An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 12th day of August 1879 at 7:30 PM.

 

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Sydney Gas Company, advising that lamp conveying corner of Munni and Union Streets has been erected. Received on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Boots.

2. From P. Macken, resigning his contract for the cleansing Kingston Ward. Received on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whately.

3. From J. Osborne, conveying reply from Trustees of the Wesleyan Church property to the effect that they decline to consent to the removal back of their fence in Erskineville Road. Received on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Melville.

4. From Thomas Shannon, applying for tile paving and kerbing in front of his property king and Camden Streets. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and that portion of the request referring to tile paving be complied with under the conditions adopted by the Council.

5. From Mr Wyatt, requesting that the lamp at the corner of Hordern and Victoria Streets be not removed. Received on a motion by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Works:

A report from the Works Committee was read recommending that kerbing and guttering be laid in Station Street opposite Mr Rubie’s and Mr Brown’s cottages as per resolution tabled by Alderman Wildman on 29th ultimo. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report from the Finance Committee showing amounts paid under vote of appropriation amounting to £266/9/9, and recommending the payment of sundry accounts to the amount of £23/5/1 making a total of £289/14/10, which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Nuisances Prevention Act:

A report from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee was read recommending that the order referred to by W. Brierley for the removal of a cesspit on Mr Jordan’s premises be enforced. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens.

Inspector’s monthly report was read and received.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Goodsell, that lamp No 12, recommended by the Lighting Committee to be placed at the corner of Union and Munni Streets, be placed at the corner of Hawkins and Alice Streets instead. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

2. My Alderman Smith, that kerbing and guttering be laid in Bedford Street on the north side, from Chard’s lane to the corner of St Joseph’s Lane, a distance of 30 yards, at a cost not exceeding £12. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

3. By Alderman Smith, that kerbing and guttering be laid in Chard’s lane on the south side from Baltic to Oxford Street, a distance of 40 yards at a cost not exceeding £15. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

4. By Alderman Smith, that the sum of £15 be voted for the purchase of a footpath roller for this Borough and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

5. By Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £60 be voted for the purchase and breaking of, say, 100 tons of blue boulders for the Enmore Ward. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Boots and seconded by Alderman Tye, that consideration of this resolution stand over for one-month. Upon the amendment and the resolution being put, the voting was in favour of the resolution, upon which a further amendment was moved by Alderman Melville and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the sum of £60 be taken out of the £100 already voted to the Enmore Ward for blue metal for the purposes embodied in the foregoing resolution. Amendment put and carried.

6. By Alderman Wildman, at the sum of £75 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering a distance of 90 yards on each side of St John’s Street commencing from King Street. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the consideration of the foregoing resolution stand over for three months. Alderman Melville, having obtained permission from the Council, amended the amendment by adding the following to it, “and that the sum of £30 be voted for metalling the Street in the meantime.” The amendment as amended was carried.

7. By Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £5 be voted for laying a four course open crossing at the junction of Sarah and Simmons Streets. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

8. By Alderman Goodsell, that the portion of the Works Committee’s report of May 8 last, recommending, “that so much of the crossing at the junction of King and St John’s Streets as may be deemed necessary, be taken up and relaid”, be, and is, hereby rescinded”. Seconded by Alderman Wildman, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the recommendation of the Works Committee’s report of 8 May last be carried into effect”. On the resolution and amendment being put the voting was in favour of the amendment, upon which a further amendment was moved by Alderman Wildman seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the whole gutter be taken up and relaid with new materials. Carried.

9. My Alderman Goodsell, that the sum of £2 be voted for laying 30 feet of six inch pipes at junction of King and St John’s Street. Withdrawn.

10. By Alderman Goodsell, that the sum of £11 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering in Union Street, a distance of 25 yards, in front of Mr Webster’s property. Seconded by Alderman Melville, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the motion be amended to read thus, “that the sum of £22 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering in Union Street, a distance of 50 yards in front of Mr Webster’s property”. The motion as amended was carried.

The 7. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £8 be voted for lowering the kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street, and placing capping over the gutter in Erskineville Road as recommended in Works Committee’s report of 24 July last. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Orders of the day:

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the contract entered into between this Council and James Shepherd on 25th March last, for the laying of tar paving, be, and is, hereby declared null and void.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, that consideration of tenders stand as an order of the day after miscellaneous business.

Question:

Alderman Melville, if there is any truth in the report which appeared in the daily papers to the effect that at the insistence of this Council certain individuals had been sued at the District Court for contributions towards kerbing and guttering. The Mayor replied that Messrs Dolman, Momsen and Richard Cozens Jr were summonsed under instructions from the Council and the Council was in each case non suited. After discussion the matter dropped.

