Tuesday 3rd October 1882.

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the above day (pursuant to notice) at 7:30 PM.

Present, Aldermen Peirce, Whateley, Goodsell, J. Smith, Gibbes, Boots, J. H. Smith and Hibble.

Alderman Peirce apologised for the absence of the Mayor and moved that Alderman J. F. Smith take the chair. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Messrs Griffin and Grinham (?) Respecting the retaining wall generators Street and threatening action at law if compensation was not granted. Moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that the letter be not received”. Carried.

2. From the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners stating that the Sydney Omnibus Company had intimated their intention of withdrawing their omnibuses plying between Queen wharf and Missenden Road. Received on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

3. From Mr R. W. Newell, complaining of the way in which the roadway of Queen Street had been left by the men who had recently laid a water main therein. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Boots.

Petitions:

Alderman Gibbes presented a petition from 16 ratepayers in Enmore Road praying that the Enmore Road may be watered in a similar manner and upon the same terms as King Street, and moved, “that it be received and referred to the Water Committee for report at next meeting”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Reports:

This Inspector of Nuisances reported that during the last month 63 cesspits had been cleansed by the Council’s contractor and 22 new closets had been constructed. Also that several persons had been prosecuted for breaches of the bylaws and several head of cattle etc. found straying about the Streets had been impounded etc.. Received on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Boots.

A second report from the Inspector stated that he had served a notice upon Mr Leo Allum, the owner of a number of houses in Albert Street, to remove some fencing which was an encroachment on the footpath etc and that he had not yet done so. That a closet had been constructed at Mr Brierley’s in Queen Street close to the dwelling house and recommending the Council to adjudge it to be a nuisance. And the nuisance complained of in London Street was about the abated as the owner proposed building on the land etc.

It was resolved first that the matter of encroachment in Albert Street be left with the Mayor to deal further with it as he may deem best. Second, that clause two be referred to Nuisances Prevention Act to report upon. The report as a whole was then adopted on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Hibble.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Kent Lane kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that kerbing and guttering be laid in Kent Lane, north side, from Denison Street to Lane, a distance of 27 yards, at a cost not exceeding £13/10/0”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

2. Australia Street ing.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the west side of Australia Street from Lane rear of Town Hall, to Bishopgate Street be ed at a cost not exceeding £125”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

3. Watkin Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that a sum of £20 be now voted for laying 40 yards of kerbing and guttering in Watkin Street to complete west side”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

4. Lamp, Watkin Street.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that the lamp at the corner Watkin Street and Lane be moved to the opposite corner”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes. An amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Whateley, “that it be referred to the Lighting Committee for consideration and report”. Carried.

5. Queen Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that a sum of £35 be now voted to complete kerbing and guttering in Queen Street “. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

6. Wilson Street metalling etc.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that a sum of £500 be now voted for ballasting and metalling with blue metal a portion of Wilson Street from Erskineville Road to opposite Land’s property”. An amendment was moved by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the consideration of the motion be postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting”. Carried.

7. Forbes Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that a sum of £35 be now voted to complete kerbing and guttering in Forbes Street”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

8. Brown’s Lane kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that a sum of £14 be now voted to complete kerbing and guttering in Brown’s Lane”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

9. Alice Street ing.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the footway south side of Alice Street from existing tiles to Hawken Street be ed at a cost not exceeding £120”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

10. Iredale Street.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the Works Committee report upon permanent levels of Iredale and Islington Streets”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

11. Commodore Street.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that in compliance with a petition of certain ratepayers and householders, the level of Commodore Street be so altered that the said Street be cut down not more than one foot at the junction of Laura Street”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

12. Redistribution of Wards.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the name of the mover of the resolution appointing a special Committee to deal with the proposed division of the Enmore Ward be added to the Committee and the Committee be empowered to report as to the general redistribution of the Wards of the Borough “. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

