An Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 7th. instant at 7:30 PM

 

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

Resolution to amend minutes:

The minutes of previous meeting were read, whereupon Alderman Bailey took exception to the omission of any record of the Mayor’s ruling admitting the receipt of the Surveyor’s Report, notice of which had not appeared on the business paper. After some discussion pro and con as to the necessity of it appearing on the minutes it was agreed to insert it and the minutes as amended were then confirmed. (See margin entry previous meeting)

Correspondence:

No 1. From the Hon the Treasurer, advising that the sum of £160/3/11 endowment for the past year had been lodged to the credit of the Council. Received.

No 2. From Charles Griffin asking permission to erect a Flagstaff in front of his premises. Request granted conditionally.

No 3. From Mr. R. Buist, requesting that Kerbing and Guttering be laid in front of his house in London Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the letter be received and the Council Clerk directed to reply that the request would be held in abeyance pending further consideration”.

No 4. From the Pound keeper calling attention to the indistinct lettering of the tariff of charges at the pound and requesting that it’s be re-lettered. Request granted and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor.

No 5. From Mr. Musson, offering to supply two inch best Road metal at 11 shillings and sixpence per ton, and screenings at the same price, providing that the Council would enter into a contract for a period of three years. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the letter be received and that the Council Clerk be instructed to reply requesting samples of the metal and some definite information as to the whereabouts of it’s delivery.

Finance report:

The Mayor brought up a report of the Finance Committee showing the amount of £198/11/9, having been paid under vote of appropriation and recommending for payment sundry accounts to the amount of £202/12/5, making a total of £401/4/2.

The report conveyed further recommendations to the following effect: —

1. That the Inspector of Nuisances be paid a commission on rates received as follows: — 5% on the sum of £206/8/5, collected by him and 2 1/2% on the balance of £285/3/2, paid to the Council. Total amount of commission being £17/8/6.

2. That the Inspector of Nuisances’ salary be increased by £30 per annum in consideration of his collecting the rates of the Borough and furnishing a guarantee bond of £150 to the Council for that purpose.

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

Estimate:

In accordance with a resolution passed in Council on the 23rd April, the Finance Committee submitted the following estimate of the probable amount (that is to say £2961/0/0) 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 Municipalities Act of 1867.

Expenditure Receipts.

Works, Enmore Ward...... £772/0/0 Rates, Enmore Ward..... £937/0/0.
Works, O'Connell Ward... £640/0/0. Rates, O'Connell Ward.. £881/0/0.
Works, Kingston Ward.... £530/0 0/0. Rates, Kingston Ward... £593/0/0.
Salary, Council Clerk... £175/0/0. N.P.A. ................ £550/0/0.
Salary, Inspector....... £110/0/0.
Salary, Surveyor........ £50/0/0.
Salary, Valuers......... £24/0/0.
Printing, advertising, stationery. £80/0/0.
Interest on Loan........ £180/0/0.
N. P. Act expenses...... £400/0/0.

Totals:................. £2961/0/0. £2961/0/0.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the estimate now submitted by the Finance Committee be, and the same is, hereby adopted by this Council.

Motions pursuant to notice:

The following motions were agreed to: —

1. By Alderman Bailey, and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the sum of £38 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering the east side of Union Street, from Holt Street to Short Street, a distance of 95 yards.

2. By Alderman Bailey and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the sum of £78 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering the west side of Cambridge Street from Liberty Street to Cavendish Street measuring about 195 yards.

3. By Alderman Cozens. In the absence of that gentlemen, the Worshipful the Mayor moved and Alderman Tye seconded, that the sum of £36 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering in London Street from end of Mr. P. P. Fletcher’s property to the end of Mr. D. Elphinstone’s new houses a distance of about 90 yards.

4. By the Worshipful the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the sum of £42 be voted for the purchase of a Street roller for the use of the Borough.

5. Standing in the name of Alderman Cozens, was moved by the Worshipful the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the sum of £10 be voted to the Auditors for their services for the past year. Aldermen Abbott, Bailey and Whateley opposed the motion on the ground that as the matter had before been referred to the Finance Committee it was desirable that, prior to any action being adopted that Committee should investigate the circumstances of the case and bring up a recommendation accordingly. An Amendment was therefore moved by Alderman Bailey and seconded by Alderman Whateley that the matter be referred to the Finance Committee to report at next meeting. Amendment put and carried.

