Friday 9th May 1884.

 

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

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Business for which the meeting was called: —

1. Moved by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the Council do now resolve itself into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of making the annual assessment upon all rateable property in this Borough”. Carried.

In Committee, the valuers returns were laid on the table and discussed, the assessment made and each Ward adopted separately. On the Council’s resuming, the Mayor presented the following report: —

“Your Committee, having had under it’s consideration the valuers returns for the current Municipal year for the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards, and having made an assessment thereon does now recommend the Council to adopted”.

Signed, J. F. Smith, chairman.

On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the report was adopted.

2. Moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by the Council as the assessment for the current Municipal year upon the rateable property within the Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Ward’s of this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes set forth in the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that a rate of one shilling in the pound be now levied for the current Municipal year on the assessed value of the rateable property within this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes set forth in the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that a special Lighting rate of threepence in the pound be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property within this Borough for the current Municipal year for the purpose of Lighting the streets of this Borough with gas under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and the amended Municipalities Act of 1873”. Carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Neale, “that a special rate of six pence in the pound be now levied on the assessed value of all rateable property situated in King Street between Bligh and Wells streets, and in the Enmore Road between the railway bridge and Stanmore Road, for the purpose of watering the streets”.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Pearce, “that the words “Bligh and Wells” be struck out and the words “Missenden Road and Alice Street” be inserted in lieu thereof, and the words “Enmore Road” be struck out and the words “Phillip Street” be inserted in lieu thereof”. Carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.

6. That the assessment now made and the rates of one shilling in the pound, threepence in the pound and sixpence in the pound be fairly transcribed into the rate book as directed by the Municipalities Act of 1867, and the Mayor be hereby authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto”. Moved by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

7. Moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, “that the amounts in respect of such rates of one shilling in the pound, threepence in the pound and sixpence in the pound already imposed shall be payable at the office of the Council Clerk at the expiration of 30 days after notice of such rate has been served, this in each case, but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amounts together with all arrears (if any) shall be paid within the said 30 days after notice, no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise shall be taken on behalf of the Council for the recovery of the remaining amounts until the 30th day of September next ensuing”.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 13th day of May 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 14th May 1884.

 

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

Present, the Mayor (Mr J. F. Smith) and Alderman Peirce, Goodsell, Whateley, Gibbes, Boots, Neale and Hibble.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From Mr Hargreaves, respecting the present bad state of Forbes Street. Received.

2. From Mr F. Clarke, asking for the use of the Hall for religious services on Sundays. On the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Neale, it was ordered to stand over for consideration at a later period of the meeting.

3. From Mr Theodore Scott, complaining of a nuisance in Norfolk Street. Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances.

4. From Mr J. Hinchcliffe, asking the Council to lay 33 feet of kerbing and guttering in Wells Street in front of his new house. Received on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Neale.

5. Mr P. Hayes re’ the state of Forbes Street and asking the Council to do something to protect his property from the vehicular traffic. Received.

6. From the Reverend James Jeffries asking for 50 loads of Street sweepings to make up his garden at sixpence a load. Moved by Alderman Whateley that the letter be received and Mr Jeffries be informed that the Street sweepings cannot be supplied at less than one shilling per load. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

7. From Messrs Elliott and Nicholls, contractors for brick culvert in Bedford Street, stating that through the heavy rains which have occurred during the progress of the work the had lost £40 and asking the Council to assist them by sharing a part of the loss.

Take. From Mr N. Land, stating that to raise his front pavement and fence etc. it would cost £18 and that if the Council would supply him with the earth for filling in he would do the remainder for £13. Postponed to be considered with the report from the Works Committee upon the same subject.

9. Postponed consideration of Mr Clarke’s letter for the Hall for religious services. Moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Whateley, “that the letter be received and Mr Clarke informed that it could have the Hall for the purpose dated for a (10/-) 10 shillings per Sunday”. Carried.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Works Committee de with sundry matters referred to it viz.

1. Land’s complaint re’ the alteration of levels in Wilson Street, recommending Mr Land to estimate the cost of raising his front pavement to the required height etc. and to state what assistance he required from the Council.

2. Camperdown Council and drainage from O’Connell Ward, stating that the Camperdown Aldermen had been informed that this Council was about to affect still further improvements in the drainage which would reduce the drainage into Brown Street to a minimum.

