Tuesday 2nd July 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 Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen Bellamy, Tye, Smith, Lane, Eggleton and Medway.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From Messrs Peacock and sons, asking the Council to lay a tar metal crossing at the entrance to their gateway in Alice Street. Received and the writers be informed that on payment of one half the expense the work would be done.
From Mr S. P. Cover asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in front of his house in Queen Street and offering to pay one third of the cost received and complied with.
From Mr Robert Fielding asking the Council to purchase a few hundred cubes at 35/- per hundred. Received and the Council agreed to purchase them.
From the St. Peters Council stating that it was prepared to go on with the repairs at the upper end of May Street as soon as funds were available. Received.
From the proprietors of the “Chronicle” a new paper just started in the borough and asking Council’s patronage in the way of advertisements etc received.
From Alderman William Dolman asking for further leave of absence be granted for a period of three months. Resolved that the request be complied.

Reports:

Finance committee:

Reported having paid accounts amounting to £1269.4.7 and recommending payment of accounts. Amounting to £416.0.5 Adopted on a motion by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

Works committee:

Reported making the following recommendations:
Petition of Mr Williamson and others respecting the bad state of the lane at the rear of Pine Street. Necessary repairs have been effected.
Petition for kerbing and guttering east side of Holdsworth Street. That the owners of the vacant lots intervening be induced to agreed to pay their share of the cost so as to make the continuous line and a complete job.
Letter Camperdown Council complaining of the drainage in lane at the rear of Trade Street. That a 6 inch pipe drain be laid along the lane to the rear of Trade Street. That a 6 inch drain be laid along the lane at Trade Street with the consent of Camperdown Council.
Letter from Mr H. Cooke for kerbing and guttering in lanes at the side and back of his property in Metropolitan Road. That the work be done on condition the applicant pays viz one third of the cost.

Aldermen Tye’s motion to ballast Metropolitan Road:

That the work is needed and should be done as soon as funds are available, the work to be done by tender.

Overseer’s report:

Cozen’s Lane – that about 30 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid east side, Liberty Street end, at a cost of £9.
Gutter in Edgeware Road – when the pipe drain which is proposed to lay has been done the deep gutter may be filled in.

Alderman O’Connell’s motion to metal Marion street:

That a sum of £30 to be spent in repairing it.

Overseer report:

Maria Street lower end- That the overseer be instructed to prepare an estimate of the cost with a view to its being submitted to St Peter’s Council and in the meantime the dangerous open drain be covered about 12 feet with 6 x 3 hard wood at a cost of £3.

That the following works be passed and final payment made viz: kerbing and guttering in Wilson Street 100 yards. Gutter in Lord Street from King Street 79 yards — Asphalting in Margaret [Street] 27 yards Enmore Road 30 yard; Union and Harold Streets 49 yards Gowrie Street 126 [yards]. Newman Street 357 yards.

On the motion of Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Lane the report was adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month and stated that contractors under his charge were doing the work very well.

Alderman Bellamy moved that the Mayor be heareby authorised to close such portions of Brown Street as may be necessary during the temporary ballasting etc forming etc.

Two Aldermen having left the chamber the meeting lapsed for want of quorum.

Confirmed this 15 day of July 1889

Signed Joseph Jolly, Mayor


Tuesday 16th July 1889

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

Present the Mayor (Mr Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen Peirce, Smith, Lane, Eggleton, Medway and Whately.

