An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 12th March 1878 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

Correspondence:

No 1. From Marrickville Council requesting the co-operation of this Council with the view of having the omnibus stand permanently fixed at Enmore. Referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

No 2. Mr F. W. Holland, applying for the appointment of surveyor. Referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

No 3. Mr H. Phillips. Deferred letter dedicating certain streets to the public. Consideration deferred.

No 4. Inspector of Nuisances, asking remuneration for services as temporary rate collector. Referred to the Finance Committee for a report.

No 5. Metropolitan Transit Commissioners requesting an expression of this Council’s opinion as to the proposed increase of omnibus fares.. Moved by Alderman Bailey, and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that in the opinion of this Council a fare of threepence by ticket and fourpence by cash is sufficient, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Whateley and seconded by Alderman Bedford that this Council declines to interfere in the matter. Amendment being put was declared carried.

No 6. From Sydney Tramways and Omnibus Company, forwarding pamphlets on the subject of Street tramways and submitting for the signatures of the Mayor and Aldermen a petition to the Legislative Assembly in favour of a Bill to construct such tramways. The consideration of this letter was postponed to next ordinary meeting of the Council.

No 7. From Central Police Office, requesting use of Council Chambers for holding of a Review Court on the 23rd April. Matter left in the hands of the Mayor.

Marrickville Council, re Bus Stand.

Deferred consideration of letter from Marrickville Council suggesting the removal of the omnibus stand from Newtown to Enmore.

Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the letter be received and that a reply be forwarded stating that this Council declines to interfere in the matter, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the Marrickville Council be informed that in the opinion of this Council it is desirable to have an omnibus stand at Enmore and that this Council is willing to co-operate with them to that effect.

On the amendment and resolution being put the resolution was declared carried.

Finance report:

Report of a special meeting of the Finance Committee was read, recommending: —

1. That the sum of £5 be voted for extra clerical assistance in order to bring up arrears for the half-yearly balance.

2. That the sum of £10 be voted to the Council Clerk for extra services rendered during his term of office as Acting Council Clerk.

On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, the report was adopted.

Works:

Alderman Tye, as Chairman of the Works Committee brought up a report recommending: —

1. That Kerbing and guttering be laid down on the east side of Station Street from Short Street to Holt Street.

2. That Kerbing and guttering be laid down for about 30 feet around Mr Tasker’s property at the corner of Alice Street and Newtown Road and that paving be laid in front of his property the length of the awning.

The clauses were considered in seriatim. In reply to Alderman Smith, the Mayor ruled that in accordance with bylaw 31 the work could not be carried out until an estimate of the expenditure had been submitted to the Council. It was then moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried that clause number-one be received.

Clause 2. Alderman Smith suggested that portion of clause 2 referring to paving be omitted, the Chairman of the Works Committee having consented, the adoption of the report as amended was, on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, carried, with the proviso that other Works of an equally urgent nature for which money had already been voted should be executed first.

Specifications Committee.

A report of the Specifications Committee was read recommending: —

1. That each and every clause of the specifications relating to the cleansing of streets throughout the Borough be strictly enforced.

Surveyor’s duties:

That the following be adopted as a specification of surveyor’s duties: —

He shall superintend the formation of all streets, lanes etc., measure all work performed under contract or otherwise and give certificates for due performance of the same.

He shall furnish all surveys and prepare plans and estimates as required.

He shall also accompany the Works Committee to inspect Corporate Works when necessary.

Applicant to state the sum per annum for which he is prepared to carry out the above duties.

Salary to be paid monthly.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the report be adopted.

Inspector’s reports.

Reports of the 26th February and the 9th March, from Inspector of Nuisances were read and on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley, referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Abbott, that a sum not exceeding £18 be voted for completion of Kerbing and guttering on west side of Wilson Street, between the properties of Messrs Kettle and Land and that tenders be immediately called for completion of same. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

2. That a sum not exceeding £20 be voted for forming roadway and foot paths in Robey Street. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

3. That steps be taken for the immediate completion of Kerbing and guttering in O’Connell Ward for which money had already been voted. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

Report on N. Joyce’s contract.

A report was brought up from Mr Holland in reference to the contract in Enmore Ward lately executed by N. Joyce and supporting his claim for extras to the extent of £2/5/0 as payment of one and one half chains of work beyond specifications.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried that the report be received and the extra amount, £2/5/0 be paid to the contractor.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Abbott called attention to certain complaints which he had received in reference to the neglected state of certain lanes in Enmore Ward.

