Tuesday 6th March 1894

 

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

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

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

Correspondence

From Mrs. Baker of St Peter’s acknowledging the receipt of the letter of sympathy from this Council. Received.

From Mr. A.I. Liddell offering himself as a candidate for the position of Overseer and Superintendent for wood-blocking Enmore Road. Received.

From the Rockdale Council covering a copy of a resolution asking cooperation in endeavouring to obtain a Special Grant endowment to municipalities of ten shillings in the £. Received and cooperation to be given.

From Concord Council covering a resolution of Council stating that the guarantee required by the Water & Sewerage Board for laying on water should be reduced to 4 per cent on cost of same. Received.

From Leichhardt Council covering a copy of a resolution asking cooperation in an endeavour to induce the Municipal Association to engage the service of a Solicitor in drawing up a uniform code of By-Laws suitable for the working of all Metropolitan Municipalities. Received.

From the Railway Commissioners stating that after having considered the whole question of train fares have decided that they would not be justified in making any reduction at the present time. Received.

From the Australian Gas Light Company stating that the price of tar at their Sydney works will be raised to 3 pence per gallon after 31st March next. Received.

From the Water & Sewerage Board stating that the act under which the Board was working precluded the Board from contributing towards the expense of making annual valuations in Suburban Boroughs. Received.

A letter in reference to a Gas Saving Machine was received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

From the Secretary to the Municipal Association covering the text of a Barrister’s (Mr. Lingen) opinion upon a question in reference to the collection of rates by the Water and Sewerage Board upon the previous year’s assessment. Received and a copy to be sent to the Water & Sewerage Board.

Reports

Finance Committee
Reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £ 959.11.4 and recommending payments amounting to £ 198.14.7 which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Salmon.

Works Committee
Reported recommending 1st that it is not advisable to plant trees on each side of Holmwood Street.

2nd in reference to overflow of storm water sewer in Gowrie Lane — “that the present 2ft pipe drain be continued along Harold Street to Angel Street to the first silt pit opposite the left passage and pit in Angel Lane be covered with an iron grating in place of the present wood covering at an estimated cost of £200.”

3 In reference to the pipe crossing at Edgeware Road and Maria Street “that an open crossing be substituted for the present pipe drain at an estimated cost of £15.”

4th in reference to Mr. Dinley’s complaint about the state of the lane leading from his property to Wilson Street “that the Lane be formed from the termination of the Lane at the back of L’Avenue Terrace to Wilson Street at an estimated cost of £ 10.”

5th “that the guttering in Bedford Lane and sundry repairs in same locality be passed and final payment made.”

6th “that the alterations on guttering in Harold Street be also passed and final payment made.” On a motion by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman McCann the report was adopted.”

Finance Committee
Reported that pursuant to a resolution of Council, your committee submit herewith an estimate of the probable amount that is to say sixteen thousand and fifty pounds £ 16,050 which will be required for the current municipal year in addition to any tolls, rates or dues levied and authorised to be levied within this municipality: to any probable income from fines, voluntary contribution, endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing making and repairing of any roads bridges or any other public works within this municipality and any other expense necessary to carry into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Salmon.

Specification Committee
Reported recommending the adoption of the various specifications for the annual contracts viz: Tarpaving, street sweeping, removal of night soil cartage, Street watering, drain pipes painting and curbing and guttering and scavenging. On a motion by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman White the report was adopted.

Borough Treasurer
Reported that £ 502.18.4 had been deposited in the bank and that cheques amounting to £ 485.16.3 had been issued during the last four weeks and the balance due to the bank at date was £ 4508.5.8. Received.

Overseer of the Works
Reported the progress that had been made on the works under his supervision during the last two weeks. Received.

Inspector of Nuisances
Report that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily. Received.

The Council Clerk laid upon the table a list of persons in arrears of rates to the 12 February 1894. Received.

