Tuesday 4th June 1889
A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock.
Present: Aldermen Peirce, Bellemy, O’Connell, Tye, Smith, Lane, Eggleton, Medway and Whately.
In the absence of the Mayor who was unable to attend through a severe indisposition Alderman Smith was voted to the chair.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
From S. Cassells and others asking the Council to asphalt footpath in front of their respective properties in White-horse street on the usual terms. Received and should be complied with.
From Mr Bruce Smith asking the Council to proceed with the asphalting in front of Nelson Terrace in Edgeware Road received pending a reply respecting the proposal to plant trees etc. in this place.
From Mr John Redwin calling attention to the inadequate provision made for the disposal of stormwater in Angel Street. Received and the writer be informed that the Council has a scheme under consideration to relieve the overflow.
From Mr A. Simpson complaining of the state of the footpath in front of his property in Belmore Street. Received and left with the Mayor to be dealt with.
From the Borough of Waterloo asking the Council to send delegates to a meeting to confer about the action of the city authorities in prosecuting carters of night soil for carrying it through the city to the depot at Pyrmont. Received.
From the Borough Council of Camperdown asking this Council to contribute a sum of £781.6.9 as share of the cost of an old culvert and the new extension of same to carry off a portion of the drainage from a portion of Kingston Ward received.
From Railway Department stating in reply to a letter from this Council that instructions had been given to better define the tram stopping places through King Street received.
From the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners stating that it had refused to grant permission to Mr Metcalf to run an additional omnibus from Alice Street in this borough to Sydney on the grounds that it was not needed. Received and a reply to be sent asking the Commissioners to reconsider the matter as there was not yet sufficient provision for the passenger traffic between Newtown and Sydney.
From Mr E. W. Molesworth M.L.A. stating that he and colleagues representing Newtown had used strenuous overtures to get the Minister for Works to sanction the wooden blocking of Cooks River and Enmore Roads and that a decided answer to the many applications by deputations and letters etc. should be given as soon as a report could be obtained from the Commissioners for Roads. Received and a letter of thanks be sent to the members for Newtown for their endeavours in this matter.
From Mr T. Mills contractor for asphalting asking the Council to give him a rise of two pence per yard for first class work. Received and the request declined.
From the Board of Health calling attention to a row of eight houses in Horden streets where the closets and cesspits were only two feet from the houses. This is the same as was reported on at last meeting by the Inspector of nuisances and both where referred to the N.P.Act committee for further report.
From Mr T. Williamson and others complaining of the state of the lane at the end of Pine Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
A petition was received from ratepayers in Metropolitan Road calling attention to the state of the roadway and asking that something might be done to it. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts amounting to £865.12.7 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £147.4.2 adopted on a motion of Alderman Peirce seconded by Alderman Tye.
The lighting committee reported recommending that additional public lights be erected as follows viz-
Camden Ward – three – one each in Union Street, Norfolk Street and Wells Street.
Enmore Ward 8 – one each in King Street, Ferndale Street, Bailey street, Marian Street, Margaret Street, Stanmore Road Cavendish Street, London Street. O’Connell Ward one in Wilson Street.
Kingston Ward 6 – one each in Campbell lane, Brooks lane, Lane back of Beggs Lane, back of Middleton’s and two in Belmore lane also the following removals of lamps near McCready’s to be put in bracket on McCready’s awning post. Lamp in Regent Street opposite’s Elstub’s garden 60 feet further up the hill.
Adopted on a motion of Alderman Peirce seconded by Alderman Eggleton.
Financial Report No.2 upon letter from Australian Gas Light Company of 19th March 1889 proposing a reduction of 5/- each in the public lights of this Borough from 1st April on condition that the Council agrees to increase the number of lights by ten per cent before 1st July next and also that the following conditions to existing contract be made viz.
1. A clause to be inserted providing that in case of strikes whereby the company are prohibited from manufacturing gas they should not be bound to supply the public lights in this municipality.
2. That in all future general reductions in the price of public street lights this municipality should participate.
3. That in lieu of three months notice the contract be terminated on twelve months notice.
The committee reported as follows recommending the Council to accede to the proposal to increase the number of lights by 10 per cent provided the proposed reduction of 5/- per light be made but to decline to enter into a new contract in terms of clauses 1 and 2 in the above letter. Adopted on a motion of Alderman Peirce seconded by Alderman Tye.
Reported having received and paid into the bank since last report £1760.5.2 and that cheques had been issued since last report amounting to £865.12.7 and the balance due to bank at date £2460.7.11. Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month and that the contractors under his supervision were doing the work well. Received.
The Works committee reported having inspected the work of excavating and formation of Station Street and lane by Messrs Chambers and Grocock and recommend that it be passed and final payment made. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Lane.
