An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday, 9th April at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from Council Clerk of Macdonald Town requesting this Council to receive a deputation from them to confer on the subject of sewerage water running from Newtown into their municipality. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and that the Council Clerk be instructed to reply to the letter that this Council will receive the deputation at their next ordinary meeting.

2. From Mr Francis Stack complaining of the injury and danger which his property sustains by reason of an adjacent drain and,

3. From J. L. Duroz requesting attention to a former requisition of his for Kerbing and guttering in front of his premises, were referred to the Works Committee for their report.

Reports:

Works. Alderman Tye brought up report of the Works Committee bearing the following recommendations which were considered in seriatim.

1. That on an inspection of the junction of Missenden Road and King Street, the surveyor had advised laying down nine inch iron pipes, but on further consideration your Committee would recommend that the water be carried down Missenden Road. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, on which Alderman Whateley moved and Alderman Tye seconded, that the surveyor be instructed to bring up a plan and estimate of the expense of taking the water down Missenden Road.

2. That the Works Committee of the Marrickville Council be invited to meet this Committee with a view of inspecting and reporting on the best means of remedying the evil complained of in Edgeware Road. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

3. That open guttering be laid in Curtis’s lane. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

4. That White Horse Lane be repaired. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

5. That the balance of Mr Selby’s account, £29/4/9, be paid him. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

The report then was adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

Inspector of Nuisances:

4. Relative to number of closets emptied and constructed. Received.

5. Reporting contractors Murray and Doyle for neglect of duty and recommending a fine. Received on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, whereupon it was moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye and carried, that the fine be remitted and the contractors informed that on a repetition of the offence the full penalty provided in the specification will be levied.

6. Informing the Council that closet cleansing contractor, J. D. Jeffery, had not yet commenced work under the new contract, also ratepayers were suffering inconvenience in consequence; this report was considered in conjunction with a letter from the contractor who urged, as a reason for his negligence, the state of Ricketty Street.

Reports received.

Motion:

A motion of Alderman Bailey, relative to Kerbing and guttering the west side of Cambridge Street lapsed through the absence of that gentlemen.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Smith suggested that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee confer with the contractor relative to state of the Road to the depot.

Alderman Goodsell requested that the Works Committee inspect May Street and report thereon as to the progress of the work.

Alderman Smith requested that the length, weight and probable expense of a Street roller suitable for the Borough be laid on the table next meeting.

Alderman Bedford requested that the surveyor be instructed to peg out Raper’s lane.

Alderman Abbott suggested that day labour be adopted in Kerbing and guttering, providing eligible tenders are not forthcoming.

Alderman Whateley called attention to the fact that a petition had been received some time since from the inhabitants of Egan Street praying that the Street be opened up but nothing had been done in the matter. Alderman Smith, in explanation, stated that on receipt of the petition he, as the then Mayor, moved in the matter by bringing it under the notice of the Surveyor General’s Office and the result was that he found that the Council had no power of action in as much as the Street had not been aligned by the Government.

Balance sheet:

The balance sheet for the half-year ended February 4th was read in extenso and laid on the table, and on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bedford, adopted.

Deferred consideration of auditors letter.

The Mayor supported the request for further remuneration as embodied in the letter, and on Alderman Cozens intimating his intention to move that a further sum be supplemented it was agreed to suspend action in the matter until next ordinary meeting of the Council.

On the Mayor reporting that Joseph Bracken’s tender had become null and void through his inability to supply stone in accordance with the specifications, the Council Clerk was instructed to advertise for fresh tenders.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 23rd day of April 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 23rd of April 1878 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

No 1. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, requesting expression of opinion relative to a proposed timetable for starting the Waggonettes on the Kingston line. Referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

No 2. From David Elphinston, requesting that Kerbing and Guttering be laid in front of his new houses in London Street and offering to contribute 25 percent towards the expense providing the work is done within one month from date of application (April 16). Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the letter be received and that the Council Clerk be instructed to reply that the request will be granted and the work commenced on completion of the Kerbing and Guttering now being laid in that Street.

No 3. From J. F. Josephson, asking the Council to make an approach from (Enmore Road) Queen Street to Marian Street. The Council expressed themselves favourable to the request and the matter was left in the hands of the Mayor.

No 4. From Inspector of Nuisances, applying for increase of salary. On the motion of Alderman Smith, the letter was referred to the Finance Committee to report at next ordinary meeting.

No 5. From Richard Buist, requesting that Kerbing and Guttering be laid in front of his premises in London Street. On the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the letter was referred to the Works Committee to report at next meeting.

Works report:

Alderman Tye, as Chairman of the Works Committee brought up in a report recommending;

1. That having visited the drain complained of by Mr. Stack in Camden Street they would urge that a wall drain be constructed providing that Mr. Josephson will permit it to be taken through his property.

2. That Mr. Duroz’s request for Kerbing and Guttering in front of his property be granted providing the owner of the property adjoining will contribute towards the expense of continuing it in front of his house, the length of Mr. G. Duroz’s front is 38 feet and the whole extent of the two properties about 82 feet.

3. That it is desirable to ascertain whether the Newtown side of May Street is complete as your Committee consider that the fitting up is incomplete.

The adoption of clause one was moved by Alderman Tye but meeting with no seconder was declared lapsed.

The adoption of clause two was moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that it’s consideration stand over for the present. Amendment put and carried.

Clause 3, having been amended to read as follows, “that on the St. Peter’s Council declaring the work in May Street complete, it is recommended that this Council do inspect it”, it’s adoption was moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

Surveyor’s report:

Margin note: Exception having been taken as to the legality of receiving the surveyor’s report not being on the notice paper the Mayor ruled that the report be received.

A report was read from the Borough Surveyor relative to the junction of King Street and Missenden Road, Raper’s lane and Curtis’ lane. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report be received and it’s consideration postponed till next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Finance Committee to prepare estimate:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the Finance Committee be instructed to prepare and submit to the Council an estimate, in accordance with section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867, of the probable amount which will be required for the now current year, in addition to any tolls, rates, or dues levied, or authorised to be levied, within this Municipality, and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments or any other source of revenue, to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any roads, bridges, punts, wharves, piers or other public Works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the said Act.”

Deferred consideration of letter from Metropolitan Transit Commissioners:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the letter be received and considered at the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Tenders:

On the motion of Alderman Bailey, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for Kerbing and Guttering.

The several tenders were read and laid on the table and after due consideration it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Cozens, to recommend for acceptance the tender of Thomas Atkin at eight shillings per yard.

The Council then resumed it’s sittings and the Mayor reported progress, whereupon Alderman Smith moved and Alderman Abbott seconded that the report of the Committee of the whole be adopted. Carried.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Bailey inquired when the Kerbing and Guttering in Union Street would be carried out. The Mayor, in reply, stated that the work would be commenced on completion of London Street.

Alderman Abbott urged that the Kerbing and Guttering in O’Connell Ward for which had been voted, viz., Wilson Street, Erskineville Lane and Mechanic Street, be completed an early date.

Alderman Bedford requested that immediate steps be taken to remedy the state of Bruce’s lane.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 7th. day of May 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


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