Tuesday 8th June 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, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, Ekin and King
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Bishop Higgins acknowledging the receipt of the letter from this Council having reference to the kerbing and guttering of the lane adjoining his property “Mount Eagle” and thanking the Council for its attention.  Received.
From Alderman McCann acknowledging the receipt of a letter from this Council acceding to his request for three months leave of absence through illness.  Received.
From Mr J. Coal Enmore Road asking to be allowed to place a timber bridge over the gutter in the lane at the back of his property the ground of the yard being too high to admit of an open crossing. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Apologies were received from Messrs Colton & Molesworth MLA and the Mayor and Alderman Campbell of St Peters who were unavoidably prevented from attending a deputation to the Minister for Works in reference to the proposal to wood block Newton Road from George Street West to Bligh Street.  Received.
From the Honorary Secretaries to the “Victoria Homes for Consumptive patients Fund” asking the Council to call a public meeting in aid of the fund and offering to supply any collecting cards that may be needed.  Received.
Reports
Works Committee
reported recommending 1st Messrs Burke and Phillips Camden Street be informed that the drains complained of by them does not concern the Council being on private property and any defect thereon must be remedied themselves: 2nd That it be referred to the Overseer to estimate the cost of planting trees in Holmwood Street. 3rd That the kerbing and guttering recently lifted and reset in Union Street be passed and final payment made. 4th That the kerbing and guttering in Australia from present Tarpaving to flagging be taken up and relaid to a proper grade and the trachyte crossings at the junction of Lennox Street be taken up and an open trachyte crossing be substituted with the necessary return kerbs at an estimated cost of £28: 5th That the kerbing and guttering recently lifted and relaid in Mary Street be passed and final payment made.  That a public Horse Watering Trough be erected in Wilson Street in front of Mr Brock’s vacant land and close to a telegraph post at an estimated cost of £10.: 7th That the gutter recently laid in Wilson Street from King Street to Erskinville Road be passed and final payment made: 8th the proposed Tarpaving in Forbes Street be allowed to stand over for a time: That the pipe crossing in Forbes Street be taken up in front of Mount Eagle and an open crossing substituted.  The Mayor moved “that the report be now adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith.  Alderman King asked that before the report was adopted he would like to have the correspondence upon the subject of the water trough laid upon the table. It was agreed that the clause 6 referring to the watering trough be now omitted and its adoption made an order of the day for next meeting of Council the report was then adopted.
Lighting Committee
reported recommending that an additional lamp be erected in Railway Lane in the kerb lane about mid way between Pine and Holdsworth Street: that an additional lamp be erected in Kent Lane opposite the Centre of Campbell Lane: that the proposal to move two lamps in the Trade Street be not entertained: that an additional lamp be erected in Brocks Lane off Wilson Street: that the Marrickville Council be allowed to take over a lamp now standing at the corner of Edgeware Road and James Street and erect it on the Marrickville side of the road opposite the centre of James Street. That the lamp now standing at the corner of King and Forbes Streets be placed on a bracket fixed on the telegraph post: that the lamp now standing in the Wilson Street first from King Street be moved to the corner of King and Wilson Streets and placed in a bracket fixed on the awning lintel in front of Gardiners shop: that an additional lamp be erected in front of the centre of Mulholland Wood and Coal yard: that an additional lamp be erected at the corner of Enmore Road and Marion Street in a bracket on awning post.  Adopted on a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Ibbotson.
The Works Committee
brought up a progress report stating that they had meet representatives from the Works Department in reference to proposed renewing of the blocks in King Street from Bligh Street to the Railway Bridge and had found that the proposed alteration in the levels of the kerbing were of a trifling character: that the department had promised to send out a tracing of the plans showing the proposed fresh levels.  On receipt of these and on further consideration the Committee will again report and be prepared to make certain recommendations.
The Mayor reported
That a deputation of this, Camperdown and Darlington Councils with Messrs Rigg and Schey MLA had waited upon the Minister for Public Works in reference to a proposal to wood-block the Newtown Road from George Street West to Bligh Street.  The Minister stated that he had received a report from his Officers relative to the expense of maintenance of the present macadamised road and promised to send the Council a copy of it: and further if it could be shown that to block it would benefit the Council from a commercial point of view he would be prepared to give the matter serious consideration.  Received.
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made and the works completed since last report. Also that the cost of planting trees in the Holmwood Estate would be about 10/- per tree and that for the present about 14 trees each would be required for Holmwood and Dickson Streets.  Received and adopted.
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.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Smith moved
1 “That reference be made to the Works Committee to report upon the cost of re-metalling and kerbing and guttering that portion of Bedford Street lying between Albert and Regent Street.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
2 “That a special committee consisting of the Mayor and Alderman Morgan and the mover be hereby appointed to consider a report upon the plans and correspondence in connection with a proposal to extend Liberty Street to Kingston Road.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Rigg the Mayor said he would consider the subject of initiating a movement to obtain a public clock to be put in the Post Office tower.
