Tuesday 9th June 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. Smith) and Aldermen Peirce, Whately, Goodsell, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of previous meeting read and confirmed.

The Mayor apologised for Alderman Jolly who was prevented from attending through illness and stated that the deputation appointed at last Council meeting re increased accommodation at Macdonaldtown Station had been promised all that they had asked for. Also that he had waited upon the Council at Camperdown respecting the alteration of the boundary line passing through allotments in Bugg’s paddock (recent subdivision) who after having considered the subject postponed their decision until next meeting of Council.

Correspondence.

1. From N. Miley, contractor for removal of night soil, stating that in consequence of several depots being closed lately he was put to greater expense and asked for an increase in the contract price of one halfpenny per pot. Received and referred to Finance Committee for report.

2. From the Commission asking the Council to clear the mud from the wood pavement outside the tram rails. Received and a reply to be sent stating that the road referred to was under the control of the Commissioner for Roads.

3. From Messrs Jones and Jones, solicitors, respecting Mr Sampson’s encroachment in Bligh Street and Council’s reply thereto. Received.

4. From the Secretary to the Metropolitan Investment Society asking the Council to accept the dedication of streets and lanes etc. on Enmore estate. On motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Neale letter was received and the dedication accepted.

5. From Mr D. Murphy, Council’s surveyor and valuer, asking the Council to increase the amount voted to him for his services as valuer by the sum of £20. Moved by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Bellemey, that the letter be received and referred to the Finance Committee for report. An amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell and seconded by Alderman Neale that the words “referred to Finance Committee be struck out” and lost. The motion was and carried by the Mayor’s casting vote who stated that he gave the vote so that the subject might receive further consideration.

6. From A. T. Pringle and Company offering to sell a new style of water cart for street watering. Received.

7 & 8. From Boroughs Darlington and Redfern stating that the proposed levels of Forbes Street had been adopted. Received.

9. From Mr B. Bogan complaining of a pipe drain through his property in Bligh Street not being large enough. Received and referred to the Committee for Works for report.

10. From Department Public Instruction acknowledging receipt of letter.

11. From Municipal association stating that any business the Council may have to refer to it should be done at once and that the annual contribution of £5/5/0 was now due. Received.

Reports.

Works.

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

1. That the three new posts be placed at the gateway entrance to the residence of the Reverend J. Jeffries in Wilson Street, that the sill be raised and the pathway and entrance generally be filled to level of Wilson Street.

Second and third clauses, no report.

4. That the following works be past and final payment made viz., kerbing and guttering Robey Street, Camden Street, Sarah Street, Margaret Street, asphalting Bishopsgate Street, Church Lane, Church Street, Mary Street and Enmore Road.

5. That metal crossings be laid at King and Newman Streets, King and Wells Street, King and Maria Streets, Sarah and Marian Streets, Simmons Street and Fulham Street and Simmons and Sloane Streets.

Moved by Alderman Whately, seconded by Goodsell that the report be adopted. An amendment was moved by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Aldermen Peirce, “that clause one be struck out and carried.” The motion as amended was then put and carried.

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

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Wells and Laura Streets, asphalt.

Moved by the Mayor in the absence of Alderman Gibbes that the pathways of the Wells Street and Laura street frontages of land occupied by the public school be kerbed and gathered and asphalted at a cost not exceeding £100 provided the government pay one half the expense”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

2. Sweeping and scraping King Street.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey that provided the government supply a scraper and sweeper of the best kind this Council will undertake to perform the necessary work in keeping clean the wood pavement in King Street on each side of the Tramway”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. King Street asphalting.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that no more asphalting be done in King Street and Enmore Road until a fresh specification be adopted for a better class of work and the Specification Committee be instructed to prepare such specification and present same at next meeting of Council”. Seconded by Aldermen Peirce and carried.

4. Salvation Lane, pipe drain.

Moved by Alderman Whately, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid in Salvation Lane from thence to the culvert in Wilson Street 1000 feet at a cost not exceeding £82”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

5. Brown’s Lane, pipe drain.

Moved by Alderman Whately, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid in Brown’s Lane from Salvation Lane to Wilson Street 600 feet at a cost not exceeding £38″. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

6. Levels, Enmore Estate.

Moved by the Mayor that the Council resolve into a Committee of the whole to consider sections of streets and lanes in Enmore Estate with a view to fix the permanent levels of same”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

In Committee the Mayor laid upon the table plans and sections of the streets and lanes in Enmore Estate showing proposed permanent levels as indicated by a blue line which were adopted by the Committee and recommend to the Council.

