Tuesday August 5th 1884.
The usual fortnightly meeting was summons to 4 7:30 PM.
These were present, the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, Whateley and Hibble.
At eight o’clock there being no quorum present the Mayor declared the meeting adjourned.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.
Tuesday 19th August 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, Gibbes, Boots and Hibble.
The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.
Alderman Peirce apologised for the absence of Alderman Neale who, though much better, had left town for a change of air etc..
1. From Mr G. S. Brock asking the Council to make one-half of a portion of Bligh Street and a footpath. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
2. From the Commissioner for Railways offering to place a lamp in King Street near Horden Street if the Council pay half cost of it. Received and postponed till next meeting pending a statement as to cost.
3. From Mr H. French complaining of the bad state of Phillip Street and Trafalgar Terrace. Received and referred to Works Committee for report.
4. From the gas company stating that a new main had been laid in King Street in anticipation of the said Street being laid with wooden pavement, that all the services had been renewed in such manner that it is not likely the roadway would be disturbed for some time to come. Received.
5. From Mr George Minister complaining of the bad state of Hawken Street. Received.
6. From Mrs Duroz complaining of the bad state of the footpath in Enmore Road. As money had already been voted to ashphalt this footway the Mayor said he would have it done. Received.
7. From Mr N. J. Cocker covering a letter from the Commissioner for Railways stating that the Council may take over Hill Street. Received and Clerk was instructed to write to the Commissioner for railways asking him to dedicate the Street in the usual way.
8. From Mr S. Chain (?) asking the Council to ashphalt the footpath in front of his new house in Enmore Road on the usual terms. Received and the request to be complied with.
9. From Mrs Trollope complaining of the state of Wells Street. Received.
10. From Mr C. Holstead asking the Council for an immediate settlement of the matter of the purchase of land for the extension of Islington Street. Received.
7. From Mr Prichard asking Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of his house in Iredale Street on the usual terms. Received and the request to be complied with.
12. From Mr J. Smith asking Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of his house in Iredale Street. Received and request complied with.
13. From Mr N. J. Cocker re the filling in of water hole in land at corner of Hill and Wilson Streets. Received and request complied with.
14. From Mr F. Catts asking for the use of the public Hall for an entertainment including dancing. Received and request complied with.
15. From Messrs Boyd and company asking to be allowed to take the Aldermen in a group in photography. Received.
At this stage Alderman Gibbes left the meeting.
16. From gas company stating that three new gas lights had been erected since 26th. July instant. Received.
17. From Mr E. Molesworth stating that as soon as the amount of purchase money required for the land for the continuation of Robey Street to the railway was raised it would be forwarded to the Council. Received.
18 from the Secretary to the Board of Technical Education stating that Mr Campbell F. C. S. had been engaged as itinerant lecturer in physics in natural philosophy for suburban districts and asking for the use of the public Hall for a free lecturer etc.. Received and the request complied with.
19. From a number of ratepayers in Union Street asking for something to be done to Knight Street. Received and referred to Works Committee for report.
20. From the acting Town Clerk of Sydney acknowledging receipt of a letter from this Council re the laying of a water main in Brown Street and stating that the subject had been referred to the city engineer for report.
21. From Mr C. F. Wilson, complaining of the way in which the cesspits etc. at Randles Terrace had been cleansed lately, also two reports from the Inspector of Nuisances thereon. The whole were received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report.
22. From Messrs Haynes and Stevens, complaining of the conduct of the Inspector in a nuisance case at the back of Church Street, also the Inspector’s report thereon. Moved by Alderman Boots, that the letter and report be received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for investigation and report. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and lost. Moved by Alderman Peirce that the letter and report be received and a special meeting of Council be called to consider them. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and lost. The Mayor then laid the papers on the table.
23. From Mr R. Conway, manager for the M. I. Building Association asking the Council Clerk to place the names of 10 gentlemen — submitted in a list — on the electoral roll as voters allotting certain properties to each person and votes accordingly and in the event of this request not being acceded to the cheque paid for the rates £58/16/3 to be returned. This matter being submitted to the Council for instructions etc. it was resolved that the request could not be acceded to or the check returned and the Clerk was instructed to return the receipt and inform Mr Conway.
A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing account paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1477/16/2 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £347/2/2. On a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report was adopted.
Works report No 1 of date August 4th 1884.
A report was brought up from the Works Committee containing the following recommendations viz.,
The passing and final payment of kerbing and guttering in Young lane by contractor Sly; the passing and final payment of kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street by contractor Matthews; that Mr N. J. Foster be informed “that the footpath between the railway station and retaining wall is still the property of the government therefore not under the control of the Council”; and that a few drain pipes be laid in Keig Street to remedy the subject of complaint by Mr Caunter.
On the motion by Alderman Whateley, (chairman), seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report was adopted.
Works report No 2 recommending the passing and final payment of the following Works viz., kerbing and guttering northside of Maria Street by Atkin and Sewell; kerbing and guttering Fitzroy Street by contractor Matthews; kerbing and guttering in Belmore Street by contractors Atkin and Sewell; kerbing and guttering in Albert Street by contractors Atkin and Sewell. On the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report was adopted.
Specifications Committee reported recommending a new tariff for letting the public Hall as follows: —
1. That the resolution of 4th May 1880 upon the subject be hereby rescinded.
2. That the Hall be let for bazaars at £3/3/0 per diem.
3. That all entertainment with the use of the piano be £1/15/0.
4. Entertainments without the piano be £1/5/0.
5. Friendly societies and Freemasons 15 shillings per night.
6. For religious meetings 10 shillings.
7. For all political meetings other than by requisition £1/1/0.
8. That the charge for public Balls be
9. That the charge for private Balls be
On a motion by the Mayor (chairman of the Committee), seconded by Alderman Whateley, the report was received.
