Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, June 5th 1877.

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

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

May Street.

Letters read from St Peter’s Council, relative to the repairing by the two councils of May Street. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the letter be deferred for consideration for one-month.

Gas lamps, main roads.

Letter read from the Sydney Gas Lighting Company asking this Council to urge upon the Government the desirability of re-lighting the lamps on the Newtown and Cook’s River Roads. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that a reply be forwarded intimating that in the opinion of this Council it would be useless to ask the Government to relight the lamps on the main roads.

Assessment, appeal.

Letter read from Mr Matt. Hayes appealing against the valuation on his premises. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the letter be received and laid upon the table.

Charles Street, drain.

A letter read from Mr J. Conley complaining of the effluvia from the drain running from the Street across his property. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for their immediate report.

Liberty Street.

Letters from the Council of Petersham relative to Liberty Street were, upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, deferred until a later period of the evening for consideration.

Reports:

The reports of the Works and Nuisances Prevention Act Committees were ruled to be informal in consequence of want of a quorum in each case and therefore could not be received.

The Inspector of Nuisances’ monthly report.

The Mayor brought up a monthly report from the Inspector of Nuisances setting forth the various matters carried out by him during the month. Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the report be received.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Abbott wished to ascertain the mode of placing the rubbish for the cleansing contractor. The Mayor stated that the boxes should be placed in convenient positions outside of dwellings.

Alderman Fallick drew attention to the amount now in hand towards the Free Public Library fund (£18/11/4), the Mayor said he would call a Committee meeting of the whole Council for its consideration on Tuesday next.

Alderman Bailey asked whether any communication had been received from the Government relative to the roadway in Trafalgar Terrace. The Mayor stated that nothing official was before the Council, but that he had been informed by the Hon the Minister for Public Works that the matter was under consideration.

The Mayor stated that he was happy to be able to inform the Council that the widening of the railway bridge would be commenced at once.

The Mayor having brought under notice of the Council the death rate of Newtown as reported in the official returns, it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the Mayor, with the mover and seconder, be appointed a deputation to wait upon Registrar General relative to the matter.

Alderman Bailey suggested that the Aldermen in each Ward should go through the Ward and ascertain what gas lamps were required in the several Streets and report on Tuesday next.

The Mayor informed the Council that he had had an interview with the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners and that they were agreeable to carry out the suggestions of the Council and he laid upon the table the By-laws of the Commissioners.

Gas rate.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the Council proceed to fix a gas rate in accordance with clause 165 of the Municipalities Act of 1867 for the purpose of lighting the Borough with gas. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that a special rate of three pence in the pound be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property in this Borough for the lighting of the Borough with gas under the provisions of section 165 of Municipalities Act of 1867. Motion put and declared carried.

The division thereon; ayes, Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Fallick, Neale and Whateley. Noes, Alderman Melville.

Motion put and carried.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that such special rate be fairly transcribed into the rate book as directed by section 169 of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and that the Mayor be authorised to fix the corporate seal thereto.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the Council Clerk give, or cause to be given forthwith, the notices of such special rate required by law.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the said special rate be payable within 30 days after the expiration of the 30 days after notice allowed by law and that legal proceedings be taken without further order against any person who shall fail to pay said special rate within such period.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that a Committee be now appointed to be called the Lighting Committee, and further resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that such Committee consist of the whole Council, five to form a quorum.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the offer of the Sydney Gas Company to erect and light lamps throughout the Borough for the sum of £7 per lamp and upon the conditions named in their communication of the 24th. April ulto., be accepted and that the Mayor be authorised to sign the Bond for and on behalf of this Council.

Letters, Liberty Street and Inspector of Nuisances report.

The Council then went into Committee of the whole upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, for the purpose of considering letters from the Petersham Council relative to Liberty Street and also Inspector of Nuisances’ reports numbers one, two, three.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that it be a recommendation to the Council that the letter from Petersham Council relating to Liberty Street be postponed till next meeting for the production of former correspondence upon the matter.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the report No 1 of the Inspector of Nuisances having reference to the reconstructing of certain cesspits in Union and Station Streets be recommended to the Council for adoption and that notices be served.

Also resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the Council be advised to inflict a fine against Charles Murray contractor for non fulfillment of work on Monday 17th May ulto as stated in the report of the Inspector, No 2.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, that a similar fine be recommended to the Council for infliction against Patrick Manton for non fulfillment of his contract as mentioned in the Inspector’s report, No 3.

