Tuesday 20th November 1888

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

Present The Mayor (Mr R. T. Bellemey) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, O’Connell, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, Neale, Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

1st from the Borough of Marrickville asking for representatives from this Council to meet at Marrickville to confer upon the question of closing the low lying lands on the eastern side of that Borough on the 14th instance as the time appointed for the meeting had elapsed before the letter could be considered by the Council. The clerk was instructed to write stating that if another meeting could be arranged the Works committee together with the Mayor and Alderman Smith would meet for the purpose mentioned.

2nd From the borough Council of Macdonaldtown complaining that portion of Cooks River Road lying in its boundary was not watered so well as other parks and stating that so soon as an allocated amount of the water rates had been received it would be remitted towards the expense in conjunction with the watering. Received and instructions to be given to remedy the matter complained of.

3rd From W. Coker of “The Grange” in Wilson Street asking the Council to extend the kerbing and guttering in that Street to the boundary of his property at a cost of £4.10.0. He offered to pay half the cost. Received and to be complied with.

4th From Arthur Fisher asking to be allowed to connect his house drain in Holdsworth Street with the main drain in the centre of that street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

5 From Joseph Mitchell M.L.A apologising for his absence from the deputation to the Secretary for Public Works on Friday 2nd instant which was occasioned through his absence from Sydney.

6th From the General Post Office Department stating that the premises at present occupied as a Post Office in Newtown was ample as regards size and that it was not advisable to purchase any of the adjoining property to increase it. Received.

7th From the Department of Public Instruction stating that it was not usual to contribute any money towards the repairing or metalling of the footpaths in front of public schools. Received and a letter to be sent stating that it has been customary for the Department to contribute towards corporate Works for improvements in the immediate vicinity of public schools it having been done in the case of all the schools in Newtown.

8 From James Thurgood asking to be allowed to change the route of his ‘bus from Newman Street to Union Street continuation. Received and complied with.

9th from Borough of Camperdown asking that representatives from this Council meet representatives from Camperdown at the junction of Australia Street and Bishopgate Street to confer about the the disposal of drainage of Kingston Ward in that locality on Saturday 24th instant at 4 PM. Received and the Works committee together with the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to meet and confer on the subject.

10th From John Booth of Prospect offering to supply any quantity of hard stone suitable for road making at 6/- per ton delivered at Newtown railway station as per sample. The Mayor said he had ordered 200 tons to be used in Alice Street to try it. The Council agreed with him.

Petitions

A petition was presented from a number of ratepayers in Newman Street asking the Council to asphalt the west side of that streets they offered to pay one-third of the expense.

Reports

Finance

A report was presented from the finance committee showing accounts paid under Votes of Appropriation amounting to £1217.3.3 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £434.18.9 which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Peirce.

A report was presented from the Works committee recommending –

1st That the Council agreed to a proposal from St Peter’s Council to repair with white metal (100 tons) the upper portion of May Street at the joint expense of the two councils.
2nd That a new brick culvert be built in Camden Street at the probable cost of £16.
3rd That the kerbing and guttering in Margaret and Hawken Streets be passed and final payment made.
4th That kerbing and guttering in front of Redwins be raised and a better connection be made with the drain passing from Angel Street to Harold Street.
5th That the asphalting in King Street from Lord Street to the boundary and in Erskineville Road be passed as correct and final payment made and that in Station Street, College Street and Linthorpe Street requires more rolling before final payment is made.
6th That the contractor be allowed £8.2.6 for the stone covering in Bedford Street corner of King Street.

On the motion of Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Dolman the report was adopted.

The Borough Treasurer reported having received and paid into the bank up to 5th November £1245.12.3 cash in hand £25.18.0 that cheques had been issued amounting to £1217.3.1 and the overdraft at date was £596.1.10. Received.

The overseer reported recommending alterations to crossings in Edgeware Road and the junction of James and Laura Streets. Received.

The Overseer reported

recommending alterations to crossings in Edgeware Road and at the junction of James and Laura streets. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the previous month and stated that the contractors were doing the work in a satisfactory manner.

Motions pursuant to notice

Moved by the Mayor

1st “That a sum of £10 be now voted for use of land in Cavendish Street for metal breaking as recommended by the Finance Committee 9th of October 1888”. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

Moved by Alderman Medway

2nd That about 50 yards of kerbing and guttering in front of Mr Redwins property in Angel Street be raised and a larger pit formed to make a better connection with main drain passing to Harold Street at a cost not exceeding £6.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.

3rd That the pipes now forming a crossing at junction of Laura Street and Edgeware Road be taken up and an open stone crossing be laid at a cost not exceeding £8. Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Moved by Alderman Dolman

4 That a new culvert be built across Camden Street in place of the old one to be built of brick and cement and 9 inch walls and and covered with 4 inch planking at a cost not exceeding £16. Tenders to be invited by advertising” seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

5th “That the footpath on the bridge south side of Tramway waiting-room about 66 yards be asphalted at a cost not exceeding £6.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

6 “That the pipes now forming the crossing at James Street and Edgeware Road be taken up and an open stone crossing substituted at a cost not exceeding £6.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Moved by Alderman O’Connell

7th “That Goodsell Lane be kerbed and guttered east side from railway fence southward 90 yards 4th class as a cost not exceeding £24.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried

8th “That a 9 inch pipe drain be laid in Gibbes Street east side and thence to Newman Lane through Mr Eggleton’s land and to connect with main pipe drain cost not to exceeding £18.” Seconded by the Mayor and carried.

9th “That in the opinion of the Council it is expedient that provision be made for the erection of a new Town Hall on the present Town Hall site which shall be suitable for the requirements of the Council its officers and the ratepayers generally.” Not seconded

The Council resolved into a committee of the whole for the purpose of opening and considering tenders for asphalting footpaths.

In committee the tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor presented the following report

Your committee having opening tenders for asphalting footpaths for the balance of the contract year recommend the acceptance of the tender of Hansell and Co Petersham at1/9, 1/4 and 8d. per yard respectively And the adoption of the specification now submitted.

(Signed) R.T. Bellemey chairman

The report was adopted on the motion by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Peirce.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this day of 1888.

Alderman Eggleton asked to be informed at the next meeting the cost of watering King Street for the current year and the cost of laying the King Street blocks same time.

Confirmed December 4th 1888

(signed) R. T. Bellemey Mayor


 

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