Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, July 3rd. 1877.

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

Minutes:

Minutes of previous meeting having been read, were duly confirmed.

Correspondence:

Letter read from Camperdown Council agreeing to proposition to move two lamps up in line with Bishopgate Street. Received.

Sewer, near London Street.

Letter read from Mr H. Phillips complaining of condition of open sewer running near his premises. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the matter be left in hands of Mayor to have carried out immediately.

Cook’s River Road, cesspits removal.

Letter read from Mr I. Rapp objecting to the removal of his cesspit, also,

Letter read from Mr E. Lotze upon the same subject. Both these letters were received, and upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, were referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report.

Cesspits, Bay View Terrace.

A letter from Mr Langhorne relative to the cesspits at Bay View Terrace, was received and ordered to be considered in connection with the report of the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

May Street, repair.

Letter read from Council St Peter’s relative to repair of May Street. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that they be referred to the Works Committee for report, and that a reply be forwarded to that effect.

Trafalgar Terrace, proposed deviation.

Letter read from the Railway Department relative to proposed deviation of Trafalgar Terrace and enclosing tracing. Received and resolved that it be considered at a later period of the evening.

Debating and Literary Club.

Letter read from Mr I. McKern, Honorary Secretary to the “Prince Alfred Literary and Debating Club” forwarding copy of By-laws for the perusal of Council. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the request for the use of a room in the Town Hall, contained in the previous letter for Friday evenings be acceded to.

Meeting room papers etc.

Letter read from Mr E. Leslie, referring certain complaints, relative to the reading room. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the letter be referred to the Library Committee.

Reports:

Accounts.

The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee No 6 submitting a list of accounts already paid amounting to £210/9/0, and recommending payment of others to £63/9/11, making a total of £273/18/11, which was adopted upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

Cesspits, Bay View Terrace off Wilson Street.
Cesspits, Regent Street, Burgess and Griffiths.

Alderman Melville brought up the reports Nos five and six of the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

No 5. Relative to the cesspits attached to Bay View Terrace off Wilson Street, and

No 6. Referring to letters from Mr Burgess and Mrs Griffiths in Regent relative to emptying their cesspits.

Both these report received and upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, adopted.

Inspector of Nuisances, monthly report.
Cesspits, Harvey’s and Burgess’, Regent Street.

The Mayor brought up the reports of the Inspector of Nuisances Nos 1 and 2.

No 1. The inspector’s monthly report of the work performed and,

No 2. Relative to cesspits attached to premises of Mrs Harvey and Mr Burgess, both of Regent Street.

Both reports were received.

Miscellaneous:

Upon Alderman Melville again inquiring if anything had yet been done towards erection of a shed at Pound. The Mayor read a list of timber required, as also a tender for erecting said timber only amounting to £4, when it was resolved to leave the matter in the Mayor’s hands to carry out.

Alderman Melville likewise drew attention to the pipes at junction of a lane with Regent Street suggesting that they be removed, and an open drain formed. Mayor promised to see to the matter.

Alderman Abbott spoke of the bad state of a lane leading into Campbell Street, when it was agreed that the Works Committee should inspect it, as also Wyatts lane and report with a view to the calling of tenders for the work.

Alderman Abbott also called attention to the bad condition of the Road at corner of Elizabeth and Campbell Streets, and,

Alderman Whateley suggested the continuing of the piping in Short Street from the present guttering to its junction with the piping leading into Wilson Street a distance of about 18 feet.

The Mayor promised his attention to both these matters.

