Tuesday 1st May 1894

 

The 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 Alderman Howe, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub and Morgan.

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

Correspondence

From the Electric Telegraphic department in reply to a letter from this Council stating that the telegraph pole now standing in front of Mr. Broad’s proposed carriageway entrance in Fitzroy Street would be removed on the payment of the expenses. Received and a copy of the letter to be sent to Mr. Broad.

From Mr. C.S. Hattie complaining of the excessive amount at which he had been rated for his shops in King Street. Received and the writer be informed that the council could not make any reduction as he had failed to avail himself of the opportunity afforded him at the Appeal Court.

From the Newcastle Council asking cooperation in asking the government for a special Grant Endowment of 10/-in the £ upon last year’s rates. Received and cooperation granted.

From Messrs. Ellis Makinson & Plunket Solicitors on behalf of the late Thomas Smidmore asking the council to remove some debris on same land in Campbell Street and claiming compensation of the alleged use of the land. Received and the writers be informed that if there is anything on the land belonging to the council it will be removed forthwith. Also that the council could not recognise any claim for compensation in as much as the land in question had been greatly improved by a large expenditure of money on the streets and lanes surrounding it although no rates had been paid on it for many years.

From Alderman McCann apologising for his absence at this meeting and asking Alderman Morgan to move the resolution standing in his name on the business papers. Received.

Petitions

Alderman Ibbotson for Alderman White presented a petition from a large number rate payers and residents in the vicinity of Enmore praying the council to urge upon the Post Master General to proceed as soon as possible with the long promised Post and Telegraph Offices at Enmore for which the department had already purchased a suitable site and prepared plans.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Smith moved
1 “That a wood blocked Crossing be laid in Denison Street west side at its junction with the Land’s Lane including the footpath and alteration of return kerbs at a cost of £7.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

2 “That reference be made to the lighting committee to report on the advisability of erecting two public lamps one in Australia Street opposite the Court House and one in Church Street opposite Mechanic Street at a cost not exceeding £4.12.6 each per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

Alderman Cox moved
3 “That 201 yards 1st class Kerbing and guttering be laid on the north side of Goodsell Street at a cost not exceeding £83. Also 37 yards of the 3rd class at a cost not exceeding £11.” Total cost £94. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Alderman Morgan moved for Alderman McCann
4 “That the footpath on the east side of Hawken Street be laid with second class Tarpaving 222 yards at an estimated cost of £17.11.6.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved
5 “That the covered crossing at the corner of Maria Street and Edgeware Road be taken up and an open crossing substituted as recommended by the Works Committee at an estimated cost of £20.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

6 “Transit Commission Board be requested to erect shelter sheds for the Cabmen on the Newtown Cab Stands.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

7 “That it be referred to a committee of the whole Council to consider and report upon the advisability of a re-division of the Borough into Wards and re-adjusting such Wards with a view to securing more equal representation of the respective Wards.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

8 “That it is desirable that a clause should be inserted in the proposed local government bill that any person holding the office of Alderman should for a period of two years after he shall have ceased to be an Alderman be disqualified from accepting or holding any salaried office under the council in which he shall have been an Alderman.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and lost.

Alderman Elstub moved
10 “That the footpath on the north side of Lennox Street from Church Street be laid with 2nd class Tarpaving 74 yards at a cost not exceeding £5.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

The Alderman Parker moved
11 “That 28 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid on the west side of Mulqueeny’s houses from Hoffman’s Lane to Richmond’s property at an estimated cost of £10.1.0.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Orders of the Day

To open and consider Tenders for the supply of Blue Metal. Alderman Smith moved “that the council to now resolve into a committee of the whole with closed doors to open and consider Tenders for a supply of Blue Metal.” An amendment was moved by Alderman Elstub that the committee sit with open door’s. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and lost.
In committee the Tenders 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 tenders for Blue Metal recommend that the Tender of Chambers and Grocock at 6/9 per yard for sprawls and 8/11 per yard for hand broken be accepted provided the metal is obtained from Kiama and in the event that their metal is not Kiama metal the tender of Justin McSweeney be accepted at 7/7½ per yard for sprawls and 8/9½ per yard for broken.”
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman and moved “that the report be adopted”. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 15th day of May 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor

Errata

Reports

Finance
Reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £821.5.0 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £624.1.1 also recommending that a sum of six thousand pounds Sterling be borrowed on Debentures of one hundred pounds Sterling each: bearing interest at the rate of 5 pounds per centum per annum payable half yearly at the Town Hall Newtown: such Debentures to have a currency of 3 1/4 years from the 30th of June next ensuing and that application be invited by advertisement from persons willing to take up said debentures by tender. Applications to be opened and considered by the Council on Tuesday the 29th instant at the ordinary meeting of Council to be held on that day. Adopted in the motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Smith.

