Tuesday 14th November 1882.

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

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

The Mayor not being present at the commencement of the meeting, on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Boots, Alderman J. F. Smith was voted to the chair.

Correspondence:

From Mr E. Marcer, asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering and ing in front of his new houses in Ferndale Street on the usual terms. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, the request was acceded to.

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

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1157/18/11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £255/3/1. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the report was adopted.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending the passing of various Works and final payment thereof. Also that the request of the petitioners for guttering to be laid in centre of lane at rear of Church Street from Vine Cottage to Raper Street be acceded to; that the proposed raising of the kerbing and guttering in Alice Street stand in abeyance until such time as the Council decides up reforming the whole Street; and that in the matter of the extension of James Street to Simmons Street the Council has not power to purchase the land required, but that if the petitioners will purchase the land the Council to take over and make the street in a proper manner.

On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Whateley, the Works Committee’s report was adopted.

A report was presented from the Inspector of Nuisances showing the amount of work done by the contractor for cesspits during the past month and relating to matters generally under his supervision, and adopted on the motion of Aldermen Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble.

The Borough Treasurer reported that a sum of £395/4/6 had been received and paid into the bank to the Council’s credit; that £1957/18/11 had been paid away during the month and the overdraft at the bank to date is £903/2/6. Received.

Motions pursuant to matters.

1. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that from and after 1st December 1882, the sustenance charges for the keep of animals of the local Pound in Wells Street, Newtown, shall be on the following scale, viz,

For every head of cattle, three shillings per day.
For every horse, three shillings per day.
For every sheep, threepence per day.
For every swine, one shilling and sixpence per day.

Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the southern pathway of Camden Street be ing in a cost not exceeding £97”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

ing foot paths in King Street.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that a sum of £98 be voted by the Council to complete the ing of the foot paths in King Street from the toll Bar to the railway bridge”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce.

During the consideration of this motion Alderman J. F. Smith rose to a point of order and asked the Mayor’s ruling thereon. The point of order being that under bylaw 31 an estimate of the probable cost of the work should be made etc. In the motion before the meeting, no quantities were given and the amount named might be in excess or be short of the amount actually needed”.

After the point of order had been debated, the Mayor ruled that it was properly before the meeting in as much as it was to complete the ing of the foot paths which meant to do all that was left undone and that it was estimated to cost the sum stated in the resolution.

Alderman Hibble asked for a division on the motion which resulted as follows: —

Ayes, Aldermen Hibble, J. H. Smith, Gibbes and Peirce.
Noes, Aldermen Boots, J. F. Smith, Goodsell and Whateley.

The votes being equal, the Mayor gave his casting vote in favour of the motion and declared it carried.

Orders of the day:

Postponed consideration of Alderman Gibbes motions, “that the footpath on the southern side of Camden Street be laid with ashes at a cost of not more than £30”. “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 “. The above motions were withdrawn by consent of the Council.

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”. Alderman Hibble asked for a division on this motion which resulted as follows: —

Ayes, Aldermen Hibble, J. H. Smith, Gibbes, Peirce, J. F. Smith, Boots and Whateley.
Noes, Alderman Goodsell.

By permission of Council, Alderman Boots presented a petition from a number of ratepayers calling attention to the bad state of Hordern Street from Chalder Street to Raper Street and asking that it may be kerbed and guttered and otherwise repaired, and moved that it be received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Aldermen Boots stated that complaints had been made to him about the night men in the employ of the Council. The Mayor said that if the Alderman would submit in writing a charge he would investigate it and endeavour to remedy whatever was wrong.

Alderman Peirce referred to the deputation that waited upon the Colonial Secretary relative to the proposed recreation reserve for Newtown and stated that the member for Newtown (Mr Mitchell) had expressed himself as opposed to the site the Council had chosen but had expressed his willingness to accompany and introduce the deputation.

The Mayor stated that he had not been able to accompany the deputation on account of an engagement to visit the southern coast district.

Alderman Whateley, referring to the removal of encroachments, said he hoped the Mayor would deal with all alike. The Mayor stated that he had done so in all cases where improvements were being made and it was necessary to remove obstructions and that if the Council wished him to go through the whole Borough with it he was prepared to do so.

Alderman Goodsell referred to the fact that by letting the horse watering trough in present position on the railway bridge, accidents were likely to arise and recommended it’s removal.

Alderman Gibbes promised to hand in a notice of motion for it’s removal next meeting.

Confirmed this 28 day of November 1882.

Signed J. F. Smith, acting Mayor.


 

Tuesday 28 November 1882.

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

Present, Aldermen Whateley, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Boots and J. H. Smith.

The Mayor being absent, Alderman Boots moved and Alderman Whateley seconded, “that Alderman J. F. Smith take the chair”. Carried.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

A letter was read from His Worship the Mayor asking the Council to excuse his absence from the meeting on account of the general election of Parliament requiring his attendance at his constituency in the north etc.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Chalder Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that a sum of £90 be now voted for laying 180 yards kerbing and guttering in Chalder Street from Hordern Street to lane”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

2. Hordern Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that a sum of £56 be now voted for laying 111 yards of kerbing and guttering in Hordern Street from Chalder Street to Raper Street”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

3. Raper Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that a sum of £60 be now voted for laying 118 yards of kerbing and guttering in Raper Street from Hordern Street to Church Street”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

4. Blue stone crossing Church Street.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that a sum of £10 be now voted for laying a blue stone crossing at the junction of Mechanic Street with Church Street “. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

5. Crescent Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that a sum of £75 be now voted for laying 150 yards of kerbing and guttering in Crescent Street, northern side”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

6. ing Australia Street.

In the absence of Alderman Peirce, the following motion was postponed and made an order of the day for the next meeting of Council, viz, “that the footpath on the east side of Australia Street be ed where required from Lennox Street to end of Stoney’s Cottages at a cost not exceeding £50”.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman J. H. Smith said, “that this would probably be the last Council meeting he would attend under present circumstances as he intended preceding next week to England. As the time of his holding office was now so near it’s close it was necessary for him to resign. He desired to thank the Aldermen with whom he had been associated during his term of office for the courtesy and consideration they had always shown him and for the assistance they had always rendered him in carrying out the duties of his office. He was quite aware of his shortcomings and deficiencies but had endeavoured to make up for them by close and zealous attention to the requirements of this Ward and the Borough generally.

Each of the Aldermen present expressed their regret at losing the valuable services of Alderman J. H. Smith; testified to the esteem in which he had always been held by the Aldermen and the ratepayers and trusted that he would return with renewed health and vigour.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 12th day of December 1882.

Signed J. F. Smith.


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