Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, March 13th 1877.

Present.

The Worshipful the Mayor, and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Galvin, Fallick, Melville, Neale and Whateley.

Minutes:

Minutes of previous meeting having been read were, upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Galvin, confirmed.

Correspondence:

Inspector of Nuisances, salary.

Letter read from the Inspector of Nuisances, asking for an increase to salary, postponed from last meeting. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that this Council decline to make any increase.

Cesspits, Wilson Street.

Letter read from Mr George Langhorne relative to the cleansing of certain cesspits in Wilson Street when not required, as also to unwarrantable observations made to him by the Inspector of Nuisances. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Melville, that Mr Langhorne be informed that arrangements will be made whereby such an occurrence shall not happen again.

Wilson Street, nuisance.

Letter received Mr A. W. Prince complaining of a nuisance existing immediately opposite to his house in Wilson Street. Resolved that the letter be placed in the hands of the Inspector of Nuisances with instructions to report upon the matter immediately.

Regent Street, drainage.

Letter read from Mr G. S. Gardiner relative to an open drain running onto his property. The Mayor having intimated that this property was within the Borough of Camperdown, it was ordered that the communication be forwarded to that Council.

Sir H. Robinson, address to Her Majesty.

Letter read from the Albury Council forwarding copy of an address to Her Majesty the Queen with a request that the same might be engrossed, signed by the Mayor and Aldermen of the Borough, and sent to His Excellency Sir H. Robinson. Letter received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Albury Council be referred to a previous communication.

Subscription, corporate purposes.

Letter read from Mr W. H. Pigott enclosing cheque for £5 being contribution for the making of a footpath. Letter received.

Railway station, goods traffic.

Letter read from the Public Works Department, Railway Branch, relative to insufficiency of room for the goods traffic, and asking permission to remove a portion of the fence. Letter received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that this Council declines to give up any portion of the Street, or of Trafalgar Terrace, until it is shown what compensation the Government proposes making, or what other Street is to be given in lieu thereof.

Cesspits, Cook’s River Road.

Letter read from Dr Thomas Scott of 1 Oxford Street, certifying to a nuisance existing at Mr Arnold’s house, Cook’s River Road. Letter received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Melville, that it be considered at a later period of evening.

Cesspits, Public School.

Letter read from Mr G. A. Mansfield asking that the law may be relaxed insofar as to enable him to carry out his design for cesspits at the Public School. Letter received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the request be complied with.

Lanes off Station Street.

Letter read from Mr W. Hilliard complaining of a nuisance existing in a lane off Station Street in rear of the houses belonging to Mr Wildman and others. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Erection of awning, Cook’s River Road.

Letter read from Mr John White asking permission to erect awning in front of his house, Cook’s River Road, in accordance with plans submitted. Agreed to.

The Mayor reported having furnished Mr Berryman, in compliance with a request, with the names of the several members composing this Council.

Estimate of receipts and expenditure.

The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee, No 2, submitting in accordance with a resolution passed in Council on 27th. ultimo, the following estimate of the probable amount, that is to say (£2559) 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 Municipalities Act of 1867.

Probable expenditure.

Constructing and repairing Roads and other improvements.

Enmore Ward......................... £670/0/0
Kingston Ward....................... £484/0/0
O'Connell Ward...................... £525/0/0
Total............................... £1679/0/0

Removal of night soil and other
expenses in connection with the
Nuisances Prevention Act of 1875.... £400/0/0
Inspector of Nuisances.............. £75/0/0
Total............................... £2154./0/0

General expenses:

Council Clerk....................... £175/0/0
Printing advertising etc............ £30/0/0
Interest on loan.................... £180/0/0
Valuers............................. £20/0/0
Total............................... £405/0/0
Grand total............................................. £2559/0/0

Probable receipts -- rates:

Enmore Ward......................... £700/0/0
Kingston Ward....................... £500/0/0
O'Connell Ward...................... £520/0/0
By "Nuisances Prevention Act 1875".. £469/0/0
By government endowment............. £370/0/0
Total................................................... £2559/0/0

Resolved upon the motion of (name not entered in original minutes), seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the estimate now submitted by the Finance Committee of the probable amount, that is to say £2559, which will be required for the now current Municipal 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 Municipalities Act of 1867, be, and the same is, hereby adopted by this Council.

