Tuesday 11th of September 1888.

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

Present Aldermen Jolly, Nelsen, Smith, Dolman, Eggleton, Medway, Neale and Whately.

In the absence of the Mayor whose private affairs prevented him from attending Alderman Whately was voted to the chair.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

From the Secretaries of a “Land National Association of New South Wales” having for its object the transference of municipal taxation from property as at present to land values and asking the Council to favourably consider any suggestions and to support it through its representatives at the next municipal conference. Resolved that the letter be received and the support of the Council be given as desired.

From the manager of the Holt Sutherland Estate Company stating that the Directors, at the desire of the Council, will treat the lease of the land at Wattersfield as cancelled from 1st July last. Received and the letter to be acknowledged.

From Mr Pettigrew manager of the Australian Joint Stock Bank Enmore stating that if the Council will securely underpin the stones under the verandah pillars in Metropolitan Road he will guarantee payment of the expense. Received and the writer be informed that the Council cannot incur the responsibility of private Works and that it must be done either by the occupant or owner.

From the Borough Council of Petersham asking this Council to pay half the cost of erecting a culvert in Railway Avenue (West Kingston estate) adjoining the Borough boundary. Received and writer to be informed that the site of the proposed culvert is entirely beyond the boundary of this Borough.

From the Department of Lands covering a tracing showing that Metropolitan and Edgeware Roads were now in possession of the Council the same being aligned and formed. Received.

From Olefiant Gas Company proposing to establish a new kind of gas. Received and referred to the lighting committee for report.

From Municipal Association covering copy of business paper for next meeting ‘s conference etc. Received.

From Mr H. Selwyn Smith stating that if the Council continue the pipe drain and make it effective through his land in Trafalgar Street he will give £30 towards the expense. Received and the offer to be acknowledged and accepted.

Reports

Finance

A report was presented from the finance committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £486.4.6 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £24.4.7 recommending also that Mrs Carroll be offered £5 as compensation for her claim for reputed occupancy of a piece of land in Cavendish Street for breaking metal thereon provided she pays all rates due upon it. Adopted on a motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Nelsen.

Works

Report was presented from the Works committee recommending the laying of 30 yards of 2 feet pipe in Gladstone Street at a cost of £35.

In reference to the draining of Wilford Street suggesting to continue pipe drain along Gladstone Street to Frederick Street to take drainage and stormwater from Wilford Street passing through the properties of Messrs Foster and Whately and that the Council’s surveyor take the necessary levels and make a plan and estimate of the probable expense.

Also recommending that the asphalting done in Wellington, Angel, Highlands Streets, Edgeware Road, Enmore Road and Simmons and Trafalgar Streets be passed and final payment made. Also that the patching in Lennox Street be dug up and tarred over afresh. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Jolly.

Lighting

Report was brought up from the lighting committee recommending the erection of a lamp in Ferndale Street opposite King Street. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Nelsen seconded by Alderman Eggleton.

N.P.A.

A report was received from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee recommending that it cesspit and closet on premises occupied by Mrs Hagan 469 King Street, Camden Ward be adjudged a nuisance, injurious to health in accordance with 13 clause of the N.P.A Act 30th Victoria No.14 and that the proper legal notice be sent to the owner and occupier for its removal to a more suitable place.

Also recommending the Council to adhere to its former proposal to Mr H. Selwyn Smith that it would lay the pipe drain through his land in Trafalgar Street provided he would pay half the expense. Adopted on a motion of Alderman Dolman seconded by Alderman Jolly.

Borough Treasurer

A report was received from the Borough Treasurer stating that during the past four weeks he had received and deposited in the bank including £1709.17.4 government endowment a sum of £1975.12.5 having £23.6.6 in hand: that cheques had been issued amounting to £486.4.6 and the balance due to the bank at date £182.5.9.

The Inspector of Nuisances

A report was presented from the Inspector of Nuisances stating that the scavengers and nightsoil contractors were doing their work very well and calling the Council’s attention to a nuisance off Alice Street and asking advice how to proceed etc. The report was received and the part referring to Alice Street nuisance was referred to the N.P. Act committee for report.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 25th day of December 1888

(Signed) Chas Whately chairman


Tuesday 25th September 1888.

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

Present Aldermen O’Connell, Nelsen, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, Neale and Whately.

In the absence of the Mayor, who instructed the Council clerk to apologise for his absence as he was unable to attend, Alderman Whately was voted to the chair.