The valuers reported having made a valuation of all the rateable property within this Borough in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and their returns were laid upon the table. Received.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Smith moved
1st “That the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole for the purpose of making an assessment upon all rateable property within this Borough for the current Municipal year.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried. On the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following report viz: Your Committee having before it the Valuers returns showing the valuation of all rateable property in Camden, Enmore, Kingston, and O’Connell Wards and having made an assessment for the current Municipal year recommended to the Council for adoption and moved “that it be received.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Alderman Smith moved
2 “That the assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by this Council as the assessment for the current municipal year upon the rateable property in Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards in this Borough under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

3 “That a rate of one shilling in the pound “£” be now levied for the current Municipal year on the assessed value of rateable property in this Borough under the provision and for the purposes as set forth in the Municipalities Act of 1867.”

4 ” That a rate of three pence in the £ be now levied for the current Municipal year on the assessed value of rateable property in this Borough for the purpose of lighting the streets with gas under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and the Amended Act of 1873.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

5 “That the assessment now made and the rates of one shilling in the £ and three pence in the £ be fairly transcribed into the rate book and the Mayor be hereby authorised to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

6 “That the amounts in respect of such rates of one shilling in the £ and three pence in the £ already imposed shall be payable at the office of the Council Clerk at the expiration of 30 days after notice of such rate having been given or has been served each case, but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amounts together with all arrears (if any) shall be paid within the said 30 days after notice no legal proceedings by distress or otherwise shall be taken on behalf of the Council for the recovery of remaining amounts until the 6th Day of September next ensuing.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

7 “That Wednesday the 18th day of April 1894 be – and the same is hereby appointed the day on which appeals may be heard at the Newtown Police Court against the assessment of rateable property in this Borough for the current Municipal year.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Alderman McCann moved
8 “That the present 2ft pipe drain be continued along Harold Street to Angel Street to the first silt pit opposite the left passage: that the silt pit in Angel Lane be trapped and an iron grating substituted for the present wood covering at an estimated cost of £ 200.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

The following motions moved by Alderman Parker and seconded by Alderman Morgan were referred to the Works Committee for report:
9 “That 156 yards second-class Tarpaving be laid on the north side of Bedford Street from Baltic Street to Albermarle Street at an estimated cost of £ 12.5.0.”
10 “That return Kerb Stones at the corner of Bedford and Regent, Wellington and Denison Streets be replaced with new Stones at an estimated cost of £ 6.”
11 “That tarpaved footpath at the corner of Regent and Lennox Streets, on the north side be repaired at an estimated cost of £ 3.”
12 “That the gateway approaches on the footpath in front of Messes Melville’s and Lincoln’s properties in Bedford Street be made up and laid with tarred metal at an estimated cost of £7.”
13 “That bluestone cube crossing at the intersection of King and Mary Streets be taken up and relaid where required at an estimated cost of £51.”
14 “That two courses of gutter stones on the east and west side of Turtle’s Lane be taken up and replaced with one course of a gutter stone 18 inches wide about 197 yards at an estimated cost of £32.10.0.”
15 “That two courses of gutter stone be laid at the intersection of Lands Lane and Turtles Lane about 6 yards at an estimated cost of £ 2.”
16 “That gutter stones on south side of Lands Lane from Turtle Lane to Wellington Street be taken up and replaced with 2 courses of a gutter stones 18 inches wide about 27 yards at an estimated cost of £ 4.”
17 “That gutter stones on the north side of Bedford Street from Chards Lane to Oxford Street and the front of J Hinchcliffs Cottages be taken up and replaced with 2 courses of gutter stone 12 inches 30 yards at an estimated cost of £ 8.”
18 “That new return kerb stones be placed at the corner of Albermarle Street, Regent, Wellington, Denison and Australia Streets on the North and South sides at an estimated cost of £11.”

Orders of the day

Opening and considering Tenders for wood-blocking Enmore Road.
The Mayor moved
That the Council to now resolve into a committee of the whole to consider Tenders for wood-blocking Enmore Road.
On Council resuming the Mayor brought up a report recommending that the bringing up of a report of the Committees proceedings be made an order of the day for next meeting of Council and that in the meantime Tenders be invited for Blue Stone Kerbing 16ft 9in for both sides of Enmore Road throughout. Also that application be invited from thoroughly competent persons to take charge of, and superintend the wood-blocking above referred to at a salary of not exceeding £3.10.0 per week during the performance of the above work or the Councils pleasure. The report was adopted and a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman White.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 20th day of March 1894.
Signed William Rigg,
Mayor


 

Tuesday 20th March 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, McCann and White.

