Tuesday 4th January 1887

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, Medway, Smith, Jolly, Eggleton, Neale, O’Connell, Tabrett, Lane and Bellemy.

The May[or] apologised for the absence of Alderman Nelson who was unable to attend.

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed

Correspondence

1. A copy of a letter to the Manager Bank of Australasia asking him to grant a temporary loan of £1000 and reply acquiescing therewith were read and received.

2. From Samuel Ottery contractor for street watering asking the Council to grant him an extra 2d per load as he was now doing the work at a loss. Received and referred to the Water Committee for report at next meeting.

Reports

Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under Votes of Appropriation amounting to £1753/9/3 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £39/6/6. Adopted on a motion of Alderman Neale seconded Alderman Peirce.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month. That the scavenging had been well done excepting in Enmore Road by contractor Kene who had been neglecting his work and recommending that he be fined £1, that the contractor for cesspits had neglected to empty two pits for over three weeks and recommending a fine of £1 in each case. On a motion by Alderman Peirce seconded by Alderman Neale the report was adopted and the recommendation be ordered to be carried out.

Committee appointed to report upon Burren Street and May Street reported as follows:

1. That a portion of the retaining wall in Wilson Street be taken down and rebuilt against the fence on the Rev. Mr Jefferies’ side and the roadway filled up from the said fence to the creek.

2. That first-class kerbing and guttering be laid from railway subway to the end of creek at Mr Blackman’s fence.

3. That the roadway be formed all through.

The estimated cost of the work being £100.

The committee then proceeded to May Street to meet representatives from St Peter’s Council in conference re the better disposal of storm waters at the junction of May Street and Edgeware Road. Also that the putting of May Street in thorough repair. Only one representative from St Peter’s having attended no business was done. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Lane.

The Overseer reported calling Council’s attention to the bad state of the crossings at Ferndale and Simmons Street in Camden Street and that another course of gutter stone was greatly needed in Camden Street between Ferndale and Simmons Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Motion Pursuant to Notice.

Moved by Aldermen Lane that a sum of £100 be now voted to form kerb and gutter Burren Street in accordance with recommendation contained in report of Special Committee of this date. Seconded by Aldermen Neale and carried.

Miscellaneous business.

Aldermen Smith called attention to the fact that the time was fast approaching to make the annual valuation and moved that the Specification Committee prepare a specification of duties of valuers for the ensuing year and report same to a special meeting of Council to be held on Tuesday 11th instant at 7.30″. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

In reply to Aldermen Tabrett the Mayor stated that the kerbing and guttering passed for Gladstone Street will be done in its turn. And that he would cause a letter to be written to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioner calling attention to the danger arising from the overloading of buses on the Marrickville line. And the evils arising from the racing and loitering by the St Peter’s and the Alice Street buses.

In reply to Aldermen O’Connell the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the Inspector General of Police asking him to forward extra police assistance in the vicinity of St Peter’s Railway Station, Illawarra line to suppress the larrikinism which is rampant in this locality every evening and more especially on Sundays.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 11th day of January 1887.

Signed Charles Whately Mayor.

 


11th January 1887.

A Special Meeting of Council was held pursuant to motion on the above date at 7:30 PM.

Present the Mayor ( Mr Charles Whately) and Aldermen Jolly, O’Connor, Nelson, Smith, Lane, Eggleton, Medway.

The Mayor read an apology from Aldermen Peirce who was unavoidably absent.

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

The Mayor stated the meeting had been called for the purpose of receiving and adopting a report from the Specifications Committee relative to the making of the annual valuation for the ensuing municipal year.

The report of the committee recommended the adoption of the Specification of Duties of Valuers in making the annual valuation for the ensuing year also that tenders be invited from competent persons to make the annual valuation in connection with the Council Clerk. The Council Clerk to receive a sum equal to the tender accepted.

The Mayor moved “that the report and specification now before the meeting be accepted” seconded by Aldermen Medway and carried. The business being concluded the committee rose.

Confirmed this 18th of January 1887

Signed The Mayor

 


Tuesday 18th January 1887

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

Present the Mayor ( Mr Charles Whatley) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, O’Connell, Nelson, Smith,Tabrett, Jones, Eggleton, Medway, Neale, Bellemey.

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence.

1. From the Secretary to the Protestant Alliance Friendly Society asking for the use of the public hall for the purpose of holding their meetings at the price of 12/6 per week. On a motion by Alderman Jolly, seconded by Alderman Lane the request was complied with provided Friday nights would suit them.

A letter was read from the Patent Manure Company stating that shortly they would be prepared to receive night soil for treatment etc. received.

From Mr Neale asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of his house in Trade Street. The writer to be informed that as the new portion of Trade Street had not been dedicated the Council could do nothing with it.

Reports

The Borough Treasurer reported that the sum of £492. 5 . 6 had been received and paid into the bank during the past 4 weeks that cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £601.1.1 and that there was at this date a debit balance at the bank of £44.9.4.

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

A letter from Mr Mitchell of King Street was read complaining of the conduct of the Inspector of Nuisances also the Inspector’s report upon it in explanation which were referred to a special committee consisting of the members of the N. P. Act committee and the Mayor to investigate the same and report to the Council at the next meeting whether special or otherwise.

