Tuesday 4th April 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, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Gibbes, J. H. Smith and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed

Correspondence:

1. Letter read from J. Wellings complaining of the state of the gutter in front of his property in Union Street and asking the Council to kerb and gutter same. On the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the letter was received.

Metalling Union Street.

2. A letter was read from the Macdonald stating that the proposal from this Council to blue metal Union Street at a cost not exceeding £400, cost of same to be borne equally by each Council, had been approved of. Received on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

3. From J. McIntosh referring to his contract for the supply of 500 tons of blue metal, asking the Council to take the balance of metal, viz., 129 tons forthwith, or release him from contract. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, that the balance required to complete contract be taken at once.

4. From contractor Miley, re, the removal of night soil, stating that he was no longer able to continue his contract for emptying cesspits at fourpence per foot; but that he was willing to continue at an advance of one penny per foot for the cesspits and two pence per week for the earth closets. Ordered to stand over and to be considered with number-one motion on the business paper.

5. From the Town Clerk of Sydney stating that a conference of the city and suburban Aldermen had been held and that it was desirable that a representative should be appointed by each Council to meet in conference from time to time to consider all matters in connection with the supply of gas to the city and suburbs. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble, that Alderman Gibbes the hereby appointed to represent the Council and all meetings of the conference.

Six from Mrs Goola re’ the drains etc. from Knights Terrace in Wellington Street. Received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith.

7. From R. Tukis referring to the necessity of some action be taken in reference to the drainage of Newman Street. Received on the motion wall in Tye, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

Reports:

A report was received from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £707/19/2 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £105/15/10 and adopted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

Works report.

The Chairman of the Works Committee brought up a report recommending that a stone culvert be built in Edgeware Road opposite Munro and Goodsell’s Brick Works at a probable cost of £80, the cost to be borne equally by the Newtown and the Marrickville Councils, Marrickville Council to do the work. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, that the recommendation contained in the forgoing report be now adopted.

Borough Treasurer.

A report was received by the Borough Treasurer and showing that £91/19/for had been received during the last month and duly deposited in the bank, that cheques had been issued to the amount of £701/19/2, leaving and balance due to the bank of £679/8/5. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Hibble.

Inspector of Nuisances, reported that 66 cesspits had been emptied during the month by the Council’s contractor and that 26 cesspits had or were about being instructed during the same period; that the earth closets system was on the increase and that a number of horses and cattle had been impounded. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

Overseer.

A report was read from the overseer showing the quantity of tools and implements etc. in the possession of the Council, also recommending that 33 feet of 18 inch drainpipes be laid in Liberty Street at it’s junction with Gladstone Street. Referred to the Works Committee on the motion of Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

The valuers, reported having made an annual valuation of all rateable property within the Borough and laid a return of same upon the table. Received on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman J. A. Smith.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the Mayor be hereby authorised to enter into a contract with contractor Miley in accordance with the terms of his letter, 23rd March 1882″. Seconded by Alderman Tye. An amendment was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble, that the consideration of this matter stand over until next meeting”, which was lost. A further amendment was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, and seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that the subject be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report at next meeting”, which was also lost. The original motion was then put and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that applications having been received for kerbing and guttering upon the usual terms, the necessary amounts being now voted as follows: — Holt Street, Pitt Terrace, 60 yards, £30. Liberty Street, Rigg’s Terrace, £15. College and Margaret Streets, Lawry’s terraces, £40. Margaret Street, Webber and Anderson, £10”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman inch, seconded by Alderman Tye, “that the Council does now resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of making an assessment upon rateable property within this Borough”. Carried.

In Committee, the valuers returns were laid upon the table and the assessment made. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the assessment for the Enmore Ward was adopted. On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Tye, the assessment for the Kingston Ward was adopted. On the motion of Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Tye, the assessment for the O’Connell Ward was adopted.

On the Council’s resuming the Mayor presented the following report: —

“Your Committee have the honour to report, having before them the valuation of the rateable property within the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards of the Borough, made by the duly appointed valuers thereof on the basis of such valuation have made an assessment on such rateable property in accordance with the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1867 which assessment is now recommended for the Council’s adoption”. Signed Ninian Melville, chairman.

4. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, and seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the report of the Committee of the whole upon the valuation and assessment now read be and the same years hereby adopted”. Carried.

5. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that a rate of one shilling in the pound be now levied for the current Municipal year on the assessed value of the rateable property within this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes set forth in section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Carried.

6. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that a special Lighting rate of threepence in the pound be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property within this Borough for Lighting of the streets of the said Borough with gas under the provisions of section 165 of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and the amended Municipalities Act of 1873”. Carried.

7. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that a special rate of sixpence in the pound be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property situated in King Street between Missenden Road in O’Connell Ward and hold Street in Enmore Ward for the purpose of watering the Road Way in the said King Street between the boundaries formed by the said Missenden Road and Holt Street.” Seconded by Alderman Tye. It was agreed to by the that the words “Missenden Road” and “Holt Street” be omitted and the words “Bligh Street” and “Wells Street” inserted instead. The motion as amended was then put and carried.

8. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the assessment now made and the rates of one shilling in the pound, threepence in the pound and sixpence in the pound imposed thereon be fairly transcribed into the rate books as directed by section 169 of the Municipalities act of 1867 and that the Mayor be hereby authorised to fix the corporate seal thereto”. Carried.

9. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that the amounts in respect of such rates of one shilling in the pound, threepence in the pound and sixpence in the pound already imposed shall be payable at the office of the Council Clerk within thirty days from the service in each case of the notice of such rate, but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amount, together with all arrears, if any, shall be paid within the said thirty days after notice no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise shall be taken by, or on behalf of, this Council for the recovery of the remaining amount until the thirtieth of day of September next ensuing”. Carried.

10. Moved by Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman gives, “that the Council Clerk give, or cause to be given, notice of such assessment, general and special rates as required by law”. Carried.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith that the Mayor be hereby authorised to affix the corporate seal to the contracts already accepted”. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Orders of the day:

The for consideration of letter from Messrs Magill and Davis re’ the erection of a Toll Bar in Wilson Street. On the motion of Aldermen J. F. Smith and Hibble the above was discharged from the paper.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 18th day of April 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

Tuesday 18th April 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 Whateley, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, and Gibbes, Boots, J. H. Smith and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. Letter from the Treasury in forming the Council that the sum of £1916/9/for special grants endowment had been placed to it’s credit in the Bank of Australasia. Received.

2. From Mr Alderman Tye apologising for his absence from the Council meeting which was caused by severe indisposition.

3. From Mr T. B. Boyce complaining of the reduction made in his account for printing and asking the Council to reconsider it. Received on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes and the Council declined to make any further reduction.

4. From Messrs Turner and Thompson, trustees in the estate of the late Edward Constable intimating their agreement with the Council’s proposal to construct a drain through their property in Lennox and Eliza Street similar to the one through the adjoining property of Mrs Conley and offering to pay 25 pounds per centum upon the cost thereof. Resolved in the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith and that the letter of Messrs Turner and Thompson be received and a reply sent stating that the Council will do the on the terms therein mentioned. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

5. From E. Molesworth respecting the proposed continuation of Egan Street through the Church of England property to Chalder Street stating that the trustees would accede to the Council’s proposal upon the receipt of £200 and that no objection were raised by the mortgages. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the Council declines to accept the land on the terms offered.

6. From Louis Reise asking the Council to use it’s influence in procuring an iron letter received in the neighbourhood of Laura Street adjacent to new public school site. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. Smith, that the letter be received and the request acceded to.

7. From Mr H. Williams in Wilson Street claiming compensation to the amount of £5 for damage during the late heavy rains said to arise from defective drainage. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Boots.

8. From Mr N. J. Crocker asking the Council to purchase a strip of land in Hill Street so as to make it even with Watkin Street at a cost of £10 per foot. Received on the motion of Alderman Boots seconded by Alderman Hibble.

9. From Camperdown Council respecting a supply of salt water for street watering purposes stating that as soon as the required information has been obtained it would be duly forwarded.

10. From Mr J. Cole asking the Council to lay the footpath in front of his house Enmore Road with resolved on the motion of Aldermen J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the request be acceded to upon the applicant promising to pay half the cost of same.

11. From O. J. Beckett asking the Council to fix the levels of Belmore Street as he was about a build a row of houses there. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith that the Council determine upon the permanent levels of Belmore Street as soon as possible.

12. From Thomas Goodin asking the Council to kerb and gutter a portion of Charles Street and to remove a lamp in London Street to the corner of London and Charles Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the letter be referred to the Mayor to be handed over to the respective committees to be dealt with”.

13. From St Peters Council asking the co-operation of this Council in the construction of a stone culvert at the junction of May Street and Edgeware Road. Resolved that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for report at next meeting. On the motion of J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman.

14. From the same referring to amount charged by this Council for repairs affected in May Street viz., half cost of £21/5/0 as per agreement and stating that the arrangement was entered into to repair the said Street with white metal whereas it had been done with blue shale. Received on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

A specification etc. for proposed culvert for Edgeware Road with a memorandum endorsed thereon inviting the Works Committee to meet a Committee from the Marrickville Council on the ground on the 25th instant to further consider the matter.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending the laying of an 18 inch pipe drain at the intersection of Liberty Street with Gladstone Street, at a cost not exceeding £8, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Hibble.

Motions of which notice had been Given.

1. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that a sum of £142 be now voted for purchasing and breaking 300 tons of white metal for the Kingston Ward”. Carried.

