An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 3rd June 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The newly elected Alderman for O’Connell Ward (Mr Charles Boots) having been introduced and his declaration of office laid on the table, took his seat.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From B. Loebel, calling attention to the necessity of putting Charles Street, Enmore in proper repair. Received on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Cozens and the Council Clark directed to reply that the request will be complied with so soon as the Street is aligned.

2. From Josiah Perry, requesting that one or two lamps be placed in Phillip Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, and referred to the Lighting Committee.

3. From Messrs William Fraser and Nicholas Hawken, requesting the Council to take over a Street in Camdenville, known as Hawkins Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the letter be received and a letter forwarded to Messrs Fraser and Hawkins asking for information relative to width of carriageway and foot paths.

4. From Messrs Legatt and Hadkins offering to supply two inch blue metal at 14 shillings per ton. Resolved that the letter be received and considered in conjunction with motion number two.

5. From Messrs Wells and Smith, offering to supply blue boulders at three shillings per ton. Resolved that the letter be received and considered in conjunction with motion number two.

6. From Registrar General’s Department, transmitting copy of Gazette notice to which application has been made by Mr Enoch Fowler and desiring that it be posted at the Town Hall. Received and ordered that the request be complied with.

7. The Council Clark of St Peters, advising that certain urgent repairs had been affected by them to May Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman likely.

8. From A.T. Fleay, requesting that one or two lamps be fixed about the junction of Gowrie Street and Erskineville Road. Received on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford and referred to the Lighting Committee.

9. From J. Manning, forwarding printed letter re Sydney water supply. Received and laid on the table for the Aldermen’s perusal.

Works:

A report from the Committee of Works was read conveying the following recommendations: —

1. That in the opinion of your Committee there is not sufficient depth in the channel at the intersection of King and St John’s Streets for pipes. Your Committee would therefore recommend that so much of the channel as may be required be taken up and relaid. Alderman Tye moved the adoption of clause 1, seconded by Alderman Cozens, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that consideration of clause 1 stand over. On the amendment and resolution being put, the resolution for the adoption of the clause was carried

2. Relative to Thomas Moon’s application for repairs of Maria Street and Kerbing and guttering in front of his property, recommended that the Kerbing and guttering be not complied with at present but that the foot paths and Road be formed from John Street, a distance of 60 yards towards Edgeware Road and that the gutters be thoroughly cleaned. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

3. Relative to the petition from residents of Simmons Street, recommended that the ruts be filled in and the Road properly rounded. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whately.

4. Recommended ballast be laid in Reiby Street a distance 150 yards commencing from lower end of the Street and 10 feet wide. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

 

5. From Messrs Wells and Smith, offering to supply blue boulders at three shillings per ton. Resolved that the letter be received and considered in conjunction with motion number two.

6. From Registrar General’s Department, transmitting copy of Gazette notice to which application has been made by Mr Enoch Fowler and desiring that it be posted at the Town Hall. Received and ordered that the request be complied with.

7. The Council Clark of St Peters, advising that certain urgent repairs had been affected by them to May Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman likely.

8. From A.T. Fleay, requesting that one or two lamps be fixed about the junction of Gowrie Street and Erskineville Road. Received on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford and referred to the Lighting Committee.

9. From J. Manning, forwarding printed letter re Sydney water supply. Received and laid on the table for the Aldermen’s perusal.

Works:

A report from the Committee of Works was read conveying the following recommendations: —

1. That in the opinion of your Committee there is not sufficient depth in the channel at the intersection of King and St John’s Streets for pipes. Your Committee would therefore recommend that so much of the channel as may be required be taken up and relaid. Alderman Tye moved the adoption of clause 1, seconded by Alderman Cozens, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that consideration of clause 1 stand over. On the amendment and resolution being put, the resolution for the adoption of the clause was carried

2. Relative to Thomas Moon’s application for repairs of Maria Street and Kerbing and guttering in front of his property, recommended that the Kerbing and guttering be not complied with at present but that the foot paths and Road be formed from John Street, a distance of 60 yards towards Edgeware Road and that the gutters be thoroughly cleaned. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

3. Relative to the petition from residents of Simmons Street, recommended that the ruts be filled in and the Road properly rounded. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whately.