3. Mr Guy’s complaint on drainage from Yaralla Street, stating that Messrs Guy and Brock had met the committee on the ground and had promised to come to an arrangement to dedicate a thoroughfare from Yaralla Street to Wilson Street. When this is down the Council will devise the best means to take off the drainage.

4. Open drain at Stack’s recommending that where the fences are now in the drains light swing downs be hung on the bottom rails and that the drain be opened up through to Edgeware Road.

5. Lord Street crossing, recommending that a box stone culvert one foot deep and two feet wide be made and covered with 4 inch H W planking at a cost not exceeding £5.

6. May Street and Edgeware Road drainage. The St Peter’s Aldermen did not attend, hence nothing was done. The Committee recommends that the Council’s surveyor prepare a sketch of the locality and a section of the required levels prior to another meeting.

Moved by Alderman Whateley (the chairman) that the Works report now read be hereby adopted. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Postponed consideration of Mr Land’s letter. Moved by Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Hibble, that Mr land’s letter be received and his request complied with. An amendment was moved by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that Mr Land be given £10 only. The amendment was put and lost. The original motion was also put and lost.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported first as to the amount of work done in his department during the past month.

2. That the scavenging has been fairly done, but that only two of the contractors had suitable carts for the work. The other two had failed to get them after having been notified to do so.

On the motion of Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Boots, the reports were adopted and that part having reference to the unsuitable carts was referred to the Works Committee for their inspection etc..

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Brown Street, metalling. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that Brown Street be metalled at a cost not exceeding £350”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. Brown Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Hibble, that a sum of £140 be now voted for kerbing and guttering Brown Street. Tenders to be called for same. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Hibble, that the Council provide a horse for Mr Bullen (overseer) and allow him £40 per annum to keep the same”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and lost.

4. Moved by Alderman Hibble, that reference be made to the By-laws and Library Committee to prepare By-laws dealing with the cutting up the streets of this Borough”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce.

5. That the Mayor be hereby requested to call a special meeting of this Council for the purpose of taking into consideration the matter of framing an Improvement on Building Act to regulate the construction of all buildings throughout this Borough”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Gibbes, that the consideration of this matter be referred to the By-laws Committee with a view to the adoption of the City Improvement Act and the framing of By-laws modifying the same. Seconded by Alderman Pearce and lost. The original motion was then put and carried.

6. Moved by Alderman Hibble, that the Specifications Committee prepare a specification for the painting and necessary repairs to this Town Hall. Withdrawn by consent of Council.

7. Moved by Alderman Boots, that from and after the 31st instant this Council rent a suitable dwelling house for the Council Clerk and his family in lieu of their present quarters in the Town Hall”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, “that it be referred to the Finance Committee for report at next meeting”. Alderman Whateley considered the motion was out of order as no sum of money was stated. The chairman sustained the objection and ruled the motion out of order.

At this stage of the business, Aldermen Gibbes, Boots and Hibble left the meeting.

Orders of the day:

Proposed consideration of letter from Glebe Council re’ a scheme for Street watering with saltwater. Received on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Proposed consideration of a depot for night soil. On the motion of Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Peirce, this subject was referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman Neale stated that the footpath in King Street between Chislett’s and (illegible in minutes) needed repairs and a hole in Camden street footpath required filling up.

Alderman Whateley asked the Mayor had he any further information from the Department of Works in reference to the wooden blocking of the Newtown Road, who replied he had no further information to give and referring to a newspaper report of proceedings of Parliament, Mr Stuart’s reply to Mr Mitchell seemed to put the matter further back than ever.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Whateley, that a deputation consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Whateley, Goodsell, Gibbes, Melville, to be accompanied by Mr Mitchell MLA, wait upon the honourable the Secretary for Public Works to endeavour to obtain a definite answer about the Newtown Road. And also to lay before him the necessity which exists for building a waiting-room on or near the railway bridge”. Carried.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 27th. day of main 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 27th. May 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 Mr Clarke, stating that he had agreed to take the Hall for religious services for 10 shillings a Sunday etc.. Received and Mr Clarke to be informed that he must make provision for opening and closing etc..

2. From Mr Thomas Moon complaining of present state of Maria Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

3. From N. Alexander complaining of the present state of Newman Lane. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

4. From Colonial Secretary’s office asking what Works the Council could hasten the execution of and what amount and description of labour could economically and speedily engaged. Received and Clerk was instructed to reply stating that the Council was unprepared to start any Works requiring extra labour and there was a number of unemployed at present in the Borough whom the Council will take on so soon as it is possible to do so.

