Tuesday 14 August 1888.

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

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

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

An apology was received from Alderman Medway who had written to say that he was unable to attend through indisposition and asking that Alderman Jolly be allowed to move the resolution standing in his name. Acceded to.

Correspondence

1st from Messrs Dempsey and Knight asking the Council to relieve them of the contract for kerbing and guttering. Received and acceded to. Fresh tenders to be invited for next meeting of Council.

2nd From the Borough of Burwood asking the Council to give an expression of opinion as to the propriety of urging that the water supply be charged for by metre in all cases. It was resolved that the Council declines to recommend that water be charged for by metre in all cases.

3 From the Holt Sutherland estate stating that the government had been allowed to enter upon the land at “Waltersfield” to make improvements for sanitary purposes and asking if it would interfere with the Council’s salt water supply. Received and as the supply had been interrupted with, the company be informed that the Council wished the lease cancelled.

From Messrs Nicholls and Kerr asking the Council to repair the kerbing and guttering and asphalting in King Street, Bucknell Street and Yaralla Street on the usual terms. Received and the work agreed to.

From the Secretary to the City Railway League asking for the cooperation of the Council in a Deputation to the premier to urge upon him the necessity of carrying the railway to the deep waters of Port Jackson. Received and the Mayor was appointed to co-operate on behalf of this Council.

Borough of Camperdown stating that the Council has not yet adopted the records of the conference upon the subject of the proposed alterations of the boundary Mr Briggs subdivision. Received

From Mr H. Selwyn Smith’s stating that he considers it was the duty of the Council to make provision to carry off the stormwater from his property in Trafalgar Street. Received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee to find out if any nuisances existed in the watercourse and Mr Smith to be informed that at greater expense the filthy drainage consisting of house slops etc. had been diverted from the watercourse and that it was incumbent on him to make provision for the stormwater as it was its natural course.

From Mr D. Murphy, Council’s Surveyor asking for a sum of £75 on account of his plan which the Council purchased for £150. Received and Alderman Neale intimating that he would give notice of a motion for next meeting to vote the money.

Reports

Finance

A report was brought up from the finance committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £372.14.6 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £409.12.2 which was adopted on the motion by Alderman Peirce seconded by the Mayor.

Works

A report was brought up from the Works committee recommending that Mr Cooper’s application for kerbing and guttering in Wilson and Randle Street be acceded to on the usual terms. In connection with this it was also recommended to turn down the old kerbing in Wilson Street so as to keep the cubes in their place etc.

That the motion to kerb and gutter in Edgeware Road from Alice Street be carried out in front of the new houses there provided the usual contribution be made by the owners of the properties.

The committee made no recommendation in reference to the fencing on the land in Francis Street and the ballasting and metalling of a portion of Edgeware Road.

Borough Treasurer

A report was received from the Borough Treasurer stating he had received during the past month £777.19.2 which together with 73.10.5 cash in hand had been placed to the Council’s credit in the bank. That cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £372.14.6 and balance due to the bank at date was £1671.13.8. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice

The Mayor moved

1st That Burren Street be ballasted and metalled with blue metal at a cost of £335 and authority be given to the overseer to close the said street during the performance of the work” seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

Alderman Nelson moved

2nd “That a sum of £95 be now voted to kerb and gutter south side of Metropolitan Road from the Tabernacle to Sarah Street”. Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried

3rd.That a sum of £420 be now voted to ballast and metal with blue metal 20 feet wide the centre of the roadway in Edgeware Road, Enmore Ward from Enmore Road to Sarah Street seconded by Alderman Neale. At the suggestion of Alderman Smith the Council consented to the motion being amended by leaving out the metal and ballasting the whole roadway the motion was then agreed to.

4th That the Mayor be hereby authorised to order from the Australian Gas Light Company the additional lamps and the removals recommended by the lighting committee adopted 3rd July last at the annual cost of £5.10.0 each.

Aldermen Dolman moved

5 “That a sum of £180 be now voted to ballast and metal with blue metal Gladstone Street from Phillip Street to London Street” seconded by Alderman Neale and carried

Alderman Eggleton moved

6 “That 1600 yards (super) of 1st class asphalting be laid on the footpath west side of King Street from Alice Street to Lord Street at a cost of £110.” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

7 “That the crossing at the intersection of Holmwood and Dickson Streets be laid with tarred metal 3 coats 4 inches thick in all when rolled at a cost of £16.10.0 .” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell. At the suggestion of Alderman Smith the Council decided to refer the matter to the overseer for report as to the cost of laying these crossings with bluestone cubes.

Alderman O’Connell moved

8th That Maria Street be ballasted and metalled blue metal from Mr Moon’s houses to Edgeware Road at a cost of £178.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

9 “That the northside of Lord Street be kerbed and guttered about 60 yards at a cost of £22.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.

Alderman Smith moved

10 “That Lennox Street be metalled with white metal from Regent Street to Oxford Street at a cost of £80.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Orders of the Day

Aldermen Jolly moved for Aldermen Medway

“That a sum of £38 be now voted to lay with 3rd. class kerbing and guttering the east side of Hawken Street 121 yards.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Miscellaneous business

Alderman Eggleton moved that in the opinion of the Council the site recommended by the Council (the property of the late Mr Donoghue) for a public park, and which is now under the consideration of the government is unsuitable for that purpose and that two other sites be submitted for preference viz. block of land adjoining the public school Camdenville also block of land between Australian Street and Church Street.

