Tuesday 2nd February 1897

Nomination Day

At 12 o’clock noon on the above day the Mayor and Returning Officer (Alderman J. F. Smith) was present at the Town Hall for the purpose of publicly reading out the Nomination Papers received from the election of Aldermen and Auditors in room of those retiring by the effluxion of time.  There was a good attendance.
The nomination papers were as follows:-
Enmore Ward, Charles Henry Ibbotson Coachbuilder, King Street Newtown.
O’Connell Ward Henry N Howe Builder Church Street Newtown.
The Returning Officer stated these two were the returning Aldermen and being unopposed he declared them duly elected Aldermen for their respective Wards for the ensuing three years.
Kingston Ward Robert Elstub builder Regent Street Newtown and Charles Robert Summerhayes Architect Grosvenor Street Croydon.
Camden Ward Harold T. Morgan Solicitor Segenhoe Street Arncliffe.
There being three candidates nominated for the Kingston and Camden Ward’s than were required the Returning Officer announced that a poll would be taken on each of the wards for the election of an Alderman on Saturday next the 6th  instant commencing at 8AM and closing at 5 p.m.
Auditors Walter Henry Goddard Bank Manager Commercial Bank Newtown and William Henry Cadogan Accountant Forest Road Hurstville.
There being no more candidates nominated for auditors than are required the Returning Officer declared them duly elected auditors for the current municipal year. The returning officer further announced that on Saturday next a local option vote would be taken when the electors would have an opportunity of declaring when any new licences or any removal of licences should be granted in any of the wards during the next three years. The Candidate present briefly addressed the meeting and a vote of thanks to the Returning Officer brought the proceedings to a close.

Saturday 6th February 1897

A poll was taken in Kingston and Camden Ward for the election of an Alderman commencing at 8 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. which resulted in the election of Robert Elstub for the former and Harold T. Morgan for the latter.  Poll was also taken for the local option vote for each ward which resulted as follows:-
Division A
Majority in each Ward against the granting of new licences total 125.
Division B
Majority in each Ward against the granting removal of licences total 85.
And official declaration of the polling was made at the Town Hall on Monday the 8th July 1897 at 10a.m.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor and Returning Officer.

Tuesday 2nd February 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 J. F. Smith) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Cox, Morgan, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Board of Health stating that the Trades or business of Pig-Keeper and Poultry Farmer were added to the list of noxious trades also enclosing a copy of the By laws made by the Board to regulate the said businesses.  Received.
From the Public Works Department stating that a voucher for £719.14.1 was forwarded to the Treasury on the 19th instant for payment being 1st advance from the Special Grant to Municipalities. Received.
From the Fire Brigades stating that the first quarters contribution from this Council amounting to £53.15.6 is now due.  Received and referred to the finance committee for consideration and report.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts amounting to £1267.18.6 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £605.5.0.  The report was adopted on the motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman King.
Works Committee
reported recommending 1st the proposal to reform the ballast and metal Munni Street from Gowrie Street to Angel Street be accepted and the works carried out in due course at an estimated cost of £60.  2nd the kerbing and guttering in Phillip Street be passed and final payment made. That the kerbing and guttering in Metropolitan Road be passed and final payment made.  3rd the kerbing and guttering in Albemarle and Baltic Street be passed and final payment made.  4th proposal to metal with Blue Metal Campbell Street at an estimated cost of £90 be accepted in the work be carried out in due course. Moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Rigg “That the report now read be hereby adopted.”
Borough Treasurer
reported that £1174.2.7 had been received and deposited in the Bank: that cheques had been issued amounting to £1267.18.6 and that there was a debit balance at the Bank of £718.10.7. Received.
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 contractors under his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
The Mayor stated that he had received an intimation from Mr Hall Manager of the Bank of Australasia and Borough Treasurer that he would probable be absent from Newtown for perhaps two months and suggesting that Mr Austin who was acting for him at the Bank be appointed treasurer during his absence.  Also that Mr Austin had intimated his willingness to except the appointment he had therefore appointed Mr Austin and issued the necessary Gazette Notice. It was resolved that the action of the Mayor in this matter be confirmed.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Howe the Mayor said he would cause The Water and Sewerage Board to be informed that there were still two houses in Mechanic Street not connected with the sewerage system.
In reply to Alderman Rigg the Mayor said he had already in company with Mr Molesworth M.P. interviewed the Secretary for works in reference to the wood blocking in King Street between the Railway Bridge and Bligh Street.
The business being concluded the Council Rose. Confirmed this 11th day of February 1897.
Signed J. F. Smith, Mayor.

