Tuesday 1st February 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 William Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, McCann and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From A Fenning complaining about being charged with arrears of Rates.  Received and referred to Finance Committee for consideration and report.
From Mr Thompson complaining of the state of the footpath in Hordern Street.  Received and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with.
From the Fire Brigades Board a statement of the assessment of the various contributing parties to the Board’s revenue.  Received.
From Mr Whittingdale Johnson complaining of a nuisance in the Police Court arising from the noise of the vehicular traffic in Australia Street and asking the Council to lay Tan Bark on the carriageway.  Received and it was resolved that the department of justice be written to with a view to getting the portion referred to tarpaved.
From Mr Trevor Jones with newspaper copies of proceeding in connection with high charges in matters of sewerage in the suburbs.  Received.
From Bankstown Council asking cooperation in a deputation to the Premier to urge upon him the necessity which it exists for the payment of the promised Special Grant Endowment of 2/6 in the £.  Received.
From the Annandale Council asking cooperation in requesting the Government to provide funds to carry out the provisions of the Public Health Act.  Received and it was resolved that the request be acceded to.
From the Secretary of the Municipal Association of NSW stating that the Consolidated Municipalities Act of 1897 had been substituted for the Municipalities Act of 1867.  Also a printed statement of the business of the last monthly meeting of the Committee.  Received.
Reports
The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts amounting to £533.35 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £690.2.5. Received.
The Works Committee
reported making the following recommendations.  Viz:-
1 That the proposal to tarpave outside the gutter stones 4 feet wide on the north side of Goodsell Street be postponed for further consideration.
2 That the kerbing and guttering on the northside of Goodsell Street be passed and final payment made.
3 That the tarpaving and Tarpainting in the following Streets be passed and final payment made.  Viz: – Camden, Bailey, Alice, Norfolk, Whitehorse, Newman, King, Yarralla and Church Streets and in Missenden Road and Leamington Avenue.
4 That the brick pavement in Angel, Gowrie and Whitehorse Streets be passed and final payment made.
Signed William Cox, Chairman.
The Mayor moved “that the report of the Works Committee now read be hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
The Borough Treasurer
reported “that £283.17.7 had been received and deposited in the Bank during the last four weeks and during the same period £533.3.5 had been paid away leaving a balance due to the Bank this day of £481.12.10.  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 were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision during the last two weeks.  Received.
Orders of the Day
To open and consider applications for Junior Clerkship.
Moved by Alderman King “that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the Whole with open doors to open and consider applications for Junior Clerk.”  Not seconded.
Moved by Alderman Smith that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the Whole to consider applications for Junior Clerk.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
On the Council resuming its sitting the Mayor brought up the following report viz:-“Your Committee having open and considered applications for the position of Junior Clerk recommend that the Council at its rising adjourn to 6.45 on Thursday next the 3rd instant to further consider the applications in Committee.”
Signed William Cox, Chairman.
Alderman Smith moved that the report of the Committee of the Whole Council now be hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Alderman McCann
Stated that it was his intention not to seek re-election for Camden Ward and thanked the Aldermen for the courtesy and consideration which had always been shown to him during his tenure of office as an Alderman.  It was unanimously resolved that a cordial vote of thanks be accorded to Alderman McCann for the valuable service which he has rendered to the Council and the Borough generally.  The council adjourned.

Thursday 3rd of February 1898

The adjourned meeting of Council was held on the evening of the above day at 6.45.

Present
The Mayor (Alderman William Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Rigg, McCann and King.
The Council resolved into a Committee of the Whole to further consider applications for the office of Junior Clerk.
On the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.
“Your Committee having considered the applications for the appointment of a Junior Clerk recommend that Charles Clarence King be appointed to the office of Junior Clerk to the Council under the conditions already adopted the salary being (£52) fifty two pounds per annum.” payable monthly.
Alderman Smith moved that the report of the Committee of the Whole Council now read be and the same is hereby adopted. Seconded by Alderman McCann and carried.
Signed William Cox, Mayor.

Wednesday 9th February 1898

Election of Mayor
A special meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at 8p.m.

