An Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 4th June 1878 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

No 1. From St. Peters Council declaring the work of forming May Street complete. Alderman Tye reported that the Works Committee had examined the Street and considered the work to be incomplete, on which it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and it’s consideration postponed until next ordinary meeting of the Council.

No 2. From the City Council, granting supply of water for public fountain. Received.

No 3. From John W. Selvin, calling attention to a newly erected closet in close proximity to his house in Alice Street. Referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

Inspector of Nuisances:

No 1. Reporting number of cesspits emptied and constructed for the month and complaining of contractor Jeffrey’s negligence in carrying out of his contract.

No 2. Reporting the street cleansing contractors Messrs. Murray and Doyle for neglecting to carry out the provisions of their contract. Received and referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

Motions pursuant to notice:

No 1. By Alderman Smith, that the sum of £48 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering on north side of Bedford Street commencing from the corner of Albert Street for a distance of 100 yards. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

No 2. By Alderman Goodsell, that a sum not exceeding £112 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering west side of Islington Street, from Iredale Street to Munni Street, at a distance of about 250 yards, on which an Amendment was moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the matter stand over for a period of six months. Alderman Abbott suggested that the Amendment be altered to read, “that it be referred to the Works Committee to report at next meeting”. Alderman Cozens consenting, the Amendment as amended was put and carried.

No 3. By Alderman Smith, that a sum not exceeding £12 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering 25 yards on north side of Lennox Street from Denison Street to a lane. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

No 4. By Alderman Smith, that a sum not exceeding £20 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering 40 yards on west side of Denison Street. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

No 5. By Alderman Whateley, that a sum not exceeding £49/10/0 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering in King Street from the site of the old Toll Bar to Bligh Street, a distance of 110 yards. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

No 6. By Alderman Whateley, that a sum not exceeding £40 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering in Richard Street from Elizabeth Street to end of Richard Street, a distance of 88 yards. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

No 7. By Alderman Whateley, that a sum not exceeding £114 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering in Wilson Street from Erskineville Lane to Robey Street, a distance of about 253 yards. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

No 8. By Alderman Whateley, that a sum not exceeding £16 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering in Nelson Street from Campbell Street to Bligh Street, a distance of about 35 yards. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

No 9. By Alderman Whateley, that a sum not exceeding £20 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering in Elizabeth Street between Campbell Street and Richard Street, a distance of 44 yards. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

No 10. By Alderman Whateley, that a sum not exceeding £44 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering in Rose Street, between Longdown Street and Mechanic Street, a distance of about 98 yards. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that tenders be called for Kerbing and Guttering the above streets.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Tye requested attention to the state of White Horse Lane.

Alderman Bailey requested that returns be laid on the table next ordinary meeting of the Council showing the amount of money voted for each Ward since the commencement of the Municipal year.

Alderman Abbott requested to know if there is any difficulty in sending the water from the junction of Church Street up King Street towards Missenden Road and if the Mayor would urge the immediate erection of the stand pipes in Bedford Street and Missenden Road.

Tenders:

On the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Cozens, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for Kerbing and Guttering in the Kingston Ward and the Inspector’s reports in reference to contractors Murray and Doyle. After carefully considering the facts of the case the Committee resolved to recommend that for each offence they be fined five shillings each. The Committee also recommended acceptance of John Hickey’s tender for Kerbing and Guttering in Kingston Ward at nine shillings and nine pence per yard.

On the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported progress and on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the report was adopted.

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report of the Finance Committee showing amounts paid under vote of appropriation to the amount of £278/14/3, and recommending for payment sundry other accounts amounting to £111/12/2, making a total of £390/6/5.

On the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley, the report was adopted and the Council then rose.

Confirmed this 14th day of June 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

In compliance with a requisition signed by Aldermen Bailey, Bedford and Smith a Special Meeting of the Borough of Newtown was held on Friday the 14th instant to consider the assessment for the current year.

 

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

The rate book containing the assessment for the current year was laid on the table and examined by the different Aldermen.

Alderman Bailey, at some length, laid claim under section 170 of the Municipalities Act to the right of making such amendments in the returns before them as may be considered expedient by the Aldermen.

Alderman Smith held that the Aldermen had not availed themselves of the power which he considered the Act conferred on them by not dealing with the matter at the time of making the assessment.

The Mayor ruled that the Aldermen had no power to alter the Valuer’s returns and as the rate book was signed and sealed they could neither interfere with that.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 18th day of June 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

An Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 18th June at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

No 1. From St Peters Council, forwarding account of the cost for labour and material in the repairs to May Street and requesting a cheque for one half the amount. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and considered in conjunction with the Works report.

