Friday 10th March 1882.

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

As a matter of privilege a copy of message by cable from Earl Kimberley, London, was read acknowledging message from this Council congratulating her Majesty on her recent escape from assassination.

The Mayor stated that as he had been unable to arrange the matter of the alignment of the Congregational church he had deemed it necessary to call the Council together to settle the matter.

After previous correspondence upon the subject had been laid before the Council a letter dated 10th March instant was then read containing a request that the Council forthwith remove the stone works to the proper alignment and that the same be done without further delay and in a workmanlike manner. Signed Josiah Perry.

The surveyor (Mr D. Murphy) being present in reply to questions stated that he gave to the person who applied for the alignment eleven feet from the kerb as the alignment but that the Mayor’s instructions were to go back 12 feet from the kerb.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, that the Council do now resolved in delay Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering the matter now before the meeting.

In Committee the subject was debated for a considerable time and on the Council resuming the Mayor presented the following report: —

Your Committee have the honour to report having considered the above matter and recommend that tenders be called for removing the stone wall referred to in the foregoing letter. Signed Ninian Melville, chairman.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Gibbes and J. H. Smith, that the report now read be adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 21st day of March 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

Tuesday 21st March 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, J. F. Smith, Goodsell, Gibbes, Boots, J. H. Smith and Hibble.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. A letter was read from James Turner and W. Thompson complaining that the Council’s employees had entered the premises occupied by Mrs Constable in Eliza Street and done some work to a drain passing through the said premises and asking by whose authority it had been done and what the Council proposed to do with the filth etc. from the drain on the adjoining premises. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the letter be received and its consideration postponed to a later period of the meeting”.

2. Letters were read from Messrs Lawy and Chapman asking the Council to cover in the open drain near their new premises in Holt and College streets. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that a Committee of the whole Council inspect and report upon the said drain and the kerbing and guttering in Station Street”.

3. A letter was read from William Biggs stating that he was opposed to proposal of the Council to lay pipe drain through his land situated between College and Station Street as it would interfere with his present plans for building thereon and suggested that the said drain be taken diagonally across that portion of his land which would not being built upon and portion of the adjoining land belonging to Camden College. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that Mr Bigg’s letter be referred to a Committee of the whole Council to report thereon at the next meeting”.

4. From P. Collins and E. Squires offering to supply boulder metal on trucks at Emu Plains and Penrith stations at three shillings and two pence and three shillings and sixpence per ton respectively.

5. A letter was read from the Town Clerk of Sydney inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to conference at the Town Hall, Sydney respecting the supply of gas and other matters by the Australian Gas Light Company.

6. A letter was read from the Department of public Works intimating that the Minister would receive a deputation from the Council respecting the State of the Newtown Road.

Petitions:

A petition was received from ratepayers in O’Connell Ward praying the Council to open up a continuation of Egan Street through certain land held by the trustees to the English Church to Chalder Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that another letter be written to the trustees asking them to dedicate the land in question to the public use”.

Reports:

Probable expenditure for current year.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee upon the estimated expenditure for the current year as follows: —

Pursuant to a resolution of Council, your Committee have the honour to submit the following estimate of the probable expenditure amount, that is to say, £8,196 which will be required for the now current year in addition to any tolls, rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within the municipality and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any roads, bridges, punts, wharves, piers or other public Works within the municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

Estimated revenue. Estimated expenditure.

Rates. Salaries.

Enmore Ward………………………………………………….. £2000/0/0. Council ……………………………………………. £225/0/0.
Kingston Ward………………………………………………… £800/0/0. Surveyor…………………………………………… £75/0/0.
O’Connell Ward………………………………………………. £1100/0/0. Inspector of Nuisances……………………….. £156/0/0.
Nuisances Prevention Act………………………………….. £1000/0/0. Overseer…………………………………………… £115/0/0.
Government endowments………………………………….. £1800/0/0. Poundkeeper…………………………………….. £15/0/0.
Lighting rates…………………………………………………… £900/0/0. Valuers…………………………………………….. £30/0/0.
Street watering rates…………………………………………. £200/0/0. Office expenses…………………………………. £100/0/0.
Miscellaneous rates………………………………………….. £300/0/0. Interest on debentures………………………… £180/0/0.
Nuisances Prevention Act……………………. £800/0/0.
Day labour……………………………………….. £1000/0/0.
Works, Enmore Ward………………………… £1800/0/0.
Works, Kingston Ward………………………. £800/0/0.
Works, O’Connell Ward…………………….. £1000/0/0.
Cartage……………………………………………. £300/0/0.
Street cleansing (400) & watering (300)…. £700/0/0.
Streetlighting……………………………………… £900/0/0.

Total……………………………………………………………… £7100/0/0. Total……………………………………………….. £8196/0/0.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the forgoing report of the Finance Committee upon the estimated probable expenditure for the now current Municipal year be, and the same is, hereby adopted.

How to borrow money etc..

The following report was brought up from the Finance Committee in reference to proposed borrowing of money etc.