4. Recommended ballast be laid in Reiby Street a distance 150 yards commencing from lower end of the Street and 10 feet wide. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

5. Relative to the Street offered to the Council by Mr Donohoe and. Your Committee beg to report that its width will be 25 feet at it’s junction with King Street and 33 feet wide from Mr Donohoe’s to Erskineville Road and that the expense of erecting fence requested by Mr Donohoe will be as follows: — 7 chains 50 feet equal to about 31 rods at 17 shillings per rod, = £27/0/0. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

6. Recommended that the Council agree to the suggestion on the part of the MacDonald Town Council for the repairs of a portion of Erskineville Road. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Finance:

The Mayor laid before the Council a report from a special meeting of the Finance Committee relative to the arrears of rates on property owned by Mrs Grace James and recommending that in view of the fact that Mrs James holding the rate receipts dated to August 1878, she be requested to pay from that date to February 1880. Adopted on a resolution by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Inspector:

The monthly report from the Inspector of Nuisances was read and received.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Smith, that a sum not exceeding £35 be voted for Kerbing and guttering 77 yards in a lane in Kingston Ward, as per recommendation of the Works Committee report dated May 14th last. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

2. By Alderman Cozens, that tenders be called for supply of 200 tons of white metal, broken to a 2 and 1/2 inch gauge, for the Enmore Ward, to be considered at the next ordinary meeting of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

3. That advertisements be inserted, calling for separate tenders for laying kerbing and guttering in the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Ward’s for the remainder of the current municipal year. By Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Bedford, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Boots and seconded by Alderman Whately, “that tenders be called for kerbing and guttering as the Council vote the money”. On the resolution and amendment being put the amendment was declared carried.

Tenders:

On the motion of Alderman Bedford, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for laying 250 yards (more or less) of kerbing and guttering in the Enmore Ward.

After a careful consideration of the several tenders it was agreed to recommend the acceptance of Charles Pitt’s tender at eight shillings and sixpence and seven shillings and nine pence per yard.

On the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported the item as agreed upon in Committee and on a resolution by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman (left blank in original minutes) the report was adopted.

Deferred consideration of letter from Messrs Wells and Smith.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Boots, that a reply be forwarded accepting 50 tons on the terms offered by them.

Deferred consideration of letter from Messrs Legatt and Hadkins.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Boots, that a reply be forwarded accepting 100 tons.

Orders of the day:

The election of member to fill vacancies in various Committees caused by the resignation of Joseph Abbott.

Moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens and Alderman Whately be elected member of the By-law and Library Committee, on which an amendment moved by Alderman Goodsell and seconded by Alderman Wildman, “that all Committees be dissolved with a view to their reconstruction.”

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

The various Committees were then reconstructed as follows: —

Works:

Moved by Alderman Boots and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the following gentlemen constitute the Committee for Works. Aldermen Tye, Wildman and Whately, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that Aldermen Tye, Bedford and Cozens be the Works Committee. On the amendment and resolution being put the original motion was declared carried.

Finance:

Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the members of the old Committee be re-elected, viz, Aldermen Melville, Whately and Wildman. Carried.

By law and library:

Moved by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that Aldermen Boots, Goodsell and Melville form the By-law and Library Committee. Carried.

Nuisances Prevention Act:

Moved by Alderman Cozens and seconded by Alderman Bedford that the members of the Works Committee be the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee. Carried.

Lighting Committee:

Moved by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the Lighting Committee consist of the following Aldermen; Aldermen Bedford, Goodsell and Tye. Carried.

Water:

On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Boots, the following gentlemen be elected members of the water Committee, Alderman Cozens, Bedford and Melville.

Specification:

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the specification Committee consist of the following: — Aldermen Melville, Boots and Wildman.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Tye suggested that the surveyor be instructed to make a survey of the lane in Kingston in which dressed stones are lying with a view to ascertain if Mr Young’s fence is encouraging on the footpath.

Alderman Boots desired to know who has the contract for tile paving and is it the contractor;s duty to effect all repairs in the tiled foot paths. The Mayor replied that Henry N. Howe is the contractor and that nothing in his specification referred to the repairs of tile paving.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed the 17th day on June 1879.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


 

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

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Department of public Works, replying two councils application for kerbing and guttering in Kingston. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the letter be received and laid on the table.

2. From Railway branch of Public Works, replying to Council’s application for kerbing and guttering near railway bridge. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and laid on the table.

3. From Australian Gas Company, intimating the Company’s willingness to reduce the charge for lights if the number of lamps be increased 10 percent. Resolved on the motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and referred to a later period of the evening for consideration.

4. From Joseph Mulholland, applying to be refunded half cost of laying paving in front of his premises. Received on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens and referred to the Finance Committee.

5. From Mr Hawken, replying to Council’s inquiry as to width of Hawkins Street. Moved by Alderman Whately, and seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the Street be taken over by this Council, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the Council Clerk be directed to reply stating that the Council decline to accept the charge of the Street until it is formed. On the amendment and resolution being put the amendment was declared carried.

6. From Mr R. W. Newell, calling attention to the lane at the back of King Street, off Church Street and requesting that about 60 feet of kerbing and guttering be laid in Church Street commencing from King Street. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the letter be received and that portion relating to kerbing and guttering in Church be referred to the Committee for Works..

