Tuesday 12th December 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 and Hibble.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

In the absence of the Mayor Alderman J. F. Smith was unanimously voted to the chair.

An apology was read from Aldermen Boots whose non-attendance was caused through indisposition.

A letter was read from the Borough Treasurer stating that on account of his removal to a distant colony he was compelled to resign his office and that he was thankful to the Mayor and Aldermen and the other officers for the courtesy and assistance which had always been extended towards him.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Hibble, that the thanks of this Council be conveyed to Mr Burford for his kindness and the efficient way in which he had filled the office of “Borough Treasurer”. Carried.

A petition was presented by Alderman Gibbes from a number of ratepayers praying the Council to get a water main laid in Wells Street, who moved that it be received and forwarded to the City Council with the usual recommendation. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

A letter was read from Wilson Corben and Co covering a schedule of prices for blue stone kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the letter be received and stone ordered for the work already passed to be done”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Reports:

A report was received from the Borough Treasurer showing £208/11/4 received during the last month and paid into the bank; that £1113/17/7 had been paid away and that the overdraft at the bank at date, £1808/8/9. Received on the motion of Aldermen Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble.

A report was received from the Inspector of Nuisances showing the amount of work done in his department during the past month. Also that a balcony had been constructed at the premises of the Post Office contrary to the provisions of the Borough bylaws. Notice to remove which had been sent to the local Postmaster. It was decided that a notice should be sent to the Postmaster General to remove it forthwith and that further steps be left to the Mayor to take as he may deem necessary.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Albert Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the kerbing and guttering in Albert Street, southern side, be taken up and relaid to the proper alignment, a distance of about 25 yards, at a cost not exceeding £4”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the Works Committee inspect and report upon the best means to be adopted for taking the drainage from Trade Street, Albert Lane and Bedford Street with a view of abating the nuisance which at present exists at the western end of the said Streets.

3. Retaining walls for Raper’s Lane.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that a sum of £60 be now voted for the purpose of building retaining walls in Lane to connect Chalder Street with Raper Street”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

4. Wilson Street levels.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that the proposed alteration of levels for Wilson Street as shown on section be now adopted as the permanent levels of such Street”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell. After some discussion it was agreed to postpone further consideration of the motion and make it an order of the day for next meeting.

Orders of the day:

Australia Street ing, postponed from last meeting, by Alderman Peirce, “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”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman Gibbes said that notwithstanding the promise of the Commissioner for Railways, the light at the entrance to the motor shed had not been increased sufficiently.

Alderman Whateley suggested that the Mayor give instructions to write to the City Council requesting them to lay water mains in O’Connell, Prospect, Richard and Bucknell Street.

A report was handed in by the overseer stating that all the formations of Streets passed by the Council to the present had been done and that under advice he had discharged a number of workmen, retaining 7 of the best hands which he thought would be sufficient to carry out the work for the present, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this (blank) day of (blank) 188 (blank).

Signed J. F. Smith.


 

Thursday 21st December 1882.

A special 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. F. Smith, Gibbes and Hibble.

In the absence of the Mayor, Alderman J. F. Smith was voted to the chair.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From the Reverend R. Taylor, on behalf of the Protestant Ministers of Newtown, asking for the free use of the public Hall the purpose of holding a series of united prayer meetings during the first week in the new year. On the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the letter was received and the request acceded to.

From Mr J. Wellings, complaining of the drainage in front of his property in Union Street. As there was a report from the Works Committee upon the subject to be brought up at this meeting it was ordered to stand over to be considered in connection with such report.

From the Commissioner for Railways covering a tracing of plan of proposed deviation of a portion of Trafalgar Terrace and asking the Council to consent to the proposed alteration. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Whateley.

Report:

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1113/17/7, and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £154/16/7. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the finance report was adopted.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending final payment for sundry Works therein named, and that the level of the kerbing and guttering in Union Street from front of Eggleton’s property to Munni Street be raised about one foot so as to afford temporary relief for the drainage of a few properties until such time as a more permanent plan may be adopted. On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Whateley, the Works report was adopted.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Ferndale and Fulham Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that in compliance with Mr E. Marcer’s application, his frontages to Fulham and Ferndale Street be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £54”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. Bailey Street lamp.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a lamp be erected in Bailey Street between Short and Holt Streets “. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

3. Maria Street lamp.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a lamp be erected near junction of Maria Street with King Street”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble. An amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell, “that the consideration of the motion be postponed”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried by the chairman’s casting vote.

4. Angel Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the north west side of Angel Street, from existing kerbing to St John Street, be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £30”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the south east side of Angel Street from Iredale Street to Munni Street be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £42”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

6. Iredale Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Iredale Street from Angel Street to Islington Street be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £60”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

7. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Mr Campbell, manager of the Bank of Australasia, at Newtown, be hereby appointed Treasurer of this Borough”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Orders of the day:

Wilson Street, alteration of levels.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that the proposed alteration of levels for a portion of Wilson Street, as shown on section, be now adopted as the permanent levels of such Street”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

In reply to Aldermen Peirce, the chairman stated that the sum of £200 promised by the Roads Department towards watering King Street had not yet be placed to the Council’s credit.

In reply to Alderman Whateley, the chairman stated that no arrangement as yet had been made for an interview with the Camperdown Council in reference to the permanent levels of Bligh Street.

The same Aldermen referred to the practice of leaving a tram car on each line nearly abreast of each other while taking in water which often caused a stoppage in the traffic.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 16th day of January 1883.

Signed Ninian Melville.