Tuesday 2nd September 1884.

 

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

Present, the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Melville, Gibbes and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Point of order:

Alderman Melville rose to a point of order and submitted that resolutions made “orders of the day” for this meeting not appearing in the business paper, the said paper was illegally drawn and business could not be further proceeded with.

The Mayor ruled that so far as it went the business paper was quite legal and that it was competent for the Council to proceed with the business.

Correspondence:

1. From Charles Holt Street re proposed extension of Islington Street as that the matter be settled at once. Received.

2. From Borough of Camperdown stating that the Council’s proposal to metal a portion of Bishopgate Street had be received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

3. From the secretary to Public Works acknowledging receipt of letter re making Hill Street a public Street.

4. From the Undersecretary Department of Justice acknowledging receipt of letter asking for £200 towards putting in repair the Town Hall which had been used as a court house for five years.

5. From Messrs Chambers and Grocock, contractors, stating their willingness to sign the contract for metal cubing a portion of Wilson Street.

6. From the Treasury stating that £5/14/6 had placed to the credit in Bank of Australasia the cost of putting the Mayor’s rooms in order after the officer of the court had left it.

7. From Mr E. T. Cooper, manager of the bank of Australasia, accepting the appointment of Borough Treasurer. Received.

8. From Mr H. Copeland complaining of the state of Wilson Street and threatening proceedings if not remedied. Received.

9. From Mr W. Wyatt asking to be allowed to drain a cellar at corner of Hordern Street. Received and request complied with.

Reports:

Inspector of Nuisances reported first as to the amount of work done in his department during the past month. Second, complaining of the way in which contractor Franceis, Street cleanser, O’Connell Ward, had been doing his work and of his conduct towards the officers. It was afterwards stated that the contractor had thrown up the contract. Received and adopted.

The Mayor stated that he, as chairman, had a report from a special Committee appointed to meet representatives from the Holt Sutherland Co re Mastersfield Estate and moved that it be received and referred to a Committee of the whole Council at a later period of the meeting. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Mayor’s minute.

The Mayor brought up a minute from himself recommending the appointment of Mr Cowley, the Council Clerk, as Superintendent of Mason and Brick work for the time being, provided a young man were appointed to assist in the clerical duties of the office. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that the footpath, northside, of Chalder Street be asphalted 100 yards at a cost of £9”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes. Alderman Melville rose to a point of order and submitted that the motion could not be entertained by the Council inasmuch as it had been before the Council at the last meeting when by a resolution duly passed it had been made an order of the day with this meeting, therefore could not be considered under the head of motions pursuant to notice although fresh notice had been given as required by law. After debate, the Mayor sustained the objection raised by Alderman Melville and refused to put the motion.

The five following motions being objected to on the same grounds were also ruled out of order, viz

2. That the footpaths each side of Prospect Street be asphalted 490 yards at a cost of £4(3, or maybe 5)”.

3. That the foot paths in Victoria Street be asphalted each sidfe 490 yards at a cost of £43″.

4. That the foot paths in Longdown Street be asphalted 420 yards at a cost of £37″.

5. That the footpath in Bligh Street in front of Mr Campbell’s property, be asphalted 84 yards at a cost not £8″.

6. That the footpath northside of Linthorpe 74 yards be asphalted at a cost of £9.

9. Lamps, O’Connell Ward. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that two additional lamps be erected in O’Connell Ward, one at the corner of Bligh Street and King Street and one in Brown Street.

7. By Alderman Hibble, that this Council are willing to vote one third provided the Camperdown Council vote one sixth of the cost of making, ballasting and metalling, kerbing and guttering Bligh Street”. Withdrawn by consent.

8. That this Council do vote the sum of £600 towards carrying out the foregoing resolution.

10. Francis Street metal. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Francis Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £150”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

11. Phillip Street metal. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Phillip Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £250”.

12. By Alderman Gibbes, referring to metalling a portion of Phillp Street, was withdrawn by consent.

13. Augusta Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the northside of Augusta Street be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £85”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

14. Augusta Street, metalled. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Augusta Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £164”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

15. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Laura Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £304”. Withdrawn.

16. Hawken Street kerbing and guttering. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “Hawken Street be kerb and guttering at a cost not exceeding £65”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

17. Hawken Street, metalled. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Hawken Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £166”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

18. By Alderman Gibbes, “that 3000 cubic yards of blue metal be purchased for the Enmore Ward at a cost not exceeding £2,500”. Withdrawn by consent.

