An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday the 9th September 1879 at half past 7 in the evening.

 

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. Circular letter from Mayor of Balmain, relaying resolutions agreed to at a public meeting re sewerage and water supply. Received on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford and a reply ordered that this Council consent to co-operate.

2. From honorary Secretary of Choral Association and Mr G. West, applying for free use of the Hall one evening each week during the next six months for choral practice.

Moved by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and the request complied with, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the request be complied with providing they pay a sum of five shillings per night for consumption of gas. On the amendment and resolution being put the amendment was negatived.

3. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners, acknowledging petition and Council’s letter re Joseph Antonie. Received.

4. From Sydney Gas Company, replying to Council’s inquiries re expense of erecting one of the new gas lanterns on the railway bridge. Received.

5. From Department of Mines, accompanied by lithograph plans, marked for further information to be noted thereon preparatory to alignment. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Wildman and seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and that a deputation be appointed to lay the whole matter before the Minister of Mines.

Petition:

Present in by Alderman Wildman, from certain residents of Angel Street praying that the Street may be put into proper repair. Received on a motion by Alderman Wildman and seconded by Alderman Boots.

Finance:

The Mayor brought up a report of the Finance Committee showing amounts paid under votes of appropriation to be £309/18/11 and recommending payment of other accounts amounting to £85/12/0, making a total of £395/10/11 which was adopted on a motion moved by himself and seconded by Alderman Whately.

Inspectors:

A report from the Inspector of Nuisances was read relative to the drainage at the back of Meader and others in King Street. Received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

2. Monthly report, read and received.

Bylaw and library:

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

1. That with a 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 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 open for the exchange of books every Monday and Friday (except proclaimed holidays) from 7 to nine o’clock in the evening and on the Wednesdays from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. The reading room shall be opened every lawful day from 2 to 5 PM and from 7 to 10 PM, except Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings.”

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

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

8. That the table in the reading room be repaired and recovered at a cost not exceeding £2/16/0.

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

Motions:

1. My Alderman Melville, that notices be served on Messrs Momsen and Dolman to the effect, “that on their failing to pay 25% towards the cost of laying kerbing and guttering in front of their properties, within seven days from date of notice, the Mayor be, and is, hereby empowered to employ such labour as may be necessary to re lift and remove such kerbing and guttering.” Seconded by Alderman Boots, upon which an amendment was moved by Alderman Whately, and seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the kerbing and guttering remain as is and that no further steps be taken in the matter.” Upon the question being put a division was called for by Alderman Melville which resulted as follows: —

For the resolution, Alderman Melville, Boots and Goodsell.
For the amendment, Alderman Tye, Whately, Bedford and Wildman.

The voting being in favour of the amendment it therefore became the motion upon which a further amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that all monies be refunded to the other ratepayers named in the petition who had paid their 25%.” On the amendment and resolution being put a division was called for which resulted as follows: —

For the amendment, Alderman Melville, Boots and Goodsell.
For the resolution, Alderman Tye, Whately, Bedford and Wildman.

The motion was therefore declared carried.

2. By Alderman Tye, that the sum of £90 be voted for the purchase of 200 tons of 2 and 1/2 inch white metal for the Kingston Ward and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

3. By Alderman Goodsell, that the sum of £100 be voted for the purchase of 2 and 1/2 inch white metal for the Enmore Ward and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Wildman and carried.

4. By Alderman Boots, that the sum of £8 be voted for taking up, repairing and relaying kerbing and guttering at the corners of King and Hordern, Egan, Church, O’Connell and Stephen Streets. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

5. By Alderman Goodsell, that the sum of £56 be voted for kerbing and guttering on the south side of Alice Street a distance of 140 yards from Pearl Street towards King Street. Seconded by Alderman Wildman and carried.

6. By Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £13 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering a distance of 32 yards fronting Mr Shannon’s house in Camden Street. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

7. By Alderman Wildman and seconded by Alderman Melville, that the sum of £56 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering in Alice Street on the north side, a distance of 140 yards, commencing from that already laid, on which an amendment was moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Bedford, the consideration stand over until next meeting. Amendment carried.

