Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, September 11th 1877.

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

Minutes:

Minutes of last meeting having been read were duly confirmed.

Correspondence:

Letter read from Mr P. T. Hart, asking that the roadway etc. in Station Street may be formed. Received and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the matter be referred to the Works Committee for report.

Australia Street cesspit, I R. Andrews.

Letter read from Mr I. R. Andrews relative to the removal of the cesspit ordered by the Council attached to his house in Australia Street. Received.

Petition:

Lamp, Australia Street.

Alderman Melville presented a petition from Messrs Molesworth, Wilson and others praying that the lamp erected between Albermarle Street and Bishopgate Street may not be removed. Received, and moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that it be referred to the Works Committee for report.

Amendment moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that the petition be considered at a later period of the evening.

Amendment put and carried. Amendment re-put as original motion and carried.

Reports:

Edgeware Road.

Alderman Bailey brought up the report of the Works Committee No 10, recommending certain work to be performed in Edgeware Road with a view to carry off stagnant water, which was adopted upon the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Inspector of Nuisances, monthly report.

The Mayor brought up the usual monthly report of the Inspector of Nuisances wherein it was stated that the Inspector was prosecuting the Sanitary inspection of the Borough. Received.

Wilson Street, rubble wall, Copeland’s.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that a sum not exceeding £5 be voted for the purpose of erecting the rubble wall off Wilson Street at Mr Copeland’s property, be adopted.

Robey Street drain, Blundell’s.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that a sum of £25 be voted for performing the works sanctioned by the Council on the 14th ultimo through Mr Thomas Blundell’s property, Robey Street, be adopted.

Lamp removal, Oxford and Australia Streets.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Fallick, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the lamp now erected in Oxford Street be removed to a distance of 52 yards further south in a line with a lane near Mr James Smith’s house, running from Oxford Street to Baltic Street, and that the lamp at Mr Melville’s, Australia Street, be removed to the southeast corner of Albermarle and Australia Street, be adopted.

Kingston Ward, Kerbing.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that a sum of £100 be voted for the purpose of Kerbing and Guttering certain streets in Kingston Ward, be adopted. Motion put and carried.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Bailey asked when the Gas Company would be ready to light the Borough with gas. The Council Clerk, having been called upon by the Mayor, stated that the engineer to the company had informed him that they had only four lamps to erect, and would be prepared to light up on or about 15th instant.

The Mayor laid upon the table a plan of Alice Street, submitted by the Government surveyor, suggesting that the width of that Street should be 58 feet, as agreeing with the present building alignments along the whole length of the Street. The Council resolved not to interfere in the matter.

The Mayor informed the Council that in accordance with a resolution of last meeting, and in consequence of a report (which he read) signed by the Council Clerk, and the Inspector of Nuisances, he had annulled the contract of Patrick Macken, for cleansing Kingston Ward, and had appointed Charles Murray to perform the work pro tem, whereupon it was resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Fallick, that tenders be called to perform the work for next meeting.

The Mayor spoke of the continuation of Bucknell Street, and that he had been informed by Mr Sweetman that a roadway did exist through to the railway line, and that the same had been duly gazetted. The Council Clerk explained that he had visited the Government Survey Office, but could obtain no information upon the point, the land having originally been sold in large blocks, that he afterwards inspected the same plans in the possession of Mr Reuss, architect, none of which showed any roadway further than Wilson Street.

In reply to a query by Alderman Abbott, relative to the water supply, the Mayor stated that a letter had been sent to the City Council upon the matter sometime since, but that no reply had been received. After some further remarks from Alderman Bailey the subject was dropped.

Designation of lanes.

Enmore Ward.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey that several lanes in Enmore Ward mentioned in the Committee’s report No 1, and shown upon a plan attached thereto be designated as recommended, be adopted.

Kingston Ward.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the several lanes in Kingston Ward, mentioned in the Committee’s report, No 2, and shown upon a plan attached thereto, be designated as recommended, be adopted.

O’Connell Ward.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the several lanes in O’Connell Ward, mentioned in the report of the Committee, No 3, and shown upon a plan attached thereto, be designated as recommended, be adopted.

Main roads.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the Committee’s report, No 4, relative to the designation of the main roads be postponed for further consideration to this day month, be adopted.

Reconsideration of petition re lamps.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the prayer of the petition be not acceded to. Motion put and carried.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 25th day of September 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


Meeting of the Council of the Borough of Newtown, September 25th 1877

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

Minutes:

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

Correspondence:

John Street.

Letter read from Messrs Redwin and Williams, asking that a Street known as John Street, off the White Horse Road, might be aligned. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the Council Clerk be authorised to write to the Government asking them to direct their Surveyor to carry out the necessary work.

Endowment.

Letter read from the Hon the Treasurer intimating that the sum of £232/4/11, endowment for the past half year, had been placed to the credit of the Borough in the bank. Received.

Reports:

Accounts.

The Mayor brought up the report of the Finance Committee, No 9, submitting a list of accounts already paid amounting to £100/16/2, and recommending payment of others to £148/7/11, making a total of £249/4/1, which was adopted upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

The Works Committee’s report owing to an informality could not be entertained.

Labour distribution.

The Council Clerk brought up his monthly report relative to the distribution of the day labour throughout the Borough for the past month, showing the expenditure incurred thereon. Received.

T. Burgess, cesspit.

The Mayor brought up a report from the Inspector of Nuisances, relative to the non-compliance with an order to remove a cesspit in Regent Street, by Mr T. Burgess, and seeking the Council’s advice in the matter. Received, and resolved upon the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Council Clerk be instructed to cite the case for the Council’s solicitor with a view to obtain his opinion thereon.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Melville asked if anything further had been heard relative to Bucknell Street. The Mayor replied in the negative and, in answer to Alderman Whateley, informed that gentlemen that he had seen the deeds referred to by Mr Sweetman, which showed a roadway from Wilson Street to the railway line.

Alderman Neale asked by whose authority the lamps in Camden Street had been shifted. The Mayor stated by his authority and based upon the report of the Council Clerk who had informed him that the lamps were not in the positions originally intended.

Lamp, Longdown Street.

The notice of motion standing in the name of Alderman Bedford, relative to a lamp for Longdown Street, was withdrawn by leave of the Council.

Lamp in the White Horse Road.

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Neale, that the Sydney Gas Lighting Company be instructed to erect a new lamp in George Street at corner of White Horse Road. Motion put and negatived.

Lamp near Police Station.

Moved by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the lamp near the Police Station be removed further West for a distance of 156 feet on the Cook’s River Road to be there erected and lighted.

Amendment moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the lamp be removed eastward as far as the centre of the railway bridge.

Amendment put and negatived.

Further Amendment moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the matter be referred to the Works Committee to report as to expediency of moving the lamp east or west or to George Street, Cook’s River Road.

Further Amendment put and carried.

Tenders, cleansing, and Kerbing etc.

Resolved upon the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening and considering tenders for cleansing Kingston Ward, as also for laying Kerbing and Guttering (labour only).

After due consideration of the several tenders it was resolved to recommended tender of Charles Murray to cleanse Kingston Ward in accordance with specification for the sum of £6 per month for the current Municipal year, for acceptance, and that the further consideration of the tenders for laying Kerbing be postponed until next meeting.

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 The Worshipful, the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the report as now brought up be adopted.

The Council then adjourned.

Confirmed in open Council this 9th day of October 1877.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


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