Tuesday 13th April 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, Tabrett, Lane, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

On the motion of Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale, three months leave of absence was granted to Alderman Goodsell.

Correspondence.

1. From the Colonial Secretary covering his Excellency’s sanction to the Council to borrow a sum not exceeding (£5000) five thousand pounds Sterling. Received.

2. From the Postmaster General stating that the Superintendent of Telegraphs was about to make arrangements to connect all the suburban post offices by telephone with the central exchange.

3. From the Registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners covering applications from Messrs Standen & Coleman asking the Council to approve of their running two additional omnibuses from Alice Street to the Circular Quay On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Jolly, it was resolved, “that the Registrar be informed that in the opinion of the Council there were sufficient omnibuses plying on the route at present”.

4. From Mr E. J. Rubie asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in Reibey Street and Don Street in front of his new houses and complaining of the state of the gutter and drainage in Station Street. On a motion by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Tabrett, the request in the former part of the letter to be complied with on the usual terms, and the latter part was referred to the Inspector of Nuisances for report.

5. From the Commissioner for Railways referring to the placing of a lamp at the junction of Bligh Street and Newtown Road stating that the department had no objection to pay half the cost provided the Council would also pay the other half. On a motion by Alderman Jolly, seconded by Alderman Bellemey, the proposal was agreed to.

6. From Mr Jno Waugh asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in Enmore Road in front of his houses at the corner of Marian Street. The request to be granted provided he pays half the cost of the work beforehand.

7. A letter from Mr James Cooper for a lamp to be placed in Albert Street, Enmore Ward, was referred to the Lighting Committee.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee containing the following recommendations, viz. That all the pipe crossings to back entrances to Lane at the rear of Enmore Road be taken up and an open gutter left so that it might be swept twice a week etc.. That about 30 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid in Gladstone Street from Liberty Street to right of way and the kerbing and guttering at the corner of Liberty Street and Trafalgar Terrace be raised to the proper levels. That a bluestone cube crossing be laid at the junction of Marian Street and Sarah Street.

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

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Lane, “that a sum of £300 be now voted to Mr Charles Sampson for the removal of an encroachment in Bligh Street”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey. An amendment was moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the following words be added to the motion, “that the said £300 be deducted from the £600 already promised by the government towards the expense of making Bligh Street”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly. The amendment was lost.

On the motion being put again Alderman Peirce moved as an amendment, “that the consideration of this motion stand over until next ordinary meeting of the Council”, which was also lost and the original motion was carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Lane, “that a sum of £6 be now voted to compensate Mr Cook for alterations in Forbes Street in accordance with recommendations of the Works Committee adopted on the second of March last”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that a sum of £10 be now voted to repair the asphalt on the footpath in London Street where a pipe drain was recently laid”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that a sum of £75 be now voted for forming John Street (new portion) to the proper levels”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. An amendment was moved by Alderman Bellemey and seconded by Alderman Jolly, “that the consideration of the motion stand over for three months”.

5. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that a sum of £10 be now voted to lay a 3 course gutter across Goodsell Street at John Street”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. Referred to the Works Committee for report.

6. That two pieces kerbing and guttering be laid in Goodsell Street at entrance gateways four yards each at a cost of £4″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

7. Moved by Alderman “that a sum of £5 be now voted to lay about 10 yards of kerbing and guttering in Don Street”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

8. Moved by Alderman Tabrett that reference be made to the Lighting Committee to report upon the erection of additional lamps at the following places, viz. One in Pearl Street, one in Charles Street and two in Wells Street. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

9. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that in the opinion of this Council the Inspector of Nuisances should devote the whole of his time and attention to the work of his department and the sanitary condition of the Borough in general”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and lost.

10. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that on and after the passing of this resolution the watering of King Street and Enmore Road be discontinued”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

11. Moved by Alderman Peirce for Alderman Smith, “that this Council is hereby authorised to borrow by means of debentures of £100 is a sum of money not exceeding (£5000) five thousand pounds Sterling bearing interest at the rate of £6 per centum per annum for a period of 10 years and the Mayor be hereby authorised to insert the necessary advertisements as required by the Municipalities Act of 1867.

12. Alderman Neale to move, “that a nine inch pipe drain be laid in Francis Street from Enmore Road to corner of the Edgeware Road and Harlow Road at a cost of £75”. Seconded by Alderman Tabrett and lost.

Miscellaneous.

In reply to Alderman Tabrett, the Mayor stated the pipe drain would be laid in Bailey Street as soon as funds would permit; that ashes or street sweepings should be laid on the footpath in Maria Street as a temporary repair and that a letter should be written asking the Postmaster General to place a letterbox at St Peters Station in Newtown; and that the Inspector shall make a house to house inspection in Enmore Ward so soon as O’Connell Ward was finished.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 27 day of April 1986.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 27 April 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, Tabrett, Lane, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From the Commissioner for Railways covering a copy of a report from the traffic manager stating that he considered it was unnecessary to keep the railway gates at John Street, Illawarra line, open after 7 PM on weekdays or at all on Sundays. Received.

2. From the Town Clerk, Sydney, stating that it would too inconvenient to establish an office at Newtown for the receipt of water rates etc.. Received.

3. From the Undersecretary Department of Works covering a copy of the Ministers minute made in the presence of the Mayor and Alderman Bellemey relative to the removal of Sampson’s encroachment in Bligh. Received and postponed for consideration until next meeting.

4. From P. F. Hart asking the Council to asphalt and kerb etc. in front of his new shop in King Street and stating that he had pulled down the old fronts and in rebuilding hand set back to the proper alignment thus giving additional width to the footpath. Received and left with the Mayor to deal with.

5. From the Ratepayers Association, Leichardt, covering copy of a resolution affirming the necessity for a short Act of Parliament to be passed compelling vendors of suburban subdivisions to pay at least one-third of the cost of forming and making the streets and asking the Council to consider the same with a view to forwarding it to the Municipal Conference. Received.

6. From Mr Waugh declining to pay half cost of asphalting in Enmore Road etc.. Not received.

7. From Malcolm Richmond stating that he was building a terrace of houses in Lower Margaret Street; that there was no course for the large flow of water from Simmons Street and asking the Council to kerb and gutter and asphalt the footpath in front of the terrace and a lamp be placed there, he agreeing to pay a proportion of the cost. Received, the first part was referred to the Committee of Works, the second to be complied with upon payment of the money and the third referred to the Lighting Committee.

8. Mr W. Angel asking for half cost of the expense he had been put to through the cutting down of Forbes Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Reports.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the last fortnight and referred to a nuisance in Sloane Street for the abatement of which he had given notice but nothing had yet been done towards its abatement and asked for further instruction in the matter. Received and the matter of the nuisance was referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the resolution No 1 passed at the last meeting of this Council (Tuesday 13th instant) voting the sum of £300 to Mr Charles Sampson for the removal of an encroachment in Bligh Street be rescinded”. By consent of Council it was postponed until next meeting.

2. Moved by Alderman Neale, “that a sum of £70 be now voted to lay a nine inch pipe drain in Francis Street from the back of Enmore Road frontages to Edgeware Road”. Seconded by Alderman Tabrett and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Smith that the minimum of proposed loan of £5000 be hereby fixed at par and the Mayor is hereby authorised to advertise for tenders to be sent into the Council at next ordinary meeting”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

Alderman Smith called the Mayor’s attention to the fact that many of the cesspits were emptied during the night without being first deodorised which fact had come under his own notice and could easily be verified by several persons who had spoken to him about it. Aldermen Tabrett and Neale also confirmed the statement.

The Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the contractor telling him that he must adhere to the terms of his contract.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 11th day of May 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


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