An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 6th May 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Department of Public Works, replying to council’s request for use of road scraper. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

2. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, forwarding copy of a letter from one Thomas Young, applying for licence to ply a Waggonette to and from Stanmore and Wynyard Square and requesting this Council’s opinion thereon. Received on the motion of Alderman Wildman, and reply ordered that this Council entertain no objection to the request.

3. From J. I. Leigh and Co, requesting boundaries of Borough and other information for their municipal maps. Received and referred to the surveyor for desired information.

4. From J. McEwan and Co, forwarding information relative to Street sweepers. Received on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

5. From Mr C. Bishop, calling attention to state of the gutters in the lane at the rear of Mr Tufts new buildings. Received on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye and referred to the Committee for Works to report thereon.

6. From Secretary P. A. L. and Chess Association, conveying a note of thanks to the Council for the free use of the Hall. Received and Council Clerk instructed to acknowledge its receipt.

7. From St Peters Council, inviting Council’s attendance to a preliminary meeting at St Peters on the ninth instant relative to the proposal by the Government to purchase 100 acres of land in the immediate vicinity of St Peters to be used as a sewage farm and for the deposit of night soil. Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and this Council consent to co-operate.

8. From Mr Stephen Baldick, requesting that tar paving be laid in front of his new premises in King Street and that a portion of the Kerbing be relaid. Moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the letter be received and the request complied with.

9. From Mrs Grace James, relative to the arrears of rates claimed by the Council. Received and on the motion of Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, referred to the Finance Committee.

Petition:

Presented by Alderman Wildman from certain residents of Enmore Ward praying that a gas lamp be erected at the corner of Fulham and Simmons Street. Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

Works:

A report was read from the Committee for Works relative to a resolution from last meeting instructing them to report upon the probable cost of taking up and relaying the gutter at the rear of Mr Hoffman’s cottage in Lennox Street, in which the Committee recommends that the matter stand over until funds will permit it to be kerbed and guttered on both ends in order to obtain a fall each way. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

Inspector’s monthly report was read and received.

Questions: by Alderman Melville.

1. What was the amount had which the property formerly occupied by Mrs Nappin in Cavendish Street, Enmore, was assessed last year and what amount of rates was received from said property? Mayor replied to £46/0/0, and £2/17/6.

2. What was the rental of the said property at the time of the assessment in the year 1878? The Mayor replied £60/0/0 per annum.

3. What is the said property assessed at this year? The Mayor replied £36.

4. He’s the assessment increased? If so by what amount? Is the assessment lowered? If so, as any reason been given for such reduction? Mayor replied, the assessment has been lowered and no reason given for such action.

5. Who is the owner and occupier of the said property? Mayor replied, Richard W. Cozens.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. By Alderman Goodsell, that the Kerbing and guttering be laid in Munni Street, a distance of 80 yards on each side, commencing from termination of that already laid, at a sum, say, £72. Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

2. By Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that Kerbing and guttering be laid in Union Street, a distance of 50 yards, commencing from Iredale Street, at a sum, say, £23. Carried.

3. My Alderman Melville, that the business papers of all meetings of the Council be exhibited on the outside of the Town Hall door on the date previous and on the day of the meeting. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

4. My Alderman Wildman, that Kerbing and guttering be laid in the lane at the back of Mr Barden’s from Cambridge to London Streets, a distance of 55 yards, at a cost not exceeding £22. Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

5. My Alderman Wildman, that Kerbing and guttering be laid in Station Street, a distance of 44 yards on the east side, in front of Mr Rubie’s and 34 yards on the west side in front of Mrs Brown’s cottage, at a cost not exceeding £36. Withdrawn by consent.

6. My Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that Kerbing and guttering be laid in St Johns Street on the south side, a distance of 50 yards, commencing from King Street, at a cost not exceeding £23. The resolution on being put was negatived.

7. By Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that 30 feet of nine inch pipes be laid at the crossing of King and St Johns Streets by day labour. Cost of pipes not to exceed £2, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Melville, that an open crossing be laid at the aforementioned place at a cost not exceeding £5. Amendment put and carried.

8. My Alderman Tye, that the Council Clerk be directed to write to Mr Behag, calling attention to the dangerous state of footpath fronting his property in King Street and ascertaining if he is agreeable to meet one half the expense of laying down new paving, tar paving or otherwise. By request, Alderman Tye consented to amend his resolution to read thus: — “that the Council Clerk be directed to write to Mr Behag and all owners of property in King Street calling attention to the bad state of the foot paths and ascertaining if they will be agreeable to meet one half the expense of laying down tar or tile paving.” Resolution as amended was seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

Orders of the day:

And deferred consideration of the following: —

1. My 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 and make search in the Registrar General’s Office to relative to lanes enclosed by Mr Hinchcliff. Seconded by Alderman Whately, but on being put was negatived.

2. 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. Seconded by Alderman Wildman and carried.

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

4. By Alderman Melville, that tenders be called for the supply of house number plates according to a sample with number painted thereon, were, on a resolution seconded by Alderman Cozens, postponed to stand as an order of the day at the next ordinary meeting.

5. By Alderman Melville, that all contributions for Corporate Works be paid to the Council prior to the work being proceeded with. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Miscellaneous:

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that a deputation consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Melville, Tye, Wildman and the mover wait on the Minister of Lands with a view to continuation of Bucknell Street to the railway line.

Alderman Cozens requested that the Council Clerk be instructed to write to Mr Donohoe asking if he is willing to allow a Street in continuation of Enmore Road to be carried through his property from King Street to Erskineville Road.

