Tuesday 14th September 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 Whateley) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Nelson, Smith, Tabrett, Lane, Neale and Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From the Waverley Borough Council covering a copy to amend the Municipalities of 1867, introduced to Parliament at the insistence of the said Council to make it compulsory for returning officers at elections of Aldermen and auditors to appoint a polling place in the City of Sydney in addition to the polling places to be appointed under the provisions of the principal acts. Received and paper to be laid on the table for the information of the Aldermen.

2. From Mr S. Eggleton, asking Council’s permission to cover over a deep gutter in Harold Street in front of his property. Received and the request granted, the work to be done under the supervision of the overseer.

3. From the Ratepayers Association thanking the Council for the gratuitous use of the Public Hall to hold their monthly meetings in. Received.

4. From the Colonial Secretary stating that the Governor with the advice of the Executive Council had been pleased to grant the prayer of a petition from this Council for a division of Enmore Ward in accordance with the boundaries therein proposed. Received.

5. From Mr Richmond asking Council to ashphalt the footpath in Margaret Street in front of his property he be willing to pay one-third of cost. Received and the request granted. Also asking the Council to repair the roadway in front of the same property. Received and referred to the Committee for Works for report.

Petition.

Alderman Neale presented a petition from 68 residents in King Street, Enmore and Camden Wards asking Council to resume watering of King Street etc.. Received and referred to the Water Committee.

A report was brought up from the Works Committee recommend that the request of Mr G. H. Sparkes for permission to use a portion of a reserve known as Sarah Square in Bligh Street for drill purposes for the Newtown Volunteers and submitting two sets of conditions under which it was proposed to let it to the Corps. Alderman Smith moved that it be received and postponed to a later period of the meeting for consideration in Committee of the whole Council. Seconded by Alderman Lane. Withdrawn by consent. Alderman Smith then moved that the report be received and the second clause be adopted. Seconded by Alderman Lane. After discussion, Alderman Bellemey asked the Mayor’s ruling as to whether the Council had the power to deal with the land in the way proposed by the motion. The Mayor ruled it out of order on grounds that the Council had no right to let the land for the purpose stated in the report.

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

The overseer reported recommending a small expenditure for drain pipes at the junction of May and Goodsell streets and at Nelson and Bligh streets. On the motion of Alderman Nelson, the report was adopted and instructions given to carry out the work.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that all resolutions in the minute book of this Council authorising expenditure of any sum or sums of money for Corporate Works up to the first day of February 1886 and which are at this date unexpended or the Works are not commenced be and the same are hereby rescinded “. Seconded by the Mayor. On a suggestion, the motion was amended by altering the date from 1886 to 1885 and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that instructions be given to the Australian Gas Light Company to erect six additional lamps on the usual terms at the undermentioned places, viz. Goodsell Street; one at the corner of King Street, one at the corner of John Street, one opposite the railway gate. Wells Street; one between King Street and Pearl Street, one west of that towards Edgeware Road. Commodore Street; one opposite Lane. Seconded by Alderman Smith at whose request it was referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

3. Moved by Alderman Tabrett, “that a Bluestone cube crossing be laid at the intersection of Goodsell and John streets at a cost not exceeding £25”. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Peirce, “that the guttering in Denison Street between Lennox Street and Bedford Street be taken up where required and relaid at a cost of £10”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that each side of Bucknell Lane be kerbed and guttered fourth class at a cost not exceeding £53”. Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried, after an amendment by Aldermen Jolly and Nelson that it be referred to the Works Committee for report had been negatived.

Miscellaneous business.

In reply to Alderman Jolly, the Mayor stated that he had made inquiries in reference to the cost of a urinal etc. and it was agreed that the matter should be referred to the Works Committee for report.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 28th day of September 1886.

Signed Charles Whateley, Mayor.

 


 

Monday 27th September 1886.

 

On the above day at 12.00 noon the returning officer (Mr Charles Whateley, Mayor) attended at the Council Room, Town Hall, Newtown and declared the official statement of the polling for the election of three Aldermen for Camden Ward as follows: —

Matthew Medway; 138 votes.
William Robert Thomas Eggleton; 136 votes.
Jeremiah M. O’Connell; 120 votes.
Peter F. Hart; 86 votes.

