Tuesday 12th May 1885.

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

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Camperdown offering to contribute the sum of £5 per annum to this and in conjunction with this Council and the government towards the maintenance of a powerful lamp at the corner of Bligh Street and King Street. On a motion by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Alderman Boots, the letter was received and the offer accepted.

2. From John Meader, contractor for street cleansing, asking the Council to give him £5 for the work he did street cleansing etc. in contract No. 1 which he resigned. Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report at next meeting.

3. From the Colonial Secretary asking the Council to embody their application to have Watersfield gazetted a depot for night soil in a By-law for the sanction of the Governor in Council. Received and referred to By-law Committee for report at next meeting of Council.

4. From Mr H. Cohen asking for the use of the public hall for quadrille party once a week, Wednesday nights. On a motion by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Alderman Boots, the letter was received and the request granted subject to other engagements etc..

5. From the Town Clerk of Sydney stating that an intermittent water supply for Newtown was unavoidable at present. Received.

6. From Messrs James with formal dedication and plan dedicating to the public use Goodsell Street and lanes etc.. On a motion by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the dedication of the street was accepted and ordered to be sent in for alignment.

7. From the Undersecretary for Public Works intimating that the Minister will receive a deputation on Friday next respecting the construction of a subway at foot of Phillip Street in lieu of level crossing. Received and the Mayor and Aldermen Boots, Jolly and Peirce were appointed from the Council and the members for Newtown, Messrs Gibbes and Mitchell to be invited to accompany and assist etc..

8. From the Macdonaldtown Council asking this Council to co-operate in getting extended accommodation at the Macdonaldtown Station on the southern and western line. Received and a Committee consisting of the Mayor, Aldermen Whately and Bellemey were appointed to carry out the request.

9. From Mr J. Ross on behalf of evangelical association asking for the use of the hall for religious services on Sundays at 10 shillings. Received and the request complied with.

10. From the Undersecretary Finance and Trade stating that the special grant endowment £2532/19/0 had been placed the Council’s credit in the Bank of Australasia.

11. From Mr Evan Jones, Council’s representative on Metropolitan Transit Commissioners Board stating that he should be happy to receive any suggestions or to visit the Council personally upon matters connected with the licensed vehicular traffic in Newtown. On a motion by Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Boots, the letter was received and the thanks of the Council be sent to Mr Jones and a Committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Whately, Boots and Gibbes be appointed to meet Mr Jones etc..

12. From Mr Thomas Goodin complaining of the conduct of the Council Clerk, also an explanation by the Council Clerk of his conduct. Received.

Reports.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month. Received.

Also that through unsuitability of the By-laws he lost a case at Court against two persons for obstructing him in the performance of his duty. Received and referred to the By-law Committee for consideration etc..

Report was brought up from the Water Committee recommending that instead of repairing the old pump for street watering purposes or procuring a new one the contractor be allowed threepence per load extra for watering the streets. On a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the report was adopted.

A week report was brought up from the Committee of the whole Council appointed to consider the advisability of dispensing of or repairing the present Town Hall stating that “a meeting had been held but no decision had been arrived at and no recommendation was made “. Received.

A report was brought up from the valuers stating that all the work in connection with the annual valuation for the current year was completed. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Eliza and King Streets kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the kerbing and guttering at corner of King and Eliza Streets opposite Mr Webster’s property be taken up and replaced with new at a cost of £5″. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

2. Kerbing and guttering lane back of Albermarle Street.

Moved by Alderman Peirce that kerbing and guttering be laid in lane at rear of Albermarle Street between the properties of Messrs Hinchcliffe and Turnton [?] from Regent Street to Oxford Street a distance of 109 yards at a cost of £33”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

3. Referring to guttering in lane near Mr Abigail’s was withdrawn by consent.

5. Nine inch-drain London Street.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that a nine inch pipe drain be laid along lane from back of the Wallis’ butcher’s shop to London Street and along the street to Liberty Street at a cost not exceeding £60. Withdrawn by consent.

4. Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid along Cozens Lane from back of the Heslop’s to Cambridge Street and along that street under western pathway to Liberty Street at a cost not exceeding £43″. Referred to the Works Committee for report on an amendment by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

6. By Alderman Gibbes that Charles Street, northside, be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £78″. Withdrawn.

