Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, October 9th 1877.

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor, and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Melville, Neale and Whateley.

Minutes:

Minutes of last meeting, having been read, were duly confirmed.

Correspondence:

Lamps, Queen Street.

Letter read from Mr James Brierley, relative to a lamp in Queen Street, placed opposite to his gate. Received and postponed for consideration until next meeting upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Melville.

I. Kingsbury, cesspit overcharge.

Letter read from Mr I. Kingsbury relative to previous overcharge for emptying of his cesspit. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the matter be referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

A letter from the Council’s solicitor relative to an opinion sought for was postponed until a later period of evening.

Reports:

Alderman Bailey brought up the report of the Works Committee, No 11, with it’s several recommendations as follows: —

1. Relative to work required to be done in Station Street, which was adopted upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

2. Relative to Kerbing and Guttering in Bedford and Wellington streets.

3. Relative to forming an open three course Gutter in lane off Short Street, O’Connell Ward.

4. Relative to making a three course Gutter in a lane known as Raper’s Lane, O’Connell Ward. These three were received upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

5. Relative to tendering for the above work having been moved for reception upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley, an Amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the clause be expunged. The clause was finally withdrawn by leave of the Council.

6. Relative to the payment to Selby for Kerbing etc., was upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, adopted.

7. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that clause 7, relative to expending the sum of £25 in Liberty Street, that the Petersham Council agreeing to spend a like amount, be received.

Amendment moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that clause 7 be postponed to this day month. Amendment put and carried.

8. Relative to expending a sum of £30 in May Street conditionally upon the Council of St Peters agreeing to spend an equal sum, was received, upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

Inspector of Nuisances, Sanitary report.

The Mayor brought up the monthly report of the Inspector of Nuisances giving an account of the number of cesspits cleansed etc. which was received upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott.

Rate for watering Main Road.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that a special rate of six pence in the pound be levied on the assessed value of rateable property upon the Main, or Newtown Road, in this Borough for the purpose of watering the said Road, under the provisions of section 165 of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

Motion put, Ayes, three, and Noes, four, and declared negatived.

Division thereon: Ayes, Aldermen Bailey, Melville and Neale. Noes, Aldermen Abbott, Bedford, Cozens and Whateley.

Motion put and negatived.

Alderman Melville then by leave of the Council withdrew the three following notices of motion standing in his name and relating thereto.

Denison Street Kerbing.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the Kerbing and Guttering on the west side of Denison Street be continued to it’s junction with Bedford Street, a distance of 57 yards, at a cost of nine shillings per yard, total cost £27/0/0, be adopted.

Albermarle Street, Kerbing etc..

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that Kerbing and Guttering be laid on north west side of Albermarle Street, from Oxford Street to Baltic Street, a distance of 61 yards, at a cost of nine shillings per yard, total cost £28, be adopted.

Wellington Street, Kerbing etc.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that Kerbing and Guttering be laid in Wellington Street from Lennox Street on the west side, a distance of 27 yards at a cost of nine shillings per yard, total cost, £14, be adopted.

Tenders, for above.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that tenders be called for the above work for next meeting of Council, be adopted.

Gas Lighting Committee.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that a Committee to consist of one Alderman from each Ward, be now elected to be designated the Gas Lighting Committee to whom shall be referred all matters in connection with the lighting of the Borough with gas for their report and further resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that each Committee consist of Aldermen Cozens, Whateley and the mover, be adopted.

Designation of Main Road, Newtown Road.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that so much of the Main Road, from Bligh Street to May Street, being that portion passing through the Borough be designated King Street, be adopted.

Enmore Road.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that that portion known as Enmore Road from railway bridge to Stanmore Road be designated Chelsea Street.

Amendment moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Neale, that that portion of the Road be called Queen Street.

Amendment put and carried. Amendment re-put as original motion and carried.

Miscellaneous:

The Mayor stated in answer to Alderman Bailey that no reply had been received from the Government relative to Trafalgar Terrace, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that a letter be again forwarded calling attention to the previous communication, and requesting to be informed what action the Government intended to take in the matter.

Alderman Abbott asked if it was likely this Borough would participate in the £70,000 Endowment now under consideration by the legislature. The Mayor expressed his doubts upon the matter.

Alderman Bailey drew attention to the non continuance of the work at the railway bridge on the Newtown Road, and suggested that a letter should be sent to the Government urging upon them the necessity for completing the work. The Mayor promised that a communication should be forwarded.

