Tuesday 7th. July 1885.

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From a number of occupiers of houses in King Street asking the Council to make the footpath in front of their houses.

2. From Mrs Trollope asking the Council to kerb and gutter in front of her house at the corner of Wells and John Streets and objecting to comply with a notice of the Inspector of Nuisances to have the cesspit emptied as it was filled from the stormwater of the streets. On a motion by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Neale, the letter was received and referred to the Works Committee and Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report.

3. From Mr Blencoeve re the state of the footpath corner of Enmore and Metropolitan Roads. Received.

4. From Mr B. Bogan through his solicitor stating that the late raisns had caused a flood at his house through the drain not being large enough to carry off stormwater and asking compensation. Received.

5. From Mrs M. E. Tyler asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering in Gladstone Street from Liberty Street 195 feet. On the motion of Alderman Boots seconded by Alderman Neale the letter was received and referred to the Committee of Works.

6. From Mr Alderman Gibbes asking the Council to accept a set of plans concerning the draining of a portion of the city and suburbs. Received with the Council’s thanks.

7. From St Peter’s Council read Watersfield. Received and referred to a later period of the meeting for consideration.

8. From Mr Barr. offering to supply drain pipes in accordance with schedule attached. Received and referred to a later period of the meeting.

9. From Woollahra Council covering a resolution of Council asking that representatives be appointed to confer together about the unsatisfactory nature of the water supply to city and suburbs. Received and the Mayor appointed to represent this Council at the conference.

10. From Mr V. Hawken protesting against this Council paying the sum of £5/5/0 to the Municipal conference. Received.

11. From manager Holt Sutherland Co covering lease for Council’s approval. Received and referred to a later period of the meeting for consideration.

Reports.

Works.

A report was received from the Works Committee recommending that the following works be passed and final payment made viz. Kerbing and guttering in Wells Street, Ferndale Street, Charles Street and the brick culvert to Mr Vaile’s land; also that an open crossing be laid at the junction of King and Angel Streets blue cubes at a cost of £12. And that in the matter of Mr Bogan’s application for larger pipes etc. that a larger pipe drain be laid to connect with pipe drain being laid by the Roads Department in Bligh Street. Adopted on a motion by Aldermen Whately and Goodsell.

Lighting.

A report was brought up from the Lighting Committee recommending that additional lamps be erected viz. Kingston Ward, one lamp. The O’Connell Ward, four lamps. Enmore Ward, 25 lamps and four removals. Moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Boots that the report be adopted. An amendment was moved by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes that a lamp be placed in King Street opposite the bend near Mr Kelly’s house and carried. The motion as amended was then carried.

A report was received from the Inspector of Nuisances showing the amount of work done in his department during the last fortnight. Received. Also a report with two letters attached from Mr Theodore Scott complaining a nuisance from Orimbah Terrace. Received.

The Borough Treasurer, reported having received and paid to Council’s credit since last report £1124/2/5, that cheques had been issued amounting to £3267/1/2 and that £1287/5/1 remained at credit at date. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. King Street kerb.

Moved by the Mayor that the kerbing western side of King from Eliza Street to Beehag’s shop 60 yards be taken up and replaced with new where required the remainder to be redressed and the whole relaid to a higher level to suit wood pavement at a cost not exceeding £12″. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell. Alderman Whately suggested that in this place Bluestone kerbing be used instead of sandstone which was unanimously agreed to and the resolution as amended was carried.

2. Valuer, £10.

Moved by the Mayor, “that the sum of £10 be now voted to Mr Murphy, valuer, in accordance with recommendation of Finance Committee 22nd June 1885”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

3. J. Meader.

Moved by the Mayor, “that the sum of £2/14/0 be now voted to J. Meader for street cleansing O’Connell Ward in accordance with recommendation of Finance Committee 22nd June 1885”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

4. Iredale Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that 60 yards kerbing and guttering be laid in Iredale Street west side from Smith’s Terrace southward at a cost not exceeding £30”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

5. Belmore Street retaining wall.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the sum of £6 be now voted to build a retaining wall in Belmore Street in accordance with Works report 15th April last”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

6. Alice Street pipe drain.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid from Lance’s corner of Angel Street and King Street across King Street to Alice Street and along Alice Street to Edgeware Road at a cost not exceeding £130”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and lost.

7. John and Goodsell Streets.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that John Street new extension and Goodsell Street be formed at a cost not exceeding £80 and the Commissioner for Railways be requested to carry water flowing down said streets across the railway to its northern side”. Seconded by Alderman hears and carried.

