Tuesday 13th March 1888.

A 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 Jolly O’Connell Nelson Smith Dolman Lane Eggleton Medway Neale and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

From Baldick Brothers asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of two shops in Wilson Street where an old gateway was at one time. Received and the request acceded to.

From the President and Secretary of the Fire Brigades International Exhibition asking for the patronage of Council. Received and request acceded to.

From J. Goodwin asking the Council to repair the footpath in front of the swimming baths recently built in King Street. Received and the request to be complied with.

A copy of the telegram from Mr J. Abbott stating that a telephone exchange had been established at Newtown post office. Received and to be acknowledged.

From Mr Vanheythuysen asking if the Council would find him a room in the Town Hall to hold classes for teaching French, Latin and other languages at a low rent. Received and the writer to be informed that the Council had no rooms suitable for such a purpose.

From the Secretary to the Newtown Brass Band asking the Aldermen for their patronage etc. Received and the request acceded to.

From the Macdonaldtown Council respecting a diversion of drainage in Burren Street. Received and to be considered with reports upon the same subject from overseer and surveyor.

Petitions

Alderman Dolman presented a petition from a number of ratepayers in Enmore Ward praying that Gladstone Street be metalled and moved that it be received and referred to the Works committee for report seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Alderman Dolman presented a petition from the number of ratepayers in Enmore Ward asking the Council to kerb and gutter a lane at the end of Charles and Augustus streets and moved that it be received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Reports

Finance committee

Reported recommending estimate of probable expenditure for current year be as follows: viz

Pursuant to a resolution of Council 28th of February 1888 your committee have the honour to submit the probable amount that is to say thirteen thousand seven hundred and sixty two pounds Sterling (£13762) which will be required for the current municipal year in addition to any tolls rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this municipality and to any other probable income from fines voluntary contributions endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and repairing of any roads, bridges or any other Public Works within this municipality and any other expenses necessary to come into affect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.

Office expenditure £828. 0. 0
Miscellaneous expenditure £444. 0. 0
Street cleaning and removing house rubbish £800. 0. 0
Interest on Debentures £1675. 0. 0
Exchange & commision on ditto £15. 0. 0
Contract and wages
Camden Ward £1500. 0. 0
Enmore Ward £2500. 0. 0
Kingston Ward £1500. 0. 0
O’Connell Ward £2500. 0. 0
Total £13762. 0. 0

On a motion by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Nelson the foregoing report was received.

Specification committee reported having the specifications for the annual contracts and recommended Council to adopt them and call for tenders.

The report and the specifications were adopted on a motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Lane

The overseer reported upon the cost of draining Holdsworth Street from Wilson Street to the railway with 18 inch earthenware pipes 482 feet estimating it at £82.10.0. Also upon the cost of draining from Wilson Street along Burren Street and Railway Lane to subway in Holdsworth Street – Pines Estate – with 18 inch pipes 1360 feet which he estimated at £318. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

The surveyor also reported upon the subject of drainage as above which was also referred to the Works committee for further report.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the work in his department has been well done by the contractors.

A report was received from the valuers stating that they had made a valuation of all rateable property within the borough and their returns were duly prepared and laid on the table.

Motions pursuant to Notice

Moved by Alderman Smith “That the report of the Finance committee recommending an estimate of probable expenditure for the current municipal year be and the same is hereby adopted” seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Moved by Alderman Smith That the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole for the purpose of making an assessment upon all rateable property within this borough for the current municipal year” seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

On the Council resuming the Mayor reported “that in committee an assessment had been made upon all rateable property in Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards of the borough and recommended its adoption. Received.

The following motions were then moved by Alderman Smith

3. “that the assessment as made in committee be now adopted by the Council as the assessment for the current municipal year upon the rateable property in Camden Kingston, O’Connell and Enmore Wards in this borough under the be provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867” seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

4. “that a rate of one shilling in the £ be now levied for the current municipal year on the assessed value of all rateable property within the the borough under the provisions and for the purposes set forth in the Municipalities Act of 1867” seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

5. “that a special lighting rate of threepence in the £ be now levied for the current municipal year on the assessed value of rateable property within the borough for the purposes of lighting the streets of the borough with gas under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and the Amended Act of 1873 seconded by Alderman Nelson and carried.

6. “that the assessment now made and the rates of one shilling in the £ and threepence in the £ be fairly inscribed into the rate book as directed by the Municipalities Act of 1867 and the Mayor be authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto.”

7. “that the amounts in respect of such rates of one shilling in the £ and threepence in the £ already imposed shall be payable at the office of the Council clerk at the expiration of thirty days after notice of such rates has been served in each case, but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amounts together with all arrears (if any) shall be paid within the said thirty days after notice no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise shall be taken on behalf of the Council for the recovery of the remaining amounts until the thirtieth day of September next ensuing.

Motions 8 & 9 referring to the levying of a special rate for street watering purposes were postponed for one month by unanimous consent.

Moved by Alderman Nelson:

10. That reference be made to the lighting committee to erect additional lamps as follows – Phillip Street 1, Don Street 1, Metropolitan Road 2″ seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

12. Motions “Orders of the Day” were by unanimous consent postponed and made order of the day for this day month.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 22nd day of March 1888

(signed)R. T. Bellemey Mayor


Tuesday 27th March 1888.

The 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 Jolly and O’Connell Nelson Smith Dolman Lane Eggleton, Medway Neale and Whately and Peirce.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

From Marrickville Council respecting the erection of Lamps in Edgeware Road. Received and referred to the lighting committee.

From Mr D. Murphy surveyor offering the Council a plan of Newtown for £150. Referred to the special committee consisting of Aldermen Smith Dolman Medway Nelson and Whately.

Reports

Finance

The finance committee reported having passed accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1631.14.7 and recommending payment of £210.7.10 adopted on a motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman O’Connell

Motions pursuant to notice.

Numbers 1, 2 and 3 were postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting.

The Council then resolved into a committee of the whole for the purpose of opening tenders for the annual contracts.

In committee the tenders were opened and on the Council resuming the Mayor reported as follows recommending the acceptance of the following

Street cleaning and removing of house rubbish

Camden Ward, the tender of Thomas Lenton at £14 per month.

Enmore Ward tender of Michel Teahan at £19 per month.

Kingston Ward the tender of W. J. Halliday at £15.15.0 per month.

O’Connell Ward the tender of P. J.Mackin at £17 per month.

Printing

The tender of Messrs Preston and Ford.

Cartage

The tender of Messrs Maddigan at 10/6 per day.

Supply of ballast for Ferndale Street

The tender of Thomas Weeks at 4/- per load.

Removing night soil from earthpans

The tender of Andrew Beacom at 4d per pan per time.

Removing night soil from cesspits

The tender of W. Riley at 4d. per foot allowing a rebate to the Council of 1d. per foot.

Street watering

The tender of Thomas Lenton at 6d. per load.

Drain pipes

The tender of Richard Seale in accordance with the schedule of prices therein mention.

Asphalting

The tender of W. Lawler at 1st class – 1/10 per yard. 2nd class 1/4 per yard. 3rd class repairing at 3d per yard.

The report was adopted on a motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Jolly.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this – day of –

Kerbing and Guttering

The tender of George Knight and Charles Dempsey;

1st class, 10/3 per yard.
2nd class, 7/4 per yard.
3rd. class, 6/3 per yard.
4th class, 5/6 per yard.
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