An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday the 4th March 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, advising the Council that the removal of the omnibus stand from Crescent Street to King Street is only a temporary transfer. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

2. From chairman, Newtown School Board, conveying expressions of opinion as to proposed transfer of omnibus stand from Crescent to King Street. Received and referred to a later period of evening for consideration.

3. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, enclosing copy of an application from the manager of the Sydney Omnibus Company to run omnibuses at intervals of four minutes, to run Waggonettes or buses between Boland’s corner and Newtown free of charge, to appoint a stand for two omnibuses opposite the waiting room in King Street and soliciting the Council’s opinion thereon. Received and referred to a later period of evening for consideration.

4. From Department of Justice, stating that a Court of Petty Sessions will shortly be established in Newtown. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

5. From Mr Henry Ikin, complaining of Mr Madigan’s closet being in close proximity to his fence and of an offensive character. Received on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

6. From Mr Joseph Kingsbury, complaining of the very primitive state of various Streets in the Enmore Ward. Received and referred to the Works Committee on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Melville.

7. From J. Chasling, complaining of the state of a drain near his premises. The letter bearing no date or name of Street was ruled informal.

8. From Mr M. Harrison, relative to the question of removing the omnibus stand from Crescent to King Street and urging a few reasons in favour of such a step. Received on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Melville.

9. From Messrs Keep and Harper, offering to accept all night soil from the Borough for the sum of £30 per annum and requesting from the Council an agreement to that effect. On the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Whateley the letter was received.

From 10. From Dr Watson, suggesting the removal of the lamp on the railway bridge to a position near his gate. On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, the letter was received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

11. From the Council Clark, requesting an increase of salary. Received and on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Tye, referred to the Finance Committee.

Finance:

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £168/3/11, and recommending further payments to the amount of £274/7/3, making a total £442/11/2, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Treasurer:

The Treasurer reported that the bank account was overdrawn to the amount of £50 and handed in for the signatures of the several Aldermen a form of guarantee for a temporary advance of £1000 (which was duly signed at the rising of the Council).

From surveyor:

A report was received from surveyor relative to the alleged encroachment of buildings in King Street which was received and considered satisfactory, on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Inspector:

The 1. The monthly report was read and received.

2. Relative to the non deposit of night soil in the depot. Read and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Melville, that from and after the first day of March next ensuring, the hours of labour of overseer and all day men employed by this Council be 8 hours per day except Saturday when one o’clock shall be the day. The motion being informal was objected to by Alderman Goodsell and withdrawn.

2. By Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried, that the Mayor shall cause to be at once affixed in each the lane in the municipality the names as designated and named by this Council.

3. By Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the Mayor shall cause the necessary steps to be at once taken to number the houses in each Street and lane of the Borough and cause such numbers to be placed in a conspicuous place on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Abbott and seconded by Alderman Tye, that consideration of the matter stand over till next ordinary meeting of the Council. The amendment and resolution being put the resolution was declared carried.

4. By Alderman Melville, that the sum of £25 be voted out of the general revenue towards the funds of the local Fire Brigade, such Brigade being eminently serviceable in the preservation of the lives and property of ratepayers.

The Mayor informed the Council that in reference to the records of the meeting of the Council dated 22 June 1875, he found that a similar resolution of a similar character was tabled asking for a grand towards the erection of an engine house, the then Mayor held that it was opposed to the Act and could not be entertained, therefore accepting this precedent in conjunction with the 164 clause of the Municipalities Act he would rule that the Council had no power to vote any portion of the general revenue for such a purpose and declined to receive the motion.

5. By Alderman Melville, that the plan showing all lanes and Streets in Kingston Ward along with all letters or copies of such letters, if any, in possession of the Council having reference to the closing of one or more such lanes or Streets by Mr A. Hinchcliff or any other person along with minute or minutes of this Council having reference to the same be laid on the table at the next regular meeting of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

6. Alderman Cozens, that clause two of the Water Committee’s report adopted in open Council on the 17th December 1878 be and is hereby rescinded. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

7. By Alderman Melville, that the surveyor furnish to the Council at it’s next meeting the probable cost of enclosing the open drain from the late omnibus stables to the railway line with a barrel drain or two feet earthenware pipes. Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

Orders of the day:

Postponed consideration of letter from Mr Travers.

Clause 1. Requesting this Council’s co-operation with a view to transfer the omnibus stand from Crescent to King Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Abbott, that the Council decline to comply with the request.