7. By Alderman Gibbes, that Wells Street, northside, from Pearl Street westerly be kerbed and guttered 50 yards at a cost not exceeding £25. Withdrawn.

8. Margaret Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, that kerbing and guttering lower extension of Margaret Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £28”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

9. Wilson Street pipe drain.

Moved by Alderman Whately, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid in Wilson Street, northside, from Brown Street to Erskineville Road 740 feet at a cost not exceeding £50″. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

10. Salvation Lane six inch drain.

Moved by Alderman Whately that a six inch pipe drain be laid in Salvation Lane at rear of Mr James’ property 152 feet at a cost not exceeding £6”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

11. Watkin Street asphalting.

Moved by Alderman Whately, “that the footpath east side of Watkin Street be asphalting 250 yards at a cost not exceeding £22”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

The following matters where referred to by Alderman Gibbes: — drainpipes along Margaret Street. Pathway in Station Street. Cheque for Holstead’s claim.

The following by Alderman Bellemey: — hole in Longdown Street. Nuisance in Egen lane. Holes in Brown Street, late Robey Street. The damage in Nelson Street and asphalting in King Street.

Alderman Boots asked when the Committee for the division of Enmore Ward would meet. The Mayor said he was not the chairman of it.

The Mayor referred to the alignment of a portion of King Street where Mr Jones the Draper was about to build four new shops. The Council resolved that the government alignment should be adhered to.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed as 26th. day of May 1885.

Signed J. Smith, Mayor.


Tuesday 26th. May 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. Smith) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Gibbes, Boots, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

The Mayor read an apology from Alderman Jolly who was prevented from attending through illness.

Correspondence.

1. From Borough of Macdonaldtown stating that a deputation would be received by the Minister for Works on Friday next at 11 PM. Received.

2. From Mr Owen Friend complaining of a stench arising from the gutters in Robey Street. Received.

3. From the Borough of Alexandria asking this Council’s cooperation in opening up a continuation of Boundary Street to Redfern Street. On a motion by Alderman Gibbes it was received and a Committee consisting of the Mayor, Aldermen Bellemey and Gibbes were appointed to represent this Council.

4. From the Borough of Macdonaldtown stating that the Council is willing to remove a lamp at corner of Harold Street to its side of Union Street provided this Council will place a lamp opposite Mr Nicholls in Union Street. Received and the request to be complied with.

5. From Mr G. A. Davis asking Council to do something to the Metropolitan Road corner of Enmore Road. Received.

6. From Messrs Lances Brothers complaining of the state of the gutter around 356 King Street there not being sufficient fall. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

7. From Messrs Goodsell Brothers calling attention to the wan (sic) of formation in John Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

8. From the Borough of Camperdown calling attention to the necessity for a gull (sic) shaft or silt pit at corner of Raper and Church Streets. Received.

9. From Mr J. Mitchell, MLA, apologising for his absence from the deputation on Friday last re the subway etc.. Received.

10. From Rev James Jefferies asking the Council to restore his entrance gateway in Wilson Street to its former state as the raising of the street had made almost impossible to use it for vehicles. Moved by Alderman Bellemey and seconded by Alderman Whately that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for report. An amendment was moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Boots, that the words “and referred to the Works Committee” be omitted. The amendment was lost and the resolution carried.

11. From Mr Reeves, overseer for wood paving in King Street that the Department of Works would only consent to lay with wood pavement that portion lying between that which is now done and the Town Hall upon the Council paying the cost viz. £275. Received.

12. From the Commissioner for Railways respecting the appropriation of a quantity of kerbing and guttering by the contractor for wood paving and stating that the department never claimed nor attempted to exercise any right to dispose of the material and that the contractors had been advised that they are in illegal possession of the material and must either restore it to the Council or pay the amount at which it is valued viz. £237/680. Received.

13. From Mr W. Patterson submitting a schedule of prices at which he is prepared to supply Melbourne Bluestone kerbing and guttering delivered at Newtown. Received.

14. From Borough of Darlington stating that the Councils of Darlington and Redfern had adopted the report of the conference respecting the making of Forbes Street.

