Tuesday 17th August 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 Tye, Smith, Eggleton, Medway, White and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From Mr A. Kitchen asking to have asphalting laid in front of seven homes in Gowrie Street the properties of Messrs Brown and Goddard on the usual terms. Received and complied with.
From Mr Burnett asking the Council to asphalt in front of his home in Ferndale Street on the usual terms. Received and complied with.
From the St. Peters Council asking this Council to co-operate in urging upon the Government and Members of Parliament the necessity which exists for granting a special endowment to municipalities. Received and cooperation to be given.
From the manager of Bank of Australasia calling attention to the fact that the council’s overdraft had reached the limits asked for and requesting to be informed of probable amount of increase that might be required in the immediate future. Received and referred to the finance committee for report.

Reports.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported; The amount of work done in his department during the last month. That the scavengers and night soil contracters were doing the work very well and that several persons had been prosecuted for sundry breaches of the By laws. Received.

The overseer reported that on account of the late heavy rains the streets had been much cut up and that he had been compelled to use sundry tons of metal and ballast in order to put them in a passable state.

The Mayor laid upon the table a memorandum of agreement between the Council and contractors Hansell and Co for tar paving also a bond given by his securities (£50) duly signed and attested.

Motions pursuant to notice:

(From 1 to 16 were postponed from last meeting)

Moved by the Mayor:

1st “That a sum of £6 be now voted to construct a rubble drain along the footpaths east side of Australia Street from Mingays to the boundary.” Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

Nos. 2 and 3 standing in the name of Alderman Bellemey and 4, 5, 6 and 7 standing in the name of Alderman Lane lapsed on account of the absence of these Aldermen.

Moved by Alderman Medway:

8th “That a sum of £25 be now voted to repair and make good about 140 yards of kerbing and guttering on the south side of Alice Street from Pearl Street to Hawken Street” seconded by Alderman Eagleton and carried.

Moved by Alderman Medway:

9th “That a sum of £26 be now voted to ballast side of Alice Street Camden Ward between metal and guttering about 300 yards super from Pearl Street to Hawken Street” seconded by Alderman Eggleton and carried

Moved by Alderman Smith:

10th “That the lane between Wellington Street and Oxford Street back of Roman Catholic parsonage should be metalled with white metal at a cost of £35.” Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Moved by Alderman Tye:

11th “That Metropolitan Road be formed and ballasted from Enmore Road to Sarah Street the whole width of the roadway at the cost of £390 tenders to be called for the work as recommended by the Works committee on the 27th June 1889” seconded by Alderman Eggleton. An amendment was moved by Alderman White that the words “at a cost of £390 be omitted” seconded by Alderman Whately and carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.
12th “That a sum of £9 be now voted to lay 30 yards of kerbing and guttering in Cozens Lane as recommended by the Works committee 27th June 1889.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried
13 “That reference be made to the lighting committee to erect lamps at the following places viz one in Cozens Lane and one in lane off Alice Street near Goodsell’s shop at an annual cost of £5.10.0 each” seconded by Alderman Eggleson and carried.
14 That kerbing and guttering be laid on the east side of Edgeware Road from Alice Street to Camden Street 100 yards 1st class: cost of £19.3.4 also about ten yards of 4th class to turn the corner cost of £3.16.0 total costs £52.19.4.” Seconded by Alderman White pro forma. Withdrawn by consent.
15th “That a 6 inch pipe drain be laid along the footpath on the west side of Simmons Street from Enmore Road to Sarah Street.” 990 feet (Pipes £13.6.0 labour £30 total cost £43.6.0″ seconded by Alderman White and referred to the Works committee for report.
16 Referring to a deputation to the Minister for Works re wood blocking Cooks River and Enmore Roads was withdrawn.
17 “That a 6 inch pipe drain be laid in Belmore Lane from Phillip Street to London Street 466 feet at a cost of — pipes £6 labour £18.10.0” seconded by Alderman White and withdrawn.
18 “That a 9 inch pipe drain be laid in Edgeware Road from Camden Street to Sarah Street 542 [yards] at a cost of pipes £18 labour £16.5.0” not seconded.
19th “That reference be made to the lighting committee erect a lamp in Belmore Lane as an annual cost of £5.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Eggleson and carried.

