Tuesday the 9th of October 1888

A meeting of the borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock.

Present the Mayor (Mr R. T. Bellamy) and Aldermen Peirce, O’Connell, Nelsen, Smith, Eggleton, Medway, Dolman, Neale.

An apology was received from Alderman Jolly who was unable to attend through illness. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

From Mr John Redwin complaining of the storm waters in Angel Street overflowing a portion of his property. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

From Messrs Eve Bros. asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of eight new houses in Iredale Street received.

From Mr James Hawkins giving the Council notice that under instruction from the Water and Sewerage Board he was about to lay a 4 inch water drain in Laura and Hawkins Streets. Received and referred to the overseer with instruction that he should see that the surface of the road was restored to its proper state.

From Messrs Ekin and Co. asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of Mr Bruce Smith’s property in Edgeware Road Camden Ward and guaranteeing to pay a one-third of the expense provided the total did not exceed £36. Received and the work to be done on the terms proposed.

From the Camperdown Council calling attention to the manner in which the drainage on the eastern side of Australia Street is being drained, the drainage being formerly turned down a lane at the rear of Bishopgate Street and asking the Council to remedy it. Received and the Council be informed that the alteration of the drainage now complained of was effected at a special request of the Aldermen of Camperdown some years ago and that it is its natural course.

From St Peter’s Council asking this Council to bear half the cost of metalling etc. a portion of May Street near the junction with King Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

From Mr G. F. Souter asking the Council to endorse his application to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners to be allowed to place an additional omnibus on the run Alice Street to Wynyard Square. Received and the application to be granted.

From the Lands Department stating that in addition to the usual custom of funding dedications of new streets for alignment and them providing and erecting alignment posts the Council will now be required to pay half the cost of the necessary survey. Received and enquiry should be made as to what the cost will be.

Reports

Finance

A report was brought up from the finance committee showing accounts paid under Votes of Appropriation amounting to £944.10.9 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £606.11.1 which was adopted on the motion of Alderman Peirce seconded by Alderman O’Connell.

Works

A report was received from the Works committee containing recommendations passing sundry works of kerbing and guttering subject to certain alterations therein stated. Also that in testing portions of the asphalting now being laid in King Street Camden Ward it was found that the specification was not being complied with as regards to thickness and that the overseer see that this matter is complied with before final payment is made.

With regard to the application of Mr Weeks in King Street to raise the guttering at the back of his property with a view to the footpath being asphalted, the committee recommended it being done also that if there was nothing in the bylaws to prevent, the Council may give him permission to construct an overhead bridge 14 feet from the ground across the lane to connect his two properties together. It was unanimously resolved that the part referring to the bridge be struck out and the report was then adopted.

The finance committee also recommended that Mrs Carroll be offered the sum of £10 in satisfaction of her claim for reputed use of land for metal breaking at the same time the Council does not recognise that claim as a just one as the land in question was not used by its authority and this offer is now made withou prejudice.

The Borough Treasurer reported having received since last report the sum of £478.19.0 which together with £23.6.6 cash in hand had been deposited in the bank to the Council’s credit: that cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £944.10.9 and that there was a balance due to the bank of £624.11.0. Received

The surveyor reported upon a proposed scheme of drainage along Bedford Street to relieve the pipes etc. in Gladstone Street showing a section of the cutting through the hill opposite St Joseph’s Church and estimating the expense of the whole work at £835. Received

The Inspector of nuisances reported upon the amount of work done in his department during the last month. Received

Motions pursuant to notice

Moved by Alderman Dolman

1st “That the footpaths west side of King Street be asphalted and the old asphalt repaired by topping etc where required from Camden Street to Alice Street at the total cost of £60 as estimated by the overseer” seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Moved by Alderman Medway

2nd “That the footpath west side of Land Street from Commodore Street to Edgeware Road about 500 yards be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £33” seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.

Moved by Alderman O’Connell

3rd “That the footpath on the east side of King Street, Camden Ward be asphalted where required and the old asphalt to be repaired by topping etc at the total cost not exceeding £135 as estimated by the overseer. Seconded by Alderman Medway postponed pending a reply from the Department of Education to contribute.”

Moved by the Mayor

4th “That a sum of £402.5.3 be now voted to pay the verdict and costs in the case Mayne vs. Borough of Newtown.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Miscellaneous

At the request of Alderman Smith authority was given to deposit a few loads of sweepings off the blocks in the Victorian Park.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 23rd day of October 1888.

