Tuesday 12th March 1889

A meeting of the borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day as half past seven o’clock.

Present: The Mayor (Mr Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen O’Connell, Smith, Lane, Dolman, Medway, Eggleton and White.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From the Registrar General covering Tracings of land in Wilson and King Streets proposed to be brought under the Real Property Act by Dr Ledgwick. Received and referred to the surveyor with instructions to examine into the matter and if any encroachments were included to lodge a caveat stating that against the passing of it.
From the borough of Camperdown inviting a deputation from this Council to meet at the Town Hall Camperdown on Thursday evening 14th instant to discuss and if possible settle the matter of the drainage from Kingston Ward. Received and referred to the Works committee to attend to the matter and report at next meeting.
From the borough of Marrickville inviting this Council to a conference upon the question of draining the low lying lands in the vicinity of Edgeware Road. Received and referred to a committee of the whole Council to meet as requested.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the finance committee recommending payment of accounts amounting to £997.8.1 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £420.19.3 which was adopted on a motion by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman White.

A second report was presented by the chairman of the finance committee showing the estimated probable expenditure for the current municipal year amounting to £1379 and was adopted on a motion by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman White.

A report was brought up from the Works committee containing the following recommendations a viz; that Mr Fleay be asked to turn his drainage into the back lane instead of allowing it to go down Gowrie Street as at present: that kerbing and guttering in Belmore lane proposed by Alderman Tye stand over for a time the work not being urgent: also that the asphalting in Belmore Street stand over for a time as it will be necessary to lay a pipe drain along the footpath in the future: that the kerbing and guttering proposed by Alderman Whately to be laid in Wilson Street from Pine street to Randle Street be carried out: that kerbing and guttering in Thomas Street back of public school and in John from Maria Street to Lord Street also asphalting footpaths in Edgeware Road be passed and final payment made also referring to the complaints of levels in Metropolitan Road the levels are correctly fixed the builders evidently erred in making the gate entrances so low. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Lane.

The Borough Treasurer reported having received since last report £374.6.10 which together with the balance in hand last statement paid into the bank viz £409.13.6: that cheques had been issued amounting to £793.9.2 and the balance due to the bank at date £1653.15.5. Received.

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

The overseer reported that the number of dwellings that would be drained by the proposal to lay an 9 inch pipe drain in Randle lane were 16. The pipes would be 630 feet cost £22 the labour £32.: that the number of dwellings to be drained by the proposed drain in Wilson Street from Queen Street to Holdsworth Street are five but that it would also pick up the drainage from a portion of Forbes Street from Queen Street and Fitzroy street and that the cost would be pipes £11.10.0 two pits and grates £6 and labour £21. Received.

A report was brought up from the specification committee recommending adoption of a number of specifications for annual contracts which were laid upon the table and the report was adopted on a motion by Alderman Lane seconded by Alderman Medway.

Motions pursuant to notice:

In the absence of Alderman Whately it was moved by Alderman Lane.

1st. “That 9 inch pipes be laid in Wilson Street from Queen Street to culvert in Holdsworth Street 328 feet at a cost of £39.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.
2nd. “That 9 inch pipe drain be laid in lane at back of Wilson Street from Randle Street to Pine Street also the lane running parallel with Pine Street to Leamington Avenue from thence along footpath to connect with pipes in Randle lane at a cost of £54.” Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.
3rd. “That kerbing and guttering be laid in Wilson Street second class from Randle Street to Pine Street and the corner turn about 80 yards also opposite Evans’ and Jensen’s houses to the corner of Randle Street 20 yards second class at a total cost of £36.” Lapsed for the want of a seconder.

Aldermen Eggleton moved:

4th. “That the surveyor be instructed to prepare section showing levels from Redwins in Angel Street to Munni Street via Harold and Union streets with a view to the laying of a pipe drain to relieve the present drain from Angel Street to Gowrie Street.” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

In the absence of Alderman Bellemey it was moved by Alderman Jones:

5th. “That the Mayor be hereby authorised to repair and paint over where necessary by day labour the asphalt footpaths in King Street and other places” seconded by Alderman Tye. Objection was taken to this motion as no sum was stated and was consequently ruled out of order.

