Tuesday 10 May 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 Alderman Howe, Morgan, Abigail, Smith, Elstub, Ibbotson, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King. Alderman Howe apologised for the absence of Alderman Salmon who was unavoidably prevented from attending.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Department of Public Works in reference to the alteration of levels in King Street in connection with the renewing of the wood blocking and a reply there to.  Received and the statement in reply endorsed.
From the Water and Sewerage Board Sydney asking for a list of the premises for which permits for emptying cesspits are given. Received and request agreed to.
From Mr Fisher surveyor covering a sketch plan of proposed subdivision of land in Mr Pemell’s Estate lying between Reiby and Simmons Street and asking to be informed as to the best disposal of the drainage.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From Mr C. R. Summerhayes asking the Council to tarpave the footpaths in Gibbes Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From Mr M. Richmond calling attention to the steep gradients in Wilson Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
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 work done in his department during the last two weeks and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily.  Received.
Valuers
reported that an appeal court had been held at the Newtown Police Court when 187 cases of appeals against the assessment for the current Municipal Year had been dealt with.  The total reductions on appeal amounting to £42.16.0. Also that they had done all the work in connection with the annual valuation excepting the writing up of the Rate book which will be completed on Thursday next.  The Council Clerk certified that the work had been creditably done.  Received.
Memorandum by the Mayor
The officer in charge of the work of removing the wood blocking in King Street has intimated that a contract has been lit: the new blocks purchased and delivered: and that he will be prepared to start the work on the 23rd instant as previously stated.  It is proposed to carry out the works in sections.  Sections 1 and 2 from Australia Street to Church Street both sides.  3 and 4 from Church Street to Missenden Road both sides: 5 and 6 from Missenden Road to Bligh Street.
He is desirous of having the first section of kerbing fixed by the 23rd instant: therefore it is necessary that an arrangement be at once made to proceed with the work.
By the Works Committee’s report it was ordered that the setting of the kerbing should be done by the then contractor Mr Duggan but it is not stated whether it should be by day work or piece work: will the Council decide now or leave it in my hands to decide.
Mr Cussen whose tender was accepted for kerbing and guttering has not turned up yet to sign his contract.  As Mr J. Duggan was next lowest I recommend his tender be accepted provided he repays the deposit which was refunded to him.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.
Moved by Alderman Smith
“That the Memorandum by the Mayor now read be and the same is hereby adopted and that Mr Joseph Duggan be employed to lay the kerbing in King Street by day labour.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved
1 “That the sandstone crossing at the intersection of Bucknell Street and the lane at the rear of the Soudan Terrace be taken up and trachyte 3 feet wide be substituted and the footpath tarpaved at an estimated cost of £7.”  Seconded by Alderman King and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report. On an amendment by Alderman Morgan and Elstub.
2 “That the present pipe crossing at the intersection of Bucknell Street and the lane at the rear of Glencross Carriage Company be taken up and an open trachyte 3 feet wide with the necessary return kerbs substituted and the footpath tarpaved at an estimated cost of £16.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and referred to the Works committee for consideration and report.
3 “That the gutter stones on both sides of Bucknell Street be repaired where required with new stone and concrete at an estimated cost of £20.”  Seconded by Alderman King and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to inspect and report on the best means and cost to put the gutter stones in Raper Street northside in a good state of repair.
Alderman Jones moved
5 “That the footpaths in Gibbes Street be tarpaved 2nd class northside 230 yards south side 240 yards at an estimated cost of £37.5.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.  Referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
6 “That the carriageway in George Street from King Street to Whitehorse Street be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £21.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Questions
Alderman Abigail with the consent of the Council handed to the Council Clerk a number of papers and statistics having reference to the better destruction of house refuge and garbage for the information of the special committee appointed to consider and report on the question.
The business of being concluded the Council Rose.
Confirmed this 26th day May 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Thursday 26th May 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.  At this period Alderman Dolman desired to be excused and left the room.
Correspondence
From Mr Ross Thorne asking to be allowed time to pay rates which were considerably in arrears.  The letter was received but the proposal was not entertained.
From Mr David Davis one of the Municipal Representatives on the Water and Sewerage Board having reference to the proposal to increase the minimum charge for Water and Sewerage rate and intimating that he had convened a meeting of two representatives from each municipality to be held at the Chamber of Manufactures 289 Pitt Street on Tuesday 14th June next at 8pm to discuss the matter.  Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed to represent this Council at the meeting.
From Mr Andrew Liddell C. E. suggesting that the Council should appoint an Inspector to watch its interest in the work of renewing the wood blocks in King Street and offering his services.  Received.
From the Valuers Messrs Hoffman and Clarke asking for an additional sum of £4.4.0 each for performing the work in connection with the Annual valuation.  Received.
