An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on 3rd December 1878 at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Smith, Tye and Whateley.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Messrs Keep and Harper, calling attention to the fact that no night soil had been received from this Borough at the depot for several months past and claiming payment for every load deposited elsewhere. Received and laid on the table.

2. From the Council of West Botany asking this Council’s co-operation with a view to obtain a branch railway from Newtown to Georges River. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens that this Council to co-operate with that of West Botany.

3. From John Leggett, offering to supply 2 1/2 inch blue metal. Received and laid on the table.

4. From Thomas West, offering to receive 2 1/2 inch blue metal. Received and laid on the table.

5. From J. Farrell, offering to break 2000 tons of blue metal. Received and laid on the table.

6. From Mrs G. James, relative to arrears of rates due on property recently purchased by her and offering to pay from August last. Moved by Alderman Whateley and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the arrears prior to February last be struck off and that she be charged from February 78 to February 79. The Mayor ruled that the resolution could not be received.

Works:

A report was brought up from the Works Committee conveying the following recommendations: —

1. That the Government be requested to align Linthorpe Street, upon which Kerbing and guttering be laid in compliance with Mr Harrison’s request. Adopted.

2. Your Committee are of opinion that Alice Street requires Kerbing and guttering throughout and that until the Council are in a position to carry that out any other recommendations will be useless. Received.

3. Your Committee would recommend that the question of Kerbing and guttering Union Street be held over for a time. Received.

4. That the surveyor be instructed to bring up an estimate of the cost of constructing the culvert across Bedford Street in view of the bridge about to be constructed under the railway. With the consent of the Committee, clause four was withdrawn.

Finance:

The Finance Committee brought up a report showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £153/12/9, and recommending further payments to the amount of £202/5/9, making a total of £355/18/6. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford. Alderman Abbott opposed it’s adoption on the ground that the meeting of the Committee was irregular.

Nuisances Prevention Act Committee:

The Nuisances Prevention Act Committee brought up a report as follows: —

1. That pursuant to instructions received from the Council your Committee made a personal inspection of the several nuisances complained of by Messrs Hugh Kennedy, Dr Sedgwick and Mr Weeks and beg to report as follows;

1. They failed to discover the existence of any such nuisances complained of by Mr Kennedy.

2. Your Committee are of opinion that the removal of the closet to it’s present situation, as referred to by Dr Sedgwick, will be productive of no evils to its surroundings, that the action of the Inspector will remedy a serious nuisance which hitherto existed on the premises and that he is to be commended for the steps taken for its suppression.

3. Relative to the drain complained of by Mr Weeks, your Committee can only recommend that it be thoroughly cleaned and kept so in the future.

On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the report was adopted.

Motions pursuant to notice:

The following were agreed to: —

1. By Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that a sum not exceeding £44 be voted for taking up and relaying 90 yards of old Kerbing and guttering and laying 45 yards of new Kerbing and guttering in Queen Street, Enmore.

2. By Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Tye, that a sum not exceeding £17 be voted for Kerbing and guttering a distance of 36 yards in Elisabeth Street, commencing from King Street.

3. By Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that a sum not exceeding £54 be voted for Kerbing and guttering a distance of the 118 yards in Queen Street, commencing from termination of present Kerbing to Wilson Street on the south side.

4. By Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the sum of £30 be voted for Kerbing and guttering a distance of 66 yards on the north side of Bucknell Street from King Street to Yaralla Street.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Abbott complained of the state of the gutter in King Street. Alderman Smith suggested that the Government be written to relative to the watering of King Street.

Motion No 5, by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Smith, that a deputation be appointed to wait on the Hon the Minister of Justice urging the necessity of establishing a Court of Petty Sessions in Newtown. Carried.

It was further agreed that the following gentlemen form the deputation. The Mayor, Alderman Smith, Bailey, Whateley and the mover.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 78 day of December 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 17th December 1878 at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Alderman Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Smith, Tye and Whateley.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Department of Mines, asking if the Council are about to form or expend money upon all the streets referred to in their application for alignment, if they are urgently required for public convenience and requesting to be furnished with a satisfactory proof of dedication etc. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and the questions answered in the affirmative, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Abbott and seconded by Alderman Smith, “that the matter be postponed until the information asked for can be procured”.

Amendment put and negatived, on which a further amendment was moved by Alderman Abbott and seconded by Alderman Smith, “that the letter be received”.

The amendment being put was negatived, on which the Mayor ruled that the resolution could not be put, whereupon several Aldermen left the Chambers and the meeting lapsed.