Moved by Alderman Smith:

20 “That notice be given to all owners of property whose fences etc. encroach on the streets and lanes of the Borough not to repair the same.” seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.
21 “That Regent Street west side from Bishopgate Street to Albermarle Street be asphalted 2nd class at a cost of one shilling and threepence per yard — 290 yards cost of £18.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.
22 “That Mr John H. Reed Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown be hereby appointed the Borough Treasurer at a salary of £2.2.0 per annum. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.

Moved by Alderman Medway:

23 “That a sum of £338 be now voted to lay relieving pipe drain from culvert in Camden Street to culvert in Edgeware Road 720 feet in length as recommended by the Works committee 25th July 1889. Pipes £254 labour £84.”
An amendment was moved by Alderman Smith and Whately “That the consideration of this motion stand over for one month” which was lost.

 

A further amendment by the same Aldermen was moved “That only that portion of the work from the culvert in Edgeware Road to Camden Street be carried out when its turn shall come round” and was lost. The original motion was then put and carried.

 

Moved by Aldermen White:

24 “That a sum of £145 be now voted to ballast lane back of Enmore Road from Edgeware Road to Simmons Street. ballast £108 labour £37.” Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.
25 “That a sum of £65 be now voted to form and ballast cross Lane from Maria Street to Edgeware Road, ballast £46 labour £19.” Seconded by Alderman Tye referred to the Works committee for report.

Moved by Alderman Eggleton:

26 “That Norfolk Street be formed and ballasted from Angel Street to Whitehorse Street 114 lineal yards at a cost of £56 ballast £40 labour £16.” Seconded by Alderman Medway and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 27th day of August 1889

(Signed) Joseph Jolly, Mayor


Tuesday 27th August 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: The Mayor (Mr Joseph Jolly) and Aldermen Peirce, Tye, Smith, Lane, Eggleton and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.

Correspondence:

From Alderman Bellemey to the Mayor stating that his absence from the meeting was unavoidable and asking him to move in his stead resolution No 1 standing in his name. Received.
The Mayor apologised for Alderman Medway whose absence was caused through indisposition.
From John Biggs Kent Street complaining of the bad state of the streets and asking that something be done to remedy it. Received and referred to the Works committee for consideration and report.
From the Marrickville Council setting forth certain recommendations for dealing with the making of Edgeware Road by the joint contributions of each Council. Received and referred to the Works committee for consideration and report.
From Charles Murphy the owner of house No 104 King Street corner of Watkin Street asking to have some repairs effected to the footpath in front of his property. Received and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with.
From Messrs Abbott and Molesworth Ms. L. A stating that the Minister for Works had given a definite promise to place in the loan estimates a sum required for wood blocking Cooks River Road from Newtown Railway Station to St Peter’s boundary subject to the Council’s promise to contribute the sum of £3,000 towards the expense. Received and the writers be informed that the thanks of the Council are due to them for their persistent support they have rendered to the Council in its endeavours to the wood blocking of the Road and to state also that it still adheres to its promise made to the department through the Engineer in charge for roads and bridges on the 20th January 1887. And further to state that the Enmore Road being under dual control of the Department of Roads and Bridges and Tramways that a contribution from each together with the promised contribution of £1800 made at the same date as the former should make it easier to secure the same privileges for it as Cooks River Road.
From the Board of Health calling attention again to the water closets of some houses in Horden Street which it considered injurious to health. Received and referred to Nuisance Prevention Act Committee.
From the Australian Gas Light Company asking if the Council desired to make any alteration in the night about the time of the full moon on which the public lamps were not lighted. Received and the reply be sent stating that no alterations was deemed necessary.
From the Secretary to the Benevolent Society in Sydney asking the Council to employ some of the able bodied paupers who applied for relief at the expense of the society at say 4/- for one day in a week merely as a test to see if the men were willing to work. Received and the a writer be informed that the proposal could not be entertained
From Messrs Want and Johnson solicitors for Mr Glassbrook asking for compensation to injuries said to be received by his horse in Leamington Avenue. Received and referred to a committee of the whole Council to be dealt with at a later period of the meeting.