The Water Committee reported upon contractor Ottery’s application for an extra two pence per load for street watering King Street recommending that the increase be granted at the expiration of his contract provided he continues to carry out the work in the satisfactory manner and that he be requested to water on Saturday afternoons till 4 o’clock.

Adopted on a motion by Alderman Bellemey seconded by Alderman Jolly.

Motions pursuant to notice.

1. Moved by Alderman Smith that the following offer be made to the Commissioner for Roads viz “that in consideration of the Department of Works paving the Cooks River Road with wood pavement between the Railway Bridge Great Southern Railway to the Bridge over the Illawarra line this Council will take over the said Road for all times and maintain the same at its own cost. The Council will also agree to pay the Department annually the sum of £500 for a period of six years after its completion as a contribution towards the cost of the work.” Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

2. Moved by Alderman Smith “that the following offer be made to the Commissioner for Railways viz that in consideration of the Government paving Enmore Road with wood pavement from the Railway Bridge to Boland’s corner this Council will take over the said Road excepting that portion properly belonging to the Tramway Department for all time and maintain it at its own cost. The Council will also agree to pay to the government annually the sum of £300 for a period of six years after its completion as a contribution towards the cost of the Works. Seconded by Alderman Tabrett and carried.

3. Moved by Alderman Nelson “that a sum of £95 be now voted to lay a pipe drain from Weeks White’s back premises to Sarah Street to take all drainage from each side of same”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

4. Moved by Alderman Medway “that 33 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid in lane from Angel Street to Gowrie Street at a cost of £12 and the roadway be ballasted and blinded at a cost of £9”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

5. Moved by Alderman Eggleton “that since the continuation of Islington Street to Gowrie Street making the two streets into one the name “Gowrie Street” be changed to Islington Street thus making Islington Street from Iredale Street to Erskineville Road”. Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

At the suggestion of Alderman Smith the words kerbing and guttering in motion No 4 by Aldermen Medway were substituted by the words drainpipes and the words ballasted by the word metalled.

Miscellaneous business.

Alderman Smith requested the Mayor to write to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners asking them to bear half the cost of paving the cab stand in Bedford Street with blue metal cubes.

Alderman Bellemey suggested that the Commissioner for Railways be written to asking that his employees might be instructed to remove the dirt raked out of the tramlines on the wood pavement etc.

On a motion by Alderman Smith the Council resolved into a committee of the whole to open and consider tenders from competent persons to make the valuation for the ensuing year.

The tenders were opened in committee and on the council’s resuming the committee reported recommending the acceptance of the tender of N. Kennedy for £32 which was unanimously adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 24th day of January 1887.

Signed Charles Whately.

 


Monday 24th January 1887

A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the above day – pursuant to notice – at 7:30 PM.

The business being first to hold an open court for the revision of the Municipal Lists and second for the reception and consideration of a report from the Nuisances Prevention Act Special Committee.

The Council Clerk provided and laid upon the table the lists of persons who appeared entitled to vote one for each Ward viz: “Camden”, “Enmore”, “Kingston” and “O’Connell”. There being neither claims to have names inserted therein nor objections to names already inserted the Mayor signed the lists as required by the Municipalities Act of 1867.

The Mayor as Chairman of Special N.P. Act Committee brought up a report stating that the committee had investigated a complaint made by Mr Mitchell against the Inspector of Nuisances and his assistant the poundkeeper and found it to be not of a very serious nature and the dispute was amicably settled and recommending that the Inspector of Nuisances be not allowed to continue the office of an insurance agent as well as Inspector of Nuisances and that he be informed that after the 31st March he must devote the whole of his time to the office of Inspector of Nuisances and [give] up his connection with the Insurance Company. Also that John Richard be appointed Assistant Inspector of Nuisances at an increased salary all told of £2. 5. 0. The report was adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Nelson.

There were present at this meeting the Mayor (Mr Charles Whately) and Aldermen Jolly, Peirce, Jolly, O’Connell, Nelson, Eggleton, Medway, Bellemey.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 7th day of February 1887.

Signed Charles Whately Mayor.

 



Tuesday 1st of February 1887.

The Returning Officer (Mr Charles Whately) was present at the Council Chamber at noon on the above day for the purpose of reading out the nominations for the election of four Aldermen one each for Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards in room of those retiring by rotation.

A considerable number of ratepayers were present.

The Returning Officer read the advertisement calling the meeting.

The nominations were as follows: – viz

  • Camden Ward, Jeremiah O’Connell, hotelkeeper, Botany View Hotel
  • Kingston Ward, Charles Thomas Peirce, Manager Building Society
  • Enmore Ward, George Nelson, builder, Marian Street
  • O’Connell Ward, Charles J. Lane, painter etc., King Street.

There being not more than one candidate for each ward nominated the forgoing were declared duly elected to the office of Aldermen for their respective wards for the ensuing three years.

The following were nominated as auditors: Walter Henry Goddard, Bank Manager, King Street and Wm. Pierce, coach builder, Hordern Street, and were declared duly elected there being no opposition.

Signed Charles Whately Returning Officer.

 


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