On Tuesday the 3rd of February 1885 a public meeting of the ratepayers was held in the large Hall for the purpose of nominating and electing three Alderman and two Auditors in room of those retiring by rotation.
The Mayor and Returning Officer (Mr J. F. Smith) was present at noon and opened the proceedings by reading the advertisement calling the meeting in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.
He then read the nominations as follows: —
Enmore Ward: Frederick Jamison Gibbes, member of the Legislative Assembly, Collins Street, Leichardt. Nominated by Alfred Chivers, draper, King Street, Alexander Rea, teacher of music, Simmons Street and others.
O’Connell Ward: William Gunn Hibble, painter, King Street, Newtown. Nominated by Henry Copeland MLA [Minnie?], Wilson Street, George A. Cockerton, traveller, Watkins Street. And Richard Thomas Bellemey, chemist, King Street, nominated by Robert B. House[?], builder, Susan Street, Samuel Rapson, bootmaker, King Street and others.
Kingston Ward: Ninian Melville, cabinetmaker, Regent Street. Nominated by Thomas Mulqueeney[?], freeholder, Denison Street, John Harris, licensed victualler, Regent Street and others. Joseph Jolly, painter, King Street. Nominated by Frederick Hoffman, freeholder, Regent Street, Thomas Weeks, Carter, Denison Street.
Auditors: Walter Henry Goddard, bank manager, King Street. William Wyatt, teacher, Hordern Street. Nominated by Robert Rogers, parliamentary librarian, Eliza Street and Thomas Tye, butcher, King Street.
There being no opposition for Enmore Ward and for the Auditors, the nominees as above were declared duly elected to their respective offices.
On the 7th. February a poll was taken for the O’Connell and Kingston Wards which resulted as follows: — O’Connell Ward: R. T. Bellemey, 645. W. G. Hibble, 303.
Kingston Ward: J. Jolly, 423. N. Melville, 305.
A official declaration of polling was made on Monday morning 9th February at 10 o’clock when the candidates were declared duly elected as above.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor and Returning Officer.
Wednesday 11th February 1885.
The election of Mayor.
A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice for the election of Mayor for the current Municipal year.
Present, the Mayor (Mr J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Jolly, Gibbes, Boots, Neale and Bellemey.
The minutes of previous meetings were read and confirmed.
The Mayor laid upon the table the declarations (duly signed) of the newly elected Alderman viz. Enmore Ward, Alderman Gibbes. Kingston Ward, Alderman Jolly. O’Connell Ward, Alderman Bellemey.
Alderman Gibbes moved and Alderman Neale seconded that the election of Mayor on this occasion be by open voting. Carried.
Alderman Gibbes moved and Alderman Peirce seconded that Alderman James Francis Smith be the Mayor for the current Municipal year which was carried unanimously.
Alderman Smith signified his willingness to accept the office and returned thanks for the honour conferred upon him.
Confirmed the 17th day of February 1885.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.
Tuesday 17th February 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) and Aldermen Whately, Goodsell, Peirce, Jolly, Neale, Bellemey and Boots.
The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.
1. From the Gas Company stating that on and after April next the price of the lamps in your Borough will be reduced from £6 per annum to £5/15/0 and the meter price from six shillings to five shillings and sixpence per 1000 feet. Received.
2. From the Undersecretary Department of Public Works stating that, “any legal powers to deal with obstructions in streets are vested in the Council and should any compensation arise the matter would be referred to this department”. Received.
3. From the Railway Department stating that the Engineer in Chief had approved of the Council’s offer to kerb and gutter both sides of the railway bridge over the Illawarra line. Received.
4. From Holt Sutherland Estate Company asking the Council to make such alterations in draft agreement submitted as were deemed necessary and return to the company for approval or otherwise. On the motion of Alderman Boots seconded by Alderman Bellemey, the letter was received and referred to a special Committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Whately and Boots.
5. From Borough Council of Camperdown acknowledging receipt of Council’s letter re draining in Church Street and agreeing to the proposals therein contained. Received.
6. From the Secretary to the Fire Brigades Board stating that £150 had been voted to the Volunteer Fire Brigade at Newtown.
7. From the Gas Company showing the dates on which five new lamps had been erected. Received.
8. From Mr Thomas Roberts, agent for a new “dry earth” system of sanitation recommending it to the Council. Received.
9. The Mayor laid on the table a form of dedication setting apart to the public use of a prolongation of John Street to May Street which was handed over to Mr Alderman Goodsell to get signed by those interested in it.
