Tuesday the 2nd of March 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) Howe, Morgan, Jolly, Smith, Ibbotson, King, Elstub and Ekin and Rigg.
An apology was received from Alderman McCann who was prevented from attending through serious illness.  Also from Alderman Salmon who was unavoidably absent.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Borough of Leichhardt asking cooperation in an effort to secure the election of the Mayor by the ratepayers.  Received and cooperation granted.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts since last report amounting to £688.18.5 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £288.15.11 subject to the further consideration of the item £53.15.6 to the Fire Brigades Board.  Adopted on a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Jolly.
Works Committee
reported recommending the passing of the payment made for the following works viz: -Camden Ward – Tarpaving in Law Lane between Dickson and Holmwood Street 86 yards. Wells Street and crossing 43 yards: Union Street 160 yards and crossing: Iredale Street crossing: Gowrie Street 225 yards: King Street repairs.
Enmore Ward – Tarpaving – Margaret 293 1/2 yards Simmons Street repairs: Sarah Street 444 yards: James Street 171 yards: Alice Street 148 yards Clara Street 104 yards Camden Street crossing.  Kerbing and guttering Lanes in the Pines Estate 91⅓  yard 162⅓ yards and 115⅔ yards, adopted on a motion moved select by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Morgan.
Specification Committee
reported recommending the adoption of the accompanying specifications for the annual contracts as follows: – Scavenging in Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards: Kerbing and Guttering Tarpaving and Tarpainting: Blue Metal supply Sweeping Wood pavements: Printing and Stationery, Street watering: Cartage – Day labour.
That as more than two thirds of the Borough is connected with the sewerage the offer of Mrs A Beacon to continue her contract for the current year at the same price as last year be accepted.  If tenders for the work are to be invited the same specification to be hereby adopted also that the deposit with each Tender be £3 and the said deposit be returned to the contractors at the expiration of one calendar month from the acceptance of their contracts on condition that up to that time the respective works have been carried out satisfactorily: and further that tenders be invited for the several works to be opened and considered at the next ordinary meeting of Council.  It was moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Ibbotson that the recommendations contained in the foregoing report be now adopted.  Carried.
Borough Treasurer
reported that since last statement £223.2.10 had been received and deposited in the Bank that cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £688.18.5 and that there was a debit balance at the Bank of £1184.62.  Received.
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision during the last two weeks: and recommending that the street at the rear of the old Railway Station be closed and the traffic turned on to the new extension.  Received and the recommendation adopted.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.
Motions pursuant to Notice
The following motion standing in the name of Alderman Elstub viz: – “That a sum of £20 be now voted to repair the tarpaved footpaths in Kingston Ward” was withdrawn by consent.
The business being concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 16th day of March 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday 16th March 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 Alderman Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Jolly, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Alderman Morgan apologised for the absence of Alderman McCann which was caused through sickness.
Correspondence
from Leichhardt Council asking cooperation in an effort to secure the election of Mayors by the ratepayers.  Received and cooperation agreed to.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported upon the subject of the continued increase of the Council’s contribution to the Fire Brigade Board recommended that as other municipalities have been discussing the question communication be opened up with a view to united action being taken in protesting against the unlimited power vested in the said Board to fix the annual levy upon Municipalities and if possible to get an amending act passed through the Parliament to generally deal with the whole subject.  The Mayor moved “that the report be adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan 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 during the last two weeks and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily he also called attention to the fact that the Police had been shooting dogs in the streets and that the scavengers protested against being called upon to remove them without extra pay which the police had refused to give.  Received.
The Valuers
reported that they made a valuation of all rateable in this Borough and presented their returns written up as required by the specification which showed that the rented or improved properties had an assessed value of £147,961 and the capital value of unoccupied land to be £104,802 which together yield an amount of £7398.0.0 at the rate of one shilling in the £ when the entire assessed value.  The report together with returns laid upon the table were “Received.”
Motions Pursuant to Notice
Alderman Smith moved
1 “That the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole to consider and report upon the following matters viz: (a) to prepare and submit to this Council an estimate in accordance with section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867 of the probable expenditure for the now current municipal year.  (b) the making of an assessment with all rateable property within this Borough for the current Municipal year in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.”  Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.