8. By Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £12 be voted for the Mayor to expend in Enmore Ward. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

9. By Alderman Wildman, that the sum of £12 be voted for the purchase of, say, 27 tons of 2 1/2 inch white metal to be laid in Liberty Street, a distance of about 93 yards, commencing from Cavendish street. The motion meeting with no seconder was declared lapsed.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Bedford and seconded by Alderman Whately, that business of a miscellaneous character take precedence of orders of the day.

Alderman Bedford inquired what quantity of metal was due from Enmore and Kingston to the O’Connell Ward. The Mayor promised that he would supply the information at the next meeting.

Alderman Boots and Tye, called attention to the very dilapidated and dangerous state of the foot paths in King Street instancing in front of Hynard’s Hotel and Behag’s premises.

Balance sheet for the half-year ended August 4th was read and laid on the table and on a motion by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, adopted.

The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for kerbing and guttering in the various Wards and the supply of 200 tons of 2 1/2 inch white metal.

On the Council resuming, the Mayor reported that the Committee had recommended acceptance of Montgomery Brothers at eight shillings and nine pence, seven shillings and sixpence, six shillings and sixpence and that of T. West for white metal at nine shillings per ton.

Report adopted.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


 

An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 23rd September 1879 at half past 7 in evening.

 

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. Committee W. Molesworth, applying, on behalf of the Church Wardens of St Stephens Church, for the removal of the lamp in Church Street to a position opposite the Church. Moved by Alderman Whately and seconded by Alderman Bedford, that the letter be received and a reply forwarded stating that the Council do not feel themselves justified in removing the lamp referred to and that as the present year’s vote for additional lamps is exhausted no additional one can be erected during the present year and that the letter be referred to the Lighting Committee to be considered at the annual distribution of lights.

2. From Government printer, relative to Council’s application for binding Government Gazettes. Received.

3. From Mr John Mayse, calling attention to the inconvenience and annoyance arising from the fact of their being two Queen Streets in the Borough and requesting that a Street plate be fixed at the junction of Queen and King Street. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bedford, “that the letter be received and that instructions be issued for the erection of a post with plates and name thereon”..

4. From Mr William Dolman, offering to forward a cheque for £1/8/6 be amount of 25% towards kerbing and guttering 38 feet in front of his property, if the Council signify their willingness to accept of it. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Wildman, seconded by Alderman Tye, that the letter be received and a reply be forwarded stating that the Council are agreeable to accept of the amount.

5. From Mr J. McCarthy, solicitor, forwarding P. O. O. venue 15 shillings, as refund of an amount paid to and alleged to have been claimed in mistake by Mr McCarthy in the cases Newtown Council v Momsen, Dolman and Cozens. Resolved on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Whately, that the letter and amount be received and that a receipt be forwarded him accordingly.

Nuisances Prevention Act Committee:

A report from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee was read relative to the drainage at the back of Messrs Meader and others, recommending that a letter be written to the agent of the property requesting him to fill up the cesspit and that the pipes be laid under the footpath to convey sewage water into Street channel. Received and adopted on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Wildman.

Bylaw and library Committee:

The bylaw and library Committee brought up the following report recommending: —

1. That an advertisement as submitted be inserted in a prominent position in the new catalogues and a cost not exceeding £2.

2. That 300 recommendation cards be printed and distributed among the Aldermen.

3. That the Committee be empowered to select and purchase the books for the library as shown on annexed sheet and such others, within the amount voted as in their judgement may be deemed desirable for the use of the library. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

Inspector:

A report from the Inspector of Nuisances was read relative to the unsatisfactory and expensive mode of cleaning Kingston Ward by day labour and recommending that the contract system be reverted to. Received on a motion by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.

Surveyors report was read and received.

Clause 1. Relative to an encroachment in Chard’s lane on which it was resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, that the Mayor be empowered to take the necessary legal steps for the removal back of the encroachment.

Clause 2. Relative to the quality and size of stone used by contractor Atkins. Received.

