An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 4th November at half past 7 in the evening.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor (Alderman Smith) and Aldermen Bedford, Goodsell, Melville, Tye and Wildman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From railway Department, forwarding copy of traffic manager’s report re alleged obstruction in Trafalgar Terrace. Received on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye.

2. From the J. Macken, explaining that through the action of the railway officials he was prevented from getting at the boulders for some time after their arrival at the Station, hence the charge for demurrage. Resolved that the letter be received and a deputation consisting of the Mayor, Aldermen Goodsell and Tye wait on the Hon the Minister to protest against the action of the railway officials and request a refund of the amount paid as demurrage, also the deputation be empowered to affect pay compromise with regard to the use of the Road on the understanding that so long as the footpath is kept clear the Council will not object to a portion of the Road being used.

3. From David Daniels, offering to deliver unbroken blue metal from Kiama at eight shillings and sixpence per ton. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and referred to the next meeting for consideration.

4. From G. E. Vaile, drawing Council’s attention to the open drain across the corner of his ground and requesting the Council to turn its present course down Regent and Bedford Streets. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and a reply sent stating that the Council is not in a position to deal with the matter at present.

5. From P. F. Hart, requesting that the kerbing and guttering laid by Montgomery Brothers in Bailey Street in error be not taken up again but that the work may be completed to Holt Street. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the letter be received and considered in conjunction with the Works report.

6. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners transmitting copy of a petition received from W. H. Jelly praying that a stand for waggonettes may be established at or near Boland’s corner and requesting this Council’s opinion thereon. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the letter be received and a reply sent informing the Commissioners that the Council is favourable to the establishment of the stand in the position described.

Works Committee report:

A report from the Works Committee was brought up conveying the following recommendations which were considered in seriatim: —

Clause 1, in conjunction with Mr Hart’s letter., kerbing and guttering laid in Bailey Street by Montgomery Brothers without authority. Recommended that it be removed at the contract sixpence.

Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that clause 1 be adopted on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, that the clause be so altered to read thus, “that the matter be referred to the Mayor to effect a compromise and in the event of the Mayor failing to settle to his satisfaction the work be removed at the contractors expense.” Amendment carried.

Clause 2, relative to Union Street, by Montgomery Brothers.

That as the kerbing is laid in an irregular manner and the gutters in some parts much flatter than others it is recommended that the kerb be straightened and the gutters reset at an uniform angle or dip. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Clause 3, relative to Bedford Street, by Montgomery Brothers.

Recommended that the gutter stone marked by them be condemned because of it’s softness and that the contractor be instructed to replace it by one of a harder quality. That various portions of the kerb be replaced by stone of a length more in accordance with the terms of the specification and that several of the gutters stones be relaid with a greater dip. Adopted.

Clause 4, Fitzroy Street, by T. Atkins.

Your Committee report an irregularity in the kerb, the outside stone of the gutters to flat and in many places stones have an outward instead of an inward dip. They therefore recommend that these imperfections be rectified, a uniformity of angle observed in the gutter and the kerb straightened. Adopted.

5. Relaying gutters in Lennox Street by T. Atkins.

This work is completed to the satisfaction of your Committee. They therefore recommend final payment. Adopted.

6. Kerbing and guttering in Australia Street by M. Selby.

Your Committee recommend final payment as a work has been performed satisfactorily. Adopted.

7. Tufts Lane.

Your Committee also recommend the final payment be made providing the kerb is chamfered and two or three gutter stones reset which have evidently been disturbed. Adopted.

8. Your Committee would further recommend that pipes be continued across the junction of Alice and Pearl Streets and that the Crown of Alice Street from a short distance below Pearl Street to a little below Hawkins Street be lowered and that the surveyor be instructed to make allowance for such a lowering when giving levels of kerbing and guttering. Adopted.

Finance report was brought up by the Mayor and showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation, £210/7/2 and recommending for payment sundry accounts amounting to £3 17/8/3 which was adopted on a motion by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Inspectors reports:

1. Monthly report was read and received.

2. Reporting contractor Wiley for neglecting to empty an earth closet on the premises of Mr Burton, Hordern Street and recommending that a fine of £2 be inflicted. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the report be received and that in consideration of it being the first offence the find be not enforced but that the contractor be informed that on a repetition of the offence the full penalty will be levied.

Overseer:

A report from the overseer was received relative to various crossings and drainage in Reiby Street and on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, it was received and ordered to be carried into affect.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. By Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £10 be voted for making a doorway in place of one of the Windows in the reading room and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

2. By Alderman Melville, that tenders be called for a water cart. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

3. By Alderman Melville, that the resolution of the Council agreed to on the 5th November 1878 conveying to the Government authorities the Council’s willingness to give up possession of the open crossing over the railway at the foot of Albermarle Street, be, and is hereby rescinded. Seconded by Alderman Wildman and carried.