Works Committee’s report of the 26th of April last containing sundry recommendation was adopted on the motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Elstub.

Overseers reported progress of the works under his charge. Received.

Inspector reported upon the various works under his supervision. Received.

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.


 

Tuesday 15th May 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, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Morgan and McCann.

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

Apologies were received for the absence of Aldermen Salmon and Whately.

Correspondence

From Mr. E. Greville in reference to the kerbing and guttering required in Wilford Street. Received and referred to be Works Committee for report.

From Messrs Chambers and Grocock stating in reply to a letter from this Council that they were not prepared to supply Blue Metal from the Kiama quarries but submitted a sample which they considered superior to Kiama. Received and it was resolved that the offer to supply 1000 yards of the metal as per sample be declined and the contract be given to Messrs Justin McSweeney as per his tender recorded in the minutes of the last meeting.

From Mr. Greville Manager AJS Bank at Enmore complaining of the new cab stand in front of the bank stating that it was a nuisance to his customers. Received and a copy of the letter be sent to be Metropolitan Transit Commissioners in Sydney.

From Mr. W. Webster – Petersham submitting a new scheme for the Tramway from Enmore to Dulwich Hill and inviting the Aldermen to a public meeting to be held in the Athenaeum hall at Dulwich Hill to discuss the question. Received.

From St Peter’s in reply to a letter from this Council stating that it agreed to the proposal in reference to the better disposal of storm waters at the intersection of May and Campbell Streets and Edgeware Road. Also agreeing to pay half the cost. Received.

From Marrickville Council asking cooperation in discussing and considering the subject of a garbage crematorium for Marrickville and neighbouring boroughs. Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to represent this Council at any meeting on the question.

From the Registrar of the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners stating in reply to a letter from this Council that the subject of shelter sheds from Stands shall be generally considered and the result will be communicated at some future date. Received.

From Mr. David Davis of Woollahra on the subject of the Council’s collecting the Water and Sewerage rates during certain periods of every year at a cost to the Board not exceeding one percent. Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

From the Under Secretary for Public Works covering a copy of a notice wherein it is proposed to declare the area therein described “a drainage area pursuant to the provisions of section 2 subsection 2 of the Metropolitan and Water and Storage Act amendment act of 1894 and that an appeal against the boundaries of such area may be made by any person or body interested to the nearest court of Petty Sessions within the next thirty days.” Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were deputed to make enquiry into the matter and to lodge any protest or appeal that may be necessary in the interests of the Council and the ratepayers generally.

From the Water and Sewerage Board at upon the same subject covering a lithograph plan of the proposed boundaries. Received and referred to the Mayor and Alderman Smith as above.

From Erskineville Council upon the subject of the storm water and sewer in Harold and Union Street now in course of construction stating that as it is situate within the proposed boundaries and that the Water and Sewerage Board is about to levy rates upon the properties within the said area and suggesting that the Council’s should approach the Water and Sewerage Board to induce them to take over the said extensions carried out by the Councils. Received and a reply to be sent that the whole subject had been referred to the Mayor and Alderman Smith to report about.

From Alderman Charles Whately asking the Council to grant him leave of absence on the grounds of ill health stating that he had been obliged to leave the colony with a view to improve his health. Received and the request was granted.

Reports

The Overseer
Reported progress that had been made with the works under his charge during the past two weeks. Received.

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

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Parker moved
1 “That 156 yards of 2nd class Tarpaving be laid on the north side of Bedford Street from Baltic Street to Albemarle Street as recommended by the Works Committee at an estimated cost £17.” Second is by Alderman Elstub and carried.

2 “That the Gateway approaches in front of Messrs Lincoln’s and Melville’s properties in Bedford Street be made up and laid with tarred metal as recommended by that Works Committee at an estimated cost of £7.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

3 “That the Kerbing and guttering in Turtles Lane East and West sides be repaired with cement concrete as recommended by the Works Committee at an estimated cost of £13.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

4 “That repairs to return kerbs at the corners of Australia, Albermarle, Regent, Denison and Wellington Streets portion to be replaced with new stone and others to be repaired with cement concrete at an estimated cost of £11.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

5 “That repairs to gutter stones on the south side of the Lands Lane from Turtles Lane to Wellington Street be repaired with concrete as recommended by the Works Committee at an estimated cost of £4.”

Alderman Ibbotson moved
6 “That reference be made to the lighting committee as to the advisability of erecting an additional land in Enmore Road between station and Reiby streets as a cost of £4.15.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

7 “That 294 yards of 2nd class Tarpaving be laid on both sides of Bailey street from Enmore Road to Short Street at a cost not exceeding £23.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

Alderman Howe moved
8 “That the lamp now standing in Church Street near Victoria Street be moved to the other side to a place opposite the centre of Victoria Street.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and referred to the Lighting committee for report.

