Tuesday 5th June 1888
A meeting of Borough Council of Newtown was held on the above day at 7:30 PM.
Present – The Mayor (Mr R. T. Bellamy) and Aldermen Jolly, O’Connell, Nelson, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Eggleton, Whately, Medway and Neale.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
From Mr James Raymond asking for a lamp in Lands lane. Received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.
From the Patent Asphaltum Company stating that in future charge of asphaltum block crossings will be 15/- per yard. Received
From Municipal Association urging upon the Council to use its utmost endeavour in bringing pressure to bear upon the government to place a sum of money in the estimates as a special grant endowment for municipalities. Received.
From Mr D. Barnes agent for Col. Trust Company stating that he had a commission to lend money to municipalities in any sum from £5000 and upwards. Received.
From Petersham Council stating that it would repair the crossing at Stanmore Road and Liberty Street as required.
From Camperdown Council acquiescing in proposal to meet in conference upon the subject of a portion of the boundary between the two boroughs received and the Camperdown Council be informed that a meeting would be held on Friday next at the Town Hall Camperdown.
From the Board of Health calling attention to drain at the rear of Alice Street. Received
Alderman Smith presented a petition from ratepayers in Kingston Ward praying for the removal of the lamp in front of the Manse in Wellington Street to the corner of Lennox and Wellington Streets. Received and its consideration to be taken in connection with motions 13 and 14.
Alderman Medway the chairman of the Works committee brought up a report containing information directed from the representative of Messrs Goodsell Bros in reference to the proposal to lay the foot paths of the borough with tiles or DP bricks and keeping in good order for ten years. Received
Alderman Nelson presented a report from the lighting committee which was withdrawn from the last Council meeting and moved “that [it] be adopted” seconded by Alderman Eggleton. Objection was taken by Alderman Jolly that there were two items — viz the lamp in Pine Street and a terminal in Wilson Street in the report which had not being referred from the Council.
The Mayor sustained the objection and the items were struck out. On the motion for adoption being again submitted Alderman Smith moved that it be referred back to the committee to estimate the cost of the lamps and to furnish a statement of the amounts at credit in each Ward seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.
The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight and stated that the contractors for street cleaning etc and the night soil contractors were doing the work well. And that he had made an inspection of the butcher shops 27 in number and had found nothing that warranted him taking any action against them. Received. Alderman Jolly moved the adjournment of the Council seconded by Alderman Neale and negatived.
Motions pursuant to notice
Moved by Alderman Smith “that the motion standing in the business papers in his name as No 3 be struck out” seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith that the motion standing in his name in the business papers as No4 be struck out seconded by Alderman Eagleton and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith “that motion No 5 standing in his name be struck out” seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith “that motion No 6 standing in his name be struck out seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith “that motion No 7 standing in his name be struck out seconded by Alderman Nelson and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith “that motion No 8 standing in his name be struck out” seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.
9th moved by Alderman Smith “that the Specification Committee inspect the pound and reported next meeting of Council what repairs were necessary and the probable cost etc also prepare specification for carrying out the work” seconded by Alderman Eagleton and carried.
10th moved by Alderman Smith “that the land owned by the Council in Franceis Street be enclosed with a six-foot paling fence and pair of gates at a probable cost of £15”. Not seconded.
Moved by Alderman Smith that motion No 11 standing in his name be struck out seconded by Alderman Nelson and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith “that motion No 12 standing in his name be struck out” seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.
13 moved by Alderman Smith “that the lamp now standing in Wellington Street on the south side between Bedford and Lennox Streets be removed to the corner of the lane lower down at a cost of $1 seconded by Alderman O’Connell. Referred to the lighting committee for report.
14 moved by Alderman Smith “that a lamp with a reflector to be erected in Lands lane western side exactly opposite the centre of Brooks Lane at a cost of £5.10.0 per annum”. Not seconded
15 moved by Alderman Smith “that a lamp be erected south side of Lennox Street at its intersection of the western side of Wellington Street at a cost of £5.10.0 per annum” not seconded.
Moved by Alderman Nelson “that motion No 16 standing in his name be struck out” seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.
Moved by Alderman Nelson “that motion No 17 standing in his name be struck out”.
No 18 standing in the name of Alderman Whateley was struck out on account of the mover not being present at the time the motion was called in.
No 19 moved by Alderman Medway “that a lamp be erected northside of George Street opposite back entrance to St George Hall” seconded by Alderman Eggleton. Ruled out of order as no sum was stated.
20 standing in the name of Alderman Medway was withdrawn by consent.
Numbers 21, 22 and 23 standing in the name of Alderman Lane were struck out.
Numbers 24 and 25 in the name of Alderman O’Connell were struck out.
Alderman Jolly called attention to a very flimsy structure in Enmore Road. The Mayor said the Council had no control over buildings except encroachments.
Alderman Eggleton called attention to the state of the foot paths in King Street between Mary Street and Alice Street. The Mayor said he would have it repaired.
Alderman Eggleton asked the Mayor to get a lamp in Goodsell Street, the light of which was much obscured by a large telegraph post, moved to a more suitable place.
In reply to Alderman Dolman the Mayor said he would write to Tramway authorities and asked them to light a large lamp in Enmore Road which had been erected about four months ago but not lighted.
Alderman O’Connell referred to the apathy shown by the government in dealing with repeated applications from this Council to get a definite answer to wood blocking Cooks River Road and the Clerk was instructed to write to the Members for Newtown urging them to press the subject on the government before prorogation of Parliament.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 3rd day of July 1888
(signed) R.T. Bellemey Mayor.
Moved by the Mayor “that a sum of £25.6.11 be now voted to cover the cost of telephone at the Town Hall seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.
The Motion No 2 in the Mayor’s name referring to kerbing and guttering in Burren Street was struck out by consent.
Confirmed this 3rd day of July 1888
(signed) R. T. Bellemey Mayor
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