Town Hall, Newtown, September 12th 1876.
Present, the Mayor, with Aldermen Fallick, Neale, Abbott, Melville and Smith.
The minutes of the Council meeting of 29th. August were read, and on the motion of Aldermen Fallick and Melville, they were confirmed.
Correspondence and read:
1. From the Commissioner for Railways informing the Council that, in erecting the new railway station for Newtown, it will be necessary to encroach upon the Road, and to move to the eastward the present crossing gates, and desiring to know if the Council is willing to grant the area required.
In the Mayor informed the Council that he had caused a letter to be sent to the Commissioner in reply to the above, asking for a tracing of the proposed new station to lay before Council, but no reply had, as yet, been received.
Moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Melville, “that the letter be received”. Carried.
2. From the Borough Council of Camperdown, in reply to a letter from this Council (sent in accordance with the resolution of 29th. August), pointing out an apparent misunderstanding with reference to the carrying out of the proposed drainage in Brown Street; the Camperdown Council having understood that this Council would pay for the Labour as well as the pipes required, but that Camperdown Council would “lend” the labourers; also drawing attention to the fact that the subject of compensation which the owners of the ground through which the proposed drain would pass, may claim, had not being considered by the joint Councils.
Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that the letter be received and considered at a later period of the meeting”. Carried.
3. From Mr C. T. Pierce, tendering his resignation as an auditor of this Borough.
Some debate any student as to how this letter should be dealt with. A motion was made by Aldermen Smith and Melville to postpone the consideration of it until the next Council meeting, but it having been pointed out by Alderman Abbott that the resignation of an auditor is completed by the Mayor or Council Clerk’s reception of the same in writing, the motion was withdrawn by leave of Council.
The Mayor then informed the Council that Mr C. T. Pierce had resigned his position as an auditor, and the letter was then laid on the table.
A report was submitted from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid by authority of that Committee amounting to £291/0/10, and recommending payment of further accounts amounting to £99/1/1. Moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the same be received and adopted”. Carried.
Order of the day:
1. Consideration of application from the Borough Council of Petersham to join in cost of metalling portion of Liberty Street, postponed from 29th. August.
Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the matter be referred to the Works Committee for their report”. Carried.
2. The letter from the Camperdown Council was then considered.
Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the letter from Camperdown Council dated 8th September, respecting drainage in Brown Street, the replied to, confirming the willingness of this Council to abide by the proposal contained in this Council’s letter dated 31st ultimo, as agreed to by the deputations from both Councils, but to incur no further responsibility with regard thereto”. Carried.
Main road deputation:
The Mayor informed the Council of the result of the interview granted by the Hon Minister for Works to the deputation from this Council and the public of Newtown, respecting the condition of the main road going through the Borough, to which the Minister promised his consideration. But as nothing was promised by the Minister respecting cleaning the Road, it will be necessary for the Council to have something done in the matter.
The Mayor also informed the Council that from an interview he had held with the Mayor of Sydney, he was led to understand that in the course of a few months, Newtown will be supplied by the Corporation of Sydney with water from the Paddington reservoir.
Stanmore Road drainage:
A plan was laid on the table showing a proposed drain from Stanmore Road into Fotheringham Street, Marrickville, so as to relieve the drain complained of by Mr A. Hinchcliff as injuring his property. After some discussion on the subject, the Mayor stated that he would communicate with the Council of Marrickville to see whether they would allow this plan to be carried out.
3. Consideration of the Council Clerk’s letter of resignation, postponed from 29th. August.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider same.
On the Council resuming the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended the acceptance of the resignation.
On the motion of Aldermen Fallick and Melville the report was adopted, it being understood that Mr Banks would hold office until 10th October, or until a successor was appointed.
The meeting enclosed.
Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.
Town Hall, Newtown, September 19th 1876.
Present, the Mayor, with Aldermen Fallick, Abbott, Neale, Melville, Cozens and Smith.
The minutes of the meeting held on 12th September were read, and confirmed on the motion of Aldermen Fallick and Neale.
1. From the Commissioner for Railways, enclosing a tracing of the portion of land in Station Street required for the erection of the new station house for Newtown, and requesting that the tracing may be returned as soon as convenient.
Moved by Alderman Melville, and seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the letter be received and considered at the next meeting”. Carried.
2. From the Under-Secretary for public Works, enclosing a copy of a letter sent to the Australian gas light company containing the decision of the Government with respect to cost of lighting the Cook’s River and Enmore Roads with gas, and intimating that no further portion of the expense will be defrayed by the Government after the 30th. instant.
Moved by Alderman Abbott, and seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that the letter be received and considered at the next meeting”. Carried.
3. From the Under-Secretary for Finance and trade informing the Council, with reference to the published balance sheet for the past half-year, that the contributions for “paving” are not considered as entitling the Council to claim endowment in respect thereof, and inviting an explanation.
Moved by Alderman Melville, and seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that the letter be received and considered at the next meeting”. Carried.
