A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Thursday the 13th day of February 1879 at 7:30 PM, for the purpose of electing a Mayor for the current municipal year.

 

Present, the Worshipful the acting Mayor and Alderman Abbott, Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Melville, Tye, Whateley and Wildman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
A The declarations of the newly elected Aldermen, David Bedford, Ninian Melville Jr and Daniel Wildman and auditor Charles I. Peirce, were laid on the table.

The acting Mayor explained the object of the meeting, whereupon it was moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the election of Mayor be conducted with open doors and by open voting. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Goodsell, and seconded by Alderman Melville, that the acting Mayor, Alderman Smith, be the Mayor for the current municipal year, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Abbott, that Alderman Whateley be Mayor, meeting was no seconder, a further amendment was moved by Alderman Cozens and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that Alderman Tye be Mayor. On the amendment and resolution being put voting resulted as follows: —

2 for the amendment and 5 for the resolution. The resolution was therefore declared carried, electing Alderman Smith Mayor.

The newly elected Mayor expressed his sense of the honour conferred and the Council then rose.

Confirmed this 18th day of February 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday 18th February 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Alderman Abbott, Cozens, Goodsell, Melville, Tye, Whateley and Wildman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Mr Dunlop’s declaration as auditor was laid on the table.

Correspondence:

1. From Mr Joseph Kingsbury, calling attention to an alleged encroachment of a building in erection in King Street. On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, the letter was received and referred to the surveyor for a report thereon.

2. From Mr Travers, manager of S. I. & O. Company, requesting the Council’s consent and co-operation in removing the omnibus stand from Crescent Street to the front of the waiting room in King Street and further to the running of the Waggonettes between the Newtown stand and Boland’s corner free of charge. Moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and laid on the table, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the letter be received and taken into consideration at a later period of evening.” Amendment carried.

Surveyors report, relative to the satisfactory completion of Kerbing and guttering in Bedford Street, was read and received.

Inspector of Nuisances’ report was read and received.

Motion pursuant to notice:

Alderman Goodsell moved, ” that the thanks of the Council be tendered to William Bailey Esq JP for his many years services as Alderman and Mayor of this Borough and that the same be conveyed to him by letter.” Seconded by Alderman Abbott and carried unanimously.

Orders of the day:

Election of Committees.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that each of the following Committees be composed of three members.

Works:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the following Aldermen constitute the Works Committee, Alderman Tye, Whateley and Cozens.

Finance:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the Finance Committee be composed of the following; Aldermen Melville, Whateley and Wildman.

By law and Library:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Wildman, the following Aldermen form the bylaw and Library Committee; Aldermen Abbott, Goodsell and Melville.

Nuisances Prevention Act:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Melville, the following Aldermen be the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee; Aldermen Tye, Cozens and Bedford.

Lighting:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconder Alderman Cozens, that Aldermen Abbott, Goodsell and Tye form the Lighting Committee.

Water:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that Aldermen Tye, Whateley and Wildman be the Water Committee.

Specification:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the following constitute Specification Committee; Aldermen Abbott, Melville and Wildman.

Cheques:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Abbott that Alderman Tye be appointed to sign cheques in conjunction with the Mayor and Council Clerk.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconder Alderman Melville, that tenders be called for competent persons to value all rateable property within the Borough for the coming year to be considered at next ordinary meeting of the Council.

The Mayor laid on the table a statement showing expenditure incurred in water in King Street and amounts derivable from the water rate, whereupon it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the opening of tenders be postponed to next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Deferred consideration of letter from manager S. I. and O. Company.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott and seconded by Alderman Whateley, that each of the two clauses be considered separately.

Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that clause 1 be not complied with. Alderman Melville desired with the permission of the Council to ask Mr Travers if it is absolutely necessary that three omnibuses should stand in front of the waiting room. The Council, consenting to hear Mr Travers, that gentlemen explained that he did not consider it an absolute necessity although it was a matter of great convenience that 2 for the City and 1 for Cook’s River should be on the stand. He would however be satisfied if the Council approved of “two only” to stand there.

An amendment was then moved by Alderman Whateley and seconded by Alderman Goodsell that clause 1 be acceded to on which Alderman Abbott moved a further amendment that it’s consideration be postponed and stand an order of the day at the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

The resolution and amendment were, by consent, withdrawn, the amendment becoming the motion was then put and declared carried.

Clause 2.

Moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the request be not complied with, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that clause 2 stand an order of the day for consideration at next ordinary meeting of the Council. Amendment carried.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Abbott, considered that the present would not be an inappropriate time for the Mayor to call the attention of the various Committees to clause 109 of the Municipalities Act.

In reply to Alderman Whateley’s inquiry as to what action the Government had taken in reference to this Council’s request for the alignment of certain Streets, the Mayor replied that although we had applied last November we are not aware that any action had yet been taken in the matter.

In reply to Alderman Melville inquiry as to the probability of a special endowment, the Mayor replied that a circular had been received notifying that an amount equal to 10 shillings in the £ would be placed on the estimates.

The Mayor called the Council’s attention to the fact that an application had been received from Messrs Keep and Harper, lessees of the depot, for arrears of money alleged to be due to them for receiving night soil. On the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, the matter was referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee to investigate in conjunction with the Inspector and report thereon.

At the request of the Mayor, the various Committees proceeded to elect their respective chairmen as below,

Works, Alderman Tye. Lighting, Alderman Abbott. Water, Alderman Whateley.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this fourth day March 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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