Tuesday 1st September 1881[5].

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, Whately, Goodsell, Jolly, Gibbes, Boots and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

A letter of apology was read from Alderman Neale whose absence from the meeting was caused through a severe cold.

Correspondence.

1. From the Camperdown Council forwarding a copy of a resolution passed by a conference of the representatives of various Suburban Boroughs concerning a system of sewerage and asking that this Council forward it to the Municipal association with a request that it be considered by that body. Received and the request to be complied with.

2. From Mr F. Green in Belmore Street asking the Council to build a retaining wall in front of his house etc.. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

3. From the Marrickville Council agreeing to a proposal from this Council that a public lamp be placed in the bend in ? [Stanmore or Enmore] Road at the joint expense of the two Councils. Received.

4. From S. Savage complaining of the [ ] of Gladstone Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

From Holt Sutherland Co covering an account for preparing draft lease etc.. Not received.

From J. F. Tabrett secretary to the Road Committee covering a communication from the Under-Secretary for Public Works stating that the Minister would not receive a deputation respecting a proposal to extend the wood pavement in King Street from railway bridge to Lord Street unless the Municipal Councils interested would pay half the cost of the work. Received.

From a number of residents in Laura and Hawken Streets asking the Council to lay a pipe drain (nine inches) at the back of their premises to Alice Street they agreeing to pay half the cost. Received and the request complied with.

From E. Atkin, contractor, asking the Council to pass his kerbing and guttering in Cozens Lane. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Reports.

A report was received from the Inspector of Nuisances showing the amount of work done in his department during the last month. Received.

A report was received from the Auditors stating that they have carefully examined the accounts etc. and found everything correct. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Gladstone Street kerbing and guttering.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that a portion of northside of Gladstone Street fronting Tyler’s Terrace be kerbed and guttered at a cost not exceeding £13”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. Wilford Street.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Wilford Street from Frederick Street to Enmore Road be ballasted and metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £135”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and lost.

3. Albert and Commodore Streets.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Albert and Commodore Streets be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £211”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

4. Raper Lane.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that Raper Lane be asphalted 300 yards at a cost not exceeding £25”. Seconded by Alderman Boots and carried.

5. Kingston Ward.

Moved by Alderman Jolly, “that a sum of £20 be now voted to top with fresh tar etc. the asphalting in Kingston Ward where necessary”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

6. Moved by the Mayor that a sum of £58 be now voted for purchasing and laying continuation of bluestone kerbing in King Street 210 feet”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Orders of the day.

The Mayor laid on the table the papers dedicating Newman Street. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, that the dedication of Newman Street be accepted by this Council and the government be asked to align same etc.. Carried.

Miscellaneous.

Alderman Bellemey said it was [ ] intention to put a motion on the paper for next meeting to deal with the pound etc..

In reply to Alderman Whately, the Mayor said he had taken some steps in the matter of a telephone for Newtown and would see further about it and that he had done his best to get a waiting-room on the bridge.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 15th day of September 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Tuesday 15th September 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, Whately, Goodsell, Jolly, Boots, Neale and Bellemey.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Phillip James complaining of the state of Newman. Received.

2. From G. H. Sparkes of Camperdown calling attention to stagnant drainage etc. in O’Connell Street. The Mayor stated that the subject matter of this letter had been already dealt with. Received.

3. From the Hon Secretary No. 4 Public School Board complaining of the state of the gutters etc. surrounding the Public School in Laura and Wells Streets, Camdenville. The Mayor, who is a member of the school board, said this letter had been sent to strengthen the hands of the Council in dealing with the government in regard to the matter. Received.

4. From the Department of Public Instruction stating that it would bear half the cost of the work in kerbing and guttering and asphalting the foot paths arising [surrounding] the Public School in Camdenville. Received.

5. From the secretary to the Memorial Fund on behalf of the widow and orphans of the late Constable Hird who was killed at Canterbury asking the cooperation of the Council in raising subscriptions etc.. Received and agreed to. Subscription list laid upon the table.

6. From the Borough of Camperdown acceding to a request from this Borough to bear half the expense in repairing Bishopgate Street. Received.

7. From J. Richardson “Holmwood”, King Street, asking the Council to authorise the watering of King Street in front of his residence. Received and referred to the Water Committee for report.

8. From the secretary to Ratepayers Association asking the Council to prevent the contractor for removal of night soil from beginning his work before 11:00 pm. Received and the letter to be acknowledged.

9. From same asking the Council to erect a lamp at the junction of Bligh Street and Newtown Road. Received and the Clerk to reply that the Council has been in correspondence with the Commissioner for Railways at different times during the last 18 months who in his last letter stated that he did not deem it necessary to have a strong light there.

10. From same secretary calling attention to an alleged practice in respect of Municipal elections whereby other than the actual ratepayer is allowed to vote etc.. Received.

