An Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 2nd July, 1878 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

No 1. From Mr. George Williams, requesting that Munni Street be Kerbed and Guttered and that a lamp be placed at the junction of Union and Munni Streets. Received and referred to the Works Committee

No 2. From Messrs. J. Langley and others, requesting the Council to take over, kerb and drain Linthorpe Street. As the Street has not yet been aligned by Government the Council could not grant their request in it’s entirety, but on the motion of Alderman Tye, the matter was left with the Mayor to direct certain improvements of a temporary character.

Petitions:

No 1. Presented by Alderman Smith, praying that the Waggonette stand be removed from the railway station to the corner of Regent and Albermarle streets. Received and it’s consideration postponed to a later period of the evening.

No 2. From certain residents of Enmore Ward praying that Angel Street be Kerbed and Guttered. Received and on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, referred to the Works Committee.

Works:

The Works Committee brought of a report, conveying the following recommendations: —

No 1. That Kerbing and Guttering be laid in front of Messrs. Cozens, Buist and White’s properties in Cavendish Street, a distance of 132 yards, at a sum not exceeding £63. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

No 2. That Kerbing and Guttering be laid a distance of 100 feet on the west side of Simmons Street, commencing from Queen Street, at a sum not exceeding £15, towards which Mr. Smith agrees to contribute £5. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

No 3. That Bruce’s Lane be ballasted on completion of the Kerbing and Guttering and that it be temporarily closed for the purpose. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report of the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under vote of appropriation amounting to £120/4/11, and recommending further payments to the amount of £286/10/4, making a total of £406/15/3, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Smith.

Surveyor’s report:

A report was received from the Surveyor submitting various drainage schemes of an extensive character for diverting the water from the Camden Street drain and on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, it was resolved that the report be received and that as the Council is not in a position to carry out the work in accordance with the report the Mayor be requested to obtain an estimate of the expense of slabbing up the drain to protect Mr. Stack’s property.

The Surveyor also reported that he had inspected May Street and found that white metal had been laid down to a length of nine chains 54 feet and to a width of 16 feet, that as the metal had been, by traffic, worked into the soil, no accurate measurement as to depth could be arrived at. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that this clause be received and considered at our next meeting.

The specifications for ballasting Bishopgate was referred back for Amendment.

Inspector’s report:

A report was read showing number of closets emptied and constructed during the month and reporting improvement in the cleansing of the streets. Received.

Overseer’s report:

A report from the overseer was read showing the distribution of day labour for the month of June. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice:

The following motions were agreed to: —

No 1. By Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the sum of £100 be voted for the purchase of white metal in lump for the Kingston Ward. Carried.

No 2. By Alderman Cozens, that the sum of £63 be voted for Kerbing and Guttering in front of Messrs. Cozens, Buist and White in Cavendish Street, a distance of 132 yards. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

No 3. By the Worshipful the Mayor, that the sum of £12 be voted as gratuity to the Council Clerk for services as Assessor for the year 1878. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

Miscellaneous:

The Mayor laid on the table returns showing the total amount of revenue accruing from the general and special rates for the present year.

Alderman Bedford desired that steps be taken to carry out the Guttering in Raper’s lane.

Alderman Smith called attention to various complaints which had been made in reference to the depositing of obnoxious rubbish on vacant land near the junction of Regent and Wellington Streets with Bishopgate Street.

Alderman Tye stated that in company with Alderman Bedford he had visited the closet complained of by Mr. Selwin and is of the opinion that it’s position does not justify it’s removal.

Aldermen Bailey requested that with a view to increase the number of Wards in this Borough, a return showing it’s population be laid on the table at next meeting.

Tenders:

The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for Kerbing and Guttering in Islington Street.

After due deliberation it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Goodsell that Thomas Boswell’s at nine shillings be recommended for acceptance.

On the Council resuming it’s sittings the report was adopted and the Council then rose.

Confirmed 16th July 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


 

An Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 16th July 1878 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

No 1. From J. Close, requesting that a lamp be fixed in Commodore Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that it be received and a reply forwarded stating that the Council will be agreeable to consider the request when gas mains are laid in that locality.

No 2. From the Hon the Treasurer, advising that the sum of £969/2/2 amount of endowment had been lodged in the bank to the credit of the Council. Received.

No 3. From Council Clerk of Petersham, advising completion of metaling in Liberty Street and requesting cheque for half the expense as per agreement. On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, the letter was referred to the Finance Committee.

No 4. From the Hon the Commissioner of Roads relative to the widening of the Newtown Road from the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Asylum to the site of the old Toll Bar promising that such should be carried into effect so soon as more important matters had been attended to. Received.

No 5. From Mr. Pidcock, asking for further remuneration for services as assessor. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the letter be not entertained.

