Meeting of the Council of the Borough Newtown, May 8th. 1877.

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

Minutes:

The minutes of the meetings of the 24th. and 27th. ultimo having been read, were, upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, confirmed.

Correspondence:

Enmore Road kerbing.

Letter read from Mr J. L. Duruz asking that kerbing might be laid down in front of his premises not dealt with previous meeting. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that this letter be further postponed till next meeting with a view to ascertain our positions with relation to kerbing in main roads. A second letter on the same subject was also read and received.

Bucknell and Wilson Streets, drainage.

Letter read from Mr Henry Copeland complaining of drainage from Bucknell and Wilson Streets running upon his land. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that it be referred to the Works Committee.

A letter from Mr A. Ogilvie asking for the use of one of the rooms in the Town Hall. Not being dated it was considered informal and therefore could not be entertained.

Signboard, Enmore Road.

Letter read from Messrs Wollstoncroft and company asking permission to erect a signboard in front of their premises. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be referred to the Works Committee.

Liberty Street kerbing.

Letter read from Mr Aubrey Mowle reminding the Council of it’s promise to Kerb and Channel a portion of Liberty Street. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the letter be received.

Sewage.

Letter read from Mr W. Clark asking to see plans and the levels of Borough etc. for the purposes of carrying out a system of sewage. Received and moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that all information at the disposal of the Council be furnished.

Amendment moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Galvin, that so much of the letter as refers to the drainage of the Borough be referred to a Committee of 3 to consist of one Alderman from each Ward who shall be appointed with instructions to draw up a statement of the sewerage required.

Amendment put and negatived. Motion put and carried.

Mr Hoffman cesspit charges.

Letter read from Mr Hoffman complaining of an overcharge of nine shillings in the accounts rendered and now forwarded to the Council and asking that the reductions may be allowed him. Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the accounts be allowed a reduction of four shillings and sixpence on each account. Motion put and negatived.

Day for hearing appeals by Council.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that this day week, the 15th instant, be the day for hearing appeals against assessments by this Council at the usual hour of it’s meetings.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Melville ask if anything had been done towards erection of a shed at the pound, the Mayor said nothing as yet been done, having promised to see to the matter at once it was left in his hands.

Alderman Bailey spoke of certain obstructions which existed over the foot paths of the Borough and drew the attention of the Council to one in Wellington Street. The Mayor said he would send a notice and suggested that a By-law should be made enabling the Council to deal with persons erecting building above the awning.

Alderman Cozens called attention to the state of Wells Street and suggested that the Works should be at once undertaken in that Street. The Mayor promised to give it his earliest consideration.

Alderman Fallick spoke of the obstructions existing at the corner of Albermarle and Oxford Street, the Mayor stated that he has already given instructions with regard to it.

The Mayor brought before the Council the present condition of the roadway leading to Trafalgar Terrace which was in a frightful state owing to the action the Government had taken. This Road had evidently never been handed over to the Council or aligned and he suggested that it be proclaimed closed, and unfit for traffic, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that a letter be written to the Government pointing out the dangerous condition of the Street and that unless it be repaired the Corporation will close it up.

Inspector of Nuisances — applications.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening several applications for the office of Inspector of Nuisances and considering the same with a view to the appointment of a suitable person.

The various applications having been opened and duly considered the Committee proceeded to ballot where it was found that the majority of the votes were for Mr. R. Hannow [?] and it was resolved to recommend that that gentleman be duly elected by this Council.

It was the then resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Council resume it’s sitting.

The Mayor as Chairman of the Committee of the whole reported the result of the ballot with the Committee’s recommendation whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the report as reported by the Mayor be now adopted and that Mr Robert Hannow [?] be elected as Inspector of Nuisances for the Borough of Newtown.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 22nd day of May 1877.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Special meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown. May 15th 1877.

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

Appeals against assessments.

The Mayor having intimated that the object of the meeting was to hear, and settle if possible, appeals against the assessment with a view to preventing the necessity of going to the Police Court. The Council Clerk placed before his Worship a list of all persons who had appealed.

In Enmore Ward alterations were made as follows: —

Assessment No 568, from £38 to £36. — Hardy Langhorne
Assessment No 576, from £41 to £36. — Hardy Langhorne

In Kingston Ward.