This Inspector of Nuisances reported,
1. As to the amount of work performed in his department during the last month.
2. That he had lost a case in the public Court through the incompleteness of the By-laws.
3. That a matter complained in Lord Street he had visited in dry weather but had seen nothing to complain of. Received the second part, referred to the By-laws Committee for report and the third, the inspector to visit the place in wet weather and to make a house to house inspection.
Borough Treasurer reported the amount received up to 2nd February inclusive and the amount paid away during the same period. Received.
Appointment of Committees.
1. Finance. Moved by Alderman Boots that the Finance Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Neale, Bellemey and Peirce. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell. An amendment was moved by Alderman Bellemey that his own name be omitted and Mr Alderman Gibbes be inserted instead. Seconded by Alderman Whately and lost. The original motion was then carried.
2. Works. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the Works Committee consist of Aldermen Boots, Goodsell, Whately and Gibbes”. Seconded by Alderman Whately. An amendment was moved by Alderman Boots, “that the Works Committee consist of Aldermen Whately, Goodsell and Peirce”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried on division as follows: — Ayes. Aldermen Neale, Boots, Goodsell and Peirce. Noes, Aldermen Whately, Jolly and Bellemey. The motion as amended was then put and carried.
3. By Laws and Library. Moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Boots, “that the By-laws and Library Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Bellemey and Boots”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.
4. Nuisances Prevention Act Committee. Moved by Alderman Boots, and seconded by Alderman Peirce, “that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee be the same as the Works Committee”. Carried.
5. Moved by Alderman Whately and seconded by Alderman Bellemey, “that the Lighting Committee consist of Aldermen Gibbes, Boots and the Mayor”. An amendment was moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Peirce, “that the name of Alderman Goodsell be substituted for that of Alderman Gibbes”. Carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.
6. Water. Moved by Alderman Boots, “that the water Committee consist of Aldermen Bellemey, Whately and Jolly”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.
7. Specification. Moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Whiteley, “that the specification Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Bellemey and Boots”. Carried.
On the motion of Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Bellemey, the members of the Finance Committee were authorised to sign all drafts upon the funds of the Borough in conjunction with the Mayor, countersigned by the Council Clerk.
Alderman Whately was appointed Chairman of the Works Committee, the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee and the Water Committee.
Motions pursuant to notice.
3. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that owing to the dangerous and almost impassable state of Forbes Street it is desirable to hold a conference between the Borough Councils of Darlington, Redfern and Newtown to consider the best means of repairing and maintaining the said Street; that a sub Committee for that purpose be appointed from this Council consisting of his Worship the Mayor, Alderman Whately and the mover and that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the said Councils with a request that they form a similar Committee”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and lost.
4. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the present condition of Bligh Street is a constant menace and source of danger to the health of the inhabitants and that a letter be written embodying these facts to the Hon the Undersecretary for Public Works with a request that he should give instructions to have the work of forming and making the said Street at once”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
5. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, that the Camperdown Council be requested to appoint a sub Committee to confer with a sub Committee from this Council consisting of his Worship the Mayor, Alderman Boots and the mover to consider the advisableness [sic] and best means for opening O’Connell Street through to Camperdown, the cost thereof and the amounts to be borne by each Council”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.
Alderman Whately moved, “that the thanks of this Council be given to Alderman J. F. Smith (the present Mayor) for the very able and efficient manner in which he filled the office of Mayor for the past year”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried unanimously. The Mayor, in a few words, acknowledged the high compliment the Council had paid him and also thanked them for re-electing him to the position of Mayor.
Alderman Boots called the Mayor’s attention to an encroachment on Mr Clark’s balcony, who stated that he had already instructed the Inspector of Nuisances about it.
The same Alderman also referred to the necessity which existed for a public urinal in the vicinity of the railway bridge.
Alderman Bellemey referred to the necessity which existed for a lamp near Bligh Street where the tram crosses the Road and thought the Tramway authorities should be asked to place one there. The Mayor stated that they had been written to about it but declined to carried it out.
Alderman Whately regretted very much that no provision had been made by the Gas or Water Companies to lay or alter service pipes without taking up the wood pavement.
Alderman Peirce referred to the subway at Liberty Street and thought that the making of the improvements agreed to should be gone on with.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 3rd day of March 1885.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.
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