5. From (illegible in minutes) J. F. Fitzpatrick asking the Council to give him the use of the public Hall for the holding of a Bazaar for 12 or 13 days. On a motion by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Hibble, it was resolved that the writer be informed that he may have the use of the Hall on such days as it may not be already let at the rate of 21 shillings per day.

6. From Mr Cover applying for kerbing and guttering front of his property in Gowrie Street on the usual terms. Received and the request complied with.

Petitions:

Alderman Peirce presented a petition from ratepayers in Kingston Ward praying for the removal of a lamp in Mary Street to a place opposite a lane or right of way to 9 houses, and moved that it be received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Trade Street. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that a sum of £10 be now voted for forming Street at lower end of Trade Street to Bedford Street”. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

2. Baltic Street, ashphalted. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that Baltic Street footpath, east side from Bedford Street to Albermarle Street, be ashphalted at a cost not exceeding £10”. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

3. Bedford Street, ashphalt. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the ashphalting of the footpath in Bedford Street from Regent Street to Baltic Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £30”. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

4. Bedford Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that a sum of £65 be now voted to complete the forming, kerbing and guttering and metalling of Bedford Street from subway to existing kerbing and guttering”. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

5. Mary Street. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the ashphalting of the footpath in Mary Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £20”. Seconded by Alderman Melville and carried.

6. Bailey Street, rescinded. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that vote of £45 for white metalling Bailey Street of 29th. May 1883 be, and the same is hereby rescinded”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

7. Bailey Street, blue metal.Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Bailey Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £70”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

8. Station Street, blue metal. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that Station Street from railway station to Holt Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £181″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

9. Station Street, white metal. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that Station Street from Holt Street southwards be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £57/10/0. Seconded by Alderman Neale. Withdrawn by consent of Council.

10. Station Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the kerbing and guttering of Station Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £68/10/0”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and withdrawn by consent of Council.

11. Union Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that the thoroughfare from King Street to Iredale Street be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £50″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

12. Same Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the thoroughfare from King Street to Union Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £95”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

13. Cresent Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Cresent Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £250”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

14. Newman Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that Newman Street as far as that Street bounds the Newtown Public School be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £50″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

15. White Horse Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that White Horse Street as far as that Street bounds the public school be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £55”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

16. Lane. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the lane at rear of the Newtown public school be kerbed and guarded at a cost not exceeding £19”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

17. Pathways ashphalted. Moved by Alderman gives, “that all pathways bounding the Newtown public school be ashphalted at a cost not exceeding £35”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

18. White metal, White Horse Street. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that White Horse Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £70”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

19. Wilson Street. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street from Forbes Street to Hill Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £280″. Seconded by Alderman Hibble. An amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, that the following words be added to the resolution, viz., that tenders be called and the work proceed with at once”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and lost.

A further amendment was moved by Alderman lately, seconded by Alderman Melville, that the following words be added to the motion, viz., that before the work be proceeded with the owners of the properties on the south east side be communicated with and asked to dedicate sufficient land to widen the Street etc. which was also lost.

The original motion was then carried.

20. Wilson Street, metalling. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that Wilson Street be ballasted and metalled with blue metal from Hill Street to Fitzroy Street at a cost not exceeding £446”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble. An amendment was moved by Alderman Melville, seconded by Alderman lately, that the word “cubes” be inserted between the words “metal” and “from” and carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.

21. Appeal day. Moved by Alderman Boots, that this Council does hereby appointed Saturday the 21st day of June next as the day on which appeals against the annual assessment for the current year shall be heard in accordance with the Municipalities Act of 1867″. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Reports:

A report was received from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £498/16/11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £5/13/10. On the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report was adopted.

A report was brought up from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee upon the proposed depot for night soil, stating that the proposal of the Holt Sutherland Co was so hampered with conditions difficult to observe it recommended the Council not to entertain it. On the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Miscellaneous:

Moved by Alderman Boots, that on account of the present dangerous state of a portion of Wilson Street that the same be hereby closed from the intersection of Bucknell Street at one end and the intersection of Fitzroy Street at the other end until such time as the necessary repairs be affected.

The business being concluded, the Council rose.

Confirmed this 10th day of June 1884.

Signed J. Smith, Mayor.

 


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