Tuesday June 8th 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, Smith, Tabrett, Lane, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From a number of ratepayers complaining that a quantity of stormwater from Angel Street floods the back premises of their respective properties in Gowrie Street and asking the Council to lay some kerbing and guttering to prevent it. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2. From the business manager of “Globe and Sunday Times” newspapers stating that a copy of the daily issue would be sent to the reading room free of cost. Received and a letter of thanks to be sent in reply.

3. From Mr F. B. V. Woolrych asking the Council to refund the sum of £4/7/6 being amount of rates paid by him for a house in the occupation of the government which he stated was exempt from taxation. Received.

4. From Mr H. S. Smith who is building a factory in Trafalgar Terrace asking the Council to continue the 24 inch pipe drain through his land. Received and referred to the Works Committee.

5. From the Borough Council of Leichardt asking the co-operation of this Council in urging upon the government to assist the Suburban Boroughs in a scheme of sewage etc.. Received and the Mayor, with Aldermen Smith and Peirce, were deputed to attend the meeting on behalf of this Council.

6. From Mr George Wallace, solicitor, asking for the sum of £35/3/9 which represented the costs of an appeal to the Supreme Court in the action Bogan v. Borough of Newtown wherein the plaintiff obtained a judgment setting aside a of the district court in favour of the defendant. Received and the Council Clerk was instructed to obtain from Mr Wallace a full and entire statement of the whole of the costs to the Council in the case for the Finance Committee.

7. From Mr Lovett intimating his acceptance of the Council’s offer of £20 in the matter of cutting down Forbes Street. Received.

8. From the Excelsior Land and Investment Company dedicating the Street and the Lanes in the recent subdivision of the Ferndale estate accompanied by a Lithograph plan showing the same. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

9. From James Lawrence, asking the Council to asphalt in front of his property in Albert Street accompanied by a cheque for £2/2/0 as his share of the costs etc.. Received and the request to be complied with.

10. From the secretary to the Fire Brigade’s Board calling upon the Council to pay its contribution for last three quarters amounting to £78/9/7.

Petitions.

A petition was presented by Alderman Neale from 48 persons resident in the vicinity of Sloan praying the Council to take measures to prevent a nuisance caused by the smoke and noise from Mr Angus’ coach factory in Sloan Street who moved that it be received “and the petitioners be informed that the Council have no powers to deal with it”. Seconded by Alderman Tabrett and carried.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1130/9/2 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £371/6/10 which was adopted on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Neale.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee containing the following recommendations: —

1. In reference to a petition for the abatement of a nuisance at the rear of certain properties in Camden street, “that as the nuisance is on private lands the owners of the houses be compelled to connect their house drains with the 24 inch pipe drain recently laid by this Council at Stack’s corner”.

2. Mrs (illegible in minutes) complaint respecting the state of Station Street at the eastern end that 40 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid at a cost of £14/10/0.

3 and 4. That kerbing and guttering Liberty Street, Erskineville Road and Goodsell Street be past and final payment made”.

5. The disposal of drainage in Mrs Guy’s land in Yaralla Street had be postponed for further consideration.

On a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Lane, the report was adopted.

A progress report was brought up from the By-laws Committee stating that the Committee had decided to sit again on Monday 14th instant.

A report was brought up from the Borough Treasurer showing that £1393/10/1 had been received and deposited in the bank to the Council’s credit during the last four weeks and that the sum of £1130/9/2 had been paid away and the balance due to the bank at date was £1542/15/8. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported: —

1. Respecting the amount of work done in his department during the last month passing[?] The various contracts under his supervision.

2. Bringing under the notice of the Council some closets in Mary Street which in his opinion would prove injurious to health.

3. Stating that a nuisance existed in Clara Street, which Street had not been taken over by the Council, and recommending that some work be done there.

Received and the second part referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for its report while the last point was left with the Mayor to deal with.

Miscellaneous business.

In reply to Alderman Tabrett, the Mayor said he should be glad to receive subscriptions on behalf of the Lyce[?] Mem. Shipwreck Fund and would communicate with the central committee etc., and that the formation of the upper portion of the Edgeware Road for which money had been voted was being proceeded with. Also that he would gladly accept the offer of a quantity of ashes for the foot paths in Metropolitan Road.

Alderman Bellemey desired to call the attention of the Council to the fact that the government was resuming land in the neighbourhood of Wilson Street and thought that some steps should be taken to get that street widened etc..

In reply to Alderman Peirce, the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the Public Works Department calling attention to the disgraceful state of the Cook’s River Road from the railway bridge to May Street.

In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the vendors of Bugg’s estate late subdivision asking them to dedicate that portion of Trade Street by which it had been widens etc..

Orders of the day.

Committee of the whole.

On a motion by Alderman Tabrett and seconded by Alderman Peirce the Council resolved into a Committee of the whole to consider motion referred from last meeting of Council, “that this meeting in Committee take into consideration the anomalous and dual position of Mr Robert Hannan as Inspector of Nuisances and agent for the Australian Mutual Fire Insurance Society”.

In Committee, the matter was discussed and on the Council’s resuming the following report was brought up: — “that the duties, office hours and salary etc. of the Inspector of Nuisances be referred to the Specification Committee for report with a view to preparation of a fresh specification of duties etc.. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Peirce, seconded by Alderman Tabrett.