13. Widening railway bridge.

Moved by Alderman J. Smith, “that the Mayor, Aldermen Gibbes, Whateley, J. H. Smith and the mover be hereby appointed a deputation to wait upon the Hon the Secretary for Public to urge upon the necessity which exists for widening the railway bridge at Newtown as proposed by this Council”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

14. Toll Bars.

Moved by Alderman J. Smith, “that in the opinion of this Council is undesirable that the government should read impose the tolls on the Newtown and Cook’s River Road for the year 1883 and that the Borough Councils of Petersham, Marrickville, St Peters, Darlington and Macdonaldtown be invited to co-operate in securing abolition of the said tolls etc”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

15. Bluestone crossing.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that a sum of £25 be now voted for providing and laying at each corner of King and Mary Streets a circular Bluestone kerbing and guttering, also a Bluestone crossing at the same place”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman Gibbes referred to the present level of Alice Street and suggested that the surplus material from the formation of Pearl Street be deposited in the hollow part of it. The suggestion was adopted.

Alderman Goodsell referred to the kerbing and guttering now being laid Wards Street and thought levels were unsuited to the Street.

Alderman Gibbes also referred to the widening of Simmons and Sarah Streets and thought steps should at once be taken to get it done before the waste land was built upon. To the kerbing and guttering and ing the footpath in front of the public school and suggested that the government be asked to do it.

He replied Alderman Peirce, the chairman stated that the reading room had not being let to the government for any length of time but merely as a temporary convenience until the new courthouse was built.

Alderman Boots suggested that further steps should be taken to get Short Street extended through to Wilson Street.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 23rd day of October 1882.

Signed J. F. Smith, acting chairman.


 

Tuesday 17th October 1882.

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held pursuant to notice at 7:30 PM.

Present, the Mayor (Mr N. Melville) and Aldermen Peirce, Whateley, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Gibbes, Boots, J. H. Smith and Hibble.

The Mayor called the attention of the Council to the fact that the Hon S. C. Brown was now lying dead at his residence in King Street and that as he had represented the electorate of Newtown in the Legislative Assembly though had recently been appointed to the Upper House and had been for many years identified with this Council in various ways, he suggested that as a mark of respect the Council should adjourn and he also hoped that as many of the Alderman of as could make it convenient would attend the funeral which would take place on the morrow.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman J. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the Council do now adjourn until 7:30 PM on Monday next 23rd instant.


On Monday 23rd October 1883 the adjourned meeting of Council was held on the above day at 7:30 PM.

Present, the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, Goodsell, J. Smith, Gibbes, Boots, J. H. Smith and Hibble.

The Mayor, not being present at the commencement of the meeting, Alderman J. F. Smith was voted to the chair.

As a matter of privilege, Alderman Gibbes, referring to the deputation that had waited upon the Minister for Works on Friday last, stated that he was sorry the member for Newtown had not been invited to accompany it as he thought they would feel slighted.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Commissioner for Railways stating in answer to a letter from this Council suggesting the removal of the lamps on the platform at the railway station close to or on the wall that the suggestion had been adopted. Received.

2. From Camperdown Council respecting the levels of Bligh Street, stating that the Council would be happy to meet in conference upon the above subject. Received and the request to be complied with.

3. From Mr A. McDonald and other ratepayers in Alice Street protesting against the proposed raising of kerbing and guttering in front of their properties. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the letter was received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report at next meeting.

4. From the secretary to the United Municipal Conference asking for the sum of £5 as a contribution towards expenses of said conference. On the motion of Aldermen Gibbes and J. H. Smith the letter was received and authority given to pay the money.

5. From the Mayor of Camperdown covering form of petition to Parliament praying that the Municipalities Act of 1867 may be so amended as to invest in the Mayors and Aldermen of all Municipalities similar powers in reference to the taxation of public building as are possessed by the Sydney Corporation. Moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that the letter and petition be received and the latter signed as requested etc”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

6. From the Pound keeper asking the Council to raise the rate of charge for sustenance of animals impounded sixpence per head per day. Received.

