An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 2nd December 1879 at half past 7 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Bedford, Boots, Goodsell, Melville, Tye, Whateley and Wildman.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Court of Petty Sessions of Newtown, replying, re alleged neglect of animals impounded. Received.

2. From Camperdown Council, conveying their Committee’s recommendation adverse to the expenditure of any money in lowering Bligh Street as suggested by the Newtown Council. Received.

3. From Thomas Tuft, conveying information as to his non liability for the expense incurred in emptying the cesspits in Tufts Terrace, Australia Street. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and considered in conjunction with the Inspector’s report on Mr Tabretts letter.

The outward correspondence ordered at the previous meeting was read.

The Mayor reported to the Council that pursuant to a resolution of the last meeting, a deputation consisting of himself and Aldermen Bedford, Wildman and Tye waited on the Camperdown Council relative to the proposed lowering of Bligh Street, the result of which is conveyed by the letter before referred to from the Camperdown Council.

At the request of the Mayor and on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the Council then adjourned for half an hour in order to allow the Finance Committee to examine the months accounts and prepare their monthly report.

On the Council resuming it’s sittings, the following report from the Works Committee was read: —

1. That final payment be made on contracts for kerbing and guttering in Kent Lane, Bedford Street and Norfolk Street.

2. That final payment be made on the kerbing and guttering in Bailey Street in accordance with the terms agreed on by the Mayor and that the contractors be instructed to remove the remainder of the stone now lying there

3. That final payment be made on the work executed by Atkins Brothers at the corner of Wilson Street and Erskineville Road including the extra kerbing for which a charge of £1 was made by him.

4. Your Committee beg to report that in their opinion instructions issued to Montgomery Brothers relative to the kerbing and guttering in Union Street had not been attended to as ordered by the Council.

5. That the outside stone of the gutters laid by Atkins Brothers in Queen and Fitzroy Street have not sufficient dip, they therefore recommend that the cheques for final payment be not handed over except on receipt of certificate from the surveyor certifying that such alterations are completed and to the satisfaction of the Mayor.

6. Your Committee further recommend that an open crossing be laid in Alice Street opposite Mr Sherbin’s gate way.

The report was received and adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report from the Finance Committee showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation, £388/15/7 and recommending further payments to the amount of £154/13/4, which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Wildman and carried.

Nuisances Prevention Act:

A report from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee was read relative to the closets erected by Mr Newell without authority from the Inspector recommending that as they are not built in accordance with the Nuisances Prevention Act, Mr Newell be instructed to reconstruct them under supervision of the Inspector. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

Surveyor:

A report was read from the surveyor relative to certain fencing encroaching on the footway in James Street. Received on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye.

Inspector’s reports:

1. Monthly report, read and received.

2. Reporting the existence of a nuisance at the back of Mr Mulholland’s in Angel Street in the shape of stagnant water and recommending that the guttering be remedied in order to abate the aforesaid nuisance. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the report be received and left in the hands of the Mayor to deal with.

3. Report relative to the letter from J. Tabrett repudiating liability of expense in emptying cesspits on Mr Tufts premises in Australia Street was considered in conjunction with the letter from Mr Tufts and on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, received and adopted.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Melville, that 13 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid in Kent Lane at the rear of Mr Chasling’s property, at a cost not exceeding £5.

2. By Alderman Melville, that the sum of £10 be voted to complete kerbing and guttering in Fitzroy Lane.

On a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, the foregoing to resolutions were postponed to stand as orders of the day for next meeting.

3. By Alderman Melville, that the Council Clerk be directed to write to the editor of the Suburban Telegraph respectfully directing his attention to recent inaccuracies in the reports of the proceedings of the Council and requesting that the business of the meetings be more faithfully reported in future. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Orders of the day:

Deferred consideration of resolution by Alderman Tye, “that a two feet Barrell drain be constructed over the sewer from the back of the old omnibus stables to Denison Street, a distance of 86 feet, providing the owners of the lane meet one half cost thereof and that tenders be called for the same. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the Council Clerk be directed to write to Mr Weekes asking if he is agreeable to allow the consideration of his offer to contribute half cost stand over until March next.

Miscellaneous:

The Mayor laid before the Council an account from the City Council for laying the Denison Street and Missenden Road hydrants amounting to £21/4/7 which was referred to the Finance Committee to report thereon.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 16th day of December 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 16th December 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Bedford, Boots, Goodsell, Melville, Tye, Whateley and Wildman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From R. W. Newell, requesting the Council to reconsider their orders for a reconstruction of the cesspits on his property. Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the letter be received and the request therein contained be complied with, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received. Amendment carried.