On the Council’s resuming the Mayor reported as above which report was adopted on the motion of Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Bellemey.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed his 23rd day of June 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Tuesday 23rd June 1885.

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

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. Letter from Camperdown Council covering copy of resolution requesting the Councils of Glebe, Newtown, Petersham and Leichardt to appoint delegates to meet at Camperdown Council Chambers on Monday 13th July next at 7:30 PM in reference to the sewerage of the several Boroughs.

On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Boots, the letter was received and the Mayor and Aldermen Gibbes and Whately were appointed as delegates on behalf of this Council.

2. From Hobart Cannter [?] complaining of the bad state of Phillip Street and footpath near the railway crossing. Received and left with the Mayor to deal with.

3. From Macdonaldtown Council asking the Council to assist in getting Henderson Road opened from Boundary Street to Wilson Street. Received and the request complied with.

4. From the same Council asking assistance in reference to the opening of Swanson Street. Letter was received and the Mayor and Aldermen Boots and Whately were appointed to represent this Council in the matter.

5. From Mr John Connell asking to be allowed to erect a watering trough in front of the Botany View Hotel, Cooks River Road. Received and the request complied with on condition that should it prove a nuisance in any way it be removed forthwith.

Reports.

1. A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £2419/17/3 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £208/13/8. On a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Bellemey, the report was adopted.

No 2 was also brought up from Finance Committee recommending: —

1. Mr Meader’s claim for £5 for work in street cleansing contract number one be reduced to £2/14/0.

2. That Mr Miley’s (contractor for cesspits) application for an increase of one halfpenny per foot be not acceded to and that the Council call for tenders so soon as the arrangement for the new depot are completed.

3. That Mr Murphy’s application for an additional £20 for valuing the rateable property etc., that he be allowed £10 in consideration of the facts disclosed by his letter.

On a motion by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Peirce, clause one of the report was adopted. On a motion by Aldermen Boots and Whately, clause two was adopted. On a motion by Aldermen Boots and Bellemey, clause three was adopted. The report as a whole was adopted.

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

1. A specification for tar paving King Street and Enmore Road.
2. A specification streets other than King Street and Enmore Road.
3. A specification for ballasting and metalling Forbes Street.

On motion by Aldermen Bellemey and Boots the several specifications were adopted and tenders to be called for tar paving for next meeting.

Inspector of Nuisances report the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight and called attention to the fact that heaps of mud were left in front of the shops for a long time by the government employees. The report was adopted and a copy of that part referring to the mud heaps to be sent to the Road Superintendent.

The Mayor laid upon the table copies of Government Gazette containing new By-laws for regulating the disposal of night soil etc..

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. In the absence of Alderman Neale, Alderman Goodsell moved that kerbing and guttering be laid in Camden Street, northside, from King Street to College Street at a cost not exceeding £64″. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

Motions number 2,3,4,5 and 6 placed on the business paper by Mr Alderman Gibbes lapsed as he was not present to move them.

7. Moved by Alderman Boots that the owners of all gateways having an entrance from King Street and Enmore Road be informed that the Council will lay such entrances with blue metal cubes provided such owners will bear half the expense and pay such moiety before the work is commenced. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey that the resolution of Council passed on the 8th August 1882 allowing the Turncock for attending fires the sum of five shillings per week be and the same is hereby rescinded.

10. Moved by the Mayor that a sum of £5/5/0 be now voted as the Council’s annual contribution to the Municipal Association”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

9. Moved by the Mayor that the Council resolve into a Committee of the whole to consider matters in connection with a depot for night soil.

On the Council’s resuming the Mayor reported recommending that Aldermen Boots, Peirce and himself be a Committee to wait upon the Council of St Peters to confer with the Aldermen in reference to making Watersfield in their Borough a depot for night soil which was duly adopted.

The business being completed the Council rose.

Confirmed the 7th. day of July 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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