Wednesday 10th November 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 Aldermen Howe, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, McCann and King.  An apology was received from Alderman Morgan who was visiting another colony.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Marrickville Council asking this Council to hold another conference in Edgware Road in reference to the alleged overflow of storm waters at Wells Street.”  It was resolved “that the letter be received and the request acceded to.”
From the same having reference to Juliett Street and Harrow Road stating that the Council had decided ballast these streets the whole width of the carriageway.  As requested by this Council and that the cost will be £200 half to be borne by each Council.  Resolved that the letter be received and the Marrickville Council be asked to allow the Works Committees of the two Councils to further consider this subject at the same time as the above in Edgeware Road.
Mayors Minute
Since the last meeting of the Council the assistant Council clerk (Mr P.E.W. Deacon) departed this life by Strychnine self-administered: an investigation of his books and accounts is now being made by Mr McLean Chartered Accountant 14 Castlereagh St Sydney as determined upon by a Committee of the whole Council on the 18th October last.  Received.
From Messrs Makinson and Plunkett further in reference to drainage off Edgware Road to Mr Smidmores land.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for the report.
From Mr Nangle architect asking on behalf of Mrs Brennan a contribution towards the expense in putting back a fence which had been encroaching on the footpath in King Street corner of Wells Street.  Resolved that the letter be received and the writer be informed “that the Council regretted that it was unable to accede to that request.”
From the Pinhoe Patent Refuse Destructor offering to destroy by fire in their patent destructor for the sum of one shilling and ten pence all the house refuge of the Borough on condition that they be granted the contract for 10 years.  Received and referred to a committee of the whole Council for consideration and report.
From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage having reference to proposed extension of Liberty Street to Kingston Road stating that the Board had resolved to sell the whole blocks of their land by public auction.  Received.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid under votes of appropriation since last report £525.8.0 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £73.15.0.  The report was adopted on a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman King.
Borough Treasurer
reported that £886.16.9 had been deposited in the Bank since last report that cheques had been issued amounting £525.8.0 and the balance due to the bank at date amounted to £771.10.8. Received.
Overseer of Works
reported the progress that had been made with the various 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: that a complaint of a frivolous nature had been made against the Contractor for Scavenging O’Connell Ward which upon inquiry being made was withdrawn: that a complaint had also been made against the sweeping of the wood blocked portion of King Street between Bligh Street and the Railway Bridge.  On inquiry it was found that on account of the width and depth of the joints between the blocks the contractor was unable to make a clean job of it and allowance had to be made: reference was also made as to the present state of Mr Cocksidge’s property in Bligh Street and that the old closet had been completely closed up but still the encroachment was in a very untidy condition.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Rigg moved
1 “That the crossings at Trafalgar Crescent, London and Liberty Streets be tarpaved 51 yards at an estimated cost of £5.2.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
2 “That the crossings in London Street at the intersections of Augustus, Charles and Belmore Streets be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £5.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
3 “That the gutter stones in Phillip Street at the intersections of Sparnon [?] Lane, Belmore and Charles streets be renewed 4’6″ wide 36 yards at an estimated cost of £18: and the footpath at the said crossings be tarpaved 48 yards at an estimated cost of £5.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
4 “That a strip of Tarred Metal be laid in Phillip Street from Gladstone Street to Charles Street 3 feet wide 46 yard at an estimated cost of £5.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
5 “That a strip of Tarred Metal be laid in Simmons Street from Sarah Street to Camden Street 190 yards at an estimated cost of £19.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
6 “That a trachyte crossing be laid in Camden Street at the intersection of Clara Street at an estimated cost of £10.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
7 “That a strip of Tarred Metal be laid on each side of Ferndale Street from Margaret Street to Camden street 415 yards at an estimated cost of £41.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
8 “That the carriage way in Margaret Street from the culvert to Ferndale St be tarpaved 95 yards at an estimated cost of £11.0.9.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
9 “That the carriageway at the intersection of Margaret Reiby and Fulham Streets be tarpaved 160 yards at an estimated cost of £18.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
10 “That a strip of tarred metal 3 feet wide be laid in Reiby Street West side from Enmore Road to present strip 105 yards at an estimated cost of £18.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
11 “That a strip of Tarred Metal be laid in Edgware Road from Camden Street to Alice Street 114 yards at an estimated cost of £12.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Alderman Ibbotson moved
12 “That a sum of £50 be now voted to repair the tarpaved footpaths in Enmore Ward.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
The business of being concluded the council rose. Confirmed this 23rd day of November 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday 23rd November 1897

