Tuesday 2nd October 1894

 

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 Howe, Salmon, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, Morgan, Elstub.
In the absence of the Mayor Alderman Smith was voted to the chair.

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

Correspondence

From Paddington Council asking cooperation in a resolution urging upon the government to bring forward such legislation as will grant immediate relief to all municipalities from the heavy interest paid on municipal loans to private persons, providing that all loans falling due or as may in future be authorised can be converted or negotiated by or through the central government at a rate of interest not exceeding four percent per annum. Received and cooperation acceded to.

From Mr. G.E. Ardill Director of the Home of Hope stating that since the court had declared the establishment to be exempt from rates on the ground of its being a charitable institution the house rubbish had not been removed by the Councils contractor and asking that the scavenger may be instructed to call as usual notwithstanding the said exemption. Received and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with.

From Mr. A.I. Liddell thanking the Council for the honorarium voted to him at the last meeting. Received.

From the Board of Health stating that a proclamation by the Governor had been issued withdrawing the trades of farmers and leatherdressers from the list of noxious trades. Received.

Reports

Overseer
reported the progress made with works under his supervision during the last two weeks. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department and that the contractors for scavenging were doing their work very well. Received.

The Council Clerk laid on the table a statement of votes authorised by the Council and not yet completed which in the aggregate amounted to £3753.5.6 also a statement of outstanding accounts due to the council amounting to £6252.19.10. Received.

Motions pursuant to Notice

Alderman Morgan moved
1 “That 95 yards 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid on the south side of Wells Street from the Pound to present kerbing at an estimated cost of £28. Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. Alderman Morgan on account of the paucity of attendance asked leave to withdraw the motion number 2 in reference to the re-adjustment of the wards of this Borough which was acceded to.

Questions

The Chairman stated that since last meeting he had attended at the Water and Sewerage Board with a deputation on the subject of the proposed raising of the water rate and that the Commissioners after listening to the arguments laid before promised to give them consideration and communicate their decision to the Council by letter.

This concluded the business.
Confirmed this 16th day of October 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor


 

Tuesday, October 16, 1894

 

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. William Rigg) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Morgan and McCann.

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

The Mayor referred to the loss the Council and the Borough generally had sustained through the death of Alderman Charles Whately who had departed this life since last meeting and spoke kindly terms of the service the late Alderman had rendered to the Borough during that period of 18 years and moved that a letter of condolence bearing the seal of the Council be sent to the widow and family. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Correspondence

From Granville Council asking cooperation in a deputation to the government to obtain an abolition of the fees imposed under the provision of Noxious Trade Act of 1894. Received.

From James Stevenson contractor for scavenging Enmore Road asking the Council for recompense for trouble said to have been caused through the wood blocking Enmore Road. Received and left in the hands of the Mayor to be dealt with.

From Mr. Abraham Matchett complaining of the action of the Council in taking up a pipe crossing in Lands Lane and substituting an open crossing and asking to have the pipe crossing restored. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

From the Fire Brigades Board in reply to a letter from this Council asking for a steam fire engine to be located at the fire station in Newtown declining to accede to the request. Received.

Reports

Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £933.13.1 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £631.9.6 on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith the report was adopted.

Works Committee
reported having passed the following works Tarpaving, Tarpainting, and patching in King, Stephen, and Brown Streets in O’Connell Ward: Camden and Station Streets in Enmore Ward: in Angel, Harold, Norfolk and Whitehorse Streets in Camden Ward. Kerbing and guttering and repairs in Lands Lane, Australia Street, Dennison and Regents Streets in Kingston Ward. Keig Street in Enmore Ward Dickson and Holmwood Streets in Camden Ward. On a motion by Alderman Salmon seconded by Alderman McCann the report was adopted.

Borough Treasurer
reported that during the last four weeks a sum of £847.10.8 had been deposited in Bank of Australasia and that during the same period cheques had been issued (including interest on overdraft) amounting to £1085.17.6 and the overdraft was £4931.19.7. Received.

Overseer of Works
reported progress that had been made with the works under his care during the last two weeks. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks and that scavengers were doing their several works in a satisfactory manner. Received.

Motions pursuant to Notice

Alderman Ibbotson moved
1 “That £275 be now voted as the estimated cost of making good the Tarpaving in Enmore Road.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Orders of the Day

To open and consider tenders for sundry alterations to Town Hall. The Council resolved into a committee of the whole with closed doors. Tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following report. “Your committee having opened and considered tenders for the above works will recommend that the tender of Messrs Smith & Savage be accepted for brickwork in connection with the alterations as specified for £90.7.6.”
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman.
The Mayor moved “that the report be now adopted.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would have a letter written to the Water & Sewerage Board asking them to expedite the completion of the repairs to streets and lanes in this Borough that had been cut up by the Board’s contractors. In reply to Alderman Ibbotson the Mayor said he would have a letter written to the Railway Commissioners asking them to shift the points on the train line from Enmore Road at Enmore to Stanmore Road and that the Post Master General had promised to place a sum on the best estimates for the erection of a new post office at Enmore.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 30th day of October 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor


 

Tuesday 30th October 1894

 

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

Present
The Mayor (Mr. W. Rigg) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Morgan and McCann.

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

Correspondence

From Erskinville Council in reference to temporary sewerage in the recently proclaimed drainage area informing the Council that the Board had decided to carry out the work at once. Received.

From the secretary Railway Commissioners intimating to the Council that the Commissioners had approved of the alteration of the shunting points at Enmore and placing them further over the hill towards Marrickville so that it will not so much interfere with the vehicular traffic at the junction of Stanmore Road. Received.

From the Department of Public Works acknowledging the receipt of an application from this Council for the payment of £5000 as the government’s contribution towards wood blocking Enmore Road. Received.

From the Water & Sewerage department stating in reply to a letter from this Council that a thorough inspection and observation had been made of the induct pipe at the front of Fay’s Enmore Hotel and that no nuisance had been experienced from it. Received and a copy of it to be forwarded to the Ratepayers complaining of the nuisance.

Reports

The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his care during the last two weeks. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks also that the scavengers were doing their work satisfactorily. Received.

Motions pursuant to Notice

Alderman Morgan moved
1 “That 78 yards 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid on the north side of Dickson Street from Eve’s new house to Lacken’s house at an estimated cost of £23.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

Alderman Cox moved
2 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect a lamp in Lord Street between King Street and John Street at a cost not exceeding £4.12.6 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

3 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect a lamp in Maria Street between King Street and John Street at a cost not exceeding £4.12.6 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would leave instructions with the overseer to report occasionally on the progress made by the Water and Sewerage Board in repairing the streets and lanes operated upon by their contractors.
In reply to Alderman Morgan the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the Board of Health complaining of a great nuisance arising from some boiling down in an adjacent municipality.
In reply to Alderman Parker the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the Railway Commissioners calling their attention to the number of men and boys who constantly use the train waiting room as a lounging place.
In reply to Alderman Cox the Mayor said he would cause a letter to be written to the Railway Commissioners asking them to run the St Peters tramway through to Sydney direct.
It was resolved that Alderman White’s leave of absence be extended one month from this date.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 13th day of November 1894.
Signed J. F. Smith,
Chairman


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