Tuesday the 1st March 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 Rigg MLA) and Aldermen Howe, 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 J H Williams asking the Council to allow him to rent a piece of vacant land in Bligh Street to run some ponies in. Received and the writer be informed that the Council regrets that it cannot accept the offer.
From Mr E. J. Page complaining of a nuisance caused by a merry-go-round in close proximity to his house in Fitzroy Street.  Received and that should occur again the Council will do its best to cause the nuisance to be abated.
From Mr Thomas Helsby asking the Council to water the carriage way in Wilson Street.  Received and referred to the Finance committee for consideration and report.
From Mr Kelso King trustee to property in Wells Street adjoining Council’s land complaining of an alleged nuisance arising from some debris stored there: a report from the overseer upon the subject was also read stating that the debris referred to was drift sand which had been collected from the street after heavy storms and that he would have it screened and removed further from the house.  Received and a copy of the report be sent to the writer.
From Mr Pike having reference to the registration of his premises as a milk vendor and complaining of the conduct of the Inspector of Nuisances in connection therewith.  Received and referred to the nuisances prevention committee for consideration and report.
From Mr Faulkner calling attention to the state of the gutter in front of his house in White Horse Street.  Received and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with.
The Mayor stated that he had received two letters asking for the free use of the public Hall for entertainments and he would like the Council to give an expression of opinion on them.  One was from Mrs Curnow on behalf of the Free Kindergarten School and one on behalf of the Lodge Pearl of Peace.  Good Templars (juvenile) it was agreed that on this occasion the requests be granted.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under the votes of appropriation since last report £1341.7.10 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £124.5.4 and recommending in reference to the letter of Mr Balch’s letter from London offering to take up Council loan debentures £24000 free of cost to the Council that the writer be informed that it is the Councils intension to advertise the loan in the open market: Also recommending “that the Finance committee be hereby authorised to make all necessary arrangements for the floating of the new consolidated loan of £36,000 due on the 1st October next.” capital was moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith that the report now read be and the same is here by adopted.  Carried.
Estimate of probable Expenditure
Finance committee presented the following report viz:-
“In accordance with a resolution of Council passed on Tuesday 15 February 1898 your committee submitted the following estimate that is to say forty eight thousand seven hundred pounds Sterling which will be required for the current Municipal Year in addition to any tolls or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this Municipality and to any probable income from fines, voluntary contributions, endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing, making and preparing of any road bridges on any other public within this Municipality and any other expense necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the Municipality’s Act of 1897.”
Items
General Works including lighting the streets with gas.
Enmore Ward £3000.0.0
Camden Ward £2500.0.0
Kingston Ward £1500.0.0
O’Connell Ward £3000.0.0
Salaries and Office Expenses £450.0.0
Miscellaneous Expenses £250.0.0
Debentures to be paid off £36000.0.0
Interest on debentures £2000.0.0
Received £48700.0.0
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman.
Borough Treasurer
reported that £240.12.5 had been received since last report: that cheques had been issued during the same period amounting to £1341.7.10 and the balance due to the Bank at date was £1582.8.3.  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.  Also that he had made a special inspection of a butchery establishment at Enmore and found the place very clean.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Abigail moved
1 “That the following resolution which was passed at a meeting of this Council held on Tuesday the 17th September 1895 namely: – that reference be made to a select committee consisting of Aldermen Smith, Salmon, Rigg and Morgan to consider and report upon the best means of disposing of the garbage and house refuge collected within this Borough by the scavengers be and the same is hereby rescinded.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub.  Alderman Dolman moved an amendment “that the name of Alderman Abigail be now added to the committee referred to now in existence.”  Alderman Abigail declined to allow his name to be added to the committee and the amendment was withdrawn.  The original motion that was then submitted from the chair and negatived.
Alderman Abigail called for a division which resulted as follows:-
Ayes 4 Aldermen Abigail, Cox, Jones and Elstub.
Noes 6 Alderman Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Dolman, King and Howe.
