Wednesday 2nd May 1882.

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

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Letters were read from Messrs Aldermen J. H. Smith and Hibble apologising for their [] which was caused through indisposition.

Correspondence:

1. From the Borough Council of Camperdown asking this Council to receive a deputation in reference to the proposed widening of Church Street and the drainage from Raper’s paddock. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Whately, “that a deputation of the whole Council meet the deputation from Camperdown in Church Street at 4 PM on Tuesday next”.

2. A copy of a report of the Works Committee of the Marrickville Council and plan of proposed culvert in Edgeware Road stating that the Marrickville Council would build a culvert in accordance with plan submitted for the sum of £35 provided this Council would bear half the cost etc.. On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith and Goodsell it was received and to be considered in connection with a recommendation of the Works Committee upon the same subject as contained in their report to be presented this meeting.

3. From the secretary to the St Stephens Young Men’s Institute asking the Council to forgo the rent of Hall used for a public entertainment as the meeting was small and the proceeds were needed for the purchase of books etc. Resolved that it be left in the hands of the Mayor to settle the matter.

4. From Mr J. F. Hart asking the Council to place a lamp in Bailey Street. Referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

5. From Mr A. T. Fleay asking the Council to place a lamp in Erskineville Road and to make Gowrie Street. Referred to the Lighting Committee to report respecting the lighting etc.

Reports:

A report was received from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £521/10/11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £165/15/10. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the report now read be adopted “.

Works report.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee containing the following recommendations, viz,

1. Wellington Street. That the kerbing and guttering etc. by contractor Pitts has been done satisfactorily and that payment for the same be made.

2. Re-erection of stone wall in front of the Congregational Church. That payment of the balance of account be made to the contractor.

3. Station Street. That the kerbing and guttering by contractor Pitts has been done satisfactorily and that 4 stone caps be placed at the ends of certain drain pipes.

4. Drainage of Station Street to College Street through Mr Bigg’s land. That the Works Committee be authorised to negotiate with Mr Biggs and to make arrangements for completing the Works already begun of draining Station Street.

5. That the proposal of the Marrickville Council to construct a culvert in Edgeware Road at a cost not exceeding £35, this Council to bear half the said cost, be acceded to.

6. Culvert in May Street and Edgeware Road. That the proposal of the St Peters Council to construct a culvert at the junction of May Street and Edgeware Road be not acceded to for reasons therein stated.

The foregoing report, on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Whately, dealt with as follows, viz, sections 1, 2,3, 5 & 6 were adopted and section 4 referred for consideration in Committee of the whole Council at a later period of the meeting.

The Borough Treasurer.

Report received showing receipts during the last month amounting to £106/12/9 which together with £1916/9/4 received from the Colonial Treasurer, being special grant government endowment on the previous years rates had been paid into the Bank of Australasia to the Council’s credit. Cheques paid by the bank, £506/9/11, interest on overdraft to 10th April, £2/15/2 and the balance at credit to date, £834/8/5.

Lighting Committee.

A report was brought up recommending that the lamp in London Street be removed to a site immediately opposite the centre of Charles Street, that the lamp now standing in the footpath near the corner of Spooner Terrace be removed to a site immediately opposite the centre of Belmore Street. Adopted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots.

Inspector of Nuisances.

Inspector of Nuisances reported that during the month 53 cesspits had been emptied by the Council’s contractor and that 29 new cesspits had been constructed, that notices had been served on several persons respecting spouting the eaves of their houses etc and that several head of goats and horses had been impounded. Received on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a sum of £30 be now voted for forming Harold Street from Union Street to Angel Street, the sweepings that have been deposited there to be a levelled, all the refuse buried beneath the surface and the whole to be finished with good hard material to be done by day labour”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried”.

2. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a sum of £30 be now voted for the repair of Camden Street with white metal to be done by day labour”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

3 & 4. By Alderman Hibble were made orders of the day for next meeting on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Whately.

5. By Alderman Hibble, having reference to lighting Watkin Street was ruled “informal” and was discharged from the paper.

6. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that a sum of £500 be now voted for the formation of Raper, Chalder and Standen Streets “. Seconded by Alderman Whately. Withdrawn by consent of the Council.

7. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that a sum of £150 be now voted for the purchase and breaking of 350 tons of white or blue metal for O’Connell Ward.

8. By Alderman Whately having reference to the erection of a Toll Bar in Wilson Street was ruled by the Mayor to be out of order as if it were carried it would be inoperative.

9. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that a sum of £32 be now voted for kerbing and guttering in Yaralla Street and Bucknell Street, tenders to be called forthwith “. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

10. By Alderman Whately that in the event of the Council obtaining the Governor’s sanction to borrow the sum of £25,000 by means of debentures, it is hereby resolved that not more than £10,000 worth of debentures be issued in any one municipal year.

Miscellaneous business.

Alderman J. F. Smith called attention to the way in which the foot paths were being formed, the convexity being too great, having a tendency to make them much narrower than were. The Mayor said he would give instructions to have them altered.

Alderman Whately suggested that it would be a good time now to get material from the excavations from the tramway line for filling up etc.

On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, the Council resolved into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for blue metal etc.

In Committee, that tenders were opened and on the Council resuming the Mayor presented the following report, viz,

That your Committee recommend the adoption of Mr Lynch’s tender for hard broken blue metal, two and half gauge, at 11 shillings and sixpence per ton, delivered on the trucks at Darling Harbour and the adoption of clause four of the report of the Works Committee brought up this evening referring to drainage of Station Street through Mr Biggs land.

The business be concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 17th day of May 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

Tuesday 16th May 1882.

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the above day at 7:30 PM. New paragraph present, the Mayor (Mr N. Melville) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Gibbes, Boots, J. H. Smith and Hibble.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Privilege.

Alderman Gibbes desired, as a matter of privilege, to bring under the notice of the Council the fact that he had been informed, unofficially, that the government had, at a cabinet meeting, resolved not to recommend His Excellency to grant this Council permission to borrow the sum of £25,000 as proposed, but to limit the amount to £10,000 and spoke at considerable length upon the general neglect which the government had for many years manifested towards this Borough and urged speedy action by the Council and ratepayers generally to assert their rights and claim their privileges.

The above subject was also spoken to by Aldermen J. H. Smith, Hibble, The Mayor, Aldermen J. F. Smith and Peirce, all of whom were in favour of the sentiments of the previous speaker. Alderman Goodsell expressed himself as desirous of ascertaining public opinion on the subject and Alderman Whately considered the government had done right in limiting the amount of the loan to £10,000 and applauded it’s action.

Correspondence:

1. From the Undersecretary, Department of Public Works, stating that the sum of £200 for watering King Street will be paid to the credit of this Council so soon as a communication shall have been received to the effect that the ratepayers fronting the Road between the old Missenden Road and the Toll Bar have agreed to pay the watering rate.

The Mayor stated that a letter in reply had already been sent to the Undersecretary stating that a sixpenny rate had been levied on the properties referred to and that the Council had the necessary power to enforce it’s collection. The letter was received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith.

Reduction of bus fares.

A letter was received from the registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners enclosing copy of an application from the bus proprietors of Newtown asking to be allowed radius the fares from threepence to fourpence etc and submitting the proposal to this Council for it’s opinion. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the letter be received and the Commissioners informed that the Council has no objection to the fares being raised as proposed by the proprietors etc”.

3. From the Undersecretary, Postal Department, acknowledging Council Clerk’s letter of the fifth instant requesting earlier deliveries of letters and that a mail be despatched from Newtown to Sydney as late as 7:30 PM etc and stating that the proposals were under consideration and further communication would be sent.

4. From the Department of Works, Railway Branch, stating in reply to a communication from this Council that a pipe drain would be laid under the tramway line in front of Dr Watson’s gateway to prevent a recurrence of flooding his premises with stormwater etc.

5. From Miss Deakin calling attention to state of the drainage in Station Street etc and complaining of the great inconvenience experienced by the pupils attending her School and the injury she was likely to sustain in consequence the band smells arising from the drainage which was allowed to stagnate in front of the Station Street entrance to Camden College. The Mayor stated that the subject of the drainage of Station Street was under consideration of the Works Committee but that he would give instructions to have the present cause of the nuisance removed forthwith.

6. From Mr C. A. Vivian, of London, England, recommending to the Council the use of the “Hydrostatic Watering Van” now much used in large cities in preference to the old-style of watering cart, also a sketch of same accompanied with (illegible in minutes) reports from engineers and others who had used them etc. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that the letter be received and referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report”.

7. From the Secretary to the Newtown Volunteer Fire Brigade acknowledging receipt of the Council’s donation of £25.

8. From Mr A. F. Fleay asking for an open crossing to be made at the back entrance to Gowrie House and for permission to lay drainpipes under the footpath etc. Referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.

Petitions:

A petition was received from ratepayers in Watkin Street complaining of the levels at which the kerbing and guttering was being ( ) and stating that it would seriously injure their properties and asking the Council to reconsider the same. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the petition be referred to the Works Committee for it’s consideration and to be dealt with forthwith”.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Specification Committee recommending a specification for retaining walls for Raper Street composed of 18 inch ashlar etc and that tenders be called for the work forthwith. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the report and specification be adopted”.