Petitions:

Alderman Tye presented a petition from a number of ratepayers in Kent Street asking the Council to remedy the present a state of the road. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Reports:

Finance:

A report was brought up from the finance committee showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £789.2.6 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £422.0.1 adopted on a motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Tye.

Works:

A report was brought up from the Works committee recommending that Alderman Tye’s motion to lay a pipe drain in Simmons Street stand over for a time: that Alderman White’s motion to ballast Cross Lane stand over for time: that the kerbing and guttering by contractors Duggan and Brown in sundry places measured to date be passed and final payment made: that the asphalting by contractors Mills and Hansell & Co.measured up to date be passed and final payment made. Adopted on a motion by Alderman Lane seconded by Alderman Whately.

The Borough Treasurer reported that he had received and deposited in Bank to Council’s credit £959.9.8 that £789.2.6 had been paid away and that the balance due to Bank at date was £2741.17.4. Received

Inspector of nuisances reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks. Received.

The lighting committee reported recommending additional lamps to erected as follows one in Cozens Lane about the bend, one in Belmore Lane, one in Camden Street foot of Station Street, one in Clara Street off Alice Street near Goodsell’s store, two in King Street between railway bridge and Forbes Street, one in Gibbes Street.
The following removals – one now in Bedford Street opposite Peirce Street to a site near the subway and one in Georgina Street to the corner. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Peirce seconded by Alderman Lane. Referring to the lamp in Bedford Street it was decided to write to Petersham Council to ask it to join in the expense of one additional lamp to be placed in a bracket at the corner of the subway.

Auditors reported that they had completed the half yearly audit to 5th of August and accompanying was a detailed statement of receipts and expenditure for the same period. Received

Motions pursuant to notice:

No 1 by Alderman Bellamy withdrawn
No 2 by same Alderman postponed to next meeting

Moved by Alderman Lane:

3 “That a sum of £200 be now voted to break up, reform and remetal Erskineville Road from King Street to railway bridge to 220 lineal yards” seconded by Alderman Whately and referred to the Works committee for report.
4 “That a sum of £340 be now voted to break up reform and remetal Wilson Street from King Street to Watkin Street 370 lineal yards seconded by Alderman Whately and referred to the Works committee for report
5 “That a sum of £5 be now voted to asphalt the footpath west side of Erskinville Road from King Street to the corner of Wilson Street 75 yards.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.
6 “That reference be made to the Works committee to report upon the best means of improving the footpath south side of Wilson Street from King Street to Erskinville Road and the surveyor be instructed to clearly define the width of the roadway and footpath.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Alderman Tye moved:

7 “That a sum of £12 be now voted to lay 38 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering in Augustus Street from London Street to Lane.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
8 “That 6 inch pipes be laid on the south side of Charles Street along the footpath from Phillip Street to London Street a distance of about 470 feet (pipes £6.10.0 labour £19) total cost £25.10.0 seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.
9 “That 6 inch pipes be laid in Belmore Lane from Phillip Street to near London Street 466 feet pipes £6 labour £18.10.0 total cost £24.10.0 ” seconded by Alderman Lane and carried.

Moved by Alderman Smith:

10 “That a sum of £5.5.0 be now voted to Municipal Association being the annual contribution towards same.” Seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.
11 “That Oxford Street east side from Albermarle Street to Lennox Street be asphalted 2nd class 174 yards at a cost of £11.
12 “That Regent Street east side from Lennox Street to Bedford Street be asphalted 2nd class 200 yards at a cost of £12.10.0” seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

Miscellaneous business:

In reply to Alderman Lane the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to Tramway authorities asking them to extend the penny section beyond Cleveland Street to the end of Newtown Road.

Alderman Eggleton called the attention of the Mayor to the present state of the footpath in Goodsell Street.

The Council resolved into a committee of the whole to consider the letter received from Messrs Ward and Johnson solicitors in reference to an alleged injury to a horse in Leamington Avenue.

In committee the question was discussed and the testimony of two of Corporation labourers who stated they saw the horse and cart referred to on the Road also the overseer’s statement and on resuming the committee reported recommending the Council to refuse compensation for the alledged injury. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Peirce and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose

Confirmed this 10th day of September 1889

(Signed) Joseph Jolly Mayor


 

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