Friday February 12th 1886.

 

Election of Mayor.

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

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

The Mayor said he had received from the Council Clerk the declarations of office of the newly elected Aldermen, viz. Enmore Ward, Mr J. T. Neale, O’Connell Ward, Mr Charles Whately, Kingston Ward, Mr J. F. Smith.

Moved by Alderman Jolly, “that the election of Mayor on this occasion takes place with open doors and by show of hands”. Seconded by Alderman Tabrett and carried.

Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that Alderman Whately be the Mayor for the current Municipal year”. Seconded by the Mayor.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Goodsell, seconded by Alderman Tabrett, “that Alderman J. F. Smith be re-elected Mayor for the current Municipal year”.

The Mayor stated that he felt much honoured in being proposed again for the office but felt under the circumstances compelled to decline in favour of some other Alderman, therefore wished the proposer and seconder to withdraw the amendment which was done and the motion that Alderman Whately be elected was carried unanimously.

Alderman Whately returned thanks for the honour that had been conferred upon him and said that he would spare no pains to fill the office in a manner acceptable to the Council and the rate payers generally.

Alderman Bellemey moved, “that a hearty vote of thanks be given to the retiring Mayor for the able, impartial and kindly manner in which he had administered the affairs of the Borough during the last two years”, which was seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried unanimously.

The retiring Mayor acknowledged the kind expressions of the Council and said that he hoped for many years to come to assist in his deliberations and to serve the Borough to the best of his ability and experience.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 16th day of February 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 16th February 1886.

 

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 Charles Whately) and Aldermen Jolly, Goodsell, Smith, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From W. S. Eggleton, complaining of the state of the footpath in front of his property, the Sandringham Hotel, and the adjoining house in King Street and asking the Council to asphalt the same. Received and the request to be complied with provided he pays his share of the cost.

2. From Mr J. J. Allen, calling the Council’s attention to the necessity which exists for the erection of a lamp at the corner of Goodsell Street and the Newtown Road and to the nuisance arising from the congregations of young men at the same corner. Received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

3. From W. J. Cook, calling attention to damage done to his property in Forbes Street through the cutting down of the roadway. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

4. From Rev J. Jeffries, Wilson Street, complaining of the dangerous state of the footpath at the entrance to his residence. Received.

From Messrs Catternach and Company offering to give an experiment of their deodorising of night soil process if the Council would appoint a time. Read and left with the Mayor to deal with.

From C. W. Stopford calling the Council’s attention to the fact that a new company was about to be formed for the purpose of the utilisation of night soil. Received.

From the registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioner’s stating that Mr Armstrong’s application to run his omnibuses from Kingston to Circular Quay could not be acceded to.

From Mr Sampson asking the Council to grant him some definite information as to whether his schoolroom encroaching upon Bligh Street is to be removed at present or not. It was ordered that a reply be sent stating that nothing definite hand at present been arrived at.

From James Grant asking the Council to grant the use of the public Hall to hold a meeting in reference to the proposed continuation of Forbes Street to Henderson Road, Alexandria. Request complied with.

Petitions.

A petition was presented by Alderman Jolly from 55 ratepayers praying the Council to take immediate action for the more effectual removal of night soil from the Borough as the mode now in operation was most objectionable and to move that be received. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Alderman Smith read a letter from Alderman Peirce who was away in the country stating that he would be willing to act on any Committee that he might be appointed to this meeting. Received.

An apology was read from Alderman Lane stating that he was prevented from attending this meeting through ill health.

Reports.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight and stated that great difficulty at present existed in disposing of night soil from cesspits on account of all the depots in the suburbs having been closed. Received.

Election of Committees.

Finance.

Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the Finance Committee for the current year be composed of the Mayor (chairman) and Aldermen Neale, Peirce and Smith”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

Works.

Moved by Alderman Neale, “that the Works Committee consist of Aldermen Smith, Goodsell and Lane, Alderman Smith to be chairman”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

Lighting.

Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the Lighting Committee consist of Aldermen Bellemey, Jolly and Tabrett, Alderman Bellemey chairman.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

By Laws and library.

Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the By-laws and Library Committee consist of Aldermen Bellemey and Smith and the Mayor, the Mayor chairman”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Nuisances Prevention Act.

Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee consist of Aldermen Jolly, Bellemey and Peirce. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Specification.

Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the Specification Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Tabrett and Smith”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Water.

Moved by Alderman Neale, “that the water Committee consist of Aldermen Goodsell, Jolly and Bellemey”. Seconded by Alderman Goodsell and carried. Alderman Bellemey chairman.

Moved by Alderman Smith, “and any member of the Finance Committee be hereby authorised to sign all drafts upon the funds of the Council in conjunction with the Mayor, counter signed by the Council Clerk. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the Finance Committee be hereby authorised to prepare and lay before the Council at the next meeting an estimate of the probable expenditure for the current Municipal year”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

Alderman Goodsell called the Mayor’s attention to the fact that some of the cups of the new drinking fountains were broken.

Alderman Bellemey, who was not present when a letter from theTransit Commissioner’s was read up, that it was a very unsatisfactory reply to the request of the Council and the proprietor.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed the 2nd day of March 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


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