Tuesday 9th April 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.

Present: The Mayor (Mr Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen Bellemey, Peirce, O’Connell, Smith, Eggleton, Medway, Whately, Tye.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From W. Walker declining to take up the contract for street cleaning for Camden Ward. Received.
From J. Croker declining to take up the contract for excavating etc. Station Street. Received.
The following application for asphalting etc were received and complied with on the usual terms viz. Ekin & Co. in front of shops Enmore Road. Pleasken[?] for Bruce Smith, Edgeware Road. D. Hill, Wilson Street, J.McSweeney, Trade Street.
From Mr Parkinson asking for the use of public hall for a meeting to form a swimming club. Received and the request granted free of cost.
From borough of Camperdown stating that the Aldermen would attend at the Newtown Town Hall on Thursday evening next to discuss drainage question. Received and the whole Council to meet.
From the Department of Public Works stating that the Minister would receive a deputation from the Council respecting proposed wood paving of Cooks River and Enmore Roads. Received.
From H. F. Hawkins asking to have the water rates refunded. Received.

Petitions:

A petition was received from ratepayers in Pearl Street asking the Council to asphalt the footpaths. Received and referred to Works committee for report.
From Prince Alfred Hospital asking for subscription. Received and laid on the table.

Reports:

A report was brought up from the finance committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £1538.12.11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £95.12.3. Alderman Peirce moved the adoption of the report seconded by Alderman Tye. Alderman Smith moved an amendment “that the item £2.17.9 charged by the Water and Sewerage Board for new fire plugs be struck out the Board be informed this Council has no funds from which it could meet a payment of this sort.” Seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried. The Report as amended was then adopted.

A second report was brought up recommending:
1st. That the Inspector of nuisances receive an increase of salary of £26 per annum.
2nd. That he be not allowed to conduct any insurance business at the Town Hall during office hours

Alderman Peirce moved the adoption of the Report seconded by Alderman Tye. Alderman Smith moved an amendment “that clause No 2 of the report be struck out, seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried. The motion as amended was then put to the Council and a further amendment was moved by Alderman Eggleton and seconded by Alderman Whately “that the report be referred back to the committee and to ask the Inspector if he will be prepared to give up his insurance agency.” Objection was taken to the amendment that it was tacitly allowed to lapse.

Works:

A report was brought up from the Works committee recommending the passing and final payment of certain works therein mentioned. Received and adopted on the motion of Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Whately.

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

Borough Treasurer reported having received and paid into the bank since last report £583.15.4 that cheques amounting to £2031.12.0 and the balance due to the bank at date was £3085.2.10. Received

At this stage Alderman Smith moved that the opening of tenders as set down on the business paper take precedence of Motions pursuant to notice seconded by Alderman O’Connell and carried.

The Council resolved into a committee of the whole. In committee tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor presented the following report viz., “Your committee having opening tenders for street cleaning Camden Ward and excavationt etc. in Station Street recommending the acceptance of the tender of Messrs F. and J. Eggleton at £16 per month and the tender of Messrs Chambers and Grocock for Station Street at £90.” And moved that it be adopted: seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Motions pursuant to notice:

Moved by Alderman Bellemey:

1. “That patent asphaltum blocks be laid in King Street at the following crossings and [?]: Church Street 39 yards £29.5.0: Horden Street 32 yards £24: Egan Street 32 yards £24: O’Connell Street 39 yards £29.5.0 Stephen Street 23 yards £17.5.0 Missenden Road 35 yards £26.5.0” seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.
2. “That a sum of £10 be now voted to contractor Mackin in addition to his contract sum for street cleaning and removing house rubbish O’Connell Ward for year ending 31st March 1889” seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
3. “That reference be made to re lighting committee for the erection of a lamp in Wilson Street opposite Odd Fellows Hall seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.
4. “That a 9 inch pipe drain be laid in O’Connell Street from Campbell Street to pit at corner of Raper Street at a cost of £28.10.0 (pipes £13.10.0 lamp £15.0.0)” seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.
5. “That a deputation wait upon the Commissioners for Railways asking them to assimilate the Tramway fares to Newtown to other suburbs of a similar distance.” Seconded by Alderman O’Connell and lost.