The Mayor informed the Council that a deputation consisting of himself, Alderman Melville, with the Council Clerk, Mr Llewelyn, had waited upon the Registrar General relative to the death rate of Newtown, as shown in the official returns, pointing out the injustice accorded to the Borough in consequence of a large area outside of the Municipality, reaching as far as Botany, taking in also MacDonald Town, St Peters and Camperdown, the whole being designated Newtown, whereby this Borough was debited with the death rate of the lowlands. The Registrar General saw the force of the argument and promised that in future the death rate of each Borough should be shown separately. The deputation further elicited the fact that the rate was made upon a basis of population of 8000 (an old census) whereas if taken in accordance with the present population the rate would be about two-thirds less than shown in the returns.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that a letter be forwarded to Mrs Galvin, expressive of the Council’s regret at the loss of one of its members in the death of her husband the late Alderman Thomas Galvin, and conveying it’s sympathy with her in her bereavement.

Main Road, dust.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that it is desirable that immediate steps be taken to abate the injury to life and property, arising through the accumulation of dust upon the Main Roads running through the Borough, and that a Committee consisting of Alderman Abbott, Bailey and the mover be now appointed to consider upon the best means of suppressing the nuisance, and report upon the same to the Council.

Lanes, designation of.

Also resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the Council at its next regular meeting resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of taking the necessary measures to designate by name or otherwise all lanes in the Borough.

The further consideration of the letter from the Railway Department relative to Trafalgar Terrace was postponed till next meeting.

Alderman Bailey gave notice of his intention to move at next meeting that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee be authorised by this Council to make the necessary arrangements for encouraging and carrying out the earth closet system within the Borough, who shall report progress of this work from time to time as required for the approval of the Council.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 17th day of July 1877.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

Meeting of Council of the Borough of Newtown, July 17th 1877.

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

Minutes:

Minutes of last meeting having been read were duly confirmed.

Correspondence:

Trafalgar Terrace, roadway.

The letter from the Hon the Commissioner of Railways, relative to proposed deviation of roadway in Trafalgar Terrace, postponed from last meeting was, upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, ordered to be considered at a later period of the evening.

Enmore Road cesspits.

Letter read from Mr C. F. Wilson objecting to paying for emptying of a cesspit, it having only being emptied and paid for in March last. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that Mr Wilson be not charged with the amount of this one cesspit and that the amount having already been paid to the contractor be deducted from his next account.

Nuisances, Wilson Street.

Letter read from Rev I. Jefferis complaining of a nuisance in Wilson Street. Received, matter already attended to by Inspector of Nuisances.

Gas lamps contract.

Letter read from Gas Lighting Company stating all lamps would be under one contract and charged one price, also,

Letter read from the same Company stating that the unlit lamps on the main Road had been lighted. Both letters received.

Edgeware Road drainage.

Letter read from Marrickville Council relative to lodgement of water on Edgeware Road. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the matter be referred to the Mayor with direction to have the necessary work carried out.

Footpaths, Cook’s River Road and Simmons Street.

Letters read from Mr A. Rea and Mr John White asking that the foot paths may be repaired near their respective premises. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the request be complied with in each case.

Debating and Literary Club.

Letter read from Hon Secretary to the Literary and Debating Club thanking the Council for use of room in Hall. Received.

Reports:

Alderman Bailey brought up the several recommendations contained in the report of the Works Committee No 6.

No 1. Relative to drain at Mr Copeland’s in Wilson Street.
No 2. Relative to forming of Munni Street.
No 3. Relative to May and Liberty streets.
No 4. Relative to drain running through Mr Conley’s ground.
No 5. Relative to drain running at foot of Robey Street, and
No 6. Relative to inspection of Kerbing laid by Selby.

The whole of which were adopted upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Abbott asked if anything further had been done to remove encroachment in Bligh Street. The Mayor said that notice had been given but that the Street had not yet been handed over to the Council by the Government. He would see to it.

Alderman Whateley asked what quantity of metal was on hand at present. Mayor said that there was about 200 tons of white metal belonging to Kingston Ward and between 30 and 40 tons blue metal for the use of all Wards.

Earth closets.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee be authorised by this Council to make the necessary arrangements for encouraging and carrying out the earth closet system within the Borough, who shall report progress of this work from time to time, as required for the approval of the Council.