The Mayor moved and Alderman Whateley seconded the adoption of the various clauses as follows: —
Clause 1. Carried.
Clause 2 was amended by substituting £2/2/0 for £3/3/0 on the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Hibble.
Clause 3 was adopted after an amendment by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Hibble, to reduce the charge from 35 shillings to 30 shillings had been negatived.
Clause 4 was adopted after an amendment by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Hibble to reduce the charge from 25 shillings to 21 shillings had been negatived.
Clause 5 was adopted after an amendment by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Hibble, to reduce the charge from 15 shillings to 12 shillings and sixpence had been negatived.
Clause 7 adopted.
Clause 8 was struck out on the motion of Alderman Whateley, seconded by Alderman Peirce after an amendment by Alderman Boots, seconded by the Mayor, that the blank be filled in with the amount £2/10/0 had been negatived
Clause 9 the blank was filled in with the amount £2/2/0 and adopted.
On a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report as amended was adopted as a whole and the Clerk instructed to have sheets of the new tariff printed and hung up in the office and reading rooms etc..
The acting Treasurer reported having received during the last four weeks the sum of £716/15/5 which had duly placed at Council’s credit in Bank of Australasia, that cheques had been issued amounting to £1477/6/2 and the balance at Council’s credit as per passbook herewith was £599/8/11. Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the month and recommending that the contract of George Clarke for Street cleansing No Enmore Ward be at once cancelled on account of his continued neglect in carrying out the work. On a motion by Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Whateley, the report was adopted in the recommendation to be carried out.
Motions pursuant to notice:
1. Oxford Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the kerbing and guttering in Oxford Street be completed from St Mary Street to existing kerbing and guttering a distance of about 90 yards at a cost not exceeding £45”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
2. Lennox Street B metal. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that Lennox Street be ballasted and metalled with blue metal from Mary Street to Church Street at a cost of £84.
3. Bishopgate Street white metal. That Bishopgate Street from Regent Street to St Mary Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £85 provided Camperdown Council pay half cost of same”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
4. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that a special Committee be appointed to confer with Petersham Council as to the formation of Trafalgar, Bedford and Trade Streets at, and approaching the railway subway and Liberty Street; that the said Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Gibbes, Whateley and Peirce”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
5. Borough Treasurer. Moved by Alderman Peirce that Mr Cooper, manager of the Bank of Australasia, Newtown, be hereby appointed Borough Treasurer in place of Mr Campbell resigned”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.
6. Referring to plans etc. for Bligh Street postponed to next meeting.
7. Browns lane. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that Browns lane be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £68”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.
8. Browns lane metalling. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that Browns lane be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £97.” Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.
9. Struck out.
10. Salvation lane metalled. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that Salvation lane be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £43”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.
11. Referring to foot paths in Hill Street struck out.
12. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that the whole Council be hereby appointed a deputation to wait upon the Minister for Works to urge upon him the necessity which exists for erecting a waiting room for tram passengers on railway bridge”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.
13. Referring to the laying of gas and water mains was withdrawn.
14. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that tenders be called for ashphalting of all the foot paths to be done of the Borough”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.
15. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that in consideration of the government having had free use of the Town Hall for a length of time they be written to asking them to allow the Council a sum of £200 towards putting the same in order.” Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.
16. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that Mr Eggleton, owner of the property in Brown Street be written to requesting him to put back his fence to proper alignment in Browns lane”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
17. Referring to the opening of a back lane off Hill Street was withdrawn.
18. Linthorpe lane kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that kerbing and guttering in Linthorpe lane be completed 140 yards third class at a cost of £65”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.
19. Linthorpe lane metal. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that Linthorpe lane be metalled with white metal at a cost of £40”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.
20. Campbell Lane. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that an open gutter be laid in Campbell Lane and each side of the gutter be ballasted at a cost of £8”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.
Numbers 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26. Moved by Alderman Hibble that they be postponed and made an order of the day for next ordinary meeting of Council.
Numbers 27 and 28 on the motion of Alderman Hibble, seconded by Alderman Peirce, were postponed for consideration at a later period of meeting.
Numbers 29, 30 and 31 standing in the name of Aldermen Gibbes lapsed on account of the mover not being present.
32. Egan Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that the late extension of Egan Street be kerbed and guttered 97 yards at a cost not exceeding £48”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
33. Fitzroy Street. Moved by Alderman Whateley, “that Fitzroy Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £200”. Seconded Alderman Boots and carried.
34. Missenden Road. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that Missenden Road from Campbell Street to King Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost of £64”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.
At this stage of the business Aldermen Gibbes returned to the chamber.
Orders of the day:
Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that this Council does now resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for cubing with blue metal cubes a portion of Wilson Street with closed doors”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.
In Committee the tenders were opened and considered and on the Council’s resuming the Mayor reported recommending the acceptance of the tender of Messrs Chambers and (illegible in minutes) at 12 shillings and sixpence per superficial yard, and moved that it be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.
Motion numbers 27 and 28 referred to this period of the business were struck off the business paper by unanimous consent.
In reply to Alderman Boots, the Mayor said a meeting of the special Committee appointed to consider proposals of the Holt Sutherland Co would be held on Wednesday evening next at 7:30.
In reply to Alderman Hibble, the Mayor said he would see that the Street scrapings in King Street were removed etc..
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed the second day of September 1884.
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