Moved by the Mayor:

6. “That Monday 20th day of May next be and the same is hereby fixed as the day on which appeals may be moved against the assessment of rateable property for the current municipal year” seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 23rd day of April 1889

(Signed) Joseph Jolly, Mayor


Tuesday 23rd April 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: The Mayor (Mr Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen Tye, Smith, Lane, Eggleton, Medway, Whately.
Alderman Medway apologised for the absence of Alderman O’Connell which was caused through ill health.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From Mr A. M. Smidmore of Marrickville stating that he had written to the Marrickville Council notifying his intention to close up a drain which he allowed that body to use temporarily and also to inform this Council if it continues to allow drainage to flow from the Borough proceedings will be taken to prevent it. Received and the writer be informed the Council will endeavour to use every possible means to abate the nuisance complained of.
From Mr Morton in Trade Street and Mr Walsh in King Street asking the Council to lay kerbing and guttering and asphalt in front of their respective premises on the usual terms. Received and acceded to.
From Thos. Martin in Wells Street complaining of the drainage lying in front of his house. Received and referred to the Inspector of nuisances for report.
From Mr Parkinson Secretary to the Swimming Club thanking the Council for granting it free use of the Hall for a first meeting and asking for its patronage. Received.
From Redfern Council inviting members of the Council to attend a meeting of councils at the Redfern Town Hall on Wednesday 23rd instant to discuss the provisions of the proposed Bill to amend the Water and Sewerage Act. Received and it was resolved to appoint a special committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Medway, Lane and the mover Alderman Smith to consider the provisions of the proposed deal with a view to match the interests of the municipalities.
From Mr Mills contractor for asphalting stating that he found great difficulty in getting metal and asking to be allowed to go on with second class work. Received.
From Mr Lockyer of Burwood stating that he [has] a new kind of pans and lids for nightsoil and offering to supply the Council. Received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee.

Reports:

A report was presented from the Inspector of nuisances stating that the work of street cleaning etc. and removing of nightsoil has been carried out very well and asking the Council to give him the authority to prosecute all cases in the Police Court as exception had been taken to his appearing without it. Received.

The Council clerk laid upon the table a printed copy of a statement in detail of the receipts and expenditure for the half-year ending 4th of February 1889. Received

A report was presented by Alderman Smith (chairman) of the proceedings at a conference meeting between the Councils of Camperdown and Newtown upon the subject of drainage from Kingston Ward of this borough into Camperdown stating that it had been arranged that a deputation wait upon the Secretary for Public Works asking that the Prince Alfred hospital sewer be extended so as to enable portions of Camperdown and King Street Newtown to be connected, who moved that it be received seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Motions pursuant to notice:

Moved by Alderman Tye:

1. “That a sum of £90 be now voted to cover the cost of excavation Station Street and lane as per Tender.” Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

Moved by the Mayor:

2. “That authority be given to the Inspector of nuisances under the seal of the borough of Newtown to prosecute in all cases of nuisances under the Municipalities Act of 1867. The Nuisances Prevention Act, The Dairies Supervision Act and the By Laws of the Borough.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Moved by Alderman Tye:

3. “That in accordance with the recommendation of the finance committee adopted at last meeting the Inspector of nuisances receive additional salary at the rate of £26 per annum to take effect from the 1st April 1889.” Seconded by Alderman Medway. An amendment was moved by Alderman Eggleton that the following words be added viz “on condition that he gives up the agency of Insurance.” Not seconded. The motion was then carried. [sic] 4. “That 6 inch pipes be laid in Wilford Street from Mr Barden’s property to the pipe at cross Street a distance of 114 feet (pipes £1.9.0 labour £2.5.0 total cost £3.14.0” seconded by Alderman Lane. Referred to the Works committee.

Moved by Alderman Eggleton:

5 “That the crossing at the intersection of King and Newman streets be laid with the New South Wales asphaltum blocks a distance of 45 yards at a cost of £33.15.0 not seconded.
6 “That the crossing at the intersection of King and George streets be laid with New South Wales asphaltum blocks a distance of 40 yards at a cost of £30” seconded by Alderman Tye and lost.

Miscellaneous business:

In reply to Alderman Eggleton the Mayor said a letter should be sent to Macdonaldtown Council asking them to forward their promised contribution towards watering King Street also to Tramway Commissioners asking them to better define the stopping places for the trams in King Street.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 7th day of May 1889

(signed) Joseph Jolly


 

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