An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 8th April at 7:30 PM.

 

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

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Mr M. Harrison, calling attention to the want of a lamp in the Street forming continuation of Wilson Street from Erskineville Road to King Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford and referred to the Lighting Committee.

2. Thomas West. Relative to alleged balance of account on white metal. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Wildman and referred to next ordinary meeting of the Council for consideration.

3. From Mr J. H. Donohoe, requesting attention to the necessity of Kerbing and guttering by the railway bridge and the removal of the fence in a line with the parapet. Received on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye, referred to Works Committee.

Works report:

A report was read from the Works Committee recommending that: —

In compliance with Mr Medway his request, pipes be laid at the crossing of Alice and Hawkins Streets, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Nuisances Prevention Act:

A report from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee was read recommending that having inspected the premises complained of by Mr Ikin your Committee fail to discover sufficient cause recommending any action in the matter. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Lighting:

A report was read from the lighting Committee recommending: —

1. That Mr Molesworth’s request on behalf of the Church wardens of St Stephens Church for the removal of a lamp to Stephens Street be acceded to.

2. That consideration of Dr Watson’s letter of 4th March asking for the removal of a lamp on the bridge to a position nearer his gate, stand over until the redistribution of lights for the year be determine on.

Report adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

Surveyor.

A report from the surveyor was read relative to the expense of constructing a barrel drain from the old bus stables to Bedford Street, which was received and on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman, referred to next ordinary meeting of the Council for consideration.

Inspectors reports.

1. The monthly report showing number of cesspits emptied and constructed for the month, was read and received.

2. Reporting contractor Macken for neglecting to cleanse certain Streets and lanes in Kingston Ward, and,

3. Reporting contractor Doyle for imperfectly sweeping Church and Egan Streets.

Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the report be received and the Inspector be instructed to inform the contractors that on a repetition of the offence the penalty as provided for in the specifications will be enforced.

Motions pursuant to notice:

The following motions, numbers 1, 2 and 3 tabled by Alderman Tye were by consent postponed for consideration as an order of the day at the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

1. That the sum of £41 be voted for Kerbing and guttering 118 yards, an equal distance on both sides of Wellington Lane.

2. That the sum of £21 be voted for Kerbing and guttering 60 yards on the south side of a lane running across the top of Wellington Lane.

3. That a lane at the back of Messrs Lord and Hinchcliff’s property be formed a distance of 33 yards and gutters at the south end be laid in a proper line.

4. My Alderman Goodsell, that for the future, no foot paths shall be made or repaired underneath warnings, accepted by laying of tiles or tar paving, under the usual conditions imposed by the Council. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

5. My Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £200 be voted for the purchase of metal for the Enmore Ward and that tenders be called for the same. Withdrawn to stand as an order of the day at next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Orders of the day:

Deferred consideration of the following resolutions standing in the name of Alderman Melville.

1. 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 83 feet barrel drain, as per surveyors report of March 13th at a cost of £450.

2. That the Council Clerk make all necessary inquiries relative to 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 lanes enclosed by Mr A. Hinchcliff.

3. 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.

4. That the sum of £4 be voted to ascertain by canvas and notify to which are now or occupier the number of his or her tenement.

5. That tenders be called for the supply of house number plates according to a sample with number painted thereon.

6. That all contributions for Corporate Works be paid to the Council prior to the work being proceeded with.

The Mayor read a letter from Alderman Melville, apologising for his unavoidable absence and requesting that the foregoing resolutions be held over for consideration at the next meeting, on which it was moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried, that the foregoing resolutions stand as an order of the day for consideration at next ordinary meeting of the Council.

7. By Alderman Tye, the tenders be called for the supply of one revolving Street sweeper. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Tye requested that the surveyor be instructed to prepare a plan showing the proposed junction of Angel Street and Erskineville bridge.

Alderman Abbott complained of the irregular manner in which the contractors removed the house rubbish.

Alderman Bedford requested that some ashes be laid on the footpath in Bucknell Street.

In reply to Alderman Whately’s inquiry as to whether a reply had been received from the Government with regard to the excessive traffic in Trafalgar Terrace, the Mayor stated that no reply had yet been received to their letter of 6th November last, but he would instruct the Council Clerk to write to gain and remind them of the fact.

In reply to Alderman Goodsell’s inquiries relative to what action had been taken in the matter of Camden Street drain, the Mayor stated that at the next meeting of the Council he would lay on the table an estimate of the cost of constructing a wall to protect Mr Stack’s property.

Council then rose.

Confirmed this 22nd day of April 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 22nd April at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Abbott, Bedford, Cozens, Tye, Whately and Wildman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Reverend J. Osborne, re proposed widening of Erskineville Road. Received on the motion of Alderman Wildman seconded by Alderman Cozens.

2. From Mr Joseph Perry, requesting that the south side of Phillip Street, from Queen to Belmore Street and also about 100 feet in Belmore Street be kerbed and guttered and offering to contribute 25% towards expense thereof. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens and the Council Clerk directed to reply that the Council will consider the request so soon as the Streets are aligned and that the Council will urge the Government to align them forthwith.

