Tuesday the 11th October 1898

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at 7.30.

Present
Alderman Howe, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.
The Council Clerk stated that the Mayor (Alderman Rigg MLA) had asked him to apologise for his absence as he was suffering from a severe cold.
Alderman Howe moved that in the absence of the Mayor Alderman Smith be elected chairman for the evening.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Salmon and Morgan who were unavoidably absent.
Correspondence
From Mr C Smith complaining of a nuisance on vacant land adjoining his premises in Sarah Square.  Also a report from the Inspector of Nuisances on the same.  Received.
From Mr K. Radley calling the Councils attention to the fact that he had been charged at the rate of one shilling in the £ for sewerage rate by the Water Sewerage Board and asking the Council to protest against it to the Board.  Received and the writer be informed that the Council had already taken action in the matter and was awaiting a reply from the Board.
From Mr Wood in Kent Street also complaining of the Board’s action in charging one shilling in the £ in his case.  Received to be informed as above.
From the Railway Commissioners a further communication on the subject of the better lighting of the Railway Bridge.  Still declining to increase the present lighting power.  Received.
From the Borough of Paddington covering a copy of a resolution passed by that Council wherein it is proposed to abolish the Transit Commission and asking for an expression of opinion from this Council on the subject.  Received and its consideration was made an order of the day for next Council meeting.
From the Manager to the Acetylene Gas Company offering to fit up an installation of Acetylene gas.  Received.
From the Secretary to the Municipal Association copies of proceedings of the last monthly meeting of the committee and barristers opinion on Bridges over street gutters.  Received.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid since last report accounts amounting to £37686.5.7 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £190.19.4.  It was moved by Alderman Smith “That the Finance Committee’s report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Works Committee
reported recommending 1st That Mr Lannen’s application for kerbing and guttering in Holmwood Street and the tarpaving be made be acceded to estimated cost £14.10.0. 2nd That Mr Sands application to tarpave the footpath in Simmons Street and Fulham Street be acceded to estimated cost of £4. 3rd That Wilson Street in the vicinity of Queen Street be repaired with metal at an estimated cost of £80. 4th That Edgeware Road between Sarah Street and cottage on the Marrickville side be ballasted and other portions be repaired at the joint expense of the two Councils also that pipe crossing at the intersection of Maria Street be enlarged as has been previously decided. 5th the following works be passed and final payment made namely: – kerbing and guttering in Enmore Lane of Metropolitan Road, Fitzroy Street, lanes back of Soudan Terrace, Erskinville Road and Trade Lane also new tarpaving in sundry places in King Street. 6 Mr Brocks letter postponed to next meeting.
It was moved by Alderman Jones and seconded by Alderman King “that the Works Committee’s report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.
Borough Treasurer
reported that there had been deposited in the bank since last report ordinary receipts £1135.2.1 sale of debenture £34985. That during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £1686.5.7.  Interest paid to bank £39.19.3.  Old debentures paid £36000.  And the balance due to the bank at date was ordinary account £724.0.6 Debenture account £1315 and £2039.0.6.  Received.
Overseer
report of the progress that had been 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 weeks and that the contractors under his supervision with doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Smith moved
1 “That the following debentures having matured and having been paid be and the same are hereby cancelled namely 1894 to 1898 £6,000. 1896 to 1898 £5,000.  1897 to 1898 £1,000.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Alderman Jones moved
3 “That 35 yards kerbing and guttering be laid in Holmwood Street at an estimated cost of £11. This is to connect two parts already laid and the tarpaving made good at an estimated cost of £3.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
Questions
Alderman Dolman called attention to the need of repairing the tarpaving in King Street near this City Bank premises.
Alderman Abigail desired to apologise for his absence from the Council meetings lately which had been caused by a heavy strain of work but would be able to devote more time in the future.
Omitted from the Correspondence
From the Borough of Erskinville inviting cooperation in locating a nuisance arising from a boiling down establishment in adjoining Boroughs with a view to its suppression.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 25th day of October 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 25th October 1898

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at half past 7 o’clock.

Present
The Mayor (Alderman W. Rigg MLA) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in reply to a letter from this Council having reference to the charge of a Sewerage Rate of one shilling in the £ within a small portion of this Borough whereas in other portions a rate of 7 pence only is charged.  Stating that the reason for this difference is that those premises charged the higher rate are served by reticulation sewers draining into the main western suburbs outfall at Arncliffe which has been carried out as an entirely separate and distinct system whilst those charged at the lower rate are embraced in the Metropolitan scheme.  Accompanying this letter was an extract from the last Annual Report of the Board more fully explaining the matter.  It was resolved “that the letter and extract in explanation be received and that this Council deems the reply to be unsatisfactory in as much as Newtown is thickly populated and small in area and should be charged a uniform rate.
From Hurstville Council a circular letter and a copy of resolution advocating the establishment of a County Council or Greater Sydney asking cooperation and the appointment of two representatives of this Council to a conference on the subject.  Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to represent this Council at the conference.
From the City Railway Extension Alliance intimating that a deputation will wait on the Minister for Works on Thursday next 27th instant at 11a.m.  Received and as many of the Alderman as can make it convenient to attend.
At this stage Alderman Morgan desired to be excused from further attending as he was suffering from a slight indisposition.
From the Municipal District of Inverell on the subject of the ” width of tyres” Act and asking that the members for Newtown electorates be requested to support the measure when before the houses.  Received and the request to be complied with.
Reports
Overseer
reported the amount of work done in his department during 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 the work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Orders of the Day
The consideration of the following resolution submitted by the Paddington Council for opinion viz: –
“That this Council is of the opinion that the time has arrived when the Metropolitan Board of Transit Commissioners should be abolished and that some better method should be established of controlling and regulating the vehicular traffic more representative of the several interests concerned within the area affected.” It was moved by Alderman Smith that the resolution submitted by the Paddington Council be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
The business being concluded the Council Rose.
Confirmed this 8th day of November 1898.
Signed J. F. Smith, Chairman.

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