19. That 3000 tonnes white metal be purchased and broken for Enmore Ward at a cost not exceeding £1,500″. Withdrawn by consent.

20. By Alderman Gibbes, “that Sloan Street be metalled with white metal at a cost of £150”. Withdrawn by consent.

21. By Alderman Gibbes, “that towards putting in good order Bligh Street, that Street being the boundary between the Boroughs of Newtown and Camperdown, this Council will pay one third of the cost of the work provided the Council of Camperdown one sixth of the said cost.” Withdrawn by consent.

22. That this Council do now vote a sum to cover the cost involved in the preceeding resolution, the said sum not to exceed £600″. Withdrawn.

Orders of the day:

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that this does now resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of considering the report of special Committee ready the making Waltersfield Estate [?] a depot for night soil”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

In Committee of the report of special Committee was considered and slightly amended and on the Council’s resuming the report was order and adopted on a motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Whately.

Miscellaneous business:

In reply to Alderman Melville, the Mayor stated that he communicated with the sub Inspector of Police at Newtown relative to the compelling of brick carters keeping their right side of the Road in their passage through King Street.

In reply to Alderman Melville, the Mayor said he had given special instructions in reference to the sanitary condition of the Borough and that wherever necessary he would have lime spread along the gutters etc.

In reply to Alderman Gibbes, the Mayor said he would proceed with the metalling of Islington Street so soon as the metal could be procured.

Alderman Melville called attention to the timber etc. in the Cemetery which was likely to cause a fire.

In reply to Alderman Whately, the Mayor stated that the matter of widening Church Street had been left with the Council of Camperdown.

Alderman Hibble stated that the leak from the water main in Bucknell Street still continued.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 16th day of September 1984.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 16th September 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 Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Gibbes and Hibble.

The minutes of previous meeting are read and confirmed.

The Mayor said he had received apologies from Alderman Boots and Alderman Neale, both of whom were prevented from being present through illness.

Correspondence:

1. From the Commissioner for Railways stating that the cost of erecting a lamp at Hordern Street tram stopping place will be £13/10/0. The Mayor stated that he had been informed that the lamp would cost about £30 per annum to maintain, half of which would have to be borne by the Council. Resolved that the letter be received and left with the Mayor to make further inquiry.

2. From the secretary to the Banquet Committee at Hurstville for the opening of the first section of the Illawarra Railway asking the Council to allow their names to be placed on the Committee. Received and the request to be complied with.

3. From the city engineer stating that in laying a new water main underneath Bedford Street it would be necessary to embed the pipes in the crown of a culvert at foot of Bedford Street near subway at Liberty Street. Resolved that the city engineer be informed, “that the pipes must be laid either over or underneath the culverts”.

4. From Alderman Hibble covering a communication from Mr Butement his architect, asking the Council to remove a pipe drain recently laid through his land in Augusta Street, otherwise it would necessitate the alteration of plans prepared for a building to be erected thereon. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

5. From Mr Walker complaining of the provision made for drainage in Wells Street. Received.

6. From the Mercantile Mutual Insurance Society and from Messrs Hordern and Jones offering to print and provide all rate notices required by the Council provided they be allowed to use the backs of the papers as an advertising medium. Received.

7. From Mr E. Nagel, photographer, Newtown, stating that he is the only photographer in Newtown and asking to be allowed to take photographs of all the Alderman. Received and the offer accepted.

8. From Messrs Aspinall and French asking permission to erect posts across the footpath in front of the markets to bear lamps etc.. Received and complied with.

9. From the Commissioner for Railways re the wood paving of King Street asking for the payment of the £4,000 promised by the Council towards the cost of the work, also that the Council would make arrangements for kerbing the Street before the department accepted a tender etc..

Referring to the payment, the Mayor stated that he had already handed to the Minister for Works a deposit receipt for £4,000 with Council’s cheque attached, the amount would lie in the Bank of New South Wales for 12 months at six percent per annum dating from 10th July 1884 and that all interest accruing would belong to the Council.

With regard to the kerbing it was resolved that the Minister be informed that the Council would lay kerbing and restore any that was bad.

Reports:

The chairman of the Finance Committee brought up a report showing accounts paid in the votes of appropriation amounting to £1573/15/2 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £478/16/10. On the Mayor (chairman) seconded by Alderman Gibbes the report was adopted.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommend the passing and final payment of kerbing and guttering in Maria Street, Newman Lane, Salvation Lane, Brown Street, Station Street, Wilson Street, Peirce Street, Oxford Street, and George and Newman streets subject is slight alteration.