The Mayor laid on the table an estimate given by C. Pitts for the construction of a wall in Camden Street drain, but on which no action was taken.

The Mayor directed the Council’s attention to the state of King Street from Bligh Street to the railway bridge and complained of the treatment which this Council has received from the Roads Department in reference to this matter.

Alderman Abbott’s resignation of his seat for the O’Connell Ward was read by the Mayor and laid on the table.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 20th day of May 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 20th May 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

Present, the Worshipful the Mayor (J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Tye, Melville, Whately and Wildman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Mr W. I. Angus, calling attention to the state of Reiby Street and requesting that it be metalled. Received on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Wildman and referred to the Committee for Works.

2. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, requesting to be informed when they may expect a reply to the letter of the 22nd March. Received and on the motion of Alderman Tye seconded by Alderman Cozens left in the hands of the Mayor to be dealt with.

3. From Thomas Moon, calling attention to state of Maria Street and requesting that the Road and footpath be formed and offering to contribute 25 percent towards 11 yards of Kerbing and guttering if laid. Received and on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Cozens, referred to Works Committee.

4. From J. H. Donohoe, consenting to give sufficient land along the railway to form a Street from King Street to Erskineville Road, providing the Council erect a paling fence to separate his paddock from the proposed Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye and referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

5. From Charles Hack, requesting that a lamp be placed in Pearl Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye and referred to the Lighting Committee.

6. From Council Clerk of MacDonald Town, calling attention to that portion of Erskineville Road forming the boundary between the two municipalities and offering to put it in proper repair providing this Council pay one half expense. Received on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Goodsell and referred to Works Committee.

7. From James Ryan, offering to supply blue boulders at three shillings and threepence per ton. Received on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye.

8. From the surveyor (F. W. Holland), declining to furnish the information asked form by Messrs Leigh and Co and submitting very respectfully that forwarding such information is no part of the duties of the Borough surveyor. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, it was resolved that the work be not imposed on him and that a reply be forwarded that the Council cannot undertake to furnish the required information.

Petition, from certain residents of Enmore Ward requesting that Simmons Street be metalled. Referred to Works Committee.

Works:

A report, Works Committee was read recommending that Kerbing and guttering be laid on both sides of the lane at the back of Mr Tufts new buildings, a distance of 44 yards on north side and 33 yards on west side. On the motion of Alderman Tye, the report was adopted.

Finance:

A report from the Finance Committee was read showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation, £147/17/5, and recommending further payments amounting to £200/4/0, which was adopted on a resolution by the Worshipful the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Treasurer’s, report showing amounts paid into bank since last meeting was read and received.

Inspector reported breach of contract on the part of Patrick Macken, to wit, failing to remove the rubbish in two instances from Kingston Ward and recommending that a fine be inflicted. Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the report be received and contractor fined 10 shillings, upon which an amendment was moved by Alderman Wildman and seconded by Alderman Whately, that a fine of one half the whole penalty, namely £2, be inflicted. On the amendment and the resolution being put the resolution was declared carried.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £14 be voted for the purchase of 70 tons of ballast for Bucknell Street. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

2. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £60 be voted for the removal back of the fences in Erskineville Road. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

3. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £3 be voted for the removal back of the fence in a line with the parapet of the railway bridge. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

4. By Alderman Tye, that tenders be called for laying Kerbing and guttering in the various Wards of the Borough; to be considered at the next ordinary meeting of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Cozens, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that tenders be called for laying Kerbing and guttering in the various Wards for which the amounts have already been voted.

5. By Alderman Wildman, that the resolution by Alderman Cozens on the 6 May last as follows, “that an open crossing be laid at the intersection of King and St John’s Street, at a cost not exceeding £5”, be, and is hereby rescinded. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Cozens and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the above resolution be referred to Works Committee. Amendment carried.

6. By Alderman Wildman, that the 30 feet of nine inch pipes be laid at the crossing of King and St John’s Streets, by day labour. Cost of pipes not to exceed £2. Resolution withdrawn.

Orders of the day:

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 on the south side of a lane running across the top of Wellington lane.

3. By Alderman Tye, that the lane at the rear 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 line.

Alderman Melville objected to the consideration of the foregoing 3 resolutions on grounds that they are not before the meeting on the day to which they were postponed. The Mayor ruled the objection to be good, upon which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the consideration of the 3 foregoing resolutions stand postponed to his night four weeks. Amendment carried.

4. 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.

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

On the Mayor explaining that by virtue of the Police Act having been extended to Newtown, the Council had the power to compel the occupants of all houses to number in accordance with a schedule adopted by the Council.

The two foregoing resolutions were accordingly withdrawn.

Tar paving:

In consequence of contractor Shepherd’s negligence in commencing the laying of tar paving it was agreed that Messrs McIntosh Hadkins and Co offer to lay the tar paving in front of Mr Baldick’s new houses be accepted.

Deferred consideration of Mr Donohoe’s letter.

Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the request conveyed in Mr Donohoe’s letter be complied with, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the letter be referred to Works Committee to report upon the probable expense of forming the Street and erecting fence and to ascertain the width of the proposed Street.” Amendment carried.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Melville called the Mayor’s attention to a dangerous state of a well off Church Street.

Alderman Melville inquired if we could compel vehicles passing through the Borough to carry lights. The Mayor replied that at present we had no bylaw to enforce such regulation, but as the bylaws would shortly be revised the matter would then be dealt with.

Alderman Bedford called attention to state of Victoria and Susan Street.

Alderman Tye called attention to falling in of the culvert in Crescent Street and it was agreed that the whole Council should examine it the following afternoon at four o’clock.

The Council then rose.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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