As this stage of proceedings the Mayor entered the meeting and took the chair.

Petitions:

Alderman Gibbes presented a petition from 39 ratepayers praying for a culvert to be constructed at a crossing in Fulham Street, also that a public lamp be placed in the same Street, and moved, “that it be received and referred to the Works Committee for report at next meeting”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

Aldermen Peirce presented a petition from a number of ratepayers in Regent Street praying for an extension of the water main and moved, “that it be received and referred to the city Corporation with a request from this Council that it be complied with”. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried.

Alderman Gibbes presented a petition from ratepayers in Alice Street praying the Council not to raise the kerbing and guttering in that Street as is now proposed and moved, “that it be received”, and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report at next meeting.

Alderman Gibbes presented a petition from Mr J. G. Glue and others praying the Council to cause James Street to be opened through to Simmons Street and moved that it be received and referred to the Works Committee for report at next meeting.

Reports:

1. A report was brought up from Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1085/9/7 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £421/14/6, and on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, was received and adopted.

2. From the Borough Treasurer stating that £448/10/4 had been received by him during the last four weeks which together with £900 balance purchase money on debentures for municipal loan, had been placed to the Council’s credit in the bank, that cheques had been issued amounting to £1085/9/7, £3/9/4 paid as interest on overdraft and that the balance due to bank was £140/8/1. Received.

3. The Works Committee brought up a report recommending that the following Works be passed and final payment made, viz,

Kerbing and guttering in Watkin Street, Forbes Street and Bucknell Street by C. Pitts; in Wilson Street by contractor Williamson, Brown’s lane by contractor Hutchinson, Cavendish street by contractor Hellmrich and in Bishopgate Street by contractors Atkins Brothers. That the retaining walls in Raper street by contractors Wells and Russell be passed and final payment made. Also containing recommendations respecting the levels of Islington and Iredale Streets and the drawing up of Margaret Street and a portion of Camden Street.

On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the report was adopted.

4. Water Committee brought up a report upon Mr Brierley’s letter and a petition for watering the roadway in Enmore Road, recommending that the request in each case be complied with and that a rate of two pence in the Pound for the remainder of the current municipal year be now levied etc. On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, the Water Committee’s report was adopted.

5. The Nuisances Prevention Act reported in the complaint of Mr Brierley re the Inspector of Nuisances who had given him notice to remove a closet which has been recently built on his property in Queen Street recommending that though the closet has not been built in the best place that might have been chosen, yet the circumstances do not justify the Council insisting upon it’s removal. Adopted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

6. Auditors reported having made for half yearly audit and found the books all correct; a printed statement showing a detailed account of receipts and expenditure was also laid upon the table, which with the auditors report, was adopted on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a special watering rate of two pence in the Pound be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property situate in the Enmore Road between King Street and Boland’s corner and the Council Clerk be hereby instructed to prepare and issue the requisite notices”. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the amount payable in respect of such special rate of two pence in the Pound shall be paid into the office of the Council Clerk at or before the expiration of 30 days after notice”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the said special rate of two pence in the Pound be fairly transcribed into the books as directed in the 169th section of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and that the Mayor be authorised to affix the corporate seal to such transcription”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

4. Alice Street kerbing and guttering to be raised.

That the kerbing and guttering on the south side of Alice Street, from Pearl Street westerly about 190 yards, be raised and relaid at a cost not exceeding £28 in order to secure a better for for surface water”. At the request of the mover, Mr Alderman Gibbes, this resolution was postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

5. Gipps lane kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the kerbing and guttering in Gipps lane be completed from Fitzroy, west side, a distance of about 15 yards at a cost not exceeding £7/10/0”. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried.

Recreation grounds.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that in the opinion of this Council it is desirable that the should resume land at Newtown for recreation purposes and this Council recommend the land situated between Australia Street and Church Street from Cemetery to the proposed park at Camperdown as being a suitable site”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

6. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the Mayor, Aldermen J. F. Smith, Gibbes, Whateley and the mover wait upon the Hon the Colonial Secretary to urge upon him the desirability of resuming the said land and the Members for Newtown be requested to accompany such deputation”. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried.

