Monday 11th February 1884.
A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the above day at 7:30 PM for the purpose of electing the Mayor for the current Municipal year.
Present, the Mayor (Mr C. Boots,) and Aldermen Peirce, Goodsell, Whateley, Smith, Gibbes, Melville, Neale and Hibble.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
Alderman Smith moved, and Alderman Goodsell seconded, “that the election of Mayor be conducted with open doors and vote by ballot”.
An amendment was moved by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that the voting be open”.
The amendment was lost and original motion carried.
Aldermen Neale moved, and Alderman Hibble seconded, “that Alderman Gibbes be the Mayor for the current year”.
Alderman Whateley moved, and Aldermen Goodsell seconded, “that Alderman Smith be the Mayor for the current year”.
A ballot was taken which resulted in the election of Alderman Smith, who was declared duly elected for the current Municipal year.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.
Tuesday 19th February 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, Whateley, Goodsell, Melville, Boots, Neale and Hibble.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
1. From the Town Clerk of Sydney stating that the Turncock had been reinstated in his position etc.. Received.
2. From Mr George Wallace, solicitor to the Council, stating that the case Bolton versus Borough of Newtown had been settled out of court, each party to pay it’s own cost. Received.
3. From Borough of Marrickville asking the co-operation of this Council in getting the tram fare reduced to Bolton’s corner from Sydney. On the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the letter was received and the Mayor and Aldermen Boots and Gibbes were deputed to comply with the request.
4. From Mr A. G. Gibbes, solicitor to Mr Thomas Weeks, asking the Council to disconnect a drain now being laid with the drain passing through the property of Mr Weeks in Denison Street. The Mayor explained that since the receipt of the letter, the entrance to the drain in front of Mr Weeks house from which a stench emanated had been properly trapped and that he thought the proprietor was now satisfied. The letter received.
5. From Mr N. J. Foster complaining of the delay in commencing the earthenware drain pipe in Gladstone Street. The Mayor stated that a letter had been written to Mr Foster who had been informed that the draining had been com—— forthwith. Received.
6. From the Treasury stating that the sum of £92/10/0 had been placed to the Council’s credit in Bank of Australasia for kerbing and guttering in Trafalgar Terrace. Received.
7. From Mr Gipps C.E. advocating the claims of the Kenny Hill scheme in providing Sydney and suburbs with water. Received.
8. From the Borough Council of Camperdown covering a tracing of a plan of Church Street and asking the Council to prepare a similar plan of Church Street, Newtown, to lay before the government in advocating the widening of Church Street etc.. On the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the letter and enclosure were received and the Mayor was authorised to get the necessary plan made etc..
9. From Mr George Sparkes covering a letter from the Minister for Works stating that no steps can be taken in the formation of Bligh Street until the Boroughs interested agree to pay one-half of the cost etc.. Alderman Peirce moved, “that the letter be received and it’s consideration postponed until next meeting”. Not seconded.
10. From Mr W. Rigg asking the Council to connect his Terrace in Liberty Street with pipe culvert in Gladstone Street, he providing pipes, the Council labour. On the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the letter was received and the request granted.
11. From Mr E. Molesworth acknowledging the receipt of £50 for the extension of Egan Street. Received.
12. From M. C. Bohrsman respecting the levels of Brown Street. Referred to the Committee of Works for report at next meeting of Council.
13. From Messrs Elliott and Nicholls in reply to a letter from the Council stating their willingness to carry out the work in the construction of a Brick culvert in Bedford Street, at the price of their tender, £78. Moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Whateley, “that the tender of Messrs Elliott and Nicholls be accepted”. An amendment was moved by Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Neale, that fresh tenders be invited for the work. Lost and the original motion carried.
14. From Mr Cooper asking the Council to allow him 10 shillings per day for attendance at district court as a witness in the case Bolton versus Borough of Newtown. On motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the money was voted to him.
The report was received from the Borough Treasurer showing that he received from the Council Clerk £390/4/7, the Bank of New South Wales, £4214/6/7 and from the Treasury £92/10/0 making total of £4697/1/0. That cheques had been issued amounting to £1852/0/3; interest on overdraft, Bank of Australasia, to 8th February 1884, £203/11/10 and that the balance due to bank at date £4993/5/6.
The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month and recommended that in the future contractors for Street cleansing take the rubbish from the backyards instead of having it put out in the streets in boxes etc.. Received.
A special report from the same officer was also received recommending the laying of kerbing and guttering in Ferndale Street in front of Wrights Terrace.Referred to the Works Committee.
A report was received from the Council Clerk setting for the liabilities and assets of the Council etc.. Received on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Peirce and instructions were given to take legal proceedings for the recovery of outstanding rates etc..
The overseer reported respecting the metalling of Wilson Street and kerbing and guttering etc.. Received and referred to the Works Committee for further report.
Motion pursuant to notice:
Moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that the Finance Committee be hereby authorised to make an estimate of the probable expenditure for the current Municipal year and report the same at the next ordinary meeting of Council”. Carried.
Orders of the day:
The appointment of the standing Committees for the year.
Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the Finance Committee consist of Aldermen Gibbes, Peirce and Neale with the Mayor as chairman”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the Works Committee consist of Aldermen Goodsell, Whateley, Gibbes and Peirce and that Alderman Whateley be the chairman”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
By-laws and Library.
Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the By-laws and Library Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Gibbes and Hibble”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.
Nuisances Prevention Act.
Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee consist of the members of the Works Committee with Alderman Whateley chairman”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.
Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the Lighting Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Neale and Boots”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the Water Committee consist of Aldermen Gibbes, Whateley and Peirce, Alderman Gibbes chairman”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.
Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the Specification Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Gibbes and Boots”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.
Moved by Alderman Neale, “that the thanks of this Council be tendered to Alderman Boots, the retiring Mayor, for the very able and efficient manner in which he conducted the business of the Council and Borough during the past year”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried unanimously. The Mayor formerly tendered the vote of thanks to Alderman Boots who acknowledged the compliments in suitable terms.
Alderman Melville suggested that the Mayor should again see the Minister for Works in reference to the wooden blocking of King Street; request the police to put in force the law in reference to drivers keeping the proper side of the Road in passing through King Street and Enmore Road, as neglect in this was fraught with danger to the vehicle traffic, and get the By-laws Committee to pass a By-law to regulate the driving over crossings and round corners etc..
In reply to Alderman Hibble, the Mayor stated that the Councils of Darlington and Redfern had not responded to the invitation from this Council to make Forbes Street.
Alderman Melville referred to the present state of the Cemetery, the long grass and weeds were liable to take fire and might become the cause of considerable damage to property.
Alderman Goodsell asked the Mayor to give instructions to the overseer to have the tiles that were taken up in Commodore Street relaid etc. who said it should be done.
Tenders for valuation.
Moved by Alderman Hibble that the tenders be considered with open doors. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.
The tenders were then opened, there being only two in number, were considered unsatisfactory, it was resolved to allow them to stand over and to call for further tenders for next meeting.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this fourth day of March 1884.
Signed the J. F. Smith, Mayor.
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