(Sgd) J. F. Smith

Mayor


Tuesday 23rd of October 1888

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock.

Present Aldermen Jolly, O’Connell, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, Neale and Whately.

The Mayor not being present at the commencement Alderman Smith was voted to the chair.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.

At this stage the Mayor entered the room and took the chair.

Correspondence

From Alderman Nelson stating that he was about to leave the colony for a time and asking the Council to grant him leave of absence for three months from the date of this meeting. Received and it was resolved that leave be granted as asked.

From Mr George Brock enclosing a cheque for £5.15.0 in payment in advance for twelve months from 1st August last of a lamp placed in a private Street on Kettle’s estate and asking the Council to allow him to make annual payment for it through it to the A. Gas Company. Received and the request complied with.

From the Camperdown Council asking that alterations be made to the course of the drainage from Kingston Ward. Received and a reply to be sent asking permission for this Council to connect with the drain belonging to the Camperdown Council. A second letter on a similar subject was dealt with in the same way.

From Marrickville asking the Council to cause all the drainage flowing into that Borough from Newtown to be filtered. Received and reply to be sent stating that this subject will receive early attention.

From Mr W. Fowler contractor for asphalting footpaths asking the Council to give an additional threepence per yard on his contract price on account of the increased price of the material. Received and the request not exceeding to.

From the secretary to the Odd Fellows Hall Wilson Street asking for a lamp to be placed in Wilson Street near the Hall. Received and referred to the lighting committee for report.

From Mr John Redwin referring to the drainage in Angel Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

From the Registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners covering copy of an application from Mr Jno. McGuire for permission to put on an additional omnibus to ply between Alice Street and Wynyard Square and asking for an expression of opinion of content. Received and the application to be endorsed by the Mayor.

From Mr S.A.Davis stating that the verandah columns at A.J.S Bank Enmore had been made secure and asking the Council to carry out the kerbing and guttering. Received and referred to the Works committee for consideration. If the committee are satisfied the Mayor to give authority to proceeds with the work.

Reports

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the work under his supervision had been fairly carried out during the past fortnight. Received and the Inspector to be informed that complaints were frequent about inefficiency of the deodorant used and that the guttering in Camden Street should receive more attention.

Motions pursuant to notice.

Aldermen Smith moved

1st “That Trade street (new part) be formed and ballasted at a cost not exceeding £190.” Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

Alderman O’Connell moved

2nd “That a sum of £60 be now voted to lay first class kerbing and guttering in Edgeware Road from Alice Street to Laura Street. The owner of the cottages to pay one third share of expense as promised.” Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

3rd “That the footpath east side of King Street be aspalted first class as under Railway Bridge 153 yards – markets and public school 260 yards – Norfolk Street to Angel Street 400 yards at a cost not exceeding £75. That the following be repaired by patching and first class top from St Georges Hall to Norfolk Street 565 yards at 1/- per yard at a cost not exceeding £29.” Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

Alderman Dolman moved

4th “That the old pipe crossing in Sarah Street and the entrance to Messrs Hardman Brothers Biscuit Factory be taken up and an open crossing made with blue stone cubes at a cost not exceeding £15.” Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

Alderman Eggleton moved

5th “That a sum of £15 be now voted to cover cost of kerbing and guttering 50 yards in front of Messrs Eve Bros new homes in Iredale Street.” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Alderman Jolly moved

6th “That reference be made to the lighting committee to place a lamp in Campbell Lane between Regent and Denison Streets” seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Miscellaneous business

In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would get the fountains repaired that were broken. Alderman Jolly wished the Mayor to write to the Department of Public Instruction she gets a stone dwarf wall and iron railings put up in front of the public school in King Street between the present wood fence. And asked if any further communication had been received from the Colonial Secretary about the wood paving of Cook’s River and Enmore Roads. Who replied that no word had been received about it. Alderman Whately moved “that a deputation from this Council with the Members for Newtown wait upon the Minister for Works upon the subject.” Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

At the request of the Alderman Whately the Mayor said he would write to the Registrar of the University respecting the subject of persons being allowed to pass through the public park grounds.

The business being concluded the Council rose

Confirmed this 20th day of November 1888

signed R. T. Bellamy

Mayor


 

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