Monday 6th February 1888

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

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1st. From Mr Thomas Griffiths complaining of the state of the footpath in front of his shop in King Street, Enmore Ward. Resolved that the overseer be instructed to make the necessary repairs.

From Mr Lendon complaining of a stench arising from the drain in front of his house in Camden Street. Received and referred to the overseer for report.

From Mr J. E. C. Ellis offering 100 tons of Melbourne bluestone at five shillings per ton on the wharf at Pyrmont. Received and should be purchased provided it be of the best kind. And tenders be called for drawing it to Newtown.

From Mr D. Dickson complaining of the way in which Alice Lane has been formed by filling up a portion of it. Referred to the Works committee for report.

From the Secretary Fire Brigades Board covering a copy of the proposed amendments in Fire Brigades Act. Received and referred to a special committee consisting of Aldermen Lane and Smith with the Mayor.

From the Australian Gas Light Company stating the following reduction had been agreed to viz five shillings per annum per light for public lights and threepence per 1000 feet on gas sold by metre received.

Moved by Alderman Nelson “That the lane running from Simmons Street to Gowrie Street be referred to the Works committee to report upon the best means of sanitation” seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Moved by Alderman Nelson “that the Works referred to in the overseer’s report at the last meeting of Council at the junction of Camden and Ferndale Streets be carried out at a cost named in the report viz £11 and £ 7.14.0” seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

The Council resolved into a committee of the whole to open and consider applications from persons willing to make the annual valuation of all rateable property in the borough for the ensuring municipal year in conjunction with the Council clerk.

The various applications were opened in committee and on the Council’s resuming a report was brought up recommending that the application of George Neale and the sum of £25 be accepted and that the remuneration to the Council clerk be fixed of £45 which was unanimously adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 10th day of February 1888

( signed) R. T. Bellemey Mayor.

Tuesday 7th of February 1888.

A Public Meeting of the Electors of the borough of Newtown was held pursuant to advertisement in the Town Hall at noon on the above day when the returning officer (Mr J. F. Smith) was present and read out the various nominations of Aldermen and auditors as follows viz:-

Aldermen:

Enmore Ward – William Dolman
Kingston Ward – Joseph Jolly
O’Connell Ward – Richard Thomas Bellemey.

There being only one candidate for each Ward nominated they were declared duly elected for their respective wards.

Auditors Walter Henry Goddard and William Wyatt were declared elected auditors for 12 months.

Returning officer

(signed) J. F. Smith


Friday 10th February 1888

Election of Mayor

A special meeting of the borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at 7.30.

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

The Mayor laid on the table the declarations of the newly elected Aldermen who took their seats Resolved that the election of Mayor be conducted by open voting and with open doors.

Moved by Aldermen Neale and “that Alderman Bellemey be re-elected Mayor of this borough for the current municipal year” seconded by Alderman Medway.

Alderman Nelson moved as an amendment “that the name of Alderman Peirce be substituted for that of Alderman Bellemey” seconded by Alderman Smith and lost.

Alderman Nelson moved a further amendment that Alderman Jolly’s name be substituted” seconded by Alderman Peirce. Aldermen Jolly declined to stand for the office.

Alderman Peirce moved that the name of Alderman Lane be substituted and seconded by Alderman Nelson and lost.

Alderman Peirce moved “that the name of Alderman O’Connell be substituted” not seconded.

Alderman Peirce moved “that the name of Alderman Nelson be substituted” not seconded.

The original motion was then put and carried Alderman Peirce calling for a division which resulted as follows:

Ayes – Aldermen Whately, Neale, Medway, Eggleton, Lane, Dolman, Smith, Jolly and O’Connell

Nayes – Aldermen Peirce and Nelson.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 14th day of February 1888

(signed) R. T. Bellemey Mayor


Tuesday 14th February 1888.

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 R. T. Bellemey) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Nelson, O’Connell, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Eggleton and Medway Neale.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From the Town Clerk Sydney stating that the Council may use water from the stand pipe in Bedford Street for street watering purposes for threepence a load of 200 gallons the a/c to be taken from Council’s paysheets. Received and referred to water committee.

From A Douggan asking for balance of his contract Holmwood streets received and referred to Works committee.

Election of committees:

Finance

Resolved that the finance committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Nelson, O’Connell and Peirce.

Works

Resolved that the Works committee consist of Aldermen Whately, Jolly, Dolman and Medway.

Lighting

Resolved that the lighting committee consist of Aldermen Nelson, Peirce, Lane and Eggleton.

By laws and library

Resolved that the By laws and lighting committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen O’Connell, Whately and Smith.