The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider all matters in connection with the appointment of a Council Clerk.
A specification of the duties to be performed by the Council Clerk to be appointed was drawn up and adopted as follows: —
1. He shall perform all things necessary to be done by a Council Clerk, in accordance with the Municipalities Act of 1867.
2. He shall have a knowledge of practical surveying, shall superintend the formation of streets or lanes, and act as General overseer over all the corporate Works.
3. He shall collect and receive all rates and monies payable to the Corporation, each day from 12 to 3 o’clock (excepting Saturday) and at all other reasonable hours which may from time to time be appointed by the Council.
4. He shall act as librarian for the free public library of the Borough, and attend to the carrying out of the By-laws in connection therewith.
5. He shall also perform the duties that may from time to time be considered necessary by the Council for the purposes of carrying out the Nuisances Prevention Act of 1875; such duties to comprise, amongst others, the keeping of the accounts in connection therewith, rendering the bills and receiving all monies for same.
6. He shall, and his own cost, furnish the Council with a Fidelity policy for £200, and also find two responsible persons to be approved by the Council who are willing to become sureties in the sum of £150 each.
The remuneration for the aforesaid services to be £175 per annum, with residence and gas lighting.
It was also resolved that applications be invited from persons desirous of fulfilling the office, until Tuesday, third October next; testimonials to be enclosed.
The meeting enclosed.
Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.
Town Hall, Newtown, September 26th 1876.
Present, the Mayor, with Aldermen Henderson, Cozens, Galvin, Abbott, Smith, Melville and Fallick.
The minutes of the special meeting held on 19th instant were read, on the motion of Aldermen Melville and Cozens, they were confirmed.
1. From Mr Edward Chisholm calling attention to the condition of Forbes Street, and asking the Council to have same repaired. Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the matter be referred to the Committee of Works for their report”. Carried.
2. From the principal Under-Secretary, circular calling attention to the disregard shown by Municipal authorities of certain Corporation’s to surveys made by the department of Lands, and stating that in future, surveys and alignments will be undertaken by the survey department only, on the understanding that Municipal Councils erect alignment posts as soon as the surveys are completed, and before it is formally notified.
The Mayor informed the Council that he had caused a reply to be sent to this letter, urging upon the Lands Department the necessity of aligning the various streets in this Borough that have been previously applied for, without delay, and undertaking to comply with the requirements of the department as to the erection of the posts. On the motion of Aldermen Smith and Abbott the letter was received.
3. From the Hon H. Parkes, MP, presenting through Mr C. Brown, Esq, MP, and a set of Cobden Club publications to the free library of this Borough.
Moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the same be received and a letter conveying the thanks of the Council for his donation, be forwarded to the Hon H. Parkes”. Carried.
4. From several ratepayers of Wilson Street complaining of a nuisance in that Street, arising from accumulation of filth in the gutters between the pipes in Robey Street opposite Mr Brown’s garden, and Mr Giblin’s gate, and asking that the past of the street referred to may be Kerbed and guttered.
Moved by Alderman Henderson, seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that the letter be referred to the Committee of Works for their report”. Carried.
Motions pursuant to notice:
1. By Alderman Melville, “that tenders be called for cleaning such portion of gutters on Newtown and Enmore Roads not included in present contract”.
The Mayor having explained that he had considered it desirable to issue instructions to have this matter attended to by day labour, for the present, the motion was, by permission of the Council, withdrawn.
2. By Alderman Melville, “that the Council Clerk be authorised to write to the Hon Minister for Works requesting permission to sweep crossings and to scrape main road passing through this Borough, and further requesting the scraper at present lying at the tollgate be handed over to the Newtown Council”.
After some discussion, this motion was also withdrawn, by consent of Council.
3. By Alderman Galvin, “that the sum of £35 be voted for the purchase of 100 pounds of white metal, unbroken, for O’Connell Ward”.
The Council having consented to the alteration, the motion as amended was seconded by Alderman Henderson and carried.
Orders of the day:
1. Application from Commissioner for Railways for grant of land in Station Street for building new railway station house.
Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Henderson, “that the Council Clerk be instructed to reply stating that the Council positively objects to granting the area required, in Station Street, by the Government, for the erection of the new railway station”.
An amended was moved by Alderman Abbott, and seconded by Alderman Galvin, “that this Council declines to entertain the application”.
The amended was put and carried, and the motion was put and lost.
2. Letter from the Under-Secretary for public Works, intimating that no further portion of the cost of lighting the Cook’s River and Enmore Roads with the gas, will be defrayed by the Government after the 13th September instant.
After some debate, it was decided to take no action in the matter at present, and the letter was laid on the table, on the motion of Aldermen Smith and Cozens.
3. Letter from the Under-Secretary for Finance and trade, intimating that contributions received by this Council for “paving” purposes are not considered as entitling the Council to claim endowment thereon, and inviting an explanation.
Moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that this matter be left in the hands of the Mayor”. Carried.
The Council then separated.
Signed W. Bailey, Mayor.
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