2 That all that portion of a report of a select committee appointed to consider the subject of the best means of disposing of house garbage alluded to in the foregoing resolution and adopted at a meeting of this Council held on the fourth day of February 1896 namely:- but as the City Council is now making an exhaustive enquiry in the said subject it would be as well to allow it to stand over until the city Council’s report has been received and the committee asked for leave to sit again be and the same is hereby rescinded.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and lost.
The following motion no.
3 was withdrawn viz: – That the following Aldermen be hereby appointed a special committee to inquire into and report upon the best means of dealing with the destruction of garbage and house refuge namely: – the Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Salmon and Cox and the mover (Alderman Abigail).
Alderman Smith moved
4 “That the report of the Finance committee received at this meeting upon the probable expenditure for the current Municipal Year be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
5 “That reference be made to the Specification Committee to prepare specifications for the Annual contracts and report upon the same at the next ordinary meeting of Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Alderman Jones moved
6 “That the kerbing and guttering on the east side of Gowrie Lane be completed to Harold Street 20 yards at an estimated cost of £5.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
8 “That the Lane at the rear of Pearl Street be repaired where necessary at an estimated cost of £30.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Questions
Alderman Jones asked the Mayor
1 “What is the last date of polling booth held in Sydney by this Council?”  “Who replied that the last was on the 5th February 1898 there was record of any before that.”
2 “What was the cost of the late polling booth Temperance Hall in Sydney in the last election?” £3.15.0.”
“How many votes were recorded and for what reason was it held there?” “Reply no record available of the number of votes polled and it was held there to enable ratepayers in Sydney to vote without coming out to Newtown.”
In reply to Alderman Dolman the Mayor said he would instruct the overseer to see what repairs were necessary to the footpath on the west side of College Street.
In reply to Alderman King the Mayor said he would have a letter written to Messrs Ekin and Co requests them to move an old closet building encroachment on Bligh Street.  Also that he would instruct the overseer to temporarily repair the footpath in King Street near Fitzroy Street.
In reply to Alderman Jones the Mayor said he would enquire into the circumstance of tipping rubbish on vacant land in Iredale Street.
In reply to Alderman Elstub the Mayor said he would draw the attention of the police authorities to a broken [—] box lid in connection with the water supply to the Court house in Australia Street it being dangerous to the public.  Also that he would instruct the overseer to turn down the kerbing in Brooks Lane to make a back entrance to a van man’s yard.
The business being concluded the Council Rose.
Confirmed this 15th day of March 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 15th March 1898

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

Present
The Mayor (Mr William Rigg MLA) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, King, Morgan, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Dolman and Jones.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mr Marshall asking the Council to lay a strip of tarpaving between the kerbing and the end wall of the house No. 2 Australia Street to keep out the stormwater.  Received and the request acceded to.
From Messrs Gilliver and Curtis Contractors for sewerage asking to be allowed to place a temporary bridge over a water course in Edgware Road between May Street and the Railway to enable them to cart material in Mrs Speare’s back yard. Received and request acceded to the work to be done under the supervision of the overseer.
From Mr A. Beetham asking the Council to purchase a quantity of blocks of concrete kerb and gutter combined as per sample now in the Council’s yard.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From the Under Secretary Department of Justice in reply to a letter from this Council stating that from a report received from the public Works Department it would not appear that the suggested tarpaving in Australia Street in front of the Court House would be of any avail in stopping the noise complained of but that the placing of spent tar on the roadway would and suggesting that the council might undertake the work.  Received and the writer be informed that the Council regrets it cannot agree with the report obtained from the public work department “that the suggested tarpaving would be of no avail” in stopping the noise complained of and that the placing of spent tar would.”  the Council having already tarpaved a street adjacent to the public school and it is effectual also that there is a great objection to placing tar on the carriageway as at best it would be only a temporary expedient and would cause a great nuisance through being continually blown by winds washed by rains into the gutters and gully shafts adjacent thereto.
From the United Australian Mutual Fire and Marine Insurance Company Ltd Fidelity Guarantee Plate Glass and Accident Co stating that a report had been received from their adjuster regarding this Councils claim under the policy Fidelity Guarantee bond number 1505 and that the Company was satisfied the justification of the claim for the full amount of the policy viz: – £150 and that a cheque for the amount would be sent on Tuesday next the 22nd instant.  Received.