The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From Mr Sproule [Sproull] complaining of the state of the lanes at the back of Watkin Street and by the side of Dr Haton’s also asking for a lamp. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.
From Mr Hendy, Watkin Street asking the Council to asphalt the foot path in Watkin Street in front of his property. Received and to be complied with.
From Messrs Livingstone and Kershaw asking the Council to continue the kerbing and guttering in Trade Street in front of their properties also the foot path on the usual terms. Received and complied with.
From Mr Frederick asking the Council to kerb and gutter in the lane at the back of his property in Mary Street on paying half the cost received and to be complied with.
From Messrs Peacock and Son offering to pay half the cost of laying tarred metal crossing at his gateway in Alice Street received and complied with.
From Mr W. Alexander asking the Council to lay 6 inch pipe drain along the lane at the end of his Terrace in Gowrie Street. Also to asphalt the footpath on the usual terms. Received and the asphalting to be done.
From Messrs. Sibbert and Thergood complaining of the present state of the footpath in King Street Enmore Ward in front of new shops received and left with the Mayor to be dealt with.
From G. F. Thomas complaining of the effect of stormwater on his property in Camden Street. Received and the writer to be informed that we will do all that is in our power to prevent a recurrence of the same and ask him if he had any remedy to suggest, at the same time it was referred to the Works committee for report.
From the proprietors of the Evening News stating that instructions had been given to stop the free copy if the News going to the public reading room received
From Mr G.S. Brock on behalf of Kettle’s estate covering his plan of the continuation of Burren Streeet through his property and dedicating same to the use of the public and asking Council’s acceptance of same. Received and referred to the committee of the whole Council to inspect the place and report thereon.
From Borough of Camperdown consenting to allow the Council to lay a pipe drain in lane at the rear of Trade Street. Received.
From the Under-Secretary General Post Office asking permission to put up a receiving pillar in Watkin Street near Macdonaldtown Station. Received and complied with.
From Mr Oughton Manager to Trocadero offering to supply electric lights for the streets etc. Received and referred to a special committee on the subject.
From the Board of Health stating that its officer had made an inspection or all the dairies and milk vendors shops in Newtown and had reported expressing great satisfaction at the cleanly state in which he had found them.
From Mr Burcher solicitor stating that he had been instructed to apply to the Supreme Court for an injunction to restrain this Council from draining into their Borough. Received and postponed for consideration in committee of the whole at a later period of the meeting.

Reports:

The Lighting Committee reported recommend[ing] additional lamps as follows: viz

Camden Ward:
1 in Alice Street and 1 in Hawken Street

Enmore Ward:
1 in Metropolitan Road

O’Connell Ward:
1 corner Holdsworth Street and Leamington Ave
1 in Burren Street and 1 Leamington Avenue
1 in Wilson Street 1 Georgina Street

Removals:
1 Holdsworth Street
1 Wilson Street
1 Randall Street
1 Bedford Street

The Inspector of Nuisances: Reported the amount of work done in his department during the past month and stated that the contractors under his charge were doing the work in a creditable manner.

Motions pursuant to Notice:

Moved by Alderman Smith:

1 “That Denison Street west side from Bedford Street to Albermarle Street be asphalted 2nd class 385 yards at a cost of £22.10.0” seconded by Alderman Bellamy and carried.
2 “That a sum of £95 be now voted for the purchase to 200 tons of Kiama blue metal in spalls to be delivered in the Borough the Council’s measurement to be the basis upon which payment is to be made” seconded by Alderman Medway. Alderman Eggleton moved an amendment that the words “that a sum of £95 be now voted for the purchase of” be struck out and the following inserted “tenders be called for the supply of ” Alderman Smith said he was quite prepared to accept the amendment. The motion as amended was then put and carried.
3 “That the crossing at junction of Australia Street and Alton Lane be laid with blue stone cubes 14 yards at a cost of £8.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Moved by Alderman Eggleton:

4 “That a sum of £36 be now voted to lay asphalting 615 yards in May Street from Burling’s shop to John Street” seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.
5 “That a sum of £47.10.0 be now voted to lay kerbing and guttering (3rd class) 152 yards in Islington Street both sides of the extension of Gowrie Street” seconded by Alderman Lane and carried
6 “That a sum of £400 be now voted to form and ballast Islington Street”. Not seconded.
7 “That a public gas lamp be erected in Gibbes Street about the centre on the north side at an annual cost of £5.10.0 0 0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Lane and referred to the lighting committee for report.