The Mayor reported verbally that he had purchased the waste material from the contractor for the tramway at one shilling per load to be deposited in the various Streets of the Borough as may required from time to time. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Whately, that the report of the Mayor be adopted.

A report was brought up from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee recommending that all cesspits be measured by the Inspector before being emptied and a triplicate form used (a copy of which is appended to this report) so as to supply the occupier of the premises, contractor and the Council with the measurements. Also that the Council Clerk be instructed to get the necessary forms printed. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Whately, “that the recommendations contained in the foregoing report be now adopted”.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a sum of £80 be now voted for the purchase of 400 tons of blue metal from Messrs Munro and Goodsell’s for the Enmore Ward. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

2. By Alderman Gibbes, that the lighting of the Erskineville Road and Union Street be referred to the Lighting Committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that the Works Committee inspect and report the best means of providing for certain drainage of and into Simmon(d)s Street at the south west end. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that a temporary drain be cut in Pearl Street from Holdingsby (?) to Wells Street at a cost not exceeding £5.

5. That a sum of £30 be now voted for the repair of the Road and footways in James Street. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

6. That from and after Thursday next, the 18th instant, the overseer (Mr James Bullen) receive 10 shillings per day instead of eight shillings as heretofore. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

7. Moved by Alderman Boots that tenders be called for building a retaining walls in Raper Street in accordance with the levels already adopted by this Council. As this had already been resolved upon in adopting the report of the Specification Committee, it was withdrawn.

8. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, that a sum of £380 be now voted for laying of 800 yards of first, second and third class kerbing and guttering in Kingston Ward as may be required and tenders to be called for the same. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman Whately called attention to the fact that the contract for the tramway through King Street was not being carried out in accordance with a promise made to this Council by the Minister for Works, that it should be completed in sections of 200 yards each. The Mayor stated that both the member for Newtown (Mr Mitchell) and himself had protested to the Minister against the violation of the promise but without effect.

In reply to Alderman J. H. Smith, the Mayor stated that he would give instructions to have the retaining wall built in Belmore Street now that Mr Brown had caused his house to be raised to required level.

Alderman Gibbes called attention to the necessity which existed for an additional lamp or two in King Street near the tramway shed and thought that perhaps the government might be induced to place a light there. The Mayor said he would look the matter up.

Alderman Peirce referred to the way in which the contract for scavenging in Kingston Ward had done lately and thought that it required looking after. The Mayor stated the contractor had been cautioned and unless an improvement were made he would be otherwise dealt with.

Orders of the day:

Motions postponed from last meeting.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that tenders be called to complete the kerbing and guttering of Watkin Street at a cost not to exceed £100”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that tenders be called to complete tar pavement of foot paths extending from the toll to the railway bridge, also to lay cubes of blue metal on the Road to all entrances of business premises at a cost not to exceed £150”. An amendment to the above was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the consideration of the motion be postponed until after the completion of the tramway”. The amendment was carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.

Committee of the whole.

On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the Council resolved into Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for kerbing and guttering.

In Committee a number of tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming a report was brought up recommending the acceptance of John Hellmrich’s tender at 12 shillings and sixpence per yard for first-class, 10 shillings per yard for second class and nine shillings and threepence per yard for third class. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, that the report of the Committee of the whole be now adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed his 30th day of May 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

Tuesday 30th May 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 Peirce, 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 Department of Public Works in reply to a letter from this Council of the 10th instant respecting the drain from the railway to Liberty Street stating that although provision had been made for the receipt and discharge of sewage from this locality in the main conduits no money had been provided for the extension of the minor conduits to the places referred to etc.

Also from the Borough Council of Petersham upon the same subject and asking that a deputation from this Council be appointed in conjunction with one from Petersham to visit upon the Minister for Works upon the subject.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the letter from Petersham be received and acknowledged and that the further consideration of the subject stand over until next meeting”.

2. From Messrs Jones and Jones, solicitors for Messrs Munro and Goodsell Brothers, complaining of the construction of a culvert in Edgeware Road by the councils of Marrickville and Newtown. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report”.

3. From the Mayor of Burwood referring to the proposed extension of the provisions of the City Improvement Act to the whole of the suburbs and asking that two members of the Council might be appointed to act in conjunction with other councils as a Committee to take such steps as may be necessary etc. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, that the letter be received and acknowledged.

