Tuesday 12th October 1897

A 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 (Alderman Wm Cox) and Alderman Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Abigail, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg MLA and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Messrs Rigg and Molesworth MLA for two of the Newtown Electorates acknowledging letters from this Council intimating “that it disapproved of Mr Fitzgerald’s Bill proposing to give Councils power to lease unoccupied lands the owners of which are unknown.  Received.
From the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners intimating that all Bus Drivers would be compelled to stand in the place appointed for them.  Received.
From Rockdale Council asking cooperation in requesting the Railway Commissioners to extend the same consideration in reducing fares on the suburban Railway Lines as has been made in the tram fares.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last report amounting to £2236.2.11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £261.10.7. The Mayor moved that the Finance Committee’s report be now adopted.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Works Committee reported – Camden ward –
recommending 1st that the gutter at the corner of Wales Street and Edgware Road complained of by the Marrickville Council be raised a little on the outside and a little tarred metal put round it.
2nd That the kerbing and guttering recently laid in King and Angel streets be passed and final payment made.
3rd That the tarpavement in Newman, Angel, and Norfolk Streets and in Edgeware Road be passed and final payment made.
4th That the lane at the back of the South side of Newman Street be tarpaved concave and an open crossing be substituted for the present pipe drain in Angel Street at an estimated cost of £50.
Enmore Ward
5 That the kerbing and guttering proposed for Trafalgar Street north side 90 yards at an estimated cost of £27 be carried out.
6 That the Tarpaving in Belmore Street be repaired with second class material at an estimated cost of £7.
7 That the proposal to kerb and gutter Cross Lane South side from Marion Street to Edgware Road at an estimated cost of £41 be carried out.
8 “That the Tarpaving laid in Juliett Street to make good to new buildings be passed and final payment made.
Kingston Ward
9 That the guttering reset in Albemarle Street be passed and final payment made.
10 “That the application of Mr Bailey for a bridge over the gutter in Eliza Street be not acceded to.
O’Connell Ward
11 “That the kerbing and guttering reset and sundry crossings and repairs effected in Church Street be passed and final payment made.”
12 “That the proposal to lay a new 18 inch gutter in Wilson Street from Erskinville Road to Watkins Street at an estimated cost of £58.12.0 and on the northside at an estimated cost of £14.5.0 also some new kerbing and guttering at a cost of £6.3.0 be carried out.
13 “That Wilson Street be metalled from Erskinville Road to Watkins Street at an estimated cost of £170.”
14 “That the open crossing in Bligh Street at the foot of Queen Street be passed and final payment made.
15 “Referring to the letter of Messrs Makinson and Plunkett Solicitors complaining of drainage going on to Mr Smidmores land from this Borough and St Peter’s and a surveyors report thereon your committee after inspection and careful consideration of the subject recommend that in view of the Metropolitan Sewerage system in this locality being in an advanced state the Water and Sewerage Board be asked to urge on its completion which will effectively remedy all the trouble complained of as far as this Council is considered.”
The Borough Treasurer
reported that there had been received and deposited in the Bank £2062.19.5 that cheques had been issued and interest on overdraft charged amounting to £2257.6.0 and the balance due to the Bank at date was £1132.19.5 including an outstanding cheque of £1.2.4.”  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 during the last two weeks and that the scavengers were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
The Mayor in reference to a letter received from Mrs Trevenar and the Inspectors report thereon complaining of the conduct of contractor Macken.  From inquiry it has been ascertained that the matter is of a trivial nature and the whole dispute was over and about half a wheelbarrow full of dry rubbish which Mrs Trevenar refused to put into a box for the convenience of removal.  Contractor Macken denied using the bad language complained of however I think it would be as well to inform the contractor that he must not use bad language to any of the rate payers when in the Council’s service.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Morgan moved
“That a sum of £15 be now voted to repair the gutter and roadway in Maria Street south side.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Orders of the Day
Postponed consideration of a petition presented by Alderman Abigail to resort to metal breaking by a hand in this Borough. at the request of Alderman Abigail it was unanimously resolved to do discharge it from the paper.
The business been concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 26th day of October 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday 26th October 1897

A 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 (Alderman William Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, Ekin and King. Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Alderman Abigail who was confined to his house through illness.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Secretary to the Municipal Association stating that the committee of the Association had been requested by the Rockdale Council to urge upon the Government the necessity of altering the existing law with regard to the Slaughtering of Animals intended for consumption and taking over its entire control and asking if this Council approves of the proposal. Received and it was resolved “that this Council acquiesce in the proposal.”
From Marrickville Council acknowledging the receipt of the letter from this Council having reference to proposed alterations of gutters at junction of Edgware Road and Wells Street and asking the council to delay the work until a conference of the Works Committees of the two had been over the site.  Received and the Council be informed that the proposed work at the foot of Wells Street had been carried out.
From the Railway Commissioners intimating that a voucher had been passed for the payment to the Council of £100 being promised contribution towards the expense of the diversion of Gladstone Street at Mr Crago’s new Flour Mills.
From the Department of Public Works Roads Branch covering a copy of the draft special specification for proposed re-wood blocking King Street between Bligh Street and the Railway Bridge.  Received and referred to a committee of the whole Council for consideration and report.
The Mayor reported in reference to Mr Fallick’s dedication of land for widening the roadway at the junction of Oxford and St Mary Streets “that it had been found necessary – with Mr Fallick’s sanction to alter the plan submitted by him and that it would require a new plan to be prepared and in such a manner as would secure to the public for all time the land so dedicated without question.”  Received and the Mayor was authorised to procure the plan and register same in the Registrar General’s Office.
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made of various 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 him were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Salmon moved
“That the kerbing and guttering on the west side of Richard Street be completed 110 yards 3rd class at an estimated cost of £33.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Salmon the Mayor said he would have the tarpaved gateway crossing in Missenden Road and other places in O’Connell Street which had been passed some time ago carried out as soon as possible.
In reply to Alderman Elstub the Mayor said he would have the proposed alterations made to the drainage at the public urinal.
The business being concluded the council rose.  Confirmed this 10th day of November 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

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