Tuesday 4th March 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, Whateley, Goodsell, Gibbes, Neale, Boots and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Messrs Holdsworth and Evans, solicitors, calling attention to a nuisance caused on the property of the late Mr Wilson and now in the occupation of Mr McCulloch, by the drainage that is allowed to gather there from Wilson Street and requesting it’s immediate abatement. Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that the letter be received and replied to stating that the Council will willingly co-operate with the trustees in remedying the nuisance complained of”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. From Mrs Duroz calling attention to the state of the footpath in front of her house, Enmore Road. On the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Whateley, the letter was received and authority given to the Mayor to have the necessary repairs executed.

3. From the secretary to the Municipal association covering copies of business paper for its next meeting which was announced to take place on Tuesday the 25th March next and requesting that representatives be appointed, and the annual subscription paid. Moved by Alderman Peirce and seconded by Alderman Hibble, “that the letter be received and the Mayor and Alderman Boots the year by appointed to represent this Council in the association for the current year, and that the Mayor be hereby authorised to pay the annual subscription of £5”. Carried.

4. From Messrs Brignel and Dillin, who represented themselves as candidates for the office of representative of Suburban Boroughs on the Board of Directory created by the new Fire Brigades Bill. The Mayor made a short statement setting forth the main principle of the new Bill and what had been done towards the mode of procedure in the first election of a representative for the Suburban Boroughs which would take place on the 19th instant at the Town Hall in Sydney. On the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the Mayor was nominated as a candidate for the office of representative of the Suburban Boroughs etc..

5. A letter was received from the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners stating that by the Gazette notice enclosed the Dray stand had been removed from the south side of Crescent Street to the northside.

6. A letter was received from the Treasury stating that the sum of £100 had been placed to the Council’s credit in the Bank of Australasia towards the cost of laying a pipe drain from the courthouse to Bedford Street.

Reports:

Finance No 1.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £2475/12/3 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £422/1/3. On the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale, the report was adopted.

Finance No 2.

Stating that the application of the Inspector of Nuisances for an increase of salary had been postponed for further consideration and recommending an increase in the wages of John Richard etc.. Moved by Alderman Boots, that the increase be one shilling per day. Not seconded. Moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that the increase be one shilling and sixpence per day. Negatived. Moved by Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the increase be sixpence per day. Also negatived. The report as presented was then adopted.

Finance report No 3.

Estimate of probable expenditure for the current Municipal year.

Pursuant to a resolution of Council, your Committee have the honour to submit the following estimate of the probable amount, that is to say £15952 Sterling, that will be required for the current Municipal year in addition to any tolls, rates or dues levied, or authorised to be levied, within this Municipality and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any roads, bridges or other public Works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of Municipalities Act of 1867.

Salaries — Council Clerk. £250.
Salaries — Surveyor. £120.
Salaries — Inspector of Nuisances. £156.
Salaries — Poundkeeper. £15.
Salaries — Overseer. £156.
Office expenses. £100.
Interest on debentures sold and unsold. £855.
Nuisances Prevention Act. £1100.
Wages and contracts, Enmore Ward. £6000.
Wages and contracts, Kingston Ward. £3000.
Wages and contracts, O’Connell Ward. £4000.
Miscellaneous expenses. £200.

Total. £15952.

On the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Neale, the report was received.

Works Committee.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending the adoption of certain levels for Brown Street, and the laying of some earthenware pipes from a lane to Wilson Street. On the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report was adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month and recommending an alteration in the specification for Street cleansing for the current year. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances also reported upon two letters complaining of a nuisance from the jam factory in Alice Street. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that a sum of £283 be now voted for completing the kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street from Hill Street to Forbes Street and from Fitzroy Street to present kerbing and guttering, 566 yards”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that a sum of £25 be now voted towards the cost of forming Brown Street”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that two rows of 21 inch drainpipes be laid from Angel Street to Union Street, via Harold Street, as per recommendation of Works Committee adopted by this Council at a cost not exceeding £700”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and lost.

4. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that Aldermen Gibbes and Whateley be hereby authorised to sign all drafts upon the funds of the Council in conjunction with the Mayor and Council Clerk until such time as the Council shall otherwise order “. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the estimate now submitted by the Finance Committee of the probable amount (that is to say £15,952/0/0 Sterling) which will be required for the current Municipal year to carry on the making and repairing of any roads, bridges etc. or other public Works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867 be, and the same is, hereby adopted. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

Orders of the day.

Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that tenders for the annual valuation be considered with opened doors”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

The tenders were opened, seventeen in number, Alderman Boots moving that the lowest tender, that of Messrs Stephenson and Thompson at £55, be accepted”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble. An amendment was moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Peirce, “that the tender of Messrs Bachell and Moss at £60 be accepted”, which was lost. Alderman Whateley moved a further amendment, “that the tender of Messrs Sandbrook and Humphreys be accepted”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried. The motion as amended was put and carried.

Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the valuer’s returns be laid upon the table of this Council not later than five weeks from this date”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Confirmed this 18th day of March 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 18th March 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, Gibbes, Boots, Neale and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Rev James Jefferies complaining of the present state of Wilson Street and asking the Council to complete the permanent way. Received.

2. From the Borough Council of Macdonaldtown asking for a longer delay in paying the balance of half share of the cost of Union Street. Received.