The Mayor stated that since the last ordinary meeting a poll had been taken for the election of an Alderman for Camden, Enmore and O’Connell wards which had resulted in the election of Messrs Frederik Jones, William Dolman and John Russell King (returning Alderman) respectively.  And that Alderman James Francis Smith had been re-elected for Kingston Ward unopposed and laid the several declarations of office on the table.
There were present
The Mayor (Alderman William Cox) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Abigail, Smith, Elstub, Ibbotson, Rigg, Jones, Dolman and King.  The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
The Mayor read a short statement having reference to the past year showing the revenue and expenditure which was received and a cordial vote of thanks was unanimously voted to the Mayor for the excellent manner in which he had conducted the business of the Council and the Borough generally which was suitably acknowledged by the Mayor had then proceeded with the business of the evening.
Alderman Smith moved “that the election of Mayor on this occasion be conducted by open voting and with open doors.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Aldermen Howe nominated Alderman Smith and Alderman Ibbotson nominated Alderman Rigg.  After a few remarks had been made by the two candidates Alderman Smith desired with the consent of his nominator to withdraw his name from the contest which was given.  There being no other candidate nominated the Mayor declared Alderman William Rigg duly elected mayor for the current municipal year.
Alderman Rigg returned thanks for the honour conferred upon him and this concluded the business of the meeting.
Confirmed this 15th day of February 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 15th February 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 William Rigg) 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 George Clarke of Station Street complaining of inattention to the regular emptying of the closet pan at his premises.  Received.
From Messrs Hardman Bros calling attention to storm water drainage having during the late heavy storms carried a quantity of debris onto their premises in Sarah Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From Mr Joseph C. Cox asking to be allowed to take a copy of Council’s map of Newtown for advertising purposes.  Received and the request acceded to.
From Mr F. Parker secretary P. M. Mission Newtown asking for the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen at a Harvest festival in the [—] Methodist Church in Australia Street on the 13th 14th 15th and 16th March next.  Received and the request acceded to.
From the Railway Commissioners acknowledging the receipt of a letter from the Council and agreeing to contribute £5 per annum towards the expense of maintaining a lamp having three incandescent burners on the Railway Bridge.  Received.
From the Department of Justice acknowledging receipt of a letter from this Council on the subject of tarpaving a portion of the carriageway in front of the Court House in Australia Street.  Received.
From Mr Neil Hansen complaining of being flooded out with storm water during the heavy storm on Monday 14th instant in Gowrie Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Reports
The Overseer
reported 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 the contractors under his supervision were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Appointment of Committees
Moved by Alderman Smith
1 That the Council do now proceed to elect the Standing Committees for the current Municipal year viz: – Finance, Works, Specification, Lighting, NPA and By laws.  Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
Moved by Alderman Salmon “that the Finance Committee for the current year consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, King and Abigail.”  Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
Works.  Moved by Alderman Salmon “that the Works Committee of the current year consist of the Mayor and Alderman Cox, Smith and Salmon.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Specification.  Moved by Alderman Smith “that the Specification Committee for the current year consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Cox, Smith and Salmon.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Lighting. Moved by Alderman Howe “that the Lighting Committee for the current year consist of Aldermen Jones, Elstub, Howe and Ibbotson.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Nuisances Prevention Act. Moved by Alderman Howe that the N.P.Act Committee for the current year consist of Aldermen Dolman, Jones, Abigail and King.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
By laws.  Moved by Alderman Morgan “that the Bylaws Committee for the current year consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Salmon and Cox.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Sign Cheques.  Moved by Alderman Smith that from and after this date all cheques or drafts upon the funds of this Borough shall be signed by a member of the Finance Committee in conjunction with the Mayor and Council Clerk.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Alderman Smith moved
That the Finance committee be here by authorised to prepare an estimate of the probable expenditure for the current Municipal Year in terms of section 141 of the Municipalities Acts of 1897 and report same at the next ordinary meeting of Council. Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
Alderman Abigail moved
“That following Alderman be hereby appointed a special committee to inquire into and report upon the best means of dealing with the question of the destruction of garbage and house refuge.”  Namely the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Salmon, Cox and the mover.”  Seconded by Alderman King.  Alderman Morgan raised a point of order namely “that the motion before the Council was not in order in as much as it was contrary to a motion already passed for a similar purpose.”  The Mayor ascertained that such was the case ruled that the motion now before the meeting not in order.
The business of being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 1st day of March 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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