Tuesday 13th June 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 Peirce, Whately, 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 Colonial Secretary’s office conveying the sanction of his Excellency the Governor to enable the Council to borrow the sum of (£10,000) ten thousand pounds Sterling. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

2. The Mayor read a minute referring to the assessment cases of appeal and the contract for the walls in Raper Street which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Boots.

3. From the Registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners acknowledging receipt of a letter from this Council asking them to divert the bus traffic from the Newtown Road along Australia Street or Missenden Road.

4. From Mr Molesworth, one of the Trustees of St Stephens Church, explaining the proposal of the Trustees in asking the sum of £200 as compensation for land required for opening and continuing Egan Street to Chalder Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Hibble.

5. From the Marrickville Council respecting a culvert recently constructed in Edgeware Road and the complaint of Messrs Munro and Goodsell stating that the water table had not been altered in anyway etc. Received on the motion of Aldermen Gibbes and J. H. Smith.

6. From Mr P. C. Cover complaining of the action of the Council in filling up a portion of Gowrie Street thereby throwing the water back on his land. It was explained that pipes had been recently put in which would relieve the load of water complained of.

7. From Mrs C. B. Jones dedicating to the public use, Sloane Street in Enmore Ward. Received.

8. From Mr Richard Cozens asking the Council to put a few ashes on the footpath in front of Twickenham Terrace. On the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith, the letter was received and the request acceded to.

9. From Mr James Pemell asking the Council to place a bridge at the gateway to his residence in Enmore Road. Received on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble and the request to be complied with.

10. From Mr Kirkpatrick, architect for Mr Alexander Bruce, asking the Council to form a footpath in Don Street in front of a number of new houses in course of erection. Received on the motion of Aldermen Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Hibble.

11. From Mr W. D. Etesin (?) Asking the Council to re-write a board indicating Wilford Street which had become obliterated. Received and the Mayor requested to have the request attended to.

12. From Mr Enoch Atkins asking for something to be done to Trade Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman J. Smith.

13. From Mr Bullock Secretary to the Building Committee of the Church of England, Stanmore Road, asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in front of the new Church. Received and to be dealt with at next meeting.

14. From the Macdonaldtown Council asking to be supplied with the levels of Union Street. Referred to the Works Committee for immediate action on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

15. From Mr Stephen Murphy, asking the Council to do something in Fulham Street to prevent the drainage from the higher side of the Street from flowing over his land etc. Received and ordered to be attended to on the motion of Aldermen Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

16. From Mr surveyor Murphy asking the Council to increase his salary from £75 to £150 per annum. On the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the application was received and referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report at next meeting.

Petitions:

Aldermen Gibbes presented a petition from three ratepayers in Station Street asking this Council to urge upon the City Council the necessity for laying a water main in Station Street and moved, “that it be received and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Aldermen Hibble presented a petition from 6 ratepayers in Watkin Street asking the Council to raise the level of the kerbing and guttering now being laid in that Street and offering to pay a share of the cost of same and moved, “that it be received and taken into consideration forthwith”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that the request of the petitioners in Watkin Street be acceded to provided they are willing to bear the whole of the cost of the work”. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith. On the motion being put to the Council the Mayor declared it to be lost.

Reports:

The usual monthly report of the Inspector of Nuisances showing that 53 cesspits had been cleansed by the Council’s contractor and 15 new ones had been constructed during the last month. Also a report respecting the scavenging of Streets and gutters etc during the same period. Received on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that tenders be called by next meeting of Council for cutting down and re-forming Church Street in accordance with the specification adopted by this Council”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith. Alderman Whately called for a division which resulted as follows, viz,

Ayes, Aldermen Whately and J. H. Smith.

Noes, Aldermen J. F. Smith, Peirce, Boots, Goodsell, Hibble and Gibbes.

The motion was declared to be lost.

2. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a sum of £100 be now voted for the completion of the metalling of Camden Street”. Seconded by J. H. Smith and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the Works Committee report at next meeting of Council as to the best permanent means of conveying surface water etc from the lowest point of Angel Street to Union Street”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the kerbing and guttering be completed in the Munni Street at a cost not exceeding £30”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried. The

5. Moved by Aldermen Gibbes, “that the west side of Union Street from Erskineville Road to existing kerbing and guttering be kerbed and guttered and that such parts of such kerbing and guttering as are in bad repair be taken up and relaid; the whole work to cost not more than £250”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell. An amendment was moved by Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots and carried, that the further consideration of the above motion be made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

6. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the kerbing and guttering in Regent Street between Fitzroy Lane and Lands Lane, about 40 yards, be taken up and re-dressed and relaid and otherwise made good at a cost not exceeding £10”. Seconded by Alderman J. F. Smith and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman J. F. Smith called attention to the fact that no fresh levels had been adopted by the Council for Church Street but that the proposal was merely to alter it.

In reply to Aldermen J. F. Smith, the Mayor stated that the tar paving of the foot paths was done under the supervision of the overseer and the measurement of same was made by the surveyor. Also that no letter had been received from the Camperdown Council in reply to one from this Council relative to the formation of Bligh Street and that he would instruct the Inspector of Nuisances to see that persons carried the slops from their premises to be conveyed to the gutters by means of pipes etc. That he would take the necessary precautions to prevent persons from depositing rubbish on land fronting Newman Street, cause a letter to be written to the Commissioner for Railways calling his attention to the fact that a tram car is allowed to remain in the centre of the roadway in King Street all night to the inconvenience of the public and asking to have it removed and that he would see the traffic manager and endeavour to arrange to have broken metal brought from Darling Harbour to the Station at a moderate rate of charge.

In reply and Alderman J. H. Smith, the Mayor stated that he had given instructions to the overseer to keep the gutters cleaned out in Station Street pending arrangements in negotiation re completion of the work and that no reply had been received from the Marrickville Council respecting the metalling a portion of the Edgeware Road.

In reply to Alderman Peirce, the Mayor stated that scraper and generally used for scraping King Street was so much out of repair as to be practically useless and that he had done his best in negotiating with the Hon the Secretary for public Works to get King Street paved with wooden blocks or blue metal cubes, but had been informed that there were no funds available for such work and pending final arrangements the roadway would be temporarily finished with tarred metal so that it may be made ready for use as soon as possible.

Alderman Hibble called attention of the Mayor to the fact that some persons had blocked up a portion of a lane running parallel to Church Street etc and asked him to take some action with a view to having opened.

Aldermen J. H. Smith and Whately called the Mayor’s attention to the necessity for having crossings swept on Enmore and Cook’s River Roads who promised to have them attended to.

Alderman Gibbes stated that £30 had been voted for forming etc Harold Street and that the work had not been completed. The Mayor promised that it should be carried out in as soon as possible.

Orders of the day:

Postponed consideration of letter re drain near Liberty Street.

Resolved on the motion of Aldermen J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Peirce, “that it stand over for further consideration until next meeting of Council”.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 27th day on June 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


 

Tuesday 27th June 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, Whately, Goodsell, J. F. Smith, Gibbes, Boots, J. H. Smith and Hibble.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence read as follows: —

1. From Mr George S. Brock, complaining of damage having been done to his house in Campbell Street through the increase of vehicle traffic caused by tramway construction in King Street and asking the Council to have the kerbing etc repaired and a post or two be erected for protection. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the letter be received and the request complied with”.

2. Watkin Street levels.

From Messrs Pigott and Trickett, solicitors, asking the Council to reconsider the levels at which the kerbing and guttering is being laid in Watkin Street etc. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

3. Pearl Street.

From Mr F. J. complaining of the state of Pearl Street. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

4. Bligh Street.

From the Borough Council of Camperdown stating that the Council is not justified in spending the rates of the Borough in Bligh Street.

5. Fulham Street levels.

From Messrs Cooper and Murphy asking the Council to give them the permanent levels of Fulham Street. Received on the motion of Aldermen Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

Re Bligh Street.

Moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the letter from the Camperdown Council be received and the Council’s surveyor be instructed to prepare an estimate of the cost of forming the said Street with a view to this Council taking action in this matter as required by the provisions of the municipalities act of 1867 in reference to boundary Streets”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

6. From Mr A. Bruce, applying to have Station Street ed on the usual terms. Acceded to on the motion Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

7. Re pro. Loan.

From the Undersecretary for Finance and Trade stating that Hon the Colonial Treasurer was unable to accede to the Council’s request to open tenders for the proposed loan of £10,000. Received.

