Tuesday 11th May 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, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, Ekin and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
An apology was received for the absence of Alderman McCann who was absent through sickness.
Correspondence
From Darlington Council agreeing to co-operate with this Council in the matter of urging upon the government the desirableness of wood paving the Newtown Road between George Street west and Bligh Street.  Received.
From Mrs Jolly acknowledging the receipt of a letter from this Council sympathising with her and her family in their bereavement through decease of the late Alderman Jolly.  Received.
From Balmain Council stating that it was the intention of the Council to purchase a 12 ton Steam Roller and asking if it were likely that this Council would be likely to require it.  If so it could be hired out to any Council at about £4 per day.  Received and the Balmain Council be informed that this Council will not require it.
From the Superintendent of Police at Newton stating in reply to a communication with the Mayor that he had instituted inquiries in reference to an obnoxious effluvium from the district of Alexandria with a view to locate it and that measures would be taken to prevent a recurrence of it.  Received.
From the Railway Commissioners stating that they had let a contract for the diversion of the storm water drain from Mr Crago’s land and asking the Council to do its portion in Gladstone Street.  As agreed in Council’s letter of the 18th March last.  Received and a reply to be sent that the Council had already laid its portion and was ready to connect at any time.
Reports
The Overseer
reported the amount of work done 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 and that he had inspected a number of properties in Camden Ward east of King Street and found that there were 164 places not connected with the sewerage system: also that he had visited the residents in the vicinity of Raper Street who had signed a petition praying for the abatement of a nuisance arising from the smoke and noise from a mill in Brown Street Camperdown just at the rear of Raper Street in this Borough who complained very much of the nuisance as stated.  Received.
Motions Pursuant to Notice
Alderman Smith moved
1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the desirability and cost of taking up the kerbing and guttering in Australia Street from Mackenzie’s Blacksmith’s shop to Lennox Street an relaying same to a new grade: also taking up the old flags and substituting therefore second class tarpaving.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
2 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report upon the necessity for removing two lamps in Trade Street one from the north side to the south side opposite the centre of a lane near Hewish’s property: and one from the south side to the north side opposite to Albert Street at a cost not exceeding £2.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Alderman Elstub moved
3 “That a lamp be erected at the corner of Kent and Campbell Lanes Kingston Ward at a cost not exceeding £4.5.0 per annum.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried referred to the Lighting Committee for report.
Alderman Salmon moved
4 “That reference be made to the Lighting Committee to erect a lamp in Brock’s Lane of Wilson Street at a cost not exceeding £4.5.0 per annum.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would communicate with the Secretary for public Works asking him to receive a deputation from the various Councils and parliamentary representatives interested in the proposed wood-blocking.
The business being concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 25th day of May 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday 25th May 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 and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, Ekin and King.
The Mayor laid upon the table a declaration made by Mr James William Abigail who had been duly elected to the office of Alderman for Kingston Ward to fill the vacancy caused by the decease of the late Alderman Jolly.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Alderman McCann asking for leave of absence from the Council meetings on account of his continued illness.  Moved by Alderman Morgan and seconded by Alderman Rigg “that the letter be received and leave of absence be granted for three months from this date.”  Carried.
From the Reverend J. Higgins asking the Council to Kerb and Gutter the Lane at the rear of King Street between Forbes and Queen Streets as he was about to erect a new fence to his property on the east side of the Lane: Also calling attention to the state of the footpath in Forbes Street and asking that it may be repaired.  Received and the writer be informed that the Kerbing and guttering will be proceeded with as soon as possible and the matter of the state the footpath in Forbes Street was referred to the Works Committee for report.
From Messrs Leighton & Co inviting inspection of a public picture in commemoration of the Queen’s 60 years reign.
Received.
From H. A. Philips offering to supply illumination lamps for the public celebrations.
From the Deputy Post Master General in reply to a letter from this Council stating that he regretted he could not comply with the Council’s request to keep the Telegraph Office at Newtown open until 10 p.m.  Received.
From the Under Secretary for Public Works stating in reference to the proposed woodpaving of the Newtown Road that some alterations will be required in the permanent levels of the street and that if an officer of the Council or other representative will arrange to meet the Engineer In-Chief for public Works on any day after the 3rd  proviso he will be prepared to point out the proposed levels and on a mutual decision being arrived at as to any suggested amendments or otherwise, a plan will be prepared and sent to you for exhibition in the usual way. Received and a reply be sent stating that the Works Committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Rigg and Howe will meet the Engineer Chief as the representatives of this Council.
From the Metropolitan Board of Water and Sewerage covering a copy of its Health Officers quarterly report as to the Health of the City and Suburbs.  Received and laid upon the table.
From the same stating that the cost of manhole castings to the Council would be £5 each.
From sundry ratepayers in Holmwood Street having reference to the subject of the tree planting in Holmwood Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts since last report amounting to £562.12.8 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £78.14.0.  On a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman King the report was received and adopted.
Borough Treasurer
reported that £1704.11.5 had been received and deposited in the Bank during the last four weeks and during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £562.12.8 and there was a credit balance at the Bank of £267.17.5 less outstanding cheque of £1.  Received.
Overseer of Works
reported the amount of works completed and in progress during the last two weeks.  Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the quantity of work done in his department during the last two weeks that the contractors for scavenging were doing their works satisfactorily: and that in company with an officer from the Board of Health he visited all the dairies and milk vendors which were generally considered to be in a satisfactory condition.   Received.
Motion is pursuant to Notice
Alderman Smith moved
1 “That the trachyte crossings at the undermentioned places be taken up and wood blocks substituted-
Corner of Denison Street and Campbell and Fitzroy Lanes: corner of Regent Street and Fitzroy Lane West and south sides at a cost of £16.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Alderman Morgan moved
2 “That 44 yards of the 3rd  class kerbing and guttering be laid on the east side of John Street from Goodsell Street to Lane at an estimated cost of £13.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would again communicate with the City Council in reference to the deputation re wood-blocking Newtown Road and would see about Tarpaving in Trade Street also would get up all the information possible in connection a proposed extension of Liberty Street to Kingston Road on the Brigg’s Estate.
In reply to Alderman Salmon he would see about Tarpaving required in Wilson Street at the rear of Hathe’s and others shops in King Street: that he would cause a letter to be written to the Railway Commissioners calling their attention to a low wall which he thought was dangerous as on the Railway side the depth was very considerable.  Also that he would have wood blocks below the Bridge and Whately Street sanded as occasions require.
In reply to Alderman Elstub he would see about the tarred metalling in the Dennison Street.  In reply to Alderman Rigg he said he would call the Railway Commissioners attention to a large crack in the back retaining wall in Liberty Street.
The business being the concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 8th day of June 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Memo of Election of an Alderman to fill extra ordinary vacancy in Kingston Ward caused by the death of the late Alderman Jolly.

On Tuesday the 11th May 1897.
The Mayor and Returning Officer (Alderman Mr Cox) was present in the Hall at noon and publicly read out the nominations received.  viz Charles James Lane, Painter, King Street Newtown and James William Abigail, Solicitor, Cavendish Street Stanmore.
There being more than one candidate dominated a poll was taken on Saturday the 15th May 1897 opening at 8a.m. and closing at 5p.m. which resulted in the election of James William Abigail.  An official declaration of the poll was made by the Returning Officer on the following Monday at 10a.m.
Signed William Cox, Mayor and Returning Officer.

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