Tuesday 11th November 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 (Mr J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Whately, Goodsell, Neale and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Alderman Neale apologised for the absence of Alderman Boots who was still unable to attend through illness.

Correspondence.

1. From the Macdonaldtown Council asking this Council to join with them in forming a deputation to the Minister for Mines to urge upon him the expediency of opening Burren street under the railway to Wilson Street through the properties of Messrs James and Copeland. On the motion of Alderman Whately, the letter was received and the following Alderman were appointed to represent this Council, viz, the Mayor and Aldermen Hibble and Whately.

2. From Mr Selwyn of Alice Street complaining of excessive rating and that the valuers prevented his appealing to the stipendiary magistrate although he had given due notice by promising to reduce the valuation to the amount of the former year. Received and Mr Selwyn be informed that the Council had not the necessary powers to make any reduction in the valuation etc..

3. Mr Cannter complaining of the present state of Phillip Street from the wooden bridge to railway crossing. Received.

4. From Mr Alexander complaining of the locking of the white gates at the level crossing over the railway connecting North and South Kingstons. These gates are locked every evening at sundown and on Sundays. Received and copies of the letter to be sent to Messrs Gibbes Mitchell, MLAs representing Newtown with a request from the Council that they would use their influence to have the gates opened as usual and to urge the government to push on with the long promised subway.

5. From the Commissioner for Railways declining to alter the name of the railway station at Newtown on the Illawarra line from ‘St Peters’ to ‘Enmore’. Received.

6. From Mr F. Hart of Station Street enclosing a letter written to him by the Inspector of Nuisances and complaining of the tone of the letter considering it to be uncourteous to him a ratepayer etc. the letter also being read it was moved by Alderman Neale and seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that this Council censure the Inspector of Nuisances for the language used in his letter to Mr Hart”. Carried.

Petitions.

Alderman Neale presented a petition from a number of ratepayers in Alice Street and its vicinity praying, “that a bus stand might be appointed at the junction of Newtown Road and Alice Street”, and moved that it be received and forwarded to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners with this Council’s approval. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Reports.

Borough Treasurer reported, “that the balance due to bank at last statement was £2,090/6/11, that £6,276/1/11 had been received during the month being rates etc., £1226/1/11, fixed deposit and interest bank of New South Wales £5050, that cheques had been paid during the month amounting to £1882/13/11, outstanding £52 and that the balance at Council’s credit at date was £2,303/1/1.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported: —

1. That in accordance with instructions he had inspected a premises belonging to Mr Goodin in Marian Street and had found that the night soil which had been let out of the cesspit was still lying in the underground drain which had been dug for it.

2. Complaining of the way in which the contractor for the removal of night soil had been neglecting some of the earth pans lately and recommending that he be fined £1.

3. Detailing the amount of work done in his department during the past months.

Received.

A report was received from the special Committee appointed to deal with the proposals of the Holt Sutherland Estate Co re Watersfield as a depot for night soil and on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the Council resolved into a Committee of the whole to consider it.

The Council having considered the report in Committee resumed and reported recommending its adoption which was moved by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Goodsell. An amendment was moved by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Hibble, that the adoption of the report be made an order of the day for next meeting”. Carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 25th day of November 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 25th November 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 (Mr J. F. Smith) and Alderman Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Gibbes, Neale and Boots.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Alderman Neale said he had been requested by Alderman Hibble to apologise for his absence as he was too unwell to attend.

Correspondence. And

1. From Mr Edward Hardy complaining of nuisance in Margaret Street and the Inspector of Nuisances’ report on it. Received.

2. From Mr R. Holdsworth, executor in the estate of the late Felix Wilson covering the specification and tender for new cesspits and closets and drainage required at Randles Cottages and stating that the price for the work was so high that the estate could not bear it and asking some modification of the work could be adopted. Under instruction from the Mayor, the Inspector of Nuisances had reported upon it and recommended such alterations as would reduce the cost of the work from £420 to £150. All the papers were received and the Council Clerk was instructed to forward them to Mr Holdsworth recommending the adoption of the alterations.

3. From Messrs Chambers and –cock (illegible in minutes) offering to lay a Bluestone cube crossing in Maria Street at 14 shillings per super yard. Agreed to.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1882/13/11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £501/5/4. On the motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale, the report was adopted.

A second report was brought up from the same Committee recommending that the application of the Inspector of Nuisances of 16th October 1883 be not acceded to. Adopted on motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending the passing and final payment of kerbing and guttering by contractors Matthews, Atkin and Montgomery. On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the report was adopted.

A report was read from the Council Clerk who had been appointed to superintend the metal cubing of a portion of Wilson Street stating that the work was completed to his satisfaction and recommending that an additional £56 be spent in fusing the joints with well boiled tar. On the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Whately, the report was adopted and the recommendation to be carried out.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. King Street asphalting. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the asphalting of the footway on east side of King Street from railway bridge to Rochford Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £130”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

2. King Street asphalting. “That the asphalting of the footway on the west side of King Street from railway bridge to Holt Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £5”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

3. Alice Street asphalting. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the footway on the northside of Alice Street from King Street to western boundary of Martin’s be asphalted at a cost of £150”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

4. Camden Street asphalting. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that the foot way on the northside of Camden Street be asphalted from College Street to the Edgeware Road at a cost not exceeding £93″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

5. College Street asphalting. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that the footway on the west side of College Street be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £38″. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

6. Holt Street asphalting. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that the foot way on the northside of Holt Street from College Street to Station Street be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £26″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

7. Gladstone Street lamps. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that three lamps be erected in Gladstone Street at such points as the Mayor may select”. Seconded by Alderman Whately. An amendment was moved by Alderman his, “that the lighting of Gladstone Street be referred to the Lighting Committee for report at next meeting of Council”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

8. Auditors fees. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that a sum of £8/8/0 be now voted to the Auditors for their services for the past year”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

9. Raper Lane pipe drain. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that a 12 inch pipe drain be laid in Raper Lane from Raper Street to end of said lane at a cost not exceeding £86”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

10. Gladstone Street wooden bridge. Moved by the Mayor that a sum of £5 be now voted for the erection of bridge four feet wide over a watercourse in Gladstone Street”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

By consent Alderman Gibbes presented a petition from David Baker addressed to the Transit Commissioners asking to be allowed to put two buses on the stand at the junction of King Street and Alice Street when it is appointed and a letter from the same party to the Council asking it to forward same to the Registrar with Council’s approval. Request granted.

Orders of the day.

Adoption of report of special Committee re Watersfield night soil depot etc..

The following was entered in the minute book but crossed out and initialed J. F. S. “on the order being called on it was found that there was not a quorum present, Aldermen Boots, Whately and Neale having left the room”.

The meeting lapsed.

Confirmed this ninth day of December 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


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