Tuesday 3rd July 1888

A 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, O’Connell, Nelsen, Smith, Dolman, Eggleton, Medway, Whately.

An apology was received for the absence of Alderman Neale.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

Letters were read from Messrs Abbott and Hawkens referring to their efforts to obtain information from the government relative to the wood blocking Cooks River and Enmore Roads. The letter from Mr Abbott contained an enclosure from the Premier (Sir Henry Parkes) dated 1st June 1888 to himself stating that “in any case the matter shall be decided”. Received. And after considerable discussion it was resolved that a deputation of the whole Council with the Members for Newtown wait upon the Premier upon the subject.

A circular letter was read from the “Carrington Centennial Hospital for Convalescents” secretaries asking for subscriptions towards it. Received and the Clerk was instructed to advertise in the daily papers etc. that subscriptions would be received at his office.

A circular and subscription list was also received from the Secretary to the Anti- Chinese League. Which was ordered to be laid on the counter in the Clerk’s office who was authorised to receive any subscriptions etc.

A letter was read from the Secretary to the Water and Sewerage Board threatening the Mayor with the penalty of £50 for refusing to allow a Mr Taylor to make copies of assessments etc. An opinion from the legal adviser to the Municipal Association was also read which supported and confirmed the action of the Mayor in the matter.

A letter was read from Camperdown Council covering a report of conference held between the councils of Camperdown and Newtown and upon a readjustment of the boundary between the two Boroughs in Biggs Estate. Received and its consideration made an order of the day for next meeting.

A letter was also received from the same Council recommending that efforts be made to get a clause inserted in the new Local Government Bill appointing an Inspector of Accounts. Received and to be complied with.

From Mr Thomas Phillips complaining of the state of a lane at the side of his residence “Pines Estate.” Received and referred to the overseer to be dealt with.

From Wm. Wiley contractor for removing night soil from cesspits asking to be allowed to transfer his contract with the Council to his son who had been managing it for some time past. Moved by Alderman Smith “that the request be acceded to provided all the stipulations and requirements in the specification and agreements be strictly adhered to. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

From F. Barden calling the Council’s attention to a dangerous open drain in the street leading from Enmore Road to Wilford Street. Received.

From Inspector Lenthal ( police) covering a printed report of the results of the local option vote since its inception to the last time of taking it. Received

From A Eggleton asking the Council to endorse his application to ply an omnibus from the Railway Bridge Illawarra Line to Circular Quay Sydney. Received and the request complied with.

From August Futterer (?) asking permission to run an omnibus along Newman Street from Union Street instead of Erskineville Road etc granted.

From Canvaser for Post Office Directory asking the Council to purchase a copy of it when published. Received and to be complied with.

From E Price complaining of the state of the footpath in King streets Enmore Ward opposite his shop. Received and referred to overseer to repair.

Petitions

A petition was presented from a number of residents in Newman Street asking the Council to cause a nuisance arising from smoke, sparks and soot etc. emited from the foundry of Messrs Howarth & son. Received and the petitioners to be informed that the Council has no power to interfere in the matter.

Reports

Finance

A report was presented from the finance committee showing accounts paid under the votes of appropriation amounting to £837.7.8 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £36.15.10 adopted on a motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

Works

A report was presented from the Works committee recommending the passing and final payment for asphalting in Pearl Street. That the application of the Marrickville Council for £12.15.O towards the expense of cleaning out an open drain in the the vicinity of Edgeware Road be acceded to. That the proposal of the Marrickville Council to expend jointly the sum of £200 in the repair of Edgeware Road be not now acceeded to as the proposed method of dealing with does not meet the approval of your committee. Adopted on a motion of Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Dolman.

Lighting

A report was presented from the Lighting committee recommending additional lamps as follows:- viz Enmore Ward 4 Camden Ward 4, O’Connell Ward 3, Kingston Ward 1. Also statement of estimated receipts and present liability to Gas Company as follows: –

Camden Ward
Estimated Receipts £326. 0 0
Present liability £302. 0 0
Balance £ 23. 0 0
Enmore Ward
Estimated Receipts £584.16. 2
Present liability to Gas Co. £385. 0 0
Balance £199.16.2
Kingston Ward
Estimated Receipts £261.11. 4
Present liability to Gas Co. £253. 0. 0
Balance £8. 11. 4
O’Connell Ward
Estimated receipts £530. 9. 2
Present liability to Gas Co. £390. 10.0
Balance £139. 19. 2

Adopted on a motion of Alderman Nelson seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.