Motions:

1. By Alderman Bedford, that the sum of £100 be voted for the purchase of, say, to 2 0 tons of 2 1/2 inch white metal for the O’Connell Ward. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

2. By Alderman Smith, that the footpath on the north side of King Street, from Australia Street to Bligh Street be laid with asphalt from the Sydney Gas Company, at a cost not exceeding one shilling and threepence per (?) yard and that the work be done by day labour. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

3. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £32 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering a distance of 84 yards in Bligh Street, commencing from King Street to Mr Sampson’s school house and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

4. By Alderman Whately, that the sum of £48 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering in King Street, from Forbes two Queen Street, a distance of 108 yards and that tenders be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

5. By Alderman Boots, the new open crossing is be laid at the junction of Richard Street and Missenden Road and Campbell and Elizabeth Streets at a cost not exceeding £5. Seconded by Alderman Bedford and carried.

6. By Alderman Boots, the sum of £15 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering, a distance of 45 yards on the north side of Longdown Street from the drainpipes to the termination of Street. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Deferred consideration of the following resolution by Alderman Wildman.

That the sum of £56 be voted for laying kerbing and guttering in Alice Street, on the north side, a distance of 140 yards commencing from that already laid. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Resolved on a motion by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Bedford, that miscellaneous business be considered before orders of the day.

Miscellaneous:

The Mayor laid the following statement on the table with reference to the quantity of metal which one Ward owes the other.

Kingston Ward is debtor to O’Connell Ward, 84 tons.
Kingston Ward is debtor to O’Connell Ward, 57 tons.
O’Connell Ward is debtor to Enmore Ward, 23 tons.

In reply to Alderman Whately’s inquiries as to whether the Government had taken any steps with a view to the widening of Erskineville Bridge, the Mayor stated that the survey has just been made and he believed that the work would be proceeded with shortly.

Alderman Whately called attention to the great inconvenience which still existed, in spite of our protest against it, by the interruption to traffic in Trafalgar Terrace and suggested that the department be again written to on the subject.

Alderman Tye inquired if any information had yet been received relative to the opening of the Court of Petty Sessions. The Mayor replied that so soon as a Court of Petty Sessions had been appointed and the boundaries of the jurisdiction fixed, he was informed the Court would be opened.

Alderman Boots directed attention to the lower part of Bligh Street and suggested that the Camperdown Council be invited to co-operate with a view to it’s remedy.

Alderman Goodsell states that Mr Moon of Maria Street was willing to lay kerbing and guttering in front of his property providing the Council provided the stone. Agreed that Mr Moon be written to asking him to lay kerbing and charge the Council with price of the stone.

Alderman Goodsell called attention to state of the King Street, Enmore and suggested that the Department of Roads be written to in reference to the matter.

Attention was called to various trees overlapping the foot paths and the Mayor promised to instruct the Inspector to issue notices against the owners.

The Mayor directed attention to the bad state of that portion of Bishopgate between Regent and Australia Streets and suggested that the Council Clerk be directed to write to the Camperdown Council asking them to meet half cost of repairing it with blue metal.

The Mayor reported result of the deputation’s interview with the Minister of Mines re alignment of Streets and stated that in all probability the work of alignment would be commenced with shortly.

The Council then resolved itself into Committee of the whole to consider tenders for the following: —

1. Supply of 2 1/2 inch white metal for the Enmore and Kingston Wards.
2. Kerbing and guttering in Enmore Ward.
3. Supply of revolving Street sweeper.
4. Re binding books in library.
5. Cleansing Streets and lanes of Kingston Ward.

On the Council resuming its sittings the Mayor reported (Committee) had recommended acceptance of: —

Thomas West’s tender for white metal at nine shillings per ton.
Charles Pitts, kerbing and guttering at seven shillings and ten pence.
Charles Murray, cleansing of Kingston Ward at £10 per month.
Hill brothers, re binding books, as per schedule of prices.
That consideration of tenders for revolving sweeper be deferred to first meeting in January.

On the Council resuming its sittings the report was adopted and the Council then rose.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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