A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Thursday the 14th February 1878 for the election of Mayor.

 

Present, his Worship the Mayor (Alderman Smith) and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Fallick, Goodsell, Tye and Whateley.

Declarations:

The declarations of the newly elected Aldermen and Auditors, excepting that of Mr Braham, were laid on the table.

Election of Mayor.

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the election of Mayor be conducted with open doors. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Mayor be elected by show of hands. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Whateley, that Alderman Abbott be Mayor for the ensuing year. Alderman Abbott, in thanking the mover and seconder for the honour they sought to confer on him, expressed a doubt as to his being able to give to the office that time and attention which it demanded and therefore requested that the motion be withdrawn. The motion was therefore withdrawn.

Alderman Bedford moved and Alderman Whateley seconded, that Alderman Fallick be elected Mayor for the coming year, on which an Amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that Alderman Bailey be elected Mayor.

The resolution was carried and Alderman Fallick declared Mayor for the ensuing year.

Confirmed this 19th February 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening 19th February 1878.

 

Present, His Worship the Mayor, (Alderman Fallick), and Aldermen Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Smith, Tye and Whateley.

The minutes of the ordinary meeting of the 29th. January and the special meeting of the 14th February were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

No 1. From Registrar General asking for statistical returns of the revenue and expenditure for the past year. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the information be granted. Carried.

No 2. From Lands Department issuing instructions as to alignments of streets. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received. Carried.

No 3. From the Borough Auditors (Messrs Pierce and Braham) declining to accept 10 Guineas as payment for their services in the late investigation of accounts. Alderman Smith moved that the letter be received and laid on the table. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

No 4. From E. V. Tasker, asking for paving and Kerbing in front of his property. Moved by Alderman Bailey and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be referred to the Works Committee for their report.

No 5. From Lands Titles Department, relative to application for title by Mr A. Bruce. Referred to the surveyor, when appointed.

Nos. 6 & 7. From P. F. Hart, requesting that Station Street West be Kerbed and Guttered. Alderman Bailey moved and Alderman Cozens seconded that the letter be referred to the Works Committee for further report. Carried.

No 8. From N. Joyce, requesting an inspection of his work with a view to final payment and also submitting claim of £20 for extra work. Alderman Bailey moved and Alderman Tye seconded, that it be referred to the surveyor when appointed, to report upon. Carried.

No 9. From St Peters Council, requesting to be informed whether they may proceed with the formation of the portion of May Street referred to in their letter of the 17th December in accordance with the estimate and conditions submitted to them. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the letter be received and that the Council Clerk be instructed to request the St Peter’s Council to carry out the work subject to the approval of this Council”. Carried.

Petition:

Petition from certain residents of Kingston Ward asking that the bad state of the foot paths in Mary Street be remedied. Alderman Tye moved and Alderman Smith seconded that the matter be left with the Mayor to be dealt with. Carried.

Motions:

No 1. By Alderman Bailey, that a sum not exceeding £20 be voted for formation of Reiby Street. Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

No 2. By Alderman Bailey, that a further sum of £33/12/6 be voted in addition to the amount already voted for May Street. Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

Formation of Committees:

Works:

Moved by Alderman Bailey and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the Works Committee consist of three members. The Amendment moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Tye, that five members compose the Works Committee. Amendments put and declared lost. Moved by Alderman Bailey and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the Works Committee be composed of the following Alderman: — Alderman Bedford, Tye and Cozens. Carried.

Finance:

Alderman Smith moved and Alderman Goodsell seconded, that three be the number of the Finance Committee. Carried. Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the following gentlemen be the Finance Committee: — Alderman Smith, Abbott and Bailey. Carried.

By-law and Library:

Alderman Smith moved and Alderman Bedford seconded that the By-law & Library Committee consist of three members. Carried. Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the following gentlemen form the By-law & Library Committee: — His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Smith and Tye. Carried.

Nuisances Prevention Act:

Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee consist of three members. Carried. Moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the following gentlemen form the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee: — Aldermen Bedford, Cozens and Tye. Carried.