Motions pursuant to notice:
Moved by Alderman Tye:
1st. “That a sum of £37 be now voted to lay 500 feet of 9 inch drain pipes in Phillip Street from Gladstone Street to Belmore lane (Pipes £17 labour £20) as recommended by the Works committee 16th May 1889.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
2nd. That a sum of £23.10.0 be now voted to lay 430 feet of 9 inch pipe drain in Belmore Street from Phillip Street to London Street (Pipes £5.10.0 labour £18.) as recommended by the Works committee 16th May 1889.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith:
3rd. “That the the footpath west side of Australia Street from the lane behind Town Hall to Land’s Lane be tar paved with first class material at a cost of 1/5 per yard 1028 yards at a cost of £73.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
4th. “That the footpath west side of Denison Street from Brook’s lane to Bishopgate Street be tar pathed with second class material at 1/2d per yard at a cost of £16.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
5th. “That fourth class kerbing and guttering be laid in lane at the back of the Schmidt’s property south side from Denison Street to existing kerbing and guttering a distance of 40 yards at a cost of £12.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
6th. That fourth class kerbing and guttering be laid in lane behind new public school in Australia Street a distance of 34 yards; also in lane on north boundary and in lane on south boundary a distance of 30 yards in each lane at a cost of £28.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
7th. That the footpath in front of the above public school be tar paved with first class material at a cost of £6.10.0.” seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
8th. “That application be made to the Department of Education for the half cost of the above works” seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
Moved by Alderman O’Connell:
9th. “That a sum of £200 be now voted by the Council as its contribution towards ballasting and metalling Edgeware Road from Alice Street to Lord Street and that the Marrickville Council be invited to contribute a similar amount as the road in its present state is a disgrace to those municipalities.” Seconded by Alderman Bellamy and carried.
10th. “That the footpath on the south side of Alice Street from Camdenville Hotel to Mr Williams property in Hawken Street 1290 yards be patched and top dressed at a cost of £64.10.0 ” seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.
11th. “That the footpath on the west side of Pearl Street from Albert Street to Wells Street be asphalted first class 350 yards at a cost of £24.15.0 and the east side from Alice Street to Wells Street a distance of 477 yards at a cost of £33.15.0” seconded by Alderman Eggleton and lost.
12th. “That a sum of £84 be now voted to metal with blue metal Wells Street from Pearl lane to Commodore Street about 330 lineal yards. ” Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.
13th. “That a sum of £280 be now voted to metal with blue metal Maria Street from King Street to John Street.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and referred to the Works committee for report.
14th. “That a sum of £65 be now voted to lay asphalting second class in Maria Street northside from King Street to Edgeware Road a distance of 1137 yards.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose
Confirmed this 18th day of June 1889
(signed) Joseph Jolly, Mayor
Thursday 18th June 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 and Aldermen Bellamy, Tye, Smith, Eggleton, Medway, Whately.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
From Mr Bruce Smith stating that he is desirous of planting trees in Edgeware Road as near as possible to the gutter and 20 or 25 feet apart. Received and a reply to be sent that the Council has no authority or power to grant the request.
From Mr T. Mills stating that he was unable to get metal for the carrying out of his contract for asphalting etc unless he could be allowed to give an order to the company who supplied it on monies coming to him for work done. Received and the request complied with only as far as his own work in this borough is concerned.
From Mr H. Cooke offering to pay £2 Sterling if the Council will cause kerbing and guttering to be laid around two sides of his property i.e. in Cross Lane and Metropolitan lane and the space between the kerbing and fence to be asphalted. Received and referred to Works committee for report.
From A. McKenzie asking permission to put up a signboard in each of his places of business in Australia Street and at 561 King Street requiring in each case a post in the kerb line. Received and the request complied with in so far that it is not in opposition to the by laws of this Borough.
From Mr V. Herman asking the Council to lay asphalting first class in Augustus Streets in front of the Ingram house and he would pay one-third of the cost. Received and to be complied with.
From Messrs Cass and Haines offering to supply at Cooks River dam Blue stone ballast or spall at 8/- per ton; blue metal 2 1/2 in gauge hand broken 10/6 per ton: blue metal machine broken 9/- per ton blue metal screenings 11/- per ton. Received.
From Borough of Camperdown bringing under notice the very unsatisfactory state of the drainage on the Newtown side of the lane at the rear of Stanley Street and requesting that steps be taken to prevent its flow into the borough of Camperdown. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
From Borough of Marrickville respecting proposed ballasting in Edgeware Road to be jointly carried out by the two boroughs asking if this Council will carry out the work. Received and a reply to be sent stating that it would be better if Marrickville did the work.
From the Secretary to the Australian Gas Light Company urging the acceptance by the Council of the whole of the propositions contained in his letter of the 19th March last and extending the time for the erection of the lamps to 31st July. Received and referred to the finance committee for report.