Clause 2. Soliciting this Council’s co-operation to obtain permission from the Commissioners to run Waggonettes free of charge from Newtown stand to Boland’s corner. Moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried, that the clause be not complied with.

Consideration of clause one of letter from the manager of Sydney Omnibus Company to the Transit Commissioners forwarded to this Council for their opinion thereon, conveying a request for permission to run omnibuses at intervals of four minutes during the day. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the request be not complied with.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Melville requested the Mayor to direct the Inspector’s attention to a dangerous hole in the property of Mr Hinchcliff, North Kingston.

In reply to Alderman Melville’s inquiries as to whether the crossings would be swept during a continuance of this wet weather, the Mayor replied that they would be swept.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that this Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for the valuation of all rateable property for the coming year.

The several tenders were duly considered and it was resolved to recommend for acceptance that of Messrs Holland and Wherrett.

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

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 13th day of March 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Thursday 13th day of March 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.

Finance Committee:

A report from the Finance Committee was read recommending that the Council Clerk’s salary be increased by a sum of £50 per annum.

Moved by Alderman Wildman and seconded by Alderman Tye, that the report as read be adopted, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that consideration of the matter be postponed to next ordinary meeting of the Council.

On the amendment and resolution being put the voting was as follows: —

1 for the amendment and 4 for the resolution. The resolution was therefore declared carried.

Specification Committee:

A report from the specification Committee was read recommending for adoption the following specifications: —

1. For the removal of night soil. The specification having been read, Alderman Melville moved and Alderman Wildman seconded the adoption of clauses 1 to 10. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye, that 90 percent be inserted in the place of 95 percent in clause 11. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that clauses 12 and 13 be adopted. Carried.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the specification as amended be adopted.

The specification for the cleansing of the different Wards was read and on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Melville, was adopted.

The following recommendation was read. “That the cleansing of King Street be done by day labour and that the gutters, both wet and dry, be scraped and swept at least once each week and that so much of the carriageway be scraped and swept as necessary for the removal of dust, also that the watering cart be used in conjunction with the work.”

Moved by Alderman Melville, and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the words “and Queen Street, Enmore” be added to the first line of the recommendation and that the recommendation as amended be adopted. Carried.

The specification for the laying of tar paving was read and on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Cozens, adopted.

The specification for laying tile paving was also read and adopted on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Tye.

Thinking:

The specification for printing was also read and adopted on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that tenders be called for the foregoing to be considered at next ordinary meeting of the Council and that Tuesday the 25th March be the next meeting.”

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 25th March 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 25th March at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Alderman Melville thereupon moved that the bylaws be suspended in order that motion No 10 standing in Alderman Cozens name be at once considered. The resolution failing to meet with the unanimous approval of the Council the Mayor ruled that it could not be entertained.

Correspondence:

1. From Mr Berry, calling attention to the bad state of Camden Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Cozens and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with.

2. From Mr E. W. Molesworth on behalf of the Church wardens of St Stephens Church, requesting removal of a lamp to St Stephens Street. Received and on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, referred to the Lighting Committee.

3. From Mr J. H. Smith, calling attention to the state of the crossing at the junction of Simmons and Queen Streets. Received and on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the matter was left in the hands of the Mayor.

4. From the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, forwarding copy of letter from the manager of Sydney Omnibus Company asking their permission to run each alternate omnibus to Boland’s corner and desiring an expression of this Council’s opinion thereon. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and laid on the table.

5. From Mr Matthew Medway, requesting that pipes be laid at the junction of Hawkins and Alice Streets. Received and on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, referred to the Works Committee.

A letter from the Council Clerk of West Botany, intimating that the Hon the Minister of Works would receive a deputation on Friday next at 11:30 relative to the proposed line of the railway from Newtown to Georges River was read and laid on the table.

Finance:

A report from the Finance Committee was read showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation £66/19/1, and recommending for payment further accounts amounting to £194/12/4, making a total of £261/11/5, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Works Committee brought up the following report: —

1. Relative to the letter from Mr Kingsbury referring to the primitive state of Juliet Street and Edgeware Road, your Committee beg to recommend that the Road at the junction of Juliet Street and Edgeware Road be formed.

2. That the Kerbing and guttering laying by contractor Pitts in the lane known as Turtles Lane and also in the lane between Oxford and Baltic Street’s has been completed in a satisfactory manner and would therefore recommend final payment.

3. That the Kerbing laid in Queen Street, O’Connell Ward has been completed to their satisfaction and would recommend final payment.