Specification

Resolved that the specification committee consist of Aldermen Smith, Lane, Medway and Nelson.

N.P.A.

Resolved that the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee consist of Aldermen Jolly, Dolman, Lane and Eggleton.

Water

Resolved that the water committee consist of Aldermen O’Connell, Dolman, Medway and Eggleton.

Dairies Supervision

Resolved that the dairies supervision committee consist of Aldermen Smith, Jolly, Nelson and Eggleton.

The business being concluded the Council rose

Confirmed this 28th day of February 1888

(Signed) R.T. Bellemey Mayor


Tuesday 28th February 1888

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

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

The Mayor apologised for the absence of Mr Aldermen Whately which was caused by urgent private affairs. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

From E. Barden asking the Council to asphalt in front of his new shop at the corner of Enmore Road and London Street. Received and Mr Barden be informed that his request will be complied with on condition that he pays one-third of the cost.

From the Department of Public Works covering a copy of a report on a system of sewerage for the western suburbs received and referred to a special committee consisting of Aldermen Smith Lane Nelson and Dolman and for consideration and report.

From George Vallance complaining of a bad smell at the back of his house in Gladstone Street through the non- continuance of the pipe drain through the adjoining property received and the writer to be informed that the subject is under consideration by the Council.

From the secretary to the Newtown Band asking for the patronage of the Council to assist in raising funds to purchase a new set of instruments.

From Messrs Preston Shannon and Tasker covering a printed copy of a petition to the Legislative Assembly praying for the wood blocking of King street and Enmore Road and asking the Council to appoint representatives to accompany some of the petitioners to the members for Newtown to ask them to present the petition which had been signed by upwards of three thousand persons. Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were deputed to represent the Council.

It was also resolved to support the action of the petitioners by a deputation to the Colonial Secretary to urge upon him the necessity of putting a sum on the supplementary estimates to cover the cost of the work. The deputation to consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith Jolly Lane Medway and Nelson also the members of Parliament for Newtown.

From the Secretary to the Municipal Association covering a petition to Parliament re the local government bill received and laid on the table for signature.

Reports

Finance

A report was received from the finance committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1192.12.11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £564.11.9 adopted on the motion by Alderman Smith and seconded by the Mayor.

Works

A report was brought up from the Works committee stating that Alderman Medway had been elected chairman of the committee.

2nd. recommending a 9 inch pipe drain to be laid in lane back of Enmore Road from Marion Street to Simmons Street.

3rd. recommending the passing and final payment of kerbing and guttering in Edgeware Road 176 yards King Street opposite Mulholland and Don Street measured to date.

4th. recommending the passing and final payment of work (Duiggan’s contract) in the formation of streets and lanes subject to the removal of a few stumps in Wells Lane.

5th. recommending that Alice Lane same estate be lowered 9 inches at the top end and graded to present level at Pearl Street.

6th. recommending that about 12 inches be taken off the crowns of the hills in Dickson and Holmwood Streets and Lane to [be] graded to intersect therewith.

Adopted on a motion of Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Jolly.

Borough Treasurer

Reported having received and paid into the Bank £1319.0.2 cash in hand £10.10.7 that cheques had been issued amounting to £1192.15.5 and the balance due to bank to date £1848.2.8. Received

Inspector of Nuisances

Reported that the scavengers and nightmen contractors were doing their work very well. The report was received and the clerk was instructed to acquaint the Inspector that some of the back lanes in Camden and Enmore Roads were often times neglected.

A second report was read from the Inspector during which he asked the Council to adjudge a cesspit and closet on the premises of Charles Hilliard in Erskineville Road to be a nuisance under terms of the 13th clause of the Nuisances Prevention Act of 1876.

The report was adopted on the motion of Alderman Nelson seconded by Alderman Peirce and the Inspector to be instructed to take the necessary steps for its removal.

Motions pursuant to Notice

It was unanimously resolved that all the motions in the business paper of which notice had been given (excepting No 4 referring to the estimate of probable expenditure for current year) be postponed to next meeting.

Aldermen Smith then moved that the finance committee be hereby authorised to make an estimate of the probable expenditure for the current municipal year and report same at next meeting of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Peirce that the specifications committee be hereby authorised to prepare the specifications for the annual contracts and present same for adoption at next meeting of Council.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Peirce that a letter of thanks be sent to Mr C. Riisfeldt for the handsome group of photographs of the Aldermen and officers of the Council now hanging in the Council chamber.

Alderman Eggleton complained of the fact of the Council’s employees getting a half holiday on the day of parliamentary elections. The Mayor said it had been customary to do so and he had simply followed the precedent.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 13th day of March 1888

(signed) R. T. Bellemey Mayor


 

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