Thursday 11th February 1897

Election of Mayor

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 J. F. Smith) in the chair and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Cox, Jolly, Morgan, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, McCann, Ekin and King.
The Mayor laid upon the table the declaration duly attested of the newly elected Aldermen viz Camden Ward Alderman Harold T. Morgan and Kingston Ward Alderman Robert Elstub. Also of the Auditors viz: Walter Henry Goddard and William Henry Cadogen.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Alderman Jolly moved
1 “That the election of the Mayor on this occasion be with open doors and by opened voting.”
Alderman Rigg moved
2 “That Alderman Cox be the Mayor for the current Municipal year.”  Seconded by Alderman McCann.
Alderman Howe moved
3 “That Alderman J. F. Smith the present Mayor be re-elected Mayor for the current Municipal year.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub.
On the resolutions being submitted to the Council it was found that the voting was equal for each candidate whereupon in accordance with the provisions of the “Municipalities Act of 1867 Amendment Act of 1894” it was determined by lot which resulted in the election of Alderman William Cox as Mayor for the current Municipal year. A unanimous vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor brought the proceedings to a close.
Confirmed this 16th day of February 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday 16th February 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, Jolly, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, Ekin and King.
The Council Clerk laid upon the table the declaration of the newly elected Mayor, duly attested.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mrs Hurley owner of Enmore Road and Juliett Street asking the Council to hand over to her some old Deeds in the Councils possession having reference to her land which at one time was the property of the Council and which she stated should have been given to her when she purchased it.  Or failing that to allow her take copies of them.  Received and the writer be informed that she might have copies of them made in the Council clerk’s office.
From Mr G. A. Jones Secretary to the Good […] asking the Council to make an allowance by way of rebate of rent of the Public Hall recently used by the Society for Lectures on the grounds there being insufficient seating accommodation. Received and the writer be informed that the tariff for letting the hall has been fixed by the Council and no allowance could be made.
From the Fire Brigades Board in reply to a letter from this Council asking to be supplied with information as to the basis upon which the amount of this Council’s contribution was arrived at seeing that although the Councils revenue was yearly decreasing the contribution asked for by the Board was increasing.  Stating that it was in consequence of the large decrease in the annual revenue of the city and suburban councils together with increased expenditure in the necessary equipment of the Fire Stations the contributions of the contributors had to be increased.  Received and referred to the Finance committee for consideration and report.
From the Mayor of Sydney making an urgent appeal on behalf of the Indian Famine Relief Fund.  Received and laid upon the table.
From the Railway Commissioners the text of a bond for the Council to agree to and sign referring to the resumption of the street at the rear of the old Railway Station. The Mayor was authorised to sign on and to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.
Reports
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision during the last two weeks.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Jolly moved
1 “That the Council do now proceed to appoint the Standing Committees for the current Municipal year viz: – Finance, Works, Specification, Lighting, Nuisances prevention act and By Laws.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
2 “That the Specification Committee prepare specifications for the Annual Contracts and report same at the next meeting of Council.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Standing Committees
Finance
Alderman Salmon moved
“That the Finance Committees for the year consists of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Rigg and King.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Works
Alderman Salmon moved
“That the Works Committee for the year consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith and Howe and Rigg.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Specification
Alderman Salmon moved
“That the Specification Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Rigg and Howe.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Lighting
Alderman Salmon moved
“That the Lighting Committee consist of the Mayor and Alderman Ibbotson, Elstub and King.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Nuisances prevention Act
Alderman Salmon moved
“That the N. P. Act committee consist of Alderman Ekin, Jolly, King and Elstub.”  Seconded by Alderman and Howe and carried.
By Laws
moved by Alderman Salmon “By laws committee consist of the Mayor and Alderman Smith, Rigg and King.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 2nd day of March 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

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