Tuesday 9th December 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 and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Gibbes, Boots, Neale and Hibble.

The minutes of the previous meeting read and confirmed after a slight alteration which was unanimously agreed to.

Correspondence.

1. From George Brock complaining of the state in which the footpath in Wilson Street had been left and asking to have the bricks relaid on the path and the foundation walls of the house underpinned where necessary etc. received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2. From St Peters Council asking the Council to carry out the culvert at the junction of May Street and Edgeware Road”. Resolved that the whole Council meet the Councils of St Peters and Marrickville on the ground to further consider it.

3. From the Registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners covering a petition against the appointment of a bus stand at the junction of Alice Street and King Street. On the motion of Aldermen Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Peirce, resolved that this Council now endorses its former action in this matter and further recommend the Commissioners to confirm the appointment.

4 hundred. From the Darlington Council asking this Council to meet representatives from Darlington and Redfern to confer as to the best means of making Forbes Street at the joint expense of the three Councils. Alderman Hibble moved that the letter be received and a deputation appointed consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Gibbes, Whately and Boots to confer with the other Councils. Seconded by Alderman Neale. An amendment was moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Peirce that the letter be received. Carried.

5. From Mr J. F. Tabrett asking permission from the Council to drain the cellar of his hotel now in course of erection down Watkin Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Peirce, “that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

6. From the Department of Mines covering a claim from Mr Hilstead for land proposed to be resumed for the extension of Islington Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Whately, that the whole correspondence be produced at the next meeting of Council.

7. From the Department of Mines stating that a sum of money had been placed on the estimates for the construction of a subway at Burren Street, Macdonaldtown. Received.

8. Two letters from the Under-Secretary for Public Works asking this Council to cause to be removed Mr Sampson’s house in Bligh Street which impeded the laying of kerbing and guttering etc. and the making of the street, and the Council’s reply thereto. Received.

9. From Mr Thomas Preston asking permission from the Council to drain his cellar down White Horse Street. Received and referred to the Committee of Works for report.

Reports.

Finance.

A report was received from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1977/17/1, and recommending accounts to be paid amounting to £111/8/5. On the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Neale, the report was adopted.

Works.

A report was received from the Works Committee stating that on account of the kerbing and guttering in Hawken Street not being chamfered etc. it was not passed. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

Lighting.

A report was received from the Lighting Committee recommending the removal and erection of a number of lamps in various streets in Enmore and O’Connell Wards. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Neale.

Treasurer reported having received during the last month £653/16/4, which had been duly placed at Council’s credit; that cheques had been issued amounting to £1977/7/1 and the balance at credit, £1263/6/6 as per passbook.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his Department during the past month. Adopted.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Phillip Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that the west side of Phillip Street from Budge to Trafalgar Terrace be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £20″. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

2. James Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that James Street, south side, be kerbed and guttered (single gutter) at a cost not exceeding £90”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

3. Gladstone Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Gladstone Street, west side, be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £50”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and lost.

4. Gladstone Street. That Gladstone Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £100. Withdrawn by consent.

5. Trafalgar Terrace. That Trafalgar Terrace be metalled with white metal. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and lost.

6. Marian Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Marian Street, west side, be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £180”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

Alderman Gibbes desired to call the Mayor’s attention to the fact that the culvert which had been placed in Edgeware Road at the joint expense of the Councils of Newtown and Marrickville had been removed by the railway authorities and there was no provision for the escape of stormwater etc..

In reply to Alderman Hibble, the Mayor stated that he would again move in the matter of a waiting room on the railway bridge and also write about the lamp required for Bligh Street etc..

In replied to Alderman Whately, the Mayor stated that he would write immediately about the bad state of that portion of King Street left open for traffic next to the wooden paving.

The Council resolved into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering a letter from the secretary to the Holt Sutherland Estate company re Waltersfield as a depot for night soil. Also a letter from the Council’s solicitor re the removal of stone guttering. In Committee the letters were considered and it was resolved to recommend the receipt and adoption of each.

On the Councils resuming the report was adopted.

The business be concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this day of

[the following corrections are under the initials of the Mayor]

The following corrections were made, viz. That Alderman Boots called the Mayor’s attention to the state of King Street and Alderman Whately to the necessity for a waiting room.

Confirmed this 19th day of December 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Friday 19th December 1884.

 

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

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed after a slight alteration suggested by Alderman Boots.

The Mayor stated that he had called the meeting for the purpose of taking into consideration the present state of Wilson Street which had been laid with metal cubes. As they were all aware the work was quite a failure and that it is necessary steps should be at once taken to remedy it.

Alderman Melville moved that the subject be referred to a special Committee consisting of Aldermen Whately, Neale and the mover to bring up a report at next meeting of Council. Not seconded.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, that the Mayor be respectfully requested to have laid on the table of this Council at its next meeting the following papers: — all correspondence, letters from ratepayers or others, copies of notices of motion by the Aldermen, also copy of specification, tender, the Mayor’s minutes appointing Clerk of Works and any other papers that have been received from the 1st January 1884 up to present date connected with Wilson Street”. Seconded by Alderman Neale pro forma. Withdrawn by consent of Council.

Moved by Alderman Boots that the matter be referred to the Works Committee for examination and report at next meeting. Seconded by Alderman Neale.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Whately, “that the matter be referred to a Committee of the whole Council for report etc.”. Lost.

The original motion was then put to the Council and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 23rd day of December 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 23rd December 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 Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Melville, Gibbes, Neale and Hibble.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From the Reverend J. Taylor asking on behalf of the Protestant Ministers of Newtown for the free use of the large Hall during the first week in January for the purpose of holding public prayer meetings.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that the writer be informed that the Hall may be had for the purpose above mentioned upon payment of the regulation fee for religious seminars viz. 10 shillings and sixpence per night”. Carried.

