Tuesday 8th November 1898

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

Present
Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Jones and King. The chairman apologised for the absence of Alderman Dolman which was unavoidable.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
The Council Clark stated that the Mayor had desired him to apologise for his absence as he was visiting the neighbouring colony of Victoria.
It was unanimously resolved that Alderman Smith take the chair and reside at this meeting.
Correspondence
From the Carlingford progress Association on the subject of the City Railway extension asking that the members for Newtown be written requesting their cooperation in the matter.  Received and the request agreed to.
From Marrickville Council acknowledging the receipt of the letter from this Council on the subject of repairs to Edgeware Road and stating that it had agreed to the terms of the Works Committee’s report thereon.  Received.
From the Department of Public Works with further reference to the wood blocking of the Newtown Road stating “that the work is now complete and the usual steps authorising your Council to take upon itself the charge of the road are in progress.”
It was resolved that the letter be received and the Under Secretary for Works be informed that the Council protests against the way in which the work has been carried out and that the whole subject be referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From the Municipality of Glen Innes covering a copy of a resolution passed by that Council having reference to the spread of tuberculosis and cancer and the inspecting of sheep and cattle and asking this Council’s cooperation in inducing the Government to deal with the subject.  Received.
Reports
Borough Treasurer
reported that £1599.4.2 had been received and deposited in the Bank during the last four weeks and that during the same period £419.13.5 had been paid by cheques and that the balance at the bank were: – ordinary account £455.10.3 Debenture account £1315. Received.
Overseer
reported 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 were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Jones moved
1 “That a sum of £10 be now voted as the estimated cost of repairs to Edgeware Road in accordance with the recommendation of the Works Committee adopted on the 11th October last.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Alderman Ibbotson moved
2 That a sum of £40 be now voted as the estimated cost of ballasting a portion of Edgeware road in accordance with a recommendation of the Works Committee adopted on the 11th October last.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 22nd day of November 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 22nd November 1898

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. Rigg MP) 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 Mr G. B. Sheridan of Wells Street calling attention to a nuisance arising from some boiling down works situate in the neighbourhood of Botany which is carried by the winds over that portion of the Borough where he resides and Camden Ward generally.  Received and a copy of the letter sent to the Board of Health with a request that the matter receive early attention.
From the Borough of Erskineville on the same subject and intimating that a deputation comprising the Mayors of the various Boroughs affected by the nuisance would wait upon the Board of Health on the subject and asking this Council to be represented on it.  Received and the request complied with.
From the Department of Public Works on the subject of wood blocking King Street between Bligh Street and Railway Bridge stating that by proclamation in the Government Gazette of the 15th instant No.977 Page 8937 the Borough of Newtown was authorised to take upon itself the charge of so much of the road Sydney via Dam at Cooks River to Halfway House as lies wholly between the Municipal Boundary in Bligh Street Newtown and the St Peters Railway Station within the limits of the said Borough.  Received and it was resolved that the Under Secretary be informed in reply that the Works Committee had reported on the work and made certain recommendations which had been adopted by the Council a copy to be sent here with and which the Council desired the Department to carry out before the Council could take it over.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts amounting to £419.13.5 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £758.9.7. Adopted on the motion by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith after an amendment moved by Alderman Morgan and seconded by Alderman King to omit an item of £3.3.0 the annual contribution to the Municipal Association had been put and negatived.
Works Committee
1 reported recommending the passing and final payment of the following works viz: – Tarpaving and kerbing and guttering in the following streets Wilford, Gladstone, Cambridge, Sarah, James, Norfolk, Union, Harold, Regent, Denison, Pine, Queen, Fitzroy, King, Chalder, Hordern, O’Connell and Edgeware Road.
2 “That kerbing and guttering be laid in a lane at the rear of the Wilson Street and leading to the avenue at an estimated cost of £20.”
3 “In the matter of the wood blocking in King Street between Bligh Street and the Railway Bridge recently laid by the Public Works department and which the department now proposed to hand over to the Council for maintenance.”
“The committee reported having made a carefully inspection of the work just completed and were of opinion that it has been very imperfectly carried out.”
“In some places the surfaces are very uneven which is caused through some of the second hand blocks being of unequal depths.”
“In others the blocks through being of green and unseasoned wood have shrunk very much causing considerable spaces between the joints which is detrimental to the life of the blocks as the water and filth getting to the foundation will cause them to perish.”  This shrinking has taken place notwithstanding the fact that the blocks have been well saturated with water ever since they were laid.
“The specification provides that both old and new blocks before being placed in position to receive two coats of composition consisting of tar and pitch and properly melted and mixed this has not been done accepting just at the commencement when the second application was dispensed with.”
“In view of the foregoing statement your committee recommended that the department he asked to pinch out the various layers where ever required and insert fresh closers and to apply a thorough coating of hot tar composition over the whole surface to be well swept in until all [—] at sides and ends of blocks are filled and thoroughly water tight.”
It was moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Salmon that the report of the Works Committee now read be and the same is hereby adopted and that a copy of that portion of the report referring to the wood blocking of King Street be sent on to the Department of Public Works with a request that the recommendation therein contained be carried out before the Council takes on the street.  Carried. 
Overseer
reported 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 were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motion is pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved
1 “That a sum of £42 be now voted as the estimated cost of metalling Randall Street 20 feet wide as was recommended by the Works Committee in a report dated 30th of June last.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Alderman Salmon moved
2 “That the lane from Wesley and Church to Whately Street be tarmetalled at a probable cost of £60.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
3 “That a sum of £35 be now voted as the estimated cost of completing the metalling of Church Street.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Alderman Ibbotson moved
4 “That 148 yards 2nd class tarpaving be laid in Reiby Street east side from Keig Street to Margaret Street at an estimated cost of £11.”  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
5 “That the footpath in Margaret Street be repaired at an estimated cost of £5.”  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
Alderman Smith moved
6 “That the debentures issued in 1893 representing £24,000 having matured on the 1 October 1898 been paid and returned from London be and the same are hereby cancelled.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
7 “That the debentures prepared for issue in September 1898 representing £36,000 and sent to London that have been returned and as unissued be and the same are hereby cancelled.” Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Salmon the Mayor stated that as soon as possible he would cause the footpath in Wilson Street to be repaired: and the same to Alderman Cox in Alice Street also to Alderman Elstub regarding Lennox Street and Alderman Jones in Commodore Street: also in Forbes Street referred to by Alderman Howe.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 6th day of December 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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