8. Drain King Street.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the drain crossing King Street and through private property be turned along footpath west side of King Street to Goodsell Street and thence along footpath about 50 yards at a cost not exceeding £25”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce. An amendment was moved by Alderman Boots, seconded by Alderman Neale, “that it be referred to the Works Committee for report. Carried.

9. Drain along King Street.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid in Enmore Road south side from Harrison’s corner to Station Street at a cost not exceeding £30. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey. An amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Boots, that this resolution stand over for six months. Carried.

10. Enmore Road kerbing and guttering.
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Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that the whole kerb and gutter south side of Enmore Road be taken up, the kerb redressed and relaid and the new gutter consisting of one stone 18 inches by 9 inches at a cost not exceeding £45”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey. An amendment by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Whately it was ordered to stand over for six months.

11. Enmore Road kerbing and guttering.

By Alderman Gibbes that the old kerb and gutter south side of Enmore Road be taken up, redressed and relaid and a new gutter consisting of one stone 18 inches by 9 inches at a cost not exceeding £45 “. Withdrawn by consent.

12. King Street kerbing and guttering, old.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes that the old kerbing and guttering east side of King Street from Harrison’s corner to Alice Street from Harrison’s corner to Alice Street be taken up, the kerb redressed and relaid and new gutter consisting of one stone 18 inches by 9 inches at a cost not exceeding £145”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey. On an amendment by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the motion was ordered to stand over for six months.

13. By Alderman Gibbes, “that the old kerb and gutter west side of King Street from Harrison’s corner to Alice Street be taken up, kerb redressed and relaid the and a new gutter laid consisting of one stone 18 inches by 9 the inches at a cost not exceeding £160”. Withdrawn by consent.

14. Drain King Street to Bailey Street.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid in King Street from Riese’s shop to pipe drain in Short Street and thence to connect with drain in Bailey Street at a cost not exceeding £30”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

15. Bailey Street drain.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid in Bailey Street from Enmore Road to connect in the drain recently laid in Holt Street at a cost not exceeding £35”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

16. Patent sweeper.

Moved by Alderman Whately, “that a sum of £50 be now voted for the purchase of a permanent road sweeper”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

17. Orderly bins.

Moved by Alderman Whately that a sum of £32 the now voted for the purchase of 8 orderly bins to be placed in King Street between railway bridge and Bligh Street”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

18. Brown Street.

Moved by Alderman Whately that Brown Street, late Robey Street, be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £164″. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

The Mayor, in reply to Alderman Boots, said he would have some temporary repairs affected at junction of Marian Street and Enmore Road. And in reply to Alderman Bellemey, that names for a number of streets had been ordered and as soon as they arrived would be put up.

Orders of the day.

Watersfield lease from Holt Sutherland Co, referred from former part of the meeting. The Mayor laid the copy lease on the Council’s consideration also a copy of a resolution forwarded by the St Peter’s Council refusing under any circumstances to allow this Council to deposit any night soil in Watersfield in the Borough of St Peters. As this was considered a subject of great importance it was resolved that the whole Council visit the ground on Monday next and that a special meeting be called to deal with the two things. It was also resolved to call for tenders for drain pipes at next meeting of Council.

The Council then resolved into a Committee of the whole to open and consider tenders for asphalting under specifications numbers one and two. In Committee, tenders were opened and duly considered and on the Council’s resuming the reported recommending the acceptance of the tender of Messrs Pickering and Jennings, specification No 1, at two shillings and sixpence per super yard. No 2, one shilling and eight pence per super yard which was adopted on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Whately.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 21st day on July 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Tuesday 21st July 1885.

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Privilege.

Alderman Peirce obtained permission as a matter of privilege to refer to a statement made by Mr Abigail at a meeting of the Ratepayers Association in Newtown that a man had mentioned to him that he had got a contract for kerbing and guttering by giving a bonus of £5. After several of the Aldermen had spoken on the subject it was resolved that the Council Clerk write to Mr Abigail asking him to give up the name of the man who said he had given £5 and the name of the person who had received the £5 and the Mayor be hereby authorised to take such steps as may be necessary to vindicate the honour of the Council and its officers.

Correspondence.

1. From Mr Harrison asking the Council to kerb and gutter in front of his houses in Cavendish Street on the usual terms. Received and complied with.

2. From Mr Turner asking the Council to asphalt the footpath at the lower end O’Connell Street and open that street through to Camperdown. Received.

