Tuesday February 7th 1882.
At 12 o’clock (noon) on the above day, the Mayor and returning officer (Mr Charles Whateley) was present in the large room of the Town Hall when be following candidates for the respective offices of Aldermen and Auditors were duly nominated to fill vacancies occasioned by those retiring by rotation. Viz.
Daniel Wildman, builder, Enmore Road.
Frederick Jamison Gibbes, of no occupation, Station Street.
John Francis Tabrett, builder, Church Street.
William Green Hibble, decorator, King Street.
William Wyatt, teacher, Longdown Street.
Michael John Finnigan, accountant, Bucknell Street.
There be only one candidate for the Kingston Ward, Mr N. Melville was declared duly elected for that Ward for the term of three years. There being also only the requisite number of candidates for the offices of Auditors, Messrs Wyatt and Finnigan were declared duly elected to that office for the current year..
On Saturday the 11th February instant, a poll was taken for the election of one Alderman each for the Enmore and O’Connell Wards, also for “local option” in accordance with the provisions of the Licensing Act of 1882. And on Monday the 13th February, and an official declaration of the results of the polling was made as follows: — Frederick Jamison Gibbes was duly elected to the office of Alderman for the Enmore Ward for the term of three years and William Green Hibble was declared duly elected to the office of Alderman for the O’Connell Ward for the term of three years. And that the local option vote had resulted as follows: —
A vote of thanks to the Returning Officer for the way in which he had conducted the election terminated the proceedings.
Signed Charles Whateley, Mayor and Returning Officer.
Tuesday 14th February 1882.
Election of Mayor:
A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the above day at 7:30 PM pursuant to notice.
Present, the Mayor (Mr Charles Whateley) and Aldermen Tye, Gibbes, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Melville, Boots and Hibble.
The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.
The Mayor commenced the proceedings by stating that this was a special meeting called for the purpose of electing one of the Aldermen to the office of Mayor for the current Municipal year and moved, “that Alderman Tye be the Mayor for the current year”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble. An Amendment was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, that Mr Alderman Melville be the Mayor. On the Amendment being put to the Council three voted for it and four against it. The original motion was then submitted, three voted for it and three against it.
The Mayor declared that as the voting for each of the candidates was equal it would be necessary to determine the election by lot in accordance with the amended Municipalities Act of 1874. Lots were then drawn by placing two folded papers in a hat, one of the papers having the word “Mayor” written upon it and the other being a blank.
Alderman Melville had first draw and drew the one having the word “Mayor” on it, consequently was declared duly elected to the office of Mayor of the Borough Newtown for the current Municipal year.
Previous to the election taking place the declarations of the newly elected Aldermen were laid upon the table and it was resolved that the election be conducted with open doors and by open voting.
Confirmed this 21st day of February 1882.
Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.
Tuesday 21st February 1882.
A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the above day at 7:30 PM.
Present, the Mayor (Mr N. Melville) and Aldermen Tye, Whateley, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Gibbes, Boots and Hibble.
The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.
1. From Messrs Magill and Davis, lessees of the Newtown Toll Bar, calling the Council’s attention to the diversion of a large portion of vehicular traffic from the Newtown Road by way of Wilson Street to Sydney to evade the payment of tolls etc. and offering a sum of 350 pounds per annum for the right to erect a Bar at the junction of Erskineville Road and Wilson Street.
Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the letter be received and the lessees be informed that this Council does not consent to the proposal”. Not seconded. Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that the consideration of this letter be postponed until after the appointment of the standing committees “. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
2. From the Borough Council of St Peters asking this Council to repair dangerous place in Edgeware Road. Received and to be acknowledged on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Tye.
3. From contractor Miley stating that owing to the action of the authorities at Botany, the place which has been used as a depot for night soil, has been closed and that at present he was labouring under great difficulties in carrying out his contract for cleansing cesspits etc., also asking the Council to appoint a suitable place where the soil might be deposited otherwise he would be compelled to resign the contract. Received on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Hibble.
4. From the Borough Council of Camperdown calling the attention of this Council to a nuisance caused by the drainage from houses in Raper Street and requesting that immediate steps be taken to abate it etc. etc. failing which application would be made for an injunction to the Supreme Court. Received on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Hibble.
5. From Mr Francis Johns complaining of the state of Union Street and asking the Council to remedy same by kerbing and guttering etc.. Received and to be acknowledged on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.
6. From Mr Josiah Perry on behalf of the Congregational Church authorities stating that having applied to the Council for the proper alignment for a new fence comprising stone pillars and iron railings the Council’s surveyor gave the alignment as 12 feet from kerb stone which alignment had been strictly observed and that subsequently the owner of the adjoining land had put up a new six-foot fence only 11 feet from kerb line which projects beyond and hides the new fence in front of the Church and asking the Council’s immediate attention to the matter.