Reports
Finance Committee
having under consideration the subject of renewing and consolidating the Debenture Loans now extant recommend 1st That application be made to his Excellency the Governor for permission to borrow by mean of Debentures a sum not exceeding thirty six thousand pounds Sterling (£36,000) in accordance with the provision of the Municipalities Act of 1897 the loan being required to repay former loans.  2nd “That the Committee be hereby authorised to advertise for tenders for the said loan in England and in the Colony: but the principal and interest to be made payable at the Council’s bank in this Colony.”
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman.
The Mayor moved “that the Finance Committees report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Specification Committee
reported recommending the adoption of specifications for the annual contracts as follows: – viz: – Scavenging – Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell wards.
Kerbing and Guttering, tarpaving.  Blue Metal supply, sweeping woodblock pavements Cartage by the day Ballast supply, Street watering per hour and Printing and Stationery that all tenders be accompanied by a deposit of £3 excepting those from Blue Metal Supply which has been fixed at £10 and in view of the small amount of work that will be required in the moving night soil during the ensuing the present contractor be allowed to continue at the same price per cubic foot for cesspits and per pan for the pans namely four pence each. And that tenders be invited by advertisement for next ordinary meeting of Council.
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman.
The Mayor moved “that the specification Committees report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith. An amendment was moved by Alderman Ibbotson that the specification for the removal of night soil and tenders be invited for same be included with those recommended in the report.  Seconded by Alderman Elstub.  The amendment was lost and the original motion carried.
Nuisances Prevention Act Committee
Reported upon the subject of the letter from Mr Pike of Regent Street milk vendor complaining of the conduct of the Inspector of Nuisances stating that the Committee had investigated the subject and found that the Inspector had on his own admission exceeded his duties in referring to Mr Pike’s private business and that he had been guilty of great negligence in keeping the register under the “Dairies Supervision Act” there being no entry of any persons being registered since 2nd September 1897.  The chairman of the Committee (Alderman Dolman) moved “that the report be received and further considered in Committee of the Whole Council at a later period of the meeting.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
The Valuers
Reported having made a valuation of all rateable property within this Borough and laid their return on the table.  Received and referred to a committee of the Whole Council for consideration at a later period of the meeting.
The Overseer reported the 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 satisfactorily.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved
1 “That Burren Street be repaired with Blue Metal where required at an estimated cost of £65.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Alderman Elstub moved
2 “That Denison Street between Lands Lane and Bishopgate Street be tar metalled at an estimated cost of £13.” Seconded by Alderman Abigail and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Alderman Smith moved
3 “That the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the Whole for the purpose of making an assessment upon all rateable property within this Borough for the current Municipal Year.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Your Committee having before it the Valuers returns of all rateable property within this Borough for the current Municipal Year and having made an assessment there on do now recommend the same to the Council for adoption.
Signed William Rigg, Chairman.
The Mayor moved “that the report of the Committee of the Whole Council on the assessment be now received.  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Alderman Smith moved
4 “That the assessment as made in committee be now adopted by this Council as the assessment for the current Municipal Year upon rateable property in Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards in this Borough under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
5 “That a rate of one shilling in the £ be now levied for the current Municipal Year on the assessed value of all rateable property in the Borough for the purposes and under the provisions of the municipalities Act of 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
6 “That a rate of three pence in the £ be now levied for the current Municipal Year on the assessed value of all rateable property in this Borough for the purpose of lighting the street of this Borough with gas under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
7 “That the assessment now made and the rates of one shilling in the £ and three pence in the £ be fairly transcribed into the rate book and the Mayor be hereby authorised to affix the Corporate Seal there to.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
8 “That the amounts in respect of such rates of one shilling in the £ and three pence in the £ already imposed shall be payable at the Office of the Council Clerk at the expiration of thirty days after notices of such rates have been served in each case but in all cases where payment of one half of the said amount together with arrears (if any) shall be paid within the said thirty days after notice no legal proceeding shall be taken by distress or otherwise on behalf of the Council for the remaining amounts until after the 3rd day of September next ensuing.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
9 “That Wednesday the 27th day of April 1898 be and the same is hereby appointed the day on which appeals may be heard at the Newtown Police Court against the assessment of rateable property in this Borough for the current Municipal Year.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Questions
Alderman Morgan to ask
1 What is the number of houses in this Borough to date?  Answer 4668.
2  How many loads of house refuge and garbage collected by the Scavengers in this Borough during the preceding 12 months?  Answer 7540 also 1820 loads of sweepings off the wood blocks.