2. By Alderman J. F. Smith, that a sum of £20 be now voted for taking up and relaying and making good kerbing and guttering, west side of Australia Street, from Francis lane to next lane and the Mayor to get the work done by the contractor now at work”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that a sum of £10 be now voted for taking up and relaying and making good kerbing and guttering in Francis lane, south side, from Australia Street to next lane”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried. The Mayor be authorised to enter into a contract for same.

4. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a sum of £40 be now voted to defray one half of the cost of making a culvert over the watercourse in Edgeware Road”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that a sum of £130 be now voted for the purchase and breaking of 260 tons of white metal to be laid in Edgeware Road between Camden and Victoria Streets and the Marrickville Council be requested to contribute one half of the said cost”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

6. By Alderman J. F. Smith for the appointment of the appeal day was ordered to stand over until after the consideration of the motions by Alderman Hibble.

7. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that the lanes at the rear of Watkin Street be formed and kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £65 “. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

Re assessment for the year 1882-1883.

8. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that the resolution of last meeting be rescinded to allow further consideration of same”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

The Council resolved into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for kerbing and guttering.

On resuming the Mayor reported recommending the acceptance of John Hutchinson’s tender for Watkin Street at 11 shillings per yard which was adopted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman Boots asked when the work of cutting down Church Street which was authorised to be done last year. The Mayor replied that a specification had not been prepared for it but that he would endeavour to get it ready by next meeting.

Alderman Whately asked the Mayor if any more communication had taken place between him and the Commissioner for Railways in reference to paving King Street with wooden blocks, who replied that as far as he knew the Department had not yet come to any definite conclusion in reference to the matter.

In reply to Alderman Boots, the Mayor stated that the levels of ratepayers Street had not been altered in anyway.

The business be concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 26th day of April 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

Monday 24th April 1882.

A special 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 Boots, Hibble, Gibbes and J. F. Smith.

The Mayor stated that since he had called the meeting by notice in the usual way the Council had lost one of its members by death as they were all aware they had that day consigned to the grave the remains of the late Alderman Tye and he presumed that out of respect to his memory this meeting would be adjourned.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that this meeting be now adjourned to Wednesday evening next at 7:30 PM and that a letter of condolence be sent from the Council to the widow and family of the late Alderman Tye and that the Mayor be authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto”.

Confirmed this 26th day of April 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

Wednesday 26th April 1882.

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of making an assessment upon the rateable property within the Borough”.

In Committee the amended valuers returns were laid upon the table and the assessment duly made by Council.

On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the assessment for the Enmore Ward was adopted.

On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the assessment for the Kingston Ward was adopted.

On the motion of Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Whately, the assessment for the O’Connell Ward was adopted.

On the Council resuming, the Mayor brought up the following report, viz

Your committee have the honour to report having before them the amended valuation of all rateable property within the Borough for the current municipal year made by the duly appointed valuers thereof and on the basis of such valuation have made an assessment on such rateable property in accordance with the provisions and for the purposes set forth in the Municipalities Act of 1867, which assessment is now recommended to the Council adoption.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by this Council as the assessment for the current municipal year upon the rateable property within the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards of this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes of the municipalities act of 1867.” Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a rate of one shilling in the pound be now levied for the current municipal year on the assessed value of the rateable property within this Borough under the provisions, and for the purposes of, the Municipalities Act of 1867 “. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that a special lighting rate of threepence in the pound be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property within this Borough for the current municipal year for the purpose of lighting the Streets of the said Borough with gas under the provisions of section 168 of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and the amended Municipalities Act of 1873”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a special rate of sixpence in the pound be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property situated in King Street between the north eastern boundary of the Borough and Wells Street, at it’s intersection of King Street, for the purpose of watering said King Street between the aforesaid boundaries”.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the assessment now made and the rates of one shilling in the pound, threepence in the pound and sixpence in the pound imposed thereon be fairly transcribed into the rate book as directed by section 169 of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and that the Mayor be authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

Moved by Alderman Goodsell, “that the amounts in respect of such rates of one shilling in the pound, threepence in the pound and sixpence in the pound already imposed shall be payable at the office of the Council Clerk at the expiration of 30 days after notice of such rate has been served in each case, but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amounts together with all arrears, if any, shall be paid within the said 30 days after notice no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise shall be taken on behalf of the Council for the recovery of the remaining amounts until the 30th day of September next ensuing “. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the Council Clerk give, or cause to be given, notice of such general and special rates as required by law”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that this Council hereby appoints Saturday the third day of June next ensuing as the day on which appeals may be heard against the assessment as provided for by the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that Alderman J. F. Smith be hereby appointed a member of the Works, Nuisances Prevention Act and Lighting Committees in the room of the late Alderman Tye, deceased, also chairman of the same”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this second day of May 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


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