Tuesday 10th June 1884.

 

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Secretary for Mines with tracing of proposed extension of Islington Street and stating that before confirmation of the Street it will be necessary for the Council having promised to pay the purchase money, to forward to the office the written consent of the persons owning the land to the opening the Street in question. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the letter be received and the necessary steps taken to ascertain the cost of resuming the land and to obtain the consent as required”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

2. From the Undersecretary Works refusing to give the pipes for the extension of the drain to the boundary of the Borough from its present termination at Bedford Street on the grounds that the said pipe drain would be in opposition to the present scheme of sewerage now being carried out. Moved by Alderman Peirce, that the letter be received and the Undersecretary informed that the laying of the pipes would be only a temporary work and might be easily taken up whenever found to interfere with the permanent sewerage system”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. From the Commissioner for Railways stating that the department were willing to supply sufficient blue metal cubes to pitch the Licenced Vehicle stand at railway bridge at the rate of 18 shillings per ton, delivery to be taken at Paddington. Received.

4. From Mr J. Fox complaining of the state of Sloane Street. Received.

5. From Mr J. Davies asking for a lamp in Chalder Street. Received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

6. From the Borough Council of Darlington offering to confer with this Council re’ the repairing of Forbes Street. Received.

7. Mr R. Craig, complaining of the state of Margaret Street and asking to have it repaired. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

8. From the secretary to the Fire Brigade Board found covering an account showing the amount of contributions required from the various Municipal Councils and requiring payment from this Council of the two first quarters of the current year, £83/1/9. Received and referred to the Finance Committee for investigation and to be paid if found correct.

9. From Mr R. M. Smith, submitting plans and proposal of “improved automatic gas regulation” with the list of prices. Moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Peirce, that the Mayor be hereby authorised to obtain a meter for 50 lights fixed complete for £4/10/0 by way of experiment”. Carried.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending: —

1. Newman lane be metalled with white metal and laid with a three cause gutter on each side from Union lane to Gowrie Street.

2. That the western end of Maria Street be formed and metalled with metal from Goodsell’s Brick Works out of the unexpended portion of vote already authorised.

3. That a stone culvert be built at the junction of May Street and Edgeware Road jointly by the Councils of St Peters and Newtown. The Newtown Council to do the work.

4. That the contractors for the Brick culvert in Bedford Street had done the work in a satisfactory manner and recommending final payment. Also £5 extra for additional Brick Works in the bottom and that the contractor’s application for extra payment on account of loss by flood etc. be not entertained.

On the motion of Aldermen Whateley, (chairman), seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the report was adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month, also that the general health of the Borough was good which was considered satisfactory and adopted on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Boots.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Newtown Road, by Alderman Gibbes. In the absence of Alderman Gibbes, Alderman Whateley moved, “that should the Commissioner for Railways not put within three months from this date, that portion of the Newtown Road under his control in thorough good order and repair, this Council will take the necessary legal steps to compel him to do so; and further that this Council will take such other legal steps, whether by indictment or otherwise, as may be necessary in order to bring to judgment the said Commissioner for his past neglect in the matter of putting and keeping in good repair the above named portion of the said Road, be postponed and made an order of the day for next ordinary meeting of Council”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

2. By same Alderman. “That the foregoing resolution be communicated to the Commissioner for Railways”, was also postponed and made an order of the day for next ordinary meeting of Council.

3. Sedgwick lane. Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that a sum of £44 be now voted for guttering, ballasting and metalling Sedgwick lane”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

4. Land’s compensation. Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that a sum of £12 in our voted to Mr Land towards the cost of raising the pavement and dwarf wall in front of his residence in Wilson Street”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

5. Hall Committee. Moved by Alderman Whateley, that a special Committee be hereby appointed to revise and report upon the tariff and regulations for letting the public Hall; such Committee to consist of the Mayor, Boots and Whateley. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

6. Peirce Street. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that a sum of £30 be now voted for laying 60 yards of kerbing and guttering each side of Peirce Street from Trade Street to Bedford Street”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

At the request of Alderman Whateley, the Mayor promised to write a letter to the Camperdown Council asking them to signify their willingness to bear one-quarter of the cost of making Bligh Street provided the government will bear half the cost and this Council the remaining quarter.

At the request of Alderman Peirce, the Mayor promised to bring under the notice of the Petersham Council the state of the Road and drainage at Liberty Street and Trafalgar Terrace.

At the request of Alderman Boots, the Mayor promised to write to the Commissioner for railways calling attention to the tramway stopping place near Hordern Street on Sunday nights and nights when the lamps are not (illegible in minutes) it is so dark as to be very dangerous.

In reply to Alderman Boots, the Mayor said he had received no communication whatever respecting the wooden blocking of the Newtown Road.

Business concluded, Council rose.

Confirmed day of 24th. 1884. J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


Tuesday 24th. June 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, Goodsell, Gibbes, Boots, Neale and Hibble.

Minutes:

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1. From the Borough Council of Marrickville calling attention to the overflow of water etc. from Edgeware Road in the vicinity of Alice Street and asking that the evil may be abated. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2. From Borough Council of Marrickville asking this Council to attend a conference meeting at Marrickville to consider a scheme of drainage for a portion of their Borough from Messrs Davenport Brothers to Cooks River.

3. From Mr Godfrey, solicitor, asking the Council for the sum of £10/10/0 for professional services said to have rendered by him. Received.

