Tuesday 13th April 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 W. Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, Ekin and King.
Apologies are received from Aldermen McCann and Jolly who were absent through illness. Also from Alderman Salmon who was unable to be present.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mrs Garden asking the Council to tarpave the footpath in Metropolitan Road at the corner of Enmore Road.  Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with.
From the Erskinville Council having reference to the sewerage system on the eastern side of King Street in Camden Ward stating that complaints had been made about persons throwing soap suds and filthy drainage into the old sinks which are not connected with the sewers and thus causing a nuisance in the street gutters.  Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances for inspection and report.
From sundry ratepayers in Wilson Street protesting against the erection of a horse water trough in front of their respective premises.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From the Town Clerk of Sydney acknowledging the receipt of a letter from this Council asking cooperation in urging upon the Government the necessity for wood paving the Newtown between George Street West and Bligh Street Newtown.  Also from Messrs Rigg, Molesworth and Coltin Members of Parliament from the Newtown electorates on the same subject and intimating their willingness to cooperate and from the Borough Council of Erskinville.  Received.
Reports
Overseer
reported the works that had been completed and in progress 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 under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Ibbotson moved
1 “That the footpath east side of Bailey Street from Short Street to Holt Street be tar paved in front of gateways first-class 32 yards the remainder, second-class 87 yards at an estimated cost of £9.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
2 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to consider and report upon the necessity for better lighting the main thoroughfares – King Street and Enmore Road.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
Alderman Morgan moved
3 “That a sum of £20 be now voted to purchase a horse and cart for the use of the Councils Overseer.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
4 “That the footpath in Harold Street north side from Gowrie Street to Union Lane be tarpaved second-class 100 yards at an estimated cost of £7.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
Alderman Elstub moved
5 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to report upon the advisableness of removing a lamp now standing in Lennox Street in front of Andrew’s Stables to Kent Lane.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Questions
The Mayor stated that he had been informed on good authority that the Roads Department had been for some time engaged in taking the levels of the surface of King Street between Bligh Street and the Railway Bridge with a view to having the wood pavement removed and that it would probably entail a considerable expense upon the Council if it had to lay a new trachyte kerb as had been suggested and raise the tarpaved footpath to the fresh levels.
The business being concluded the Council rose. Confirmed this 27th day of April 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday 27th April 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 W. Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Ekin and King.
Apologies were received from Alderman McCann who was absent through sickness and Alderman Rigg who was absent through attention to Parliamentary duties.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
The Mayor stated “that since our last meeting Alderman Jolly had been removed from our midst by death. Whereupon Alderman Smith moved that a letter under the seal of the Council be sent to the widow and family of the late Alderman Jolly who for so many years had held a seat at this Council expressive of the Councils deep sympathy with them on the sad bereavement.  Seconded by Alderman Jolly and carried.
Correspondence
From Mr Henry Copeland M.L.A. the Camperdown and St Peters Councils being replies to letters from this Council intimating their willingness to cooperate by deputation to the Government to urge the wood paving of Newtown Road between George Street West and Bligh Street in Newtown.  Received.
From the Railway Commissioners in reply to a letter from this Council stating that at present they could not entertain the idea of wood paving that portion of the Newtown Road between George Street West and Bligh Street Newtown occupied by the Tramway even if the Government decided to do its portion but would do that part where the Tramway diverges from the side of the road to the centre as shown by a tracing accompanying the letter.  Received.
From Mr Bruce Smith complaining of a nuisance arising from deposits of animal matter just off Edgeware Road opposite his two terraces of houses and asking the Council to use its influence with the Marrickville Council to abate it.  Received and ordered to be sent on to Marrickville Council with a copy of the Inspectors report thereon.
From Mr D. A. Phillips Camden Street complaining of the stoppage of the drain on his property and alleging that it was caused through the Councils drain being choked.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From the Hon. Secretary’s to the Citizens Banquet to the Hon. G. H. Reid Premier on the third of May next asking the name of the Mayor and aldermen who would consent to be on the committee.  Received.
From Mrs A. S. Griffiths stating that she had received some injury to her back through falling down in Watkin Street and asking the Council to consider her loss and expense.  Received and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with.
From Mr Gains Clarke protesting against the erection of the water trough in front of his land in Wilson Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee who were dealing with the subject.
