Tuesday September 4th, 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. W. Rigg) and Aldermen How, Cox, Parker, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub and Whately.

Apologies were received from Aldermen Morgan and Salmon who were unavoidably absent.

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

Correspondence

From Burwood Council asking cooperation in a deputation to the Government to urge that a special endowment of not less than five shillings in the £ on last year’s rates be granted to all suburban municipalities which have ceased to receive statutory endowment. Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to represent this Council together with the members for the district.

From Erskinville Council acknowledging the receipt of a letter from this Council in reference to the payment of its share of the expense of the stormwater drain in Union Street and stating that it had been referred to the Finance Committee.

From Mr. Wilson asking that the Tarpaving in Station Street in front of his new houses be completed. Received and to be done in due course.

From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in reply to a petition from residents in Enmore Road urging greater expedition in the work of wood blocking between the train line stating that the work should be pushed on with all possible dispatch. Received.

From the Water and Sewerage Board in reply to a communication from the this Council in reference to the expense of repairing the Tarpaving in the footpath in Enmore Road stating that the amount would be paid. Received.

From the Water and Sewerage Board intimating that unless the closets on the premises of the Town Hall are connected with the sewer forthwith the connection would be made by the Board at the Councils expense. Received and the Board be informed that the matter will dealt with by the Council as soon as possible. The letter was referred to the Works Committee.

Reports

Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision during the last two weeks. Received.

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

The Mayor
reported verbally that since the last meeting he had dealt with that part of the overseers report referring to be employees of the Council under his management and had been compelled to dismiss three men as incompetent. Received.

Motions Persuant to Notice

Alderman Smith moved
1 “That a sum of £3.3.0 be now voted being the amount of Annual contribution of this Council to the Municipal Association.” Seconded by Alderman Parker and carried.

Alderman Whately moved
2 “That 40 yards of kerbing and guttering 3rd class be laid on the west side of Elizabeth Street at an estimated cost of £12 and the old guttering throughout the street be repaired at an estimated cost of £6 total £18.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

3 “That the old guttering on the west side of Nelson Street be taken up and a single gutter 18 inches wide be substituted at an estimated cost of £4.12.6. Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

4 “That the west side of Nelson Street be tarpaved 2nd class 112 yards and sundry repairs executed at an estimated cost of £8.17.4.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

5 “That the old guttering on the north side at the eastern end of Campbell Street and a single stone cutter 18 inches wide be substituted 60 yards at an estimated cost of £9.5.0.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

6 “That the south side of Campbell Street be tarpaved 500 yards 2nd class and sundry repairs executed at an estimated cost of £39.11.8.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Howe moved
7 “That all specifications and correspondence between this Council and the city surveyor re Enmore Road wood blocking be laid before the Council at its next meeting September 4th 1894.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

8 Motion standing in the name of Alderman Morgan for a committee of the whole Council upon the re-adjustment of the wards of this Borough lapsed on account of the Alderman’s absence.

Orders of the Day

The consideration of the report of the committee of the Whole Council upon a recommendation from the Finance Committee and a general scheme of retrenchment was further postponed for consideration at a special meeting of Council to be held on Monday next the 10th instant.

Miscellaneous Business

It was unanimously resolved that a letter of condolence be sent to the widow of the late Mr. George Brown the chief fireman at the Newtown Fire Station who lost his life on Saturday last at [Lawless?] Fire in Sydney.

In reply to Alderman Parker the Mayor said he would have the iron gratings at the corner of King and Australia streets altered so as to afford a greater facility for the storm waters being carried away.

In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said “he would bring under the notice of W&S Board the fact that the closets at the Police Court were notwithstanding repeated complaints from this Council still unconnected with the sewer.

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


 

Monday the 11th September 1894

 

A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held 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 and McCann.

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

The Mayor has stated “that the business for which he had called the meeting together was to consider and deal with a report of the committee of the Whole Council upon a recommendation of the Finance Committee re Percy Deacon’s application for an increase of salary and a general scheme of retrenchment also Mr. Liddell’s letter calling attention to the speedy performance of the wood blocking of Enmore Road and asking for a bonus in addition to amount already paid to him.” Alderman Parker moved “that the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole with closed doors for the purpose of considering and dealing with the business for which this meeting has been called.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried. On the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following report “that the Inspector of Nuisances act as caretaker and live in the premises at his present salary; that John Keating caretaker be given one months notice to leave the service of the council; that Mr. Cowley’s salary be reduced to £300 per annum from the 1st November next; that Mr. Liddell’s letter be postponed till after the report of the Works committee on the subject of the raising of the kerb be received and adopted.