And that the tender of Mr George Brown for supply of bluestone kerbing and cubes be accepted at the following prices viz. kerb, 12 by 12, 3 shillings and 3 pence per foot. Cubes, 43 shillings per hundred. Pictures, 58 shillings and 6 pence per hundred.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 22nd day off June 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 22nd June 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. Letter was read from Mr W. A. Manning, solicitor, stating that Mr W. Miley, the contracort for the removal of night soil from this Borough, had assigned his contract to him for purposes of security only and not to interfere with Mr Miley’s ultimate benefit in his business and asking the Council to accept the receipt of letter himself on Messrs Catternach and Company. Received.

2. Bogan v Borough of Newtown from Mr Bogan’s solicitor stating that his client had been successful in his appeal to the Supreme Court to set aside the verdict of the District Court and asking for a conference on the subject of the drainage which had caused the action and stating that unless a satisfactory arrangement could be arrived at the case would be again set down for hearing in court. On a motion by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by Alderman Lane, it was resolved that the following Alderman be appointed to confer with Mr Bogan viz. The Mayor and Alderman Smith, Lane and Bellemey.

3. From Mr A. T. Fleay complaining of the state of the Erskineville Road footpath near the bridge. Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with.

4. From the proprietor of the Evening News stating that for the future a copy of the daily issue would be sent for the use of the public reading room free of cost. Received and to be acknowledged with thanks.

5. From the proprietors of the S. M. Herald refusing to supply a copy of the paper free of cost etc..

6. From Mr Bogis complaining of the mud in King Street being scraped into heaps and left for days in front of his shop. Received and a copy to be sent to the Commissioner for Roads.

7. From Mr Wallace, solicitor employed by the Council in the case Bogan v Borough of Newtown covering his bill of costs of the case in the District Court and the appeal in the Supreme Court showing an amount due to him of £85/6/5 and offering to reduce it by £15. Received and the Mayor authorised to get it taxed.

8. From the registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners covering an application from Mrs Standen, omnibus proprietor, asking permission to be allowed to take a coach off Cook’s River Road and place on the Alice Street run. Received and the Council declined to sanction the proposed alteration.

9. From the Commissioner for Railways stating that there would be no objection to the proposal to place a public urinal inside the railway fence in Bedford Street provided the Department approved of the plan of the proposed structure.

10. From the Mayor of Adelaide, South Australia, stating that it was in contemplation to use (illegible in minutes) to induce H.R.H., the Prince of Wales to visit the Australian colonies during the year 1887 and to perform the inaugural ceremony in connection with the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition and urging the co-operation of the other Australasian colonies to extend a hearty and respectful invitation likewise. On a motion by Alderman Bellemey, seconded by the Mayor, it was resolved that the purport of the letter with the endorsement of the Council be forwarded to the Premier.

Petitions.

Alderman Jolly presented a petition from the van men occupying the stand in Crescent Street referring to the recent alterations and asking to be allowed to place a one van only in the old stand at the bridge. It was ordered that the petition be returned to the petitioners informing them that it must be sent to Metropolitan Transit Commissioners.

Reports.

A report was brought up from the Inspector of Nuisances showing the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight and stating that nuisance from house drainage etc. existed in a lane between Ferndale & Simmons Street and asking if the lane was public or private property.

Received and as the lane in question was a private avenue he was instructed to give notice that the nuisance be abated.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Lane, “that a sum of £20 be now voted to compensate Mr T. H. Lovett for cutting down Forbes Street in accordance with recommendation of the Works Committee adopted at a meeting on the 22nd December 1885”. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that a sum of £4/7/6 be refunded to Mr Woolrych being an amount of rates paid in error on house in the occupation of the government”. Seconded by Alderman Lane and lost.

3. “That a sum of £150 be voted for the purchase of a plan of the Borough of Newtown prepared by Mr licensed surveyor Murphy”. Withdrawn by consent.

4. Moved by Alderman Neale, “that a sum of £10 be now voted for laying nine inch pipe drain at the crossing Metropolitan Road and Enmore Road”. Seconded by the Mayor and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Neale that a nine inch pipe drain be laid at the crossing Marian Street and Enmore Road at a cost of £7″. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

6. Moved by Alderman Neale, “that a sum of £20 be now voted to cover the cost of a blue metal crossing at the junction of Marian Street and Sarah Street in accordance with recommendation of the Works Committee adopted 13th April last”. Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

7. Moved by Alderman Neale for Alderman Tabrett who had previously left the meeting, “that a sum of £18 be voted for laying 77 yards of tar paving and 33 feet of Bluestone kerbing in King Street in front of Mr (illegible in minutes) shop”. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The following motions by Alderman Tabrett were withdrawn in his absence: —

8. “That a three course gutter be laid at the intersection of King and Goodsell Streets at a cost not exceeding £15”.

9. “That a box drain be laid at the junction of Lane with Goodsell Street at a cost not exceeding £4”.

Miscellaneous business.

At the request of Alderman Smith, the Mayor said he instructed the Council Clerk to write to the Secretary for public Works for information relative to the blocking of Enmore Road.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 6th day of July 1886.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

Erratum.

The following has been omitted from the foregoing correspondence. A letter was read from the Commissioner for Roads etc. in reply to one from this Council inviting his attention to the disgraceful state of the Cook’s River Road from the railway bridge, Enmore Road to May Street wherein it was stated that the Road in question was under repairs but on account of the soft clay foundation the metal covering was very much cut up by the heavy traffic passing over it. Received and Clerk was instructed to write to the Secretary for Public Works calling his attention to the statement of the Commissioner in reference to the nature of the foundation and urge upon him the necessity for building up the foundation in a substantial and proper manner.

Signed Charles Whately, Mayor.

 


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