On the motion, the chairman, Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the report was adopted.

Nuisances Prevention Act Committee reported respecting the closets and cesspits at Randle Terrace and recommended that the Inspector be instructed to give orders to have them properly repaired and reconstructed. The report was adopted on the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

A report from the overseer recommending (illegible in minutes) matters was received and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with.

The Mayor reported in reference to his minute which was adopted at last meeting he had appointed a youth to assist the Council Clerk in his office at a salary of 15 shillings per week subject to a weeks notice from either party to the other.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1. Chalder Street. Moved by Alderman Hibble, that the footpath northside of Chalder Street be asphalted 100 yards at a cost of £9. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

2. Prospect Street. Moved by Alderman Hibble, “that the foot paths each side of Prospect Street be asphalted 490 yards at a cost of £43”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

3. Victoria Street. Moved by Alderman Hibble, that the foot paths in Victoria Street be asphalted each side 490 yards at a cost of £43. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

4. Longdown Street. Moved by Alderman Hibble, that the foot paths in Longdown Street be asphalted 420 yards at a cost of £37″. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Hibble that the footpath in Bligh Street in front of Mr Campbell’s property be asphalted 84 yards at a cost of £8″. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

6. Linthorpe Street. Moved by Alderman Hibble, that the footpath northside of Linthorpe Street 74 yards be asphalted at a cost of £9″. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

7. Pipe drain Galvin’s Lane. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that the 12 inch pipe drain be continued from Galvin’s Lane via Chalder Street to Raper Street at a cost not exceeding £30”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

8. Pipe drain Raper Street. Moved by Alderman Whately, “that an 18 inch pipe drain be laid in Raper Street from O’Connell Street to boundary in Church Street at a cost of £180”. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

9. Metal cubing Wilson Street. Moved by Alderman Whately that the sum of £500 already voted for metal cubing a portion of Wilson Street be hereby supplemented by the sum of £950″. Seconded by Alderman Hibble and carried.

10. Francis Lane. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the kerbing and guttering in Francis Lane be completed at a cost of £40”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

11. Bedford Street. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the footpath in Bedford Street, northside, from Albert Street to Peirce Street be asphalted at a cost of £40”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Orders of the day:

Moved by Alderman Peirce that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the whole to open tenders for Street cleansing a portion of Enmore Ward and O’Connell Ward and for asphalting foot paths.

In Committee that tenders were opened and on the Council’s resuming a report was brought up recommending the acceptance of the tender Timothy Conley for the Street cleansing at £18/5/0 per month for O’Connell Ward and £12 for Enmore Ward, and the tender of C. Knuss for asphalting at one shilling and sixpence per yard which was adopted on a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 30th day of September 1884.

Signed J. F. Smith.

 


 

Tuesday 30th September 1884.

 

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Boots who [was] still prevented from attending through illness.

Correspondence:

1. The Mayor stated that he had received a letter from Mr J. Campbell of Bligh Street, covering his cheque for £5/13/0 being the proceeds of a lecture delivered by Mr C(illegible in minutes) delivered in the Town Hall and which he now presented to the Public Library at Newtown. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the letter and cheque where received and the thanks of the Council were tendered to Mr Campbell and the lecturer for the donation.

2. From Mr S. Gee referring to the present state of Gladstone Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

3. From the Town Clerk of Sydney calling the Council’s attention to the reputed waste of water and asking that any cases coming under the notice of the officer of the Council may be at once reported to the authorities in Sydney. Received.

4. From the Camperdown Council referring to the widening of Church Street and covering a copy of the Attorney General’s opinion on the subject. Received.

5. From Mr E. Williams respecting a new style of earth closet which he strongly recommended. Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances for report.

6. From Thomas Goodin complaining of the Inspector’s dealings with him in reference to a cesspit in Marian Street. Received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman gives, seconded by Alderman Whately, “that the levels as shown on section by red line for Francis Street be and the same is hereby adopted”. Carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the levels as shown on section by red line for Sloane Street be and the same is hereby adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

In reply to Alderman Goodsell, the Mayor stated that he intended to put a blue stone crossing at the junction of Munni and John Streets. Resolved that Lennox Street between Mary Street and Church Street be temporarily closed during repairs.

Confirmed this 14th day of October 1882.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

 


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