Tuesday 2nd March 1886.

 

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 Charles Whately) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Smith and Neale.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Apologies for non-attendance were read from Aldermen Lane and Bellemey who were prevented from being present, the former through illness and the latter through urgent private affairs.

Correspondence.

A letter and Guaranty for £2500 from the manager, Bank of Australasia, was read. It was suggested by Alderman Smith that it be received and laid upon the table for the signatures of the Aldermen.

A letter was read from Messrs Hardman Brothers complaining of the stormwater from Maria and Sarah Streets flooding their premises in rough weather. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

From Mr G. Nelson, complaining of the goat nuisance at Enmore and Kingston. Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances for report.

A report was received from the Works Committee re application of Mr Cook, Forbes Street and the asphalting in (illegible in minutes) Street.

Reports.

A report was received from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £826/7/9 and accounts presented for payment amounting to £119/16/4. On a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report was adopted.

Estimate of probable expenditure for the current year.

The following report was brought up from the Finance Committee.

Pursuant to a resolution of Council, 16th February 1886, your Committee have the honour to submit the following estimate of the probable amount, that is to say, (£16989/12/10) sixteen thousand nine hundred and eighty nine pounds twelve shillings and ten pence which will be required for the current Municipal year in addition to any tolls, rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this Municipality and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any roads, bridges or any other public works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary to carry into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

Office expenses: — £778/0/0.
Miscellaneous expenses: — £407/2/0.
Street cleaning: — £909/0/0.
Debentures, 30th June ‘ 86: — £3000/0/0.
Interest: — £1480/0/0.
Contract and wages: — £8000/0/0.
Accounts owing: — £615/10/10.
Owing to bank: — £1800/0/0.
Total: — £16989/12/10.

Moved by Alderman Peirce, that the Finance Committee’s report containing an estimate of the probable expenditure for the current Municipal year now read be, and the same is hereby, adopted. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

A report was read from the valuers stating that they had completed the annual valuation of all rateable property for the current year and their returns were now laid upon the table. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Jolly.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the Council do now resolving into a Committee of the whole for the purpose of making an assessment upon all rateable property within this Borough for the current Municipal year”.

In Committee, which was held with open doors, the valuers returns were laid upon the table, each Ward was separately examined by the Aldermen and the assessment made. Alderman Smith moved the adoption by the Committee of the valuer’s returns and assessment. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

A like motion was moved by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Smith, for Enmore Ward and carried, also for O’Connell Ward, moved by the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Jolly.

On the Council’s resuming, the Mayor reported the proceedings of the Committee as above stated which duly adopted by the Council.

2. Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the assessment as made in Committee by [be] now adopted by this Council as the assessment for the current Municipal year upon the rateable property in Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards in this Borough under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Smith, “that a rate of one shilling in the pound be now levied for the current Municipal year on the assessed value of all rateable property within this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes set forth in the Municipalities Act of 1867”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Smith, “that a special Lighting rate of threepence in the pound be now levied for the current Municipal year on the assessed value of rateable property within this Borough for the purpose of Lighting streets of the Borough with gas under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and the amended Municipalities Act of 1873”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the assessment now made and the rate of one shilling in the pound and threepence in the pound be fairly transcribed into the rate book as directed by the Municipalities Act of 1867 and the Mayor is hereby authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

6. Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the amounts in respect of each rate of one shilling in the pound and threepence in the pound already imposed shall be payable at the office of the Council Clerk at the expiration of 30 days after notice of such rate has been served in each case but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amounts together with all arrears (if any) shall be paid within the said 30 days after notice no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise shall be taken on behalf of the Council for the recovery of the remaining amounts until the 30th day of September next ensuing”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

Alderman Smith called the Council’s attention to the fact that on the 30th June next £3000 worth of debentures would fall due and in order to meet this amount moved that the Mayor be authorised to write to the Colonial Secretary to obtain the Governor sanction to borrow a sum not exceeding £5000, £3000 of which would be available to meet the payment of the loan, the remaining £2000 to be spent on necessary works”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce. Alderman Jolly objected to the motion being moved without notice having been given as several Aldermen were absent. The motion was withdrawn.

Alderman Peirce asked that the may be laid upon the table at next meeting, a statement of unexpended votes.

Alderman Jolly asked the Mayor to have a letter written to Sub Inspector Larkin to direct his attention to the congregations of young men at the corners of Camden Street and Alice Street and Edgeware Road on evenings and Sundays for the purpose of playing games and objectionable purposes.

Alderman Smith asked the Mayor to instruct the Inspector of Nuisances to inspect all places or premises in King Street and O’Connell Ward where the house drains are connected with the underground pipe drains laid by the Council with a view to see that they are properly constructed and supplied with a proper D traps etc.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed the 16th day of March 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, chairman.

 


 

Tuesday 16th March 1886.

 

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

Present, the Mayor (Mr Charles Whately) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Smith, Tabrett, Lane, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From contractor Miley stating that through the different depots for night soil having closed he was compelled to adopt Catteragh [Catternach] and Company’s system which entails an extra expense on him of two pence per foot. Received.

2. From Messrs Catternach and Company stating that the arrangements for the disposal of night soil were now complete and they were prepared to commence the work of the Borough. Received.

3. From Mr Macready asking the Council to repair the asphalting in King Street in front of his new shop, he agreeing to pay a proportion of the cost. Received and request to be complied with.

4. From Mr Tyler asking that the kerbing and guttering in Liberty Street be raised to the proper level. Referred to the Works Committee.

5. From Mr Copeland complaining of a nuisance arising from a drain in front of his house. Received.

6. From A. Liddell L. S. & C. enclosing an account for £10/10/0 for professional attendance at the District Court in the case Bogan versus Borough of Newtown. Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

7. From Mr M. Harrison asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in front of new shop in King Street next to Mr Green’s Baker. Received and request to be complied with on payment of half cost.

