Tuesday 8th. March 1882.

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Commissioner for Railways re ing the foot paths in Bedford Street from the railway bridge to the new entrance to the up Platform, stating that the department would contribute £20 towards the cost of the work provided it were done in accordance with a specification by the engineer for Railways etc.. The Mayor explained that in the receipt of the letter he waited upon the Commissioner and arranged that the Council should do the work according to it’s own specification and that the Commissioner would be satisfied with it. Received on the motion of Aldermen Gibbes and Tye.

2. From Mr T. R. Smith, offering to supply the Council with any quantity of boulder metal at three shillings and threepence per ton delivered at the Emu Plains railway station. Received on motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye.

3. From Messrs Magill and Davis, respecting proposed erection of a Toll Bar in Wilson Street, stating that in order to effectually prevent the evasion of paying tolls it would be necessary to erect two gates, one at the end of Wilson Street near the boundary and one at the junction of Forbes Street and the Newtown Road. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the letter be received and it’s consideration be postponed until after the petition for the division of the Enmore Ward has been dealt with.

4. From Mr Robert Craig complaining of drain which passes through his property in Margaret Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Tye.

Alignment of King Street in front of Congregational Church etc.

The Mayor stated that in accordance with the wish of the Council expressed at last meeting he had seen Mr Hart again in reference to putting back his fence to 12 feet from the kerb line, who had agreed with him to do so provided he were compensated and further that he would take the valuation of the Council’s surveyor. The surveyor had reported upon the matter showing a pencil sketch of the proposed putting back of the fence and valuing the land and removal of the fence at £7.”

Moved by Alderman Goodsell, “that in accordance with the report, the £7 be paid to Mr Hart upon the fence being put back as proposed”. Not seconded.

Moved by Alderman Tye, “that the Mayor and Aldermen Gibbes be authorised to meet the Building Committee of the Congregational Church to arrange with them so that they shall act no time resume the land which has now been given to the footpath”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith. At this stage during the debate the Mayor read the following report from Mr surveyor Murphy upon the subject which was presented at a previous meeting. “With regard to the complaints made by Messrs Perry and Beckett re building line of the Congregational Church fronting Cook’s River Road, I beg most respectfully to state that I was instructed by the late Mayor to give the measurement of the footpath as 12 feet, in the case of Mr Hart similar instructions were given me but that gentlemen refused to go back 12 feet. I would beg to inform you that according to the alignment of Cook’s River Road the footpath shall be 11 feet and that in each of the cases above referred to it I gave the correct alignment but informed the parties that the late Mayor’s instructions were that they shall go back 12 feet from the kerb”.

An amendment to Alderman Tye’s motion was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the consideration of this subject be now postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting”, and carried.

Matter of privilege.

The Mayor stated that he would now suspend the business of the Council for a short time to enable Aldermen to give expressions to their feelings in response to the attempted assassination of her Majesty the Queen. It was then moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that the Mayor be hereby authorised to forward a cablegram to the House Secretary expressive of the Council’s gratitude and thankfulness and congratulating her Majesty the Queen upon her recent providential escape from the bullet of the assassin”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble, supported by all the Aldermen and carried unanimously.

Petitions:

Alderman Gibbes presented a petition from 51 ratepayers residing on the Gowrie Estate praying that the streets in the above locality may be formed and the foot paths made before the coming winter and moved, “that it be received “. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried.

Alderman J. H. Smith presented a petition from 40 ratepayers in Union Street praying the Council to do something to repair the roadway in that Street as at present the dust in dry weather was so thick and when blown by even the slightest wind was not only objectionable and unpleasant but positively injurious to health and damaging to property etc. and moved, “that it be received”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Reports:

Finance. A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £737/16/4 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £106/18/8 which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith.

Works. A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending that a stone crossing be laid in Ferndale Street at the intersection of the continuation of Margaret Street which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Goodsell. Cost estimated at £6/10/0.