In committee of the whole Council the estimate was made and the assessment was made based on the valuers returns.  And the Council resumed its sitting when the Mayor brought up the following report viz: ” Your committee in compliance with a resolution of Council herewith submit an estimate of the probable amount that is to say thirteen thousand nine hundred pounds Sterling which will required for the now current Municipal year in addition to any tolls or dues levied or authorised to be levied within the municipality and to any probable income from fines voluntary contributions endowments or any other source of revenue to carry out the fencing, the making of any Road, bridges, and other public works within the Borough of Newtown and any other expense necessary to carry into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1867.
Items
General work including gas for street lighting
Camden Ward £2500
Enmore Ward £3000
Kingston Ward £1500
O’Connell Ward £3000
Debentures when returned 1st October 1897 £1000
Salaries and office Expenses £600
Miscellaneous Expenses £300
Interest on the Loans £2000
£13900
and further your committee having before it the Valuers Returns for the current Municipal year and having made an assessment thereon recommend its adoption by the Council.  The Mayor moved “that the report of the Committee of the Whole Council now read be received.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Alderman Smith moved
2 “That the Committee of the Whole Council recommending an estimate for the current of the probable expenditure in accordance with the provision of the Municipalities Act of 1867 be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Alderman Smith moved
3 “That the report of the Committee of the Whole Council recommending an assessment for the current Municipal year upon all rateable property within this Borough be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
Alderman Smith moved
4 “That this Council hereby affixes and appoints this 21st day of April 1897 as the day on which appeals against the valuation of rateable property shall be heard and that the Council Clerks be directed to give due notice of the same by advertisement as required by Section 175 of the Municipalities Act of 1867.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
Alderman Salmon and moved
5 “That a rate be levied for the now current Municipal year of one shilling in the £ on the assessed value of all the rateable property within this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes of Section 164 of the Municipalities Act of 1867.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
6 “That a special rate of three pence in the £ on the assessed value of all rateable property within this Borough being now levied for lighting the streets of the said Borough with gas under the provision of the 165th section of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and the amended act of 1873.”
Alderman Howe moved
7 “That the assessments now made in rates of one shilling in the £ and three pence in the £ be fairly transcribed into the rate book and the Mayor be authorised an affix the corporate seal thereto.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Alderman Morgan moved
8 “That the amounts in respect of each rates of one shilling in the £ and three pence in the £ already imposed shall be payable at the office of the Council Clerk at the expiration of 30 days after notices of such rates shall have been served in each case: but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amounts together with all arrears (if any) shall be paid within the said 30 days after notice, no legal proceedings – by distress or otherwise – shall be taken on behalf of the Council for the remaining amounts until after the 3rd day of September next ensuing.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
The Mayor moved
9 “That the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole with closed doors to consider and report upon the following matters: – (A) Correspondence between the Council and the Railway Commissioners having reference to the division of storm water drains in Mr Crago’s land at the rear of the old Railway Station.” (B) Tenders for the annual contracts.
The above subjects were considered in committee and on the Council resuming its sitting the Mayor reported recommending (A) the Railway Commissioners be informed that in consideration of the fact that the proposed drains will be on the property of the Commissioners the Council declines to undertake the responsibility of the proposed division and would rather the Commissioners would do it themselves so that there will be no need for any document indemnifying the Council against any loss.  And in this proposed work being carried out to the Boundary of the Commissioners land the Council will at once take up its portion of the work and continue the drain along Gladstone Street to the present outfall, or if necessary will do it simultaneously with the Commissioners. (B) Tenders – that the following be accepted viz: –
Tarpaving
W Lawler’s 1st class 1/10½ per sq yd.
W Lawler’s 2nd class 1/6 per sq yd.
W Lawler’s Topdressing 10½ per sq yd.
W Lawler’s Tarpaving 1½ per sq yd.