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

Correspondence

From Camperdown Council asking the cooperation of this Council in petitioning the government for the abolition of the system of taking the local option vote. Received and the Council declined to cooperate.

From the same asking this Council to join in a conference to devise some action towards securing a greater width to Church Street from King Street to George Street. Received and the request acceded to.

From Mr. Malcolm Richmond asking for a lamp to be erected in a lane at the rear of Wilson Street and situate between Brown and Watkin Streets. Received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

From the “Australian Road and Topdressing Composite Company” covering a specification of a new kind of Topdressing for wood-blocking and Macadamised Roads. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

From the Water Supply and Sewerage Board in reply to a letter from this Council in reference to the rating of properties of the first half of the year stating that the Board is acting in accordance with the provisions of the Water Supply and Sewerage Act in fixing its rates in January of each year upon the assessments then in force. Received.

Reports

The Lighting Committee
Reported recommending three additional lamps for O’Connell Ward. One additional for Kingston Ward and eight additional for Campden Ward and that Camperdown Council be written to asking that two or three lamps be erected in Bishopsgate Street on its side of the Boundry so as to equalise the lighting of that street. Adopted in a motion by Alderman Cox (who had been duly elected Chairman of the committee) and seconded by Alderman Howe.

The Overseer of Works
Reported the progress of the works that had been made since last meeting. 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 are doing their work satisfactorily.

The Mayor presented a minute in reference to the letting of the contract for wood-blocking Enmore Road which was received and its consideration postponed to a committee of the whole Council on the subject at a later period of this meeting.

The Council Clerk laid upon the table a list of the arrears of rates to the 12th of February last. Received.

The Auditors reported having audited the accounts for the last half year and that they had found them correct. Accompanying the report was a statement of the accounts duly signed and certified. Received.

Motions pursuant to notice

Alderman Morgan moved
1 “A letter be sent to the members for the district requesting them to carefully watch the proposed “Noxious Trades” Bill about to be submitted to Parliament and to guard the rights of Municipal Councils.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

Orders of the Day

To open and consider tenders as follows: –
Annual Contracts
Blue Stone Kerbing Enmore Road
Applications Superintendent Wood-blocking Enmore Road

On a motion moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman White the Council resolved into a committee of the whole to open and consider Tenders as above — with closed doors.

In committee tenders were opened for Blue Stone Kerbing and the annual contracts: the Mayor’s minute was also discussed and on the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following report viz: – which was read in public meeting

1st Enmore Road Wood-blocking
That the Tenders of Messes Allen Taylor Loveridge and Hudson at £5773.0.5 be accepted.

2nd Annual Contracts

Scavenging
O'Connell Ward - P.J. Mackin..........at £18 per month
Kingston Ward - Joseph Howarth........at £11.10.0 per month
Enmore Ward - James Stevenson.........at £16.19.6 per month
Campden Ward - A. Poole...............at £12.0.0 per month

Cartage –
A.H. Willard.............at 9/- per day

Kerbing and Guttering –
Joseph Duggan –
First Class..............8/3
Second Class.............7/-
Third Class..............6/- per lineal yard,
Kerb only:
First Class..............3/-
Second Class.............2/11,
Gutter only:
First Class..............5/6,
Second Class.............3/1,
Blue Stone Kerb..........9/3``8/10½,
Gutter Stones............7/1½.

Tarpaving
William Lawler –
First Class..............2/-
Second Class.............1/7 per yard,
Topdressing..............11½ per yard,
Painting.................2p per yard

Removing Night Soil
A.Beacon.................cesspits 5d per cubic foot
A.Beacon.................pans 4d each

Street sweeping King Street blocks
W.O’Brien at £18 per month

Street Watering
no tender accepted but for the present the Mayor to arrange to have it done day work.

Printing and Stationery
Ford and Co.
Rate Notices..............at 7/- per 1000
Rate Receipts...............10/- per 1000
NPA Receipts.................6/- per 1000
Business Papers..............2/- per page
Notice Arrears...............5/- per 1000
Rate Book...................38/- for one
Electoral Rolls..............6/6 per page
Valuers Return Book..........9/- each

That the applications for the position of Superintendent of Wood-Blocking Enmore Road be postponed and made an order of the day for next meeting of Council.