Your Committee have the honour to report, having considered in the matter, and to make the following recommendations for the Council’s adoption: —

1. That the sum of 25,000 pounds be borrowed in accordance with section 190 of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

2. That the above mentioned loan be raised by debentures of £100 each, transferable on delivery.

3. That the currency of the said debentures be for 15 years.

4. That the said debentures bear interest at the rate of £5/10/0 percent in payable half yearly.

5. That all tenders for said debentures be accompanied by a deposit of £10 per centum of the value tendered for.

6. That the colonial Treasurer be requested to open the tenders for said loan.

7. That the minimum price of said debentures be fixed so soon as the consent of the Governor shall have been obtained to issue said loan.

8. That from and after the receipt of such loan all interest payable on any portion thereof expended in any Ward shall be the first charge upon the revenue of such Ward.

9. That the Finance Committee be hereby authorised to carry out and complete all things necessary to secure the floating of the said loan on the most advantageous terms.

Signed Ninian Melville, chairman.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the report now read from the Finance Committee be, and the same is, hereby adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Whateley, “that the consideration of the report stand over until next meeting”. Seconded by Alderman Tye. The amendment was lost and the original motion carried.

A report was brought up from the surveyor stating that owing to certain encroachments in Lands Lane he was unable to give a correct line to the contractor for the kerbing and guttering but that he had given the best line to be got under the circumstances, one that would not militate (sp) seriously with the carriageway, or interfere with the previous work etc.. Adopted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the bond of the Council Clerk be reduced to £300 (from £500)”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Gowrie Street from the more northerly portion of it recently filled in to the Erskineville Road be formed at a cost not exceeding £20”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the pathway on the more easterly side of Angel Street from Norfolk Street to Erskineville Road be formed at a cost of not more than £10”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Newman Street be formed from Union Street to Angel Street at a cost not exceeding £20”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the Works Committee inspect and report upon the best means of making good the drain crossing Edgeware Road opposite Munro and Goodsell’s Brick Works”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

6. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the Mayor of this Borough be desired to negotiate with the City Council in order that for the future no water main may be laid through any portion of the Borough except upon the recommendation of this Council”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

7. Moved by Alderman J. A. Smith that the following streets be formed by day labour: —

Belmore Street at a cost not exceeding £25.
Phillip Street at a cost not exceeding £25.
Charles Street at a cost not exceeding £75.

8. Standing in Alderman Hibble’s name was withdrawn.

9. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that a sum of £25 be now voted as a contribution to the Newtown Volunteer Fire Brigade”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes. An amendment was moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the figure £25 be omitted from the resolution”. Which was put and lost and the original motion was carried.

Orders of the day:

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that a letter be written to Messrs Thompson and Turner, Trustees in the estate of the late Edward Constable, inviting them to contribute a portion of the cost of continuing a pipe drain through their property the same as Mrs Conley had done”. Carried.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the letter of Messrs Magill and Davis be postponed and made an order of the day full next meeting”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that this meeting do now adjourn to 7:30 PM on Thursday next the 23rd instant”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.


The adjourned meeting of Council was held on Thursday 23rd March 1882.

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

Continuation of orders of the day:

Moved by Alderman Tye, “that this does now resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening and considering tenders for various Works etc.”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

In Committee, the tenders for Street cleansing, cartage, printing, kerbing and guttering in Watkin Street and removal of dwarf wall etc. in front of the Congregational church.

On the Council’s resuming the following report was brought up by the Mayor: —

Your Committee have a on to report having considered tenders for the above mentioned Works and to make the following recommendations: —

1. Street cleansing. O’Connell Ward. That the tender of Bartholomew Doyle be accepted at £11/10/0 per month.

2. Kingston Ward. That the tender of John Breen be accepted at £10 per month.

3. Enmore Ward. That the tender of Daniel Doyle at £10/5/0 be accepted.

4. Cartage. That the tender of Bridget Madigan be accepted at 11 shillings per day.

5. Printing. That the tender of Messrs Jarrett and company be accepted.

6. Water cart. That the tender of Hector Melville at £29 for a new water cart be accepted.

7. Removal of stone wall etc.. That the tender of George Peters for the removal of dwarf wall and piers in front of the Congregational Church for £24 be accepted.

8. That fresh tenders be called for kerbing and guttering in Watkin Street.

Moved by Alderman J. A. Smith, “that the report of the Committee of the whole Council now read be, and the same is, hereby adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes. An amendment was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that so much of the above report as refers to the new water cart be omitted”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and lost. The original motion was then put to the Council and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

In reply to Alderman J. F. Smith, the Mayor promised to procure a return of wall the tools and implements in the possession of the Council.

Alderman Whateley thought that a new scraper was much-needed, and suggested the use of fresh lime in the gutters after having been swept as a disinfectant.

Alderman J. A. Smith said that the gutters in Station Street needed a disinfectant as much as any place in the Borough.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this fourth day of April 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


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