The Mayor stated that he had obtained a report from the surveyor upon the subject which he then read to the Council, and that in order to settle the matter amicably between the parties he had obtained the verbal consent of the owner of the adjoining land (Mr Hart of Station Street) to put a portion of his fence back to the 12 feet etc. but that Mr Hart had since written to say that after consulting his solicitor on the subject he refused to remove his fence back beyond the 11 feet from the kerb line, hence this matter had been brought before the Council.
Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Tye. It was suggested that the Mayor and Alderman Gibbes endeavour to arrange the matter if possible.
Aldermen Gibbes presented a petition from 140 ratepayers or electors of the Enmore Ward requesting the Council to take the necessary steps to divide the said Enmore Ward into two separate Wards and moved that it be received and it’s consideration made an order of the day for next meeting of Council. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.
A report was read from the Inspector of Nuisances stating that during the last month 51 cesspits had been emptied in the Borough and that 22 new cesspits had been constructed, that the scavenging in the various Wards had been fairly done and that he had impounded a number of animals found straying about the streets etc.. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Gibbes.
A report was read from the overseer respecting the state of Wilson Street caused recently by the passage of heavy traffic to evade the payment of tolls etc. and estimating the cost of re-metalling it at from £270 to £300 received on the motion of Aldermen Tye and Gibbes.
Appointment of Committees:
Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the Finance Committee for the current year consist of Aldermen J. F. Smith, Gibbes and Hibble”. Carried.
Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the Works Committee for the current year consist of Aldermen Tye, Whateley and Goodsell”. Carried. Alderman Tye, chairman.
By-law and Library:
Moved by Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the By-law and Library Committee for the current year consist of Aldermen J. F. Smith, Boots and Gibbes”. Carried.
Nuisances Prevention Act:
Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for the current year consist of Aldermen Tye, Whateley and Goodsell”. Carried. Alderman Tye, chairman.
Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the Lighting Committee for the current year consist of Aldermen Tye, Boots and Goodsell”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried. During the passing of this resolution the question was raised by Alderman J. F. Smith whether an absent Alderman could be legally elected to any Committee. The Mayor, in ruling upon the question, stated that there was nothing in the Municipalities Act to guide the Council, that the practice in Parliament was to obtain the consent of members before naming them on a Committee. And that when members were elected by ballot it was presumed that having taken the oath he would not shirk any such duty imposed upon him, but in the present case he ruled that no absent Alderman could be elected to any of the committees unless he had previously signified his willingness to accept the appointment. Alderman Tye was appointed chairman of the Library Committee
Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that the water Committee consist of Aldermen J. F. Smith, Boots and tubes”. Carried. Alderman J. F. Smith, chairman.
Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the specification Committee consist of Aldermen J. F. Smith, Gibbes and Hibble”. Carried. Alderman J. F. Smith, chairman.
Postponed consideration of letter from Messrs Magill and Davis.
Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that the letter of Messrs Magill and Davis re the Toll Bar etc. be now received”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.
Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that Messrs McGill and Davis (lessees of the Toll Bar) be written to asking them to state a sum they would give the Council for permission to erect a Bar at the end of Wilson Street close to the boundary of Newtown”. Seconded by Alderman Tye. Alderman J. F. Smith took objection to the resolution before the meeting stating, “that the only course which now remained open was to refer it to a Committee”. The Mayor ruled the motion to be in order in as much as the subject matter of the letter in question had been duly placed upon the business paper, a copy of which had been sent to each Alderman in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and that it was quite competent for the Council to deal with it in any way it thought proper.
Alderman J. F. Smith then moved as an Amendment, “that the further consideration of this letter be postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble. The Mayor put the Amendment and declared it lost.
Alderman J. F. Smith then moved a further Amendment, “that the words “written to” be omitted from the resolution and that as Mr Davis was present in the (illegible in minutes) the question be at once put to him”. Not seconded. The original resolution was then submitted and Alderman J. F. Smith called for a division which resulted as follows: —
Aldermen Whateley, Boots, Tye, Gibbes and Goodsell.
Aldermen J. F. Smith and Hibble.
The Mayor declared the resolution carried.
Alderman Hibble called attention to the state of the Newtown Road which he said was disgrace to all connected with it and tended greatly to depreciation of property and wished to have a deputation appointed consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen, Messrs Mitchell, MLA and Copland, MLA and other influential gentlemen interested in the matter. The Mayor stated that he had caused a letter to be written to the Commissioner for Railways asking what the department intended to do with the roadway when the Tramway line was completed, which he said would probably elicit a reply in reference to the proposed wood pavement system etc.
Vote of thanks to the late Mayor:
Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the minutes of this Council be tended to Mr Alderman Whateley for the able and gentlemanly way in which he filled the office of Mayor of this Borough during the last year which was seconded by Alderman Tye and supported by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried unanimously.
In reply and Alderman Tye, the Mayor stated that he would cause a letter to be written to the Commissioner for Railways complaining of the way sweep the Road in the line of Tramway and leave the dust etc. lying about the roadway.
Alderman Gibbes intimating that it was his intention to bring forward at an early date the subject of borrowing a large sum of money to be expended in urgent necessary improvements.
The business be completed the Council rose.
Confirmed this 7th. day of March 1882.
Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.
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