2. From H. Airey, requesting attention to state of Linthorpe Street. Received on a motion by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Tye.

3. From Mrs Ware, objecting to the emptying of her cesspits. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the communication be received and the Inspector instructed to carry out the work immediately.

4. From Mr M. Harrison, requesting that Linthorpe Street be kerbed and guttered. Received on a motion by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

5. From R. Carlton, protesting against the emptying of his cesspits. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the letter be received and the work carried out immediately.

6. From P. J. Macken, asking to be paid eight pence per ton for carting boulders from the railway station to Kingston Ward. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, can seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and the request granted.

Outward correspondence ordered at the previous meeting was read.

Petition:

Presented by Alderman Boots, from certain residents of Newtown requesting that an investigation be made in order to ascertain whether that strip of land lying between S.C. Brown and York Terrace and extending from Newtown Road to Wilson Street is available for public purposes.

Moved by Alderman Boots and seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the petition be received and handed over to the surveyor to report thereon, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the petition be received and referred to Mr Brown for information on the matter.

On a division being called for the result was as follows: —

For the amendment, Aldermen Tye, Bedford and Wildman.
Against the amendment, Aldermen Whateley, Wildman, Melville, Boots and Goodsell.

The amendment was therefore declared lost, upon which a further amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the petition be received and that it be forwarded to Mr Brown accompanied by a letter asking his opinion and advice thereon.” On the amendment and resolution being put the original motion was declared.

Reports:

The surveyors:

1. Relative to the alignment of kerbing and guttering now being laid in King Street. Moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the report be received and considered in conjunction with the order of the day bearing on the matter.

2. Relative to encroachment of fencing in front of Mr Jolly’s, Essington, King Street and advising the Council of the action pursued by him. Received and adopted on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

Inspectors:

1. Relative to Mr Brierley’s non-compliance with the order of the Council respecting reconstruction of certain cesspits. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the report be received and the Inspector instructed to take legal proceedings with a view to enforce compliance with the bylaws.

2. Reporting contractor Atkins for neglecting to provide lights at night on the Works in King Street. Resolved that the report be received and the contractor be served with a written notice to conform with this provision of the specifications.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Melville, that this Council at it’s rising do adjourn to the 23rd instant. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

2. By Alderman Whateley, that the sum of £17 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street, a distance of 39 yards, commencing from the corner of Robey Street and that tenders be called for the same. With the consent of the Council the motion was amended to read, “and that contractor Pitts be asked to take up the work at the price of last tender and in the event of his declining that tenders be called.” Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

3. That the sum of £23 be voted for the purchase and erection of a water trough near the railway bridge. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

4. By Alderman Whateley, that a sum of 10 guineas be voted to the auditors for their services during the past year. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that a sum of six guineas be voted. On the amendment and resolution being put the amendment was declared carried.

5. By Alderman Whateley, that the sum of £66 be voted for kerbing and guttering 87 yards on each side of Linthorpe Street and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

Moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the Council do now adjourn. On the resolution being put it was negatived.

Moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Tye, that all orders of the day except No 3 referring to Bligh Street be postponed for consideration at next meeting of the Council. Carried.

Orders of the day:

3. Consideration of the suspended work that is the kerbing and guttering in Bligh Street.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the work be carried out on the levels already furnished, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye, that it lowered two feet from the Crown and the Road eased off to suit the gutter.

On the amendment and resolution being put the amendment was negatived, on which a further amendment was moved by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye, that Bligh Street be lowered 11 inches from its Crown.

On the amendment and resolution being put the original motion was carried out by the casting vote of the Mayor.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed his 23rd day of December 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An adjourned meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 23rd December at half past 7 PM.

 

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From John Hamblin, requesting that tar paving be laid in front of his premises at the corner of Erskineville Road and Wilson Street. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and a reply sent stating that the Council are agreeable to grant the request subject to the usual conditions.

2. From W. Robinson, applying for kerbing and guttering in front of his property in Camden Street. Received on a motion by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Wildman and referred to Works Committee.

3. From J. Brierley, advising the Council of his willingness to carry out the instructions issued by the Council relative to the reconstruction of certain cesspits in Queen Street. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and the Inspector instructed to arrange with Mr Brierley for the carrying out of the work.

4. From Messrs G. H. Sparkes and C. T. Peirce, requesting the use of the Town Hall on Monday 5th January. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and the request granted.

5. From within jolly, protesting against the instructions issued by the surveyor for the removal back of his fencing as the repairs had been effected prior to the receipt of the notice. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Goodsell and seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the letter be received and a reply forwarded stating that the Council are bound to carry out the provisions of the Municipalities Act.