On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whateley, the report was adopted.

Surveyors report relative to the probable cost of constructing a barrel drain over the sewer from the back of the late omnibus stables to Bedford Street was, on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, referred back for more information in detail.

Treasurer’s report was read showing amounts of contributions owing and arrears on rates. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the report be received and that the Mayor be instructed to issue summonses for the recovery of all outstanding rates and contributions as shown by the report.”

Motions:

1. By Alderman Melville, that the open drain running in an irregular course from the late omnibus stables in Australia Street to railway line in Bedford Street be enclosed with a 3 feet barrel drain as per surveyor’s report of much 13th at a cost of £450. Alderman Melville moved that Alderman Wildman seconded that the consideration thereof be postponed till next ordinary meeting of the Council.

2. By Alderman Melville, that the Council Clerk make all necessary inquiries relative to the enclosing of lane and land purchased by Mr A. Hinchcliff between Oxford and Wellington Street’s and make search in the Registrar General’s Office relative to the lanes enclosed by Mr Hinchcliff. Moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Tye that it’s consideration be postponed to a later period of evening. Carried.

3. By Alderman Melville, that the resolution of Council dated 22nd June 1875 declaring it illegal to spend money to erect engine house out of municipal funds be and is hereby rescinded. On the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Wildman, it’s consideration was postponed till a later period of evening.

4. By Alderman Melville, that the sum of £4 be voted to ascertain by Canada’s and notify to reach owner or occupier the number of his or her tenement, and

5. By Alderman Melville, that tenders be called for the supply of house number plates according to a sample with number painted thereon, were, on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

6. By Alderman Tye, that tenders be called for the supply of one revolving Street sweeper. On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, it was referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

7. By Alderman Smith, that the Council Clerk be directed to notify to the Minister of Justice their willingness to grant the use of the Town Hall for the purpose of holding a Court of Petty Sessions pending the erection of a Court House with the proviso that the Government supply the necessary furniture and of such a portable character as may be easily removed without interference to the ordinary use of the Hall and that all arrangements in connection therewith be conducted without expense to the Council. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

8. By Alderman Melville, that all contributions for corporate Works be paid to the Council prior to the work being proceeded with. On the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, it’s consideration was referred to a later period of evening.

9. By Alderman Melville, that the Finance Committee be instructed to prepare and submit to this Council an estimate, in accordance with section 164 of municipalities act of 1867 of the probable amount which will be required for the now current year in addition to any tolls, rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this Borough and to any probable income from fines would voluntary contributions, endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any roads, bridges, wharves, piers or other public Works within this Borough and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the act. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

10. By Alderman Cozens, that the minutes of the 13th ordering an advance of £50 on the Council Clerk’s salary be rescinded. The question having been debated a division was called for which resulted in the following: — for, one, against, five. Division, for, Alderman Cozens. Against, Alderman Melville, Wildman, Bedford, Tye and Whateley. The resolution was therefore declared in negatived.

11. By Alderman Whateley, that blue metal be laid in Church Street from Charles Street to King Street at a cost not exceeding one shilling per yard. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the Council then resolved itself endless Committee of the whole to consider tenders for the following Works: —

1. Removal of night soil.
2. Cleaning of Ward’s.
3. Cartage.
4. Tar paving.
5. Tile paving.
6. Printing.

The several tenders were read and carefully considered and on the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported that the following tenders were recommended for acceptance: —

Removal of night soil; W. Miley at four shillings per cubic foot and earth closets one shilling per tenement per week.

Cleansing O’Connell Ward, Mr D. Doyle at £9 per month.
Cleansing Kingston Ward, Mr P. Mackin at £9 per month.
Cleansing Enmore Ward, Mr D. Doyle at £7/10/0 per month.

Cartage, E. Colwell at 10 shillings and sixpence per day.

Tar paving, J. Shepherd, three shillings and sixpence per yard.

Tile paving, H. N. Howe at seven pence per sq ft.

Printing, T. W. white as per schedule of prices.

On the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Tye, the report of the Committee of the whole was adopted.