2. From Mr Kenwood expressing his astonishment that certain resolutions referring to the making of Gladstone Street and Trafalgar Terrace were not passed at the last meeting of Council and asking the favourable consideration of the Council in reference to these streets. Received on the motion of Aldermen Peirce, seconded by Alderman needs.

3. From Mr J. F. Tabrett asking the Council to remove a lamp in King Street in front of new buildings in King Street to enable him to build an awning. On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble, it was referred to the Mayor to deal with.

4. From the Borough Council of Camperdown asking for a conference respecting proposed drainage from Raper Street. On a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Whately, the letter was received and Aldermen Whately, Gibbes, Goodsell and the Mayor were appointed to meet the Camperdown Council. The Mayor to appoint the time.

Reports.

Works Committee No 1 recommending: —

1. That the application of Messrs Tabrett and Draper to construct a drain from the cellar of a new building in King Street be acceded to upon the following conditions viz. that a nine inch pipe drain be taken along the Browns lane and be laid in accordance with a plan etc. submitted by the Council and under the direction of the Council’s overseer.

2. That the application of Messrs Preston for permission to drain a cellar along White Horse Street be acceded to.

3. That Mr Brocks application to the Council to underpin a wall in a portion of his house in Wilson Street and to relay tiles in the footpath etc. be acceded to.

4. The rescinding of a resolution adopting a report from this Committee of 10th June last recommending a stone culvert at the junction of May Street and Edgeware Road and adopt in its stead the filling up of the Newtown side of the Edgeware Road and providing for the drainage of the whole of May Street and the north east side of Campbell Street in St Peters at an estimated cost of £110.

5. That the kerbing and guttering in Hawken Street by contractor Matthews be passed and final payment made.

On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the report was adopted.

Works Committee’s report upon Wilson Street.

Alderman Whately brought up report from the Works Committee upon the metal cubing of Wilson Street recommending: —

1. The Street be closed forthwith.

2. That an examination had been made by taking up the cubes in several places, the Committee found that the sand used had not being in strict accordance with the specification and that it was not quite the depth of four inches. Also that the clay ground upon which cubes had been set was very wet so that if the work had been done in strict accordance with the specification it would not have withstood the heavy traffic.

3. That the roadway be taken up and remade by laying a foundation of ballast to receive the cubes etc. and the contractors be asked to do the work at a price that will be equal to the first cost taking into con[sideration] the price per yard of former contract.

Clause 1. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that clause 1 of the report be now adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Clause 2. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that clause 2 of the report be now adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Clause 3. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that clause 3 of the report be now adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce. An amendment was moved by Alderman Hibble, “that all words after the words recommend in the third clause be omitted therefrom “. Seconded by Alderman Melville pro forma and lost.

Alderman Whately moved, “that the report as a whole be now adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried on a division which resulted as follows: —

Ayes: Aldermen Melville, Peirce, Neale, Gibbes and Whately.

Noes: Alderman Hibble.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Maria Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the kerbing and guttering of Maria Street, south side, be completed at a cost not exceeding £285”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. An amendment was moved by Alderman Melville that the motion be postponed and made an order of the day for this day six weeks. Alderman Gibbes called for a division which resulted as follows: — in favour of the amendment, Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell and Melville. In favour of the motion, Aldermen Gibbes and Neale. The amendment was carried.

2. By Alderman Gibbes, “that Cavendish Street be repaired at a cost not exceeding £2”. Withdrawn by consent and left with the Mayor to carry out.

3. Cambridge Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Cambridge Street be repaired at a cost not exceeding £145”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. An amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, “that the motion be postponed and made an order of the day for this day six weeks”. Not seconded. Alderman Peirce objected to the motion as it did not state how or by what means it was to be repaired. The Mayor sustained the objection and ruled the motion out of order.

4. London Street white metal. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that London Street be re-metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £228”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. An amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Whately, “that the motion be postponed and made an order of the day for this day six weeks”. Alderman Gibbes called for a division which resulted as follows: — in favour of the amendment, Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell and Melville. In favour of the motion, Aldermen Gibbes and Neale. The Mayor declared the amendment carried.

5. London Street asphalt. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the pathway in London Street, west side, from Enmore Road to lane be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £9”. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

6. King Street, Enmore Ward, kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the kerbing and guttering of King Street, west side, between Lord Street and May Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £21”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. A division was taken on this motion which resulted as follows: — Ayes, Aldermen Gibbes and Neale. Noes, Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell and Melville. The Mayor declared it lost.

7. Gowrie Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that kerbing and guttering, west side, of Gowrie Street between Harold Street and Newman Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £34/10/0”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

8. Asphalt footways Enmore Ward. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the asphalted footways in Enmore Ward be refaced and repaired where needed at a cost not exceeding £150”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. An amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, “that the sum of £150 be reduced to £5 0”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried. On the motion as amended being put the Council divided as follows: — Ayes, Aldermen Gibbes and Neale. Noes, Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell and Melville. The Mayor declared it lost.

9. The lane behind Twickenham Terrace. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that south side of the lane behind Twickenham Terrace be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £60”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

10. John Street asphalt. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that south side of John Street be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £10”. Exception was taken by Alderman Peirce to the wording of the resolution as it did not state the asphalting to be done on the footway. The Mayor sustained the objection and ruled the motion out of order.

Orders of the day.

The Mayor laid upon the table the papers in connection with the Department of Mines and Mr Halstead’s claim for land for proposed extension of Islington Street when it was resolved that their consideration be made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

Miscellaneous business.

The Mayor stated he had been offered 100 tons blue metal from Mr Lynch at seven shillings and sixpence per ton. It was unanimously agreed that the Mayor should purchase it for the Council.

Confirmed this 6th day of January 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 

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