Moved by Aldermen Bellamy:

8 “That a special committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, White, Medway, Whately and the mover be now appointed to make inquiries as to the practicability and probable cost of lighting the streets of this boroughr with electric lights.” Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.
9 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect four additional lamps in King Street between the railway bridge and Forbes Street at an annual cost of £5.10.0 each” seconded by Alderman Lane and withdrawn.
10 “That a sum of £40 be now voted to lay 80 yards of first class kerbing and guttering in Burrem Street from existing kerbing and guttering to Wilson Street.” Seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

Moved by Alderman Medway:

“That a sum of £12.10.0 be now voted to lay 3rd class kerbing and guttering in Alice Lane off Pearl Street 40 yards” seconded by Alderman Bellamy and carried.
12 “That a sum of £44.6.4 be now voted to asphalt the foot paths in Pearl Street on east side from Alice Street to Wells Street and on west side from Alice Street to Wells Street 830 yards” seconded by Alderman Bellemey and carried.

Numbers 13.14.15.16,17,18 in the name of Alderman Tye lapsed he not being present to move them.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman Bellemey called the Mayor’s attention to the bad state of a portion of the footpath in King Street opposite Forbes street. The Mayor said he would have it repaired.

In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the Col. Secretary asking him to provide a suitable place for a branch of the free public library.

Orders of the day:

On a motion by Alderman Smith the Council resolved into a committee of the whole for the purpose of considering sundry matters.

On the Council resuming the following report was brought up recommending –
1st that the tender of Mr G. Langley be accepted for the supply of blue stone petchers [?] at 35 shillings per hundred as per tender.
2nd Letter from Camperdown Council threatening to apply for an injunction to restrain this Council from draining into the borough. That a letter be written to the Council to remind it that owing to the deputation not having be exhausted and that an endeavour be made to obtain an interview with the Minister to urge the matter forward for the continuation of Prince Alfred sewer. And to join with this Council in the deputation and to ask them to stay proceedings until further efforts have been made to induce the government to go on with the work.
3rd That the Mayor be hereby authorised to call for additional tenders for asphalting footpaths under the specification now in use.
4 Australian Gas Light Company’s proposals for new agreement respecting public lights. That the proposals of the company contained in letter of 19th March last be agreed to and the agreement (a copy of which has now been read) be signed by the Mayor and Council clerk and corporate seal affix thereto.

On the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Whately the report was adopted.

The business being concluded the Council rose

Confirmed this 30th day of July 1889

(Signed) Jospeh Jolly, Mayor


Tuesday 30th July 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 Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen Bellamy, O’Connell, Tye, Smith, Lane, Eggleton, Medway and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From Mr G. T. Thomas relative to the overflow of stormwater in Camden Street stating that he was willing to leave the remedy in the hands of the Works committee. Received.
From Mr James Taylor complaining of some large holes in Cross Lane Enmore estate. The Mayor stated that the overseer had filled them up with ballast. Received
From ratepayers in Pine Estate complaining of the state of the streets in that estate. Received.
From Marrickville Council stating that it would proceed with the work of ballasting etc. a portion of Edgeware Road at the joint expense of the two councils as per arrangement as soon as the weather would permit.
From Mr Arthur Fisher asking the Council to kerb and gutter in front of his house on west side of Holdsworth Street on the usual terms. Received and to be complied with.
From the Department of Public Instruction stating that he would be willing to pay half the cost of the kerbing and guttering and asphalting round the new public school in Australia Street. Received.
From the Secretary to the Municipal Association stating that the annual session will be held in September next and asking that delegates be appointed to represent this Council and the usual contribution be forwarded £5.5.0. Received and Alderman Smith and the Mayor were appointed delegates.
From Mr B. C. Cooper Borough Treasurer resigning his office on account of his having to leave Newtown. Received and a letter be sent to him in reply conveying to him the thanks of the Council for the very efficient manner in which he had performed the duties of honorary treasurer during the past five years.
From Messrs J.Abbott, N. Hawken and E. W. Moldsworth covering a letter from the Secretary for Public Works stating that should the western suburbs sewage scheme of which the Prince Alfred hospital sewer forms a part now under consideration by Public Works committee be favourably received by that body he will in view of the urgency of the matter on sanitory grounds cause the work in question to be at once proceeded with. Received and a copy of same to be sent to Camperdown Council.
From Camperdown Council in reply to letters from this Council of the 17th and 22nd instant declining to accede to the requests therein contained and stating that any further communication upon the subject of the Kingston drainage question must be sent to their solicitor Mr Burcher.
From the Waterloo Council asking this Council to co-operate with them in a deputation to the government to urge the necessity of extending Lachlan Street from its present termination to Randwick Road. Received and Alderman White was appointed to represent this Council.