Signed William Rigg, Chairman

The Mayor moved “that the report of the committee of the whole now read be received and adopted.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 3rd day of April 1894.
Signed William Rigg,
Mayor.


 

 

Tuesday 3rd April 1894

 

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

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

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

Correspondence

From Camperdown Council intimating that Thursday next at 7.30 was the time appointed to meet in conference on the subject of widening Church Street. Received and the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Salmon and White were appointed to represent this Council on the subject.

From Newcastle Council asking cooperation in tendering a public invitation to the Right Honorable F.E. Gladstone to visit this colony in recognition of his services as a Statesman of the British Empire. Received and reply to be sent stating that this Council declines to cooperate in the matter.

From Mr. James Smith complaining of the state of Leamington Avenue. Received and the writer be informed that the subject of the repair of the street is under the consideration of the Council.

From Mr. Quong Tart in reference to the opium traffic and asking cooperation in a movement of reform. Received and the writer be informed that the council sympathises with it.

Reports

Finance Committee
Reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last report amounting to £1184.7.2 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £144.18.3 which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Smith.

Borough Treasurer
Reported that £424.16.1 had been deposited in the bank since last report: that during the same period £1184.7.2 had been paid away and the balance due to the bank at date £5267.16.9. Received.

Overseer
Reported the progress that had been made in the works under his charge during the last fortnight. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
Reported the amount of work done in his Department during the last fortnight and that the Contractors under his charge had done their work satisfactorily. Received.

The Mayor reported verbally “That the Contractors for the wood-blocking Enmore Road had accepted his contract and signed the necessary agreement and deposited the three hundred pounds as security.” Received.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Salmon moved
1 “That be Tarpaving in Chalder Street (both sides) be made good where Kerbed and guttered 178 yards at an estimated cost of £14.” Seconded by Alderman Howe. An amendment moved by Alderman Parker was seconded by Alderman Elstub that “it be referred to the Works Committee for report” was lost. The original motion put and carried.

2 “That the lower end of Egan Street be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £6.” Seconded Alderman Howe. An amendment was moved by Alderman Parker seconded by Alderman Elstub “that it be referred to the Works committee for report” was lost. The original motion was then put and carried.

3 “That the Tarpaving in Susan Street be made good including all the crossings and gateway entrances and Topdressing same as an estimated cost of £28.” Seconded by Alderman Howe. An amendment was moved by Alderman Parker and seconded by Alderman Morgan “that it be referred to the Works Committee for report” was lost. The original motion was then put and carried.

4 “That the Tarpaving in Mechanic Street be made good including crossings and gateway entrances and Topdressing same as an estimated cost of £20.” Seconded by Alderman Howe. An amendment was moved by Alderman Parker “that it be referred to the Works Committee for report. Not seconded. The original motion was then carried.

5 “That the following crossings in King Street be made good with tarred metal viz: Georgina Street, Bucknell St, Fitzroy Street, Queen Street and three gateways at an estimated total cost of £23.” Seconded by Alderman Howe. An amendment was moved by Alderman Parker “that it be referred to the Works Committee for report”. Not seconded. The motion was carried.

6 “That the Tarpaving on both sides of Fitzroy Street be made good including metal crossings and Topdressing as an estimated cost of £60.” Seconded by Alderman Howe. An amendment was moved by Alderman Parker “that it be referred to the Works Committee for report” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and lost. The original motion was then put and carried.

7 “That Leamington Avenue be ballasted at an estimated cost of £151.” Seconded by Alderman Howe. An amendment was moved by Alderman Smith that the proposed alterations of the Kerbing and guttering in this street be referred to the Works Committee for report on the estimated cost of same.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Howe moved
8 “That the lane between Church and Hordern Streets be tarpaved second-class 616 yards at an estimated cost of £48.15.4.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

9 “That the lane between Egan and Hordern Streets be tarpaved second-class 449 yards at an estimated cost of £35.12.0.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

10 “That the lane between Egan and O’Connell Streets be tarpaved second-class 444 yards at an estimated cost of £35.3.0.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

11 “That the gutters in Hordern Street be lifted and relaid and made good with blue metal concrete where required at an estimated cost of £20.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