A petition was received from a number of ratepayers asking the Council to form Gladstone Street and fill up the open guttering etc.. Received. Received and referred to a Committee of the whole Council to meet at the Town Hall on Tuesday 29 instant at 3 PM.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1107/11/5 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £145/2/4. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Bellemey.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee stating that the ballasting and kerbing and guttering etc. in Forbes Street so far was very satisfactorily being done and recommending the passing and final payment of kerbing and guttering in Chalder Street; the same for kerbing and guttering in Cozens Lane subject to some alterations and the approval of the Overseer for Works; that the application of Frederick Green for a retaining wall in front of his residence in Belmore Street be acceded to at a cost not exceeding £6 and that Samuel Savage’s application re Gladstone Street be referred to a Committee of the whole Council for consideration and report. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Goodsell.

The overseer presented an estimate of extra work required in King Street and Wilson Street to complete the work in Forbes Street to stand over for a time.

At the Mayor’s request a report and estimate of cost (£35) of what was necessary to be done to improve the lighting of the Town Hall with gas was received from Mr W. Oatley, plumber and referred to the Hall Committee, tenders to be called for next meeting.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Drinking fountains.

Moved by Alderman Whately, “that a sum of £80 be now voted for the purchase of and erecting 10 drinking fountains in various parts of the Borough and tenders to be called for the same for next meeting. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. Horse drinking troughs.

Moved by Alderman lately, “that a sum of £60 be now voted for the purchase of and erecting two horse drinking troughs, one to be placed in King Street opposite Mr Cover’s shop and one at the corner of King and Lord Street”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and lost.

3. Auditors fees.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a sum of £8/8/0 be now voted to the Auditors for their services for the past year”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 29th. day of September 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


Tuesday 29th September 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 Neale, Jolly, Whately, Peirce, Gibbes, Goodsell and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Elder and Co recommending Fayer [?] and Co’s treatment of all town refuse. Received.

2. From Macdonaldtown Council stating that Union Street requires repairing and offering to pay half the cost of same. Received on the motion of Alderman Gibbes, seconded by Alderman Whately and the work to be carried out.

3. Two letters from the Commissioner for Railways re street sweeping and street watering. Received.

4. From the Commissioner for Roads declining to contribute towards the expense of street watering King Street. Received.

5. From Camperdown Council covering a copy of proceedings of conference upon the sewage question and asking for a contribution towards the expenses etc.. On the motion of Alderman Whately, seconded by Alderman Gibbes, the letter and enclosures were received and the sum of £1 Sterling was voted as this Council’s contribution towards expenses of conference.

6. From Mr S. Gee. complaining of the state of Gladstone Street. Received.

7. From Mr Schroeder complaining of a drain running through his property in Newman Street and asking the Council to turn it into the reserve. Received and left to the Mayor to deal with.

8. From Mr N. Hawken dedicating the lanes and thoroughfares etc. of his late subdivision of a portion of Camdenville Estate. Received and on the motion of Alderman Jolly, seconded by Alderman Neale, the dedication was accepted.

9. From Mr M. Croft asking for the levels of Gibbes Street. Received and the surveyor to be instructed to prepare a section so that the permanent levels may be fixed.

10. From Mr David Taylor addressed to the Aldermen of Enmore Ward complaining of the state of a lane between Angel Street and Gowrie Street; also of the approach to Angel Street from Erskineville Road. Received and referred Works Committee for report.

Reports.

The Borough Treasurer reported having deposited in the bank during the last four weeks the sum of £1470/6/3, that cheques had been issued amounting to £1107/11/5 and that the credit balance at the bank £1539/3/10. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported upon the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Margaret Street northside asphalt.

Moved by Alderman Gibbes, “that Margaret Street northside be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £16”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

2. “That the northern pathway of Maria Street from John Street to Edgeware Road be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £50”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried.

3. “That Wilford Street from Frederick Street to Enmore Road be ballasted and metalled with blue metal at a cost not exceeding £150”. Seconded by Alderman Whately and lost on division, Aldermen Gibbes and Whately voting for the motion.

4. By Alderman Boots, “that a pipe drain be laid in Lane at back of Wilson Street at a cost not exceeding £12″ lapsed on account of Alderman Boots not being present.

I. Moved by Alderman Jolly that the pathway west side of trade Street be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £10”.

Orders of the day.

Specifications for altering the gas fittings and for the erection of drinking fountains were adopted and the Council resolved into a Committee of the whole to open and consider tenders for the Works.

On resuming the Council the Mayor reported that the tender of Mr R. Thompson for erecting and providing 10 drinking fountains at £9/12/6 each and the tender of the same contractor be accepted for making alterations in the gas fittings in the Town Hall for £23 be accepted which was adopted on the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 27 the day of October 1885.

Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.


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