3 What is the annual cost of the Scavenging for the Borough?  Answer £652.10.0 also wood blocks £150.
In reply to Aldermen Ibbotson and Salmon the Mayor would again communicate with the Tramway authorities relative to the dust being thrown out of the tramlines.  And to Alderman Cox he would get a return of the places not connected in the lanes in Gowrie estate.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 29 day of March 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 29 March 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 William 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 signedCorrespondence
From Messrs Richardson and Wrench covering the text of the dedication of the land in the Briggs Estate which reads as follows: –
“To the Borough of Newtown”
“Briggs Estate”
“Dedication of land for public street”
“This is to certify we the undersigned Trustees for sale of the Brigg’s Estate situate partly in the Borough of Newtown and partly in the Borough of Camperdown do hereby dedicate and give to the said Borough of Newtown for all time such portion of the land tinted red on the accompanying plan as is situated in the said Borough of Newtown as a public street or thoroughfare for the use and benefit of the public generally. The situation in being at the corner of the Kingston Road and Trade Street.”
“Given under our hands and seals at Sydney this 17th day of March in the year eighteen hundred and ninety eight.”
Signed A.  W. Gregg Richardson
Witness John Little
Witness T. Miller Moss Vale
Resolved “that the dedication be accepted and entered in the minutes of the proceedings of this Council.”
From the Inverell Municipal Council asking cooperation in getting an act of Parliament passed regulating the width of tires on heavy vehicles.  Received and the request acceded to.
From the Fidelity Guarantee Company Sydney enclosing a cheque of the value of one hundred and fifty pounds Sterling (£150.) in payment in full of the Councils claim on the bond of the late deceased assistant Council Clerk.  Fidelity Guarantee policy no. 1505.
From Mr F. E. McLean A.S.I.A stating that he had made a special audit of the Councils book.  The outstanding General Rates on the 31st January 1898 being £1927.7.5 and the Lighting Rates being £481.8.11 Total £2408.16.4 and that the amount in the Rate Book corresponded with the ledger balance of Outstanding Rates.  Received.
From the Pinhoe Patent Refuse Destruction Company covering three different Tenders for the [—] of works for the destruction of house refuse and garbage.  Received and referred to a Special Committee already appointed to consider the subject.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid under votes of appropriation since last report £796.17.9 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £116.16.1.  The Mayor moved that the Finance report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
The Borough Treasurer reported that £304.19.7 had been deposited to the Bank during the last four weeks: and that cheques had been issued amounting to £796.17.9 and the debit balance including outstanding cheques at date was £2074.6.5. Received.
The Works Committee
reported upon Sundry matters referred to it and upon the works by the contractors and recommended as follows: – Enmore Ward
1 Overflow of storm water at Messrs Hardware Brothers factory in Sarah Street. “That the entrance to the yard has been lifted in such a way as to prevent stormwater getting into the premises in future and the Messrs Hardman being perfectly satisfied with what has been done.”
2 “That tarpaving repairs to the footpaths in the following streets be passed and final payment made viz: – Camden Street, King Street, Reiby Street, Bailey Street, Enmore Road and Trafalgar Street.”
Camden Ward
3 Proposal to repair Pearl Lane at an estimated cost of £30. “That this Lane be repaired temporarily repaired until the west side has been kerbed and guttered when it might be more effectively done.”
4 That the tarpaving repairs to the footpath’s in the following streets be passed and final payment made viz: – John Street, Lord Street, Commodore Street, King Street, Gowrie Street, Angel Street and Union Street.
5 That the kerbing and guttering in the following Streets be passed and final payment made: viz: – Wells, Newman and Angel Streets.