7. From E. J. Rubie, requesting that kerbing and guttering be laid in front of his residence in Station Street and offering to contribute 25 percent towards expense thereof. Moved by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and the request complied with, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that consideration of the letter stand over until next meeting and that the Council Clerk be instructed to bring up a statement showing amount of rates received and sums voted to the Enmore Ward. On the amendment and resolution being put the amendment was declared carried.

8. From Thomas Winkle, acknowledging receipt of letter directing his attention to an encroachment in Queen Street, Enmore and intimating that he expects the Council to meet to recoup the expense of removing the building back. Resolved on a motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and that it’s consideration stand as an order of the day to take precedence of all other business.

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report of the Finance Committee showing amounts paid under vote of appropriation amounting to £166/10/11 and recommending payment of sundry accounts to the amount of £39/1/3, making a total £205/12/2 which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Inspector:

A report from Inspector of Nuisances was read relative to the accumulation of drainage in a right of way between Wilson and Linthorpe Streets which was received on a motion by Alderman Whately seconded by Alderman Boots.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Tye, and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the sum of £28 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering in Bishopsgate Street, a distance of 64 yards, commencing from Wellington Street towards Wellington lane as petitioned for in November last, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, that the figure £28 be expunged with a view to the insertion of the figures £52 and that 64 yards be expunged with a view to the insertion of 122 yards and that the words Oxford Street be inserted in the place of Wellington Street.

Consent having been obtained for the original motion to be amended in accordance with Alderman Melville’s amendment, the resolution as amended was therefore put and declared carried.

2. By Alderman Smith, that a sum not exceeding £49 be voted for kerbing and guttering 48 yards in Australia Street in front of Mr Tufts new premises, commencing from termination of old kerbing and 61 yards in the lane at the end, from Australia to Denison Streets and that tenders be called for the above and other Works in the Kingston Ward for which money has been voted. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

3. By Alderman Melville, that a lane at the rear of Mr Davis’s property entering from Church Street be ballasted at a cost not exceeding £5. Seconded by Alderman Tye carried.

4. By Alderman Wildman, that ballast be laid in Station and Holt Streets by day labour, say 150 yards by 7 yards wide and that £34 be voted for it’s purchase. Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

5. By Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the amendment moved by Alderman Goodsell and carried at the last meeting of the Council as follows, “that all Committees be dissolved with a view to their reconstruction” be and is hereby rescinded. On the resolution being put it was declared negatived.

Orders of the day:

Consideration of letter from Thomas Winkle.

Resolved on a motion of Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Tye, “that Mr Winkle be at once requested to move back the encroachment which he has caused to be placed in Queen Street, Enmore, within three days, failing to do so, the Mayor take steps under clause 136 of the Municipalities Act to compel him to do so.”

Deferred consideration of letter from Australian Gas Company.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the offer made by the Gas Company be accepted on the condition that a reduction in the price dates from the beginning of the municipal half year, August 3rd next, and that the present number of lamps in the Borough be supplemented by an additional 14 to be distributed as follows: —
and Enmore Ward. 7.
Kingston Ward. 3.
O’Connell Ward. 4.

Deferred consideration of the following resolutions.

1. By Alderman Tye, that a sum of £41 be voted for kerbing and guttering 118 yards, an equal distance on both sides, of Wellington lane. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

2. By Alderman Tye, that a 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. By the request of Alderman Melville and with the consent of the Council, the resolution was altered to read as follows: — “that the sum of £30 be voted for kerbing etc. 82 yards etc.”. The resolution as amended was seconded by Alderman Melville and agreed to.

On the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for supply of 200 tons of 2 and 1/2 inch white metal.

wo tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended the acceptance of Thomas West’s at nine shillings per ton and on a resolution by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye the report was adopted.

Miscellaneous:

The Mayor informed the Council that after careful consideration he had arrived at the conclusion that a notice of motion might be dispensed with for the distribution of metal in various Streets and he would ruled that for the future a resolution without notice, carried unanimously, be sufficient to authorise such distribution, all Alderman being present, whereupon it was resolved on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the broken metal now lying in O’Connell Ward be laid in Bucknell Street.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the 50 tons of 2 1/2 inch blue metal now being broken be laid in Station and Holt Streets.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Melville, that Munni Street be metalled with white metal.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that about 40 tons of the two inch blue metal from Messrs Legatt, Macintosh and Hadkins be laid in Camden Street.

Alderman Melville directed attention to the serious inconvenience resulting from laying down water mains in the centre of the Streets and suggested that less interruption in the traffic would ensue if they were laid by side of the water channel.

Alderman Melville requested that the Mayor would issue instructions for the Road scraper to be put in use on a portion of King Street. The Mayor replied that such instructions had already being issued by him.

Alderman Tye requested that in compliance with a resolution agreed to at a former meeting, tenders be inserted in the daily papers for a revolving Street sweeper.

Alderman Tye was elected chairman of the Works Committee.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this first day on July 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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