No 2. From Mrs. Horenden calling attention to the drainage from O’Connell Street. Received and it’s consideration postponed to a later period of evening.

No 3. From Mr. S. Bent complaining of the state of the gutters in Station Street. Received and left in the hands of the Mayor to deal with.

No 4. From Messrs Cozens, Buist and White requesting that Kerbing and Guttering be laid in front of their premises in Cavendish Street and offering to contribute 25 percent of the cost thereof. On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the letter was received and referred to the Works Committee.

No 5. From the Inspector of Nuisances reporting Daniel Doyle for neglecting to remove rubbish from the footpath in Queen Street, Enmore Ward and being abusive. After investigating the facts of the case it was agreed on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the fine be not inflicted in the present case but that the contractor be requested to observe more attention in the future.

Works report:

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

Clause 1. Considered in conjunction with a letter from St. Peter’s Council, that your Committee made an inspection of May Street and would recommend that the St. Peters be requested to lower the water tables from the intersection of King Street to the fall of the hill and that payment of the account stand over until the above recommendation is carried into effect.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Smith, that clause 1 be adopted and that the Surveyor be instructed to measure and report as to the quantity of metal distributed on the Newtown and St. Peter’s side of that Street.

Clause 2. That 100 yards of Kerbing and Guttering be laid in Islington Street on the west side, commencing from Munni Street at a cost not ex ceeding £50. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

Clause 3. That the Surveyor be instructed to prepare a plan and estimate of the cost of the best means of remedying the evil complained of in Camden Street by Mr. Stack. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

Motions pursuant to notice:

The following motions were tabled and agreed to: —

No 1. By Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the sum of £45 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering the south side of Bedford Street from the end of the present Kerbing to the railway gates, a distance of 100 yards.

No 2. By Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the sum of £32 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering the north side of Lennox Street from Wellington to Oxford Streets, a distance of 68 yards.

No 3. By Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the sum of £17 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering on the west side of the lane at the back of St. Joseph’s Church, a distance of 38 yards.

No 4. By Alderman Bailey, that the sum of £90 be voted for the purchase of 200 tons of white metal and also the sum of £55 be voted for the purchase of 100 tons of blue metal for the Enmore Ward.

A report was read of a Conference of Delegates from the Newtown and Camperdown Councils held on Saturday 15th June in reference to Bishopsgate and Brown Streets and was considered seriatim.

Clause 1.

Recommending that the portion of land intervening, owned by Mr. Daley, be purchased for the purpose of forming O’Connell Street throughout or that two rows of pipes be laid obliquely from O’Connell Street through the allotments of Messrs. Daley and Call into Brown Street as originally proposed by the Newtown Council, that is the Camperdown Council to find labour, the Newtown Council to find necessary materials.

Received on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Whateley, and it’s consideration postponed till next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Clause 2.

Recommending that 12 inch pipes be laid from south side of Bishopgate Street through Mr. Gardiner’s property to a lane running parallel with Bishopgate Street and that each Council bear one half the expense thereof. The Camperdown Council to perform the work. (Estimate of one half the expense, say £8.)

Adopted on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye.

Clause 3.

Recommending, that for continuing the ballasting of Bishopgate Street, the Newtown Council prepare specifications and that they be submitted to each Council for approval.

Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Bailey requested that the Hon the Commissioner of Roads, be written to requesting that the full width of the Road be continued from the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Asylum to the site of the old Toll Bar.

Alderman Smith requested that the Hon the Commissioner of Railways’ attention be called to the blocking up by drays and carts of the newly made Street named Trafalgar Terrace.

Alderman Smith desired that with a view to ascertain to what extent we could increase the number of lamps in the Borough. The amount of Lighting rate for the current year be laid on the table at next ordinary meeting.

Alderman Whateley inquired whether there was a probability of King Street being watered soon and by whom would the residents be rated. Alderman Smith explained that he had ascertained that on the residents of King Street petitioning the City Council to have the street watered the request would be complied with and a rate imposed on them by the Council to meet the expense.

Tenders:

On the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Smith, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for Kerbing and Guttering in O’Connell Ward.

The following tenders were received: —

Koehler and Watkins, 13 shillings per yard. John Hickey, 10 shillings and sixpence per yard. Thomas Atkins, nine shillings per yard. On the motion of Alderman Tye, Thomas Atkins’ tender at nine shillings was recommended for acceptance.

On the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported progress and the report was adopted.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 2nd July 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


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