4. From Robert Rogers senior, signifying his willingness to bear 25% of the cost of laying a large pipe culvert through his land to convey the drainage from Lennox Street to Eliza Street. Received and accepted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

5. From John D. land, gratefully acknowledging a recommendation by the Mayor to Professor Stanich Aurist etc and stating that both his wife and child who had been suffering from deference had been should. Moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that a certificate of sure be sent to Professor stage under the seal of this Council”. Carried.

Alderman Gibbes called for a division which resulted as follows: —

Ayes, Aldermen Hibble, J. H. Smith, Goodsell, Boots, Peirce and J. F. Smith.

No, Alderman Gibbes.

6. From Mr Harrison applying to have the footpath in front of his four new houses in Liberty Street ed, also the return frontage in Cavendish Street, on the usual terms. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the application was acceded to”.

Petitions:

Alderman Gibbes presented a petition from 66 ratepayers in the Enmore Ward complaining of the state of the drain from the railway and Station Street to Liberty Street and stating that unless some action be at once taken with regard to it the consequences resulting from the nuisance caused by it may prove serious to the inhabitants in it’s locality, and moved that it be received. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith. The Mayor stated that he had already brought the subject of this drain under notice of authorities by the letter and that he was still negotiating with the Minister for Works to get something done in the matter and that he hoped to be able to give a satisfactory report shortly. Motion carried.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £654/8/6 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £362/11/6. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the finance report now presented be adopted.

Borough Treasurer, reported that £597/13/3 had been received during the month and been duly placed to the council’s credit in the bank. That cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £654/8/5 which had been paid by the bank with the exception of one for £31/14/6 which still outstanding. The balance as per passbook herewith £79/6/9 making the actual balance as per cashbook £752/12/3 (?). Received on the motion of Aldermen Boots and Peirce.

Works Committee, reported as follows: —

1. Kerbing and guttering in Australia Street in front of Johnson’s new buildings and adjoining lane done in a satisfactory manner by Atkins Brothers and that final payment been made.

2. Gowrie Street. That a few pipes be laid at the entrance to lane at the back of Gowrie House property.

3. That a 16 inch pipe drain be laid for temporary use under new filling in Gowrie Street.

On the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the foregoing clauses were adopted.

4. That the owner of the cottages in lower Simmon(d)s Street be written to and requested to convey the drainage therefrom by means of pipes etc to Simmon(d)s Street so that provision might be made by kerbing and guttering to convey it to Camden Street.

The latter clause was adopted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

The report as a whole was then adopted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble.

A special report from same Committee upon the alteration of level of kerbing and guttering in Watkin Street stating that the level had been raised 10 inches and that it had been arranged to pay four shillings per yard to raise that portion already laid down, which was adopted on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots.

Specification Committee, reported having prepared a specification for cutting down and reforming a portion of Church, Mechanic, Victoria and Prospect Streets, the same being read up to the Council. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the report and specification be adopted”.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. By Alderman Gibbes, “that the lighting of the Borough be referred to the Lighting Committee for report at next meeting”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Boots for Alderman Whately, “that a sum of £35 be now voted for kerbing and guttering in Bucknell Street (north east side) about 70 yards”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that a sum of £90 be now voted for continuing the drain from Mrs Connolly’s through the property of Mrs Constable and Mrs Rogers to Eliza Street”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that a sum of £35 be now voted for continuing the kerbing and guttering in Stanmore Road about 70 yards”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, “that a sum of £8 be now voted for lengthening the timber bridge at the foot of Phillip Street”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman Gibbes asked the Mayor to get a number of Streets aligned in the Enmore Ward, who said he would give the order as soon as it was ascertained how many there were unaligned. In reply to the same Aldermen the Mayor stated that he had not yet and an interview with the Mayor of Sydney relative to the laying of water mains in this Borough.

And that the letter of condolence to Mrs Tye and family would be properly prepared and duly forwarded.

Also that he had that day seen the Secretary for Public Works and had remonstrated with him on the way in which the tramway work was being carried out, who stated that he was not aware that the roadway had been locked up and that no definite conclusion had been arrived at in reference to laying the roadway with wooden pavement.

Alderman Boots wished to call attention to the unsatisfactory way in which the gutters had been cleansed in the O’Connell Ward. The Mayor stated that the Inspector would bring up a report upon the whole work at next meeting.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the Council resolved into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for retaining walls in Raper Street.

In Committee, a number of tenders were opened and considered and it was resolved to recommend the acceptance of the tender of Messrs Wells, Smith and Rupell for £189.

On the Council resuming, the Mayor reported the above recommendation which was adopted on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

The business and being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 13th day of April (June?) 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


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