Tuesday 10th January 1893

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to motion on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock.

Present
The Mayor (Mr William Rigg) and Aldermen Bellemey, Salmon, Cox, Swinbourne, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Morgan, McCann, White and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.

Correspondence
From Mr G. H. Cooper protesting against changing the name of Newtown to South Sydney. Received.

From Mr James Stock asking the Council to finish the tar paving on the northern side of Belmore Street as he has just built four houses there. Received and the writer to be informed that if he desires to have the work done forthwith he will have to pay one third of the expense otherwise will have to wait until it is done in the ordinary course of things.

From the Municipal Association on the subject of the local government Bill now before Parliament. Received and referred to the special committee of the whole Council appointed to consider the Bill.

From the same in reply to a question raised in this Council upon a motion by Alderman Salmon proposing to authorise the Water and Sewerage Board by their employees to receive fees for street opening in connection with the sewerage system and covering copy of Counsel’s opinion on the subject as follows: — “I do not see any legal objection to the water supply and sewerage Board receiving on behalf of the Council plumbers license fees for the street opening of roadways. If this arrangement should be made I do not think that the Board or its employees come under the provisions of Section 151. Received.

From the Water and Sewerage Board stating in reply to a letter from this Council that the connection with sewer of the urinal must be made by the Council. Received

From the same acceding to the Council’s request to be allowed to use water from the Hydrants for cleansing the wood blocks on condition that it is used at night only and from certain Hydrants on the Paddington main, which will be pointed out. Received and to be knowledged with thanks. It was also referred to the water committee for report.

From the Colonial Secretary’s office asking to be supplied with the unimproved value of lands in the Municipality. Received and a reply to be sent that the information sought for is not to be obtained in the office unless a special appointment be made for the purpose.

From the Fire Brigades Board covering a statement of receipts and expenditure for the year and stating that contribution for members to be £167.13.6 for the year. Received.

Reports

Finance committee
reported having paid accounts amounting to £1617.18.6 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £748.19.11 on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Dolman the report was adopted.

Works committee reported
having inspected a number of streets in the several wards where tar paving, tar painting and topdressing and kerbing and guttering had been done and recommended that the works be passed and final payment made. Received and adopted on a motion by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman McCann.

Lighting committee
reported recommending lamps be put up, one in Wilson Street between King Street and Erskineville Road: one in Station Street between Holt Street and Camden Street and one in a lane off Camden Street: also that a lamp in White Horse Street in front of Mrs Week’s house be moved to the opposite corner and declining to recommend a lamp in lane applied for by Mr Marcus Clarke at the back of his place in King Street. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Dolman.

Special committee for a public park
reported recommending that as the present time is inopportune for applying to the government to purchase a site suitable the matter be allowed to drop and the committee be dissolved. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Morgan.

The committee of the whole Council
reported progress in considering the local government Bill now before Parliament and asking leave to sit again on Tuesday next also recommending that the future labours of the committee be continued as a special committee under clause 56 of the Council’s By-laws. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Bellemey.

Borough Treasurer
reported having deposited in Bank since last report, £397.3.7 that during the same period £1617.18.6 had been paid away and the balance due to the bank at date £5718.10.5. Received and referred to Finance committee for a report on the finances.

The overseer
reported the progress being made with the works under his supervision. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the contractors under his supervision were endeavouring to do the work in a satisfactory manner and that accounts had been served and summonses taken out in a number of cases.

Motions pursuant to notice

The Mayor moved
1. that the Council do now proceed to appoint an alderman as Returning Officer for the next Annual Election of Aldermen and Auditors pursuant to the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867 (section 65) seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried. Alderman Morgan proposed Alderman Smith for the office . seconded by Alderman Cox. Alderman Smith declined to accept the appointment. Alderman Smith moved “that Alderman Lane be appointed Returning Officer.’ seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.
2. “That the Council do now proceed to determine upon the mode of appointment of valuers to make the annual valuation of rateable property for the ensuing Municipal year. ” Seconded by Alderman Swinbourne and carried. Alderman Smith proposed “that applications be invited by advertisement from competent persons to make the valuations in accordance with the specification in use last year.” Seconded by Alderman Swinbourne and carried.

Alderman Cox moved
3. “That the footpath on the northern side of Wells Street from Eve’s Terrace towards King Street about 75 yards superficial be tar paved 2nd class at an estimated cost of £6.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

4. “That the footpath on the western side of Iredale Street in front of Smith’s Terrace be tar paved second class, about 75 yards at an estimated cost of £6.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

5. “That a lamp be erected in Union Lane about the centre at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0 per annum. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Whately for Alderman Salmon, who had previously left the room moved, under written authority
6. “That the footpath on the northern side of Richard Street from its eastern end westerly be tar paved 2nd class, at an estimated cost of £5.” Seconded by Alderman Bellamy and carried.

Orders of the day

Alderman Whately to move
7. “That the Council do now resolve into committee of the whole to consider the advisability of changing the present name of this Borough from Newtown to South Sydney.” By consent this matter was postponed and made an order of the day for the first ordinary Council meeting to be held after the election of the Mayor in the ensuing Municipal year.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Bellemey the Mayor said he was in communication with the Railway Commissioners about kerbing and tarpaving the footpath in front of the Railway property in King Street, also that he would write about the state of the wood blocks. It was then decided that a deputation of the Council with the Members for the the district wait upon the Secretary for Public Works upon the subject of the repair of the wood blocks between the bridge and Bligh Street and the subject of wood blocking Enmore Road.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 24th day of January 1893
(signed) W.Rigg
Mayor


Tuesday 24th January 1893 .

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at half past 7 o’clcok.

Present
The Mayor (Mr Wm. Rigg) and Aldermen Bellemey, Salmon, Cox, Swinbourne, Smith, Dolman, Lane, Morgan, McCann, White and Whately.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.

Correspondence
From the Secretary to the General Post Office stating that the letter box promised to be erected on the corner of Wellington and Lennox Streets would be erected on Wednesday next. Received.

From the Water and Sewerage Board stating that contractors for pipe laying had been instructed to attend to the maintenance of the streets referred to in a letter from this Council of the 21st ultimo. Received.

From Mr John Goddard withdrawing his application for tar paving in Harold Street. Received.

Reports

A report was received from the overseer enumerating the works now in progress.

The Inspector of Nuisances also reported that the contractors are doing their work in a satisfactory manner. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice

No.1 Alderman Morgan not being present the motion standing in his name that Angel Street be repaired lapsed.

Orders of the day

“To open and consider tenders for making the annual valuation of rateable property for the ensuing Municipal year.”

On a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Lane the Council resolved into a committee of the whole for the purpose of opening the tenders with closed doors.

In committee the tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor reported recommending the acceptance of the tenders of R.P. Cutter and C.T.Peirce at £30 each.

On a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith the report was adopted.

This concluded the business of this meeting.
Confirmed this 14th day of February 1893 .

(signed) W.Rigg

Revision Court
At the conclusion of the above meeting an open court was held for the purpose of revising the Municipal Lists of persons supposed to be entitled to vote. The lists were laid on the table and there being neither claims for insertion or objections to any already inserted the lists for the several wards were unanimously adopted and the Mayor signed and certified to the lists as required by the Municipalities Act of 1867.

The business being concluded the Council rose.

Confirmed this 14th day of February 1893

(Signed) W. Rigg


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