Tuesday 11th May 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 and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Smith, Tabrett, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Mr Savage asking the Council to assist him in disposing of the stormwaters in Lansdowne Street. Received and referred to a special Committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Lane and Tabrett with power to make necessary arrangements.

2. From Mr Brewer asking the Council to asphalt in front of his house in Pearl Street on the usual terms. Received and to be complied with.

3. From Mrs E. Taylor asking to have a name board put up at Metropolitan Road. Left with the Mayor to arrange for a temporary board etc.

4. From Mrs Mahony complaining of that part of Station Street between Holt Street and Camden College back gate. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

5. From Metropolitan Transit Commissioners covering an application from Mr West asking permission to run an omnibus from Union Street by way of Erskineville Road to Newtown Road to Wynyard Square. Received and the application be endorsed in the usual way.

6. From the secretary to the Ratepayers Association calling the Council’s attention to the necessity which exists for the application of the Sydney Building Act or a modification of it to Newtown and to desirability of having the Van stand and the Cab stand moved farther back from the railway bridge and asking to be allowed to to placed a board outside within the precincts of the Town Hall to announce their meetings. Received and that portion of the letter referring to the noticeboard left with the Mayor to deal with.

7. From Mr Maitland, government surveyor, informing the Council that he required 70 alignment posts for the streets he had just alignment. Received and the Mayor authorised to procure them.

8. From the same surveyor stating that there were two streets in Newtown called Albert Street and suggesting that one of them should be altered and recommending that Lower Margaret Street be aligned, that application be made for the realignment of Simmons Street and the alignment of the recent extension of Kent Street to Ferndale Street etc.. Received and to be complied with as far as possible.

Petitions.

Alderman Neale presented a petition from 46 ratepayers in King Street, Enmore Ward, praying the Council to water the roadway in King Street between Alice Street and railway bridge and moved that it be received and referred to the Water Committee. Alderman Tabrett’s name was added to the Water Committee in place of Alderman Goodsell’s who had obtained three months leave of absence.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £905/12/3 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £615/2/1. On a motion by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Peirce, the report was adopted.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommending the passing and final payment of kerbing and guttering in John Street, Metropolitan Road and Salvation Lane and asphalting in sundry places in King Street, Enmore Ward and Reibey and Don streets and the laying of certain pipe drains in Station Street and the laying of a Bluestone cube gutter in John Street at its junction with Goodsell Street. Moved by Alderman Smith, “that the report be adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Lane. An amendment by Alderman Bellemey that in the matter of the stone gutter in John Street the owners of property interested pay a portion of the cost. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.

A report was brought up from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee confirming a recommendation of the Inspector to have two closets and cesspits removed in Sloane Street. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Jolly, seconded by Alderman Peirce.

A report was received from the Borough treasurer showing that he had received and deposited in the Bank of Australasia to Council’s credit the sum of £1674/14/10, that during the same period £948/2/8 had be paid away and that the balance due to the bank at date was £1805/16/7.

A report was received from the Inspector of Nuisances showing the amount of work done in his department during the last month, also explanation of certain complaints respecting the non deodorising of cesspits etc..

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that after the passing of this resolution ratepayers desirous of having asphalt or tar paving laid in front of their properties be charged one-third of the cost instead of one half as heretofore”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Tabrett that reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect lamps at the following places, viz. One, corner of London and Belmore streets, King Street, one opposite Ballmer’s hotel, the corner of Goodsell Street and one in Pearl Street”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that reference be made to the Works Committee to construct a drain at the back of Mr Eres property to Union Street and the continuation of the cover drain from Bedford Street to the boundary between Newtown and Camperdown”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that until the passing of a By-law dealing with the opening up of roadways and foot paths for the purpose of laying water and gas etc. all persons before doing so, pay into the office of the Council Clerk a fee of two shillings and sixpence, excepting in cases where the foot paths are asphalted or tar paved the fee shall be five shillings in each case”. Seconded by Alderman Neale. Referred to the By-law Committee.

5. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that the kerbing and guttering and asphalting of Mrs Scurr’s new houses in Enmore Road be restored at a cost not exceeding £7/10/0”. Seconded by Alderman N a eale and carried.

6. Moved by Alderman Tabrett that on the 31st day of May next the Inspector of Nuisances receive notice from this Council that his services be dispensed with on and after the 30th day of June next ensuing”. Seconded by Alderman Smith pro forma. After some discussion the Mayor ruled the motion out of order.

Orders of the day.

