Tuesday 12th June 1894

 

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

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

Correspondence

From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in reply to a letter from this Council of the 30th ultimo stating that they had decided to adhere to their former resolution as conveyed in the Secretary’s letter no. 437 of the 25th ultimo. Received and it was resolved that the Board be informed that the reply has proved unsatisfactory so far, as the streets have not been properly reinstated only soft rubbish being used and neither ballast nor metal therefore the Council declines to recognise such work as a proper reinstatement of streets.

From the same in reply to a letter from this Council in reference to a nuisance complained of by Messrs Batt, Rodd & Purves stating that a compulsory contract was now being let and when the contract starts attention will be given to the matter. Received.

From the Deputy Post Master General in reply to a letter from this Council stating that instructions have been given for the repainting and re-lettering of the Postal Pillars in Newtown requiring attention. Received.

From Mr. James Taylor asking that some of the old kerbing and guttering now been taken from Enmore Road be laid in the Cross Lane in Enmore. Received.

From the Under Secretary for Public Works acknowledging the receipt of a copy of a Petition from Bus Drivers and proprietors re- the condition of the road between Bligh Street and the Railway Bridge wood block road that required sanding. Received.

From the Woollahra Council asking cooperation in endeavouring to bring about an alteration in the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Act so that the Water and Sewerage rates in the Metropolitan Boroughs should be based on the Municipal rates for the same and not the proceeding year. Received and the request acceded to.

From the Assistant Council Clerk asking for an increase of salary. Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

Reports

Works Committee recommending
1 That the following works be passed and final payment made viz: -Tarpaving in St Mary, Baltic and Bucknell Streets and Yarralla Street. Tarpaving Marian Street and Cambridge Streets. Gateways tarpaved in King Street Enmore Ward.

2 Alderman Elstub’s motion for two wood block crossings at the junction of Wellington Street and Lands Lane. That one only be laid on the West side of the Street and to be a 3ft open gutter crossing with the curve is properly returned and the present heights be disposed with.

Mr. Greville’s letter for some of the old kerb and gutter from Enmore Road to be relaid in Wilford Street. That the Street be repaired with some of the old metal off the Enmore Road will suffice for the present.

3 Mr. W.F. Lawry’s letter asking that the footpath at the front of his property in Margaret Street be tarpaved. That the request be not complied with at present as the path is in fair order.

4 Alderman Cox’s motion for kerbing and guttering in the Goodsell Street that an 18 inch gutter be laid when funds are available.

5 Leamington Avenue that the kerbing and guttering on the high side of the Street be altered so as to carry off the storm water to Holdworth Street and on the low side the gutter stone be raised about 3 inches so that an additional gutter stone may be added. On a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Salmon the report was adopted.

Lighting committee reported recommending as follows:
The erecting of additional lamps: –
1 east corner of Hordern and Prospect Streets
1 east Australia Street opposite the Court House
1 east Church St opposite Mechanic Street
Removal:
Lamp now standing in Church Street in near Victoria Street be moved to the other side to a place opposite the centre of Victoria Street.

On a motion by Alderman Cox (Chairman) seconded by Alderman Howe the report was adopted.

Overseer of Works
reported the progress that was being made with the various works under his control during the last fortnight. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisnaces
reported that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner. Also the amount of work done in his department during the last fortnight.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Salmon moved
1 “That the five gate crossings in Egan Street be made good with Tarred Metal and 2 gate crossings with 2nd class Tarpaving at an estimated cost of £3.10.0.” Second it by Alderman Howe and carried.

2 “That the gutter stones on the east side of Egan Street from Prospect Street to Chalder Street be lifted up and re laid at and estimated cost of £10.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

3 “That the footpath on the east side of Hordern Street from Chalder Street be laid with 2nd class Tarpaving 30 yards at an estimated cost of £2.7.6.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

4 “That the footpath both sides of Raper Street be laid with second class Tarpaving 150 yards and repairing 200 yards at an estimated cost of £19.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

5 “That Georgina Street West side be laid with second class kerbing and guttering at an estimated cost of £27.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

6 “That Georgina Street be metalled with Blue Metal at an estimated cost of £85.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