The Mayor also brought up a report from the overseer of Works, viz.,

1. Referring to drainpipes at crossing in Erskineville lane near railway bridge.

2. Relative to piping and caps wanted at corner of Short Street and Cook’s River Road.

3. Asking that two new caps might be placed over the gutters in Australia Street.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Melville, that number one be referred to the Works Committee for report and that numbers two and three be left in the hands of the Mayor to be dealt with.

Alderman Abbott, by leave of the Council, withdrew the notice of motion standing in his name relating to the correspondence of the Council, and requested that the second one, also standing in his name, might be allowed to be postponed to a later period of the evening.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Galvin brought up a report as Treasurer, of the banking position of the Council, showing an excess in expenditure over receipts for the past fortnight of £39/0/4, leaving a balance to the credit in the bank of £19/1/4 He intimated his intention to bring up a similar report at each meeting.

Alderman Bailey said that at the entrance to this Borough on the Newtown Road there was a great obstruction in the shape of the present Toll Bar, and it was his intention to move at a future meeting that the Government be asked to take the Bar down and widen the Road at that point.

Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that Aldermen Cozens and Galvin with the mover form a Special Committee to be called the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee with power to investigate all matters under the Act and report upon the same to the Council.

Vote of thanks to ex Mayor Bailey.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the thanks of this Council be conveyed to Alderman Bailey for his able services rendered as Mayor of this Borough during the past year.

The Mayor having conveyed this unanimous expression of the Council to Alderman Bailey, that gentlemen replied in suitable terms.

Thanks to the Auditors.

Also resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the thanks of this Council be conveyed to the Auditors for the services rendered in that capacity during the present year.

Balance sheet.

The balance sheet for the past half-year, duly audited and signed by the Mayor, was brought up and laid upon the table by the Mayor, and upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, it was resolved that the balance sheet now submitted be, and it is the balance sheet for the half year ended 5th February ultimo, be adopted.

Dr Scott’s letter resumed.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Neale seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the letter of Dr Scott postponed from an earlier portion of the evening, be referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report to Council at next meeting.

Tenders:

Upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Fallick, the Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for the cleansing of cesspits; for cartage as may be required and for Valuers. Several tenders having been opened and considered, it was resolved to recommend the following for acceptance by the Council, viz.,

1. The cleansing of cesspits, that of William Miley at threepence halfpenny per cubic foot.

2. For cartage as required, that of Edward Colwell at 10 shillings per day.

3. For valuing the Borough, that of Frederick W. Holland, for a lump sum of £12/10/0, including attendance at the Appeal Court.

It was thereupon resolved upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the Council do now resume and that the Chairman report progress.

The Mayor, as Chairman of the Committee, brought up the report as adopted in Committee of the whole, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the report as now submitted be adopted by this Council.

It was further resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the Council Clerk be appointed as valuer to act in conjunction with Mr Frederick William Holland to value the Borough.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the valuers be instructed to prepare and submit to this Council a valuation of the rateable property within this Borough.

Alderman Abbott, at this stage of proceedings, by leave of the Council, allowed his notice of motion relative to the dust on the main road, standing postponed, to lapse.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 27th. day of March 1877.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

Special meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, March 20th 1877.

Present:

His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Abbott, Cozens, Fallick, Galvin, Melville, Neale and Whateley.

Specifications:

Upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Abbott, the Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering specifications for cleansing the several Wards of the Borough; for cleansing the gutters of the Newtown and Cook’s River Road; for printing; for stationery and other matters.

