Tuesday 14th September 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, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, Ekin and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mr L. Friedenreich complaining of an old 9 inch pipe drain passing underneath the surface of land on which he intends building a house and asked the Council to move it.  The letter was received and the writer be informed in reply that the drain in question was not laid by the Council and was a private one therefore the Council declined to take the responsibility of moving it and that if any of the public storm water channels were connected with it they should be disconnected forthwith.
From Mr Armstrong offering collect outstanding rates upon commission.  Received and the offer to be declined with thanks.
From the Marrickville Council complaining that the storm waters from Wells Street were damaging Edgware Road.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From the same inviting this Council to a conference with other Councils to discuss the subjects of house drainage and house garbage and lighting.  Received and the Council be informed in reply that as the evening appointed for the conference would fall on the same evening as the next ordinary meeting of this Council the Council regretted that it would be unable to attend.
From the Australia Gas Light Company in reply to a letter from this Council on the subject of the removal of the mains from the centre of the carriageway in King Street prior to its being re blocked to the footpaths stating that at present the Board regretted that it could not at present comply with the request.
From the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners having reference to the bus stand recently appointed at the corner of Burren and Wilson Streets stating in reply to a letter from this Council that two applications had been received for an extension of busses to Burren and the board had decided to extend the Golden Grove
Line to the new stand appointed by the Council.  Received.
A copy of a Bill now before Parliament to enable Municipalities to lease or otherwise deal with lands upon which rates are due and remain unpaid for a period of three years or more .  Received and laid upon the table.
From the Board of Health enclosing a copy of “By laws for common Lodging Houses” and asking the Council “to consider that there district contains premises which are “Common Lodging Houses” and should they consequently adopt these By laws it will be necessary that the letter should be signed sealed and returned for publication in Government Gazette, until this is done they will remain without effect.” Received and referred to the By law committee for consideration and report.
Reports
Finance Committee reported
“having paid accounts since last accounts amounting to £669.1.6 and recommending payments of accounts amounting £240.9.1 also that having considered and dealt with the subject of making provisions for taking up debentures amounting £1000 Sterling falling due on the first of October next recommend the acceptance of the offer of Messrs T.J Thompson and Son (sharebrokers) to take up a fresh debenture for the full amount for one year bearing interest at the rate of £4 per centum per annum free of any expense to the Council: that the said debenture be issued and the Corporate seal be affixed thereto in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1867.”  The report was adopted on a motion moved by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Rigg.
The Works committee reported
making the following recommendation viz:-
Camden Ward
1 In reference to the alleged nuisance from the Boroughs of Newtown and St Peters flowing through  Mr Smidmores property in Edgware Road Marrickville.  Your committee made an inspection of the property but as there was no one present to give the required information its consideration be postponed until next meeting of the committee.
2 In reference to the proposal to ballast and metal or otherwise deal with the back lanes in the Gowrie Street Estate. “that no 1 lane from the Union to Angel Streets be reformed and metalled at an estimated cost of £50.  No 2 Lane back of Union Street from Harold Street to lane be repaired with metal where required at an estimated cost of £20.  No 3 lane back of Gowrie Street from Harold Street to Lane be repaired with metal at an estimated cost of £20.: the proposed work in these lane not to be carried out until all the sewer connections are completed.:  No 4 lane at the back of the South Side of Newman Street stand over until all the sewer connections are completed but in the meantime an estimate be prepared of the cost of kerbing and guttering both sides with a 6 inch kerb and Tarpaving the whole surface:  No 5 lane north side of Newman Street and facing the vacant reserve of the Railways that it is not advisable to spend any more money on this lane until some satisfactory arrangement has been come to with the Railway Commissioners in reference to the erection of a retaining wall or otherwise.: that the eastern end of this lane from Angel Street to Gowrie Street be repaired with metal at an estimated cost of £10.”
3 “That the proposal to ballast Holmwood Street from present ballasting to Pearl Lane be carried out at an estimated cost of £90.”
4 “That the kerbing and guttering in Pearl Lane be passed and final payment made.”
5 “That the tarpaving in Wells Street be passed and final payment made.”