Borough Treasurer

Reported having received and paid to Council’s credit the sum of £1209.3.7 that cheques had been issued amounting to £812.0. 9 that the overdraft at the Bank was £1475.0.10 with an outstanding cheque of £359.2.9. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the month and that the contractors under his control were doing their work very well and that the sanitary condition of the borough was good. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice

There were 23 motions on the business paper of which notice had been given. Alderman Smith moved that with the exception of Nos. 15 and 16 standing in the name of Alderman Jolly be postponed and placed on the business paper for next meeting in the same order in which they now stand seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Alderman Jolly then moved No.15 “that the Water Supply and Sewerage Board be furnished with a list of streets in which water was not laid” seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Jolly moved No.16 “that in the opinion of the Council it is necessary that steps be at once taken to urge upon the government the necessity of passing a short act to enable municipal councils to make by-laws to regulate the erection of buildings within the respective boundaries and a sub-committee be now appointed to furnish the government with the necessary information to enable it to prepare that said act. Such committee consist of the Mayor, Aldermen Smith, Medway, Whately, Nelson and the mover” seconded by Alderman Nelson and carried.

Miscellaneous business

Moved by Alderman Dolman “that this Council in the absence of professional assistance does not feel itself competent to pass an opinion upon the scheme of sewerage for the western suburbs as proposed by Mr G. H. Clayton but is willing to accept any plan having the support of the government and that this resolution be forwarded to the Hon. the Minister for Public Works” seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Smith invited the attention of the Council to the fact that the police had vacated the old watch house premises on the railway bridge and proposed that the Council should take immediate steps to secure it in some way for the benefit of the general public and suggested that the Colonial Secretary be written to asking him to cause a branch of the public library and a branch of the Technical College be established on the site and failing either of these it be sold by public auction and the proceeds devoted towards the expense of blocking the Cooks River Road. Alderman Whateley suggested that the Colonial Secretary be asked to purchase all that piece of land at the back of the watch house about 3 1/2 acres and where the watch house now stands would make an entrance for a public park. It was ultimately decided to form a deputation to the Colonial Secretary as soon as possible and lay the subject before him in its various phases.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 17th day of July 1888

(signed) T. Bellemey Mayor


Tuesday 17th July 1888

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

From Mr T. Bennett asking the Council to contribute £1 per annum to new periodical to be published weekly called the Builder and Engineer. Received and to stand over to next meeting.

From Marrickville Council asking the Mayor to join a deputation to the Minister of Works re the drainage of the eastern part of the of their Borough also wishing to know how many houses in Newtown drained into their borough. Received and to be complied with as far as a deputation is concerned.

From the Department of Public Works re the question of sewerage for the western suburbs asking the Council to strengthen his hands by its support when proposing the Works in Parliament and to express its willingness to bear the burden of taxation which must inevitably follow the carrying out of the scheme.

Moved by Alderman Smith That this Council will be prepared to undertake the management and administration of the sewerage within its own boundaries and pay the interest on the borrowed capital and collect the rates there for, provided the Council be invested with the necessary powers” seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Reports

Finance

A report was brought up from the finance committee showing accounts paid under the votes of appropriation amounting to £1061.16.7 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £83.3.2. Received and adopted on a motion by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith.

Water committee

A report was brought up by the water committee recommending that one of the water cart be repaired at an estimated cost of £6. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Dolman seconded by Alderman Medway.

Borough Treasurer reported that £8191.10 had been received during the last four weeks £745.11.5 had been paid into the bank £73.10.5 in hand. That cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £1061.16.7 the overdraft at the bank at date was £2,130.8.9 and outstanding cheques £20. Received.

The Inspector of nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past fortnight. Received

Motions pursuant to Notice

There were 26 notices of motion on the business paper and one “order of the day”. Aldermen Smith moved that the motions etc. be postponed to next ordinary meeting of Council. Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Miscellaneous business

Aldermen Smith wished to call the Mayor’s attention to the necessity of getting Holdsworth Street filled up with street sweepings and to give instructions that the debris should be kept well covered with good earth.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 31st day of July 1888.