6. From Council Clerk of Alexandria, inviting co-operation of Council at a public meeting with a view to urge on the burdens the advisability of abandoning the proposed scheme of depositing sewage matter at the head of Shea’s Creek. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and the request granted.

Outward correspondence ordered at the previous meeting was read.

Reports:

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report from the Finance Committee showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation £293/0/1 and recommending further payments to the amount of £217/16/3 which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Surveyor:

Pursuant to instructions from the Council a report was read from surveyor bearing reference to the petition received at the last meeting which was received on a motion by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

Librarian:

The librarian brought up a report conveying information that the re-arranging and re-classification of the books is completed and supplying details as to numbers of books. Received on a motion by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

At the request of the Mayor and on the motion by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Tye, the Council adjourned for 10 minutes in order to inspect the books, library.

After an inspection of the library the Council resumed it’s sittings.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Whateley, that the sum of £26 be voted for the purchase of 70 tons of Kiama blue metal. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

Orders of the day:

Deferred consideration of the following resolutions: —

By Alderman Melville, that 13 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid in Kent lane at the rear of Mr Chasling’s property at a cost not exceeding £5. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

2. By Alderman Melville, that the sum of £10 be voted to complete kerbing and guttering in Fitzroy Street. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

To consider the advisability of altering the present alignment of kerbing and guttering now being laid in King Street by T. Atkins.

Moved by Alderman Cozens and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the work be proceeded with so far as the alignment is concerned and that the work be completed throughout in a workmanlike manner, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Wildman and seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the kerbing and guttering be removed to the proper alignment, that is, to give a 42 feet roadway and 12 foot footpath.

On the amendment and resolution being put, the resolution was declared carried.

To consider the advisability of resuming the watering of King Street.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the two carts be at once employed in watering King Street and the special rate notices served.

Resolved by Alderman Tye Lane, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that this Council at it’s rising do adjourn to the ordinary day of its meeting, 13th January 1880.

Tenders:

The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for kerbing and guttering in Linthorpe Street, also the supplying and erection of a horse trough.

The tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported that the Committee of the whole recommended acceptance of the following: —

Kerbing and guttering in Forbes Street. Charles Pitts at seven shillings and nine pence.
Supply and erection of horse trough. William Thompson act £23/10/0.

Thereupon the report was adopted on a motion by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Boots.

Miscellaneous:

The Mayor called attention to the fact that two caps were required at the junction of Alice and Pearl Streets in order to complete that portion of the kerbing and guttering recently laid and it was agreed that the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor to issue instructions for their supply.

The Mayor of further brought under the notice of the Council the disrepair of that portion of the Bedford Street drain opening on the land owned by Mr Weekes and it was agreed that the matter be left in his hands to affect the necessary repairs.

The justice, or otherwise, of paying the Corporation labourers full time for Christmas Day was discussed pro and con and upon a motion by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Tye, it was resolved, “that the men be paid for Christmas Day.”

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the new horse trough be erected on the south west side of the railway bridge in the centre of the new wing.

Alderman Tye requested that a letter be written to the Government Department enquiring if any action had been taken with a view to open up the under crossing between North and South Kingston.

Alderman Whateley requested that the Mayor would issue instructions for the laying of a few pipes at the junction of Fitzroy and King Street. The Mayor promised that the matter should have his attention.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this is 30th day of December 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 30th of December 1879 at 7:30 PM for the purpose of considering and expressing an opinion on a letter from the secretary of the Omnibus Company forwarded by the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners conveying a request to be allowed to make certain alterations in fares, timetable and running of omnibuses to Enmore.

 

Present the Worshipful the Mayor, Alderman Smith, and Aldermen Bedford, Boots, Cozens, Goodsell, Melville, Tye, Whateley and Wildman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

On the letter being read, it was moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and a reply sent stating that the request cannot be granted, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Wildman and seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the question of altering the timetable and running to Enmore be considered seriatim. The amendment was declared carried.

It was thereupon resolved on a motion by Alderman Boots and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that this Council recommend to the Commissioners for adoption the following timetable in place of that offered by the Company.

Buses to leave Newtown from 8 AM to 9:30 AM, every five minutes.
Buses to leave Newtown from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, every ten minutes.
Buses to leave Newtown from 4 PM to 6:30 PM, every five minutes.
Buses to leave Newtown from 6:30 PM to last, every eight minutes.

It was then moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the route of the omnibuses shall be around Station Street, up Crescent Street and to extend no further in the direction of Enmore, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Boots, that this Council do not object to the company running two omnibuses to Enmore providing the number be not increased.

On the amendment and resolution being put the original motion was declared carried.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 6th day of January 1880.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.