7 “That the following motion be referred to the works Committee for report and estimate of the probable cost: – Blue Metal Hordern Street from King Street to Mechanic Street and from Prospect Street to Raper Street where required: blue metal Mechanic Street from Church Street next to Egan Street where required: blue metal Egan Street from King Street to the Victoria Street where required: blue metal Prospect Street from Church Street to Hordern Street and from Egan Street to O’Connell Street where required: blue metal Chalder Street where required: blue metal Raper Street where required.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Howe moved
8 “The footpath on the west side of Queen Street from King Street to Mr. Spring’s property be laid with 2nd class Tarpaving 20 yards and the Gateway entrances to Messrs Lawson’s and Newell’s properties be laid with the 1st class Tarpaving at an estimated cost of £3.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

9 “That the footpath both sides of Queen Street be painted with hot tar 925 yards at an estimated cost of £7.15.0.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

10 “That the following be referred to the Works Committee for report and estimate of probable cost. Blue Metal O’Connell Street from Prospect Street to Raper Street where required: blue metal Susan Street from Longdown Street to Boundry where required: blue metal Campbell Street from Egan Street to Missenden Road where required: blue metal Queen Street where required: blue metal Longdown Street from Egan Street to Missenden Road where required: blue metal Elizabeth Street where required: kerbing and guttering west side of lane off the east side of Holdsworth Street from Holdsworth Street to Holdsworth Street.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Alderman Whately moved
11 “That the footpath in Bligh Street from King Street to Missenden Road be laid with 2nd class Tarpaving in front of buildings and 4 feet wide in front of vacant land 916 yards at a cost of £72.10.4: in front of school grounds on condition the department of Public Instruction pay a portion of the cost 212 yards cost of £16.15.8 total cost £89.6.0.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

12 “That 56 yards of second class Tarpaving be laid in Brown Street in front of Messrs Thompson and Salmon’s premises at an estimated cost of £4.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

13 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect lamps at the following places viz: -one in Bligh Street opposite Sarah Square: one the bottom end of Salvation Lane at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0 each per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Smith moved
14 “That it be referred to the Specification Committee to report at next ordinary meeting of Council upon the best means of re numbering houses throughout the borough.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

Alderman Ibbotson moved
15 “That 284 yards of second class Tarpaving be laid on the footpath in Edgware Road from Camden Street to James Street at a cost of £22.10.0 and 176 yards six feet wide from the James to Sarah Street as a cost of £14 total cost of £36.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

16 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect lamps at the undermentioned places one in Margaret Street between College and Reiby Streets: one in the Station Street between Enmore Road and Don Street at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.

Alderman Cox moved
17 “That eight Gateway entrances in Lord Street be laid with second class Tarpaving at a cost of £5. Also repair footpath where required as a cost of £1. Total cost £6.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

18 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to erect a lamp in May Lane at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Morgan the Mayor said he would cause the footpath in front of Mr. Key’s property in Lord Street to be repaired. In reply to Alderman Parker that he would have the trees lopped in Bedford Lane that were obstructing the light. In reply to Alderman Smith that he would have the footpath in Bishopgate Street between Australia and Denison streets tar painted.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 26th day of June 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor


 

Tuesday 26th June 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 Whately.

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

Correspondence

From Marrickville Council intimating that the Lighting Committee would meet the Lighting Committee from this council at any convenient time to consider a readjustment of the lamps in Edgeware Road and Juliett Street. Received and Tuesday evening next was mentioned as a suitable time.

From the same intimating that the Council had agreed to bear the cost of wood blocking that portion of Enmore Road lying between the Newtown boundary and Bowlands corner at a cost of 12/9 per square yard: also a trachyte kerb at the corner. Received.

From the Department of Public Instruction intimating that a contract had been let for connecting the public school closets in Australia Street with the new sewerage system. Received.

From the Board of Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage stating in reply to a letter from this Council asking for a deputation in reference to the proper re-instatement of certain Streets and Lanes which had been operated upon by the Boards’ contractors, that it was intended to reinstate the said streets with the best of material and that it was not anticipated there would be any further cause for complaint. Received.

From the Secretary for Railways stating in reply to a letter from this Council that the subject of signboard being placed on the Railway premises to indicate the station had received consideration but as the requirement is not a pressing one and it is desirable to exercise economy it is rejected the request cannot be complied with. Received.

From the Post Master General respecting the erection of a Post & Telegraph Office at Enmore on the site purchased by the government in 1890 intimating having re-considered the matter submitted to him by the deputation and has decided to proceed with the erection of a building as early as possible so as to have the new premises ready by the time the existing lease expires viz the 30th June 1895. Received.