Sweeping wood pavement
A. Poole @ £ 21 per month
Street watering
H. Weeks @ 10/- per day
Cartage
Geo Schweoble @ 8/- per day
Scavenging
Camden Ward – W Thurlow @ £11 per month
Enmore Ward – M Stevenson @ £16.7.6 per month
Kingston Ward – J Howarth @ £11.10.0 per month
O’Connell Ward – Mackin @ £15.10.0 per month
Blue Metal
J.McSweeney @ 7/3 per cubic yard
Kerbing & Guttering
J. Duggan
1st Class 8/3 per lineal yard
2nd Class 7/- per lineal yard
3rd Class 5/11 per lineal yard
Kerbing only                       
1st Class 2/10 per lineal yard
2nd Class 2/9 per lineal yard
3rd Class 2/8 per lineal yard
Gutter only                       
1st Class 5/7 per lineal yard
2nd Class 4/6 per lineal yard
3rd Class 3/2 per lineal yard
Trachyte Kerbing                   
1st Class 10/- per lineal yard
2nd Class 10/- per lineal yard
Trachyte Guttering                         
7/6 per lineal yard
Printing & Stationery
Watson    
Rate Notices10/- per 1000
Rate Rects     7/6 per 1000
MPA    Rects     7/-  per 1000
Business Paper 1/9 per page
Notice Rate Payers 5/- per 1000
Rate Book 1 for £1.15.0
Electoral Rolls 6/- per page (50copies)
Valuers Return Books 4 @ 6/- each
The Mayor moved that the report now read be now adopted. Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Alderman Smith called attention to the dusty state of the Newtown Road between George Street West in the city and the wood pavement in Newtown and asked the Mayor to take some steps with the Councils of Camperdown and Darlington and the several members for the districts with a view to getting the said Road wood paved by the Government to which the Mayor consented. 
Business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 29 day of March 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday the 30th March 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 (Mr W. Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg and King.
Alderman Salmon apologised for Alderman Ekin who was unavoidably absent.
Alderman Morgan apologised for the absence of Alderman McCann which was caused through illness.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
from Mr W. Ermington calling attention to the state of the drainage in John Street between May and Goodsell Streets. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From Balmain Council asking cooperation in getting the government to frame a set of By Laws under the provisions of the Health Act now in force which might be adopted by the suburban Councils in order that there should be unanimity.  Received and cooperation granted.
Petitions
A petition was presented from a number of Ratepayers in Francis Street and its vicinity complaining of the State of that street and asking that it might receive attention.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts amounting to £1044.10.11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £169.0.2.  On a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman King the report was adopted.
Borough Treasurer
reported having deposited in the bank during the last four weeks £117.9.3, that during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £1044.10.11 and the balance due to the Bank at date was £2111.7.10.
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 scavengers were doing their work satisfactorily.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Salmon moved
1 “That Wilson Street from Queen Street to Burren Street be re-metalled where repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £95.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and referred to the Works Committee for report.
2 “That a trachyte crossing 3 feet wide be laid at the intersection of Wilson Lane and Burren Street West side in place of existing freestone crossing at an estimated cost of £10.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
3 “That the Tarpaved footpath east and west side of Bucknell Street be repaired where necessary and the whole Tarpainted at an estimated cost of £9.10.0.”
4 “That the footpath crossings at the intersection of Longdown, Campbell, Richard and Aylesbury Street with Missenden Road and the gateways in Missenden Road be laid with tarred metal at an estimated cost of £5 and that the same be referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.”
5 “That the Works Committee be requested to report on the advisability of erecting a horse water trough east side of Wilson Street opposite vacant allotment of land near Mr Jeater’s Grocers shop at an estimated cost of £10.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe.  It was agreed that the motion should be amended by adding “and any other adjacent site” it was then carried.
Alderman Elstub moved
6 “That the Works Committee inspect and report upon repairing and relaying the gutters each side of Mary Street where necessary at an estimated cost of £17.”  Alderman Smith in seconding the motion suggested that the following words be added viz: “and the cost of re-metalling the said Street.”  Which was accepted and agreed to and the motion was carried.
Alderman Howe moved
7 “That O’Connell Street from Chalder to Raper Street be re-formed and metalled at an estimated cost of £29.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
8 “That the gutters on the east side of O’Connell Street between Chalder and Raper Streets be taken out and relaid at an estimated cost of £3.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
9 “That the present freestone crossing at intersection of O’Connell and Chalder Streets be taken up and a trachyte crossing 3 feet wide substituted at an estimated cost of £9.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 13th day of April 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor. 

Month: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12