12 “That the crossings at the junction of Hordern and Chalder Streets be laid with wood-blocks at an estimated cost of £5.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

13 “That the Tarpaving at the lower end of O’Connell Street be made good 121 yards at an estimated cost of £13.7.0.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

14 “That the old guttering in O’Connell Street from Prospect Street to Chalder Street be lifted and relaid and otherwise made good as an estimated cost of £10.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

15 “That the Tarpaving in Bucknell Street be repaired and made good throughout including gateways and crossings 77 yards at an estimated cost of £16.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

16 “That the lane from Georgina Street to Fitzroy Street be formed and ballasted at an estimated cost of £60.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and referred to the Works Committee for report.

17 “That the lane from Georgina Street to Fitzroy Street be kerbed and guttered each side 178 yards at an estimated cost of £56.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and referred to the Works Committee for report.

18 “That Street East side from Burren Street to Boundary be tarpaved where required 799 yards including one metal crossing at an estimated cost of £65.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

19 “That the Tarpaving in Watkins Street including crossings and gateways be repaired and made good 181 yards at an estimated cost of £21.7.0.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

Alderman Ibbotson moved
20 “That Clara Street East side be tarpaved second-class 193 yards at an estimated cost of £16.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

21 “That Station Street eastern side (Camden College Estate) be tarpaved second-class 74 yards at an estimated cost of £6.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

22 “That Camden Street each side 1992 yards be tarpaved second-class at an estimated cost of £158.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

23 “That Fulham Street south side be tarpaved second-class 150 yards at an estimated cost of £12.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

24 “That Reiby Street West side from Fulham Street to Margaret Street be tarpaved second-class as an estimated cost of £4.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

25 “That Simmons Street West side from Stephenson’s shop to Camden Street be tarpaved second-class 189 yards at an estimated cost of £15.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

26 “That Simmons Street from Enmore Road to Margaret Street be tarpaved second-class 476 yards at an estimated cost of £38.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

27 “That Margaret Street from Ferndale Street to Simmons Street (south side) be tarpaved second-class including repairs from Reiby Street to Ferndale Street at an estimated cost of £9.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

28 “That Keig Street be tarpaved second-class each side 449 yards at an estimated cost of £35.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

29 “That Keig Street south side be kerbed and guttered second-class 117 yards at an estimated cost of £46.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Alderman Parker moved
30 “That the gutter stones south side of Alton Lane be taken up and replaced with one course gutter stones 18 inches about 61 yards at an estimated cost of £11.5.0 and that the kerb stones on the south side of Alton Lane from Gibbons Lane to Denison Street be replaced with new kerbing 27 yards at an estimated cost of £4.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman White moved
31 “That reference be made to the Works Committee to report on the desirability of paving the whole of Alice Street with billet wood blocks or a portion say from Pearl Street to Edgeware Road.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Mayor moved
32 “That reference be made to the Works Committee to consider the best means of making better provision for carrying off of storm waters at the intersection of May Street, Campbell Street (St Peter’s) and Unwins Bridge Road (Marrickville) in conjunction with St Peter’s and Marrickville Councils.” Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Orders of the Day

To open and consider applications for superintending of the wood blocking of Enmore Road.

On a motion by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman White the Council resolved into a Committee of the whole for opening and considering applications for superintending the wood blocking of Enmore Road. With closed doors.

In committee the applications were opened and considered and on the Council resuming its sitting the Mayor brought up the following report viz
“Your committee having opened and considered applications as above recommend the appointment of Andrew I. Liddell as Engineer in Charge of the Works. Also Mr. W. R. I. Eggleton as Assistant or overseer subject to the Engineer. The salaries to be Engineer £3.10.0 per week. Overseer £2.10.0 per week payable weekly.” And moved “that the report be adopted”. Seconded by Alderman White and carried.

Questions

In reply to Aldermen Salmon the Mayor said he would cause letters to be written to the Gas Co. and W. & S. Board to have their mains laid in each side of Enmore Road before the wood blocking commences. And to Alderman Morgan in reference to an alteration in the registering of births & deaths and to Alderman Smith in reference to getting the public school and courthouse in Australia Street connected with the new sewerage system.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this Seventeenth day of April 1894.
Signed William Rigg,
Mayor


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