3. From Department of Justice and Public Instruction, accepting the use of the Hall for the purpose of holding a Court of petty Sessions on the conditions laid down by resolution of the Council. Received.

Finance:

A report from Finance Committee was read showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation £127/7/11, and recommending further payment amounting to £146/11/6, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Works Committee:

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

Clause 1. Relative to cart number one used by E. Colwell, “that he be instructed to furnish it with new shafts, also new side boards, head and tail boards of a greater depth.” It’s adoption was moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Abbott pro forma, “that this Council declined to receive clause 1.” On the amendment and resolution being put the resolution for the adoption of the clause was declared carried.

Clause 2. Relative to cart number two used by E. Colwell, “that in the opinion of your Committee the cart is totally unfit for the work”. They therefore recommend that the contractor be instructed to procure a new one. Adoption moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Wildman, “that clause two be not received by the Council”. Alderman Whately declined to vote, the voting therefore being equal the Mayor recorded his vote in favour of the resolution which was declared carried.

Clause 3. That contractor Macken be instructed to furnish new straps and staples at the back and front of his cart. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Clause 4. That carts 4 & 5 used by contractor Doyle are in a satisfactory condition. Moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens and that clause 4 be adopted, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Wildman, “that contractor Doyle be called upon to provide carts to be approved of by the Mayor and Council.” On the amendment and resolution being put the amendment was declared carried.

Clause 5. Relative to Mr Donohoe’s application for completion of Kerbing and guttering in King Street and removal of fence in a line with the parapet of the bridge. Recommended that application be made to the Government to complete the Kerbing and guttering throughout King Street from Forbes Street to south side of the railway bridge including that portion in front of the watchhouse and that the removal of fence be held over until the Government complete the work. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Motions pursuant to notice:

Alderman Melville moved, that it be an instruction to Works Committee to examine and report upon the probable cost of taking up and relaying the gutter at the rear of Mr Hoffman’s cottages in the lane running from Regent to Denison Street and parallel to Lennox Street. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Orders of the day:

Deferred consideration of letter from Mr Thomas West relative to alleged balance on account of white metal. After a careful investigation of the facts of the case and comparing the overseer’s accounts without of Mr West’s it was moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Wildman that the Council Clerk be directed to reply stating that as the overseer’s account gives no evidence of the 17 tons being received this Council declines to pay the amount. Carried.

Deferred consideration of the following resolutions: —

1. By Alderman Tye, that the sum of £41 be voted for Kerbing and guttering 118 yards, an equal distance on both sides of Wellington Lane.

2. By Alderman Tye, that the sum of £21 be voted for Kerbing and guttering 60 yards of the south side of a lane running across the top of Wellington Lane.

3. By Alderman Tye, that a lane at the back of Messrs Lord and Hinchcliff’s property be formed, a distance of 33 yards and the gutters at the south end be laid in a proper alignment.

On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, consideration of the foregoing three resolutions was postponed for one-month.

4. By Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £200 be voted for the purchase of metal for the Enmore Ward and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

5. 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 three feet Barrell drain as per surveyors report of March 13th at a cost of £450. Seconded by Alderman Whately, on which Alderman Wildman moved and Alderman Bedford seconded an amendment that the following words be an added to the resolution, “that each person is through whose properties the drain pass pay one third the cost of forming.” Resolution as amended carried.

Moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried, that resolutions 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 as below be postponed and stand as an order of the day for the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

6. By Alderman Melville, that the Council Clerk make all necessary inquiries relative to enclosing of Lane and lands purchased by Mr A. Hinchcliff, between Oxford and Wellington Streets and make search in the Registrar General’s Office relative to lanes enclosed by Mr Hinchcliff.

7. By Alderman Melville, that the resolution of the Council dated 22nd June 1875 declaring it illegal to spend money to erect engine house out of municipal funds, be and is hereby rescinded.

8. By Alderman Melville, that the sum of £4 be voted to ascertain by canvas and notify to each owner or occupier the number of his or her tenement.

9. By Alderman Melville, that tenders be called for the supply of house number plates according to a sample, with number painted thereon.

10. By Alderman Melville, that all contributions for Corporate Works be paid to the Council prior to the work being proceeded with.

It was agreed that the appeal court should be held on 14th day of May next at 10 AM, at the Town Hall, Newtown.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Tye suggested that Street sweepings and other rubbish should be sold to any ratepayers applying for read and one shilling per load. The Mayor declines to entertain the suggestion as he had issued instructions to the following affect. Silt one shilling and sixpence per load, gutter sweepings, one shilling and house rubbish, sixpence per load and stated that if an Alderman sought to alter these prices it could only be affected by a specific resolution.

Alderman Tye suggested that Mr Brown be waited on with a view to his making inquiries as to the reason of this Council receiving no replys to their letters to Lands and Works Departments.

In reply to Alderman Tye’s inquiries as to whether the Mayor had been advised of the fact that omnibuses were plying on the Stanmore Road through Cavendish Street and Liberty Street the Mayor stated that he knew nothing of it officially.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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