From Messrs Givins Bros asking the Council’s permission to place a seat on the footpath in front of their shop in King Street for the convenience of passengers waiting for bus or tram. Received and the request granted on condition that Messrs Givins Bros giving it a guarantee that they will hold themselves responsible for any accident or damage that be caused by so placing the seat.

Reports

Finance Committee
Reported having paid accounts under votes of the appropriation since last report accounts amounting to £3,752.13.3 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £74.10.10. On the motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith the report was adopted.

Borough Treasurer
reported that a sum of £830.12.2 had been deposited in the bank since last report and that during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £3,752.13.3 and the balance due to the Bank at date was £7009.12.5. Received.

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

Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department since last report that the scavengers were doing their work satisfactorily: that the contractor for street sweeping the blocks in King Street had neglected a portion of his work and that a nuisance existed at the convent schools in Baltic Street. Received and the Inspector be instructed to see that the wood blocking be swept in terms of the specification and the Mayor promised to attend to the matter of the nuisance complained of.

The Mayor
reported verbally that in company with Alderman Smith they had made final arrangements for effecting a loan of £6,000 for 3¼ years from 30th June instant bearing interest at the rate of £35. per annum payable half yearly. The Council by resolution endorsed the action of the Mayor and Alderman Smith.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

1 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect a lamp at the corner of Bradleys and Hoffman’s Lane at a cost of £4.15.0 per annum.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

2 “That three gateway entrances in Mary Street and one Gateway entrance in Church Street adjoining Dr Kingsbury’s property be laid with 2nd class Tarpaving at a cost of £4.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

3 “That 32 yards 2nd class Kerbing and guttering be laid on the South side Brook’s Lane from Vailes property to Wellington Street at a cost of £10. Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

4 “That 200 yards of 2nd class Tarpaving be laid on the west side of Oxford Street from Miller’s property to Mary Street at a cost of £15.16.8.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

5 “That the gutter stones north and south sides of Melville’s Lane from Denison Street to Mulqueeney’s Lane be taken up re-dressed and re-laid at a cost of £4.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

6 “That the return gutter stones of Denison and Regent Streets and Bedford Street be taken up and re-laid at a cost of £3.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

7 “That the gutter stones in Chards Lane South side from Oxford Street to Bedford Street be taken up re-dressed and re-laid at a cost of £5.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

That the following motions be referred to the Works Committee
8 “That 140 yards of 2nd class kerbing and guttering be laid in the west side of Baltic Street from Bedford Street to Albemarle Street at an estimated cost of £22.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

9 “That 105 yards of 2nd class kerbing and guttering be laid on the east side of Albemarle Street from Baltic Street to Bedford Street at a cost of £17.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

10 “That a blue stone cube or wood block crossing be laid on the footpath at the intersection of Alton Lane and Denison Street at an estimated cost of £7.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

11 “That Bradleys Lane from Alton Lane to Hoffman’s Lane be repaired with ballast at a cost of £13.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

12 “That Bedford Street be ballasted and metalled from Railway Bridge to Albert Street at an estimated cost of £150.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Salmon moved
13 “That the name of Nelson Street be changed to Queen Street.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Moved by Alderman Parker
14 “That Trade Street from Baltic Street to Lane be repaired with metal at an estimated cost of £20.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Mayor moved
15 “That the Borough do hereby authorise its corporate seal to be affixed to the Debentures securing the repayment of the sum of thousand pounds (£6000) and the interest as specified by the coupons thereunto attached.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

16 “That the said Debentures be signed by the Mayor two (2) Aldermen and the Council and that the coupons attached thereto be also signed by the Council clerks.” Seconded by Alderman Whately and carried.

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


 

Friday 29th of June 1894

 

A Special Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at seven o’clock.

Present
The Mayor (Mr. William Rigg) and Aldermen Parker, Whately, Elstub, McCann, Salmon and Howe.

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

The Mayor moved “That the resolution passed at the meeting of the Council held on the first day of May 1894 adopting the reports of the Finance Committee of the 30th day of April last be and the same is hereby amended and that the currency of the debentures therein referred to be 4¼ years instead of 3¼ years from the 30th day of June thence next ensuing.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 10th day of July 1894
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor


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