1. Motion postponed from last meeting — by Alderm the be the an Peirce — “that the resolution of this Council, number-one, passed at the last meeting voting a sum of £300 to Mr Charles Sampson for the removal of an encroachment in Bligh Street be rescinded”. Postponed and made an order of the day full next meeting of Council

2. To open and consider tenders for loan of £5000.

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

In Committee tenders were opened and on the Council’s resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending that the tender of Mr G. J. Cohen of Spring Street, Sydney be accepted for the full amount at £1 per centum premium. On a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale, the report was adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 26th. day of May 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 25th May 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 Alderman Peirce, Jolly, Smith, Tabrett, Lane, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

A letter was read from the Department of Public Works stating in reference to Bligh Street that if the Council would pay into the Treasury the respective sums of £300 and £450 the government would cause Sampson’s encroachment to be removed and the metalling of the Street completed etc.. On a motion by Alderman Tabrett, the letter was received and it was ordered that it be taken into consideration in connection with motion number-one on the business paper (seconded by Alderman Lane).

A letter was read from John Wheeler (agent) for Mr Myles McRae asking Council to lay the crossing over the footpath in King Street, Enmore Ward, with Bluestone cubes and offering to pay half the cost. On a motion by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Tabrett, the request was to be complied with. The Mayor intimated that if there were no objections he would call for tenders for next meeting for a supply of Bluestone kerbing and guttering and blue metal cubing.

A petition was received from 28 ratepayers asking the Council to remedy the cause of bad smells from a lane at the rear of Camden Street. On the motion of Alderman Neale, it was received and referred to the Committee of Works for consideration and report.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported on the way in which the work of his department had been carried out during the last two weeks. Received on a motion by Alderman Tabrett, seconded by Alderman Lane.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by the Mayor, “that a sum of £750 be now voted and forthwith paid into the Treasury as the Council’s contribution towards the expense of forming and metalling etc. Bligh Street in accordance with a proposal contained in a letter from the Under-Secretary for public Works, dated 14th instant, No 86/949”. Seconded by Alderman Lane.

[In the original document the following two motions, numbers two and three, have been ruled through in red ink with the word “expunged” between them]

2. Moved by Alderman Lane, “that a sum of £5 be now voted as compensation to Mr Angel for cutting down Forbes Street”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that this meeting in Committee take into consideration the anomalous and dual positions of Mr Robert Hannan as Inspector of Nuisances and agent for the Mutual Insurance Society”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey pro forma.

The letter from the Under-Secretary for Works upon the subject and referred to this period of the meeting was now taken into consideration. Alderman Bellemey moved, “that the terms of the letter be not accepted by this Council”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and negatived on division as follows: —

Ayes: Aldermen Peirce, Bellemey, Jolly and Neale.
Noes: Aldermen Smith, Tabrett, Lane and the Mayor.

The votes being equal the Mayor gave his casting vote against the motion.

Motion number-one was then put to the Council and carried on division as follows: —

Ayes: Aldermen Smith, Tabrett, Lane and the Mayor.
Noes: Aldermen Peirce, Bellemey, Jolly and Neale.

The votes being equal the Mayor gave his casting vote in favour of the motion and declared it carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Lane that a sum of £5 be now voted to Mr Angel for cutting down Forbes Street”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that this meeting in Committee take into consideration the anomalous and dual positions of Mr Robert Hannan as Inspector of Nuisances and agent for the Mutual Fire Insurance Society”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey pro forma. Postponed for consideration until after “orders of the day” had been disposed of.

4. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a sum of £10 be now voted to repair the guttering in Erskineville Road from Linthorpe Street to the railway bridge”. Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a reference be made to the Works Committee to report upon the best means of carrying off the drainage now being discharged on to Mrs Guy’s land in Yaralla Street to the culvert in Wilson Street”. Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

6. Moved by the Mayor, “that a sum of £36 be now voted to cover the expense of carrying a two feet pipe drain through Mr Savage’s land in Gladstone Street half of such expense to be borne by Mr Savage”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

Orders of the day.

Motion by Alderman Peirce postponed from last meeting of Council, “that the resolution of this Council passed at meeting held 27th. April last voting a sum of money, £300, to Mr Charles Sampson for the removal of an encroachment in Bligh Street be rescinded was now moved by Alderman Peirce and seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

In reply to Alderman Smith, the Mayor stated that no action had been taken by the Water Committee respecting the watering of King Street, Enmore Ward.

On the motion of Alderman Tabrett, the Council resolved into a Committee of the whole to consider motion No 3 on the business paper for this meeting. Seconded by Alderman Peirce.

On the Council is resuming, the Mayor reported that the Committee had recommended that the consideration of the matter contained in Alderman Tabrett’s motion be postponed and made an order of the day for a Committee of the whole Council this day fortnight, which was adopted on a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Tabrett.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 8th day of June 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


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