Assessment No 65, from £27 to £23. — J. Webster
Assessment No 93, from £31 to £26. — Geo. Clark
Assessment No 128, from £19 to £16. — M. A. Owen
Assessment No 132, from £16 to £14. — Kate Emery [?]
Assessment No 330, from £18 to £16. — Hoffman
Assessment No 331, from £18 to £16. — Hoffman

In O’Connell Ward.

Assessment No 99, from £23 to £20. — Geo. Munster
Assessment No 134, from £126 to £110. — J. J. Kettle x
Assessment No 167, from £63 to £52. — Geo. Bowie
Assessment No 168, from £63 to £52. — Mrs. Bowie
Assessment No 216, from £45 to £35. — H. Marie
Assessment No 186, from £132 £100. — A. J. Kettle [?]

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the assessment numbers as amended be the rates for the current year, and that the amounts be altered accordingly in the Rate Book.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 22nd day of May 1877.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, May 22nd 1877.

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

Minutes:

Minutes of meetings of 8th and 15th instant having been read were duly confirmed.

Correspondence:

London Street, fence.

Letter read for Mr Hy Phillips, complaining of depredations in his paddock by cattle owing to raising of footpath in London Street. Letter received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale.

Wells Street.

Letter read from Mr I. Hinchcliff, relative to the bad condition of Wells Street. Moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the letter be received.

Amendment moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Aldermen Neale, that the letter be referred to the Works Committee to report thereon. Amendment put and carried.

St John and Munni Streets.

Letter read from Messrs Wilkinson, Wight and others asking that St John and Munni Streets may be put in better repair. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Main Road, kerbing.

Letter read for the Hon. the Commissioner for Roads and Bridges, stating that the Government had no control of the foot paths on the main roads running through the Borough, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the letter be received and that the Council Clerk be instructed to write again, repeating former request.

Enmore Road, kerbing.

Letter read for Mr J. L. Duruz, asking that kerbing might be laid down in front of his premises, Enmore Road, postponed from last meeting. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the Council declines at present to undertake the work.

London Street, cesspits.

Letters read from Messrs Massingham and Foulis residing in London, objecting to the emptying of their cesspits. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that they be referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

Hordern Street, obstruction.

Letter read from Mr. R. W. Newell complaining of the stopping up of a passage between his property and that of his next-door neighbour. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the letter be received and that the Council Clerk be instructed to report that the Council has no jurisdiction in the matter.

Bucknell Street, enlarging.

Letter read from Mr I. W. Watkin, manager, building society, stating, in reply to a letter from the Council, asking that a piece of land abutting upon Bucknell might be moved over to the Council with a view to the widening of the said Street, that the letter had been laid before the Board and would receive every attention. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the letter be received.

Reports:

Accounts.

The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee, No 5, submitting a list of accounts already paid amounting to £58/13/1, and recommending payment of others to £34/18/8 making a total of £93/11/9, which was adopted upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Abbott, and payments authorised.

Inspector of Nuisances.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the reports Nos 1, 2 and 3 of the Inspector of Nuisances be received, and postponed for consideration to a later period of the evening.

Miscellaneous:

Omnibus traffic.

Alderman Melville called attention to the fact that the arrangements made with the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners relative to the omnibus route are not being carried out, other members of the Council also remonstrated against the present system, when it was ultimately arranged that the Mayor be requested to wait upon the Commissioners, to urge that the bus traffic be confined to the main roads, and not to travel in Union and other narrow Streets.

Assessing Borough, Mr Llewelyn.

Moved by Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the sum of £12/10/0 be voted to Mr Llewelyn, Council Clerk, for services as assessor to the Borough.

Amendment moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the amount be £10.

Amendment put, and the show of hands being Ayes, 3, Noes, 3, the Mayor gave his casting vote with the noes and declared the Amendment negatived. Motion put and carried.

Lighting Committee’s report.

The Council then proceeded to consider and order upon the report of the Lighting Committee postponed for consideration from the meeting of 27th April ulto., when it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Fallick, to adopt the several recommendations contained therein, amending it upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott, by substituting the words ‘threepence’ in lieu of ‘fourpence’ as the amount of rate in the pound to be levied.

The Council then adjourned without considering the postponed business.

Confirmed in open Council this fifth day on June 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


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