8. From the Commissioner for Railways stating, in reply to a letter from this Council, stating that the inconvenience caused by a tram car being allowed to remain on the line all night had been already attended to and would not be again incurred. Received.

9. From same gentlemen stating that the Council’s request for an additional lamp at the front of the motor shed in King Street had been acceded to.

10. From the Undersecretary, General Post Office, Sydney, stating that the Council’s request for a letter receiver to be placed in Laura Street had been acceded to by the Postmaster General.

11. From the Town Clerk of Sydney acknowledging receipt of letter from this Council and petition for extension of water main in Station Street, Newtown and stating that same had been referred to the city engineer for report.

12. Union Street levels.

From the Council Clerk of Macdonaldtown stating that the Works Committee of the Borough had agreed to accept the levels of Union Street submitted by the Council and that they were also agreeable to the proposed work for Union Street being carried out on terms of resolutions submitted to the Macdonaldtown Council from this Council and dated 8th March last. Received on the motion of Alderman J. H. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, and Clerk was instructed to reply, asking if the Council had agreed to the work etc as well as the Committee, and if so, to be informed thereof as early as possible.

13. From Mr Charles Crook complaining of the drainage lying in front of his property in Church Street and asking the Council to remedy the evil complained of. Received on the motion of Alderman Hibble seconded by Alderman Boots and referred to Works Committee for report.

14. From Mr James Green stating that he alone had the power of dedicating Sloane Street to the public use. Received.

15. From Mr R. Rogers, senior, stating that where the pipe drain had been laid through his land in Eliza Street more feeling was required to complete the work satisfactorily. Received on the motion of Aldermen Peirce, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and the request granted.

16. From Mrs S. Walker complaining of the state of the footpath in Laura and Alice Streets at the junction of Edgeware Road. Received and referred to Works Committee on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

17. From Mr R. Cozens, Jr, complaining of the way in which the footpath in Stanmore Road had been cut down necessitating the re-arrangement of steps in front of his house etc. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, the letter was received and it was ordered that the request be complied with.

18. From John Breen resigning his contract for Street cleansing, Kingston Ward. Received on the motion of Aldermen Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble and it was ordered that fresh tenders be called.

19. From Mr M. Harrison applying to have the footpath in front of his property in Liberty and Cavendish Street ed on the usual terms. Acceded to on the motion of Aldermen Gibbes, seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith.

20. From Mr Knight asking the Council to put a few loads of hard material in Sloane Street to make a passable and to supply him with the permanent levels etc. Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Whately, the letter was received and the request complied with. An amendment was moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Peirce, that as Sloane Street was not aligned, no money be expended upon it by this Council. Lost. A further amendment was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, that it be received and referred to Works Committee for report. Carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.

Petitions:

A petition was presented by Alderman Gibbes from a number of ratepayers praying for an extension of the city water main is along Gowrie Street upon the usual terms, who moved that it be received and forwarded to the city authorities with a request from this Council that it may be granted.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £893/17/9, and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £116/16/10. Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the report of the Finance Committee now read be adopted.

Finance report No 2.

1. Letter from Mr Vivian, London, England, recommending the Council to adopt a new hydrostatic van for Street watering purposes. After due consideration, your Council recommend that it is not advisable at present to adopt the recommendation contained in Mr Vivian’s letter and that Mr Vivian be written to thanking him for his letter etc.

2. Mr surveyor Murphy’s application for an increase of salary.

We recommend that a specification of duties be prepared and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

Signed, J. F. Smith, acting chairman.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith that the foregoing report be now adopted. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

Works report.

A report was brought up by the scene an of the Works Committee containing the following recommendations, viz,

1. That the kerbing and guttering in Lands Lane and Regent Street by Atkins Brothers has been done in a satisfactory manner and that final payment be made.

2. Kerbing and guttering in Regent Street in front of Mr Mitchell’s, that about 27 yards be taken up and relaid in proper alignment etc.

3. That the tar paving in Kingston Ward, performed by contractor Kruss years done in a satisfactory manner and that final payment be made.