Specification Committee. A report was brought up from the specification Committee recommending copies of specifications for various works for the current Municipal year. On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the following specifications were adopted: — kerbing and guttering, removal of night soil, Street cleansing Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards, performing cartage for the year, also for the printing etc. required for the year, and that tenders be called for next meeting for Street cleansing, cartage and printing for the current year.

The monthly report of the Inspector of Nuisances was also presented stating that 53 cesspits had been cleansed by the Council’s contractor during the past month. That 18 new closets had been constructed and that the scavenging had been fairly done. Also that the contractor for the removal of night soil was compelled to relinquish his contract in consequence of having no place open to deposit the night soil. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

Borough Treasurer reported balance in hand last statement £38/10/10, received since, £727/15/0, paid into bank, £766/5/10, balance due to bank last statement, £97/18/1, deposits, £766/5/10, cheques issued, £737/16/4 leaving balance due to bank, £69/8/7. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Tye.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that H. B. Bruford, Esq., be hereby appointed Treasurer for the Borough of Newtown for the current Municipal year”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that any member of the Finance Committee be hereby authorised to sign all drafts upon the funds of the Borough in conjunction with the Mayor and Council Clerk”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the Finance Committee be hereby authorised to prepare an estimate of the probable expenditure required for the current Municipal year and submit the same at next meeting of Council. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that a sum of £2/2/0 be now voted for the Treasurer’s salary for the current Municipal year”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that tenders be invited for a new water cart, cost not to exceed £30, and that in the meantime the Mayor be hereby authorised to employ a water cart to supply ratepayers with water at a sensible cost”. Seconded by Alderman Boots. An amendment to the above was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that so much of the resolution as refers to a new water cart be omitted and considered at the time of making an estimate of the probable expenditure for the current Municipal year”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and negatived. A further amendment was then moved by the same Aldermen that it be referred to next meeting for consideration and was also negatived. The original motion was then carried.

6. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that it is desirable that this Council should exercise to a large extent the power of borrowing conferred by the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried unanimously.

7. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the matter of the foregoing resolution be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report at the next meeting of Council”. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried.

8. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Union Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £400 provided that the Municipal Council of Macdonaldtown contribute one-half of such cost and that the work be done by this Council”. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith. On the motion being put the votes were equal and the Mayor gave his casting vote in favour of the motion and cleared carried.

9. Moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that a sum of £60 be now voted for the construction of a Brick culvert at the intersection of Phillip and Gladstone streets, Enmore Ward”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell. Alderman Boots moved an amendment, “that the matter be referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report at next meeting”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and negatived. Alderman J. F. Smith then moved an amendment, “that the figures “60” be omitted with a view to insert “15” and that the words “Brick culvert” be omitted and the words “wooden bridge” be inserted”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried. The motion as amended was then put to the Council and carried.

10. By Alderman J. H. Smith, “that the, Charles and Belmore be formed, the works to be done by day labour”, being declared by the Mayor to be informal on account of the estimated cost not being included.

Orders of the day:

Postponed consideration of petition to divide Enmore Ward into two separate Wards. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the petition be referred to a special Committee consisting of Alderman Goodsell, J. F. Smith and Boots”.

Letter from Messrs Magill and Davis. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, that the consideration of the above letter be postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the Council Clerk be instructed to convey the thanks of this Council to Mr H. B. Bruford for the very efficient manner in which he has discharged the duties of Borough Treasurer for the past year”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried unanimously.

Miscellaneous business:

In reply to Alderman J. H. Smith, the Mayor promised to push forward the kerbing and guttering in Station Street.

In reply to Alderman Tye, the Mayor stated that he had already given instructions to repair the footpath in Station Street.

In reply to Alderman Boots, the Mayor stated that he would have the roadway at the corner of Erskineville Road and Wilson Street made good with blue metal where the Road had been recently widened.

In reply to Alderman Gibbes, the Mayor stated that he would have the kerbing and guttering ordered for Margaret Street proceeded with as soon as possible.

The business and being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 10th day of March 1880 to.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


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