works for this Council, be rescinded. The motion was seconded by Alderman Melville, and carried.

Alderman Fallick, according to notice, moved, “that the Committee of Works consist of five Aldermen, viz., Alderman Abbott, Henderson, Neale, Smith and the mover.”

After some debate, and by consent of the Council, Alderman Fallick amended his motion to read as follows, “that the Committee of Works consist of five Aldermen”.

The motion, not being seconded, lapsed.

The Mayor informed the Council that a letter had been sent to the Hon the Minister for public Works, asking him when he would receive the deputation appointed to wait on him, respecting the unsatisfactory state of the main Roads in this Borough, but that no answer had, as yet, been received.

Alderman Melville drew the Council’s attention to the circumstance that in a recent public Court action, the books and other documents belonging to this Council had been exhibited in Court, through a subpoena, and, for a time, impounded in such Court; such a course might have resulted in serious inconvenience to the Council and, in his opinion, should not have been allowed to occur.

Alderman Henderson brought under notice that the Inspector of Nuisances and the contractor for removing night soil for this Borough, were not properly attending to their duties.

An amount promised inquiry into the matter.

The Mayor reported that, as tenders had been invited for the formation of Wells Street, he would convene a special meeting to consider the same.

Alderman Melville gave notice that, at such special meeting, he would move, “that the Committee for Works be now elected, and consist of three Aldermen”.

Council then rose.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Town Hall, Newtown, August 18th 1876.

Present, the Mayor, with Aldermen Cozens, Smith, Melville, Neale and Fallick.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Melville and Cozens.

Motions as per notice.

Pursuant to notice, Alderman Melville moved, “that the Committee of Works be now elected, and consist of three Aldermen”. The motion having been seconded by Alderman Neale, the Mayor moved, as an Amendment, “that the Committee consist of five Aldermen”, which was seconded by Alderman Fallick. The Amendment was put and lost. The original motion was carried.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the Committee for Works consist of Aldermen Cozens, Smith and Galvin”. Motion put and carried.

The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider fresh tenders for the formation of Wells Street.

On Council resuming the Mayor reported that the Committee recommend that the tender of T. Hodgins and I. Knight at the rate of £3/10/0 per chain, be accepted, on condition that the Hon G. W. Allen contribute £30 towards cost of same, in accordance with the previous resolution of Council in the matter of the reserve in that Street.

Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the report be adopted”. Carried.

The meeting and terminated.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


 

Town Hall, Newtown, August 29th. 1876.

Present, the Mayor, with Aldermen Fallick, Neale, Galvin, Cozens, Smith and Melville.

Minutes:

The minutes of the special meeting held on 18th August were read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Fallick and Neale.

Correspondence:

1. From the Borough Council of Petersham, asking this Council to co-operate in metalling Liberty Street from Harrow Road to Trafalgar Terrace, with white metal, each Council paying one half cost. Moved by Aldermen Neville and Neale, “that the letter be received and considered at the next meeting”. Carried.

2. From the Undersecretary of the department of public Works, intimating that the Hon Minister for Works will receive the deputation appointed by this Council, respecting the main Road running through this Borough, on Friday 1st September at 12:30 PM.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that a reply be sent to the effect that at a public meeting held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on the 28th. instant, respecting the main Roads, a deputation of gentlemen was appointed to wait on the Minister in conjunction with the council’s deputation, and that the joint deputations will attend at the hour named in the Undersecretary’s letter.” Carried.

3. From the Australian Comique union, asking the Council’s patronage to a performance proposed to be given, half the net proceeds to be given in aid of the Newtown free library.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the letter be received and a reply sent stating that a program must be submitted before the patronage solicited can be granted”. Carried.

4. From Mrs Kilborn, complaining of the state of the Road near her house in Denison Street.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the matter be referred to the Committee of Works”. Carried.

5. From Mr C. J. Banks, the Council Clerk, tendering his resignation of the offices held by him.

Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Melville, “that the letter be considered at a later period of the meeting”. Carried.

Works report:

A report was brought up from the Committee of Works, recommending: —

1. That with regard to drainage causing an alleged damage to properties of Messrs McDougall and others — that two tiers of nine inch pipes be laid from O’Connell to Brown Streets in accordance with plan herewith annexed, at a cost not exceeding £27; this Council finding cost of pipes, on condition that the Camperdown Council carry out the Labour required for this work at their own expense. A letter in accordance with this report, also tracing showing direction of proposed drain, to be transmitted to said Council.

2. That the contractors having finished the formation of London Street in a workmanlike manner, they be paid the balance due to them; also that the said Street be metalled with white metal a width of 16 feet in centre of roadway, at a cost not exceeding 10 shillings per yard.

3. That about 25 yards of Kerbing and Guttering be laid at the rear of Mr Angus’ property, Enmore Road, at a cost not exceeding £7.

4. That a further sum of £20 be extended for continuing the ballasting of Bishopsgate Street, on condition that the Camperdown Council expend a like sum for the same purposes.

5. That the Petersham Council be requested to carry the drainage from the Stanmore Road, north side, down Liberty Street, west side, to prevent it’s crossing the Stanmore Road.

6. That, having examined the sewer referred to in Mr Roger’s letter, your Committee consider that immediate steps should be taken by this Council to bring the subject of sewage under the notice of the sewage and health board, as the financial position of the Council will not enable it to carry out an efficient system of sewage, which is absolutely necessary for the health of the inhabitants.

The whole of the clauses in this report were considered seriatim, and adopted.

Motions as per notice:

1. Aldermen Galvin, in accordance with notice, moved, “that £25 be voted for purchase of rubble for ballasting Missenden Road”. The motion was seconded by Alderman Neale, and carried.

2. Aldermen Smith moved, as per due notice, “that a further sum of £20 be voted for ballasting Bishopsgate Street, on condition that the Camperdown Council agreed to expend a like amount for the same purpose”. Seconded by Alderman Melville, and carried.

Balance sheet:

The statement of the revenue and expenditure of the Council for the half-year ended 31st July last, duly audited, was read in extenso, showing a balance in the Bank of Australasia, Newtown, to the credit of Council of £859/5/1. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the same be received and adopted”. Carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman Melville complained of laxity of the Inspector of Nuisances in allowing persons to deposit rubbish in the lanes and gutters of the Borough.

Alderman Fallick also drew attention to the fact that depredations were constantly being committed by stray goats and cows in several parts of Borough.

The suggestion was made by Aldermen Smith and Melville, that the Mayor should convene a meeting of the representatives of surrounding municipalities, with a view of taking concerted action to obtain from Government, a general system of sewage.

The Mayor promised his early attention to all these matters.

Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the Works Committee be instructed to report at the next meeting of this Council, the probable cost of metalling Bedford and Albert Streets, and the lane at the rear of Albermarle Street, Kingston Ward”. Carried.

Reserve in Wells Street:

The Mayor reported that the offer of the Council to alienate it’s right to the reserve in Wells Street, to the Hon G. W. Allen, on condition that £30 be handed to the Council as a subscription towards cost of forming such Street (as per resolutions of June 20th and August 1st last), had been accepted. The Council Clerk was instructed to forward a letter of conveyance to Mr Allan.

The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole, to consider the letter from the Council Clerk.

On the Council resuming, the Mayor reported that the Committee recommend that the letter be postponed for further consideration at the next meeting.

The report was adopted.

The meeting and terminated.

Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.


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