A petition was read up from ratepayers in Holsworth Street asking the Council to lay 3 course kerbing and guttering on the east side of that street in front of the respective properties. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
From ratepayers in Gowrie Street asking the Council to asphalt in front of their respective properties on the Council’s usual terms. Received and to be complied with.
The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the last month and that the contractors were doing their work very well.
The Overseer reported:
1st. upon the condition of May Street
2nd. the state of the gutter in Edgeware Road from Alice Street to Camden Street.
3rd. The state of the lane at the back of Stanmore Road and
4th. the culvert from Bedford street under the railway to Crescent Street.
Motions pursuant to notice:
Moved by Alderman Tye:
1st. “That reference be made to the lighting committee to erect lamps at the following places viz one Metropolitan Road on the west side about the middle : one in Camden Street at corner of lane near Mr Joyce’s property at an annual cost of £5.10.0 each.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.
2nd. “That the footpath in Metropolitan Road both sides be ashpalted from Enmore Road to Sarah Street (second class) on the west side 1150 yards at a cost of £67.1.8 on the east side 1115 yards at a cost of £66.15.10 total cost of £133.17.6 seconded by Alderman White and carried.
3rd “That Metropolitan Road be formed and ballasted from Enmore Road to Sarah Street the whole width of the roadway at a cost of £390.” Seconded by Alderman White and referred to the Works committee for report.
4th “That the 4 foot right of way from Gladstone Street to Trafalgar Street be laid with five course gutter stones say 4.6 inch and 1.12 inch a distance of about 46 yards at a cost of £23.10.0” seconded by Alderman White and carried.
Alderman Smith moved:
5th. “That 29 yards of asphalting be now laid on footpaths south side of Bedford Street in front of three new houses at a cost of £1.15.0 and that the footpath from Peirce Street to Brown Street be painted with tar and sanded (293 yards) at a cost of £2.10.0” seconded by Alderman White and carried.
6th. “That the footpath north side of Albemarle Street from Australia Street to Wyatts shop and then from Turtles shop to Oxford Street be asphalted (2nd class) 350 yards at a cost of £20.10.0” seconded by Alderman White and carried.
7th. Moved by Alderman Whately on behalf of Alderman Lane who was absent. “That 9 inch pipes be laid in O’Connell Street from Campbell Street to Longdown Street 290 feet at a cost of £9.14.0; and that 30 feet of 6 inch pipes be laid at the intersection of 3 cross streets a distance of the 90 feet at a cost of £1.2.6 (Pipes £10.16.6 labour £11.10.0 total £22.6.6.)”seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Moved by Alderman Medway:
8th. “That a public gas lamp be erected east side of Hawken Street about midway between Alice Street and Laura Street as a cost not exceeding £5.10.0 per annum” seconded by Alderman Smith and carried to the lighting committee for report.
9th. “That a public gas lamp be erected in Alice Street south side midway between between Edgeware Road and Hawken Street at a cost of £5.10.0 per annum” seconded by Alderman Tye and referred to the lighting committee for report.
10th. “That a sum of £7 be now voted to lay open metal cable crossing at the junction of Wells Street and Pearl lane about 11 yards.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.
11th. “That £11.11.0 be now voted to lay 37 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering northside
12th. “That a sum of £5 be now voted to asphalt the footpath south side of Laura Street from public school to Commodore street 83 yards” seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.
13th. “That a sum of £25.3.4 be now voted to asphalt the footpaths on each side of Commodore Street between Laura and Wells Streets about 460 yards seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried.
Moved by Alderman Whately:
14th. “That the south side of Brown Lane from Brown Street to Salvation lane be kerbed and guttered 4th class a distance of 55 yards at a cost of £16.10.0” seconded by Alderman Bellamy and carried.
15 “That public gas lamps the erected at the following places at an annual value of £5.10.0 each viz one at corner of Holdsworth Street and Leamington Avenue; one in Leamington Avenue facing Randle Street; one west side of Wilson Street facing Randle Street; one west side of Burren Street facing Railway Lane with reflector; one in Wilson Street opposite Holdsworth Street; one in Georgina Street west end” seconded by Alderman Bellamy and referred to the lighting committee for report.
16th. “That the following lamps be moved viz one in Holdsworth Street to end of lane – back of Wilson Street, one in Wilson Street near Queen Street to corner of Queen and Wilson Strees; one in Randle Street to the corner of Fitzroy and Wilson streets” seconded by Alderman Eggleton and referred to the lighting committee for report.
Alderman Bellamy suggested that names should be affixed to the numerous lanes in O’Connell Ward. Alderman Tye complained of the state in which some footpaths in Enmore Road had been left by the Gas Company.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 2 day of July 1889
(Signed) Joseph Jolly, Mayor
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