Tuesday 6th December 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 M. P.) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Alderman Abigail apologising for his absence which was caused through his visiting a neighbouring colony.  Received.
From Messrs Green Bros stating in reply to a letter from this Council that he would comply with the notice to put the water draining from his shop window in King Street underground.  Received.
From Mr Jansen calling attention to the closing of the lane of Georgina Street.  Received and it was resolved that the Council take the necessary proceedings to enforce the opening of the lane.
From the Marrickville Council inviting representatives from this Council to a conference on the subject of the imposition of a sewerage rate of one shilling in the £ on certain portions of the Western Suburbs by Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage.  Received and it was resolved that as many of the Alderman as could make it convenient should attend.
From the Under Secretary and Commissioner for Roads acknowledging having received from this Council a letter dated 23rd November last protesting against the manner in which the work had been done in wood blocking the road King Street from Bligh Street to the Railway Bridge and a copy of the Works Committee’s report thereon.  Received.
Reports
Mayor’s Minute
It having been stated in the public press that the Mayor should be duly authorised by the Council before taking proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction for the recovery of outstanding rates and as there are still some rates outstanding from the previous year as well as a considerable amount for the current year I now ask the Council by resolution to give me the necessary authority to take legal proceedings as above for the recovery of the outstanding rates.  It was moved by Alderman Dolman “That the Mayor’s minute be received and adopted and the Mayor be hereby authorised to take legal proceeding as asked for the recovery of all outstanding rates.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last report amounting to £637.2.8 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £51.13.2.  It was moved by the Mayor that the Finance Committee’s report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Borough Treasurer
reported “that £492.12.0 had been received and deposited in the Bank during the last four weeks: that during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £637.2.8 and that there was a date a debit balance of £1003.19.7.”  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 in a satisfactory manner accepting in one instance when a dead animal was wilfully left in a rubbish tin.  In this case a fine of 5/-was recommended.  Received and adopted.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Abigail to move
1 “That Australia Street from the wood blocking to the extent of the Court House building 810 superficial yards be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £102 on condition that the Minister for Justice contributes one half of the said estimated cost.”  Alderman Abigail not being present to move it the motion lapsed.
Aldermen Howe moved
2 “That the footpath on the east side of Burran Street (in front of five cottages) about 60 yards be tarpaved 2nd class at an estimated cost of £4.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Jones the Mayor said he would have some repairs effected at the corner of St. John and Angel Streets: and to Alderman Ibbotson he would bring under the notice of the Railway Commissioners the state of the wood blocking in King Street South.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 20th day of December 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 20th December 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 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 Mr W. James intimating that he had been served with a notice demanding payment of rates on an allotment of land in Erskineville Road in the Estate of the late Peter James being arrears for several years past and offering without prejudice a sum of £5 in settlement.  Received and referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report.
From Mr Pattison in King Street stating that he had received a notice from the Council to discontinue allowing the freshwater from his shop window to flow on to the surface of the street and asking the Council to reconsider the subject as he had no means of putting it underground.  Received and referred to Works Committee for consideration and report.
From the Department of Public Works stating in reply to a letter from this Council having reference to the manner in which the wood blocking had been done in King Street “that as the road is now in charge of the Council it must be clearly understood this Department has no further concern in the matter.”  Received and referred to the Works Committee for further report.
From the Australian Gas Lighting Co intimating that from and after the first of January next the cost of the public lights will be reduced and the charge will then be
Ordinary Lights £4 per annum
80 Candle Lights £19.10.0 per annum
Received and to be acknowledged with thanks.
From the Medical Officer of Health Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage covering a copy of his report on the health of the metropolis for the quarter ended the 30th September 1898.  Received.
From the Board of Health intimating that it was inadvisable for the Council’s Inspector should enter any premises outside the limits of this Borough in the matter of nuisances and that on the recurrence of a nuisance recently complained in adjacent Boroughs the Inspector should at once communicate with the Board’s Inspector whose address is 82 Annandale Street Annandale.  Received and agreed to.
Reports
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 nuisances and works attended to during the last two weeks and that the contractors for the scavenging were doing their work satisfactorily.  Received.
A letter was read from Mr Rae complaining of the state of Belmore Lane Kingston board.  Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances for report.
A letter was read from Messrs Lawrence and McLaughlin asking for costs £26.5.0 in connection with validating the recent loan of £36,000.  Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.
The Mayor stated that he was desirous of appointing Mr Armstrong under the seal of the Council to search for unknown owners of land and to collect all outstanding rate on such land if possible the appointment to be made to terminate on the 30th June next.  The remuneration to 7 ½% on all monies collected.
It was moved by Alderman Smith and seconded by Alderman Salmon “That the Mayor’s recommendation be adopted and that Mr Armstrong be appointed under seal as above stated.”  Carried.
Motions pursuant to Notice
1 The motion on the business paper standing in the name of Alderman Abigail having reference to the wood blocking of a portion of Australia Street in front of the Court House lapsed that Alderman not being present when the motion was called to move it.
Aldermen Elstub moved
2 “That a sum of £7.10.0 be now voted to repair the gutter in Belmore Lane Kingston Ward.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 3rd day of January 1899
Signed J. B. Smith, Chairman.

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