Balance sheet for the half-year ended February third was read and laid on the table and on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Melville, was adopted.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Abbott called attention to state of the footpath in King Street near Mr Chisholm’s property. It was then resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that all the motions which were postponed and not dealt with stand over as an order of the day for the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 27th day of March 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Thursday 27th March 1879.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Assessment and rate:

The Mayor laid before the Council the valuer’s returns of all rateable property within the Borough for the now current year on which it was moved by Alderman Abbott and seconded by Alderman Wildman, that this Council do now resolve into a Committee of the whole for the making of an assessment on the rateable property within this Borough in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

The Committee having examined the valuer’s returns, it was moved by Alderman Cozens and seconded by Alderman Abbott, that this Committee having before them the valuation of all rateable property within the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards of this Borough made by the duly appointed valuers thereof do hereby make, on the basis of such valuation, an assessment on such rateable property in accordance with the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1867. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the Council do now resume it’s sittings and that the assessment as now made in Committee be reported for adoption.

Estimate:

In accordance with a resolution of the Council agreed to on the 25th March last the Finance Committee submitted the following estimate of the probable amount, that is to say he £3250/0/0 which will be required for the now current municipal year in addition to any tolls, rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this Borough and to any probable income from fines would voluntary contributions, endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any roads, bridges, wharves, piers or other Public Works within this Borough and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the municipalities Act of 1867.

Receipts:

Rates:

Enmore Ward................................. £1000/0/0.
Kingston Ward............................... £650/0/0.
O'Connell Ward.............................. £850/0/0.
Nuisances Prevention Act.................... £550/0/0.
Various sources............................. £200/0/0.

Total....................................................... £3250/0/0.

Expenditure:

Council Clerk's salary...................... £225/0/0.
Inspector's salary.......................... £140/0/0.
Surveyor's salary........................... £50/0/0.
Overseer's salary........................... £115/0/0.
Valuers..................................... £30/0/0.
Printing, advertising....................... £50/0/0.
Interest on loan............................ £180/0/0.
Nuisances Prevention Act.................... £450/0/0.
Pound keeper's salary....................... £15/0/0.
Incidental expenses......................... £50/0/0.
Enmore Ward................................. £820/0/0.
Kingston Ward............................... £500/0/0.
O'Connell Ward.............................. £625/0/0.

Total....................................................... £3250/0/0.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Melville that the estimate now submitted by the Finance Committee be, and the same is, hereby adopted by the Council.

The Council having resumed it’s sittings the Mayor reported that such Committee having before them the valuation of rateable property within the Borough made by the duly appointed valuers thereof had made, on the basis of such valuation, an assessment on such rateable property in accordance with the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1867, which assessment he then presented to the Council for adoption.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by this Council as the assessment for the now current year upon the rateable property within this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1867.”

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that a rate be now levied for the now current year of one shilling in the pound on the assessed value of the rateable property within this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes of section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that this Council hereby fixes and appoints a day hereafter to be named on which appeals against the valuation of rateable property shall be heard and that the Council Clerk be directed to give due notice of the same by advertisement as required by section 175 of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the assessment and rate be fairly transcribed into the rate book as directed by section 169 of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and that the Mayor be authorised to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.”

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the amount in respect of the rate of one shilling in the pound imposed under the 164th section of the Municipalities Act of 1867 for the now current year shall be payable at the expiration of 30 days from the service in each case of notice of such a rate, but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amount together with all arrears, if any, shall be made within 30 days after the expiration of the said period, no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise shall be taken by or on behalf of this Council for the recovery of the remaining amount until the 30th day of September next.”in

Lighting rate.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Wildman, “that a special rate of threepence in the pound sterling be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property in this Borough for the lighting of the Borough with gas under the provisions of section 165 of the Municipalities Act of 1867.”

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that such a rate be fairly transcribed into the rate book as directed by section 169 of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and that the Mayor be authorised to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.”

That resolved on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the Council Clerk give, or cause to be given forthwith, the notices of such special rate required by law.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the said special rate be payable within 30 days after notice allowed by law and that legal proceedings be taken without further order against any person who shall fail to pay such special rate within such period.”

Watering rate.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, that a special rate of sixpence in the pound sterling be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property situated in King Street between Bligh and Camden Streets for the purpose of watering the Street between the boundaries before mentioned under the provisions of section 165 of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Abbott, “that such special rate be fairly transcribed into the rate book as directed by section 169 of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and that the Mayor be authorised to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.”

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Cozens, “that the Council Clerk give, or cause to be given forthwith, the notices of such special rate required by law.”

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the said special rate be payable within 30 days after the expiration of the 30 days after notice allowed by law, and that legal proceedings be taken without further order against any person who shall fail to pay such special rate within such period.”

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Melville, that King Street be watered at present from Hordern to Holt Streets.

The Council then rose.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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