Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, December 4th 1877.

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Alderman Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Melville and Whateley.

Minutes:

Minutes of last meeting having been read were duly confirmed.

Reports:

Alderman Bailey brought up the report of the Works committee, No 12, with its several recommendations: —

The first two clauses, relative to making an open three course gutter in lane running from Station Street to Reiby Street, known as Bruce’s lane; and to Kerbing and guttering in Union Street West, were adopted, upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

The remaining two clauses, relating to Kerbing and guttering a portion of Crescent Street and forming Reiby Street were postponed till next meeting.

May Street.

The Council clerk brought up an estimate of the cost of forming a portion of May Street, amounting to £167/5/0. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Melville, that a copy of the estimate be forwarded to St Peters Council for the purpose of ascertaining their opinion thereon.

The Mayor brought up the several reports from the Inspector of Nuisances.

1. Monthly report of number cesspits emptied etc. Received.

2. Relative to pipes leading from cesspit of house in Erskineville lane. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that it be referred to Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

3. Relative to the emptying of a cesspit at the watchhouse. Received.

Miscellaneous:

In reply to Alderman Bailey, the Mayor stated that he had heard nothing further concerning the water supply to Newtown, but would see his Worship the Mayor of Sydney early on the matter.

Alderman Bailey suggested that boards should be erected with the new names of the streets painted upon them viz King Street North and South, and Queen Street East and West. With reference to this matter Alderman Melville gave notice that at next meeting he should move that Queen Street running from King Street to Wilson Street, be called Lawson Street; and that Union Street West be known by another name.

Collection of rates.

The notice of motion standing in the name of Alderman Melville to the effect that the Inspector, Mr Hannon, be, and he is hereby appointed, and duly authorised by this Council, to collect all unpaid rates due to this Council, at the rate of 5 percent collected, was, upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, postponed till next meeting.

The second notice of motion in the name of the same gentlemen, after being brought forward, lapsed for want of a quorum. It referred to the convening of a meeting of Mayors and Aldermen interested in the water supply to the city, for the purpose of urging the Government to carry out Mr Clarke’s scheme.

Confirmed in open Council this 18th day of December 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 18th of December 1877.

Present, his Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Abbott, Bedford, Cozens, Fallick, Neale and Whateley.

Confirmed minutes.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

Hon Treasurer.

No 1. Letter from the Treasurer informing the Council that certain returns were not permissible for endowment. Received.

Ditto special endowment.

No 2. Letter from the Hon the Treasurer stating that a sum of £1597/0/10 has been placed to the credit of the Borough as special endowment. Received.

H. Phillips, dedicating streets.

No 3. Letter from Mr Henry Phillips dedicating certain streets to the public use. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that it be received and postponed for one-month.

Langhorne, sewer in Bedford Street.

No 4. From Mr Langhorne relative to sewer running through land in Bedford Street owned by Mr Lee. Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, that it be referred to the Committee of Works. Carried.

St Peters Council, May Street.

No 5. From St Peters Council relative to joint repair of May Street. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that a reply be forwarded stating that the matter will be considered next meeting.

Austin Eggleton.

No 6. From Messrs Austin Eggleton and others, asking that a lamp at the corner of George Street and Cook’s River Road be removed to the opposite corner. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that it be referred to the Lighting Committee. Carried.

Reports:

Finance.

The Mayor brought up report of the Finance Committee, No 12, submitting a list of accounts already paid amounting to £57/13/5, and recommending payment of others to the amount of £89/0/4 making a total of £146/13/9, which, on the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Whateley was adopted.

Day labour.

The Council clerk brought up his report re distribution of work in the Borough and showing the outlay in each Street. Received.

Inspector of Nuisances.

The Mayor brought up a report of the Inspector of Nuisances relative to the sanitary condition of the Borough. Received, and on the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Bedford, referred to the Nuisance Prevention Act Committee.

Miscellaneous:

The Mayor’s attention was called to various nuisances existing in certain parts of the Borough to which he promised attention.

Newtown water supply.

The Mayor informed the Council that he had an interview with the Mayor of Sydney on the matter of plans and specifications of the proposed Newtown water supply and was informed that the work was being pushed on as speedily as possible.

Upon desiring to know if water could be brought to the corner of Wellington and Bedford streets by way of St Mary Street he was advised by the Mayor to forward a letter to the City Council with a plan of the proposed line. Alderman Abbott suggested that a stand pipe at corner of Missenden Road and Richard Street should be asked for.

Motions:

Pursuant to notice the following resolutions were received and adopted: —

Erskineville Lane.

No 1. Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that a sum not exceeding £55 be voted for Kerbing and guttering on the eastern side of Erskineville lane from railway bridge to Wilson Street”.

Camperdown Road.

No 2. Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that a sum not exceeding £20 be voted for Kerbing and guttering on the Camperdown Road from end of present Kerbing to below Mr Holland’s property on the eastern side”.

O’Connell Street.

No 3. Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that a sum not exceeding £20 be voted for Kerbing and guttering in O’Connell Street on the western side from Prospect Street to the end of Mrs Fitzgibbon’s property”.

Campbell Street.

No 4. Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that a sum not exceeding £31 be voted for Kerbing and guttering in Campbell Street from Susan Street to Missenden Road on both sides”.

Wilson Street.

No 5. Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that a sum not exceeding £40 be voted for Kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street north side from Queen Street to Fitzroy Street.”

Mechanic Street.

No 6. Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that a sum not exceeding £12 be voted for Kerbing and guttering in Mechanic Street from Hordern Street to the lane at the back of Wyatt’s premises”.

No 7. Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that tenders be called for the performance of the above work”.

Metal for O’Connell Ward.

No 8. Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that £60 be voted for the purchase of unbroken metal for O’Connell Ward”.

No 9. Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that tenders be called for the above”.

No 10. Moved by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Fallick, “that a sum not exceeding £18 be voted for Kerbing and guttering in Wells Street in front of houses owned by Mr Hinchcliff, that gentlemen agreeing to pay 25% of cost.”

Orders of the day:

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the recommendations contained in clause 7 of the Works Committee’s report, No 11, be adopted. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that clause 3 of report No 12, relating to Kerbing and guttering in Crescent Street be expunged. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that Reiby Street be formed, the work to be performed by daily labour. Carried.

A motion by Alderman Melville, relative to the collection of rates lapsed in consequence of that gentleman’s absence.

Moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to open tenders”.

Tenders for formation of Angel and other streets.

The tenders having been opened and duly considered, it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bedford, to recommend the tender of H. Joyce be accepted for the formation of the several streets in the Enmore Ward in accordance with the plans and specifications for the sum of £1/10/0 per chain.

The Council then resumed it’s sittings and the Mayor reported the items as agreed upon in Committee whereupon it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that it be adopted.

The Council then rose.

Read and confirmed this 15th day of January 1878.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.

 

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