An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 1st July 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Sydney Gas Company, advising Council that the date proposed by the company from which the reduction in price of street lights would take effect cannot be altered. Received on a motion by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Bedford.

2. From Robert Carlton, protesting against the emptying of a certain cesspit. Received on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Tye.

3. J. Marie, objecting to Inspector’s notice to remove a certain closet. Received on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

4. From Charles Harry, objecting to the order to lay pipes on his premises. Received on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

5. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, enclosing copy of letter from manager, Sydney Omnibus Company asking their permission to run Newtown omnibuses at intervals of four minutes during the daytime, except between 12:30 and 1:30 PM when six or seven minutes would be sufficient, also requesting that each alternate omnibus run through to Enmore. Moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and that the request be not complied with, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the letter be received and the request granted. On the amendment and resolution being put the votes were equal. The Mayor thereupon gave his casting vote in favour of the amendment which was declared carried.

Petitions:

1. Presented by Alderman Whately, from certain owners of property situated in Wilson and Linthorpe Streets, requesting the Council to take over a lane dividing the properties of and running between Wilson and Linthorpe Streets. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the petition be received on the request therein contained be granted.

2. Presented by Alderman Wildman, from certain ratepayers of the Camden Coll Estate requesting the Council to take the necessary steps to acquire control of Kent College and Margaret Streets. Received on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye.

Works:

A report from the Committee of Works was read and recommending that the application from Mr Newell for 60 feet of kerbing and guttering in Church Street commencing from King Street stand over for further consideration. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Nuisances Prevention Act.

The following report from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee was read: —

Clause 1, relative to the objection lodged by Robert Carlton against the emptying of Thomas Rudd’s cesspit of which he is the owner. Your committee beg to report that after an examination of the premises they feel themselves justified in expressing their approval of the course of pursued by the Inspector and would recommend that it be emptied immediately.

Clause 2, your Committee also approve of the action taken by the Inspector in ordering the removal of J. Marie’s closet and further they would recommend that notice be served on Mr Harry for the reconstruction of his closet and also to lay down drain pipes to carry all the surface water of which at present flows into Mr Marie’s premises.

The report was adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Melville.

Lighting Committee:

The following report from the Lighting Committee was read and considered in seriatim.

Your Committee beg to recommend that 15 additional lamps be erected in the following positions: —

O’Connell Ward.

1. Campbell Street, north side, midway between Elizabeth and Nelson Streets.
2. Victoria and Hordern Streets, ( west corner).
3. Susan Street, north side of Walsh’s gate.
4. Corner of Baldicks lane and Erskineville Road.

Adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Kingston Ward.

5. In Denison Street, north corner of Colwell’s lane.
6. Charles Street, halfway between the existing ones.
7. Corner of Trade and Albert Streets.
8. Oxford Street, midway between existing 1 and Bishopgate Street.

Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Melville.

Enmore Ward.

9. Reiby Street, halfway between Mr Angus’ houses and Queen Street on the west side.
10. Phillips Street, lower corner of Mr Perry’s new buildings.
11. South corner of Fulham and Simmons Streets.
12. North corner of College and Camden Streets.
13. West corner of Union and Munni Streets.
14. South corner of Pearl and Alice Streets.
15. South corner of Norfolk Street and Crofts lane.

Adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

Clauses 4 and 5.

That instructions be conveyed to the Inspector to serve notices on all persons who may have trees overlapping the fences or in anyway obstructing the light from the lamps, to trim or remove them and that the lamp at the corner of Mr Harrison’s shop and Queen Street be removed to the opposite side of the Road.

Adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Inspector’s monthly report was read and received.

2. Relative to N. Wiley’s negligence in emptying Reverend Mr (name illegible in minute book) cesspit. Received.

Pursuant to instructions from previous meeting the Council Clerk brought up a statement of the amount of rates received from and sums voted to the Enmore Ward since February 3rd last, which was read and laid on the table.

Motions pursuant to notice.

The following were agreed to: —

1. By Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Whately, that a sum of £100 be voted for the supply of 2 inch blue metal for the O’Connell Ward.