Alderman Neale apologise for the absence of Alderman Jolly who was too unwell to attend.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence

From Messrs Pollock Bros, Builders for Mrs Jones, asking the Council’s permission to lay a drain 3 inch pipe from her cellar at the corner of John and Maria Streets along John Street to Lord Street. Received and permission to be given provided the pipes are 6 inches in diameter and the work is done under the supervision of the council’s overseer and that no filth be allowed to pass through the drain.

From Mr J. Weeks Undertaker asking the Council to raise the kerbing and asphalt the footpath in lane at the back of his property in King Street also to be allowed to construct a footbridge 14 feet above the roadway of the said Lane to connect his two properties together. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

From Mrs Carroll stating that she will not take less than £18 for the use of her ground in Cavendish Street for breaking metal on. Received and referred to the finance committee for report.

From the Surveyor General’s office stating that the present practice with regard to alignments is for councils to pay half the cost of the surveys and provide and fix the necessary alignment posts and the government surveyors to do the work.

From the Department of Public Works covering copy of a report from one of its officers relative to the disposal of drainage through Macdonaldtown and Alexandria etc. Received and its consideration postponed for three months.

A printed circular from the Manager of Hookers Patent Incandescent Light. Received and referred to the lighting committee for report.

Reports

From the Council’s Surveyor accompanying a plan and section of levels of proposed drainage of stormwaters along Gladstone Street and the drainage of Wilford Street. Also suggesting a deviation of a portion of the waters by way of Bedford Street from the railway station to Peirce Street. Received and its consideration postponed to next ordinary meeting. In the meantime the surveyor to prepare a section and estimate the cost of the draining along Bedford Street.

The overseer reported in reference to the painting etc of the asphalted footpaths and calling attention to the state of the culvert across Camden Street. Referred to the Works committee for its consideration and report

From Mr A. Shaw solicitor asking for a cheque to pay the verdict in the case of Mayne vs. Borough of Newtown £250 and costs £152.5.3. Received and referred to the finance committee for report.

Motions Pursuant to notice

Alderman Nelsen moved

1st “That a sum of £35 be now voted to lay down 30 yards of 24 inch pipes in Gladstone Street as recommended by the Works committee” seconded by Alderman Neale. It was agreed to allow this motion to stand over to next meeting pending a further report from the surveyor.

2nd “That 20 yards of 24 inch pipe be laid in Trafalgar Street to receive the stormwater from Mr H. Selwyn Smith’s property at a cost of £24” seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

3rd “That a lamp be erected in Ferndale Street south side opposite King Street at an annual cost of £5.10.0 as recommended by the lighting committee.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

4th That the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee report to this Council at the next meeting upon the best means of securing all dry earth closets back doors in a uniform manner. Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

5th That a sum of £180 be now voted for asphalting the footpaths in Edgeware Road from Enmore Road to Sarah Street. ” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

Aldermen Medway moved

6th “That a sum of £6 be now voted for repair to the water cart as recommended by the water committee 13th July 1888.” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

7th “That a sum of £12.15.0 be now voted as this Council’s contribution to Marrickville Council towards the expense of cleaning an open drain as recommended by the finance committee 16 July 1888.” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

8th “That a sum of £185 be now voted to repair Alice Street from Pearl Street to Edgeware Road as follows from Pearl Street to Hawken Street to be remetalled with white metal 20 feet wide in the centre of the Road the remainder to be repaired where necessary.” Seconded by Alderman Neale. Alderman Smith suggested that the motion be amended by inserting the words “blue” instead of “white” which was unanimously agreed to and the resolution was carried.

Alderman Eggleton moved

9th That a sum of £185 be now voted to form and ballast Angel Street from Newman Street to Munni Street” seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

Miscellaneous business

Alderman Smith called attention to the fact that a stone wall containing a large quantity of useful stone in Camden Street bounding Camden College estate was advertised for sale by tender and he thought that a favourable opportunity was presented for the Council to obtain the stone at a cheap rate. It was agreed that the Works committee and the Council clerk should meet on the following morning and prepare and send in a tender for it.

Alderman Nelsen desired to bring under the notice of the Council that it was daily becoming more apparent that a Building Act was essentially necessary for Newtown. It was decided that a special committee appointed sometime ago be asked to consider the matter and report about it.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 9th day of October 1888

(Signed) R. T. Bellamy Mayor


 

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