From the Annandale Council intimating that the Right Honourable the Premier has arranged to received a deputation on the subject of providing funds to carry out the provisions of the Public Health Act and asking that delegates be appointed.  Received and the Mayor and Aldermen Smith and Salmon were appointed to represent this Council.
From the Water and Sewerage Board covering a printed copy of a report by the Board’s solicitor showing the result of an action taken by the Board for the recovery of rates due on certain lands. Received and laid upon the table.
From the Secretary to the Municipal Association covering a printed copy of the proceeding of the last monthly meeting of the committee.  Received and laid upon the table.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation during the past four weeks amounting to £357.3.2 and recommending payment of account amounting to £158.7.4.  The Mayor moved “that the report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Works Committee
reported making the following recommendations: –
1 “That John Street West side from May Street to Railway Gates be kerbed and guttered at an estimated cost of £42.10.0.”
2 “That John Street from Goodsell Street to Railway Gates be tarmetalled on the carriageway at an estimated cost of £18.16.0.”
3 “That the carriageway in John Street from Goodsell Street to May Street be repaired with Blue Metal at an estimated cost of £18.10.0.
4 “Whitehorse Street and Gibbes Street crossing”
“That wood blocks be substituted for proposed trachyte including the full width of the footway in Whitehorse Street at an estimated cost of £6.10.0.”
5 “That Gibbes Street be ballasted the full width instead of £20 feet as proposed at an estimated cost of £80 and the footways trimmed up and repaired for the present instead of being tarpaved as proposed.”
6 “That the lane at the rear of King Street between Dickson and Holmwood Streets be kerbed and guttered on the western side at an estimated cost of £17.”
7 “That George Street be repaired with metal at an estimated cost of £21.”
8 “That the adoption of the plan of proposed subdivision of Mr Pemell’s land between Reiby and Simmons Street be postponed for further consideration.  As the surveyor who has the matter in hand has proposed to communicate further with the Council in reference to a reserve for drainage.”
9 “That in the matter of a proposed wood block crossing at the intersection of Regent Street and Kent Lane the overseer be instructed to repair the present stone crossing which will do for some time yet.”
10 That in the matter of proposed tar metalling in Wellington Street from lands Lane to Bishopgate Street at an estimated cost of £18.  “The overseer has been instructed to prepare the corners of the present metalling with tarred metal.”
11 “That the carriageway in Margaret Street in the vicinity of Ferndale Street be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £32.10.0.”
12 “That the carriageway in Harold Street between Gowrie Street and Union Streets be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £50.”
13 “That in the matter of the suggested alterations of the gradients in Wilson Street as contained in Mr Malcolm Richmond’s letter your committee see no reasons for altering existing arrangements.”
14 “That a wood block crossing be laid in Bucknell Street at the rear of London Terrace at an estimated cost of £2.15.0 in place of proposed trachyte crossing.”
15 “That a wood block crossing be laid in Bucknell Street at the intersection of Lane rear of Glencross Carriage Factory at an estimated cost of £3.10.0 instead of proposed trachyte.”
16 “That the gutters in Bucknell Street be repaired where necessary at an estimated cost of £20.”
17 “That the gutters be repaired in Raper Street where necessary at an estimated cost of £20.”
18 “That tenders be invited for carting and delivering at Newtown tarred ashes at per cubic yard and tar at per 100 gallons.”
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman.
Borough Treasurer
reported “that £1768.19.6 had been received and paid into the Bank during the past four weeks: that during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £358.6.5 and the balance due to the Bank at date was £633.16.11.”  Received.
Overseer of Works
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 and that the contractors had done their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Cox moved
1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to inspect and report on the best means and cost of repairing the gutter stones in Lord Street northside between King Street and John Street: also in Union Street from Munni Street to Iredale Street.”
Alderman Ibbotson moved
2 “That 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid in the south side of Lane at the rear of Enmore Road between Metropolitan Road and Edgware Road at an estimated cost of £11.  And that the said Lane be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £19.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Alderman Smith moved
3 “That it be referred to the lighting committee to erect an additional lamp in lane at the rear of Albemarle Street near the public school.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Alderman Morgan moved
4 “That it be referred to the lighting committee to erect additional lamps one in Alice Street about opposite Clara Street and one in King Street about opposite Holmwood Street.”  Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.
5 “That the lane at the rear of Wells Street between Pearl and Commodore Streets be formed and ballasted at an estimated cost of £12.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones.  Alderman King moved as an amendment “that it be referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Questions
It was resolved that the lighting committee report upon the advisability of removing some of the lamps in King Street to more suitable positions.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 7th day of June 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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