4. By Alderman Goodsell, that Angel Street be metalled with white metal. Seconded by Alderman Wildman and carried.

5. By Alderman Melville, that Wellington Street (from Lennox Street to Albermarle Street) and the lane at the rear of Albermarle Street, also Wellington Lane and Regent Lane be white metalled. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 18th day of November 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 18th November 1879 at half past 7 o’clock PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor (Alderman Smith) and Aldermen Boots, Goodsell, Melville, Whateley and Wildman.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Randwick Council conveying copy of a resolution protesting against any person or private company introducing tramways in the suburbs and soliciting this Council’s, concurrence thereon. Received on a motion by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. From R. W. Newell, requesting the Council’s attention to an order received by him from the Inspector directing the removal of a double closet and asking that it be not enforced. Received on a motion by Alderman Whateley and seconded by Alderman Boots and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

3. From Thomas Weeke, offering to pay one half cost of constructing a two foot barrel drain over the sewer running through his property off Denison Street. Received on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Boots.

4. From Joseph Kingsbury J.P., offering to pay 25% towards the cost of laying kerbing and guttering in Edgeware Road from the corner of James to Sarah Street. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the letter be received and the Council Clerk directed to reply that the request will be favourably entertained when the Council’s financial position admits.

5. From P. J. Macken, requesting an increase for carting boulders from the railway station to O’Connell Ward of from 8 pence to one shilling per ton. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the letter be received and the request granted.

6. From Department of Works (railway branch) acknowledging receipt of Council’s letter re railway demurrage. Received on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

7. From John Tabrett, protesting against his liability to pay for emptying of certain cesspits situated in Tufts Terrace. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Boots, that a letter be received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances to report upon.

Correspondence outward was read.

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report from a special meeting of the Finance Committee recommending payment of accounts amounting to £140/4/3 which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Treasurer:

The Treasurer read an approximate estimate of receipts and expenditure for the current year which was received on a motion by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Wildman and laid on the table for inspection.

Inspector:

The Inspector of Nuisances brought up a report relative to D. Doyle’s neglect in removing silt from the gutter in Wilson Street and recommending a fine. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the report be received and the contractor cautioned that on a repetition of the offence the fine will be levied.

Alderman Melville claimed as a matter of privilege, to bring under notice of the Council a portion of the report of the Council’s last meeting as reported in the Suburban Telegraph which was as follows: —

“Nothing was said about the deputation of the Council to the Municipal Council of Sydney on the watering of the Main Road but it appears that the matter has been hushed up and that the Council have agreed to “pay the Piper” for the water as hitherto for the Sydney Council are bound by Act of Parliament to charge for the water used.”

Upon which he gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would move that the Council Clerk be instructed to write to the editor of the paper requesting that in future the reports of the proceedings be confined to the truth.

Motions:

1. Standing in the name of Alderman Bedford, was moved by Alderman Whateley, as follows, “that kerbing and guttering be laid a distance of 56 yards in King Street, from Forbes to Queen Street, at a probable cost of £27 and that the work be carried out by T. Atkins. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

2. By Alderman Boots, that a deputation consisting of the Mayor and the Aldermen for the O’Connell Ward be appointed to wait on the Camperdown Council with a view to obtain their consent to meet one half cost of lowering Bligh Street from King Street to Mr Sampson’s school house, a depth of two feet from the Crown of the Hill. Seconded by Alderman likely and carried.

3. By Alderman Tye, that a two foot six inch barrel drain be constructed over the sewer from the back of the old omnibus stables to Denison Street, a distance of 86 feet, providing the owner of the lane meet one half cost thereof and that tenders be called for the same. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that consideration of the foregoing resolution stand as an order of the day for next meeting.

4. By Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £4/10/0 be voted for taking up and relaying the kerbing and guttering at the back of Mr Mulholland’s in Angel Street prior to it’s being metalled. Seconded by Alderman boats. On the resolution being put it was negatived.

Orders of the day:

Deferred consideration of letter from D. Daniels offering to deliver unbroken blue metal from Kiama. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Boots, that D. Daniels’ offer be accepted for 70 tons at the price stated.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Melville called attention to some four state of or five feet of pipes in Bedford Street that are lying exposed to the traffic of the Street. The Mayor promised to instruct the overseer with reference to it.

Alderman Wildman asked if it were a fact that a certain fence in James Street, to which reference had before been made, and which encroached on the Street had lately been repaired. The Mayor stated that the surveyor’s attention had been called to the encroachment and he would request him to report at the next meeting with regard to the repairs alleged.

Alderman Whateley inquired the steps had been taken for the alignment of Raper Street and other Streets in that Estate. The Mayor replied that application had been made to the Government but no reply received.

Alderman Whateley desired attention to the distressed condition of the animals in the pound, apparently in consequence of an insufficient supply of food. The Mayor promised that the Clerk of Petty Sessions should be communicated with on the subject.

Alderman Whateley desired that the attention of the Council might be directed to the slow advancement of work under Messrs Montgomery Brothers.

On a motion by Alderman Wildman, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for supplying and fixing a door in place of one of the Windows in the reading room and for the supply of a water cart.

After consideration it was resolved to recommend for acceptance that of J. Tabrett at £12/10/0 and J. Baldick (cart) £25.

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

The Council then rose.

Confirmed 2nd December 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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