6 Letter from Mr Neil Hanson relative to an inflow of stormwater to his premises in Gowrie Street. “That as this occurred only in an exceptionally heavy storm and as the Councils pipes are larger than the Government Sewer the Council can not remedy it.”
Kingston Ward
7 Proposal to tar metal Denison Street between Lands Lane and Bishopgate Street. “That this work will be carried out in due course.
8 “That the tarpaving repairs to the footpaths in following streets be passed and final payment made viz: King, Denison and Regents Streets and Lane at the rear of Australia Street.”
9 “That the kerbing and guttering in the following streets be passed and final payment made viz: Regent Street at Fitzroy Lane and Denison Street at Fitzroy Lane and Campbell Lane.”
O’Connell Ward
10 Proposal repairs to the metalling Burren Street at an estimated cost of £65. “That the work be done where necessary.”
11 “That the tarpaving repairs to the footpaths in the following Streets be passed and final payment made.” viz Borough, Raper, Wilson, King, Fitzroy and Watkin Streets.”
12 “That Kerbing and Guttering in the following Streets be passed and final payment made.  Viz: – Wilson Street new guttering and new kerbing and guttering: and Burren Street trachyte crossings.”
13 Mr Beetham’s offer to sell a quantity of composite Kerbing and guttering combined. “That the Council decline the offer.”
The Mayor moved “that the Works Committees report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and adopted.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Cox moved
1 “That about 33 yard of Kerbing and guttering in the front of Mr Eggleton’s property in Union Street be lifted and relaid to a higher level and the tarpaving made good at an estimated cost of £5.10.0.”  Carried.  (Seconded by Alderman Morgan)
Alderman Ibbotson moved
2 “That about 80 yards of gutter in James Street be repaired at an estimated cost of £7.  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
3 “That the carriageway in James Street be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £15.”  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
Orders of the Day
To open and consider Tenders for the Annual Contracts.
Alderman Smith moved “that the Council do now resolve into a committee of the whole to open and consider Tenders for the Annual Contracts with closed doors.” Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
An amendment was moved by Alderman Jones and seconded by Alderman Morgan “that the words “with closed doors” be omitted.”  The amendment was lost and the original motion carried.
On the Council resuming its sitting the Mayor brought up the following report viz: – “Your Committee having opened and considered tenders for the Annual Contracts for the year commencing on the 1st of April next ensuing recommend the acceptance of the following: viz: –
Scavenging –
Camden Ward the Tender of J.H. Thurlow at £11.10.0 per month.
Enmore Ward the tender of J Stevenson at £16.7.6 per month.
Kingston Ward the Tender of J Howarth at £11. per month.
O’Connell Ward – The Tender of P. Macken at £15.10.0 per month.
Blue Metal supply. The tender of Justin McSweeney at 7/1 per cubic yard.
Cartage – The Tender of G Schwebel at 8/- per day.
Sweeping wood blocks – The tender of A Poole at £20 per month.
Street Watering. The tender of Thomas Weeks at 1/3 per hour.
Kerbing and Guttering. The Tender of Richard Cussen at 1st class 8/1 per lineal yard.  2nd class 2/7 3rd 2/6.
Gutters only. 1st 5/5 2nd 4/7. 3rd 2/11.
Trachyte – Kerbing 14” x 9” 9/6 per yard.  Guttering 18” x18” 12”x8” 6/9.
Tarpaving.  The tender of W. Lawler 1st class at 1/10½ 2nd class 1/6. Topping 10p per yard super.
Printing.  The tender of MacDougall and Co at the following rates – Electoral Roles 5/6 per page of 50 copies.  Rate Notices in duplicate 6/- per 1000.  Business papers1/8 per page.  Notice to Ratepayers 5/-per thousand.  One rate book at 32/6 and four valuers returns books at 5/- each.”
And moved “that the same be and is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Morgan the Mayor said he would get the name Knight Street altered to Union Street on the public lamp at the corner of King and Union Streets. In reply to Alderman Elstub it was referred to the lighting committee to consider the advisableness of moving the lamp in Enmore Road to the front of the City Bank.
Business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 12th day of April 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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