4. Edgeware Road culvert.

That the Marrickville Council be written to and asked to clear out the open drain in Smidmore’s paddock so as to better facilitate the passing away of the water from the mouth of the new culvert. Also to remove the pipe which now is laying across the footpath and put in the place thereof a wooden bridge for foot passengers, and that a similar wooden bridge be built by this Council on the other side of the culvert. And that the roadway from the culvert to May Street be made up to the required level, say 33 feet wide, and the Marrickville Council be asked pay half cost of the work.

5. That a 12 inch pipe drain be laid at the intersection of Angel and Norfolk Streets in the ordinary way.

Signed, J. F. Smith, chairman.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, “that the Works report just read be adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

Lighting Committee.

A report was brought up from the lighting Committee recommending that H. additional lamps be placed in the Enmore Ward as follows, viz, Belmore Street, 1. White Horse Street, 1. Marian Street, 2. Gowrie Street, 2. That the lamp in Sarah Street be removed to the corner of Sarah and Marian Streets. Erskineville Road, 1 lamp upon the condition that Macdonaldtown Council place 1 in the corresponding part of said Road; also 1 lamp in Union Street upon the same condition.

Kingston Ward; Denison Street, 1 lamp and Albert Street, 1 lamp, Trade Street 1 lamp.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Peirce that the Lighting Committee report be now adopted.

Borough Treasurer reported that £1178/2/1 had been received during the last month and paid into the bank to the Council’s credit; that cheques had been issued amounting to £893/17/9; the balance at credit as per passbook, £1310/15/10; outstanding cheques, £263/19/3, making actual balance at credit of £1046/16/7. Received on the motion of Aldermen Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Don Street be formed at a cost not exceeding £15”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Marian Street be formed at a cost not exceeding £25”. Seconded by Alderman J. H. Smith and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that two lanes in Gowrie Estate from Harold Street to Newman Street be filled in as far as necessary at a cost not exceeding £20 for each Lane”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

4. 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 to be used in Enmore Ward”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

5. By Alderman Gibbes was withdrawn by the consent of the Council.

6. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a sum of £15 be now voted for metalling with metal from Messrs Munro and Goodsell’s the lower part of Lord Street”. Not seconded.

7. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a sum of £34 be now voted for forming and metalling with metal from Munro Goodsell’s the western end of Maria Street”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

8. Moved by Alderman goods, “that John Street be metalled with metal from Munro and Goodsell’s at a cost of £10”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

9. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Wells Street be metalled with metal from Munro and Goodsell’s at a cost of £54 and the kerbing and guttering of said Street on north side from Pearl Street to John Street be raised at a cost not exceeding £7”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell. An amendment was moved by Alderman J. F. Smith, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that all that portion of the resolution referring to the kerbing and guttering etc be admitted”. Carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.

10. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the kerbing and guttering in Edgeware Road be completed between Sarah and Camden Streets and a 12 inch pipe drain be laid at the intersection of Edgeware Road and James Street at a cost not exceeding £30”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

11. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that Yaralla Street be formed and a 12 inch pipe drain be laid at a cost not exceeding £10”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

12. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that 20 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid in Wilson Street from Mr Molesworth’s to Hill Street at cost not exceeding £10”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

13. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that the kerbing and guttering in Queen Street be completed about 40 yards at a cost of £20”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

14. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that the tender of Messrs Wells Smith and Russell, £189/10/6, be accepted for the two retaining walls in Raper Street “. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried. An amendment upon this motion was moved by Alderman Hibble, “that fresh tenders be called for the work”, seconded by Alderman Peirce, was lost.

15. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that application be made to the City Corporation to have a turn cock permanently stationed at Newtown to be in readiness to attend the water plugs in case of fire”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

17. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that kerbing and guttering be laid in Gipps Lane from Fitzroy Lane southern side a distance of about 15 yards at a cost not exceeding £17/10/0. Withdrawn by consent of the Council.

Orders of the day:

Motion number five of last meeting by Alderman Gibbes was made an order of the day for next meeting.

Postponed consideration of letter re drain near Liberty Street discharged from the paper.

No tenders were received for kerbing and guttering.

The business and being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this the 11th day on July 1882.

Signed Ninian Melville, Mayor.


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