Tuesday 6th July 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, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Ekin and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
The Mayor stated he had received a letter from Alderman Abigail apologising for his absence which was caused through a severe attack of influenza.  Received.
From the Water and Sewerage Board complaining of a nuisance from an insanitary premises in Bligh Street.  Received and referred to the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee for report.
From the Marrickville Council were closing and a/c for the £29.14.0 being this Councils proportionate cost of ballasting and metalling a portion of Edgeware Road. Received and referred to the Finance committee for report.
From the same asking this Council to bear half the cost of the ballasting Juliett Street 20 feet wide from Enmore Road to Harrow Road at an estimated cost of £99.15.3.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From the Australian Gas Light Company intimating that it intended supplying incandescent burners to all the public lamps in the suburbs free of any extra cost to the Councils.  Received.
From Mr P. Griffin asking to have some tarpaving completed at the corner of King and Little Queen Streets.  Received and the writer to be informed that it will receive attention as soon as possible.
From the Secretary to the City Railway Extension Alliance asking the Council to assist in urging on the City of Sydney Railway Extension as recommended by the Royal Commission be carried out forthwith.  Received.
Reports
The Works Committee
reported recommending Camden Ward
1 That the Tarpaving in Lord Street be passed and final payment made.
Enmore Ward
2 That Mr J Cole’s application for a bridge over the gutter at the back entrance to his property  in Enmore Road be not allowed.
3 That the Tarpaving in Metropolitan Road be passed and final payment made.
4 That the kerbing and guttering in Gladstone Street be passed and final payment made.
Kingston Ward
5 That that portion of Bedford Street between Regent and Albert Streets be kerbed and guttered and re-metalled at an estimated cost of £238.
6 That the Tarpaving in Trade, Bishopgate, and Denison Streets be passed and final payment made.
O’Connell Ward
7 That Missenden Road be re-metalled at an estimated cost of £100.
8 Queen Street from the lane at the rear of King Street to last metalling be re-metalled at an estimated cost of £40.
9 That the Tarpaving in Wilson, Holdsworth and Watkins Streets be passed and final payment made.
10 Proposed re-wood blocking of King Street from the Railway Bridge to Bligh Street by the Department of Public Works.
That the levels as a on the plan submitted by the Department be now adopted.
That the Department be asked to provide for wood-blocking the intersections of the various streets the same as was done in Cooks River and Enmore Roads.
That the renewing or resetting of the kerbing be done simultaneously with the other work as usual.
That trachyte kerbing be put in where ever required and that all necessary alterations the made to the Tarpaving with 1st class topping.
That the Water and Sewerage Board and the Gas Company be written to and asked to move any mains or service pipes from the carriageway to the footpaths.
11 Mr G. S. Hattie’s proposal to erect a public drinking fountain in the vicinity of the Railway Bridge. That the consideration of the site be postponed until the design that has been approved on a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith the report was adopted.
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the various 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.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Morgan moved
1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to consider and report upon the advisableness of ballasting and metalling or any other method the under mentioned lanes: the work to be done as soon as the Sewerage connections are made viz: – Lane must rear of Newman Street northside from Thomas Street to Angel Street: from Angel Street to Gowrie Street and from Gowrie Street to Union Street at an estimated cost of £80.  Southside lane from Whitehorse Street to Angel Street from Angel Street to Gowrie Street from Gowrie Street to Union Street at an estimated cost of £82.  Lane between Angel and Gowrie streets from lane to Harold Street at an estimated cost of £32.  Lane between Gowrie and Union Streets from lane to Harold Street at an estimated cost of £32.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
2 “That the present Freestone Crossings at the intersections of Harold and Gowrie Streets be taken up and Trachyte 3 feet wide be substituted at an estimated cost of £36.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
Alderman Ibbotson moved
3 “That the kerbing and guttering on the east side of Station Street from Enmore Road to Crescent Street be lifted and re-laid to a higher grade and the carriageway reformed and metalled at an estimated cost of £90.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Orders of the Day
“The adoption or otherwise of the recommendation of the Works Committee that a public horse watering trough be erected in Wilson Street in front of Mr Brock’s vacant land and close to the Telegraph post at a probable cost of £10.”  was postponed until next ordinary meeting of the Council.
The business being concluded the council rose.  Confirmed this 20th day of July 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday the 20th July 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 MLA, Ekin and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mr Mc Intosh applying for permission to make an omnibus stand at the corner of Wilson and Burren Streets. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners agreeing to the Council’s request to discontinue the watering of the wood block pavement during the winter months.  Received.
From the Water and Sewerage Board stating in reply to a letter from this council asking permission to flush the wood block pavement occasionally with a hose and hydrant and that it would like to be informed as to the area proposed to be flushed and the approximate number of times per week that it would be required. Received and the Board be informed in reply that no estimate could be given of the area proposed to be flushed or the approximate number of times and that it would only be needed when the surface of the pavement became so sticky that the broom cannot sweep it.
From the Water and Sewerage Board having reference to the proposed extension of Liberty Street from Bedford Street to Kingston Road.  Stating that the Board is willing to dispose of the land required for the sum of £62.10.0 and the cost of removing the fence.  Received and consideration made as “order of the day” the next meeting of Council.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts amounting to £608.9.6 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £664.6.9. Adopted on the motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman King.
Borough Treasurer
Reported that £529.16.10 had been received and deposited in the Bank: that cheques had been issued amounting to £608.9.6 and the balance due to the Bank at date £906.6.7.  Received.
Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision for 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 Ekin moved
1 That Edgeware Road Enmore Ward be reformed to a more perfect convexity and a strip of blue metal 20 feet wide laid on the crown and sides made good with the surplus white metal obtained from the present formation at an estimated cost of £200.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and referred to the Works committee by general consent.
Alderman Howe moved
2 “That a trachyte crossing be laid in Burren Street at the intersection of the new street made by the Railway authorities at an estimated cost of £20.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
3 “That a trachyte crossing be laid in Burren Street at the intersection of Railway Lane at an estimated cost of £10.” Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
4 “That reference be made to the Works Committee to report upon the advisableness of forming and kerbing and guttering-or otherwise dealing with it-a blind lane at the rare of Bucknell Street.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Orders of the Day
Alderman Salmon moved
“That clause 6 of the Works Committee’s report of the 4th June last recommending that a public watering trough be erected in Wilson Street in the front of Mr Brock’s vacant land and close to the telegraph post at a probable cost of £10.”  Be and the same is hereby adopted”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Rigg and others the Mayor said he would have a letter of condolence written to Mrs Weeks White and relatives sympathising with them in their bereavement caused by the death of the late ex Alderman White.
The business being concluded the Council rose. Confirmed this [—] day of [—] 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.
Tuesday 3rd August 1897
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 Mr Richmond Watkin Street asking the Council to extend the Tarpaving 5 feet past his back gate.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From the Secretary to the Municipal Association of New South Wales intimating that the 15th annual session will be commenced on Tuesday 28th September next and asking to be supplied with the names of this Councils representatives: also stating that the Annual subscription is now due £3.3.0 and £3.3.0 arrears.  Alderman Morgan moved “that the letter be received.”  Seconded by Alderman King.  An Amendment was moved by Alderman Smith “that this Council joins the Association and do now proceed to appoint representatives.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg.  The amendment was carried.  The motion as amended was then put to Council and Alderman Abigail called for a division which resulted as follows:-Ayes Alderman Howe, Salmon, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg (6) Noes Alderman Morgan, Abigail, Ekin, King and the Mayor (5) Alderman Rigg then moved that the Mayor and Alderman Smith be hereby appointed to represent this council at the Session in September next.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
From the same covering printed copies of various legal opinions on Municipal subjects.  Received and laid upon the table.
From Mrs Rumpf complaining of an inconvenience in getting access to her workshop from the lane at the rear of King Street and between Forbes and Queen Street.  Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with.
Petitions
Alderman Abigail presented a petition from a number of ratepayers pray in the council to revert to the practice of having the Blue Metal used on the streets broken by hand by the old men in the Borough and moved “that it be received and made an order of the day the next meeting of Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Reports
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 in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
motions by Alderman Elstub were referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
1 “That the pipe crossing at the intersection of lane rear of Friedenreich’s in Bedford Street be taken up and an open trachyte crossing 3 feet wide with return kerbing and guttering and tarpaved footpath be substituted at an estimated cost of £8.10.0.”
2 “That the pipe crossing at the intersection of lane rear of Presbyterian Church in Wellington Street be taken up and an open Freestone crossing 3 feet wide with return kerbing and guttering and tarred footpath substituted at an estimated cost of £5.10.0.”
3 “That a return kerb be laid at the intersection of Campbell Lane and Wellington Street and Campbell Lane and Denison Street at an estimated cost of £7.10.0.”
4 “That the pipe crossing at the intersection of Oxford and Albermarle Streets be taken up in an open trachyte crossing 3 feet wide with return kerbing and guttering be substituted at an estimated cost of £15.”
5 “That the pipe crossing at the intersection of Kent Lane and Oxford Street he taken up and an open Freestone crossing 3 feet wide return kerbing and guttering and tarpaved footpath substituted at an estimated cost of £5.10.0.”
6 “That the pipe crossing near the corner of Bedford and Baltic Street be taken up and an open Freestone crossing 3 feet wide with return kerbing and guttering and tarpaved footpath substituted at an estimated cost of £5.10.0.”
7 “That the two pipe crossings at the intersection of Oxford Street and Campbell Lane be taken up and an open Freestone crossing 3 feet wide with return kerbing and guttering and tarpaved footpath substituted at an estimated cost of £11.”
Alderman Howe moved
8 “That the pipe crossing at the intersection of Bligh Street and Little Queen Street be taken up and open trachyte crossing 4 feet wide and necessary return kerbing and guttering substituted at an estimated cost of £17.”  Seconded by Alderman King and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Alderman Abigail moved
9 “That 34 yards 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid on the south side of Young Lane from Turtle Lane to Oxford Street at an estimated cost of £10.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Orders of the Day
consideration of letter from the Water and Sewerage Board having reference to the proposed extension of Liberty Street from Bedford Street to Kingston Road stating “that the Board is willing to dispose of the lane required for the sum of £62.10.0 and other cost of removing the fence.” It was resolved to refer the subject of the cost to the special committee already appointed to deal with the subject for further report.
A proposal was received from Mr C. G. Hatte of King Street Newtown also a number of plans for the erection of a public fountain in some suitable site on the Newtown Bridge which were received and referred to a committee of the whole Council. The committee to meet on Friday evening next 6th instant to choose a suitable plan.
Questions
Alderman Howe asked the Mayor
1 “what quantity of broken metal has been used by the Council since leaving off breaking and cost of same.  Reply 6397 yards at a cost of £2295.11.7.
2 What would have been the cost of same in shawls and broken the Borough and put on the sheet.  Reply £3398.8.1
The business being concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed this 17th day of August 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

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