Enmore Ward
6 “That 120 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid in lane back of Enmore Road from Reiby Street to Station Street at an estimated cost of £36.”
7 “That 133 yards kerbing and guttering be laid in Gladstone Street northern side from Federal Mills to Phillip Street at an estimated cost of £40 subject to the Railway Commissioners making good the soakage drain from the Railway premises.”
8 “That third lane be curbed and gutted from present K&G to Enmore Road-West side 54 yards second class at a cost of £19-East side 54 yard third class cost of £16.10.0 and the carriage way repaired at a cost of £7.”
9 “That the kerbing and guttering in Crescent Street be passed and final payment made.”
10 “That the guttering in lane at the back of Bedford Street be passed and final payment made.”
O’Connell Ward
11 Proposal to metal Holdsworth Street “that the ballast be broken up and re-laid and the carriageway metalled 24 feet wide on the crown at an estimated cost of £90.”
12 “That the tar painting in Forbes Street Bucknell Street: Lane of Bucknell Street and in Wilson Street be passed and final payment made.
The foregoing report was adopted on a motion moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Rigg.
Borough Treasurer reported
“that £696.18.6 had been received and deposited in the bank during the last 4 weeks: cheques had been issued amounting to £669.1.6 and the overdraft at date was £938.12.10.”  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 with doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
1 “That the following resolution or vote carried at the last meeting of the Council be and the same is hereby rescinded viz: That a sum of £3.30 being now voted as this Councils contribution to the Municipal Association for the year 1897-8. This motion lapsed on account of Alderman Morgan the mover not being present to move it.
Alderman Ibbottson moved
2 “That the footpath in Trafalgar Street south side from the culvert to Liberty Street be tarpaved 2nd class 60 yards at an estimated cost £4.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
3 “That the footpath in Sarah Street northside from Metropolitan Road to lane be tarpaved four feet wide 45 yards 2nd class at an estimated cost of £3.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
4 “That kerbing and guttering be laid in Trafalgar Street northside from culvert to water way under the Railway at an estimated cost of £9.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
5 “That kerbing and guttering be laid in Trafalgar Street northside from signal box to culvert 90 yards at an estimated cost of £27.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Alderman Ekin moved
6 “That Edgware Road Enmore Ward be metalled 20 feet wide in the centre at an estimated cost of £80 as recommended by the Works Committee in the report adopted at the last meeting of Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.
Alderman Rigg moved
7 “That the footpath on the south side of Belmore Street be tarpaved 432 yards at an estimated cost of £35.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbottson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
8 “That the footpath in the east side of Cambridge Street from Enmore Road to lane be tarpaved 80 yards at an estimated cost of £5.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
9 “That the tarpaving on the northside of Cavendish Street be completed 163 yards at an estimated cost of £12.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Ekin and carried.
10 “That kerbing and guttering be laid on the south side of Cross Lane from Marian Street to Edgeware Road 136 yards at an estimated cost of £41.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Alderman Howe moved
11 “That the guttering in Church Street East side from Victoria Street to Lennox Street be lifted and re-laid at an estimated cost of £7.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
12 “That new 18 inch gutters be laid in Wilson Street south side from Erskinville Road to Watkin Street 370 yards at a cost of £58.12.0 northside 90 yards at an estimated cost of £14.5.0 and 20 yards of new kerbing and guttering 3rd class at an estimated cost of £6.3.0.” Seconded by Alderman King and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Orders of the Day
Postponed consideration of a petition praying the Council to resume the operation of metal breaking by the unemployed old men of Newtown. At the request of Alderman Abigail the consideration of this subject was further postponed for one month.
Erratum
Alderman Smith moved
13 “That a sum of £30 be now voted for the purchase of wood blocks.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
The business being concluded the Council Rose.
Confirmed this 28th day of September 1897.
