Tuesday 8th December 1885.

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Messrs Catternach and Co making an offer to receive all night soil from this Borough on payment of the sum of five shillings per ton for the first year and four shillings per ton for four years afterwards and to deodorise same allowing the Council 10 percent of profits after the sale of manufactured guano. Received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report.

2. From G. H. Lovett, complaining of the action of this Council in cutting down a portion of Forbes Street whereby his gateway entrance would have to be lowered two feet and other things done estimating the cost of the proposed alterations at £83. Received and referred to Committee for Works for report.

3. From the Secretary to the Gas Company offering to supply a mixture of tar and ashes at their yard in Kent Street, Sydney.

4. From a number of ratepayers in College Street asking the Council to assist in getting a water main laid in the street. Received and to be sent to the City Council with a request that it be done.

5. From C. A. Kruss stating that when he was stopped in asphalting in King Street he had a large quantity of tar and ashes mixed ready for use which was now lying in his hands and offering to sell it to the Council at 18 shillings per load. It was resolved that the Mayor be authorised to instruct Mr Kruss to lay it where it was already ordered that foot paths should be done in accordance with specification recently adopted and at the same cost.

6. From Bartholomew Doyle giving up his contract for street cleansing a portion of Enmore Ward. Received.

7. From Mr Charles Boots, late Alderman for O’Connell Ward, stating that he had sent his resignation to the Council Clerk and thanking the Council for the courtesy shown him during eight years he held office.

8. From Mr surveyor Murphy offering to the Council a correct map of Newtown prepared by himself showing subdivisions etc. up to date for the sum of £200. Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

9. From J. Jeffery, contractor for removal of night soil, referring to a report of the Inspector of Nuisances concerning a complaint made by Mr Spiro Williams. Received and referred for consideration in Committee of the whole.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending the passing of asphalting measured to date with no exceptions and kerbing and guttering in Laura and Wells Streets and the open crossing at junction of Angel and King Streets to be relaid with two extra courses. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

A report was brought up from the Inspector of Nuisances showing the amount of work done in his department during the past month, also stating that the contractor for removing night soil had neglected to attend to his work and that under instruction from the Mayor he had employed another to do the work. Received. The former part of the report was adopted and the latter part referring to the contractor for night soil was postponed for consideration in Committee of the whole.

A report was brought up from the overseer showing the amount of work done during the past two months, the works now in progress and recommending a timber covered culvert at foot of Edgeware Road, Enmore estate.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Missenden Road.

Moved by Alderman Whately, “that the Minister for Mines be informed that if the government will resume the land necessary for widening Missenden Road from King Street to Bligh Street this Council will pay the cost provided it meets with assistance from the hospital and university authorities and other parties interested”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Blue metal, O’Connell Ward.

Moved by Alderman Whately, “that a sum of £60 be now voted for the purchase of blue metal broken to a two and half gauge for necessary repairs etc. O’Connell Ward”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

The Council resolved into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for street cleansing a portion of Enmore Ward, Doyle’s late contract, and to consider the report of the Inspector of Nuisances in reference to the night soil contractor etc.

In Committee the above subjects were considered and on the Council’s resuming, a report was brought up recommending that the opening of tenders be postponed until next meeting of Council and that the Inspector’s report recommending that the contract of Mr Jeffery for the removal of night soil be annulled, also that tenders be called for the remaining part of the contract year, viz to 31st March 86.

On a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report was adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 22nd day of December 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Tuesday 23rd December 1885. [In the original minutes the “3” has three horizontal scores through it and a “2” written above it]

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 and Neale.

Alderman Whately stated that an important engagement prevented his remaining and asked to be excused.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. A letter was read from the Department of Mines stating that the Council’s request to resume land for the prolongation of Clara Street to Camden Street etc cannot be acceded to until the Council has arranged to satisfy the owners of the land as to payment etc. Received.

2. From Marrickville Council calling attention to the drainage passing into the culvert and crossing Edgeware Road and through Davenport’s and asking the Council to take the matter into immediate consideration. On the motion of Alderman Gibbes, the letter was received and Clerk instructed to reply that when the Council of Marrickville is prepared to deal with a vote passed by this Council to make Edgeware Road it will be prepared to negotiate in reference to the drainage. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. From Mr Jeffery, late contractor, complaining of the conduct of the Inspector of Nuisances.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1689/4/9 and recommend payment of accounts amounting to £294/16/6. Received and adopted on a motion by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Gibbes. A second report was also received from same Committee stating that in the opinion of the Committee the plan of this Borough prepared and submitted to the Council by Mr surveyor Murphy is a good one and that if it were made more perfect by clearly defining the widths of the various streets and foot paths etc would prove a valuable acquisition to the Council and the Borough generally and leaving the cost of purchase an open question. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending that £20 be given to G. H. Lovett as compensation for cutting down Forbes Street etc. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

A report was brought up from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee recommending that the proposal of Messrs Catternach with and Co be accepted by this Council provided the whole cost of removing night soil does not exceed six pence per foot. The Council also to be allowed a rebate of 10 percent on profits of the manufacture of the manure the etc. Received and referred for consideration to Committee of the whole for opening tenders.

A report was brought up from the Inspector of Nuisances showing the amount of work done in his department during the past month. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Salvation Lane, kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey for Alderman Whately, “that kerbing and guttering in Salvation Lane be continued to Brown Street 120 yards, 3rd class, at a cost not exceeding £45”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes, ordered to stand over for three months.

2. Lane off Bucknell Street.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that lane off Bucknell Street be kerbed and guttered 160 yards, 3rd class, at a cost of £60”. Not seconded.

3. William’s Lane, and drain.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a six inch pipe drain be laid in William’s Lane adjoining the Wesleyan church at a cost of £8”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

4. Wilson Street, asphalting.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the asphalting foot paths in Wilson Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £150”.

5. Wilson Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the kerbing and guttering south side of Wilson Street be completed from Fitzroy Street to Queen Street at a cost not exceeding £70”. Not seconded.

6. Islington Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the new extension of Islington Street be kerbed and guttered and metalled at a cost not exceeding £160”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

An amendment moved by Alderman Jolly that the consideration of the motion be postponed for six months was lost and the motion was carried.

7. Alice Street drain.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid down Alice Street from King Street to Edgeware Road at a cost not exceeding £150”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. It was agreed that it’s consideration be postponed for three months.

8. Station Street Lane.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the state of the lane running from Station Street to Reiby Street between Enmore Road and Don Streets be referred to the Works Committee for report”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

9. That the Works Committee be requested to report as to the best means of carrying away the drainage of the premises of Mr Green, the Baker, and tw the o next adjoining premises. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

The Council resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for street cleaning and emptying cesspits for the remainder of the contract year.

In Committee that tenders were opened and considered and on the Council’s resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending: —

1. “That the tender of T. Collins be accepted for street cleaning a portion of Enmore Ward for the remaining part of the contract year at twenty six pounds (£26) per month”.

2. “That the tender of Mr Miley be accepted for the removal of night soil for the remainder of the contract year at five pence (5 of the) per cubic foot allowing a rebate to the Council of one penny per foot”.

3. “That in the report of Nuisances Prevention Act Committee all the words after the words “accepted by this Council” be struck out and the following words inserted instead, viz “that provided the company’s arrangements are found suitable at a future time”.

The report was adopted on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 5th day of December [January] 1886.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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