4. From Mr T. Cooper of Leichardt, stating that he had been thrown out of a gig through the wheels going into a deep hole in the Road as he was turning the corner of Francis Street and Enmore Road thereby spraining his ankle which had incapacitated him from his business. Accompanying which was a medical certificate testifying to the fact of the sprained ankle. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the letter and certificate be received and copies thereof be transmitted to the Commissioner for Roads and Mr Cooper be informed that this Council is not responsible for his accident, the Enmore Road being in charge of the Commissioner for Roads”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

5. From Mrs Blackman complaining of the present dangerous state of Wilson. The Mayor stated that he had during the day seen Mrs Blackman and arranged to do what was necessary to make the Road passable. Letter was received.

6. From the Reverend J. Jeffries complaining of the state of Wilson Street. Received and the writer to be informed that the matter of complaint will be remedied as soon as possible.

7. From A. Drew complaining of the state of Augustus Street. Received.

8. From James Choate complaining of the state of Maria Street. Received.

9. From Mr Hugh Jones applying for 50 loads of Street sweepings for Street cleansing at threepence per load. Moved by Alderman Gibbes that the letter be received and the request granted. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell. On the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded Peirce, the motion was amended by making price per load sixpence instead of threepence and carried.

Finance report:

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1828/19/7, also recommending payment of accounts amounting to £593/14/3 and an amount of £19/17/7 to Atkin for kerbing and guttering subject to report of the Works Committee. The moved that the finance report just read be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Peirce. Aldermen Hibble moved an amendment referring to the item of £4 for clerical assistance in getting out rate notices and that the amount be deducted from the money to be paid to the valuer and seconded by Alderman Goodsell and lost. A further amendment was moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the amount of £82/1/9 for the “Fire Brigades Board ” be omitted from the report”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and lost. The report was then adopted.

Lighting Committee reported recommending: —

1. That the petition for lamp in Chalder Street be granted.

2. That an additional lamp be placed in Fitzroy Street.

3. That the lamp at corner of Watkin Street and Hibble Lane be removed to Higgins corner opposite.

4. That the petition for removal of lamp in Mary Street to a more suitable site.

5. That an additional lamp be placed at corner of Regent and Albermarle Streets.

6. That the lamp at corner of Denison and Albermarle be placed in a bracket on Miss Barney’s awning.

7. That a lamp be placed in or about the centre of Augustus Street.

8. That three additional lamps be placed in Angel Street etc..

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

Motions pursuant to notice:

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that motions pursuant to notice be postponed until after orders of the day”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell carried.

Moved by Alderman Hibble that tenders be opened with open doors seconded by Alderman Goodsell and lost.

Moved by Alderman Peirce seconded by Alderman Neale, “that the Council does now resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for a supply of blue metal and for kerbing and guttering “. And lost.

The Mayor then stated that he would proceed with the business in the order in which it stood upon the business paper viz., motions pursuant to notice.

1. Phillip Street blue metal.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Phillip Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £343”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and lost.

2. Belmore Street white metal.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes “that Belmore Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £177”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and lost.

3. Gowrie Street white metal.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Gowrie Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £288”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

4. Newman Street white metal.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Newman Street from Union Street to Angel Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £130”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

5. Augustus Street pipes.

That 16 inch pipes be laid from Augustus Street to man hole in Gladstone Street at a cost not exceeding £24″. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

6. Newman Street.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the improvement of Newman Street from Union Street to Angel Street be referred for report to the Works Committee at their next meeting”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

7. May Street blue metal.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that May Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £900 at the joint expense of the Councils of Newtown and St Peters Councils the work to be done by this Council”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

8. Edgeware Road blue metal.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Edgeware Road from Victoria Road to Unwins Bridge Road be ballasted and metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £1200 at the joint expense of the Councils of Marrickville and Newtown the work to be done by this Council”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

9. Edgeware Road culvert.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the work recommended by the Works Committee in reference to culvert across Edgeware Road and adopted at last meeting of this Council be carried out at a cost not exceeding £100 at the joint expense of the Boroughs of Newtown and St Peter’s the work to be done by this Council”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Orders of the day:

1 and 2. By Alderman Gibbes referring to the Commissioner for Railways and the Newtown Road postponed from last meeting of Council were still further postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

Committee of the whole.

Moved by Alderman Peirce “that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening and considering tenders for blue metal and kerbing and guttering”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

In Committee three tenders were opened for blue metal and 13 for kerbing and guttering and were duly considered.

On the Council resuming the Mayor presented a report recommending the acceptance of the following tenders: —

Blue metal.

The tender of David Lynch at ten shillings and nine pence per ton delivered at Saunders wharf, Pyrmont.

For kerbing and guttering the tenders of Sewell and Atkin, first-class, 12 shillings and threepence. Second-class, nine shillings and nine pence. Third class, nine shillings and threepence. J. Rosewarn, second-class, nine shillings and nine pence. Third class, seven shillings and sixpence. Benjamin Matthews, second-class, nine shillings and seven pence. Third class, nine shillings and John Sly, second-class, nine shillings and threepence. Third class, eight shillings and threepence, and moved that be adopted. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Just prior to proceeding with “motions pursuant to notice” Alderman Boots who was suffering from an attack of neuralgia asked to be excused from further attendance and left the meeting.

The business being included the Council rose.

Confirmed this 8th day July of 1884.

Signed J. Smith, Mayor.

 


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