Tuesday 14th October 1884.

 

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

Present, the Mayor (Alderman J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Melville, Gibbes, Neale and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Mr Clark stating that under direction from his co-religionists that he would not longer require the large Hall for Sunday services and asking to be allowed the use of the reading room for such purpose. Received.

2. From the Petersham Council stating that it is prepared to kerb and gutter and metal that portion of the road at foot of Liberty Street which lies in Petersham Municipality provided this Council will do the part situated in the Newtown Municipality. Alderman Gibbes moved that the letter be received and the Petersham Council be informed that this Council agrees to co-operate in completing the work referred to.

3. From Mr A. (?) Thompson asking to be allowed to fix a signboard on the walls of his house in King Street to project (illegible in minutes) on the footway. Resolved that the applicant be informed that the Council decline to accede to his request.

4. From Macdonaldtown Council covering copy of resolution inviting this Council to accompany the Councils of Macdonaldtown and Alexandria on a deputation to the Minister for Works in the government to urge upon them the necessity of carrying out the sewerage for these Borough without further delay etc.. Received and the request complied with.

Petitions.

A petition was presented by Alderman Hibble from a number of ratepayers in O’Connell Ward praying that the encroachment in Browns Lane be removed, who moved that it be received and seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Reports.

Finance.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1999/3/8 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £429/14/4. Resolved on the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Peirce, that the report be adopted.

Works.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending final payment to contractor Matthews for kerbing and guttering in Iredale Street, Keig Street, White Horse Street be passed and final payment made; that it is not advisable to accept Mr Gee’s offer to kerb and gutter and form the footpath in front of his cottage in Gladstone Street on the usual terms until the whole street is dealt with and declining to make any recommendation in the matter of the drain through Alderman Hibble’s land in Augustus Street. On the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the report was adopted.

Nuisances Prevention Act.

A report was brought up referring to a complaint made by Mr Thomas Goodin that he had been summonsed to the Police Court by the Inspector of Nuisances for a breach of the Nuisances Prevention Act recommending that it be left with the Magistrate to decide etc.. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Whately seconded by Alderman Peirce.

Borough Treasurer;

Reported having received and paid to the Council’s credit the sum of £1335/10/1 since the 5th August last; that during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £4,378/16/6, interest charged to date £21/18/9, the balance owing to the bank at date £2090/6/11. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

Inspector of Nuisances;

Reported the amount of work done in his department during the last month, also upon a communication from a Mr Williams recommending to the Council a new paten pan (sic) for earth closet’s describing one in use in Wilson Street and stating that it is an improvement upon the old system but more expensive. Received.

The Mayor laid upon the table a copy of the statement of revenue and expenditure for the half-year ended August 1884.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Lane rear of the Lennox Street. Moved by Alderman Peirce, that kerbing and guttering in Lane rear of Lennox Street be completed from Regent Street to Oxford Street at a cost not exceeding £60″. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

2. Bishopsgate Street, asphalt. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the footpath in Bishopsgate Street from Wellington Street to Oxford Street be asphalted at a cost of £15”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

3. Albert Street encroachment. Moved by Alderman Peirce that the necessary steps be taken to compel the owners of the properties encroaching on the footpath in Albert Street to set the fences back to the proper alignment of the said street”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

4. Sloan Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that Sloan be kerbed and guttered at a cost of £130″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

5. Sloan Street metalled. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that Sloan Street be metalled at a cost of £140. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

6. Angel Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that Angel Street (west side) be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £95″. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

7. Union Lane kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “the Union Lane be kerbed and guttered at a cost of £112”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

8. Gowrie Lane kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Gowrie Lane be kerbed and guttered at a cost of £112”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

9. Rosewarn Lane kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Rosewarn Lane be kerbed and guttered at a cost of £20”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

10. By Alderman Hibble that the application of the Inspector of Nuisances for an increase of pay be acceded to by this Council was withdrawn by consent.

Miscellaneous business.

The Mayor was authorised to purchase the metal now being shipped from King Street to lay upon some of the back streets.

The Mayor stated that he had already written to the Commissioner for Railways remonstrating against the taking away of the gutter stones from King Street by the contractor for wood paving and calling the Commissioner’s attention to the fact of a man having been killed at the Phillip Street crossing who had promised that the subway should be begun forthwith.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 28th. day of October 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 28 October 1884.

 

The meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Monday at 7:30 PM — pursuant to notice –.

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Messrs Tabrett and Draper asking the Council to straighten the kerb line in front of his new building in King Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2. From the Borough Council of St Peters asking this Council to consent to the joint expenditure of £100 for the repair of May Street. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the letter was rceived and the request complied with, this Council to reserve the right of doing the work.

3. From the Holt Sutherland Co asking the Council to reconsider its decision in reference to the proposed charges. Received and referred to the special Committee appointed to deal with the matters appertaining to the night soil depot.

4. From the Department of Justice refusing to give the sum of £200 asked for to put into repair the Town Hall which had been used as a Court House. Received.

5. From Jones and Jones, solicitors to Mr Eggleton, asking for information relative to an encroachment in Browns Lane. Received.

6. From Mr J. P. Wright refusing to dedicate a piece of land for a lane to his property in Ferndale Street. Received.

7. From Messrs J. C. Goodin and Co offering to enamelled iron street names etc. as per list of prices and illustrations accompanying etc.. Received and the Mayor authorised to purchase what is needed for the streets requiring them.

8. From Mr J. W. Brooks complaining of the way in which the contractor for tar paving had splashed the paint work of his two cottages in Egan Street. Received and referred to the contractor with instructions to repair the damage etc.

9. From Mr O’Donnell offering to supply the Council with blue metal broken to a 2 1/2 inch gauge at 11 shillings per ton and to cart it to any point of the Borough for one shilling and sixpence per ton. Received and the Mayor authorised to purchase 500 tons including cartage.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Timber bridge, Phillip Street. Moved by the Mayor that a sum of £five the amount voted to remove the timber bridge from Phillip Street to Trafalgar Terrace”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. Moved by the Mayor that a sum of £15 be now voted for laying 44 feet of 24 inch drain pipes in place of bridge in Phillip Street and filling in same”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. Moved by the Mayor, “that a deputation from this Council wait upon the Hon the Secretary for Public Works in the matter of the naming of the Newtown Station on the Illawarra line”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Goodsell that a sum of £210 be now voted for providing and laying 590 feet of 24 inch drain pipes from Camden Street to Edgeware Road via Stack’s”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

In reply to Alderman Gibbes, the Mayor said he would give instructions to have the asphalting done in King Street near McKechnie’s; and Islington Street and Iredale Street would be metalled as soon as was possible to do it.

The Mayor stated that he had employed the Council’s surveyor the Council (illegible in minutes) and Mr Charles Helmrich the Council Clerk and foreman of Works in Paddington to measure and value the whole of the guttering in King Street who had given him a certificate of the value of the stone which he had sent to the Commissioner for Railways with a letter requesting the payment of £237/6/0 the value of the stone, that Mr Goodchap had told him that the government had not given any authority to the contractor to take the stone and if he did so the Council had a legal remedy. It was then resolved that the Mayor be now authorised to take any steps, legal or otherwise, to recover either the stone or the value of it.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 11th day of November 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


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