The Committee having duly considered the several specifications and made the amendments therein deemed necessary, resolved that the following be recommended to the Council at the specifications for the several Works, viz.,

1. Specification for cleansing gutters, Newtown and Cook’s River Road’s.

2. Specification for cleansing streets, lanes etc. in O’Connell Ward.

3. Specification for cleansing streets, lanes etc. in Kingston Ward.

4. Specification for cleansing streets, lanes etc. in Enmore Ward.

5. Specification for printing required by the Council.

6. Specification for stationery required by the Council.

And further recommended that tenders be called for laying down tiles on the foot paths of the Borough at per sq ft.

Upon the Council resuming, on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, the Mayor reported the several items as adopted in Committee of the whole, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the report as brought up be adopted by this Council, and it was further resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that tenders be called for the said works to be in for Tuesday next, the 27th. instant, and that in the meantime the said specifications be printed.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 27th day of March 1877.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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

Present:

His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Cozens, Fallick, Galvin, Melville, Neale and Whateley.

Minutes:

Minutes of the meetings of the 13th and 20th instance having been read were upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded Alderman Abbott, confirmed.

Correspondence:

Water supply.

Letter read from the Town Clerk, Sydney, intimating that the City Engineer had been instructed to furnish a special report upon the extension of the water supply to this Borough. Upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, the letter was received.

Bishopgate Street, drainage.

Letter read from the Camperdown Council, relative to the drain running upon Mr Gardiner’s land in Regent Street. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Melville, that it be considered at a later period of the evening.

Public School’s cesspits.

Letter read from Mr G. A. Mansfield conveying his thanks to the Council for the ready assent accorded to the request contained in his previous communication. The letter, upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, was received.

Omnibus traffic — timetable.

Letters read from the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, forwarding for the information of the Council, timetables for omnibuses to and from Newtown. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded Alderman Fallick, that the letter be received.

Enmore Ward, lane, formation.

Letter read from Messrs Wildman, Bedford and others asking the Council to form and gutter a lane in rear of their premises, and running from Station Street to Reiby Street. Upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Cozens, the letter was received.

Bluestone, boulders.

The letter read from Mr Robert Stone offering to supply 200 tons of Bluestone boulders at two shillings and nine pence per ton, placed in the railway trucks. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and that a reply be forwarded intimating that the Council is not at present in need of any stone.

Nuisances Prevention Act By-laws.

The letter read from the Town Clerk, Bathurst, asking for two or three copies of the By-laws relating to the Nuisances Prevention Act 1875. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the Mayor be empowered to supply the documents in question.

Regent Street, rates.

A letter read from Mr Charles T. Peirce, stating that he had paid the sum of 10 shillings in error for rates due upon a property not his, and asking that the amount be refunded to him. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor for investigation.

Petition:

Egan Street.

Alderman Galvin presented a petition from John Bowers, Robert Carlton, and others, ratepayers in O’Connell Ward, praying that the gates at the foot of Egan Street might be removed. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the petition be placed in the hands of the Mayor for settlement.

Reports:

Accounts.

The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee, No 3, submitting accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £66/17/10, and recommending payment of others to £38/0/8, making a total of £104/18/6. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the report be adopted.

Alderman Bailey brought up the several reports of the Works Committee, and it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that they be considered seriatim.

Erskineville lane, drain.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the report of the Works Committee, No 1, informing the Council that they have visited the localities mentioned in the Overseer of Works report in Erskineville Lane, and inspected the drain, recommending that the obstruction which now exists, being a brick wall built to divert the water into another channel, be removed, and the water allowed to take its former course, be adopted.

Enmore Ward, lane formation.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report of the works Committee, No 2, with regard to the letter from Mr W. Hilliard, relative to the bad state of a lane running from Station Street to Reiby Street, referred to the Committee recommending that the said lane be formed.

Amendment moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that a reply be forwarded to the residents informing them that if they will pay for the work, the Council will form the lane.

Amendment put and negatived. Motion put and carried.