The resignation of Alderman Whateley as Treasurer was laid on the table.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Abbott called attention to the grass on the Wilson Street foot paths, the accumulation of dust in the King Street gutters and bad state of the gutters in Bligh Street.

Alderman Whateley requested that something be done to remedy the state of the footpath in King Street opposite the Wesleyan Chapel.

The Mayor called attention to the fact that he had received information from the Petersham Council respecting the lowering of drainpipes at the junction of Liberty Street and Stanmore Road, but as the said Road is a Government Road he replied that this Council has no jurisdiction in the matter.

Orders of the day:

Deferred consideration of the Surveyor’s report.

The Surveyor reported that having taken levels from the intersection of Missenden Road and Elizabeth Street in King Street he found a fall of four inches and would recommend that the existing Kerbing and Guttering be taken up and lowered for 108 yards so as to admit of a fall of 12 inches. Estimate of reforming footpaths and filling in existing open crossing, say, £35.

Relative to Raper’s Lane, he would recommend that portion of the existing stone channel Guttering be taken up and re-laid to a greater fall, also to extend stone channelling to a length of 34 feet, filling in existing chasm. Estimate of the cost, £10.

Relative to Curtis’s Lane, he would recommend the stone channel Guttering be laid to a length of two chains to meet existing Guttering. Estimate of cost, £20.

The report was considered in seriatim and on the motion Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Tye, adopted as a whole.

Deferred consideration of letter from Metropolitan Transit Commissioners relative to the Kingston line of Waggonettes.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the Council Clerk be instructed to reply requesting the Commissioners to start the Waggonettes at intervals of 15 minutes instead of 20 as at present and to appoint a stand at the junction of Bedford and Baltic Streets and that the route be way of Baltic, Albermarle and Australia Streets.

Moved by Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, that clauses one and four referring to the renaming of certain streets and the appointment of Treasurer stand over as order of the day for the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 21st day of May 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


An Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 21st May 1878 at 7:30 PM.

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

The minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

No 1. Letter from Thomas Halloran, requesting permission to open the footpath for the construction of a cellar in front of his house in King Street. Request granted on condition that it no way interfere with safety of foot passengers.

2. From the Mayor of Camperdown, suggesting that the two Councils meet and confer as to the drainage from Brown Street and the reforming of Bishopgate Street. Referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

Deputation:

A deputation from the Macdonald Town Council was introduced by the Council Clerk and at some length explained that their object in presenting themselves was to urge the Newtown Council to adopt some course of action with regard to the drainage water from King Street in order that they may in some degree be relieved from the quantity which at present naturally flows into their Municipality and by way of Erskineville
lane in particular. The Mayor promised that their request should receive due consideration.

Finance report:

The Mayor brought up a report of a special meeting of the Finance Committee recommending payment of several sums amounting to £75/4/8, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Tye.

Works report:

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

1. That Kerbing and Guttering be laid in London Street, from the junction of Queen Street to the end of Mr. Buist’s property, a distance of 70 yards.

2. That Kerbing and Guttering be laid in front of Mr. Barden’s house in Cambridge Street from the junction of Queen Street, a distance of 40 yards.

3. That the corner of Cambridge and Queen Streets opposite the aforementioned house of Mr. Barden’s be Kerbed and Guttered for a distance of about four yards.

4. That on completion of the Kerbing and Guttering in Cambridge Street the lamps be removed to their then proper positions.

5. That Kerbing and Guttering be laid in Bedford Street, northside, from Regent to Denison Street, a distance of say, 70 yards.

6. That the Road and pathway in Linthorpe Street be formed.

With the omission of clause 6, the report was adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Motions pursuant to notice:

The following were agreed to: —

1. By Alderman Abbott, and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that a sum of £35 be voted for alteration of levels of Guttering in King Street, Missenden Road to Elizabeth Street.

2. By Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that application be made to the City Council for a supply of water for a public fountain to be erected by the Newtown Council at or near the Town Hall.

3. By Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the sum of £10 be voted for purchasing and erecting the same.

4. By Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye, that a sum of £31 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering in London Street from the junction of Queen Street to the end of Mr. Buist’s property a distance of 70 yards.

5. By Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye, that Kerbing and Guttering be laid in front of Mr. Barden’s house in Cambridge Street, a distance of 40 yards from the junction of Queen Street, at a sum not exceeding £18.