Reports.

Works.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending as follows viz.

1. That the metal cubing in Wilson Street be passed and final payment made.

2. Wilson Street repairing gutters etc. that it be passed and final payment made.

3. Campbell Street repairing guttering etc. passed and final payment made.

Camden Street taking up and relaying kerbing and guttering, that the passing of the work be postponed to next Committee meeting.

6. (sic) That the motion of Alderman Gibbes to lay a pipe drain along Cambridge Street be passed, it being a necessary work. On the motion of Alderman Whately, the report was adopted.

Finance.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1643/10/9 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £365/5/1 and was adopted on a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Neale.

By-law.

Report from the By-law Committee was referred for consideration in Committee of the whole Council.

Inspector of Nuisances reported as to the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight. Received.

The Borough Treasurer reported having received during the month £3926/9/0, that cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £1643/10/9. Balance at credit in bank £3430/3/10. Received.

Overseer reported recommending sundry works. Received and referred the Works Committee for further report.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Ferndale Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that kerbing and guttering of Ferndale Street be completed at a cost not exceeding £50”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

2. Sarah Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Sarah Street, northside from Marian Street westward be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £20”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. Cozens Lane and Cambridge Street drain.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid along Cozens Lane from back of Heslop’s to Cambridge Street and along that street under western pathway to Liberty Street at a cost not exceeding £44″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

4. London Street pipe drain.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes that a nine inch pipe drain be laid along the lane from back of Wallis’ butcher’s shop to London Street and along that Street to Liberty Street at a cost not exceeding £60″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

5. Wells Street kerbing and guttering northside.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes that Wells Street northside from Pearl Street easterly be kerbed and guttered 50 yards at a cost not exceeding £25. Seconded by Alderman Neale. Referred to Works Committee for report.

6. Charles Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes that Charles Street northside be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £28”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

7. Valuers.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a sum of £80 be now voted to the valuers for making the annual valuation for the current Municipal year”. Seconded by Alderman Gibbes. An amendment was moved by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Whately “that £50 be substituted for £80”. Carried. The motion as amended was then put and Alderman Bellemey moved a further amendment, “that £50 be altered to £60″. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried on division as follows: —

Ayes: Alderman Gibbes, Boots, Neale, Bellemey, Goodsell and Whately.
Noes: Alderman Peirce.

The motion as amended was then put and carried.

8. Pipe drain late Robey Street.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey that a 12 inch pipe drain be laid in Brown Street late Robey Street from Wilson Street to railway line at a cost not exceeding £51″. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

9. Pipe drain Missenden Road.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey that a nine inch pipe drain be laid in Missenden Road from King Street to Longdown Street thence to Elizabeth Street and Richard Street at a cost not exceeding £60.” Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

10. Campbell Street asphalt.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the footpath south side of Campbell Street from Elizabeth Street to Campbell Lane be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £22”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

11. Town Hall renovation.

Moved by the Mayor, “that a special Committee consisting of Aldermen Whately, Jolly, Gibbes and the mover be hereby appointed to consider the best means of renovating the Town Hall inside and outside and the making of such alterations as may be necessary for conducting the general business of the Borough and report thereon at next meeting of Council”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Orders of the day.

The Council resolve into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for brick culverts through Mr Vailes land and adopting permanent levels of Forbes Street.

In Committee the tenders were opened and the tender of D. Wildman was accepted and the permanent levels of Forbes Street as shown by a blueline was adopted.

On the Council’s resuming the Mayor reported as above which was adopted by the Council. A report from the By-law Committee recommending a code of By-laws for regulating the depositing a night soil at Watersfield was also adopted and the Mayor was authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto and forward same to the Colonial Secretary for confirmation etc..

Miscellaneous business.

The Mayor reported that several letters had been received respecting the proper boundary between Newtown and Camperdown passing through Buggs Estate recently subdivided and sold. There was some difficulty about it as the line at present cut a number of the allotments in two which he thought might be arranged with the Camperdown Council. It was resolved that the Mayor be authorised to confer with the Camperdown Council and report at next meeting.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this month day of June 1885.

Signed JF Smith, Mayor.


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