Reports:

Finance:

A report was brought up from the Finance Committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £869.11.1 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £234.6.3 adopted on a motion by Alderman White seconded by Alderman Tye.

Works:

A report was brought up from the Works committee recommending that the following works be passed and final payment made viz repairing kerbing and guttering in Burren Street: kerbing and guttering in Brown Lane: kerbing and guttering in Wells Street and Pearl Lane asphalting in Australia Street and Edgeware Road Camden Ward. Also that a lamp be put in lane at the back of Watkin Street and the ruts filled up with ballast: and that a pipe drain of 2 foot or 18 inches in diameter be laid from the culvert in Camden Street to Edgeware Road culvert 730 feet as a relieving drain to carry off the surplus stormwater. Adopted on a motion of Alderman Medway seconded by Alderman Whately.

Special lighting committee:

A report was abrought up recommending that applications be invited by advertisement from electricians and others who would be willing to undertake the lighting of the Borough with electricity by means of underground cables stating estimated cost per annum and per light specifying also the candle power of each light. Also that the Council clerk write to the councils of Young and Tamworth for a copy of specifications of the Works carried out in their respective Boroughs in connection with electric lighting. Adopted on a motion of Alderman Bellemy seconded by Alderman Lane.

Borough Treasurer:

Reported showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last report £2138.15.8 that £1686.18.1 had been received and deposited in the bank and the balance due to the bank at date £2912.4.6 Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the several contractors under his supervision were doing the work very well.

The Mayor brought up a report from a committee of the whole Council which met in the grounds of the Kettle estate to consider a proposal from Mr G. S. Brock to accept dedication of proposed extension of Burren Street through that estate from Wilson Street to Yaralla Street recommending that as there was of break in the proposed Street occasioned by the properties of Messrs Pakes and Williams the acception of the dedication stand over for a time and that a 2 foot pipe drain be laid in a direct line through the said properties from Yaralla Street to Wilson Street provided the owners were of consent to it and the adoption of this report was postponed for a month.

Motions pursuant to notice:

It was resolved that the consideration of motions pursuant to notice be postponed until next ordinary meeting.

Orders of the day:

The Council resolved into a committee of the whole to consider tenders for asphalting the footpaths and supply of blue metal.

Tenders were opened in committee and on the council’s resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending the acceptance of the tender of D. Hansell and Co for asphalting – First class one shilling and eight pence per yard. Second class one shilling and threepence per yard.

In the event of Hansell and Co declining to accept and to give security for the due performance of the work the Mayor is hereby authorised to accept the tender of Mr Lawler first class one shilling and ten pence second class one shilling and fourpence per yard.

The tender of Mr C. O’Donnell be accepted for the supply of 200 tons of blue metal boulders at seven shillings and ten pence per ton of 24 cubic feet. Which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Whately.

Miscellaneous business:

Alderman Lane called attention to the state of the foot paths at the back of the [Post?] Office since stables had been built it had been left in the very filthy state and requested that the matter be brought under the notice of the Post Master General.
Alderman Bellemy asked the Mayor to have a few loads of metal used for the repair of Elizabeth Street which was in a bad state near Hilliers cordial factory.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 13th day of August 1889

(Signed) Joseph Jolly, Mayor


 

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