Tuesday 13th November 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
Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Parker, Smith, Elstub, Morgan and King.

In the absence of the Mayor (who is on a visit to the colony of Victoria) Alderman Smith was unanimously voted to the chair.

The chairman laid on the table the usual declaration of office as Alderman as required by the Municipalities Act of 1867 of Mr. John Russell King who had been duly elected in the room of the late Alderman Whately. The chairman introduced the newly elected Alderman for O’Connell Ward who took his seat at the table.

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

Correspondence

From Enfield Council intimating that the adjourned conference on the “Meat supply and Inspection” would be held at Enfield on the 16th instant at eight o’clock p.m. Received.

From Messrs E. M. Catts Hon Secretary to the Womens’ Christian Temperance Union asking for the free use of the Town Hall for an entertainment to raise funds for building a home for female inebriates. Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with.

From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in reference to a proposal from this Council to run the St Peters tram through to Sydney instead of making the bridge the terminus intimating that as the tram in question did not pay it was a question of taking it off altogether but before doing so “Horse Traction” would be tried. Received.

From the Water and Sewerage Board intimating that the surface of the roadway had been worn away from the sewer manhole covers in Wilson and Fitzroy Streets and lane of Brown Street. Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with.

From Messrs Norton and Smith Solicitors covering an undertaking signed by Mr. F. M. Clements in reference to an encroachment in King Street. Received.

Referring to a written notice from this Council which on the 6th instant was served on Mr. J.T. Stevens to remove an encroachment from a lane at the rear of and parallel with the south side of Newman Street. Mr. J.E. Hogg Solicitor for Mr. Stevens wrote stating that in his opinion the Council had no claim or title to the lane and submitting that the Council should formally withdraw the notice served on Mr. Stevens. The letter was received and on a motion moved by Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Salmon the Council resolved that the writer be informed that the Council still adheres to the notice served on Mr. F.T. Stevens and will take the necessary measures to have the encroachment removed and it was also resolved that the Aldermen for the Ward together with Alderman Smith and the Mayor be a special committee to whom all the correspondence was referred and to deal further with the case as circumstances may require.

From Messrs Gibbings & Summerhayes covering a plan of a subdivision of land in Angel and Norfolk streets stating that they proposed to build a number of houses on the said land and asking the Council to take over and make the street and lane as shown on the plan. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Reports

Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1020.10.7 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £98.3.8 which was adopted on the motion by the Chairman seconded by Alderman Morgan.

Borough Treasurer
reported that £1175.9.2 had been received and deposited in the bank during the last four weeks and during the same period £1020.10.7 had been paid away leaving a balance due to the Bank of £4777.1.0. Received.

Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.

Questions

Alderman Morgan called attention to a dangerous hole in the footpath in John Street. Alderman Salmon referred to the necessity for the necessary repairs to Queen Street being carried out speedily. Alderman Parker to some tarred metal crossings that were ordered to be done in Kingston Ward. Alderman King expressed a wish that the Water Cart ought to go further along Wilson Street.

Business concluded.
Confirmed this 27th day of November 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor.


 

Tuesday 27th November 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. W. Rigg) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Morgan, McCann and King.

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

Correspondence

From the Water & Sewerage Board in reference to a scarcity of water which had been experienced by ratepayers in Enmore Road and Bailey Street stating that provision had been made for a better supply. Received.

From Annandale Council asking cooperation in a deputation to the Minister for Works to get the storm water sewer made in Johnson’s and White’s Streets. Received.

From Enfield Council stating that an adjourned meeting of the conference on the Meat Supply and Inspection question will be held at Enfield on the 7th December next. Received.

From Five Dock Council asking cooperation in a deputation to the Minister for Plans to ask him to resume 10 acres of the Abbottsford Estate for the purposes of public reserve and recreation ground. Received.

From Erskinville Council asking for a conference on the subject of the better lighting of the Erskinville Road Bridge. Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

From the Board of Health covering a proclamation exempting from the operations of the Noxious Trades and Slaughtering Act the trades of “Fellmonger” and “Scourer”. Received.

Reports

The Overseer
reported the amount of works under his supervision since last report. Received.

Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department since last report and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily. Received.

Motions pursuant to Notice

Alderman Elstub moved
1 “That the stone gutters on each side of Regent Street between Albermarle and Bishopgate Streets be repaired where necessary with about 100 yards of new 18 inch gutter stones at an estimated cost of £21.” Seconded by Alderman Parker. With the consent of the Mover & Seconder was referred to the Works Committee for report.

Alderman Ibbotson to move
2 “That the lane at the rear of Station Street from King Street to a lane at the rear of John Street be kerbed and guttered third class on the eastern side at an estimated cost of £11.14.0.” Withdrawn by consent.

3 “That the lane off Don Street to Reiby Street be repaired with ballast at an estimated cost of £42.7.6.” Withdrawn by consent.

Alderman Morgan to move
4 “That the lane off Holmwood Street on the west side adjoining Mr. Lennon’s property be kerbed and guttered 3rd class 34 yards at a cost not exceeding £10.40.0.” Seconded by Alderman Cox. An amendment was moved by Alderman King and seconded by Alderman Elstub “that it be referred to the Works Committee” was lost and the motion was carried.

5 “That 32 yards 2nd class kerbing and guttering be laid on the northside of Holmwood Street from Cooks River Road to a lane at the rear of that road at an estimated cost of £11.4.0.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

6 “That a strip of 2nd class Tarpaving 3 feet wide be laid on the north side of Holmwood Street from Cooks River Road to a lane at the rear of that road 39 yards at an estimated cost of £3.1.9.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

7 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the cost of ballasting and metalling with blue metal Alice Street from Edgeware Road to Pearl Street.” Seconded by Alderman Cox. An amendment was moved by Alderman Parker “that the words “Works Committee” be omitted and the words Whole Council be inserted in lieu thereof.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried. The motion as amended was then carried.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Parker the Mayor said he with Alderman Smith would take an early opportunity of interviewing the Fire Brigades Board on the subject of getting a Steam Engine located here. The Mayor referred to the new Local Government Bill now before Parliament which he thought required the serious consideration of all the suburban Councils and stated the subject would receive consideration by the Committee of the Municipal Association which would meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss the Bill otherwise he should feel it his duty to convene a meeting of representatives of the Councils to discuss the Bill with a view to propose necessary amendments.
In reply to Alderman King the Mayor said he would write to the Gas Company calling attention to the bad lights in Walker and Holdsworth Streets.

The business being concluded and the council rose.
Confirmed this 11th day of December 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor.


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