No 6. From Camperdown Council, relative to the proposed purchase of land for continuing O’Connell Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that with a view to elicit the opinion and probable intentions of the Camperdown Council, the letter be referred back for fuller information.

No 7. From St Peters Council, conveying copy of resolution to the effect that they decline to consider the matter of further expenditure until in receipt of a cheque for work already done. A resolution was moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the account be paid but by request was withdrawn on which Alderman Bailey moved and Alderman Tye seconded, that the letter be received and considered at the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

No 8. From Mr. Abigail, complaining of the incomplete and filthy manner which the nightman had emptied his closet. On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, the letter was referred to the Inspector to report on.

Motions pursuant to notice:

The following motions were agreed to: —

No 1. By Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Whateley, “that the Council consider it desirable that tar pavement be laid on foot paths in front of the premises of any ratepayer who may wish it and that one half the cost thereof be borne by the Council”.

No 2. By Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee be requested to visit and report on the present site on which Street sweepings and house rubbish are deposited with a view of having the nuisance now existing from the depositing of the same removed.

3. By Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that in the opinion of this Council, the premises now used as a Post Office, Telegraph, Money Order and Government Savings Bank is unsuitable and inadequate to the requirements of this district and that a deputation be appointed to wait on the Hon the Postmaster General with a view to bring the above resolution under his notice, in conjunction with which it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the deputation be composed of the following; the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Smith and Tye and that the Member for Newtown be invited to accompany the deputation.

Orders of the day:

In compliance with a request from Alderman Bailey on the previous meeting with a view to increasing the number of Wards, the Mayor laid on the table an approximate estimate of the population of the Borough.

Specifications:

The specifications for slabbing up Camden Street drain were read and referred to the next ordinary meeting of the Council for further consideration.

No 2. For continuing the ballasting of Bishopgate Street was received and referred to the Camperdown Council with the information that this Council will be prepared to carry out the work in accordance with it providing that they will meet one half the expense.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Tye suggested that a deputation be appointed to wait on the Commissioner of Roads to urge the necessity of opening a more direct communication between North and South Kingston. The following gentlemen were appointed to form a deputation. The Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Tye, Bedford, Bailey and Smith.

Lighting Committee:

The Chairman brought up a report from the Lighting Committee recommending that the sum of £28 be voted to each Ward for the distribution of additional lamps, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Bailey.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 30 the day of July 1878.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor 30/7/78.


 

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

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

No 1. From Camperdown Council conveying the following information: —

First, that in their opinion the land required for continuation of O’Connell Street should be purchased, the Street formed, Kerbed, Guttered and metalled and offering to contribute one-third the expense.

Second, acceptance of the terms and specifications submitted for completing the formation and ballasting of Bishopgate Street.

Third, agreeing to supply labour in laying pipes through Mr. Gardener’s ground providing this Council provides the required pipes.

On the motion of Alderman Abbott, the consideration of clause one was postponed for one-month. On the motion of Alderman Smith, clause two was received and on the motion of Alderman Smith the Mayor was empowered to carry out the work in accordance with the conditions of clause 3.

No 2. From J. W. Selwin, asking the Council to reconsider their decision in the matter of Mr. Crane’s closet. Received and on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Smith, referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee to report at next ordinary meeting of the Council.

No 3. From J. L. Duroz, asking that Kerbing and Guttering be laid in front of his property in Queen Street and offering to contribute 25 percent towards the expense. On the motion of Alderman Abbott, the letter was received and the Council Clerk directed to reply that the work should be carried out in due course.

Petitions:

No 1. Presented by Alderman Tye. From certain residents of Kingston Ward praying that the lane at the back of Albermarle Street from Australia to Regent Street be ballasted, metalled, kerbed and guttered.

In consequence of 10 out of 13 signatures being in one individual’s handwriting it was moved by Alderman Bailey and seconded by Alderman Abbott that in the opinion of this Council the petition is informal and that it be not received but that the Committee of Works be requested to inspect and report on it, on which the Mayor ruled that by virtue of the petition bearing three legitimate signatures it be received.

No 2. Presented by Alderman Bailey. From certain inhabitants of Enmore Ward praying that a lamp be fixed in Islington Street. On the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Cozens, the petition was received.

Works:

A report of the Works Committee was brought up bearing the following recommendations: —

1. That a final payment be made in each of the following contracts, as in the opinion of your Committee they are completed in accordance with their respective specifications. Bruce’s Lane, Erskineville Lane, Campbell Street, Denison Street, the junction of Missenden Road and King Street and Bailey Street. Adopted.

2. That 70 yards of Kerbing and guttering be laid on the west side of Angel Street commencing from King Street at a sum not exceeding £35. Adopted.

