Tuesday April 14th 1885.

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From John Meader intimating his wish to resign contract No 1 for street cleansing etc.. Moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Peirce, that the letter be received and contract cancelled”. Carried.

2. From Benjamin Boltin through his solicitors asking for compensation amounting to £114 on account of a pipe drain being laid through his land in Fulham Street. Received.

3. From the Beach Testimonial Committee asking for contributions etc.. Not entertained.

4. From the Reverend J. Jeffries, Wilson Street, complaining that by the action of the Council the entrance to his residence had been rendered useless. Received.

5. From Messrs Corsin & Wood [?] Offering to supply blue metal and screenings etc.. Received.

6. Thomas West, Five Dock, stating that he could not supply any more white metal at seven shillings per ton and asking an advance of one shilling. Not entertained.

7. From Mr James Bullen, Overseer of Works, asking the Council to raise his salary. Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

Reports.

Works.

The report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending: —

The passing and final payment of kerbing and guttering in Liberty Street subway; that the kerbing and guttering in Cozens Lane and in Kent Lane be not passed, it being badly jointed and laid etc.; that a nine inch pipe drain be laid in Campbell Lane from Mr Abbotts fence to end of lane and a 12 inch pipe drain from thence to south west side of Nelson Street. On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bellemey, the report was adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his Department during the last month. Received.

A report was received from the Special Committee appointed to meet in conference with Darlington and Redfern Councils upon the subject of the formation of Forbes Street, stating that it had been agreed that the centre of Forbes Street should be the boundary between Newtown on one side and Redfern and Darlington on the other side; that the levels and sections be taken by the Newtown Council’s surveyor at the joint expense of the three Councils; that the cost of forming the Street be borne proportionately by the three Councils and that the government be asked to contribute towards it; that the Newtown Council call for tenders for the work which is to be done under the supervision of the Overseer of Works for Newtown; that the Mayors of the three Boroughs wait upon the Minister for Works to obtain the assistance of the government; that a copy of the resolution be forwarded to each Council. On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Peirce, that the report be received and adopted. Carried.

The Mayor laid upon the table a plan showing sections and proposed permanent levels of Goodsell Street and John Street. On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Jolly, the levels were adopted.

The Mayor laid upon the table a printed statement of the receipts and expenditure for the half-year ended 2nd February 1885.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Appeal day.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the 5th May 1885 be hereby appointed the day on which appeals against the assessment for the current year may be heard”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. Drain pipes, Eliza Street to culvert.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that a sum of £80 be now voted to provide and lay 12 inch drain pipes from Eliza Street to culvert in Bedford Street, also a 12 inch pipe drain across the Road from Australia Street to Bedford Street”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. Lamp in King Street etc..

Moved by Alderman Jolly, “that reference be made to the Lighting Committee to have lamps placed as follows: — one in King Street between Eliza and Mary Streets opposite the Court, one in Mary Street between Albert and Mary Streets”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

Miscellaneous.

Alderman Jolly called attention to the fact that the shopkeepers are in the habit of sweeping paper and dust etc. into the gutters in King Street.

Alderman Peirce asked the Mayor to get an estimate of the cost of metal cubing the entrances to gateways in King Street.

In reply to Alderman Bellemey, the Mayor said that he had sent a letter to the Mayor of Sydney about the water supply but had received no reply.

Alderman Goodsell, with the consent of the Council, moved than a deputation from this Council wait upon the Mayor of Sydney to urge upon him the necessity which exists for a better supply of water at Newtown.

Alderman Bellemey asked that a letter be written to the Minister for Works asking for more passenger accommodation at Macdonaldtown railway station.

Committee of the whole — tenders.

Council resolved into Committee of the whole to consider tenders for street cleansing etc., contract No 1.

The tenders were opened and considered in Committee and on the Councils resuming a report was brought up recommending the adoption of the tender of Patrick Machin had £18 per month which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Jolly.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 28th. day of April 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Tuesday 28th April 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 Peirce, Goodsell, Jolly, Gibbes, Boots, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From the Executive of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition to be held in London 1886 asking Council to send photographs of public buildings etc. in Newtown to the exhibition. Received.