Signed Charles Whateley, Mayor and returning officer.

 


 

Tuesday 28th September 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 Whateley) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Nelson, O’Connell, Smith, Tabrett, Eggleton, Medway, Neale and Bellemey.

The Mayor stated that since last meeting an election had to taken place for three Aldermen for Camden Ward which had resulted in the return of Messrs M. Medway, W. R. T. Eggleton and J. M. O’Connell, whose declarations of office were duly laid on the table.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From Camperdown Council covering a copy of a petition to Parliament for a repeal of the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners Act etc.. On a motion by Alderman Nelson, seconded by Alderman Tabrett, it was resolved that the petition be received and signed on behalf of the Council.

2. From Marrickville Council asking the members of this Council to meet a Committee of Marrickville Council in Edgeware Road to confer about the drainage. Received.

3. From the Town Clerk of Sydney intimating that the Mayor of Sydney had consented to allow this Council to send one water cart to the salt water stand pipe in Myrtle Street, Darlington, for street watering purposes.

4. From Petersham Council declining to pay its proportion of the cost of metalling under the subway at Liberty Street.

Reports.

Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £1005/12/0 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £90/18/3. On a motion by Alderman Neale, seconded by Alderman Smith, the report was adopted.

The Treasurer reported having received and paid into the bank to the Council’s credit £710/5/1, that cheques had been issued amounting to £1005/12/0, the balance due to bank at date £1824/6/5 with outstanding cheques £331/18/10. Received.

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

The overseer reported recommending that something be done to clear the drain in a new street called Burren Street as it was being choked and would prevent drainage from getting away from Wilson Street. Received and the Railway Department to be informed that the Council will not take over the Street until it is made a uniform width all through.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Bellemey, “that notice be given to the owners of properties abutting to a lane at the back of King Street, O’Connell Ward, between Short Street and Williams Lane, to remove the obstructions so as to make it a thoroughfare” seconded by the Mayor and carried.

2. Moved by the Mayor, “that the Mayor be hereby authorised to invite the Members of Parliament for Newtown, the Trustees of the Prince Alfred hospital, St Johns and the Presbyterian Colleges to meet the Aldermen of the O’Connell Ward in conference to consider and advise the best means of obtaining the widening of Missenden Road from King Street to Bligh. Also to procure from the Council’s surveyor a plan and estimate of probable cost of resuming the land etc “. Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried after an alteration had been agreed to viz, that “the O’Connell Ward be struck out” and “the Council” inserted.

3. Moved by the Mayor, “that Mr William Pierce of Hordern Street be hereby appointed an auditor of the Borough to act in place of Mr William Wyatt who is confined to his bed through illness and is not likely to be able to perform the duties of his office for some time to come and the Mayor be authorised to affix the Corporate Seal to the said appointment “. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

Alderman Smith apologised for Alderman Lane who was prevented from attending through an important engagement.

Alderman Peirce desired to call attention to the metalling now being done by the government in Bligh Street the whole width of the roadway not being covered. Also to the fact that the Post Office established near Boland’s corner had been taken over to Marrickville side.

There being no objection raised, the following resolutions were moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Neale and carried, viz

1. That the name of Alderman O’Connell be added to the Finance Committee, three to form a quorum.

2. That the name of Alderman Medway be added to the Works Committee three to form a quorum.

3. That the name of Alderman Eggleton be added to the Lighting Committee, three to form a quorum.

4. That the name of Alderman O’Connell be added to the Water Committee, three to form a quorum.

5. That the name of Alderman Nelson be added to Nuisances Prevention Act Committee, three to form a quorum.

In reply to Alderman Nelson, the Mayor said he would give instructions to have some dangerous holes in the footpath in front of Duke of Edinburgh Hotel repaired.

Alderman Peirce suggested that a letter be written to the Gas Company calling attention to the fact many of the lamps only given a glimmer of light of and that some are not lighted at all etc.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 12th day of October 1886.

Signed Charles Whateley, Mayor.

 


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