Tuesday 27th. October 1885.
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 MLA) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Jolly, Gibbes, Neale and Bellemey.
The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.
1. From Redfern Borough offering to pay half the cost of ballasting and metalling Wilson Street end of Forbes Street. Received.
2. From Mr N. Pidcock stating that Camperdown Council had voted him the sum of two Guineas for his services as secretary to the Sewage C with the onference. Received and an addition (sic) £1 be now voted to Mr Pidcock making £2 in all.
3. From Paddington Borough asking the Council to agree to an arrangement with the Gas Company to have the public gas lamps unlighted on the four nights preceeding the full moon and night of the full moon instead of the present arrangement.
4. From A. M. Howarth asking the Council to move the pipe drain crossing Newman Street from his land to the four feet reserved for it. Received.
5. From Palmer and Chapman, trustees for Mrs Curtis, asking what is going to be done in the matter of the footpath in Forbes Street which had been cut down. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
6. From F. Barden, complaining of the state of Wilford Street. Received.
7. From Marcus Clark asking Council’s permission to lay a concrete and cement pavement in front of his new shop in King Street. Received and the request granted, the work to be done at Mr Clarks own expense.
8. From Edward Chisholm, former proprietor of Mount Eagle Estate, dedicating to the public the lane 20 feet at the rear of King Street from Forbes Street to Queen Street.
9. From Marcus Clark asking the Council to repair the kerbing in front of his shop in King Street. Received.
A report was received from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1716/13/11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting £824/3/10. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Neale.
A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending the passing and final payment of asphalting foot paths in King Street by Pickering and Company that were measured up to ninth instant; the passing of and final payment for asphalting in Camden Street and lane back of Egan Street; the passing of and final payment for kerbing and guttering in Laura Street and Wells Street fronting the public school; the taking out and removal of a double row of pipes at junction of Wells and Commodore Streets and substituting an open crossing; the laying of a kerb and one course gutter in Lane off Angel Street from Taylor’s back premises to Angel Street; the removal a two feet pipe drain crossing Newman Street to the four feet reserved for it and the intersecting of stormwater etc. from North Kingston on the northern side of the railway line. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.
The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the last four weeks. Received.
The Borough Treasurer reported that during the last two months £2336/18/1 had been received and paid into the bank, that during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £2824/5/4 and the amount at credit £587/17/3. Received.
Motions pursuant to notice.
1. Wells Street kerbing and guttering.
Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that kerbing and guttering northside be completed at a cost not exceeding £128″. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
2. Wells and John Streets kerbing and guttering.
Moved by Alderman Gibbes that kerbing and guttering be laid at the corner of Wells and John Streets in accordance with recommendations of Works Committee of date 17th August last at a cost not exceeding £75”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
3. Wilford Street kerbing and guttering.
Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Wilford Street from Enmore Road to Foster’s fence be kerbed and guttered at a cost of £36”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.
4. Station Street metal.
Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Station Street from Holt Street southerly be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £100”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.
5. King Street and bluestone kerb.
Moved by Alderman Jolly, “that a sum of £76 be now voted to continue the bluestone kerbing in King Street to Church Street.” Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
6. Committee of the whole, Bligh Street.
Moved by the Mayor and that the Council resolve into a Committee of the whole to consider the matter of compensation in Bligh Street”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.
In Committee the subject was well discussed and on the Council resuming a report was adopted leaving the matter in the hands of the Mayor to deal with it.
In reply to Alderman Gibbes, the Mayor said he would call the Committee together to consider the advisability of dividing the Enmore Ward.
In reply the Alderman Whately, the Mayor said he would give instructions to have the names of streets put up where required.
In reply to Alderman Peirce, the Mayor said he would give instructions to have the entrance to culvert in Australia Street made larger.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 10th day of November 1885.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.
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