Miscellaneous:

Alderman Melville requested attention to the dangerous state of the footpath in Denison Street and the necessity of doing something to the mouth of the culvert. The Mayor promised that the matter should be attended to.

Alderman Melville called attention to the dangerous state of Camden Coll Wall. The Mayor replied that action and already been taken in reference to it.

Alderman Melville asked if the Mayor had ascertained any particulars in reference to the probable expense of erecting one of the new lamps on the railway bridge. The Mayor replied that he had taken steps to procure the information but was not yet prepared to report on it.

Alderman Goodsell designed to know when the crossing at the junction of Islington and Munni Streets would be laid. The Mayor replied that so soon as the boulders arrived the work would be proceeded with.

Alderman Wildman called attention to state of the drain by Mr Stack’s house in Camden Street on which sum conversation ensued.

The consent of the Council having been obtained, it was moved by Alderman Bedford and seconded by Alderman Boots, that the £100 voted to the O’Connell Ward on 1st July for two inch blue metal be expended in blue boulders. Carried.

Alderman Melville called attention to state of the Edgeware Road, on which the Mayor brought under the notice of the Council the fact that he had recently a conversation with the Mayor of Marrickville in reference to this matter, who informed him that the Marrickville Council had appointed delegates to meet the representatives from this Council on the ground on Saturday next, whereupon it was resolved on a motion by Alderman Whately, that the Mayor, Aldermen Wildman, Goodsell, Cozens, Melville and the mover be appointed delegates from this Council to confer with that of Marrickville on the subject.

The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for cleansing Streets and lanes of Kingston Ward and fixing names to certain lanes in the Borough.

On the Council resuming it’s sittings, the Mayor reported that the Committee recommended that the cleansing of Kingston Ward be performed by day labour and also the acceptance of Mr Jolly’s tender for a fixing names to lanes at two shillings and sixpence per plate.

On a resolution moved by the Mayor, and seconded by Alderman Tye, the report was adopted.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 26th day of August 1879.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 26th August 1879 at half past 7 PM.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Department of Mines to Council’s solicitor, relative to the alignment of certain Streets. Received on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Boots.

2. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, forwarding for this Council’s opinion thereon, copy of letter from secretary of the Omnibus Company requesting that an omnibus stand be appointed and Boland’s corner. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and a reply ordered that the Council cannot consent to their request.

3 from the Treasury, advising that the sum of £2630/18/1 has been placed in the bank to the credit of the Borough as a special endowment for the year ended 4th February 1879. Received.

4. From the gas company, stating that instructions have been issued for the removal of the lamp at the junction of Union and Munni Streets to the junction of Alice and Hawkins Streets. Received.

5. From honorary Secretary of Newtown Fire Brigade, acknowledging, with thanks, donation of £25. Received.

6. From the surveyor, advising the Council of an encroachment of one foot in a lane at the rear of Wellington Street. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and the Mayor be requested to take such legal measures as may be necessary for the removal back of the encroachment.

Petition:

Presented by Alderman Melville, for the Council’s endorsement, from certain residents of North Kingston to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners praying that J. Antonie’s waggonettes may be allowed to start for and from Sydney at certain hours stated. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the petition be received and forwarded to the Commissioners with a request that the prayers of the petitioners be acceded to.

Report, re Edgeware Road.

The report of late conference of delegates from Marrickville and Newtown Council’s was read, recommending: —

1. That the water courses in Edgeware Road from Juliet Street to Camden Street on the west side be opened up to the proper alignment and that the ruts and water courses on the east side be filled up and that portion of the Road properly formed.

2. That the carriageway in Juliet Street be rounded up and the gutters on each side cleaned out.

3. From Camden Street to Maria Street, that the water courses on each side be cleaned out and that portion known as Smidmore’s Hill be lowered with a view to the filling up of that portion between Victoria Road and Camden Street, also, that Wells Street be lowered the necessary distance and the required depth to intersect Edgeware Road. The cost of lowering Wells Street to be born equally by each Council.

4. That the work be undertaken by the Marrickville Council and that a plan and estimate be prepared by them to be submitted for the approval of the Newtown Council.

5. That the total cost of the whole work be born equally by each Council.

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

An estimate, from the Marrickville Council was read showing, in the town, the probable cost of carrying out the aforementioned Works to be £105/15/6. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the estimate as submitted by the Marrickville Council be agreed to subject to the following amendment, “that the words “tea tree and bushes” in clause four be expunged with a view to the insertion of the words “earth or other material”.

Council Clarke’s report relative to stone throwing at the rear of the Town Hall was read and received and it was resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Boots, that a reward of £20 be offered for the conviction of the offenders.

Bylaw and library report.

A report from the bylaw and library Committee was read and recommending: —

1. That with the view to add to the existing number of volumes in the library, the sum of £35/11/0 be voted for the purchase of new books.