Missenden Road, drain.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the report of the Works Committee, No 3, informing the Council that they have inspected a crossing at the junction of the Missenden and the Newtown Roads, and recommending that the present pipes be taken up and an open drain formed, and that the alignment post on the north eastern side of the Missenden Road be removed to a distance of two feet further north east, be adopted.

Bucknell Street, widening.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that the report of the Works Committee, No 4, recommending, with regard to the proposed sale of land at the corner of Newtown Road and Bucknell Street, which land frontages the entire length of the latter Street, that the owner be asked to make over to the Council sufficient land to enable the Council to widen the Street, by which means the value of the property will be enhanced, and the general public greatly benefited, be adopted.

Alderman Galvin brought up the report of the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee which was received.

Mr Arnold’s cesspit.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the report of the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee, No 1, recommending, with regard to the letter of Dr Scott referred to the Committee, that, upon examination of the premises occupied by Mr Arnold on the Cook’s River Road, the Inspector of Nuisance’s report under date the 23rd January ultimo, referring to the said premises, be confirmed, be adopted.

Mr Stoney’s cesspit.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report of the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee, No 2, informing the Council that the Committee has had under its consideration the case of Mr Stoney, and from the evidence adduced it is clear that the work had been properly performed in accordance with the Act, and when found to be necessary, and recommending that the payment for the said work be demanded, be adopted.

Nuisance, Wilson Street

The Mayor brought up the report of the Inspector of Nuisances, concerning a nuisance complained against by Mr A. H. Prince, in Wilson Street. Received upon the motion of Alderman Abbott seconded by Alderman Fallick.

Financial statement.

Alderman Galvin laid before the Council his financial statement for the past fortnight showing a credit balance in the bank of £151/8/3, and stating that the sum of £168/6/3, endowment due for the past half-year, had been lodged to the credit of the Borough by the Government.

Bishopgate Street drainage resumed.

Upon the further consideration of the letter from the Camperdown Council, it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor.

Miscellaneous.

The Mayor informed the Council that the City Council were about to extend the water main to Wellington Street.

Alderman Melville drew the attention of the Council to the large amount still due for rates and also for the emptying of cesspits. The Mayor stated that the Council Clerk would prepare a list, showing the names of persons in arrears, and how long the said arrears had been owing, with a view to taking active measures. He further informed the Council that all the work left in his hands to have executed, had been completed.

Newtown Road, Toll Bar.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that this Council deems it expedient for the safety of the travelling public that the present Toll House, on the Newtown Road should be removed to a more suitable position, so as to give the full width of the Road for traffic; and that Mr Bennett, the Commissioner for Roads etc. be solicited by this Council to carry out the said work at an early date, and that a letter be forwarded to Mr Bennett for that purpose.

Amendment moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that in order to meet the increasing traffic on the Newtown Road, the Toll House be moved back a little further, but in line with the present position.

The show of hands for the amendment was; Ayes, 4. Noes, 4.

Division thereon:

Ayes, Aldermen Abbott, Fallick, Galvin and Whateley.

Noes, Aldermen Bailey, Cozens, Melville and Neale.

The Ayes and Noes being equal, the Mayor gave his casting vote for the Ayes and declared the amendment carried.

Tenders.

Upon the motion of Alderman Galvin, seconded by Alderman Cozens, the Council resolved itself into a committee of the whole for the opening and consideration of tenders.

The Committee having opened the several tenders and duly considered them, resolved to recommend the following for acceptance by the Council, and that the tender for printing do stand postponed till next meeting Viz.,

For cleaning gutters, Newtown and Cooks River Road, Charles Murray, for the sum of six pounds per month.

For cleansing streets etc, in Enmore Ward, Daniel Doyle for the sum of six pounds per month.

For cleansing streets etc, in O’Connell Ward, Daniel Doyle for the sum of six pounds per month.

For laying down paving tiles upon the foot paths of the Borough as required, Henry N. Howe for the sum of one shilling and three pence per square yard.

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

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

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 10th day of April 1877.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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