Tuesday 7th August 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
Aldermen Howe, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Morgan and Whately.

A letter of apology was read from the Mayor who was unavoidably absent and Alderman Smith was unanimously voted to the chair.
Apologies were also received from the absence of Aldermen Salmon and McCann.

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

Correspondence

From Mr Thomas Lincoln in reference to the alignment of Bedford Street also complaining of an alteration of levels. Recieved and referred to a special committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Parker and Elstub and Morgan to confer with Mr Lincoln on the subject.

From the Paddington Council asking cooperation in protesting to the Water & Sewerage Board against the contemplated raising of the water rate from 6 pence in the £ to 7 pence in the £. Received and it was ultimately resolved to inform in reply that this Council was also protesting by resolution.

From Erskinville Council asking if it is the intention of this Council to ask the Water and Sewerage Board to take over the stormwater sewer constructed in Union Streets at the joint expense of the two Councils. Received and a reply to be sent stating that the subject is under consideration.

From the patent refuge destructor company offering to supply machinery to treat the refuge of the Borough. Received and the writer be informed that this Council is not at present in need of such machinery.

From the Board of Health covering a copy of the “Noxious Trades” Act recently passed by the Parliament also some regulations in connection therewith. Received.

Reports

The Auditors
reported having completed the audit of accounts for the half year ended 6th August 1894 and that they had found them correct. Received.

Overseer
reported the progress that was being made with the works under his care 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.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Moved by Alderman Morgan
1 “The Lane of Holmwood Street adjoining Lennon’s property be formed at an estimated cost of £5.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

2 “That this Council hereby protests against the contemplated raising of the Water Rate from 6 pence to 7 pence in the £ by the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.” “The text of this protest be forwarded by letter to the Board”. Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

3 “the petition now before the Council praying the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board to adopt a temporary scheme of Sewerage by way of the Harley Street sewer to accommodate the properties set not within the recently proclaimed area so as to offer the inhabitants of the said area an opportunity of utilising the same as an equivalent for the rates which the Board has all ready determined to collect be, and the same is hereby adopted and that the same be signed by the Mayor on behalf of the Council and by the ratepayers interested therein if they wish to do so.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

4 “That the Mayor be hereby authorised to arrange with Mr. D. Murphy (Licensed Surveyor) to prepare a plan for a re-adjustment of this Borough into Wards and submit the same to this Council to aid in carrying out a resolution passed on the 1st of May of this current year.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

Alderman Parker moved
5 “That reference be made to the Lighting committee to erect a lamp in Regent Street West side mid way between Bedford and Lennox Street at a cost not exceeding £4.15.0.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Ibbotson asking why the depth of the face of the kerbing in Enmore Road shows only 4 inches instead of 6 inches? The Chairman said he would get a report from the Engineer for the next meeting.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 21st day of August 1894
Signed W. Rigg,
Chairman


 

Tuesday 21st August 1894

 

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held pursuant to notice on the evening of the above day at 7.30.

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

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

Correspondence

From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in reply to a letter from this Council in reference to the watering of the Tramway track stating that during the winter months it would be only done so as not to prejudice the tram traffic and no more than is absolutely necessary. Received.

From the Municipal Association intimating that the 12th Annual Session of the Association will be commenced on the 23rd October next and asking the Council to appoint two representatives also to remit a sum of £3.3.0 as the annual contribution. It was moved by Alderman Morgan and seconded by Alderman Elstub “that the letter be received.” An amendment was moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Parker “that the following words be added to the resolution and the Council do now proceed to appoint two representatives.” On the amendment being put Alderman Morgan called for a division which resulted as follows:- Yes, Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, and the Mayor. No, Aldermen Morgan, Elstub and Cox. The Mayor declared the amendment carried.
The amended motion “that the communication be received and the Council do now proceed to appoint two representatives to attend the meeting was then put and carried. The Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to represent the Council.

From the Register General in reply to communication from this Council in reference to certain inconveniences arising out of change in the registration districts also forwarding a copy of report from the district registrar of the electoral district of St Peter’s Showing the distances from his office to the boundaries of the district. Received.