(Signed) R. T. Bellemey Mayor.


Tuesday 31st of July 1888

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

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Jolly, O’Connell, Nelson, Smith, Dolman, Eggleton, Neale, Whately. Apologies were received for the absence of Aldermen Peirce, Lane and Medway.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

From the Department of Public Works covering a Lithograph plan of the proposed system of sewerage for the western suburbs. Received

From Mr Stevenson asking to have the footpath asphalted in front of his house Simmons Street he offered to pay the usual contribution. Received and to be complied with.

From Mr Alfred Cooper asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of his premises at the corner of Wilson and Randle Streets and offering to pay the usual contribution towards the cost of the work. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

From Mr Robert Mercer stating that he was about to build on an allotment of land in Augustus Street through which the Council had a drain pipe running and asking the Council to [take] such steps and might be necessary to protect it from injury. Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with.

From Mrs M. Carroll asking for reply to her of former application for compensation for alleged use of vacant land in Cavendish Street to break metal on. Received and referred to the finance committee for consideration and report.

From Mr T. E. Bennett offering to supply the reading room with a copy of the Building and Engineering Journal — a weekly publication for the sum of £1 per annum. Received and authority given to procure the journal.

From Macdonaldtown Council stating that it was desirous of forming a deputation to the Minister for Works respecting the drainage flowing into Macdonaldtown and asking that representatives be appointed from the Council to co-operate. Received and the Mayor with Aldermen Whateley, Jolly and Nelson were appointed.

From the managing Trustees of the Kettle estate covering an lithograph plan of subdivision and formal dedication of streets and lanes and asking Council to accept the same. Received and it was resolved to accept the dedication of all streets and lanes that were in accordance with what is known as Reid’s Act defining the width of streets and lanes etc.

From Fire Brigades Board asking if the Council had any amendments to propose to the Amending Bill to be laid before Parliament next session. Received and referred to a special committee appointed sometime ago to consider the subject.

From the Secretary to the Municipal Association stating that the new session will be held next September and asking the Council to forward any questions that it may have at an early date also to appoint representatives and send annual contribution of £5.5.0. Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed.

From Mr August Fitterer[?] asking to be allowed to change his line of road from Erskineville Road to Newman street. Received the request was not exceeding to.

From Messrs Thurgood and Tomlinson asking permission to put on two more omnibuses on the road from Union Street to Wynyard Square via Newman Street received and the request was acceded to.

From Mr Gadsby asking to be allowed to take about 40 loads of earth from the streets in Holmwood estate. Not exceeding to.

Motions pursuant to notice

Aldermen Smith moved

1st that the following Street crossings be laid with the New South Wales patent asphalt Company’s blocks viz: Church Street 39 yards: Horden streets 32 yards: Egan Street 32 yards: O’Connell Street 39 yards: Horden street Stephen Street 23 yards and Missenden Road 35 yards at a cost of 15/- per yard “seconded by Alderman O’Connell and lost.

Alderman Smith called for a division which resulted as follows – Ayes Alderman Smith Noes Aldermen Jolly, O’Connell, Nelson, Dolman, Eggleton, Neale, Whately.

2nd That Campbell Lane R.W. north side be guttered from new gutter to Oxford Street at a cost of £6.” Seconded by the Mayor and carried.

3rd “that the crossing at the junction of Lands Lane and Oxford Street be relaid with new stones at a cost of £10.” Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

4th “that the south side of King Street from Bligh Street to Australia Street and thence along the east side of Australia Street to the Police Court be repaired and painted as per specification No 3 at a cost of 3d per yard” seconded by Alderman Whately and withdrawn by consent.

5th “that 12 inch pipes be laid from Belmore lane across Lands Lane and through Mr O’Regan’s property tp Bishopsgate Street at a cost of £10” withdrawn by consent.

6 “that Wellington Street from Lennox Street to Bedford Street be metalled with whites metal at a cost of £74.” Seconded by Alderman Jolly and lost.

