Special meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, August 8th 1877.

Present, the Mayor, Aldermen Bailey, Melville, Neale and Whateley.

The Mayor informed the Council that he had called this meeting at the request of certain ratepayers, and had invited Messrs Baldwick, Donohoe, Gibbons, Hamblin, Harrison, Smith, Taylor and Tye to attend, all of whom he perceived were now present, for the purpose of considering plan of proposed alterations to railway bridge on the Newtown Road; he had in the meantime obtained a tracing of the proposed alterations which he laid upon the table, and asked the deputation to confer with the Council on the matter.

A petition was then presented to the Council setting forth that the proposed work was entirely opposed to the views of the ratepayers, and asking that, unless the work be performed in accordance with the wishes of the ratepayers, it be stopped altogether.

Whereupon it was resolved that the petition be received and considered.

The Council after due consideration resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the prayer of the petition be acceded to by this Council, and that a deputation consisting of his Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen, together with the member for Newtown, wait upon the Hon the Minister for Public Works tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 11 o’clock, and that the deputation now present with the addition of Messrs Melville senior and Wildman be invited to accompany the said deputation.

A vote of thanks having been passed to the Mayor and Council for the manner in which the deputation had been received, the Council adjourned.

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

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor


Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, August 14th 1877.

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

Minutes:

Minutes of the last two meetings having been read were duly confirmed.

Correspondence:

Robey Street drain.

Letter read from Mr Thomas Blundell relative to the drain running through his premises. Postponed to a later period of evening.

Draft agreement, gas lighting.

A letter read from the Gas Lighting Company for the draft agreement relative to the lighting of the Borough with gas, for approval of the Council. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that it be returned to the company for engrossing, and that the Mayor be authorised to sign, for and on behalf of the Council.

Mr Burgess, cesspit, Regent Street.

Letter read from Mr Burgess stating inability to reconstruct cesspit at present owing to price of material. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the Council Clerk be instructed to reply that the law will be allowed to take its course.

Enmore Road, Kerbing etc.

Letter read from Mr I. L. Duruz, asking that Kerbing may be laid down in front of his premises upon agreeing to pay 35 percent of the cost, and likewise permission to erect an awning. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the first portion of the letter be referred to the Works Committee, and that the request contained in the latter portion be complied with.

London Street, drainage etc.

Letter read from Mr D. Elphinston relative to the drainage of a portion of London Street, and the raising of the footpath in front of his new buildings. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Council Clerk be instructed to measure the entire length of London Street, and give an estimate of cost for Kerbing and Guttering the same at next meeting.

Lighting Rates.

Letters read from Messrs Hamblin and W. Tye seeking information relative to payment of gas rate. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that, the consideration of the Gas Lighting Company not lighting the Borough at the time specified the ratepayers be charged only from the time of lighting.

Petitions:

Main Road, dust.

Alderman Melville presented a petition from Messrs Griffiths, Meeks and others, praying that immediate steps may be taken to suppress the nuisance caused by accumulation of dust upon the main roads and Alderman Whateley presented a petition from Messrs Land, Kelly and others praying that Bucknell Street may be widened throughout its entire length, both of which were received.

Reports:

Alderman Bailey brought up the report of the Works Committee No 9 with its several recommendations: —

1. With reference to the Guttering in front of Mr White’s house, Cook’s River Road.

2. Relative to the drain at intersection of Munni and Islington streets.

3. With regard to the drainage of Edgeware Road.

The whole being adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances monthly report was brought up by the Mayor and received.

Designation of lanes and dust on main Roads.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the report relative to the designation of lanes, and watering on main Roads stand an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

Liberty Street, Kerbing.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, in the absence of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Kerbing and Guttering agreed by the Council be done in Liberty Street in front of certain premises, the owners of which have agreed to pay 25 percent of the cost, be undertaken at once, and that tenders be called for the work for next meeting of Council.

Robey Street, Mr Blundell’s letter considered.

Upon reconsideration of Mr T. Blundell’s letter it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the work be performed.

Miscellaneous:

The Mayor informed the Council that the work in Campbell and Elizabeth Streets was done, and that the raising of a portion of Wilson Street was in a progressive state.

Alderman Whateley wished to know what was the intention of the Council relative to Bucknell Street continuation from Wilson Street to the railway line. The Mayor said that the Council only recognised Bucknell Street as far as Wilson Street, and that at present there was nothing before the meeting to entertain, that if Mr Hill would write and make an offer, the Council could then consider the matter, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that a letter be written to Mr Hill asking him whether, in the event of the Government granting a platform at this point, he will be prepared to dedicate to this Council a Street from the railway line to Wilson Street of not less than 40 feet in width, and if possible in a line with Bucknell Street.

Alderman Bailey, having drawn attention to the bad state of Union Street in front of Mr Webster’s property, the Mayor promised to see to the matter. Alderman Bailey likewise asked for a return at next meeting, showing the amount available for the current half-year in each Ward. He also spoke of a stand pipe for water in case of fires etc. at the railway station, and suggested that the Mayor should see the Mayor of Sydney upon the matter, making special arrangement as to size of pipe etc.

