Wednesday 2nd January 1889.

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at 7.30.

Present: Aldermen Whately, Neale, Medway, Smith, O’Connell, Jolly, Eggleton, Tye and Peirce. Aldermen Whately was voted to the chair.
An apology was received from Alderman Dolman who was unable to attend.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:
1st. From Mr Tangye solicitor asking for £150 as compensation for damage done to Mrs Catherine Lee’s property in Gladstone Street. Received and to be discussed at a later period of the evening.
2nd. From Mr John Kingsbury asking the Council to erect a lamp in the lane at the back of his property in King Street. Received and referred to the lighting committee.
3rd. From Mr Crawford Easdale asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering in front of four new houses in Augustus Street. Received on condition that the writer pays one-third of the cost.
4th. From Mr D. Hansell Asphalting Contractor asking for an extra one penny per yard on his contract. Received and the application not granted.
5th. From the Water Supply and Sewerage Department stating that the water taken from the stand pipe in Bedford Street for street watering purposes will not be charged to this Council. Received and to be acknowledged.
6th. from the Water Supply and Sewerage Department stating that the board would alter the pipe drain in Camden Street provided the Council pays the cost of same. Received and the Board to be informed that the Council have no funds available for such Works.
7th. From Board of Health asking to be furnished with the report of the proceedings, under the Act during the past 12 months. Received.
8th. From the Borough of Macdonaldtown calling attention to the pipe crossing at the intersection of Knight Street and Cook’s River Road. Received and referred to the Works committee.
9th. From Mr D.Donovan asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in front of property in Harrow Road. Received and the work to be carried out.
10th. From Mutual Provident Land Investing and Building Society Ltd dedicating to the Borough that part of Station Street in this Borough. Received.
11th. From Fire Brigades Board stating that the first quarter’s contribution namely £29.10.1 was due this month.
12th. From Richard T. Bellemey Mayor of the Borough tending resignation to that office. Received

Reports:
Finance:
A report was presented from the finance committee showing accounts paid under Votes of Appropriation amounting to £1587.11.8 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £106.11.11 which was adopted on a motion by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Neale.
A report was presented from the Works committee recommending:
1st. That the asphalting in London Street, Metropolitan and Enmore Roads, Enmore Road, King Street also patching in front of Bank of Australasia and in Bucknell Street be passed and final payment made.
2nd. That the open crossing laid at junction of Edgeware Road and Laura Street be passed.
3rd. That the culvert in Camden Street be passed.
4th. That kerbing and guttering in Metropolitan Road is unfinished but your committee wish to call attention to the fact that the work is not being well performed in many instances the joints are too loosely made in the guttering especially is [this] noticeable in the outer course, we have been informed that the overseer has repeatedly found fault with the joints but without any effect the top line of the kerbing is not what it ought to be and may be much made better, your committee recommend that the contractors be informed that the work will not be passed until these defects are remedied.
5th. Referring to Alderman Neale’s motion to asphalt the footpaths Enmore Road your committee have made a careful examination and measurement and report that on the south side there are 1428 yards required to be new this at 1/9 per yard £124.19.0 on the north side 1193 yards required new at 1/9 per yard £104.1.9. 318 yards of top dressing at 8d. £10.12.0 total £239.19.9. 300 yards of this is in front of vacant land and which if deducted viz. £26.5.0. will make the total cost £214.14.9 against £250 proposed to be voted by the motion. On the motion of Alderman Medway and seconded by Alderman Whateley the report was adopted.

2. Works:
Having viewed the place at the corner of London and Liberty Streets and heard Mr Rigg’s explanation of the way the stormwater broke through his property in Gladstone Street etc your committee recommend that a dwarf wall be built on the building line of a piece of unoccupied land lying between Mr Rigg’s property and Mr Larkin’s gate post and run level all round to Mr Rigg’s fence at an estimated cost of £5. That the drain pipe be taken up at the crossing at the junction of Gladstone and Liberty Streets and a blue metal cube crossing be also laid at the junction of Trafalgar end Liberty Streets and the surface of the roadway in Bedford Street near the Bridge be slightly depressed so that the storm water may be made to take a straight course to the boundary creek instead of the present course to the railway culvert at an estimated cost of £25 or a total cost of £50. On the motion in of Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman the report was adopted.

The Borough Treasurer:
Reported having received and paid into the Bank up to 27th December £710.5.0, cash in hand £5.12.9 and that cheques had been issued amounting to £1587.11.8 and the overdraft to date was £1185.15.4. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice:
Alderman O’Connell moved:-
1st. That £150 be now voted to metal John Street from Wells Street to Railway seconded by Alderman Eagleton and carried.
Alderman Medway moved:-
2nd. That reference be made to the Works committee as to the expediency and cost of the metal cubing in John Street from Goodsell Street to Railway. Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.
Alderman Tye moved:-
3rd That £15 be now voted to repair by topping etc the footpath west side of London Street. Withdrawn by consent.

