Tuesday 17 August 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 and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Registrar to the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners forwarding a copy of an application from Mr William Edwards asking permission to ply omnibusses from Petersham via Newtown to Circular Quay and asking for the Council’s opinion as to whether Omnibus accommodation is necessary through King Street Newtown from Petersham.  Received on a motion moved by Alderman Rigg and seconded by Alderman King. After an amendment by Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Salmon that no following words be added viz: and this Council is not in favour of the application had been negatived.
From Mr D. Wiley Master of the superior public school Newtown asking the council to continue the tarred metalling past the public school in Newman Street to the wood blocks in King Street. received and the master be informed that on condition that the Education department will consent to pay half the cost thereof the work will be done.
From Mr H J Roberts complaining of damage by stormwater to some property in Commodore and Pearl Streets.  The Mayor has stated that it was a small matter and he had instructed the overseer to attend to it.  Received.
From  Messrs Makinson and Plunketts Solicitors calling attention to an alleged nuisance from this and St Peters municipality flowing through Mr Smidmore’s land off Edgeware Road: also a copy of a report from Mr [—] Engineer on the subject.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From Alderman McCann asking for an extension of his leave of absence and stating that he was progressing rapidly towards the recovery of his health and hoped to be shortly in attendance again at the Councils Meetings.  Received and the request acceded to.
From the M Board of Water Supply and Sewerage covering a tabulated return showing approximately the percentage on capital cost returned by each Municipality supplied with water by the Board.  Received and laid upon the table.
The Annual report 1896 of the Fire Brigades Board was received and laid upon the table.
Petitions
A Petition was received from a number of ratepayers and residents in Newman Street praying the Council to continue the tarred metal surface of the carriageway in Newman Street to the end from Angel Street to King Street.
A petition was also received from a number of bus proprietors of Newtown protesting against favouring a new line of busses being granted to Mr Edwards.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under notes of appropriation since last report amounting to £534.3.11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £222.1.7.  The Mayor moved that the report be now adopted.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Works Committee
reported recommending as follows-Enmore ward-
1 “That the proposal of Marrickville Council to bear half the expense of ballasting Juliett Street 20 feet wide be not entertained in its present form.  And that the Council be written to asking it to include the whole width of the carriageway and Harrow Road as well each Council to bear half the cost of same it being left an open question as to which Council shall do the work.”
2 “That the proposal to reform and metal Edgeware Road E.Wd be modified and made to apply to that portion only lying between houses numbered 9 to 61 and the crown be metalled 20 feet wide.”
3 “That the kerbing and guttering in Cambridge Street and the Tarpaving in Fulham Street be passed and the final payment made.”
Camden Ward
4 “That the proposal to ballast and metal the back lanes in Gowrie Estate be postponed to next meeting of the Committee.”
5 “That the kerbing and guttering in Holmwood Street and Lane, John Street, Newman and Harold streets repaired and final payment made.”
6 “That the Tarpaving in King and Dickson streets be
O’Connell Ward
7 “That Mr McIntosh’s application for an omnibus stand to be appointed at the corner of Wilson and Burren Streets be acceded to.  The stand to be in Burren Street West side.”
8 “That in reference to the proposal to kerb and gutter or otherwise a lane at the rear of Bucknell Street recommend that two silt pits be constructed with gratings to connect the two pipes passing through the adjoining property.”
9 “That Mr Richmond’s application to have the lane at the rear of his residence in Watkin Street tarpaved past his gateway be not entertained but that the overseer be instructed to repair portion referred to with blue metal.”
10 “That the kerbing and guttering in lane rare of King Street and between Forbes and Queen Street and in Forbes and Brown Street’s the past and final payment made.”
Kingston Ward
12 “That the proposal to lay trachyte crossing in Wellington Street at the intersection of lane at the rear of Bedford Street be not entertained at present that the drainpipe be extended 2 feet down the hill and a new cap stone put on to protect it.”
11 “That the Tarpaving in Forbes and Wilson Streets be passed and final payment made.”
13 “That the proposal to substitute the trachyte crossing near Presbyterian church be not entertained but a tarpaved footpath be laid on the present crossing.”
14 “That the proposal to substitute freestone crossings in Campbell Lane at its intersections with Wellington and Denison Street be not entertained but the return kerbing to be laid.”
15 “That the proposal to substitute an open crossing at the intersection of Oxford and Albemarle Street be not entertained at present.”
16 “That the proposal to substitute an open crossing at the intersection of Oxford Street and Kent Lane be not entertained but the footpath to be tarpaved over the present crossing.”
17 “That the proposal to substitute an open crossing at the intersection of Bedford and Baltic streets be postponed for consideration when other work in its immediate vicinity is being done.”
