Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, November 6th. 1877.
Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey and Whateley.
Then not being a quorum present the meeting lapsed.
Confirmed in open Council this 20th day of November 1877.
Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.
Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, November 20th 1877.
Present, Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Fallick, Melville and Whateley.
The minutes of the 23rd ulto and 6th. instant having been read were duly confirmed.
Letter read from Council of St Peter’s, relative to the repairing of May Street. Received.
Letter read from Mr F. I Goodsell offering to supply ironstone required for May Street, payment for the same to be made when convenient to the Council’s interests. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Council Clerk, with the Overseer of Works for the two Boroughs ascertain what amount of ironstone will be required and report to this Council at next meeting.
Campbell Street, cesspit.
Letter read from Mrs K. Wellis, complaining of cesspit upon premises occupied by Mr Cocksedge. Received.
A letter read from Mr P. F. Hart, asking that something may be down towards the forming of Station Street. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Mayor be authorised to get all the earth from wells or other excavations and place it upon the Street, employing carts when necessary.
Station Street, Kerbing.
Letter read from Mr P. F. Hart asking that Kerbing and Guttering may be laid down in front of the houses lately erected in Station Street and offering to contribute 25 percent towards the cost. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that as soon as the Council is in a position to ascertain the levels, the matter will receive attention.
Lane off Station Street.
Letter read from Messrs Wildman, Hilliard, Bruce and others relative to the condition of a lane running from Station Street to Reiby Street. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the matter be referred to the Works Committee for report.
King Street, lamps.
Letter read from Mrs A. Dickson, asking that a gas lamp may be moved nearer her gate in King Street. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the letter be referred to the Lighting Committee.
The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee, No 11, submitting a list of accounts already paid, amounting to £82/2/8, and recommending payment of others to £176/17/7, making a total of £259/0/3 which was adopted upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Whateley.
King Street cesspit, overcharge.
Alderman Cozens, brought up the report of the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee, No 7, recommending an overcharge of (left blank in minutes) to Mr Kingsbury for emptying a cesspit be refunded to that gentlemen, and that the same be deducted from the next payment made to the contractor Miley. Adopted upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Melville.
Queen Street, lamp.
Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the report of the Lighting Committee, No 1, recommending with reference to a lamp erected in front of the gateway of a house in Queen Street, owned by Mr Brierley, that that gentlemen be informed that as soon as the gateway use used for vehicle traffic as a means of ingress and egress to and from the back premises, the Council will reconsider the matter.
Labour, monthly report.
The Council Clerk brought up his monthly report, relative to the distribution of the day labour throughout the Borough, and showing the amount expended in each Street. Received.
Regent Street cesspit, T. Burgess.
The Mayor brought up the report of the Inspector of Nuisances, relative to some pipes leading from a cesspit upon premises owned by Mr T. Burgess in Regent Street, and discharging into a lane. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the Mayor be requested to ascertain if the law cannot be brought to bear upon the matter.
List of rates owing.
The Mayor laid upon the Council table lists of rates and moneys under the Nuisances Prevention Act, now due, as prepared by the Council Clerk. Received. Alderman Melville gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would move that a collector be appointed at a percentage.
In reply to Alderman Abbott, relative to the water supply, the Mayor stated that a deputation of this Council waited upon his Worship the Mayor of Sydney, for the purpose of obtaining a supply of water to Newtown, that in the course of conversation it was elicited that a survey was being made, and that plans and specifications would be ready for submission to the City Council in about three weeks hence, when, if approved, no time would be lost in laying the water on, the method proposed, being a large iron tank, erected upon the highest point, into which water is to be pumped and from thence distributed throughout the Borough. After remarks from Aldermen Abbott, Bailey and Melville relative to the advisability or otherwise of sending petitions to the City Council upon the subject, strengthening the hands of this Council, the matter dropped.
Streets, Islington estate.
Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that Angel, Munni, Islington, Iredale and St. John streets be formed, that specifications be prepared and that tenders be called for the work, be adopted.
The notice of motion standing in the name of Alderman Neale lapsed in consequence of an informality.
Clause 7 of the report of the Works Committee, No 11, was postponed till a later period of evening.
Tenders, Kerbing and guttering.
Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering tenders for Kerbing and guttering.
The tenders having been opened and duly considered it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that M. Selby’s tender to lay down Kerbing and guttering in London and Liberty streets, Enmore Ward, for the sum of nine shillings per yard, be recommended for acceptance.
Resolved further upon the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the tender of M. Selby to lay down open guttering in O’Connell Ward for the sum of eight shillings and three pence per yard, be recommended for acceptance.
Upon resuming, the Mayor, as Chairman of the Committee of the whole, reported the items as agreed upon in Committee, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report as now brought up be adopted.
Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the further consideration of clause 7 of the report of the Works Committee be postponed till next meeting to stand the last order of the day.
The Council then adjourned.
Confirmed in open Council this fourth day of December 1877.
Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.
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