3. From Messrs Holdsworth and Evans, solicitors for the Wilson estate, re the accumulation of drainage etc. on the land in the occupation of Mrs McCulloch, stating that if the Council will clear away the filth from the water hole their clients will be content to let the question as to what steps should be taken to affect a permanent remedy remain in abeyance. On the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the letter was received and the request complied with.

4. From T. R. Smith offering to supply the Council with boulder metal at Newtown railway station at six shillings and sixpence per ton unbroken, or broken, two and half inch gauge, at 10 shillings and threepence per ton received.

5. From Mr Bernard Bogan complaining of the drainpipes passing through his property from Campbell Street to Bligh Street being too small and asking the Council to remedy it. A special report was read from the overseer upon Mr Bogan’s letter showing that the matter complained of could be remedied for about £5. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Hibble, the letter and report were received and the Mayor authorised to have the necessary work carried out.

6. From the Borough Council of Camperdown calling attention to the fact that the silt pit at the entrance to a pipe drain at the rear of Brown Street, Camperdown was unsuited for the purpose for which it was made and asking the Council to remedy it. On the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the letter was received and referred to the Committee of Works.

7. From Mr George Wallace, solicitor, covering an account for legal expenses in connection with the case Bolton versus the Borough of Newtown amounting to £18/7/8. Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

Reports:

The Borough Treasurer reported having received and paid into the Bank of Australasia to the Council’s credit the sum of £1299/16/1; that cheques had been issued during the month amounting to £1066/6/1 and the balance due to the bank at date as per passbook was £4730/3/4. Received.

A report was water from the Works Committee recommending specifications for the annual contracts etc. as follows: —

Clauses 1 and 2 for printing and kerbing and guttering were adopted being the same as for the previous year.

Clause 3, recommending that for Street cleansing purposes for Borough be divided in four parts instead three Wards as previously and be let in four separate contracts, the boundaries of each part being mentioned therein.

An amendment on the adoption of this clause was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman Peirce, “that the clause be omitted from the report” which was carried by the Mayor’s casting vote.

On the motion again being put to the Council, Alderman Melville moved a further amendment, “that tenders be called for Street cleansing according to the old specification with the addition that the Enmore and O’Connell Wards be cleansed three times a week”. On this amendment, the Council divided as follows: —

Ayes: Aldermen Hibble, Peirce, Melville and Goodsell.
Noes: Aldermen Whateley, Neale, Gibbes and Boots.

The votes being equal, the Mayor gave his casting vote with the Noes and declared it lost.

Alderman Melville proposed a fourth amendment, “that the clause referring to the specification for cleansing cesspits be omitted”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell. After this amendment had been debated some time, the mover and seconder, with the consent of the Council, withdrew it.

The motion as amended, including the remaining clauses numbers four, five and six referring to the specification for horses and carts, cleansing of cesspits and calling for tenders was then adopted.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. John Richard’s salary.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the salary of John Richard be seven shillings and sixpence per diem. Such salary to date from the first of February 1844”. Seconded by Alderman Melville. An amendment was moved by Alderman Boots, “that the figures seven shillings and sixpence be struck out and six shillings and sixpence inserted”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble, carried by the Mayor’s casting vote.
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On the motion as amended being put, a further amendment was moved by Alderman Whateley, “that six shillings and sixpence be struck out and seven shillings be inserted”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce. Negatived. A further amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, “that six shillings and sixpence be struck out and six shillings and eight pence be inserted”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and negatived by the Mayor’s casting vote. The motion as amended to six shillings and sixpence per diem was then carried.

2. Duties of Inspector of Nuisances.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that reference be made to the Specifications Committee in reference to the duties of the Inspector of Nuisances. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

3. Drainpipes, Angel Street to Union Street.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that two rows of 21 inch drainpipes be laid from Angel Street to Union Street via Harold Street as per recommendation of Works Committee adopted by this Council at a cost not exceeding £700”. Seconded by Alderman Neale.

During the debate on this motion Alderman Boots rose to a point of order and submitted to the Mayor that the motion was out of order inasmuch as it had been before the Council at a meeting held on the fourth instant when it had been negatived.

After the point of order had been debated, the Mayor ruled that it could not be put to the Council in the same form in which it had been previously negatived until that motion was rescinded, he stated that although the Municipalities Act and the Council’s By-laws were silent on the point in question it was the prevailing custom not to entertain such motions and cited several cases that had occurred in the previous proceedings of the Council in support of his ruling.

4. Drain, Galvin’s lane.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that a sum of £107 be now voted for purchasing and laying 681 feet of 12 inch drainpipes in Galvin’s lane from the lane at the back of the properties in King Street to Chalder Street”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

5. Brown Street formation.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that a sum of £78 be now voted for the completion of the formation of Brown Street in addition to the £25 all ready; the work to be done by day labour”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried. An amendment was moved to the above by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the work be done by contract” and lost.

6. Salvation lane.

Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that a sum of £20 be now voted for purchasing and laying 155 feet of 16 inch drainpipes from Wilson Street to Salvation lane”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Miscellaneous:

In reply to Alderman Melville, the Mayor consented to have a gutter altered and repaired with cement in Brooks Lane.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this first day of April 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


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