Appointment of Treasurer:

Moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye, that Alderman Bailey be Treasurer for the current year. Alderman Bailey intimated that his business engagements would prevent him from giving to the office that attention which it demands and therefore requested that the resolution be withdrawn. The resolution was accordingly withdrawn. It was then moved by Alderman Goodsell and seconded by Alderman Smith, that the Council Clerk be Treasurer and that he shall furnish the Council with a bond for the sum of £100 for the office, on which an Amendment was moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, that Alderman Whateley be Treasurer. The Amendment on being put was carried and Alderman Whateley was declared Treasurer for the current year.

Member to sign cheques:

Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that Alderman Tye be appointed to sign cheques in conjunction with the Mayor and Council Clerk. Carried.

Tenders for Assessment:

Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that an advertisement be inserted in the daily papers inviting applications from persons competent to value the rateable property of the Borough in conjunction with the Council Clerk. Carried.

Cesspits and Street cleansing.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the following gentlemen form a Specification and Lighting Committee for the purpose of revising the specification relating to the emptying of cesspits and cleansing of streets and that such specifications when revised be submitted for the approval of the Council. Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Cozens and Smith. Carried.

Appointment of surveyor:

Moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Tye, that in the opinion of this Council it is desirable that a surveyor be appointed to this Borough and that the Specification Committee be requested to draft a specification of the surveyor’s duties to be submitted for the approval of this Council. Carried.

Vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor.

Alderman Whateley moved and Alderman Goodsell seconded that the thanks of this Council be accorded to the retiring Mayor (Alderman Smith) for the efficient and impartial manner in which he had conducted the business of the Chair during the past year. Carried.

Alderman Smith expressed his thanks and the Council then rose.

Confirmed this 26th day of February 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday evening the 26th instant at 7:30.

 

Present, His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Goodsell, Smith, Tye and Whateley.

The minutes of the previous meeting, having been read, Alderman Whateley moved and Alderman Bedford seconded that they be confirmed, on which an Amendment was moved by Alderman Bailey and seconded by Alderman Smith, that the word ‘unanimous’ in the last clause referring to a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor, be expunged. It was then moved by Alderman Bailey and seconded by Alderman Whateley that the minutes as amended be confirmed. Carried.

Correspondence:

Letter from Messrs Holsworthy and Brown asking for instructions as to defence in the case of Mowle and Wilson versus Borough of Newtown. Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye that the letter be received. Carried.

Finance report:

The Mayor brought up a report of the Finance Committee showing the amount of £173/6/4, having been paid by vote of appropriation and recommending for payment sundry accounts amounting to £114/12/6, making a total of £287/18/10, which, on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott was adopted.

Alderman Tye, as Acting Chairman of the Works Committee, informed the Council that in conjunction with Alderman Bedford he had made an inspection of the premises at the rear of the Council Clerk’s apartments and would recommend the erection of a new fence and the removal of the shed, they had also visited the work lately carried out under contract by N. Joyce in the Enmore Ward and were of the opinion that the work had been carried out in accordance with the street alignments, whereupon Alderman Whateley moved and Alderman Abbott seconded, that 75 percent of an approximate estimate of the contract be paid to the contractor and that the Mayor procure the services of a surveyor to measure and report thereon with a view to a final payment.

Motion:

By Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried, that tenders be called for 600 tons of Road metal, blue or white, unbroken or broken, to be divided equally between the three Wards.

Specifications:

The specifications for printing referred to the Specifications Committee for revision.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Abbott inquired whether any tenders had been received for Kerbing and Guttering in O’Connell Ward. The Mayor informed him that tenders had been invited but none received.

Alderman Abbott also inquired as to when the stand pipe would be fixed in Bedford Street and Missenden Road. The Mayor replied that in consequence of the late heavy rains nothing had been done in the matter but he would at the first opportunity urge its completion.

Alderman Bailey asked if tenders had been received for Kerbing and Guttering in Wells Street and requested that fresh invitations be inserted. The Mayor, in answer, stated that no replies had been received but that further advertisements would be inserted.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 12th day March 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


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