The Council do now resolve itself into a committee of the whole for the purpose of discussing the letter of Mr Tangye solicitor on behalf of Mrs Catherine Lee in Gladstone Street. Moved by Alderman Smith that a committee of the whole Council meet in Gladstone Street on Thursday morning 3rd January at 9:30 am and that the Council clerk be authorised to reply accordingly. Carried.

Miscellaneous business:
Alderman Medway [moved] that the overseer be authorised to provide [battings?] in Edgeware Road.
Alderman Jolly. That a letter be written to the members of Newtown asking them to use their influence in the wood blocking of the Cooks River and Enmore Road and that a deputation of the whole Council together with the members to wait upon the Hon the Minister for Works at an early date.
Aldermen Peirce – that a letter be written to the Metropolitan Transit Commission asking them to erect a urinal in Newtown.
Alderman O’Connell drew the Council’s attention to Gowrie Street and that typhoid fever was about that district.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 4th day of January 1889
(signed) J. M. Smith chairman.


Thursday 3rd January 1889.

A meeting of the borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice at 7:30 pm on the above day.
Present: Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, O’Connell, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Medway, Neale and Whately.
The meeting was called for the purpose of electing an alderman to the office of Mayor for the remainder of the current municipal year in the room of Alderman Bellemey, resigned.
Alderman J.F. Smith was voted to the chair.
The Council clerk stated that he had not written up the minutes of the last meeting and therefore could not read them whereupon the chairman ruled that no business could be done as it would be illegal. It was then resolved that the meeting be postponed until Friday evening at half past seven o’clock.
Previous to this Alderman Peirce moved that the by-law ordering the minutes to be read be suspended pro tempore which the chairman ruled out of order.

On Friday 4th January 1889 pursuant to adjournment the Council met at 7:30 PM.
Present: Alderman Smith in the chair and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, O’Connell, Dolman, Eggleton, Medway, Neale and Whately.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
On a motion of Alderman Neale seconded by Alderman Peirce it was resolved that the election take place by open voting and with open doors.
Moved by Alderman Neale and seconded by Alderman Eggleton that Alderman Bellamy be elected mayor for the remainder of the current municipal year. Carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 15th day of January 1889
(Signed) R. T. Bellamy, Mayor


Tuesday 15th January 1889

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock pursuant to notice.
Present: The Mayor (Mr R. T. Bellamy) and Aldermen Jolly, O’Connell, Tye, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, Neale and Whately.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From Mr E. Hardy asking the Council to asphalt footpath in front of his house in Margaret Street he offering to pay one-third of the expense. Received and to be complied with.
From the Borough Council of Camperdown protesting against the recent action of this Council in turning some drainage from the eastern side of Australia Street in the Regent Street sewer etc. Received and the clerk was instructed to reply saying that the drainage has been diverted from the eastern side of Australia Street to a lane at the rear of Bishopsgate Street in accordance with a request from that Council contained in a letter of the 25th September last and further this Council will be willing to comply with any practical suggestion that may be made to deal further with it.
From T. L. Phillips asking the Council to remove some drainage that now passes through his land in Station Street also apply for permanent levels in that Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
From Mr A. Simpson complaining of the state of the footpath in Belmore Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
From the Patent Asphalting Company asking Council’s permission to lay a pavement of Asphaltum blocks in front of three new shops in King Street. Received and complied with.
From same offering to lay crossings with Asphaltum blocks at 13/6 per yard. Received.
From Mr Tonge solicitor asking the Council to name a solicitor who will receive service of process in the matter of the complaint of Mrs Catherine Lee. Moved by of the Mayor that it be received and referred to Mr Alfred Shaw solicitor to act on behalf of this Council. Seconded by Alderman Whately. An amendment was moved by Alderman Smith that the letter be referred to Mr W. P. Gibbes solicitor. Seconded by Alderman Tye. The amendment was lost and original resolution was carried.

Reports:

The Inspector of nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month. That the scavenging had been well performed and that he had furnished The Board of Health with an elaborate reports in connection with the “Dairies Supervision Act” Received.

Motions pursuant to notice:

1st. Moved by the Mayor:
That further collection and payment of Street Watering Rate in King Street be discontinued seconded by Alderman Neale. An amendment was moved by Alderman Smith that the following words be added to the motion viz –
‘and all amounts paid on account of such rate be refunded to those who had paid’ which the Mayor ruled out of order — a further amendment was moved by Aldermen Whately that the words ‘further’ and ‘discontinued’ be struck out of the motion and the following added, ‘be enforced’. Seconded by Alderman Tye and lost. The original motion was then put and carried.
Moved by Alderman Tye:
2nd. That a sum of £45 be now voted to re-asphalt 648 yards of the footpath on the west side of London Street. Also a sum of £5 be now voted to topdress 140 yards in connection with the same work that does not required to be taken up.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.
3rd. “That a sum of £50 be now voted to carry out the work recommended by the Works committee in the report of 23rd December last viz: £5 for building a dwarf stone wall in London Street: £20 for a blue stone crossing at the junction of Liberty Street and Gladstone Street: £25 for a similar crossing at junction of Liberty and Trafalgar Streets and the Asphalting of the roadway in Bedford Street.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.
Moved by Alderman Whately:
4th. “That a sum of £16 be now voted to take up a pipe crossing at the junction of Church and Lennox Streets and to lay in place thereof blue metal cube crossing for the better carrying off of the water.” Seconded bu Alderman Lane and carried.
5th. “That a sum of £9/10/- be now voted to take up a pipe crossing at the junction of O’Connell and Victoria Streets and to lay in place thereof an open blue metal cube crossing for the better carrying off of the water” seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.
6th “That a sum of £9/10/- be now voted to take out a pipe crossing at the junction of O’Connell and Longdown Streets and to lay in place thereof an open blue metal cube crossing for the better carrying off of the water.” Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.
7th “That a sum of £9/10/- be now voted to take up a pipe crossing at the junction of O’Connell and Campbell streets and to lay in place thereof an open blue metal cube crossing for the better carrying off of the water.” Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.
Moved by Alderman O’Connell:
8th. “That in all future contracts for night soil removing a clause should be inserted to discontinue disinfectants as being too expensive and useless and that operations should not be commence until after 11:00 o’clock” seconded by The Mayor and referred to the Specification Committee.
9th “That St. Peters Council be requested to start as soon as possible the ballasting where required and the metalling of May Street as was already agreed upon between our respective councils.” Seconded by Alderman Medway postponed until next meeting.
Moved by Alderman Medway:
10th. “That a sum of 10.10.0 be now voted to lay 38 yards of kerbing and guttering 3rd class in lane at the rear of public school from Newman Street to Lane. This work should be done on condition that the proprietor of the new buildings contribute 1/3 of the cost.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.
11th. “That a sum of £240 be now voted to cover the cost of metal cubing and laying kerb and one course gutter in John Street from Goodsell Street to the railway fence seconded by Alderman O’Connell. As this matter had already been referred to the Works committee it was decided to postpone its consideration until after the report had been received.
Moved byAlderman Neale:
12th. That instructions be given to the surveyor to prepare sections of the prolongation of Station Street also lane in Camden Colege estate seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
Moved by the Mayor:
13th. That a sum of £5.5.0 be now voted as a contribution to the Municipal Association meeting in Sydney seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.
14th That the Council now resolve into a committee of the whole for the purpose of considering and determining matters in connection with the valuation of rateable property for the ensuing municipal year.” Seconded by Alderman Neale and carried.

In committee the subject of the appointment of valuers was duly considered and on be council’s resuming the Mayor brought up a report as follows: – recommending the appointment of the Council clerk Mr J. E. Cowley as one of the valuers and that he be awarded the sum of £45 as recommended for his services and that tenders be invited from competent persons to assist him also that the specification committee be hereby authorised to prepare a specification of duties of valuers.

(Signed) R.T. Bellamy, chairman.

Which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith.

Miscellaneous business:

The Mayor stated that he was desirous of appointing a time for holding the Revision Court and would like to make it suitable for all the Aldermen if possible. It was agreed that Wednesday 23rd instant be appointed at 7:30 PM.

Alderman Tye asked the Mayor to cause a letter to be written to the Tramway Department calling attention to the way the shunting was done at Enmore.
In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he had already given instructions to have the drinking fountains repaired.
In reply to Alderman Eggleton he would ascertain the cost of a stand pipe in Alice Street.

The business being concluded and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 29th day in January 1889.
(Signed) R.T. Bellamy, Mayor


Wednesday 24th January 1889

A meeting of the borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at 7:30 PM for the purpose of revising the municipal lists of the borough in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1887.
Present: The Mayor (Mr R. T. Bellamy ) and Aldermen Peirce, Jolly, Tye, Smith, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, Neale and Whately.

The business of the meeting was opened by the Council clerk reading an advertisement announcing to the public that it would hold the meeting on the above day.

The Clerk then laid upon the table a list of persons supposed to be entitled to vote for each ward for the ensuing municipal year and stated that the said lists had been advertised and open for inspection during the time required by the Municipalities Act of 1867 and that there were neither claims nor objections to be considered. The Mayor in open court initialled all corrections and signed each page of the several lists also a certificate at the end of each ward and handed the lists over to the Council clerk to copy and concluded the business of the meeting.

 

Confirmed this      day of       1889. 

 


Tuesday 29 January 1889

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. Bellamy) and Aldermen Jolly, O'Connell, Tye, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, Neale and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Moved by Alderman Neale that all the business in the paper for this meeting be postponed and made an order of the day for next Council meeting excepting the item for the appointment of the valuer to make the annual valuations in conjunction with the Council clerk. Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

The Council then resolved into a committee of the whole when tenders for the appointment of valuer were opened and considered.

 

On the council's resuming, the Mayor brought up a report recommending the appointment of Mr Edwin Schofield as one of valuers in conjunction with the Council clerk in making the annual valuation of rateable property in the borough for the ensuring municipal year and moved "that it be adopted" seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.

 

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 13th day of February 1889

(signed) R. T. Bellamy, Mayor


 

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