Petitions
A petition was presented by Alderman Salmon from a number of ratepayers in Raper Street complaining of a nuisance arising from a the smoke and noise arising from a factory in Brown Street Camperdown.  Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances to make enquiry from the petitioners and report thereon at next meeting of Council.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last report amounting to £841.1.10 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £692.6.1.  The Mayor moved that the report be now adopted.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Works Committee
Reported 1st That the only remedy for the nuisance complained of by Mr Ermington in John Street will be to kerb and gutter that portion referred to.  That the kerbing and guttering in Lord, John, Norfolk and May Streets, also in lane at the rear of King Street in Holmwood Estate be passed and final payment.  2nd Enmore Ward – recommend that temporary repairs be effected to Francis Street pending connections with the sewerage being completed: that the kerbing and guttering in Simmons Street be passed and final payment made.  3rd Kingston Ward – That the gutters on each side of Mary Street be prepared at an estimated cost of £17. Also that the metal surface be repaired at an estimated cost of £13. That the Tarpaving in Baltic Street be passed and final payment made. That the guttering at the intersection of Denison and Bishopgate Street be passed and final payment made.  4th O’Connell Ward – That Wilson Street from Queen Street to Burren Street be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £95.  That the footpaths in a Bucknell Street be temporarily patched and repaired.  That the crossings in Missenden Road at the intersection is of Longdown, Campbell, Richard, and Aylesbury Streets also the gateways in Missenden Road be tar metalled at an estimated cost of £5. That the consideration of the proposed Horse Watering Trough in front of vacant land in Wilson Street near Jeaters shop or any other adjacent site was postponed.  5th Proposal to purchase a horse and cart for the use of the Council’s Overseer.  On consideration it was referred to the overseer to see if he would be willing to purchase on himself on condition the Council allowed him an annual sum for its maintenance. The Mayor moved that the report be now adopted and stated that the Overseer had decided to purchase a horse and cart himself if the Council would allow him £30 per annum for its maintenance whereupon Alderman Smith moved that the report be amended by adding “that the Overseer be allowed £30 per annum for the maintenance of a Horse and Card purchased by himself and for his use in the Councils service.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried. The report as amended was then adopted.
Lighting Committee
Reported 1st in reference to removing a lamp in Lennox Street in front of Andrew’s Stables recommending that the lamp be not moved to Kent Lane as proposed and that Mr Andrews be notified to move the signboard now obstructing the light.  Also that a lamp erected in the lane referred to would be of [—] provided the funds of the will admit of it.  2nd Proposal to better lighting King Street and Enmore Road will be fully reported upon after next committee meeting.  Adopted on a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Elstub.
Borough Treasurer
reported that there had been received and deposited in the Bank £773.2.10 also £1327.16.11 that cheques had been issued amounting to £841.1.10 and £23.11.5 interest paid on overdraft and the balance due to date £875.1.4.  Received.
Overseer of Works
reported the progress that had been made with 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.  Excepting one complaint in O’Connell Ward which been already remedied and that in reference to the letter from Erskinville Council complaining of house slops being allowed run on to the street gutters in several streets where the house were connected with the sewerage he had given the matter attention and only discovered a few cases where there were no underground drains.  Received.
The Valuers
reported that the appeal court was held on the 21st instant previous to the holding of the court a number of small amounts were dealt with and the remainder were settled by the presiding magistrate the total reduction by appeal was £66.3.0.  Received.
Motions Pursuant to Notice
Alderman King moved
1 “That reference be made to the lighting Committee for the erection of a lamp in Railway Lane, Pines Estate at an annual cost of £4.5.0.”
2 “That the tarpaving in Watkin Street both sides from Wilson Street to Railway be renewed with second class material 700 yards at an estimated cost of £57.10.0.”   Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Morgan the Mayor said he would communicate with the Telegraph Department with a view to getting the Newtown Office kept open til 10PM: and in reply to Alderman Smith that he would give instructions to have the trees trimmed that were obstructing the light from the public lamps.  In reply to Alderman Morgan the Mayor said he would instruct the Inspector to report upon the number of places already connected with the sewerage abutting on the back lanes in Gowrie Estate Camden Ward.
The business being concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 11th day of May 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

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