Kerbing, O’Connell Street.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that 16 yards of Kerbing and Guttering be laid at the north east end of O’Connell Street, at a cost not exceeding £7, be adopted.

Guttering, Campbell Street.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that 33 yards of open three course Guttering be laid in Campbell Street North end at a cost not exceeding £7, be adopted.

Wilson Street, raising Road.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that a portion of Wilson Street near Robey Street, O’Connell Ward, be raised and metalled at a cost not exceeding £12.

Wyatt’s Lane, Guttering.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that 17 yards of open three course Guttering be laid in lane known as Wyatt’s Lane off Hordern Street, O’Connell Ward, at a cost not exceeding £6, be adopted.

Tenders.

That tenders for carrying out numbers one, two, and four be called for by next meeting was also resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

Treasurer, appointment of.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that Alderman Fallick be Treasurer of the Borough in room and stead of Alderman Galvin, deceased.

Member Finance Committee.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, that Alderman Bailey be appointed a member of the Finance Committee in room and stead of Alderman Fallick elected Treasurer.

Letter, Railway Department considered.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that this Council are agreeable to the proposed diversion of roadway in Trafalgar Terrace, provided that the Government will stone and metal the roadway from Station to Phillips streets.

Tenders and designation of lanes.

The Council, upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Neale, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders, and designating the several lanes throughout the Borough.

Tenders metal (White).

The Committee then proceeded to open and consider tenders for the supply of white metal, and resolved to recommend that the tender of Thomas West to supply white broken metal as required for Enmore Ward at eight shillings per ton be accepted.

Designation of lanes.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Melville, that it be a recommendation that Alderman Melville’s motion relative to the designation of lanes throughout the Borough be referred to a Committee which was previously appointed for the purpose of considering the best measures to allay the dust nuisance upon the Main Roads, with a view to embodying both matters in each report.

It having been resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the Council resume it’s sitting.

The Mayor, as Chairman of the Committee of the whole, brought up a report of the items as agreed upon in Committee, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the report as now brought up be adopted.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 31st day of July 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, July 31st 1877.

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

New member.

The Mayor having laid upon the table the declaration of acceptance of office of David Bedford Esq as Alderman for O’Connell Ward, introduced that gentlemen, who took his seat.

Minutes:

Minutes of last meeting having been read were duly confirmed.

Correspondence:

Albermarle Street.

Letter read from Mr A. Hinchcliff asking that tiles may be laid in front of certain houses of his in Albermarle Street and drawing attention to the footpath on south side of that Street to Baltic Street. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the first part of the letter be complied with and that the second portion be left with the Mayor.

Robey Street, drain.

Letter read from Mr Thomas Blundell, relative to drain running through his premises in Robey Street, which was received, and upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, was postponed for consideration until a later period of evening.

Reports:

Accounts.

The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee No 7 submitting list of accounts already paid amounting to £239/4/10, also others passed for payment for £111/12/7, making a total of £350/17/5, which was, upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott, adopted.

Alderman Melville brought up the several recommendations contained in the report of the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee No 6.

1. Relative to Messrs Lotze and Rapp’s cesspits, the pipes having been removed.

2. That Messrs Burgess and Andrew’s pits be removed and reconstructed.

3. That no action be taken with regard to the cesspit at Mr Clune’s, Denison Street, all of which were, upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, adopted.

The Mayor brought up the report of the Library Committee with its several clauses,

1. Recommending that the rules and regulations of the Free Public Library be strictly enforced.

2. Their books be only lent to residents and ratepayers within the Borough.

3. That Mr Smith perform all the binding required at present.

4. That the sum of £20 be expended in the purchase of new books.

5. That the Mayor, with Aldermen Abbott and Fallick be appointed a Committee to purchase the said books, which were adopted upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Melville.

Treasurer’s report.

Alderman Fallick made the usual monthly statements showing receipts and expenditure for the month as also balance in bank to date which was received.