7 “that the land owned by this Council in Francis Street be enclosured with a 6 foot paling fence and pair of gates at a probable cost of £15.”

8 “That notice of [motion] under the fencing act be given to the adjoining owners of the land in Thomas Street.

9th “that tenders be called for the fencing of the said land at – per rod. Tenders to be opened at next meeting of Council.” were all referred to the Works committee for report.

11th That a lamp be erected on the south side of Lennox Street and its intersection with the western side of Wellington Street at a cost of £5.10.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

10 “that a lamp with reflector be erected in Lands Lane western side exactly opposite Brooks lanes at a cost of £5.10.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

12 By Alderman Medway in his absence “that a sum of £38 be now voted to lay with 3rd class the east side of Hawken Street 121 yards.” Was postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting.

Aldermen O’Connell to move

13 “that Edgeware Road be ballasted and metalled between Alice and Laura Streets 20 feet wide cost not to city £187 and the cooporation of Marrickville Council be asked and any money contributed by private persons towards the expense be equally divided between each Council.” Seconded by the Mayor and referred to the Works committee.

14 “that a sum of £62 be now voted to lay first class kerbing and guttering in Edgeware Road from Alice Street to Laura Street.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and referred to the Works committee for report.

Aldermen Dolman moved

15 That a sum of £25 be now voted to repair with Asphalt the asphalted foot paths in Enmore Road from Sinclairs’ corner to London Street.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

16 “That Gladstone Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £180.” Seconded by Alderman Nelson and withdrawn as the Alderman was desirous of presenting this in another form at next meeting.

Alderman Whateley moved

17 “that a sum of £280 be now voted to lay an 18 inch pipe drain along Burren Street and Railway Lane in accordance with Works committee’s report adopted 24th of April 1888.” Seconded by the Mayor and carried.

Aldermen Nelson moved

18 “that a pipe drain now terminating in Mr Savage’s yard in Gladtone Street be continued through to Mr Selwyn Smith’s property in Trafalgar Street at a cost of £60.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried on condition that Mr Smith pays half the cost through his own land.

19 “That drain pipes be laid down from Margaret Street along Ferndale Street and connecting with the under drain in Camden Street at a cost of £121 as recommended by the overseer. Seconded via Alderman Neale and carried.

20 “That the lamp now standing on the corner of London Street and Enmore Road be moved to the opposite side at a cost of £1

21 “That a lamp be erected in Edgeware Road about midway between the two already erected at an an annual cost of £5.10.0” seconded via Alderman Neale and carried.

22 “That a lamp be erected in the middle of Kent Street at an annual cost of £5.10.0” seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

The Mayor moved

23 “That kerbing and guttering be laid in Burren Street west side from the present kerbing and guttering to Wilson Street a distance of 76 yards at a cost not to exceeding £39”. Seconded by Alderman Whateley and carried.

Aldermen Lane to move but in his absence moved by Alderman Whately

24 That a sum of £20 be now voted to lay 91 feet of bluestone kerbing in front of Mr Goodwin’s and Mrs James’ new buildings in King Street seconded by the Mayor and carried.

25 “That a lamp be put up in the lower end of Pine Street at an annual cost of £5.10.0” seconded by the Mayor and carried.

26 “That a lamp be put up on the corner of Wilson Street and Burren Street at an annual cost of £5.10.0” seconded by the Mayor and carried.

27 “That a lamp in Wilson Street a little North East of Burren Street be moved opposite the centre of Pine Street at a cost of £1.” Seconded by the Mayor and carried.

Aldermen Jolly moved

28 “That the two lanes at the back of Mr Vaile’s house in Bedford Street be metalled with white metal at a cost not exceeding £40” seconded via Alderman Smith and carried.

29 That the asphalted footpaths in Bedford Street from Town Hall to Regent Street be repaired at a cost of £2.5.0 seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Orders of the Day

Consideration of report from Camperdown Council re boundary question postponed from last meeting. Moved by Alderman Smith “that the report and proposals of the Camperdown Council as agreed to at a conference between representatives of each Council and submitted to this and acknowledged on the 3rd July instant be and the same is now adopted” seconded by the Mayor and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose confirmed this 14th day of August 1888

(Signed) R. T. Bellamey

Mayor


 

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