Tuesday the 11th December 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.
The Mayor 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.
From Mr. J. H. Scurr complaining of the way the tramways are cleaned the dust and dirt being left on the surface of the roadway causes great annoyance and inconvenience to the shopkeepers on the road and suggesting that it be done simultaneously with the sweeping of the street at night by the Councils Contractor. Received and a copy of the letter be sent on to the Railway Commissioners and to request that the matter receive their consideration.
From the Australian Gas Light Company in reply to a letter from this Council stating that the defective lights referred to were caused by the presence of Naphthalene in the lamps which gave a great deal of trouble and requesting to be communicated with by telephone in future cases and immediate attention should be given to any lamps complained of. Received.
From Mr. A. Beacon contractor for removing night soil stating that he was unfortunately afflicted with an incurable disease and asking the Council to make over his contract for the removal of night soil to his brother Mr. Archibald Beacon. Received and the request complied with.
reported having paid under votes of appropriation account amounting to £590.14.0 and recommending the payment of accounts amounting to £179.17.6. Adopted on the motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Parker.
1st In reference to Mr. Matchett’s letter complaining of the action of the Council in removing a pipe crossing and substituting an open crossing in Wellington Street near has property: that the work referred to has been well done and is an improvement to the property in the locality.
2nd Alderman Elstub’s motion to repair the gutters in Regent Street. “That the guttering be repaired throughout the street at an estimated cost of a £5.
3rd In reference to Messrs Kipling’s and Summerhayes letter and plan of subdivision of land at the corner of Angel and Norfolk Street. : “that the Council declines to takeover the street and lane as shown in the plan submitted.” ” That the Tarpaving Tarpainting and repairs in the following streets be passed and final payment made – viz Denison, Regent, Wellington, Liberty, Dickson, King, May and Watkin Streets and Metropolitan and Enmore Roads.” Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Elstub.
Committee of the whole Council
reported on the present state of Alice Street recommending “that the Street be ballasted all over from Edgeware Road to Pearl Street. Tenders to be invited for supplying the ballast at per cubic yard to be measured on the roadway after being broken down. The labour to be done by the Council’s own labourers. All the covered crossings to be removed and open crossings substituted where practical.” Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith.
reported “that £798.13.3 had been received and deposited in the Bank since last report: that cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £590.14.0 and that the balance due to the Bank at date was £4,569.1.9. Received.
reported the works in progress that had been completed 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 the contractors under his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner. Received.
The Mayor referred to the proposed Local Government Bill and stated that the subject was being dealt with by the Municipal Association and further that he had an interview with the Premier (Mr. G.H. Reid) who had told him that it was not his intention to interfere with the present system of rating property in existing Municipalities only to deal with endorsements.
Motion pursuant to Notice
The Mayor moved
1st “That the lane at the rear of Station Street from Keig Street to lane at the rear of Don Street be kerbed and guttered third class on the eastern side at an estimated cost of £11.14.0.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
2nd “that Camden Street from King Street to College Street be ballasted at an estimated cost of £113.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson. An amendment was moved by Alderman Parker seconded by Alderman Smith “That it would be referred to a committee of the whole Council to inspect and report thereon” Carried. The motion as amended was then put and carried.
Alderman McCann moved
3 “That 31 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid on the south side of Holmwood Street from King Street to lane at an estimated cost of £9.6.0.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
4 “That 76 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid on both sides of Dickson Street from King Street to lane at an estimated cost of £22.16.0.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
5 “That 32 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid on the northside of Harold Street from Gowrie Street to Angel Lane at an estimated cost of £9.12.0.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
6 “That 30 yards of 2nd tarpaving be laid on the footpath west side of Whitehorse Street from George Street at an estimated cost of £2.7.6.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
Alderman Parker moved
7 “That the gutters stones in Brook’s Lane east and west sides from Fitzroy Lane to Lands Lane be taken up redressed and relaid at an estimated cost of £10.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
8 “That the gutters stones in Lands Lane on the south side from Australia Street to Brooks Lane be taken up redressed and relaid at an estimated cost of £6.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
9 “That the gutter stones at the intersection of Trade and Pierce Streets be replaced with new gutter stones at an estimated cost of £2.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Alderman Ibbotson moved
10 “That 117 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid on the northside of Lane at the rear of Enmore Road from London to Phillip Streets at an estimated cost of £35.2.0.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.
11 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect a lamp in Enmore Road near Mr Work’s chemist shop at a cost not exceeding £4.12.6 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
12 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect a lamp in a lane at the rear of Ferndale Street at a cost not exceeding £4.12.6 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Alderman King moved
13 “That Wilson Street be watered from King Street to Forbes Street when necessary at a probable cost of 3/-per day.” Withdrawn by consent.
14 “That 74 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid in front of the public school in Campbell Street on condition that the Department of Public Construction pay a portion at a cost not exceeding £22.4.0.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Alderman King asked the Mayor “what is the amount of rates outstanding and what steps are being taken to recover the same?” The Mayor replied “that the amount of rates outstanding at date was £3742.5.4 and that final notice to pay within seven days had been served upon every household and owner whose rates were unpaid.”
Alderman Elstub desired to call the attention of the Lighting Committee to a signboard in Lennox Street which was obstructing the light from a public lamp.
Alderman Smith moved “that a letter be written to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners instructing them to remove their Inspectors box from the street on the Railway Bridge to some less conspicuous place.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.
In reply to Alderman Parker the Mayor said he would write to the Metropolitan Railway Commissioners asking them to provide a shelter shed for the van men in Crescent Street same as for the Cab Men.
In reference to a Steam Fire Engine for Newtown the Mayor said “that the Fire Brigades Board had informed that it was impossible to provide steamers for the suburbs.”
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 8th day of January 1895.
Signed W. Rigg,
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