Confirmed this 19th day of December 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

In compliance with a requisition signed by Alderman Abbott, Goodsell and Smith, a special general meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Thursday 19th December at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Alderman Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Smith, Tye and Whateley.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and on the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Abbott, confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Department of Mines, asking if the Council are about to form or expend money upon all streets referred to in their application for alignment, if they are urgently required for public convenience and requesting to be furnished with satisfactory proof of dedication etc. On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, it’s consideration was postponed to a later period of the evening.

2. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, enclosing copy of letter from the manager of S. U. Omnibus Company to them requesting permission to place one or two Waggonettes on the line from Newtown to Enmore and requesting an expression of this Council’s opinion thereon. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford that the letter be received and laid on the table.

3. From John Standen, applying for further payment of £1/2/6 for watering King Street. Referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

Watering Committee.

A report from the Watering Committee was read conveying the following recommendations: —

1. Your Committee recommend that a rate of sixpence in the pound sterling be levied on all properties situated in King Street between Bligh and Camden Streets towards covering the cost of watering that Street and any deficiency in the amount required to be defrayed from the general revenue.

2. That in the meantime the watering of the Street be proceeded with as at present.

On the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Tye, the report was adopted.

Inspectors reports.

1. Reporting contractor Doyle for imperfectly sweeping the gutters in Egan, Hordern, Nelson, Campbell and Elisabeth streets and negligence in general and recommending that he be fined. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the report be adopted and that a fine of £1 be inflicted and that the contractor be informed the on a repetition of the offence the contract will be annulled.

2. Reporting contractor Murray for neglecting to cleanse the gutters in King Street, failing to remove offensive matter as instructed and depositing rubbish on the vacant land at the junction of Denison and Bishopgate Streets. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the report be adopted and a fine of 15 shillings be inflicted.

It was further agreed that a reward of £2 be offered for information leading to the conviction of such person or persons guilty of depositing rubbish on the aforementioned piece of land and that notice to that effect be placed there.

Motions pursuant to notice.

The following were agreed to: —

1. By Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Smith, that a sum not exceeding £14 be voted for a further extension of the Kerbing and guttering in Bedford Street by the railway gates a distance of 30 yards.

2. By Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that a sum not exceeding £27 be voted for Kerbing and guttering a further distance of 60 yards in continuation of that recently laid in Alice Street.

Consideration of the letter from J. Standen.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the amount asked for be paid.

Deferred consideration of letter from Department of Mines.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and that the necessary documents be furnished and the questions answered in the affirmative.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 31st day of December 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 31st December at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Goodsell, Smith and Tye.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Mr Thomas Chalder, offering to dedicate Hordern, Chalder and Raper Streets to the public use. On the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Smith, the letter was received and it’s consideration postponed to next ordinary meeting of the Council.

2. From Mr Bruun, submitting on behalf of the Bank of Australasia a proposal to cut off a part of the footpath fronting the new bank premises and offering to grant the land for that purpose. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and made an order of the day for the next ordinary meeting.

Works Committee reported as follows: —

1. That having made an inspection of the following contracts, they found then completed in a satisfactory manner and would recommend final payment in each case. Robey, Elisabeth, Station and Holt Street’s. Lane at back of Town Hall. Queen Street, Enmore opposite Duroz, and opposite Randle’s terrace. Corner of Cambridge and Queen Streets.

2. That in consequence of your Committee’s attention being called to the Kerbing in front of Mr Buist’s property in London Street, they made an inspection of it and found that 23 of the points had been damaged in a most serious manner, bearing evident signs of having been deliberately chopped with a heavy axe. Your Committee therefore beg to recommend that a reward be offered for the conviction of the offender or offenders.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the report be received and adopted and that a reward of £5 be offered with a view to discover the perpetrators of the aforementioned offence.

Finance:

A report from the Finance Committee was read showing amounts paid under vote of appropriation amounting to £219/15/5, and recommending further payments to the amount of £124/6/11, making a total of £344/2/4, which was received and adopted on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Smith.

Special watering rate.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that a special rate of sixpence in the pound sterling be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property situated in King Street between Bligh and Camden Streets for the purpose of watering that Street between the boundaries before mentioned, under the provisions of section 165 of the Municipalities Act of 1867.”

2. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Smith, “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 affix the Corporate Seal thereto”.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Smith, “that the Council Clerk give or cause to be given forthwith the notices of such special rate requested by law.”

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the said special rate be payable within seven 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 such special rate within such period.”

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 14 day of January 1879.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.

 

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