Alderman Goodsell complained of the state of Union Street and Alderman Bedford desired attention to the injury certain property off Prospect Street sustains by drainage or sewerage water lapping it’s foundations.

The Mayor promised to direct attention to the several complaints.

Tenders:

On the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider the appointment of surveyor and open tenders.

Tenders for the following Works laid on the table: —

1. Valuation.
2. Cleansing streets.
3. Emptying of cesspits.
4. Cartage.
5. Paving.
6. Printing.
7. Fencing etc. rear of Council Chambers.

After considering the several tenders for valuation, cleansing of streets, cartage and fencing at the Council Chambers, the Council resumed it’s sittings and the Mayor reported as follows: —

1. That Mr Holland’s offer to perform the duties of surveyor to the Borough of Newtown as per specification, for the sum of £50 per year be accepted.

2. That Mr Pidcock’s offer to assist in valuing the rateable property of the Borough and attend the Appeal Court for the sum of £12 be accepted, and that the Council Clerk and Mr Pidcock be the valuers for the ensuring year.

3. That Messrs Well’s and Smith’s tender for 300 tons of blue unbroken metal at three shillings per ton be accepted.

4. That Thomas West’s tender for 300 tons of white metal broken to a three inch gauge at nine shillings per ton be accepted, with the proviso that the three wards are served at the same price.

5. That Daniel Doyle’s tender for Street cleansing in O’Connell Ward at £6 per month be accepted, and that his tender for Street cleansing in Enmore Ward at £6 per month be also accepted.

6. That C. Murray’s tender for Street cleansing in Kingston Ward at £6/10/0 be accepted, and that his tender for cleansing Newtown Road at £6/10/0 be also accepted.

The Council then resumed it’s sittings and the Mayor reported the Committees deliberations.

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

Tenders for cartage were then opened and considered and on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bedford, it was resolved to accept E. Calwell’s tender at 10 shillings per day. It was further resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens that Mr Lincoln’s tender for erecting fences and removing shed at the rear of the Town Hall for the sum of £5/10/0 and 21 shillings per rod for fencing be accepted.

Owing to the lateness of the hour, tenders for emptying cesspits, paving and printing were postponed till next ordinary meeting.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed 26th March 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 26th instant at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor, and Aldermen Abbott, Bedford, Smith and Whateley.

The minutes of the previous meeting read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Mr Thomas West, declining to accept the contract for supply of 300 tons of white metal on the terms and conditions accepted by Council. On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, the letter was received.

2. Letter from Mr Joseph Kingsbury, calling attention to the state of Edgeware Road. Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, and carried, that the letter be referred to the Works Committee for report.

3. From the Borough auditors, Messrs Braham and Pierce, acknowledging receipt of 10 guineas in return for their services at the special audit, and submitting a request for further remuneration. Moved by Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Bedford, and carried, that the letter be received and it’s consideration postponed till next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Reports:

The Mayor brought up a report of the Finance Committee showing the amount of £192/3/10, having been paid under votes of appropriation and recommending for payment sundry accounts to the amount of £62/4/7, making a total of £254/8/5. On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Whateley, the report was adopted.

Balance sheet.

Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Whateley, and carried, that the adoption of balance sheet be deferred to next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Whateley, and carried, that the consideration of clauses two, relative to tramways, and three, referring to Mr Phillips offer to dedicate to the public certain streets, be postponed till next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Tenders:

Alderman Smith moved, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the Council now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening and considering the several tenders for cleansing cesspits, paving and printing. That tenders were then opened and after due consideration the Council resumed it’s sittings and the Mayor reported as follows: —

That the Committee beg to recommend for acceptance the following tenders: —

John D. Jeffery for the removal of night soil at threepence per cubic foot.

H. N. Howe, tender for paving with tiles providing labour only at 15 pence per yard.

Robert Moss, printing for the current year as per schedule of prices.

On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the report of the Committee of the whole was adopted.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 28 day of March 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Thursday, 28 March, at 8 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the Council resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to open and consider tenders for Kerbing and guttering.

3 tenders were laid on the table and after due consideration it was resolved to recommend for acceptance that of Joseph Bracken at eight shillings and eight pence per yard in accordance with the specification.

The Council then resumed it’s sittings and the Mayor reported Committee deliberations whereupon it was moved by Alderman Bedford and seconded by Alderman Whateley that the report be adopted. The resolution being put was declared carried and the Council then rose.

Confirmed this 9th day of April 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


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