18 “That the proposal to substitute an open crossing in Oxford St at Campbell Lane be not entertained at present.”
19 “That the Tarpaving in Bedford Street be passed and final payment made.”
20 “That a trachyte crossing be laid in Bligh Street at its intersections with Little Queen Street at an estimated cost of £17.”
21 “That the site for the fountain to be presented by Mr C. G. Hatte King Street Newtown has been fixed by a committee of the whole Council .”
The Mayor moved that the report be now adopted seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Committee of the Whole Council
reported “having inspected 27 competitive designs for a public fountain to be erected at the expense of Mr C. G. Hatte of Newtown.  After consideration it was resolved to recommend the design submitted by Mr Campbell architect of Newtown.  The committee also recommended that the site be at the North Western end of the Newtown Bridge partially on the carriage way and partially on the footpath.”  Alderman Smith moved “that the report be now adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
Borough Treasurer
reported “that £474.0.8 had been deposited in the bank during the last four weeks: that during the same period £534.3.11 had been paid away and the balance due to the bank today £966.9.10.”  Received.
Overseer
reported the progress made with the works under his supervision during the last two weeks.  Received.
Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two week and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily.  Received.
Auditors
reported having completed their second half yearly audit for the current Municipal year and had found all correct and laid on the table a statement of receipts and expenditure for the half-year ended 2nd August 1897.  Received.
Motions is pursuant to Notice
Alderman Ibbotson moved
1 “That the lane at the rear of Enmore Road between Ruby and Station Streets be kerbed and guttered third class 120 yards at an estimated cost of £36.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg and referred to the Works Committee for report.
2 “That 133 yards of the third class kerbing and guttering be laid on the north side of Gladstone Street from Federal Mills and Phillip Street at an estimated cost of £40.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and referred to the Works Committee for report.
3 “That Wilford Lane be kerbed and guttered from present kerbing to Enmore Road West side 54 yards 2nd class estimated cost £19.  Eastside 54 yards 3rd class estimated cost of £16.10.0 and the carriageway repaired at an estimated cost of £7.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Orders of the Day
Consideration of a petition praying the council to reserve the operation of metal breaking by the unemployed old men of Newtown.  On a motion moved by Alderman Abigail seconded by Alderman Morgan the consideration of the “Orders of the Day” was postponed for one month.
The business being concluded the Council rose.  Confirmed the 31st day of August 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Tuesday 31st August 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, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, Ekin and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Annandale Council covering a copy of a letter from the principal under Secretary stating that the Government will consider the subject of special grant Endowment to Municipalities with the financial statements.  Received.
From the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners stating in reply to a letter from this Council at its request for a contribution towards the making of a good permanent stand for Reserved Plans in Crescent Street can not be granted as there are no funds available for such purpose.  Received and the Commissioners be informed that the Council has been put to a large expense in making a wood blocked stand for cabs in Bedford Street and will now have to deal with the van stand in Crescent Street and moreover these stands entail a considerable daily expense in cleaning although all the revenue derivable goes into the coffers of the Commissioners.
From the under secretary Department of Public Works having reference to proposed renewing of the wood blocking of King Street from Bligh Street to the Railway Bridge covering the text of a Bond to be executed by the Council to secure the taking over by the Borough of Newtown of the said Road.
Received and the department be informed “that consideration of the text of the bond be postponed until the Council has been supplied with a copy of the specification for the proposed work.”
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 contractors under his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Morgan moved
1 “That Holmwood Street be ballasted 24 feet wide from present ballasting Pearl Lane at an estimated cost of £90.”  Seconded by the Mayor and referred to the Works Committee for report.
2 “That the tarred metal topping in Newman Street be completed from Angel Street to King Street at an estimated cost of £51.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
Alderman Rigg
3 “That a sum of £3.3.0 being now voted as this Council’s contribution to the Municipal Association for the year 1897-8.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Alderman Morgan called for a division which resulted as follows: – Ayes. (6) Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg.  Noes (5) Aldermen Morgan, Abigail, Ekin, King and the Mayor.
Alderman King moved
4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisableness of metalling Holdsworth Street from Wilson Street to Railway Lane or to otherwise deal with it.”   Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Alderman Abigail moved “that a sum of £10.10.0 be now voted as an honorarium to the Auditors for the last financial year.”  Seconded by Alderman.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Salmon the Mayor said he would again communicate with Metropolitan Transit Commissioners and urged them to grant the request of Mr Macintosh to ply his busses from the new stand to Burren Street.
In reply to Alderman Ibbotson the Mayor said it would be better for him to give notice of a motion to deal with the signboard obstructions in the main thoroughfares.
The business being included the Council rose.  Confirmed this 14th day of September 1897.
Signed William Cox.

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