Tuesday 12th April 1898

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

Present
The Mayor (Alderman William Rigg M.P.) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Dolman and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mr James Cowen intimating that he had for sale a large quantity of second hand wood-blocks that are about to be removed from George Street Sydney and offering them for sale in large or small quantities at various prices quoted. Received.
From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works with reference to the laying of the kerbs on the Newtown Road (King Street) and informing the Council that the probable date of laying of the wood-blocks will be the 23rd of May next and intimating that the Council should have everything in readiness to proceed with the laying of the kerbs.  Received and the work to be proceeded with as requested.
From the Board of Health intimating that on the 1st April William George Armstrong will take up duty as Medical Officer for Health for the Metropolitan combined Districts his address being no. 19 Roslyn Gardens Darlinghurst and requesting that all certificates from Medical practitioners be forwarded to him at the above address. Received and the request to be complied with.
From Mr C. Lawler asking to be employed in repairing the tarpaved footpaths.  Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with.
From Mrs Mosch in reference to the Inspector of Nuisances. Received.
Reports
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the various 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 had been doing their work satisfactorily but that they had been stopped from depositing the refuse collected in Erskineville and in St Peters Boroughs in connection with this subject a letter was read from the Contractors for Scavenging bearing out the Inspectors statement and asking what they were to do. The report and the letter were received and referred to the Mayor to endeavour to arrange matters with the Boroughs in question.
The Auditors
reported having audited the accounts for the last half year ended 31st January 1898 and found them correct and recommended sundry alterations in the method of keeping the books. Accompanying the report were a revenue and expenditure statement and balance sheet for the past year.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Abigail moved
1 “That the Freestone crossings at the intersection of Regent Street and Kent Lane be taken up and wood blocks substituted at an estimated cost of £13.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Alderman Elstub moved
2 “That the carriageway in Wellington Street from Lands Lane to Bishopgate Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £18.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Alderman Cox moved
3 “That 160 yards of kerbing and guttering be laid on the west side of Pearl Lane at an estimated cost of £48.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
4 “That 142 yards of 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid on the west side of John Street from Main Street to Railway Gates at an estimated cost of £42.12.0.”
5 “That the carriageway in John Street from Goodsell Street to the Railway Gates be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £18.16.0: and the remaining portion to May Street be prepared with metal at an estimated cost of £18.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
The following motions standing in the name of Alderman Jones lapsed through that Alderman not being present to move them viz: –
6 “That tenders be invited for the purchase of 25 cubic yards more or less of asphalt to be delivered at the Council’s Depot.”
7 “That the sandstone crossing at the intersection of Whitehorse and Gibbes Street be taken up and a trachyte crossing substituted at an estimated cost of £14.”
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 26 day of April 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 26th April 1898

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at 7:30 p.m.