2. From Mr Alexander Rea asking the Council to place an additional lamp in Simmons Street and referring to other matters. On a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Jolly, the letter was received and that part of it referring to the lamp was referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

3. From Mr James Cooper asking the Council to continue the pipe drain from Forbes Street to Margaret Street. Received and as the money had already been voted the work to be done.

4. From the Borough of Redfern stating that the Council had received a report of the proceedings of the Committees respecting Forbes Street. Received.

5. From W. Armstrong asking the Council for permission to run a line of omnibuses from Australia Street, Kingston (near baker’s old stables) to Wynyard Square Sydney. Received and to be forwarded to Metropolitan Transit Commissioners with a recommendation from this Council that the application be granted.

6. From T. Crowley contractor for street watering, stating that the pump was in bad order and asking an increase in the price of threepence per load. Received and referred to the Water Committee for report and the Mayor be authorised to make a fresh arrangement.

7. From Mr Whittey asking to be allowed to take his omnibus off Cooks River Road and put on the Enmore Road line. Granted.

Reports.

A report, No 1, was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1062/4/2 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £667/19/0. On a motion by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Alderman Neale, the report was adopted.

No 2. Recommending that the overseer’s (Mr James Bullen) application for an increase of wages be acceded to to the extent of 10 shillings per week to take effect from the 1st May next. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

Works Committee.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending: —

1. That the contractors for the metal cubing in Wilson Street be instructed to raise some of the cube setts that had gone down in places.

2. That the kerbing and guttering in Augustus Street by contractor Atkin be passed and final payment made. On a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

The Borough Treasurer reported having received and paid into Council’s credit the sum £2577/4/7, that cheques amounting to £1064/19/6 had been issued and that £1147/5/7 was the amount at Council’s credit as per passbook herewith. Received.

Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the last month and recommended that contractors Doyle, street cleaner and Miley, cesspit cleaner, be each in the sum of £1 for neglect of duty. (sic) Adopted on a motion by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Alderman Gibbes.

The overseer reported upon the estimated cost of laying all gate entrances and crossings in King Street from railway bridge to Forbes Street £464/16/0. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. London Street metalled.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that London Street be metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £227″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

2. May Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that May Street, northside, be kerbed and guttered from existing kerb to Edgeware Road at a cost not exceeding £176.” Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. Maria Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the kerbing and guttering in Maria Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £284″. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

4. By Alderman Gibbes, respecting water table and wooden crossing in Edgeware Road opposite railway gate house was withdrawn.

5. Enmore estate levels etc..

Moved by Alderman Gibbes that the surveyor be hereby instructed to prepare plans and sections of all streets and lanes in Enmore estate with a view to form permanent levels of same”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

6. Campbell Lane drain.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a sum of £22 be now voted to carry out a recommendation of Works Committee adopted at last meeting of Council to drain Campbell Lane”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

7. Campbell Street gutters.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a sum of £23 be now voted to repair the gutters 50 yards northside and 50 yards south side of Campbell Street.

8. Lamp in Watkin Street.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey that reference be made to the Lighting Committee to place a lamp in Watkin Street (late Hill Street) about midway on the east side”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

9. Committee of the whole re Town Hall.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a Committee of the whole Council meet on Tuesday next 5th May at 7:30 PM to consider the advisability of either dispensing of the Town Hall or making such alterations in it that may be deemed necessary”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

10. Moved by Alderman Jolly, “that kerbing and guttering be laid in lane between Mr Lord’s cottages and Mrs Stinier’s [?] houses 34 yards each side at a cost not exceeding £26″. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

11. Barrel drain Bedford Street.

Moved by Alderman Peirce that the plans and specification used for the barrel drain in Regent Street be adopted for the extension of the same from Regent Street to Bedford Street and tenders be called for same”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 12th day of May 1885.

Signed J. Smith, Mayor.


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