6. By Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the sum of £30 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering, say 65 yards, from Denison Street to Regent Street on the northside of Bedford Street in Kingston Ward.

7. By Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the sum of £10 be voted for the purpose of taking up and relaying and extending stone channelling to a length of 34 feet in Raper’s Lane.

8. By Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that a sum not exceeding £20 be voted for laying of a stone channel Gutter measuring about two chains to meet existing channel in Curtis’ Lane.

9. By Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that a sum of £52 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering both sides of Bruce’s Lane about 171 yards.

Tenders:

On the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Cozens, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for Kerbing and Guttering and on the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported that no tender had been received for Kerbing and Guttering in Kingston Ward, that the Committee recommended acceptance of Charles Pitt’s tender for Kerbing and Guttering in Enmore Ward at nine shillings per yard. On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the report was adopted.

Assessment and rate:

The Mayor laid before the Council the Valuer’s returns of all rateable property within the Borough on which it was moved by Alderman Whateley and seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the making of an assessment on the rateable property within this Borough in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Carried.

The Committee having examined the Valuer’s returns it was moved by Alderman Abbott, and seconded by Alderman Bedford,” that this Committee, having before them the valuation of rateable property within the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Ward’s of this Borough, made by the duly appointed Valuers thereof, do hereby make on the basis of such valuation an assessment on such rateable property, in accordance with the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1867″. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the Council do now resume it’s sittings and that the assessment as now made in Committee be reported for adoption. Carried.

The Council having resumed it’s sitting the Mayor, as Chairman of the Committee of the whole, reported that such Committee, having before them the valuation of rateable property within the three Wards of this Borough, made by the duly appointed Valuers thereof, had made, on the basis of such valuation, an assessment on such rateable property, in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867, which assessment he presented to the Council for adoption.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by the Council as the assessment for the now current year upon the rateable property within this Borough, under the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1867”.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that a rate be levied for the now current year of one shilling in the pound on the assessed value of rateable property within this Borough, under the provisions and for the purposes of section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867”.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that this Council hereby fixes and appoints Saturday the 22nd June as the day on which appeals against the valuation of rateable property shall be heard and that the Council Clerk be directed to give due notice of the same by an advertisement, as required by section 175 of the Municipalities Act of 1867”.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the assessment and 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 Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the amount in respect of the rate of one shilling in the pound imposed under the 164 section of the Municipalities Act of 1867 for the now current year shall be payable at the expiration of 30 days from the service in each case of notice of such rate but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amount together with all arrears, if any, shall be made within 30 days after the expiration of the said period no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise shall be taken by or on behalf of this Council for the recovery of the remaining amount until the 30th day of September next”.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Smith, “that a special rate of threepence in the pound be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property in the Borough for the Lighting of the Borough with gas under the provisions of section 165 of the Municipalities Act of 1867”.

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

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the said special rate be payable within 30 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”.

Appointment of Treasurer:

Moved by Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that Alderman Smith be Treasurer. Alderman Smith respectfully declined the appointment on which it was moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the Council Clerk be Treasurer and that he furnish the Council with a guarantee security for such amount as the Mayor may direct. Carried unanimously.

Renaming of streets:

Moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Bedford that Union Street west be renamed Bailey Street. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Smith, that Queen Street running from King Street to Wilson Street be renamed Lawson Street, on which Alderman Abbott moved an amendment that the consideration of renaming this Street stand over for a period of two months. Amendment carried.

Moved by the Worshipful the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that Camperdown Road from King Street to the boundary of the Borough be renamed Church Street. Carried.

Moved by the Worshipful the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that Brick Street be renamed Victoria Street. Motion put and carried on the casting vote of the Mayor.

Reconsideration of letter from the Mayor of Camperdown.

Moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that a deputation consisting of Aldermen Bedford and Whateley representing O’Connell Ward and Alderman Tye and the mover from the Kingston Ward wait on the Camperdown Council at such time and place as they may appoint and that the Council Clerk be instructed to reply to that effect”.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Cozens desired attention to the open drain adjoining Mr. Stack’s property in Camden Street and moved, “that the whole Council meet and inspect it”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried. Subsequently it was arranged to meet at four o’clock the following afternoon.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this fourth day of June 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


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