18th September 1894.
Signed W. Rigg,
Mayor.


 

Tuesday 18th September 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, Morgan and McCann.

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

Correspondence

From the Enfield Council asking cooperation in a deputation to the government to obtain an endowment of five shillings in the £ on last year’s rates. Received.

From Paddington Council covering a copy of a resolution expressing an opinion that the work done by the Metropolitan Transit Commission would be better entrusted to the Municipal Institutions and asking this Councils co-operation to abolish that institution. Received and to be replied to stating that this Council is of opinion provision should be made in the Local Government Bill to vest same in the local Councils.

From the same Council intimating that a deputation from Metropolitan Municipalities will wait upon the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in reference to proposed alteration of Water and Sewerage rates on Friday 21st instant at 12 o’clock noon. Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to attend.

From the Water and Sewerage Board in reply to a letter from this Council on the subject of connecting the closets and urinals at the Police Court with the sewerage stating that the work was being preceded with. Received.

From the Water and Sewerage Board covering a minute from the Secretary in reference to obtaining of water for public swimming baths. Received.

From the Registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners stating that the sanction of the Railway Commissioners had been obtained to put up a shelter shed inside the Railway fence for the use of the cab men on stand in Bedford Street, also asking permission to place a small shed at the junction of the Bedford and King streets as a shelter for the transit officer on duty there. Received and the Registrar be informed that the Council has no power to authorise the placing of any structure upon a public street.

From Mr. Lee Postmaster of Newtown asking the Council to cause the houses in the Borough to be re-numbered consecutively throughout. Received and Mr. Lee be informed that the work will be carried out as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made.

From M. O’Neill & Co contractors for the sewerage asking for permission to close Ferndale Street during the progress of the sewerage works in that street. Received and the request granted.

From the Board of Health covering a copy of the Inspector of Dairies report on the state of the cow yards and milk vendor’s premises and containing sundry recommendations in the reference thereto. Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances to see that the recommendations were carried out.

From the Deputy Postmaster General addressed to W. Rigg Esq. M.P. in reference to the erection of a Post Office at Enmore stating “that no provision has been made on the estimates for 1895 for this work stating that the matter is being urged by this department.” Received.

Reports

Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1050.1.2 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £233.12.3. Adopted on a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Morgan.

Works Committee
reported recommending ” that new double closets be erected in the yard: that a galvanised iron fence be substituted for the present old fence at the side and end and a new shed be built for storage room. Alderman McCann to prepare a plan and specifications and tenders be invited: that the Railway Commissioners be written to by the Transit Commissioners for permission to erect a shelter shed within the railway grounds for the Cab Men: that it is inadvisable to alter the present level of the trachyte kerb in the Enmore Road: that sundry repairs to Kerbing and guttering in O’Connell Ward and in Crescent Street be passed and final payments made.” Adopted on a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman McCann.

Borough Treasurer
reported “that £1504.16.6 had been deposited in the bank during the last four weeks that cheques had been issued amounting to £1050.1.2 and the amount due to the bank at date £4695.12.9.” Received.

Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his care during the last two weeks. Received.

Inspecter of Nuisances
reported that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work very well and the amount of work done by the night soil contractor. Received.

Letter from Mr. Liddell referred from a previous meeting for consideration after the adoption of the Works Committees report. Mr. Liddell’s application for a bonus in addition to his salary for works on Enmore Road was read. It was moved by Alderman McCann “that Mr. Liddell be voted a sum of twenty guineas as a bonus for his services.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan. And amendment was moved by Alderman Salmon and seconded by Alderman Howe “that the sum be 10 guineas.” Motion was withdrawn by consent and the amendment became the motion and was carried.

Motions pursuant to Notice

Alderman Parker moved
1 “That Bedford Street from Denison Street to Albert Street be ballasted and metalled as per recommendation of Works Committee at a cost of £150.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Questions

In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would lay on the table at next of Council a statement of outstanding rates and in reply to Alderman Parker that he would write to the Fire Brigades Board asking that a steam fire engine be sent to this Station.

That the business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 2nd day of October 1894.
Signed J. F. Smith,
Acting Mayor


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