Alderman Medway moved:

6. “That a sum of £ 44.10.0 be now voted to lay 9 inch pipe drain (pipes £16.10.0 labour £22, 3 pits £6 along Harold street and union Street to Munni Street to carry slop drainage from where it is now discharging in Harold Street” seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Alderman Dolmann moved:

7th “That the specification committee prepare specification for cutting down Station Street and lane in Camden College estate to permanent levels and tenders be invited for next meeting of Council” seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Alderman Tye moved:

8th “That reference be made to the lighting committee to erect one lamp in Stanmore Road about the middle at an annual cost of £5.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

Alderman Eggleton moved:

9 “That a sum of £8 be now voted to cover cost of the erection of the stand pipe in Alice Street” seconded by Alderman Medway and withdrawn by consent.

Alderman O’Connell moved:

10th “That as a sum of £50 be now voted to cover the cost of repairing the upper portion of May Street in conjunction with St Peter’s Council as recommended by the Works committee” seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.
11th “That a special committee consisting of the Mayor and Alderman Bellamy, White, O’Connell, Smith and Whateley be now appointed to consider the advisability of making arrangements for the building of a new Town Hall for the borough.” Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.
12th “That the present system of placing house rubbish in recepticles on the footpaths for the convenience of contractors is objectionable and future specification should require contractors to go into backyards and carry out the rubbish” As the specifications for this work had been already adopted the Mayor ruled the motion could not be put to the Council.”

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 26 day of March 1889.

(Signed) Joseph Jolly, Mayor


Tuesday 26th March 1889

A meeting of the borough Council of Newtown was held in the evening of the about day at half past seven pursuant to notice.

Present: the Mayor (Mr Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen O’Connell, Tye, Smith, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, White and Whately.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

1st. From the manager of the Trocadero Company in King Street asking the Council to asphalt the footpaths in front of the new building. Received and the request to be complied with provided the proprietors pay one-third of the cost.
2nd. From the Australian Gas Light Company containing certain proposals in reference to and alterations of the terms of contract and asking the Council to increase the number of public lights by ten per centrum. Received and referred to the finance committee for report.
3rd. From Macdonaldtown Council inviting this Council to a conference upon the subject of the drainage from Newtown etc. Received and the whole Council were deputised to meet and consider the subject.
4th. From Camperdown Council stating that they thought it discourteous of this Council for not attending at the conference arranged for. Received and the clerk was instructed to reply that no discourtesy was intended and asking that another meeting might be arranged for either at Newtown or Camperdown – so that the subject may be fairly considered.
5th. From Mr Minster asking for a lamp to be placed in Hawken Street. Received and referred to the lighting committee for report
6th. From Francis Johns complaining of the state of the footpaths in Union and Harold Streets. Received the writer to be informed that the Council will asphalt the foot paths on the condition that he pays one-third of the expense.
7th. From Alderman Dolman stating that he had taken a trip to Europe and asking for leave of absence. Rreceived and the request was complied with.
8th. From Mr Middleton in King Street complaining of the treatment of the Inspector of nuisances in prosecuting him for filthy premises and depriving him of his licence to sell milk. In connection with this a report was handed [over] from the Inspector in which it was stated that he in company with a police constable inspected the premises of the above named Mr M. Middleton and found them to be in a filthy condition for which he was fined 40/- and costs and that the Inspector deemed it advisable to deprive him of his licence. Received and the whole of subject was referred to the N. P.A. committee for consideration and report.

Reports:

A report was presented from the valuers stating that they had made the valuations of all the rateable property in the Borough and laid their returns prepared by them on the table. Received.
A report was received from the surveyor in reference to a notice from the Registrar General showing that it was proposed to bring under the real property act certain land including a portion of a lane between King and Wilson streets [owned] by Dr Ledgwick as it was considered by the Council that this was an encroachment. The Mayor was authorised to lodge a caveat against it.

Motions pursuant to notice:

Alderman Tye moved:

1st. “That a deputation of the whole Council get together with the three members for Newtown wait upon the Hon the Minister for public Works at an early date to urge upon him the necessity of wooden blocking Cooks River and Enmore Roads.” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.
2nd. “That a 6 inch pipe drain be laid on the south side of Belmore Street a distance of about 430 feet (pipes £6 labour £18 ) at a total cost of £24.” Seconded by Alderman White and postponed for further consideration.