3. That the consideration of Mr Williams’ letter for Kerbing and guttering in Munni Street be postponed till other more urgent cases have received attention. Adopted.

4. That in consequence of the unsatisfactory manner in which the contract is being carried out in Islington Street they deemed it advisable to recommend that operations be suspended until further instructions are issued by the Council. Moved by Alderman Abbott and seconded by Alderman Smith, that the work be suspended and the surveyor be called upon to report thereon and explain why he has not taken earlier action in the matter. Carried.

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report of the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation to the amount of £212/14/3, and recommending further payments amounting to £290/10/0, making a total of £503/4/3 which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bailey.

The Mayor presented to the Council an account from J. White for sundry repairs and fittings at the Town Hall and asked for authority to pay which was granted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

The Finance Committee further recommended that in reference to the letter from Petersham Council requesting cheque for moiety of expense in metalling Liberty Street, that the sum of £25 be paid them.

And relative to the request from the Auditors for further remuneration, your Committee decline to recommend any further payment to them for their audit. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bailey.

Lighting Committee.

A report was brought up from the lighting Committee recommending: —

1. That the following additional lamps be fixed in the Borough; eight lamps in Enmore Ward, five lamps in Kingston Ward and seven lamps in O’Connell Ward.

2. That the lamp at the corner of George and King streets be removed to the opposite corner.

3. That the lamp at the corner of Alice Street be removed to the opposite side of King Street at the corner of Iredale Street. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bailey.

Inspectors reports:

The following reports from the Inspector of Nuisances were read: —

1. Reporting discovery of certain drainpipes connected with some closets on Mr Kettle’s property and asking for instructions in the matter. On the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee were requested to inspect and report at next meeting.

2. Reporting Daniel Doyle for having an useless bell attached to his cart. Moved by Alderman Bailey and seconded by Alderman Bedford that the report be received and the contractor be cautioned as to the necessity of having a better bell in the future.

3. Reporting Charles Murray for 3 distinct charges of a breach of contract and complaining of negligence in particular. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the contractor be fined five shillings for each offence and that he be informed that on a repetition of the offence the Council consider the advisability of cancelling the contract.

The Overseer’s report of the distribution of labour for the past month was laid on the table.

Motions:

1. Pursuant to notice, Alderman Bailey moved, that the sum of £25 be voted in payment of one half the expense of metalling Liberty Street. Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

2. By Alderman Goodsell, that the sum of £18 be voted for Kerbing and guttering on the west side of Islington Street, a distance of 40 yards from termination of that now being laid. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

3. By Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the Enmore Ward be divided into two Wards and three additional Aldermen be elected for the new Ward and that a petition be forwarded to His Excellency the Governor asking permission to carry out the foregoing resolution in accordance with the Municipalities Act of 1867.

The proposed boundaries of the two wards were given by Alderman Bailey as follows: —

Enmore Ward.

Commencing at a point from the centre of the Edgeware Road bearing easterly along the centre of Camden Street to the centre of King Street, along the centre of King Street bearing northerly to the railway bridge, along the railway line bearing westerly to Liberty Street, along the centre of Liberty Street bearing southerly to the centre of the Stanmore Road, along the Stanmore Road to the centre of Queen Street, along that Street bearing westerly in a line with the centre of Juliet Street, along that Street bearing southerly and thence easterly to the centre of Edgeware Road, along that Road bearing southerly to the point of commencement.

Proposed Cook Ward.

Commencing at a point at the junction of Camden Street and the Edgeware Road, along the centre of that Road bearing southerly to May Street, along the centre of May Street bearing easterly to the centre of King Street, along the centre of King Street to the centre of Union Street bearing easterly to the centre of the Erskineville Road, along that Road bearing northerly to the railway line, along the railway line bearing westerly to the centre of King Street, along that Street bearing southerly to the centre of Camden Street, along that Street bearing westerly to the point of commencement.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Abbott, and seconded by Alderman Tye, to the following effect, that the consideration of the matter be postponed for three months. On the amendment and motion being put, the amendment was declared carried.

Orders of the day:

The further consideration of a letter from St Peters Council relative to payment for repairs to May Street. Resolved on the motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the account be paid.

Consideration of specification for slabbing Camden Street drain. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, and seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the matter be held in abeyance until a further report has been received from the surveyor as to the possibility of conveying the water down the Street towards Edgeware Road.

Consideration of Mr Abigail’s letter and the Inspector’s report thereon. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey that the contractor Jeffrey’s be written to informing him that under section 5 of the Nuisances Prevention Act the offence of which he is charged renders him liable to a penalty of £20 and further that on a repetition of the offence legal proceedings will be instituted against him.

Confirmed this 13th day of August 1875.

Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.


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