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

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

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council, this 19th day of June 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


 

Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, June 19th 1877.

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

Minutes:

Minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

Letters from the Council of Petersham relative to forming of Liberty Street, postponed from previous meeting, were, upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, referred to the Works Committee for report.

Trafalgar Terrace.

Letter read from Hon Commissioner Railways denying encroachment by Government upon Trafalgar Terrace. Received.

Kerbing, Cook’s River Road.

Letter read from Mr I. Yard asking that Kerbing may be re-laid in front of his premises, Cook’s River Road. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the matter be left in the Mayor’s hands.

Bucknell Street.

Letter read from Mr Watkins, Manager, Permanent Building Society, Pitt Street, stating that owing to transfer of land abutting upon Bucknell Street not having been completed the Society was not prepared to remove the debris from the Street, caused by broken fence etc.. Received.

Cesspits, Newtown Road.

Letters read for Mr H. Cook relative to error in emptying cesspits of his and declining to pay account. Received, and ordered that the amount be deducted from next account paid to the contractor Miley.

Hordern Street, Lane.

Letter read from Mr H. Wyatt asking that the remainder of Lane at back of his houses in Hordern Street may be guttered. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the matter be postponed, with a view to ascertain the cost.

Robey Street drain.

Letter read from Mr T. Blundell calling attention again to the drain running through his land in Robey Street. Received.

Prince Alfred Debating etc. Society.

Letter read for Mr I McKern asking for use of room in the Town Hall, for the Prince Alfred Debating, Literary and Chess Club. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the consideration of the letter be postponed till next meeting with a view to obtaining a copy of the club’s By-laws.

Reports:

Alderman Cozens brought up the report of the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee No 4 recommending;

1. That in the case of Mr Massingham the matter be allowed to remain in abeyance for the present, as an earth closet is about to be erected but that as soon as this work is completed the Inspector of Nuisances be instructed to have the old cesspits emptied.

2. With regard to Mr Phillips, that as the gentlemen committed a breach of the law in ignorance the Council takes no further steps in the matter but that should any case of a like character come under the notice of the Inspector of Nuisances in future that officer be directed to carry out the law, which was upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Melville, adopted.

The Mayor brought up the reports of the Gas Lighting, the Library and By-laws Committees respectively, consisting of the whole Council.

The first relative to the erection etc. of 83 lamps throughout the Borough as specified in the report was, upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, adopted.

The second recommending that the Free Public Library be closed from 30th June to 31st July, and all books called in, was also adopted upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale.

The third recommending the addition of certain words to clause 11 of the By-laws relating to the “Nuisances Prevention Act” was moved for adoption by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, but upon the motion being put was negatived.

Alderman Bailey gave notice of his intention to bring this matter before the Council at it’s next meeting.

The Mayor brought up the reports of the Inspector of Nuisances numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 which were postponed till a later period of the evening for consideration.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Melville wished to know if any steps had been taken towards erection of a shed at Pound. The Mayor said that he was to receive an estimate of the cost of work.

Alderman Fallick intimated that portion of Bligh Street had been lately fenced in. The Mayor promised at once to see to the matter.

Alderman Cozens drew attention to the danger caused by the stand occupied by the buses immediately at the end of the railway bridge wall along Enmore Road. The Mayor promised that a communication should be forwarded at once to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners relative to the matter.

Enmore Ward white metal.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the sum of £30 be voted for the supply of white (broken) metal for the purpose of repairing the several streets in Enmore Ward and that tenders be forthwith invited.

Inspector of Nuisances reports.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Council now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering the several reports of the Inspector of Nuisances.

No 1. Resolved that the recommendations contained therein relative to the cesspits in Bay View Terrace off Wilson Street be submitted to the Council for approval.

No 2. Resolved that in accordance with this report it be recommended that a fine of five shillings be inflicted against Patrick Macken for a further breach of contract in cleansing Kingston Ward, and that this contractor be cautioned, that should another complaint be preferred against him his contract will be cancelled.

No 3. Resolved that the suggestions contained in this report relative to the removal of certain cesspits belonging to houses on the Cook’s River Road be recommended to the Council for adoption, and that report,

No 4. Relative to non cleansing of a back Lane off Cook’s River Road by Daniel Doyle, contractor for Enmore Ward, be received.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the Council do now resume it’s sitting.

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

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this third day of July 1877.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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