Alderman Smith moved:

3rd. “That the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole for the purpose of making an assessment upon all rateable property within this borough for the current municipal year. Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

On the Council resuming-

4th. “That the assessment as made in committee be now adopted by this Council as the assessment for the current municipal year upon the rateable property in Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards in this Borough under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867. Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.
5th. “That a rate of one shilling in the £ be now levied for the current municipal year on the assessed value of the rateable property in the borough under the purposes and provisions of the municipalities act of 1867. Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.
6th. “That a rate of three pence in the £ be now – for the current municipal year – on the assessed value of rateable property within the borough for the purpose of lighting the streets of this borough with gas under the provisions of the act of 1867 and the Amended Act of 1873.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.
7th. “That the assessment now made and the rates of one shilling in the £ and threepence in the pound be fairly transcribed into the rate book as directed by the municipalities act of 1867 and the Mayor be hereby authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto” seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.
8th. “That the amount in respect of such rates of 1/- in the £ and threepence in the £ already imposed shall be payable at the office of the Council clerk on the expiration of 30 days after notice of such rates has been served in each case but in all cases when payment of one half of the said amounts together with all arrears shall be paid within the said 30 days after notice no legal proceedings by distress shall be taken on behalf of the Council for the recovery of the remaining amount until the 30 day of September next ensuing” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Moved by Alderman Eggleton:

9th “That on and after 21st of March 1889 all tenders be read out in open Council and open doors.” Seconded by Alderman Medway and lost.

On a motion by Alderman O’Connell seconded by Alderman Medway the Council adjourned to the following evening (Wednesday 27th instant.)

There were present the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, O’Connell, Smith, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, White and Whately.

On Wednesday 27th of March 1889 when the of adjourned meeting was held the Mayor brought up a report from the committee of the whole Council upon the tenders for annual contracts. It was resolved that the report be read out and the each item dealt with separately. The report reads as follows:

Your committee having opening tenders for the annual contracts made the following recommendations:

That the undermentioned tenders be accepted –

Kerbing and guttering Messrs Brown and Duggan; 1st class 9/10 2nd 8/- 3rd 6/3 4th 5/11

Asphalting T. Mills; 1st. class 1/5d. 2nd 1/2d

Printing S.E. Lees; Rate notices 17/- Rolls 7/- receipts 12/- Business pa. 2/6 per page

Street Cleaning etc.
Enmore Ward – Mr M. Teahan £20 per month
Camden Ward – W. Walker £11.10.0
Kingston Ward – Halliday £15.15.0 per month
O’Connell Ward – P. J. Machen £18 per month

Cartage Day labour Mr Manigan @ 10/6 per day

Street watering – W. J. Pawley 5d. per load

Removing night soil – Andrew Beacona cesspits deodorise 4d per foot earth pans 3d per foot

Drainpipes – Hart and Galloway 3″ 1.3d, 4″ 1.3d, 6″ 3d, 9″ 11d, 12″ 4d, 16″ 2/-, 18″ 2/5d, 31″ 11/6, 24″ 7/-.

Blue metal cubes – John Leggatt 25/9 per 100

Bluestone kerbing – John Leggatt 2/11 per ft.

Excavation and formation – J. Croker £75.8.0

Signed Joseph Jolly Mayor

The Mayor moved the adoption of the report seconded by Alderman Whately. An amendment was moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Peirce “that each item of the report be adopted separately” carried

Item 1st. Moved by Alderman Peirce “that the tender of Brown and Duggan be adopted. Carried

Item 2nd Moved by Alderman Peirce and seconded by Alderman Lane “that the tender of D. Mills be adopted carried

Item 3rd Moved by Alderman Peirce and seconded by Alderman Smith that the tender of S C Lees be adopted.

Item 4th Moved by Alderman Peirce and seconded by Alderman Lane “that the tender of W. Walker be adopted.

Item 5th Moved by Alderman Smith that the name of W. Walker and the amount of £11.10.0 be struck out of the report and the name of Samuel Lundy and £16.0.0 be inserted instead thereof” seconded by Alderman Peirce. Alderman O’Connell then moved the adjournment of the meeting until Thursday evening next at half past seven o’clock

The Council adjourned accordingly.

On Thursday evening 28th of March 1889 the adjourned meeting was held pursuant to adjournment when the adoption of the report of the committee of the whole Council was resumed at the place where it was left at last meeting.

Present the Mayor and Aldermen Peirce, O’Connell, Tye, Smith, Eggleton, Medway and Whately.

Moved by Alderman Peirce that all the remaining portion of the records of the committee of the whole recommending the acceptance of tenders be now adopted.” Seconded by Alderman Whately.

The business being conducted Council rose

(signed) Joseph Jolly, Mayor


 

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