The Council then went into Committee of the whole for the consideration of the solicitor’s letter, as likewise to further consider tenders for Kerbing etc..

Solicitor’s letter.

A letter relative to the case of Burgess having been read, it was resolved to recommend that the Mayor be authorised to carry the matter out as advised.

Tenders, laying Kerbing etc.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the tenders not being eligible, be not entertained.

Upon resuming, the Mayor as Chairman, reported the items as agreed upon in Committee whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the report as now brought up be adopted.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 25th day of October 1977.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, October 23rd 1877.

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Cozens and Whateley.

Minutes:

Minutes of the last meeting having been read were duly confirmed.

Correspondence:

Lamp, Queen Street.

Letter read from Mr James Brierley relative to a lamp in Queen Street, postponed from last meeting. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that it be referred to the Lighting Committee.

Trafalgar Terrace roadway.

Letter read from the Honourable the Minister for Public Works, stating that the roadway in Trafalgar Terrace would be metalled as soon as the blue metal could be obtained from the contractor. Received.

May Street, repairs.

Letter read from the Council of St Peter’s relative to the expenditure for repairing May Street. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that a reply be forwarded to the effect that the Council declines to spend more than £30 on the Street, and that arrangements will have to be made with regard to the carrying out of the work.

Reports:

Accounts.

The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee, No 10, submitting a list of accounts already paid amounting to £106/12/4, and recommending payment of others to £125/17/11, making a total of £232/10/3 which was adopted upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

Labour distribution.

The Council Clerk brought up his monthly report relative to the distribution of the day labour throughout the Borough as also the progress of Works. Received.

Watering Main road.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the notice of motion standing in the name of Alderman Melville, relative to the appointment of a Committee to report upon the watering of the Main Road, be postponed to next meeting.

Lane off Short Street.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that a sum of £23 be voted for laying down 44 yards open three course Guttering and rubbling in a lane off Short Street, O’Connell Ward, be adopted.

Raper’s Lane.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that a sum of £6 be voted to complete the open Guttering in Raper’s Lane, O’Connell Ward, be adopted.

Tenders:

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that tenders be called for the above Works for next meeting, be adopted.

May Street, repairs.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the sum of £30 be voted for the work required in May Street as per Works Committee report of the ninth instant, be adopted.

London and Liberty Street, Kerbing etc.

Alderman Bailey, on behalf of Alderman Neale, moved, and Alderman Cozens seconded, that 70 yards of Kerbing and Guttering be laid down in front of the premises of Messrs Roberts, Mowle, and Graham, in Liberty Street, at a cost not to exceed £31/10/0, and 175 yards in front of the premises of Messrs Fletcher, Dolman, Foulis, Sewell, Momsen, Goodin, Evans, Bibb, Massingham and Burrows, in London Street, at a cost not to exceed £106/0/0, the owners of the said properties agreeing to pay one-fourth of the cost, be adopted.

Amendment moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that this matter be postponed to next meeting.

Amendment put and negatived. Motion put and carried.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Abbott wished to know the amount of rates now due in each Ward. The Mayor stated that a list would be prepared for next meeting. The Mayor likewise in reply to Alderman Abbott, stated that no arrangements had been made to refund the O’Connell Ward, the loan contracted by Enmore Ward, that the money was voted by the Council, and it was expended upon the Enmore Ward. In answer to Alderman Bedford, the Mayor said that 73 tons 14 cwt. 8 lbs white unbroken metal had been delivered in O’Connell Ward by the contractor, who was unable to deliver any more, the quarry having been bought by another, and that there was five tons still due to Kingston Ward upon the loan recently obtained by O’Connell Ward.

Alderman Bailey said that the Council should take some further steps to stir up the City Council in the matter of the water supply to Newtown and suggested that a letter be written or that a deputation from this Council wait upon the Mayor of Sydney upon the subject. The Mayor and Alderman Abbott both spoke at some length upon the point, and advocated the letter course, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that this Council wait upon the Mayor of Sydney relative to the matter.

Tenders, Kerbing

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the consideration of tenders for kerbing in Kingston Ward.

The tenders having been opened and duly considered it was resolved to recommend that of M. Selby to Kerb and Gutter in accordance with specifications at eight shillings and nine pence per yard for acceptance.

Upon resuming, the Mayor, as Chairman of the Committee of the whole, brought up the item as agreed upon in Committee, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the report as now brought up be adopted.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 20th day of November 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


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