9 “That an additional lamp be erected at the north east corner of Horden and Prospect Streets at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and referred to Lighting committee for report.

Alderman Elstub moved
10 “That a wood block crossing be laid in Wellington Street east and west sides at its junctions with Land’s Lane including the footpath and alteration of return kerb at a cost of £14.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried referred to the Works Committee for report.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 29th day of May 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor


 

Tuesday 29 May 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 Alderman Howe, Salmon, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Morgan, McCann and Whately.

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

Apologies were received for the absence of Aldermen Salmon and Whately.

Correspondence

From Messrs E & W. Fieldhouse asking for the erection of a lamp in a lane at the rare of Charles Street Enmore. Received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

From Marrickville Council asking cooperation in getting the Commissioners to put up a tramway waiting room at Enmore. Received and the request acceded to.

From Mr W. F. Lawry asking that the footpath in front of his houses in College Street be tarpaved. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners stating that it had been decided to give an entrance to the station from Angel Street. Received.

From the Registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commission stating that the Stand at Metropolitan Road had been moved to the other side street from the Australian Joint Stock Bank. Received.

From the Deputy Post Master General in reply to a letter and petition sent by this Council stating that it was not the intention of the Department to build a new Post Office at Enmore as proposed by a former Post Master General but rather to sell the land purchased for the purpose. Received and it was resolved that a deputation from the Council wait upon the Post Master General to protest against the sale of the land and to request him to allow the matter to receive more consideration before carrying out such a policy.

From Messrs Batt Rodd & Purves complaining of a nuisance occurring from a drain in Trafalgar Street. A report from the Inspector of Nuisances was also read in connection with this letter setting forth that the nuisance was caused by 21 houses in the neighbourhood not being connected with the sewer. Received and a communication be sent to the Water & Sewerage Board enquiring upon that body to enforce the connection of the said houses with the sewer and so abate the nuisance.

From the Master in Lunacy stating that an encroachment on some houses being built in Egan Street had been removed at the request of the Council. Received.

From the Department of Public Instruction stating that tenders had been invited for connecting the school closets in Australia Street. Received.

From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in reference to the subject of the restoration of certain streets and lanes in the this Borough that have been destroyed by the Boards Contractor’s: Mr. Liddell’s report thereon: and the council’s claim of £401.10.0 by way of compensation stating that the matter had been carefully inquired into by the Board who had decided that the claim could not be entertained but they had approved of certain repairs being carried on the line of sewer trenches. Received and it was resolved to reply stating that the Council will be satisfied if the streets are restored to as good a condition as that in which the Board’s contractor’s found them: that the Board compensate the Council for the streets which in the interests of the general public have all ready been repaired and restored: and that the Council be reimbursed any other expense it has been put to through the negligence of the Board’s contractors.

Petition

A petition was presented from a number of bus drivers and others asking that the wood blocks in King Street be sanded in the wet weather. Received and referred to the Works Committee as to the best means and cost of doing the work.

Reports

Finance committee
Reported having paid accounts amounting to £494.13.7 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £166.10.8 which was adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Morgan.
A report was also presented from the same in reference to collection of Water and Sewerage rates by the Council recommending that the arrangements already made with the Water and Sewerage Board for one of their own clerks to attend hereon certain days be adhered to which will meet with the convenience of the ratepayers. Adopted on the motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Morgan.

Borough Treasurer
Reported that £1047.18.1 had been deposited in the Bank during the last four weeks and that cheques had been issued amounting to £494.13.7 and the overdraft at date was £4087.11.4. Received.

The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the 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 under his charge were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Smith moved
1 “That the old metal in Albermarle Street from Denison Street to Oxford Street be [ ] and the distance so metalled be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £100.” each Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried after an amendment “that it be referred to the Works Committee” had been put and lost.

Alderman Morgan moved
2 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to confer with Marrickville Council with a view to a more equal distribution of the lighting of Juliett Street, Harrow Road and Edgeware Road.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would communicate with the Railway Commissioners with a view to get the words “Railway Station” put up in a conspicuous place on the front of the railway premises.

In reply to Alderman Morgan the Mayor said he would again communicate with the Colonial Secretary in reference to the inconvenience at present felt by those who had to register the deaths and marriages.

In reply to Alderman Whately the Mayor said he would again communicate with the Post Master General about the state of the postal pillars with a view to their being repainted and re-inscribed.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 12th day of June 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor

Erratum

Orders of the Day

The council resolved into a committee of the whole to open Tenders for a proposed loan of £6000.
In committee Tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor brought out a report recommending that as the Tenders were not considered altogether satisfactory the matter be allowed to stand over for a little time and that the Mayor and Alderman Smith be hereby empowered to negotiate with any of the Tenderers or others with a view to getting better terms.

Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor.


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