Tuesday 10th November 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.

Correspondence.

1. From Frank Smith asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in Raper Street. Received.

2. From the Commissioner for Roads asking Council to remove Mr Sampson’s encroachment in Bligh Street and stating that the then Mayor of Newtown, by letter of the 15th August 1871, informed the Under-Secretary for lands, “that the Newtown Council would pay all claims to compensation to private landholders that might be involved in the alignment of Bligh Street”. On a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the letter was received and the matter still left in the hands of the Mayor to deal with.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee containing the following recommendations: —

1. Forbes Street.

That the forming and ballasting and metalling by contractor Gallaher be past and final payment made subject to the Finance Committee report.

2. That a letter be written to Messrs Palmer and Chapman respecting a proposal to reduce the entrance steps to Mrs Curtis’ houses asking for further information.

3. That kerbing and guttering be laid in John Street 40 yards, next to Hardy’s property.

4. That a few six inch drain pipes be laid in Union Street opposite Union Inn.

5. That the Mayor is requested to carry out the work of an open crossing junction of King and Angel streets recommended by the Committee sometime ago.

On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the report was adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the last month and in the matter of scavenging complained of the neglect of contractor Doyle and recommended that the contract be cancelled etc.. Received and postponed for consideration in Committee of the whole Council.

A report from the same officer was brought up complaining of the conduct of the contractor for removing night soil that he neglected his work etc.. Received and referred for consideration in Committee of the whole Council.

The Borough Treasurer reported that £732 had been received during the month; £644/14/6 had been paid into the bank and £87/16/9 remain in the Council’s safe taken to day; that the balance at Council’s credit in the bank at date £10/10/0 and that of the £1343/19/4[first digit after pound signed unclear] which had been paid away £121/18/7 were still outstanding.

A report was brought up from special Committee appointed to consider the redistribution of Wards of this Borough, making the following recommendations: —

1. That all that portion of Enmore Ward lying between Enmore Road and the railway and the Stanmore Road and Liberty Street be annexed to the Kingston Ward. The boundary being as follows, from the centres of Enmore Road and the railway bridge along the centre of the Road to Stanmore Road and from thence along the boundary of the Municipality to the centre Bedford Street.

2. That the O’Connell Ward remain as it now is.

3 that the remaining portion of Enmore Ward be subdivided as follows: — by a line commencing at the junction of the centres of Camden Street and Edgeware Road thence along the centre of Camden Street to the centre of King Street thence along the centre of King Street to a point opposite the centre of John Street then along the centre of St John Street to the centre of Angel Street to the centre of Munni Street thence along the centre of that street to the centre of Union Street and thence along the boundary of the Municipality to the point of commencement.

The southern portion of the subdivision to be called [left blank in minutes] Ward the remaining portion to retain its present name of Enmore.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes that the report of the special Committee be now adopted. Seconded by Alderman Whately.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a plan of the proposed redistribution of Wards and a written description of the boundary be prepared for next meeting and laid on the table for the information of the public”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce. The amendment was lost.

Alderman Peirce moved a further amendment that the adoption of the report stand over for one-month. Not seconded.

The motion was then put and carried on division.

Ayes: Aldermen Whately, Goodsell, Jolly, Neale
Noes: Aldermen Bellemey, Peirce, J. F. Smith (Mayor)

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Brown Street asphalting.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the foot paths in Brown Street upper and the lower portions be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £138”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

2. Watkin Street asphalted.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the footpath, south side, of Watkin Street (lower portion) and the footpath on the southern side as far as the houses be asphalted at cost not exceeding £12”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

3. Fitzroy Street asphalt.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the foot paths each side of Fitzroy Street be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £42”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

4. Queen Street asphalt.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the footpath each side of Queen Street be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £75″. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

5. Forbes Street asphalt.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey that the footpath in Forbes Street be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £85”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

6. John Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the east side of John Street from Maria Street northwards 40 yards be kerbed and guttering at a cost not exceeding £20”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

7. Lane Enmore pipe drain.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a nine inch pipes drain be laid in lane at the rear of Marian Street from Cross Lane to Sarah Street and from thence through Hardman’s land to James Street at a cost not exceeding £118”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

8. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a six inch pipe drain be laid from Congregational church house in King Street through Green’s to pipe in Bailey Street at a cost not exceeding £22″. Seconded by Alderman Neale. The motion was ordered to stand over for six months.

9. Metropolitan Road formation.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes that Metropolitan Road from Enmore Road to Sarah Street be formed at a cost not exceeding £160”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

10. Edgeware Road formation.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Edgeware Road from Enmore Road to Sarah Street be formed at a cost of £190″. Seconded by Alderman Neale. An amendment was moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Jolly that the motion stand over for three months and lost. The motion was put and carried.