The Mayor ruled that as this motion was one that would involve considerable discussion it would be necessary to give notice on it in the usual way.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 28th day of August 1888

(Signed) R.T. Bellamy

Mayor


Tuesday 28 August 1888.

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuanat to notice on the about day at 7:30 PM.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, O’Connell, Nelsen, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Eggleton, Neale and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

1st From Mrs Carroll asking for £20 as compensation for alleged use of piece of vacant land in Cavendish Street to break metal on. Received and referred to the finance committee for report.

2nd from Mr Croft in Norfolk Street complaining of the Council’s action in depositing a quantity of rubbish in Gibbes Street and stating that will shortly knock down his fence and spoil his garden. Received and orders to be given that no more rubbish be placed there.

3 From the Secretary to the Enmore Progress Association asking the Council to provide suitable and clean crossings in and abbuting Enmore Road. Received and the Association to be informed that the Council will take the proposal into consideration with a view to some plan being adopted.

4 The Mayor laid upon the table a bronze medal which had been struck by the government to mark the centenary of the colony and had been sent to him addressed to the borough of Newtown. Resolved that it be received and deposited with the records of the Council.

5 A communication received from the master of the public school at Stanmore inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to some tree planting at the school grounds on the first proximo. Received

Reports

The Inspector of nuisances reported that the contractors for the scavenging had been doing their work well. A complaint had been made against the contractor for the night pans but which had been adjusted. And referred to a closet on Mrs Agar’s premises in King Street which he deemed to be a nuisance and asking that the Nuisances Prevention Act committee inspect with a view to its condemnation.

Motions pursuant to notice.

Aldermen Neale moved

1st “that a sum of £150 be now voted for the purchase of map of the borough as recommended by a special committee and adopted by this Council 22nd May 1888.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Alderman Lane moved

2nd “That the footpath in Erskineville Road from Hamblin’s to Linthorpe Street 132 yards be asphalted at a cost of £9.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

3rd “That the footpath in Linthorpe Street from Erskineville Road to lane, 64 yards, be asphalted at a cost of £4.15.0” seconded by Alderman Whately and carried

4 “That the street off King Street known as Short Street be now named Whately Street” seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Alderman Dolman moved

5th “That kerbing and guttering in Margaret Street be continued to its junction with College Street at a cost of £14 .” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

6th “That the footpath on the east side of London Street from Enmore Road to Liberty Street 660 yards be asphalted at a cost of £44” seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

7th “That the crossing at the top of Cambridge Street and its junction with Enmore Road be laid with blue metal cubes at a cost of £29.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Alderman Jolly moved

8th “That the footpath on the south side of Australia Street from Lennox Street to Bishopgate Street 700 yards be ashalted at a cost of £29.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Alderman Nelsen moved

9th That a lamp be erected on the south side of Ferndale Street opposite Kent Street at the annual cost of £5.10.0″ seconded by Alderman Neale and referred to the lighting committee for report.

10th That the Works committee report to the Council at its next meeting of probable cost of a system of underground drainage for Wilford Street and its vicinity.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

11th “That a sum of £35 be now voted to lay down in Gladstone Street 30 yards 24 inch pipes in order that that dangerous dyke be filled up.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and referred to the Works committee for report.

Alderman Eggleton to move

12 “That a sum of £40 be now voted to lay with blue metal cubes the crossings at the intersection of King and Dickson streets.” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

13th That a sum of £40 be now voted to lay with blue metal cubes the crossing at the intersection of King and Holmwood streets seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

14th “That it is the opinion of this Council that the proposed site for a park for Newtown and now under the consideration of the government is unsuitable and inadequate for the wants and requirements of Newtown and the following site should be submitted in its stead viz block of land adjoining public school Camdenville also block of land lying between Church and Australian Street.” Not seconded.

15 That the footpath in King Street between Maria and Lord Street be tar paved where required at the probable cost of £50 seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

16 “That a sum of £40 be now voted to lay with blue metal cubes the crossings at the intersection of King and Goodsell streets seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Alderman O’Connell moved

17th That a letter be sent to Marrickville Council asking their cooperation and support towards ballasting and metalling of that portion of the Edgeware Road lying between Alice and Wells streets in accordance with report of our Works committee seconded by Alderman Eggleton and lost.

18th That in the opinion of this Council the borough of Newtown should be placed on an equality with other favoured municipalities in the matter of tram fares and a deputation consisting of the Mayor, Aldermen Smith, Dolman and O’Connell wait upon the Minister with a view of getting him to alter the stations and reduce the rates now charged to the travelling public.” Seconded by the Mayor and carried.

Moved by the Mayor “that the Council does now resolve itself into a committee of the whole for the purpose of receiving a statement from himself relative to be case Mayne vs. Borough of Newtown which was heard at the Supreme Court on the 20th instant and to open tenders for kerbing and guttering for the remainder of the current year.

In committee the Mayor stated the case in its legal aspect as advised by Counsel and tenders were opened.

On the Council resuming the Mayor reported recommending the Council to adopt the advice of Counsel and authorise the application for a rule nisi to set aside the verdict and that the tender of Messrs Joseph Duggan and James Brown be accepted for kerbing and guttering for the remainder of the contract year at the following rates 1st class 8/8 per yard second class 7/2 per yard 3rd class 5/7 per yard fourth class 5/3 per yard.

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

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 11th day of September 1888.

Signed Chas Whately chairman


 

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