The business being concluded Council rose.  Confirmed this 24th day of June 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Thursday June 24th 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, Abigail, Summit, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg (MLA), Ekin and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in reply to a letter from this Council stating that it was intended to raise the parapet at the Bridge at the junction Erskineville Road and Angel Street.  Received.
From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works covering a plan of proposed alteration of levels in connection with the renewing of the wood-blocks in King Street between the Railway Bridge and Bligh Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee to report upon the proposed alteration of levels and the probable cost of re-renewing the kerbing and Tarpaving and all matters involved in the work.
From the same Department covering a copy of a report from the Principle Engineer to the Secretary for public works upon the cost of maintenance of the Newtown Road between George Street West and Bligh Street Newtown.  Received and referred to the Works Committee to report thereon to the Council.
From Annandale, Redfern, and Marrickville Councils asking cooperation in the matter of getting from the Government a special grant endowment for the past year.  Received and the
request acceded to.
From Mr C. S. Hatte asking for permission to erect a free stone and marble fountain in the proximity to corners of Australia Street, King Street, and Enmore Road and if the Council will take over same when completed.  Received and referred to the Works Committee to report thereon.
From Mr Weeks White calling attention to the bad state of the lane at the rear of his business premises in Enmore Road.  Received and referred to the Mayor to get the necessary repairs executed.
Reports
Finance Committee reported having paid under votes of Appropriation since last report amounting to £1615.19.8 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £200.15.4. The Mayor moved that the report be now adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Special Committee upon the subject of the extension of Liberty Street from Bedford Street to Kingston Road through private land.
Reported that in order to carry out the proposal it would be necessary to obtain about 25 feet frontage of the land belonging to the Water and Sewerage Ward in Bedford Street terminating at a point at the back of it and the balance from the adjoining proprietor to make the prolongation equal in width to Liberty St also that the committee had waited upon the Secretary and one member of the Water and Sewerage Board who had promised to lay the case before the board at its next meeting.  Received.
The Mayor
reported that he had in company with Alderman Smith and the members for the Newtown Parliamentary electorates interviewed the Hon. the Postmaster General on the subject of placing a public clock in the tower of the Newtown Post and Telegraph offices. After hearing the arguments and representatives of the deputation the Minister stated that he would confer with the Hon. the Secretary for Public Works on the subject: and that as a contribution equal to not less than £25 per centum of the cost would be forthcoming from the public the subject presented a different aspect to when it was first mooted sometime back.  Received.
The Overseer
reported the amount of work done in his department and the progress that had been made with the various work under his supervision: also that a portion of the old culvert in Crescent Street had again broken in the walls and roof being mostly built of old sleeper were in a rotten condition.  And recommending that two of the workmen who got out in wet nights to attend the gully shafts some of which they had to descend be allowed an oil skin coat each and a pair of high boots.  Received and the recommendation adopted.
Borough Treasurer
reported that £521.8.4 had been deposited in the Bank during the last four weeks and that during the same period cheques had been issued and the balance due to the bank at date was £827.13.11.  Received.
Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks that the contractors were doing their work in a satisfactory manner and called attention to the slippery state of the wood pavement in winter through excessive watering by the Tramway authorities.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Smith moved
1 “That a sum of £50 be now voted to enable the Overseer to repair the footpath’s in Kingston Ward where required.” Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
2 “That Church Street from Victoria Street to Lennox Street be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £50.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Alderman Ekin moved
3 “That the footpath on the newly formed footpath western side of Gladstone Street be tarpaved second class 425 yards: also the eastern side from Mrs Jame’s property to the old street 280 yards at an estimated cost of £56.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
4 “That the Inspector of Nuisances be instructed to see that no persons put their house refuge boxes out on a public street except in cases where it is absolutely unavoidable.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
Alderman King moved
5 “That Missenden Road be re-metalled at an estimated cost of £100.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Alderman Howe moved
6 “That Queen Street from the lane at the rear of King Street to last metalling be re-metalled at an estimated cost of £40.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried and referred to the Works Committee for report.
7 “That about 15 yards of kerbing in front of McKay’s new houses in Wilson Street be renewed at an estimated cost of £2.5.0 and the footpath be tarpaved 45 yards at an estimated cost of £3.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Salmon the Mayor said that “orders of the day” the subject of the watering troughs for Wilson Street was inadvertently omitted from the business paper for this evening.  In reply to Alderman Abigail he would have possible a statement of the amounts of unpaid rates in each ward laid on the table at the next meeting.  In reply to Alderman at the sale he would have an examination of the state of a stone wall in Camden Street with a view to the public safety.
The business being concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 6th day of July 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

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