11. Clara Street extension.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes that the Minister for Mines be informed that if the government will resume the land necessary for the extension for the extension [the repitition is in the Minutes] of Clara Street to Camden Street this Council will pay the purchase money for the land so resumed”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. An amendment was proposed by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that the consideration of the motion stand over for one-month. Council divided on the amendment as follows: —

Ayes: Aldermen Jolly, Bellemey, Peirce.
Noes: Aldermen Neale, Whately, Goodsell, Gibbes.

The amendment being lost the Council divided on the motion as follows: —

Ayes: Aldermen Neale, Whately, Goodsell, Gibbes.
Noes: Aldermen Jolly, Bellemey, Peirce.

12. Missenden Road widening.

Moved by Alderman Whately that the surveyor be hereby instructed to prepare a plan and estimate of the probable cost of widening Missenden Road from King Street to Bligh and report same at next meeting of Council”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

13. Raper Street.

Moved by Alderman Whately that the footpath northside of Raper Street and on the south side in front of Wilson’s Terrace. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

The Council now resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider the reports of the Inspector of Nuisances in reference to complaints against contractors Doyle and Jeffrey.

In Committee the subjects were fully discussed and a report agreed to.

On the Council’s resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending, first, in the case of Doyle, contractor for street cleansing, that all costs chargeable to his neglect in performing his contract be deducted from any money due to him and that he be fined in the sum of £1 and reprimanded.

Second, in the case of contractor Jeffrey for the removal of night soil, that a copy of the Inspectors charges against him for neglect of duty etc. be sent to him with a request that he attended a special meeting of this Council to be held on Friday next at 7:30 PM and that the Inspector be also summoned to attend so the Council might investigate the matters.

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

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 13th day of November 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Friday 14th November 1885.

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

Present, the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Jolly, Gibbes, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

The Mayor stated that the business of the meeting was to consider the charge laid by the Inspector of Nuisances against the contractor (Jeffrey) for the removal of night soil.

The Council resolved into a Committee of the whole to deal with the charges.

In Committee the contractor and several of his men were examined, also the Inspector and the charges were thoroughly investigated and on the Council’s resuming the Mayor brought up the following report: —

Your Committee recommend, first, that the contractor be fined in the sum of £2 for casting night soil into the drain in Mrs Fullers yard.

Second, that the charge of casting night soil in lane off Reibey Street is not proved.

Third, that in the charge of general neglect he be reprimanded.

Signed J. F. Smith, chairman.

The Council resumed and the report was adopted.

Confirmed this 24th. November 1888.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Tuesday 24th. November 1885.

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

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

Minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From the Borough of Darlington asking this Council to co-operate in protesting against the university authorities enclosing the university grounds against the general public etc.. Received and agreed to.

2. From a number of ratepayers in King Street, Enmore, asking the Council to repair the guttering opposite Camden College etc.. Received and authority given to the Mayor to comply with the request of the writers etc..

3. From the secretary to the Ratepayers Association thanking the Council for the gratuitous use of the public Hall for their fortnightly meetings and forwarding a copy of a resolution: — “The Council of Newtown should at once revise the electoral roll so that the actual ratepayer only should be allowed exercise the Municipal franchise according to the intention of the law” and asking the Council to honour themselves and do the ratepayers the justice in removing this blot which is a disgrace to our civilisation. Received.

4. From Mr Pidcock asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in front of his house in Belmore Street on the usual terms. Received and agreed to.

5. From Messrs Chapman and Palmer, trustees for Mrs Curtis’ property in Forbes Street stating in reply to a letter from this Council that the cost of making the necessary alterations consequent upon the alteration of levels in that street would be £25/10/0. On the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the letter was received and the Council agreed to pay half the cost of same.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1734/15/0 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £237/13/7. On a motion by Aldermen Neale, seconded by Alderman Peirce the report was adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight, also upon a complaint of Mr Theo Williams about the night man. Received.

The surveyor sent in a plan of proposed widening of Missenden Road from King Street to Bligh Street and an estimate of the cost of resuming the land which was stated to £6770. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that so much of the special Committee’s report dealing with the subdivision of the Enmore Ward and annexing a portion of such Ward to the Kingston Ward be hereby rescinded and such division be confined to the Enmore Ward only “. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the Secretary for Mines be informed that if the government will resume the land necessary for widening Trade Street at the corner of Baltic and Mary Streets this Council will pay the purchase money for the land so resumed”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

In reply to Alderman Jolly, the Mayor said he had already instructed the Clerk to write to the city authorities complaining of the very insufficient water supplied to many parts of the Borough.

In reply to Alderman Bellemey, he promised to have a name painted for Queen Street etc.

In reply to Alderman Peirce, that he would give instructions to repair a gutter at the back of Hoffman’s and that the lamps had been ordered for King Street, Edgeware Road and May Street.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 8th day of December 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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