8. From Mrs Carroll asking for £39 for using the land in Cambridge Street for metal breaking.

9. From Mr Flood asking the Council to endorse his application to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners to run his car along Alice Street. Received and complied with.

10. From Mr Nelson, secretary to the ratepayers association, advising the Council to have covered carts for the removal of house rubbish and asking the Council to endeavour to arrange with the city Municipal authorities.

A petition was read from a number of ratepayers complaining of the state of the Lane at the rear of Enmore Road and Belmore Street and asking the Council to remedy it. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

At this stage the Mayor asked the Council to excuse his absence for the rest of the evening as he had urgent private affairs to attend to and left the chamber. Alderman J. F. Smith was then voted to the chair.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Specification Committee recommending the adoption of certain specifications for the annual contracts and that tenders be called for next meeting. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Tabrett, seconded by Alderman Neale.

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

The Council Clerk laid upon the table a list of unexpended votes, also a copy of government Gazette containing Council’s petition for the division of Enmore Ward.

Alderman Tabrett apologised for the absence of Alderman Goodsell who was absent from home.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the Mayor be hereby authorised to apply for the Governor’s sanction to borrow an additional £5000 for the purpose of taking up debentures falling due on the 30th June next”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Alderman Lane, that the sum of £5000 be altered to £10,000. The amendment was lost and the original motion carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Smith that Tuesday the 27th. day of April next ensuing be hereby appointed the day on which appeals against the assessment may be heard at the police court”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

In reply to Alderman Tabrett, the chairman said he would see that the Inspector was instructed to continue his inspections of the drains etc. in O’Connell Ward.

And to Alderman Neale that the overseer should be instructed to fill up a hole in Camden Street.

The business being concluded, the Council rose.

Confirmed this 30th. day of March 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 30th March 1886.

 

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

Present, the Mayor (Mr Charles Whately) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Smith, Tabrett, Lane and Neale.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Mr Sampson calling the Council’s attention to his claim for compensation for the removal of his encroachment in Bligh Street he be very desirous of having it is settled as through the delay he was suffering loss. Received and referred to a Committee of the whole for further consideration.

2. A letter was also read from the Under-Secretary for Works upon the subject of Mr Sampson’s claim stating that if the Council would settle with Mr Sampson the department would be prepared to deal with the disputed balance as liberally as the circumstances will admit.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £785/2/3 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £45/3/6. Received and adopted on a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Neale.

The Borough Treasurer reported having received and paid into the bank to Council’s credit the sum of £84/18/2, that cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £785/2/3 and the present overdraft as per Council’s cash book £2532/8/9. Received.

Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month. On the motion being put that it be received Alderman Tabrett moved and Alderman Neale seconded that it be referred back to the inspector on the grounds of its being unsatisfactory as many places in Enmore Ward had not been properly cleansed by the contractor.

Miscellaneous business.

Alderman Neale wished the inspector’s attention to be called to the state of the gutter in Prince Street.

Alderman Tabrett asked the Mayor to proceed at once with the asphalting in Maria Street for which £50 had been voted, also that kerbing and gutter at corner of John and Maria Street be gone on with as there was a great deal drainage from the house there which a nuisance, and that the something bedone speedily to prevent the stench arising from the culvert underneath the railway at Station Street, and further that the inspector be instructed to enforce the By-laws against persons stick large quantities of handbills etc. on fences as they created a nuisance made dangerous in cases of horses passing along near them.

On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the Council resolved into a Committee of the whole to open and consider tenders for Council contracts.

In Committee the tenders (of which there were a large number) were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following report viz.

Your Committee, having opened and considered tenders for the annual contracts made the following recommendations: —

1. Horses and carts, day work.

The tender of Mrs Maddigan be accepted at 11 shillings per day.

2. Removing night soil.

The tender of Mr Miley at five pence halfpenny per foot be accepted allowing a rebate of one halfpenny per foot to the Council. The soil to be deodorised in the pits before removal under Catternach system.

3. Street cleansing and removal of house rubbish.

Contract number-one, Enmore Ward: the tender of William Keen and £18 per month.

Contract No 2, Camden Ward: the tender of Timothy Crowley at £15 per month.

Contract No 3, O’Connell Ward: the tender of Patrick Mackin at £17 per month.

Contract No 4, Kingston Ward: the tender of Mr J. Halliday at £15/15/0 per month be accepted.

4. Printing.

The tender of S. E. Lees at the following prices: —

Electoral rolls, 50 copies at eight shillings per page.
Rate notices at 19 shillings per thousand.
Receipt forms, 13 shillings per thousand.
Business paper, 25 copies at two shillings and nine pence per thousand.

5. Drainpipes.

The tender Robert Fowler at the following prices: — 4/3d, 6/4d, 9/8d, 12/1/-1, 16/2/the-2, 18/3/-, 21/the5/for-6, 24/8/-

6. Asphalting foot paths. Tender of Pickering and Jennings. Specification No 1 at two shillings and fourpence per yard. Specification No 2 at one shilling and sevenpence per yard.

7. Kerbing and guttering. The tender of Sewell & Drew.

1stClass, 12 shillings per yard.
2nd-class, nine shillings and threepence per yard.
1stClass, eight shillings and 10 pence per yard.
4th class, seven shillings and threepence per yard.
5th class, eight shillings and sixpence per yard.

And Enoch Atkins second lowest to be allowed to do (illegible) of the work at the above prices.

Signed, Charles Whately, chairman.

On the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Jolly, the report was received and adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 13th day of April 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


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