2. That the librarian be authorised to compile new catalogues and that the library be closed as occasion may require for the purpose.

3. That tenders be called for re-binding the books at present in circulation.

4. That the Government Gazette and Statutes to date be bound and that application be made to the Government printer to supply the Council with bound quarterly copies in future.

5. That bylaw number-one be altered to read thus, “the library shall be opened every Monday and Friday (except proclaimed holidays) from 7 to 9. In conjunction with the library, the reading room shall be opened every lawful day from 2 to 5 PM, from 7 to 10 PM, except Saturday afternoons and Tuesdays.

6. That clause 2 relative to the visitors book be expunged.

7. That the sum of £3 be voted for the purchase of late table, one set of Dominos, two sets of draughts and one of chess for the use of the reading room.

8. That the subscription of two shillings and sixpence per year shall become due and payable on the first day of January in each year.

Moved by Alderman Boots and seconded by Alderman Melville, that the report as read be received and adopted, on which an amendment was moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that clause 7 be expunged, which amendment was carried and on the motion being put was resolved in the negative.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Melville, that Alderman Cozens, in aiding and abetting, and appearing as a witness against this Council, and in demanding and receiving a sum of money, which money was exacted from the Council as expenses to witnesses in the Council’s legitimate attempt to recover from Richard Cozens Jr and others, a sum of money due to this Council for work done at the request of the aforesaid persons, be, and is, hereby deemed guilty of contempt and that he be treated as guilty of such contempt till he apologises to the Mayor and the Council and refunds the amount received (or charged and paid by this Council to said Alderman Cozens) as a witness in the case, “in the Council versus Dolman, Momsen and Richard Cozens Jr”. Seconded by Alderman Wildman and carried.

2. By Alderman Melville, that this Council’s claim against Richard Cozens Jr be referred to the Council’s solicitor for recovery. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

3. By Alderman Melville, that the sum of £100 be voted for the purchase of blue boulders for Kingston Ward. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

4. By Alderman Melville, that the sum of £6 be voted to take up and relay gutters at the rear of Mr Hoffman’s cottages in Lennox Street. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

5. By Alderman Melville, that the sum of £45 be voted for laying 128 yards of kerbing and guttering in a lane running parallel and between Regent and Denison Streets and between Lennox and Bedford Street. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

6. By Alderman Goodsell, that the sum of £85 be voted for the purchase of 200 tons of white metal for Sarah Street and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Cozens and carried.

7. By Alderman Goodsell, withdrawn.

8. By Alderman Goodsell, that the sum of £55 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering a distance of the 130 yards in Alice Street, commencing at Pearl Street and continuing towards Edgeware Road. Seconded by Alderman Wildman and carried.

9. By Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £73 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering a distance of 90 yards on each side of St John’s Street, commencing from King Street. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

10. 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 in front of Mrs Brown’s cottage at a cost not exceeding £36 and that tenders be called for the same and all other similar Works for which sums have been voted. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

11. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £38 be voted for laying 107 yards of kerbing and guttering on east side of Bucknell Street from Yaralla Street to Wilson Street and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

12. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £23 be voted for laying 32 yards on each side of Aylesbury Street commencing from the Missenden Road and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

13. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £20 be voted for the purchase of 80 loads of ballast for O’Connell and Hordern Street. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

14. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £50 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering on east side of Robey Street, a distance of 123 yards, commencing from Wilson Street and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

15. By Alderman Tye, that the sum of £24 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering a distance of 60 yards on north east side of Denison Street, commencing from Bedford Street and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

On a motion by Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Boots, it was resolved that business of a miscellaneous character take precedence of the orders of the day.

Alderman Wildman called attention to an encroachment in James Street with a view to its removal back prior to any buildings being erected, also, to the injury which kerbing and guttering in Station Street has sustained by carts being driven across the footpath. The Mayor promised that each matter should have his attention.

Resolved, with consent of the Council, on a motion by Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £6 be voted for continuing kerbing and guttering in Camden Street a distance of 12 yards commencing from King Street.

Alderman Melville called attention to the dangerous state of Camden Coll Wall.

In reply to Alderman Bedford’s inquiries the Mayor stated that 69 loads of ballast had been deposited in Bucknell Street.

Alderman Tye called attention to the disgraceful state which Wilson Street had been left in by the men engaged in laying water mains.

The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for the supply of one footpath roller.

Tenders from Messrs Ainsworth and Co and Messrs Triggs and Marr were considered and on the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported that they had agreed to recommend for acceptance the tender of Messrs Triggs and Marr at £12 and on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Bedford report was adopted.

The Council then rose.

Confirmed this 9th. day of September 1879.

Signed James F. Smith, Mayor.


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