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

President
The Mayor (Alderman William Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, McCann and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the United Australian Mutual Fire and Marine Insurance Co Limited Fidelity Guarantee Plate Glass and Accident in reply to a letter from this Council dated the 10th instant intimating to the company that on the second instant Percy E. W Deacon late assistant Council Clerk of this Borough died from Strychnine self administered and that an examination of his books of accounts is now being made by Mr McLean Chartered Accountant acknowledging the receipt of the letter and stating that its contents noted.  Received.
From the Water and Sewerage Board forwarding a copy of the Board’s Medical Adviser’s report in regard to the incidents of diarrhoea in the city and suburbs.  Received and laid upon the table.
Reports
Works Committee reported upon the undermentioned subjects and works and recommending in connection therewith and as follows:
O’Connell Ward
1 Proposed kerbing and guttering west side of Richard Street 110 yards 3rd class be carried out at an estimated cost of £33.
2 That the tarpaving in Church Street be passed and final payment made.
Kingston Ward
3 That the tarpaving in Regent Street also the general repairs to the footpaths and Tarpainting same be passed and final payment made.
4 That the kerbing and guttering in Young Lane and in Oxford and St Mary Streets be passed and final payment made.
Enmore Ward
5 That the gutter in Phillip Street at the intersections of Charles Street and Sparnon [?] Lane be taken up and one of trachyte 4 feet wide be substituted and the gutter at Belmore Street be repaired.
6 That a strip of Tarred Metal one foot wide be laid in the east side of the Simmons Street from Sarah Street to Camden Street at an estimated cost of £19.
7 That a strip of tarred metal be laid on each side of Ferndale Street 415 yards estimated cost £41.10.0 and a portion of the carriage way be also tarpaved at an estimated cost of £15.
8 That the carriage way in Margaret Street be tarpaved from culvert to Ferndale Street 95 yards at an estimated cost of £11.
9 That the carriage way at the intersection of Margaret, Ruby and Fulham Streets be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £18.
10 That a strip of tarred metal be laid on the west side of Ruby Street from Enmore Road to present strip105 yards estimated cost of £18.10.0.
11 That a strip of tarred metal be laid in Edgware Road from Camden street to Alice Street 114 yards at an estimated cost of £12.10.0.
12 That the subject of the drainage at Mr Smidmore’s be further postponed as the committee of the Marrickville Council were unable to attend to consider other matters in connection with the same subject.
The Mayor moved “that the report now read be adopted” Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
A report was brought up from a Committee of the Whole Council upon the subjects
1st Specification for re-wood blocking King Street by the public Works Department of King Street between the Railway Bridge and Bligh Street.
2nd A proposal of the Penhoe Patent Destructor and Motive Power Company recommending
1 That the specification be approved of and returned to the department with a request that a copy be supplied in due course: also that a reply be sent to the Department to a letter received on the 26th August last covering the text of a bond which is proposed the Council shall sign and seal – that the council will be prepared to sign and seal the said bond on the completion of the whole of the work as shown in the accompanying plan and in accordance with specification now submitted.
2 That the proposal of the Penhoe Patent Refuse Destructor and Motive Power Company be postponed for further consideration.
The Mayor moved “that the report of the Committee of the Council now read be hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Smith and carried.
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 supervision were doing their work satisfactorily.   Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman King moved
1 “That Holdsworth Street be metalled at an estimated cost of £90 as recommended by the Works Committee.”   Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said it would devolve upon the Works Committee at its meeting to further consider and report upon the necessary alteration to the kerbing in King consequent upon the re-newing of the wood blocking.  In reply to Alderman Salmon he said he would instruct the Overseer to repair the retaining wall in Burren Street and to Alderman Ibbotson that a letter should be sent calling the Railway Commissioners attention to the worn state of the wood blocks between the tramlines in King Street between the Railway Bridge and St Peters.
The business being concluded the council rose.  Confirmed this 7th day of December 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

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