3. From Mr Thomas MacCullough, through his solicitor, asking compensation for damage done to his property through the lowering Wilson Street. Received.

4. From Mr Bernard Bogan by his solicitor asking for compensation for damage done to his property by stormwater through the alleged insufficiency of a drain pipe. Received.

5. From Mr Nelson complaining of a lane at the back of Marian Street. Received.

6. From the Undersecretary Department of Public Works stating that the government offered £250 towards the cost of Forbes Street. Received and the offer and duly accepted.

7. From Commissioner for Railways stating that as Bligh Street corner was not a stopping place for Trams a powerful light was not necessary.

8. From Camperdown Borough proposing that a certain line be adopted as the boundary between Newtown and Camperdown through Briggs Estate. As the proposal was not quite satisfactory to this Council it was resolved to appoint the Mayor and the Aldermen for the Kingston Ward to discuss the subject with the Camperdown Aldermen with a view to obtain a better boundary.

9. From Mr George Brock complaining of the way in which the government are making Bligh Street. Received and the Clerk was instructed to forward a copy of the letter to the Commissioner for Roads etc..

10. From Mr Farr, Maria Street, asking to be allowed to build and earth closet. Received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

11. From Mr J. C. Glue in reply to a letter from this Council asking him to allow a pipe drain to laid through his land in James Street stating that before he gave his consent he wished to know, first, the reason for the drain, second, the kind of drain and size, third, on what part of the land the drain will be laid, fourth where the outflow will be. Received and the information will be given.

12. From Messrs Rusleigh Brothers asking the Council to drain the lane at the rear their house in King Street and make a level crossing from Forbes Street. Received and the applicant to be informed that as the lane has not being dedicated and is not open to the public the Council declines to take charge of it in.

13. From Mr Neville asking the Council to patronise a dramatic entertainment and concert at the Odd Fellows Hall on Monday next on behalf of a Good Templars Lodge. Received and the request complied with.

14. From the Excelsior Land and Building C in ompany covering plan and dedication of Newman Street and a copy of reservation rights for damage [drainage?] etc.. On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Whately, it was received and ordered to stand over until next meeting with a view to find out whether the subdivision was made before or after Reid’s Act regulating the width of streets was passed.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under vote of appropriation amounting to £1437/2/8 and recommending payments amounting to £395/5/2. On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale, the report was adopted.

A report was received from the Inspector of Nuisances showing the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight.

A report was received from the Borough Treasurer showing that he had received and placed at Council’s credit in the bank during the past fortnight the sum of £1619/2/7 being from rates £319/2/7, past proceeds of the loan £13000, that cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £589/18/9 and the balance at Council’s credit as per passbook herewith £2316/8/11.

A report was received from the Hall Committee with a specification recommending certain Works for renovating etc. the Town Hall. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Jolly, seconded by Alderman Whately.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Yaralla Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the kerbing and guttering in Yaralla Street opposite Mr Garrett’s be completed at a cost of £21”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

2. Yaralla Street foot paths.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that the foot paths in Yaralla Street from Bucknell Street to end of houses on each side be asphalted and the remainder of the said paths to Brock’s fence be made up with ashes or other good material at a cost of £25″. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

3. Bucknell Street asphalt.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey that the footpath on each side of Bucknell Street be asphalted from King Street to Wilson Street at a cost of £47”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a deputation consisting of the Mayor and the Aldermen of the O’Connell Ward together with the members for Newtown wait upon the Hon the Secretary for Works to urge the necessity for removing all encroachments in Bligh Street”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Committee of the whole.

Moved by the Mayor and that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the whole to consider proposed lease of Watersfield and letter from St Peter’s Council on the same subject etc. tenders for drain pipes.

In Committee the matter was considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor reported making the following recommendations viz. That the tender of R. Fowler be accepted for a supply of drain pipes at prices therein named and that in view of the determined opposition of St Peter’s Council as expressed in letter of the 3rd July 1885 a copy of same be sent to the directors of the Holt Sutherland Co and they be informed that the Council declines to proceed further with the lease. On a motion by Aldermen Peirce and Jolly the report was adopted.

Miscellaneous business.

Alderman Bellemey referred to the drain pipes that were being laid in Bligh Street and the very unsatisfactory way in which the work was being generally carried out. Also to the necessity which now exists for the building on new Post and Telegraph offices in Newtown.

Alderman Whately suggested that the Mayor should endeavour to get a telephone system with Sydney established for general use.

The business of the Council being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 4th. day of August 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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