Signed William Cox

Tuesday 28th September 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, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mr J. Bailey asking for permission to put a bridge over the gutter in the Eliza Street leading to the back entrance to his premises in King Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From Mr Fallick stating that he is the owner of the block of land at the junction of Oxford Street and St Mary Street and offering to dedicate a proportion thereof at the extreme angle for widening the street for the benefit of the general public on condition that the Council make the following improvements viz. kerb and gutter round the portion dedicated from Oxford Street to St Mary Street and from there to the kerbing in Baltic Street and asphalt same at once.  It was moved by Alderman Smith ” that Mr Fallick’s letter and accompanying plan be received and his offer and dedication be accepted and his request complied with.” Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
From Mr Frank Burgess intimating that he had met with an accident and received injury through his cart passing through a hole in wood blocks in King Street between Fitzroy Street and the Avenue.  Received and the Mayor stated that the writer had already been informed that the road in question was not under the control or management of the Council and had been referred to the Minister for Works who had the care and management of it.”  The Mayor’s action was endorsed.
From Marrickville Council advertising a proposed conference of Councils on the subjects of home drainage house garbage and lighting and stating that the conference had been postponed until 8pm on Thursday next to be held at the Town Hall Marrickville. Received and it was intimated that as many should as could possibly make it convenient.
From the same Council covering a copy of the following resolution and inviting cooperation viz: – “That this Council recognising the necessity for a systematic inspection of Animal food, invites the cooperation of suburban Councils with a view to a deputation being appointed to wait upon the Premier in order that such inspection may be provided.”  Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to represent this Council in action that may be taken in reference thereto.
From the same Council inviting the Mayor of this and other Boroughs to attend a meeting at the Marrickville Town Hall on Thursday the 7th ultimo at 8p.m. to consider the following resolution viz:-“In consequence of the damage caused to streets of Buroughs through works carried on under control of the Water and Sewerage Board the Mayor convene a meeting of Mayors of neighbouring Boroughs with a view to determining what action should be taken conjointly for purpose of preventing continuance of evil complained of.”  Received and it was agreed to cooperate as requested.
From the Railway Commissioners stating in reply to a letter from this Council “that the drain in the footpath in Gladstone Street had been repaired.  Received.
From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage stating in reply to a letter from this Council asking the Board to take up any water mains they may have under the surface of the carriageway and place them underneath the footways on either side of King Street prior to the re blocking of the roadway by the Government – “that the Board had approved of the 9″ water main in the street in question being cleaned and new hydrants fixed.”  Received.
From the Department of Public Instruction stating in reply to a request from this Council that it would contribute half the cost (£7.10.0) towards tarpaving that portion of Newman Street alongside the public school.”  Received and to be acknowledged with thanks.
The Council Clerk intimated that in accordance with an order of the Council one Debenture for £1000. had been sold and proceeds paid into the Bank of Australasia to meet 10 debentures falling due on the first proximo of £100. each.
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision and brought under the notice of the Council the fact that a portion of the Crown of a brick culvert which passes through Mr Weeks property was exposed and likely to be injured and recommending that Mr Weeks be asked to bear half the expense of tarpaving the yard so as to completely cover it. Report was received and the matter of the culvert be referred to the Mayor to deal with.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks and that the contractors had been doing their work in satisfactory manner with the exceptions of contractor for sweeping the blocks to on one occasion had never collected a portion of King Street and a complaint against contractor Macken which was under consideration.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman King moved
1 “That Wilson Street from Watkins Street to Erskinville Road be re-metalled at an estimated cost of £170.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Alderman Howe moved
2 “That the freestone crossing at the intersection of Church and Mechanic Street be taken up and trachyte 3 feet wide substituted at an estimated cost of £9.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
3 “That the tarpaving on the footpath’s in Yaralla Street be renewed northside 133 yards – south side 125 yards second class and the remainder repaired at an estimated cost of £19.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Questions
Alderman Smith desired to call attention to the provisions of a Bill now before Parliament brought in by Mr Fitzgerald MLA to amend theMunicipalities Act in the way of giving powers to Councils to lease unoccupied lands the owners of which are unknown and stated that the provisions were most objectionable and moved that a letter be sent to each of the Members for the Newtown Electorates and to the Colonial Secretary stating that this Council disapproves of the Bill.  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose. Confirmed this 12th day of October 1897.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

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