Orders of the day:

Postponed consideration of Alderman Hibble was motion, viz, “that a sum of £500 be now voted for ballasting and metalling with blue metal a portion of Wilson Street from Erskineville Road to opposite Land’s property”. On the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, it was further postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

Miscellaneous business:

The Mayor stated that since last ordinary meeting of the Council, a meeting had been held in the library composed of representatives from the Boroughs of Marrickville, St Peters, Macdonaldtown, Darlington and West Botany for the purpose of considering the best means of getting the toll bars abolished from the Newtown and Cook’s River Road. All who attended were unanimous in their expression of opinion as to the desirability of said abolition and promised to render all services in their power to bring it about. A deputation was formed and waited upon the Minister for Works on the following Friday, who had promised to give a decided answer in a few days. He had also asked questions in his place in Parliament relative to the question and had received a similar reply and in the event of the answer not being given speedily he should feel justified in calling a public meeting of the citizens with a view to taking other steps etc.

The Mayor also stated that a deputation had waited upon the Minister for Works relative to the widening of the railway bridge, the toll them that the officers of the Department and reported that the proposed widening was unnecessary that he would inquire further in the matter before giving a decided answer.

And further referring to the fact that the Member for Newtown had not been asked to accompany the deputation he had simply carried out the resolution of the Council.

Alderman Peirce suggested that the Department be written to respecting the abominable state of the roadway in King Street and thought that the honorary authorities, now that they had possession of the roadway, should do something to make a passable.

Alderman J. H. Smith also referred to the Enmore Road which he said had been in a bad state for a long time, that since the tramway had been laid it had been much worse, they were continually sweeping the dust in heaps and leaving it on the side of the Road to the annoyance and inconvenience of everybody who viewed it.

Alderman J. F. Smith stated that the Minister for Works promised to come out and look at the bridge himself as it was in the Enmore Road that the widening was most required.

Confirmed this 31st day of October 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

Tuesday 31st October 1882.

A meeting of the Borough Councillor Newtown was held on the above day at 7:30 PM.

Present, the Mayor (Mr N. Melville) and Aldermen Peirce, Whateley, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, J. H. Smith and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Commissioner for Roads stating, in reply to a letter from this Council, that the promised sum of £200 will be paid to the Council’s credit into the bank as early as possible.

Petitions:

Alderman Hibble presented a petition from a number of ratepayers in the O’Connell Ward requesting the Council to lay a guttering in lane at the rear of Church Street from Vine Cottage to Raper Street and moved, “that it be received and referred to the Committee for Works for report”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

A report was received from the Inspector of Nuisances relative to the removal of night soil from the Borough and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for consideration.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. By Alderman Gibbes, “that the footpath on the southern side of Camden Street be laid with ashes at a cost not more than £30.

In the absence of Alderman Gibbes, on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, it was postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

Orders of the day:

Postponed consideration of Alderman Gibbes motion, “that the kerbing and guttering on the south side of Alice Street from Pearl Street westerly about 190 yards be raised and relaid at a cost of £28 in order to secure a better fall for surface water”. On the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, was further postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting.

Postponed consideration of Alderman Hibble’s motion, “that a sum of £500 be now voted for ballasting and metalling with blue metal a portion of Wilson Street from Erskineville Road to opposite Land’s property”. On the motion of Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, was further postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting.

Miscellaneous business:

The Mayor reported verbally, “that in consequence of having received evasive answers from the Minister for Works respecting the abolition of the toll bars from the Newtown Road he had, pursuant to previous arrangement, called a public meeting which had been well attended by representatives from the surrounding Boroughs as well as of Newtown and he believed the government would come to a favourable decision on Friday next.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 14th day of November 1882.

Signed J. F. Smith, acting Mayor.


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