The Mayor brought up the reports numbers one and two of the Inspector of Nuisances.

1. Recommending a fine for two days breach of contract against Charles Murray. Received.

2. Relative to cesspits and pipes leaving therefrom at Mrs Dixon’s, Cook’s River Road. Received.

The first was adopted upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, and the second, it was moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that it be adopted.

Amendment moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Neale, that it be referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

Amendment put and negatived. Motion put and carried.

Designation of lanes and dust nuisance.

Alderman Melville laid upon the table certain reports from a Committee relating to the designation of lanes throughout the Borough as also for allaying the nuisance caused by dust upon the main Roads; and gave notice of his intention at next meeting to move that the Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for their consideration.

White metal O’Connell Ward.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the sum of 60 pounds be voted for the purchase of white unbroken metal for O’Connell Ward and that tenders be forthwith called for the same.

Member for the Works Committee and Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Neale, that Alderman Bedford be appointed a member of the Works and Nuisances Prevention Act Committees respectively in the room and stead of Alderman Galvin, deceased.

Kerbing Baltic Street.

Pursuant to notice Alderman Melville asked;

1. By whose authority was the Kerbing laid in rear of Alderman Fallick’s house in Baltic Street.

2. If Alderman Fallick had paid the usual moiety.

The Mayor replied in answer to the first that the work was recommended by the Works Committee as per it’s report of June 29th. 1876, which report was adopted by the Council at it’s meeting of the fourth July 1876: and that in the second instance Alderman Fallick had not paid any moiety.

Miscellaneous:

The Mayor brought under the notice of the Council the progress which had been made in the matter of alterations at the railway bridge, Newtown Road, and said the work was being proceeded with.

Alderman Melville spoke of the proposed abolition of the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners and said he thought that the several Borough Councils should each have a share of the surplus in the hands of the Commissioners. The Mayor stated that so far from there being any surplus, the Commissioners were in debt. The Mayor, in reply to Aldermen Abbott and Melville, said that it was not customary to pay a moiety of cost for Kerbing and Guttering laid down, and that if proper notice was given, he would be prepared to supply any information upon the subject. The Council made no condition — gentlemen had come forward spontaneously and offered the percentage. Alderman Abbott likewise wished to know if anything further had transpired relative to the water supply to Newtown and when it was likely that it would be laid on. The Mayor promised to communicate upon the subject. Alderman Bedford asked if there was any metal to the credit of O’Connell Ward to which the Mayor replied in the negative. The Mayor stated in answer to Alderman Bailey that the Kerbing in London and Liberty streets already agreed upon would be undertaken as soon as the Council desired. Alderman Whateley spoke of the Kerbing and Guttering upon the main road with reference to inducing the Government to bear a portion of the expense. The Mayor promised to try and have the matter definitely arranged prior to next meeting of Council.

Alderman Bailey designed to know whether the Borough would be lit up by gas by the 1st August. Mayor said that it would take about 10 days or a fortnight before the company would be prepared to light up.

The Mayor having brought under the notice of the Council the state of the drainage in Edgeware Road, and read the report of the Overseer of Works relating thereto, it was agreed that the Works Committee should visit the locality.

Tenders, Kerbing etc.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening and considering tenders for the Kerbing etc..

After some discussion it was resolved to recommend for acceptance the tender of M. Selby to lay down Kerbing and Guttering in accordance with specification for the sum of eight shillings and sixpence per yard; also to lay down open three course Guttering in accordance with specification for the sum of seven shillings and sixpence per yard.

Upon resuming, the Mayor, as Chairman of the Committee of the whole, reported that the Committee had recommended the acceptance of the tender of M. Selby for Kerbing and Guttering, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report as now brought up be adopted.

Mr Blundell’s letter reconsidered.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the consideration of Mr Blundell’s letter be postponed until next meeting with a view to obtaining further information.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 14th day of August 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


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