Present
The Mayor (Alderman 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 Seagar asking to be allowed to have a coffee stall on the Newtown Railway Bridge.  Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with.
From the Principle Under Secretary intimating that His Excellency the Governor with the advice of the Executive Council has been pleased to authorise the Council to borrow a sum of thirty six thousand pounds (£36000) for the purpose of repaying an equal sum borrowed in accordance the provision of the Municipalities Act of 1867 and enclosing the necessary legal instrument under His Excellency’s hand.  Received and referred to the finance committee.
From Mr Hugh McArdle and asking to have the kerbing and guttering laid in the Lane at the side of his houses in Dickson Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From the Under Secretary Department of Justice further in reference to the abatement of the noise of the traffic in Australia Street and to pay half the cost of tar metalling the carriageway also stating that payment of such moiety would be deferred until next financial year.  Received and the work to be deferred until the Government funds are available.
From the Borough of Leichhardt covering a copy of the resolution of that Council having reference to the Constitution of the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage and asking to be favoured with this Council’s opinion thereon.  Received.
From the Borough of St Peters in reply to a letter from this Council having reference to a rubbish tip stating that a resolution had been passed the effect of which is too prohibit contractors and others from depositing rubbish in Swamp Road or any other place in that Municipality: and that notice had been published and instructions given to prosecute anyone found tipping as stated after the 22nd instant.  Received and referred to the Mayor to make arrangements if possible.
From the Borough of Erskineville stating that instructions had been given and carried out to stop the contractors for scavenging in this Borough from depositing house refuse in Messrs Bakewell Bros pit.  Received and referred to the Mayor to deal with.
From the Grace Wood Blocking Company submitting for this Council’s approval a new patent for laying wood block pavement.  Received.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under the votes of appropriation amounting to £676.2.2 and a recommending for payment accounts amounting to £565.19.2. it was moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith “that the report now read be and the same is hereby adopted” carried.
The finance committee also reported having considered the letter from the Auditors recommending an alteration in the method of keeping the books stating that the Committee does not approve of the recommendations as in its opinion the existing system is more simple perfect and concise. That balances disclose the whole of the Assets and liabilities and details of each are prepared every half year.
To ascertain the correctness of the cash in hand at the time of closing the accounts it will be necessary for the Auditors to attend at the Town Hall to count it and arrangements will be made for the Auditors to attend and do so.  Adopted on a motion moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith.
The Borough Treasurer
reported that during the past four weeks £732.3.0 had been received and deposited in the bank: that cheques had been issued amounting to £676.2.2.  Interest paid on overdraft £26.4.5 and the balance due to the bank at date was £2044.10.0.  Received.
Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the Works in his department during the last two weeks.  Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work that had been done in his department the last two weeks that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily but had considerable trouble about a place to tip their rubbish.  Received.
Memorandum from the Mayor
In accordance with the wish of the Council I have taken the necessary steps to prepare for mixing the asphalt and boiling the tar for the repairs to the various footpaths.  Also that arrangements have been made for the purchase of an improved boiler and tar distributor from Mr West of Enfield.  Also a roller which I have every reason to believe will give the utmost satisfaction and prove far more economical than the present system.  The overseer of works has engaged a man who bears an excellent character for this particular kind of work and I have confirmed the appointment.  I have also purchased 15,000 blocks and a small lot of cubes at prices which in my opinion are satisfactory to the Council.  The Memorandum was adopted.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Smith moved
1 “That a sum of £5.5.0 each be paid to the Auditors for their services for the half-year ended the 31st January 1898.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Alderman Jones moved
2 “That tenders be invited for the purchase of 25 cubic yards more or less of asphalt: and to supply tar at per gallon to be delivered at the Councils Depot.”  Seconded by Alderman Cox and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
3 “That the sandstone crossing in Whitehorse Street at the intersection of Gibbes Street be taken up and a trachyte crossing be substituted at an estimated cost of £14.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
4 “That the Crown of the carriageway in Gibbes Street be ballasted 20 feet wide at an estimated cost of £48.10.0. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Alderman Salmon moved
5 “That the two pipe crossings in Brown Street between Wilson Street and the railway be taken up and open sandstone crossing substituted at an estimated cost of £5.14.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
6 “That the tarpaved footpaths in Brown Street between Wilson Street and the Railway be repaired where necessary at an estimated cost of £3.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
7 “That the tarpaving in Longdown Street be completed both sides at an estimated cost of £15.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Alderman Ibbotson moved
8 “That the carriageway in Margaret Street from Ferndale Street to Simmons Street be turned over and metalled at an estimated cost of £32.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
9 “That the footpath in Wilford Street northside from Gladstone Street to Mrs James’ gateway be tarpaved 2nd class 82 yards at an estimated cost of £6.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
Alderman Cox moved
10 “That the carriageway in Harold Street between Gowrie and Union streets be reformed and tar metalled at an estimated cost of £50.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Alderman Smith moved
11 “That this Council do now resolve into a Committee of the Whole with closed doors to open and consider tenders for Bowral trachyte kerbing for King Street.”  Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
In committee the tenders were opened and on the Council resuming its sitting the Mayor brought up a report recommending the acceptance of the tender of Mr Joseph Duggan at 9/3 per linear or yard to supply the required quantity of kerbing for King Street between Bligh Street and the Railway Bridge and moved “that the report be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 10th day of May 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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