White metal, tenders.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the opening and consideration of tenders for supply of white metal.

After consideration it was resolved to recommend the tender of R. Glover at six shillings and threepence per ton for the supply of white (unbroken) metal for acceptance.

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

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 28th. day of August 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, August 28th. 1877.

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor, and Alderman Bailey, Bedford, Fallick, Melville and Whateley.

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

London Street.

Letter read from Messrs Crook, Gould and others, re, condition of drain in London Street. Received and ordered to be considered at a later period of evening.

Alignment of streets.

Letter read from department of lands, stating that a surveyor would be sent out to align the Streets as early as possible. Received.

Sewerage, Regent Street.

Letter read from Mr G. T. Gardner relative to an open drain running through his property in Regent Street. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that a reply be forwarded advising Mr Gardner to apply to the Camperdown Council, within whose Borough the land is situated, with a view to ascertain whether any joint action could be taken by the two Councils in the matter.

Robey Street, drain.

Letter read from Mr Thomas Blundell, relative to drain running through his property. Received.

Earth closets, Wellington Street.

Letter read from Mr A. Hinchcliff drawing attention to the irregularity in the emptying of the earth closets attached to some of his houses. Received, the Council Clerk states that the matter had been attended to.

Bucknell Street extension.

Letter read from Mr W. H. Hill, stating that he could not comply with the request to carry a Road from Wilson Street to railway line as it would render his property comparatively useless. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that information be sought as to whether a roadway was reserved upon any of the original plans, and if there is any possibility yet of having a roadway through.

Cesspits, damage.

Letters from Messrs Proberts and Carlton enclosing accounts for repairing damage done to cesspits by night men. Received, and the Mayor authorised to deduct the amount from the payment to be made to the contractor.

Petition:

Lamp, Australia Street.

Alderman Fallick presented a petition from Messrs Givins, Tuft and others, praying that the lamp erected in Australia Street be removed to the centre between Albermarle and Bishopgate Streets. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the prayer of the petition be complied with.

Reports:

Accounts.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the report of the Finance Committee No 8 submitting a list of accounts paid amounting to £64/13/6, and recommending payment of others to £116/7/6, making a total of £181/1/0 be adopted.

The Council Clerk brought up his report relative: —

1. To the measurement of London Street.

2. To the amount available for expenditure in each Ward.

3. To the employment of the day labour for the past month.

4. To works completed, and progressing towards completion.

5. To receipts and expenditure under “Nuisances Prevention Act”

6. To the alignment of streets.

7. To the destruction of newspapers in reading room.

Received.

Patrick Macken, cleansing, Kingston Ward.

The Mayor brought up a report from the Inspector of Nuisances, complaining of non performance of contract by Patrick Macken, cleansing contractor for Kingston Ward. Received and ordered to be considered at a later period of evening.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Bailey asked the Mayor if he had seen the Mayor of Sydney relative to the stand pipe at the railway station. The Mayor said he had not, but would endeavour to do so prior to the next meeting of the Council.

In reply to a further query from the same Alderman, relative to the widening of Bucknell Street, the Mayor called upon the Council Clerk, who said that he had seen Mr Watkins, manager to the Building Society, as requested upon the matter, and that that gentlemen led him to understand that the society expected in the event of the land being dedicated to the widening of the Street, compensation from the Council to the extent of one-third of the value of the land.

Alderman Fallick designed to know when the Borough would be lit with gas. The Mayor said the Company were endeavouring to light up on the first proximo and every effort was being made to do so.

Designation of lanes.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman (name not recorded in minutes), seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the reports Nos 1, 2, 3 and 4, having reference to the designation of several lanes throughout the Borough, stand further postponed till next meeting and to be made an order of the day thereat.

Main road, watering.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that report No 5 recommending that the Council proceed to levy and fix a watering rate of sixpence in the pound upon all rateable property upon the main road, for the purpose of watering that Road.

Balance sheet.

The Mayor brought up the Balance Sheet to the 31st July ultimo, duly audited by the Borough Auditors, and by himself, whereupon, it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Balance Sheet as now brought up be and is the Balance Sheet for the half-year ended 31st July ultimo be adopted.

Concert, vote of thanks to Mr Llewelyn.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that a vote of thanks be accorded to Mr Llewelyn for his assistance in augmenting the funds of the Library by means of a concert held in July last.

London Street, reconsideration of letter from Messrs Crook and others.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley, and any work found to be necessary in order to carry off stagnant water be executed.

Tenders, Kerbing, Liberty Street etc.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders and consideration of other matters.

Tenders having been opened and duly considered, it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that it be a recommendation to the Council to decline the acceptance of any.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that it be a recommendation, with reference to the report of the Inspector of Nuisances, that the Council Clerk be instructed to accompany the Inspector of Nuisances to certain persons abutting upon the Street not cleansed, and if the statement made in the report be found correct, the Mayor be authorised to cancel Patrick Macken’s contract. Resolved that the Council do now resume.

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

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 11th. day of September 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


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