From Mr. Allen Taylor Contractor for wood-blocking Enmore Road asking the Council to return to him a bank deposit receipt for £300 which had been deposited with the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited as security for the due performance of his contract. It Was Resolved “That as the work had been completed and the Council still held over £10 per centum on the contract sum which would be retained until the three-months of maintenance after completion had expired the deposit receipt be returned.”

Reports

Finance Committee
reported showing accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £2911.3.7 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £230.12.9. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith. A report was also brought up in reference to the application of the Assistant Council Clerk for an increase of salary recommending that it be increased from £7.11.8 per month to £8.13.4 per month and that the engagement be terminable at any time by one months notice from either party to the other. Received and its further consideration was referred to a committee of the whole Council to be held at a later period of this meeting.

Works Committee
reported recommending the passing and final payment for Tarpaving and tar painting in the following streets Viz:-,
Australia, Albermarle, Wellington, Regent and, Denison, Chalder, Hordern, King (Enmore ward) Maria, Hawken, Wells, Iredale, Angel, Gibbes, Liberty and London Streets, also kerbing and guttering in Crescent Street.
In reference to a petition from bus drivers and others to sand the wood blocks in the wet weather the committee regretted that it could not recommend that carrying out of this work on account of the expense it would involve and of the increased convenience from dust that would be caused to shopkeepers. Adopted on a motion by the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Salmon.

Special Committee appointed to deal with a letter received from Mr. Thomas Lincoln in reference to the alignments and levels in Bedford Street in front of his property. The Mayor reported verbally that the dispute between Mr. Lincoln and the Council had been settled Mr. Lincoln having accepted £10 as compensation for all claims that he had in the reference to the altered levels and new alignment. The report was unanimously adopted.

Borough Treasurer
reported “that £651.14.6 had been deposited in the Bank during the last four weeks: that cheques had been issued amounting to £2911.3.7 and the amount due to the Bank was £5150.8.1.” Received.

Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the various Works under his supervision during the last two weeks. Also in reference to the workmen employed by the Council under him. Received and for further consideration was referred to a committee of the whole Council at a later period of this meeting.

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

Engineer for Wood Blocking (Mr. Andrew I. Liddell) reported that the work of wood blocking Enmore Road had been completed the report set forth in detail how the work had been done and that it had been finished throughout in a very satisfactory manner and to the requirements of the specification. On a motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith the report was received and the thanks of the Council was accorded to Mr. Liddell for the satisfactory manner in which he had superintended and carried out the works on behalf of the Council.

Motions pursuant to Notice

Alderman Ibbotson moved
1 “That reference be made to the Works Committee as to the advisability of raising the kerb three inches in the South side of Enmore Road.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

2 “That 18 yards of kerbing and guttering 3rd class be laid in Enmore Lane at the rear of Smith’s Butchers Shop at an estimated cost of £5.8.0.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Cox moved
3 “That 30 yards of kerbing and guttering 3rd class be laid in a lane off Pearl Street rear of Edward’s property at an estimated cost of £9.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

4 “That 12 yards of kerbing and guttering 2nd class be laid in Dickson Street in the front of Eve’s new buildings at an estimated cost of £4.4.0.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Smith moved
5 “That a sum of £8.8.0 be now voted as an honorarium to the Auditors for their services in auditing the Borough accounts for the past year.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

Alderman Parker moved
“That the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the Whole to consider the application of the Assistant Council Clerk for an increase of salary and the overseers report in reference to the workmen employed by the Council. The Committee to be held with closed doors.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

On the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following reports viz:-
“Your committee having taken into consideration the recommendation of the Finance Committee re Percy Deacons application for an increase of salary resolve as follows that the matter be postponed to a future day to be considered under a general scheme of retrenchment and to be made an order of the day for next ordinary meeting of Council. In the matter of the overseers report re workmen recommend that it be taken in hand by the Mayor.” And moved “that the report be now adopted.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this fourth day of September 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor


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