Special meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, February 15th 1877

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor (W. Bailey Esq) and Alderman Abbott, Cozens, Fallick, Melville, Neale, Smith and Whateley.

New members:

The Mayor laid upon the table the several declarations of the newly elected Aldermen and Auditors.

Election of Mayor.

The Mayor having read a clause of an Amended Municipal Act giving the Mayor power to reside at such meeting until such time as a new Mayor shall be elected, the Council proceeded to the election of Mayor.

It was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the election take place with open doors; it was further resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the voting be open voting.

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Neale, that Alderman Smith be Mayor for the Municipal year 1877-78.

Amendment moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the Mayor be re-elected Mayor for the current Municipal year.

The Mayor having expressed his intention not to contest the election, the amendment was, at his desire, and by leave of the Council, withdrawn. The motion was then declared carried and Alderman Smith duly elected Mayor for the Municipal year 1877-78.

The outgoing Mayor thanked the Council for the assistance it had invariably rendered to him during his term of office, and felt assured that Alderman Smith would do justice to the position. He then introduced the new Mayor to the Chair, he returned thanks for the honour conferred upon him, and hoped that with the assistance of the Council, he would be enabled to carry out the duties required of him in his new position to his own satisfaction, and to the credit of the Council.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in opened Council this 27th day of February 1877.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, February 27th 1877.

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor, and Alderman Abbott, Bailey, Cozens, Fallick, Galvin, Melville, Neale and Whateley.

Minutes:

Minutes of meeting of 31 January and 15th February, having been read, were, upon the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Cozens, confirmed.

Correspondence:

Letter read from the Inspector of Nuisances asking for an increase of salary, postponed from previous meeting. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the letter be considered at a later period of the evening.

Erskineville Lane, drainage.

Letter read from the Department of Public Works, Railway Branch, relative to drainage running from Erskineville Lane upon Mr Donohoe’s land. Resolved that the letter be received, and upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Galvin, it was ordered that a copy of the letter be sent to Mr Donohoe.

Cesspits, Wilson Street.

Letter read from Mr George Langhorne complaining of the emptying of certain cesspits in Wilson Street belonging to houses for which he is agent when not required, as also to certain observations made by Inspector of Nuisances. Letter received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that it be considered at a later period of the evening.

Miscellaneous.

Alderman Galvin asked the Mayor if he had heard anything that had transpired since the waiting of the deputation upon the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners relative to the bus stand. The Mayor replied that he knew nothing, and appealed to Alderman Bailey, who said that no information had been received by him, it seemed to him that the Commissioners had made a complete bungle, and finding that they had committed an error, screened themselves behind the letter which was sent sometime ago, and of which so much had been said, and giving it a meaning which it did not convey, and was never intended to convey; some further discussion ensued in which Alderman Abbott and Melville took part, and the subject dropped.

The Mayor reported that he had seen the Mayor of Sydney relative to the water extension to Newtown and learnt that nothing definite had been arrived at, it was suggested to him that a communication should be forwarded from this Council to that of the City upon the subject. A standpipe for Newtown was likewise urged upon the notice of the Mayor of Sydney. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Melville that the Mayor be authorised to write to the City Council, asking that the water may be laid on to Newtown, and calling attention to previous applications to have water supplied.

Alderman Melville called attention to the gas pipes lying in the gutters on the Newtown Road; the Mayor said he had already seen to the matter.

Alderman Neale, by leave of the Council, having withdrawn several notices of motion standing in his name relative to the appointment of the various Committees, the Council proceeded to the appointment of the several Committees for the current Municipal year.

Works Committee.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that in the opinion of this Council it is necessary that a Works Committee be now appointed for the current year.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Works Committee consist of three members.

Amendment moved by Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Fallick that the Works Committee consist of five members.

Amendment put and carried.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Works Committee consist of Aldermen Bailey, Cozens, Fallick, Galvin and Whateley — three to form a quorum.

Finance Committee.

Moved by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Melville, that in the opinion of this Council it is necessary that a Finance Committee be now appointed and that such Committee consist of four members.

Amendment moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Finance Committee consist of five members including the Mayor and Treasurer who shall be ex officio members.

Further Amendment moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Finance Committee consist of three members with the Mayor as ex officio member.

Further Amendment put and negatived. Amendment put and carried.

Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Finance Committee consist of Aldermen Abbott, Fallick and Whateley.

Amendment moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the members of the Finance Committee be Alderman Bailey, Melville and Neale.

Amendment put and negatived. Motion put and carried.

By-Laws and Library Committee.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the By-laws and Library Committees consist of five members.

Amendment moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the By-laws and Library Committee consist of the whole Council.

Amendment put and carried.

Treasurer.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that a Treasurer be now appointed for the current Municipal year.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that Alderman Galvin be the Treasurer for the current year.

Member to sign cheques.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that Alderman Fallick be appointed to sign cheques in conjunction with the Mayor and Council Clerk for the current year.

Pursuant to notice of motion it was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that a special committee be appointed to be called the “Nuisances Prevention Act” Committee with powers to investigate all matters under the Act and report upon the same to the Council, such Committee to consist of three members, Alderman Cozens, Galvin and Melville.

Amendment moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick that the consideration of the appointment of this Committee be postponed until next meeting.

The Amendment was then put and upon a show of hands being taken the votes were found to be equal and the Mayor gave his casting vote in favour of the Amendment and declared it carried.

Notice to remove nuisance, footnote to.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that a footnote be printed at the bottom of the notices to “remove a nuisance”, viz., “should any objection to raised to the above, notice thereof in writing must be lodged with the Council Clerk within 48 hours after receipt”.

Lighting of the Borough.

Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that in the opinion of this Council it is desirable that this Borough should be lighted throughout with gas, and that a Committee be now appointed to ascertain the probable cost and to bring up a report in regard thereto.

Amendment moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that any action on the part of this Council in increasing the taxation of the Borough without first inviting the opinion of those to be taxed is premature.

The Amendment having been put and the ayes and noes being equal, the Mayor gave his casting vote with the ayes and declared the amendment carried.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the Council do now adjourn for 10 minutes to enable the Finance Committee to bring up a report of accounts.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Abbott that the Council do now resume its sitting.

Accounts.

The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee number one submitting a list of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £249/9/11, as also a list passed for payment amounting to £105/18/9 making a total of £355/18/0. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Abbott that the report be adopted.

Alderman Abbott, by leave of the Council, withdrew the notice of motion relative to serving notices upon persons in arrears with rates standing in his name, and also desired that the remaining notices of motion in his name might stand adjourned to next meeting.

Tenders to be called.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that tenders be called for Valuers for the purpose of making an assessment of all the rateable property within the Borough.

It was likewise resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that tenders be called from persons willing to contract for the cleansing of cesspits within the Borough, as also for any cartage which may be required for the current year.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Whateley, “that the Finance Committee be instructed to prepare and submit to this Council an estimate, in accordance with section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867, of the probable amount which will be required for the now current year, in addition to any tolls, rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this Municipality, and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments and other sources of revenue, to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of roads, bridges, punts, wharves, piers or other Public Works within this Municipality, and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the said Act”.

The remaining portion of the business standing upon the notice paper was upon the motion of Alderman Abbott seconded by Alderman Fallick postponed till next meeting.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed then opened Council was 13th day of March 1877.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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