2. By Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £14 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering 30 yards in continuation of that now being laid in Union Street.

3. By Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the sum of £100 be voted for the supply of 2 inch blue metal for the Kingston Ward.

Tenders:

On the motion of Alderman Wildman, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for supply of a revolving Street sweeper.

On the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended that the consideration of the tenders be postponed to next ordinary meeting of the Council to be brought up as an order of the day, and on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, the report was adopted.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Melville requested that surveyor be instructed to bring up an estimate of the probable expense of erecting a fireplace in the reading room and opening a doorway from it to the yard.

Alderman Melville requested that the attention of the City Council be called to the state in which the Roads were left after the recent excavations in relaying water pipes.

In reply to Alderman Goodsell’s inquiry as to whether the blue and white metal would be delivered, the Mayor replied that Munni Street is being prepared for it’s reception and that Camden Street would be proceeded with at once.

Alderman Whately requested that surveyor be instructed to report upon the best plan of draining Egan and Prospect Streets.

The Mayor reported to the Council the extreme difficulty in procuring a sufficient supply of ballast and suggested that tenders be called for a supply.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 15th day of July 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 15th instant at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the City Council, acknowledging receipt of letter, re state of Bedford, St Mary and Baltic Streets after relaying of water pipes. Received.

2. From Department of Works, representing that the approach on the Newtown side of the MacDonald Town platform is in an impassable state and urging that the work of improving the approach referred to be undertaken by this Council. Moved by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Whately, that the letter be received and the Council Clerk directed to reply stating that this Council knows nothing of the street referred to.

3. From Sydney Gas Company, advising that instructions have been issued for the erection of 15 additional lamps. Received.

4. From Thomas Moon, calling attention to state of Maria Street. Received.

5. From J. Hamblin, requesting that the footpath in Wilson Street be lowered and raise that in Erskineville Road in order to bring the corner on a level. On a motion by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Boots the letter was referred to the Works Committee.

Petition:

Presented by the Worshipful the Mayor, from certain ratepayers resident in St Mary Street praying that kerbing and guttering be laid in that Street. Received on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Tye.

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report of the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £301/18/11, and recommending payment of sundry accounts to the amount of £222/4/3, making a total of £524/3/2 which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Surveyors report relative to the drainage of Egan and Mechanic Street, the alignment of a certain lane in Kingston Ward and the expense of the proposed fireplace and doorway in the reading room was read and laid on the table.

Motions:

The following were agreed to: —

1. By Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £25 be voted as an endowment to the Newtown Volunteer Fire Brigade in consideration of their valuable services.

2. By Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, that a sum not exceeding £40 be voted for laying 96 yards of kerbing and guttering on the north-west side of St Mary Street, commencing from Trade Street and that tenders be called for the same.

3. By Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the amendment moved by Alderman Melville and agreed to at the last ordinary meeting of the Council, and bearing reference to a letter from the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners and which was as follows: — “that the letter be received and the requested granted”, be and is hereby rescinded.

4. By Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the dressed stone for kerbing and guttering now lying in Kingston Ward be laid on the west side of the lane at the rear of Messrs Burridge and Chard’s properties.

5. By Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the sum of £7 be voted for the better drainage of Egan and Mechanic Streets as per surveyor’s report.

6. By Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the sum of £17 be voted for taking up an relaying guttering in Susan Street.

7. By Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the sum of £63 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering 148 yards in Queen Street, O’Connell Ward, commencing at Mr Chisholm’s drain on the east side to Wilson Street and that tenders be called for same.

8. By Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the sum of £76 be voted for kerbing and guttering 179 yards on the east side of Fitzroy Street from Captain Evans to Wilson Street and that tenders be called for same.

9. By Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the sum of £15 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering a distance of 40 yards on the south side of Norfolk Street.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, that business of a miscellaneous character be considered before orders of the day, on which Alderman Melville drew attention to certain trees overlapping the footpath in Wellington Street.

Alderman Wildman urged that a reply be forwarded to the petition received from certain residents and owners of property on the Camden Coll Estate, upon which it was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that a reply be sent stating that the Council are agreeable to take over the Streets when they are formed.

Alderman Whately requested that a list of the unaligned Streets be laid on the table at the next meeting with a view to an application being made to Government for their alignment.

Alderman Melville requested that steps be taken to affix the names to the various lanes in the Borough as per schedule.

Alderman Goodsell requested the Mayor to issue instructions for the continuation of about 3 yards of kerbing and guttering around the corner of Munni and Islington Streets.

Alderman Whately directed attention to the narrow crossing at junction of Bligh and King Street and suggested measures with a view to remedy it.

On a motion by Alderman Bedford, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee the whole to consider tenders for a revolving street sweeper, kerbing and guttering in Kingston Ward and the supply of ballast.

On the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended the consideration of tenders for the sweeper be postponed for two months, the acceptance of Meshach Selby’s for kerbing and guttering at the following prices: —

No 1, at eight shillings and sixpence. No 2, at seven shillings and sixpence and No 3, at seven shillings.

And that of Maurice Reedy for the supply of ballast at four shillings and sixpence per ton.

On a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Boots, the report was adopted.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed his 29th day of July 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 29th instant at 7:30 PM.

 

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

Correspondence:

1. From J. Brierley, relative to an order received by him to reconstruct closet. Received on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford, and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

2. From H. Airey, calling attention to state of Linthorpe Street. Received on a motion by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Whately and referred to the Committee for Works.

3. From Mrs Margaret Brown, complaining of the gutter in front of her house in Station Street. Received on a motion by Alderman Wildman and seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

4. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, advising Council that any action based upon the consent contained in the letter dated 1st July and received by them, has been countermanded. Received on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Whately.

5. From J. F. Tabrett, drawing attention to the position of the lamp at the corner of Hordern and Victoria Streets and also to state of the gutters in front of his new premises. Received on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

6. From Andrew Begg, requesting that pipes be laid at the crossing leading into his premises in Australia Street. Received on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the letter be received and the request be complied with.

Works:

A report from the Works Committee relative to the letter from J. Hamblin was read recommending that the kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street be lowered a depth of three inches for a distance of about 30 feet and that a three foot capping be laid in Erskineville Road over the gutter a distance of 24 feet at a cost not exceeding £8 sterling. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Inspector’s reports Nos 1 and 2, relative to frequent and continued negligence in cleansing Kingston Ward and recommending that the contractor be fined. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whately, that the report be received and adopted, that the fines amounting to £5 be inflicted and that contractor Macken be informed that the Council do grant him the option of paying the aforesaid fines or resigning the contract.

3. Relative to damage done to certain kerbing in O’Connell Ward. Received on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Motion:

1. By 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 and that tenders be called for same. Seconded by Alderman Bedford, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell and seconded by Alderman Melville, that the work be deferred until more funds are available. On the amendment and resolution being put the voting was in favour of the amendment on which a further amendment was moved by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Wildman, that it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon, which, on being put, was declared carried.

2. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £4 be voted for taking up and relaying some portions of the guttering on the east side of Church Street. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

On a resolution by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, it was agreed, “that miscellaneous business be considered before orders of the day”.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Melville requested that the Mayor would cause inquiries as to expense and permission from the Government with a view to the erection of one of the newly imported lamps, on the centre of the railway bridge.

Alderman Goodsell called attention to the proposed position of a lamp at the corner of Munni and Union Streets and gave notice that the next meeting he would move that the lamp be placed in Alice Street instead.

Alderman Melville requested the Mayor to take some action with the view to remedy the state of Edgeware Road.

On a motion by Alderman Whately, the Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering tenders for kerbing and guttering in the various parts of three Ward’s as already voted.

On the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended the acceptance of Thomas Atkin’s tenders for the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell at the following prices, No 2, seven shillings per yard. No 3, at six shillings and nine pence per yard.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Whately, that the report be adopted.

On a motion by Alderman Whately, it was agreed that a letter be forwarded to the Government requesting that certain Streets for which application erected not yet been made and which have been dedicated, be aligned.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed 12th August 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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